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Nursing student Hélène Levesque with a poster displaying information about breast cancer, part of an event on Aug. 14 that drew about 100 people to a Walk for Life in Tasiujaq, Nunavik, to create awareness of cancer.
Nursing student Hélène Levesque with a poster displaying information about breast cancer, part of an event on Aug. 14 that drew about 100 people to a Walk for Life in Tasiujaq, Nunavik, to create awareness of cancer. "The nurses explained about cancer, two people shared their experience of having cancer. Then everyone took a candle and walked one kilometre in town up to the marina," nurse Josée Martineau said. (PHOTO BY JOSÉE MARTINEAU)
NEWS August 23, 2017 - 10:00 am

Northwestel security deposits punish entire community: customer

Agency gives poor credit scores to all residents of Nunavut hamlet, ignores individual ratings


A new Northwestel telephone customer says the company’s security deposit policy in Nunavut is unethical and discriminatory.

When Jordanne Amos moved to Cape Dorset a few weeks ago, she set up a landline telephone with Northwestel. As part of the process, the company ran a credit check.


NEWS August 23, 2017 - 8:00 am

Struck by ATV, two Nunavut kids recover in hospital

Man, 27, held in custody in Taloyoak, facing dangerous driving charges


Two nine-year-olds are recovering in southern hospitals after being struck by a man driving an all-terrain vehicle in Taloyoak Aug. 21, the Nunavut RCMP has reported.

An Aug. 22 RCMP news release said a 27-year-old man is in custody and is expected to face a charge of dangerous operation of a...

NEWS August 23, 2017 - 7:00 am

Competition Bureau drops investigation into Nunavut airlines

Agency finds price war that killed Air Sarvaq does not meet legal test for predatory pricing


The Competition Bureau has ended its investigation into alleged anti-competitive behavior by Nunavut’s three main airlines, with the independent agency announcing it has found insufficient evidence to lay charges under Canada’s Competition Act.

But the dropped allegations followed an admission by...

NEWS August 22, 2017 - 7:20 pm

Sanikiluaq woman, 22, found dead; man, 26, in custody: Nunavut RCMP

Homicide suspect medevaced to Winnipeg with self-inflicted gunshot wound


A 22-year-old Sanikiluaq woman is dead, while a man, 26, is in custody as a result of a “self-inflicted gun shot wound,” the RCMP said late Aug. 22.

The RCMP are investigating the death of the woman, which police say occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Aug. 22.

The man, now in custody, was on his way...

NEWS August 22, 2017 - 4:00 pm

MMIWG inquiry visit to Nunavut raises awareness, but not participation

“It’ll make it a lot easier and smoother process when we return"


Registration remains low for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ first Nunavut visit, planned for December 2017.

But the inquiry’s team of Inuit staff said Nunavummiut are much more aware of the commission’s work after hosting a three-day community visit in...

LETTERS August 22, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut social housing rents should not be based on gross income

High rents are a big burden when combined with other high costs


This is a letter for people who are in Nunavut public housing and people whose rent is calculated from using your total gross income on line 150 of the income tax return.

It puts a lot of burden on how we spend our money. I think if they went by your net salary, instead of line 150, it would make...

NEWS August 22, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Parents not liable: Nunavut teen must pay cost of damages

Unlike other jurisdictions, Nunavut parents not required to pay for damages caused by child


An Iqaluit teenager will have to pay back the cost of electronics he damaged after punching and tripping another minor, according to a court decision released Aug. 21 by the Nunavut Court of Justice.

The judgment, delivered by Justice Virginia Schuler Aug. 16, made a point to remind Nunavummiut...

NEWS August 22, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut music festival encourages stories, poetry

"Arviat Writes" looks for original work in English or Inuktitut


If you live in Arviat and feel creative, organizers of “Arviat Writes” encourages you to enter this story and poetry contest—part of this weekend’s 2017 Inummariit Music Festival in the Kivalliq, community of about 3,000 people.

Arviat writers aged nine to 99 can submit a story or poem. After a...

