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Two youth take part in a finger-pull competition during Inuit games, Oct. 4, in Resolute Bay. The games were part of a full day of events to promote mental health awareness. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKS CANADA)
Two youth take part in a finger-pull competition during Inuit games, Oct. 4, in Resolute Bay. The games were part of a full day of events to promote mental health awareness. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKS CANADA)
NEWS October 18, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Education minister says he’s unaware of whether Iqaluit students were miscounted

"I have to follow up on if there is any discrepancy or mistake with the department"

COURTNEY EDGAR

Nunavut’s minister of education, David Joanasie, says he doesn’t know if his department miscounted Iqaluit students last year.

That’s in response to assertions by Doug Workman, chair of the Iqaluit District Education Authority, who said during his organization’s annual general meeting on Monday...

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LETTERS October 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Thank you to Agnico Eagle for Baker Lake landfill cleanup

“Without the help of Agnico Eagle, these contaminants would continue to cause damage”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

On behalf of the hamlet council and residents of Baker Lake, we would like to thank Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. for their assistance in cleaning the Baker Lake landfill of contaminated items this past summer.

A total of 53 20-foot containers were shipped out of Baker Lake to recycling facilities and...

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NEWS October 18, 2018 - 1:30 pm

NTI puts out call for nominations for role of vice-president

Nunavut voters go to the polls Dec. 10

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The nomination period for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s upcoming election for vice-president opens later this month.

Interested candidates should file their nomination papers from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2, if they wish to run in the Dec. 10 election, NTI said in an Oct. 18 news release.

Nomination...

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LETTERS October 18, 2018 - 9:45 am

Inuit student-parents with GN daycare funding still eligible for our money, Kakivak says

“Kakivak Association currently provides funding to ensure that the childcare spaces for Inuit students are 100-per-cent funded”

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Once again, thank you for getting in touch regarding the article “Catch-22 glitch reduces student daycare spaces at Iqaluit’s Inuksuk High” published by Nunatsiaq News on Oct. 16.

In our view, it is unfortunate that Nunatsiaq News, a reputable, award-winning publication known for its balanced,...

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NEWS October 18, 2018 - 8:17 am

Computer hackers steal $300,000 from Nunavut Resource Corp.

"It was pure fraud"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—The ambitious development plans of the Nunavut Resources Corp. were dealt a big blow earlier this year when its chief operating officer, Scott Northey, discovered the organization’s bank account had been drained of about $300,000.

Over three months, emails from a hacker who had...

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NEWS October 17, 2018 - 3:32 pm

Legal marijuana goes on sale in Nunavut, Nunavik, but only online

Tweed.com slow to load on opening day

SARAH ROGERS

Cannabis is legal across Canada as of Oct. 17, but don’t expect to see long line-ups snaking around buildings in Nunavut or Nunavik.

Both jurisdictions are relying on online cannabis sales, at least for now.

And that caused a different kind of congestion on Wednesday. In Nunavut, the territory’s...

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NEWS October 17, 2018 - 2:25 pm

Climate change debate 30 years overdue, Canadian Inuit leader says

"Rising temperatures are leading to dramatic irreversible effects on Arctic communities”

JIM BELL

When members of the House of Commons held an emergency debate on the impact of climate change last Monday night, they were 30 years too late, the president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Canada said yesterday in a statement.

“Inuit have been bringing warnings about global warming to the...

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NEWS October 17, 2018 - 1:05 pm

Nunavik school board calls for urgent, collective response to suicide

“We need to make children and youth understand that life is valuable"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik’s school board is calling for urgent, on-the-ground support for what it calls a suicide crisis in the region.

Kativik Ilisarniliriniq has convened a meeting of community and regional organizations to respond to the recent suicides of a number of young Nunavimmiut.

School board officials...

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NEWS October 17, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavut judge tosses another mandatory sentence for gun crime

"The sentence I impose ought not to crush his spirit and hoped-for rehabilitation"

JIM BELL

A Nunavut judge has thrown out another four-year mandatory minimum sentence for a firearms offence, this time for a young Kimmirut man who got mad at his girlfriend and fired a rifle round at a house where she was visiting.

Simeonie Itturiligaq, 24, of Kimmirut, had pleaded guilty this past May to...

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NEWS October 17, 2018 - 9:40 am

Inuit, Parks Canada close to deal on Franklin wrecks national historic site

"We will be in a position to sign an agreement in principle very soon"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—By April 1 next year, the Inuit impact and benefit agreement for the Terror and Erebus National Historic Site should be signed, and the construction of a visitors centre based around the doomed 1845 Sir John Franklin expedition can then move ahead in Gjoa Haven.

“We are close to...

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NEWS October 17, 2018 - 8:17 am

Nunavut board to finish with Mary River railway proposal by June 2019

Baffinland’s expansion would include railways to both Milne Inlet and Steensby Inlet, annual production of up to 30 million tonnes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Impact Review Board expects to complete its assessment of Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s proposed expansion of the Mary River iron mine by June next year, according to a schedule made public last Friday.

