A polar photobomb

Mosesee and Meekai Duval had a surprise visitor during a day trip outside Pangnirtung last week. The pair was on a fishing trip when a polar bear cub appeared. The Duvals said the mother bear was nowhere in sight. The Nunatsiaq News offices in Iqaluit and Ottawa will close on Monday, May 20, for Victoria Day. We’ll be back at it on Tuesday, May 21. (Photo by Mosesee Duval)

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Nunavik grads celebrate

Students graduating from Inukjuak’s vocational and technical training centre, Nunavimmi Pigiursavik, celebrate around a campfire with family members and teachers on Thursday, May 9. Nunatsiaq News will be closed on Monday, May 20, for Victoria Day. We’ll be back at it on Tuesday, May 31. (Photo by Sylvain Paradis)

CamBay ballers keep the crown at the Arctic Shootout

Cambridge Bay’s “The Bay” basketball team successfully defended their championship title at the annual Arctic Shootout basketball tournament in Yellowknife on Sunday, May 12, following their 98-96 double-overtime win against Yellowknife’s Dwayne Johnsons. Top, from left: Reggie Maksagak, Terry Aknavigak, Nathaniel Crooks, Travis Schindel and Zach Crooks. Bottom: Peter Ohokanoak, Kean Niptanatiak, Jonny Pedersen, David Ohokannoak, and Lance Akoluk. (Photo courtesy of Peter Ohokanoak)

Iqaluit’s first food truck of the season

Food truck season has begun in Iqaluit. Nanook Express brought its new menu of country food items to the city this past weekend, with tasty offerings like smoked Arctic hare poutine, seal burgers and caribugolgi, a riff on Korean barbecue. Nanook Express is parked across the road from Northmart on weekends. (Photo by Sarah Rogers)

A Taste of the Arctic with Northern Haze

Igloolik’s Northern Haze rocks the room at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s A Taste of the Arctic event in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 15. A celebration of Inuit Nunangat and northern culture, A Taste of the Arctic showcased Arctic talent and foodie-approved Inuit cuisine, including ringed seal sliders and narwhal chowder. Northern Haze headlined the evening, taking the stage after throat singing talents Abigail Asheerak Helmkay and Qattuu Carleton, and Akinisie Sivuarapik and Evie Mark. (Photo by Patricia Lightfoot)

Abe Okpik hall re-opens to public

After a nine-month long closure and $110,000 in renovations, Abe Okpik hall in Apex has re-opened to the public. The City of Iqaluit is hosting an open house at the centre on Friday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m., when the public can tour the new facility and enjoy country food, bannock and tea. At 6:45 p.m., the city’s recreation staff will host a movie night for youth aged six-12 years. (Photo by Sarah Rogers)

Piruvik delivers early childhood education training in Iqaluit

Piruvik Preschool trainers Leah Kippomee and Samantha Koonoo work alongside Iqaluit’s Timikuluit Saipaaqivik childcare educators Olivia Kilabuk, Sheena Kilabuk, Celina Kalluk, Noodloo Peter and Alaira Koonoo in April. Piruvik, which was a recipient of this year’s Arctic Inspiration Prize, was in Iqaluit last month to deliver training on its newly developed Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit-Montessori program. The daycare staff looks on while Leni Ellsworth-Kalluk rolls up her mat following the presentation. (Photo courtesy of T. Lochhead)