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Inukjuak youth Sasha Kokiapik poses at the start of her ride in this year's La Grande Traversée, a major pan-Canadian cycling event. Kokiapik, 17, is cycling a 500-kilometre stretch of the ride through southern Quebec this week, with the support of her coach Joé Juneau. Kokiapik worked with Juneau for years while she played hockey under the Nunavik Youth Hockey Development program, from which she graduates this year. You can follow Kokiapik's ride online at www.lagrandetraversee.ca/livestream/. (PHOTO BY JOE JUNEAU)
Inukjuak youth Sasha Kokiapik poses at the start of her ride in this year's La Grande Traversée, a major pan-Canadian cycling event. Kokiapik, 17, is cycling a 500-kilometre stretch of the ride through southern Quebec this week, with the support of her coach Joé Juneau. Kokiapik worked with Juneau for years while she played hockey under the Nunavik Youth Hockey Development program, from which she graduates this year. You can follow Kokiapik's ride online at www.lagrandetraversee.ca/livestream/. (PHOTO BY JOE JUNEAU)
NEWS May 26, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Quebec won’t maintain low childcare fees in Nunavik

Daycare fees could go from $7.30 to up to $20 a day for families

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — The Quebec government has refused a request by the Kativik Regional Government, aimed at protecting parents from higher childcare feeds, to maintain its current contribution to the region’s childcare program.

The province introduced amendments to its Education Childcare Act last fall,...

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NEWS May 26, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Nunavut lodge needs to protect history, caribou, commenters say

"Avoidance of disturbance to caribou should be the highest priority"

THOMAS ROHNER

Protecting nearby caribou and potential archaeological sites topped the list of concerns recently submitted to the Nunavut Impact Review Board on the proposed expansion of an eco-resort in the southwest corner of Nunavut.

The review board received a project proposal on March 10 from proponents of...

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NEWS May 26, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Nunavut mine training society gets $1.7 million from Ottawa

Society has helped place hundreds of Kivalliq Inuit into mining jobs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s Kivalliq Mine Training Society will get $1.7 million in federal funding to continue helping Nunavummiut get jobs in the mining industry.

The Rankin Inlet-based training organization has helped train and place hundreds of Inuit into mine-related jobs since its launch in January...

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NEWS May 26, 2015 - 11:05 am

Franklin expedition morphs into education website on “life and death in the Arctic”

"This is an ongoing detective story"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The failed expedition of Sir John Franklin is set to form the basis of an educational website: on June 4 in Ottawa, on the 170th anniversary of the first full day at sea of the unsuccessful British mission to find the Northwest Passage, the University of Victoria officially launched a website...

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NEWS May 26, 2015 - 9:44 am

Starting a business in Nunavik: it’s tough, but there’s support from KRG

Nunavimmiut call for creation of regional chamber of commerce

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — Most Nunavimmiut will agree — doing business in the region is tough.

That’s why the Kativik Regional Government wants Nunavimmiut to be aware of the financial support available to business people in the region

“There are pros and cons of starting to grow a business,” said Adel Yassa,...

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NEWS May 26, 2015 - 8:30 am

Local food production plan aims to feed Nunavik communities

Regional government orders chicken coops, design for portable abattoir

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — In Nunavik, the chicken will come before the egg.

The Kativik Regional Government’s department of regional and local development has put in an order for 115 egg-laying chickens which will be flown up to Kuujjuaq this summer, KRG councillors heard May 25.

In Kuujjuaq, the local hunter...

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NEWS May 26, 2015 - 7:09 am

Iqaluit parents fume over possible loss of school phys ed teacher

“You would think that the principal would have communicated with the parents"

LISA GREGOIRE

(Corrected 9:20 a.m., May 26)

If rumours are correct and the principal of Aqsarniit Middle School in Iqaluit is planning to cut the physical education teacher’s position in September, he’ll have to do battle with a number of angry local parents.

About 20 people showed up at an Iqaluit District...

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NEWS May 26, 2015 - 6:05 am

PASS program helps high school drop-outs earn diplomas online

"You can go to school even when you’re older, so don’t give up"

LISA GREGOIRE

When asked why she didn’t finish high school, Iqaluit’s Geelasia Boileau isn’t ashamed to say it: she was kind of a slacker and didn’t think school was important anyway.

She was also shy, a bit anti-social, distracted by relationships, slept in a lot and thought she would eventually get a job with...

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut youth helping to create huge downtown Toronto mural

“They don’t understand the power they have in the world as artists"

THOMAS ROHNER

A two-storey mural to be painted this summer in downtown Toronto by eight youth, including four from Cape Dorset, may include a one-of-a-kind Nunavut image: an Inuk grandfather carrying a broken-down snowmobile on his back through the streets of Cape Dorset.

Like many famous images depicted in...

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 2:17 pm

Inuit Broadcasting Corp. gets $1.3 million in federal money

Money will pay for 40 hours of Inuktitut-language programs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Inuit Broadcasting Corp. will receive $1.3 million to produce 40 hours of new Inuktitut television programming.

Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq made the announcement May 22, saying the IBC will receive $1,375,365 from the Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting section of the Aboriginal Peoples’ Program,...

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 11:18 am

From Alaska to Finland, big Arctic military exercises get started

U.S.-Canada link up in pan-North American show of airspace defence

JANE GEORGE

(Updated, May 26, 6:30 a.m.)

The Arctic airspace from Alaska to Finland will buzz with activity over the next week, as NORAD, the United States-Canada alliance aimed at protecting North American airspace, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European-North American defence alliance,...

