Nunavik LHCs

Saputik LHC of Kangirsuk

Saputik LHC of KangirsukKangirsuk, meaning "The Bay" in Inuktitut, is an Inuit community in the territory of Northern Quebec.  The community is located on the shores of the Payne River 15 km from Ungava Bay at approximately 60°1' 5" N, 70°1'40" W.  As of 2006, the population of Kangirsuk was 471.  Saputik Landholding Corporation of Kangirsuk is the owner of 629.5  km2 of Category I lands and has specific rights, responsibilities and controls over 4,864.6 km2 of Category II lands.

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Kangirsuk is located on the north shore of the Payne River, 15 km inland from Ungava Bay. The village lies between a rocky cliff to the north and a large, rocky hill to the west. It is situated 118 km south of Quaqtaq and 230 km north of Kuujjuaq. The numerous lakes and rivers of the area are well known for their arctic charr and lake trout. The strong tides that occur on the Payne River make it an extraordinary place for mussel harvesting. The richness of wildlife and flora of the surroundings of Kangirsuk is also impressive.


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

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
Joseph Nassak
Noah Ningiuruvik
Victor Verrault
Willie Thomassie
Etua Kauki (President)
Alec Kudluk (Vice-President)
Peter Annahatak (Secretary)
Peter Annahatak (Treasurer)
General Manager
NameJoseph Annahatak Jr.
Contact Information
Postal CodeJ0M 1A0
Subsidiary Companies
DescriptionConstruction Camp with 6 room accomodation (can sleep 12) with all the essentials. Also available for tourists visiting the Kangirsuk region
PhoneTel.: 819-935-4269
ContactNoah Ningiuruvik
SubsidiaryTruck rentals
DescriptionTruck rentals available
PhoneTel.: 819-935-4269
ContactNoah Ningiuruvik

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