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Inuktitut meaning: The Giant
The community of Inukjuak, known for its turquoise water, can only be accessed by air or boat. It is located in the Nunavik region of Quebec, on the Hudson Bay at the mouth of the Innuksuak River.
The Inuit have a long history in the region and settled permanently in the community in the early 1950s; however, in 1953, the Government of Canada relocated many of the Inuit from this area to Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord, in an effort to develop and protect the High Arctic.
This area was the first Arctic region visited by James Houston, and the emergence of Inuit art from Inukjuak began in the late 1940s under his guidance. Art exports have helped to develop the local economy, making Inukjuak one of the most prominent art-producing communities in Nunavik.