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Honourable mention for Twin Flames at songwriting awards

Folk-rock duo nets $1,000 prize in TD Indigenous Songwriter Awards

Folk-rock duo Twin Flames has received an honourable mention in this year’s TD Indigenous Songwriter Awards. Featuring Chelsey June and her husband, Jaaji, who is from Nunavik, Twin Flames is known for celebrating the distinct cultures and history of Canada’s three Indigenous Peoples through music. The Ottawa-based group will receive $1,000 from the SOCAN Foundation....

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Nunavut filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk receives arts award

Nunavut Commissioner Eva Aariak presents filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk with the 2022 Nunavut Commissioner’s Arts Award on March 6. Kunuk, who previously has received both Order of Canada and Order of Nunavut honours, has a series of films to his credit. They include “Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)” — the first feature film to be written, directed and acted entirely in Inuktitut — and most recently “Angakusajaujuq – The Shaman’s Apprentice.” (Photo by Wende Halonen)

Kindergarten kids skin a caribou

Kindergarten students at Pitakallak Elementary School in Kuujjuaq got the chance to take part in a caribou-skinning activity on March 14. Teacher Ayaana Berthe says it was an opportunity to share traditional knowledge with the younger generation of Nunavimmiut. Shown from left are Debbie Angnatuk, Mark Annanack, Juanassie Jackie Kudluk, Matthias Mernier, Cowen Lingard, Noah Saunders, Judy Gadbois and Trevor Koneak Tuglavinia. (Photo courtesy of Ayaana Berthe)

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)

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)


Iqaluit celebrates AWG competitors’ return

Iqalummiut came out to participate in a parade followed by meet-and-greet with athletes Saturday

Dozens of Iqaluit residents came out to celebrate athletes returning from the Arctic Winter Games Saturday. Residents and the families of athletes participated in a parade that begin at the Iqaluit square and ended at the Arctic Winter Games Arena, where there was also the opportunity for a meet-and-greet. The parade was previously scheduled to take place earlier this month but was rescheduled due to bad weather. Team Nunavut athletes won 52 medals at the 2023 Games, which took place in Wood Buffalo, Alta. (Photo by Meral Jamal)

Clyde River’s lone Winter Games competitor returns with 2 medals

About 400 people in Clyde River came out to welcome back the community’s lone 2023 Arctic Winter Games competitor, Bonita Tigullaraq. Fourteen-year-old Tigullaraq was greeted at the Quluaq School Gym upon her return Monday. She brought back bronze and silver medals in table tennis from the Games, which were held in Alberta and wrapped up last weekend. “People in the community were very proud of her,” said George Iqalukjuak, who took this photo. (Photo courtesy of George Iqalukjuak)

Sparks fly!

Welder Dylan Zukiwsky, 20, works on a new sign for the Cambridge Bay RCMP detachment made from salvaged metal, as Brandon Kavanna, 21, works behind him on another section of the sign. A metal sculpture of Sedna, the Inuit guardian of sea animals, is at the back of the room. Zukiwsky and Kavanna are two of five young welders who work at the Red Fish Art Studio, a local art space and welding mentorship program that teaches participants the skills needed to pursue careers in the trades. The finished sign will be unveiled in the community on Feb. 16. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)