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Iqaluit July 12, 2018 - 9:30 am

Iqaluit firefighters douse dump fire

Landfill remains closed as public works crews deliver water to site

BETH BROWN

Dark smoke wafted across Frobisher Bay yesterday evening, bringing with it a smell familiar to many Iqaluit residents—a dump fire.

When Iqaluit’s landfill on West 40 Rd. caught fire at around 5:30 p.m. on July 11, it took about two hours for 25 members of Iqaluit’s Fire Department to get that...

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Nunavut July 12, 2018 - 8:25 am

Hunter training now online in Nunavut

"Our main goal is to make hunting education easily accessible to Nunavummiut"

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In Nunavut, family members usually pass down traditional skills like hunting and harvesting.

But now, you can get help online with learning to hunt, according to the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Environment.

And you can do it for free.

That’s after the department launched, on July 5, an...

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Iqaluit July 12, 2018 - 7:00 am

Photo: Let’s rock, Nunavut

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Nunavut July 11, 2018 - 5:16 pm

Nunavut government reboots human resources department

GN cites Inuit employment as reason for resurrecting HR

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The Government of Nunavut announced today that it is bringing back its Department of Human resources, six years after that department was dissolved in 2012.

“The creation of a more targeted department echoes the direction of full caucus, and is an important first step forward,” Nunavut’s new...

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Nunavik July 11, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Marine mammal hunting? Store your meat wisely, health officials say

Meat should be stored in temperatures cooler than 4 C

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With summer in full swing, officials in both Nunavut and Nunavik are warning the public to take care in how they preserve and prepare traditional foods.

Following the marine mammal harvest, which can include walrus, seal and beluga whale, the risk of botulism poisoning tends to rise over the...

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Iqaluit July 11, 2018 - 7:40 am

Photo: The first icebreaker of 2018

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Nunavut July 11, 2018 - 7:15 am

Photo: Artist receives first Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award

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Nunavut July 10, 2018 - 7:15 pm

Photo: The view from Nuvuaa

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Iqaluit July 10, 2018 - 1:30 pm

City of Iqaluit resolves a burning issue over traditional fires

“We have been here thousands of years making tea as Inuit women”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Two weeks ago, when Pitsulala Lyta was forbidden to make the traditional heather fires for tea she has regularly made on the land outside Iqaluit with a group of other Inuit women, she stood her ground.

The fire department and shelter director where Lyta stays had repeatedly told her she needed a...

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Around the Arctic July 10, 2018 - 10:30 am

Facebook to launch Inuktut edition in 2019

Inuktut speakers now helping with translations in new app

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Facebook will be available in the Inuit language by 2019, the social media company announced on July 9, on Nunavut Day.

And Inuktut speakers can now help with the translation of words from English into Inuktut, using the Translate Facebook app, to suggest translations for words such as...

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Nunavut July 10, 2018 - 8:30 am

First Air, Canadian North take another run at merging

Nunavut’s Inuit orgs being wooed as potential investors

JOHN THOMPSON

Makivik President Charlie Watt says that Canada’s eastern Arctic is too big and remote to support two regional airlines—conditions that have prompted another round of merger talks between his organization’s First Air and its rival, Canadian North, which is owned by the Inuvialuit Corporate...

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Iqaluit July 10, 2018 - 8:15 am

Photo: Happy Nunavut Day

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Nunavut 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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Nunavut July 06, 2018 - 3:00 pm

Anger and grief hit Nunavut community following polar bear attack

"He'll be missed"

SARAH ROGERS

A Nunavut community wants stricter wildlife management to prevent a growing number of polar bear–human encounters along the western Hudson Bay coast, after a young man was mauled to death on July 3.

But first, residents of Arviat said they need time to grieve and support the bereaved...

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Around the Arctic July 06, 2018 - 11:00 am

Narwhals, bowheads at risk from Arctic shipping, says study

“There has not been a circumpolar assessment of vulnerability for these species”

BETH BROWN

There could be a direct link between increased shipping in the Arctic and the access Nunavummiut have to yummy maqtaq—and this isn’t a good thing.

That’s according to a new study that says narwhals are the northern marine mammal most vulnerable to vessel traffic along marine routes like the...

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Around the Arctic July 06, 2018 - 8:30 am

Federal legislation should recognize Inuktut as official language in Inuit Nunangat: ITK

"The idea is to close the gap"

SARAH ROGERS

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami hopes that new federal legislation will put Inuktut speakers and learners across the country on more equal footing with each other, as well as with Canada’s other official-language speakers.

The federal Department of Canadian Heritage is hosting the last few months of...

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Nunavik July 06, 2018 - 8:30 am

Photo: Spelling bee winners

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Nunavut July 05, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Coral Harbour hunters land early summer bowhead whale

"It was kind of dangerous that whole time"

SARAH ROGERS

From the moment the first harpoon went into the bowhead whale until the time hunters hauled the animal to the floe edge, only about 30 minutes had passed.

But it felt much longer, as the 75-tonne whale writhed on the harpoon line and, at one point, charged a crew member’s boat.

“We just really...

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Nunavik July 05, 2018 - 1:25 pm

Quebec’s inquiry into Indigenous peoples and public services to visit Nunavik

Viens commission staff will be in three communities this month

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Quebec’s Viens commission is visiting three Nunavik communities this month to reach out to residents who may still want to take part in the public inquiry.

The commission looking at how Quebec’s Indigenous peoples are treated by some of the province’s public services is expected to wrap up this...

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Iqaluit 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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Nunavik July 05, 2018 - 8:30 am

Nunavik organizations finally sign on to new, five-year housing agreement

But funding not enough to bring relief to the backlog, leaders say

SARAH ROGERS

A new social housing agreement brings some relief to Nunavik’s demand for more accommodation, the region’s leaders say.

After years of negotiation, Nunavik leaders signed a new five-year tripartite housing agreement with the Quebec and federal governments in late May.

The new agreement, which...

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Iqaluit July 05, 2018 - 8:15 am

Photo: Iqaluit treated to New Zealand Indigenous electro-soul music

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Iqaluit July 04, 2018 - 4:45 pm

Boil water advisory issued for Iqaluit’s Happy Valley area

No water Thursday, July 5, from 8:30 a.m. to noon

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There won’t be any water at Happy Valley homes connected to the City of Iqaluit’s water line on Thursday morning.

Water will be temporarily suspended in about 40 residential Iqaluit buildings from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon on July 5.

That’s “to allow city workers to complete urgent infrastructure...

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Iqaluit July 04, 2018 - 3:45 pm

Nunavut Arts Festival kicks off

Barbecue tonight, print launch on Sunday, don’t forget to grab a graphic tee

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It’s round two for summer festivals in Iqaluit this week, with today’s start of the Nunavut Arts Festival, run annually by the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association.

The festival, which will run from July 4 to July 9, opens tonight with a barbecue at Sylvia Grinnell Park Pavilion. Artists eat for...

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Nunavut July 04, 2018 - 2:05 pm

Nunavut man dies in Kivalliq polar bear attack

Arviat father protected his children from attack, relatives say

SARAH ROGERS

An Arviat man who died during a polar bear attack is being remembered as a hero for protecting his children.

The 31-year-old man was gathering eggs with his children on Sentry Island, about 10 kilometres off the coast of Arviat, on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 3, when a polar bear approached the...

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