Holy Trinity - Kangirsuk, Nunavik

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The northern Inuit village of Kangirsuk is located on the west coast of Ungava Bay, along the north bank of the Payne River, 230 kilometers north of Kuujjuaq. The village was incorporated in 1980.  Principle access to Kangirsuk is by air. There are about 430 people in the community. The principal languages spoken in the community are Inuktitut and English. Caribou and seal hunting, as well as fishing, most importantly for Arctic char, but also for trout, are the principal economic activities in Kangirsuk. The name "Kangirsuk" means "the bay". The first Hudson Bay Company fur traders established here in 1916. The site was called Payne Bay in English. Another trading company, Revillon Freres also operated a post from the 1920s to the 1940s. The community's origins are based on operation of these trading posts. Revillon Freres left in the 1940s but the Hudson Bay Company stayed, and transformed into Northwest Company, operating today's Northern Stores.

Beyond trading posts, the federal department of Northern Affairs built the first school here in 1960. With the movement of Inuit from their traditional camps in the outlying areas to be near their children attending school, the present day community started to grow. The Co-op was started in 1961.

The Anglican Church was set up in 1962. Thomassie Kudluk was the first Lay Reader, with assistants Sammy Nassak and Zachariasie Tukkiapik. The first church building was an old building donated by the mineral exploration company, Oceanic. The new church was built in 1973, and is still in use today, however, a new church is being built for the village and should be completed later in 2006.

The first priest, Rev. David Maddock, arrived here in 1963. Also, Catechist Eyetsiak Simigak was sent here in 1965.

This parish is currently vacant.
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The Rectors of Kangirsuk  (list of rectors who have served the community)

Rev. David Maddock 1963 - 1969
Rev. Isa Koperaqualuk 1972 - 1976
Rev. James Nashak 1980 - 1982
Rev. Timothy Kalai 1985 - 1991
Rev. Bobby Nakoolak 1991 - 1993
Rev. Eyetsiak Simigak 1995 - 1997
Rev. Iola Metuq 2000 - 2004
Rev. Brian Burrows (interim) Feb – May 2006

Quaqtaq - St. Chad's Church  

The northern Inuit village of Quaqtaq is located on the peninsula at the northwest extremity of Ungava Bay, where it meets the Hudson Strait, 350 kilometers north of Kuujjuaq and 150 kilometers from the village of Kangirsujuaq. Principle access to Quaqtaq is by air. There are close to 300 people living in the community. The principle languages spoken are Inuktitut and English. Quaqtaq was incorporated as a northern village in 1980. The Inuit word "Quaqtaq" means "intestinal worm".

Caribou, beluga and seal hunting, as well as fishing for trout, are the principal economic activities in Quaqtaq.

The Community of Aupaluk  (St. Titus Church)  

The northern village of Aupaluk is located on the east bank of Funnel Cove, on the southern shore of Hopes Advance Bay, a part of Ungava Bay, 150 kilometers north of Kuujjuaq and 80 kilometers south of Kangirsuk. Principle access to Aupaluk is by air. There are about 125 people in Aupaluk.  

Known as Hopes Advance Bay, mining camps were set up during the 1950s along the north shore of the bay and operated for about 20 years. When the mining company closed operations, the Inuit of the area moved to Kangirsuk but returned in 1976 with the establishment of the present day community.  

"Aupaluk" means in Inuktitut "the place where things are red" which could refer to the colour of the berries found in the area. The principal languages spoken in the community are Inuktitut and English.

The local population still lives mostly from the results of fishing Arctic char and hunting ring seal, bearded seal and caribou.