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Jeffrey Sather of Cambridge Bay stands beside his latest work of art, an icy inuksuk, which he built on his deck. It's been cold enough in Cambridge Bay to do that but in areas of the Kivalliq, November and December temperatures have been much warmer than normal. That changed today however. Rankin Inlet is -25 C today and temperatures there are expected to hover between -20 C and -30 C for the next week, normal for this time of year. (PHOTO BY DENISE LEBLEU IMAGES)
Jeffrey Sather of Cambridge Bay stands beside his latest work of art, an icy inuksuk, which he built on his deck. It's been cold enough in Cambridge Bay to do that but in areas of the Kivalliq, November and December temperatures have been much warmer than normal. That changed today however. Rankin Inlet is -25 C today and temperatures there are expected to hover between -20 C and -30 C for the next week, normal for this time of year. (PHOTO BY DENISE LEBLEU IMAGES)
NEWS December 08, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut man offers free caribou to elders

"That makes my Christmas"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Santa Claus came early to some lucky elders in Nunavut’s Baffin region—Joannie and Annie Ikkidluak of Kimmirut, Simeonie Qaunirq of Iqaluit and Elaiya Mangitak of Cape Dorset.

And Santa brought them caribou meat.

That’s thanks to Arviat hunter Johnny Mamgark, who offered gifts of caribou meat to...

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NEWS December 08, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Inuktut language group to meet with Prince of Wales

Group will tour Wales to learn about region's language revitalization

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—“Qanuippit Saali?”

Harry Tulugak jokes about how he’ll greet Prince Charles when he meets him.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales might not understand Inuktitut, but he’s taken an interest in the plight of the Inuktut language—enough to invite a group of its speakers to the United...

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NEWS December 08, 2016 - 11:45 am

Ottawa police officer sentenced for racist comments about Nunavut artist

"If not for the guilty pleas and the apologies... I would consider a greater penalty"

COURTNEY EDGAR

OTTAWA—Sgt. Chris Hrnchiar of the Ottawa Police Service was found guilty of two counts of discreditable conduct Dec. 7 for racist comments he made online about the death of the famed Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook, whose body was found in the Rideau River just days before the comments were...

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NEWS December 08, 2016 - 8:29 am

Nunavut judge rejects taped evidence from deceased 14-year-old

Audio-only statement a product of poor investigation, court finds

THOMAS ROHNER

Shoddy police work—that’s why a short audio recording of a 14-year-old Pond Inlet girl accusing a local man of sexually abusing her cannot be used in court, Nunavut Justice Paul Bychok said in a decision released Dec. 7.

The young complainant died just a few months after giving the statement, so...

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NEWS December 08, 2016 - 7:00 am

Kuujjuaq businessman swings for a hole-in-one with new lounge

“Everyone really likes it"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Jason Saunders lines up his shot.

It’s so quiet that you can hear the swoosh as he swings his club, but loud shouts erupt as his long shot rolls into the rough.

The vast expanse of treeless tundra across the North has lent itself to natural golf courses outside of many Nunavik and...

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NEWS December 07, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Trudeau promises to create federal Indigenous languages law

“We must show Canada that we are partners”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As an act of reconciliation aimed at undoing the damage done by residential schools and other harmful government measures, the Liberal government will introduce a bill to create an Indigenous Languages Act, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Dec. 6.

“We know all too well how residential schools...

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NEWS December 07, 2016 - 1:10 pm

ArcticNet annual conference aims spotlight at Arctic climate change

"Canadian Arctic research stands at a crossroad"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As ArcticNet hosts its 12th annual scientific conference this week in Winnipeg for 800 students, academics, traditional knowledge holders, northern leaders and policy makers, the focus will be on climate change and all of its complexities.

The ArcticNet research community comes together at a key...

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NEWS December 07, 2016 - 11:45 am

November’s Arctic ice cover dips to new monthly low

Arctic ocean's mid-month ice shrinkage "an almost unprecedented occurrence for November"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

November brought record-breaking high monthly temperatures in many Nunavut communities and across most of the circumpolar region.

At the same time, November’s average Arctic sea ice extent for November set a record low, reflecting those unusually high air temperatures, winds from the south, and a...

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NEWS December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

Committee wants Arctic caribou listed under Species at Risk Act

COSEWIC group wants caribou designated as “threatened”

STEVE DUCHARME

A national committee on endangered wildlife is calling for enhanced protection of barren-ground caribou, warning the population is at a critical stage when human influence could damage the health of herds stretching from the Yukon to Baffin Island.

The Committee on the Status of Endangered...

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NEWS December 07, 2016 - 8:30 am

Filmmaking workshop turns lens on Nunavik youth’s stories

"It really helped open up [my] ideas"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Sammy Jr. Gadbois-Kudluk sifts through footage he’s captured over the last few months on his GoPro.

Gadbois-Kudluk brings the waterproof, shockproof action camera with him everywhere. He’s taken shots of road trips in and around his hometown of Kuujjuaq; videos of friends and family and...

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NEWS December 07, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavik police investigate late-night house fire

KRPF request help from SQ's arson squad

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik police have launched an investigation into an early morning weekend fire that leveled a Kuujjuaq home.

Firefighters in Kuujjuaq were called to the scene of a local house fire at about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 3. The home was completely destroyed in the fire, but no one was injured, the Kativik...

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NEWS December 06, 2016 - 4:00 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4

Drama, tragedy in Resolute Bay leads the news

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The top story of the past week on Nunatsiaqonline.ca concerned events which unfolded last week in Resolute Bay, which included a prolonged lockdown in this High Arctic community of roughly 270.

That’s according to Google Analytics, which tracks our online readership traffic.

On Nov. 27 a man, 46,...

