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Enjoying the sun in Rankin Inlet: The Jerry Cans from Iqaluit help everyone in Rankin Inlet celebrate the return of warmth and light on Saturday night as part of the community's Solfest, sponsored by the community's fire department,  June 16 and June 17. The Iqaluit's Jerry Cans were also joined by Terrie Kusugak and Midnight News. The Solfest's festivities coincided with the June 16 opening of the $3.8-million Kivalliq Visitors Centre, which will, among other things, showcase taxidermy wildlife, the Government of Nunavut said in a release.
Enjoying the sun in Rankin Inlet: The Jerry Cans from Iqaluit help everyone in Rankin Inlet celebrate the return of warmth and light on Saturday night as part of the community's Solfest, sponsored by the community's fire department, June 16 and June 17. The Iqaluit's Jerry Cans were also joined by Terrie Kusugak and Midnight News. The Solfest's festivities coincided with the June 16 opening of the $3.8-million Kivalliq Visitors Centre, which will, among other things, showcase taxidermy wildlife, the Government of Nunavut said in a release. "The Kivalliq Regional Visitor Centre will provide a vital link between outfitters, tourist establishments, guides and tourists,” said Nunavut's new premier Joe Savikataaq. (PHOTO BY MARK WYATT/FACEBOOK)
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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Paul Quassa is out as Nunavut's premier, after 16 MLAs voted today in favour of a motion to remove him from cabinet. John Main, the chair of the caucus of regular MLAs, said Quassa’s “autocratic style” partly prompted the motion. Starting at 3:30 p.m. today, MLAs will hold a leadership forum to pick a new premier. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
Paul Quassa is out as Nunavut's premier, after 16 MLAs voted today in favour of a motion to remove him from cabinet. John Main, the chair of the caucus of regular MLAs, said Quassa’s “autocratic style” partly prompted the motion. Starting at 3:30 p.m. today, MLAs will hold a leadership forum to pick a new premier. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
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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Meet Nunavut's new premier, Joe Savikataaq, 57, beaming in the foyer of the legislature shortly after he won the premiership over Rankin Inlet South MLA Lorne Kusugak in a second ballot vote on Thursday evening. Before being elected to the Nunavut legislature in 2013, Savikataaq, a wildlife officer, served on Arviat’s hamlet council for about 20 years. Under former premier Paul Quassa, Savikataaq served as environment minister. Savikataaq came out strongly in favour of education during the long question period leading up to the vote that selected him as premier. “We want all the Nunavummiut to be educated at the same level,” he said. ”We don’t want a second-tier system in Nunavut.” (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
Meet Nunavut's new premier, Joe Savikataaq, 57, beaming in the foyer of the legislature shortly after he won the premiership over Rankin Inlet South MLA Lorne Kusugak in a second ballot vote on Thursday evening. Before being elected to the Nunavut legislature in 2013, Savikataaq, a wildlife officer, served on Arviat’s hamlet council for about 20 years. Under former premier Paul Quassa, Savikataaq served as environment minister. Savikataaq came out strongly in favour of education during the long question period leading up to the vote that selected him as premier. “We want all the Nunavummiut to be educated at the same level,” he said. ”We don’t want a second-tier system in Nunavut.” (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)