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Canada’s premiers are currently meeting in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick. Here Nunavut’s Joe Savikataaq is seen on Wednesday in Moncton with Alberta’s Rachel Notley, followed by Yukon’s Sandy Silver and N.W.T.’s Bob McLeod. Savikataaq and his northern counterparts met that day to discuss how to impress upon the newly shuffled federal cabinet ”the need for a more flexible approach to federal-territorial infrastructure funding,” according to a Government of Nunavut news release. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF NUNAVUT)
Canada’s premiers are currently meeting in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick. Here Nunavut’s Joe Savikataaq is seen on Wednesday in Moncton with Alberta’s Rachel Notley, followed by Yukon’s Sandy Silver and N.W.T.’s Bob McLeod. Savikataaq and his northern counterparts met that day to discuss how to impress upon the newly shuffled federal cabinet ”the need for a more flexible approach to federal-territorial infrastructure funding,” according to a Government of Nunavut news release. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF NUNAVUT)
NEWS July 20, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Taissumani, July 20

Minik, the New York Eskimo—A Mock Burial

KENN HARPER

In 1986 I published a book, Give Me My Father’s Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo. I published it myself and sold it through my business, Arctic Ventures, in Iqaluit. Surprisingly for a self-published book, it did very well and went through a number of printings.

Then in 2000, an...

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NEWS July 20, 2018 - 11:30 am

Cape Dorset’s Kenojuak Cultural Centre and gallery to open in September

Kinngait Studios is about to get a new home

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Cape Dorset is getting a new state-of-the-art community centre and exhibition space for Inuit art in September.

The municipality of Cape Dorset and the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative will open the doors to the new Kenojuak Cultural Centre on September 5. This cultural facility will also be the new...

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NEWS July 20, 2018 - 9:30 am

Work resumes on much-criticized Nunavut land use plan

Nunavut Planning Commission seeking new comments

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Planning Commission is taking another crack at revising its draft land use plan for the territory.

The planning commission held public hearings for the draft plan for the Qikiqtani region in Iqaluit on March 2017. But it indefinitely postponed hearings for the Kivalliq and Kitikmeot...

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NEWS July 20, 2018 - 7:50 am

Inuit to help manage marine conservation area

QIA gets $900K to run Guardian program in Lancaster Sound

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuit will help manage the new Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area through a new Guardian program to be run by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.

On Wednesday, Parks Canada announced up to $900,000 in funding for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association to operate a pilot Guardian program to...

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NEWS July 19, 2018 - 2:30 pm

De Beers to purchase Peregrine Diamonds

Major diamond producer makes a move on Nunavut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

De Beers Canada is on track to buy Peregrine Diamonds for $107 million.

Since 2003, Peregrine has explored its Chidliak property, about 120 kilometres northeast of Iqaluit, in an effort to prove up how many diamonds may be found beneath the ground.

The purchase agreement announced today, which...

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NEWS July 19, 2018 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik bones to be laid to rest

“We are happy the right thing will be done―putting them back where they belong”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Inuit bones will be returned to the Hudson Bay coast this summer, after having been removed by an archeologist more than 50 years ago.

Elmer Harp collected the bones from two graves while travelling along the eastern Hudson Bay coast, between Umiujaq and Kuujjuaraapik in northern Quebec, in

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NEWS July 19, 2018 - 12:52 pm

Inuk art dealer wins right to wield igloo stamp

Debate underway over what kinds of Inuit art should receive the iconic igloo tag

COURTNEY EDGAR

Lori Idlout, the owner of Iqaluit art gallery Carvings Nunavut, has a new tool to help show her customers that the artwork she sells is the real deal.

It’s the iconic igloo tag—a stamp that has been used for the past 60 years to indicate that artwork is authentically hand-made by Inuit.

Idlout...

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NEWS July 19, 2018 - 10:30 am

Western Nunavut community to hold alcohol plebiscite

Petition triggers vote on alcohol restrictions in Kugluktuk

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Residents in Kugluktuk will vote on whether to loosen up rules governing alcohol purchases this fall.

A 34-signature petition submitted to the Nunavut government by the Western Nunavut community has triggered a plebiscite, and now Elections Nunavut will hold a vote to see if the community wants to...