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 10:30 am

Your choices: the five most-read stories on Nunatsiaq Online last week

Between May 16 and May 22, you wanted to read about people

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It was tales of people — good, troubled, lucky and unlucky — that attracted most of you to the Nunatsiaq Online website and the Nunatsiaq News Facebook page last week.

Here are the Nunatsiaq Online stories that you clicked, tapped or swiped most often, based on Google Analytics pageview data:

•...

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 7:14 am

Are you a young Inuk Facebook user? Pauktuutit wants to hear from you

Online survey will help inform violence prevention activities

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada wants to look at how Inuit youth use social media to find out how the organization can do better outreach and violence prevention.

As part of its Makilirit Rise Up project, Pauktuutit, in collaboration with researchers from Carleton and Western universities, has...

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 6:04 am

Nunavik doctor shares decades of experience in Qingaujaaluk

Dr. Normand Tremblay retired in 2008, wrote memoir

JANE GEORGE

If you were looking for a young doctor from the South eager to work in the North, you couldn’t do better than to have hired Normand Tremblay.

For nearly 40 years, Tremblay practiced in Kuujjuaq, arriving when that community was still known as Fort Chimo.

At the time, there was no hospital at all...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 6:45 pm

Inuit org wants Valcourt to reject Baffinland request for land use exemption

Baffinland wants AAND minister to over-ride the Nunavut Planning Commission

JIM BELL

(Updated 6:45 p.m., May 22)

Bernard Valcourt, the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development minister, now finds himself at the centre of a big regulatory fight over an ambitious and controversial expansion plan that Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. proposes for its Mary River iron mine.

The...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Nunavut francophones offer slim support for school board lawsuit

Parents can submit written input until May 26

SARAH ROGERS

You could say that Nunavut’s French-language school board has support for a legal challenge it launched against the territorial government earlier this year — but you could also argue it doesn’t.

The Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut hosted a public consultation May 21 on its lawsuit...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Iqaluit vet hopes to better serve Nunavut

“The biggest thing is public education"

SARAH ROGERS

When the latest outbreak of rabies hit two communities in the Baffin region earlier this month, it took days, maybe weeks, for that information to reach the person who might have been in the best position to help — Nunavut’s only resident veterinarian, Dr. Leia Cunningham.

In Pangnirtung, a rabid......

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 1:04 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, May 22

The Map Maker

JOHN AMAGOALIK

Quebec separatism has come back to the media headlines after Pierre Karl Péladeau was recently elected as the new leader of the Parti Québécois.

The separatist party was ousted by the Liberals in the last provincial election. The next election in Quebec is expected in about three years.

If the PQ...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 11:01 am

Nunavut RCMP grab weed, cash, and arrest three in Igloolik

"The drugs were destined for resale in Igloolik"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police in Igloolik found and seized weed, drug paraphernalia and cash at a home in the community May 20 and made three arrests.

After members of the local RCMP detachment executed a search warrant and raided a local residence, they also arrested a woman from Igloolik and two men, not from Nunavut,...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 10:29 am

The Nunavut legislature’s spring sitting: what’s ahead?

Reports on power plants, corrections, and child protection services to be tabled

THOMAS ROHNER

When Nunavut’s legislative assembly begins its spring sitting in Iqaluit May 26, MLAs and members of the public, will get a chance to pore over at least three important reports.

“We’re expecting government responses to the standing committee report on the Qulliq Energy Corp., and the response from...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 8:24 am

Nunavik police force insurer claims “no fault” in 2011 rape

"I’m a little bit surprised" plaintiff's lawyer says

SARAH ROGERS

Lawyers representing the Kativik Regional Police Force and its insurers have said the force is not at fault for a 2011 incident in which a young Nunavik woman was raped in the back of a police car.

That’s in response to a lawsuit the young woman filed in 2014 against the KPRF — and its parent...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 7:12 am

Inuit dogs can trace ancestry back to ancient Siberian wolf

Greenlandic sled dogs share DNA with 35,000 wolf from the Taimyr Peninsula

JANE GEORGE

If you think Inuit sled dogs are special, you’re right.

They have an ancient lineage that stretches across the circumpolar world, from Siberia to Greenland.

That’s according to a new study, published May 21 in the academic journal Current Biology, which traces the descent of huskies back to...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 5:48 am

Nunavut commission to Baffinland: we want to help, but we’re broke

Iron firm seeks land use amendment to allow 10-month shipping at Mary River

LISA GREGOIRE

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. wants to amend a land use plan so it can break winter ice and ship ore from its north Baffin port at Milne Inlet to points across the Atlantic Ocean for up to 10 months each year.

The Nunavut Planning Commission, which could consider such an amendment, says it really...

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Merle Carpenter, left, a sergeant with the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, and Dr. Aruna Gore, from the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in British Columbia, listen to questions from the media May 21 at the Nunavut RCMP headquarters in Iqaluit. The duo gave a presentation on their plans for an Inuit Cadet Development Program in Iqaluit, a collaborative effort with various Nunavut organizations including Arctic College. The information session aimed to attract Inuit interested in careers with the Nunavut RCMP, or other law enforcement agencies, but only reporters showed up to the event. Still, plans for the program are moving ahead with the hope of starting up in 2016. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
Merle Carpenter, left, a sergeant with the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, and Dr. Aruna Gore, from the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in British Columbia, listen to questions from the media May 21 at the Nunavut RCMP headquarters in Iqaluit. The duo gave a presentation on their plans for an Inuit Cadet Development Program in Iqaluit, a collaborative effort with various Nunavut organizations including Arctic College. The information session aimed to attract Inuit interested in careers with the Nunavut RCMP, or other law enforcement agencies, but only reporters showed up to the event. Still, plans for the program are moving ahead with the hope of starting up in 2016. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)

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