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Skyline of Kangiqsujuaq
Kangiqsujuaq is located in Quebec
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
ConstitutedSeptember 20, 1980
 • MayorCharlie Arngak
 • Federal ridingAbitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou
 • Prov. ridingUngava
 • Total12.60 km2 (4.86 sq mi)
 • Land12.56 km2 (4.85 sq mi)
 • Total750
 • Density59.5/km2 (154/sq mi)
 • Change (2011–16)
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)819

Kangiqsujuaq (Inuktitut: ᑲᖏᕐᓱᔪᐊᖅ) is a northern village (Inuit community) in Nunavik, Nord-du-Québec, Quebec, Canada. It had a population of 750 in the Canada 2016 Census. The community has also been known as Wakeham Bay. The name "Kangiqsujuaq" means "the large bay" in Inuktitut.[5]

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 blue 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.[6]

As the other villages of the Kativik region, the Kativik Regional Police Force provides police services in Kangiqsujuaq.[7]

Kangiqsujuaq is the closest community to the Qajartalik archaeological site, a site featuring petroglyphs created by the Dorset culture.[8] In 2017, it was announced that the Qajartalik would be added to Canada's tentative list for nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.[9]

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


The Kativik School Board operates the Arsaniq School.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Geographic code 99130 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  2. ^ Reference number 98662 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  3. ^ "(Code 2499130) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  4. ^ https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=2499130&Geo2=CD&Code2=2499&Data=Count&SearchText=Kangiqsujuaq&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&TABID=1
  5. ^ "Kangiqsujuaq - Community in Nunavik, Northern Arctic Quebec". www.nunavik-tourism.com. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  6. ^ "Inuit's risky mussel harvest under sea ice". BBC News. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  7. ^ KRPF. "General Information". Home. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  8. ^ "Protection and development of the Qajartalik petroglyph site (JhEv-1)". Avataq Cultural Institute. Avataq Cultural Institute. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Canada puts forward 8 UNESCO recommendations". CBC News. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Our Schools." Kativik School Board. Retrieved on September 23, 2017.

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