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The 16 members of the Kivalliq Trade Show's organizing committee pose for a shot at the launch of this year's event at the Siniktarvik Hotel in Rankin Inlet Sept. 26. The trade show, which runs until Sept. 28, will host regional businesses, an art market and workshops, speakers and entertainment, including a Sept. 27 performance by Arviat-raised singer Susan Aglukark. Stay tuned for more coverage at Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
The 16 members of the Kivalliq Trade Show's organizing committee pose for a shot at the launch of this year's event at the Siniktarvik Hotel in Rankin Inlet Sept. 26. The trade show, which runs until Sept. 28, will host regional businesses, an art market and workshops, speakers and entertainment, including a Sept. 27 performance by Arviat-raised singer Susan Aglukark. Stay tuned for more coverage at Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
NEWS September 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Suicide prevention requires federal help, Nunavut and northern leaders say

“There are many factors we can point to”

STEVE DUCHARME

Northern Canada needs more money, cultural support and long-term funding stability from the federal government if it hopes to reduce the alarmingly high rate of suicide throughout the territory.

That’s according to the Nunavut cabinet minister responsible for suicide prevention, George Hickes, and...

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NEWS September 27, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Tundra harvests make dollars and scents for Kuujjuaq producers

"We couldn’t afford to use it so we decided to produce it"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Emina Gordon, 14, like many Nunavimmiut, grew up picking berries in the late summer and fall around her home community of Kuujjuaq.

There’s one plant, however, that Gordon had never picked before, until this year: Labrador tea, a hearty and fragrant shrub that covers the tundra.

But the...

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NEWS September 27, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Manitoba-Kivalliq road a popular topic at Kivalliq Trade Show

"If you build it they will come!”

THOMAS ROHNER

RANKIN INLET—Sudhir Sandhu, one of the opening speakers at the 2016 Kivalliq Trade Show that got underway in Rankin Inlet Sept. 26, touched a nerve among the 100 or so people gathered at the Siniktarvik Hotel.

Sandhu, CEO of the Manitoba Building Trade Association, spoke in favour of the...

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NEWS September 27, 2016 - 11:45 am

Arctic char from Nunavut’s Kitikmeot Foods gets sustainable stamp of approval

Ocean Wise program gives Victoria Island's wild-caught char a big thumbs-up

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

People who live in Cambridge Bay know their pink-fleshed Arctic char is good—but now the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise has also assessed and recommended Arctic char from Cambridge Bay for its sustainability.

It’s the first assessment for wild-caught Arctic char in the world from a stock,...

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NEWS September 27, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavik community looking for help to recover drowned man

"It's bureaucratic nonsense"

SARAH ROGERS

Municipal officials in Inukjuak are asking for help with a search and rescue that turned into a recovery mission to find a local man who is now presumed drowned.

Jobie Nungaq left the Nunavik community early Sept. 24 in a boat with three other people. The group headed about 20 kilometres south...

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NEWS September 27, 2016 - 8:30 am

Inuit birthright orgs to intervene in Clyde River Supreme Court appeal

Clyde River's fight against seismic testing off Baffin Island just earned some allies

SARAH ROGERS

Inuit birthright organizations in three of Canada’s four Inuit regions have been granted intervenor status in a federal court appeal over seismic testing in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Makivik Corp. and the Inuvialuit Regional Corp. will all intervene in the Hamlet of...

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NEWS September 27, 2016 - 7:00 am

Ottawa Police still investigating death of artist Annie Pootoogook

“We find elements of her death somewhat suspicious so we’re taking a real close look at this"

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA—The investigation into the death of Annie Pootoogook has been transferred to the Ottawa Police Service’s major crimes unit because of “suspicious elements” connected to the case.

Staff Sergeant Bruce Pirt was unable to provide details because the investigation is still ongoing, he...

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NEWS September 26, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Pregnant Nunavut mom uses Facebook to seek parents wishing to adopt

"I didn't know how else to look for a couple that would want a child"

JANE GEORGE

You can buy country foods or auctioned soda pop on popular Facebook “swap and sell” pages throughout the North.

So why not seek out interested adoptive parents for your baby on such an online page—this one, a closed group with more than 21,000 members?

“I’m looking for a couple for who would want...

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NEWS September 26, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut breaks five late September records for high temperatures

Sept. 23 saw a balmy high of 21 C in Kugluktuk

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—Parts of Nunavut saw the heat turned on this past week: On Sept. 24, the high of 4.3 C in Alert broke the previous high of .4 C set in 2006. Then on Sept. 25, for the fourth consecutive day, Alert’s new daily record high reached 2.9 C, beating the previous record of 1 C set in 2012.

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NEWS September 26, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut abuse victims’ lawsuit descends into spat among lawyers

Court documents show lawyers fighting lawyers in civil suit over Ed Horne compensation

THOMAS ROHNER

Lawyers fighting lawyers fighting lawyers.

