Despite the village's name, the area is rich in wildlife and Arctic fauna, though changes in weather patterns may account for an oft-told story of how, long ago, Inuit were told that the area was teeming with wildlife; they found none when they arrived and almost faced starvation. Today's inhabitants do, however, enjoy an abundance of mussels and clams, Arctic char, caribou, berries, roots and herbs.
In 1958, archaeological digs began on Qikirtaq Island at the mouth of the Sugluk Inlet. Evidence suggests that people of the Dorset Period occupied the area from approximately 800 B.C. to 1,000 A.D.
Various traders and trading companies passed through Nunavik often until the Great Depression sent the price of pelts plummeting. Religious missions once again helped the communities to survive, with the construction of a school leading the way to the delivery of basic government services. This, in turn, encouraged neighbouring Inuit to settle there.
Deception Bay is renowned for excellent hunting and fishing. The Sugluk Inlet leaves nature lovers speechless with its abundance of flora and fauna.
Credit Photo : Anne-Renée Delli Colli