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Nathan and Eliza Mather show off the bridge they made March 16 in a Let's Talk Science Workshop as part of the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre's March Break day camp program last week at Robert E. Wilson Public School in Ottawa. The March break camps, for children aged six to 13, featured other fun activites including cultural programming with elders. (PHOTO BY KELLY BUELL)
Nathan and Eliza Mather show off the bridge they made March 16 in a Let's Talk Science Workshop as part of the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre's March Break day camp program last week at Robert E. Wilson Public School in Ottawa. The March break camps, for children aged six to 13, featured other fun activites including cultural programming with elders. (PHOTO BY KELLY BUELL)
NEWS March 25, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Nunavut RCMP defuse firearms incident in Rankin Inlet

Man arrested after shots fired inside a residence

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Members of the Nunavut RCMP arrested a man March 25, after a firearms incident in the Area 6 neighbourhood of Rankin Inlet.

No one was injured, the RCMP said.

During the afternoon of March 25, the Rankin Inlet RCMP detachment received a call that shots had been fired from inside a residence....

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Pond Inlet small craft harbour will take on sealift cargo

Forty-one million dollar facility to be completed by end of 2019

PETER VARGA

The new small craft harbour in Pond Inlet, slated for completion by the end of 2019, promises to add a third piece of marine infrastructure on Baffin Island that will take on sealift cargo operations in the summer and give boaters easier access to the sea.

The Pond Inlet marine infrastructure...

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Makivik wants protected status removed from shared Nunavut-Nunavik islands

Makivik staff argue case at land use plan meetings underway in Iqaluit

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavik’s birthright organization, Makivik Corp., wants the Nunavut Planning Commission to go back to the drawing board over protective designations made on certain islands that Nunavik and Nunavut share, included within the draft Nunavut Land Use Plan.

Makivik representative Mylène Larivière...

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COMMENTARY March 24, 2017 - 1:08 pm

Legal Ease, March 24

Too Drunk for Sex

JAMES MORTON

Sexual activity, when conducted in the context of mutual respect, is a very good thing.

But, as we know all too well in Nunavut, sexual activity without consent is very wrong indeed. Unless there is consent, sexual activity is sexual assault; a very serious criminal offence.

Consenting to sexual...

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 11:45 am

Tungasuvvingat Inuit celebrates 30 years as urban Inuit population grows

"We’re trying to focus on community development and not just community services"

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA—Isaiah McKeown-Philip, a 20-year-old Nunavut Sivuniksavut student from Iqaluit, came to the Bronson Centre in Ottawa March 18 to perform and dance.

Events like that Saturday’s 30th anniversary Spring Equinox celebration hosted by Tungasuvvingat Inuit are, to him,...

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 10:00 am

New energy efficient street lighting coming to Nunavut

QEC will install LED streetlights in four communities this year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Updated March 24, 1:20 p.m.

A Qulliq Energy Corp.-led pilot project will now see the light of day in four Nunavut communities, which are slated to get energy-efficient LED street lighting installed by the end of the year.

Iqaluit was the first Nunavut community to seel ighting emitting diode, or...

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 8:30 am

New Iqaluit port aims for more sealift efficiency, safety

GN hopes separate small craft harbour improves conditions for boaters

PETER VARGA

Plans for a deep-sea port in Iqaluit by the year 2021 promise to eliminate what amounts to a summer-long D-Day-like supply operation on Iqaluit’s beachfront, otherwise known as the sealift, during the brief ice-free period between June and October.

Meanwhile, related plans for a small craft...

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 7:00 am

On World TB Day, researcher urges more focus on TB reduction in Nunavut

"Any TB death is too many"

JANE GEORGE

Now matter how you look at the public health numbers, tuberculosis rates among Inuit are “too high,” underlining the need for more TB awareness, screening and treatment, says Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez, a TB researcher and respirologist at the Ottawa Hospital.

Those high numbers include a rate of active...

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NEWS March 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Spin-off development corporation aims to produce financial stabililty: Makivik

"What will Makivik do, if and when Sanarrutik funding is no longer available?”

SARAH ROGERS

Makivik Corp.’s new development corporation hopes to strengthen the organization’s investments while freeing up its reliance on government funding, Nunavik Inuit heard at Makivik’s annual general meeting in Tasiujaq this week.

Last fall, Makivik’s board of directors flagged the organization’s slow...

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NEWS March 23, 2017 - 2:29 pm

A new winter low for thin Arctic sea ice

"A clear indicator of climate change"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its annual maximum extent March 7 and even at its greatest extent, the Arctic ice cover this year was much smaller than in 2015, and 2016, which produced the second and third lowest Arctic sea ice cover recorded during the past 38 years.

And, moreover, the...

