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Alianait draws a capacity crowd May 20 in Iqaluit at Inuksuk High School for Dan Mangan, the Vancouver-based, two-time Juno Award winning musician and two-time Polaris Music Prize listed musician. Opening for Mangan during his May 20 concert: Singer, ukulele player and Inuksuk student Teresa Kolola. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
Alianait draws a capacity crowd May 20 in Iqaluit at Inuksuk High School for Dan Mangan, the Vancouver-based, two-time Juno Award winning musician and two-time Polaris Music Prize listed musician. Opening for Mangan during his May 20 concert: Singer, ukulele player and Inuksuk student Teresa Kolola. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
NEWS May 24, 2017 - 10:00 am

Sleeping Nunavut elder attacked in her Iqaluit apartment

Victim treated in hospital and released; RCMP investigating

STEVE DUCHARME

A disabled 73-year-old elder is recovering from injuries after an unknown assailant broke into her Iqaluit apartment in the early morning of May 9 and attacked her while she was asleep in bed.

RCMP “V” Division spokesperson Sgt. David Lawson confirmed that no charges have yet been laid in the...

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NEWS May 24, 2017 - 8:00 am

After Alaska meeting, Arctic mayors pledge more work on shared goals

"We share a lot of similarities, with respect to being situated in the North"

JANE GEORGE

Just hours after the Arctic Council hosted its ministerial meeting May 11 in Fairbanks, Alaska, circumpolar mayors from cities such as Nome, Alaska, Iqaluit, Nunavut and Rovaniemi, Finland also met in Fairbanks to discuss “a locally-driven future for Arctic governance.”

“We share a lot of...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut water reservoirs at risk of running dry, researchers say

Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet could deplete freshwater sources in five to 10 years

SARAH ROGERS

Water reservoirs in some Nunavut communities could run dry over the next decade due to shifting weather and climate patterns, a group of environmental researchers have found.

In their study, the researchers sound the alarm on access to fresh water in Nunavut, saying Iqaluit alone could exhaust its...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut scores lowest grade in Canada food report card

"Nunavut lags far behind and requires remedial attention"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Many Nunavut residents go hungry, confirms a food report card for Canada that gives the lowest grade possible to Nunavut—a D—for poor performance in making sure its residents get enough food.

Most Canadians consume significantly more food than they need, said the Conference Board of Canada, in its...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 11:35 am

Man linked to Apex homicide nabbed May 19 at Iqaluit airport

Man, 37, now faces second-degree murder charge laid by Nunavut RCMP

STEVE DUCHARME

(Updated at 11:50 a.m.)

Police have arrested a 37-year-old man in connection with the death of another man in the Iqaluit satellite community of Apex on May 19.

The man was taken into custody by police at Iqaluit’s airport after an alleged attempt to leave the territory on a one-way ticket south,...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut legal spat over classroom space ends on good terms

New agreement allows Iqaluit French students to use space at Inuksuk High School

STEVE DUCHARME

A courtroom turf battle over access of francophone students to Iqaluit District Education Authority classroom space has ended, following a multi-year agreement signed between the Iqaluit DEA, the Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut and the Government of Nunavut.

Iqaluit DEA lawyer Anne...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 8:00 am

“Culture of dysfunction” permeates RCMP, report says

“The RCMP lacks both the will and the capacity to make the changes necessary to address the problems"

STEVE DUCHARME

A “culture of dysfunction” pervades RCMP detachments across the country, according to an independent report that slams Canada’s national police service for rampant workplace harassment it says is fuelling a toxic work environment.

The 43-page report, commissioned by the federal minister of public...

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NEWS May 19, 2017 - 3:09 pm

RCMP investigate suspicious death in Nunavut capital

37-year-old arrested in connection with death, no charges yet laid

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A sudden and suspicious death in the Apex neighbourhood of Iqaluit has led to an arrest May 19.

RCMP V Division spokesperson Sgt. David Lawson issued a news release just after 3 p.m., May 19, saying police and a city ambulance responded to reports of an “unresponsive adult male,” aged 23, at an...

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NEWS May 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

New graduates take charge of early learning in Nunavut hamlet

Pond Inlet's preschool teaches children IQ, life skills and independence

SARAH ROGERS

Pond Inlet families celebrated the graduation of six new early childhood educators this month, graduates of the Baffin community’s first-ever program of its kind.

Nunavut Arctic College launched the two-year Early Childhood Education diploma program in 2015, the first to be offered outside of...

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NEWS May 18, 2017 - 1:32 pm

UN launches “Year of Polar Prediction” for Arctic, Antarctic weather-watching

"Vital in order to improve safety management in polar regions and beyond"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The United Nations weather agency has kicked off of a two-year international effort “to close gaps in polar forecasting capacity and to improve future environmental safety at the farthest reaches of the planet.”

