Nunatsiaq News
FEATURES July 16, 2018 - 3:00 pm

Best year yet for Alianait, retiring festival director says

“I’ve seen our artists thrive"

BETH BROWN

The big top tent is packed away and international musicians who visited Iqaluit over the July 1 long weekend for the Alianait Arts Festival have all since flown back to their own countries or continued on with their tours.

“It was brilliant, the best we’ve ever done,” festival director Heather...

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FEATURES July 16, 2018 - 8:29 am

New RCMP foot patrol launches this summer in Iqaluit

“Opening lines of communication will empower them to take back a bit of ownership”

COURTNEY EDGAR

This week, RCMP boots hit the dirt in Iqaluit to begin a new summer foot patrol.

Staff-Sgt. Garfield Elliott walked along Federal Rd., up Queen Elizabeth, on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 11, stopping at businesses along the way and introducing himself to passersby.

According to Elliott, the...

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FEATURES July 11, 2018 - 7:40 am

Gjoa Haven Inuit ready to keep watch over national historic site

Betty Kogvik adds to her family stories as Franklin guardian

BETH BROWN

Betty Kogvik’s mother was raised near Terror Bay, where her grandfather worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company.

This summer the Gjoa Haven woman will visit that bay in her newfound role as a guardian of the ill-fated Franklin shipwrecks, the HMS Erebus and Terror, which rest roughly 125 km outside...

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FEATURES July 06, 2018 - 3:45 pm

Pangnirtung artists launch first print collection since 2011

Uqqurmiut centre shows new prints from 2018 at Nunavut Arts Festival

BETH BROWN

Copper-etching plates used by famous Pangnirtung artists deck the walls of a spacious print shop at the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts.

A few steps away, there’s a worktable stacked with old catalogues from print collections past, launched over the years by the Uqqurmiut Artists

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FEATURES July 05, 2018 - 10:30 am

Turning rocks into knives at Iqaluit ulu-making workshop

The key to making an ulu is patience

COURTNEY EDGAR

Stone dust is sprinkled on Jutipa Nattaq’s hands as she files a triangle of slate into a crescent shape.

She looks up from the pencil marks on her piece of stone and tells the group, “You need to be more gentle.”

It is her first time crafting a slate ulu but, unlike the stone crumbling in other...

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FEATURES July 04, 2018 - 8:21 am

A shocking solution to sewage treatment in Nunavut

National Research Council is using electricity to help kill nasty bugs in northern effluent

JOHN THOMPSON

Sewage in many of Nunavut’s smaller communities is treated in lagoons that eventually drain into the ocean. This effluent may not always meet tougher federal discharge standards that came into force in recent years in southern Canada.

Nunavut has so far been exempt from these rules, but may not...

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FEATURES June 22, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Iqaluit visitor comes bearing four hockey bags of menstrual products

“You can eat Kraft Dinner and hotdogs but you can’t not bleed for a week”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Patty Krawec arrived in Iqaluit last week with four hockey bags full of tampons, pads and other menstrual products.

She was flying up from her home in Niagara Falls, Ont., to visit her son. When she realized she could bring two suitcases onboard for free, she knew that there would be a lot of...

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FEATURES June 21, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Iqaluit chef offers up a medley of Arctic spring delights, muskox, goose, char, seal

"Our Arctic foods speak for themselves"

JANE GEORGE

In Nunavut you usually keep your eyes out for signs of spring, for those long days with enough heat to warm the air, melt the snow and leave a sheen on the sea ice.

Spring also marks the return of geese and other migratory birds to the North, along with greater ease of hunting and fishing.

So, in...

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FEATURES 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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FEATURES 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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FEATURES June 07, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Through a glass darkly: bottle refunds don’t lead to recycling

“So 18 years, and many letters in, glass is still not recycled”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Next time you share wine and cheese with friends, consider this: where does that glass bottle go?

A lot of Iqaluit residents don’t know and, it seems, neither do some of the people responsible for the territory’s recycling policies.

It turns out that glass bottles collected by the city’s only...

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FEATURES June 04, 2018 - 8:00 am

Nunavut artist exhibits at Toronto fashion show

"I think it's in our genes"

SARAH ROGERS

TORONTO—Inuit designers have proven there is no limit to the ways you can use sealskin.

One of the latest fads in northern fashion: Martha Kyak’s fringe necklaces. The Pond Inlet-born and Ottawa-based designer’s feminine fringes are popping up on Inuit women at events north and south, featuring a...

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FEATURES May 28, 2018 - 10:00 am

They might be giants: Nunavut students learn geography with help of oversized floor map

“I liked pretending that I was Godzilla and stomping around"

COURTNEY EDGAR

For Rankin Inlet students attending Simon Alaittuq School, the world is at the tips of their toes.

Since April 23, Julie Gardner, a Grade 5 teacher, has used a giant Canadian Geographic floor map of the Arctic while teaching her students geography, social issues and even math.

“It takes up about...

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FEATURES May 09, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Archived photographs help to return an Inuk gaze

"There was a real sense that the camera was a colonial tool"

SARAH ROGERS

A black and white photograph depicts an Inuk man and woman in traditional clothing, with the snow on the tundra behind them lit up by the sun.

