A Parks Canada underwater archaeologist inspects the hull of HMS Erebus, as part of an underwater archaeology mission in August and September. The remains of the wrecked Franklin expedition ship were found in September 2014 in the eastern stretches of the Queen Maud Gulf in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region. This year's mission sent divers down to clean kelp of the vessel and document the wreck's features and artifacts and their positions on the ship's body. The vessel's resting place is just 11 metres from the water's surface. (PHOTO BY THIERRY BOYER/PARKS CANADA)
October 02, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Archivists seeking names of Arctic Inuit in historic photos
“From the 1930s, we’ve also had elders recognize themselves as children and babies”
Have you seen this face? The Hudson’s Bay Co. is hoping that you have.
But there’s one small catch — it would have been more than 40 years ago.
The HBC Archives in Winnipeg are calling on the public to help identify a collection of photos taken in Inuit communities between 1920 and 1960.
October 02, 2015 - 2:40 pm
Nunavik health officials launch first suicide prevention, healing event
"It needs to be owned by the community"
Nunavik’s first regional suicide prevention and healing conference gets underway in Puvirnituq Oct. 5, with the hope of empowering Nunavimmiut to respond to its own needs.
Nunavik’s regional board of health and social services and its regional suicide prevention committee, which is organizing the...
October 02, 2015 - 1:02 pm
Kivalliq Wildlife Board questions Nunavut’s four federal candidates
KWB wants candidates' positions on caribou, the Nunavut land use plan and the Kiggavik uranium mine
The Kivalliq Wildlife Board on Sept. 29 sent this letter to the four candidates contesting the Nunavut seat in the House of Commons in the Oct. 19 federal election: Hunter Tootoo of the Liberals, Jack Anawak of the New Democrats, Leona Aglukkaq of the Conservatives and Spencer Rocchi of the Greens.......
October 02, 2015 - 11:45 am
Legal Ease, Oct. 2
Employee theft is a big problem in Canada. One in 10 small business failures are a result of employee theft, and overall, Canadian businesses lose over a billion dollars yearly to dishonest employees.
In Nunavut many businesses have limited supervisory staff and employees have more access to money...
October 02, 2015 - 9:07 am
TMAC promotes gold mine project to western Nunavut
"We know Hope Bay has had false starts"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Discharge systems, waste rock and ore storage, vent raises, and tailings. This kind of technical mining jargon appeared to be familiar to the mine-savvy residents of Cambridge Bay who attended an Oct. 1 update from TMAC Resources Inc.
That may be because they’ve sat through many...
October 02, 2015 - 8:00 am
Nunavut’s “art of dressing warm” goes on display
“I don’t think Winnipeg’s ever seen anything like this before”
Few can rival Nunavummiut when it comes to dressing right for winter.
So it makes sense that if or when Nunavut fashion designers break into the southern market, they’ll do so on the strength of beautiful parkas and accessories made out of traditional Inuit materials like sealskin, bones and...
October 02, 2015 - 7:00 am
Nunavik school board defends meeting, training costs
Montreal newspaper takes aim at KSB for "luxury" meetings
Nunavik’s Kativik School Board has defended its spending on staff travel and training following a report alleging extravagant expenses published this week in a Quebec newspaper.
The French-language Journal de Montreal reported Sept. 30 on a number of school board meetings and training sessions,...
October 01, 2015 - 4:19 pm
Nunavik welding program moves students into the workforce
"There was an interest, a need and the job market was there"
Annie Mary Anowak likes to work with her hands, outdoors, and she doesn’t let gender stereotypes get in her way.
The carpenter, firefighter and first responder from Umiujaq was looking too learn a new trade earlier this year, when she heard the Kativik School Board was offering a new welding...
October 01, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Ontario school opens its heart to two young Nunavut athletes
Promising Cape Dorset wrestlers will train in Stratford, Ont.
The charred rubble that remains at the site of where Peter Pitseolak high school once stood serves as a reminder of what the community has lost.
For Cape Dorset students Ruth Jaw and Teresa Curley, losing their school to a fire last month signalled a major disruption to their academic schedules...
October 01, 2015 - 2:14 pm
Nunavik’s Sheila Watt-Cloutier wins “alternative” Nobel prize
"Receiving the Right Livelihood Award is a heartfelt honour which I humbly accept”
The Inuit climate change activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier is one of four recipients of the 2015 Right to Livelihood Award, an honour given out each year by a Swedish-based charitable foundation as an alternative to the Nobel Prize.
“Receiving the Right Livelihood Award is a heartfelt honour which I...
October 01, 2015 - 1:04 pm
Ice still thick and old in Northwest Passage: new study
"Even in today's climate, ice conditions must still be considered severe"
Wait for another 40 years, and then — maybe — the Northwest Passage will be truly navigable for shipping traffic during the summer.
A new study on ice thickness in the passage show there’s still a lot of thick, multi-year ice to be found in the channels between the Arctic islands in the warmer...
October 01, 2015 - 11:15 am
An open letter from Nunavut’s Green candidate
"The Green Party is committed to helping the Inuit people build a sustainable community"
Special to Nunatsiaq News
Over the past three days, Nunatsiaq News has profiled candidates from the three major political parties vying for the Nunavut seat in the House of Commons in the Oct. 19 federal election.
In fairness, we will now run an open letter from Spencer Rocchi, the...
October 01, 2015 - 10:00 am
Baffin history, told in stark black and white prints
Show at Nunavut legislature illustrates the last days of the whaling era
If you’re an art lover or history buff, but don’t love reading books, you might want to visit an exhibit, now on display at the Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit, before it wraps up Oct. 9.
The exhibit, 10 stark, black and white linoleum prints by Maurice Forsyth-Grant, the great-grand-nephew of...
October 01, 2015 - 9:00 am
Incumbent northern Quebec MP has “unfinished business”
Romeo Saganash says an NDP government would commit to northern, Indigenous issues
As a former marathon runner, Romeo Saganash knows how to pace himself over long distances.
And it’s a skill that will come in handy during this federal election campaign, which at 78 days, is the longest in Canada since 1876.
But that will also give the incumbent NDP MP more time to visit his...
October 01, 2015 - 8:00 am
Western Nunavut hub embraces municipal recycling program
Cambridge Bay to start curbside recycling Oct. 5
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Cambridge Bay is going where no other Nunavut community has been able to go before — towards a successful municipal recycling program.
By demonstrating what can and can’t be recycled and how to fill blue plastic recycling bags, Mayor Jeannie Ehaloak and SAO Stephen King showed...
October 01, 2015 - 7:00 am
NDP leader states his priorities for Nunavut and Nunavik
Thomas Mulcair talks about suicide prevention, housing, devolution and Arctic sovereignty
Nunatsiaq News sat down Sept. 30 with New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair, who visited Iqaluit to promote the NDP’s northern platform and support Nunavut candidate Jack Anawak.
While campaigning in Iqaluit Mulcair announced a $32 million expansion over four years for Nutrition North Canada...
Cambridge Bay resident Doug Stern gets ready to put his collection of southern baby trees and plants to sleep for the winter. This year, Stern built a glass enclosure to better protect the plants from the western Nunavut community's notorious cold and wind. Many of these plants are already in their second year of growth. (PHOTO BYJANE GEORGE)