Nunavut bill to temporarily suspend Inuit language instruction rules

Bill 20 would give MLAs time to amend Education Act, Inuit Language Protection Act

A bill to temporarily suspend the Inuit-language instruction sections of Nunavut’s Education Act and Inuit Language Protection Act, as they apply to Grade 4 to Grade 12, received second reading at the legislative assembly today. Bill 20, or the Interim Language of Instruction Act, aims to suspend the coming into force of Section 8 of…

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Fire in Tundra Ridge neighbourhood

A home in Iqaluit’s Tundra Ridge neighbourhood is engulfed in flames on Friday afternoon, Feb. 22. A crew of firefighters are working to put out the flames with help from the RCMP. Emergency vehicles with sirens were seen driving towards the area at around 2 p.m. Volunteers are flocking to the area and smoke continues to flow out onto the hillside below. More information to follow later. (Photo by Beth Brown)

Celebrating Inuit Day with country food in Ottawa

From left: July Papatsie, David Erkloo and Sytukie Joamie celebrate Inuit Day on Feb. 9 in the country foods area of the Ottawa festivities. (Photo by Kahlan Miron)

Iqaluit celebrates Black History Month

As part of Black History Month, Iqaluit residents gathered at St Jude’s Cathedral on Feb. 16 for a celebration of Ubuntu, featuring Inuit and African drumming and Inuit throat singing. “Ubuntu means ‘humanity,’“ said Kb Morena Mokoena from the Nunavut Black History Society. “It is often translated as ‘I am because we are,’ or ‘humanity towards others,’ but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean ‘the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.’“ Other events slated for Black History Month include a tribute to the late, great Jamaican singer Bob Marley Feb. 23 at the Ecole des Trois Soleils in Iqaluit and a “kid-friendly event” with storytelling of African and Inuit legends Fev. 24 at the city’s Astro Theatre. (Photo courtesy of the Nunavut Black History Society)

Push continues to ban dirty fuel in the Arctic

The International Maritime Organization, the United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution, renewed its call this week to phase-out the use of heavy fuel oil, or HFO, in the Arctic. Indigenous representatives, including Lisa Koperqualuk of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (right) and Vernet Wilson of Friends of the Earth U.S. (left), joined the International Maritime Organization’s secretary-general, Kitack Lim, at the High Level Conference on Climate Change and Oceans Preservation, in Brussels on Feb. 19. Lim told IMO delegates that it is “imperative that the organization takes robust action to reduce the risks to the Arctic marine environment associated with the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships.” Read more later about the discussions set to wrap up on Friday. (Photo courtesy of the Clean Arctic Alliance)

Kitikmeot Trade Show founders honoured

The 2019 recipients of the Willy Laserich Memorial Corporate Citizen Award stand together at last week’s 2019 Kitikmeot Trade Show in Cambridge Bay. From left: Marg Epp, Brenda Mercer, Charlie Lyall, show co-ordinator Jim MacEachern, Charlie Evalik and Dan Kane. Award recipients missing from the photo are Wilf Wilcox and Keith Peterson. Many of this year’s award-winners helped start the trade show 20 years ago. (Photo courtesy of Nuna Logistics/Facebook)

Team Nunavut defeats Quebec at curling nationals

Team Nunavut boasted a 4-3 victory over Team Quebec on Saturday, Feb. 16, during the national championships for female curlers at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The victory marks the first time Team Nunavut has won a main game in the tournament and not as part of the pre-qualifiers, which were discarded in 2018 for a main-game-only format. (Photo courtesy of Curling Canada)

CamBay business owner still angry at MTS

The October 2018 cancellation of the last barge into the western Nunavut town of Cambridge Bay still angers contractor Peter Laube of Kalvik Enterprises. That’s why Laube put up this sign on a truck last week during the Kitikmeot Trade Show to slam the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Marine Transportation Services. Although the GNWT organized a limited airlift of barge cargo from Inuvik after the barge was cancelled, Laube said he received some essential construction materials too late, while others were damaged. He’s not the only disgruntled MTS client in Cambridge Bay. You can read more later on (PHOTO COURTESY OF KALVIK ENT.)

Celebrating the sun’s return

Leo Maktar won first place in the igloo-building contest on Saturday, Feb. 2 in Pond Inlet during the Return of the Sun festivities. He was awarded a round-trip helicopter ride to Sirmilik National Park this July. (Photo © Carey Elverum)

Sunny expressions

Sirmilik National Park manager Carey Elverum’s family is seen during the igloo-building event during the Return of the Sun festivities in Pond Inlet on Saturday, Feb. 2. From left: Naya, Shelly and Zoe Elverum. (Photo © Carey Elverum)