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Meet the new guardians of the Franklin wrecks. Parks Canada is presently training these Nunavut residents to help monitor the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, following a successful pilot program last year. This summer, guardians will be posted at both wreck sites throughout the open-water period to monitor the sites, report any unauthorized vessel traffic and help Parks Canada ensure their protection. Back row, from left: Terry Eleehetook, Jonathan Puqiqnak, Dennis Qirqqut, Christopher Kikoak, instructor Don Tremblett, Charlie Tavalok, Mark Ullikatak, Colin Sr. Putuguq. Front row, from left: Sammy Kogvik, Betty Kogvik. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKS CANADA)
Meet the new guardians of the Franklin wrecks. Parks Canada is presently training these Nunavut residents to help monitor the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, following a successful pilot program last year. This summer, guardians will be posted at both wreck sites throughout the open-water period to monitor the sites, report any unauthorized vessel traffic and help Parks Canada ensure their protection. Back row, from left: Terry Eleehetook, Jonathan Puqiqnak, Dennis Qirqqut, Christopher Kikoak, instructor Don Tremblett, Charlie Tavalok, Mark Ullikatak, Colin Sr. Putuguq. Front row, from left: Sammy Kogvik, Betty Kogvik. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKS CANADA)
NEWS June 19, 2018 - 1:30 pm

First regional visitor centre opens in Rankin Inlet

Nunavut premier does inaugural ribbon cutting in Kivalliq region

BETH BROWN

Less than two days after becoming Nunavut’s new premier, Arviat’s Joe Savikataaq was already cutting ribbons in an official capacity when he visited Rankin Inlet to mark the opening of the Kivalliq Regional Visitor Centre. 

Since he’s also Nunavut’s first Kivalliq premier, it was a fitting job...

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NEWS June 19, 2018 - 11:00 am

Seven things to know about the Nunavut legislature’s spring sitting

MLAs get down to business—and go home with a new government leader

JANE GEORGE

The spring sitting of the Nunavut legislature wrapped up on June 14—and if you live in Nunavut, unless you had your head in a melting snowbank, you know that the MLAs ended this sitting with a series of unprecedented actions.

Here is a brief recap of the top highlights of this sitting, which...

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NEWS June 19, 2018 - 9:45 am

Nunavut community lockdown lifted, but incident still under investigation

The RCMP has crisis negotiators and its major crime unit in Sanikiluaq

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated 4:35 p.m.)

Nunavut RCMP lifted a lockdown in the community of Sanikiluaq Tuesday afternoon.

Early June 19, police had issued a warning for residents of the Baffin community of 900 to stay indoors or seek shelter, while officers dealt with a critical situation they said was unfolding in...

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NEWS June 19, 2018 - 8:30 am

Iqaluit city council reaches a compromise for skateboarders

"I am in favour of removing the curling rink’s surface from this building … so we can turn it into a more used facility"

COURTNEY EDGAR

After a fight by skateboard advocates to keep Iqaluit’s skate park open, city council has decided its fate, at least for this summer.

At their June 12 meeting, councillors passed a recommendation made by the recreation committee that would see the city install a smaller skate park than in previous...

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NEWS June 18, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Legal Ease, June 18

"In trust," an "important and a major part of dealing with a lawyer"

JAMES MORTON

Sometimes when you are working with a lawyer you will hear that money is being held “in trust.” Most people do not really understand what that means, but it is important and a major part of dealing with a lawyer.

Holding money in trust is something a lawyer does when the lawyer is the custodian of...

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NEWS June 18, 2018 - 1:29 pm

MLAs pass Nunavut’s cannabis legislation—the last in Canada

“We had limited time"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut MLAs finally passed Bill 7 last week—the territory’s Cannabis Act—making way for the legal, online purchase of small amounts of marijuana.

Earlier this month, the Senate of Canada passed Bill C-45, the federal government’s Cannabis Act with some amendments.

“This was a crucial milestone,”...

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NEWS June 18, 2018 - 11:00 am

Nunavut MLA calls for end to “language shaming”

"That is going to be the first step when we’re talking about rebuilding our language and keeping it alive"

JANE GEORGE

More Inuktut language training and less language shaming in Nunavut, these are among the key areas likely to be tackled by the new Savikataaq government.

