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Sunlight and fog bathe these boaters in a golden glow July 17 as they search for beluga off the west coast of Hudson Bay near Arviat. Although belugas do migrate past Arviat at this time of year, the group didn't see any beluga on this outing, but any day on the water is a good day. Billy Ollie, who was in one of the boats, said July 21 that it's been windy and rainy all week, preventing harvesters from going out, but he hopes to head out again soon, weather permitting. (PHOTO BY CHRIS SHAMEE)
Sunlight and fog bathe these boaters in a golden glow July 17 as they search for beluga off the west coast of Hudson Bay near Arviat. Although belugas do migrate past Arviat at this time of year, the group didn't see any beluga on this outing, but any day on the water is a good day. Billy Ollie, who was in one of the boats, said July 21 that it's been windy and rainy all week, preventing harvesters from going out, but he hopes to head out again soon, weather permitting. (PHOTO BY CHRIS SHAMEE)
NEWS July 24, 2017 - 10:00 am

Lack of Canada 150 funding threatens to ground Arctic aviation tour

"It’s unfortunate that wasn’t seen as important to other funders"

BETH BROWN

The August opening of Iqaluit’s airport will be short one air show, unless the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour can come up with a million dollars.

One week after the Canada 150th pan-Arctic aviation tour announced that it has run out of money, there is still no sign that more money is forthcoming,...

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NEWS July 24, 2017 - 9:00 am

Parents step up to head off daycare closure in western Nunavut

“It will continue, because people need childcare"

BETH BROWN

The daycare centre in Cambridge Bay is back on track after a close call with indefinite closure—thanks to concerned parents.

The service, run by the non-profit Cambridge Bay Daycare Society, was forced to shut its doors July 17 and 18.

“This closure was the result of a severe drop in volunteer...

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NEWS July 24, 2017 - 7:59 am

Ottawa police investigate death of Nunavut man

RCMP arrive at Arviat home as gunshot fired

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police are investigating the sudden death of an Arviat man on July 21.

On Friday, officers in the Kivalliq community started a criminal investigation, which brought them to a local home, the RCMP said in a July 22 release.

When they arrived, they heard the sound of a gunshot and found a deceased...

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NEWS July 21, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Inuit youth unveil latest mural in downtown Ottawa

“I am proud of myself because I get to see my art work when I go here"

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA—A pink, two-headed owl the side of the Bell Media building in Ottawa’s Byward Market is more than just a decorative picture to brighten up the neighbourhood.

It’s a reminder that there are many ways of looking at, and interpreting, art and culture, says Parr...

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NEWS July 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm

MMIWG stop in Nunavut delayed by a week

Second hearing schedule change for murdered Indigenous women inquiry

STEVE DUCHARME

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s only Nunavut hearing has been delayed by a week, as part of the latest revised schedule released on July 19 that sets back hearings for two other communities.

The new date for Rankin Inlet’s hearing is Dec. 11, one week later then...

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NEWS July 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

Replica rifle prompts armed response from police in Nunavut capital

Two men arrested, released; RCMP say situation could have ended badly

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you live the 4000s block near downtown Iqaluit, you may have choked on your morning coffee at 6 a.m. July 19 if you happened to look out the window.

Iqaluit RCMP responded with weapons drawn Wednesday morning to an area near the Quikstop after receiving reports of a man wearing a mask and...

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NEWS July 21, 2017 - 8:00 am

Ship happens: Parks Canada downsizes Franklin wreck work in Nunavut

Summer survey of Erebus will be cursory; full excavation delayed to 2018

LISA GREGOIRE

Parks Canada underwater divers will have to settle for a cursory glance at the HMS Erebus wreck this summer since their research vessel is stuck in dry dock in British Columbia.

According to documents filed with the Nunavut Impact Review Board, Parks Canada has been forced to significantly scale...

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NEWS July 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut premier calls ITK boycott of meeting “disappointing”

“As Inuit that’s what we do, we sit down and resolve our issues"

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavut premier Peter Taptuna says the decision from the nation’s three main Indigenous leaders to skip a meeting with Canadian premiers ahead of an annual leaders roundtable in Edmonton, July 17, was “disappointing.”

“For me it was a little bit disappointing because I really had expected Inuit...

