Nunatsiaq News
LETTERS August 16, 2017 - 1:09 pm

A big thank you from the family of Solomon Qanatsiaq

Solomon Qanatsiaq: March 28, 1944—June 15, 2017

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We extend our sincere gratitude to the following organizations and individuals who assisted and entertained our father during the time he was battling cancer.

Solomon Qanatsiaq succumbed to the cancer on June 15, 2017. Thank you to the people of St. Silas Anglican Church, Rev. Joelie Sangujaq and...

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LETTERS August 04, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Farewell to Pauline Paton of Iqaluit

Pauline Paton, née White: June 21, 1928—July 27, 2017

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With profound sadness, Pauline Paton was laid to rest on Aug. 2, 2017.

She was born in Voisey’s Bay, Labrador, 89 years ago.

She passed away at home in Iqaluit, surrounded by the love of her family, on July 27, 2017.

This beautiful, kind and gentle woman is survived by her daughter, Fiona, her...

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LETTERS June 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut family says goodbye to Johnny Karetak, 87

"We especially want to thank the people of Arviat who loved him as we did and accepted him as one of their own"

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The Karetak family wishes to thank everyone for their love, prayers and generosity displayed to them from near and far. Johnny Karetak, of Arviat, Nunavut, passed away peacefully at the age of 87, surrounded by his loving family, on June 13, 2017.

“Our father was a true gentleman and had...

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LETTERS May 26, 2017 - 9:00 am

Nunavut TB patient says a family’s vigilance saved her life

Clyde River woman thanks Kootoo family for drawing attention to toxic meds

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My name is Igah Sanguya and I live and work in Clyde River.

I was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the end of Feburary 2017 and began treatment on March 3.

Through the course of my treatment, I have been closely monitored by the health care providers in Clyde River and now here at the Qikiqtani...

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LETTERS May 25, 2017 - 9:00 am

In memoriam: John Paterson Paton

June 24, 1927 – May 16, 1997

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Jack Paton, our Dad, was a smiley man. He seemed happy and light-hearted throughout our life with him.

Jack was the only son of Mary-Ann (Molly) and Paterson Paton, born at Doonfoot, Ayr, in Scotland. His father died when Jack was six. In his teen years he became an apprentice carpenter. His early...

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LETTERS May 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Mad Mom says think before you vote for an MLA this fall

"Where is the passion? Where is the vision? Who will move us forward?"

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Mad Mom here, and what am I mad about now?

Well, elections are coming and it got me to thinking about our present legislative assembly members. It seems to me that this is the weakest bunch we have had yet, since 1999.

Their term has not seen anything much occur; in fact, I can’t seem to remember...

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LETTERS May 12, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Mining group says draft land use plan flawed, harmful to Nunavummiut

"It is essential for the commissioners to hear directly from industry"

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The NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines applauds the statements made by Sen. Dennis Patterson in April at the Nunavut Mining Symposium. The clear message from the senator was that all parties need to have an open mind in the evaluation of “resource development.”

Having an economic driver that is...

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LETTERS April 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Universities Canada doesn’t do accreditation

“The association represents 96 universities across Canada”

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I wish to correct an error in your recent story “Politics, power, money real culprits behind nixing Arctic university” (March 27, 2017.) Universities Canada does not set “criteria for the foundation and operation of universities in the country,” as the story states.
 
In Canada, degree-granting...

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LETTERS April 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Lynn Beyak should leave the Senate

“Her statements and her misguided views further denigrate the role of the Senate”

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The comments from Sen. Lynn Beyak in recent weeks that take issue with the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are nothing short of a despicable, disgraceful attempt to defend the indefensible.

All senators, and in particular the Conservative party, should consider Beyak’s...

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LETTERS April 17, 2017 - 11:45 am

Quebec bar association: fight to improve Nunavik justice system continues

“This report is not about the people, but about the system itself”

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This in reference to the article “We want change to Nunavik’s justice system, Quebec Bar Association says” published September 2016, in Nunatsiaq Online.

On Sept. 16, 2016, on behalf of the Quebec Bar, I had the opportunity to make a presentation to the members of the Kativik Regional Government...

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LETTERS March 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Open letter to NTI: stop ignoring our bid for separate North Baffin body

"So we ask again, is the President going to work with Inuit who she represents?"

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An open letter to the President of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Alukie Kotierk, and NTI board members:

We, the North Baffin Communities of Igloolik, Sanirajak, Ikpiarjuk, Qausuittuq, Ausuittuq, Mittimatalik and Kangiqtugaapik are desiring to create our own regional Inuit organization. Under our Nunavut...

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LETTERS March 13, 2017 - 4:00 pm

HTO hunting, small wolf cull helps Bathurst herd stay healthy

"These two HTOs are proving to be a major tool in the protection and growth of the Bathurst herd"

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Caribou issues continue to fuel a very heated debate in Nunavut.

I would like to share this with all of you as I think that being informed is the best thing we can do.

My company works with two hunters and trapper organizations in the Kitikmeot to offer non-resident hunts for caribou and

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LETTERS February 15, 2017 - 8:30 am

Mad Mom’s mad about elder care

"Bring our elders back home to their own land"

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Mad Mom here. And what am I mad about this time, you ask?

