Nunavut legislative assembly reconvenes

Charlie Audlakiak, the Nunavut legislature’s sergeant at arms, carries the mace of Nunavut into the assembly at the start of a special sitting on Monday, Sept. 21. It’s the first time Nunavut’s MLAs have gathered for a legislative sitting since March 12, when the winter sitting ended. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the spring sitting. In addition to extra physical distancing, some in the chamber, like Audlakiak, are wearing masks. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Ring around the sun

“At 4:40 this afternoon, on the way back from a walk to the end of Lake Geraldine, I caught this photo of my daughter with the fall tundra colours and a 22 degree halo around the sun,” writes Mosha Folger of Iqaluit on Wednesday, Sept. 16. (Photo by Mosha Folger)

Big haul at Kuujjuaq’s berry-picking and suvalik-mixing events

Sylvia Labranche of Kuujjuaq and her son Tyson make suvalik after spending the day picking berries on Sept. 12. Suvalik is sometimes described as an Inuit fruit salad, made from a mayonaise-like emulsion of fish eggs and oil, with fresh berries added later. Tyson won a total of $450 that day during competitions organized by the local recreation committee. He won $200 by placing first in his age category for picking blackberries, with a haul of 5.9 pounds, and $100 for third place picking blueberries, with half a pound. He later won another $150 for placing second in the suvalik-making contest. “Not bad for a day out with his mom,” writes photographer Isabelle Dubois. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Qimmiq in the grass

Iqaluit photographer Frank Reardon took this photo of Arctic grass with a dog, Everest, in the background during an early morning sunrise in Iqaluit on Sept. 15. (Photo by Frank Reardon)

Making suvalik in Kuujjuaq

Samantha Snowball of Kuujjuaq participates in a suvalik-making contest on Sept. 12. The delicacy is sometimes described as an Inuit fruit salad. Its base is a mayonnaise-like emulsion made by whisking fish eggs and vegetable oil together with a bit of water. Fresh berries are then added to the mix. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Nunavut’s newest MLAs sworn in

Nunavut’s newest members of the legislative assembly were sworn in at a ceremony in the legislature on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Calvin Aivgak Pedersen, on the far left, was acclaimed as the MLA for Kugluktuk on July 24. Craig Atangalaaq Simailak, centre, was acclaimed the same day as MLA for Baker Lake. The ceremony was closed to the public and media, following Nunavut’s COVID-19 public health orders. The new MLAs are at work this week in committee meetings, and they will join other MLAs during the next sitting of the legislature starting on Sept. 21. (Photo by Michel Albert)

Health officials monitoring Nunavik COVID-19 scare

Nunavik health officials said on Tuesday, Sept. 15, that its public health department is monitoring a COVID-19 exposure in the community of Kangirsuk. The people who may have been exposed to the virus are already in isolation and will receive short-term psychosocial and logistical support, the health board said in a news release. There are no confirmed cases of the virus in Kangirsuk, and Nunavik remains a COVID-19-free region. (File photo)