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Sailors from Canada's HMCS Charlottetown play a game of road hockey at dockside in Nuuk, Greenland on Aug. 30. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
Sailors from Canada's HMCS Charlottetown play a game of road hockey at dockside in Nuuk, Greenland on Aug. 30. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
NEWS September 18, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Rollout of Nunavik’s cellular service faces delay

In other KRG news: cost-of-living agreement will have to wait; Nunavik works with Naskapi nation to protect watershed

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Cellular service, set to be delivered to all of Nunavik’s 14 communities last June, has hit a few road bumps.

Ice Wireless, which already operates in Iqaluit, is set to offer national and international roaming and cell phone service in the region, through its parent company Iristel’s...

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NEWS September 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut community continues crackdown on ATV mayhem

Rankin Inlet bylaw officials and RCMP hand out tickets, seize ATVs

JANE GEORGE

Rankin Inlet’s bylaw officers are continuing their efforts to make all-terrain vehicle drivers—especially the young ones—slow down and comply with the law.

And lately they’ve begun to receive more support from the RCMP.

Two weekends ago, Rankin Inlet’s bylaw officers were “very busy,” as they...

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NEWS September 18, 2018 - 1:25 pm

New school in Nunavut, three years after fire

Peter Pitseolak opens in Cape Dorset

BETH BROWN

Almost everything about Cape Dorset’s $34-million state-of-the-art high school is shiny and new, except for the building’s exterior nameplate and decorative steel cut-outs of artist Peter Pitseolak, a sled driver and dog team.

After a 2015 fire destroyed the Baffin community’s high school,...

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NEWS September 18, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavik community worker running to speak up for Inuit in Quebec election

"We don't want to be brushed off"

SARAH ROGERS

Québec Solidaire may not be a well-known political party in Nunavik, but it’s hoping to gain some support in the region with the help of an Inuk candidate.

In a last-minute change to the ballot, Alisha Tukkiapik, 27, is running to represent Québec Solidaire in the riding of Ungava.

The Quebec......

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NEWS September 18, 2018 - 9:30 am

Western Nunavut community to vote on opening up alcohol access

Kugluktuk residents will decide whether or not to keep alcohol education committee

JANE GEORGE

Kugluktuk residents will vote next month on whether or not to dump their alcohol education committee.

The vote comes 11 years after, in 2007, residents decided to clamp down on the amount of alcohol flowing into their community by establishing the committee.

An advance vote takes place on Oct. 15...

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NEWS September 18, 2018 - 8:25 am

Police investigate early morning Nunavik fire

Blaze destroys youth protection office in Kuujjuaq

SARAH ROGERS

Quebec provincial police are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a youth protection office in Kuujjuaq.

Sometime late on Sunday, Sept. 16, through until early next morning, a fire tore through a new Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services building that housed its...

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NEWS September 17, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Northwestel introduces faster, cheaper internet in Nunavut

Tamarmik Nunaliit triples internet speed, doubles monthly data cap for residential customers

COURTNEY EDGAR

Northwestel is offering faster, more affordable internet services in Iqaluit, starting Oct. 1.

The company announced its new broadband internet service, Tamarmik Nunaliit, at a sealskin-ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning. In English, the name means “every community.”

The service should be...

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NEWS September 17, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Nationwide salmonella scare prompts Nunavut public health alert

Most breaded chicken products can cause salmonella; chili powder also fingered

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’ve got store-bought frozen chicken in your freezer, be careful how you cook it.

Because if you aren’t, you and your family could get very sick.

Officials from Nunavut’s Health Department have joined a nationwide campaign aimed at warning Canadians about the dangers posed by food products,...

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NEWS September 17, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut’s Tanya Tagaq up for big literary award

Split Tooth describes "a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After receiving numerous awards for her experimental music, Nunavut’s Tanya Tagaq is now up for a prestigious literary award.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize’s long list of 12 nominees was announced today from a field of 104 books submitted by publishers from across Canada.

Among the nominated books...

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NEWS September 17, 2018 - 1:25 pm

Nunavik’s concerns rise as marijuana legalization nears

“This feeling of unpreparedness is being felt across the country"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—With the federal legalization of marijuana just a month away, Nunavik’s regional leaders say they’re worried and unprepared for the changes it could bring.

The federal Cannabis Act comes into force on Oct. 17, which will legalize the recreational use of marijuana across the country.

In...

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TAISSUMANI September 17, 2018 - 11:30 am

Taissumani, Sept. 17

How I got kicked out of The Explorers Club

KENN HARPER

In the early 1980s, while researching the story of Minik, the Inuit boy who was taken to New York by the explorer Robert Peary in 1897, I made an appointment to use the archives of The Explorers Club in New York City.

I arrived at the appointed time and was met by the archivist-librarian, Janet...

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NEWS September 17, 2018 - 9:29 am

Nunavut United for Life event offers show of support for youth

"It is important that we create safe spaces to discuss heavy issues"

JANE GEORGE

Last week more than 100 Nunavummiut gathered in Baker Lake to connect during a three-day-long United for Life gathering for suicide prevention.

