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Taissumani author Kenn Harper reads excerpts from his third collection of writings on Arctic history to be published by Inhabit Media, Tales of Arctic Whaling, at the book's Ottawa launch on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Octopus Books. (PHOTO BY PATRICIA LIGHTFOOT)
Taissumani author Kenn Harper reads excerpts from his third collection of writings on Arctic history to be published by Inhabit Media, Tales of Arctic Whaling, at the book's Ottawa launch on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Octopus Books. (PHOTO BY PATRICIA LIGHTFOOT)
NEWS November 20, 2018 - 8:07 am

Nunavut Inuit org joins call for Arctic ban on heavy fuel oil

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. asks Ottawa to ban "the use, carriage and transportation" of HFOs


Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. has joined in the push for Canada to ban heavy fuel oil from Arctic waters.

This oil, a toxic, tar-like sludge that’s often known as HFO, is used by almost half the ships operating in the Arctic.

The oil burns slowly, and it’s dirty, releasing black particles that irritate...

NEWS November 19, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Kuujjuaq woman’s death brings in Quebec police investigators

A 55-year-old woman died last week in the Nunavik hub


Investigators from the Sûreté du Québec are in Kuujjuaq today to look into the circumstances around the Nov. 16 death of a woman in the community of about 2,800.

SQ spokesperson Hugues Beaulieu confirmed that the provincial police’s major crimes squad was in Kuujjuaq to shed some light on the...

NEWS November 19, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavik’s Makivik Corp. opens call for nominations for two positions

Vice-president of economic development, corporate secretary up for election in January


Makivik Corp. has opened a call for nominations to fill two of its executive positions: its vice-president of economic development and its corporate secretary.

Nunavik’s Inuit birthright organization will hold elections for both roles in January 2019.

Currently, Andy Moorhouse serves as...

NEWS November 19, 2018 - 1:30 pm

“Thank you for nothing,” say furious MTS barge clients in Cambridge Bay

"They think they can ignore this … and it will go away, but the more they ignore this one, the bigger it will get"


Peter Laube, the owner of Kalvik Enterprises Inc. in Cambridge Bay, went to the local landfill with his workers this weekend to start a fire.

Its fuel? A lot of mouldy flooring that recently arrived at Laube’s workshop.

The flooring, which was intended for two construction projects, was part of...

NEWS November 19, 2018 - 10:30 am

SSi Micro takes aim at telecom giant’s Nunavut subsidiaries

Northern firm slashes rates on mobile long-distance minutes, data usage


Smartphone users in every Nunavut community may now gain access to cheaper long-distance calling rates and cheaper data usage.

That’s because the Yellowknife-based SSi Mobile is taking direct aim at telecom giant Bell Canada and its two wholly owned subsidiaries that operate in the North, Bell...

NEWS November 19, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavut Inuit org breathes new life into Grays Bay project with $7.25M loan

Loan offered to Kitikmeot Inuit Association with conditions


When Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.‘s annual general meeting wrapped up on Oct. 25 in Iqaluit with the passage of various resolutions, the birthright organization for Nunavut Inuit gave western Nunavut’s Grays Bay Road and Port Project a big boost.

The AGM delegates approved a 10-year loan of up to $7.25...

NEWS November 19, 2018 - 8:12 am

Here’s how to protect your dogs and cats from winter cold

John Makayak Hickes of Rankin Inlet shares advice for domestic-animal owners


It’s sad to see ice dripping from the muzzle of a dog or find a tiny puppy huddled for some warmth by someone’s door.

To keep dogs safe in the cold weather, dog-team owner John Makayak Hickes of Rankin Inlet has lots of reminders for people in his community, which is known for its cold winters and...

NEWS November 18, 2018 - 10:15 am

After Northmart re-opens, Iqaluit shoppers complain about the stench

"Had to wash my parka because of the smell"


Before 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, only nine days after the Nov. 8 fire that turned the Northmart warehouse into a smoking inferno, Iqaluit shoppers lined up in front of the store entrance, waiting for the doors to open.

Bargains at the store included 50 per cent off all general merchandise,...

NEWS November 16, 2018 - 5:40 pm

Inuit hunters challenge sex ratio rule for polar bear harvesting

“We’re not out to slaughter bears”


Inuit hunters should not be penalized for killing more female polar bears than allowed under Nunavut’s current harvesting system, the Kivalliq Wildlife Board says.

The board wants to see a five-year ban on penalties that are currently applied when Inuit hunters exceed a ratio of two males for...

NEWS November 16, 2018 - 4:30 pm

Grieving Nunavik man tells commission a misdiagnosis led to wife’s death

“I lost my best friend, and I almost lost my daughter"


A Nunavik man said the death of his wife could have been avoided if health care workers had taken her symptoms seriously.

Jobie Kasudluak and his daughter, Janice Kasudluak, testified on Nov. 15 at the Viens commission, which hosted hearings in Kuujjuaraapik this past week.

Eva Kullulak-Ookpik,...

NEWS November 16, 2018 - 3:30 pm

What you read on from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11

Warehouse burns in night of arson in Iqaluit


The biggest story in Iqaluit and on Nunatsiaq News last week broke in the early hours of last Thursday morning, when a fire began in a storage building located behind the Northmart store.

By about 8 a.m., as the fire intensified, firefighters were using heavy machinery to open the building and...

NEWS November 16, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut’s Inhabit Media wins Nature Inspiration Award

Honour given to those "whose leadership, innovation and creativity connect Canadians with nature and the natural world”


Nunavut’s Inhabit Media was honoured last week during the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2018 Nature Inspiration Awards.

The publishing house, which has offices in Iqaluit and Toronto, received a Nature Inspiration Award in the small-to-medium business category.

That’s one of seven categories for...

NEWS November 16, 2018 - 1:45 pm

Shop local in Iqaluit and win big, says chamber of commerce

Holiday shopping promotion will see prizes awarded weekly


The countdown until the holidays is already on in many Nunavut households, where parents might be surfing the web for gift ideas.

But the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce wants you to “think local first.”

From now through the month of December, the chamber is promoting local stores in Iqaluit and...

NEWS November 16, 2018 - 11:45 am

Nunavut liquor commission sees major sales growth over past year

Iqaluit customers are buying more beer and wine, and less spirits


The Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission saw its alcohol sales grow by a whopping 76 per cent over the last year, its new annual report reveals.

Nunavummiut aren’t necessarily drinking more, but Iqaluit customers are buying more of their alcohol through the local beer and wine store.


NEWS November 16, 2018 - 10:30 am

Iqaluit arson suspect remains in custody following latest court appearance

Teen faces arson and mischief charges in connection to Nov. 8 fires


An Iqaluit teenager charged in connection to a string of fires lit around the city last week faces a previous arson charge from an incident just a month before the Northmart fire.

The youth, identified as M.T., was charged last week with one count of arson with disregard for human life and one...

NEWS November 16, 2018 - 9:30 am

The Small Glories to play Iqaluit’s last Alianait concert of 2018

Show set for Inuksuk High School on Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.


The last Alianait concert of the year will give Iqaluit music lovers some entertainment memories to hold onto until the Nunavut music and arts festival picks up again in 2019.

The Small Glories, a folk–roots duo from Winnipeg, made up of Cara Luft and JD Edwards, are headlining Alianait’s last...

NEWS November 16, 2018 - 8:05 am

National Inuit org wants more control over Ottawa’s Arctic spending

"Doing so would help ensure that citizens within Inuit Nunangat are not solely dependent upon southern Canadians for the delivery of essential programs and services"


Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami wants to see more federal money flow directly to Inuit organizations, rather than to provincial and territorial governments, like the Government of Nunavut.

That’s according to a position paper prepared by the national Inuit organization, on the federal government’s...

NEWS November 15, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut’s Kivalliq region to get money for hotel renos, heritage projects

Projects include three hotel renovations and mapping of a Thule archeological site


Hotels and a historical site in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region will benefit from some federal money earmarked to boost Indigenous tourism and business development.

Mélanie Joly, the federal tourism minister, came to Rankin Inlet yesterday to announce that Ottawa will put more than $786,000 into four...

NEWS November 15, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Quebec officials communicate poorly with Inuit, Viens commission hears

Grieving Umiujaq woman never told how her brother died


The first few days of testimony from the Viens commission hearings in Nunavik are shining a light on the disconnect and lack of support Inuit feel within Quebec’s health and justice systems.

The Quebec commission is looking at how Indigenous groups interact with six public services—health, social...

NEWS November 15, 2018 - 1:20 pm

Iqaluit RCMP seeks public assistance investigating Nov. 8 fires, break-ins

Following investigation, Iqaluit fire department and RCMP conclude all five fires were acts of arson


The Iqaluit RCMP is asking for the public’s help with their investigations into the early morning fires set around the city on Nov. 8.

Five fires were lit, one of which ended up destroying the Northmart grocery store’s warehouse.

There were also three vehicle fires and one rubbish fire at a...

NEWS November 15, 2018 - 11:29 am

Pending inspection, re-stocked Iqaluit Northmart to re-open Saturday

City encourages residents to continue shopping locally


The North West Co. says its staff are working “around the clock” to ensure its Iqaluit Northmart store and the Tim Hortons outlet it houses are ready to re-open by the weekend.

A fire was set at the loading dock of the Northmart warehouse on Nov. 8, which completely destroyed the facility. The...

NEWS November 15, 2018 - 10:30 am

Meet Nunavut’s first Inuit-owned coffee company: Kaapittiaq

"The world’s first Inuit-owned coffee produced specifically for a northern market"


CAMBRIDGE BAY—Want a cup of steaming hot Kaapittiaq?

That means good coffee, and it’s the name of a new Inuit-owned social enterprise company dedicated to the production of premium coffee by and for the Canadian Arctic.

As of this week, you can find out more about this product online at its new......

NEWS November 15, 2018 - 9:40 am

Don’t deduct polar bear defence kills from quotas, Inuit say

“The current system is highly punitive”


Inuit in Nunavut communities want to kill polar bears in self-defence, without having those kills subtracted from their annual allotted number of hunting tags.

“Do you have any plans to make sure emergency and defence kills are removed from quotas?” the Pond Inlet Hunters and Trappers...

NEWS November 15, 2018 - 8:06 am

Baffinland sets new iron ore shipping record this year

Company ships 5.1 million tonnes to Europe, the U.K, Taiwan, Japan


After receiving regulatory permission to do so, the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. shipped a record-breaking 5.1 million tonnes of iron ore from the Mary River mine this year, the company said last week in a news release.

Ore-carrying vessels contracted by Baffinland made 71 voyages between July 24...

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”


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...

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


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...

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"


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...

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


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...

The sunrise shines upon St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Kuujjuaq on Thursday, Nov. 15. The new church opened in September. (PHOTO COURTESY OF LUCY ABRAHAM)
The sunrise shines upon St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Kuujjuaq on Thursday, Nov. 15. The new church opened in September. (PHOTO COURTESY OF LUCY ABRAHAM)