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Cambridge Bay Childcare Society staff and youngsters are all smiles after the centre recently received a donation of $2,850. The money was raised by the local Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization, which teamed up with Canada North Outfitting to raffle off a guided muskox hunting trip and a kamotik as part of the community fundraiser. The local daycare centre, in operation since 1990, employs 12 staff to look after 35 children. (PHOTO COURTESY OF EKALUKTUTIAK HTO)
Cambridge Bay Childcare Society staff and youngsters are all smiles after the centre recently received a donation of $2,850. The money was raised by the local Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization, which teamed up with Canada North Outfitting to raffle off a guided muskox hunting trip and a kamotik as part of the community fundraiser. The local daycare centre, in operation since 1990, employs 12 staff to look after 35 children. (PHOTO COURTESY OF EKALUKTUTIAK HTO)
NEWS July 28, 2016 - 8:30 am

Arctic sea ice vital to polar bear habitat: biologists

Polar bears head inland when ice cover drops below 50 per cent

STEVE DUCHARME

How much sea ice do polar bears need before heading onto land: that’s the question that biologists from the University of Alberta wanted to answer.

Their recently published study found that polar bears started to migrate onto land only when sea ice cover dropped below 50 per cent.

For their...

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NEWS July 28, 2016 - 7:00 am

“Disappointed” by Ottawa’s decision, Areva suspends Nunavut uranium project

Project "may be revisited at some point when it is feasible"

SARAH ROGERS

Areva Resources Canada Inc.‘s Kiggavik uranium project is officially suspended, and the company says it has no immediate plans to re-submit a proposal to Nunavut regulators.

Earlier this week, the federal government accepted the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s 2015 recommendation, which advised......

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 5:00 pm

National Inuit org releases suicide prevention plan

Federal health minister announces $9 million for Inuit mental wellness

THOMAS ROHNER

(Updated 5:50 p.m., July 27)

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed on July 27 followed through on a promise to release a national Inuit suicide prevention plan — the first of its kind among Canadian Aboriginal organizations.

The 44-page document, called the National Inuit Suicide...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut MP returns from addictions treatment to face constituents

“I have work to do to regain their trust and respect"

STEVE DUCHARME

In his first public remarks since completing addictions treatment, Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo said his first priority is to regain the trust of constituents.

Tootoo’s vow came 57 days after he stepped down as minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and exited the Liberal caucus...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Pregnant women in Hall Beach, household members should get vaccinated: GN

Health officials hope to prevent more cases of whooping cough in Baffin

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

With more than 20 cases of whooping cough now being treated in Hall Beach, Nunavut health officials are asking pregnant women in the Baffin community and those who live with them to get vaccinated against the bacterial infection.

Nunavut’s first case of the viral infection this year showed up in...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 1:30 pm

Health researchers home in on Iqaluit dog feces

“Our main task right now is to collect dog poop"

THOMAS ROHNER

Iqaluit, meet the Poop Group: Danielle Julien and Anna Bunce, researchers from the University of Guelph.

You might find them hanging around sled dogs in the coming days, excitedly bent over a warm, freshly formed dog turd.

Or you might find them at the Greenhouse Society’s trivia nights where...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 11:13 am

Latest dump fire not suspicious: Iqaluit fire chief

"The overall cause is considered unknown"

STEVE DUCHARME

Fire investigators have ruled out arson as the cause of Iqaluit’s latest dump fire, which overran a temporary collection area and blanketed the city in smoke June 20.

The city’s director of emergency and protective services, Luc Grandmaison, said investigators could not find the source of the...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 8:30 am

International team of women scientists, divers, en route to Nunavut

Expedition will study underwater climate, mentor young Inuit women

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An all-women team of international scientists, researchers and environmentalists is on its way to Iqaluit this week to study climate change and mentor a group of young Inuit woman across Nunavut.

The Sedna Epic Expedition is a four-year long project that launched in 2014. This year’s expedition is...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 7:00 am

Pauktuutit wants Inuk appointed as sixth commissioner on MMIWG inquiry

"We feel like only an Indigenous person know what we’ve been through"

SARAH ROGERS

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has asked the federal government to appoint a sixth, Inuk commissioner to oversee the upcoming national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Pauktuutit expressed concerns last week that a draft list of five commissioners did not include an......

