Nunatsiaq News
LETTERS October 29, 2018 - 8:15 am

Stop using the term “suicide prevention”

"This term is a blatant lie, bandage and misnomer.”

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

This is in response to the article “Nunavik community coping with high number of suicides, grief,”  Oct. 11.

I write this as mother of our wonderful, amazing 23-year-old son Scott, who completed his life journey by his choice and manner (suicide, September 2004).

I totally and utterly disagree...

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LETTERS October 26, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavut education department responds to DEA underfunding accusations

"The Department of Education has not been able to substantiate the claims made by the Iqaluit District Education Authority"

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I’m writing in response to two recent articles in your newspaper titled “Iqaluit school shortchanged by Education Department, DEA says” as well as “Education minister says he’s unaware of whether Iqaluit students were miscounted.”

We are sending the following to give some clarification on the...

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LETTERS October 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Thank you to Agnico Eagle for Baker Lake landfill cleanup

“Without the help of Agnico Eagle, these contaminants would continue to cause damage”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

On behalf of the hamlet council and residents of Baker Lake, we would like to thank Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. for their assistance in cleaning the Baker Lake landfill of contaminated items this past summer.

A total of 53 20-foot containers were shipped out of Baker Lake to recycling facilities and...

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LETTERS October 18, 2018 - 9:45 am

Inuit student-parents with GN daycare funding still eligible for our money, Kakivak says

“Kakivak Association currently provides funding to ensure that the childcare spaces for Inuit students are 100-per-cent funded”

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Once again, thank you for getting in touch regarding the article “Catch-22 glitch reduces student daycare spaces at Iqaluit’s Inuksuk High” published by Nunatsiaq News on Oct. 16.

In our view, it is unfortunate that Nunatsiaq News, a reputable, award-winning publication known for its balanced,...

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LETTERS September 28, 2018 - 1:30 pm

MMIWG commission responds to story, letter

“I am responsible for legal proceedings at the hearings of the national inquiry”

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I am one of the lead commission counsels for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. I am responsible for legal proceedings at the hearings of the national inquiry.

I write this letter in regard to an article published in Nunatsiaq News and a letter to the editor...

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LETTERS September 26, 2018 - 9:30 am

Does chamber of mines VP represent the culture of the mining industry?

“Our minds instantly think about the safety and security of ourselves and our families”

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The irony of a man appearing to attempt to shame a woman who testified at the MMIWG inquiry in a public forum like Nunatsiaq News would almost be laughable, if it weren’t for the real-life implications those sorts of tactics, by men, have on women.

Our minds instantly think about the safety and...

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LETTERS September 25, 2018 - 11:30 am

Mining advocate is “dismissive” of Indigenous women, reader says

“He is only adding to the problem by ignoring the disadvantages of Indigenous people”

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mr. Alex Buchan’s letter highlights the very problems that Indigenous women face daily: it’s dismissive of their legitimate concerns and downplays their realities in order to protect self-serving interests.

Mr. Buchan is vice-president of the Nunavut section of the Northwest Territories and...

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LETTERS September 20, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Chamber of mines responds to allegations made at MMIWG hearings

“The fact remains: women are an order of magnitude safer at our mines than at home”

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I wish to respond to the recent Nunatsiaq News story regarding violence against women in mining (“Sexual violence a spinoff of Nunavut’s mining industry: MMIWG hearings,” Sept. 13, 2018).

This article makes substantial reference to expert testimony from an Iqaluit resident—TJ Lightfoot—to the...

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LETTERS August 31, 2018 - 10:30 am

Open letter to foreign observers on the Greenland independence debate

“An independent Greenland will make us stronger both as a society and as individuals”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Interest in Greenland on the part of foreign observers and commentators has been on the rise in recent years.

This makes us in Greenland very happy. It is always good to hear what other people think about current events in our country.

However, if one would like to make a statement about what we...

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LETTERS August 21, 2018 - 11:15 am

PM Trudeau must attend UN gathering on tuberculosis

“Nunavut has a staggering amount of deaths from tuberculosis”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you were the prime minister of Canada and you had pledged to do your part, in fact, had committed to the eradication of tuberculosis, at a time in history when all that was needed was the political will, what would you be doing on Sept. 26, 2018?

I, for one, will be watching the prime minister...

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LETTERS August 09, 2018 - 1:32 pm

Black Iqaluit resident suffers public racial taunting, abuse

“What hurts one group hurts us all as a human family”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

June 23 was a special day in the life of my children.

On that day, my wife and I, and our daughter’s godparents visiting from England, were at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit to celebrate this town’s young women and men transitioning into the next phase of their lives.

After the ceremony, I drove...

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LETTERS June 11, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Susan Aglukark’s CD travelled into space with Julie Payette

Renowned Nunavut performer and humanitarian receives unexpected honour

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

When Susan Aglukark attended the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Gala in Ottawa on June 2, she was given an unexpected honour.

Aglukark, who received the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in 2016, attended the ceremony this year along with a colleague from the Arctic...

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LETTERS June 04, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Mad Mom’s mad about mental illness

GN Department of Health does no public education on mental diseases

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

What am I so concerned about this time, you ask?

