Despite being frail and weak from Parkinson's Disease, Nunavut living legend Charlie Panigoniak managed to get on stage with his old mates from the Kapurvik Band and perform before a packed audience during a concert held in his honour in Arviat Aug. 30. The show, organized by the Arviat Music Festival Society, included many local musicians covering Panigoniak's songs which, according to local reports, brought Panigoniak to tears as he sat in the audience with his wife Lorna. Peter Shamee entertained the crowd by simulating what Panigoniak used to do during performances including inviting a non-Inuk to the stage to try to copy what he was singing in Inuktitut. Panigoniak, who is in a wheelchair, closed the show by performing the song "I am Homesick." Money raised at the concert will be donated to Panigoniak and his family. If you want to donate, contact John Main through Facebook. (PHOTO BY ERIC ANOEE)
August 31, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Local ground searchers continue quest for lost Nunavut teen
Canadian Forces aircraft pull out, but Cape Dorset searchers press on
The search for missing Cape Dorset teen Saali Toonoo continued Aug. 31 as the Nunavut RCMP and Search and Rescue’s ground unit combed the shoreline outside the south Baffin community.
Toonoo, 18, failed to return home from a kayak trip Aug. 27, after he set out alone Aug. 26.
A police statement...
August 31, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Nunavut community gets creative with welding
“I went into the program to learn more skills as an artist"
Emilia Alareak has worked for years sewing her own creations at home.
But the 30-year-old Arviat seamstress is working on a new kind of parka this week — made from metal.
Looking to expand her skills, Alareak signed up to take part in the hamlet’s new artistic welding workshop, from Aug. 24 to...
August 31, 2016 - 11:45 am
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Aug. 21 to Aug. 28
Soda pop online auctions story reels in the readers
Nearly everyone in Nunavut is drinking soda pop.
So it’s no wonder that a story about soda pop re-sellers looking for big online profits in the territory received the highest number of readers between Aug. 21 and Aug. 28.
That’s according to Google Analytics, which tracks online reader traffic on...
August 31, 2016 - 10:00 am
Open letter to the presidents of Makivvik and First Air
Is a Nunavik company taking advantage of the Baffin region?
How come Nunavik can have as many make-up flights as they want, (I’ve been there and seen it done) when Baffin, where most of First Air’s income is coming from, cannot even have make-up flights?
I live just 50 minutes away from Pangnirtung, and not one makeup flight is ever available.
August 31, 2016 - 8:30 am
Young Nunavut entrepreneurs pitch ideas on Bay Street
“I tried my best and learned a lot from this experience.”
The first time Tsoi Yung (Elaine) Lau, 17, stood before her Iqaluit classmates to give a presentation, not long after arriving from Hong Kong about five years ago, her voice shook and her legs wobbled.
That’s because Lau arrived in Iqaluit able to speak hardly any English.
She constantly had to...
August 31, 2016 - 7:00 am
Cambridge Bay voters weigh in on Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo’s future
"Most of his reason to represent people in Nunavut is gone"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — The passage of a year can change a lot.
People in western Nunavut’s Cambridge Bay remember how red-and-white Liberal party placards for Hunter Tootoo were set up at key intersections and posted in the windows of many houses during last autumn’s 2015 federal election campaign.
August 30, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Alianait hosts music, mental health tour in Nunavut
Twin Flames to play in six communities in September
Alianait is hosting the Ottawa-based singer-songwriter duo, Twin Flames, on a six-community tour to mark this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10.
Twin Flames, featuring Nunavik-raised songwriter Jaaji Okpik and his partner Chelsea June, will head the Mental Health Awareness Tour from...
August 30, 2016 - 2:30 pm
ITK’s big break with the past
"Embedded within its wooden verbiage, you’ll find an abrupt departure from the thinking of the recent past"
Like most documents of its type, the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami released last month is loaded with stilted bureaucratic euphemisms and academic jargon. It’s not an easy read.
But don’t let that put you off.
Embedded within its wooden verbiage, you’ll...
August 30, 2016 - 1:15 pm
Liberal minister gets rough ride in Nunavut at first electoral reform meeting
“These events need to happen in the evening when people are not at work"
A small but opinionated group of participants in Iqaluit criticized the Liberal democratic institutions minister, Maryam Monsef, Aug. 29 for a poorly organized town hall meeting on reforming the federal electoral system.
Monsef’s cross-Canada tour is the first stage in the reform process, to be...
August 30, 2016 - 12:20 pm
UPDATE: Ottawa police find missing Nunavut woman, newborn baby
Madeline Atagootak, 20, and five-week-old son Elijah found at around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 30
After issuing a plea to the public for information, the Ottawa Police Service located Madeline Atagootak, 20, and her five-week-old baby, Elijah, at around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 30.
“The Ottawa Police Service would like to advise that Atagootak and her baby have been located safe and sound,” police...
