Quebec police warn Salluit residents to stay inside as armed suspect sought

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

Quebec provincial police are warning residents of the northern village of Salluit to stay inside as they search for an armed suspect in the community. 

The police service sent a tweet alerting residents to the danger at 12:35pm on Monday warning them to stay inside, lock their doors, stay away from the windows:

A Quebec provincial police, Sûreté du Québec, spokesperson told Eye on the Arctic the 24 year-old man armed man was last seen travelling on foot.

Salluit, a village of around 1,500 people is located near the Hudson Strait in Nunavik, the Inuit region of Arctic Quebec.

Nunavik’s 14 communities are served by the Nunavik Police Service. Quebec provincial police officers rotate in and out of the communities when needed or to assist with vacant posts until they are filled.

The Quebec provincial spokesperson couldn’t immediately say how many officers from the service are currently in the community responding to the incident.

Police are warning residents not to approach the suspect if sighted.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Nunavut led country in violent crimes in 2021, says Statistics Canada report, CBC News

Finland: Police response times up to an hour slower in Arctic Finland, Yle News

Sweden: Criminal gang activity moving into northern Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States: Violence Against Women bill would expand power of up to 30 Alaska tribal courts, Alaska Public Media

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 a 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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