|Northern village municipality|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Constituted||June 27, 1981|
|• Mayor||Charlie Paningajak|
|• Federal riding||Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou|
|• Prov. riding||Ungava|
|• Total||37.50 km2 (14.48 sq mi)|
|• Land||35.21 km2 (13.59 sq mi)|
|• Density||10.5/km2 (27/sq mi)|
|• Change (2006–11)||6.0%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||J0M 1H0|
Ivujivik (Inuktitut: ᐃᕗᔨᕕᒃ, meaning "Place where ice accumulates because of strong currents", or "Sea-ice crash Area") is a northern village (Inuit community) in Nunavik in northern Quebec, Canada. Its population in the Canada 2011 Census was 370.
Unlike most other northern villages in Nunavik, it has no Inuit reserved land of the same name associated with it.
Ivujivik is located in the Nunavik region of the province, some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) north of Montreal. It is only 28 kilometres (17 mi) south-west from Cape Wolstenholme, the northernmost tip of the Ungava Peninsula, which is in turn the northernmost part of the Labrador Peninsula. It is near Digges Sound, where Hudson Strait meets Hudson Bay. The municipal boundaries include an area of 35.21 square kilometers.
The area is ice-free for 20 working days a year in the summer. There are no road links to the North American road system, nor is this (or any other) Nunavik community linked by road to any of the other villages in the region. The village is served by Ivujivik Airport.
The village itself is located on a small sandy cove between imposing cliffs that drop steeply into Digges Sound. Here the strong currents from Hudson Bay and the Hudson Strait clash, sometimes even crushing trapped animals between the ice floes. Directly north across the sound are West and East Digges Islands. Farther north in the Hudson Strait are Nottingham and Salisbury Islands.
As of the Canada 2011 Census, the population was 370; it was 349 in 2006 and 298 in 2001. There was a total of 91 dwellings. The population density was 10.5 persons per square kilometer. In 2001, 285 of the 298 (about 96%) persons were considered aboriginal. (The data was not available for 2006.) As with many Inuit villages, there is a large youth contingent. In 2006, 42.9% of the population was below the age of fifteen. The median age was 19.1.
As of 2001, unemployment was at 18.2 percent. The median income for the same census was $14,624 (in Canadian dollars.) 72 percent of the workforce walked or biked to work. (This information for 2006 is not yet available.)
- Population in 2011: 370 (2006 to 2011 population change: 6.0%)
- Population in 2006: 349
- Population in 2001: 298
- Population in 1996: 274
- Population in 1991: 263
Archaeological dating estimates nearly 3000 years since the arrival in the area of Thule People, ancestors of today's Inuit, from Baffin Island. This place would have been the starting point of Inuit migration into Quebec, explaining the presence of the Inuit along the coast of Hudson Bay. On nearby Digges Island was the spot of the first encounter between Europeans and the Inuit of Nunavik. This occurred in 1610 on Henry Hudson's last mission.
The Hudson's Bay Company established a trading post on Erik Cove near Cape Wolstenholme in 1909. A Catholic mission was established on the village's current site in 1938. But both locations only remained seasonal camps. In 1947, the HBC post at Erik Cove closed and a new outpost was set up in Ivujivik. This marked the beginning of the modern village as nomadic Inuit finally began to settle permanently. Not until the 1960s did the Government of Canada begin to deliver health and social services. In 1962, the Inuit established a cooperative that has allowed the community to better structure its local economy and develop new activities such as sculpture, crafts, and tourism focusing on hunting and fishing.
This was one of several Inuit villages that refused to sign the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. In protest, they formed the Inuuqatigiit Tunngavingat Nunamini (ITN) movement. Nonetheless, it is represented today (together with most other communities in the region) by the Kativik Regional Government.
2006 bear attack
In February 2006, Ivujivik resident Lydia Angiyou saved her seven-year-old son and two of his friends from a polar bear attack outside the local youth center by sacrificing her body in place of the children. A local hunter named Sirqualuk Ainalik heard and ran towards the sounds and took a rifle and saved her by shooting the bear down as it attacked Lydia. The reason she managed to fight off the bear is thought to have been because of a phenomenon called hysterical strength. The presence of a polar bear in a populated area is an unusual occurrence. Angiyou was awarded the Medal of Bravery by the Governor General for her actions.
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- "Ivujivik". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministre des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
- "Ivujivik census profile". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
- "Ivujivik". Nunavik Tourism Association. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
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- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
- Jane George (2006-02-17). "Polar bear no match for fearsome mother in Ivujivik". Nunatsiaq News / Nortext Publishing Corporation (Iqaluit). Retrieved 2009-01-01.
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