Press Release

Ivakkak 2020

Ivakkak 2020 – The 19th edition of Nunavik’s Dogsled Race will be held on the Ungava Coast starting in Kangirsuk on February 24, 2020 and ending in the community of Kangiqsualujjuaq. Along the way, the race will make stops in Aupaluk, Tasiujaq and Kuujjuaq. The race is expected to last 12 days and, if all is well, is expected to hit the finish line on March 6, 2020.

Thanks to the sponsorship options for Ivakkak, each community along the route will play host to activities while Ivakkak is passing through communities. All communities involved are working hard to plan special activities for the departure and finish lines.

This year, the Race Coordinator at Makivik Corporation is again Akinisie Sivuarapik with the support of Department Head, Nathan Cohen-Fournier. Charlie Alaku is the Trail Coordinator and Johnny Oovaut is the Race Marshal. Officials, scouts and support crew members will also ensure the race is safe and fair. Live tracking for the race will be made available days on our event website http://www.ivakkak.com.

Last year’s winners of the 2019 Ivakkak race were Willie Cain Jr. and Ken Labbe from Tasiujaq. Second place went to Aisa Surusilak and Carlos Surusilak of Puvirnituq while Peter Boy Ittukallak and Eric Ittukallak of Puvirnituq took the third prize.

For this year’s race there are 9 teams registered from across Nunavik. They are:

  • Team 1 – Darrel Emak and Jason Annanack from Kangiqsualujjuaq
  • Team 2 – George Kauki and Timuti Angnatuk from Kuujjuaq
  • Team 3 – Noah Uqittuk and Janu Jaaka from Kangiqsujuaq
  • Team 4 – Sandy Jaaka and Willia Qullialuk from Kangiqsujuaq
  • Team 5- Alec Aupaluk and Paulusie Jason Irniq from Kangiqsujuaq
  • Team 6 – Willie Cain Jr. and Ken Labbe from Tasiujaq
  • Team 7 – Aisa Surusilak and Aibilie Qumaluk from Puvirnituq
  • Team 8 – Jani-Marik Beaulne and Peter Angutik Novalinga from Puvirnituq
  • Team 9- Eric Ittukallak and Paulusi Jr. Kenuajuak from Puvirnituq

“All the best to the 2020 Ivakkak teams on the 19th edition of Nunavik Dogsled Race!  The race will begin in Kangirsuk and finish in Kangiqsualujjuaq.  Over the years, Ivakkak have demonstrated and kept alive the traditional way of winter travelling within our arctic homeland, Nunavik.” said Maggie Emudluk, Vice President of Makivik’s Economic Development.

For more information please contact:

Akinisie Sivuarapak
Economic Development Officer/
Ivakkak Coordinator

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