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NEWS July 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut athletes dig deep at Indigenous games

Games recognize 88th call to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report

BETH BROWN

Nunavut’s rising athletes are shooting hoops and diving for volleys in Toronto this week, during the 2017 North American Indigenous Games. 

The territory’s contingent at what is being called the largest cultural and sporting event for Indigenous youth on the continent consists of 44 basketball,...

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NEWS July 20, 2017 - 11:45 am

Supreme Court to rule on Nunavut seismic testing case next week

Final decision on Crown's duty to consult Aboriginal people to be rendered July 26

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A final, decisive ruling in the long-standing legal battle over seismic testing in the waters off the coast of Baffin Island, and the duty to consult Aboriginal people, will be delivered at the end of July, the Supreme Court of Canada announced, July 19.

That ruling from Canada’s highest judiciary...

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NEWS July 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

New daycare facility coming to Nunavut’s capital

Society is formed, building to come; opening expected in 2019

BETH BROWN

Rachel Theoret-Gosselin put her unborn son on a wait list for licensed daycare in Iqaluit in 2014. Three-and-a half years later, a spot opened up for him.

Daycare scarcity is a constant struggle for Iqaluit parents.

“It is a big need in town,” Theoret-Gosselin said, adding that many families...

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NEWS July 20, 2017 - 7:55 am

Inuit, Indigenous groups snub premiers’ meeting

Separate meeting for Indigenous leaders, premiers panned as tokenism

BETH BROWN

Canada’s three main Indigenous leaders called a July 17 meeting between Canadian premiers and Indigenous peoples an attempt to sideline and segregate Inuit, Métis and First Nations input within intergovernmental talks.

And so, they didn’t go to that meeting.
 
National Chief Perry Bellegarde of...

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COMMENTARY July 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, July 19

Can I force them to honour their contract?

JAMES MORTON

Suppose you made a deal to have someone come and paint your house. After you make the deal they just refuse to do the work.

Can you get a judge to order them to fulfill their agreement?

No.

What you are looking for is an order for “specific performance” that is an order forcing someone to...

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NEWS July 19, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Game changer: NIRB now says yes to Nunavut’s Back River mine

"Sabina’s revised plans now constitute some of the most protective caribou protection measures ever developed for the Arctic"

LISA GREGOIRE

It turns out that now is a good time to go ahead with Sabina’s Back River gold mine project.

After saying “no” to the multi-million dollar Kitikmeot project in June 2016, and being told by a federal minister that “no” was the wrong answer, the Nunavut Impact Review Board “has concluded that the...

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NEWS July 19, 2017 - 11:35 am

Man charged with Pond Inlet death in Nunavut court

Tommy Mucpa accused of second-degree murder of Dorcas Erkloo

STEVE DUCHARME

A 25-year-old man charged in the death of a Pond Inlet woman over the Canada Day long weekend must now await disclosure of evidence by lawyers following his first appearance before a judge, July 18.

Tommy Mucpa is accused of second-degree murder in the death of Dorcas Erkloo, 51, who died on the...

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NEWS July 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

Major crimes takes over missing Inuit woman case in Ottawa

Mary Papatsie, 39, went missing in Ottawa in late April; police still seeking information

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The investigation by the Ottawa Police Service into a missing Inuk woman who disappeared last April has been turned over to the city’s major crimes unit.

The OPS announced it was handing the case of Mary Papatsie over to its major crimes division in a press release, July 17, but they are...

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NEWS July 19, 2017 - 7:55 am

Nunavut woman accused of murder makes first court appearace

Sandra Ameralik of Gjoa Haven will be back in court Aug. 15 for a bail hearing

STEVE DUCHARME

A Gjoa Haven woman accused of fatally stabbing a man in June made her first appearance before a judge since her arrest, at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit, July 18.

Sandra Ameralik appeared before Justice Susan Cooper wearing a blue t-shirt and grey sweatpants, but was only present in the...

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NEWS July 18, 2017 - 4:45 pm

Grieving family suffers theft of carvings from Nunavut home

Police charge Christine Ammaq, 53, with theft at John Manning residence

BETH BROWN

Updated July 18, 4:45 p.m.

Of all the carvings John Manning bought during his 25 years in Iqaluit, it was a large walrus sculpture that his wife and daughter valued most—it had been a Christmas gift from John to them.

