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The Kuujjuaq Youth Group opens the Aqpik Jam Music Festival on Monday, Aug. 13, in Kuujjuaq, as they have done every year for over 20 years, with a traditional drum dance and song. They performed with David Serkoak (man in the middle to the right), who had been invited to teach the group and give a workshop. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
The Kuujjuaq Youth Group opens the Aqpik Jam Music Festival on Monday, Aug. 13, in Kuujjuaq, as they have done every year for over 20 years, with a traditional drum dance and song. They performed with David Serkoak (man in the middle to the right), who had been invited to teach the group and give a workshop. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
TAISSUMANI August 17, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Taissumani, Aug. 17

A well-travelled Inuktitut Bible

KENN HARPER

I collect Inuktitut Bibles, among other rare Inuktitut-language items. The older the better. But one of the most treasured items in my collection is not terribly old.

It is a copy of “The First Book of Moses Called Genesis,” published in London by the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1934. It...

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NEWS August 17, 2018 - 1:30 pm

CanNor renews funding partnership with Kakivak

Less money on offer compared to last agreement

COURTNEY EDGAR

Kakivak Association will receive $2.6 million in federal funding over the next three years from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency to continue its entrepreneurship and business development program.

That’s less money than what was offered during the program’s first funding agreement...

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NEWS August 17, 2018 - 10:55 am

National Inuit org honours Inuit and Inuit allies

Precious archival materials from 1930s-era residential school returned to the Inuvialuit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canada’s national Inuit organization handed out six awards to individuals and organizations with connections to the Inuvialuit region at an event held in Inuvik on Tuesday night to kick off this year’s annual general meeting of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

ITK presents such awards annually, choosing...

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NEWS August 17, 2018 - 9:45 am

Kugluktuk power outage result of break and enter

Lights are back on, but police are still in the dark over culprit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut RCMP are looking for leads on a break and enter at Kugluktuk’s power plant that led to a loss of power throughout the western Nunavut community.

On Monday, Aug. 13, the RCMP received a call to tip them off about the break and enter.

“Culprits had gained entry through a window. Once...

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NEWS August 17, 2018 - 8:12 am

Flooded Apex graveyard leaves Iqaluit resident with a sinking feeling

“I should be able to come here with my family, without having to be scared that they’re going to fall through the earth”

BETH BROWN

Iqaluit’s five-year-old municipal cemetery in Apex is flooding again, and one resident is calling the $1.33-million graveyard a risk to public safety.

Over the most recent long weekend, Courtney White took her three-year-old daughter to the graveyard, so the young child could visit her father’s...

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NEWS August 16, 2018 - 3:50 pm

Natan Obed elected to a second term as ITK president

"I’ve worked with different Inuit leadership to get things done"

SARAH ROGERS

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami delegates elected Natan Obed to a second term as president at the organization’s annual general meeting in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, on Thursday, Aug. 16.

“We’ll ensure that we continue to have improved relations between our Inuit regions in the way in which we...

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NEWS August 16, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Nunavut hunters, harvesters rejoice over bowhead whale catch

“This was a very good, successful second hunt. It means a lot to people here in Iqaluit”

BETH BROWN

Mealia Sheutiapik was visiting Iqaluit’s Elders’ Qammaq on Tuesday afternoon when she heard the news that hunters from the Nunavut community had successfully captured a bowhead whale.

The catch marks the first bowhead harvested in Iqaluit in seven years and only the second one in around a...

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NEWS August 16, 2018 - 10:30 am

Ottawa moving fast on new Inuit youth protection legislation: ITK

"It’s extremely ambitious"

SARAH ROGERS

The federal government is moving quickly towards developing new legislation to minimize the number of Inuit children and youth in foster care, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami delegates heard this week.

Last January, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott met with Indigenous leaders in Ottawa to...

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NEWS August 16, 2018 - 9:00 am

Nunavut honours fallen Pond Inlet firefighter

“We were definitely able to honour the memory of Lutie"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut’s firefighting community is mourning what it believes is the territory’s first on-duty death, after a Pond Inlet firefighter died last month.

It was the early morning of Monday, July 23, when the Baffin community’s fire department received a call about a shack fire. A group of volunteer...

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NEWS August 16, 2018 - 8:30 am

Gene mapping holds promise for Arctic residents: researchers

In Greenland, genes point the way to better prevention and treatment

JANE GEORGE

COPENHAGEN—Personalized health care is on its way to the Arctic.

This care, using “precision medicine,” will involve the use of genetic testing to guide the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many chronic illnesses or rare diseases.

The many possibilities of this new targeted health care were...

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NEWS August 15, 2018 - 3:30 pm

City of Iqaluit agrees to boost water delivery to businesses

Move should allow Nunavut Brewing Co. to ramp up beer production

COURTNEY EDGAR

(UPDATED, AUG. 16, 11:55 a.m.)

Nunavut Brewing Co. should now be able to receive the water it needs to produce beer, following a decision by Iqaluit city council last night.