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NEWS July 26, 2016 - 3:57 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca between July 17 and July 24

Manslaughter judgment leads the past week's top five stories

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

More than 10 years have passed since Leanne Irkootee died — but she’s not forgotten: this past week, readers of Nunatsiaqonline.ca wanted to learn about the final judgment on the 2004 killing of 22-year-old Irkootee in Rankin Inlet.

Her killer, Adrian Van Eindhoven, pleaded guilty July 15 to...

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NEWS July 26, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Premiers meeting highlights Nunavut’s energy needs

“We have a region in Canada that’s underdeveloped and that’s Nunavut"

SARAH ROGERS

Canadian premiers left a three-day meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon last week citing progress on responsible energy development and policy.

But Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna knows the territory has its work cut out for it and can’t do it alone.

During the annual summer meeting of the Council of the...

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NEWS July 26, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Wildlife officers kill polar bear near Iqaluit campground

Meat butchered, distributed to elders

STEVE DUCHARME

Territorial wildlife officers shot and killed a polar bear which, in the early morning hours of July 23, wandered into a camp site at Sylvia Grinnell Park, damaging three or four tents.

The incident marks the first sighting of a polar bear near Iqaluit this year.

Nunavut’s wildlife management...

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FEATURES July 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Nunavut photographer chases foxes and flowers

Sarah Meeko of Sanikuluaq never leaves home without her camera

JANE GEORGE

If you fly over the Belcher Islands in the Hudson Bay, you might only see flat rocks and think that’s all there is to it.

But under the eye of photographer Sarah Meeko, the lands around Nunavut’s most southerly community of Sanikiluaq — sometimes referred to jokingly as the Florida of Nunavut —...

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NEWS July 26, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavut regulator: we can’t assess Baffinland’s new railway proposal

Plan for Milne Inlet railway may not be covered by land use plan exemption

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Impact Review Board says it cannot assess whether a railway can replace the Milne Inlet tote road as part of the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. Phase 2 expansion program until after the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister decides whether the issue is covered by a July 2015...

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NEWS July 26, 2016 - 8:30 am

Torrential rains, fog disrupt Baffin food shipments

Nunavut’s two big retailers say they’re used to flight cancellations

THOMAS ROHNER

It was a sad weekend for bread-lovers in Iqaluit July 23 and July 24: there was barely a single slice of bread to be found at the grocery stores.

That’s because the record-breaking soggy weather that recently soaked south Baffin did more than just flood rivers and shut down roads in Iqaluit....

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NEWS July 26, 2016 - 7:00 am

Ottawa accepts NIRB’s no on Nunavut uranium mine

Ministers of INAC, NRCan, DFO and Transport agree Kiggavik "should not proceed at this time"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It’s a no once again for the Areva Canada Resources Kiggavik uranium mine project near the central Nunavut community of Baker Lake.

The Nunavut Impact Review Board recommended in May 2015 that the project should not proceed.

And now, more than a year later, the four federal ministers with...

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NEWS July 25, 2016 - 4:00 pm

“No foul play” in death of egg-gathering Nunavut teen: RCMP

Girl, 17, fell off a cliff while harvesting eggs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut RCMP says “no foul play” took place in the July 24 death of a teenage girl from Igloolik.

The girl, 17, was harvesting eggs on a cliff outside Igloolik when she fell off, police said in a July 25 statement. 

Members of the Igloolik RCMP detachment received a report that a girl had...

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Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo returned to work July 27, when he hosted an open house at his Iqaluit constituency office, in his first public appearance since he resigned from the federal cabinet and the Liberal caucus May 31 to seek treatment for alcohol addiction.
Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo returned to work July 27, when he hosted an open house at his Iqaluit constituency office, in his first public appearance since he resigned from the federal cabinet and the Liberal caucus May 31 to seek treatment for alcohol addiction."For me, this has been a very, very difficult journey," Tootoo told reporters and constituents July 27. "It was completely my decision to leave cabinet and leave caucus," he continued, adding that "being an independent hasn't lessened my resolve to be a voice for Nunavut in Ottawa." It appears he will serve as an independent for the time being at least. "We wish Mr. Tootoo well as he resumes his parliamentary functions as MP for Nunavut. His status with regard to the Liberal caucus remains unchanged," a PMO spokesperson said. Read more later on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)

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