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 (Photo courtesy of Polar Knowledge Canada)

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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 (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 (Photo by Emma Tranter)

Alan Doyle headlines Aqpik Jam

Alan Doyle, the Newfoundland folk-rock singer, performs at Kuujjuaq’s Aqpik Jam on Wednesday, Aug. 14. In what was unquestionably one of the music festival’s main acts, Doyle energized the crowd with his rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Feds announce fibre-optic cable funds for Iqaluit

The federal government announced today that it will spend $151 million to string an undersea fibre-optic cable across the Davis Strait from Nuuk, Greenland to Iqaluit, Nunavut, to help bring faster, more affordable internet connections to territory’s capital. The Government of Nunavut is contributing $30 million towards the project, which will also include a branch to Kimmirut. Today’s announcement at Iqaluit’s Nunavut Arctic College campus also reiterated plans to build a hybrid solar and diesel power plant in Kugluktuk. From left: Bernadette Jordan, the federal minister of rural economic development; Qulliq Energy Corp.’s president and CEO, Bruno Pereira; and Lorne Kusugak, Nunavut’s minister of community and government services. See story later at (Photo by Kahlan Miron)

An evening in Cape Dorset

Nuvalinga Kingwatsiuk, a 73-year-old elder from Cape Dorset, stands on the front deck of One Ocean’s ship, the RCGS Resolute, wearing the amauti she made and decorated with butterflies, which she says are among her favourite creatures. (Photo by Emma Tranter)