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NEWS July 19, 2018 - 9:30 am

Rankin Inlet man guilty of assaulting blacked-out woman

Jury finds victim was unable to consent to sex

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A jury has found a Rankin Inlet man guilty of sexually assaulting a woman while she was too intoxicated to consent.

“She was in a blacked-out state and cannot remember what happened after she started drinking,” Nunavut judge Earl Johnson said in an analysis of the jury’s decision, released by the...

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NEWS July 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut’s Monica Ell-Kanayuk to head ICC Canada

Former cabinet minister, broadcaster assumes top role for national Inuit council

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canada’s branch of the Inuit Circumpolar Council has a new leader.

For the next four years, Iqaluit’s Monica Ell-Kanayuk will serve as president of ICC Canada, after she was elected to the position on Sunday, July 15 during the group’s annual general meeting.

“I’m looking forward to working hard...

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NEWS July 18, 2018 - 1:20 pm

Agnico Eagle gets water licence for new Nunavut gold mine

Gold production at Whale Tail, near Baker Lake, set to start in fall of 2019

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Agnico Eagle Mines can start construction at its Whale Tail gold deposit, following the federal government’s approval of its water licence on July 11.

The green light comes following approval by the Nunavut Water Board.

Whale Tail is an open-pit gold deposit that’s part of the company’s Amaruq...

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NEWS July 18, 2018 - 9:30 am

Boil water advisory issued for Igloolik

Cloudy tap water triggers precaution

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s Department of Health has issued a boil water advisory for Igloolik as a precaution due to cloudy water.

That means all water for consumption must be brought to a rolling boil for a minimum of one full minute.

All water should be boiled for the following uses: drinking, cooking, brushing...

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NEWS July 18, 2018 - 8:20 am

Two in custody after Igloolik man beaten with baseball bats, threatened with rifle

Third alleged assailant identified, says Nunavut's RCMP

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two Igloolik residents are in custody after another resident was attacked with baseball bats and later threatened with a rifle on Monday evening.

“The Igloolik RCMP detachment was notified that three individuals were using baseball bats as they assaulted a fourth person who was on the ground,”...

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NEWS July 17, 2018 - 3:10 pm

Iqaluit shack fire sparks discussions about housing the homeless

”We need more housing. More social housing. More affordable housing”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Another shack along Iqaluit’s waterfront burst into flames this past weekend, displacing five people.

On the heels of a boat shelter fire just two weeks ago, concerned Iqaluit residents say the latest fire serves as a reminder of the need to tackle homelessness and provide more housing options in...

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NEWS July 17, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Southern Inuit of Labrador start talks with Ottawa

Hopes high with NunatuKavut Community Council, which has spent decades trying to negotiate a land claim

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Canada has begun talks with the NunatuKavut Community Council, to recognize the Indigenous rights of some 6,000 Inuit in south and central Labrador.

The talks “will be community-driven, could cover many different issues, and involve ongoing engagement with NunatuKavut members,”...

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NEWS July 17, 2018 - 9:30 am

Iqaluit men’s shelter moving in new direction

“It is more than just a shelter … it is the getting the clientele back into work, back into their rightful place in the community”

COURTNEY EDGAR

The men’s shelter in Iqaluit is making some big changes this summer.

With the appointment of a new acting director, Dan Laffin, two weeks ago, the Uquutaq men’s shelter wants to teach its clients how to begin living independently.

“If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a night. Teach him how...

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NEWS July 17, 2018 - 9:15 am

Shrimp royalties steady in Nunavik

Market strong while species health under watch for Nunavik shrimp fishery

BETH BROWN

Makivik Corp. hauled in $7.2 million in fishing royalties this year from its 2017-2018 shrimp fishery.

That shrimp season ended March 31, but the Nunavik Inuit organization released this annual figure July 4, after meeting with its Newfoundland fishing partner.

“The market seems to be steady,”...

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NEWS July 16, 2018 - 3:00 pm

Best year yet for Alianait, retiring festival director says

“I’ve seen our artists thrive"

BETH BROWN

The big top tent is packed away and international musicians who visited Iqaluit over the July 1 long weekend for the Alianait Arts Festival have all since flown back to their own countries or continued on with their tours.

“It was brilliant, the best we’ve ever done,” festival director Heather...

