Deadly Force: Family left wondering how young son died after fatal 2017 encounter with Nunavut RCMP

This story is part of Deadly Force, a CBC News investigation into police-involved fatalities in Canada.

Kunuk Qamaniq from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, was most comfortable when he was outdoors. The 20-year-old was a hunter who camped on the land to harvest seal, caribou and narwhal.

His mother, Leah Qamaniq, describes him as easy going and loved by family. As the second eldest son in his family, he was also a big help around the house.

Kunuk had never been in trouble with anyone, his mother said, especially police.

"The people here know Kunuk was trouble-free to anyone or any cop, they know that he was a good person," she said.

On March 18, 2017, RCMP were called to the hamlet's cemetery, where officers were responding to a report of a man with a firearm.

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