Weird errors when loading/running a Julia notebook in Jupyter

I have Jupyter lab running on my Linux machine, installed standalone with pip, all latest versions of everything, including a fresh system install of Julia which is working in the system console fine. I do not have Conda installed, I install all my data science apps by hand. My Jupyter runs flawlessly with Python, R, and whatever else I throw at it. I installed and compiled the IJulia kernel package, and when I open Jupyter Lab I can see the Julia icons, open a Julia console (which works), and create a new Julia notebook. But when a Julia notebook tries to run cells, it starts spitting out weird errors to the Jupyter console (I keep it running in a terminal in the background). Here’s the output:

[ Info: Precompiling IJulia [7073ff75-c697-5162-941a-fcdaad2a7d2a]
ERROR: LoadError: ArgumentError: Package **Conda** does not have Downloads in its dependencies:
- If you have Conda checked out for development and have
  added Downloads as a dependency but haven't updated your primary
  environment's manifest file, try `Pkg.resolve()`.
- Otherwise you may need to report an issue with Conda
Stacktrace:
 [1] require(::Module, ::Symbol) at ./loading.jl:906
 [2] include(::Function, ::Module, ::String) at ./Base.jl:380
 [3] include(::Module, ::String) at ./Base.jl:368
 [4] top-level scope at none:2
 [5] eval at ./boot.jl:331 [inlined]
 [6] eval(::Expr) at ./client.jl:467
 [7] top-level scope at ./none:3
in expression starting at /home/louis/.julia/packages/Conda/1403Y/src/Conda.jl:18
ERROR: LoadError: LoadError: Failed to precompile Conda [8f4d0f93-b110-5947-807f-2305c1781a2d] to /home/louis/.julia/compiled/v1.5/Conda/WZE3U_e29u5.ji.
Stacktrace:
 [1] error(::String) at ./error.jl:33
 [2] compilecache(::Base.PkgId, ::String) at ./loading.jl:1305
 [3] _require(::Base.PkgId) at ./loading.jl:1030
 [4] require(::Base.PkgId) at ./loading.jl:928
 [5] require(::Module, ::Symbol) at ./loading.jl:923
 [6] include(::Function, ::Module, ::String) at ./Base.jl:380
 [7] include at ./Base.jl:368 [inlined]
 [8] include(::String) at /home/louis/.julia/packages/IJulia/e8kqU/src/IJulia.jl:33
 [9] top-level scope at /home/louis/.julia/packages/IJulia/e8kqU/src/IJulia.jl:93
 [10] include(::Function, ::Module, ::String) at ./Base.jl:380
 [11] include(::Module, ::String) at ./Base.jl:368
 [12] top-level scope at none:2
 [13] eval at ./boot.jl:331 [inlined]
 [14] eval(::Expr) at ./client.jl:467
 [15] top-level scope at ./none:3
in expression starting at /home/louis/.julia/packages/IJulia/e8kqU/src/jupyter.jl:8
in expression starting at /home/louis/.julia/packages/IJulia/e8kqU/src/IJulia.jl:93

As I said, it’s weird because I DO NOT have Conda anywhere near 100 km of my system. Why is the error mentioning Conda? Why is it precompiling IJulia? (is that Julia’s JIT compiler in action?). IJulia was already loaded, added, and built. And the Julia kernel seems to be connecting to Jupyter ostensibly, but then it spits out these errors.

Any help appreciated.
Thanks.