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A Little Bit of Kuujjuaq History

The information on this page is being revamped to focus on our community’s rich history and different milestones. Check back regularly to learn more about our community.

In the meantime, here are a few stories to get you started!

Our Community

Kuujjuaq, Nunavik's largest community, is located on the west shore of the Koksoak River, about 50 km upstream from Ungava Bay. Daily life in the community is closely tied to the mighty Koksoak River. The ebb and flow of its tides are continually altering the landscape and they impose their rhythm on the practice of traditional summer activities.

Kuujjuaq. Photo: Heiko Wittenborn


Aqpik Jam Music Festival

The Aqpik Jam Music Festival is the most popular annual summer event in Nunavik. The original intention and objective of the music festival was to encourage a summer social event for all of Nunavik. Following months of planning and preparations, the first Aqpik Jam was held in August 1996.

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Apik Jam. Photo: Heiko Wittenborn


Musk Ox Farm

A small number of musk ox were imported to Old Fort Chimo in 1967 as part of a socio-economic development project. Although the project was eventually abandoned, the animals released into the wild around 1980 have thrived. Their numbers now surpass 2000 and they are found throughout the Ungava Bay region.

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Musk Ox near Kuujjuaq. Photo: Heiko Wittenborn


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