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The yellow oxytrope, or airaq, blooms on the hills outside of Iqaluit. The perennial herb has long, carrot-like roots that help it find moisture in the dry Arctic climate. Inuit have traditionally fried the roots in seal fat; they can also be eaten raw. (PHOTO BY FRANK REARDON)
The yellow oxytrope, or airaq, blooms on the hills outside of Iqaluit. The perennial herb has long, carrot-like roots that help it find moisture in the dry Arctic climate. Inuit have traditionally fried the roots in seal fat; they can also be eaten raw. (PHOTO BY FRANK REARDON)
COMMENTARY August 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, Aug. 17

Adultery is rarely relevant to who gets what, when couples split

JAMES MORTON

Canada has a no-fault family law system.

What that means is, with one significant exception, misconduct during marriage—basically adultery—is not relevant to determining who gets what and where the child lives.

Sometimes people say that’s not fair—why should adultery be ignored? Well there are...

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Police plead for help in solving Nunavut boy’s homicide

Ray Taparti Jr., 11, was found dead in Rankin Inlet after being reported missing July 7

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut RCMP are once again reaching out to the public for information that could help them investigate the homicide of 11-year-old Ray Taparti Jr. this past July.

Police, with the help of the local search and rescue group, found the body of the boy, who was also known as “OJ,” in an...

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut ADM talks literacy, language as kids head back to class

Students back to class in the west, heading back soon in the east

BETH BROWN

Students will return to school in Nunavut this month, as the Department of Education plans to make literacy one of its top goals for the coming academic year.

“It’s the linchpin for the whole system,” John MacDonald, assistant deputy minister for the GN’s Department of Education, told Nunatsiaq......

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 11:45 am

Construction of new Nunavut school brings closure to “difficult chapter”

New Cape Dorset high school set to open in September 2018

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The construction of Cape Dorset’s new high school is now underway, the Government of Nunavut announced this week.

The work begins almost two years after Peter Pitseolak high school was destroyed in a September 2015 fire, leaving 134 students and staff members without a permanent facility in the...

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 10:00 am

Distraught Hall Beach man surrenders to Nunavut police

Posing with a rifle, man, 27, threatened violence over a live Facebook video

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 27-year-old man who posed in photos with a rifle and broadcast a live Facebook video while threatening violence is now in police custody, the Nunavut RCMP said in a statement Aug. 16.

“After a brief negotiation, the accused surrendered peacefully to Hall Beach officers positioned outside. The...

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 8:00 am

Dental therapist molested kids in at least two Nunavut communities, lawyer alleges

The late Daniel Nahogaloak worked in Igloolik, Taloyoak, Cambridge Bay

JANE GEORGE

A dental therapist who died in 2016 may have sexually abused young children in several Nunavut communities in the 1980s, leaving his victims so traumatized that afterwards they were too terrified to seek dental care, alleges Alan Regel, an Edmonton-based lawyer and member of the Nunavut bar.

Regel...

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 7:00 am

Anonymous donor helps Iqaluit elders fly to Kuujjuaraapik

Iqaluit seniors almost missed out on annual eastern Arctic elders event

BETH BROWN

Thanks to a donation from an anonymous benefactor and last-minute funding from the Government of Nunavut, some Iqaluit elders will get to attend a get-together in Kuujjuaraapik Aug. 20 to Aug. 26.

At a meeting of Iqaluit City Council’s recreation committee Aug. 10, the city recreation director...

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NEWS August 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut health department urges best practices for fermenting meat

Traditional curing and plastic don't go together

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It’s harvest time for many sea mammals in the Arctic and if you plan to ferment walrus, seal or beluga meat, be mindful of the best ways of storing and aging meat.

That’s because the bacteria that cause botulism are naturally found in walrus, seal and sometimes whale, and if aged meat isn’t...

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LETTERS August 16, 2017 - 1:09 pm

A big thank you from the family of Solomon Qanatsiaq

Solomon Qanatsiaq: March 28, 1944—June 15, 2017

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

We extend our sincere gratitude to the following organizations and individuals who assisted and entertained our father during the time he was battling cancer.

Solomon Qanatsiaq succumbed to the cancer on June 15, 2017. Thank you to the people of St. Silas Anglican Church, Rev. Joelie Sangujaq and...

