Igloolik ‘desperate’ for proper garage to maintain new fire truck

CAO estimates $8.4M price tag for new maintenance garage

A new fire truck may soon be on its way to Igloolik, but there isn’t a proper maintenance garage there to work on it or on the hamlet’s other emergency and service vehicles. “It’s just a really bad situation,” said Greg Morash, the hamlet’s chief administrative officer. The fire truck is scheduled to arrive on...

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RCMP to provide Inuktut phrasebook to its officers

Since arriving in January 2019, Nunavut RCMP Chief Supt. Amanda Jones says she’s heard from MLAs and community members that her officers’ lack of Inuktut has been a barrier in the territory’s communities. As a result, Jones reached out to the Inuit-language organization Pirurvik Centre to establish an Inuktut phrasebook tailored to the RCMP. “It’s…

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Arctic Council resumes work on limited scale, without Russia

The Arctic Council is resuming work on a limited scale — but Russia won’t be allowed to participate. Seven of the eight member states, including Canada, announced earlier this month in a joint statement that Russia will not be a part of future meetings and projects due to its war against Ukraine that started in…

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Nunavik gets $123M for better high-speed internet

Nunavik will receive $123.9-million for improved high-speed internet service, with the money coming from the federal and Quebec governments and Kativik Regional Government. The funding was announced Tuesday in a virtual press conference with federal parliamentary secretary for rural economic development Stéphane Lauzon and Quebec Indigenous Affairs Minister Ian Lafrenière. KRG vice-chair Lucy Kumarluk and…

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Pond Inlet preschool secures funding boost from federal government

A $2-million boost from the federal government aimed at expanding Pirurvik Preschool’s reach to more Nunavut communities is a “huge honour,” according to one of the women who spearheaded the project. Tessa Lochhead, co-director of the school alongside Jedidah Merkosak, said she plans to use the money to set up online resources such as Zoom…

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