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Students leave their school bus and file into their first day of classes at Pitakallak school in Kuujjuaq Aug. 21. The Kativik School Board`s roughly 3,000 students across Nunavik began the 2014-15 school year this week. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
Students leave their school bus and file into their first day of classes at Pitakallak school in Kuujjuaq Aug. 21. The Kativik School Board`s roughly 3,000 students across Nunavik began the 2014-15 school year this week. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
NEWS August 21, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Canadian Forces invite Iqalummiut to Op Nanook community day

Military meet-and-greet includes ship tours, paratrooper show

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit residents will get a chance to see some of the hardware involved in Operation Nanook Aug. 23, when Canadian Forces hold a community day in the city centre.

The day-long event takes place during the annual Arctic exercise, which involves two scenarios this year.

Aug. 23 will mark the day...

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NEWS August 21, 2014 - 11:31 am

Cape Dorset man surrenders to police after 10-hour standoff

Armed man barricaded inside residence — schools, health centre closed

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Updated at 12:00 p.m.

An adult male has surrendered to police in Cape Dorset after an early morning standoff in the Baffin community.

Ten hours after RCMP first responded to a call about an armed man in a local residence, police say the man is now in custody and facing possible charges.

No one...

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NEWS August 21, 2014 - 10:09 am

Rankin Inlet hosts final hearings on Meliadine gold project

Hearings are NIRB's final chance to assess gold mine proposal

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Final hearings on Agnico Eagle Mines’ Meliadine project begin today, Aug. 21, in Rankin Inlet — the final chance for the Nunavut Impact Review Board to assess the Meliadine gold mine proposal.

If given the go-ahead, the mine, linked to Rankin Inlet by a 24-kilometre all-weather road, would be...

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NEWS August 21, 2014 - 8:49 am

Nunavut school curriculum changes to start this January

Big new literacy program to kick off in 2015

PETER VARGA

Nunavut schools won’t be seeing any major changes to curriculum for the 2014-2015 school year until January, according to school authorities, when the department of education begins to roll out a new literacy program in elementary schools.

Changes that the Department of Education announced in......

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NEWS August 21, 2014 - 6:29 am

Iqaluit women stomp their way onto local arts scene

Kasuktaqtiit performs South African-inspired gumboot dancing

SARAH ROGERS

Slap, stomp, stomp.

It’s a long way from the southern tip of Africa to the Canadian Arctic, but its rhythms have recently been heard coming out of an Iqaluit garage, a yoga studio and more recently, on stage at arts events held in Nunavut’s capital.

A group of six Iqaluit women, each sporting...

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NEWS August 20, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Cape Dorset hosts 20th Eastern Arctic elders’ gathering

“People are meeting each other, making friends. This is a big event here"

THOMAS ROHNER

Elders from across Nunavut and Nunavik are gathering in Cape Dorset this week for the 20th annual Eastern Arctic elders’ gathering.

“Everybody’s really excited to see each other again,” Cape Dorset mayor Palaya Qiatsuk told Nunatsiaq News Aug. 20.

“People are meeting each other, making friends....

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NEWS August 20, 2014 - 2:48 pm

New film looks at old Inuit practice of multiple spouses

“I wanted to get people talking about family structures and changes”

THOMAS ROHNER

A new film by Inuk documentarian Alethea Arnaquq-Baril aims to revive dialogue on the Inuit practice of having multiple spouses — a practice that ended abruptly with colonization, Arnaquq-Baril told Nunatsiaq News Aug. 19.

Aviliaq is a 10-minute romantic drama — Arnaquq-Baril’s first dramatic...

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NEWS August 20, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Kivalliq schools fill last teacher jobs as classes begin across Nunavut

Staffing levels on target in Baffin and Kitikmeot regions

PETER VARGA

Even though schools in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region started 2014-15 short on teachers in most communities, all classes have started on schedule.

On Aug. 18, when all but Arviat’s Arnalukjuak High School were officially back in session, Kivalliq School Operations reported 10 teacher vacancies...

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EDITORIAL August 20, 2014 - 7:26 am

A bad idea

"It’s not in the public interest to use scarce funds that would otherwise go to public governments"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It’s no surprise that northern Canada’s private Inuit associations and birthright corporations are delighted to learn that Ottawa has just made them eligible to take money out of two big federal government infrastructure funds: the New Canada Building Fund and the P3 Canada.

But it’s a bad idea....

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NEWS August 19, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Quebec police to investigate incident in Nunavik community

Young Kuujjuaq man medevaced to Montreal with serious injuries

SARAH ROGERS

A young Nunavik man has been medevaced to Montreal with serious injuries following an apparent shooting in Kuujjuaq early Aug. 19.

Kativik Regional Police Force officers responded to a call at 9:30 a.m. about an “armed and violent” man walking through the Nunavik community, the Sûreté du Québec...

