Nunavut’s presumptive case of COVID-19 to be confirmed early next week

Patient is asymptomatic and in isolation at the mine site

Nunavut’s chief public health officer says that test results should be ready by early next week to verify a presumptive case of COVID-19 at Baffinland’s Mary River mine. In the meantime, the worker is described as being asymptomatic. Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, said that person recently arrived at the site. They’re…

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Housing is Nunavut’s weakest link

“Will I find employment with housing quickly enough after I graduate, or will I end up like my younger sister, moving south simply to find a decent place to live?”

Rayelle’s Wonder

Rayelle Allen of Iqaluit was among the winners of Skills Canada Nunavut’s #museumathome challenge for her recreation of Ningeokuluk Teevee’s famous print “Sedna’s Wonder.” The challenge, a collaboration between Skills Canada Nunavut and Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, tasked Nunavummiut of all ages to recreate a piece of famous Inuit art using items from around the house. (Images courtesy of Skills Canada Nunavut and the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum)

Tiny home wins Kuujjuaq recreation committee’s top prize

With a ban on big gatherings in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kuujjuaq’s recreation committee organized a decoration contest, asking residents to create an Indigenous-themed scene outside their home on Monday, June 22. The $1,000 first prize went to Mary Mosesiapik and Willie Sequaluk, seen here, who turned a dog house into a small cabin, complete with a small working wood stove on which they made tea. Beside it is a drying rack for nikkuk (dry meat) and pitsik (dry fish) and a small tupik, or tent, sewn from scratch. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Quite the feast

The staff at Nunatsiaq News would like to wish our readers a happy Canada Day. To help put you in a festive mood, here’s a photo of Kuujjuaq residents enjoying a feast of country food on Monday, June 22. The offerings included beluga amirruk (flippers) and maktak (skin and blubber), as well as seal meat that Markusi Qisiiq and his son Elijah caught the previous day. There was also beluga nikkuk (dried meat) given by Elijah Grey from Kangirsuk and fresh mussels picked the day before. Our offices will be shut on Wednesday, July 1. We’ll resume publishing on Thursday, July 2. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Icebreaker approaches Iqaluit

The Terry Fox, a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, approaches Iqaluit on Saturday, June 27, at 8:30 a.m. The ship was leading the MT Kitikmeot W, an oil/chemical tanker, into Koojesse Inlet. (Photo by B. Williams)

Helping out in Sanirajak

Volunteers at the food bank in Sanirajak help prepare food baskets on May 24. Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. says that the food bank is one operation it’s helped support with donations of more than $115,000 to organizations in Nunavut’s North Baffin region during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Baffinland)

Continued birthday wishes to Qaapik Attagutsiak

Qaapik Attagutsiak holds a letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, June 27, sending her birthday greetings and wishing her well for the year ahead. Arctic Bay resident and regular Nunatsiaq News contributor Clare Kines delivered the letter to Attagutsiak, who was making bannock when he arrived. (Photo by C. Kines)

Over 200 protesters in Iqaluit call for mental health help “now”

A moment of silence is held on Friday afternoon in Iqaluit to remember those who have died by suicide in Nunavut. A crowd of over 200 gathered at the city’s main intersection, carrying signs with the names of loved ones lost, and that called for mental health support. The protesters marched to Nunavut’s legislature and handed a list of those names to Premier Joe Savikataaq. The crowd heckled Savikataaq when he said the government is doing everything it can. People shared stories of their healing journey and their struggles to get the mental health care they need. The protest’s leaders are demanding more front-line workers immediately and that mental health be taught in schools. Similar protests took place at the same time in communities across Nunavut. (Photo by Meagan Deuling)

Celebrating dedication to Inuktut

Katie Kalluk is the first recipient of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s Inuktut Language Award. She received the honour during her graduation ceremony at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit on Tuesday, June 23. The $1,000 award, created as a partnership between QIA and the school, aims to celebrate students dedicated to using Inuktut throughout high school. “I started speaking Inuktut pretty early, when I was in early elementary school,” Kalluk said in a news release from QIA. “I plan to develop my Inuktut skills further in the future.” Kalluk, originally from Resolute Bay, plans to attend the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program in the fall of 2021.

Coast guard declares northern crews all clear of COVID-19

COVID-19 tests have all come back negative for roughly 75 crew members aboard the first two Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers to head north this season, the CGS Pierre Radisson and the CCGS Terry Fox, said spokesperson Benoit Mayrand. The coast guard expects to test about 960 personnel during the summer, including those in two future crew changes. The testing by nose swab follows all public health guidelines and standards, Mayrand said. “This testing is an additional layer of protection to the measures we have implemented to protect crew members and northern residents, which include body temperature screening, health questionnaires and strict cleaning protocols for coast guard vessels,” he said. Here, the Icebreaker Terry Fox anchors in Frobisher Bay, near Iqaluit, while on icebreaking standby in July 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard)