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Students line up for a free lunch at Inuksuk High School Dec. 7. A new accessible lunch program is making healthy food a priority for students by focusing on food security and food education. “Some students said, ‘Nobody is going to eat kale salad.’ But we had a giant bowl today and it’s all gone,” said food studies teacher Lael Kronick. Read more about the program later, on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
Students line up for a free lunch at Inuksuk High School Dec. 7. A new accessible lunch program is making healthy food a priority for students by focusing on food security and food education. “Some students said, ‘Nobody is going to eat kale salad.’ But we had a giant bowl today and it’s all gone,” said food studies teacher Lael Kronick. Read more about the program later, on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
NEWS December 11, 2017 - 11:30 am

Scientists tussle over climate change, polar bears, blogs

“Polar bears have become kind of a universal symbol of climate change”

STEVE DUCHARME

A newly published paper in a scientific journal says a chasm between entrenched climate change deniers and scientists in the era of “fake news” is misleading the public through material propagated by online blogs.

The paper entitled Internet Blogs, Polar Bears, and the Climate Change Denial by...

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NEWS December 11, 2017 - 10:30 am

Ottawa wants pitches to study pollutants in the Arctic food chain

"It is vital that people across the North live in a healthy environment with safe food"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Canadian government is seeking proposals to better understand how contaminants are building up in the Arctic food chain and affecting traditional foods.

The Northern Contaminants Program aims to connect northern residents and governments with university and federal scientists. The program has...

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NEWS December 11, 2017 - 9:15 am

Norwegian cruise company plans Northwest Passage transit with hybrid vessel

In 2019, the MS Roald Amundsen will sail from Alaska to Greenland

JANE GEORGE

The 250-metre-long Crystal Serenity, the largest passenger vessel to ever transit the Northwest Passage, first in 2016 and again in 2017, will not return to Canadian Arctic waters next year.

But there’s a new player on the horizon that promises more environmentally friendly cruises.

It’s...

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NEWS December 11, 2017 - 8:00 am

Ottawa says yes to Back River gold mine in western Nunavut

Project features “some of the most stringent caribou protection measures ever developed," minister says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canada’s federal government believes the Sabina Gold and Silver Corp.’s controversial Back River gold mine project should go ahead, Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said last week in a letter to the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

This clears the way for the review board’s issuance of a...

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NEWS December 08, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut-based team wins Norwegian Arctic research award

Clyde River's cross-cultural Siku-Inuit-Hila sea ice project takes home $155,000 prize

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A team of researchers led by a Clyde River ice scientist has won a lucrative, and prestigious, award for using traditional and modern knowledge to study changing Arctic sea ice.

Shari Gearheard, a well-known and locally respected scientist, who led a circumpolar team of 13 scientists and...

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NEWS December 08, 2017 - 10:30 am

Rabid fox found near Rankin Inlet

Health officials urge residents to keep strangely behaving animals away from children and pets

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s Department of Health is warning residents of Rankin Inlet to be wary of foxes, after a fox discovered at the community dump was confirmed to have rabies.

The department is asking residents to ensure their children don’t try to play with foxes, and to keep their dogs tied up and under a...

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NEWS December 08, 2017 - 9:15 am

Nunavik school board commissioners elect new president

Robert Watt replaces long-time chair Alacie Nalukturuk

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik’s school board has a new leader. The Kativik Illisarniliriniq’s council of commissioners elected Robert Watt as its new president earlier this week.

Kativik Ilisarniliriniq hosted elections for its council of commissioners in mid-November, when its former vice-president, Robert Watt, was...

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NEWS December 08, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut government lawyers to seek dismissal of wrongful death suit

Cape Dorset mother suing GN, health centre and nurses for 2012 death of her infant son Makibi

STEVE DUCHARME

Next week, defendants named in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of three-month-old Makibi Olayuk Timilak will request that a judge summarily dismiss the allegations against them.

The civil court hearing, set to unfold at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit, Dec. 13, is the latest...

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NEWS December 07, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut’s Dolphin and Union caribou herd deemed endangered

“The next step after endangered is extinct. So you can’t wait until they cross into the next threshold again”

JOHN THOMPSON

A national committee of wildlife scientists now considers Nunavut’s Dolphin and Union caribou herd to be an endangered species.

These stocky, large-hoofed animals spend their summers on Victoria Island and overwinter on the North American mainland. Their twice-a-year migrations across the sea ice...

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NEWS December 07, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Five Nunavik Inuit running for Makivik president

Incumbent president Jobie Tukkiapik will seek third term

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Five Nunavik Inuit will vie for the top job at the region’s Makivik Corp. on Jan. 18.

Nominations for the role of president closed Dec. 1.

Makivik’s incumbent president, Jobie Tukkiapik, who was first elected to the role in 2012, is running for a third term.

Other candidates include:

•...

