Kuujjuaq youth snag autographs from a hockey hero

Jordin Tootoo signs autographs for a long lineup of fans in Kuujjuaq on Tuesday, Jan. 21, following a presentation he gave at the Katittavik Town Hall Theatre about his upbringing in Rankin Inlet and his experiences as the NHL’s first Inuk hockey player. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

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Ottawa Hospital builds a future with Inuit

Scores of administrators and staff members from Tungasuvvingat Inuit and The Ottawa Hospital gathered on the morning of Jan. 23 at the main entrance to the hospital’s general campus to unveil this beautiful 17-foot qajaq, named “Sivuniksattinu,” or “For Our Future,” installed at the hospital as a gesture of reconciliation. It’s covered with an intricate pattern of glass panels designed by artists Kaajuk Kablaalik, Melissa Attagutsiak and Alexander Angnaluak. David Erkloo repaired the qajaq frame. “It was tremendously fulfilling,” Kablaalik told Nunatsiaq News. Read more later on Nunatsiaq.com. (Photo by Jim Bell)

Jordin Tootoo shares his story in Kuujjuaq

Jordin Tootoo addresses a full house at Kuujjuaq’s Katittavik Town Hall Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Tootoo, who hails from Rankin Inlet, became the NHL’s first Inuk hockey player in 2003 and went on to play more than 700 games in the league until his retirement in 2018. His heartfelt presentation told his life story, including the suicide of his older brother Terrence and other traumatic events that led him to alcohol abuse and almost cost him his professional hockey career, until he decided to seek treatment to get sober and turn his life around. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Sunset over Iqaluit

An inuksuk made of ice glistens in the afternoon sunshine as the sun sets over Iqaluit on Monday, Jan. 20. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Nunavut government and NTI renew agreement

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Aluki Kotierk and Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq sign the Katujjiqatigiinniq Protocol at the Frobisher Inn in Iqaluit on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The protocol is a renewed commitment to implementing the Nunavut Agreement and working together to benefit Nunavut Inuit. More to come on Nunatisaq.com. (Photo by Emma Tranter)