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Eemeelayou Arnaquq competes in the Toonik Tyme seal skinning contest in Iqaluit yesterday. Jimmy Nowdlak won the three-person competition and Imoona Karpik also participated. After the seal skinning contest, Toonik Tyme moved into the curling rink for a closing ceremony. This year's spring festival ran from April 12 to April 22. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
Eemeelayou Arnaquq competes in the Toonik Tyme seal skinning contest in Iqaluit yesterday. Jimmy Nowdlak won the three-person competition and Imoona Karpik also participated. After the seal skinning contest, Toonik Tyme moved into the curling rink for a closing ceremony. This year's spring festival ran from April 12 to April 22. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
NEWS April 23, 2018 - 10:30 am

Celebrity seal-hunt tweet ignites another Twitter war

“I am not optimistic that Ellen DeGeneres will ever be brave enough to speak with us”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Special to Nunatsiaq News

A copy of Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s 2016 documentary Angry Inuk should have arrived at the offices of NBC’s The Ellen Show by now.

Tanya Tagaq’s record company, Six Shooter Records, decided to use the DVD as a piece of mailed activism on April 9 after a discussion erupted...

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NEWS April 23, 2018 - 9:30 am

Oceans North wants protected marine area in western Hudson Bay

"Not only will a national marine park protect belugas and other marine mammals, it will also provide economic benefits"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The roughly 55,000 belugas that summer in western Hudson Bay need protection through a new national marine conservation area, the conservation group Oceans North said last week in a report.

The belugas, which migrate from their winter home south of Baffin Island into the Churchill, Seal, and...

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NEWS April 23, 2018 - 8:00 am

Nunavut health officials issue rabies warning for Coral Harbour

Two foxes test positive for rabies

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Rabies continues to surface in Nunavut, with two foxes in Coral Harbour having tested positive for the dangerous disease, Nunavut’s Health Department has announced.

Earlier this month the Nunavut government issued a rabies warning for Igloolik.

The rabies virus, which infects the central nervous...

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NEWS April 21, 2018 - 1:00 pm

New toolkit to help Inuit women cope with family violence

Resource advises women who to call when they need help

COURTNEY EDGAR

Special to Nunatsiaq News

For Rebecca Jones, the violence prevention co-ordinator at the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, strong voices make stronger communities.

She’s the brains behind a new prevention toolkit for Inuit women in Ottawa and Nunavut, which aims to help women and girls gain access...

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TAISSUMANI April 21, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Taissumani, April 21

William Edward Parry’s medallions

KENN HARPER

It is well known that the federal government initiated a system of disks with identifying numbers for Inuit in 1941.

Each disk was stamped with a unique number. This system remained in place until 1972 in the Northwest Territories, longer in Nunavik.

What is little known is the fact that a...

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NEWS April 21, 2018 - 11:00 am

Nunavik co-op federation enjoyed profitable year in 2017

$10M goes back to region's 14 member co-ops

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik’s co-op will soon spread some cash around the region, after its board of directors voted to return $10 million to its 14 member stores.

The board unanimously approved this move at the annual general meeting of the Fédération des co-opératives du Nouveau-Québec (ᐃᓚᒌᓴᕐᒃ-Ilagiisaq-FCNQ) from...

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NEWS April 21, 2018 - 10:00 am

Ottawa to spend $94.3M on better Arctic sealift infrastructure

Money will go to Nunavut, Northwest Territories

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Sealift operations in Nunavut will receive some badly needed infrastructure, thanks to a federal spending promise.

The improvements will come from the federal government’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan.

Ottawa will spend $94.3 million over five years to make Arctic re-supply operations in...

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COMMENTARY April 20, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Legal Ease, April 20

What does a waiver mean?

JAMES MORTON

Almost any time you go into any sports or recreational activity you have to sign a waiver.

It’s the sort of thing written in fancy language that’s hard to follow in detail, but which amounts to a statement that no matter what happens, you can’t sue anyone for anything.

The idea is to protect the...

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NEWS April 20, 2018 - 1:30 pm

BRCC removes former president Ike Haulli from its board

Haulli served as chamber president until last year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Ike Haulli, an Igloolik business owner who sexually abused children between 1968 and 1986, has been removed from the board of the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce, the organization said yesterday in a release.

Haulli, a BRCC board member for many years, had served as the organization’s...

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NEWS April 20, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavik family still seeks answers, police support in woman’s death

“It's like she was just put aside because she was Inuit"

SARAH ROGERS

The family of an Inukjuak woman who died more than two decades ago continues to ask police to revisit the investigation into her death.

Alacie Nowyakallak was 34 when she went missing in Montreal on Oct. 3, 1994.

Less than two weeks later, on Oct. 14, her body was found in the St. Lawrence River...