That walrus, and at least 25 other carvings, were stolen from the family...

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NEWS July 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Fired up: Nunavut capital offering free firefighter course for youth

Two-week course, to run in August, will give youth hands-on firefighter training

BETH BROWN

If you’re young and strong and living in Iqaluit, and you have an urge to douse a burning car, rescue an unconscious person or escape from a smoke filled room, then the city has a new program designed just for you.

The Iqaluit fire department is offering a new two-week junior firefighter’s course...

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NEWS July 18, 2017 - 11:15 am

Iqaluit Housing Authority gets break from the city

IHA can dump large residential garbage for tenants without paying commercial fees

BETH BROWN

Updated July 18 at 11:15 a.m.

In a tireless effort to rid the city of unsightly trash, the Iqaluit Housing Authority can now take large garbage to the landfill for free, as long as it is on behalf of their tenants.

City councillors moved July 11 to begin an informal agreement with the housing...

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NEWS July 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Registration now available for Nunavut capital’s beer-wine store

Government-issued photo ID needed to get account to purchase beer, wine in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re looking to be first in line at Iqaluit’s soon-to-open beer and wine store, then you’ll have to set up an account with the Nunavut Liquor Commission.

Registration is now open for customer accounts at the pilot beer and wine store, according to a July 14 release by the Government of...

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NEWS July 18, 2017 - 7:55 am

Big federal contract for Nunavut drone company

Transport Canada chooses Arctic UAV to help shape rules for future drone use in Canada

LISA GREGOIRE

An Iqaluit drone imagery company just won a two-year contract with Transport Canada to help formulate rules and regulations on how manned and unmanned aircraft might one day share airspace.

Arctic UAV, a small and recent start-up company, is poised to earn at least $300,000 over the course of the...

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NEWS July 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm

No dice: Nunavut judge rules Iqaluit resto, pub must move out

Judge calls sisters attempt to keep Waters' Edge, Kickin' Caribou lease "disingenuous"

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit’s popular Waters’ Edge Seafood and Steakhouse restaurant, and Kickin’ Caribou pub, will likely close down by summer’s end now that a Nunavut judge has blocked an eleventh-hour legal bid from its owners,

In delivering his decision on the civil suit July 14, Nunavut Justice Paul Bychok...

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NEWS July 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut brewery making progress on shop, tasting room

Sealift to bring equipment, ingredients to start making local beer

BETH BROWN

Three sets of brewing tanks—both bright tanks and fermenting tanks—are on their way north on the summer sealift along with bottling equipment, kegs, malt grains and hops. 

Before they get here though, workers from Baffin Central Construction will be busy installing beams and frames to complete...

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NEWS July 17, 2017 - 7:59 am

Ship to shore: Cruise season begins this week in Iqaluit

14 cruise ships to visit Nunavut this summer including return of massive Crystal Serenity

LISA GREGOIRE

The 1,000-plus passenger Crystal Serenity might be the largest cruise ship to visit Nunavut this summer, but it won’t be the only one.

From the end of July to early September, more than a dozen ships carrying about 4,600 passengers will make stops in 12 different Nunavut communities, according to...

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The federal science minister, Kirsty Duncan, works with budding rocket scientists at an Actua day camp in Iqaluit, July 21. The camp wrapped up the minister's recent northern trip, which began July 17 in Resolute. Duncan is the first minister of science to meet with working scientists in Canada's most northern regions. In Iqaluit she met with elders to talk about the importance of using traditional knowledge within scientific endeavours. A scientist herself, Duncan contributed to research for a UN climate change panel that was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, and led a medical research project in Norway, where her love for the North began.
The federal science minister, Kirsty Duncan, works with budding rocket scientists at an Actua day camp in Iqaluit, July 21. The camp wrapped up the minister's recent northern trip, which began July 17 in Resolute. Duncan is the first minister of science to meet with working scientists in Canada's most northern regions. In Iqaluit she met with elders to talk about the importance of using traditional knowledge within scientific endeavours. A scientist herself, Duncan contributed to research for a UN climate change panel that was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, and led a medical research project in Norway, where her love for the North began. "Here in the North, science is part of the culture," Duncan told Nunatsiaq News July 21. With her in the photo are nine-year-old scientists Jacob Avingaq, left, and Sakhile Matshazi, right. See story later on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)

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