Qimualaniq Quest Finishes First Race in Iqaliut
by admin ~ April 4th, 2007
Nunavut sled-dog race seeks to bring together Inuit, Francophone and Anglophone communities in Nunavut, and revive Inuit sled dog traditions in Southern Baffin Island. The 320 km race travels through Katannilik Territorial Park, and was organized by the Association des francophones du Nunavut (AFN) and the Mayukalik Hunters and Trappers Association of Kimmirut. The first place finisher, Paul Crowley, completed the race in 27 hours and 58 minutes. As the CBC reports, interest in Qimualaniq and other races such as the weeklong Nunavut Quest hope to bring attention to the unique heritage of purebred Canadian Inuit dogs in the North, which are uniquely adapted to their environment. Northern Greenland places a ban on the import of other breeds, but Canada has no such restrictions and the numbers of purebred dogs are shrinking. More information about the race can be obtained from the AFN website, or the CBC radio report by Patricia Bell on-line.