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NEWS August 16, 2017 - 10:00 am

Crime severity increased in Nunavut last year: StatsCan

Raw number of crimes higher than recent years, but lower than in 2012

STEVE DUCHARME

When compared with the previous year, crime in Nunavut increased in both severity and overall frequency in 2016, with big growth in fraud, sexual violence and impaired driving, according to numbers on police-reported crime released July 24 by Statistics Canada.

StatsCan reported that Nunavut...

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NEWS August 16, 2017 - 7:59 am

Air Inuit pilot featured on new postage stamp

“We would like more people to know about this remarkable young woman"

SARAH ROGERS

One of Air Inuit’s best-known pilots is set to get even more air miles now that her smiling face will grace a new postage stamp.

Melissa Haney, who made Captain on the Dash 8 at the Nunavik-owned airline last year, is featured on a new stamp designed by the East Canada Section of the Ninety-Nines,...

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NEWS August 16, 2017 - 7:00 am

Constitutional fight brewing over Nunavut caribou harvest

Case involves Igloolik Inuk who harvested Baffin caribou during 2015 ban

STEVE DUCHARME

A constitutional showdown over Inuit rights is brewing in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit as lawyers debate the actions of an Inuk Canadian Ranger who harvested a Baffin Island caribou during a territorial government-imposed moratorium in 2015.

Michael Irngaut, a beneficiary of the...

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NEWS August 15, 2017 - 4:30 pm

Nunavut RCMP want help persuading Cape Dorset man to surrender

"Please talk to us. Communicate. We can resolve this peacefully"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Members of the RCMP in Cape Dorset are asking people in the community for their help so that David Mikkigak can surrender “peacefully” to police.

In an Aug. 15 news release, the Nunavut RCMP said Mikkigak, 37, of Cape Dorset, who is wanted on a number of criminal charges dating to June of this...

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NEWS August 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Students in fire-stricken Nunavut hamlet to start school later this year

Kugaaruk waits for six modular classrooms to arrive on sealift this September

BETH BROWN

Students in Kugaaruk usually head back to school in August, but their start date for school this year will depend on how fast the Government of Nunavut can install six new modular classrooms.

The deadline for completing that work is Oct. 15, the Department of Education confirmed to Nunatsiaq News,...

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NEWS August 15, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Busy travel season grounds food shipments to Nunavik

"There’s a lack of everything"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavimmiut say they have seen bare store shelves across the region and restaurant closures in its largest community, Kuujjuaq, as the regional hub prepared to host its major annual music festival.

That was due to a higher than usual amount of air freight and a higher number of passengers destined...

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NEWS August 15, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Review board decries lack of participant funding for Nunavut groups

NIRB says its limited resources can't ensure effective participation

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Impact Review Board said it cannot offer the funding Clyde River’s Hunters and Trappers Organization has requested to help them participate in an environmental assessment related to offshore resource development.

The HTO approached the NIRB earlier this month for support to take part......

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NEWS August 15, 2017 - 10:00 am

Arctic heat wave sweeps across western Nunavut and High Arctic

Record-breaking temperatures from Cambridge Bay to Pond Inlet

JANE GEORGE

Unseasonably warm temperatures over the past weekend saw people in the western Nunavut hub of Cambridge Bay heading out to their cabins or the beach, where some even dipped into the Arctic Ocean to cool off.

However, it wasn’t so long ago—for example, in 1974, according to Environment Canada—that...

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NEWS August 15, 2017 - 8:00 am

Former Nunavut politician faces new impaired driving charge

Jack Anawak, NDP candidate in the 2015 federal election, stopped by police in June

STEVE DUCHARME

A former Nunavut politician and candidate in the last federal election, Jack Anawak, has been charged with two counts of drinking and driving, stemming from an incident alleged to have occurred in Iqaluit this past June.

The RCMP charged Anawak, 66, with one count of operating a vehicle while...

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NEWS August 15, 2017 - 7:00 am

Break-in at Iqaluit elder’s apartment provokes anger among residents

"Despicable to think that people are so low and desperate"

JANE GEORGE

Many in Iqaluit say they are outraged over a recent break-in at one of the apartments for elders adjacent to Iqaluit’s Qammaq elders centre.

“Sad,” “no respect,” “scary,” “unbelievable and “disheartening” were among words used on social media after Iqaluit resident Eva Groves reported the theft at...

