Northern premiers call for more “strategic investments” from Ottawa

“Despite our differences and challenges, we stand united as northern Canada, and firmly advocate for the interests and needs of the Arctic”

The need for more federal money was very much on the minds of Canada’s northern premiers when they met in Dawson City, Yukon, last week for the Northern Premiers’ Forum. “It’s always a pleasure to meet with my colleagues from the Northwest Territories and Yukon,” said Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq in a news release on…

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Celebrating Nunavik’s parks

Residents of Kangiqsualujjuaq check out the new Nunavik Parks exhibit room that opened in the community’s interpretation centre, which highlights the features of the two nearby parks: Kuurujuaq and Ulittaniujalik. Nunavik Parks is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year; the organization oversees four provincial parks throughout the region. (Photo courtesy of KRG)

How does your garden grow?

Ten-year-old Isabelle Partridge Weetaluktuk waters a plot belonging to her namesake, photographer Isabelle Dubois, at the Kuujjuaq greenhouse in early June. The kale and the beans are doing well, while the carrots are just sprouting. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Iqaluit residents clean up the capital

Farrah Arnauyumayuk cleans up cigarette butts along Iqaluit’s waterfront near the small-craft harbour as part of the city’s annual community clean up day today. The community cleanup committee supplied volunteers with gloves and garbage bags, donated by the Qikiqtani General Hospital and C&K Services Ltd., and held a celebratory barbecue in the afternoon. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

Kuujjuaq braves the heat for childcare parade

Kuujjuaq residents brave the heat to celebrate Childcare Week. Daycares held a parade around town in a rare 28.5 C on Tuesday, June 11. The parade was meant to happen the week before but rainy weather postponed it. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Canada Goose brings parka material to western Nunavut

Scores of Cambridge Bay women come to the western Nunavut community’s high school June 4 while the parka-making company Canada Goose handed out hundreds of metres of fabric. “Community members took home four metres of fabric each and were appreciative of this gesture,” said Pamela Gross, the mayor of Cambridge Bay and the executive director of the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society. The Canada Goose program, which has been in place for 10 years, delivers fabric to Inuit who use the material to make modern parkas. It’s a way of “passing on tradition and pastime to keep our people warm,” Gross said. (Photo courtesy of Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq)