|Northern village municipality|
Looking east, October 2008
|Coordinates (64, rue Aqqutituqaq): Coordinates: |
|Constituted||December 29, 1979|
|• Mayor||Paulusie Savaidjuk|
|• MP||Romeo Saganish|
|• Provincial MP||Jean Boucher|
|• Total||14.70 km2 (5.68 sq mi)|
|• Land||14.39 km2 (5.56 sq mi)|
|• Density||93.6/km2 (242/sq mi)|
|• Change (2006–11)||8.5%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||J0M 1S0|
Salluit (Inuktitut: ᓴᓪᓗᐃᑦ, "the thin ones") is the second northernmost Inuit community in Quebec, Canada, located on Sugluk Inlet close to the Hudson Strait and was formerly known as Sugluk. Its population was 1,347 in the Canada 2011 Census, and growing rapidly. It is not accessible by road, but by air through Salluit Airport.
Salluit means "The Thin Ones" in Inuktitut, referring to a time when local inhabitants were facing starvation as a result of a lack of wildlife.
In 1925, an independent trader opened a trading post on the site of present-day Salluit. Not to be outdone, the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) quickly established its own post on the far shore of Sugluk Inlet but relocated it soon after to Deception Bay, about 53.5 km (33.2 mi) to the east. In 1930, the HBC built a store at present-day Salluit and closed its post at Deception Bay in 1932. The golden years of fur trading came to an end around 1936 when the price of pelts collapsed.
In 1930 a Catholic mission was established, closing some twenty years later, but followed by an Anglican mission in 1955. The Government of Canada opened a day school in 1957. As more public services were being delivered, Inuit settled around the small village. The first residential houses were built in 1959 and ten years later a co-operative store was established by its residents. Salluit legally became a municipality in 1979.
- Elisapie Isaac, pop singer
- Sugluk (band), rock group
- Maggie MacDonnell, teacher, awarded the "Global Teacher Prize" of the Varkey Foundation 2017.
- Geographic code 99135 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
- Reference number 92768 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
- "(Code 2499135) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
- KRPF. "General Information". Home. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
- "Our Schools." Kativik School Board. Retrieved on September 23, 2017.
- Sean Coughlan, "Teacher from Canadian Inuit school wins $1m global prize", Education, BBC News, 19 March 2017.
- Video Varkey Foundation winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2017
- Merlin John, "Top teacher fights for Canada's indigenous people", Business, BBC News, 26 July 2017.
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