August 30, 2016 - 11:45 am
Nunavut Liberal executive depleted following Tootoo scandal
But federal party says it's working to fill vacancies
If you’re looking to track down a member of the Nunavut Federal Liberal Association these days, good luck to you.
Most of the organization’s executive members resigned in recent months, including the Aug. 6 resignation of the association’s president, Michel Potvin, Nunatsiaq News has...
August 30, 2016 - 11:15 am
Nunavut town honours musical legend in tribute concert
Charlie Panigoniak's wife Lorna reminices about 30 years of love and music
Updated at 11:15 a.m., Aug. 30
While southern Canadians celebrated the musical legacy of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, who has terminal cancer, music fans in Arviat have been quietly organizing a tribute to another Canadian musician who is no less legendary in Nunavut.
If you’re in Arviat...
August 30, 2016 - 10:00 am
Iqaluit woman who cut man’s throat pleads to aggravated assault
Nunavut court will pass sentence in 2017
An Iqaluit woman pleaded guilty to aggravated assault at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit Aug. 29, nearly three years after slitting a man’s throat.
Police charged Levina Munick, 30, with attempted murder in connection with an incident that Crown lawyer Christian Lyons said took place on...
August 30, 2016 - 7:00 am
Western Nunavut’s Crystal Serenity encounter runs smoothly
"We are not here to laugh at someone and leave"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Two different worlds met in western Nunavut’s Cambridge Bay Aug. 29, when the huge Crystal Serenity cruise ship — whose population of passengers and crew nearly equals the population of the town — stopped by for the day.
Early in the morning, the first of 1,000 or so passengers...
August 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Parks Canada divers continue Franklin search in Nunavut waters
Ottawa must negotiate IIBA with Kitikmeot Inuit for national historic site
The Government of Canada is set to resume its search for the final resting place of the lost Sir John Franklin ship HMS Terror, dispatching a multi-jurisdictional team of scientists and ships that was to have headed for Arctic waters in late August.
This year’s continuation of the project marks...
August 29, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Nunavut aerial and ground searches seek missing teenage kayaker
Saali Toonoo left Cape Dorset Aug. 26, no sign of teen since
Aerial and ground search crews are on the lookout for a teenage kayaker from Cape Dorset who has been missing for three days.
Eighteen-year-old Saali Toonoo left the Baffin community Aug. 26 on a white and red-bottom kayak.
When the teen did not return home to Cape Dorset by Aug. 27, Nunavut RCMP...
August 29, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Bad loan won’t change how Nunavut lender does business: CEO
NBCC still refuses to disclose identities of loan clients
The Nunavut Business Credit Corp. says it won’t change how it lends money despite having to pursue the court-ordered bankruptcy for David Wiseman, the former owner of S & G Taxi in Rankin Inlet, who owed the government lending agency more than $1.1 million in unpaid loans from 2012.
August 29, 2016 - 11:45 am
Junior Rangers hit the city for unique leadership course
“There are too many people and too many buildings in Toronto and it was too hot"
SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS
BORDEN, ONT. — A group of Junior Canadian Rangers from across the north of Canada, including nine from Northern Ontario, has just completed a two-week training course in leadership that many described as “a blast” and one of the best learning experiences ever in their lives.
August 29, 2016 - 10:00 am
Nunavut-harvested walrus meat tests positive for trichinella
GN warns anyone consuming walrus to makes sure it's been tested
If you’re planning to eat walrus meat this summer, first ask the harvester if the meat has been tested.
That’s because walrus meat hunted earlier this month near Naujaat recently tested positive for the trichinella parasite, the Government of Nunavut’s health department said Aug. 26.
August 29, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavut artists organize to greet giant Crystal Serenity vessel
Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association aims for big sales Aug. 29 in Cambridge Bay
CAMBRIDGE BAY — When Crystal Serenity passengers arrive today on zodiacs from their cruise vessel to head into Cambridge Bay, members of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association plan to keep their sale tables heaped with carvings, drawings, wall-hangings and other Inuit-made arts and...
August 29, 2016 - 7:00 am
Early arrival of polar bears at Nunavut hamlet prompts early monitoring
One bear digs into burial plot at Arviat cemetery
The polar bears have arrived early in Arviat this year, prompting the Nunavut hamlet and local wildlife department to step up protection measures for the Kivalliq community of 3,000.
Polar bears typically begin their migration from southern Hudson Bay north along the Kivalliq coast in the early...
Cambridge Bay Mayor Jeannie Ehaloak and the hamlet's deputy mayor Joe Ohokannoak posed with a cheque for $2,000 they received from Crystal Cruises for the local recreation fund. Crystal Cruises is the company that is running the Crystal Serenity voyage from Alaska to New York City, a month-long luxury cruise and the largest ever tourist ship to ply the Northwest Passage. On Aug. 29 about 600 passengers left the ship to visit Cambridge Bay, where they spent about $100,000, according to local cruise organizer Vicky Aitaok. Read more about the cruise ship's Aug. 29 visit, and its impact on local people and the economy, on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)