Police investigate suspicious death in Arctic Quebec community

The Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF) station in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, Quebec. The Salluit KRPF detachment discovered he suspicious death November 1 responding to an emergency fire call. (Eilis Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)
Quebec provincial police are investigating the suspicious death of a woman in Salluit, a community in Nunavik, the Inuit region of Arctic Quebec.

The Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF), the law enforcement agency in Nunavik, found the woman on November 1 after responding to an emergency call about a possible home fire.

There were no visible signs of smoke or fire when police and firefighters arrived at the address, but they did find the woman lying on a bed in a bedroom.

The woman was taken to the community nursing center by ambulance where she was declared dead.

Police have not yet released the name or age of the woman, but in a press release on Tuesday, the KRPF said a suspect was in custody.

The person’s name and age have also not been released.

As happens whenever there are suspicious deaths in Nunavik, homicide investigators from Quebec’s provincial police, the Sûreté du Québec, fly up from down South to take over the case.

The community of Salluit, in Nunavik, Quebec. (Marika Wheeler/CBC)

Salluit has a population of approximately 1,486 people and is located on the Hudson Strait in the northernmost region of Nunavik.

Like Nunavik’s other 13 communities, Salluit is fly-in only.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying an culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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