St. Thomas' - Inukjuak, Nunavik


Inukjuak is located on the east coast of Hudson Bay, at the mouth of the Innuksuac River, facing the Hopewell Islands, 360 kilometers north of Kuujjuarapik. The community was previously known as Port Harrison. Principle access to Inukjuak is by air. The community has a population of approximately 1300 and the principle languages spoken are Inuktitut and English. Some of the population was moved out of the area in the 1950s and relocated to Resolute Bay, on Cornwallis Island, and Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island. Years later, compensation was provided to the people involved in this situation. The name "Inukjuak" means "the big man" or the "giant". Inukjuak is a major cultural capital for the Inuit. The Inukjuak Museum and headquarters of Avataq Cultural Institute are both in the community.

The Anglican mission station was established in 1925. A church was built in 1965 and a new church was constructed in 1985. A rectory was first built in 1951 and a new rectory was constructed in the late 1980s.

Past clergy include the Rev. Earl & Betsy Gerber - shown here giving a report on a recent visit to Inukjuak to the Arctic Fellowship in Toronto.
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The current incumbent is Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk (retired diocesan).

Services
Sunday
10:00am Inuktitut Morning Prayer 1st Sunday of month Holy Communion
1pm, 2pm & 3pm Sunday School
6:30pm Evensong

Monday
6:00pm to 8:00pm - ACW

Tuesday
8:00pm Bible study

Wednesday
7:00pm mid-week Prayer & Praise

Thursday
Vestry council meets on the 1st Thursday of the month

Umiujaq - Church of the Epiphany

Umiujaq is located on the east coast of Hudson Bay, 160 kilometers north of Kuujjuarapik. Principle access to the community is by air. The population is approximately 250 and the principle languages spoken in the community are Inuktitut and English. With access to both a fresh water lake and Hudson Bay, Umiujaq is a site that has a lot of advantages for the practice of traditional Inuit hunting and fishing. This was important when the Nunavik authorities chose the area for the creation of a new village. The village was completed in 1986 and is made up of Inuit who had been living in Kuujjuarapik. "Umiujak" can be translated as "one who looks like bread", "one who looks like an upside-down boat", or "one who looks like a beard". Traditional hunting and fishing are the principle economic activities in the community.

The rector visits the community once a month.
Services
Sunday
10:00am Inuktitut Morning Prayer one Sunday a month Holy Communion
1pm, 2pm & 3pm Sunday School
6:30pm Evensong