This image of a polar bear, recently hunted in Arctic Bay, made the rounds on Twitter Dec. 4 after Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq retweeted the photo, with the message "Enjoy!" That sparked a flurry of support and criticism of the Inuit polar bear hunt, with many arguing the animals are threatened and shouldn't be hunted at all. "I will continue to stand up for Inuit and Northern communities who rely on the polar bear hunt," Aglukkaq later tweeted to her followers. Aglukkaq led a Canadian delegation at an international forum on polar bear conservation in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 4-6, where Arctic nations signed a joint declaration aimed at furthering the conservation and management of polar bears — a plan that will also integrate aboriginal traditional knowledge. Read more at nunatsiaqonline.ca (TWITTER PHOTO)
December 06, 2013 - 5:18 pm
Nunavut court to decide spouse-killer’s parole ineligibility Dec. 9
Lawyers present Justice Earl Johnson with range of 12 to 15 years
Following a sentencing hearing in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit Dec. 6, when lawyers presented options ranging from 12 to 15 years, Justice Earl Johnson said he would rule Dec. 9 on convicted murderer Adrian Van Eindhoven’s period of parole ineligibility.
Crown and defence lawyers each...
December 06, 2013 - 11:32 am
Transport Canada denies screening station to Puvirnituq airport
Elders, medical patients en route to Montreal must disembark at La Grande for screening
KUUJJUAQ — The Kativik Regional Government wants to make travel easier for passengers taking off from the Puvirnituq airport.
That’s after Transport Canada recently sent a letter to the KRG refusing its request to designate the airport for Canadian Air Travel Security Authority screening, regional...
December 06, 2013 - 8:28 am
ArcticNet conference unfolding next week in Halifax
Research topics explore northern environment and its peoples
If you want to know what’s happening in contemporary Arctic research today — from animal behaviours to housing to melting permafrost and underwater fibre optic cable — find a way to get to Halifax next week.
ArcticNet’s ninth annual scientific meeting will be held from Dec. 9 to Dec. 13 at...
December 06, 2013 - 7:27 am
Nunavummiut mourn Father Jusipi
Catholic priest ministered for 59 years in Nunavut and Nunavik
Communities in central Nunavut on Dec. 1 mourned the death of Father Joseph Meeus, who ministered to several Catholic churches in Nunavut and Nunavik for more than 50 years. He was 86.
Better known as Father Jusipi, Meeus last served as priest in Rankin Inlet, where he was minister to Mary Our...
December 06, 2013 - 6:45 am
Ghana-Canada musical fusion comes to Iqaluit Dec. 8
CanadAfrica closes Alianait’s 2013 concert series
The sounds and rhythms of Ghana, teamed up with harmonica-driven folk and blues, will reverberate in Iqaluit Dec. 8.
Mike Stevens and dancer-percussionist Okaidja Afroso will share their fresh tunes sprung from the collaboration, CanadAfrica, which includes pieces from their newly-released album...
December 05, 2013 - 5:57 pm
Inuit leaders thank Nelson Mandela for his courage, insight
"He taught us the true meaning of forgiveness"
Canadian Inuit leaders say they plan to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, 95, who died at his Johannesburg, South Africa home Dec. 5.
Mandela may have lived a world away, but Inuit leaders say his fight against racism, inequality and poverty resonated deeply with Inuit.
“Nelson Mandela taught...
December 05, 2013 - 4:55 pm
Taissumani: July 25, 2008
This is a reprint of an article by the Nunatsiaq News history columnist, Kenn Harper, first published as a Taissumani column in 2008.
Iqaluit is blessed with an airport two miles in length, which means that it often attracts interesting and unexpected visitors.
From Hollywood movie stars to...
December 05, 2013 - 2:44 pm
New CEO changing the Nunavut Trust’s direction
“It’s exciting to be changing, taking over and having a good team behind me”
After 20 years of managing $1.1 billion in land claim funds and at the same time growing the capital and paying for operations and programs at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the three regional associations, the Nunavut Trust is setting a new course.
That course includes shifting its investment...
December 05, 2013 - 1:39 pm
Small Nunavik community wants the travelling court to return
“Sometimes that visual support from parents is important"
KUUJJUAQ — It’s been years since Quebec’s travelling court has stopped in Ivujivik, a community at the northwest tip of Nunavik.
The court used to set up at the local school gymnasium, until school administrators decided they didn’t want students to see handcuffed offenders escorted in and out of...
December 05, 2013 - 10:38 am
Nunavut cops plan impaired driving crackdown Dec. 7
Nunavut RCMP participates in national enforcement effort
As part of a national campaign, Nunavut’s RCMP members plan to target impaired drivers across the territory this weekend.
On Dec. 7, RCMP members in all 25 communities will take part in an enforcement operation to crackdown on impaired drivers of vehicles, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or...
December 05, 2013 - 7:21 am
New study shows heavy rainfall killing peregrine chicks
“The nestlings died from hypothermia and in some cases, from drowning in their flooded nests"
An increase in heavy rainfall in the Canadian Arctic is posing a threat to the survival of one of the Arctic’s most efficient predators, the peregrine falcon.
Researchers at the University of Alberta and the Université de Québec have found that more frequent heavy rains — brought on by warmer...
Karen Annanack enjoyed a visit with Santa Claus Dec. 5 at a holiday bazaar held at Kuujjuaq's Jaanimmarik school. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)