The review board has ruled the company’s environmental impact statement for the...

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NEWS October 16, 2018 - 3:45 pm

Iqaluit schools shortchanged by Education Department, DEA says

“Our DEA plans to meet with our Iqaluit MLAs to have this scandal brought to light in the legislative assembly”

COURTNEY EDGAR

The Iqaluit District Education Authority says schools in the city have been shortchanged by the Department of Education this school year because the Government of Nunavut miscalculated the number of students attending class.

This resulted in fewer teachers available per student and a substantial...

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NEWS October 16, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Judicial recount confirms Nunavik riding MNA

Denis Lamothe won Ungava with 46 votes, recount finds

SARAH ROGERS

A recount called in Ungava has confirmed the Coalition Avenir Québec’s narrow win in the Nunavik riding.

Following Quebec’s election Oct. 1, CAQ candidate Denis Lamothe finished 44 votes ahead of second-place Parti Québécois candidate Jonathan Mattson in the northern riding.

The PQ made an......

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NEWS October 16, 2018 - 1:35 pm

Western Nunavut Inuit org will continue to pitch Grays Bay project

"There is still hope for the project"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—When Stanley Anablak of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association delivered his president’s report this morning to the annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay, he included an encouraging look-ahead for the Grays Bay Road and Port Project.

“Despite the headwinds we’ve faced over the year, there...

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NEWS October 16, 2018 - 10:30 am

Catch-22 glitch reduces student daycare spaces at Iqaluit’s Inuksuk High

Under Kakivak childcare rules, Inuit students funded by GN program aren’t considered Inuit

COURTNEY EDGAR

The daycare inside Iqaluit’s Inuksuk High School says it’s only able to offer five of its 24 spaces to the children of high school students, due to conflicting funding program rules.

Shauna Beaton, the chairperson of the Inuksuk Infant Development Centre, or IIDC, communicated that to the Iqaluit...

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NEWS October 16, 2018 - 9:45 am

GNWT plan for limited airlift to western Nunavut prompts calls for Hercules

"We're not going to bring in the large vehicles"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—Cambridge Bay residents reacted with anger and disbelief when they learned last night that large vehicles and other items on board a barge stranded in Inuvik will not be airlifted to their community.

At a meeting with John Vandenberg, assistant deputy minister of the Government of...

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NEWS October 16, 2018 - 8:15 am

No cannabis store for Nunavik, but online orders ready to go

Regional organizations meet to discuss legalized marijuana Oct. 17

SARAH ROGERS

Quebec’s cannabis stores will open their online order system at 9 a.m. on Oct. 17—the only way residents of Nunavik will be able to obtain legal marijuana, at least for now.

Starting on Wednesday, residents across Quebec can make online or in-person purchases at one of the province’s 12 Société......

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NEWS October 15, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Charges laid in Cambridge Bay ATV collision

Giselle Maniyogina, 34, faces several charges in connection with Oct. 7 incident

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—Many in this western Nunavut community of about 1,900 say they are more wary as they walk around town, after someone was run over by an all-terrain vehicle.

On Oct. 7, members of the Cambridge Bay RCMP were advised by emergency ground transport that they were responding to a person...

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NEWS October 15, 2018 - 2:44 pm

New naval ships push sovereignty in Canadian Arctic

DeWolf-class Arctic patrol vessels should make ice operations easier

BETH BROWN

There’s a small glass porthole in the captain’s cabin of HMCS Charlottetown. Besides a handful of windshields, the pie-sized lookout is the only true window on the Canadian warship. Windows would mean a weakness for the double-hulled, steel frigate.

Still, on the ship’s bridge, two sailors are on...

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NEWS October 15, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Feds give nod to expansion plan for western Nunavut gold mine

But "high levels of Inuit employment" sought at TMAC Resources' Madrid-Boston project

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—The planned expansion for TMAC Resources Inc.‘s gold mine near Cambridge Bay has cleared one of its final hurdles.

On Friday, Caroline Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, and Dominic LeBlanc, minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade, issued a...

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NEWS October 15, 2018 - 10:59 am

Construction gets underway near Iqaluit’s aquatic centre

Access closed to part of parking lot and to back entrance

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re looking for an excuse to get out of going to the gym, accessing the aquatic centre in Iqaluit will be slightly more difficult for about two weeks, starting Monday, Oct. 15.

A section of the parking lot and the back entrance to the building will be closed off to the public for...

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NEWS October 15, 2018 - 9:45 am

Nunavut still lagging in educational attainment: StatCan

Territory had the highest proportion of adults in 2016 with no high school diploma

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut still has a long way to go to bring its educational attainment close to national levels or even to those in the Northwest Territories.

This is revealed by a recent set of Statistics Canada tables that compare the levels of education achieved in Nunavut and by Inuit nationally and in the......

