Pam Gross, program manager of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society, irons a wall-hanging that was donated to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association in Cambridge Bay on behalf of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society for its efforts to promote and protect Inuit culture. Inuit figures on the tapestry were made by the high school students, the fish were made by Arctic College students, and the rest of the tapestry was created by the elders in residence at the KHS. Trisha Ogina sewed the tapestry together. As for the kakivak, it was made during the harpoon-making program that took place at the heritage centre in March. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KITIKMEOT HERITAGE SOCIETY)
September 17, 2014 - 12:59 pm
Nunavik’s young mine workers pave way for future generations
“Sometimes it’s hard, but I keep at it because I’m always learning something new"
KUUJJUAQ — Siasi Kanarjuak never imagined working at a mine.
Growing up in Kangiqsujuaq on Nunavik’s Hudson Strait coast, she was aware of the nickel mine operating only 60 kilometres to the south. She knew people from her community who commuted there for work.
But in her mid-20s, something...
September 17, 2014 - 11:30 am
2014 Arctic sea ice extent sixth lowest on record: data centre
Melt season wraps up
Cambridge Bay residents woke up this morning to see a sheen of ice floating on top of the water in the bay.
That’s no surprise because the end of this year’s Arctic sea ice melt season is “imminent,” according to the National Snow and Ice Date Centre, which bases its analysis on satellite images...
September 17, 2014 - 10:19 am
Family Services touts “action plan” to fix child protection in Nunavut
Department unveils plan at start of MLA committee hearing with auditor general's staff
The Government of Nunavut promises to work its way out of failing grades on its child protection services with an “action plan” that covers weaknesses first highlighted by Canada’s auditor general in 2011.
While this is a step in the right direction, Ronnie Campbell, Canada’s assistant auditor...
September 17, 2014 - 8:12 am
National business council honours Inuit leader Mary Simon
Simon selected for advancing "critical social, economic and human rights issues for Canadian Inuit"
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business has honoured Inuit leader Mary Simon with its 2014 Award of Excellence in Aboriginal Relations.
The national non-profit council, which encourages Aboriginal participation in Canada’s economy, presents the award each year to a Canadian who has...
September 17, 2014 - 7:05 am
House dust, ammunition lead to high lead levels in Inuit: study
"The aim is to reduce lead exposure as much as we can, because studies are showing toxic effects at lower and lower doses"
A new study identifying household dust as a major contributor to the high lead levels found in the blood of some Inuit has prompted the Government of Nunavut repeating a general health guideline: practice good housekeeping.
The study, conducted in 2012 by University of Ottawa researchers and...
September 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm
June clouds may mean low Arctic sea ice in September: new research
Lowest sea ice minimum matches up with cloudy early summers in the Arctic
When you look up and see high clouds in early summer, the clouds may look pretty.
But, in the Arctic, these clouds appear to be linked to less sea ice cover on the Arctic Ocean in September and October, say a group of Korean researchers.
They found a connection between that high cloud cover over...
September 16, 2014 - 2:37 pm
Nunavik’s new beluga management system promises more flexibility
“It’s just a different formula, with the same results"
Nunavik’s new management system for the region’s beluga whale hunt should give the region’s communities more flexibility in how they harvest, says the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board.
While Nunavik’s beluga hunting season has generally run from April to November, under the new system......
September 16, 2014 - 1:39 pm
Business leaders, artists, trainers to gather in central Nunavut
Fifth annual Kivalliq Trade Show set to begin Sept. 29
With this year’s theme of “Sivumut Kivalliq — Moving the Kivalliq Forward,” the fifth annual Kivalliq Trade Show is set to kick off at the end of this month and promises a trademark roster of workshops, exhibitors, art sales, entertainment and plenty of business networking opportunities.
September 16, 2014 - 12:24 pm
Firefighters put out dying remains of four-month-old Iqaluit dump fire
“We’ve got nothing coming out of it anymore”
Industrial firefighters were ready to stamp out the last remnants of Iqaluit’s dump fire, Sept. 16, just 17 days into their campaign to extinguish the football-field-sized mound that has burned since May 20.
Site manager Mike Noblett of Global Forensics Inc., contracted to run the city’s...
September 16, 2014 - 8:16 am
Ottawa approves second bowhead whale for Baffin region next year
Nunavut hunters in Baffin may catch two bowhead whales in 2015
Hunters in Nunavut’s Baffin region can look forward to hunting a second bowhead whale next year, when the region’s annual bowhead quota increases from one to two.
That’s following a recent decision by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, whose minister Gail Shea, agreed Aug. 18 to increase Nunavut’s total...
September 16, 2014 - 7:01 am
Woman, 26, dies, four injured in Cape Dorset ATV accident
Out-of-control all-terrain vehicle ejected driver and five passengers, police said
A 26-year-old Cape Dorset woman is dead after the all-terrain vehicle she and others were riding on lost control over the weekend, the Nunavut RCMP said Sept. 15.
Four other passengers, three adults and a youth, were airlifted out of the community to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries,...
September 15, 2014 - 5:03 pm
Iqaluit council abruptly dismisses city’s top administrative boss
John Hussey departs city after 13 years of service, more than six as CAO
Iqaluit city council has “severed its relationship” with the city’s chief administrative officer, John Hussey, acting mayor Mary Wilman announced Monday, Sept. 15.
Hussey’s service with the city ended Sept. 12, after council voted to end his employment, Wilman said.
She said a clause in the...
September 15, 2014 - 2:37 pm
Nunavut’s pro hockey star hopes to continue career in New Jersey
Jordin Tootoo set for unsigned tryout with Devils, and to mark start of hockey season with autobiography
Nunavut’s top hockey player, Jordin Tootoo, will get a chance to keep his career going in the National Hockey League with the New Jersey Devils, according to sports news media in New Jersey.
Reporter Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media confirmed Sept. 13 that Tootoo, who is an unrestricted free agent,...
September 15, 2014 - 1:42 pm
NWC to expand three Nunavut stores, despite lower earnings
Second quarter results show North West Co.'s Canadian profits are falling
Residents of three Nunavut communities will do their shopping inside expanded, spiffed up Northern stores by next summer, the North West Co. announced Sept. 15.
The Winnipeg-based international retailer said it’s spending $11 million to add retail and warehouse space to Northern outlets in Clyde...
A group of students from Iguarsivik School in Puvirnituq travelled to Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Que., on the Ottawa River, from Sept. 7 to Sept. 14 for a kayak training camp with Greenland kayak champion Maligiaq Padilla. The trip was made possible with the support from Makivik Corp., through the Ungaluk program, as well as Air Inuit, the Kativik School Board and student fundraising. Front to back, left to right: Annie Sivuarapik, Elisapie Nastapoka, Illutak Tukalak, Jackussi Qumaluk, Eric Ittukallak, Attamie Qumaluk, Levi Novalinga, Winnie Qumaluk, Akinisie Sivuarapik, Levi Crow, Jackussi Amamatuak, Judy Renaud, Logan Allooloo-Renaud, Maligiaq Padilla, Alain Cloutier, Qumak Tukalak, Karen Allooloo, Anne Cloutier. (PHOTO BY NANCY THERRIEN)