Well, it’s about the shocking lack of public awareness and education by the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health.

In over 18 years, it has failed to publish even one pamphlet on mental illness, despite this being the number one issue for so...

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LETTERS May 22, 2018 - 9:45 am

Nunavut premier responds to Nunatsiaq News editorial

“I can assure you that these processes are well underway”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I was disappointed to read your criticism of our government’s new mandate, Turaaqtavut, and your assessment that the government has been silent on key issues. [Editorial published May 5, 2018.]

Turaaqtavut—our destination—outlines the vision our government has for our territory and the pillars,...

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LETTERS May 05, 2018 - 11:00 am

No answers, no info on “improved” Nunavut Harvester Support Program

“Why do we have workers and directors in our organizations earning over $100,000 a year and they do not serve us or provide answers?”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I’m sorry for having to resort to this newspaper to seek answers to my questions, since I’m not getting any response by contacting the people who have knowledge of the answers.

I have been contacted by others to push for a satisfactory response.

Approximately four or five years ago, Nunavut...

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LETTERS May 02, 2018 - 1:15 pm

TB commentary harmed the morale of GN health workers

“I do not think Giles’ commentary was intended to harm the morale of those who are working towards the eradication of TB … but it did.”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Dr. Sarah Giles’ recent commentary contains much accurate, factual information and could have been a reasonably good basic introduction to the issues surrounding the tuberculosis crisis in Nunavut.

However, the overtly lecturing style and the context of the piece seem to imply that the people...

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LETTERS May 01, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Does the Ikaluktutiak Elks club enable drinking and driving?

How do they prevent people who have been drinking from driving home?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Ikaluktutiak Elks of Cambridge Bay is an establishment that has helped a lot of people in its community.

Each year during the annual Omingmak Frolics, they put on a fine free pancake breakfast, and throughout the year also at times like Christmas and Easter.

They have a wonderful Christmas...

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LETTERS April 06, 2018 - 8:00 am

Flying hockey pucks: unsafe at any speed

Puck smashes car window, hits woman in the head

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Yesterday [March 23], at about 5 p.m., my wife was hit on the head by a flying hockey puck.

Let me give you the details.

She was a passenger in a car beside the driver picking up her one-year-old grandson from the daycare centre on the hill behind Arctic College.
Her daughter was sitting...

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LETTERS April 04, 2018 - 9:45 am

Inuit language service at the Frobisher Inn: do they comply?

Iqaluit hotel owner and landlord replies to complaint

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The following is a letter of complaint to Nunastar Properties Inc., owner of the Frobisher Inn and many rental properties in Iqaluit, that Iqaluit resident Jordan Ipirq Bens shared with Nunatsiaq News and various government officials late last month.

It’s followed by a letter of reply from...

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LETTERS February 14, 2018 - 10:30 am

Iqaluit reader fed up with cold weather service stoppages

"Never did the city come to a screeching halt just because of temperature"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It would be interesting to know who is responsible for this new policy of discontinuing municipal services when the wind chill causes temperatures to drop below -50.

I have lived here almost 30 years and unless there was a severe blizzard, services were never stopped.

Until Iqaluit became the...

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LETTERS February 14, 2018 - 8:00 am

Cambridge Bay doctor was passionate about people

Dr. Bruce McFarlane: Aug, 11, 1944—Feb. 2, 2018

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Bruce McFarlane, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, friend, mentor and physician, died on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

Energetic, curious, thoughtful, and determined, Bruce lived and loved deeply.

He sought to nurture and share the best of himself with others and encouraged those...

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LETTERS February 06, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Treatment centre clients must admit they’re alcoholics

"Alcoholics and drug addicts are masters in making up excuses and lies"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It is my understanding that the organizers of Kuujjuaq’s Isuarsivik centre made this statement: “Most of Isuarsivik’s clients are misusing alcohol, but they’re not alcoholics … they’re using alcohol to treat a trauma.”

Any excuse to make one’s personal life look more attractive than skid row...

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LETTERS February 06, 2018 - 1:30 pm

It’s time to talk about the sexual assault of teenagers in Nunavut

"Our schools need to engage all students in talking about this"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Now, against the backdrop of #MeToo, is a perfect time for our schools in Nunavut to begin a profound discussion with all students about male-female relationships.

Can it be that 40 per cent or more of our young women under the age of 16 are sexually assaulted?

Sexual assaults ruin women,...

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LETTERS January 10, 2018 - 1:20 pm

Territorial unions campaign for $15-per-hour minimum wage

"These are bold acts that are good for low-wage workers and good for the economy"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new year begins and with it a new hope that the working lives of northerners continue to improve.

PSAC North is today announcing that we are starting a new campaign to increase the legal minimum wage.

In partnership with other labour organizations across the North, we are calling on all three...

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LETTERS January 05, 2018 - 11:58 am

Many thanks from New Brunswick

"You have helped us. You have taught us."

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

This past December 17, around 4 a.m., a fire that started outside made its way into the walls of our house in Fredericton.

It reached the second floor bedroom where my wife and I, and our nine month old panik, were sleeping. With no luck trying to put out the fire we were forced to run out of the...

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