Algonquin community gathers to honour, mourn incoming student slain in homicide

September 22, 2022
A community gathering was held at Algonquin College on Tuesday to grieve the loss of Savanna Pikuyak, an incoming first-year Pre-Health Sciences Pathways student. Pikuyak moved from Nunavut to Ottawa to begin her studies at the college, but was the victim of a homicide shortly after arriving in the city. The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health is reportedly creating the Pikuyak Scholarship for pre-nursing students at Nunavut Arctic College. "When one of us gets hurt, we all get hurt," said Nunavut Sivuniksvut Teacher Aliqa Illauq. "This was an absolute tragedy, and a great reminder of the oppression and the continued challenges we as Inuit go through just to further our education." Pikuyak’s roommate has been charged with second-degree murder. Algonquin College | CBC (1) | CBC (2) | Nunatsiaq News (ON)