Nunavik LHCs

Nayumivik LHC of Kuujjuaq

Nayumivik LHC of KuujjuaqKuujjuaq, meaning "Great River" in Inuktitut, is an Inuit community in the territory of Northern Quebec.  The community is located on the shores of the Koksoak River 50 km from Ungava Bay at approximately 58°6'24" N, 68°23'55" W.  As of 2006, the population of Kuujjuaq was 2,180 (largest Inuit village in Nunavik).  Nayumivik Landholding Corporation of Kuujjuaq is the owner of 546.1 km2 of Category I lands, 83.7 km2 of Category I Special lands, and has specific rights, responsibilities and controls over 8,880.4 km2 of Category II lands.

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Kuujjuaq is Nunavik's largest community. It is located on the western shore of the Koksoak River, about 50 km upstream from Ungava Bay. Daily life in this community is closely tied to the mighty river. The ebb and flow of its tides are continually altering the landscape and they impose their rhythm on the practice of traditional summer activities.

The boreal forest is present around Kuujjuaq. Patches of black spruce and larch stand in marshy valleys. Kuujjuaq also witnesses annual migrations of the George River caribou herd. These animals pass through the region throughout August and September.

With its two airstrips, Kuujjuaq is the transportation hub of the entire region. The village boasts a number of hotels, restaurants, stores, arts and crafts shops and a bank.

Mandate

The landholding corporations are legal entities created as non-profit associations under section
5 of the Land Regime Act, and governed by said Act, the JBNQA and the Quebec Companies
Act.

The membership of the landholding corporations is composed of the beneficiaries affiliated to
their respective communities. They are therefore ethnic bodies that serve community interests.

The internal structure of the landholding corporations is governed by By-laws duly adopted by
the members of the corporations. Thus, they can establish a Board of Directors composed of 3
to 12 members (according to the need of the communities) elected for a two (2) years term.
Among such directors, an executive committee is instituted with functions relevant to the
presidency, vice-presidency, secretarial and treasury of the organization.

The Board of directors has general administration powers, which include the power to hire staff
members, adopt by-laws, signing contracts, commit financially, etc., while bearing in mind their
general mandate, which is the pursuit of benefits for their respective communities.

Their principal duties and powers originate from the Land Regime Act and from the Act
respecting Hunting, Fishing and Trapping in the James Bay and Northern Quebec territories and
Chapter 3 of the JBNQA regarding eligibility of JBNQA beneficiaries. In addition, various
environmental laws allow landholding corporations to make representation to environmental
review boards created by the JBNQA.

They can be involved in profitable activities by incorporating subsidiary companies, even in
partnership with outside organizations, other landholding corporations or individuals.

Local landholding corporations are also responsible for the maintenance and updating of their
respective enrollment beneficiary list, among which amounts are proportionally allocated from

Board of Directors
George Berhe
Johnny Gordon Sr.
Robbie Kooklook
Sandy Gordon Jr.
George Berthe (President)
Sammy Koneak (Vice-President)
Jason Aitchison (Secretary)
Jason Aitchison (Treasurer)
General Manager
NameDaniel Epoo
Emaildepoo@nayumivik.ca
Contact Information
LHC PO BOX209
Postal CodeJ0M 1C0
Phone819-964-2870
Fax819-964-2280
Subsidiary Companies
SubsidiaryAuberge Kuujjuaq Inn Inc.
DescriptionHotel and lodging, restaurant and catering
AddressPO BOX 21, Kuujjuaq, QC, J0M 1C0
PhoneTel.: 819-964-2903, Fax: 819-964-2031

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