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Grade 6 students from Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik School recite the oath of citizenship at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit, May 26. Around 90 students took part in a mock Canadian citizenship ceremony as part of their social studies unit. Three Iqaluit residents who are immigrants to Canada attended to share their experience, telling the middle schoolers they feel privileged to be Canadian. See story later on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
Grade 6 students from Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik School recite the oath of citizenship at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit, May 26. Around 90 students took part in a mock Canadian citizenship ceremony as part of their social studies unit. Three Iqaluit residents who are immigrants to Canada attended to share their experience, telling the middle schoolers they feel privileged to be Canadian. See story later on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
NEWS May 29, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut government scrutinizes women’s shelter finances

GN's Family Services audits YWCA Agvvik Nunavut for alleged financial irregularities

STEVE DUCHARME

The YWCA-affiliated Agvvik Nunavut, which operates the Qimaavik women’s shelter in Iqaluit, was on damage control duty last week following a media reports which alleged financial mismanagement, referring to a forensic audit into employee salary irregularities over the last few years.

The...

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NEWS May 29, 2017 - 9:00 am

Iqaluit’s new airport: big, bold and beautiful

GN hopes to attract more international flights, more tourists

JANE GEORGE

A splendid new experience awaits air travellers to Nunavut’s capital, where builders are putting the finishing touches on the Iqaluit International Airport terminal, due to open this August.

Big and beautiful—and equipped with the latest in security, the revamped airport also hopes to attract more...

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NEWS May 29, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavik families of missing or murdered men and women feel estranged: report

Nunavimmiut misunderstand, distrust police and courts

SARAH ROGERS

Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik has wrapped up its own regional inquiry into Missing or Murdered Nunavimmiut and they are highlighting a major gap in communication and understanding between the region’s population and its justice system.

The report, entitled...

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NEWS May 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm

RCMP, family renew pleas for information on 1986 homicide

“It’s been harder and I think it’s because we never really dealt with it. It’s unsolved”

LISA GREGOIRE

It’s been 31 years since her sister died in an unsolved Iqaluit murder but in some ways, it hurts more now, says Elisapee Sheutiapik.

Since telling her story publicly alongside sister Barbara Sevigny at hearings held in advance of the public inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and...

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NEWS May 26, 2017 - 2:29 pm

New nautical maps identify Nunavut wildlife hazards for ships

World Wildlife Fund Canada releases first of maps showing where animals frequent

STEVE DUCHARME

As the Arctic’s sea ice continues to hit historic lows and more vessels clog Northern shipping lanes, the World Wildlife Fund-Canada is reminding pilots to mind their neighbors on the high seas, in the first of a series of maps from the organization identifying ecological habitats.

WWF-Canada...

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NEWS May 26, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Education, health likely to dominate upcoming Nunavut legislature sitting

Two week session begins Monday, second last session before October election

BETH BROWN

If you want to find out what the Government of Nunavut will do, or not do, about its education system, tune in next week for an update.

Bill 37, an Act to Amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act, will be up for discussion during the two-week spring sitting of the Nunavut...

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NEWS May 26, 2017 - 10:00 am

Made-in-Nunavut classroom material sits in storage, say its architects

"The [GN] never really understood the competency-based approach"

SARAH ROGERS

If Nunavut’s school system has failed to implement the Inuktut-language and Inuit-focused education it has worked towards since the territory’s creation, that is not for a lack of learning materials.

With the recent criticism and debate over Bill 37 and a showdown over the bill expected in next...

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LETTERS May 26, 2017 - 9:00 am

Nunavut TB patient says a family’s vigilance saved her life

Clyde River woman thanks Kootoo family for drawing attention to toxic meds

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

My name is Igah Sanguya and I live and work in Clyde River.

I was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the end of Feburary 2017 and began treatment on March 3.

Through the course of my treatment, I have been closely monitored by the health care providers in Clyde River and now here at the Qikiqtani...

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NEWS May 26, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavik’s co-op movement celebrates its 50th anniversary

More than 400 gather at Montreal-area gala

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavimmiut are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the region’s co-operative movement, which culminated in a high-end gala outside of Montreal May 19.

