Performer Hans-Henrik Poulsen, left, sings while members of the Greenlandic band Nanook play music for a crowd of about 20 people during a "Greenlandic Music" workshop inside the Elders Qammaq June 30 in Iqaluit. Alianait continues July 1, Canada Day, with a poetry slam, drum dancing and throat singing workshops and an Artcirq Cabaret festival finale at Nakasuk School. (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY)
June 30, 2015 - 2:20 pm
Nunavut coke bust takes a half ounce off the streets
Two men charged with trafficking and other offences
Eric Clapton said it best: “Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back, cocaine.”
Nunavut cops busted two Iqaluit residents in a cocaine trafficking investigation June 28.
About 15 grams — or half an ounce — of cocaine was nabbed in a joint investigation by the RCMP’s V Division Federal...
June 30, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Notorious Iqaluit murderer dies in prison
Mark King Jeffrey, 34, found dead June 29
A Nunavut man who stabbed 13-year-old Jennifer Naglingniq 31 times in her Iqaluit home in 2002 has died in his jail cell.
Mark King Jeffrey, 34, was found unresponsive June 29 at the medium-security Beaver Creek Institution near Gravenhurst, Ont., a federal prison run by Corrections...
June 30, 2015 - 11:05 am
Nunavut circus film spreads message of hope and salvation
Artcirq founder pays tribute to deceased members Solomon Uyarasuk and Joey Ammaq
Not only can your dreams come true if you believe in yourself, but they can connect you to people and take you places you can’t even imagine.
That’s what more than 120 moviegoers at Iqaluit’s Astro Hill Theatre heard June 29 as they watched “Circus Without Borders,” a film presented by the annual...
June 30, 2015 - 9:25 am
Nunavut power utility’s board gets full-time chair
Julie-Anne Miller succeeds David Omilgoitok
Nearly six months after the departure of its last full-time chair, the board that oversees the Qulliq Energy Corp. now has a new one: Julie-Anne Miller of Iqaluit, who has served as interim chair since February 2014.
She succeeds David Omilgoitok, who quit the position this past February to...
June 30, 2015 - 8:30 am
Nunatsiaq Online’s top reads: trouble brewing at Iqaluit city council
Our most clicked-on stories from June 22 to June 26
Nunatsiaq Online readers were hungry last week for news about what’s been brewing inside Iqaluit’s municipal council chambers.
For the final full week of June, our most-read online stories flowed from a June 23 Iqaluit city council meeting, as tracked by Google Analytics pageviews.
1)In our top...
June 30, 2015 - 7:15 am
Nunavik youth charged after bringing loaded rifle to school
KRPF charges youth with firearm possession, uttering threats
Corrected 12:35 p.m., June 30
A Nunavik youth who walked into a high school with a loaded rifle earlier this month now faces four charges in relation to that incident.
On the afternoon of June 5, the Kativik School Board said a student walked into Iguarsivik secondary school in Puvirnituq with a......
June 30, 2015 - 5:59 am
Report on Sanikiluaq crash stresses child safety on commercial flights
Board recommends Transport Canada, airlines move to mandatory child restraint devices
The crash of Perimeter Aviation flight 993 in Sanikiluaq, which killed a six-month-old infant when it missed the runway Dec. 22 2012, came in “too high, too steep and too fast,” investigators with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said June 29.
The TSB released its investigation report two...
June 29, 2015 - 3:20 pm
Nunavut elder’s centre turns into sweet song jamboree
"It’s a cool feeling in the whole community, and you can sense it, you know?”
About 50 people huddle in a small room usually reserved for Inuit elders and Inuktitut conversation.
But instead of telling Inuit legends, on June 28 musicians are turning the elder’s qammaq in Iqaluit into a haven for singing songs and telling tales of how, why and what inspires them.
June 29, 2015 - 1:15 pm
Nunavut teen from Igloolik wins Alianait battle of the bands
Ricky Immaroitok and Joshua Haulli earn crown in Iqaluit
Igloolik’s Joshua Haulli is Alianait’s official band champ for 2015.
The 16-year-old and his friend, Ricky Immaroitok, 18, flew from Igloolik on their own dime to win the $1,000 grand prize June 28 under the big top tent in Iqaluit.
The Battle of the Bands is an annual Alianait competition where...
