COVID-19 restrictions to be eased across Qikiqtani region

Kinngait outbreak is over, says chief public health officer

In Rankin Inlet and the Qikiqtani region — except for Iqaluit — public health restrictions will soon be eased, Nunavut’s chief public health officer announced Wednesday afternoon. Under the new measures, which will take effect Friday, indoor gatherings in conference rooms, community areas, theatres, places of worship and government facilities can have up to 100...

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Honouring those lost to residential schools

More than 100 Kuujjuaq residents attended a parade on National Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday to honour children lost to Canada’s residential school system, following the recent discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Many attendees wore orange, a colour associated with the Every Child Matters campaign, which honours the experience of residential school survivors. “I’m so happy to see so much orange to show support of this initiative,” said organizer Lavinia Flaherty. (Photo by Malaya Qaunirq Chapman)

Shooting hoops under the midnight sun

Children in Pond Inlet took advantage of the long daylight hours to play basketball in the midnight sun over the weekend. As of Sunday — the summer solstice — the days will keep getting shorter in Nunavut over the coming months. (Photo by Norman Koonoo)


Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day with country food

To celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, the City of Iqaluit’s recreation department spent the afternoon distributing country food, including Arctic char and other meats, as well as juice boxes across the city. The popular pop-ups often lasted between 10 and 15 minutes before the country food was snapped up. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Nunavut’s caribou-clad ‘fitness freak’

Iqaluit’s Joe Juralak added caribou-hide clothing to his workout routine over the weekend for National Indigenous History month, which is celebrated throughout June. Juralak, a self-described “fitness freak,” regularly posts workout videos on Facebook and on Instagram, where he goes by @inukfit. He says exercising in the traditional clothing was hot but brought him happiness, and he hopes to come up with new ways to keep his workouts interesting in the coming weeks. (Photo provided by Joe Juralak)