Nunavik, Nord-du-Québec, Quebec, Canada
Kangiqsujuaq ᑲᖏᕐᓱᔪᐊᖅ is a northern 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.
It is located on the Ungava Peninsula and it is served by the small Kangiqsujuaq Airport.
During winter, when the tides are extremely low and the moon is full, the Inuit climb beneath the ice to gather mussels. Incredible knowledge is needed to know how to break holes in the ice and crawl along the sea bed and collect this food.
Kangiqsujuaq is sometimes spelled Kangirsujuaq.
Taamusi Qumaq wrote this description in 1992:
Kangirsujuaq means “very big bay” in Inuktitut. The Inuit of Kangirsujuaq speak a very pure Inuktitut: they express themselves very well. They speak Inuktitut without loan words and are not afraid to pronounce real Inuit terms. The population numbers between 300 and 400.
Kangirsujuaq is surrounded by good hunting grounds for both marine mammals and land mammals. The Inuit of the area can pretty well hunt the animal of their choice. Some of the younger Kangirsujuaqmiut prefer hunting only seal; they delight the Elders by bringing them game, especially seal. The Elders of Kangirsujuaq are unusual because they don’t worry constantly about the young, even when young hunters go out alone and risk capsizing.