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Beluga whales swim in the Hudson Strait not far from the Nunavik community of Quaqtaq where Johnny Oovaut took this photo of a pod, using a drone. Hunters in Nunavik have started to harvest belugas migrating though the strait, subject complex beluga management plan, signed off in May with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which gives a different weight to beluga whales depending on where they’re hunted. (PHOTO BY JOHNNY OOVAUT)
Beluga whales swim in the Hudson Strait not far from the Nunavik community of Quaqtaq where Johnny Oovaut took this photo of a pod, using a drone. Hunters in Nunavik have started to harvest belugas migrating though the strait, subject complex beluga management plan, signed off in May with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which gives a different weight to beluga whales depending on where they’re hunted. (PHOTO BY JOHNNY OOVAUT)
NEWS June 23, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Nunavut to donate $25,000 for Greenland tsunami relief effort: Taptuna

"GN is pleased to help the greater Arctic community"

JANE GEORGE

As money continues to pour in from Greenland’s Arctic neighbours to help those affected by the June 18 tsunami, Nunavut stepped up June 23 with a $25,000 donation from the Government of Nunavut to Greenland’s Red Cross.

“I wish to extend my heartfelt sadness after last weekend’s tsunami near...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Former Nunavut Inuit leader plans run in Oct. 30 territorial election

"Yes, I will run," says Cathy Towtongie

JANE GEORGE

With only four months to go until Nunavut’s territorial election, many wonder who will step forward as a candidate in their riding.

At least one potential candidate has already made up her mind to put her name forward as MLA.

Asked whether she plans to run in the Oct. 30 election, Cathy Towtongie...

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LETTERS June 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut family says goodbye to Johnny Karetak, 87

"We especially want to thank the people of Arviat who loved him as we did and accepted him as one of their own"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Karetak family wishes to thank everyone for their love, prayers and generosity displayed to them from near and far. Johnny Karetak, of Arviat, Nunavut, passed away peacefully at the age of 87, surrounded by his loving family, on June 13, 2017.

“Our father was a true gentleman and had...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut court overrules public housing decision, avoiding precedent

But Rankin Inlet's Donna Tatty won't get kicked out of her home

STEVE DUCHARME

A judge’s 2015 intervention reinstating a Rankin Inlet single mother back onto her community’s public housing waitlist, after she moved away, has been overruled, following a successful appeal by the Rankin Inlet Housing Association.

Nunavut Justice Andrew Mahar originally ruled in favour of...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 10:00 am

Where to see Prince Charles in Iqaluit during Nunavut royal tour

Charles and Camilla to attend public feast at Sylvia Grinnell park

STEVE DUCHARME

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have a full afternoon of both private and public events in Nunavut’s capital after taking their first steps on Canadian soil at the Iqaluit airport tarmac as part of their upcoming royal tour that starts June 29.

The royals will kick off their three-day...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut capital ponders settlement over Safety Act charges

City of Iqaluit and three employees may enter pleas at next court date, July 19

STEVE DUCHARME

The City of Iqaluit and three of its employees will spend the next few weeks pondering a settlement offer for numerous alleged violations of Nunavut’s Safety Act, stemming from an accident that nearly killed a city employee last year.

Teresa Haykowski, an Edmonton-based lawyer representing the...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Canadian Arctic icebreaking and sealift season starts early

Two Coast Guard ships already departed; more leave in July

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Canadian Coast Guard’s Arctic season is off to one of its earliest starts in 55 years.

But the ice-breaking service will send in one less ship north than it did last year, according to a June 19 release.

And yet, the Coast Guard’s Arctic seasons and northern presence will expand over the...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Look, but don’t touch artifacts on the land, say GN and Inuit trust

"The rules in Nunavut do not allow artifacts to be taken home when they are found.”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you find an artifact on the land—say an old ulu, qulliq or even a bone—do not touch or remove it.

Instead, look at it, leave it and report it.

That’s the message from the Government of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust to people in Nunavut.

If possible, note as much information about your...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 12:50 pm

Popular hotel set to close with sale of building in Nunavut capital

End-of-June trial will resolve lease dispute with Iqaluit's Waters' Edge restaurant

STEVE DUCHARME

The imminent sale and closure of Iqaluit’s Hotel Arctic appears to be a certainty, according to affidavits recently filed in a civil suit challenging the lease of the Waters’ Edge Steak and Seafood restaurant, which operates within the building.

In statements submitted to the Nunavut Court of...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 11:29 am

Another Nunavut community lands on a boil water alert

GN asks Naujaat residents to boil any water they plan to consume

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut health officials are asking residents of Naujaat to boil any water they plan to consume.

The Government of Nunavut issued the boil water advisory for the Kivalliq community June 21, calling it a “precautionary measure” due to operational issues at Naujaat’s water treatment plant.

Until...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 11:00 am

PM Trudeau renames Ottawa building and National Aboriginal Day

"[This is] an important step in the path of reconciliation"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is responding to calls from Indigenous MPs to rename a federal government building in Ottawa, which is named after one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system.

Trudeau used June 21, National Aboriginal Day, to announce the government’s plans to rename......

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 9:30 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from June 11 to June 18

Week's five stories offered news on shocking shootings and stabbings

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The week of June 11 to June 18 was marked by a series of terrible, tragic and deadly incidents—from the June 18 tsunami in Greenland to several involving firearms and weapons in Nunavut and Nunavik—which drew tens of thousands of readers to Nunatsiaqonline.ca as well as our Facebook page and...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut community mourns death of elder in cabin fire

Peter Paneak, 83, was an Ilisaqsivik instructor and language teacher

BETH BROWN

Clyde River elder Peter Paneak built a cabin for his late wife so they could spend time on the land.

