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Good catch: Young fishermen and brothers Sammy Bruce, left, and Etuvik Bruce, right show off the bounty of Arctic Chair they pulled in outside of Coral Harbour June 20. The boys' proud father Dennis Bruce and their grandmother Pasha Bruce look on in the background. (PHOTO BY GERALDINE BRUCE)
Good catch: Young fishermen and brothers Sammy Bruce, left, and Etuvik Bruce, right show off the bounty of Arctic Chair they pulled in outside of Coral Harbour June 20. The boys' proud father Dennis Bruce and their grandmother Pasha Bruce look on in the background. (PHOTO BY GERALDINE BRUCE)
NEWS June 24, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Controversial Cape Dorset nurse wants to practice in Nunavut again

Debbie McKeown looking for GN reference to renew nursing licence

THOMAS ROHNER

Deborah McKeown, the former Cape Dorset nurse at the centre of a nursing scandal involving the death a three-month-old baby, wants to practice nursing again in Nunavut.

McKeown tried to regain her Nunavut nursing license in both 2015 and 2016.

But to date she has been unsuccessful.

That’s...

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NEWS June 24, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Chris D’Arcy becomes Nunavut government’s head bureaucrat

Bruno Pereira, professional engineer from Ontario, becomes new permanent president of QEC

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Chris D’Arcy, now serving as the Government of Nunavut’s deputy minister of Finance, will become the GN’s top administrative boss as of July 29, Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna announced June 24.

D’Arcy, who has headed the Department of Finance since June 13, 2011, will become deputy minister of the...

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COMMENTARY June 24, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Legal Ease, June 24

Crown Discretion

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The last time I was on circuit court, the Crown withdrew a number of criminal charges against various people. Someone who was to be a witness asked me what the Crown was doing and why.

My short answer was the Crown realized the various charges were not likely to succeed or the accused deserved a...

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NEWS June 24, 2016 - 11:45 am

High levels of sodium found in Nunavut community’s water

GN advises Sanikiluaq residents not to drink tap water

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Health officials in Nunavut are asking residents of Sanikiluaq to avoid drinking tap water.

Recent tests show high levels of sodium in the drinking water in the Hudson Bay community, the Government of Nunavut said June 23.

High sodium intake can have adverse effects on people with potentially...

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NEWS June 24, 2016 - 10:00 am

Turn it up! Nunavut’s premier music and arts festival set to begin

Outdoor shows, new mobile app and a Greenlandic play all on deck

STEVE DUCHARME

In a few short days, venues around Iqaluit will don the trademark yellow and purple banners that can signify only one thing — it’s time for Nunavut’s largest music festival to unfold in Nunavut’s capital.

This year the Alianait Arts Festival promises to deliver a steady stream of artists from...

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NEWS June 24, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavik police look into reported use of date rape drugs

The KRPF has yet to confirm drugs used to incapacitate victims

SARAH ROGERS

Police in Nunavik say they are investigating reports of the use of date rape drugs in the region’s largest community.

The Kativik Regional Police Force says it has looked into reports of three possible incidents in Kuujjuaq dating back to April, where police say drugs may have been used to “obtain...

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NEWS June 24, 2016 - 7:00 am

Online comments: Nunatsiaq News wants to hear from you

Read our draft comment policy and tell us what you think by 5 p.m., June 30

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Over the past two months, we’ve taken a long look at how we moderate and publish comments and other communications from readers, primarily on our website, but also on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

So to provide you with more clarity and to give ourselves a clear set of guidelines, we’ve...

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NEWS June 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Overcrowded Nunavut home struggles with spring flooding

“How long will it take for this to be fixed?”

SARAH ROGERS

Mary-Rose Angoshadluk is worried for her aging mother.

The family matriarch, Monica Ugjuk, is 80 years old and lives in a five-bedroom home in Rankin Inlet that she shares with 15 other family members — seven of them are children between nine months and 12 years old.

But the overcrowded social...

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NEWS June 23, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Backstage with dynamic throatsinging duo Tarniriik

Catching up Cailyn Degrandpré and Samantha Kigutak-Metcalfe at Ottawa solstice festival

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA — Cailyn usually wins. When she throat sings, all she’s thinking is, “who’s gonna win, who’s gonna win.” Samantha finds it harder to keep a straight face.

The two girls, Cailyn Degrandpré, 11, and Samantha Kigutak-Metcalfe, 12, who now perform as the...

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NEWS June 23, 2016 - 11:45 am

Arctic Inspiration prize winners crank up sound in Qikiqtani classrooms

"Their eyes lit up and they said ‘I can hear!’”

SARAH ROGERS

Imagine flicking on a switch to have more attentive students.

It’s sounds too good to be true, but when classrooms in Pangnirtung’s Alookie elementary school were outfitted with sound amplification systems earlier this month, principal Mary Etuangat said the change was immediate and...

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NEWS June 23, 2016 - 10:00 am

Look ahead: Where will Inuit be in 2036?

Statistics Canada says Inuit population could come close to 100,000 in 20 years

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

On June 21, Indigenous people across Canada celebrated the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day.

But how big will the population be on the holiday’s 40th anniversary in 2036?

Statistics Canada says Canadians can expect more of the population to identify as Indigenous, according to...

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NEWS June 23, 2016 - 8:30 am

Ottawa Inuit share traditional and new art forms at solstice festival

Public invited to try carving at Inuit art pavillion

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA — Barry Pottle, an Inuk photographer, used two million Zeller’s ClubZed points to purchase his first 35mm Canon film camera.

