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Iqaluit April 19, 2018 - 1:35 pm

Judge offers insights into Nunavut jail riot

Details unveiled during sentencing of Igloolik murderer

STEVE DUCHARME

During a riot at the Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit late last year, four inmates broke through the jail’s ceiling and caused a flood after breaking an overhead fire sprinkler.

These previously unreleased details are included in a written decision addressing offences committed by one of the...

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Nunavut 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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Nunavut April 19, 2018 - 9:45 am

Big money sunk into Nunavut town’s water woes

More than half a million dollars spent on emergency measures

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut spent more than half a million dollars on emergency measures two years ago after high sodium levels were first detected in Sanikiluaq’s water reservoir, according to reports recently tabled in the Nunavut legislative assembly.

Since high sodium levels were discovered in......

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Nunavut April 19, 2018 - 8:00 am

Nunavut sexual predator must pay $1.24 million to his victims

Baffin business leader Ike Haulli sexually assaulted children aged four, nine, 10 and 15

JIM BELL

Warning: Some readers may be disturbed by certain details in this story.

Ike Haulli, a highly respected business owner from Igloolik who until recently served as chair of the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been exposed as an egregious sexual predator.

To resolve civil lawsuits launched...

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Around the Arctic 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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Nunavut April 18, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Iqaluit’s Uquutaq Society eyes expansion to improve service for the homeless

Community org doing financial analysis on proposed building purchases

THOMAS ROHNER

Special to Nunatsiaq News

The Uquutaq Society, which runs Iqaluit’s homeless shelter for men, has taken concrete steps to acquire two new buildings in town, delegates at the society’s annual general meeting in Iqaluit heard April 16.

“We’ve been working with the City [of Iqaluit] to plan and...

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Around the Arctic April 18, 2018 - 11:30 am

Researcher hopes Nunavut driftwood offers clues to changing Arctic climate

Driftwood analysis can reveal environmental changes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A British glaciologist plans to spend 10 days this September gathering driftwood from the coasts of Baffin Island and West Greenland.

That’s because where driftwood is found and how it got there, along with the type of wood, its size and thickness can tell us how the environment has changed in the...

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Nunavut April 18, 2018 - 10:30 am

What you read on Nunatsiaq.com from April 8 to April 15

Death by suicide of young Iqaluit man prompts online discussion

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last week’s article on demands in Nunavut for more mental health services struck a nerve with readers—it proved to be the best-read story on Nunatsiaq.com that week, and the second-best read article so far of 2018.

These demands came after the death by suicide of a well-liked young man, Nanauq......

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Nunavik April 18, 2018 - 10:00 am

Nunavik residents worried about summer dam spill

“What happened in 1984 is still very emotional"

SARAH ROGERS

Kuujjuaq residents have questions about what a controlled dam spill could mean for wildlife and harvesters along the Koksoak River.

Hydro-Québec just announced a proposal to do a controlled release of water this summer from its Caniapiscau reservoir, which is nearing full capacity.

The surplus...

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Iqaluit April 18, 2018 - 8:00 am

National revenue minister gets an earful from Nunavut business

Chamber members talk about frequent CRA audits, low financial literacy, lack of Inuktitut support, bad internet

BETH BROWN

The Canada Revenue Agency needs to do more work on Nunavut, members of Iqaluit’s business community told the minister of national revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, during a round-table event at the Qamutiq building with members of the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce on April 16.

Lebouthillier also met...

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Nunavik April 18, 2018 - 7:10 am

Photo: Kuujjuaq Pee Wees celebrate win

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Nunavut April 17, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut government continues homelessness survey in Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet

Each participant will receive a $25 food voucher

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut will continue its survey of homelessness in the territory this week and next, with staff from the Government of Nunavut’s poverty reduction division working with local teams in Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet, April 18 to April 19.

They will continue the survey in Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and...

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Around the Arctic April 17, 2018 - 1:30 pm

UN Indigenous forum needs a new name, says Bolivia’s president

Evo Morales wants to dump the word "issues" in favour of "peoples" or "rights"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As a member of the official Canadian delegation, Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa joined more than 1,000 Indigenous participants and government delegates from around the world at United Nations Headquarters in New York Monday morning for the opening session of the 17th United Nations Permanent Forum on...

