Troubled teen kills family in Inuit village, raises questions about lack of psychological support

akulivikIt takes a full day for Alaku Quillialuk to fly from Akulivik, her small hometown in Northern Quebec, to Montreal, where her best friend is recovering in hospital after being stabbed by a teenage relative, who also attacked and killed her boyfriend and 12-year-old son.

As the turboprop plane makes the journey south, it stops at neighbouring villages along the Hudson Bay coast. When Quillialuk gets off the plane for a pit stop, she’s embraced by relatives and friends who’ve heard the news.

“We forgive easily and we say sorry easily,” she says, but adds that, this time, it might be awhile before the community can move on.

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