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Couzyn van Heuvelen, an Iqaluit-born sculptor and artist, is in the running for this year’s prestigious Sobey Art Award. This image shows one of his sealskin-patterned balloons, made to resemble traditional sealskin floats. The $100,000 prize is awarded each year to an up-and-coming visual artist under the age of 40. Van Heuvelen, an Inuk who has spent most his life in southern Ontario, is among 25 long-listed contenders. Five finalists will be announced on May 29, and the winner will be named on Nov. 14. (PHOTO COURTESY THE SOBEY ART AWARD)
Couzyn van Heuvelen, an Iqaluit-born sculptor and artist, is in the running for this year’s prestigious Sobey Art Award. This image shows one of his sealskin-patterned balloons, made to resemble traditional sealskin floats. The $100,000 prize is awarded each year to an up-and-coming visual artist under the age of 40. Van Heuvelen, an Inuk who has spent most his life in southern Ontario, is among 25 long-listed contenders. Five finalists will be announced on May 29, and the winner will be named on Nov. 14. (PHOTO COURTESY THE SOBEY ART AWARD)
COMMENTARY April 20, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Legal Ease, April 20

What does a waiver mean?

JAMES MORTON

Almost any time you go into any sports or recreational activity you have to sign a waiver.

It’s the sort of thing written in fancy language that’s hard to follow in detail, but which amounts to a statement that no matter what happens, you can’t sue anyone for anything.

The idea is to protect the...

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NEWS April 20, 2018 - 1:30 pm

BRCC removes former president Ike Haulli from its board

Haulli served as chamber president until last year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Ike Haulli, an Igloolik business owner who sexually abused children between 1968 and 1986, has been removed from the board of the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce, the organization said yesterday in a release.

Haulli, a BRCC board member for many years, had served as the organization’s...

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NEWS April 20, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavik family still seeks answers, police support in woman’s death

“It's like she was just put aside because she was Inuit"

SARAH ROGERS

The family of an Inukjuak woman who died more than two decades ago continues to ask police to revisit the investigation into her death.

Alacie Nowyakallak was 34 when she went missing in Montreal on Oct. 3, 1994.

Less than two weeks later, on Oct. 14, her body was found in the St. Lawrence River...

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NEWS April 20, 2018 - 9:30 am

NDP MPs press for papal apology to survivors of residential school

"Meaningful meetings is not an apology, and we need that"

SARAH ROGERS

A federal MP for Nunavik says he’s gone from disappointment to disgust over the Catholic church’s refusal to apologize to Indigenous survivors of Canadian residential schools.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops held a news conference on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, April 18 to try and...

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NEWS April 20, 2018 - 8:00 am

Cuppa Joe and a new place to go: hip café comes to Iqaluit

Chef sees need for niche java shop in Nunavut capital

BETH BROWN

Coffee beans are really seeds, found in the centre of a small red fruit that looks kind of like a cranberry.

It’s that centre—and the dark colour of the caffeine-bearing liquid fuel the beans brew up—that inspired the name of Iqaluit’s hip new coffee joint: Black Heart Café.

“Iqaluit needed...

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NEWS April 19, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Iqaluit comedy show will honour Nanauq Kusugak

"This show is not about suicide: it’s about the comedy he left us with"

JANE GEORGE

On Saturday night in Iqaluit you will be able to laugh—and may well cry—as the city’s comedians gather together to honour one of their own, Nanauq Kusugak, whose death by suicide earlier this month sparked a call for better mental health services in Nunavut.

“But this show is not about suicide:...

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NEWS April 19, 2018 - 1:35 pm

Judge offers insights into Nunavut jail riot

Details unveiled during sentencing of Igloolik murderer

STEVE DUCHARME

During a riot at the Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit late last year, four inmates broke through the jail’s ceiling and caused a flood after breaking an overhead fire sprinkler.

These previously unreleased details are included in a written decision addressing offences committed by one of the...

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NEWS April 19, 2018 - 10:30 am

A tale of two Nunavut arts communities, and youth working together

"Art is a very good tool for self-expression”

SARAH ROGERS

Rhoda Nashalik and Tasha Partridge said they were really nervous.

The 13-year-old Grade 7 and Grade 8 students from Pangnirtung were in Cape Dorset for the first time, to spend the week with a group of junior high students on the other side of Baffin Island.

They were among seven students from...

