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At Iqaluit's Ecole des Trois-Soleils' 15th anniversary as Nunavut's sole French-language school, elder Alacie Joamie helps students learn about lighting a qulliq. In front of an audience of roughly 140 parents and students, teacher Simon Houle spoke about the school's beginning—and its growth from  serving 35 students to nearly three times that many today. Paul Okalik, MLA for Iqaluit-Sinaa, and Nunavut's deputy minister of education, Kathy Okpik, also attended the event which included throat-singing from Marie Belleau and Celina Kalluk and a huge cake to share. See more photos on our Facebook page. And read more about the event later, on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
At Iqaluit's Ecole des Trois-Soleils' 15th anniversary as Nunavut's sole French-language school, elder Alacie Joamie helps students learn about lighting a qulliq. In front of an audience of roughly 140 parents and students, teacher Simon Houle spoke about the school's beginning—and its growth from serving 35 students to nearly three times that many today. Paul Okalik, MLA for Iqaluit-Sinaa, and Nunavut's deputy minister of education, Kathy Okpik, also attended the event which included throat-singing from Marie Belleau and Celina Kalluk and a huge cake to share. See more photos on our Facebook page. And read more about the event later, on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
NEWS April 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm

New industrial poisons may threaten Arctic environment: AMAP

Arctic Council group says new chemicals need more research, monitoring

JIM BELL

Newly discovered industrial poisons are entering the Arctic food chain, but scientific researchers don’t know enough about them to figure out which ones are harmful and which ones need regulation, an Arctic Council monitoring group said April 25 in a report.

“There is a general lack of information...

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NEWS April 28, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Inuit engagement critical to Nunavik’s expanded mine project: KRG

Glencore hopes to extend Raglan's life to 2040 and beyond

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated at 2:00 p.m.)

The mining sector might be key to the health of Nunavik’s economy, but Makivik Corp. says Glencore’s Raglan mine has yet to deliver its full potential of benefits to the region.

The Kativik Regional Government has other concerns; the KRG says it wants better communication...

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NEWS April 28, 2017 - 11:45 am

Using Gladue report, Nunavut court offers alcoholic offender some leniency

Sam Nookiguak gets 45-day jail sentence

JANE GEORGE

If you want to listen to sad stories that reveal the difficulties many live with in Nunavut’s capital city, and to gain insight into the use of Gladue reports, you can always go to the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

April 27 saw Sam Nookiguak, 44, wearing a black leather jacket and his long...

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NEWS April 28, 2017 - 10:00 am

Eight is enough: Nunavut capital back to full strength

All male council, and female mayor, get back to work after byelection

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit’s city council is ready to get back to work with a full membership for the first time in nearly a year, following a swearing-in ceremony for two new councillors elected in a recent byelection.

Kyle Sheppard and Noah Papatsie raised their hands and took their oaths of office shortly before...

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NEWS April 28, 2017 - 8:30 am

Quebec to launch regional air transport summit in 2018

Province wants to find ways to lower cost of air travel to isolated regions

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Quebec government announced plans to host a summit on regional air transportation next year with the goal of making the province’s North more accessible.

The province says it wants to identify the best ways to improve Quebec’s air travel network, while lowering air fares to the province’s most...

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NEWS April 28, 2017 - 7:00 am

QIA seeks applications from Inuit students for $5,000 scholarship

Deadline for 2017-18 John Amagoalik Scholarships falls Aug. 18, 2017

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association has started accepting applications for the 2017-18 version of the $5,000 John Amagoalik Scholarship.

The QIA’s deadline for receipt of applications is Aug. 18, 2017.

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be:

• an Inuk under the Nunavut Agreement and the...

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NEWS April 27, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Nunavut judge considers tossing out five-year-old medevac lawsuit

“This is not a contract for coffee machines in the courtroom, this is a contract for the very lives of the people of Nunavut"

STEVE DUCHARME

A Nunavut judge is now considering a final judgment on a $31.5 million dollar lawsuit against the Government of Nunavut by Adlair Aviation Ltd. over a Kitikmeot medievac contract.

That action could end almost five years of litigation and sidestep the need for a trial.

Justice Paul Bychok said...

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NEWS April 27, 2017 - 2:30 pm

National product recall prompts GN warning against jalapeño chips

Salmonella detected in Miss Vickie's brand

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you like jalapeño potato chips, you better make sure what brand they are.

Nunavut’s Department of Health has issued a warning about a food recall on Miss Vickie’s brand Jalapeño Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.

That’s because the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has identified possible salmonella...

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NEWS April 27, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik teachers union frustrated with stalled wage-benefit talks

Union says it's planning further action

SARAH ROGERS

Six months after the Quebec labour board ordered Nunavik’s school board back into negotiations with its unionized teachers and support staff, the union representing them says there’s been little progress.

Nunavik teachers, school professionals and support staff have been without a contract for two...

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COMMENTARY April 27, 2017 - 11:45 am

Legal Ease, April 27

Gladue Reports—What Are They and Why Do We Need Them?

JAMES MORTON

Aboriginal people make up a large proportion of the people in prison in Canada. Nearly 20 years ago the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the large number of aboriginal prisoners “may reasonably be termed a crisis.” 

So to try to limit the number of aboriginal prisoners, Parliament and the courts...

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NEWS April 27, 2017 - 8:30 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from April 16 to April 23

Music and marijuana law changes lead the week's most-read stories

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Forget about crime: this week readers of Nunatsiaq News were keen to read about music and marijuana, as well as Prince Charles and Camilla, among other things.

The top most-read story of the week, according to Google Analytics which tracks traffic on Nunatsiaqonline.ca, talked about a Nunavut pop...