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LETTERS March 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Open letter to NTI: stop ignoring our bid for separate North Baffin body

"So we ask again, is the President going to work with Inuit who she represents?"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An open letter to the President of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Alukie Kotierk, and NTI board members:

We, the North Baffin Communities of Igloolik, Sanirajak, Ikpiarjuk, Qausuittuq, Ausuittuq, Mittimatalik and Kangiqtugaapik are desiring to create our own regional Inuit organization. Under our Nunavut...

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NEWS March 23, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut RCMP arrest two Iqaluit teens on child porn charges

Charges include child luring and possessing child pornography

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut RCMP have finished an investigation into what they call “child pornography” in Iqaluit, resulting in the arrest of two teenagers, aged 19 and 16.

Last month, the RCMP received a complaint about a man trying to obtain explicit images from two young women in Iqaluit over Facebook, the...

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NEWS March 23, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavut transplant thriving in Calgary’s fine arts scene

"My clientele, whether they are old or new, they love to hear the Inuk perspective behind the art"

STEVE DUCHARME

When the historic Calgary Grain Exchange building opened its doors in 1909, it was a place of business for more than 30 wheat companies and, despite its diminutive six-storey height, loomed over the surrounding “cow town.”

Nowadays, in the shadow of the Calgary Tower, the building can hardly be...

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NEWS March 23, 2017 - 7:00 am

Liberal government’s 2017 budget leaves Nunavut waiting for details

Ottawa’s latest housing commitment amounts to only $21.8M per year

JIM BELL

Updated at 12:30 p.m.

The carefully crafted budget message that Bill Morneau, the federal finance minister, delivered March 22 contains many tantalizing items that may or may not improve the lives of people of Nunavut, but no one can know what most of it means until the hard details emerge

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NEWS March 22, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut grad student pushes higher learning, Inuit culture in the big city

"No matter how old you are, you can still get educated"

SARAH ROGERS

TORONTO— Sila qanuippaa?

“How’s the weather?”

It’s as Canadian as small talk gets, as a group of students discuss the weather using their limited Inuktitut vocabulary.

The conversation veers toward nillasuktuq, or cold weather, in Nunavut. “Piqsiqtuq,” says instructor Raigelee Alorut, asking...

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NEWS March 22, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Suicidal thoughts more prevalent among Inuit, Métis, First Nations: StatsCan

Likelihood of suicidal thoughts higher in poor households across Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuit, Métis and First Nations people living off reserve aged 15 or older are more than twice as likely as other Canadians to have seriously contemplated suicide in their lifetime.

That’s according to a Statistics Canada study, released March 22, which found suicidal thoughts were more prevalent...

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NEWS March 22, 2017 - 10:00 am

Colleges in Nunavut, Ottawa team up to serve Inuit

“We’re looking for ways to have exchanges in the North and vice versa”

STEVE DUCHARME

A three-year partnership deal signed March 17 between Nunavut Arctic College and Algonquin College in Ottawa promises to increase access to post-secondary programs for Nunavut students.

Formalized and signed in Ottawa between Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen and Nunavut Arctic College...

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NEWS March 22, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunatsiaq News nets 17 community newspaper award nominations

Eastern Arctic’s oldest newspaper wins recognition in multiple categories

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunatsiaq News staff members and freelance contributors learned March 21 that they’ve earned 17 award nominations in the Quebec Community Newspaper Association’s 2017 Better Newspapers Competition.

The award nominations earned by the newspaper are:

• Best Front Page (April 8, 2016 print paper)

•...

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NEWS March 22, 2017 - 7:00 am

CRTC honours the late Nunavut broadcasters Jonah Kelly, Jose Kusugak

CRTC head office to name meeting rooms after Kelly, Kusugak, other Canadian communication pioneers

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jonah Kelly and Jose Kusugak are now among a select group of Canadians that includes telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who have been honoured by the CRTC for their contributions to the development and visibility of Canadian communications over the past 150 years.

Kelly,  a beloved CBC...

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NEWS March 21, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Canadian Rangers struggle with reimbursement payments: ombudsman

Rangers in remote regions face lengthy delays in getting paid for damaged, lost equipment claims

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canadian Rangers who live in remote regions face many problems getting reimbursed for losses and equipment damage suffered during Canadian Ranger operations, Gary Walbourne, the Department of National Defence ombudsman, said last week.

Walbourne conveyed this in the second “message” he’s issued as...