Council agreed to a plan, recommended by city administration, that would allow businesses to enter service agreements with...

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NEWS August 15, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Arctic policy hackathon heads to Iqaluit

“We think it’s important to have these conversations in the North predominantly with northerners”

BETH BROWN

There’s a pan-Arctic brain-storming session coming to Iqaluit next week.

Northerners from Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and all three Canadian territories are visiting Iqaluit on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22, to take part in what’s called a “Northern Policy Hackathon” being hosted by the Gordon Foundation.

But...

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NEWS August 15, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Art made by Cape Dorset youth on display at Nunavut legislature

“We call it youth art but it stands on its own”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Cape Dorset youth have their artwork on display at Nunavut’s legislative assembly.

Embassy of Imagination, an Inuit youth art collective led by Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson, is running their exhibit “Uvanga and Imagine If” from Aug. 12 until Dec. 1. Uvanga means “myself”—which corresponds...

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NEWS August 15, 2018 - 10:59 am

Jack “Sig” Sigvaldason, northern news trailblazer, dies at 84

"He had a fearless appetite for skewering the bureaucracy”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The late Jack “Sig” Sigvaldason, 84, a big man with a big vision who brought the printed word to every corner of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, died Aug. 9 in Ottawa, nunavutnews.com reported last week.

His legacy is Northern News Services Ltd., the company he began building in 1972 after...

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NEWS August 15, 2018 - 10:15 am

Nunavut water board OKs Iqaluit’s reservoir refill plan

Plan would replenish Lake Geraldine before the winter

COURTNEY EDGAR AND SARAH ROGERS

The City of Iqaluit will start pumping water this week into Lake Geraldine, as part of a two-month-long effort to refill the city’s freshwater reservoir before winter, city councillors heard Tuesday night.

Earlier that day, the Nunavut Water Board approved an emergency amendment to the city’s...

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NEWS August 15, 2018 - 8:20 am

New suicide prevention project targets high-risk Nunavut residents

Project aims to prevent repeat suicide attempts, reduce suicide deaths

JANE GEORGE

COPENHAGEN—A big community intervention project to prevent repeated suicide attempts—and reduce suicides—is set to get underway next month in Nunavut’s Baffin region.

The project will focus on people who have been seen in a medical facility for a suicide attempt, said Jack Hicks, a former Nunavut...

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NEWS August 14, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Calgary police investigating Nunavut excessive force allegations

Iqaluit’s Bernard Naulalik says police beat him up twice in 2016

THOMAS ROHNER

Special to Nunatsiaq News

The Calgary police force is investigating the Nunavut RCMP over two alleged incidents of excessive force by the Iqaluit RCMP against local man Bernard Naulalik, who says police beat him up during two separate arrests in 2016.

“The matters concerning Mr. Naulalik are...

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NEWS August 14, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Two men dead in Gjoa Haven all-terrain vehicle roll-over

Names of the men will not be released by police

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two men died in an all-terrain vehicle incident in Gjoa Haven in the early morning of Aug. 11.

Gjoa Haven RCMP received a report that morning of a possible fatal ATV accident on the outskirts of the community.

With the assistance of community members, members of the Gjoa Haven RCMP travelled to...

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NEWS August 14, 2018 - 1:30 pm

First results from 2017 Nunavik health survey make their way to participants

Health officials coordinating response for those with high levels of heavy metals, like mercury, cadmium or lead

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavimmiut who were flagged with serious health issues following last year’s Qanuilirpitaa? survey are now receiving the first results from that region-wide health survey.

The Qanuilirpitaa? 2017 health survey, based aboard the CCGS Amundsen, examined more than 1,300 Nunavimmiut adults last year...

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NEWS August 14, 2018 - 10:30 am

Community-wide TB screening effort in Nunavut involved 100 health workers: researcher

Details of Qikiqtarjuaq campaign surface at International Congress on Circumpolar Health

JANE GEORGE

COPENHAGEN—The Government of Nunavut and the federal government deployed roughly 100 health personnel to Qikiqtarjuaq for a military-like public health operation earlier this year, during which they commandeered the community centre for a fully equipped medical clinic and laboratory.

Their goal:...

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NEWS August 14, 2018 - 9:30 am

Natan Obed seeks re-election as ITK president

“I do hope that I have proven to Inuit that I have the best possible approach”

BETH BROWN

This is the third of the profiles of the three candidates running for the position of president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to appear in Nunatsiaq News. ITK’s board of directors will pick a new leader in Inuvik on Aug. 16.

As the incumbent candidate in upcoming presidential elections for Canada’s...

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NEWS August 14, 2018 - 8:12 am

Pond Inlet man charged with attempted break and enter

Billy Arnakallak, 30, in custody

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 30-year-old Pond Inlet man, Billy Arnakallak, is in custody after an attempted break and enter.

On Aug. 3, Pond Inlet RCMP received a call about a man making lewd comments to a woman.

