Nunavut judokas return from Edmonton tournament with three medals

Members of Judo Nunavut returned home earlier this month from the Edmonton International Judo Competition, held on March 6 to March 8, with one gold and two silver medals. The judokas, seen here with Judo Nunavut president Robert Tookoome at far right, are, from left: Leetia Stokes, Azrial Tagnigou Petnkeu (gold), Kirsten Sessua Kuengou (silver), Jullien Gissing (silver), Yuri Harvard and Rocco Cannel. “The team did great considering limited competition exposure and lack of opponents to practice with,” said Tookoome. “All other clubs had an advantage as they have more resources and can compete year-round within their region.” (Photo courtesy of Judo Nunavut)

Nunavut health minister urges vigilance against COVID-19

Nunavut’s minister of health, George Hickes, is urging residents to practise social distancing to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. “We can’t stand in line like we used to, give each other space. It’s time to stop thinking like consumers, and start thinking like citizens,” Hickes said at the territory’s daily COVID-19 update on Friday, March 20. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, to help prevent the spread of the disease all bars have been closed and restaurants are serving only takeout. All Nunavut Arctic College campuses and learning centres are also closed, and Government of Nunavut employees are working at home, unless they provide essential services. (Photo by Meagan Deuling)

Nunavut announces support for hunters, daycares during COVID-19 pandemic

Nunavut’s hunters and trappers organizations will each receive $25,000 to support community-organized harvesting to help with food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq announced at a daily press conference on Thursday, March 19. Licensed daycares in the territory will also receive a total of $531,000 to support workers who are losing money due to daycare closures, Savikataaq said. As of today, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the territory. See more later on (Photo by Emma Tranter)