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Nunavut health minister gets his flu shot

Nunavut Health Minister George Hickes receives his annual flu shot on Tuesday, Oct. 20. “The flu shot is something that’s very important not just to protect ourselves but for the people that we are around or come into contact with, like, under the COVID-19 measures, wearing a mask,” he said. This year Hickes was also joined by Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, who also received a shot. “The flu shot is the best defence against getting the flu and while it does not protect against COVID-19. The flu vaccine can help reduce the number of respiratory infections we see this fall and winter,” said Patterson. “As COVID-19 has similar symptoms to the flu, reducing your risk of getting the flu also means reducing the chance that you will be isolated, while you are tested for COVID-19.” (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Morning shower

Clare Kines took this photo a little after 9 a.m. on Oct. 9 from the shore of Arctic Bay, looking towards King George Mountain on the left and Adams Sound to the right. (Photo by Clare Kines)

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First signs of freeze-up

Ice forms along the water’s edge at the beach near Iqaluit on Tuesday, Oct. 13. (Photo by Frank Reardon)

Kuujjuaq kindergarten students celebrate PJ day

Naomi Koneak, a kindergarten teacher at Kuujjuaq’s Pitakallak elementary school, is seen with her class during pajama day on Friday, Oct. 16. (Photo by Malaya Qaunirq Chapman)

Royal Canadian Mint releases “entirely Arctic” $10 collectors coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new “entirely Arctic” collector coin crafted with Nunavut-sourced gold. The reverse of the $10 pure-gold coin features an Inuk with a qulliq and inuksuit. It’s the creation of Nunavik artist Ulaayu Pilurtuut. “Motifs of a traditional qulliq, an Inuit oil lamp that provides light and warmth, as well as inuksuit, symbolizing community and guidance, are powerful symbols of the artist’s culture and way of life,” said a news release about the coin’s issue. Four thousand of the coins, which each retail for $249.95, were minted. (Image courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint)

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Pitakallak Elementary’s student of the month

Kindergarten student Alicia Rose was named Pitakallak Elementary School’s student of the month for October. She’s seen here on Oct. 8 with Air Inuit pilot Étienne Lagacé, who helped award the prize for good behaviour and school work. (Photo by Malaya Qaunirq Chapman)