That’s what a court document shows at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit in a case that involves victims of sexual predator Ed Horne.

The law firm Ahlstrom, Wright, Oliver & Cooper LLP represents more than 30 victims involved in the second massive......

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NEWS September 26, 2016 - 11:45 am

Nunavik’s education committees up for election

Communities to hold elections Sept. 27

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavimmiut in each of the region’s communities will get a chance to elect new education committees this week.

The community-based councils take part in local schools’ decision making and act as advisory bodies to the Kativik School Board’s council of commissioners.

Nominations for committee...

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NEWS September 26, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavik town celebrates a high-flying hometown hero

Inukjuamiut throw surprise party for Air Inuit's newest captain, Melissa Haney

SARAH ROGERS

As Air Inuit pilot Melissa Haney taxied her Dash 8 after landing in Inukjuak Sept. 19, she thought there was an unusually large group of passengers waiting in the airport terminal.

Haney figured Inukjuamiut must be gathered to wait for someone important arriving on her flight.

They were. It was...

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NEWS September 26, 2016 - 8:30 am

Seven visions of the Arctic offered up at Ottawa event

"Just because you have sympathy for Inuit, does not mean that you have now become part of this reconciliation movement"

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA—When seven leaders in their field are given seven minutes each to share their vision of the Arctic, it’s surprising how much information they can deliver.

The Arctic is a place of incredible business opportunity and epidemic suicide.

The Arctic holds thousands of years of climate change...

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NEWS September 26, 2016 - 7:00 am

Western Nunavut circuit court a long look into alcohol-fueled misery

Vodka fuels assaults, family mayhem in Cambridge Bay

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—When you look out the window of the Arctic Islands Lodge in Cambridge Bay you can see neat rows of houses, stretching out to a beautiful horizon.

But inside the Lodge’s makeshift second-floor courtroom, you get a different view of what happens in this town of about 1,700 people,...

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NEWS September 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Citing reasonable doubt, judge acquits Iqaluit artist on assault charges

“I can’t say I believe… or that I disbelieve”

THOMAS ROHNER

Jonathan Cruz, the well-known Nunavut mural artist and one-time youth advocate, admitted to tearing out his former partner’s hair in the heat of an argument.

He also admitted to lunging at her, putting her in headlocks, giving her a fat lip, inflicting bruises on her arms and chest and leaving...

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NEWS September 23, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Ship director and Inuk Ranger tell the tale of Terror

"I believed him right from the start... So why not change the plan and follow a story that I believed to be true?”

STEVE DUCHARME

The day Adrian Schimnowski met Sammy Kogvik was not what you might call memorable. But, the day after, the two men made history.

Kogvik, a 49-year-old Inuk Canadian Ranger, came aboard the Arctic Research Foundation’s vessel, the Martin Bergmann, in Gjoa Haven shortly after noon Sept. 2, in a...

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NEWS September 23, 2016 - 1:10 pm

GN slashes funding to Nunavut Tourism, grabs more authority

Tourism association’s funding plummets to $1 million from $3 million

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut has engineered a shake-up at Nunavut Tourism, cutting two-thirds of the association’s funding and transferring much of its work back to the Department of Economic Development and Transportation.

The GN will reduce funding to the territory’s independent, not-for-profit...

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NEWS September 23, 2016 - 11:45 am

Ottawa not ready to back Nunavut’s road to the Arctic Ocean

No funding yet for Grays Bay road-port proposal

JIM BELL

(Updated Sept. 24, 9 a.m.)

The federal government is not yet ready to support one of the Government of Nunavut’s biggest infrastructure dreams: the 227-kilometre Grays Bay road-port project in the western part of the territory.

“As far as the Grays Bay project is concerned, it is not at a stage...

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NEWS September 23, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavut hunter saves injured bald eagle

“I would have let it die but I like eagles... big, strong and beautiful”

LISA GREGOIRE

Cedric Manik is a full-time hunter, husband and father of four in Arviat, but on Sept. 18, while out on the land, he decided to become an animal-saver instead.

Manik told Nunatsiaq News he was about seven hours by all-terrain vehicle outside of Arviat and heading home after hunting caribou with...

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NEWS September 23, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut government to close Iqaluit youth home at month’s end

GN says Illagiitugut home for youth may re-open in four to six months, if they can find a contractor

THOMAS ROHNER

While many Nunavummiut worry about the shortage of social and family services in the territory, a facility in Iqaluit that offers such a service for youth will close Sept. 30.

Iqaluit’s Illagiitugut Group Home for youth will shut down on that date, though the Government of Nunavut said it hopes...

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NEWS September 23, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut minister praises police, schools for swift response to bomb scare

But police have few details on source of threats

SARAH ROGERS

While few people believed the Sept. 22 bomb threats against Nunavut’s 43 schools held much weight, officials were more than happy to confirm the territory is safe from harm.

Just before 9 a.m. that day, Education Minister Paul Quassa received a phone call and a copy of a fax sent to police, ......

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