QIA Congratulates Mushers of Nunavut Quest

QIA Congratulates Mushers of Nunavut Quest

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Iqaluit, Nunavut, May 2, 2022 – The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is a proud sponsor of the 2022 Nunavut Quest and would like to congratulate all of the mushers that took part in this years race from Arctic Bay to Igloolik.  Due to weather conditions, this quest took place over the course of nine days, rather than the 7 days that was planned.

“After a 2-year delay of the Nunavut Quest because of COVID-19, the excitement to welcome the mushers to Igloolik was evident.  For each member to be able to train, practice and race the 420km journey is a true showcase or perseverance, patience and dedication. Congratulations to all that participated, organized and volunteered to make this years race a success”, said Olayuk Akesuk, President of QIA

Standings and time:

1st Place – Jonah Qaunaq – 28 hours 43.55 minutes

2nd place – David Oyukuluk – 29 hours 43.45 minutes

3rd place – Lee Inuarak – 29 hours 57.25 minutes

4th place – Terry Uyarak – 30 hours 23.20 minutes

5th place – Michael Inuarak – 34 hours 19.30 minutes

6th place – Tom Naqitarvik – 34 hours 30.10 minutes

7th place – Michael Qaunaq – 36 hours 6.55 minutes

8th place – Qiliqti Ivalu – 39 hours 43.12 minutes

9th place – Donovan Qaunaq – 39 hours 58.7 minutes

10th place – Jeremy Koonoo – 43 hours 33.59 minutes

11th place – Andrew Phillip Taqtu – 44 hours 24.25 minutes

12th place – Joshua Haulli – 45 hours 28.20 minutes


The QIA sponsorship to the event included gasoline and oil support for snowmobiles, food for camps along the trail, compensation for timekeepers, a snowmobile support team, a community feast in Arctic Bay and Igloolik and prize money for mushers.

QIA will continue to work towards Saimaqatigiingniq and putting into action the recommendations of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission.


Congratulations to the 2022 Nunavut Quest participants, we look forward to seeing you race again next year from Igloolik to Arctic Bay.

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