Getting his feet wet: Cpl. Dave Lawson poses with Sgt. Yvonne Niego — both with the RCMP's "V" Division in Iqaluit — in an Iqaluit board room Sept. 2 after meeting with media to discuss communication policies. Lawson will take over for Niego as the communication's director for Nunavut's RCMP later this month. Lawson, originally from Pangnirtung and fluent in Inuktitut, spent the last 12 years with the RCMP including the last two years as part of the security detail for Canada's prime minister. Niego will soon become assistent deputy minister of the Government of Nunavut's Department of Justice. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
September 02, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut government wants you to cycle the globe for suicide prevention
GN hosts annual event to encourage connections with those in need
The Government of Nunavut wants you to get active for suicide prevention.
The GN is once again inviting Nunavummiut to take part in Cycle Around the Globe, held in advance of World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10.
That’s when community teams are encouraged to cycle, run or walk a total of 4,200...
September 02, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Nunavut college won’t re-open Ukkivik residence in Iqaluit
Administrators want to bring students closer to main campus building
Nunavut Arctic College won’t re-open its Ukkivik residence in Iqaluit this year, nor anytime soon, the college said this week.
This past April, a fire broke out in the student residence and program space.
No students or staff were injured, but the building’s sprinkler system ran for a long time,...
September 02, 2015 - 1:30 pm
Inuit org leaders opt to fly first-class in “extraordinary cases”
“We should take proper care of ourselves,” NTI president says
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.‘s elected leaders will now have the option of upgrading their flights from coach to executive class thanks to a recent amendment to their travel policy, passed Sept 2.
The new amendment, brought forth at an NTI board of directors meeting by NTI President Cathy Towtongie and...
September 02, 2015 - 11:40 am
Quebec minister’s visit to Nunavik highlights infrastructure, training needs
"We, as a government, are there to provide help, but it’s a two-way street"
Quebec’s health minister says his recent trip to Nunavik will help to better inform the government’s response to the region’s health care needs.
But Nunavimmiut must meet the province half way, said Dr. Gaétan Barrette.
Barrette, accompanied by Aboriginal affairs minister Geoffrey Kelley and...
September 02, 2015 - 10:33 am
Inuit org president urges go-slow approach to Roman orthography
Cathy Towtongie: “Nunavut is not ready at this time”
Delegates attending a Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. board of directors meeting in Iqaluit this week, including the organization’s president, are skeptical about a recent recommendation from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami on the adoption of Roman orthography to create a unified writing system for...
September 02, 2015 - 8:10 am
Obama, Arctic delegates call for “urgent action” on climate change
“Any so-called leader who does not take this issue seriously or treats it like a joke is not fit to lead”
After hearing United States President Barack Obama declare that climate change is the defining issue of the century, leaders from 19 nation states and the European Union — including Canada — said in a joint statement Aug. 31 that they’re committed to “urgent action” aimed at slowing the pace of...
September 02, 2015 - 7:00 am
Inuit org: work on $175-million training fund will take time
“We’re very preliminary right now. We’ve got to get this right”
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.‘s board of directors is stressing knowledge before action, following last May’s $255.5 million settlement with the Government of Canada and the creation of a new $175-million training fund to help Inuit get Nunavut government jobs.
To manage the training money, NTI is...
September 01, 2015 - 3:08 pm
Attention Nunavut students: NWMB scholarships now available
Jim Noble scholarships worth $5,000 each for two wildlife management students
If you’re interested in studying wildlife management, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board has some good news for you.
The board will award the first-ever Jim Noble NWMB Scholarship, worth $5,000 each, to two Nunavut students who are currently studying, or about to start studying, wildlife...
September 01, 2015 - 12:58 pm
Nunavut murder suspect appears in court
Pablo Kappi charged with second degree murder of Joseph Patterk
The July death of a Rankin Inlet man is Nunavut’s first homicide case of 2015 to make it to a courtroom.
Pablo Kappi, 25, is charged with the second-degree murder of Joseph Patterk, 26, following an early morning incident in Rankin Inlet that left Patterk in “medical distress.”
He later died from...
September 01, 2015 - 10:30 am
Nunavut sets new plan, zones, quotas for muskox hunt
"This regime reflects current harvesting practices in Nunavut"
New quotas for the muskox hunt come into effect throughout Nunavut Sept. 1 — and the Nunavut region that will still see the largest quota for muskox remains the Kitikmeot region, with more than 600 muskox allotted to the western Nunavut areas of Victoria Island, Kugluktuk and the mainland.
September 01, 2015 - 8:05 am
Housing model goes on trial in Nunavik community
Units designed to withstand cold and offer more space to tenants
Quebec’s social housing agency has teamed up with Makivik Corp. and the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau to unveil a new housing model that it says is better suited to the North.
The Société d’habitation du Québec has been working on the project since 2012, when regional organizations held a...
September 01, 2015 - 7:00 am
Nunavut mayor says seismic impact research is welcome to Inuit
“It gives us answers; it gives us an ability to judge whether we can live with this"
The mayor of Clyde River says some of what he’s been reading in a recent Greenpeace-commissioned report on seismic blasting and other human-made impacts on whales reflects what Inuit have been observing for years.
And Jerry Natanine said Aug. 27 he wishes the people who held community information...
August 31, 2015 - 2:22 pm
Obama uses precedent-setting Arctic tour to talk climate change
U.S. president to visit Inupiat community of Kotzebue, Yup'ik community of Dillingham
United States President Barack Obama will use his three-day visit to Alaska, which starts on the afternoon of Aug. 31, to observe the effects of climate change first-hand and meet with leaders from 19 countries to talk about ways of responding to climate change
In doing so, he’ll become the first...
August 31, 2015 - 1:20 pm
Nunavut elder found dead near his community
Hunter, 76, died of natural causes, coroner says
Simon Twyee, 76, of Rankin Inlet was found dead on the land Aug. 29, ending a search and rescue effort that began last week.
Padma Suramala, Nunavut’s chief coroner, said Aug. 31 “no foul play” is suspected and that the elder died “due to his natural disease process.”
Twyee had gone out hunting...
A field of delicious dreams: a huge patch of aqpik berries ripens in the long days of summer in Sanikiluaq. Aqpiks, sometimes called cloudberries, salmonberries or bakeapples in other parts of the world, are a summer treat for Nunavummuit and Nunavimmiut who use them in baking, cooking or just as a snack. Delicious, yes, but also really good for you. Earlier this year, Nunatsiaqonline.ca reported on some research out of Laval university in Quebec City which suggested aqpik berries increase healthy microbes in your intestines and can help prevent or even diminish diabetes symptoms. (PHOTO BY SARAH MEEKO)