“There is no excuse for violent or cruel behaviour”

Nunavut’s chief medical officer, Michael Patterson, asks out-of-territory residents who must self-isolate in southern Canada before returning home to be patient and calm when dealing with government officials and hotel workers. “There is no excuse for violent or cruel behaviour,” Patterson said at a news conference on Monday, March 30. The Government of Nunavut is also putting in place a mandatory self-isolation order, under Nunavut’s Public Health Act, for people with symptoms who are considered under investigation, effective tomorrow, March 31. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

Snow sculptures keep Nunavut community creative during COVID-19 shutdown

Here are two terrific snow sculptures from Arviat, where the hamlet organized a community-wide competition this past weekend to get everyone out of their houses, while respecting COVID-19 social distancing measures. The large owl was created by Thomas Aniksak (also in the photo), and Angie Curley built the polar bear over a seal hole. (Photo courtesy of the Hamlet of Arviat)

Lazarus plays first online concert for Alianait tonight

The Alianait Arts Festival may have cancelled two pre-festival concerts and delayed its festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a few shows will still go on—online. Organizers now say they will present a virtual concert and workshop series, in partnership with Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation. The first show will air tonight, on Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. EST, featuring Lazarus Qattalik. You can tune in on the Alianait Arts Festival Facebook page at (Photo courtesy of Alianait)

Around 200 Nunavut residents have applied to return home, no confirmed cases of COVID-19

There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, Premier Joe Savikataaq said at a news conference on Thursday, March 26. Savikataaq reminded all Nunavummiut to continue practising social distancing and self-isolation. Those wishing to return to the territory from other jurisdictions in Canada must isolate for 14 days in one of four designated hotels in the south, while critical employees can apply to return right away. Anyone wishing to return must contact to make travel and isolation arrangements. As of today, 161 people have applied to return to Nunavut as critical workers, while 145 people have applied to return as residents. Health Minister George Hickes also urged Nunavummiut to be patient with civil servants helping them get home. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

Online documentary tells the story of the Ahiarmiut in their own words

A mini-documentary about Canada’s forcible relocation of the Ahiarmiut from their homelands in the mid-1950s is now available on YouTube. The Ahiarmiut: Out-of-the-Way Dwellers is produced by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting as part of their Tell Our Stories project. The film tells the story of the Ahiarmiut in the words of Ayaaq (Mary) Anowtalik and David Serkoak. It’s directed by Louise Abbott, who previously directed Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story, a half-hour documentary about the forced relocation of Inuit in northern Quebec. (Screen shot)