Papal planning: Workers build stage at Iqaluit school Pope Francis will visit

Workers from NCC Development Ltd. set up a temporary stage Tuesday outside Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit. Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Iqaluit on Friday to meet with survivors of the residential school system once run by the Catholic Church, before holding a public event around 5 p.m. It’s estimated 150,000 Inuit, First Nations, and Metis children attended residential schools from the 1800s up to the 1990s. Many Indigenous children suffered abuse there. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Preparing for the Pope: Workers build ramp at Iqaluit school Francis will visit

Workers from NCC Development Ltd. build a wooden wheelchair-accessible ramp outside Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit early Monday. The temporary ramp is to accommodate Pope Francis when he arrives Friday to meet with survivors of the residential school system once run by the Catholic Church. It’s estimated 150,000 Indigenous children attended those schools during the 1800s up to the 1990s, many of whom suffered abuse there. Organizers of the papal visit say the 85-year-old pontiff will use a wheelchair during most of his Canadian visit due to his “advanced age and physical limitations.” In Iqaluit, Francis will also hold a public event Friday afternoon. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)


Vehicle fire doused in Apex

A man watches firefighters put out a vehicle fire Thursday morning in Apex. One fire truck and four firefighters from the Iqaluit Fire Department responded to the incident at 10:37 a.m., City of Iqaluit spokesperson Aleksey Cameron said. The fire was accidentally started when the owner was doing work on their car, Cameron said. No injuries were reported. (Photo by Raymond Labrecque)

Kimberly Smith sworn in to Iqaluit council

Iqaluit city clerk Tammy Ernst-Doiron swears in Coun. Kimberly Smith during Tuesday’s city council meeting. Smith is the latest Iqaluit resident to take a seat on council. Council appointed her to fill a vacancy created when Sheila Flaherty stepped down in April. Smith thanked her fellow councillors for appointing her, and within the hour, she was appointed chairperson of the planning and development committee and vice-chairperson of the recreation committee. (Photo by David Venn)

Alianait performances attract hundreds of spectators

Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory performs on the final night of Iqaluit’s Alianait Arts Festival in the Nakasuk School gym Sunday. The four-day festival, which hasn’t been held in person since 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, drew hundreds of people over the weekend and featured Inuit performers and artists from all over the world. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᕿᒧᒃᓯᖅᑎᑦ ᑎᒥᖁᑎᖓᑦ ᓴᖅᑮᕗᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓗᒍᑎᖃᕐᕕᒋᔭᒥᓐᓂᒃ ᐆᒃᑐᕋᐅᑎᓕᐊᖑᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᒪᓕᒐᕋᓛᖑᓕᕋᔭᖅᑐᒧᑦ

ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕈᑎᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐊᓯᔾᔩᓯᒪᓕᖁᔨᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᓯᒪᓕᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᑭᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑭᓖᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᓕᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᕿᒻᒥᓂᒃ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᕿᓗᒃᐸᓗᓗᐊᖅᐸᒃᑐᓂᒃ