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NEWS April 20, 2018 - 9:30 am

NDP MPs press for papal apology to survivors of residential school

"Meaningful meetings is not an apology, and we need that"

SARAH ROGERS

A federal MP for Nunavik says he’s gone from disappointment to disgust over the Catholic church’s refusal to apologize to Indigenous survivors of Canadian residential schools.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops held a news conference on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, April 18 to try and...

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NEWS April 20, 2018 - 8:00 am

Cuppa Joe and a new place to go: hip café comes to Iqaluit

Chef sees need for niche java shop in Nunavut capital

BETH BROWN

Coffee beans are really seeds, found in the centre of a small red fruit that looks kind of like a cranberry.

It’s that centre—and the dark colour of the caffeine-bearing liquid fuel the beans brew up—that inspired the name of Iqaluit’s hip new coffee joint: Black Heart Café.

“Iqaluit needed...

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NEWS April 19, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Iqaluit comedy show will honour Nanauq Kusugak

"This show is not about suicide: it’s about the comedy he left us with"

JANE GEORGE

On Saturday night in Iqaluit you will be able to laugh—and may well cry—as the city’s comedians gather together to honour one of their own, Nanauq Kusugak, whose death by suicide earlier this month sparked a call for better mental health services in Nunavut.

“But this show is not about suicide:...

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NEWS April 19, 2018 - 1:35 pm

Judge offers insights into Nunavut jail riot

Details unveiled during sentencing of Igloolik murderer

STEVE DUCHARME

During a riot at the Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit late last year, four inmates broke through the jail’s ceiling and caused a flood after breaking an overhead fire sprinkler.

These previously unreleased details are included in a written decision addressing offences committed by one of the...

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NEWS April 19, 2018 - 10:30 am

A tale of two Nunavut arts communities, and youth working together

"Art is a very good tool for self-expression”

SARAH ROGERS

Rhoda Nashalik and Tasha Partridge said they were really nervous.

The 13-year-old Grade 7 and Grade 8 students from Pangnirtung were in Cape Dorset for the first time, to spend the week with a group of junior high students on the other side of Baffin Island.

They were among seven students from...

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NEWS April 19, 2018 - 9:45 am

Big money sunk into Nunavut town’s water woes

More than half a million dollars spent on emergency measures

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut spent more than half a million dollars on emergency measures two years ago after high sodium levels were first detected in Sanikiluaq’s water reservoir, according to reports recently tabled in the Nunavut legislative assembly.

Since high sodium levels were discovered in......

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NEWS April 19, 2018 - 8:00 am

Nunavut sexual predator must pay $1.22 million to his victims

Baffin business leader Ike Haulli sexually assaulted children aged four, nine, 10 and 15

JIM BELL

Warning: Some readers may be disturbed by certain details in this story.

Ike Haulli, a highly respected business owner from Igloolik who until recently served as chair of the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been exposed as an egregious sexual predator.

To resolve civil lawsuits launched...

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NEWS April 18, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Northern lights shine south in Toronto outdoor exhibit

“The best thing is when you can see artwork in the lights"

SARAH ROGERS

The only lights you can usually see when you look skyward in Canada’s largest city are those left on in office towers at night.

But until the end of May, people in Toronto can enjoy the northern lights and learn a bit of Inuit folklore right from the city’s downtown core.

A new installation by...

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NEWS April 18, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Iqaluit’s Uquutaq Society eyes expansion to improve service for the homeless

Community org doing financial analysis on proposed building purchases

THOMAS ROHNER

Special to Nunatsiaq News

The Uquutaq Society, which runs Iqaluit’s homeless shelter for men, has taken concrete steps to acquire two new buildings in town, delegates at the society’s annual general meeting in Iqaluit heard April 16.

“We’ve been working with the City [of Iqaluit] to plan and...

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NEWS April 18, 2018 - 11:30 am

Researcher hopes Nunavut driftwood offers clues to changing Arctic climate

Driftwood analysis can reveal environmental changes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A British glaciologist plans to spend 10 days this September gathering driftwood from the coasts of Baffin Island and West Greenland.

That’s because where driftwood is found and how it got there, along with the type of wood, its size and thickness can tell us how the environment has changed in the...

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John Etibloenay leans over seal caught near Cambridge Bay sometime between 1972 and 1975 in this photo recently shared by Andrew Robertson on Facebook. His dad worked as a teacher and his mum as a nurse in the community at that time. Robertson has been sharing pictures from that time to see if people can recognize anyone in the photos. Robertson says he’d love to one day return to the community. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW ROBERTSON)
John Etibloenay leans over seal caught near Cambridge Bay sometime between 1972 and 1975 in this photo recently shared by Andrew Robertson on Facebook. His dad worked as a teacher and his mum as a nurse in the community at that time. Robertson has been sharing pictures from that time to see if people can recognize anyone in the photos. Robertson says he’d love to one day return to the community. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW ROBERTSON)