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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)
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)
NEWS 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

PETER VARGA

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...

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NEWS 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"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

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......

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NEWS 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

SARAH ROGERS

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...

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NEWS 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

JIM BELL

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,......

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NEWS 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"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

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...

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NEWS 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"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

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...

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NEWS 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

DAVID MURPHY

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...

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NEWS 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

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

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,...

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NEWS 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

PETER VARGA

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...

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NEWS 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"

SARAH ROGERS

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...

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NEWS 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

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

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...

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NEWS March 30, 2015 - 1:30 pm

WWF to host Ottawa summit on protecting Nunavut’s Lancaster Sound

Federal approval still pending on conservation designation

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

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...

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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)
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)

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