Jamie Takkiruq, Jerry Puglik and the Kitikmeot drummers drum dance for delegates of the Inuugatta Language Conference, which wrapped up in Iqaluit Feb. 27. The conference was hosted in part by Nunavut's Languages Commissioner Sandra Inutiq and the territory's minister of languages George Kuksuk, in collaboration with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated and the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit. Inuugatta brought together over 70 participants from around Nunavut, other areas of the circumpolar world, and Canada. The GN will produce a report from the conference with points on how to further revitalize and strengthen the use of Inuktut. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GN)
March 03, 2015 - 12:50 pm
MLA takes Nunavut to task for opposing national MMIW inquiry
“We seem to be abandoning our fellow aboriginal people”
The Nunavut government’s opposition to a national inquiry on missing and murdered indigenous women is “unfortunate,” Tununiq MLA Joe Enook said March 2 in the legislative assembly.
“We seem to be abandoning our fellow aboriginal people because we don’t have many missing women in Nunavut. It is an...
March 03, 2015 - 11:20 am
Nunavut MLA demands elders’ care facility for Rankin Inlet
Health department set to assess need for facility in Rankin Inlet
Nunavut may have the smallest proportion of seniors in the country but Alexander Sammurtok, the MLA for Rankin Inlet South, wants to be sure the territory is ready to accommodate the territory’s growing elderly population with a full-service 24-hour facility.
To that end, Sammurtok submitted a...
March 03, 2015 - 10:20 am
Admin hiccups jeopardize public internet sites in Nunavut
Education minister supports program, but doesn't promise money
With money running out, a vanished Government of Nunavut administrator and a lot of confusion over what constitutes “good standing” for a board of directors, free, public internet access across Nunavut might be in jeopardy.
The funding, provided under the Community Access Program since 2012 by...
March 03, 2015 - 8:29 am
Arctic Voices offers new northern perspectives at Ottawa museum
“It’s far more colourful and less dreary than I thought”
OTTAWA — Rick and Catherine Andrews sit down to play the Arctic Animal Adaptations game at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
The question — “Why are these barren-ground caribou travelling in a line?” — pops up next to a video of caribou fording a river in single file. The couple are manning two of...
March 03, 2015 - 7:30 am
Nunavut board issues project certificate for Meliadine gold project
NIRB sets 127 terms and conditions for gold operation near Rankin Inlet
Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine gold project now has the go-ahead from the Nunavut Impact Review Board to operate what promises to become the territory’s second gold mine.
The review board issued Meliadine its project certificate Feb. 26, subject to 127 terms and conditions.
Most of those require that...
March 03, 2015 - 5:58 am
Nunavut kids tell stories, relieve stress, through music
“It’s an accomplishment to get them excited about writing and recording”
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — In a small, dark, make-shift studio at the community hall in Cambridge Bay, kids are trying out a new way to express their feelings.
It involves rapping into a microphone and telling stories to music.
Yellowknife-born rapper Aaron “Godson” Hernandez is...
March 02, 2015 - 3:29 pm
NWC boss says he can’t make food affordable for everyone in Nunavut
"We have to get around to looking at incomes as well, and equity of incomes"
As one of Nunavut’s two major food retailers, the North West Co. faces the greatest number of complaints about the lack of access to affordable, nutritious food for the poorest people in Nunavut.
The Nutrition North Canada air freight subsidy, in place since 2011, was supposed to help make healthy...
March 02, 2015 - 2:24 pm
KRG says yes to Nunavik’s waste management plan
Quebec's approval will deliver funds to launch recycling programs across region
KUUJJUAQ — Kativik Regional Government councillors have voted to adopt a region-wide plan to implement recycling and compost programs across Nunavik.
Councillors passed a bylaw that will send Nunavik’s Residual Materials Management Plan on to Quebec’s National Assembly, where the bylaw will wait...
March 02, 2015 - 10:45 am
Father-son NHLers run hockey camp in western Nunavut
“I love it. It keeps me young"
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Kids from across Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region scored big last week if they happened to be in Cambridge Bay during their week off from school.
Former National Hockey League players and Stanley Cup winners Jamie and Reggie Leach hosted a hockey camp in the...
March 02, 2015 - 8:33 am
Kivalliq hunters’ org opposes Nunavut’s first uranium project
Weekend blizzard delays Kiggavik final hearing by a day and a half
Hunters’ organizations in the Kivalliq are banding together to oppose the Kiggavik uranium project, days before a blizzard-delayed final hearing on the project is set to start in Baker Lake on the afternoon of March 3.
A Feb. 26 resolution from the Kivalliq Wildlife Board — created under the...
March 02, 2015 - 7:45 am
Nunavut photographer selling photos for crisis line
"It’s hard being in a lost and suffering state"
He’s a videographer by trade and he comes from a small town in Ontario’s cottage country called Victoria Harbour. You’ve probably never heard of it.
But since he and his dog Isaac came to work for Atiigo Media in Iqaluit two years ago, Mark Aspland has made good friends and they’ve taught him a...
March 02, 2015 - 6:59 am
National roundtable to focus on violence prevention campaign
Inuit leaders say campaign should address violence against Indigenous women at home
Governments and Indigenous groups from across the country say they’re committed to joining efforts to end violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada, following the first ever national roundtable on the issue.
Indigenous families and leaders, premiers, provincial and territorial...
March 02, 2015 - 5:55 am
Alcohol-fueled crime falls a bit in Kuujjuaq, after two years of retail wine, beer
But alcohol sales still a heated issue in Nunavik’s largest community
KUUJJUAQ — The empty Budweiser cans scattered around Kuujjuaq provide a visual reminder that this Nunavik community remains the only one in this region — or in the eastern Arctic for that matter — where you can buy beer and wine over the counter.
But as the sale of retail beer and wine sales in...
In 1984 when she was eight years old, Bonnie Ammaaq, above, moved to an outpost camp on North Baffin. She lived there for 11 years with her parents and two younger siblings and the family fed themselves mostly with food from the land. They now live in Igloolik but their connection to the land remains fierce. "Nowhere Land," a National Film Board of Canada film, tells Ammaaq's story of North Baffin including, "the sadness, anger and conflict she has felt witnessing, from afar, its transformation into the world's largest open pit iron mine." Written by Bonnie Ammaq and Alicia Smith and produced by Alicia Smith in partnership with the Nunavut Film Development Corporation, the film will screen at Iqaluit's Astro Theatre on March 4 at 7 p.m. (PHOTO COURTESY NFB)