Time to sharpen those skates, Rankin Inlet

Wayne Kusugak is busy in the skate-sharpening shop at the new arena in Rankin Inlet on Saturday, Nov. 23. He said he had over 100 pairs of skates already sharpened and more to come. (Photo by Doug McLarty/ArcTech Design and Services)

Singh’s visit to Iqaluit ends with call for more action on climate change

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq wrapped up their weekend in Iqaluit with a stop at the Qajuqturvik Food Centre where, in addition to serving food, they called on the Liberal government to take concrete steps to confront the climate emergency. Singh also announced the NDP’s plans to introduce legislation to put science-based emissions reduction targets into law. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Iqaluit meet-and-greet with Jagmeet

New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh and Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq meet and greet the locals at the Blackheart Cafe in Iqaluit today. Singh and Qaqqaq are in town for three days and are scheduled to attend the hockey game at the Arctic Winter Games arena this evening. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Breathing Hole

This new work by Inuvialuk artist Maureen Gruben, called Breathing Hole, is made up of 18,000 sealskin pins hand-fixed onto 40 squares of Dricore insulation. It forms part of a new exhibit, called Subsist, that opens at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 30. “The exhibition explores the controversy of the seal hunt, western globalization policies and the historical and contemporary impacts of colonialism on land and health determinants for Indigenous peoples in Canada,” according to a news release. Other artists featured in the exhibit include Mark Igloliorte, Dana Claxton, Andrew Qappik and Omalluq Oshutsiaq. (Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery)

Iqaluit residents call for climate action ahead of COP25

About 15 to 20 Iqaluit residents gathered at the city’s Four Corners on Friday afternoon calling for a transition off fossil fuels. In addition to wielding signs and singing climate change–themed carols, participants also stuffed letters calling for action into stockings bearing the names of municipal, territorial and federal politicians. Next week, world leaders will meet in Madrid for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP25. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᑎᑦᑎᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐆᒧᖓ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᒃ ᐋᕿᒃᓱᐃᓂᕐᒥᒃ: ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᒃ ᑎᒥᖓᑦ

“ᐅᓇ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᖕᒪ ᐊᑐᐊᒐᖅ ᐊᓯᙳᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᕐᑐᖅ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᓂᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᐅᓄᕐᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᑕᕋᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᒥᑦ”

Cambridge Bay’s Kuugaq Café closes its regular food service

Cambridge Bay’s Kuugaq Café has stopped serving meals and brunches, two weeks after the start of its contract to supply food to Canadian North. “The staffing was what made the final decision for us,” said co-owner Stuart Rostant about the problems of finding workers in the western Nunavut hub of about 1,800. Rostant said they are hoping to “simplify things a bit in the coming weeks” by focusing more on the catering side of the business. “We have such a loyal following.… Our plan is to still have the community enjoy the space but in a different capacity. You can expect more of a cafe vs restaurant feel in the future.” (Photo by Jane George)

Nunavut’s premier meets with the prime minister

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this morning in Ottawa. “I re-iterated our territory’s infrastructure deficits, particularly around housing,” Savikataaq said in a news release. “We spoke at length about healthcare delivery and opportunities for Nunavummiut. I also took the occasion to speak to Nunavut’s resource development potential, and the need to balance conservation efforts with sustainable, responsible development.” (Photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut)

“No more frostbite” at Rankin Inlet’s new arena

Nunavut’s minister of community and government services, Lorne Kusugak, joins elders Jerome and Maryanne Tattuinee, deputy mayor Martha Hickes and Rankin Inlet Mayor Harry Towtongie to celebrate the opening of the community’s new arena with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 23. Referring to the heated viewing area, Kusugak joked that there’ll be “no more frostbite.” (Photo by Doug McLarty/ArcTech Design and Services)