I have begin taking photos since I was 11, taking my father’s Brownie Super 27 camera, without his permission, to shoot people throwing stones at soldiers in the street of Montreal, during the 1970 October crisis. I found out early that I...
"Inuksiak" also call "gasman" or "naphtha man" by some white people working in Inukjuak because of his tendency to breathe naphtha.
His name mean wise man in English. Inuksuak is also a carver, selling his art to buy foods and gas. I had the chance to spend an afternoon with him. He is effectively one of the most wise person I met.
Dogs are extremely important in Inukjuak, they are everywhere. Inuit are attached to them and is also often the only way to go hunting in the tundra. Dogs will find their way back home even in blizzard.
Kite skiing, the favourite winter sport for the Inuit. The equipment is very expensive so the municipality decide to buy several ones and let the local people using it for free. Is one of the few programs that grant poor families to have access to equipment that otherwise they could never afford. Bringing materials from the south is done by plane and is very expensive.
When skidoo get broken, no other choice to abandoned it like here in the no mans land of the tundra. The wind and the cold are no mercy for the vehicle and the people. This is why so many still rely on the dogs to go hunting in the tundra.
Of course, Inuit never complain about the very long winter (mid-October to mid-May). They enjoy the snow and like here you will see them enjoying all the winter games they could do. A young man is sliding standing on his friend on the ground.
This series is an interpretative portrayal of Inukjuak, a small community of Inuit in the Nunavik region of Quebec, Canada. We say Inuk for one person and Inuit for two or more. The Inuit community settled in this inhospitable area more than a thousand years ago. Today, they struggle between their traditional ways of living and modernity. I arrived in the community on the 21 of August 2016. it is not easy as an "Qallunak" (white men) to be accepted in a place where trust is establish through long knowledge of the person. So I begin with the ones who were the most interested at knowing who I am, the kids. They are curious and board you without any prejudice or fears. You have to be honest with them because, first thing they do after talking to you is going back home and telling your story to the rest of the family. Inukjuak mean great human in English.