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Actor Emma Thompson, right, in yellow top, pays a visit to the Ilisaqsivik Society during a recent visit to the North Baffin community of about 1,000 people. Thompson and her daughter Gaia spent nearly two weeks in Clyde River as part of a Greenpeace visit to install solar panels on the community hall and support the community's stand against seismic testing for undersea hydrocarbons off Baffin's east coast. That fight goes to the Supreme Court of Canada in November. Ilisaqsivik is an award-winning society that runs numerous programs for all members of the community from children and new moms to men's groups and elders. They also run a social enterprise called the Naujaaraaluit Hotel which, through its subsidiary company, Tukumaaq Inc., funnels profits to the society. According to the society's Facebook page, Thompson met with staff, learned about the programs and even participated in some traditional games. (ILISAQSIVIK FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Actor Emma Thompson, right, in yellow top, pays a visit to the Ilisaqsivik Society during a recent visit to the North Baffin community of about 1,000 people. Thompson and her daughter Gaia spent nearly two weeks in Clyde River as part of a Greenpeace visit to install solar panels on the community hall and support the community's stand against seismic testing for undersea hydrocarbons off Baffin's east coast. That fight goes to the Supreme Court of Canada in November. Ilisaqsivik is an award-winning society that runs numerous programs for all members of the community from children and new moms to men's groups and elders. They also run a social enterprise called the Naujaaraaluit Hotel which, through its subsidiary company, Tukumaaq Inc., funnels profits to the society. According to the society's Facebook page, Thompson met with staff, learned about the programs and even participated in some traditional games. (ILISAQSIVIK FACEBOOK PHOTO)
NEWS August 26, 2016 - 4:50 pm

Housing, healing and rehabilitating Nunavut inmates: Have your say

Government announces community consultations for new Corrections Act

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated at 4:50 p.m.)

Along with asking you what you might want included in a new Education Act, the Nunavut government also wants to know what Nunavummiut think about how convicted criminals are incarcerated and then reintegrated into the community.

Following an announcement in the Nunavut...

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NEWS August 26, 2016 - 4:10 pm

Solar panel installation successful in northern Nunavut town

“The solar panels on our community hall will allow us to produce energy with less diesel while saving money at the same time"

LISA GREGOIRE

It was cold on the hands sometimes and they didn’t always have the exact tool they were looking for, but the man in charge of installing 27 solar panels on Clyde River’s community hall says with help from local people, the job got done.

Duncan Martin, a solar panel installer from the Vancouver...

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NEWS August 26, 2016 - 11:45 am

Nunavik midwives deliver centre’s 3,000th baby

“They do an amazing job"

SARAH ROGERS

Leah Unaluk feels lucky that she could deliver all five of her children so close to home — at the maternity centre in her hometown of Puvirnituq, along Nunavik’s Hudson coast.

But baby number five, born after a quick, two-hour labour in the early hours of Aug. 19, brought an extra reason to...

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NEWS August 26, 2016 - 8:30 am

Free singing, acting workshop returns to Nunavut capital

"You get to bring emotions up to the forefront, real or imagined, while in a safe place”

THOMAS ROHNER

Sometimes, the best learning happens when you don’t realize you’re learning — you’re too busy having fun and being creative.

That’s the philosophy of opera singer and music teacher Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor who will bring back a popular music and acting workshop to Iqaluit next week for the second...

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NEWS August 26, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut women’s group asks Ottawa to reconsider MMIWG inquiry commissioner

"The families were very clear"

SARAH ROGERS

Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women is added its voice to a call for Ottawa to appoint an Inuk commissioner for the upcoming national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

After months of consultation, the federal government formally announced the inquiry Aug. 3, along with a...

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NEWS August 25, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Retired social worker walks, talks for Inuit foster children

"This is a Canadian issue, this isn't just an Inuit situation"

SARAH ROGERS

Lorraine Loranger wants to see more safe houses for Nunavik children, women and their families, and she’s willing to walk across the country for it.

The retired social worker, who spent part of her career in Nunavik, is about 1,400 kilometres into a cross-country expedition that she embarked on...

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NEWS August 25, 2016 - 3:30 pm

Kugluktuk man charged with arson

Bruce Ohokak, 22, facing charges related to Aug. 1 incident

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 22-year-old man is facing charges of arson and breach of undertaking in relation to a suspicious fire Aug. 1 at a residence in the western Nunavut town of Kugluktuk.

The Nunavut RCMP issued a news release Aug. 25 saying officers responded Aug. 1 to a suspicious fire at an unoccupied residence,...

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NEWS August 25, 2016 - 1:15 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21

Top of 5 stories: lack of official comment on Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo's woes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The lead story again this week was on a recurring topic: Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo — and how the “cone of silence,” an idiom born within the 1960s spy-spoof television show “Get Smart,” appears to have fallen upon Nunavut public officials with regard to the Hunter Tootoo controversy.

Tootoo ......

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COMMENTARY August 25, 2016 - 11:45 am

Legal Ease, Aug. 24

Limits of the Law

JAMES MORTON

The law does not deal with everything.

And that’s a good thing — one definition of a totalitarian state is a place where everything is prescribed — from what you say, to what you think, to where you live and what you do in your spare time.

In Canada most things are not governed in a prescriptive...

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NEWS August 25, 2016 - 10:00 am

Iqaluit City Council set to adopt new vision statement

Vision, mission and values to serve as preface to upcoming strategic plan

STEVE DUCHARME

The City of Iqaluit is set to adopt a new vision statement that celebrates the cultural diversity of Nunavut’s “hub” city and makes new calls for transparency and accountability, following an approved draft presented Aug. 23 to city councillors.

The document was drafted by a special committee...

