Nunatsiaq News
FEATURES January 17, 2018 - 8:00 am

Tiny parasite may pose health risks for Canada’s North

“It is critical for public health organizations and practitioners to employ strategies, to reduce the risk"

JANE GEORGE

You don’t hear much about the dangers posed by toxoplasmosis, but infections caused by the tiny parasite are powerful enough to make you sick and cause damage to the brain, eyes and other organs.

With levels of human infection in parts of the Canadian Arctic among the highest in the world,...

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FEATURES January 16, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Nunavut artist gets dolled up

"I see things that come to my mind and I just have to create it"

SARAH ROGERS

Vicky Pauloosie Arnauyumayuq likes to create.

The Arctic Bay mother and office administration student is a self-described artist, who enjoys drawing, painting and sometimes carving in her free time.

But she’s added a new craft to her hobbies in recent months, which is grabbing the attention of...

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FEATURES January 16, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavut newcomer beats the blues with snow skating

“It helps relieve stress, form friendships and build community among youth”

BETH BROWN

There’s a new way to beat the winter blues in Taloyoak, thanks to newcomer Jonathan Nuss.

When the avid skateboarder moved to the western Nunavut community four months ago, he took up learning a new kind of boarding more suited to the North.

It’s called snow skating.

Never heard of it? Neither...

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FEATURES January 09, 2018 - 11:54 am

Qaggiavuut offers a coffee klatch with a difference

Arts group invites Iqalungmiut to talk shop every second Tuesday

BETH BROWN

Hey Iqalungmiut, are you hoping to work your creative muscles in the new year?

If so, then clear your schedule for every other Tuesday night, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Qaggiavuut is starting a twice-monthly coffee house series, called Kaapi Tuesdays, to bring Nunavut artists together in an open...

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FEATURES January 09, 2018 - 9:30 am

Arctic ookpik boom sees many snowy owls head south this winter

"Snowies" have been seen in south-central United States

JANE GEORGE

Snowy owls have become the new Canadian “snow birds” this winter, migrating south of the border in great numbers, and some of the birds, called ookpiks in Inuktitut, have gone as far south as the state of Missouri where their presence on power poles, hay bales and fences has attracted a lot of...

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FEATURES January 02, 2018 - 11:00 am

Nunavik’s longtime Oblate missionary, Father Jules Dion, dies at 89

Father Dion arrived in Nunavik in 1955

JANE GEORGE

For nearly 60 years, Oblate missionary Father Jules Dion—better known in Nunavik by his Inuktitut name, Pirtiu—served as priest, mechanic, carpenter, dog team runner, hunter, fisherman, doctor, dentist and part-time snowmobile salesman to several generations of Inuit in Quaqtaq and...

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FEATURES December 21, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Why not feast on country food this Christmas?

Premier Paul Quassa's favourite treat, plus caribou recipes from Iqaluit and Kuujjuaq

SARAH ROGERS

Samuel Hamel-Ratté doesn’t get to cook with country food as much as he’d like to.

The long-time head chef at the Kuujjuaq Inn can only use fish and meat that comes from government-regulated facilities.

But Hamel-Ratté said he enjoys cooking with country food at home, when he can.

In the years...

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FEATURES December 20, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Ancient bears that roamed Ellesmere Island had a sweet tooth

3.5 million years ago, early bears were already well adapted for the cold

JOHN THOMPSON

It turns out that the bad teeth of a bear that once padded around Ellesmere Island about 3.5 million years ago can tell us something about modern bruins.

Cavities in the teeth show that the bear had a sweet tooth. The now-extinct species, which resembled a small black bear, would have munched on...

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FEATURES December 19, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Iqaluit’s celebrity chef offers tasty treats for Christmas

Sheila Lumsden shares recipes with Nunatsiaq News

BETH BROWN

Sheila Lumsden carefully removes the pin bones from a quartered fillet of Arctic char, so that the sharp spinal shards don’t end up in her waterzooi.

“Waterzooi” is a traditional Belgian stew that can be made with chicken, or any kind of fish.

But Lumsden’s recipe uses Arctic char, bringing—as...

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FEATURES December 19, 2017 - 9:30 am

For these Nunavut inmates, the future is carved in stone

"This carving program is one of the few successes we’ve had"

STEVE DUCHARME

On most days at the Makigiarvik Correctional Centre in Iqaluit, you can find inmate Ottokie Samayualie covered in stone dust, diligently working on his latest dancing bear carving in the fenced courtyard of the minimum security jail.

But on the morning of Dec. 13, a walrus figurine sits on...

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FEATURES December 14, 2017 - 8:15 am

Inuk chef Trudy Metcalfe helps feed the multitudes

Arctic caribou meets South Asian curry at Flavours of the North

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA—Trudy Metcalfe, a renowned chef who’s originally from Nunatsiavut, was honoured this past weekend to be one of the faces of Flavours of the North, an outdoor culinary and cultural event on Parliament Hill held near the end of Ottawa’s Canada 150 celebrations.

She...

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FEATURES December 13, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Big boost marks end of year for Nunavut music program

"We are so grateful"

JANE GEORGE

This Christmas is looking particularly bright for Tusarnaarniq Sivumut as it looks ahead to 2018.

Over the past decade, the charity—whose name means “music for the future”—has allowed hundreds of youth in Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Pangnirtung and Hall Beach to pick up fiddles and learn how to play...