He allegedly followed her to her home and when she was inside the residence, the man started to make attempts...

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NEWS August 13, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Peter Ittinuar emphasizes communication in his run to lead ITK

There are 4,000 Inuit who speak Inuktitut only, and ITK is charged to be the unifying body of Inuit

COURTNEY EDGAR

This is the second of the profiles of the three candidates running for the position of president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to appear in Nunatsiaq News. ITK’s board of directors will pick a new leader in Inuvik on Aug. 16.

Canada’s first Inuit member of Parliament, Peter Ittinuar, says he’d...

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NEWS August 13, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Qikiqtani Inuit Association doubles its daycare subsidy

The QIA now offers a $10-a-day subsidy to eligible families in the region

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association has doubled its daycare subsidy for eligible parents in the region, the organization announced last week.

Last fall, the Baffin organization launched a $5-a-day subsidy for Inuit parents across the region who have children enrolled at licensed child care...

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NEWS August 13, 2018 - 10:29 am

Copenhagen conference shines spotlight on Arctic health care

"We wish to focus on what the future may bring to the health of populations in circumpolar areas"

JANE GEORGE

COPENHAGEN—Arctic health care practitioners and researchers are meeting in Copenhagen this week for the 17th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, focused on the shared goal of “Moving Circumpolar Health Forward.”

“We wish to focus on what the future may bring to health of populations in...

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NEWS August 13, 2018 - 9:30 am

Iceland uses Blue Lagoon spa to lure Arctic air travellers

More than one million visitors a year dip into its waters

JANE GEORGE

NEAR KEFLAVIK, ICELAND—Some places in the Arctic appear luckier than others: while Iqaluit worries about its municipal water supply, Iceland has managed to transform its plentiful geothermally heated water into a source of power, heating and money.

The best example of this Icelandic miracle is the...

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NEWS August 13, 2018 - 8:23 am

Nunavut court orders funds to pay for convicted murderer’s appeal lawyer

Nunavut judge says it's “in the interest of justice” that attorney general of Canada pay for Jeffrey Salomonie's lawyer

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Cape Dorset man convicted two and a half years ago of first-degree murder is appealing his case, and a Nunavut judge has ruled that Canada’s attorney general will front the man’s legal costs for that appeal.

Jeffrey Salomonie, 51, applied in July to have the court assign him a lawyer after...

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NEWS August 10, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Community comes out to brainstorm water bylaw issue

“If somebody needs a temporary permit, then find a temporary way to do it”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Iqaluit residents packed the city’s council chambers on the night of Thursday, Aug. 9 to express concerns over proposed changes to the city’s water bylaw.

Many say the changes look like a move to privatize the city’s provision of freshwater, though the mayor and city councillors deny that.

After...

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NEWS August 10, 2018 - 12:44 pm

GN declares Iqaluit’s potential freshwater shortage a health emergency

City has applied for last-minute permit to pump water from Apex River and unnamed lake

SARAH ROGERS

The City of Iqaluit has applied for an emergency amendment to its water licence in order to replenish the city’s freshwater reservoir before winter, following a new report that suggests there may not be adequate water to meet the community’s demands between now and early 2019.

The amended...

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NEWS August 10, 2018 - 9:30 am

ITK hopeful promotes plan for Inuit self-sufficiency, tackling human rights

“We have to change how we address poverty at different levels of government"

SARAH ROGERS

This is the first of the profiles of the three candidates running for the position of president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to appear in Nunatsiaq News. ITK’s board of directors will pick a new leader in Inuvik on Aug. 16.

A long-time federal and territorial bureaucrat, now business student, is...

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NEWS August 10, 2018 - 8:15 am

Feds earmark $30 million for Indigenous-led housing construction

Proposals must be led by Indigenous communities or organizations

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Canadian government says it wants to hear bright ideas to help address overcrowded housing in Indigenous communities.

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the government announced the Indigenous Homes Innovation Challenge, a new $30-million program to develop and build housing in First Nations, Inuit and Métis...

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NEWS August 09, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Whales of tales found in new book by northern historian

Kenn Harper releases Arctic whaling history with Inhabit Media

BETH BROWN

In 1839 a young Inuit man from Cumberland Sound helped put his home, quite literally, on the map.

The man’s name was Inuluapik, and he had often traded with European whalers who travelled near his home.

That year Inuluapik sailed to Scotland with explorer William Penny. That winter, he and Penny...

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Janice Parsons and Sandy Emudluk throat sing as part of the Kuujjuaq Youth Group’s opening performance at the Aqpik Jam Music Festival on Monday, Aug. 13, in Kuujjuaq. Every member of the group throat sang in pairs, including the kids. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
Janice Parsons and Sandy Emudluk throat sing as part of the Kuujjuaq Youth Group’s opening performance at the Aqpik Jam Music Festival on Monday, Aug. 13, in Kuujjuaq. Every member of the group throat sang in pairs, including the kids. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)