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Inukjuamiut get silly at the Nunavik community's Easter games April 17. A youth takes part in a traditional Inuit game, where the player is blindfolded and has to identify the person in front of them by touch. (PHOTO BY YVES CHOQUETTE)
Inukjuamiut get silly at the Nunavik community's Easter games April 17. A youth takes part in a traditional Inuit game, where the player is blindfolded and has to identify the person in front of them by touch. (PHOTO BY YVES CHOQUETTE)
NEWS April 21, 2017 - 3:20 pm

Eight teams take off from Arctic Bay in this year’s Nunavut Quest

Mushers delayed two days due to bad weather

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

One by one, the teams set off, quickly becoming distant specks of fur bouncing along the tundra.

The specks of fur were sled dogs, teams of 10 of them tethered to qamutiks, fan hitch-style. Eight teams left Arctic Bay April 20 as part of this year’s Nunavut Quest, the annual Baffin-based dog sled...

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NEWS April 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm

From language shaming to lateral love: what Inuktut needs to grow

“Why put yourself out there to be hurt so badly?”

SARAH ROGERS

Years after Alethea Arnaquq-Baril first carved out a role in Nunavut’s film scene, the Iqaluit documentary maker’s work has gained recognition from a growing audience across the country and around the globe.

With that exposure, media interviews and appearances have become common, although...

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NEWS April 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

Qaggiavuut: new production highlights need for Nunavut arts centre

Arts group will stage Kiviuq Returns this summer with 17-member cast, crew

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Qaggiavuut Society plans to stage a major theatre production later this spring in Iqaluit.

Kiviuq Returns, based on the Inuit legend, features a 17-member cast and crew who plan to produce a show with music, storytelling and acrobatics.

But that poses a challenge for pan-Arctic arts group,...

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NEWS April 21, 2017 - 7:00 am

Canada’s unprepared for fuel oil spills from Arctic shipping: WWF

“There is no CCG process in place to ensure that sufficient equipment will ever exist in any of the villages”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Though fuel oil spills represent the worst environmental threat posed by increased Arctic shipping, authorities, including the Canadian Coast Guard, are ill-prepared to cope with them, the World Wildlife Fund’s Canadian wing says in three related reports issued earlier this month.

“An Arctic...

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NEWS April 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Quebec filmmaker Pilon brings Iqaluit film back to Nunavut capital

Film takes a close look at city and its people

JANE GEORGE

Quebec filmmaker Benoît Pilon admitted to being nervous before the April 19 screening of Iqaluit.

The screening marked the first chance for people in Iqaluit to see and react to his full-length film, whose Nunavut première also coincided with National Canadian Film Day 150.

For those in Astro...

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NEWS April 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut pop star’s new album is heavy on beats, rhymes and life

"I want young people to really take it in"

SARAH ROGERS

Kelly Fraser is a woman with a lot to say.

In an hour-long phone conversation, Fraser packs a punch, telling stories about her island hometown of Sanikiluaq, reindeer hunting, suicide, abusive relationships, songwriting, colonialism, bullying and life as an artist.

She’s managed to pack all of...

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NEWS April 20, 2017 - 11:46 am

Nunavut kids can help RCMP name new baby horses

RCMP choosing one entry from each province and territory, and one classroom entry

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Ookpik maybe? Or Okalik?

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are looking for kids across Canada to name 14 baby horses who will become part of the police force’s Musical Ride.

The RCMP plans to choose one entry from each of Canada’s provinces and territories and one classroom entry for 14 total...

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LETTERS April 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Universities Canada doesn’t do accreditation

“The association represents 96 universities across Canada”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I wish to correct an error in your recent story “Politics, power, money real culprits behind nixing Arctic university” (March 27, 2017.) Universities Canada does not set “criteria for the foundation and operation of universities in the country,” as the story states.
 
In Canada, degree-granting...

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NEWS April 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Igloolik businessman re-appointed chair of QEC

Former CanNor head Nicole Jauvin also appointed to board

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The minister responsible for Nunavut’s Qulliq Energy Corp. has reappointed Igloolik businessman Elijah Evaluarjuk as chairperson of the agency’s board.

