Rest in peace: The late acclaimed artist Annie Pootoogook at a 2009 show of her work in New York City, photographed by Justin Nobel for Nunatsiaq News. The Ottawa Police is asking for anyone with information regarding the movements of Annie Pootoogook in the days leading up to the discovery of her body earlier this month to contact the Major Crime Section. On Sept. 19, at about 8:50 a.m. a body was discovered in the water close to Bordeleau Park in Lowertown, an Ottawa Police Service news release said Sept. 23.. The body has been identified as Pootoogook, who was 46 years old. Anyone who saw her the days leading up to Sept. 19 can contact the Major Crime Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493. You can also make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app. (PHOTO BY JUSTIN NOBEL)
September 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Citing reasonable doubt, judge acquits Iqaluit artist on assault charges
“I can’t say I believe… or that I disbelieve”
Jonathan Cruz, the well-known Nunavut mural artist and one-time youth advocate, admitted to tearing out his former partner’s hair in the heat of an argument.
He also admitted to lunging at her, putting her in headlocks, giving her a fat lip, inflicting bruises on her arms and chest and leaving...
September 23, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Ship director and Inuk Ranger tell the tale of Terror
"I believed him right from the start... So why not change the plan and follow a story that I believed to be true?”
The day Adrian Schimnowski met Sammy Kogvik was not what you might call memorable. But, the day after, the two men made history.
Kogvik, a 49-year-old Inuk Canadian Ranger, came aboard the Arctic Research Foundation’s vessel, the Martin Bergmann, in Gjoa Haven shortly after noon Sept. 2, in a...
September 23, 2016 - 1:10 pm
GN slashes funding to Nunavut Tourism, grabs more authority
Tourism association’s funding plummets to $1 million from $3 million
The Government of Nunavut has engineered a shake-up at Nunavut Tourism, cutting two-thirds of the association’s funding and transferring much of its work back to the Department of Economic Development and Transportation.
The GN will reduce funding to the territory’s independent, not-for-profit...
September 23, 2016 - 11:45 am
Ottawa not ready to back Nunavut’s road to the Arctic Ocean
No funding yet for Grays Bay road-port proposal
(Updated Sept. 24, 9 a.m.)
The federal government is not yet ready to support one of the Government of Nunavut’s biggest infrastructure dreams: the 227-kilometre Grays Bay road-port project in the western part of the territory.
“As far as the Grays Bay project is concerned, it is not at a stage...
September 23, 2016 - 10:00 am
Nunavut hunter saves injured bald eagle
“I would have let it die but I like eagles... big, strong and beautiful”
Cedric Manik is a full-time hunter, husband and father of four in Arviat, but on Sept. 18, while out on the land, he decided to become an animal-saver instead.
Manik told Nunatsiaq News he was about seven hours by all-terrain vehicle outside of Arviat and heading home after hunting caribou with...
September 23, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavut government to close Iqaluit youth home at month’s end
GN says Illagiitugut home for youth may re-open in four to six months, if they can find a contractor
While many Nunavummiut worry about the shortage of social and family services in the territory, a facility in Iqaluit that offers such a service for youth will close Sept. 30.
Iqaluit’s Illagiitugut Group Home for youth will shut down on that date, though the Government of Nunavut said it hopes...
September 23, 2016 - 7:00 am
Nunavut minister praises police, schools for swift response to bomb scare
But police have few details on source of threats
While few people believed the Sept. 22 bomb threats against Nunavut’s 43 schools held much weight, officials were more than happy to confirm the territory is safe from harm.
Just before 9 a.m. that day, Education Minister Paul Quassa received a phone call and a copy of a fax sent to police, ......
September 22, 2016 - 5:00 pm
Nunavut schools close due to territory-wide bomb threats
School threats later followed with bomb threat at Iqaluit airport
(Updated at 5:55 p.m.)
Nunavut police say bomb threats sent to the RCMP early Sept. 22 are not credible.
The territorial government closed all of Nunavut’s schools early Sept. 22, following a wide-spread bomb threat sent to police the same morning.
Nunavut RCMP said they received a threat at...
