Kangiqsujuaq, Quebec

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Kangiqsujuaq
ᑲᖏᖅᓱᔪᐊᖅ
Northern village municipality
Skyline of Kangiqsujuaq
Kangiqsujuaq is located in Quebec
Kangiqsujuaq
Kangiqsujuaq
Coordinates (901, chemin Sinaitia[1]): 61°36′N 71°58′W / 61.600°N 71.967°W / 61.600; -71.967Coordinates: 61°36′N 71°58′W / 61.600°N 71.967°W / 61.600; -71.967[2]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Nord-du-Québec
TE Kativik
Constituted September 20, 1980
Government[1]
 • Mayor Mary A. Pilurtuut
 • Federal riding Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou
 • Prov. riding Ungava
Area[1][3]
 • Total 12.60 km2 (4.86 sq mi)
 • Land 12.56 km2 (4.85 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 696
 • Density 55.4/km2 (143/sq mi)
 • Change (2006–11) Increase15.0%
 • Dwellings 174
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0M 1K0
Area code(s) 819
Website www.nvkangiqsujuaq.ca

Kangiqsujuaq (Inuktitut: ᑲᖏᖅᓱᔪᐊᖅ) is a northern village (Inuit community) in Nunavik, Nord-du-Québec, Quebec, Canada. It had a population of 696 in the Canada 2011 Census. The community has also been known as Wakeham Bay. The name "Kangiqsujuaq" means "the large bay" in Inuktitut.

It is located on the Ungava Peninsula, on the Cap du Prince-de-Galles on the Hudson Strait. It is served by the small Kangiqsujuaq Airport.

During winter, when the tides are extremely low, local Inuit sometimes climb beneath the shifting sea ice to gather mussels. They break holes in the ice and then can walk for a short time on the exposed sea bed and collect this food. This risky way of gathering the mussels goes back for generations.[4]

Révillon Frères post servants at Kangiqsujuaq in 1909.
Révillon Frères post servants at Kangiqsujuaq in 1909.

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