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Bartolomy Nirlungayuk sings Aug. 26 at the end of a summit on the unification of the Inuktut writing system in Iqaluit where, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami says, participants agreed to recommend that jurisdictions formally explore the implementation of an Inuit writing system rooted in a standardized form of Roman orthography. This would be developed by Inuit for Inuit and introduced through the education system with quality materials and training resources, ITK said. Read more later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca about the summit's recommendations. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ITK)
Bartolomy Nirlungayuk sings Aug. 26 at the end of a summit on the unification of the Inuktut writing system in Iqaluit where, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami says, participants agreed to recommend that jurisdictions formally explore the implementation of an Inuit writing system rooted in a standardized form of Roman orthography. This would be developed by Inuit for Inuit and introduced through the education system with quality materials and training resources, ITK said. Read more later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca about the summit's recommendations. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ITK)
NEWS August 27, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Final arguments in Nunavut murder case adjourned to October

Peter Kingwatsiak on trial for killing his step-brother Mappaluk Adla in 2010

THOMAS ROHNER

Lawyers were supposed to gather at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit to present final arguments in the first-degree murder trial of Peter Kingwatsiak Aug. 27, but instead of going ahead, Justice Bonnie Tulloch has put the matter over to October.

Crown prosecutor Amy Porteous and defence...

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NEWS August 27, 2015 - 10:00 am

Western Nunavut caribou herds continue decline: preliminary survey report

Observations of Bathurst and Bluenose-East calving grounds "consistent with a natural declining trend"

JANE GEORGE

New preliminary survey results on the Barrenland caribou herds that roam western Nunavut and the Northwest Territories point to continuing declines in these herds’ numbers.

This past June, survey teams with representatives from the governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, the Tlicho...

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NEWS August 27, 2015 - 8:31 am

Iqaluit boaters, disabled craft ride home on Coast Guard ship

Coast Guard releases more info on Ward Inlet rescue

STEVE DUCHARME

After spending the night in their disabled aluminum boat Aug. 20, awaiting rescue from the Canadian Coast Guard, four Iqaluit boaters and their disabled craft returned home aboard the icebreaker CCGS George R. Pearkes, the Coast Guard said in information released Aug. 26.

The Coast Guard said the...

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NEWS August 27, 2015 - 7:15 am

Iqaluit to move eyesore fuel drums off the beach

“Unused oil drums are a hazard for people and the environment”

STEVE DUCHARME

If you don’t use it, then lose it — that’s a warning from the city ahead of their new cleanup campaign for oil drums on the Iqaluit beach.

The City of Iqaluit, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Nunavut’s Department of Environment will remove all oil drums remaining on the beach between the...

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NEWS August 26, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Nunavut man jailed for vengeance-based sex attack on step-daughter

"S.N. decides to do what he has been accused of doing. This would be his revenge"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 32-year-old Nunavut man who sexually abused his 15-year-old step-daughter in an act of vengeance against his estranged common-law spouse has received an 18-month jail sentence.

That’s six months more than the minimum sentence set by the Criminal Code for the offence of sexual interference.

This...

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NEWS August 26, 2015 - 1:26 pm

The ITK presidential contest: Jerry Komaksiutiksak

“I’m the person who’s from the outside, the new face, the new voice.”

JIM BELL

Nunatsiaq News will publish candidate profiles this week, in alphabetical order, for the three people contesting the president’s position at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. ITK members and delegates will choose a winner at a general meeting to be held Sept. 17 in Cambridge Bay.

OTTAWA — Jerry...

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NEWS August 26, 2015 - 11:00 am

Baffin caribou moratorium replaced by modest harvest

GN sets quota for 250, males only; minister suggests none for North Baffin

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Nunavut has lifted a moratorium on caribou hunting on Baffin Island and replaced it with a modest harvest, effective immediately.

Minister of Environment Johnny Mike announced in an Aug. 26 news release that hunters on Baffin may legally harvest up to 250 male caribou this

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NEWS August 26, 2015 - 9:13 am

Iqaluit trucked water customers rebel against service cut

Council votes to hold public consultation “as soon as it can be organized”

THOMAS ROHNER

Iqaluit’s city council passed a motion Aug. 25 to hold a public consultation “as soon as it can be organized” about a recent decrease in trucked water services to some residents.

Apex resident Anne Crawford, who lives in one of the 491 residences that receives daily trucked water service, asked...

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NEWS August 26, 2015 - 8:08 am

Atausiq Inuktut Titirausiq: delegates ponder one written Inuit language

“Although our language is alive we need to utilize it through computers”

STEVE DUCHARME

The future of the written Inuit language, existing now in a variety of forms across Canada, is to be discussed and debated over the coming days in Iqaluit to create the framework for a new, standardized, written form of Inuktut for all Inuit in Canada.

About 60 people from around the circumpolar...

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NEWS August 26, 2015 - 7:04 am

Parks Canada eyes National Historic Site in Nunavut for Franklin wrecks

Divers now poking around "Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site"

JANE GEORGE

A former fishing boat-turned-research vessel, the Martin Bergmann, a smaller 35-foot vessel, Parks Canada’s Investigator, the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier and some smaller zodiacs are now plying the waters outside Gjoa Haven, around Wilmot and Crampton bays, to see what they can find.

The goal,...

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NEWS August 25, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Bowhead whale keeps eluding Nunavut hunters

Pack ice near Naujaat thwarting efforts of 16-member crew

LISA GREGOIRE

There are plenty of bowhead whales swimming in Repulse Bay near Naujaat, but a hunting party from that Kivalliq community has yet to harvest one.

Naujaat Mayor Solomon Malliki, whose father Paul Malliki is captain of the 16-member crew, said Aug. 25 that weather has been good, but packs of...

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NEWS August 25, 2015 - 1:34 pm

The ITK presidential contest: Terry Audla

“I’m there to build the consensus”

JIM BELL

Nunatsiaq News will publish candidate profiles this week, in alphabetical order, for the three people contesting the president’s position at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami: Terry Audla, Jerry Komaksiutiksak and Natan Obed. ITK members and delegates will choose a winner at a general meeting to be held......

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NEWS August 25, 2015 - 11:15 am

Western Nunavut gold project heads into technical review

Nunavut regulators seek comment on TMAC's revamped project

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The price of gold is down, but TMAC Resources Inc. continues to move ahead with its Hope Bay-Doris North gold mine project in western Nunavut, about 125 kilometres south of Cambridge Bay, with a view to getting its mill in operation by the end of 2016.

By then the price of gold — now languishing...

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NEWS August 25, 2015 - 9:34 am

Nunavut rallies around family devastated by lethal tent fire

Coroner confirms young father, three children have died of burn injuries

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated, Aug. 25, 9:35 a.m.)

The devastating Aug. 16 tent fire near Pond Inlet has claimed four victims: Ikie Kautuq, father of four, and three of his children, the Office of the Chief Coroner confirmed Aug. 25.

The injured family members had been medevaced to hospitals in Winnipeg and Ottawa...

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NEWS August 25, 2015 - 8:06 am

Nunavut officials rapped teacher for “touching students inappropriately”

Johnny Meeko says he can’t recall 2009 letter of reprimand

THOMAS ROHNER

Nunavut’s education department issued former Sanikiluaq teacher Johnny Meeko a letter of reprimand in 2009 for touching students inappropriately, the Nunavut Court of Justice heard in Iqaluit Aug. 24.

Crown prosecutor Amy Porteous entered the letter into evidence Aug. 24 on the seventh day of...

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