“Even in this House myself here … I’ve felt little because I don’t speak Inuktitut. I know it’s not an excuse and it’s not even really a...

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NEWS June 18, 2018 - 8:00 am

Three Canadian Inuit vie to lead ICC-Canada

ICC-Canada seeks new Inuit Circumpolar Council president, VP

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

When delegates to the Inuit Circumpolar Council head to the annual general assembly in Utqiaġvik, Alaska next month and vote for a new executive, they will have a choice of three Canadians who want lead the Canadian arm of the organization that represents Inuit internationally until 2022.

The call...

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NEWS June 15, 2018 - 4:45 pm

No single reason for non-confidence motion that saw Nunavut premier depart, MLAs say

“People will never really understand why. I understand they are upset about it”

BETH BROWN

In a non-confidence vote and ensuing leadership forum in which Nunavut’s new premier Joe Savikataaq was elected, Nunavut MLAs made it clear yesterday that they didn’t want the Aggu MLA Paul Quassa to hold the highest-ranking position in Nunavut’s government.

The June 14 vote saw 16 members of...

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NEWS June 15, 2018 - 4:30 pm

New Nunavut premier shuffles cabinet

Former premier Paul Okalik no longer in charge of devolution

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

At the end of a tumultuous week, Premier Joe Savikataaq announced changes to executive council portfolios late Friday, less than 24 hours after he took over as premier from Aggu MLA Paul Quassa.

The changes mean David Akeeagok, MLA for Quttiktuq, is the new deputy premier and minister of economic...

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NEWS June 15, 2018 - 3:05 pm

Kuujjuaq man faces first-degree murder charge in woman’s death

Randy Koneak, 20, to appear in court June 21

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 20-year-old Kuujjuaq man faces a charge of first-degree murder in the June 12 death of a 28-year-old woman.

Randy Koneak was arrested June 13 and formally charged June 14 with the death of Chloé Labrie. He remains in detention in Amos.

The death of Labrie, a medical technician at Kuujjuaq’s...

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NEWS June 15, 2018 - 12:26 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaq.com from June 3 to June 10

MLAs' dissatisfaction in the ledge foreshadows this week's revolt

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Many Nunatsiaq News readers will have trouble even recalling what took place last week in the news after the events of this week in the Nunavut legislature.

These included the notice of motion for the removal of Paul Quassa, MLA for Aggu and then premier, the passing of this motion in the house...

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NEWS June 15, 2018 - 10:35 am

Role-playing computer game could combat mental illness in Nunavut

New Zealand-made therapy game gets redesign through feedback from Inuit teens

BETH BROWN

Who knew computer games could help with mental health?

This summer, youth in six Nunavut communities are working with researchers from York University to redesign a computer game that teaches coping methods for combatting depression (among other skills) to make it Nunavut-specific.

The...

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NEWS June 15, 2018 - 9:30 am

Inuit orgs, PM Trudeau congratulate Nunavut’s new premier

Joe Savikataaq's appointment also becomes a "Twitter Moment Canada"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated at 3:30 p.m.)

Within minutes of the announcement that Joe Savikataaq would be Nunavut’s new premier, reaction to the political changes in Nunavut started to appear via news releases and on social media.

Nunavut Tunngavik’s President Aluki Kotierk was the first to congratulate Savikataaq...

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NEWS June 14, 2018 - 9:30 pm

Nunavut welcomes new premier, Joe Savikataaq

Savikataaq of Arviat becomes Nunavut's fifth premier

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut has a new premier, Arviat South MLA Joe Savikataaq, along with a new face in the cabinet, Iqaluit-Tasiluk MLA George Hickes.

That’s after a whirlwind day in the Nunavut legislature, June 14, that saw Aggu MLA Paul Quassa, the premier, ousted by a non-confidence vote.

Of the 21 members who...

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NEWS June 14, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Nunavut premier removed by non-confidence vote

16 members vote to oust Quassa, three vote to keep him, two abstain

BETH BROWN

(Updated at 3:23 p.m.)

Nunavut’s MLAs will pick a new premier this afternoon, after they removed Aggu MLA Paul Quassa from that lead role during a historic non-confidence vote in the legislative assembly earlier today, June 14.

Of 21 members, including Quassa, but not including the Speaker, 16...