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FEATURES December 13, 2017 - 11:30 am

Feeding Nunavut brings holiday cheer to everyone in Igloolik

"Thank you to each of the donors and volunteers"

JANE GEORGE

If you want to fully understand the meaning of “merry” and “happy,” which we often hear in various greetings at this time of year, on Dec. 23, visit Igloolik.

That’s where you’ll find a gym-full of volunteers who will distribute more than 800 stockings for children up to 12 years old in this...

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FEATURES December 11, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Iqaluit high school cooks up free-lunch program

School-grown veggies featured in free meals to help feed hungry students

BETH BROWN

Students at Inuksuk High School aren’t just eating their greens; they’re growing them, too.

The Iqaluit school is just a few weeks into its new free-lunch program, and so far is able to source most ingredients used in healthy salads from a set of six hydroponic towers that are blooming with fresh...

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FEATURES December 06, 2017 - 9:15 am

Teaching safety, respect at Nunavut schools during education week

"This year’s theme is safe schools and respect for all"

BETH BROWN

Schools across Nunavut have been reminding students and community members how to stay safe and treat each other with respect in honour of education week, an event celebrated annually across the country.

Education week officially ran from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, but some Nunavut schools started their...

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FEATURES November 30, 2017 - 10:30 am

Celebrating Canada 150 their own way, in Arctic Bay

New mural, community video and three days of celebration in High Arctic community

BETH BROWN

A new mural, meant to capture the enduring spirit of Arctic Bay, is one way youth from that High Arctic community are marking Canada’s 150th year as a country.

The large pastel art project, unveiled this month at the community hall during a cultural celebration, is set against a black backdrop...

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FEATURES November 29, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Canadian military seeks underwater sensors for Arctic surveillance

Proposed sonar would be "orders of magnitude" less noisy than U.S Navy system blamed for beaching whales

JOHN THOMPSON

Underwater drones equipped with high-tech sensors could one day patrol the icy waters of Canada’s eastern Arctic, to help keep an eye on the region’s growing shipping traffic—and to be on the lookout for foreign submarines.

It’s part of a plan that Canada’s Department of National Defence calls its...

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FEATURES November 27, 2017 - 1:01 pm

Cookbook to showcase intimate Inuit connection to country food

GN paying foodie consultants to gather stories, recipes from across territory

BETH BROWN

Have you ever glazed your baked char with mayonnaise and onion soup mix? Or used a cup of seal blood to thicken up a hearty stew?

Some Nunavummiut have, and they’ll be sharing these and other recipes and cooking tips from kitchens, campsites and community halls across the territory in a new...

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FEATURES November 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

New Nunavut pre-school melds Montessori with IQ

"They're playing but they're actually learning"

JANE GEORGE

When you enter the children’s room at Clyde River’s Ilisaqsivik Society, you may wish to whisper: you’ll find everything is quiet, although several young children are around the room, engrossed in play.

The children, accompanied by a parent or guardian, are engaged in activities using equipment...

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FEATURES November 24, 2017 - 11:30 am

Community-led justice plays a key role in Nunavik’s court system

“They’re not just criminals—they’re trying to improve their lives everyday"

SARAH ROGERS

PUVIRNITUQ—A young woman from Akulivik looks nervous on the stand as a prosecutor reads her charges.

The 21-year-old faces her second impaired driving charge, though her first as an adult offender.

Typically, a second charge would mean detention time, but in this case the woman’s lawyer asks the...

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FEATURES November 22, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Inuk teen from Nunavut wants to serve and protect

“I feel like we need more Inuit cops, and I want our women to feel safer”

BETH BROWN

She knows it won’t be easy, but Arviat youth Sylvia Kablutsiak is eyeing a career with the RCMP.

“Growing up in Nunavut, I feel like we need more Inuit cops, and I want our women to feel safer,” the 16-year-old told Nunatsiaq News over the phone from her home community.

Earlier in November, the...

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FEATURES November 22, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Rough justice: A week in the life of Nunavik’s travelling court

“Sending you to jail is very inappropriate for the issue you have”

SARAH ROGERS

A Quebec Public Security van pulls up to the Val d’Or airport in the province’s Abitibi region. Guards escort shackled detainees from the nearby Amos detention centre, one at a time, into the airport terminal to use the bathroom before they board their four-hour flight.

There are 12 men and one...

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FEATURES November 21, 2017 - 8:00 am

Finland’s ULapland offers glimpse of an Arctic university

Founded in 1979, ULapland now has 5,000 students

JANE GEORGE

ROVANIEMI, FINLAND—You can touch the white ice floes made of flat white felt and the leads between them will light up.

Or you can try on the “Breaking of the Dawn” jacket, with its reindeer-leather trim and heat and light sensitive sensors. Or you can dabble your hand in the water emerging from...

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FEATURES November 16, 2017 - 11:30 am

Down to the sea in ships: Nunavut trainees learn about maritime jobs

“I can see myself working on a boat like this”

BETH BROWN

A bell chimes six times on the bow of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Henry Larsen, as the crew weighs anchor in Frobisher Bay.

Each chime marks a shot, or 27.4 metres of chain link, indicated by a swatch of chipped red paint that prompts the ringing brass bell.

It takes over 10 minutes for the...

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FEATURES November 15, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Indigenous participants help keep Finland’s Arctic conference on track

"What are you going to do so that it's not just words on a piece of paper?

JANE GEORGE

ROVANIEMI, FINLAND—In his keynote speech at an Arctic conference now underway in Rovaniemi, Timo Soini, Finland’s foreign affairs minister, summed up what many feel is a crucial element to international gatherings such as this.

“There must be a respect for Indigenous people’s cultural identity and...

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