Leah Nuqingaq

Leah Nuqingaq was born in Pallavik in 1933. Her testimony includes information on life at the outpost camp at Pallavik. She recalls that that they were told to move from Pallavik because there was no hospital, and they would only be able to receive medical care if they relocated to Qikiqtarjuaq. Leah states that she and her husband had gone by dog team to Qikiqtarjuaq for supplies when their dogs were shot. At the time the dogs were tied up, but the Qallunaaq, including Bob Pilot, told them that no dogs were allowed in the community of Qikiqtarjuaq. After their dogs were shot they could not return to Pallavik, and were forced to remain in Qikiqtarjuaq. Leah and her husband were not able to retrieve the equipment at their camp. Leah states that her husband died of lung cancer in Montreal after he was taken there for medical treatment. She eventually received a matchbox house in Qikiqtarjuaq. Once she settled, her eldest daughter was sent to school in Churchill.