Spooky students

These are the Grade 1 winners of the best costumes in Pitakallak School’s Halloween parade in Kuujjuaq on Oct 31. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Nov. 7: a day to celebrate being Inuit

Today is International Inuit Day. Here, Eva Kakolak of Cambridge Bay lights a qulliq at an October event as her granddaughter looks on. International Inuit Day was first declared in 2006 by the Inuit Circumpolar Council general assembly in Barrow, Alaska. Nov. 7 was chosen to commemorate the birthday of the ICC’s late founding president, Eben Hopson. In 1976, Hopson rallied Inuit leaders in Greenland, Canada, the United States and Russia to form an international organization, then called the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. “The single most important issue facing all Inuit, regardless of where they live, is the preservation of a unique culture, identity and way of life before they are destroyed by large-scale industrial development and the intrusions of southern society,” Hopson said at the time. (Photo by Jane George)

Nunavut review board adjourns Mary River hearing to consider NTI motion

The Nunavut Impact Review Board brought its final hearing on Baffinland’s proposed expansion of the Mary River mine to an abrupt halt on Nov. 6, the fifth day of the hearing. That’s because the board needs time to consider a motion from Aluki Kotierk, the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., to adjourn the hearing for eight to 12 months. Kotierk said many questions are still unanswered and not enough time has been provided to properly review information. NIRB chair Kaviq Kaluraq said the board asks intervenors and others to file written submissions by Nov. 15 on the NTI motion and that Baffinland will have until Nov. 22 to respond. Kaluraq said NIRB will issue written guidance on the motion some time after that date. Also, two community roundtables planned for Pond Inlet on Nov. 8 and 9, part of the public hearing, have been cancelled for now. See nunatsiaq.com later for more on this late-breaking story. (Screenshot)

Iqaluit’s new mayor and councillors sworn in

Iqaluit’s next mayor and councillors were sworn in last night at the Nunavut Court of Justice. From left: Kyle Sheppard, Janet Brewster, Romeyn Stevenson, Mayor Kenny Bell, Simon Nattaq, Solomon Awa, Joanasie Akumalik and Malaiya Lucassie. Not pictured: Sheila Flaherty. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Quite the costumes

These are the Grade 2 winners of the best costumes in Pitakallak School’s Halloween parade in Kuujjuaq on Oct 31. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)