The Salluit Cooperative, established in 1968, stands out most particularly for the perseverance and devotion of those who have shared the task of being its General Managers over the last few years.
Indeed, whether during rough financial times, or even following a fire which completely devastated the store, or when facing the drastic economic and social change that mine exploitation has brought to the territory, women like Siassi Saviajuk, Kaitak Ikey and the incumbent Eva Kaitak have demonstrated their determination and brought all of their talents to bear in order to contribute to the success of their cooperative.
Thanks to these women and to the teams that have supported them, the Salluit Cooperative is one of the most prosperous and contributes through the Federation to strengthening the movement throughout the network.
Salluit has had some major artists and a style that had become what people recognized as the typical look of Inuit art. Earlier artists would work with steatite and create pieces that represented them well as survivalist of their harsh environment. Hunting scenes were often produced showcasing their techniques. Salluit also had some important women carvers.
Recently, Salluit has had a bit of a resurgence in carving activity, producing mostly small, highly polished arctic animals using mainly dark green and sometimes blueish serpentine from nearby mines.
Notable artists (past and present) include:
- Tivi Ilisituk (1933-2012)
- Evie Tullaugaq Qamugaaluk (1925)
- Lily Uijakki Okituk (1933)
- Adamie K. Papigatok (1930)