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Black and Indigenous communities in the North gear up to celebrate Emancipation Day

Musicians and dancers from across the territories to perform Saturday

A celebration showcasing over a dozen performers from Canada’s territories will mark the first Emancipation Day to be recognized by the federal government. In March, the House of Commons voted to officially mark Aug. 1 — the day slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire, including what’s now Canada, in 1834 — as a day...

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Celebrating a first seal hunt

Arviat’s six-year-old Brody Panigoniak is seen after hunting his first seal on Tuesday evening. After catching the animal, a bright smile spread across his face, said his mother, Hilda Panigoniak. “My son was so happy.” She said he asked to go boating for the first time, so she, her boyfriend and her sister got ready and set off on the water after work. To celebrate Brody’s catch, they held a game for the community and gave out some change, goodies, and one lucky winner got $100 cash. (Photo courtesy of Hilda Panigoniak)

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Nunavut’s caribou-clad ‘fitness freak’

Iqaluit’s Joe Juralak added caribou-hide clothing to his workout routine over the weekend for National Indigenous History month, which is celebrated throughout June. Juralak, a self-described “fitness freak,” regularly posts workout videos on Facebook and on Instagram, where he goes by @inukfit. He says exercising in the traditional clothing was hot but brought him happiness, and he hopes to come up with new ways to keep his workouts interesting in the coming weeks. (Photo provided by Joe Juralak)

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Western Nunavut’s Emily Angulalik up for an Indspire award

Emily Angulalik, president of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society in Cambridge Bay, is one of 12 Indigenous Canadians nominated this year for an Indspire award in the culture, heritage and spirituality category. “Without the language there is no culture, without the culture there is no language, we must take pride in our identity and walk in today’s world,” says Angulalik, seen here drum dancing at the recent 25th anniversary celebration of the heritage society, also known as Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq. The Indspire website says the awards represent “the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people.” The awards will be broadcast June 22 on APTN and CBC. (Photo courtesy of PI)

Indspire to honour Arctic Bay elder Qapik Attagutsiak

Arctic Bay elder Qapik Attagutsiak, who turns 101 on June 11, is one of 12 Indigenous Canadians nominated for an Indspire lifetime achievement award this year. “Qapik’s lifework has embodied both Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and Inuit societal values. Her longevity and her legacy represent a shining example for young Inuit to follow,” says the backgrounder on her nomination. The Indspire award ceremony will be broadcast on APTN and CBC on June 22. (File photo courtesy of Parks Canada)