NEWS August 22, 2017 - 8:00 am

Feds announce maintenance contract for new naval vessels

Six Arctic offshore patrol vessels included in $800-million deal


An $800-million federal contract awarded Aug.17 will fund repairs, upkeep and operational support for new ships being built for the Canadian Navy—and among them are ships that will sail in northern waters.

The contract will cover up to six Arctic and offshore patrol vessels now under construction...

NEWS August 22, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavik Sivunitsavut officially opens its doors

“We’re looking at options for long-term, sustainable funding"


Aug. 21 marked the first day of classes for Nunavik’s new Montreal-based college program.

Nunavik Sivunitsavut, modelled after the Ottawa-based Nunavut Sivuniksavut, opened it doors last week for its first cohort of 18 students, who range in age from 17 to 38.

“We have a wide span of interest...

NEWS August 21, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Lease fight threatens Nunavut college’s plan for Hotel Arctic

“At this late date, it will be impossible for NAC to obtain sufficient classroom, office and cafeteria space”


When Inuit-owned Qikiqtaaluk Properties bought Iqaluit’s now-closed Hotel Arctic last month, their goal was to lease the building to Nunavut Arctic College for use as a student residence, with classroom space and a student cafeteria, newly filed court affidavits confirm.

But an ongoing squabble...

NEWS August 21, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavik’s second Inuit health survey now underway

"This survey... will provide very important tools for Nunavik"


If you hear a knock on your door in Nunavik between now and early October, you might come face-to-face with a worker from the Qanuilirpitaa health survey, which got underway Aug. 19 in Kuujjaraapik and will wind up Oct. 5 in Kuujjuaq.

Qanuilirpitaa organizers say that, when they stop by, they...

NEWS August 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Feds open new Nunavut research facility in Pond Inlet

Pond Inlet centre will look at wildlife, climate change


In Pond Inlet, where she and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the federal government declared Aug. 14 that they had reached an agreement for Tallurutiup Imanga Lancaster Sound marine protected area, Canada’s minister of environment and climate change, Catherine McKenna, also kayaked—and...

LETTERS August 21, 2017 - 11:30 am

The late Jules Dufour believed in the future of Nunavik

Jules Dufour, 76, died Aug. 6 in Quebec City


I am very sorry to announce the death of Jules Dufour at the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Quebec City on Aug. 6, 2017. He was 76 years old.

Jules was Emeritus Professor at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in geography, international co-operation and regional development.

He is survived by his...

NEWS August 21, 2017 - 8:00 am

Geologists search for Earth’s earliest life forms in Nunavut

Scientists return from Coppermine River with Precambrian rocks, fossils


More than a billion years ago, a planet-changing volcanic eruption fossilized some of Earth’s first organisms in lava flows stretching across North America’s Arctic landmass.

Now, a team of scientists returning from a canoe trip down the Coppermine River have collected a trove of rock samples...

NEWS August 21, 2017 - 7:00 am

It’s first stop Greenland for Amundsen’s Maud after departing Nunavut

“It’s sad to see it going, but people are aware that it means a lot to the Norwegians"


On winter days in Cambridge Bay, the hamlet’s mayor, Jeannie Ehaloak, would often go for walks along the shore.

“I would go to the Maud and back,” she said. 

But lately, she’s had to look for a new end mark for her outings, since the sunken vessel of the famed Norwegian polar explorer, Roald...

NEWS August 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Wildfire smoke moves into Nunavut

Smoke from fires in western Canada moves north


Beautiful reddish suns at dawn or dusk are not always a sign of good weather—but of smoke in the air.

Nunavut’s Department of Health warned Aug. 18 that smoke resulting from forest fires will approach some Nunavut communities, so residents should take necessary precautions.

Depending on the level...

NEWS August 18, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut RCMP intensify efforts to obtain wanted man’s surrender

Police look at "all options" in Cape Dorset, with David Mikkigak still at large and allegedly armed


(Updated, Aug. 21, 3 p.m.)

