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Police continue to seek the help of the public to find at least one more suspect connected to five fires started around Iqaluit late on Nov. 7 and early on Nov. 8, the Iqaluit RCMP said on Wednesday. These include the fire that destroyed the Northmart warehouse. Police arrested two youth in connection to these fires; one was later released and the other teen has now been charged with arson with disregard for life. Police now say that a sixth vehicle fire first reported to be connected to the others has now been deemed
Police continue to seek the help of the public to find at least one more suspect connected to five fires started around Iqaluit late on Nov. 7 and early on Nov. 8, the Iqaluit RCMP said on Wednesday. These include the fire that destroyed the Northmart warehouse. Police arrested two youth in connection to these fires; one was later released and the other teen has now been charged with arson with disregard for life. Police now say that a sixth vehicle fire first reported to be connected to the others has now been deemed "completely unrelated." (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
NEWS November 14, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Inuksuk High School daycare to prioritize student parents starting January

“We want to solicit student parents out of school right now”

COURTNEY EDGAR

The children of student parents in Iqaluit will get the first crack at placements at the Inuksuk High School daycare, in the school semester that starts this January.

“Most of the daycare board members are educators, so they support students first,” Doug Workman, chair of the Iqaluit District...

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NEWS November 14, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Listen to the Inuit, Nunavut government’s draft polar bear plan says

Territorial government acknowledges Inuit belief that polar bears are too numerous

BETH BROWN

The Government of Nunavut’s draft proposal for managing polar bear harvesting might not be popular outside the territory, but it reflects the experience of Inuit, delegates heard at a public hearing of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Iqaluit.

“We are angry,” Naujaat...

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NEWS November 14, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Iqaluit prepares water filtration system for future water shortages

Reverse osmosis machine expected to be ready for use by April

COURTNEY EDGAR

The City of Iqaluit will be better prepared for its next water emergency, now that a reverse osmosis filtration system has arrived in town.

The device turns seawater into fresh water. The machine, which the city bought from the Government of Nunavut for $860,000, had been stored in Alberta, since...

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NEWS November 14, 2018 - 11:30 am

Iqaluit city councillors pay tribute to Northmart fire responders

About 1.7 million litres of water used to fight warehouse blaze, city official says

COURTNEY EDGAR

Iqaluit city councillors heaped praise last night on the firefighters who fought last week’s Nov. 8 Northmart fire that destroyed a warehouse full of recently arrived sealift goods, but left the store and its pharmacy largely intact.

“Iqaluit just really came together,” Coun. Simon Nattaq...

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NEWS November 14, 2018 - 10:29 am

Nunavik’s new treatment centre gets funding boost

Indigenous Services Canada invests $6 million into Isuarsivik upgrade

SARAH ROGERS

Plans to open a new, expanded treatment centre in Nunavik just got a multi-million-dollar boost from the federal government.

The Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre in Kuujjuaq secured $6 million in funding through Indigenous Services in late October, a sizeable contribution to the $37-million...

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NEWS November 14, 2018 - 9:29 am

In wake of Northmart fire, thieves target Iqaluit elders’ housing

“I’m pretty sure it has affected her health”

SARAH ROGERS

For a group of Iqaluit elders, the last few days have been trying.

It started early on Thursday, Nov. 8, at about 3 a.m., when residents of the elders’ housing units behind the Northmart were evacuated from their homes.

Just metres away, a fire was burning in the back warehouse of the...

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NEWS November 14, 2018 - 8:10 am

Iqaluit Northmart store suffers “minimal” damage, will re-open this Saturday

Pharmacy team also working to restore service

JANE GEORGE

The Northmart retail store suffered only “minimal” fire damage last week and will re-open this Saturday, North West Co., the store’s owner, announced yesterday.

“Thanks to the heroic efforts of the firefighters, first responders and RCMP, the fire damage was primarily contained to the main...

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NEWS November 13, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut’s Inuit birthright org names Kilikvak Karen Kabloona as CEO

Kilikvak Karen Kabloona leaves Nunavut government to start with NTI in December

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Corrected Nov. 14, 9:10 p.m.)

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. has a new chief executive officer.

Kilikvak Karen Kabloona has been hired as the Inuit organization’s top administrator. NTI claimed in a news release that she’s the first woman to fill the role of CEO at NTI.

But NTI’s release is wrong. ......

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NEWS November 13, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Smoke remediation expert says treat site of Iqaluit fire like “a hazardous waste site”

But Nunavut government's Health Department says there is "no concern"

JANE GEORGE

While the tally is not yet in on the financial losses caused by last Thursday’s Northmart fire in Iqaluit, there is another impact from the blaze that no one has yet accounted for, either: its long-term impact on human health and the environment.

As the long, dark plume of smoke drifted towards...

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NEWS November 13, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Iqaluit arson suspect to appear in court today

Iqaluit RCMP say the investigation into the Nov. 8 fires continues

SARAH ROGERS

An Iqaluit teen is scheduled to appear in court today on a charge related to last week’s major fire at Northmart’s warehouse.