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NEWS March 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut judge says Inuit custom adoption law needs a makeover

Inuit organizations ignore invitation to intervene in custom adoption case

STEVE DUCHARME

A Nunavut judge has called for greater clarity in the territory’s adoption laws, warning the issue is “of upmost importance to our children,” in a decision that reverses the custom adoption of a baby girl signed by a local custom adoption commissioner who didn’t properly consult the child’s

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NEWS March 21, 2017 - 11:45 am

NIHB talks “a continuing adventure” Nunavut minister says

On supplementary health plan for Inuit, First Nations, Ottawa still calls the shots

JIM BELL

The pot of federal government money that the Government of Nunavut uses to help pay the cost of health care for Indigenous people in the territory is under negotiation right now, and the GN’s biggest challenge, as always, is getting Ottawa to recognize the territory’s high costs, Nunavut Health...

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NEWS March 21, 2017 - 8:30 am

Pride trumps fear for Inuit at sealing event

"They are asking that Inuit abandon who they are as a people and conform to the Western idealisms... that itself is a force of colonial violence"

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA—Nanuq Kulu never had the courage to wear seal skin in the South.

Kulu, who prefers we use “they” instead of he or she, was always fearful of what might happen if they did. And for good reason. Kulu has seen activists in Ottawa singling out strangers wearing fur...

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NEWS March 21, 2017 - 7:00 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from March 12 to March 19

Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson set to stay on

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson said he won’t resign his seat this fall, news that become the most-read story of the week on Nunatsiaq Online.

Patterson’s March 14 comments to Nunatsiaq News came despite a promise he made in 2009 to quit the Senate after eight years.

Patterson, who was sworn in...

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NEWS March 20, 2017 - 4:10 pm

She shoots, she scores in Nunavut: Sanikiluaq girls hit the ice

"If we continue to see the commitment, the sky’s the limit"

SARAH ROGERS

These days, the hockey arena in Sanikiluaq is full of girls and young women—38 of them, to be exact—all dressed in brand new equipment.

Some of the girls are wobbly on their skates, but since the beginning of the year, the group has grown noticeably stronger, faster and more confident.

The new...

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NEWS March 20, 2017 - 2:30 pm

GN committed to bilingual education: Nunavut minister

Minister defends Bill 37, says it provides for “realistic assessment” of Nunavut's capacity to teach in Inuktut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s education minister, Paul Quassa, responded March 17 to criticism of the government’s newly-tabled Education Act amendments reiterating the government’s commitment to a fully bilingual education system.

Bill 37, tabled March 7 in the legislative assembly, introduced a number of changes to...

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NEWS March 20, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Exercise NOREX 2017 gets underway in Nunavut’s High Arctic

Testing the "mobility, sustainability and survivability" of Arctic response

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Military activity again comes to the High Arctic islands of Nunavut as more than 180 soldiers, including Canadian Rangers, participate in the 2017 version of NOREX, short for northern exercise, over the next two weeks.

The exercise, which got underway March 17, is designed “to test the mobility,...

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NEWS March 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut justice minister releases crime prevention strategy

Intended to "reduce the incidence of crime in Nunavut"

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut has a new five-year strategy aimed at preventing crime and reducing Nunavut’s rates of family violence and victimization by violent crimes and household crimes, which remain the highest in Canada.

Tabled, without fanfare, on March 14, the last day of the recent legislative sitting by...

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NEWS March 20, 2017 - 8:30 am

Bill 40 aims for made-in-Nunavut Corrections Act

New act calls for Inuit Societal Values Committee, independent investigator

JANE GEORGE

When they meet again in late May, Nunavut MLAs will consider Bill 40, which contains the final version of the territory’s new Corrections Act.

A summary of Bill 40 states the act “provides for robust appeals and grievance mechanisms for inmates, introduces an independent Investigations officer,...

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NEWS March 20, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavik teacher wins $1 million Global Teacher prize

Maggie MacDonnell turns problems into solutions

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Salluit teacher, Maggie MacDonnell, has won a $1 million award—the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize for 2017—with which she plans to start an organization to promote environmental stewardship among Inuit youth.

“We matter. Teachers matter. Thank you so much,” said MacDonnell after her...

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NEWS March 19, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Nunavut man dies after police-related shooting in Pond Inlet

Ottawa Police Service called in to investigate

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Investigators from the Ottawa Police Service are now en route to Pond Inlet to investigate a March 18 incident in the North Baffin community of roughly 1,600 people in which a 20-year-old man was shot dead.

“Given that this is a major police incident and to ensure transparency, the Ottawa Police...

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After a week of on-again, off-again blizzards and frigid temperatures in Rankin Inlet, residents got to enjoy clear, dark skies, bright starts and glowing aurora March 21. Michelle Kaludjak enjoys the show, just outside of the Kivalliq hub town. (PHOTO BY NOEL KALUDJAK)
After a week of on-again, off-again blizzards and frigid temperatures in Rankin Inlet, residents got to enjoy clear, dark skies, bright starts and glowing aurora March 21. Michelle Kaludjak enjoys the show, just outside of the Kivalliq hub town. (PHOTO BY NOEL KALUDJAK)

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