Inspired by Cape Dorset’s Jimmy Manning, Pottle chose photography because he says it remains an art form that few Inuit artists have...

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NEWS June 23, 2016 - 7:00 am

Kuujjuaq detainee throws himself from Nunavik police vehicle

Sûreté du Québec investigating June 17 arrest

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Quebec provincial police have launched an investigation into the arrest of a Kuujjuaq man who faces life-threatening injuries after throwing himself from a police cruiser.

Kativik Regional Police Force officers responded to a report of domestic violence at a Kuujjuaq home June 17 at 3 p.m., the...

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NEWS June 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Ottawa police exonerate Iqaluit RCMP member in cell block incident

“The member involved was acting within the scope of his duties”

THOMAS ROHNER

A 16-month investigation by the Ottawa Police Services has cleared an Iqaluit RCMP member of using excessive force in a 2015 incident that made national headlines, Nunavut RCMP said June 22.

“The independent investigation in this case concluded that the member involved was acting within the scope...

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NEWS June 22, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Week-long search in Nunavik community turns up no sign of missing man

20-year-old fell into Akulivik river June 15, presumed drowned

SARAH ROGERS

Search and rescue crews in the Nunavik community of Akulivik continue to look for a missing man who fell into a local river last week.

Witnesses in the Hudson Bay community say the 20-year-old man fell off a bridge into the Illukotat river on June 15 just after 10 p.m.

Residents alerted local...

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NEWS June 22, 2016 - 11:30 am

Toronto university unveils 26-tonne Inuit carving

"This sculpture will create opportunities for dialogue about Inuit art and culture"

SARAH ROGERS

TORONTO — A university sports stadium is a pretty good place to erect a giant soccer player in granite.

But this soccer player is unique — the hooded man is poised in an Alaska high-kick stance, with a walrus skull for a ball at his left foot.

Ahqahizu is the year-long, 26-tonne creation of Inuit...

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NEWS June 22, 2016 - 10:00 am

GN’s Education Act proposals draw criticism in Iqaluit

Consultation roadshow hosts meeting at Inuksuk High

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut’s proposed amendments to the Education Act has some Iqalungmiut fearful that the more centralized administration of education could wipe out regional accountability for schools across Nunavut.

That’s according to concerns raised at a consultation hearing that GN officials...

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NEWS June 22, 2016 - 8:30 am

How to spend money: Ottawa club hosts northern workshops

Economic Club hosts infrastructure panel, financial literacy workshop for youth

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA — None of the youth who attended the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s Summer Solstice Youth Exchange came from Cambridge Bay this year, although they wanted to come.

However, the airport’s gravel runway was too soft for any flights to take off so they couldn’t fly.

And...

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NEWS June 22, 2016 - 7:00 am

Last-in, first-out policy for shrimp is bad for Nunavut, senator says

Shrimp quota squabble pits Nunavut and Labrador against Nova Scotia

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

There’s a danger that Nunavut’s already inadequate share of offshore shrimp quota could get even smaller if the Department of Fisheries and Oceans continues to apply its last in, first out approach to allocating shrimp quotas, Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson said last week.

Patterson issued the...

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NEWS June 21, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Exotic bear harvested in Nunavut was a blonde grizzly

DNA analysis confirms no polar bear genetic material in female bear

THOMAS ROHNER

A DNA test has confirmed that a bear harvested in western Nunavut recently and believed to be a grizzly bear-polar bear hybrid is actually just a grizzly bear with blonde fur.

That’s according to Nunavut’s environment department, which had a DNA analysis done of the female bear harvested in May...

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NEWS June 21, 2016 - 12:20 pm

Relax Iqalungmiut, this fire’s no dumpcano

Iqaluit firefighters expect to extinguish latest dump fire this afternoon

THOMAS ROHNER

No need to worry, Iqalungmiut: dumpcano has not reared its ugly head again.

A fire at the city’s bulk metal and wood collection area at the dump site, which began around 6 p.m. June 20, is expected to be fully extinguished in a matter of hours, Iqaluit Deputy Mayor Romeyn Stevenson told Nunatsiaq......

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NEWS June 21, 2016 - 11:45 am

Sugar, sugar: Inuit diabetes rates may be undercounted

Genetic glitch may lead to inaccurate tests

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DAVID MURPHY

The number of Inuit being diagnosed with diabetes is already rising but one researcher says doctors have misdiagnosed some Inuit.

And that means the number of Inuit with diabetes may be seriously underestimated.

Due to a genetic change among about 30 per cent of Inuit, doctors have...

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COMMENTARY June 21, 2016 - 10:30 am

Legal Ease, June 21

The Adversary System

JAMES MORTON

In Canada our justice system is mainly based on the adversary system.

Each side does their level best to put their best foot forward and to trip up the other side (of course always within ethical limits – falsifying evidence for example is never allowed).

The idea behind the adversary system is...

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That's amore! A full moon hangs over Frobisher Bay on the longest day of the year, June 21. This marked the first year since 1967 that a full moon coincided with the summer solstice. June 21 was also National Aboriginal Day, a day set aside 20 years ago to recognize and celebrate the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to the country. According to star-gazing websites, the June full moon is known traditionally to the Algonquian peoples as the
That's amore! A full moon hangs over Frobisher Bay on the longest day of the year, June 21. This marked the first year since 1967 that a full moon coincided with the summer solstice. June 21 was also National Aboriginal Day, a day set aside 20 years ago to recognize and celebrate the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to the country. According to star-gazing websites, the June full moon is known traditionally to the Algonquian peoples as the "strawberry moon," because it coincides with strawberry picking season. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)

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