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Nov. 3, 2022
Razor-sharp winds whip across an arctic landscape as Eric Atagotaaluk carefully makes his way down to the shore of the Inukjuak river, in Arctic Quebec. On this day, freezing temperatures make handling the water testing equipment difficult, but Atagotaaluk persists. Every morning and every night he is here, testing and re-testing. It is a promise he made to the people of Inukjuak long before construction even started.
“It was a concern,” said Atagotaaluk, the director of the Pituvik Landholding Corporation. “The community wanted to make sure the quality of the water wouldn’t be impacted.”
Atagotaaluk is standing only a few metres away from the construction site of Innavik, a hydro-grid that will allow the community of Inukjuak, Que., to stop using dirty diesel energy and heating oil, and move towards sustainable alternatives instead.
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