Here's what Team Nunavut will look like at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaska. Nick Kolola, 19, (left) who is on the boys basketball team and Jasmine Oolayou, 15, a drum dancer going to the games, revealed the team uniforms at the Legislative Assembly March 12. The two athletes presented CGS minister Tom Sammurtok, far left, and Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna with commemorative pin sets, similar to the ones Team Nunavut athletes will take to Alaska when the games start March 15. "The design of the pins is an integral part of our lifestyle. Ice fishing was traditionally the way to feed our families in winter. And today although we still use it as a food supply, we also use it as a social event to get together with friends and family," Sammurtok said. (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY)
March 12, 2014 - 3:26 pm
Nunavut’s community government department plans $32.7M in capital spending
MLAs start looking at CGS infrastructure plans for 2014-15
The Department of Community and Government services defended its capital budget at the Nunavut legislative assembly March 11.
CGS expects to spend $32.7 million on infrastructure during the 2014-15 fiscal year.
That’s $72 million less than what the department’s revised capital spending estimate...
March 12, 2014 - 2:22 pm
Nunavut government tells Iqaluit to respect info-access, privacy law
GN’s ATIPP manager calls on city to set example for Nunavut’s hamlets
The territorial government wants Iqaluit to start adopting access to information and privacy norms, set out under Nunavut’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy (ATIPP) Act.
The act, however, is not yet binding on the Nunavut municipalities, and city administration has so far ignored...
March 12, 2014 - 12:27 pm
New GN polar bear management plan coming by fall 2014
Arviat MLA takes issue with reference to Species at Risk Act
The Government of Nunavut will deliver a “made in Nunavut” polar bear management plan by the fall of 2014.
That’s the message Nunavut’s environment minister Johnny Mike conveyed in a minister’s statement March 11 at the Nunavut Legislative Assembly.
The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board still...
March 12, 2014 - 12:10 pm
PM Harper agrees to act as “honorary patron” for Inuit circumpolar gathering
More than 600 people expected to attend ICC’s Inuvik assembly July 21-24
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will serve as “honorary patron” for the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s international assembly to be held July 21 to July 24 in Inuvik, the ICC announced March 11.
“Having Canada’s prime minister serve as honorary patron is a strong indicator of the importance of ICC as a...
March 12, 2014 - 10:02 am
Baffin mayors want a say in oil and gas, training, and air travel
“The communities are there for the departments, instead of the other way around”
Mayors of Nunavut’s Baffin region are saying no to oil and gas development off their eastern coast until the federal government acknowledges their concerns “and Inuit can be full participants of such an activity.”
Their collective voice, which joins Baffin hunters and trappers groups and the...
March 12, 2014 - 9:30 am
Gjoa Haven struggles with one of Nunavut’s highest homeless rates
Housing association hoping to convert house into homeless shelter
Gjoa Haven is doing all it can to get stranded families into homes.
Gjoa Haven MLA Tony Akoak told the Legislative Assembly March 10 that the town’s local housing association wants to renovate an empty home for displaced families.
“Gjoa Haven is one of many Nunavut communities that lack a...
March 12, 2014 - 8:58 am
Iqaluit council achieves unanimous vote on 2014 budget
Councillors appoint runner-up Stephen Mansell to fill vacant spot
The City of Iqaluit finally has a budget for 2014, after some 35 hours of deliberation by city council — including two rounds of re-negotiation and rewrites to a document first proposed by the city’s administration on Jan. 9.
City council, with all members in attendance, passed its second and...
March 12, 2014 - 8:04 am
Did the MLA for Uqqummiut get due process?
Samuel Nuqingaq, the beleaguered MLA for Uqqummiut, does not likely inspire much public sympathy these days.
Even before he took his oath of office this past fall, he got into trouble with his peers. He missed two days of orientation and slept through the morning segment of their Nov. 15...
March 11, 2014 - 12:11 pm
Petition proponent defends move aimed at ousting NTI president
"I’m sick of being represented as being intolerant"
(Updated March 11, 2:50 p.m., second-last paragraph corrected)
Iqaluit resident Napatsi Folger says she’s sick of being portrayed as an intolerant person.
That’s how she felt after comments about a rainbow flag raised in front of Iqaluit city hall set off a heated debate about the place of...
March 11, 2014 - 10:58 am
New campaign hopes to improve care, cut cancer rates in Inuit Nunangat
"Inuit are now experiencing the adverse effects of rapid lifestyle changes on their physical and mental health"
A new cross-country health campaign hopes improve cancer detection and treatment in Inuit communities.
Aboriginal groups across the country have joined forces with the federally-funded Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to improve cancer prevention and treatment for First Nations, Métis and...
March 11, 2014 - 10:22 am
Nunavut spirits beware: paranormal society is on the hunt
“Just because we cannot see it or explain it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist"
You wouldn’t think a guy so interested in death could be so chipper.
But that’s Mohammad Hussain — a grin is usually stuck to his face, and it widens when he talks about paranormal activity — like ghosts.
“I do believe there’s something else,” Hussain said.
“And we’re not alone. I personally...
Don Chenier, general manager of Nunastar Properties hands over a cheque to Pascale Baillargeon (left) from Inuksuk High School and president of the Nunavut Soccer Association Joselyn Morrison (right). Chenier gave $3,000 to a group of students travelling to the Galapagos Islands for an educational trip. Another $2,500 will go to the Nunavut Soccer Association to help send four teams to the Super Soccer Championship in Yellowknife in April. "In Nunavut it takes so much work to make trips like this happen for our youth," Morrison said. "Any small or big amount a business can give definitely helps." (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY)