In early April, the skies over the Nunavik community of Kangiqsujuaq
were alive with colour as kite-skiers participated in the annual Kite Ski Championship. This year’s event saw 10 participants from six communities coming to the small Northern town. Wearing skis, the sport enthusiasts propel themselves upwards with the help of a kite and hopefully strong winds.
This year’s winner was Quppa George Pinguatuk from Salluit.
Games took place in the community every night as well to go along with the championship. The program started in 2006 and there are now more than 25 communities involved. Many municipal governments and different funding organizations and individuals pulled together to make the event happen this year. For more information and photos on the Kite Ski Championship, visit Arctic Wind Riders.ca or on Facebook.
The Kativik Regional Government also runs a Nunavik Kite Ski Program, which supports clubs in Nunavik’s communities. Krg.ca