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NEWS October 15, 2018 - 8:10 am

Researchers plan study on immunization acceptance among Inuit women

Nunavut offers vaccines for whooping cough and influenza, with more to come

JANE GEORGE

A new project taking place in Nunavut and Nunatsiavut with researchers from the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology aims to better protect Inuit babies against whooping cough.

They’re doing this by encouraging vaccination against this disease, known also as pertussis, which can be deadly to babies...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Nunavut signs deal with Ontario cannabis producer for online sales

Nunavummiut can order online starting Oct. 17

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The newly named Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission has finalized an agreement with the cannabis company Canopy Growth and its Ontario-based subsidiary, Tweed, to supply the territory with its first legal cannabis.

Starting Oct. 17, Nunavummiut will be able to order cannabis products online...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 4:13 pm

Police revive eight-year-old search for missing Inuk woman in NWT

Angela Meyer was just 22 when she disappeared in Yellowknife in 2010

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The RCMP in the Northwest Territories has relaunched a search for an Inuk woman who went missing almost eight years ago.

Angela Meyer was at her family’s home in Yellowknife on Nov. 27, 2010, when she went outside to smoke a cigarette. She hasn’t been seen since.

Meyer is the daughter of Kathy...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 3:59 pm

N.W.T. seeks bids to airlift cargo to western Nunavut, following barge cancellation

Cambridge Bay due to get 600,000 pounds of cargo via air, tender request says

JANE GEORGE

(Updated at 6:45 p.m.)

CAMBRIDGE BAY—The Government of the Northwest Territories plans to airlift in some cargo to western Nunavut, after the cancellation of the last resupply barge. But a peek at the request for tenders released on Oct. 9 for an aircraft charter reveals the limits of what may...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 3:31 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaq.com from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7

Destructive overnight "weather bomb" batters Nunavut’s capital

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The weather was the big news last week, when what meteorologists call a “weather bomb” hit Iqaluit, along with other south Baffin communities, as extreme winds, reaching 114 kilometres per hour by 1 a.m. Friday morning, knocked out power and ripped metal roofs from buildings.

At about midnight, a...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Arctic Inspiration Prize deadline nears

Nomination packages due Oct. 15

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The deadline is approaching to apply for this year’s Arctic Inspiration Prize, with nomination packages due Oct. 15.

Up to $3 million will be awarded across three categories this year.

The top prize this year could be worth up to $1 million, while up to four teams could receive $500,000...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 1:30 pm

City of Iqaluit in talks about community liaison job

“We need to be more transparent to the community”

COURTNEY EDGAR

The City of Iqaluit needs a community liaison officer to help communicate with the public in Inuktitut, says Coun. Joanasie Akumalik.

“It would be really beneficial for the community, especially for the Inuit population,” Akumalik said at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

“It would...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Nunavut premier announces review of harassment policy to help protect women

"It’s not only at the leadership level; it is everywhere"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq said his government will review its harassment policy to offer better support to Nunavummiut women who have faced sexual harassment or abuse in the workplace.

Savikataaq’s pledge comes in response to remarks Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern made to a House of Commons...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 10:30 am

Scary stories, bedtime tales in Inhabit Media fall lineup

Susan Aglukark among new authors with Nunavut children’s publisher

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark has a new work coming out next week—but instead of writing music, this time she’s written a children’s book.

The Inuit-owned publishing company Inhabit Media launches Aglukark’s new picture book, titled Una Huna? What is this? on Oct. 16.

While the piece...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 9:20 am

Comedy festival supports mental health in Iqaluit

“Laughing together is healthy”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Iqaluit’s Arctic Comedy Festival, sponsored by First Air, wants to warm your soul with laughter.

The three-day comedy festival, scheduled to run from Thursday, Oct. 11 until Saturday night, will showcase Canadian stand-up talent while collecting funds for the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line.

Those...

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Leading Seaman Andrew Hill takes aim at a flare being used as target practice on board HMCS Charlottetown while the ship is sailing away from Nuuk, Greenland. He’s using a Tikka T3X rifle that is very similar to the new rifles that the Department of National Defence has issued to Canadian Rangers to replace their old Lee Enfield rifle. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
Leading Seaman Andrew Hill takes aim at a flare being used as target practice on board HMCS Charlottetown while the ship is sailing away from Nuuk, Greenland. He’s using a Tikka T3X rifle that is very similar to the new rifles that the Department of National Defence has issued to Canadian Rangers to replace their old Lee Enfield rifle. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
NEWS October 12, 2018 - 7:58 am

Nunavut government announces new appointments to territory’s language authority

Louis Tapardjuk and Rosemarie Meyok join the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, Nunavut’s arm’s-length language authority, has two new members: Louis Tapardjuk of Igloolik, a former MLA and cabinet minister, and Inuinnaqtun translator Rosemarie Meyok of Kugluktuk.

Their appointments became effective Sept. 4.

Tapardjuk, as Nunavut’s...

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