The World Meteorological Organization has launched the Year of Polar Prediction, which...

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NEWS May 18, 2017 - 11:45 am

New Arctic marine biodiversity report urges circumpolar action

"Crucial to identify the combined effects of stressors and potential thresholds"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Arctic seabirds face new stresses from increased marine traffic in Arctic waters—that’s just one of the pressures on Arctic marine life, noted in a new Arctic Council report on marine biodiversity.

While it’s not a policy document, “The State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report,” released May......

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LETTERS May 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Mad Mom says think before you vote for an MLA this fall

"Where is the passion? Where is the vision? Who will move us forward?"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mad Mom here, and what am I mad about now?

Well, elections are coming and it got me to thinking about our present legislative assembly members. It seems to me that this is the weakest bunch we have had yet, since 1999.

Their term has not seen anything much occur; in fact, I can’t seem to remember...

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NEWS May 18, 2017 - 8:30 am

Six things you need to know about the Arctic Council

The Arctic Council met last week in Fairbanks, Alaska. What was all the fuss about?

JIM BELL

You likely heard about that big Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska this past May 11.

It brought together foreign ministers from the eight Arctic Council states, Indigenous representatives from around the circumpolar world, and numerous observers and scientists.

So what was all the fuss...

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NEWS May 18, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut bids farewell to airlines’ turbulent codeshare era

Canadian North says new flight schedule offers the right mix of passenger and cargo capacity

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

May 17 marked the beginning of a new era in Nunavut’s skies—it’s the first day that First Air and Canadian North were both back to operating solo after a two-and-a-half-year-long set of codeshare arrangements.

First Air announced last November that it was pulling out of the agreement, giving both...

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NEWS May 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm

In bid for support, Nunavut Planning Commission postpones regional hearings

"A balance can be struck to provide the needed certainty for food security and resource development"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Planning Commission said May 17 that it has decided to postpone next month’s Kivalliq regional hearing on the Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan to resolve some “outstanding issues.”

The NPC meeting was to have taken place June 23 to June 27 in Rankin Inlet to talk about the draft plan, which...

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NEWS May 17, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Quebec says it’s reviewing new Nunavik curriculum

Province names new liaison to oversee Nunavik-related education files

SARAH ROGERS

The Quebec government has named a liaison to work with the Kativik School Board on education-related files, the province’s education department said this week.

The move is in response to a call from the school board for better communication and support from the province, including the review of...

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NEWS May 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut man faces attempted murder, uttering threats charges

Igloolik's Colin Hanniliaq back in court June 6

STEVE DUCHARME

An Igloolik man faces charges of attempted murder and uttering threats following an altercation in the North Baffin hamlet last April.

Colin Hanniliaq, 28, was formally charged May 2 by Igloolik’s RCMP detachment with attempted murder, as well as one count of uttering threats of bodily harm or...

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NEWS May 17, 2017 - 10:00 am

New workplan developed to fix flagging Inuit job numbers at iron mine

Inuit employment rate at Baffinland's Mary River mine dwindles to 12 per cent

STEVE DUCHARME

As the Inuit employment rate continues to fall at the Mary River iron mine, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. say an annual work plan approved this week promises better resources for training and hiring local workers.

The plan, mentioned in a May 14 QIA media release,...

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NEWS May 17, 2017 - 8:29 am

Auditor General slams Transport Canada for neglecting Arctic airports

Poor remote airport infrastructure hampers medevacs, delivery of fresh foods and medicines

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Though remote northern airports are essential for supplying northern communities with fresh food, health care and emergency medical evacuations, Transport Canada is failing to lead efforts to keep them safe and efficient, the Auditor General of Canada, Michael Ferguson, said in a report.

The...

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Netsilik High School in Taloyoak has four new graduates, seen here in their blue mortar board hats and gowns, holding flower bouquets: Jerome Kripanik, Jonathan Jayko, Viola Neeveacheak and Edmond Ugyuk. The graduation ceremony took place May 18, with Nunavut MLA Emiliano Qirnguq as the guest speaker. (PHOTO COURTESY OF G. PIZZO)
Netsilik High School in Taloyoak has four new graduates, seen here in their blue mortar board hats and gowns, holding flower bouquets: Jerome Kripanik, Jonathan Jayko, Viola Neeveacheak and Edmond Ugyuk. The graduation ceremony took place May 18, with Nunavut MLA Emiliano Qirnguq as the guest speaker. (PHOTO COURTESY OF G. PIZZO)

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