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 Nunatsiaq.com. (Photo by Kahlan Miron)

An evening in Cape Dorset

Nuvalinga Kingwatsiuk, a 73-year-old elder from Cape Dorset, stands on the front deck of One Ocean’s ship, the RCGS Resolute, wearing the amauti she made and decorated with butterflies, which she says are among her favourite creatures. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

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. She raised over $32,000 to help her complete her journey and raise awareness of suicide prevention. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Homegrown talent

Kuujjuaq’s Sarali Angnatuk, 11, opens the second night of the Aqpik Jam Music Festival on Tuesday, Aug. 13, with her rendition of “Undo” by Sanna Nielsen. Although Sarali has performed in front of a crowd before at Kuujjuaq’s Got Talent show and Christmas concert, it was her first time performing at Aqpik Jam. (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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Nunatsiaq.com. (Photo by Kahlan Miron)