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COMMENTARY December 06, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Legal Ease, Dec. 6

Sentence Appeals

JAMES MORTON

It’s the end of a criminal trial and you have been convicted.  The judge gave a sentence and you don’t think it’s fair.  Can you appeal and get a different sentence?

Maybe.

If you want a lower sentence, you must convince the appeal court that the sentence is “unfit” or unreasonable.

Judges have...

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NEWS December 06, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Pop-up art fair at Ottawa YMCA offers Inuit crafts for Christmas

“We did very well today... More than I was expecting”

COURTNEY EDGAR

OTTAWA—The “lucky” kamiks that Okeejuasee Sageatook makes begin with a beaded bracelet, which she later attaches to the miniature boots, hand crafted from seal skin. The finished product becomes a small and fluffy lucky charm on a keychain.

She and her partner, Claude Comte, have been creating...

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NEWS December 06, 2016 - 11:45 am

Makivik’s VP of resource development acclaimed to new term

Nunavik Inuit will elect the organization's treasurer in January

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Makivik Corp.’s sitting vice president of resource development has been acclaimed to the position for another three-year term, Nunavik’s Inuit birthright organization said Dec. 5.

Adamie Delisle Alaku, first elected as Makivik’s vice president in January 2014, was the only to declare his candidacy...

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NEWS December 06, 2016 - 10:00 am

For Becky Han, children’s songs just have to be funny

Singer-songwriter, originally from Arctic Bay, wins 2016 Qilaut song contest

THOMAS ROHNER

Although Inuk singer-songwriter Becky Han now lives in Brandon, Man., her songs couldn’t be more Inuk.

Like her song “786,” which, Han recently told Nunatsiaq News, was the number of her mother’s CB radio when Han was growing up in Arctic Bay.

That song is about talking to her mom over the radio...

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LETTERS December 06, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut school truancy rates are getting worse

Over 10 years, territorial truancy rate rose by 37.6 per cent

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Can we agree that a child who doesn’t attend Grade 1 has a far lower chance of graduating from high school than a child who does?

And that in today’s world, someone who doesn’t graduate from high school has greatly diminished opportunities as an adult?

Data on school attendance rates and school...

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NEWS December 06, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavik group shortlisted for $1 million prize questions lack of support

"Don't turn your backs on communities who are working hard"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—A Nunavik group shortlisted for this year’s Arctic Inspiration Prize wants to know why one of its major funders wouldn’t support its bid for the lucrative prize.

Qarmaapik house is a community-fun family resource centre that opened in Kangiqsualujjuaq earlier this year.

The new facility...

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NEWS December 05, 2016 - 3:59 pm

New negotiator helps Nunavik housing talks progress

Region reaches agreement with Quebec on new rent scale for 2017

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Nunavik and Quebec officials have reached an agreement-in-principle on a revised rent scale for the region’s social housing tenants, the Kativik Regional Government told its councillors last week.

In 2013, the KRG and Makivik Corp. asked Quebec’s social housing body, the Société...

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COMMENTARY December 05, 2016 - 1:10 pm

What you need to know about sudden infant death syndrome

A message from the Qikiqtani Medical Association

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

QIKIQTANI MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

The doctors of the Qikiqtani Medical Association would like to share the following information with Nunavummiut.

What is sudden infant death syndrome?

Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is considered a possible cause of death when a baby under the age of one...

...

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NEWS December 05, 2016 - 11:45 am

Holiday season inspires generosity towards Nunavut’s poor and hungry

Donations go from northerners to northerners, from south to north

JANE GEORGE

Across Nunavut—and beyond—donors and community groups are ramping up their efforts make Christmas more merry for those in need.

Next weekend, if you live in Iqaluit, you can help the Iqaluit fire department and Iqaluit Firefighters Association pack the back of an ambulance with unused toys,...

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NEWS December 05, 2016 - 10:00 am

Whooping cough found in another Nunavut community

Health officials record new case in Pangnirtung

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Health officials say whooping cough has spread to another Nunavut community, with a new case confirmed in Pangnirtung last week.

Since the respiratory infection was first detected in Pond Inlet last March, whooping cough has spread to Hall Beach, Igloolik, Cape Dorset, Iqaluit and more recently to...

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NEWS December 05, 2016 - 8:30 am

Citing delays, judge tosses sex charges against Nunavut man

New Supreme Court trial deadlines create ripple effect in Nunavut

THOMAS ROHNER

As a result of the Supreme Court of Canada’s R. v. Jordan decision of last July, a Nunavut judge has thrown out four historic sex charges against a Cape Dorset man after finding lawyers took too much time to resolve the matter in court.

The Supreme Court of Canada’s Jordan decision, which is...

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NEWS December 05, 2016 - 6:59 am

Nunavut’s new airline war: Canadian North tells First Air to bring it on

“I was completely shocked and surprised... I'm not happy"

STEVE DUCHARME

Steve Hankirk, the president of Canadian North, says former partner First Air’s decision to abruptly end its controversial codeshare relationship with his company was as much of a surprise for him as it was for the rest of Nunavut.

In the wake of that unexpected announcement, Hankirk says the two...

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With thirteen days left until the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, getting sunlight is at a premium in Nunavut. So all the better for a sun dog to make an appearance and brighten up Iqaluit's lunch hour, Dec. 5. Sun dogs are created on especially cold days, when frozen air crystals in the lower atmosphere align and refract the sun's rays horizontally, creating the illusion of three points of light in the sky. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
With thirteen days left until the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, getting sunlight is at a premium in Nunavut. So all the better for a sun dog to make an appearance and brighten up Iqaluit's lunch hour, Dec. 5. Sun dogs are created on especially cold days, when frozen air crystals in the lower atmosphere align and refract the sun's rays horizontally, creating the illusion of three points of light in the sky. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)

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