The Southern Quebec Inuit Association held its annual Christmas celebration in Saint Gabriel’s parish church in Montreal on Dec. 14. (Photo by Charlotte Glorieux)

Southern Quebec Inuit Association hosts annual Christmas feast

Gathering featured food, a raffle draw and a visit by Santa

By Charlotte Glorieux
Special to Nunatsiaq News

MONTREAL—The Southern Quebec Inuit Association celebrated an early Christmas in Saint Gabriel’s parish church in Pointe-Saint-Charles on Dec. 14.

From 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. around 100 people attended the event in the church basement, where people gathered around about a dozen tables. Children laughed, while adults chatted. A woman from Haiti who attended the event with her son said she liked the welcoming atmosphere.

Decorations in the shape of red and green candies hung on the walls. A Christmas tree stood at the entrance of the room, illuminated with white Christmas lights. Food was available, free of charge, including sandwiches, fruits, vegetables and a variety of cheeses.

The association held a raffle at the event for those who had bought 50-cent or $1 tickets and awarded 20 turkeys, sweatshirts, tote bags, books, gift cards, a tablet and a child-size qamutik sled.

Thirty-five volunteers helped organize the event.

Children sat at a table in the corner drawing and painting with glittery paints. A group of young boys played with spinning tops nearby.

The evening concluded with the arrival of Santa Claus, who distributed 89 gifts bought for the kids.

This was the association’s third year holding a Christmas feast in Montreal, and Tina Pisuktie, the association’s executive director, said it would be held again next year.

The event was made possible with the financial support of the Association des Chasseurs de Phoques Intra-Québec and the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq school board of Nunavik. “We’re very fortunate to get financial support from various Inuit associations,” said Pisuktie.

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