Video: Kuujjuaq Junior Canadian Ranger Patrol

24 11 2010

The Kuujjuaq Junior Canadian Ranger Patrol, located in Nunavik, province of Quebec, conducted a training activity during the weekend of November 13 and 14, 2010.

The aim of the Junior Canadian Rangers Programme is to promote traditional cultures and lifestyles by offering a variety of structured activities to young people living in remote and isolated communities.

Under the supervision of the Canadian Rangers, these young Canadians (ages 12 to 18) become active and engaged citizens of their local communities.

Background
Kuujjuaq (Inuktitut: ᑰᔾᔪᐊᖅ) is the largest Inuit village in Nunavik, Quebec, Canada with a population of 2,132 as of the 2006 census. It is the administrative capital of Nunavik and lies on the western shore of the Koksoak River. Kuujjuaq previously was known as Fort Chimo. Chimo is a mispronunciation of the phrase saimuuq, “Let’s shake hands!” Early fur traders were often welcomed with this phrase which they eventually adopted as the name of the trading post. A fictional account of this naming is found in the novel Ungava by Robert Michael Ballantyne.

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