Construction continues on the Government of Nunavut's fancy new Iqaluit air terminal, part of the GN's $418.9-million, 30-year airport deal, which includes extensive runway repaving and a new service building near the RCMP hangar for storing airport maintenance and firefighting vehicles. In their most recent legislative assembly sitting, MLAs voted to dump $77.26 million into the project. A private consortium called Arctic Infrastructure Partners took control of the airport site last July and now runs it through an entity called Nunavut Airport Services Ltd. The work is supposed be done by August-September 2017. (PHOTO BY JIM BELL)
November 25, 2014 - 2:52 pm
Roots-folk performer brings international appeal to Iqaluit Dec. 6
Sarah MacDougall closes Alianait’s 2014 concert series
The Yukon-based singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall’s music has caught on in much of Canada and Europe.
Iqalungmiut will soon getr a chance to listen in Dec. 6, when Alianait Arts brings the award-winning folk-roots artist to Nunavut for the first time.
The Swedish-born Canadian singer’s work...
November 25, 2014 - 1:29 pm
On Nov. 25, think orange: UN
Orange symbolizes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
“Orange your neighbourhood” and show you want to end violence against women.
From Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to Dec. 10, Human Rights Day, the United Nations is promoting its annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
November 25, 2014 - 11:55 am
Police charge Nunavut man with murder in Rankin woman’s death
Dwayne Sateana, 30, of Rankin Inlet charged with second degree murder in death of Edith Angalik, 25
A 30-year-old Rankin Inlet man, Dwayne Sateana, has been charged with charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Edith Angalik, with whom he had been in a relationship.
The body of the 25-year-old Rankin Inlet mother of three was found outdoors in the Area 5 section of the...
November 25, 2014 - 11:14 am
Ottawa police investigator testifies on day one of Nunavut inquest
Scene at Solomon Uyarasuk's death in custody not secured for six hours
IGLOOLIK — When RCMP found Solomon Uyarasuk in the Igloolik RCMP detachment’s prison cell Sept. 24, 2012, the young man was hanging from a nylon belt fastened around his neck and attached to the cell door.
That was just some of the heart-rending testimony heard by a six-person jury on Nov. 24 —...
November 25, 2014 - 10:37 am
Auditor General: NNC does not verify if consumers benefit from subsidy
“There is no indicator to measure whether the full subsidy was being passed on to consumers”
(Updated 12:45 p.m., Nov. 25)
The Nutrition North Canada air freight subsidy program does not ensure that northern retailers pass the full subsidy on to consumers, the Auditor General of Canada, Michael Ferguson said Nov. 25.
“The northern retailers have attested to the department that they do...
November 25, 2014 - 10:33 am
Nunavik elders, meet iPad
New project helps Nunavik elders reach friends, family in other communities
KUUJJUAQ — Jeannie Papigatuk sits down in the main room of the Tusaajiapik elders home in Kuujjuaq and pulls a sleek new tablet from its packaging.
The elders in the room don’t budge.
When Papigatuk invites residents to come over and look at the computer, a woman watching television waves her arm...
November 25, 2014 - 8:51 am
Greenland candidates enter final stretch before Nov. 28 election
Uranium mining among campaign's top issues
With only four days to go before voters in Greenland go to the polls Nov. 28 to choose a new parliament, you can see election posters everywhere around the capital city of Nuuk, where recent debates have featured party leaders promoting their platforms.
Some political observers have guessed at a...
November 25, 2014 - 8:43 am
Hydro-Québec looks at Nunavik’s energy consumption
First tier rate only 5.4 cents per kW hour right now
KUUJJUAQ — Hydro Quebec has postponed a proposed electricy rate hike in Nunavik for at least another year, the Quebec power utility says, while it takes a closer look at the region’s energy consumption.
That will help Quebec’s power corporation better understand the realities of energy use in the...
November 25, 2014 - 7:36 am
Ottawa proposes short-term housing agreement for Nunavik
"We tried to negotiate more housing under this agreement, considering the shortage"
KUUJJUAQ — As Nunavik’s current tripartite housing agreement nears its end, the federal government has proposed a new short-term extension to buy more negotiating time.
The current five-year agreement between the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau, Makivik Corp. and the governments of Quebec and...
November 25, 2014 - 6:30 am
Nunavut Tunngavik announces advance poll Dec. 1
Vote early Dec. 1, or on Dec. 8 election day
If you want to cast your ballot early in the election to choose a new vice president for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., you can do so on Dec. 1 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time.
Two men and one woman are running for NTI’s second-in-charge position: Douglas Aggark of Chesterfield Inlet, incumbent ......
November 24, 2014 - 3:22 pm
Speak up! Add your voice to the indigenous language challenge
"In the spirit of language revitalization, please post videos of yourselves speaking your beautiful indigenous languages"
Here’s a challenge that doesn’t involve dumping ice water on your head, shaving the hair off your head or growing a mustache.
All you have to do is record a video of yourself speaking Inuktitut and post it on a Facebook page.
The Indigenous Language Challenge has invited all indigenous people to...
November 24, 2014 - 2:50 pm
The Inuit versus the oil patch in the eastern Arctic
“The right to be consulted is at the centre of this legal case”
NADER HASAN and JERRY NATANINE
A major legal challenge to a controversial National Energy Board decision will soon be heard in court.
This one’s going to make history. It’s the first true grassroots opposition to Canada’s drive to drill for oil in the Arctic, and it’s pushing back against an NEB...
November 24, 2014 - 1:33 pm
Inquest into Nunavut police custody death now underway in Igloolik
"We have to support each other: witnesses, family and people speaking for the family"
IGLOOLIK — With jury selection completed, a mandatory coroner’s inquest into the death of Solomon Uyarasuk got underway at the old community hall in Igloolik Nov. 24.
Uyarasuk died Sept. 24, 2012 while in police custody. The jury, comprising three men and three women from the community, are...
November 24, 2014 - 11:58 am
Generous donors bring homeless girl back to Nunavut
“Winnipeg is a really scary city to be homeless in”
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — The recent plight of a Cambridge Bay father to bring his daughter home from the streets of Winnipeg to western Nunavut has come to a happy ending.
Angela Anavilok is back home in that Kitikmeot community, safe and sound, thanks to the fundraising efforts...
November 24, 2014 - 11:14 am
Nunavik woman’s death prompts calls for inquiry
Aupaluk woman alleged to have died following altercation with local police, careless medical attention
The Quebec coroner’s office could be called in to investigate the recent death of a woman in Aupaluk in co-ordination with the Kativik Regional Police Force and assistance from the Surêté du Québec, a SQ spokesperson confirmed Nov. 24.
But the SQ’s Benoît Coutu was unable to say whether this would...
November 24, 2014 - 9:30 am
Book review: Salluit HBC trader recounts an extraordinary life
Donald Cameron: "I wrote it simply, for the family"
Most people in Nunavik know Donald Cameron well and many people around Nunavut may remember him too.
Cameron, who’s lived in Salluit for more than 30 years, spent his first 17 years, from 1966 onward, as a fur trader with the Hudson’s Bay Co., living in communities across Canada’s North.
Maika Harper, left, an Iqaluit-raised Inuk actress stars in a new Canadian television series called “Mohawk Girls,” which premieres on APTN Nov. 25, Harper plays the role of Anna in the dramatic comedy that follows the lives of four young women on the Kahnawake reserve outside of Montreal. Visit aptn.ca/mohawkgirls/ to see when the show airs in your region. (PHOTO COURTESY OF APTN)