Federal government launches $75M fund for essential air service to remote communities

Ottawa seeks bilateral agreements with provinces and territories to ensure service continues

The federal government has launched a $75-million fund to ensure that essential air services to remote communities continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Marc Garneau, minister of transport, along with Dan Vandal, minister of northern affairs, and Marc Miller, minister of Indigenous services, announced the new fund today. The $75-million fund will cover the next six…

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A successful bowhead hunt off Sanirajak

Sanirajak hunters are seen hunting a bowhead whale on Aug. 1. The successful hunt began around noon that day and ended with the 12.5-metre male whale harvested that evening just north of the community. The whale has been butchered and community members have all received maktaq. (Photo courtesy of Timonie Pikuyak)

A smaller resident of Arctic Bay

Arctic Bay photographer Clare Kines captured this image on Monday, Aug. 3, of a baby ermine with its “exquisite creamy yellow belly.” (Photo by C. Kines)

A harvester’s pride

Rick Oyukuluk Jr. stands next to his recent catch on July 26: a narwhal, harvested near Ullisautitalik, just outside Arctic Bay. (Photo courtesy of R. Oyukuluk)

Volume of packages increased at Iqaluit post office

“While the Iqaluit Post Office has always been one of the busiest post offices in Canada, it has been processing an even larger volume of packages and mail since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis”

Reflected beauty near Arctic Bay

Photographer Niore Iqalukjuak captured the reflected beauty of The Gallery or Sauniqsiutiit near Arctic Bay on July 25, 2020. The offices of Nunatsiaq News will be closed on Monday, Aug. 3, for the Civic Holiday. We wish all our readers, wherever you may be, a happy and peaceful long weekend. (Photo by N. Iqalukjuak)

Sunset over Lake Tasiujaq

Mina Esperon captured her family’s sunset-lit evening on July 24 at their camp at Lake Tasiujaq in Tursujaq park, just outside Umiujaq. (Photo by M. Esperon)

Firefighters douse tundra fire outside Rankin Inlet

Rankin Inlet Fire Department was called to put out a tundra fire outside the community near Mumirvik on Wednesday, July 29. Five firefighters responded to the fire, which took about six hours to extinguish. The fire department said the cause of the fire was likely a lit cigarette. “It’s very dry out there,” said the fire chief, Mark Wyatt, in a Facebook post. “Please make sure your cigarettes are put out, perhaps put them in a Ziplock bag and bring them back to town.” (Photo courtesy of RIFD)

Kuujjuaq Christmas in July

On Saturday, July 25, children in Kuujjuaq were surprised to see Santa and Mrs. Claus visit their community to celebrate Christmas in July. Along with their elves, Santa and Mrs. Claus spread good cheer, distributing candies and toys to the community’s children during a parade all around town that lasted the whole afternoon. And the Christmas music playing from their “sleigh” certainly brought a smile to the faces of everyone there, whether young or old. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Sitting in the fireweed

Ten-month-old Ziya VandenBrink enjoys the fireweed in bloom on July 23 just outside Cambridge Bay. (Photo by Meiko VandenBrink)