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Aupaluk ᐊᐅᐸᓗᒃ

Aupaluk is the smallest community in Nunavik, with a population of 233. It is 1900 km north of Montreal and is located on the western shore of the Ungava Bay. Aupaluk means "where the earth is red" in Inuktitut, which describes the iron-rich soil of the region.

Due to the abundance of iron deposits in the soil, there was mining activity in the area in the late 1950s. However, there were no trading posts set up in this area as in most of the other Nunavik communities. The region of Aupaluk had always been a traditional camp for the Inuit. In 1975 many Inuit relocated from other villages to permanently settle in Aupaluk.

The Aupaluk Cooperative Association was founded in 1981 and joined the Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec in 1988.

Notable artists (past and present) include:

  • Johnny Akpahatak