Something almost seems out of place: the hunter in the photo is wearing a Kodak Duaflex camera around his neck.

The man is Joseph Idlout, and what few...

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FEATURES May 08, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavik Sivunitsavut’s all-female grad group learns and bonds

“We’re like a family here”

COURTNEY EDGAR

MONTREAL—As a single mother, Mary Saunders used to do her homework at night when her daughter was asleep.

The 24-year-old Nunavik Sivunitsavut student from Kuujjuaq remembered how she would whisper with her roommate after dark when studying, so as not to wake the sleeping children.

Roommates and...

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FEATURES May 05, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Inuk artist offers new twists on traditional hunting and fishing tools

Couzyn van Heuvelen is the third Inuit artist to be nominated for the Sobey Art Award

JOHN THOMPSON

Couzyn van Heuvelen is best known as the Inuk artist who creates oversized, tin-foil party balloons that are made to resemble avataqs—the inflatable sealskin floats traditionally used by Inuit hunters to track and tire marine mammals.

He’s also created giant, five-foot-tall fishing lures that...

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FEATURES May 04, 2018 - 3:30 pm

New Iqaluit-produced children’s show offers Inuit entertainment, education

"It's like a Sesame Street, but in Inuktitut"

SARAH ROGERS

If you have young children who are up early on Saturday mornings, send them to start their day in Anaana’s Tent.

The new children’s series, produced by Iqaluit-based Taqqut Productions, is offering a half hour of preschool-focused entertainment and education, through live-action performances,...

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FEATURES May 03, 2018 - 11:30 am

Nunavik graphic artist turns talents toward inspiring students

"I want to open their minds, see what there is and develop things"

JANE GEORGE

Living in a remote and tiny Arctic community, like Ivujivik on Nunavik’s Hudson Strait, might seem limiting to some people.

But not to graphic designer Thomassie Mangiok, who is also the centre director for Ivujivik’s Nuvviti school, which serves the roughly 120 children living in this community...

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FEATURES April 28, 2018 - 11:30 am

What climate change means to the Arctic’s creepy crawlies

Warmer weather is changing the composition of critters in Greenland’s tundra

JOHN THOMPSON

The springtail is not one of your better-known Arctic creatures. The small, wingless insect gets its name from how it uses its rigid tail to catapult itself into the air and out of harm’s way.

The springtail also has a neat trick to help survive freezing during long Arctic winters. It manages to...

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FEATURES April 28, 2018 - 9:30 am

Better food, vitamins could help curb TB in Nunavut: researcher

"Widespread malnutrition … among Nunavut’s TB patients is a major challenge towards Canada’s goal for TB elimination"

JANE GEORGE

Here’s a simple, cost-effective proposal to reduce Nunavut’s sky-high rates of tuberculosis: give vitamin pills and more fresh food to people who suffer from the disease or are at risk of contracting it.

That’s the approach recommended by Khushwant S. Bhullar, a graduate student at the University...

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FEATURES April 26, 2018 - 10:45 am

Reporting sexual abuse in Nunavut: why and how to do it

“It’s time to talk about it"

SARAH ROGERS

So far into 2018, a handful of Nunavummiut may have become household names in the territory—for all the wrong reasons.

Susan Aglukark made a stunning public disclosure of childhood abuse at the hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in February, ......

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FEATURES April 24, 2018 - 10:29 am

Ottawa Inuit program uses Jeopardy with a sexy twist

Monthly event teaches sex education, harm reduction

COURTNEY EDGAR

Special to Nunatsiaq News

From what the Bs stand for in “STBBI” to how peeing in public can be regarded as exhibitionism in Canadian law, Jennisha Wilson of the Alluriarniq program at Tungasuvvingat Inuit is making adult sex education not just accessible, but also fun.

On Wednesday, Wilson hosted...

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FEATURES April 20, 2018 - 7:59 am

Cuppa Joe and a new place to go: hip café comes to Iqaluit

Chef sees need for niche java shop in Nunavut capital

BETH BROWN

Coffee beans are really seeds, found in the centre of a small red fruit that looks kind of like a cranberry.

It’s that centre—and the dark colour of the caffeine-bearing liquid fuel the beans brew up—that inspired the name of Iqaluit’s hip new coffee joint: Black Heart Café.

“Iqaluit needed...

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FEATURES April 19, 2018 - 10:30 am

A tale of two Nunavut arts communities, and youth working together

"Art is a very good tool for self-expression”

SARAH ROGERS

Rhoda Nashalik and Tasha Partridge said they were really nervous.

The 13-year-old Grade 7 and Grade 8 students from Pangnirtung were in Cape Dorset for the first time, to spend the week with a group of junior high students on the other side of Baffin Island.

They were among seven students from...

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FEATURES April 18, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Northern lights shine south in Toronto outdoor exhibit

“The best thing is when you can see artwork in the lights"

SARAH ROGERS

The only lights you can usually see when you look skyward in Canada’s largest city are those left on in office towers at night.

But until the end of May, people in Toronto can enjoy the northern lights and learn a bit of Inuit folklore right from the city’s downtown core.

A new installation by...

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