Members of the RCMP say they continue to work with people in Cape Dorset in the hope that David Mikkigak, now at large for seven weeks on the land outside the community, will “surrender peacefully” to police.

Mikkigak, 37, of Cape Dorset, is wanted for a number of...

NEWS August 18, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Pick up the phone if you need support, says Nunavut’s Victims Services

"We want them to know there’s someone here for them"


Nunavut faces some of the highest rates of family violence and sexual assault in the country, at more than seven times the national rate for Canada.

But the territory’s Victims Services wants Nunavummiut to know there is help for people who have been victimized.

“We’re trying to make sure that...

NEWS August 18, 2017 - 11:45 am

What you read on from Aug. 6 to Aug. 13

Conviction of Cape Dorset business owner for sea can theft and arson the week's top story


One thing becomes clear after looking at the top five stories last week on our readers are interested in the justice system—from court decisions to policing.

The most-read story of the week examined how a Nunavut man was jailed for sabotaging an ex-MLA’s business.

A Cape...

FEATURES August 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Hammering out traditional oil lamps in Nunavut’s capital

"Being taught by an expert like Mathew is a great honour”


Mathew Nuqingaq hammers a crease into a half circle of sheet metal so he can bend it into a bowl shape.

While traditional qulliq lamps are made from stone, “when the metal came north, it became a normal thing,” said the Iqaluit artist who hosted a metal qulliq making workshop at his Aayuraa...

NEWS August 18, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut school worker charged with obstructing justice in sex assault case

Woman described as "teacher" counselled underage sexual assault victim into signing fabricated letters, Crown alleges


An Igloolik woman has challenged evidence filed against her alleging that she persuaded the underaged victim of a sexual assault to sign fabricated statements that would have helped the man accused of assaulting the underaged victim.

Carolyn Tapardjuk is charged with one count of obstructing the...

NEWS August 18, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut power workers get plugged in to new wage-benefit deal

Unionized QEC employees vote yes to four-year contract


A majority of about 140 unionized workers at the Qulliq Energy Corp. have voted yes to a new four-year wage-benefit deal with their employer that expires Dec. 31, 2020, the Nunavut Employees Union announced Aug. 17.

Unlike the last round of collective agreement talks between the QEC and the NEU,...

COMMENTARY August 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, Aug. 17

Adultery is rarely relevant to who gets what, when couples split


Canada has a no-fault family law system.

What that means is, with one significant exception, misconduct during marriage—basically adultery—is not relevant to determining who gets what and where the child lives.

Sometimes people say that’s not fair—why should adultery be ignored? Well there are...

NEWS August 17, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Police plead for help in solving Nunavut boy’s homicide

Ray Taparti Jr., 11, was found dead in Rankin Inlet after being reported missing July 7


The Nunavut RCMP are once again reaching out to the public for information that could help them investigate the homicide of 11-year-old Ray Taparti Jr. this past July.

Police, with the help of the local search and rescue group, found the body of the boy, who was also known as “OJ,” in an...

NEWS August 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut ADM talks literacy, language as kids head back to class

Students back to class in the west, heading back soon in the east


(Corrected Aug. 21, 9:50 a.m.)

Students will return to school in Nunavut this month, as the Department of Education plans to make literacy one of its top goals for the coming academic year.

“It’s the linchpin for the whole system,” John MacDonald, assistant deputy minister for the GN’s...

Johnny Reid, right, reels a big salmon into a net while out fishing near Kuujjuaq Aug. 18. Senator Charlie Watt, left, took the popular country crooner and some of his band mates out fishing on the Kuujjuaq River the day after they played a show at Katittavik town hall as part of Aqpik Jam. This was Reid's second time performing at the annual music festival. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
Johnny Reid, right, reels a big salmon into a net while out fishing near Kuujjuaq Aug. 18. Senator Charlie Watt, left, took the popular country crooner and some of his band mates out fishing on the Kuujjuaq River the day after they played a show at Katittavik town hall as part of Aqpik Jam. This was Reid's second time performing at the annual music festival. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)