Peter Kiatainaq celebrates a victory in the Ivakkak 2012 dog sled race for the sixth time in nine years. The race sees Inuit participants brave the elements on a 650 km trip from Kangiqsualujjuaq to Kangirsuk.Kiatiainaq finished the race with his teammate and son, Peter,nearly four hours ahead of second place finishersWillie Cain Jr. andWillie Cain Jr. Jr.
The underpinning of Inuit nomadic lifestyle, sled dogswere almostwiped out in the 1950s and ’60s as authorities tried to encourage a sedentary existence in the North. In 2001, the Makivik Corporation initiated the first Ivakkak dog sled race in an effort to bring the dogs back to Nunavik, and with them revitalize an influential aspect of Inuit culture. Besides the adventure,winners shared prizes of $12,500 in cash fromMakivik Corporation, a $12,000 gift certificate to FCNQ and two First Air return flights to Montreal.