ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐃᓚᐅᒋᑦᑎ ᖁᕕᐊᓲᑎᒋᓗᒍ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᖓ 20 ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᓕᐊᑦᑎᒍᑦ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᓇᕈᑎᓂᒃ.

Join us in celebrating Nunavut’s twentieth birthday with our commemorative supplement.

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An evening ride in Kuujjuaq

Musher Allen Gordon takes some visitors from Montreal out on a dogsledding excursion on March 26 outside Kuujjuaq. The team rode about 25 kilometres, to and from a place called Tasikutaak. (Photo by Allen Gordon)

Iqaluit’s Toonik Tyme kicks off

Let the fun begin! Iqaluit’s spring festival officially opened Thursday evening with the naming of the festival’s two honorary Tooniks: Rebecca Veevee, the host of the popular APTN cooking show Niqitsiat, and Lew Phillip, a former RCMP officer and longtime carver. The evening also included a fashion show, featuring clothing made by participants in a Nunavut Literacy Council program, throat-singing and music. Festival events get underway on Friday, a civic holiday in Iqaluit, with more information available at www.tooniktyme.ca. (Photo by Jane George)

Place your bids

Cecile Lyall ran the silent auction table during the intermission of Nunavut Sivuniksavut’s play and fundraiser, “The Inuit Story: A Dramatization,” at Ottawa’s Arts Court Theatre on March 6. Funds go towards the students’ end-of-year cultural exchange trip. Bidders crowded the table until the last second. The auction featured goodies from InukChic, Manitobah Mukluks, Inhabit Media Inc. and more. (Photo by Kahlan Miron)

Heavy lifter

Natasha Nagyougalik receives a standing ovation at the Nunavut Mining Symposium gala in Iqaluit on Wednesday, April 3, for becoming the first Inuk woman in Nunavut to drive a massive Caterpillar 6030 mining shovel. Nagyougalik, who hails from Baker Lake, began working at Agnico Eagle Mining’s Meadowbank mine eight years ago as a dishwasher. Agnico Eagle’s president, Ammar Al-Joundi, said it’s important for mines to be part of nearby communities, so locals can find work and grow with the company. (Photo courtesy of the Nunavut Mining Symposium)

Kuujjuaq celebrates life with winter slides

The children of the Northern Village of Kuujjuaq enjoy sledding as part of the community’s second “Love Life” event on March 13. “Love Life” celebrates life and helps residents heal from recent trauma and tragedy. The community also celebrated the day with music, snow sculptures and country food. The slide, which was built for the event, stayed up afterwards and children can still enjoy sledding on it after school or on the weekends. (Photo courtesy of Isabelle Dubois)