RCMP evacuates Iqaluit campers by helicopter over the weekend

Male arrested Monday ‘without incident,’ RCMP confirms

Campers near Iqaluit were evacuated by helicopter after an incident over the weekend. (Photo by Mélanie Ritchot)

By Mélanie Ritchot

People camping in the Iqaluit area were evacuated by helicopter “over the weekend” and a male was arrested on Monday.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Pauline Melanson confirmed the incident took place and a male was arrested “without incident.” 

I can say that an incident took place at a campsite and members of the camp were evacuated over the weekend by helicopter,” she stated in an email.

She did not confirm whether the male was a minor or an adult, where exactly the incident took place, or whether it happened Saturday or Sunday — although rumours of the incident surfaced on social media on Saturday.

Since the investigation is still underway, Melanson said she could not confirm how many people were evacuated, where exactly the incident took place.

She also could not confirm whether a gunshot went off and whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

She said she has been asked whether a boat was shot at, but there was no shooting toward a boat.


This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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(8) Comments:

  1. Posted by Fred Durst on

    What is the nature of the “incident”?

    • Posted by Bond, James Bond on

      That information is need to know only…and you don’t need to know.

  2. Posted by Bobby the hammer jammer on

    She really doesn’t have much to say does she….. Why are the RCMP not more forthcoming!

  3. Posted by frank on

    how can this be a breaking news if it doesnt even give out full details of what happened, not living in iqaluit, reading the “breaking news” all it says is a male was arrested without incident, what was the person arrested? more details would be “breaking news” as we would have a better picture of why its “breaking news”

    • Posted by FRANK 2.0 on

      All the information they had was the headline, the rest of the article is “we asked the RCMP and they are not saying’. This story could have been a tweet.

  4. Posted by John W Paul Murphy on

    Do you Posters above realize that the (event(s) happened over the weekend?
    Do you realize it isn’t the RCMP spokesperson responsibility to enhance rumours.
    For God’s sake, folks let the RCMP do their complete investigation before your nosy demands that they comment any further.

  5. Posted by Yawn on

    So far this is a story about nothing. Meanwhile, there have been several noteworthy trials and prelims at the courthouse over the last month and not one of them has been acknowledged.

  6. Posted by Dude Town on

    This “breaking story” is the first step in a long chain of gossip. Good job Nunatsiaq.


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