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Kimmirut kids get a second playground

Parents and children happy with how park turned out, says hamlet SAO

This summer, kids in Kimmirut got a new playground to swing on. It was a long time coming for the community, said hamlet senior administrative officer John Mabberi-Mudonyi. “The parents are happy, the kids are quite excited,” he said, adding the children used to run up to him every other day to ask when the...

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Canadian Forces scout land for northern operation

Canadian Forces members travelled near Qikiqtarjuaq, formerly known as Jenny Lind Island, by helicopter on Aug. 17 for Operation Nanook-Nunakput. The Arctic Response Company Group was scouting the area surrounding the island, which is about 100 kilometres from Cambridge Bay. Operation Nanook-Nunakput continues until Aug. 29 near Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay and Qikiqtarjuaq. (Photo by Bdr. Julia Currie, Canadian Forces)

Brushing up for the pope: Workers add fresh coat of paint to Nakasuk school

A painter applies a fresh coat of white paint to the outside of Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit on Wednesday. The new paint job is part of the ongoing preparations to welcome Pope Francis, who is expected to arrive Friday afternoon and make a public address in front of the school after meeting privately with Indigenous residential school survivors inside the school. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Papal planning: Workers add fenced barrier at Iqaluit school Pope Francis will visit

Preparations continue Wednesday for Friday’s arrival of Pope Francis at Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit. Workers from NCC Development Ltd. erected a stage with lights and a fenced barrier at the front entrance to the school, where the Pope is expected to make a public address Friday afternoon after first privately meeting with Indigenous residential school survivors. Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to Quebec City on Wednesday, the second city on his tour after Edmonton, where he delivered an apology for the abuses that many Indigenous children experienced at Canada’s residential schools. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Preparing for the Pope: Workers build ramp at Iqaluit school Francis will visit

Workers from NCC Development Ltd. build a wooden wheelchair-accessible ramp outside Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit early Monday. The temporary ramp is to accommodate Pope Francis when he arrives Friday to meet with survivors of the residential school system once run by the Catholic Church. It’s estimated 150,000 Indigenous children attended those schools during the 1800s up to the 1990s, many of whom suffered abuse there. Organizers of the papal visit say the 85-year-old pontiff will use a wheelchair during most of his Canadian visit due to his “advanced age and physical limitations.” In Iqaluit, Francis will also hold a public event Friday afternoon. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

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Bargain hunting at Pond Inlet’s flea market

Market takes place most Saturdays at 3 p.m.

Crystal Nutarak buys a roll of veggie sushi and rainbow cupcakes from Molleen Anaviapik at Pond Inlet’s flea market May 21. The flea market begins most Saturdays at 3 p.m. at the community hall while supplies last, which normally isn’t long. On this Saturday, Anaviapik sold out of her sushi, cupcakes and fruitcake in 10 minutes. (Photo by David Venn)

Lee Inuarak crosses finish line first at Nunavut Quest; race winner to be named Thursday

Winner of 500-km race will be announced during awards ceremony

Pond Inlet musher Lee Inuarak is hoisted in the air as he celebrates after finishing the 500-km Nunavut Quest in Igloolik Wednesday evening. Inuarak was the first musher out of a dozen to cross the finish line after 10 days of racing, followed by Igloolik’s Jonah Qaunaq. Inuarak, however, may not be the winner of the race. That will be announced Thursday during the awards ceremony. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Square dancing in Arctic Bay

Two-year-old Constance Ettuk wanders through the middle of C Hall in Arctic Bay’s community centre the evening of April 16 while, from left , Leeta Qaunaq square dances with Jonah Qaunaq and George Satuqsi dances with Celina Satuqsi. (Photo by David Venn)

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Kyle St. Laurent named Iqaluit’s coach of the year

Iqaluit Deputy Mayor Solomon Awa, left, presents Kyle St. Laurent with the 2021 Coach of the Year award at city hall Tuesday evening for his work as a coach with the Nunavut Speed Skating Association. St. Laurent has been a member of the association for 29 years, Awa said, and has coached athletes for the Arctic and Canada Winter Games. (Photo by David Venn)

Iqaluit first responders receive award for saving a life

2 RCMP officers and 4 firefighters received lifesaver pins Monday

Fire Chief Steve McGean, left, presents firefighter Emily Galipo, Cst. Eric Noel, Capt. Solomon Tagak, Cst. Greg Beauchamp, and firefighters Lucas Manders and Eegeesiak Aniqmiuq with lifesaver pins on Monday at the Iqaluit fire hall. The emergency responders were awarded for applying cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and saving a resident’s life, said city spokesperson Aleksey Cameron. (Photo by Aleksey Cameron)