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NEWS December 07, 2017 - 11:00 am

Nunavut small claims process hurts non-Iqalungmiut, Arviat man alleges

“Iqalungmiut have more legal protections than people in the communities”

STEVE DUCHARME

An Arviat man defending himself in a Nunavut small claims matter is refusing to attend his next court date in Iqaluit, calling a judge’s order to travel to Nunavut’s capital at his own expense akin to “violating my human rights.”

“I do not and have never had any intention of attending the Jan....

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NEWS December 07, 2017 - 9:15 am

Nunavut votes in municipal elections Dec. 11

Twenty-four Nunavut hamlets to hold elections this Monday

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

All but one of Nunavut’s 25 communities are set to hold municipal elections this Monday, Dec. 11.

The territory’s capital, Iqaluit, held city council byelections this past spring, and normally holds its regular council elections every three years on the third Monday in October.

It won’t stay that...

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NEWS December 07, 2017 - 8:14 am

Fly to Iqaluit to cop your plea, judge tells ex-public works boss

Former superintendent must attend Safety Act sentencing in person

STEVE DUCHARME

A Nunavut judge yesterday messed up the best laid plans of lawyers trying to resolve longstanding Safety Act charges against the City of Iqaluit and three of its employees, after he learned one of the accused persons was told not to attend his own sentencing hearing in Iqaluit.

“Mr. [Joseph] Brown...

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COMMENTARY December 06, 2017 - 3:00 pm

How will climate change affect Arctic caribou and reindeer?

"Just how this iconic Arctic species will be affected in a warming climate remains unclear"

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

CONNOR MALLORY
PhD student, University of Alberta

This spring, I spent close to two weeks flying over central Nunavut, peering out the window of a small plane at the rolling tundra below, looking for and counting caribou to monitor their numbers.

The Qamanirjuaq barren-ground herd were arriving...

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NEWS December 06, 2017 - 11:00 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Nov. 26 to Dec. 3

Botched Bell directory debate in Nunavik draws the most readers

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuit want to be respectfully depicted—that’s the takeaway from the two most-read stories of the past week on Nunatsiaqonline.ca.

First, a Bell Canada phone book cover provoked scorn in Nunavik.

That’s because the photo on the cover showed two non-Inuit, in a region where more than nine of 10...

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NEWS December 06, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut songwriters earn cash in Inuktut song contest

Nunavut government hands out thousands to songwriters from across the territory

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Nunavut is about to hand out thousands of dollars in prizes to up-and-coming Nunavut songwriters.

The territory’s Department of Culture Heritage announced last Thursday, Nov. 30, this year’s winners of the Qilaut Songwriting Contest, an annual event intended to promote the...

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NEWS December 06, 2017 - 9:15 am

Teaching safety, respect at Nunavut schools during education week

"This year’s theme is safe schools and respect for all"

BETH BROWN

Schools across Nunavut have been reminding students and community members how to stay safe and treat each other with respect in honour of education week, an event celebrated annually across the country.

Education week officially ran from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, but some Nunavut schools started their...

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NEWS December 06, 2017 - 8:00 am

Survey says Nunavik needs 813 more housing units

With more Nunavimmiut living alone, housing bureau says it will look at redistribution of tenants

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik’s latest housing survey results reveal the region is in need of 813 additional units to accommodate its growing population.

That’s down slightly from the region’s last survey in 2015, which pegged the housing shortage at 1,030 units.

The Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau, which manages the...

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NEWS December 05, 2017 - 4:15 pm

Iqaluit man accused of robbery, impaired driving

“With a great response time, and witness information provided, the suspect involved was able to be apprehended very quickly"

STEVE DUCHARME

A young Iqaluit man faces charges of robbery and driving under the influence following reports of a weekend holdup and joyride.

Marvin Tunnillie, 21, is accused of robbery, impaired operation of a motor vehicle and breach of probation, after police arrested him Monday morning, RCMP said in a news...

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NEWS December 05, 2017 - 3:27 pm

Canadian Rangers losing out on health benefits, watchdog finds

Many Rangers don’t report injuries or claim health entitlements

JIM BELL

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces are failing to ensure that Canadian Rangers, many of whom are Inuit, First Nations or Métis, receive health care benefits and entitlements available to other reservists, Canada’s military watchdog said in a report released...

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The holiday season has officially begun—at least according to Nunavut's politicians, who plugged in the Christmas lights at the Nunavut Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit Thursday evening.
Iqalungmiut crowded into the assembly's parking lot for a short ceremony after the work day, and heard a few carols courtesy of the Nakasuk Elementary School choir and the Tumikuluit Saipaaqivik child care centre, before the lights were switched on. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
The holiday season has officially begun—at least according to Nunavut's politicians, who plugged in the Christmas lights at the Nunavut Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit Thursday evening. Iqalungmiut crowded into the assembly's parking lot for a short ceremony after the work day, and heard a few carols courtesy of the Nakasuk Elementary School choir and the Tumikuluit Saipaaqivik child care centre, before the lights were switched on. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)

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