More than 400 people gathered at the Chateau Vaudreuil to mark the occasion and take home prizes, from handmade carvings to pick-up trucks.

The...

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NEWS May 25, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Accidental death near Nunavut’s Kekerten Island: RCMP

Deceased hit his head, fell through the ice and could not be revived

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated at 5:40 p.m.)

A Nunavut man has died on a hunting trip near Pangnirtung, after hitting his head and falling through the ice.

Sgt. David Lawson, spokesperson for the Nunavut RCMP, said May 25 that the fatality involved a motor vehicle accident—likely, in this case, snowmobiles—during a...

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NEWS May 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Research icebreaker sets sail to put Nunavut, Nunavik under microscope

Qanuilirpitaa? (How are we now?) Nunavik Inuit Survey set for this summer

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

With a farewell blast of its horn, the Canadian Coast Guard’s research icebreaker, the Amundsen, set out May 25 with a shipload of researchers on board who will spend the next 133 days looking at, among other things, the health of Inuit in Nunavik.

Along the voyage from its homeport in Quebec City...

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NEWS May 25, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Prince Charles set to visit Nunavut capital ahead of Canada Day

Royals heading to Iqaluit on first day of three-day tour

STEVE DUCHARME

Dust off your fancy fascinators, Nunavummiut.

Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will descend on Iqaluit, June 29, as part of their upcoming royal tour, just days ahead of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.

While the royals’ tour was announced in April,...

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NEWS May 25, 2017 - 1:10 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from May 14 to May 21

Week's most-read story—sentencing of former teacher for historic sexual assault

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The sentencing of a Nunavut teacher for a historic sexual assault that occurred in his classroom led the list of most-read Nunatsiaqonline.ca stories this past week.

The story concerned Emil Arnalak, 57, of Arviat, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to sexual assaulting a young student in 1987.

The...

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FEATURES May 25, 2017 - 10:00 am

The Arctic building where it’s summer all year long

"I look at all of them and I think, what did they do before the aquatic centre?"

JANE GEORGE

Planning a trip to Iqaluit?

If so, make sure you pack your swimming suit and be ready to enjoy temperatures of 28 C all year round.

That’s because this Arctic city’s new $40.5 million aquatic centre means swimming suits are now as essential as warm boots and parkas.

A peek inside the centre...

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LETTERS May 25, 2017 - 9:00 am

In memoriam: John Paterson Paton

June 24, 1927 – May 16, 1997

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jack Paton, our Dad, was a smiley man. He seemed happy and light-hearted throughout our life with him.

Jack was the only son of Mary-Ann (Molly) and Paterson Paton, born at Doonfoot, Ayr, in Scotland. His father died when Jack was six. In his teen years he became an apprentice carpenter. His early...

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NEWS May 25, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut Arctic College colours fall flat at Iqaluit council

Gray and white addition to Nunatta campus compared to “the inside of a smoker’s lung”

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit city councillors made more than a few snarky remarks over a proposed charcoal colour scheme for Nunavut Arctic College’s new Iqaluit campus building during a presentation by designers, May 24.

Construction on the $30-million project, which will vastly expand capacity at NAC’s flagship...

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NEWS May 24, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Senator says Nunavut jail system acts as homeless shelter

“We need to be reallocating resources to people, not to prisons"

BETH BROWN

Standing May 23 in front of a town-hall style meeting at the Iqaluit soup kitchen, Senator Kim Pate told the crowd what she had seen that afternoon during her visit to the capital’s three adult correction centres.

“They were all Inuit prisoners, men and women,” Pate said.

Pate, who had flown from...

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NEWS May 24, 2017 - 3:20 pm

Nunavut RCMP arrest 24-year-old Gjoa Haven man after stabbing

Man faces charges of aggravated assault

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police have arrested a 24-year-old man who now faces charges of aggravated assault following an early morning stabbing May 23 in Gjoa Haven.

Local RCMP officers responded to a residence in the community of roughly 1,300 at about 7:30 a.m. local time, where they treated a 53-year-old man suffering...