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NEWS July 16, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Two dead following ATV crash in Resolute Bay

RCMP, coroner investigating collision near community fuel tank farm

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A man and woman are dead after an ATV collision left three injured near Resolute Bay on July 11.

“At approximately 6 p.m. the Resolute Bay RCMP detachment was notified of an ATV collision which occurred near the fuel tank farm,” Nunavut RCMP said in a news release July 16.

Police and community...

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NEWS July 16, 2018 - 9:30 am

Inuit students see new opportunity to prepare for public-service careers

Nunavut Sivuniksavut launches new program

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Sivuniksavut, the Ottawa-based college that serves Inuit youth, is launching a new program to help its graduates prepare for careers in Nunavut’s public service.

“We want to see more Inuit in the public sector to ensure Inuit are leading Nunavut at all levels, and education and experience...

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NEWS July 16, 2018 - 8:30 am

New RCMP foot patrol launches this summer in Iqaluit

“Opening lines of communication will empower them to take back a bit of ownership”

COURTNEY EDGAR

This week, RCMP boots hit the dirt in Iqaluit to begin a new summer foot patrol.

Staff-Sgt. Garfield Elliott walked along Federal Rd., up Queen Elizabeth, on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 11, stopping at businesses along the way and introducing himself to passersby.

According to Elliott, the...

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NEWS July 13, 2018 - 2:00 pm

Baffinland announces 2018 scholarships

Five Inuit students from Nunavut to each receive $5,000 for post-secondary studies

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. is looking to award five $5,000 scholarships this year to Inuit from Nunavut who are pursuing post-secondary education.

This year’s scholarships will target the following areas of study: business administration; education and management studies; geology and engineering;...

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NEWS July 13, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Charges laid against 11 inmates from riot at Iqaluit jail

Death threats, wearing a mask and assault on a peace officer among charges following June trashing of Baffin Correctional Centre

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Charges have been laid against 11 inmates from Iqaluit’s Baffin Correctional Centre, Nunavut RCMP said today, following a police investigation into a June riot that destroyed a large medium-security cellblock at the Iqaluit jail.

Those charges include uttering death threats towards corrections...

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NEWS July 13, 2018 - 10:30 am

With warming temperatures, Canada’s Arctic glaciers are melting faster

Researchers in two separate studies documented dramatic changes beginning in the 1990s after decades of stability

ARCTIC TODAY

HANNAH HOAG

Most of Canada’s Arctic glaciers are shrinking—and some are already gone.

A survey of 1,773 glaciers across northern Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada has found more than three-quarters had lost area between 1999 and 2015. Overall, the glaciers lost about six per cent of their total...

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NEWS July 13, 2018 - 8:30 am

Inuit employment, staff retention a focus for Nunavut’s new HR department

“The MLAs were clear on their desire to have this”

BETH BROWN

It’s a need for more training, staff retention, respect in the workplace and higher Inuit employment rates that is leading the Government of Nunavut to set up a separate department for human resources.

That’s what Nunavut’s finance minister and minister responsible for the public service, George...

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NEWS July 12, 2018 - 1:45 pm

Iqaluit’s looming water shortage deserves greater attention: city councillor

“I am just scared that if we don't look after this ... it is going to become a chaos for the community”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Updated on July 13 at 9:40 a.m.

Joanasie Akumalik handed out water bottles to his fellow Iqaluit city councillors at this week’s meeting, in place of the typical pitchers and glasses.

If no action plan is created soon about the depleting water levels at the Lake Geraldine supply, Akumalik warned...

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NEWS July 12, 2018 - 10:30 am

Feds work with Nunavut to govern growing fishery

Nunavut fishery regulations to better align with Nunavut Agreement

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Rules for Nunavut’s fishing industry are being updated to make sure the Nunavut Agreement is reflected in both territorial fisheries regulations and Canada’s Fisheries Act.

These new regulations are being developed for Nunavut by the federal government, the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik...

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Susie Baines caught this image of the sinking sun painting the waters gold near the Iqaluit breakwater sometime between 8 and 9 p.m. on July 13. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSIE BAINES)
Susie Baines caught this image of the sinking sun painting the waters gold near the Iqaluit breakwater sometime between 8 and 9 p.m. on July 13. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSIE BAINES)