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NEWS August 14, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Welcome to Tallurutiup Imanga: Nunavut’s new marine protected area

“Today is a very significant day for Inuit as well as for the world”

JIM BELL

In a deal that delivers big wins to each side, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the federal government declared Aug. 14 that they’ve reached an agreement on new, expanded boundaries for the long-awaited Tallurutiup Imanga Lancaster Sound marine protected area.

The deal, which expands the...

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NEWS August 14, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Iqaluit elders to miss out on annual gathering

Funding never came through for Nunavut, Nunavik elder’s conference

BETH BROWN

(Updated Aug. 15, 10:05 p.m., with new information from QIA)

Many Iqaluit elders won’t get to attend an annual elders gathering that they usually attend, unless the Elders’ Qammaq can come up with $25,000.

Inuit elders from Nunavut and Nunavik organize a get-together every year to promote...

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NEWS August 14, 2017 - 11:45 am

Pass the cheese, please

Iqaluit club deals in edible gold

BETH BROWN

Sherry Shorthouse asks her customer, pre-purchase, if he knows he selected the garlic kind.

“Is it heavy garlic?” he asks.

“It’s just a nice hint,” she answers.

And the man buys two packs of cheese curds.

“Everybody loves curds,” Shorthouse said—especially jalapeno and garlic.

The Iqaluit...

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NEWS August 14, 2017 - 10:00 am

MMIWG inquiry prepares for first Nunavut community visit

“There are many ways to participate"

SARAH ROGERS

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women plans to travel to Rankin Inlet next week for its first community visit in Inuit Nunangat.

Earlier this summer, the federal inquiry announced a nine-community tour, the last stop scheduled for the Nunavut community in...

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NEWS August 14, 2017 - 7:55 am

Nunavik mother pleads for information on teen’s death

"Why did this happen to our daughter?"

SARAH ROGERS

The mother of a teenage girl found dead in the Nunavik village of Inukjuak last month has urged community members to come forward with any information that might help find her daughter’s killer.

Bethany Nastapoka Epoo, 14, was found dead outside a home in the Hudson coast community on July 22....

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NEWS August 14, 2017 - 7:00 am

City to hire trained fitness instructors for Iqaluit aquatic centre

New staff to replace volunteer instructors who were let go

BETH BROWN

Paid fitness staff are on the City of Iqaluit’s hiring agenda, Iqaluit’s recreation director, Amy Elgersma, told members of the city’s recreation committee Aug. 11.

An upcoming competition to employ more fitness instructors at the Iqaluit aquatic centre comes after the city did not renew the......

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NEWS August 11, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut Arctic College art student’s creations merit BMO award

Anne Qammaniq-Hellwig's headbands receive top Nunavut honour

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Iqaluit art school student has won the Bank of Montreal BMO 1st Art award for Nunavut.

Anne Qammaniq-Hellwig, a student in the fine arts program at Nunavut Arctic College, was among the finalists from all territories and provinces who “vividly demonstrate the excellence and promise of Canada’s...

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Elisapie Isaac and brother Charlie Tarkirk—adopted out to separate families as children—take the stage in an emotional performance Aug. 15 which paid tribute to their Inuit musical influences, on Day 2 of Aqpik Jam, Kuujjuaq's annual summer music festival. At one point, they invited Mark Katjulik, a member of the Salluit Band, to join them on stage so they could sing a couple of the band's songs. The evening's line-up included Twin Flames, The Jerry Cans and André-Philippe Gagnon, well-known southern Quebec chameleon who performs in the voice of various artists including James Brown, Mike Jagger and the Bee Gees. Aqpik Jam wraps up tonight. See their Facebook page for tonight's line-up. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
Elisapie Isaac and brother Charlie Tarkirk—adopted out to separate families as children—take the stage in an emotional performance Aug. 15 which paid tribute to their Inuit musical influences, on Day 2 of Aqpik Jam, Kuujjuaq's annual summer music festival. At one point, they invited Mark Katjulik, a member of the Salluit Band, to join them on stage so they could sing a couple of the band's songs. The evening's line-up included Twin Flames, The Jerry Cans and André-Philippe Gagnon, well-known southern Quebec chameleon who performs in the voice of various artists including James Brown, Mike Jagger and the Bee Gees. Aqpik Jam wraps up tonight. See their Facebook page for tonight's line-up. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)

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