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Northern village municipality
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]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Nord-du-Québec
TE Kativik
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)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,347
 • Density 93.6/km2 (242/sq mi)
 • Change (2006–11) Increase8.5%
 • Dwellings 315
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J0M 1S0
Area code(s) 819

Salluit (Inuktitut: ᓴᓪᓗᐃᑦ, "the thin ones")[4] 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.

Since 1996, the police services in Salluit are provided by the Kativik Regional Police Force[5].

Looking north, July 2001
Beluga butchered on the beach, 7 July 2001


The Kativik School Board operates the Ikusik School.[6]

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