But on June 18 his body was found amidst the ashes of that cabin, located around 65 kilometres outside of town, at about 8:30 p.m.

“He was one of the pillars of the community of Clyde River,”...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik’s youngest community turns 30

"I was very committed to building this community, and I’m very satisfied with it"

SARAH ROGERS

UMIUJAQ—You can see a young man standing on a grassy crop of sandy beach. In the distance, a few trailers dot the landscape, connected by a single power line.

In 1985, that’s how Noah Inukpuk looked wearing a trucker-style baseball cap, a bomber jacket and jeans, with a slight smile on his...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 2:29 pm

Bar in Nunavut’s capital rapped for liquor infractions

Storehouse Bar and Grill faces two-day suspension, $15,000 fine

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit’s Storehouse Bar and Grill, attached to the Frobisher Inn hotel on Astro Hill, will have its liquor license suspended for two days on June 23 and June 24, after its owners pleaded guilty under the Nunavut’s Liquor Act for over-serving and allowing intoxicated patrons to remain on the...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik’s Makivik Corp. drops subsidiary design company

Clothing company Nunavik Creations reported losses for several years

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Makivik Corp.’s subsidiary company Nunavik Creations will shut its doors after years of losing money, Nunavik’s Inuit birthright organization announced last week.

Nunavik Creations operated for 15 years, designing and producing traditional and contemporary Inuit clothing and accessories, sold...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 11:45 am

Indigenous communities need robust care to address suicide: MPs

“Indigenous peoples need to be full partners in the design and delivery of programs"

SARAH ROGERS

A parliamentary committee looking at the prevalence of suicide in Indigenous communities says more housing, after-hours support and aftercare would play a large role in addressing mental health crises across the North.

The Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs spent the last year...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

Construction company, Nunavut iron mine settle fight out of court

Arctic Construction Ltd. drops suit against Baffinland; CEO says he's "content" with outcome

BETH BROWN

A legal dispute between a B.C. subcontractor and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. over payment for work done at the Mary River iron mine in North Baffin has been settled out of court.

Arctic Construction Ltd. gave notice of withdrawal, April 20, for a $6.2 million lawsuit and lien filed in December...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 9:00 am

New funding will address trauma, violence in Inuit Nunangat: Pauktuutit

“Inuit men and women have always worked together to survive"

SARAH ROGERS

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada says new funding focused on addressing gender-based violence will help make Inuit men a part of the solution.

Last week, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada announced $898,000 in funding towards a three-year project to look at the root causes of violence against...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 8:00 am

After tsunami, Greenland’s national day, June 21, turns mournful

"The worst thing that could happen—that the tsunami would cost the loss of life"

JANE GEORGE

June 21, National Day in Greenland, is usually a day for celebrating the island’s home rule government, but this year, people are still in shock over last weekend’s tsunami.

With eyewitness reports that, on June 18, three adults and a child were pulled into the sea when the tsunami poured into...

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NEWS June 20, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Teenager in western Nunavut town faces porn charge: RCMP

Charges against 14-year-old follow four-month investigation

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police have charged a Cambridge Bay youth with distributing pornographic images, voyeurism and sexual assault.

Although not specifically mentioned in the RCMP’s June 20 release, posting or sharing images online appears to have contributed to these charges being laid against the 14-year-old

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NEWS June 20, 2017 - 4:16 pm

Volunteer instructors out of jobs over spat with Iqaluit Aquatic Centre

“We were never given an opportunity to explain ourselves"

STEVE DUCHARME

At least a dozen volunteer fitness instructors at Iqaluit’s Aquatic Centre are out after receiving notice that the City of Iqaluit “accepted their resignation” over a series of concerns the instructors raised about the facility’s operations, safety and maintenance.

Nunatsiaq News has confirmed...

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NEWS June 20, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut family gives back to hospital with race fundraiser

"When you meet the doctors, they know about Nunavut”

BETH BROWN

Organized half-marathons aren’t very common in the Arctic.

Yet, runners in Iqaluit are gearing up for a summer solstice run at Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, June 25, to support muscle and bone cancer research. 

Organized by a local family as a fundraiser, there will be races for all skill...

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NEWS June 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Inuit to share stages across Canada for National Aboriginal Day

APTN to host special seven-hour broadcast from eight cities

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canada 150th National Aboriginal Day celebrations will unfold in eight cities across the country June 21, with many Inuit performers on the bill.

The Ottawa celebration, which takes place downtown just east of Parliament Hill at Major’s Hill Park, will be co-hosted by Quaqtaq’s Beatrice Deer and...

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NEWS June 20, 2017 - 11:45 am

GG honours Inuit at Ottawa awards ceremony

"We pause to celebrate your achievements with some of this country’s top honours"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In a “celebration of outstanding Indigenous leadership,” Governor General David Johnston honoured three Inuit among a total of 29 people receiving recognition June 19 at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa—filmmaker and activist Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, who received a Meritorious Service Cross,...

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Salluit's native daughter Elisapie gives a command performance with her band at the National Aboriginal Day concert in Ottawa June 21. The show, at Major's Hill Park just east of Parliament Hill, was co-hosted by Nunavik's Beatrice Deer and Devery Jacobs and featured a number of artists including former Kashtin band member Florent Vollant and rising country music star Genevieve Fisher. (PHOTO BY MICHAEL ROBERTS)
Salluit's native daughter Elisapie gives a command performance with her band at the National Aboriginal Day concert in Ottawa June 21. The show, at Major's Hill Park just east of Parliament Hill, was co-hosted by Nunavik's Beatrice Deer and Devery Jacobs and featured a number of artists including former Kashtin band member Florent Vollant and rising country music star Genevieve Fisher. (PHOTO BY MICHAEL ROBERTS)

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