The meeting, organized by the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy partners, which include the Nunavut government, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Isaksimagit...

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NEWS September 17, 2018 - 8:30 am

Nunavik housing agency hopes for no evictions in 2018

Final notices to go out to 80 non-paying social-housing tenants this week

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau says its goal is to help tenants pay what they can in rent, rather than evict any non-payers from social housing this year.

Nunavik’s social housing corporation faces millions of dollars in arrears from unpaid rent, but opted not to evict tenants in...

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NEWS September 14, 2018 - 3:30 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaq.com from Sept. 2 to Sept. 9

Hostages released, but standoff ends with fatal shooting

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The most-read story on Nunatsiaq.com last week was about the fatal shooting of a man in the Hudson coast community of Inukjuak in Nunavik on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Quebec’s independent investigation agency, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes, is investigating the incident, in which a 40-year-old...

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NEWS September 14, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Learn Inuktitut … in Montreal

Courses are starting up for children and adults

JANE GEORGE

If you want to learn Inuktitut, you can do that once again this year—in the heart of downtown Montreal, thanks to courses offered by Native Montreal and at Nunavik’s Avataq Cultural Institute’s offices.

Native Montreal is now accepting registrations for its Inuktitut for children program offered...

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NEWS September 14, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Social work, mental health under the microscope at MMIWG hearings

“It needs to come from a place of no judgment”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Front-line workers providing social services in Nunavut need trauma-informed training and Inuit-specific approaches, said the three panellists on the last day of Iqaluit hearings at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Instead of expecting people to “suffer in...

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NEWS September 14, 2018 - 11:15 am

Nunavut expands its oral health program for children

Kids up to Grade 7 now eligible for more preventive dental care

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut says it’s expanding its oral health program for children and, by doing so, hopes to improve the state of young Nunavut residents’ teeth.

The Children’s Oral Health Project already provides annual check-ups and preventive dental services such as fluoride applications, extractions,...

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NEWS September 14, 2018 - 10:12 am

Justice officials plan to launch air link to fly Nunavik detainees to Quebec jail

“Now the pressure is there"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The Kativik Regional Police Force is working with Quebec correctional officials to establish an air link between Nunavik and Amos, to help ease the transfer of detainees to and from the region.

KRPF chief Jean-Pierre Larose said officials hope to launch a twice-weekly flight between...

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NEWS September 14, 2018 - 8:30 am

Special Senate committee on the Arctic completes northern tour

“Housing shortages and overcrowding are pivotal issues retarding economic development”

COURTNEY EDGAR

The special Senate committee on the Arctic completed a fact-finding tour across Nunavut and Nunavik on Wednesday and will take their findings to the federal government, in order to help create policy that reflects the needs of the Arctic.

The seven-member committee, which was struck in November......

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NEWS September 13, 2018 - 3:29 pm

A done deal: De Beers now owns Chidliak diamond project near Iqaluit

“We are very excited about the Chidliak cluster, an asset with very strong development potential”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The legendary De Beers Group has completed its purchase of Peregrine Diamonds Ltd., a deal that gives them control of the promising Chidliak site near Iqaluit.

De Beers paid Peregrine shareholders 24 cents a share, bringing the total purchase price to $107 million, De Beers said on Sept. 13 in a...

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NEWS September 13, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Feds, Inuit and the U.K. celebrate deal on Franklin artifacts

"Inuit are now joint owners of all remaining artifacts from the Franklin wrecks"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The doomed 1845 Franklin Expedition was once again under the spotlight for three days last week.

On Sept. 9, Catherine McKenna, Canada’s minister responsible for Parks Canada, visited the site of the wreck of the HMS Erebus near Gjoa Haven with the British deputy high commissioner to Canada, David...

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NEWS September 13, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Sexual violence a spinoff of Nunavut’s mining industry: MMIWG hearings

“Inuit women occupy the lower-wage positions. They’re the cleaning staff, the cooking crew”

BETH BROWN

Commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls heard this week how Inuit women could be exposed to violence and harassment in the wake of Nunavut resource development.

“There’s racism at the mine, there’s gambling in the community,” said Iqaluit resident...

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About 50 parliamentarians from around the circumpolar world are meeting in Inari, Finland this week for the 13th Arctic Parliamentary Conference. From Monday, Sept. 17 to Wednesday, Sept. 19, they will meet at the Saami Parliament to discuss such subjects as telecommunications, the impacts of climate change and the well-being of people who live in the Arctic.
About 50 parliamentarians from around the circumpolar world are meeting in Inari, Finland this week for the 13th Arctic Parliamentary Conference. From Monday, Sept. 17 to Wednesday, Sept. 19, they will meet at the Saami Parliament to discuss such subjects as telecommunications, the impacts of climate change and the well-being of people who live in the Arctic. "The aim is to hold a meeting that will increase openness, knowledge and awareness of important Arctic matters," said the chair of the Finnish delegation, Katri Kulmuni. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAAMI PARLIAMENT)