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All Nunavut courts are Gladue courts, judge says

Even community-based justices of the peace must consider the Supreme Court of Canada’s Gladue decision when sentencing Indigenous offenders, a Nunavut judge has ruled. “It is often blithely said that all Nunavut courts are ‘Gladue courts,’ but it is often true and must always be kept in mind when the accused is Indigenous,” Justice Susan…

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Inuinnait drummers and dancers put on a show

Cambridge Bay’s Inuinnait drummers and dancers perform during this week’s activities held to celebrate multiculturalism. The western Nunavut municipality’s department of healthy living has also brought in pow-wow dancers, African dancers and Dene drummers for performances at the high school. A multicultural feast is scheduled for tonight. (Photo courtesy of Pamela Gross)

Iqaluit-wide search underway for missing teen

A city-wide search began this morning in Iqaluit, Nunavut, to try to find Ambar Roy, 18, who has been missing since last Thursday. Joining the search are his parents, Bijoya and Amal, seen here. “We love him so much,” said Bijoya. “We want him back,” said Amal. About 50 volunteers, RCMP and Nunavut Emergency Management staff are involved with the search. Tips can be sent the Iqaluit RCMP Detachment at (867) 979-0123 or, in the event of urgent information, the Nunavut RCMP Dispatch Centre at (867) 979-1111. (Photo by Jane George)

United at Iqaluit’s mosque

In the wake of last week’s massacre of Muslims in New Zealand, Abdoul Ibn Houssein of Iqaluit’s mosque speaks on Tuesday afternoon to a diverse group of Iqaluit residents. His message: “We must all stand together against Islamophobia. We must all stand united in our actions against racism in all its forms: whether it is when our Indigenous sisters go missing or are murdered, or in the fight for social justice for our Inuit brothers and sisters, or in the fight against the killing of black people.” Read more later about the event on nunatsiaq.com. (Photo by Jane George)

Fulbright Arctic fellows visit Finland

Nunavut Arctic College’s Sean Guistini and Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre’s Gwen Healey Akeorok, both of Iqaluit (third row, second and third from the left) stand on the steps of Finland’s presidential palace during the week which they recently spent in Finland with other Fulbright Arctic fellows. “We had high-level meetings with officials working in Arctic affairs, including meeting with the president’s office at the presidential palace in Helsinki, the MP for Lapland at the Finnish parliament, and a reception with many working in the embassies of Arctic countries with representation in Finland,” Healey Akeorok said. They also attended a panel discussion on emerging issues and innovations with Saami representatives, government officials, climate scientists and the senior Arctic official for Finland to the Arctic Council. From Helsinki, they then travelled to the Arctic city of Oulu where, among other activities, they participated in an “Innovation in business and the Arctic” session with entrepreneurs. The Fulbright Arctic program annually brings together a network of scholars, professionals and researchers from the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden for a series of three seminars and a Fulbright exchange. (Photo courtesy of Gwen Healey Akeorok)

Inuit students go head to head

Sixth-grade Umimmak event finalists Juana Gordon (left) and Aiva Lingered have a showdown at Jaanimmarik School’s March 7 Inuit games in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. Lingard came out victorious, winning one of many games at the all-day event. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

On your marks…

Go, go, go! Four women race together at Kuujjuaq’s Winter Carnival, moving with their feet tied to boards. The race was one of many games and contests at the March 2 event, which also featured a treasure hunt, fishing contest and, if participants brought their own gun and bullets, target shooting. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)