Nunatsiaq News
Iqaluit May 24, 2002 - 11:10 pm

HTA members reject densely worded ballot

Rights-assignment question remains unanswered for now

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

Iqaluit’s Amarok Hunters and Trappers Association rejected an assignment-rights ballot at a members-only meeting on May 16.

“Many people didn’t understand it. They want a legal opinion,” said David Ell, Amarok’s chair.

Members were poised to vote on whether Inuit can assign...

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Iqaluit May 24, 2002 - 11:09 pm

Naming streets isn’t the Inuit way, residents say

Iqalungmiut sign petition opposing Iqaluit’s four-year-old street sign project

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DENISE RIDEOUT

Some longtime Iqaluit residents are criticizing city council’s street-naming project, saying the proposed Inuktitut names are insulting, community members haven’t had enough input and the project is another example of non-Inuit taking over Iqaluit.

Lena Ellsworth, an Iqaluit...

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Nunavik May 24, 2002 - 11:08 pm

DFO gives beluga hunters an ultimatum

Manageable limit is seven animals per community, DFO says — and only from the Hudson Strait

JANE GEORGE

Time is running out for Nunavik and the federal government to come up with a beluga management plan both parties can support.

If there’s no agreement by June 15 between Nunavimiut and the federal department of fisheries and oceans, the DFO will impose its own beluga management plan on the

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 11:07 pm

Nunavik self-government talks set to start

Federal and regional representatives await announcement of Quebec negotiating team

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik and the federal government are poised to start talking about the shape Nunavik’s new government should take — they’re just waiting for Quebec to decide who will negotiate on the province’s behalf.

Minnie Grey, Nunavik’s chief negotiator, has already left her job as executive director of...

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Nunavik May 24, 2002 - 11:07 pm

New co-op store opens in POV

Two weeks after fire levels building, it’s nearly business as usual

JANE GEORGE

Two weeks after Puvirnituq’s co-op store burned to the ground, a temporary store is already open for business.

On Wednesday afternoon, Arnaituk Charlie Sivuaraapik, the namesake and grandson of the local co-op association’s first president, cut a ribbon to officially mark the opening of the new...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 11:05 pm

Inuit art on exhibition in Austria

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Fabric works and drawings by 16 artists from Cape Dorset and Baker Lake will be highlighted in musuems throughout Austria this spring and summer.

The pieces are part of an exhibit of Inuit art called “Asingit,” an Inuktitut word meaning “different ones.” The exhibit is travelling to several cities...

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Nunavik May 24, 2002 - 11:04 pm

Poachers fined for illegal possession of falcon eggs

Two men caught with seven eggs worth about $30,000 each on the black market

JANE GEORGE

Two men masquerading as nature photographers, one from South Africa and the other from Britain, were caught red-handed in Kuujjuaq last week with a cache of falcon eggs worth thousands of dollars on the international black market.

Ranging from creamy pink to pale yellow, peregrine falcon and...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 11:04 pm

Mayors, SAOs elect new executives

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Nunavut’s mayors elected new members to sit on the Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM), the organization that represents Nunavut’s hamlets and lobbies the territorial and federal governments on their behalf.

At their annual general meeting in Ottawa this month, mayors re-elected Keith...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 11:04 pm

ICC unveils logo for Kuujjuaq conference

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier, president of the Canadian Inuit Circumpolar Conference, unveiled the logo for ICC’s ninth General Assembly this week.

The logo’s design reflects the theme for the meeting Inuit Voice — Enlightening the World. It will be held from Aug. 11 to 16 in Kuujjuaq.

According to ICC,...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 11:03 pm

Bernier exhibit begins Nunavut tour

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A travelling exhibit detailing the Arctic explorations of Captain Joseph Elzear Bernier from 1904 to 1925 opened in Iqaluit last week.

The exhibit, part of a larger permanent collection at the Musée maritime du Québec, made its journey to Nunavut with the help of the Association des francophones...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 11:03 pm

NTI names new head of NSDC

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Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. has named the new head of the Nunavut Social Development Council.

Jacqueline Simms of Iqaluit will take on the new role of director of social and cultural development.

Simms previously worked with the department of Indian and Northern Affairs in Iqaluit. She began her new...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 11:03 pm

Nunavut Tourism business plan identifies goals

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The long-awaited business plan for Nunavut Tourism was tabled in the legislative assembly on the last day of the sixth session by Sustainable Development Minister Olayuk Akesuk.

