During the Makivik Gala held on November 14, 2018 in Kuujjuaq at the Katittavik Town Hall, four new recipients to the Order of Nunavik were named. They were: Charlie Tooktoo of Kuujjuaraapik, Lazarusie Epoo of Inukjuaq, Jacob Oweetaluktuk of Inukjuak, and Johnny Watt of Kuujjuaq.

Johnny Watt received the Order of Nunavik during Makivik’s 40th gala. L to R: Philip Awashish, Johnny Watt, Robert Kanatawat and Charlie Watt Sr. © Makivik Corporation | Miriam Dewar

Members of the families of Charlie Tooktoo, Lazarusie Epoo, and Jacob Oweetaluktuk accepted the medals on behalf of the recipients as they have passed away.

The original James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement Signatories were also given their new medals at the event. Eleven Inuit signed the JBNQA on November 11, 1975. They were: Charlie Watt, George Koneak, Johnny Williams, Zebedee Nungak, Putulik Papigatuk, Tommy Cain, Robbie Tookalook, Peter Inukpuk, Mark Annanack, Sarolie Weetaluktuk, and Charlie Arngak.