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NEWS August 25, 2016 - 8:30 am

Respected Nunavut huntress helped catch Igloolik’s latest bowhead

“Oh yeah, she’s a good hunter. She catches more seal and caribou than me”

THOMAS ROHNER

Lucy Kublu-Qattalik sees nothing unusual about being the only huntress to have joined about 20 men on Igloolik’s recent successful bowhead whale hunt.

Like many others in Inuit Nunangat, Kublu-Qattalik, 42, spent a lot of time as a kid with her family camping out on the land.

“When I was...

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NEWS August 25, 2016 - 7:00 am

Iqaluit council ponders import fee on new vehicles

Imposition of levy on imported vehicles would require changes to territorial legislation

STEVE DUCHARME

The City of Iqaluit says it will work with the Government of Nunavut to implement a front-end import levy aimed at paying for the disposal of end-of-life vehicles, following a resolution passed by Iqaluit City Council Aug. 23.

Described by councillors as a long-standing issue for Iqaluit, the city...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut women’s group calls Tootoo’s conduct an “abuse of power”

“We expect our elected leaders to respect and model respect for women"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Nunavut women’s group has spoken out against Hunter Tootoo’s conduct, calling the now-independent MP’s recent behaviour an “abuse of power.”

Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women broke a weeks-long silence among many organizations in the territory, issuing a release Aug. 24, which denounces the...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Liberals paid Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo a salary during 2015 campaign

Tootoo asked for $18,000, settled for $10,000 during 78-day election campaign

JANE GEORGE

Unlike other candidates in the last federal election, Hunter Tootoo, the Liberal candidate for Nunavut MP, received a salary.

Tootoo, according to documents filed with Elections Canada, was paid $10,000 on Sept. 15, out of $18,000 he billed for — that’s about $238 a day for the 78-day election...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Nunavut capital makes emergency infrastructure repairs

Mayor says full audit of city facilities, maintenance protocols and human capacity to follow

LISA GREGOIRE

After letting some infrastructure replacement and maintenance lapse, the City of Iqaluit is trying to get its house in order, starting this week with up to $150,000 in emergency repairs.

Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern confirmed Aug. 24 that about 80 per cent of the work, authorized by a motion...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 11:45 am

Unionized city workers demonstrate at Iqaluit City Hall

NEU upset that presentation to city councillors was re-scheduled

STEVE DUCHARME

About 20 unionized employees of the City of Iqaluit, weearing neon green shirts reading, “I support my bargaining team,” gathered outside the doors of city hall as mayor Madeleine Redfern and other city councillors arrived for regular city council meetings Aug. 23.

The demonstration followed the...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavut court softens impact of victims of crime surcharges

Judge rules surcharges can be imposed concurrently

THOMAS ROHNER

The Nunavut Court of Justice has dealt a blow to a controversial fine surcharge levied against convicted offenders in Canada.

In October 2013, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government amended a federal law that forced convicted offenders to pay a mandatory victim of crime surcharge for...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 8:30 am

Ottawa gallery to celebrate Nunavut’s Alootook Ipellie in 2018 exhibit

Curator reaching out to collectors to share their works

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA — Nine years after his death, the Carleton University Art Gallery is gearing up to celebrate the life and works of Alootook Ipellie, described by a curator as one of the most unsung Inuit artists of modern times.

Ipellie, an illustrator, photographer, poet and writer, spent most of his...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut board recommends green light for Crystal Serenity Northwest Passage tour

"Unlikely to result in significant adverse environmental and social impacts"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Impact Review Board has recommended that Canada’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs minister, Carolyn Bennett, and other Canadian authorities, approve a plan by the Crystal Cruises firm to bring its Crystal Serenity vessel through the Northwest Passage.

The tourism project is “not likely...

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NEWS August 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm

E. coli found in Nunavut community’s water system

Sanikiluaq continues to see high sodium levels in drinking water

SARAH ROGERS

Sanikiluaq’s water woes continue this summer, with the recent detection of E. coli bacteria in the community’s water system.

The E. coli is not in the larger water supply, said the Government of Nuvaut’s health department, but the bacteria has been detected in two different locations in the...

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NEWS August 23, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Quebec investigators look into Nunavik vehicle collision

Male passenger ejected from ATV during Puvirnituq police chase

SARAH ROGERS

Quebec’s newly-established office of independent investigations is looking into a Nunavik vehicle collision that left a passenger seriously injured Aug. 21.

That evening, just after 9 p.m., the Kativik Regional Police Force responded to a call about two Puvirnituq residents using their all-terrain...

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NEWS August 23, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik youth hunt butterflies on the tundra

Survey finds butterfly species never before seen in Quebec

SARAH ROGERS

Suzanna Aragutak has the careful task of pinning dozens of small and colourful winged creatures into a wooden framed specimen box.

This is the fruit of her labour: the Umiujaq teen spent a week out on the land earlier this month with a net and a basket, collecting one of Nunavik’s most delicate...

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A fox pup rests in the warm Sanikiluaq sunshine Aug. 16 about five kilometres outside of town. According to our contributer, the fox had a sibling that was shy and stayed away but this one was unperturbed by the human presence and even came up to the photographer while she was picking berries. Foxes are common on the Belcher Islands where Sanikiluaq, Nunavut's most southerly community, is located. (PHOTO BY SARAH MEEKO)
A fox pup rests in the warm Sanikiluaq sunshine Aug. 16 about five kilometres outside of town. According to our contributer, the fox had a sibling that was shy and stayed away but this one was unperturbed by the human presence and even came up to the photographer while she was picking berries. Foxes are common on the Belcher Islands where Sanikiluaq, Nunavut's most southerly community, is located. (PHOTO BY SARAH MEEKO)

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