Minister Johnny Mike reappointed Evaluarjuk, a hotel and restaurant owner in Igloolik, to the board earlier this winter for a second three-year...

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NEWS April 20, 2017 - 8:30 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from April 9 to April 16

Teacher's termination because of Facebook posting the most-read story

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Be careful what you post on Facebook: a Nunavut teacher who posted an altered photo of an ISIS execution on a community Facebook page received a statement of “termination without cause” earlier this month.

That was the top most-read story on Nunatsiaq News during the week of April 9 to April 16,...

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NEWS April 20, 2017 - 7:00 am

Atlantic currents moving plastic junk into the Arctic, research says

"Middle range" estimate is 300 billion plastic items

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Parts of the Arctic Ocean have become an “important sink of plastic debris,” mainly coming north from the southern latitudes—with 300 billion or more plastic items carried in ice-free Arctic waters.

That’s according to new research published April 19 in the online Science Advances journal, which...

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NEWS April 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm

U.S. group Eskimeaux drops its name after online confrontation

Tanya Tagaq urged group to rethink its use of the "slur against Inuit"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canadian Inuit may not have not reached consensus on how they feel about the term Eskimo, but a New York City folk group has.

A Brooklyn-based band called Eskimeaux changed its name this week, days after throat singer Tanya Tagaq called out the group for using what she called a slur against Inuit....

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NEWS April 19, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Prenatal escorts in Nunavut already eligible for travel funding under new policy

But the GN says new policy is still being updated

SARAH ROGERS

A newly-announced Health Canada policy has already been put in place to fund non-medical travel companions for pregnant Nunavut women who leave their communities to give birth.

The new directive came from the federal health minister, Jane Philpott, during a media interview she gave earlier this...

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NEWS April 19, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut regulators nix Agnico Eagle’s hovercraft plans

Pilot project should be "modified or abandoned"

JANE GEORGE

The Nunavut Impact Review Board has determined that a pilot project floated by Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. to test hovercraft in the Kivalliq region should be “modified or abandoned.”

In its April 17 screening decision, the NIRB said the use of hovercraft in Nunavut needs more research and that the...

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NEWS April 19, 2017 - 11:45 am

Cross-cultural love, family, centre of new short doc set in Nunavik

My Irnik, a Kuujjuaq story, to première in Montreal May 1

COURTNEY EDGAR

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MONTREAL—It was supposed to be a film about dogsledding but that quickly changed.

When Matthew Hood and François Lebeau first flew up to Kuujjuaq for a film shoot in April 2016, the idea was to focus on the adventures of Hood’s childhood friend Conor Goddard, while he...

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NEWS April 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

City of Iqaluit unveils fund to help low-income kids go swimming

Jimmy Kilabuk Children’s Recreation Fund will help poor families gain access to aquatic centre

STEVE DUCHARME

Children who watched the opening of Iqaluit’s new aquatic centre come and go because their families can’t afford the admission fee will now get a chance to apply for help, thanks to a new funding program launched April 18.

The Jimmy Kilabuk Children’s Recreation Fund—named in honour of the late...

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NEWS April 19, 2017 - 8:30 am

On April 19, National Canadian Film Day 150 brings films to Nunavut capital

Screenings will include works by Inuit filmmakers and première of Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re in Iqaluit April 19, you can share in the National Canadian Film Day 150, a one-day celebration of Canadian cinema, part of the federal government’s Canada 150 events.

The free events will take place across every province and territory April 19 for “the largest film festival in the...

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EDITORIAL April 19, 2017 - 7:00 am

Cannabis regulation: Nunavut must take its time

“The GN must not feel bound by Ottawa’s timetable”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Thanks to the two cannabis bills that Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government unveiled this past April 13, the Government of Nunavut now faces some tough political choices.

That’s because, if the Trudeau government’s plan works out, Parliament will pass Bill C-45 and Bill C-46 in time for the new...

