Jukipa Audlakiak was born in 1944. She was adopted by her grandparents in Pangnirtung as a child. From Pangnirtung she moved to Pallavik, and in 1955 her family moved to Qikiqtarjuaq when her father got a job on the DEW Line. In 1958, Jukipa and two of her brothers went to Hamilton on board the CD Howe in order to receive medical treatment for tuberculosis. Jukipa remained there for almost two years. During her stay in Hamilton she received only one letter from her family. After her grandparents died, Jukipa was returned to her birth parents.