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Nunavut Speaker Joe Enook stands in the foyer of the Nunavut legislature while wearing an outfit with some new touches: a sealskin tie and caribou-bone buttons. These were added by Iqaluit designer Nicole Camphaug, known for her sealskin creations, who is also an employee of the legislative assembly. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
Nunavut Speaker Joe Enook stands in the foyer of the Nunavut legislature while wearing an outfit with some new touches: a sealskin tie and caribou-bone buttons. These were added by Iqaluit designer Nicole Camphaug, known for her sealskin creations, who is also an employee of the legislative assembly. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
NEWS May 25, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Will an Arctic Indigenous cookbook win best of the year?

“This is much more than just a book of recipes”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Whatever you do, don’t eat the tip of the reindeer tongue.

If you do, you will become a liar, according to Sámi food etiquette.

So says a cookbook produced by the Arctic Council that has been nominated in four categories of the Gourmand International Cookbook Awards:  food heritage, sustainable...

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NEWS May 25, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Nunavut’s Health Department warns of stomach illness spreading in Kivalliq

"No pathogen has yet been identified"

JANE GEORGE

An unidentified stomach illness currently circulating in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region is now affecting many people, with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, high temperatures and diarrhea.

Its spread prompted a recent advisory from the Nunavut Health Department, which had earlier sent...

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NEWS May 25, 2018 - 10:25 am

Tower Arctic wins $89M contract for Iqaluit, Pond Inlet marine projects

Long-established eastern Arctic company comes in as lowest bidder

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Tower Arctic Ltd., a well-known company that has done business in the eastern Arctic since 1945, has won an $89-million contract from the Government of Nunavut to construct a small craft harbor at Pond Inlet, and a deep sea port and small craft harbour in Iqaluit, GN documents reveal.

Tower...

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NEWS May 25, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavut seeking proposals for elder care facilities: health minister

GN rejects Kugluktuk hamlet's proposal for elders' care centre

JANE GEORGE

The Government of Nunavut plans to issue a request for proposals for groups interested in building and running facilities to provide care to the territory’s growing number of elders.

Nunavut Health Minister Pat Angnakak said that issuing a request for tenders is the most transparent way to issue...

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NEWS May 25, 2018 - 8:00 am

Nunavut women’s group wants Igloolik businessman stripped of medal

"Haulli's violent, predatory and calculated behaviour was heinous"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council has asked the office of the governor general of Canada to revoke a medal issued to a prominent Nunavut leader recently outed as a sexual predator.

A recent civil court judgement exposed Ike Haulli, an Igloolik business owner and past chair of the Baffin...

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NEWS May 24, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Changes to transport regulations could hurt northern airlines: ATAC

"It's not a one-size-fits-all scenario"

SARAH ROGERS

Northern airlines are making a last-ditch effort to convince Transport Canada to back down on proposed changes to the number of hours pilots can work and fly.

Following a deadly 2009 U.S. plane crash that was later credited to pilot fatigue, Ottawa has been working to amend “flight and duty times”......

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NEWS May 24, 2018 - 1:30 pm

City of Iqaluit may revisit skate park closure

“It’s not a done deal"

JANE GEORGE

The decision by the City of Iqaluit’s recreation department to close its skate park due to a lack of use has irked at least one city councillor.

At Tuesday evening’s council meeting, Coun. Terry Dobbin questioned the recreation department’s right to cancel the skate park without going to council...

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NEWS May 24, 2018 - 10:30 am

Winnipeg gallery set to break ground on new Inuit art centre

Centre expected to open in 2020

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is set to break ground on its much-anticipated Inuit-focused art centre.

Plans are underway to build a 3,700-square-metre, $65-million Inuit art centre adjacent to the gallery in downtown Winnipeg, just a short walk from the Manitoba legislative building.

The gallery will...

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NEWS May 24, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavik Inuit’s business development arm revamps its board

"I don't have a strong belief in separating politics and economics"

SARAH ROGERS

The one-year-old business development corporation for Nunavik Inuit has a new board of directors and the region’s two major airlines are now under its control.

Nuvviti Development Corp. is being restructured, slightly more than a year after the new entity was first established.

Makivik Corp.......

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NEWS May 24, 2018 - 8:00 am

Case of Nunavut woman accused of murdering child moves ahead

Woman faces one count of second degree murder, two counts of attempted murder

JANE GEORGE

A preliminary inquiry in the case of a Nunavut woman charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder wrapped up Wednesday afternoon at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit, with a strict publication ban on future coverage that prevents the name of the accused...

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NEWS May 23, 2018 - 2:30 pm

In Ilulissat, Canada and Denmark vow to settle Hans Island dispute

"A breakthrough in our joint effort to clarify the question of sovereignty"

JANE GEORGE

Big commitments on continued Arctic co-operation will flow from the Ilulissat Declaration’s 10th anniversary celebrations yesterday and today in Greenland.

These include the coming into force of the Arctic Council’s agreement on research in the Arctic.