The teen is facing one charge of arson with disregard for life in connection to the early Nov. 8 fire at Northmart and five other fires that were started around the...

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NEWS November 13, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavut government abuse complaints on the rise, minister says

More than one in four workplace harassment complaints linked to physical assaults, confrontations

JIM BELL

Complaints of workplace harassment, including verbal abuse and physical assaults, are on the rise at the Government of Nunavut, Finance Minister George Hickes said last Thursday, Nov. 8.

“I would say there is a trend and it’s not in a good direction,” Hickes said in a frank response to questions...

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NEWS November 13, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nursing mother challenges Nunavut’s medical travel policy—again

"The majority of her nutrition is through breast milk"

SARAH ROGERS

A Nunavut mother says she’s had to once again appeal a Government of Nunavut decision that prevents her from escorting her child on medical travel along with her breastfeeding infant.

Shannon Arsenault of Baker Lake is scheduled to escort her 10-year-old daughter to a medical appointment in...

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NEWS November 13, 2018 - 8:10 am

Western Nunavut gold mine project gets review board’s final approval

Project now needs licence from Nunavut Water Board

JANE GEORGE

TMAC Resources Inc. can move ahead with plans to expand its existing gold mine in western Nunavut, now that it has received a project certificate from the Nunavut Impact Review Board for Phase 2 of its Hope Bay Belt Project.

But the project certificate, issued on Nov. 9, comes with a caveat: TMAC...

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FEATURES November 12, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Exile in childhood: one man’s memoir — Part 4

No way home

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MARKOOSIE PATSAUQ

In 1953 and 1955, the federal government relocated more than 90 Inuit from Inukjuak and Pond Inlet to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island and to Craig Harbour on Ellesmere Island. Between 1956 and 1962, the families at Craig Harbour moved about 40 miles west to to Grise...

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NEWS November 12, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Pangnirtung musician takes first place in Nunavut songwriting contest

Joey Nowyuk's song Nunaga will appear on a compilation album in 2019

SARAH ROGERS

A young Pangnirtung songwriter has won first place in this year’s Qilaut Inuktut songwriting contest, hosted by the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage.

Joey Nowyuk’s song Nunaga took top honours in the annual songwriting competition, it was announced on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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NEWS November 12, 2018 - 1:29 pm

Coroner’s jury rules Nunavut police shooting a homicide

“It’s a huge relief. He didn’t commit suicide. He was shot.”

BETH BROWN

WARNING: This story contains details that some readers may find disturbing.

POND INLET—Twenty-year-old Kunuk Qamaniq died by homicide in Pond Inlet last year, after the armed man was shot by an RCMP officer, a coroner’s jury ruled, on Friday, Nov. 9, in a verdict that concluded a four-day inquest...

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NEWS November 12, 2018 - 11:00 am

Another mandatory minimum flunks the Charter of Rights

Nunavut judge follows Alberta, Ontario courts in tossing mandatory three-year sentence for firearm trafficking

JIM BELL

A 30-year-old Rankin Inlet man with six children should not serve a three-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for firearm trafficking, Justice Earl Johnson ruled recently in a written judgment.

That’s because the mandatory minimum sentence for the offence—when applied to the man’s...

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NEWS November 09, 2018 - 3:40 pm

Many step up to help following Iqaluit’s Northmart fire

“We want the leaders of Nunavut to know we are here to help in anyway we can"

JANE GEORGE

Now the rebuilding starts, after Thursday’s fire that destroyed the warehouse attached to Iqaluit’s Northmart and badly damaged one of the city’s two major stores.

That’s sure to require a continued effort from many players, to ensure residents remain able to obtain food, medicine and other...

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NEWS November 09, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Nunavut RCMP arrest two youth in connection with Iqaluit fires

Two youth face charge of arson—disregard for human life

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut RCMP have arrested two youth in connection with six fires that broke out Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 in Iqaluit, including a major blaze at the Northmart store in Iqaluit.

The two youth are now in custody, with criminal charges pending against them for arson—disregard for human life, said an RCMP...

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An elder tells stories to children at Qaqqalik School in Kimmirut this past Nov. 7, Inuktitut Literacy Day, during Education Week activities. They started the day with a pancake breakfast for parents, guardians, elders and students. After, elders read Inuktitut stories or shared their own stories with students from kindergarten to Grade 6. They finished the week on Friday, Nov. 9 with a Remembrance Day ceremony. (PHOTO COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
An elder tells stories to children at Qaqqalik School in Kimmirut this past Nov. 7, Inuktitut Literacy Day, during Education Week activities. They started the day with a pancake breakfast for parents, guardians, elders and students. After, elders read Inuktitut stories or shared their own stories with students from kindergarten to Grade 6. They finished the week on Friday, Nov. 9 with a Remembrance Day ceremony. (PHOTO COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)