Youth give it their all at Team Nunavut hockey tryouts

Last weekend, 65 youth from across Nunavut—including Arviat, Chesterfield Inlet, Rankin Inlet, Coral Harbour, Naujaat, Igloolik and Pangnirtung—as well as some playing for teams in the south as far away as Vancouver, took to the ice in Iqaluit as part of weekend-long tryouts for the Arctic Winter Games. Over the course of three days there were skills sessions, meetings and games. By the end of the weekend, two teams, each consisting of 15 skaters and two goalies, were selected. Both the midget-level male team and the female team will go on to represent the territory at the games in Whitehorse in March. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

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Push and pull

Junior Lingard from Kuujjuaq (in the white cap) and Justin Jones from Kuujjuaraapik compete in the Dene Games pole push on Sunday, Nov. 10, during tryouts in Kuujjuaq to determine who will represent Team Nunavik-Québec at the next Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon, in March 2020. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

New book examines shamanism and Christianity in Canada’s eastern Arctic

The Iqaluit historian and linguist, Kenn Harper, reads from his fourth collection of In Those Days historical writings at a book launch Nov. 13 inside The Atelier at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa. The collection, taken from his Taissumani column in Nunatsiaq News, is titled Shamans, Spirits, and Faith in the Inuit North and contains historical tales related to shamanism and the arrival of Christianity in the Arctic. It’s published by Inhabit Media and can be ordered from (Photo by Jim Bell)

Restless River screens in Kuujjuaq

Kuujjuaq residents attend a screening of the movie Restless River on Nov. 7. The Katittavik Theatre had a full house for the occasion, with the crowd applauding the movie at the end. On the screen, from left, are the film’s three main actors: Etua Snowball and Matthew York from Kuujjuaq, and Malaya Qaurniq Chapman from Kuujjuaq. The film is based on Gabrielle Roy’s novel Windflower. Its story focuses on a young Inuk woman who, shortly after the end of World War II, is raped by an American soldier stationed at the Fort Chimo air force base. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Balloons set aloft in memory of those lost to suicide

Coloured balloons rise into the sky on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m., outside the Nunavut legislature in Iqaluit, during a suicide prevention event organized by Iqaluit city councillor Joanasie Akumalk, who lost a son to suicide. Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq said “it was a privilege to be part of today’s coping with suicide event in Iqaluit. I released a balloon to honour loved ones lost to suicide and their survivors. If you are struggling, please call the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line for anonymous support 24 hours a day at 1-800-265-3333.” (Photo by Ron Elliott)