Kayaking on the Koksoak River

Nunavik Inuit youth reach the northern bank of the Koksoak River, about 10 kilometres from Kuujjuaq, on Aug. 5, during the last day of a week-long kayaking and camping expedition. The trip was part of Jeunes Karibus’s summer program, which offers Nunavik youth between the ages of 14 and 19 exposure to a range of outdoor activities centred on camping and the outdoors. (Photo courtesy of Jeunes Karibus)

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Nunavut Girl Guides join over 1,000 girls, women in Doe Lake

Girl Guides from Nunavut arrive at Doe Lake Girl Guide Camp in Sprucedale, Ont. From Aug. 4-10, over 1,000 girls and women participated in dozens of activities at Doe Lake, including axe-throwing, meeting Olympic athlete Sarah Wells, boating, swimming and singing songs. The Nunavut Girl Guides fundraised to attend camp through sales of Girl Guide cookies, caribou stew, and more. (Photo courtesy of Girl Guides of Canada – Ontario & Nunavut Council)

A tasty harvest

Photographer Jamie Griffiths harvested these clams on an island called Palaugaaq, or Bannock in English, near Iqaluit towards the southern shore. She had gone there on Saturday, Aug. 3, with Bernice and Justin Clarke of Uasau Soap to collect clams and seaweed. (Photo by Chickweed Arts/Jamie Griffiths)

Lighting the qulliq for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station

Elder Annie Atighioyak lights a qulliq at the Wednesday, Aug. 21, opening ceremony for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay. Read more about the event and CHARS on Nunatsiaq.com. (Photo courtesy of Polar Knowledge Canada)

With this ribbon cutting, the Canadian High Arctic Research Station is open

With the cutting of a sealskin ribbon on Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Canadian High Arctic Research Station opens in Cambridge Bay. From left: Richard Boudreault, chair of the board of directors of Polar Knowledge Canada; Pamela Gross, the mayor of Cambridge Bay; Cambridge Bay MLA Jeannie Ehaloak; Yvonne Jones, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade; elder Annie Atighioybk; elder Mabel Etegik; and David J. Scott, president and CEO of Polar Knowledge Canada. (Photo courtesy of Polar Knowledge Canada)

ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒥᑦ ᑐᓂᓯᕗᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᐅᓂᐊᕐᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᕐᓇᓂᒃ ᓯᕗᓕᐅᕐᑎᐅᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᑎᒍᑦ

“ᐅᑯᐊ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᕐᓇᐃᑦ ᐊᖑᑏᓪᓗ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᒍᓐᓂᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓯᕗᓕᐅᕐᑎᐅᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖏᓐᓂᒃ”

It’s official: Nunavut’s Canadian High Arctic Research Station is open

Yvonne Jones, parliamentary secretary to the minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade, stands with a group of Inuinnait drummers and dancers in the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, which she helped officially open yesterday, Aug. 21. “The Canadian High Arctic Research Station provides scientists from across Canada and around the world with a world-class Arctic research facility to conduct cutting edge Arctic research year-round in Canada’s Arctic, in collaboration with local Indigenous people. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the work of our outstanding scientists and researchers in all fields,” was her message to the gathering. Celebrations continue today at the facility. Read more later on Nunatsiaq.com. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Pamela Gross)

Playing inugaq in Pangnirtung

Parts of inugaq, a game played with seal flipper bones, are seen on display at the Angmarlik Visitors Centre in Pangnirtung. Ooleepeeka Arnaqaq, coordinator of visitor experience at the centre, says you start by putting the bones in the bag and use the string to pull out as many as you can. Then you use the bones to form a family, qammaq and dog team. Arnaqaq recalled how the elders who spend time at the centre were amused because she’d put the smallest of the bones representing dogs nearest to the sled, whereas you should always put the youngest dogs at the front, because they have the most energy. (Photo by Phillip Lightfoot)

Saali rocks Aqpik Jam

The charismatic singer-songwriter Saali Keelan, a Nunavik favourite, wows the crowd at Kuujjuaq’s Aqpik Jam Music Festival on Thursday, Aug. 15. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Feds commit to funding addictions treatment centre for Nunavut

Today the federal government announced it would contribute $47.5 million over five years to help build a Nunavut Recovery Centre in Iqaluit, which will provide treatment for addictions and trauma. The Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. are also partners in the project. From left: Premier Joe Savikataaq, Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan NTI president Aluki Kotierk sign a joint declaration of intent to work together on creating the centre. Read more later on Nunatsiaq.com (Photo by Emma Tranter)