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Nunavut curling team gearing up for Scotties Tournament of Hearts

The team, led by skip Brigitte MacPhail, is training in Nova Scotia before heading to national competition

One week before the beginning of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Canada’s top women’s curling championship, Team Nunavut was driving through Nova Scotia, from Halifax to Port Hawkesbury in Cape Breton. The team, led by skip Brigitte MacPhail, had its first practice as a full unit on Jan. 20, as it’s made up of players...

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Christmas breakfast brings Gjoa Haven elders together

Gjoa Haven elders gathered for a Christmas breakfast on Wednesday. The group of 26 spent time together over hashbrown casserole, French toast casserole, blueberry muffins, yogurt parfaits, mini quiches and sandwiches, all prepared by Quickstop manager Gail McSheffery. The event was held at the Northern store and plates were delivered to six elders who weren’t able to attend. “Seeing the elders and being able to spend some time with them and being able to do something for them was truly heartwarming and an absolute joy,” said organizer Farzana Sahadat, who hopes it will become a yearly event. (Photo by Farzana Sahadat)

Pond Inlet feasts on country food

The community gathered for a meal on Saturday

People in Pond Inlet gathered for a country food feast of maktaaq, tuktu, quaq and iqaluk on Saturday, ahead of the holiday season. Joanna Innualuk-Kunuk and her husband Abraham Kunuk hosted the gathering, where Sandra Omik took some photos. “I told our youngest that we were eating some of what Kautaq and Joanna caught over the summer and fall, when we briefly visited them a few days at their camp at Saviit,” she said. (Photo by Sandra Omik)


Qamutik-building workshop wraps up in Pond Inlet

Joe Mucpa sits on a qamutik at the Hamlet of Pond Inlet’s department of public works building on Nov. 27. David Suqslak and Matthias Kaunak spent nine days teaching eight Pond Inlet residents between the ages of 16 and 35 how to build qamutiks. The group finished its eighth qamutik on Dec. 1, and one of those eight will be given away by the hamlet as a Christmas present to a community member by random draw. The workshop was funded by the Canadian government’s New Horizons for Seniors program, and Theresa Dalueg, hamlet recreation coordinator, hopes to run more in the future. (Photo by David Suqslak)

Iqaluit students deck the halls of the legislature

Elementary and middle school students from Iqaluit have been decorating Christmas trees in the lobby of the legislative building over the past few days. Here, Grade 1, 2 and 3 students from Nakasuk school are seen wearing toques they were given after lending a hand on Thursday. Premier P.J. Akeeagok also attended the first day of this year’s Christmas Lights Across Canada display at the legislature, which kicked off on Thursday. (Photo by Maggie Nooshoota)

Throat-singing sensations

Inuit throat-singing duo Charlotte Qamaniq (left) and Cynthia Pitsiulak, known as Silla and Rise, were one of eight acts that performed at the Alianait Arts Festival 2021 this past weekend. It took place at Iqaluit’s Frobisher Inn but was live-streamed across the territory. Other performers, such as Juno-nominated Terry Uyarak, along with the Trade-Offs, Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers and Shauna Seeteenak, took to the stage as well. (Photo by Vincent Desrosiers)

Nordic Lab opens at Ottawa’s SAW Gallery

Opening night of Alakkaajut (Many Things Appear) exhibition featured music and food from circumpolar countries

A guest snaps a photo of Big Hello, an installation by artist Maureen Gruben of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. The work is part of Alakkaajut (Many Things Appear), the inaugural exhibition of SAW Gallery’s Nordic Lab. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)


Honouring Annie Pootoogook

Drummer Ernie Kadloo of Pond Inlet performs with the Tununiq-miut Theatre at a ceremony to name an Ottawa park after Annie Pootoogook, the late Inuit artist. Other celebrations at the Nov. 7 event included speeches from dignitaries, throat signing performances and a country food feast including Arctic berries, seal meat and Arctic char. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Honouring Annie Pootoogook

Inuit throat singers Annie Aningmiuq (left) and Kendra Tagoona (right) perform at the opening of Annie Pootoogook Park in Ottawa on Nov. 7. The singers performed a medley of songs including traditional lullabies and “Qimmiguluapik” (“Poor Little Puppy”), a song they explained came from a little girl who would sing to her puppy so he would grow up to be her lead sled dog. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Honouring Annie Pootoogook

Members of the Tununiq-miut Theatre perform a traditional Inuit song and dance at the official opening of Annie Pootoogook Park in Ottawa on Nov. 7. The ceremony honouring the late artist coincided with International Inuit Day. From left: Sarahme Akoomalik, Sheena Akoomalik and Rosalyn Katsak (on back). (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)