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NEWS April 19, 2018 - 9:45 am

Big money sunk into Nunavut town’s water woes

More than half a million dollars spent on emergency measures

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut spent more than half a million dollars on emergency measures two years ago after high sodium levels were first detected in Sanikiluaq’s water reservoir, according to reports recently tabled in the Nunavut legislative assembly.

Since high sodium levels were discovered in......

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NEWS April 19, 2018 - 8:00 am

Nunavut sexual predator must pay $1.22 million to his victims

Baffin business leader Ike Haulli sexually assaulted children aged four, nine, 10 and 15

JIM BELL

Warning: Some readers may be disturbed by certain details in this story.

Ike Haulli, a highly respected business owner from Igloolik who until recently served as chair of the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been exposed as an egregious sexual predator.

To resolve civil lawsuits launched...

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NEWS April 18, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Northern lights shine south in Toronto outdoor exhibit

“The best thing is when you can see artwork in the lights"

SARAH ROGERS

The only lights you can usually see when you look skyward in Canada’s largest city are those left on in office towers at night.

But until the end of May, people in Toronto can enjoy the northern lights and learn a bit of Inuit folklore right from the city’s downtown core.

A new installation by...

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NEWS April 18, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Iqaluit’s Uquutaq Society eyes expansion to improve service for the homeless

Community org doing financial analysis on proposed building purchases

THOMAS ROHNER

Special to Nunatsiaq News

The Uquutaq Society, which runs Iqaluit’s homeless shelter for men, has taken concrete steps to acquire two new buildings in town, delegates at the society’s annual general meeting in Iqaluit heard April 16.

“We’ve been working with the City [of Iqaluit] to plan and...

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NEWS April 18, 2018 - 11:30 am

Researcher hopes Nunavut driftwood offers clues to changing Arctic climate

Driftwood analysis can reveal environmental changes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A British glaciologist plans to spend 10 days this September gathering driftwood from the coasts of Baffin Island and West Greenland.

That’s because where driftwood is found and how it got there, along with the type of wood, its size and thickness can tell us how the environment has changed in the...

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NEWS April 18, 2018 - 10:30 am

What you read on Nunatsiaq.com from April 8 to April 15

Death by suicide of young Iqaluit man prompts online discussion

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last week’s article on demands in Nunavut for more mental health services struck a nerve with readers—it proved to be the best-read story on Nunatsiaq.com that week, and the second-best read article so far of 2018.

These demands came after the death by suicide of a well-liked young man, Nanauq......

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NEWS April 18, 2018 - 10:00 am

Nunavik residents worried about summer dam spill

“What happened in 1984 is still very emotional"

SARAH ROGERS

Kuujjuaq residents have questions about what a controlled dam spill could mean for wildlife and harvesters along the Koksoak River.

Hydro-Québec just announced a proposal to do a controlled release of water this summer from its Caniapiscau reservoir, which is nearing full capacity.

The surplus...

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NEWS April 18, 2018 - 8:00 am

National revenue minister gets an earful from Nunavut business

Chamber members talk about frequent CRA audits, low financial literacy, lack of Inuktitut support, bad internet

BETH BROWN

The Canada Revenue Agency needs to do more work on Nunavut, members of Iqaluit’s business community told the minister of national revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, during a round-table event at the Qamutiq building with members of the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce on April 16.

Lebouthillier also met...

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NEWS April 17, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut government continues homelessness survey in Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet

Each participant will receive a $25 food voucher

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut will continue its survey of homelessness in the territory this week and next, with staff from the Government of Nunavut’s poverty reduction division working with local teams in Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet, April 18 to April 19.

They will continue the survey in Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and...

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The singer-songwriter and ukulele player Colleen Nakashuk, who performs as Aasiva, is set to release her debut album June 8 under her new record label, Aakuluk Music. Aasiva, originally from Pangnirtung, is a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut who now lives in Iqaluit. You can listen to her single Qalunaat Nunanganit at https://bit.ly/2J2Slf9 (PHOTO COURTESY OF AAKULUK MUSIC)
The singer-songwriter and ukulele player Colleen Nakashuk, who performs as Aasiva, is set to release her debut album June 8 under her new record label, Aakuluk Music. Aasiva, originally from Pangnirtung, is a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut who now lives in Iqaluit. You can listen to her single Qalunaat Nunanganit at https://bit.ly/2J2Slf9 (PHOTO COURTESY OF AAKULUK MUSIC)