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‘Today was a day of hope’: Governor General’s tour of Nunavik includes visiting a family safe house – APTN News

May 12, 2022

At the Kuururjuaq National Park Interpretive Centre there hangs a large topographical map of the area with points marking the campsites that have been used by Inuit for generations.

During a tour Governor General Mary Simon points to the one marked with the letter D and says “That’s where I was raised.”

Although Simon spent most of her formative years in Kuujjuaq, she was born near Camp Pyramid, not far from what is now called Kangiqsualujjuaq, an Inuit community located about 1,500 km northeast of Montreal, near the Labrador border.

Kangiqsualujjuaq translates as “very large bay” and sits at the mouth of the George River. While Simon looks out over the bay, the sun periodically poked out through the clouds to illuminate the rocky terrain, while down the road streams of water run down the streets of Kangiqsualujjuaq from the spring thaw.

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