Five authors’ books part of Nunavut Black History Society exhibit

Author exhibit is open to public at Centennial Library in Iqaluit until March 31

Iqalummiut can browse and borrow books written by five Nunavut authors whose works are on display at the Centennial Library in Iqaluit. The books are part of a Black authors exhibit organized by the Nunavut Black History Society running until March 31. The exhibit, which opened on Feb. 1, features books by authors of African descent who have lived or are currently living in Nunavut. This includes books by illustrator and graphic artist Ian Etheridge, social justice advocate Francisca Mandeya, and mental health coach and philanthropist Audley Coley. (Photo courtesy of the Nunavut Black History Society)

Nunavut theatre company, African Caribbean Association host stage reading

Reading of 'How Black Mothers Say I Love You' took place at the Black Heart Cafe in Iqaluit over the weekend

Five members of the African-Caribbean community in Iqaluit perform a stage reading of ‘How Black Mothers Say I Love You’ on Feb. 24 at Iqaluit’s Black Heart Cafe. The Nunavut Theatre Company and African and Caribbean Association hosted the reading. The play follows the story of an immigrant mother from Jamaica named Daphne as she challenges, and eventually reconciles with, the choices made by her daughters, Claudette and Valerie. (Photo by Meral Jamal)


Inhabit Media’s author event returns to Iqaluit

The event was held for the first time in person since the pandemic Feb. 25

Inhabit Media hosted its annual author event on Feb. 25, in-person for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The public meet-and-greet with 18 writers, including horror writer Jamesie Fournier and children’s book writer Ceporah Mearns, took place at the Aqsarniit Hotel and Conference Centre in Iqaluit. It was livestreamed across the organization’s social media channels such as Facebook for those who couldn’t attend in person. Those still interested in purchasing the books can do so online via Inhabit Media’s website. (Photo by Meral Jamal)

Ships visit Iqaluit deepsea port

Woodward’s MT Kitikmeot W fuel tanker sits in the Iqaluit deepsea port in December. The port also was used by the MT Qikiqtaaluk W. that same month. On Sept. 9, the Iqaluit deepsea port was granted substantial completion status, meaning it is ready for use and will be fully operational for this year’s upcoming sealift season, said GN spokesperson Weichien Chan in an email Friday. “We are currently working with stakeholders to finalize the operations plan, which we expect to be in place well before the first ship arrives,” Chan said. Sealift operations were not relocated to the new port after substantial completion in 2022, as it “would have caused a major disruption to sealift operations” forcing carriers NEAS and NSSI to relocate their sheds, equipment and operational tools to the port in the midst of sealift season, Chan said. (Photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut)


Nunavut Arctic College hosts fashion show for parka-making course in Iqaluit

Free three-week course was funded by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association

Nunavut Arctic College hosted a Fashion Show and Tell on campus in Iqaluit Friday. The event marked the end of a free parka-making course, hosted with funding from Qikiqtani Inuit Association. The three-week evening course was part of the college’s continuing education programming and received applications from more than 100 Iqalummiut, who were then entered into a draw to select the final participants randomly. The 10 parkas made by students were in children’s sizes and were given to students with young children studying at the college, who were selected through a draw as well. The Fashion Show and Tell marked the end of Culture Week at the college. (Photo by Meral Jamal)