Feds commit to funding addictions treatment centre for Nunavut

Today the federal government announced it would contribute $47.5 million over five years to help build a Nunavut Recovery Centre in Iqaluit, which will provide treatment for addictions and trauma. The Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. are also partners in the project. From left: Premier Joe Savikataaq, Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan NTI president Aluki Kotierk sign a joint declaration of intent to work together on creating the centre. Read more later on (Photo by Emma Tranter)

Alan Doyle headlines Aqpik Jam

Alan Doyle, the Newfoundland folk-rock singer, performs at Kuujjuaq’s Aqpik Jam on Wednesday, Aug. 14. In what was unquestionably one of the music festival’s main acts, Doyle energized the crowd with his rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Feds announce fibre-optic cable funds for Iqaluit

The federal government announced today that it will spend $151 million to string an undersea fibre-optic cable across the Davis Strait from Nuuk, Greenland to Iqaluit, Nunavut, to help bring faster, more affordable internet connections to territory’s capital. The Government of Nunavut is contributing $30 million towards the project, which will also include a branch to Kimmirut. Today’s announcement at Iqaluit’s Nunavut Arctic College campus also reiterated plans to build a hybrid solar and diesel power plant in Kugluktuk. From left: Bernadette Jordan, the federal minister of rural economic development; Qulliq Energy Corp.’s president and CEO, Bruno Pereira; and Lorne Kusugak, Nunavut’s minister of community and government services. See story later at (Photo by Kahlan Miron)

Out camping

Participants in Jeunes Karibus’s summer program head off on a weekend camping trip to Dry Bay, about 80 km north of Kuujjuaq. The program offers Nunavik youth between the ages of 14 and 19 exposure to a range of outdoor activities centred on camping and the outdoors. From left: team leader Henri-Bastien Gendreau, cultural guide Elijah Thurber, participant Sarah Saunders, team leader Valérie Raymond and cultural guide George Peter. (Photo courtesy of Jeunes Karibus)

A little inspiration to start Kuujjuaq’s school year

Schools in Kuujjuaq opened their doors to students for registration on Thursday, August 15, in preparation for the start of classes today. To welcome their Grade 4 to Secondary 5 students, Jaanimmarik School had a special guest: Hannah Tooktoo Koneak, who recently completed a 4,000 km journey across Canada to raise awareness about the suicide epidemic in Nunavik. Her travels have raised over $32,000, which will go towards suicide prevention. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Hyper-T works the crowd

Nunavut’s Hyper-T, also known as Adam Tanuyak, performs at Kuujjuaq’s Aqpik Jam Music Festival on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Hyper T has lost friends and family to suicide and raises awareness for this cause through his music. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

All smiles

Colleen Nakashuk, who performs as Aasiva, sings in Inuktitut while playing her ukulele at Kuujjuaq’s Aqpik Jam Music Festival on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Nakashuk, whose songs often play on the radio in Kuujjuaq, is originally from Pangnirtung and now lives in Iqaluit. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Carrying on the beat

Kuujjuaq’s Aqpik Jam Music Festival opened on Tuesday, Aug. 12, with a performance by the Kuujjuaq Youth Group. Here Alison Mesher, far left, passes on the tradition of drum dancing to a group of young boys. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Celebrating a step towards Nunavut controlling its natural resources

From left: Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Aluki Kotierk, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq celebrate the signing of an agreement in principle for a Nunavut devolution agreement on Thursday, Aug. 15. The agreement in principle will act as a negotiation guide for a final devolution agreement, which will see responsibilities over Nunavut’s Crown lands and natural resources transferred from the federal government to the territory. The final agreement is expected within five years. See our story later at (Photo by Kahlan Miron)