But a smaller commitment made during the...

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NEWS May 23, 2018 - 11:30 am

RCMP, Nunavut government reps visit Pangnirtung to discuss social distress

“Even though our meeting has ended, the situation we are in will not stop"

BETH BROWN

PANGNIRTUNG—Pangnirtung’s hamlet council is looking for lasting ways to stop reoccurring violence and suicide attempts made by youth in the Baffin community—but Nunavut’s RCMP chief says that crime-wise, the community’s struggle is nothing that police can’t handle.

“Crime has increased … but it’s...

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NEWS May 23, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavik girl’s 2017 death considered accidental: Quebec police

Alacie Inukpuk, 11, was found frozen to death in Umiujaq last October

SARAH ROGERS

The death of an 11-year-old Nunavik girl was accidental, an investigation has concluded.

In October 2017, Alacie Inukpuk went missing in her home community of Umiujaq. A few days later, someone walking just outside the village found the girl frozen to death.

Inukpuk died of hypothermia, but the...

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NEWS May 23, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavut power utility’s solar installation starts to show results

"Larger installations with newer technologies should see more efficiencies"

SARAH ROGERS

The first grid-integrated renewable energy installation in Nunavut came with a hefty price tag, but the Qulliq Energy Corp.‘s pilot solar project has started to produce results.

Since Nunavut’s energy corporation installed 11 panels along the side of its Iqaluit power plant in March 2016, the...

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NEWS May 23, 2018 - 8:00 am

Terminally-ill Iqaluit youth raising money for trip of a lifetime

“It’s all good,” Yugh Ahuja says

BETH BROWN

Yugh Ahuja likes to keep up on current affairs, especially when the news has to do with Donald Trump.

One time, Ahuja got to ride a Ferrari in Las Vegas. He has a poster of a red Ferrari in his living room.

When he’s home, the 17-year-old plays PS4, watches wrestling, and tries to keep up on...

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NEWS May 22, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut woman accused of killing her child appears at preliminary inquiry

Shepa Jar of Coral Harbour faces one count of second-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder

JANE GEORGE

The preliminary inquiry in the case against a Coral Harbour woman charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder got underway Monday morning at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Thirty-year-old Shepa Jar, a stocky young woman with cropped hair, wearing a...

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NEWS May 22, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Hydro-Québec still undecided on release of dammed-up water into Nunavik river

"We are still analyzing the situation closely"

SARAH ROGERS

Hydro-Québec officials have held more consultations in Kuujjuaq about potential plans to release water from a nearby dam this summer, but the power corporation has yet to confirm if and when that could happen.

The final decision will be made in the next few weeks, Hydro-Québec said.

Hydro-Québec......

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NEWS May 22, 2018 - 1:30 pm

To boost co-operation, Greenland hosts circumpolar states in Ilulissat

"Greenland wishes ... to actively contribute to the conservation of the Arctic as a peaceful region"

JANE GEORGE

Today and tomorrow, the spotlight is on a big circumpolar meeting in Ilulissat, the coastal Greenlandic town whose scenic iceberg-strewn fiord is a World Heritage Site.

That’s where Vivian Motzfeldt, the newly appointed Greenlandic minister responsible for foreign affairs, and the Danish minister...

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NEWS May 22, 2018 - 11:00 am

As sitting approaches, Nunavut MLAs want answers on cannabis

“There was no meat, no substance,” MLA George Hickes says of government's performance at last sitting of the legislature

BETH BROWN

The Turaaqtavut mandate is now public, there’s been a couple of minor cabinet shuffles, and new MLAs have had a chance to cut their teeth.

It’s now time for the third sitting of the current Nunavut legislature, starting Thursday, May 24 in Iqaluit.

Nunavummiut can expect to hear Finance Minister...

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LETTERS May 22, 2018 - 9:45 am

Nunavut premier responds to Nunatsiaq News editorial

“I can assure you that these processes are well underway”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I was disappointed to read your criticism of our government’s new mandate, Turaaqtavut, and your assessment that the government has been silent on key issues. [Editorial published May 5, 2018.]

Turaaqtavut—our destination—outlines the vision our government has for our territory and the pillars,...

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NEWS May 22, 2018 - 8:00 am

Pangnirtung waits for GN, RCMP support on suicide, violence

“Once we know what they can offer, we can look at what the community can do”

BETH BROWN

PANGNIRTUNG—“An urgency” is how Pangnirtung’s hamlet council describes its plea for help in its ongoing struggle with attempted suicide and alcohol-related violence, says hamlet councillor Markus Wilcke.

That’s why, within weeks of receiving a formal letter of invitation from the hamlet,...

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COMMENTARY May 18, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Legal Ease, May 18

How do appeals work?

JAMES MORTON

As I write this column, I am waiting to be heard by a judge on a motion to extend the time to bring an appeal.

What that means is the person who lost at trial did not bring an appeal within the allotted time, and so, unless an extension is granted, the appeal will be dead.

