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Arnait Video Productions' Susan Avingaq, Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeleine Ivalu at Toronto's imagineNATIVE film and media arts festival Oct. 24 ahead of the world premiere of their new documentary, Sol. Sol tells the story of 26-year-old Igloolik man Solomon Uyarasuk, a musician and Artcirq performer who was found dead inside an RCMP cell in 2012. The documentary explores Uyarasuk's life, his death and the issue of suicide in Nunavut. Read more about the film Monday at Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Arnait Video Productions' Susan Avingaq, Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeleine Ivalu at Toronto's imagineNATIVE film and media arts festival Oct. 24 ahead of the world premiere of their new documentary, Sol. Sol tells the story of 26-year-old Igloolik man Solomon Uyarasuk, a musician and Artcirq performer who was found dead inside an RCMP cell in 2012. The documentary explores Uyarasuk's life, his death and the issue of suicide in Nunavut. Read more about the film Monday at Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
NEWS October 24, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Aboriginal groups want CO2 reduction promise from Arctic Council

Arctic council senior officials conclude meetings in Yellowknife this week

LISA GREGOIRE

The Arctic Council’s senior appointed officials say their meetings this week in Yellowknife will result in “a rich set of recommendations for consideration by ministers at their next meeting in 2015.”

“I was pleased to see the progress by working groups and task forces to implement the Council’s...

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NEWS October 24, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Agnico Eagle’s IIBA talks with Inuit org reach an impasse

Mining company asks Ottawa to provide compulsory arbitration

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. has asked the federal government to intervene and provide compulsory arbitration in its talks with the Kivalliq Inuit Association on an Inuit impacts and benefits agreement for the proposed Meliadine gold project.

Agnico Eagle said Oct. 24 that it has asked Aboriginal...

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EDITORIAL October 24, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Iqaluit’s taxi drivers deserve a raise

"No business anywhere can improve service if it’s deprived of revenue"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The next time you catch some Nunavut official babbling about “self-reliance,” do this: point them in the direction of an underpaid Iqaluit taxi driver.

Amidst what passes for the private sector in Nunavut, the taxi business stands out, along with only a few others, for the ability of its owners...

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NEWS October 24, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Nunavut MLA expelled from legislature in unanimous vote

“The patience of this legislative assembly is now at an end"

THOMAS ROHNER

Nunavut’s legislative assembly unanimously voted to expel Uqqummiut MLA Samuel Nuqingaq from the legislature Oct. 24, effective immediately, declaring his seat in the house vacant.

The motion to expel Nuqingaq, brought forward by Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik and seconded by Arviat South MLA Joe...

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NEWS October 24, 2014 - 11:59 am

My Little Corner of Canada, Oct. 24

It’s Time to Change the Inuit Writing System

JOHN AMAGOALIK

The time has come to seriously consider changing the Inuktitut writing system from syllabics to Roman orthography.

When I first made this suggestion almost 40 years ago, I was criticized, dismissed and even ridiculed by some people.

Today, many people who are concerned about the survival of the...

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NEWS October 24, 2014 - 11:00 am

Low polar bear quotas hurt Nunavut communities, MLAs say

“There’s just too many bears around Arviat right now”

PETER VARGA

Ever-increasing polar bear traffic may be threatening to the residents of Arviat and disappointing for Halloween trick-or-treaters, but that won’t translate into a bigger harvest for hunters in that Kivalliq community this year.

Any hope of an increase to polar bear hunt quotas in Arviat and...

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NEWS October 24, 2014 - 9:45 am

In 2013, Nunavut saw highest fire numbers in five years: fire marshal

But actual fire losses dropped significantly last year

THOMAS ROHNER

Fires across Nunavut claimed one life and resulted in $4.3-million worth of damages in 2013, says a report tabled in the Nunavut legislature Oct. 22.

Nunavut’s 161 fires in 2013 represented the most fires in one year over the past five years, according to the 2013 Office of the Fire Marshal’s...

