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Elisapie plays Aqpik

Kuujjuaq's live music festival runs until Friday

Inuk singer Elisapie is shown performing at Kuujjuaq’s Aqpik Jam Music Festival on Wednesday night at the village’s hockey arena. Aqpik Jam is a four-day free concert event that began Tuesday and continues until Friday. Thursday’s performances begin at 7:30 and the lineup includes magician Magic Ben, followed by Ahujak Cain, William Tagoona, The Flummies, Derek Tagoona, and Peter Nassak. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois, special to Nunatsiaq News)

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Ramp used by Pope donated to Iqaluit high school

Wood used to build a temporary ramp for Pope Francis at Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit sits piled outside Inuksuk High School on Tuesday. The ramp had been built at the back entrance of the elementary school for Francis, who uses a wheelchair, when he met with residential school survivors inside the building on July 29. The ramp was dismantled over the weekend. The wood was then donated to the local high school’s woodworking class, said Iqaluit District Education Authority spokesperson Lynda Gunn. (Photo courtesy of Lynda Gunn)


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)


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)