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NEWS April 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Arbitration hearing on QIA-Baffinland royalties dispute starts April 18

Inuit org alleges mining company in breach of Mary River IIBA obligations

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A long awaited arbitration hearing aimed at resolving a complex dispute between Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association over advance royalty payments for the Mary River project got started April 18 in Vancouver before a three-person panel, the QIA has announced in a

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COMMENTARY April 18, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Legal Ease, April 17

Expert Witnesses

JAMES MORTON

In general, witnesses are expected to say what they saw, heard, smelled or somehow perceived. They are not supposed to give their opinions about what happened.

The idea is that you put all the facts before the court and then let the court take those facts and come to conclusions about what...

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NEWS April 18, 2017 - 1:10 pm

As Iqaluit’s finances improve, mayor, council eye new subdivisions

“We should be able to borrow the necessary funds to finally develop a new neighborhood”

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit’s mayor is eyeing new residential subdivision developments “this year or the next,” after reviewing end-of-year financial statements for the city that show some signs of recovery from a systemic deficit.

“Without a doubt, we are years behind developing a new neighborhood,” Mayor Madeleine...

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NEWS April 18, 2017 - 11:43 am

Charles and Camilla set to visit Nunavut this summer: GG

"Their Royal Tour will take them to Ontario, Nunavut and Canada’s capital region"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Some Nunavut residents will get a chance this summer to see Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Governor General David Johnston announced April 18 that they accepted the Government of Canada’s invitation to undertake a royal tour from June 29 to July 1...

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LETTERS April 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Lynn Beyak should leave the Senate

“Her statements and her misguided views further denigrate the role of the Senate”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The comments from Sen. Lynn Beyak in recent weeks that take issue with the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are nothing short of a despicable, disgraceful attempt to defend the indefensible.

All senators, and in particular the Conservative party, should consider Beyak’s...

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NEWS April 18, 2017 - 8:30 am

Tight finish marks end of 2017 Ivakkak dog sled race

First and second-place teams finish within three minutes of each other

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

You could call it a wild ride; this year’s Ivakkak dog sled race was plagued with high winds and white-out conditions, not to mention an illness that affected a number of sled dogs.

Scheduled to take off March 27 but postponed a day due to bad weather, 13 Ivakkak teams left Umiujaq March 28 to...

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NEWS April 18, 2017 - 7:00 am

The Liberal’s government’s cannabis package: what’s in it?

New legal cannabis regime filled with strict rules and restrictions

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Though their cabinet ministers are touting it as part of a hard-line law-and-order policy aimed at keeping weed away from teenagers, the Liberal government’s cannabis legalization package, introduced April 13, will still give all adult Canadians access to legal cannabis for the first time since...

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A nautical disaster struck Iqaluit's aquatic centre as vessels of dubious seaworthiness struggled to stay afloat during a Toonik Tyme sponsored cardboard boat race, April 20. Competing teams thrashed madly to make it from end-to-end-to-end of the centre's full-sized lap pool—but many, sadly, went down to visit Davy Jones' Locker. In the end, team Arctic Monsters took first place, in a sleek kayak-like craft that proved the most sturdy design. Iqaluit's springtime festival continues into the weekend, making up for events cancelled last weekend due to weather. See more photos of the boat race on our Facebook page. For a complete list of Toonik Tyme events, visit their website at http://www.tooniktyme.ca. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
A nautical disaster struck Iqaluit's aquatic centre as vessels of dubious seaworthiness struggled to stay afloat during a Toonik Tyme sponsored cardboard boat race, April 20. Competing teams thrashed madly to make it from end-to-end-to-end of the centre's full-sized lap pool—but many, sadly, went down to visit Davy Jones' Locker. In the end, team Arctic Monsters took first place, in a sleek kayak-like craft that proved the most sturdy design. Iqaluit's springtime festival continues into the weekend, making up for events cancelled last weekend due to weather. See more photos of the boat race on our Facebook page. For a complete list of Toonik Tyme events, visit their website at http://www.tooniktyme.ca. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)

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