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NEWS June 14, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Legal Ease, June 14

You have the right to remain silent

JAMES MORTON

In general, you do not have to answer questions put to you by anyone.

You have the right to remain silent.

That doesn’t mean that you cannot be required to provide a licence while driving or evidence that you are allowed to, for example, operate a restaurant.

What it does mean is that you do not...

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NEWS June 14, 2018 - 11:00 am

Serving up empathy, one ladle at a time

“You don’t have to agree with one another to just be open and listen”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Pull up a seat, dip in your spoon and make a new friend this week.

Iqaluit Square, in front of the elders’ centre, will be transformed into an open venue for an interactive art installation this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Quebec-based community art collective ATSA, or When Art Takes...

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NEWS June 14, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavut RCMP arrest man alleged to have “requested sexual services” from two Iqaluit youth

Sean Qaunaq, 29, of Igloolik will appear in Nunavut court today

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 29-year old man, Sean Qaunaq of Igloolik, will appear in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit today to face charges related to an incident in which he allegedly tried to buy sexual services from two youth in Iqaluit.

The Iqaluit RCMP arrested the man after it was reported that he approached...

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NEWS June 14, 2018 - 8:00 am

Fuel spills near Nunavut elder-care facility under renovation

Baker Lake's Martha Taliruq Centre has been shuttered since March

JANE GEORGE

Fuel oil has been spilled near the community of Baker Lake’s elder-care centre, the Government of Nunavut said on June 12.

The GN did not indicate the size of the spill, saying only that the departments of Community and Government Services, Environment and Health “are working closely with a...

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NEWS June 13, 2018 - 5:19 pm

Quebec police arrest man in connection with Kuujjuaq homicide

Chloé Labrie, 28, worked at Kuujjuaq's hospital since 2014

SARAH ROGERS

(Updated at 5:10 p.m.)

Quebec police have arrested a man in connection with a suspected homicide that occurred this week in Kuujjuaq.

Sometime late June 11 or early June 12, a 28-year-old woman was killed in her Kuujjuaq home.

The victim has since been identified as Chloé Labrie, a 28-year-old...

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NEWS June 13, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Following censure plans, Nunavut waits for word on premier’s place in cabinet

Lawyer, commentator Anne Crawford weighs in on censure process

BETH BROWN

Will Aggu MLA Paul Quassa still be premier of Nunavut by dinnertime tomorrow night?

That’s the question that’s been on the minds of many Nunavummiut since yesterday, June 13, when Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main gave notice of a motion to remove Quassa from the assembly’s executive council,...

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NEWS June 13, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Quebec gives green light to new Nunavik high school

$36 million secondary school will be built in Inukjuak

SARAH ROGERS

Quebec education officials have given the green light to Nunavik’s school board to build a secondary school in Inukjuak.

Kativik Ilisarniliriniq officials have been advocating for the new school for many years. Inukjuak, a community of about 1,800 along Nunavik’s Hudson Bay coast, currently has...

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On her first visit to Iqaluit last week, Ellen Judd stands with Nunavut nurses Nancy Mike, Mavis Ell, Suzie Schwartz and Suzie Pearce June 13 at a get-together at Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit. These young nurses, along with many others, have been recipients of Dr. Christine Egan scholarships, given out annually since 2004 to Nunavut nursing students. The scholarships were founded by Judd, Egan's partner, and other members of her family and friends after Egan, a longtime and still-remembered nurse in Nunavut, died on Sept. 11, 2001 in the attack of the World Trade Centre in New York City, where she had been visiting her brother. Judd said the endowment is permanent and will help support Nunavut nurses in school and those who have graduated to pursue their studies
On her first visit to Iqaluit last week, Ellen Judd stands with Nunavut nurses Nancy Mike, Mavis Ell, Suzie Schwartz and Suzie Pearce June 13 at a get-together at Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit. These young nurses, along with many others, have been recipients of Dr. Christine Egan scholarships, given out annually since 2004 to Nunavut nursing students. The scholarships were founded by Judd, Egan's partner, and other members of her family and friends after Egan, a longtime and still-remembered nurse in Nunavut, died on Sept. 11, 2001 in the attack of the World Trade Centre in New York City, where she had been visiting her brother. Judd said the endowment is permanent and will help support Nunavut nurses in school and those who have graduated to pursue their studies "forever." (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)