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Is your heart in the Highlands? Come by Iqaluit's Legion, on a winter's night, Jan. 21, for an evening celebrating Robbie Burns Day with Scottish pipes and music by Donald Mearns, left, Michael Doyle, middle and former Iqaluit mayor John Graham. Mearns—one of many Iqalungmiut who have worked for years to institute an official Nunavut tartan—says he hopes that happens one day soon. The tartan's design of yellow, purple and white—developed by the late John Laird in consultation with Inuit elders—has been entered into Scotland's national tartan registry but the design still must be approved in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly. In the meantime, Mearns says the Iqaluit Legion Pipers may don the tartan and the design may also be used in a limited run of scarfs to be offered at a later date. The Iqaluit Legion's Robbie Burns Day festivities—a ticketed event—are set to start 6 p.m. Jan. 21. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
Is your heart in the Highlands? Come by Iqaluit's Legion, on a winter's night, Jan. 21, for an evening celebrating Robbie Burns Day with Scottish pipes and music by Donald Mearns, left, Michael Doyle, middle and former Iqaluit mayor John Graham. Mearns—one of many Iqalungmiut who have worked for years to institute an official Nunavut tartan—says he hopes that happens one day soon. The tartan's design of yellow, purple and white—developed by the late John Laird in consultation with Inuit elders—has been entered into Scotland's national tartan registry but the design still must be approved in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly. In the meantime, Mearns says the Iqaluit Legion Pipers may don the tartan and the design may also be used in a limited run of scarfs to be offered at a later date. The Iqaluit Legion's Robbie Burns Day festivities—a ticketed event—are set to start 6 p.m. Jan. 21. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
NEWS January 21, 2017 - 3:35 pm

Bombardier snow machine falls through sea ice, killing three Nunavut men

One man survives, one confirmed deceased at scene, two lost

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A cargo run on the ice of western Hudson Bay in Nunavut has ended in tragedy, with three men dead after their large snow machine fell through sea ice.

On Jan. 21 at about 8:30 a.m., the Whale Cove RCMP received a call that a large snow machine, with four occupants, had fallen through the ice, a...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Louis Kamookak: how Inuit knowledge led the way to Franklin’s wrecks

New Iqaluit exhibit explores Inuit knowledge and the Franklin expedition

STEVE DUCHARME

As researchers prepare to explore Sir John Franklin’s doomed ships for the first time since they vanished over 169 years ago, curators telling the tale for the next generation have asked this question: What does Franklin mean to Nunavut?

The answer—as Franklin historian and Inuit knowledge...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 2:30 pm

TMAC moves ahead on big western Nunavut gold project

Company files draft EIS for three new underground gold mines within Hope Bay gold field

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

TMAC Resources, operator of the Kitikmeot’s Doris North gold mine, is now ready to take the next step in its development of Hope Bay, its vast gold field in western Nunavut.

And that’s the development of three underground mines located south of Doris North at properties called Madrid North, Madrid...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik Inuit re-elect incumbent treasurer to new term

But only a quarter of eligible voters cast ballots in Jan. 19 election

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik Inuit have decided to return Makivik Corp’s incumbent treasurer Andy Pirti to another three-year term in the executive role.

Sixty-eight per cent of voters in Nunavik, Montreal and Chisasibi cast ballots for Pirti in Makivik’s Jan. 19 election.

Pirti finished well ahead of contender and...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 11:45 am

Cosmetics company feels Inuit backlash from anti-sealing stance

“Our own renewable natural resources remain untapped because of protesters while we watch everyone eating hamburgers"

LISA GREGOIRE

In an age of perpetual Internet memory and split second social media sharing, companies are vulnerable to consumer backlash, especially when a corporate campaign is controversial and error-ridden.

Such seems to be the case with an on-going anti-sealing campaign by Lush, an international cosmetics...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Ottawa, Nunavut ignored Inuit knowledge in polar bear quota: Makivik Corp.