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NEWS August 19, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Nunavut’s Jordin Tootoo rejects Winnipeg Jets offer: report

Tootoo seems to want NHL job before contemplating the minors

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jordin Tootoo appears to be testing the National Hockey League market as an unrestricted free agent after rejecting a two-way deal with the Winnipeg Jets, according to a tweet from Winnipeg Sun sports reporter Ken Wiebe Aug.14.

A two-way contract offers a salary dependent on the league an athlete...

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NEWS August 19, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Air Greenland shortens this summer’s Iqaluit-Nuuk flight season

“The route has had some success, but we have not quite reached the expected passenger numbers"

SARAH ROGERS

Air Greenland has shortened its seasonal flight schedule between Greenland and Nunavut due to slower than expected sales.

2014 marked the third year of the airline’s seasonal flights, which have run twice-weekly between Nuuk and Iqaluit since mid-June.

But the service, which was originally...

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NEWS August 19, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Priorities first: Iqaluit council lines up first steps for 2015 budget

“We have a long list of things that are not working”

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit city councillors and its administration showed their unquestioned commitment Aug. 18 to avoid a repeat of their record-long 2014 budget deliberations.

Although he wasn’t even on council at the time, Coun. Stephen Mansell made it clear he and the director of corporate services, John...

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NEWS August 19, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Nunavut issues boil water advisory for Sanikiluaq

Heat water to a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute, GN advises residents

THOMAS ROHNER

A boil water advisory is in effect for Sanikiluaq, as water samples show there are potentially harmful bacteria present, a news release from Nunavut’s health department said Aug. 15.

Coliform bacteria were found in two samples tested Aug. 13, Nunavut’s chief medical officer of health, Maureen...

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NEWS August 19, 2014 - 12:04 pm

PM to make three stops in Nunavut on six-day northern tour

PM's delegation to visit Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet and Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make three stops in Nunavut during his upcoming six-day northern tour, including visit to Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet and Iqaluit.

Harper and a delegation of ministers and senators will travel through all three northern territories between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26,...

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NEWS August 19, 2014 - 9:07 am

Iqaluit seeks to spare Inuit beneficiaries from cemetery fees

City estimates each new gravesite costs $2,200

PETER VARGA

The City of Iqaluit is almost ready to open its new cemetery, but before it does, council will have to clear one last hurdle: to figure out how much to charge for burials and to ensure all residents can afford a burial.

Each grave at the new cemetery in Apex, slated to open in mid-October, costs...

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NEWS August 19, 2014 - 7:09 am

Nunavik drowning spurs call for community pool

Man, 25, drowned Aug. 12 in Akulivik River

SARAH ROGERS

An Akulivik man says his community needs a pool and trained lifeguards to help prevent future drownings in the Nunavik community of about 600 people.

Davidee Qaqutuk is mourning the loss of a long-time friend and neighbour, who drowned Aug. 12 in a river that flows through the community and into...

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NEWS August 19, 2014 - 5:57 am

Alleging political interference, Nunavut Planning Commission sues Ottawa

“The residents of Nunavut and the people who wish to do business in Nunavut are casualties”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Following a protracted dispute, the Nunavut Planning Commission filed a lawsuit in Federal Court Aug. 18 against the Government of Canada, alleging broken promises and political interference on the part of federal government officials.

The legal action flows from Ottawa’s refusal to fund a $1.7...

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NEWS August 18, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Inuk rapper Hyper T sheds light on “The Ugly of Nunavut”

“With rap music, it’s so raw, it’s very truthful”

THOMAS ROHNER

Inuk hip-hop artist Hyper T was in Grade 6 when he first contemplated suicide.

But now the 28-year old, originally from Chesterfield Inlet, has just completed an eight-month intensive studio and mixing program in Ottawa and wants to shed light on what he calls “the Ugly of Nunavut,” what he says...

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NEWS August 18, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Kativik School Board launches land programs in four Nunavik communities

"Once they’re out on the land, students become really competent"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik students are back in the classroom across the region this week, but a handful of communities will see some changes to their school calendars in 2014-15.

That’s because the Kativik School Board has approved a pilot project in four communities that hopes to better respond to the cultural...

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Iqaluit actresses Malaya Chapman and Miali Buscemi have a laugh together on the set of the short film Aviliaq, shot just outside of Iqaluit earlier this month. The 10-minute romantic drama explores plural marriages in Inuit culture. Aviliaq will premiere at the imagineNATIVE film festival in Toronto later this year. (PHOTO BY SHAWN INUKSUK)
Iqaluit actresses Malaya Chapman and Miali Buscemi have a laugh together on the set of the short film Aviliaq, shot just outside of Iqaluit earlier this month. The 10-minute romantic drama explores plural marriages in Inuit culture. Aviliaq will premiere at the imagineNATIVE film festival in Toronto later this year. (PHOTO BY SHAWN INUKSUK)

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