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NEWS April 27, 2017 - 7:00 am

Post-codeshare, Canadian North will end flights to Clyde River

But airline promises expanded flight schedule to other Nunavut communities

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canadian North plans to stop serving the northern Baffin community of Clyde River once its codeshare arrangement with First Air comes to an end next month.

As part of the two airlines’ codeshare agreement, a First Air ATR has flown between Iqaluit and Clyde River five days each week.

But last...

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NEWS April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Iqaluit mayor: Nunavut capital needs “transformational investment”

"We can't do it by ourselves"

JANE GEORGE

Huge changes and opportunities for business lie ahead for Iqaluit, but the city could use more support from government to help build and maintain its infrastructure.

That was main message from Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern during an April 26 breakfast talk hosted by the Iqaluit Chamber of...

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NEWS April 26, 2017 - 2:30 pm

AMAP report: Arctic warming comes with a big global price tag

“What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic”

JIM BELL

An assessment report with contributions from more than 90 scientists warned this week that, between now and the end of this century, continuing climate change in the Arctic could inflict tens of trillions of dollars of cumulative costs on the global economy.

“What happens in the Arctic does not...

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NEWS April 26, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik health officials try to stem new tuberculosis outbreak

Six active cases of TB detected in Kuujjuaq since January

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik health officials are asking Nunavimmiut to “remain vigilant” as health care workers deal with a new outbreak of tuberculosis in the region, this one targeting its largest community.

The regional health department says it has seen six cases of active TB in Kuujjuaq since the beginning of...

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NEWS April 26, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut volunteers pick up Governor General awards

Kathleen Irwin and Mary Fredlund help run Rankin Inlet's food bank

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two Rankin Inlet volunteers are recipients of Governor General awards for their long-time work with the Nunavut community’s food bank.

Ikurraq, also known locally as the Deacon’s Cupboard, has operated in Rankin Inlet since the mid-1990s. The food bank provides meal packages to local families in...

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NEWS April 26, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut airfield nominated for engineering history honour

“Instrumental in shaping Canada’s North and the present day Nunavut territory”

STEVE DUCHARME

A group of engineers want to recognize Iqaluit’s airfield for the trailblazing ingenuity required to build it and its lasting impact on history and on northern infrastructure, in a government-backed pitch to label the airport as a historic site.

The Cold Region Engineering Division, with support...

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NEWS April 26, 2017 - 8:30 am

National Inuit youth organization looks for its next president

Candidates have until May 17 to apply

SARAH ROGERS

The National Inuit Youth Council president, Maatalii Okalik, says she won’t seek another term as president, a position that’s up for election again later this year.

This week, the NIYC opened a call for nominations of candidates for the unpaid volunteer position, with a deadline of May...

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NEWS April 26, 2017 - 7:00 am

At UN, Inuit leader praises Canada for support of Indigenous declaration

"An important step towards real change"

JANE GEORGE

Speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, Okalik Eegeesiak, the president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, heaped big praise on Canada April 25 for its “unequivocal” support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Eegeesiak followed Bolivia’s president, Evo...

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NEWS April 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm

For Greenland, east Nunavut, a warmer, wetter climate’s on the way

New Arctic climate assessment predicts big changes for Baffin Bay-Davis Strait region

JIM BELL

People who live on each side of Davis Strait and Baffin Bay will see major changes in their climate by the middle of this century and beyond, including more rain, less snow and higher winds, says a report issued April 25 by scientists working for AMAP, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment

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NEWS April 25, 2017 - 2:30 pm

First Air adds extra flight to Nunavut-NWT route

Flight comes as First Air-Canadian North codeshare concludes May 16

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

First Air will add a new trans-territorial flight spanning Nunavut and the Northwest Territories next month, following the end of its codeshare agreement with Canadian North.

Starting May 21, the airline is adding a fourth weekly flight on its Iqaluit-Rankin Inlet-Yellowknife route, First Air said...

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NEWS April 25, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavik dog sled race unpredictable, challenging but rewarding: race marshal

Johnny Oovaut retires after many years on the race route

SARAH ROGERS

From a Nunavik Rotors helicopter, Johnny Oovaut could see Puvirnituq musher Aisa Surusilak and his partner Aiplie Qumaluk running alongside their dog team, encouraging the dogs to run faster.

It was April 15, the last stretch of the 2017 Ivakkak dog sled race and the team had the finish line...

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Veteran NHL star Lanny McDonald stands in a sea of fans in Cape Dorset during a visit with the Stanley Cup April 27. McDonald and Canadian Women's Hockey League player Natalie Spooner have joined a Stanley Cup entourage for a tour of eight Nunavut communties this spring. The tour, sponsored by Scotiabank, Project North, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and First Air, are dropping off bags of hockey equipment in each community to give away to local kids. The tour was hoping to stop in Gjoa Haven and Resolute Friday and then finish up in Hall Beach and Qikiqtarjuaq April 29. (PHOTO BY ERIC LANGDON)
Veteran NHL star Lanny McDonald stands in a sea of fans in Cape Dorset during a visit with the Stanley Cup April 27. McDonald and Canadian Women's Hockey League player Natalie Spooner have joined a Stanley Cup entourage for a tour of eight Nunavut communties this spring. The tour, sponsored by Scotiabank, Project North, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and First Air, are dropping off bags of hockey equipment in each community to give away to local kids. The tour was hoping to stop in Gjoa Haven and Resolute Friday and then finish up in Hall Beach and Qikiqtarjuaq April 29. (PHOTO BY ERIC LANGDON)

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