Nunavik's birthright organization challenges decisions in court

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Makivik Corp. says it’s “profoundly disappointed” in decisions made by the governments of both Nunavut and Canada, which restrict polar bear hunting in Nunavik’s southern Hudson Bay region—a move that’s led the birthright organization for Nunavik Inuit to challenge the decision in court.

Makivik...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 8:30 am

Transport Canada issues recall for Arctic Cat snowmobiles

Fuel leak spurs recall of 2007, 2008 and 2009 models

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A manufacturing defect discovered in some Arctic Cat snowmobiles may make their fuel tanks prone to catching fire and has forced a recall of more than 11,000 machines, Transport Canada announced Jan. 19.

According to Transport Canada, the defect was traced to a faulty fuel pump flange, or external...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 7:00 am

GN proposes new independent territory-wide education council

New body would be an advocate for district education authorities, education minister says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s education officials have proposed a new territory-wide District Education Authority Council, or DEA Council.

Nunavut Education Minister Paul Quassa announced the new body in a New Year’s update and advertisement which his department bought in local media earlier this month.

The...

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COMMENTARY January 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, Jan. 19

How Are Judges Chosen?

JAMES MORTON

When you appear in Court in Nunavut, you are likely to be appearing before a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice. That is true whether your case is civil, criminal, family or any other kind of case.

Judges have enormous power and decide on what happens in family cases, who is right when there is...

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NEWS January 19, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Whose Canada? Indigenous artists respond to Canada’s big birthday

Ottawa-based Oo Aqpik's sealskin works popular at gallery exhibition

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA—Oo Aqpik started to make art when she lived in Winnipeg and working on the film, Arctic Defenders, with the National Film Board.

She didn’t have many friends there besides her co-workers so she spent a lot of her spare time watching Bob Ross on television and...

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NEWS January 19, 2017 - 11:45 am

Canadian military to gather feedback on “pinging noise” in North Baffin

Acoustic specialists to interview Igloolik residents

SARAH ROGERS

Acoustic specialists with the Canadian Armed Forces will be in Igloolik next week to gather community reports about an unidentified “pinging noise” heard coming from the seabed north of the Baffin community.

The issue of the mysterious sound was first raised by the community’s MLA Paul Quassa in......

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NEWS January 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

Olympian brings star power, mental health money to Nunavut

Bell Let's Talk tour hits Iqaluit, drops $250,000 for youth peer training

LISA GREGOIRE

Angel Ootova, 17, is like many Inuit teenagers: smart, shy and prone to nervous laughter.

She shares other qualities too: she’s suffered from depression and has seen her friends and family members suffer through the same thing.

“I try to support them. I just want them to be alive and see that...

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NEWS January 19, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavik Inuit head to the polls

Makivik's treasurer position up for grabs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik Inuit head to the polls today, Jan. 19, to settle a two-way race for the position of treasurer at Makivik Corp.

The election of Makivik’s five executive positions are staggered from one year to the next; this year, both the birthright organization’s treasurer and vice president of resource...

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NEWS January 19, 2017 - 7:00 am

Making it work: Iqaluit council tries to fix impotent committees

City councillors decry lack of admin support, terms of reference and unfulfilled mandates

STEVE DUCHARME

The City of Iqaluit’s standing committee structure—led by councillors and tasked with important policy functions—may soon be headed for reform following reports that some of those groups are uncertain of their mandate and struggle with communication, attendance and staffing.

Iqaluit councillors...

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NEWS January 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut’s Inuit-style western film up for Canadian screen awards

Maliglutit nominated for best motion picture, original screenplay

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Igloolik filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk’s latest feature film Maliglutit is up for two 2017 Canadian Screen Awards, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced Jan. 17.

Maliglutit, or Searchers as it’s known in English, received two nominations: for Best Motion Picture and another for...

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NEWS January 18, 2017 - 1:10 pm

QIA, Baffinland offer support to Nunavut Inuit-owned business

Workshops will offer help with contracting, procurement process

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Contracting and procurement can be a tricky process, especially for new businesses.

To help them out, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. will co-host community workshops this month, offering support and guidance to Inuit-owned businesses interested in learning how to...