The business plan increases the role of marketing, calling it a fundamental activity for Nunavut Tourism — if people...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 11:01 pm

Thompson can’t answer to bad gas

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A question by Uqqummiut MLA David Iqaqrialu to former public works minister Manitok Thompson about bad gas was ruled out of order.

“In regard to the bad gasoline, the minister responsible for community government and transportation was the previous minister responsible for public works and...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:59 pm

Adults responsible for keeping kids out of trouble, MLA says

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Nattilik MLA Uriash Puqiqnak rose on the final day of sitting to ask that residents of Gjoa Haven work together after the community’s co-op burned down last week.

“The RCMP found the people that set the fire and they are children. It is not acceptable that youth crime is on the rise. It is not...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:59 pm

Jury summonses translated into Inuktitut

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In response to a concern raised by Tunnuniq MLA Jobie Nutarak earlier this session about English-only jury summonses, Paul Okalik, the minister of justice, tabled a sample summons written in Inuktitut, English and French.

“I am also pleased to advise that my department has updated the jury summons...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:58 pm

MLAs take the summer off

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A motion was passed to adjourn the sixth session and resume sitting in Pangnirtung in the fall. The seventh session is expected to start Oct. 28.

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:57 pm

Gas questions? Call Kattuk

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As of last week, the GN still had not identified which government department would be responsible for handling the aftermath of the bad gas situation within communities.

As the session ended, MLAs were expecting to return home to see boxes of engine parts piled on the desks of their constituency...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:56 pm

MLA steams as extension denied

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As question period was drawing to a close on the final day of sitting, Iqaqrialu asked Speaker Kevin O’Brien for unanimous consent to extend it.

“I would like to extend question period for another half hour as today is our last day,” he said.

However, cabinet ministers Paul Okalik and Peter...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:55 pm

Nunavut won’t stay quiet, Okalik vows

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A delegation of representatives from the department of Indian and Northern affairs visited the legislative assembly last Wednesday, but they didn’t stay long.

They narrowly missed Iqaluit Centre MLA Hunter Tootoo’s question to Paul Okalik regarding the status of federal discussions with Nunavik...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:52 pm

Looking for answers on Ellesmere Island

Jerry Kobalenko wants to know why he and so many others have risked their skins to go there

JANE GEORGE

If you can’t understand why anyone would be crazy enough to drag a sledge across the ice in -40 C temperatures for days at a time — when it’s not even a matter of survival — Jerry Kobalenko’s new book about Ellesmere Island, The Horizontal Everest is for you.

Kobalenko, a Canadian photographer and...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:51 pm

Business behind glass

Framing co-op could give Sanikiluaq students big boost at Aboriginal entrepreneurial competition

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KIRSTEN MURPHY

An innovative framing cooperative in Sanikiluaq may mean big business for local artists and students.

The framing workshop was started last November by John Jamieson, principal of Nuiyak School. It’s under the same roof as the Najuqsivik daycare, and next door to the school.

About...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:50 pm

GN rejects advice on Igloolik, Kugluktuk job moves

Seventy-two GN jobs will be decentralized this year

JIM BELL

The government of Nunavut will forge ahead with the controversial transfer of 21 department of sustainable development jobs from Iqaluit to Igloolik, despite advice from a GN-sponsored report that urges them not to do so.

The decentralization of these DSD jobs is confirmed in a press release...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:50 pm

Shipping company charged over oil slick in Frobisher Bay

Transport Degagnés not aware any waste was dumped, president says

JANE GEORGE

A Quebec shipping company has been charged with dumping waste into Frobisher Bay last September.

On May 10, representatives from Transport Desgagnés appeared in court in Quebec City to face charges filed by Transport Canada under the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act.

Transport Canada...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:48 pm

Iqaluit, Alert possible NMD sites, watchdog says

U.S. missile defense system won’t work without sites in northeastern Canada, expert says

JANE GEORGE

Northern Canada is the next logical place for the installation of U.S. National Missile Defense sites, according to defense watchdog Dale Grant, editor of the Defense Policy Review.

“Try Canada,” Grant wrote in his Toronto-based bulletin. “The line Alert-Goose Bay offers the best placement...

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Nunavut May 24, 2002 - 10:48 pm

Sanikiluaq pleads for Nunavut’s help

Community threatened once again by hydroelectric project

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KIRSTEN MURPHY and JANE GEORGE

SANIKILUAQ — As Quebec prepares for a massive new hydroelectric project on rivers flowing into James Bay, the people of Sanikiluaq say Nunavut must ensure that their voices are heard.

Hamlet councillors and members of Sanikiluaq’s environment committee brought their...

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