One of the elements to...

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NEWS May 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut fire marshal issues reminder to protect sheds from fire

Blaze in Iqaluit shed prompts warning about safety

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s fire marshal is issuing a safety warning to the owners of sheds located near residential buildings.

The advice comes several days after a shed in the centre of Iqaluit burned down on May 14. It has since been torn down.

On Friday, the fire marshal issued a public service announcement...

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NEWS May 18, 2018 - 1:30 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaq.com from May 5 to May 12

Death of woman at Iqaluit boarding home leads the news

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The two most-read stories on Nunatsiaq.com last week dealt with the death of a Clyde River woman staying at the Tammaativvik patient boarding home in Iqaluit.

Police investigators have concluded the 22-year-old woman’s death was part of a murder-suicide.

The woman’s male domestic partner, 31, was...

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NEWS May 18, 2018 - 10:30 am

Jordin Tootoo, Calm Air launch video contest to improve youth mental health

"How do you breathe calm air?"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re under 18 and live in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, you could win airline tickets with Calm Air by creating a short video to share your thoughts on mental health.

The contest, called “Breathe Calm Air,” is being launched this week by National Hockey League star Jordin Tootoo and the...

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NEWS May 18, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavut appeal court increases sentence for stabbing a cop

Buddy Mala, 19, must now serve out remainder of two-years-less-a-day sentence

BETH BROWN

A young Cambridge Bay man who repeatedly stabbed a police officer last spring is returning to jail, following a decision this week by the Nunavut Court of Appeal to increase his original sentence.

Buddy Mala, 19, must now serve out the remainder of a two-years-less-a-day jail sentence for a...

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NEWS May 18, 2018 - 8:00 am

Western Nunavut slated for new marine surveillance system

Cambridge Bay one of seven coastal communities to receive new system

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The western Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay is among seven coastal communities in Canada that will test out a new marine information system.

The system, which will track ship traffic and other important maritime information, is part of Transport Canada’s $62.5-million Enhanced Maritime...

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NEWS May 17, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Proportional representation wouldn’t serve Quebec’s North: Nunavik MNA

"Inuit deserve to be better represented than that"

SARAH ROGERS

Inuit stand to lose the most in a plan to revamp Quebec’s electoral system, says the member of the National Assembly who represents Nunavik.

Earlier this month, Quebec’s opposition parties agreed to table a bill following the next provincial election—currently set for Oct. 1—that would implement...

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NEWS May 17, 2018 - 1:30 pm

First Air, Nunavut community airports get Ottawa money for upgrades

First Air will get $12.7M towards a new cargo warehouse in Iqaluit, while $22.5M goes to terminal revamps in five Nunavut communities

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated at 2:25 p.m.)

Ottawa plans to spend roughly $35 million from its National Trade Corridors Fund on two projects to improve air cargo transportation and airport safety in Nunavut.

One will see a new cargo warehouse built for First Air in Iqaluit. The other will see aging airport terminals...

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NEWS May 17, 2018 - 10:30 am

As Iqaluit’s sharing economy grows, so does need for business licences

"It's always been the rule"

SARAH ROGERS

Planning to visit Iqaluit this summer?

Options for places to stay have thinned considerably in the city this year with the closure of Hotel Arctic.

But that gap has encouraged Nunavut’s sharing economy. Over the last year, the number of Iqaluit homes advertising on Airbnb.com—the popular website...

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NEWS May 17, 2018 - 9:30 am

Iqaluit principals complain they can’t find substitute teachers

No applicants for Inuktut language specialist job at Inuksuk High School

BETH BROWN

Iqaluit schools don’t have the substitute teachers they need, and the shortage sometimes forces schools to cancel classes, members of Iqaluit’s District Education Authority heard from school principals and vice principals at a meeting on Monday.

“We are in an extreme crunch for substitutes right...

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Bruno Pereira, the president and CEO of Qulliq Energy Corp., speaks to an Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce-sponsored breakfast at the Iqaluit soup kitchen on Thursday, May 24, where he outlined plans to first finish repairs on Nunavut’s 11 aging diesel plants, then invest in renewable energy. “We want to replace diesel, but without bringing up the rates,” Pereira said. The QEC hopes to get money from Ottawa to help cover some of the $275 million needed to repair the diesel plants, which will still be needed as backup for renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. Nunavut should see more solar installations in 2018 with the launch of its independent power production program, Pereira said. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
Bruno Pereira, the president and CEO of Qulliq Energy Corp., speaks to an Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce-sponsored breakfast at the Iqaluit soup kitchen on Thursday, May 24, where he outlined plans to first finish repairs on Nunavut’s 11 aging diesel plants, then invest in renewable energy. “We want to replace diesel, but without bringing up the rates,” Pereira said. The QEC hopes to get money from Ottawa to help cover some of the $275 million needed to repair the diesel plants, which will still be needed as backup for renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. Nunavut should see more solar installations in 2018 with the launch of its independent power production program, Pereira said. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)