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Nunavut April 17, 2018 - 11:25 am

Nunavut teacher shows no remorse ahead of sex crime sentencing

"I can’t work in school because it brings back too many bad memories"

STEVE DUCHARME

Former Sanikiluaq teacher Johnny Meeko has until this afternoon to surrender himself into custody at Baffin Correctional Centre ahead of his sentencing for decades of sexual abuse against young students, after a Nunavut judge revoked his bail on April 13.

The senior Nunavut judge, Justice Neil...

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Nunavut April 17, 2018 - 8:00 am

Western Nunavut Inuit org will keep pushing for Grays Bay

“We won’t stop”

JIM BELL

If the Kitikmeot Inuit Association feels jilted following the Government of Nunavut’s recent pull-out from the Grays Bay Port and Road Project, they’re not showing it.

The Kitikmeot region’s need for the project is as great as ever and the KIA will keep pushing for it to be funded and built,...

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Iqaluit April 17, 2018 - 7:25 am

Photo: Who wants to be the Toonik Tyme king of the hill?

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Nunavut April 16, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Illusionist brings “magical messaging” to troubled western Nunavut community

Brian Glow uses "magic" to tackle bullying, depression, suicide

JANE GEORGE

“Magical messaging” is coming to Gjoa Haven, as illusionist Brian Glow brings his show today and tomorrow to this western Nunavut community of about 1,300 people, which has been beset with big truancy issues and social problems.

Glow, who calls himself “the master of illusion and fun,” said his...

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Nunavut April 16, 2018 - 10:30 am

Western Nunavut hamlet spiffs up arena with help from Ottawa

Kugaaruk's arena gets a makeover

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Now you can sink your feet into soft grass at Kugaaruk’s Nattilik Arena or kick a soccer ball even in the middle of a storm, thanks to the arena’s recently installed artificial turf.

The turf is part of a major overhaul to the Nattilik Arena, which hosts most of the recreational activities and...

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Nunavut April 16, 2018 - 9:30 am

Liberal Cannabis Act salesman makes his pitch in Nunavut

Toronto's former top cop Bill Blair says new law will protect children, improve public health

BETH BROWN

The Liberal government’s proposed new law to legalize recreational cannabis will keep children safe, improve public health and reduce the number of criminal charges laid against otherwise law-abiding Canadians, Liberal MP Bill Blair said April 12 at a meeting in Iqaluit.

Blair, a former Toronto...

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Nunavik April 16, 2018 - 8:10 am

Photo: Old weather station destroyed in fire

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Nunavik April 16, 2018 - 8:00 am

Nunavik conference to help Inuit youth “take their values back”

Two-day meeting will gather youth and elders in Kangiqsujuaq April 17 to April 18

SARAH ROGERS

Louisa Cookie-Brown has spent much of her career working to support elders and at-risk Inuit.

But the Nunavik elder, originally from Kuujjuaraapik, said she’s noticed a movement in recent years, particularly among the region’s youth, to heal from past trauma and to “take their values...

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Nunavut April 16, 2018 - 7:45 am

Photo: Ookpik Aviation to the rescue

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Nunavut April 16, 2018 - 7:10 am

Photo: Sunlight on Bylot Island hoodoos

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Around the Arctic April 14, 2018 - 2:30 pm

After Ottawa denies funding, Nunavut government pulls out of Grays Bay

Kitikmeot Inuit Association now sole proponent of ambitious road-port proposal

JIM BELL

If the ambitious Grays Bay Road and Port project is ever built, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association will likely have to get the work done on its own.

That’s because the Government of Nunavut will now pull out of the project, following a decision by the federal government to reject a funding proposal...

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Nunavik April 14, 2018 - 11:00 am

Nunavik Inuit repeat demand for exemption from Quebec’s gun registry

The government is “mixing up harvesting rights with criminality": Makivik

SARAH ROGERS

Makivik Corp. has renewed its call for Nunavik to be exempt from Quebec’s new firearms registry.

Nunavik’s Inuit birthright organization passed a resolution to that effect at its annual general meeting in March. Quebec’s new firearms registry came into effect Jan. 29, requiring gun owners to...

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