Nunavik faces new COVID-19 restrictions as virus spreads

'There is a risk of catching COVID-19 everywhere in Nunavik,' warns regional health board

A third Nunavik community is under “red alert” and airports are facing tight restrictions as the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services imposes new COVID-19 measures across the region. On Wednesday, the health board reported six new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nunavik, leaving the region with a total of 25 active cases. There...

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City took a gamble with Iqaluit’s water supply

Well, at least it isn’t benzene. That was a bit of a silver lining to come out of the City of Iqaluit and Nunavut government’s joint news conference Oct. 15 confirming Iqaluit’s water supply is contaminated with fuel. Benzene is a hydrocarbon with well-documented links to a variety of cancers in humans, so people drinking…

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Nunavut votes: Iqaluit-Manirajak’s incumbent faces challenge from veteran city councillor

In the lead-up to the Oct. 25 territorial elections, Nunatsiaq News is publishing snapshots of the races. Look for articles with “Nunavut votes” in the headline. Voters in the Iqaluit-Manirajak riding will have two names on their ballots next week — incumbent MLA Adam Arreak Lightstone and a long-time Iqaluit city councillor, Joanasie Akumalik. Lightstone…

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The starving Inuit of the inland Kivalliq

Knud Rasmussen and Kaj Birket-Smith believed Inuit culture had developed inland and only later expanded to the coast to become a maritime culture. It was to prove this theory that Rasmussen wanted to visit the Inuit of the Kivalliq interior. He would document the “intellectual culture” of the groups he met there, while Birket-Smith would…

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Iqaluit teen spends weekends gathering bikes from dump to fix for local kids

Gathering discarded bikes, strollers and toboggans from Iqaluit’s landfill has become part of 13-year-old Joseph Takpannie’s Saturday routine. Every weekend he gathers about seven bikes, give or take, to fix up throughout the week then give away to local kids. “I thought, ‘These kids don’t have bikes, they always fight over them, I should just…

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