As Iqaluit's Toonik Tyme spring festival gets ready to start its 50th anniversary celebrations April 2, festival founder Bryan Pearson displays photos of that day in 1965 when he welcomed former prime minister John Diefenbaker onto the tarmac of Frobisher Bay airport for the first Toonik Tyme festival. Read more about Pearson's memories about Toonik Tyme on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
April 01, 2015 - 9:31 am
Toonik Tyme founder recalls 50-year-old Iqaluit festival’s origins
“Frobisher Bay in those days had nothing going for it" — Bryan Pearson
As Iqaluit’s Toonik Tyme spring festival gears up for its 50th anniversary, few in the Nunavut capital of Iqaluit can dare claim to know how it all started any better than longtime resident and former mayor Bryan Pearson.
Frobisher Bay, as Iqaluit was first called, was known to very few outside of...
April 01, 2015 - 5:59 am
Greenavut? Greenland president proposes new Inuit homeland
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark: "Betty and I are frightfully keen on the idea of merging our domains"
If Greenland ever cuts ties with the Kingdom of Denmark, it wants Nunavut to join.
In a statement released April 1, Kim Kielsen, the prime minster of Greenland, officially invited Nunavut to join Greenland if the country becomes fully independent.
That might not happen for a few years — some......
March 31, 2015 - 4:02 pm
Western Arctic polar bears in good shape: Inuvialuit hunters
New study should help challenge wider perceptions on polar bear health, Inuit leaders say
Inuvialuit hunters, like many of their Inuit neighbours, believe polar bears in the western Arctic are generally in good health.
But to give those observations some more teeth, wildlife co-management agencies in the Inuvialuit region have a released an extensive new study on the...
March 31, 2015 - 1:54 pm
Izvestia: Canada-Russia spat could derail Arctic Council oil spill plan
Russia newspaper alleges DFAIT minister wants to avoid meetings with Russian officials
Bad blood between Canada and Russia, arising from the Ukraine conflict, threatens to derail the expected signing of an Arctic Council oil-spill response action plan this April 24 in Iqaluit, the Russian-language newspaper Izvestia reported last week.
In the article, published online March 24,......
March 31, 2015 - 12:45 pm
EU tables proposal on Inuit seal meat sales
Sales will be allowed "only where the seal products result from hunts conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities"
A new proposed regulation from the European Union Commission on trade in seal products may help open the door a little wider to seal meat sales in the 28-EU member nations.
The proposal, discussed last week at a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva, includes a commitment to develop a system...
March 31, 2015 - 11:01 am
Nunavut power utility warns customers about telephone scam
Qulliq Energy Corp. "does not demand bill payment over the phone"
Be on guard if you answer the telephone and someone on the line says they work for the Nunavut power company, the Qulliq Energy Corp. said March 31 in a public service announcement.
The QEC said it wants to warn Nunavummiut of a telephone scam that has targeted utility customers in southern...
March 31, 2015 - 8:36 am
Montreal church transformed into Inuit-language sanctuary
“We’re just doing something that we should have done before" — Bishop Barry Clarke
Special to Nunatsiaq News
MONTREAL — Rev. Annie Ittoshat stops about every five minutes and gazes up at the cathedral ceiling of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Montreal.
“I mean, just look at this,” Ittoshat says, craning her neck at the church’s stained glass windows and the massive cross...
March 31, 2015 - 7:13 am
Western Nunavut Inuit elect new land claims org president
Stanley Anablak to serve three-year term; only 21 per cent of voters turn out
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association, which represents beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement in western Nunavut, will get a new elected president.
Stanley Anablak of Cambridge Bay was elected president of KIA in a byelection March 30, the KIA’s chief returning officer, Martina Maniyogina,...
March 31, 2015 - 6:31 am
Iqaluit set to celebrate 50th anniversary of Toonik Tyme spring festival
Organizers line up big mix of traditional and fresh events
Iqaluit’s 50th Toonik Tyme festival promises to make the Nunavut capital bloom with a city-wide celebration of spring, starting with the Easter weekend and running well into April.
By popular demand, organizers of this year’s half-century anniversary celebration have lined up more traditional...
March 30, 2015 - 3:55 pm
Anti-vandalism campaign building pride, responsibility in Nunavik
“Now when I see people doing it, I tell them not to vandalize"
Imaapik Brazeau says he’s used to seeing buildings in his hometown of Kangiqsualujjuaq looking a little run down; broken glass at the arena, doors that no longer open or graffiti on the walls of local homes and businesses.
It’s not that the 11-year-old student thinks it’s okay; he’s just always...
March 30, 2015 - 2:52 pm
After 25 years, help line may bring 24-7 crisis support online
Kamatsiaqtut Help Line looks at text-based online help for Nunavut and Nunavik
Soon you may be able to text the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line if you are in distress or feeling suicidal.
Already you can call the Iqaluit-based service 24-7, toll free from any telephone in Nunavik or Nunavut.
But in the United States, such text-based crisis lines are already in operation, one using...
March 30, 2015 - 1:30 pm
WWF to host Ottawa summit on protecting Nunavut’s Lancaster Sound
Federal approval still pending on conservation designation
World Wildlife Canada officials are hosting a talk with federal members of parliament in Ottawa this week focused on protecting Lancaster Sound as a National Marine Conservation Area.
A parliamentary group will attend the event called Oceans on the Hill March 31 to discuss the proposed...
Over the last few weeks, communities in Nunavik and Nunavut have been treated to the bright Northern lights displays common to the spring equinox period. Here, Quebec photographer Gilles Boutin captured an explosion of pink and green over Nuvvut Bay in Kuujjuaq March 28. (PHOTO BY GILLES BOUTIN)