Mark Strahl, parliamentary secretary to the federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, visited Iqaluit Nov. 21 to announce that Ottawa is putting an extra $11.3 million into the Nutrition North air freight subsidy budget for 2014-15. He is pictured here with Elizabeth Cayen, one of the Nunavut members of the Nutrition North Canada advisory board. The funding boost is conspicuously timed — the Auditor General of Canada is scheduled to release his long-awaited comprehensive audit of the Nutrition North program Nov. 25, four days from now. See story on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
November 21, 2014 - 5:12 pm
Feeding my subsidy: Ottawa spends more on Nutrition North
AAND adds $11.3 million to 2014-2015 subsidy, in advance of Auditor General’s report
The federal government will put $11.3 million into the Nutrition North Canada program’s 2014-2015 budget and add a five per cent annual escalator in future years, Ottawa announced Nov. 21 in Iqaluit.
Mark Strahl, parliamentary secretary to Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and...
November 21, 2014 - 3:28 pm
Coral Harbour on boil water advisory after bugs turn up in water tanks
“Of course people got a bit frantic about it"
Residents of Coral Harbour continued to boil their water this week after some people in the Kivalliq community discovered creatures in their water tanks that looks like worms or bugs.
On Nov. 18, the Government of Nunavut’s health department issued a boil water alert for the community of about 800...
November 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Nunavut Tourism honours territory’s business leaders
Adventure Canada picks up Business of the Year award
Nunavut Tourism has handed out its annual awards to recognize excellence in the business of tourism across the territory, awarding Adventure Canada with its Business of the Year Award.
Adventure Canada, a family-run travel company offering wilderness trips throughout the Canadian Arctic, was...
November 21, 2014 - 11:30 am
NWT First Nation band says no to Nunavut gold project
Chief says mining activity will threaten the calving grounds of the Bathurst caribou herd
A First Nation located in the Northwest Territories fears Sabina Gold and Silver Corp.’s Back River gold project proposal will disrupt the calving grounds of the Bathurst caribou herd, “severely” impacting its peoples’ constitutional rights.
As part of the pre-hearings into the gold project,...
November 21, 2014 - 10:15 am
Marine body adopts new Polar Code for ships in Arctic waters
"An historic milestone in the organization’s work to protect ships and people aboard them"
Polar waters are expected to get safer with the adoption of the new Polar Code.
After years of top level negotiations and wrangling, the International Maritime Organization has finally adopted a global code for ships operating in polar waters and related amendments to the international Convention...
November 21, 2014 - 9:15 am
Only in Nunavut: bartering hockey equipment for an amautik
Sanikiluaq woman's Internet deal grabs international attention
Some people consider Internet access to be a luxury, but in small remote communities — which describes most communities in Nunavut — you often come across stories that suggest Internet access is more than just a perk.
Take, for example, the simple story Sankiluarmiut Eileen Arragutainak told......
November 21, 2014 - 8:29 am
Aglukkaq clarifies Canada’s position on GHG emissions
"We continue to deliver results on the environment for Canadians without damaging the economy"
In response to an article that appeared Nunatsiaq News earlier this week about climate change commitments from the United States and China, I would like to make a few things clear.
Canada has always said that the cooperation of all major emitters is essential for any international agreement to be...
November 21, 2014 - 7:30 am
Alianait opens applications for 11th circumpolar music fest
Line-up to be chosen March 2015
Are you a musician looking for a cool place to perform?
The Alianait Arts Festival is accepting applications from musicians to play Nunavut’s biggest music festival, which runs June 26 to July 1 next year in Iqaluit.
Alianait, which prides itself as one of the circumpolar world’s premier...
November 21, 2014 - 6:05 am
Self-determination a route to better health, ITK report says
But Arctic peoples still lag far behind southern health norms
Even though the health of Inuit in northern Canada remains far worse than most Canadians, communities are showing signs of progress, thanks to Inuit asserting more control over their land and their government, according to a recent report from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
The report, released Nov. 19,...
November 20, 2014 - 3:10 pm
Nunavut police custody death finally goes to inquest next week
Coroners inquest, with community jurors, will seek answers in 2012 death of Solomon Uyarasuk
Friends, family and fellow Iglulingmiut will finally learn about the circumstances surrounding the death of Solomon Uyarasuk, who died while in RCMP custody in Igloolik more than two years ago, when a mandatory coroner’s inquest into his death gets under way in that community Nov. 24.
November 20, 2014 - 12:31 pm
Botched medevac contributed to wife’s death, Nunavut man says
Leonard Epilon points to absence of promised Learjet for Kitikmeot medevacs
Nearly three years have passed since Betty Atighioyak, 32, of Cambridge Bay died — but her common-law husband, Leonard Epilon, wonders why a promised Learjet air ambulance was not available then and why it’s still rarely available now in his community.
“I’m still worried anything could happen and...
Mike Salomonie and daughter Julia lace up for some skating at Arnaitok Arena in Iqaluit, Nov. 21, during the Qulliq Energy Corporation’s second annual “Mo Skate in Support of Movember” event. QEC employees hosted two hours of public skating and a bake sale at the arena, to raise funds in support of research for prostate and testicular cancer, and men's health in general. “We’re always in support of initiatives that support families,” said Salomonie, who also brought along his three sons to hit the ice at lunchtime. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)