I saw a Request For Proposals for accommodation for Level 4 and Level 5 elders—you know the ones we keep shipping down to Ottawa, who are as far from home as anyone could be at their age.

Seems like the Government of Nunavut is intent on...

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LETTERS January 09, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Iqaluit Action Lab thanks those who helped at New Year’s celebration

“Your smiles, your spirit, and your energy made the whole thing worthwhile”

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On New Year’s Eve a little bit of community magic happened in Iqaluit.

Before we get too far into the new year, we—the board of the Iqaluit Action Lab—want to take the opportunity to thank the many people, businesses, and community organizations who helped create this magic.

The Canada150 New...

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LETTERS December 21, 2016 - 2:29 pm

Nunavut offers thanks for search and rescue volunteers

"Volunteers do not question who is missing; they always offer their time and help"

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It has been a very busy year at the Nunavut Emergency Management division of the Government of Nunavut’s department of Community and Government Services. We would like to recognize our search and rescue volunteers, who give to our communities all year long.

Nunavut is a unique and vast territory,...

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LETTERS December 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavimmiut helping to protect people from contaminants worldwide

New project hopes to study impact of country food contaminants on pregnant women

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Several environmental contaminants emitted in the South—including mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as PCBs and DDT—travel around the globe and to the North on major air and ocean currents. Then they accumulate in some Arctic wildlife that are important country foods in Nunavik....

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LETTERS December 06, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut school truancy rates are getting worse

Over 10 years, territorial truancy rate rose by 37.6 per cent

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Can we agree that a child who doesn’t attend Grade 1 has a far lower chance of graduating from high school than a child who does?

And that in today’s world, someone who doesn’t graduate from high school has greatly diminished opportunities as an adult?

Data on school attendance rates and school...

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LETTERS December 02, 2016 - 10:00 am

We need to protect Nunavut’s caribou nurseries

“If we do not protect caribou calving grounds from disturbance, some herds risk disappearing”

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Most of Canada’s barren-ground caribou herds are in a perilous state, some having declined more than 95 per cent from historic highs.

Barren-ground caribou numbers go up and down as part of their natural cycle.  However, the last time the herds were approaching natural population lows, the North...

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LETTERS October 31, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Human rights boss clarifies comments on Nunavik youth protection

"All of us want what is best for the children of our communities wherever they are"

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Last month, I had the privilege to visit Nunavik, including Kuujjuaq and Puvirnituq and meet with several youth protection workers and inspiring young Inuit leaders. Although my stay was short, these meetings allowed me to better understand the reality facing the population.

Upon my return, I...

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LETTERS October 18, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut Water Board clarifies coverage of TMAC hearing

NWB says public hearing not a deal-making exercise

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I am providing this letter on behalf of the Nunavut Water Board in response to a recent article published in Nunatsiaq News on Sept. 19, 2016, entitled: “Inuit voices lacking at TMAC’s Nunavut Water Board hearing,” as well as your article published on Sept. 28, 2016 entitled “Who pays the cleanup......

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LETTERS October 17, 2016 - 2:29 pm

The North’s airline monopoly needs competition

“There are very weak regulations in Canada for protection of Canadian customers, especially in the North”

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What’s on my mind is that soon we won’t be allowed any baggage on Air Canada or Westjet the way the trend is going.

There are charges already for one’s first bag. I notice we get wraps for our food with Canadian North and First Air flights. The one-luggage rule is on with them now, too, if you’re...

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LETTERS October 12, 2016 - 10:00 am

Inuit need open communication on race and racism

"We have to have an authentic understanding of how racism is structured"

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I am writing to respectfully discuss some of the issues around Sen. Dennis Patterson’s opinion piece on the National Observer online news site and the request by Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and Qulliit Status of Women Council for an Inuk woman and Inuk, respectively, to sit as a commissioner...

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LETTERS October 07, 2016 - 8:30 am

Shortage of volunteers threatens public internet access in Nunavut

"Unless this passion is shared by other Nunavummiut who are willing to volunteer as board members, we have no alternative but to close the program down"

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The Community Access Program (CAP) is a federal initiative developed by Industry Canada to provide accessible internet and internet training to communities across the country.

This funding is traditionally allocated to public service areas such libraries, schools and community centers to help them...

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LETTERS September 30, 2016 - 10:00 am

Custom adoptions only for Inuit, says NTI vice president

"Nunavut’s current Aboriginal Custom Adoption Act allows Inuit to adopt in accordance with our customs. It does not apply to non-Inuit adopting an Inuk"

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A recent article about adoption requires clarification. It suggests that private adoptions, or custom adoptions, outside Nunavut are easier.

Indigenous Peoples across Canada have custom adoption practices that are recognized and affirmed through Section 35 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms....

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LETTERS September 01, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavut youth grateful for support in fight against seismic testing

"I feel like my life has turned upside down in the best way possible"

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Clara Natanine, daughter of former Clyde River mayor, hunter, father and anti-seismic activist Jerry Natanine, recently sailed from St. John’s, Nfld., to Clyde River with her dad, Clyde River’s current mayor James Qillaq and others on board the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise.

She posted...

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