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Nunavut bestowed its highest honour on three Nunavummiut Feb 28 at the legislature, inducting them into the Order of Nunavut. The honours went to Gjoa Haven's Louie Kamookak, far left, an oral historian whose research led to the discovery of one of Sir John Franklin's lost ships, the HMS Erebus, in 2014; Ellen Hamilton, middle, an Iqaluit-based artist, film director and producer and founding member of the Qaggiavuut Society; and lastly, to Red Pederson, second from right, a long-time entrepreneur, former mayor of Kugluktuk and who represented the region as a Northwest Territories MLA from 1983 to 1991, prior to Nunavut's creation. After the ceremony, they were joined in this photo by Nunavut Commissioner Nellie Kusugak, second from left, and Speaker of the House George Qulaut. The Order of Nunavut was created in 2010 to honour an individual's
Nunavut bestowed its highest honour on three Nunavummiut Feb 28 at the legislature, inducting them into the Order of Nunavut. The honours went to Gjoa Haven's Louie Kamookak, far left, an oral historian whose research led to the discovery of one of Sir John Franklin's lost ships, the HMS Erebus, in 2014; Ellen Hamilton, middle, an Iqaluit-based artist, film director and producer and founding member of the Qaggiavuut Society; and lastly, to Red Pederson, second from right, a long-time entrepreneur, former mayor of Kugluktuk and who represented the region as a Northwest Territories MLA from 1983 to 1991, prior to Nunavut's creation. After the ceremony, they were joined in this photo by Nunavut Commissioner Nellie Kusugak, second from left, and Speaker of the House George Qulaut. The Order of Nunavut was created in 2010 to honour an individual's "outstanding contribution to the cultural, social or economic well-being of Nunavut." You can find a list of past winners at http://www.assembly.nu.ca/order-nunavut. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
NEWS March 01, 2017 - 10:45 am

Fire destroys Nunavut community’s only school

“This is devastating for the community"

SARAH ROGERS

(Updated at 12:05 p.m.)

A “suspicious” overnight fire in Kugaaruk has destroyed the western Nunavut community’s only school.

Nunavut RCMP called the Feb. 28 fire “suspicious,” as local police continue to investigate how it started, with help from the V Division’s Major Crime Unit and the...

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NEWS March 01, 2017 - 10:00 am

Peterson defends the size of Nunavut’s health budget

Finance minister says Ottawa's take-it-or-leave-it health deal didn't help

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavut Finance Minister Keith Peterson defended his proposed 3.5 per cent increase in health spending for the Government of Nunavut’s 2017-18 budget, warning Nunavut MLAs Feb. 27 that blank cheques to the health department could lead to exponential costs that “would consume all the...

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NEWS March 01, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavut RCMP charge Cape Dorset man with drug trafficking

Police seize more than $1,500 and 218.3 grams of "what is believed to be marijuana"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 26-year-old man faces charges related to the seizure of maijuana and money Feb. 20 in Cape Dorset Feb. 20.

That’s when members of the Cape Dorset RCMP received information that illegal drugs were being sold out of a residence in the south Baffin community of about 1,500.

After obtaining a...

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NEWS March 01, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut minister tight-lipped about language laws and the private sector

Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik presses Languages Minister George Kuksuk on enforcement of language laws

JIM BELL

Important sections of Nunavut’s two language laws that apply to the private sector are still legally unenforceable, but George Kuksuk, the territory’s minister of languages, isn’t ready to say why, or state when those sections will be brought into legal force.

Iqaluit MLA Paul Okalik, who had...

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NEWS February 28, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Vandalism suspected after major fuel spill in Nunavut community

An estimated 200 litres of jet fuel leaked from Gjoa Haven's tank farm

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut police are investigating a suspected case of vandalism at Gjoa Haven’s tank farm this past weekend that may have drained the western Nunavut community’s aviation fuel supply.

On Feb. 25, the RCMP members in Gjoa Haven learned that there had been damage to the community’s fuel pump station....

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NEWS February 28, 2017 - 2:30 pm

North Baffin wildlife jobs go unfilled due to staff house glitches

While Pond Inlet Environment office is understaffed, staff houses lie vacant

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavut’s Department of Environment is woefully understaffed and showing little sign of improvement at its Pond Inlet branch, Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq said Feb. 27 in Nunavut’s legislature.

Five of seven environment department positions in Pond Inlet have been vacant since at least...

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NEWS February 28, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Canadian Rangers celebrate mid-point of Aqikgik exercise

"It's a privilege to be a Ranger"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The photo session alone lasted 15 minutes, starting with the ceremonial presentation of the axe, shots of Kuujjuaq’s Junior Canadian Rangers, then more senior Rangers, their commander and visiting dignitaries.

Participants in the 2017 Aqikgik exercise arrived in Kuujjuaq this week, where...

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NEWS February 28, 2017 - 11:45 am

Western Nunavut hamlet wants better dog care and control

"Think about the responsibilities that come with being an owner"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Hamlet of Cambridge Bay wants the community’s dogs to be better taken care of, and at the same time, for residents to be protected from loose dogs running around town.

To that end, it’s publicizing new bylaws that deal with the prevention of animal cruelty and animal control.