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NEWS January 18, 2017 - 11:45 am

Former CamBay housing manager fraud charge moved to April

Jim Peckham hearing moved to April 3

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A former Cambridge Bay housing association manager accused of fraud will appear in court April 3 in Cambridge Bay after his case was pushed forward again during last week’s circuit court session.

Jim Peckham, 59, is accused of fraud in excess $5,000.

A court document obtained by Nunatsiaq News...

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NEWS January 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Want to ward off flu? Stop in for a flu shot, says GN

Iqaluit public health offering free evening clinics Jan. 18 and 19

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you hope to avoid that nasty flu bug this winter, Iqalungmiut can stop in to get their flu shot from the city’s public health clinic during this week.

Iqaluit’s public health unit offers the flu vaccine, free of charge, from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30...

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NEWS January 18, 2017 - 8:30 am

Marvel Comics artist hired for Nunavut Polarman film

Dan Day and Pangnirtung's Andrew Qappik to work on virtual reality project

LISA GREGOIRE

Dan Day, famed Marvel Comics artist who has drawn Wolverine, Swamp Thing and Captain America, is about to add a new superhero to his resumé: Polarman.

Day is one of three artists contributing comic panels for a virtual reality film Pinnguaq is making about Iqaluit’s famous homegrown crime fighter...

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NEWS January 18, 2017 - 7:00 am

Shake it up: a look at Nunavut’s earthquake history

"An event of this size, magnitude 5.9, happens on average once every 300 years”

STEVE DUCHARME

If you live in the High Arctic and worry about a repeat of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that interrupted your dinnertime Jan. 8, don’t fret—the last one was a long time ago and a similar earthquake isn’t likely to happen again in your lifetime.

Nicholas Ackerley, a seismologist at Natural...

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NEWS January 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut Arctic College apologizes for last-minute course cancellation

“The college has a duty to support and facilitate the needs of students"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Arctic College’s board of directors has apologized to students enrolled in the college’s Inuit Studies program, which was abruptly cancelled earlier this month after students returned for the winter semester.

College administrators cancelled the winter 2017 term of the Inuit Studies...

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NEWS January 17, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Legal Ease, Jan. 17

Help! A fact-finding meeting?

JAMES MORTON

I frequently get calls from people who are going into a fact-finding meeting about a complaint made against them at work.

What should you do if you are facing this type of a meeting?

First, remember that investigating allegations of bad behaviour at work is not necessarily a...

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NEWS January 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut attempted murder case back in court in February

Baker Lake's Gordon Panika caused an armed standoff in November

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A man charged with attempted murder following an early morning standoff last November in Baker Lake will make his next appearance next month at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Gordon Panika faces one count of attempted murder, after being alleged to have shot Theophile “Theo” Panika...

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NEWS January 17, 2017 - 11:30 am

Sabina confident proposed Nunavut gold mine will go ahead

Company pledges jobs, infrastructure and "best-in-class approach to protecting the environment"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. says it’s confident that any issues and concerns about its Back River gold mine project can and will be addressed.

The mining company says it’s “extremely pleased” with Ottawa’s latest move: Indigenous and Northern Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett sent the project’s...

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Inuit traditional games pro Johnny Issaluk demonstrates the one-hand reach at the Inuksuk High School gym Jan. 18. The demonstration was part of a Bell Let's Talk event held at the school to announce new funding for peer-to-peer youth training in the communities aimed at arming youth with skills to help their peers in times of trauma or crisis. Issaluk, who has suffered through depression in the past, said Inuit games were traditionally—and still are—a way to build the necessary physical and mental strength to cope with every day living. (PHOTO BY LISA GREGOIRE)
Inuit traditional games pro Johnny Issaluk demonstrates the one-hand reach at the Inuksuk High School gym Jan. 18. The demonstration was part of a Bell Let's Talk event held at the school to announce new funding for peer-to-peer youth training in the communities aimed at arming youth with skills to help their peers in times of trauma or crisis. Issaluk, who has suffered through depression in the past, said Inuit games were traditionally—and still are—a way to build the necessary physical and mental strength to cope with every day living. (PHOTO BY LISA GREGOIRE)

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