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A long time ago, a family went fishing.

On the shore of Lake Iqaluit, a shadow appeared in the middle of the night...

This story for young people, inspired by a traditional Inuit story told by Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk, then written and illustrated during a workshop in Ivujivik in Nunavik by students of the Nuvviti school, allows to discover the mysterious world of "little beings", the Inugagulliitt, who inhabit the tundra, particularly near the communities of Ivujivik and Salluit, the northernmost villages of Québec.

ᐅᐃᒍᐃᑎᑑᑦᑐᑦ ᐃᓄᑦᑎᑐᓪᓗ.

In French and Inuktitut.

ᓄᐃᑕᕕᓂᖅ ᐅᑯᓅᖓ : ᐊᑐᐊᒉᑦ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐅᓈᕐᑎᑐᑦ (Un livre à la fois), ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᕝᕕᑎ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕕᒃ.

Published in cooperation with Un livre à la fois and the Nuvviti school.

Les élèves de l'école Nuvviti, ᐃᓄᒐᒍᓪᓕᖅ L’inugagullirq, Montréal, Imaginaire | Nord and Un livre à la fois, «Isberg» series, 2023, 48p.

ISBN 978-2-923385-57-0

The co-creation of the book

Ivujivik 1  Ivujivik 2

Siasi Naluiyuk makes a boce using the stencil technique during a workshop in November 2022.

Qumaq Mangiuk is teaching printmaking to Emily Qissualuk during a workshop in November 2022.

This workshop in Nunavik is the result of a collaboration between Geneviève Lafrance, director of the Un livre à la fois project, and Daniel Chartier, director of the International Laboratory for Research on Images of the North, Winter and the Arctic, as well as Nelly Duvicq-Mangiok, Thomassie Mangiok, Georges Michel Tamdjou, Sylvie Roussy and Siaja Mark-Mangiuk from Nuvviti School in Ivujivik, Yasmine Charara from the Kativik School Board, Alexandrine Hugonnier and Roxanne Barbeau-Lépine, students at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and all the students who took part in the workshop, namely Adami Ainalik, Deseray Qaunaaluk, Elisapi Ainalik, Emily Qissualuk, Mary Mangiok, Siasi Naluiyuk and Ulluria Mangiok.

Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk, visual artist and Ivujivik elder, collaborated on the project in two ways: first by telling students Inuit stories from her region, one of which served as the basis for this book; a second to help students make their linocuts.

A podcast produced by the students

Sound recording, sound effects and production of the audio book L'inugagullirq in Ivujivik: Catherine Ego

To listen to the podcast on the One Book at a Time website [in French].

A podcast from Confluences

Produced by Catherine Ego and Mathieu Lavigne

Québec National Reading Award

ᐃᓄᒐᒍᓪᓕᖅ Inugagullirq project wins the Québec National Reading Award for 2023

The project creation team, including the teacher, researcher and author Nelly Duvicq, won the Québec National Reading Award for 2023. This prize promotes projects from the school environment which inspire passion for reading and which promote commitment, school perseverance and educational success of students.

ᐃᓄᒐᒍᓪᓕᖅ Inugagullirq

Person in charge: Nelly Duvicq
Nuvviti School
Kativik School Board

Nelly Duvicq, French teacher at Nuvviti school in Ivujivik (Nunavik), mobilized pupils in grades 5 and 6 and those in secondary 1 by reading five children's books written and produced by Montréal students. Inspired by these stories, the pupils co-created their own book based on an Inuit legend told by an elder from their village, Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk. The latter also introduced them to traditional linocut, a technique that the pupils used to create the illustrations for their book. In addition, a bilingual audio version (French-Inuktitut) accompanies the digital medium of their book.

This multidisciplinary project enabled pupils to enhance their cultural heritage and play the role of cultural transmitters by becoming authors and illustrators themselves. The material production of the book strengthened the commitment of the pupils and their motivation. This unifying project has highlighted the bond of trust between the Inuit community and the educational institution. He was able to create a sense of belonging, accomplishment and pride in the pupils and other people in their village.

This project is linked to research conducted by the Université du Québec à Montréal.



Photographs of the awards ceremony in Montréal, May 23rd, 2023.

Photographs by Normand Huberdeau for the Ministère de l'Éducation.

A conference by Geneviève Lafrance on the project

A team from "Un livre à la fois", led by Geneviève Lafrance, collaborated with the International Laboratory for Research on Images of the North, Winter and the Arctic, directed at the Université du Québec à Montréal by Daniel Chartier, to co-produce, with students and teachers from the Nuuviti school in the Inuit village of Ivujivik in Nunavik (Quebec), an illustrated children's book based on a traditional Inuit story. In this conference, Geneviève Lafrance presents the objectives, stages and success of this social literature education project, carried out between November 2022 and March 2023. The project was funded by the Canada History Fund of Heritage Canada and the UQAM Foundation. The Round Table was organized by Julie Graff.

In the media


Launch of the book in Ivujivik (Nunavik) in March 2023 (photograph by Nelly Duvicq)


Ivujivik students win award for adapting traditional story into book (Nunatsiaq News, 2023)

These Nunavik students helped write and illustrate their own award-winning book (CBC, 2023)

Balado de Confluences, réalisé par Catherine Ego et Mathieu Lavigne (Confluences, 2023)

Un album jeunesse créé par des élèves du Nunavik (Actualités UQAM, 2023)

Des élèves d’Ivujivik perpétuent la tradition orale inuit dans un livre jeunesse (Radio-Canada, 2023)

Prix national du ministère de l’Éducation pour le livre L’inugagullirq (Actualités UQAM, 2023)

Communiqué du Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec (2023)

To read this book

Le Port de tête

The book is available in bookstores (Le Port de tête, L'Euguélionne, La livrerie, Le Renard perché) in Montréal, and for institutions, by writing to

You can also download the book.

This project was made possible with the support of the Canada History Fund of Heritage Canada, Énergir, the Fondation de l'UQAM, the Service des partenariats et du soutien à l'innovation de l'UQAM, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.