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Looking east, October 2008
Looking east, October 2008
Salluit is located in Quebec
Coordinates (64, rue Aqqutituqaq[1]): 62°12′N 75°39′W / 62.200°N 75.650°W / 62.200; -75.650Coordinates: 62°12′N 75°39′W / 62.200°N 75.650°W / 62.200; -75.650[2]
ConstitutedDecember 29, 1979
 • MayorPaulusie Papigatuk Senior
 • MPRomeo Saganash
 • Provincial MPJean Boucher
 • Total14.70 km2 (5.68 sq mi)
 • Land14.66 km2 (5.66 sq mi)
 • Population Centre0.4 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
 (at airport)[5]
227 m (745 ft)
 • Total1,483
 • Density101.1/km2 (262/sq mi)
 • Change (2011–16)
 • Population Centre
 • Population Centre density2,694.9/km2 (6,980/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code819

Salluit (Inuktitut: ᓴᓪᓗᐃᑦ, "the thin ones")[6] 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 1,483 in the Canada 2016 Census and the population centre had 1,075 people.[3][4] 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+14 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.

Since 1996, the police services in Salluit are provided by the Kativik Regional Police Force.[7]


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Salluit had a population of 1,580 living in 426 of its 473 total private dwellings, a change of 6.5% from its 2016 population of 1,483. With a land area of 15.08 km2 (5.82 sq mi), it had a population density of 104.8/km2 (271.4/sq mi) in 2021.[8]


The Kativik School Board operates two schools in Salluit.

The first is Pigiurvik School, which is the primary school.

The second is Ikusik School, which is the secondary school.

Students attend Pigiurvik from Grade 1 to Grade 5, before attending Ikusik for Grade 6 to Secondary V.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

Looking north, July 2001
Beluga cut up on the beach, 7 July 2001

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Geographic code 99135 in the official Répertoire des municipalités". (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation.
  2. ^ "Reference number 92768 in Banque de noms de lieux du Québec". (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  3. ^ a b c "(Code 2499135) Census Profile". 2016 census. Statistics Canada. 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census Salluit [Population centre]". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  5. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Salluit community of Nunavik arctic region". Archived from the original on 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  7. ^ KRPF. "General Information". Home. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  8. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), Quebec". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  9. ^ "Our Schools." Kativik School Board. Retrieved on September 23, 2017.
  10. ^ "Lucy Qinnuayuak | The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  11. ^ Sean Coughlan, "Teacher from Canadian Inuit school wins $1m global prize", Education, BBC News, 19 March 2017.
  12. ^ Video Varkey Foundation winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2017
  13. ^ Merlin John, "Top teacher fights for Canada's indigenous people", Business, BBC News, 26 July 2017.

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