June 29, 2015 - 12:10 pm
Ottawa appoints respected lawyer to the Nunavut bench
Former Crown prosecutor replaces Andrew Mahar, who joins the NWT Supreme Court
Paul Bychok, a respected lawyer who recently retired as a Crown prosecutor in Nunavut, will now serve as a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice.
Peter MacKay, the federal justice minister, made the announcement June 26.
Bychok fills a spot on the Nunavut bench vacated May 28 by Andrew Mahar, who...
June 29, 2015 - 11:05 am
Nunavik police net $20K in bootlegged booze
Police seized dozens of bottles flown in as cargo to Salluit
Nunavik police have seized dozens of bottles of bootlegged liquor that were destined for residents of the Hudson Strait community of Salluit.
Kativik Regional Police Force officers in Salluit picked up 168 bottles of vodka that had been flown in as cargo June 22.
In an email to Nunatsiaq News,...
June 29, 2015 - 9:40 am
More effort needed to clean Nunavut’s trashy capital, advocates say
Cold, wet day meant poor showing for annual volunteer spring cleanup
If we’re talking trash, Iqaluit has to step up its game.
Iqaluit residents tried last week, on June 19, to clean up the capital during the annual spring cleanup, but the day was marred by snowy rain.
Usually the annual cleanup means a morning away from the office cubicle to walk around town in...
June 29, 2015 - 8:20 am
Nunavut’s Jerry Cans kick off southern tour on Parliament Hill
"The wild west! We’ll see how it goes out there”
It took several years of trying, rigorous security checks for everyone, including babies, a few good words from their local MP, and two days of multi-band rehearsals for Nunavut rockers, the Jerry Cans, to make it into the line-up on Parliament Hill for the afternoon Canada Day show July 1.
June 29, 2015 - 7:14 am
Nunavut murder trial adjourned until August
Evidence ends with 15 hours of testimony from accused, Peter Kingwatsiak
Accused killer Peter Kingwatsiak finally left the witness box late on June 26 after giving about 15 hours of testimony that sometimes contradicted itself.
But Kingwatsiak, on trial for killing his step-brother Mappaluk Adla in Cape Dorset on Sept. 20, 2010, and slashing his uncle with a knife an...
June 29, 2015 - 6:00 am
Smoking rates up in Nunavut, but so is life satisfaction
New statistics for 2014 show 62 per cent of Nunavut residents smoke
Smoking rates in Canada continue to drop, but not in Nunavut.
The newly-released Canadian Community Health Survey for 2014 shows that the number of Canadians who smoke either daily or occasionally dropped to 18.1 per cent from 19.3 per cent in 2013.
But Nunavut’s smoking rate remains the highest...
June 26, 2015 - 3:20 pm
Nunavut court: Accused killer’s memory improves under cross-examination
“You shot him right in the middle of the forehead, right?”
Peter Kingwatsiak testified at his first-degree murder trial in Iqaluit June 26 that he does remember many details from the shooting death of his step-brother in 2010, contradicting earlier testimony, when he said he couldn’t remember much because he was blacked out from sniffing gasoline.
June 26, 2015 - 2:02 pm
Ottawa, Nunavut, announce money for $40M harbour in Pond Inlet
Federal government kicks in up to $30 million, GN to put in up to $10 million
Pond Inlet will become the second community in Nunavut to get a small craft harbour, after Pangnirtung.
That’s after Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq announced multi-million dollar funding to help construct the new marine infrastructure June 26 in the Baffin community.
Aglukkaq pledged up to $30 million...
June 26, 2015 - 12:15 pm
Nunavut, Nunavik can expect a cooler summer
The exceptions: Rankin Inlet and Arviat which sit just below the jet stream
After a long, frosty winter and spring, communities in both Nunavut and Nunavik should be able to look forward to warmer temperatures, right?
They might be a little disappointed this year.
In its seasonal outlook for June, July and August, Environment Canada is forecasting cooler than normal...
Aviaaja Peterson embodies an evil spirit as she skulks along the floor of the Nakasuk School library in Iqaluit June 29. Peterson traveled from Greenland to put on a Greenlandic Mask Dance workshop as part of the Alianait Arts Festival, which wraps up July 1. Much more music and entertainment still to come including an Inuit Music Jam today, June 30 at 2:30 in the big top tent and a circumpolar youth collaborative performance tonight in the Nakasuk gym. Full details available on the pocket schedule at www.alianait.ca. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)