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NEWS May 24, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut community invites MMIWG inquiry to bring healing, closure

“I want to be able to speak on behalf of my late aunt"

SARAH ROGERS

When Laura MacKenzie first heard about the launch of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, she knew it would be a good opportunity to bring healing and closure to her home community of Rankin Inlet.

Almost 14 years ago and a territory away, MacKenzie’s aunt, Betsy...

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NEWS May 24, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut residents join with Arctic friends to talk research

Clyde River hosts international gathering for workshops, cultural exchange

LISA GREGOIRE

Forced relocations, dealing with harvesting regulations, having to leave a small community to go to college or university—does any of this sound familiar?

While many Nunavummiut and Nunavimmiut might relate to those challenges, these stories didn’t come from Canada.

Circumpolar Indigenous peoples...

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NEWS May 24, 2017 - 10:00 am

Sleeping Nunavut elder attacked in her Iqaluit apartment

Victim treated in hospital and released; RCMP investigating

STEVE DUCHARME

A disabled 73-year-old elder is recovering from injuries after an unknown assailant broke into her Iqaluit apartment in the early morning of May 9 and attacked her while she was asleep in bed.

RCMP “V” Division spokesperson Sgt. David Lawson confirmed that no charges have yet been laid in the...

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NEWS May 24, 2017 - 8:00 am

After Alaska meeting, Arctic mayors pledge more work on shared goals

"We share a lot of similarities, with respect to being situated in the North"

JANE GEORGE

Just hours after the Arctic Council hosted its ministerial meeting May 11 in Fairbanks, Alaska, circumpolar mayors from cities such as Nome, Alaska, Iqaluit, Nunavut and Rovaniemi, Finland also met in Fairbanks to discuss “a locally-driven future for Arctic governance.”

“We share a lot of...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut water reservoirs at risk of running dry, researchers say

Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet could deplete freshwater sources in five to 10 years

SARAH ROGERS

Water reservoirs in some Nunavut communities could run dry over the next decade due to shifting weather and climate patterns, a group of environmental researchers have found.

In their study, the researchers sound the alarm on access to fresh water in Nunavut, saying Iqaluit alone could exhaust its...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut scores lowest grade in Canada food report card

"Nunavut lags far behind and requires remedial attention"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Many Nunavut residents go hungry, confirms a food report card for Canada that gives the lowest grade possible to Nunavut—a D—for poor performance in making sure its residents get enough food.

Most Canadians consume significantly more food than they need, said the Conference Board of Canada, in its...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 11:35 am

Man linked to Apex homicide nabbed May 19 at Iqaluit airport

Man, 37, now faces second-degree murder charge laid by Nunavut RCMP

STEVE DUCHARME

(Updated at 11:50 a.m.)

Police have arrested a 37-year-old man in connection with the death of another man in the Iqaluit satellite community of Apex on May 19.

The man was taken into custody by police at Iqaluit’s airport after an alleged attempt to leave the territory on a one-way ticket south,...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut legal spat over classroom space ends on good terms

New agreement allows Iqaluit French students to use space at Inuksuk High School

STEVE DUCHARME

A courtroom turf battle over access of francophone students to Iqaluit District Education Authority classroom space has ended, following a multi-year agreement signed between the Iqaluit DEA, the Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut and the Government of Nunavut.

Iqaluit DEA lawyer Anne...

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Quebec MNA for Ungava, Jean Boucher, left, awards Nunavik teacher Maggie MacDonnell with the MNA’s Medal in Kuujjuaq May 25, a recognition from the National Assembly. MacDonnell, who taught in Salluit for many years and is now based in Kuujjuaq, won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize last March. At right, MacDonnell and her husband Abdullah Kafashe were both honoured the same day for their work with Nunavik youth. (PHOTO COURTESY OF J. BOUCHER)
Quebec MNA for Ungava, Jean Boucher, left, awards Nunavik teacher Maggie MacDonnell with the MNA’s Medal in Kuujjuaq May 25, a recognition from the National Assembly. MacDonnell, who taught in Salluit for many years and is now based in Kuujjuaq, won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize last March. At right, MacDonnell and her husband Abdullah Kafashe were both honoured the same day for their work with Nunavik youth. (PHOTO COURTESY OF J. BOUCHER)

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