Canada's premiers, including Nunavut premier Peter Taptuna at the far right, gathered in Ottawa Jan. 30 for the group's winter meeting. One of the major issues discussed was economic growth in the country's provinces and territories; premiers called Jan. 30 for a stronger commitment from the federal government and greater federal funding. (PHOTO COURTESY OF Y. PEPA)
January 30, 2015 - 4:11 pm
My Little Corner of Canada, Jan. 30
Nunavut has the potential to have a productive economy. We have a lot natural resources which the world wants.
But, at the moment, we are poor compared to other regions of Canada.
We occupy 40 per cent of Canada’s lands and waters. We have a large territory but our population would not even...
January 30, 2015 - 2:25 pm
Food packages helping to feed hungry Nunavummiut, here and now
“What we're doing is not the answer... however that takes time"
You could call it a food love-in.
It’s a scene now posted regularly to the popular Facebook group Helping Our Northern Neighbours: a photo of an Inuk child sitting on the floor at home, surrounded by non-perishable food items like boxes of cereal, pasta and canned vegetables.
Above the photo, a...
January 30, 2015 - 12:45 pm
The future of Baffin caribou to be hashed out at Iqaluit meeting
Wildlife board to hold hearings March 11 and March 12 on caribou management plan
With a hunting moratorium now in place for caribou on Baffin Island as a stop-gap measure to protect the dwindling herds, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board now must consider a long-term plan for the eastern Arctic’s iconic species and long-time provider of country food.
The NWMB will host...
January 30, 2015 - 11:14 am
Nunavik women’s group to host second-ever conference
Five-day conference will offer forum for women's issues, training and workshops
Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik is hosting its second regional women’s conference this winter in the Hudson Bay community of Akulivik.
Saturviit is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to give voice to Inuit women and children and to support positive, healthy communities.
January 30, 2015 - 7:13 am
Nunavut power utility responds to smart meter worries
“QEC has not encountered any safety issues"
In an effort to quell health and safety concerns, Nunavut’s Qulliq Energy Corp. says its new smart meters are transmitted through existing power lines and not through radio frequency or wireless signal.
The energy corporation announced last month that it’s started a pilot project to install 27 new......
January 30, 2015 - 5:55 am
Iqaluit principal picks up national award
Sonja Lonsdale one of 40 recipients of Canada’s Outstanding Principal award
The principal at Joamie school in Iqaluit has been recognized as one of the country’s top school administrators.
Sonja Lonsdale, who has served as principal at Joamie for the last three years, is one of 40 recipients of Canada’s Outstanding Principal awards, given out each year by the Learning...
January 29, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Arctic sea ice loss is erratic, but that’s normal: study
"The Arctic is a variable place"
Arctic sea ice disappeared at an alarming rate between 2001 and 2007, and then stayed relatively stable until 2013.
But that doesn’t mean global warming has stopped, according to new research led by Environment Canada and the University of Colorado in Boulder.
A new paper published in the...
January 29, 2015 - 1:30 pm
Suicide in Nunavut: film spurs open and frank discussion
Nunavut premiere of Sol documentary draws capacity crowd in Iqaluit
When the lights came on at the Astro Theatre in Iqaluit at the conclusion of Sol — a documentary about the death of Igloolik artist Solomon Uyarasuk — silence hovered over the auditorium, full to its 115-person capacity.
As a result, the discussion on suicide that Embrace Life Council and movie...
January 29, 2015 - 12:06 pm
Nunavut murder trial postponed until next year
Jeffrey Salomonie to be tried for murder in the May 2009 death of Daisy Curley
Jeffrey Salomonie’s murder trial, to decide a charge laid in connection with the 2009 death of Daisy Curley in Iqaluit, has been adjourned for a year.
Defence lawyer James Morton and Crown lawyer Paul Bychok, each confirmed the trial, which was set to begin Feb. 2 at the Nunavut Court of Justice...
January 29, 2015 - 11:09 am
Do drug tests, criminal record checks create barriers for Inuit job-seekers?
Social assistance not enough for single parent who can’t find work
With all the commotion about the Nutrition North Canada program still a hot topic, I hope you will print my open letter to the politicians concerned.
I am a single parent with a 12-year-old son. I have no choice but to go on social assistance for help.
Each month, I get $805 to buy food,...
January 29, 2015 - 10:08 am
Makivik Corp. creates obstacles for Inuit law graduates in Nunavik
“I gave up on finding work at Makivik”
I am originally from Nunatsiavut and Nunavik. My family lives in both regions.
I am a beneficiary of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. I reside in Iqaluit. I hold three university degrees: BA, BCL, and LLB.
I am a member of the Law Societies of Upper Canada (Ontario) and Nunavut. I...
January 29, 2015 - 8:02 am
Nunavut teens off to Ottawa for leadership program
“I’m most looking forward to meeting new people”
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — The goal is to help turn teenagers into informed and engaged citizens, and future leaders.
And next week, Danielle Omilgoetok and Alysha Maksagak, Grade 10 students at Kiilinik High School in Cambridge Bay, will be the next Nunavut teenagers to be part of...
January 29, 2015 - 6:58 am
Nunavut beneficiary fears impact of uranium in her backyard
“We need to make sure we’re ready. The minerals and resources aren’t going anywhere"
In September 2005, Paula Kigjugalik Hughson flew over Akulliqpaq Qamaniq and Qamaniq Tugliqpaaq with several members of her family, most notably her aging mother, Betty, and her mother’s brother, John Killulark.
That hour-long flight over those water bodies near Baker Lake, known in English as...
January 29, 2015 - 5:57 am
Nunavik woman sues for negligence following 2011 rape in police cruiser
“I think this is a first... we have nothing to compare it to"
A young Nunavik woman is suing the Kativik Regional Police Force for gross negligence, three years after a prisoner raped her in the back of a police car.
On Sept. 19, 2011, the woman, then 17, was visiting friends in Tasiujaq, on Nunavik’s Ungava Bay coast, when she became intoxicated and was ......
January 28, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Iqaluit’s francophone parents, school commission, need unity of purpose
"It was disheartening to read recent media reports of hard feelings and conflict"
I was very fortunate to be educated in French schools while growing up in Manitoba. Being educated in French, and going to school in a 100-per-cent French environment, has given me so many wonderful opportunities.
In fact, I would never have had the chance to enjoy such a fulfilling life and...
January 28, 2015 - 2:29 pm
Trois-Soleils parents in Iqaluit want new school director and commissioners
“There’s no accountability, and that’s a fundamental problem"
A group of Iqaluit parents are calling for the resignation of Nunavut’s French school board director and its elected commissioners for what the group calls mismanagement of the territory’s only French school.
The Association des parents francophones du Nunavut (APFN) alleges that Nunavut’s...
January 28, 2015 - 1:56 pm
Valcourt says yes to second Nunavut gold mine
AAND minister accepts review board’s recommendations for Meliadine project
Nunavut’s future appears flecked with more gold after the process leading towards a second gold mine in the territory took a big step forward this week.
That’s after the federal government accepted the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s recommendations — submitted in October 2014 and anchored by 127...
A driver in Rankin Inlet takes an early morning short cut across the community's frozen Williamson Lake Jan. 30. Rankin Inlet and much of the Kivalliq region are in a deep freeze this week, with temperatures in the low minus thirty degrees Celsuis and blizzard warnings in effect for the next two days. (PHOTO BY NOEL KALUDJUK)