Last week a...

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NEWS February 28, 2017 - 10:00 am

Carleton University screens doc about Nunavut mining and the land

"We’re the smiling Eskimo. We sort of look dumb. But times are changing and we’re learning how the system works"

LISA GREGOIRE

Award-winning Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk is excited about this week’s screening of his 2014 documentary My Father’s Land in Ottawa and he’s looking forward to going to the capital to answer questions from the audience when the film is over.

But he almost didn’t get there.

Kunuk recently lost...

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NEWS February 28, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavut RCMP officers under investigation for conduct in Holland arrest

Police start internal investigation after judge criticizes cops in court

THOMAS ROHNER

Some Iqaluit police officers could face disciplinary action after a Nunavut judge found they broke the law during an arrest, committed an assault on the person they arrested and then provided “not reliable” and “inconsistent” testimony at trial about that arrest.

The Nunavut RCMP “V” Division is...

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NEWS February 28, 2017 - 7:00 am

A room with a view, support for the whole family

New Kuujjuaq centre will house perinatal and early childhood program

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—It’s a room with a view, but a new space in Kuujjuaq dedicated to health services promises much more than that.

The Ungava Tulattivik Health Centre is the first in the region to roll out an integrated perinatal and early childhood services program, often called by its French-language...

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NEWS February 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Canadian North now free of NTCL entanglements, IDC says

Airline transferred from Norterra to direct ownership by Inuvialuit

SARAH ROGERS

Ownership of Canadian North has been transferred directly to the Inuvialuit Development Corp. from Norterra Inc., and the airline is now free of any financial entanglements created by the recent demise of its former sister company, Northern Transportation Co. Ltd., the IDC announced last...

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NEWS February 27, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut MLA wants to know if raven feces cause cancer

“Is this not a danger? I think a study should be initiated”

THOMAS ROHNER

Nunavut MLA Pauloosie Keyootak suspects the trickster raven might be playing fatal pranks on Inuit in a most filthy way—with its own feces.

The member from Uqqummiut used a member’s statement at the Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit Feb. 22 to sound the alarm on what “many of you may not have...

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NEWS February 27, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Despite improvements, language gaps at QGH continue: Nunavut minister

“It’s a continual challenge to make sure the staff we have are familiar with terminology"

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavut’s health minister, George Hickes, says his department is making progress in responding to complaints of poor language services at the Qikiqtani General Hospital, brought to light last year in a critical report by the Office of the Nunavut Languages Commissioner.

But there is still much to...

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NEWS February 27, 2017 - 11:45 am

Military, local SAR team rescue Nunavut man in frigid temperatures

Operation Nunalivut participants help rescue three Hall Beach men

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Canadian Armed Forces exercise involving patrols and Arctic survival skill training, now underway in Hall Beach, became a real search and rescue operation Feb. 23, RCMP said in a news release.

That’s when two teams of local ground searchers from Hall Beach, helped by spotters aboard an armed...

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NEWS February 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

Cold snap: How to fight fires, and stay alive, North of 60

Five years ago today, the Creekside Village fire destroyed 22 units and left two dead in Iqaluit

LISA GREGOIRE

When your ears freeze, the cartilage and skin shrink to about half their normal size until they are hard, numb lumps.

When they thaw, they fill with fluid and grow to three times their normal size and the pain, like blow torches cooking both sides of your head, is excruciating.

If you’re a...

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NEWS February 27, 2017 - 8:30 am

Some NTEP grads “prefer to teach in English:” Nunavut minister

Quassa said review will lead to revamped teacher education program by the end of this year

JIM BELL

Some graduates of the Nunavut Teacher Education Program “prefer to teach in English,” and that’s one reason the Government of Nunavut is now reviewing it, Education Minister Paul Quassa said Feb. 23 in the Nunavut legislative assembly.

The GN first promised that NTEP review in 2013, in its ......

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NEWS February 27, 2017 - 7:00 am

Many Nunavut hunters still don’t use SPOT devices: report

Most SAR operations triggered by hunters who run out of fuel or suffer mechanical breakdowns

THOMAS ROHNER

It appears many Nunavut hunters are not getting the Government of Nunavut’s message that urges them to take SPOT devices out on the land in case they get lost or run into an emergency.

While more search and rescue operations were carried out in 2015 than in the previous year, fewer searches were...

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Suzanne Chénard and her Independent Learning Path students at Jaanimmarik high school hold up a fresh batch of their handmade black spruce essential oil. The group’s Girls Project, which started off making handmade soaps, is now producing four types of locally-harvested and distilled essential oils to add scents to the products. In addition to black spruce, the group has also distilled oil from Labrador tea, sweet gale and larch. The Girls Project is looking for support to expand production by setting up a distillation facility at the Kuujjuaq school. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Suzanne Chénard and her Independent Learning Path students at Jaanimmarik high school hold up a fresh batch of their handmade black spruce essential oil. The group’s Girls Project, which started off making handmade soaps, is now producing four types of locally-harvested and distilled essential oils to add scents to the products. In addition to black spruce, the group has also distilled oil from Labrador tea, sweet gale and larch. The Girls Project is looking for support to expand production by setting up a distillation facility at the Kuujjuaq school. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

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