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NEWS October 24, 2014 - 8:20 am

Tory budget bill would merge Canadian Polar Commission, new research station

Legislation sets out governance for Canadian High Arctic Research Station

JANE GEORGE

The Harper government will merge its $188-million Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay with the Canadian Polar Commission, through legislation embedded within Bill C-43, its omnibus budget bill, the federal government announced Oct. 23.

The project now under construction in......

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NEWS October 24, 2014 - 6:55 am

Pond Inlet phone screw-ups a big safety concern: Nunavut MLA

Joe Enook calls on Northwestel to review local telecommunications infrastructure

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Tununiq MLA Joe Enook called on Northwestel Oct. 22 to review and upgrade Pond Inlet telecom infrastructure to fix continuing problems with telephone service in the north Baffin community.

Enook told the legislative assembly that shoddy local and long-distance phone service in Pond Inlet has been...

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NEWS October 24, 2014 - 5:56 am

Hydro-Québec says Nunavik wind, underwater power projects “not profitable”

Quebec power corp. says there's no indication the technology could be used in the near future

SARAH ROGERS

Hydro-Québec will not move ahead with plans for experimental wind and underwater power projects in Nunavik — for now.

The Quebec power corporation has scrapped plans for a pilot wind farm in Kangiqsualujjuaq meant to start next year, as well as an underwater generator outside of Kuujjuaq, saying...

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NEWS October 23, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Northern leaders react to Parliament Hill shooting

“I lost of bit of my innocence following what happened today," says Nunavik's MP

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Northern reactions to the Oct. 22 shooting on Parliament Hill poured in Oct. 23, with many paying homage to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the 24-year-old reservist shot and killed while guarding the National War Memorial.

“Corporal Cirillo will forever be remembered as a great Canadian,” said Nunavut MP...

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NEWS October 23, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Airlines announce First Air-Canadian North merger is dead

“No such further discussions are envisaged."

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In a surprise announcement issued Oct. 23, Makivik Corp. and Norterra Inc., the owners of First Air and Canadian North, said they’ve killed talks aimed at merging their two airlines.

“No such further discussions are envisaged,” a joint news release stated.

Neither company is offering a reason why...

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NEWS October 23, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Mental health key to reducing crime: NTI state of Inuit culture report

Report slams territory's "continuing lack of basic infrastructure and resources to care for its citizens"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY — Much more prevention and early intervention to improve the mental health of Inuit: that’s what must be done to keep at-risk Nunavummiut out of the territory’s overburdened justice system and jails, says a Nunavut Tunngavik report called “Examining the justice system in Nunavut,”...

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Inuit leaders celebrate the grand opening of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association building Oct. 20 in Cambridge Bay with a ceremonial ribbon cutting in the board room. Open since last November, the imposing 1,869-square-metre building, which has won awards for its design, now has a name, the Fred R. Elias Centre, after the KIA's longtime executive director who died in 2010. The building's board room will now be known as the Pat Lyall board room, after the late Pat Lyall, who was involved in the KIA, Nunasi Corp., Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. and the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation. From left: Larry Audlaluk, acting president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, David Ningeongan, president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association, KIA president Charlie Evalik, Cathy Towtongie, president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., David Omilgoituk, executive director of the Kitikmeot Corp. and KIA vice president Attima Hadlari. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
Inuit leaders celebrate the grand opening of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association building Oct. 20 in Cambridge Bay with a ceremonial ribbon cutting in the board room. Open since last November, the imposing 1,869-square-metre building, which has won awards for its design, now has a name, the Fred R. Elias Centre, after the KIA's longtime executive director who died in 2010. The building's board room will now be known as the Pat Lyall board room, after the late Pat Lyall, who was involved in the KIA, Nunasi Corp., Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. and the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation. From left: Larry Audlaluk, acting president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, David Ningeongan, president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association, KIA president Charlie Evalik, Cathy Towtongie, president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., David Omilgoituk, executive director of the Kitikmeot Corp. and KIA vice president Attima Hadlari. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

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