September 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut judge sentences Cambridge Bay man to four months for weed trafficking
Quentin Crockatt, 32, gets four months in jail, 16-month probation
CAMBRIDGE BAY—A 32-year-old Cambridge Bay man hugged his girlfriend and then walked out of the Arctic Lodge courtroom with an RCMP officer to start serving his four-month sentence for marijuana possession and trafficking following the end of this trial Sept. 22.
After his release from custody,...
September 22, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Museum of Nature gets big financial boost for Arctic Gallery
“The goal of this gallery is to enhance and transform people’s understanding of the Arctic"
OTTAWA—A large circumpolar map lies on the floor and people walk over it, exploring the relics of the Arctic.
Some mastodon teeth, fossils and a display of Nunavut plants were part of a sample exhibit in the upcoming 8,000-square-foot gallery which the Canadian Museum of Nature will open next...
September 22, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Nunavik community faces $5 million in material losses from fires
"Our fires are happening at home with things that should be put out of reach"
Among Nunavik’s 14 communities, Puvirnituq suffered some of the highest material loss from fires over the last five years.
Between 2011 and 2015, the Hudson coast community saw 45 fires, which translated into an estimated material loss of $5.6 million.
“In Puvirnituq, the loss of buildings is way...
September 22, 2016 - 10:00 am
In wake of Nunavut’s Jericho mine fiasco, terminated workers still unpaid
Defunct company’s former executives refuse to make severance payments
We shouldn’t be on the hook for severance pay owed to workers at Shear Diamonds Ltd. who in 2012 abruptly lost their jobs when the Jericho diamond mine went belly-up, the company’s ex-bosses said in Nunavut court earlier this month.
Shear Diamonds Ltd., under CEO Pamela Strand, bought the...
September 22, 2016 - 8:30 am
National suicide prevention conference coming to Nunavut’s capital
Murray Sinclair, Carol Todd, among speakers and presenters at October conference
When teenager Amanda Todd made a video using words on flash cards to tell a painful story of bullying, self-harm and suicide attempts and then uploaded it to YouTube Sept. 7, 2012, she wrote a message to those who might watch.
“I hope I can show you that everyone has a story and everyones [sic]...
September 22, 2016 - 7:00 am
Nunavut: a fast, efficient justice system where victims fare poorly
National report card gives Nunavut stellar marks for efficiency and fairness, failing marks for victim services
Nunavut’s justice system deserves some of the highest marks in Canada for efficiency, fairness and access to justice, but failing marks for victims’ services and costs, an Ottawa-based think-tank found in a national report card released Sept. 21.
The report card, done for the Macdonald-Laurier...
September 21, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavik’s stay-in-school project enters second phase
Esuma will now focus on parenting, community-based initiatives
KUUJJUAQ—Nunavik’s multi-organizational effort to tackle drop-out rates in the region has wound down its first phase, with plans to ramp up a second phase focused on community action.
Esuma, roughly translated as “thinking” in Inuktitut, is based on a Quebec model that recognizes drop-out rates as...
September 21, 2016 - 2:30 pm
CamBay mayor critical of Nunavut MP Tootoo’s unannounced visit
"I had no idea he was in town"
CAMBRIDGE BAY—Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo slipped in and out of Cambridge Bay last week, meeting only a handful of constituents during an unpublicized, unannounced visit to the western Nunavut community.
“You may not have known Hunter was in town,” Mayor Jeannie Ehaloak told hamlet councillors Sept....
September 21, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Rejected Nunavut gold project seeks support from CamBay hamlet council
Sabina wants a second chance from Ottawa, Nunavut regulators
CAMBRIDGE BAY—Another letter of support for its Back River gold mine project, whose future is now in limbo: That’s what Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. would like to receive from the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay.
To that end, Matthew Pickard, Sabina’s vice president for the environment and sustainability,...
Inukjuamiut hosted a surprise party for Air Inuit pilot Melissa Haney as she touched down in Inukjuak Sept. 19 to celebrate Haney making captain of the Dash 8, the first Inuk woman at the airline to do so. Crowds greeted Haney with handmade signs, decorations and an Air Inuit-themed cake that read: “Inukjuamiut are honoured and proud of you Captain Haney.” Read more later at Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY CAROLINE OWEETALUKTUK)