David Ningeongan, president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association, welcomes nearly 200 delegates to the 5th annual Kivalliq Trade Show Sept. 29 at the Siniktarvik Hotel. The event, which will unfold in Rankin Inlet from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, mostly at the Singuttuq Complex Community Hall, will feature networking sessions, displays from 45 exhibitors, a gala fashion show, arts market, and finale banquet with entertainment. The 2014 theme is “Sivumut Kivalliq — Moving the Kivalliq Forward." Find out more by visiting www.kivalliqtradeshow.ca. (PHOTO BY DOUG MCLARTY/ARCTECH DESIGN & SERVICES)
September 30, 2014 - 4:40 pm
Nunavut RCMP members investigate Pond Inlet homicide
Deceased man, 43, not identified; no charges laid as of press-time
Members of the Pond Inlet RCMP detachment discovered the dead body of a 43-year old man within the community Sept. 28 and are treating the discovery as a homicide, a news release from Nunavut RCMP’s V division said Sept. 29.
The RCMP’s Forensic Identification Services and the Office of the Chief...
September 30, 2014 - 4:06 pm
First Air to phase out rotational cargo staff in Iqaluit
Airline will lay off nine workers to make way for seven local employees
First Air is laying off nine employees at its cargo facility in Iqaluit, to be replaced by seven new positions for residents of the city.
The layoffs take effect Nov. 1, and are part of a move to phase out rotational staff who do not live in Iqaluit, Bert van der Stege, vice president of...
September 30, 2014 - 1:36 pm
Boy, 11, becomes Nunavut’s latest suicide statistic
“There doesn’t seem to be a concentrated effort to tackle this issue head on"
People in Cape Dorset are mourning the loss of a young community member after an 11-year-old boy died by suicide this past weekend.
The Nunavut’s coroner’s office is investigating the death of the boy, who was one month shy of his 12th birthday at the time of his death.
Jack Anawak, a former...
September 30, 2014 - 10:22 am
Western Nunavut muskox under pressure from disease, predators, inbreeding
About 56 per cent of the diet in Cambridge Bay still consists of country food
Heaps of coffee beans and non-invasive sampling kits for muskox may reveal more about how food sources change due to social, economic and environmental pressures.
For a research study now underway in Cambridge Bay, participants made piles of beans of varying sizes to show the importance of muskox...
September 30, 2014 - 7:52 am
Nunavut power utility boss leaves big plans to his successor
Alain Barriault to pick up on Peter Ma’s call for “greater accountability”
It took almost 10 months for Peter Ma to get a grasp of the issues facing Qulliq Energy Corp., Nunavut’s government-owned power corporation, which he heads as president and CEO.
Then, Sept. 23, just three days before a week-long board of directors’ conference, Ma got word from Nunavut Premier...
September 30, 2014 - 7:08 am
Harvesters find possible commercial shrimp stock near Nunavut’s northernmost hamlet
Exploratory project turns up healthy shrimp, sea snail stocks off Grise Fiord
Hunters from Grise Fiord, Nunavut’s northernmost community, say they’re excited about the prospect of developing a local fishery after netting a big catch in local waters.
The Arctic Fishery Alliance — made up of hunters and trappers organizations from Qikiqtarjuaq, Grise Fiord, Arctic Bay, and...
September 29, 2014 - 3:25 pm
Sold out Pride event brings diversity to Nunavut’s capital
“I knew this was going to be more of a straight-people party, looking to see a man in a dress”
Pride parties celebrate the diversity of sexual and gender identity and have been held in communities around the world for decades, but the event that unfolded in Iqaluit Sept. 27 could only have happened in Iqaluit.
That’s because the lineup of talented performers, and the crowd itself, was a...
September 29, 2014 - 2:26 pm
Qikiqtani Inuit org prepares for Dec. 8 elections
QIA beneficiaries to choose new president, seven community directors
If you are 16 or older as of election day, a beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and you live in the Baffin region, you will be eligible to vote Dec. 8 in the Qikiqtani Inuit Association election to chose a new president and seven community directors for the organization’s board.
September 29, 2014 - 11:00 am
Baker Lake high school moves classes to community hall
Crews still dealing with lingering fumes from week-old fuel leak
Updated Sept. 29
Jonah Amitnaaq secondary school is moving classes to Baker Lake’s community hall this week as crews continue to deal with maintenance issues and lingering fumes from a fuel leak last week.
On Sept. 22, a fuel tank in the school`s mechanical room overflowed during refueling, said...
September 29, 2014 - 8:18 am
In plaid we trust: Nunavut’s quest for a tartan
Nunavut the only Canadian province or territory without one
Like other Canadian provinces and territories, Nunavut has its own flag, its own coat of arms, not to mention an official bird, rock and animal.
But the territory has existed for 15 years without an official tartan, the famed Scottish fabric pattern, or plaid, used to represent clans,...
September 29, 2014 - 7:11 am
Nunavut court: CamBay sex assault trial features conflicting stories
Court reserves judgment until Jan. 20, 2015
After listening to three days of conflicting and sometimes confusing evidence at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Cambridge Bay this past week, Justice Susan Cooper decided Sept. 25 to postpone her verdict judgment in the trial of a 45-year-old man facing two counts of sexual assault.
September 29, 2014 - 5:51 am
Iqaluit approves second loan for aquatic centre
City set to finance $34 million project
The City of Iqaluit stitched up the last portion of financing for the city’s $34-million aquatic centre Sept. 23, when councillors approved a loan and grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
A loan of $7.5 million loan tops up all the funds needed to cover construction costs.
Ariel Tweto, start of the reality TV show Flying Wild Alaska, is continuing her northern speaking tour with a stop in Kugluktuk. She spoke at the Kugluktuk Recreation Complex Sept. 28 to an appreciative group of fans. Tweto, who was raised in Unalakleet, Alaska, and now lives and works in California, is bringing her inspirational message about embracing life and shunning suicide with funding and support from First Air, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association and Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. (PHOTO BY JESSE AJAYI)