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Snow men, women and children arriving in Cambridge Bay this winter will be happy to know they are welcome in that Kitikmeot town. While Kivalliq residents bask in unseasonably mild temperatures, western Nunavut is well into normal winter weather with highs and lows ranging from minus 20 C to minus 30 C. Which is good news for snow people. (PHOTO BY DENISE LEBLEU IMAGES)
Snow men, women and children arriving in Cambridge Bay this winter will be happy to know they are welcome in that Kitikmeot town. While Kivalliq residents bask in unseasonably mild temperatures, western Nunavut is well into normal winter weather with highs and lows ranging from minus 20 C to minus 30 C. Which is good news for snow people. (PHOTO BY DENISE LEBLEU IMAGES)
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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NEWS December 02, 2016 - 4:09 pm

Nunavut iron mine proposes bigger ships, no spring ice-breaking

"If I must, I would much rather have more shipping in summer than to have ships during dead winter”

LISA GREGOIRE

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. has revised its latest plans for the Mary River iron mine expansion, proposing to increase open-water shipping out of Milne Inlet with bigger ships, but abandoning an unpopular plan for ice-breaking during the busy spring hunting period.

To fill those ships, Baffinland...

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NEWS December 02, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Western Nunavut hub moves closer to beer-wine store vote in 2017

Petition triggers plebiscite in Cambridge Bay

JANE GEORGE

(Updated at 5:15 p.m.)

If you live in the western Nunavut town of Cambridge Bay and you’re an eligible municipal voter, you will get a chance to vote next April in a plebiscite to decide if a beer and wine store should open in this community of about 1,700 people.

The hamlet received a petition...

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NEWS December 02, 2016 - 1:10 pm

To stay out of jail, this Nunavut carver makes art

“I’m talking to you because I want people to know you can change”

THOMAS ROHNER

Cape Dorset carver Kudlu Kellypalik, 34, used to go door-to-door stealing from community members.

But now, the artist, who has had more stints in prison than he can remember, goes door-to-door every night selling his art, mostly carvings.

“I’m talking to you because I want people to know you can...

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NEWS December 02, 2016 - 11:45 am

Nunavik halfway house waits on staff hires to re-open

Region's only correctional centre has been closed for three years

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Following a three-year closure, Nunavik’s Makitautik rehabilitation centre has a handful of staff positions to fill before the correctional facility can start taking clients again.

The halfway house in Kangirsuk, which first opened in 1999 to house low-risk offenders, has struggled to...

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LETTERS December 02, 2016 - 10:00 am

We need to protect Nunavut’s caribou nurseries

“If we do not protect caribou calving grounds from disturbance, some herds risk disappearing”

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Most of Canada’s barren-ground caribou herds are in a perilous state, some having declined more than 95 per cent from historic highs.

Barren-ground caribou numbers go up and down as part of their natural cycle.  However, the last time the herds were approaching natural population lows, the North...

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NEWS December 02, 2016 - 8:29 am

Electoral reforms should enhance Indigenous voter turnout: committee

Special committee recommends referendum decide electoral reform

STEVE DUCHARME

After nearly six months of consultations across the country, Canada’s special committee on electoral reform is recommending a national referendum before any replacement of the current first-past-the-post system with proportional representation.

That decision accompanies a series of 13...

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NEWS December 02, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavik airline launches Christmas shopping flight to Sept-Îles

One-day charter offers chance for big box holiday shopping

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Christmas shopping can be expensive, not to mention having to fly to another city to do it.

This year, Nunavik’s Air Inuit is offering a one-time charter to a southern destination so that Nunavimmiut can buy most of the gifts on their holiday list.

On Dec. 10, an Air Inuit Dash-8 can take up to...

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NEWS December 01, 2016 - 4:00 pm

November brings record-breaking temperatures from Nunavut to Siberia

Nov. 30 saw spring-like warmth across much of Nunavut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In many Nunavut communities, chances are you traded your parka for a jacket during the month of November.

During November, monthly average temperatures in Nunavut’s central Kivalliq region ranged from 4.1 C higher in Naujaat to 8.2 C higher in Arviat—and sparrows, usually long-gone from Rankin...

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NEWS December 01, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Fewer alcohol seizures means higher crimes rates in Nunavik: police

“The KRPF is receiving fewer tips from the public than last year"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Nunavik police say they’ve seized less bootlegged alcohol this year than over the last five years in the region.

And that appears to have translated into more crime; the Kativik Regional Police Force has seen an 18 per cent increase in alcohol-related files so far in 2016, up from...

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NEWS December 01, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut’s message for Dec. 1 World AIDS Day: Hands Up for HIV Prevention

Dec. 1 also marks start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

During Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, Nunavummiut should get tested for sexually transmitted infections “to protect ourselves, our partners and our communities.”

That’s the message from Nunavut’s health department for Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, which also marks the start of Aboriginal AIDS...

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NEWS December 01, 2016 - 11:45 am

Nunavik shoppers pay 48 per cent more for food than southerners: study

“Even after our subsidies, we’re still paying the price"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—A new study probing at the cost of living in Nunavik confirms what most people in the region already know: it costs more to live in the North of Quebec than in its South.

But the two-year study launched by the Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corp. digs deeper into the issue than...

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Staff, management and elected members of the Kativik Regional Government pose for a group photo on the steps of the organization's main office in Kuujjuaq Nov. 30. The KRG counts 335 employees, 191 of whom are based in Kuujjuaq. Inuit make up 61 per cent of the organization's workforce and 28 per cent of its management positions. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Staff, management and elected members of the Kativik Regional Government pose for a group photo on the steps of the organization's main office in Kuujjuaq Nov. 30. The KRG counts 335 employees, 191 of whom are based in Kuujjuaq. Inuit make up 61 per cent of the organization's workforce and 28 per cent of its management positions. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

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