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Jaanimmarik graduating student Patricia Deveaux receives the Governor General's Academic Medal from her Secondary 5 French teacher, Valérie Raymond, June 12 at a graduation ceremony at the Katittavik Town Hall Theatre in Kuujjuaq. Deveaux was also recognized as Athlete of the Year during a special student awards ceremony and feast that occured two days later, on June 14. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
Jaanimmarik graduating student Patricia Deveaux receives the Governor General's Academic Medal from her Secondary 5 French teacher, Valérie Raymond, June 12 at a graduation ceremony at the Katittavik Town Hall Theatre in Kuujjuaq. Deveaux was also recognized as Athlete of the Year during a special student awards ceremony and feast that occured two days later, on June 14. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
NEWS June 28, 2017 - 8:00 am

Fundraiser will help Nunavut fire victim keep on rocking

“Music is my life, I play all the time”

SARAH ROGERS

Charlie Quasa lost a lot of valuable belongings June 13, the day his Pond Inlet housing unit was destroyed in a fire.

Among them: his clothing, computer, art, furniture, photographs and his own bed.

But the biggest loss, said the 36-year-old, was a collection of musical instruments and equipment...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 6:20 pm

Nunavut RCMP make arrest in death of Gjoa Haven man

Man, 30, died June 25 due to stabbing, police say

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An investigation is underway into the June 25 death of a 30-year-old man in Gjoa Haven, the Nunavut RCMP said late June 27.

On June 25, a little before 8 p.m., members of the Gjoa Haven RCMP received information that a man had been stabbed, an RCMP news release said.

The man was taken for...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut college, QC named in court as possible Hotel Arctic buyers

Waters' Edge owners, Northview, face off in court June 26

STEVE DUCHARME

The future owner of Iqaluit’s Hotel Arctic remains a mystery even after a day of testimony addressing those rumours during a civil hearing on the lease term for the Waters’ Edge Steak and Seafood restaurant, which operates out of the building.

Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust’s...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Latest federal housing report brings bad news for Arctic residents

CMHC releases annual northern housing report, cites dire shortages

BETH BROWN

In case you didn’t know already, housing costs in Iqaluit are among the highest in the Canada—and yes, there is also a perennial housing shortage.

Both realities, described by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. in a recent report, create huge housing dependence for residents in both Iqaluit,...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 11:44 am

Nunavut’s suicide action plan to fund local, grassroots initiatives

"Nunavut is a very small territory but we are doing the best we can to help our people"

BETH BROWN

A five-year plan for suicide prevention in Nunavut is calling on communities to take action.

So instead of direction, the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Quality of Life Secretariat and the Embrace Life Council will offer money and elbow grease to strengthen existing efforts...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavik welcomes Quebec legislation recognizing Inuit adoption

"We see it as a regional accomplishment to finally have this important issue recognized"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik organizations are welcoming long-awaited changes to Quebec legislation that will better recognize Inuit customary adoption.

The lengthy-titled “Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regard adoption and the disclosure of information” would require that a unique...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 7:57 am

Secrecy at Nunavut lender may continue despite calls for transparency

ED & T Minister Monica Ell-Kanayuk says NBCC "still considering" disclosing loan recipient names

STEVE DUCHARME

The minister responsible for the Nunavut Business Credit Corp. says future reports will be “structured differently” but would not outright confirm if the arms-length public lender would publish the identities of its debtors.

Economic Dvelopment and Transportation Minister, Monica Ell-Kanayuk, said...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik Sivunitsavut welcomes first 18 students

“The program will relate to them as a people"

SARAH ROGERS

MONTREAL—Paasa Lemire is looking forward to learning more about who she is and where she comes from.

The Kuujjuaq-based court worker has been accepted to the new Nunavik Sivunitsavut program, which launches in Montreal this August.

“When I was in high school, we only had one 45-minutes Inuktitut...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 1:10 pm

More concerts, new album, on deck for Nunavut’s Northern Haze

“We wondered why it was so popular and kind of figured out: When we sing from our hearts we can’t go wrong”

BETH BROWN

There was only one drum kit in Igloolik in the 1980s, and it was kept at the church hall. 

“When we couldn’t get in we just played anywhere,” said guitarist James Ungalaq. “We played drums on the table, stuff like that.”

It was a challenge to start a band in the North, he said, sitting at a...

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COMMENTARY June 26, 2017 - 11:45 am

Legal Ease, June 26

The Law Society

JAMES MORTON

The practice of law in Nunavut is governed by the Law Society of Nunavut. The Law Society regulates lawyers and makes sure, for example, that only people licensed to practice law actually practice law.

he Law Society also makes sure lawyers stay current on the law and punishes lawyers who somehow...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 10:00 am

Local crime prevention can help curb gun violence: GN

"It's the main causes of these incidents that we need to focus on"

JANE GEORGE

If you’re frustrated and scared by the amount of gun-related violence in Nunavut, you can hope the territory’s new crime prevention strategy becomes a tool to curb firearms incidents.

The five-year strategy, tabled this past March in the Nunavut Legislature, aims at preventing crime through...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 9:00 am

Nunavik housing office finally gets go-ahead to apply new rent scale

New KMHB chair promises to make housing maintenance a priority

SARAH ROGERS

The Quebec government has finally signed off on a new rent scale for social housing tenants in Nunavik.

The province recently published a new by-law that makes official the new scale, in which annual rent increases in the region drop from eight per cent to six per cent, retroactive to July...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut, Nunavik youth pick up national arts and writing awards

Art and story entries explore Inuit culture

SARAH ROGERS

Alex Angnaluak called it a “touch-down moment.”

When the Iqaluit-based artist found out his drawing placed first in Historica Canada’s Indigenous Arts & Stories contest, he threw his hands up in the air and shouted. His celebration wouldn’t have been so remarkable if he wasn’t at work at...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Nunavut to donate $25,000 for Greenland tsunami relief effort: Taptuna

"GN is pleased to help the greater Arctic community"

JANE GEORGE

As money continues to pour in from Greenland’s Arctic neighbours to help those affected by the June 18 tsunami, Nunavut stepped up June 23 with a $25,000 donation from the Government of Nunavut to Greenland’s Red Cross.

“I wish to extend my heartfelt sadness after last weekend’s tsunami near...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Former Nunavut Inuit leader plans run in Oct. 30 territorial election

"Yes, I will run," says Cathy Towtongie

JANE GEORGE

With only four months to go until Nunavut’s territorial election, many wonder who will step forward as a candidate in their riding.

At least one potential candidate has already made up her mind to put her name forward as MLA.

Asked whether she plans to run in the Oct. 30 election, Cathy Towtongie...

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LETTERS June 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut family says goodbye to Johnny Karetak, 87

"We especially want to thank the people of Arviat who loved him as we did and accepted him as one of their own"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Karetak family wishes to thank everyone for their love, prayers and generosity displayed to them from near and far. Johnny Karetak, of Arviat, Nunavut, passed away peacefully at the age of 87, surrounded by his loving family, on June 13, 2017.

“Our father was a true gentleman and had...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut court overrules public housing decision, avoiding precedent

But Rankin Inlet's Donna Tatty won't get kicked out of her home

STEVE DUCHARME

A judge’s 2015 intervention reinstating a Rankin Inlet single mother back onto her community’s public housing waitlist, after she moved away, has been overruled, following a successful appeal by the Rankin Inlet Housing Association.

Nunavut Justice Andrew Mahar originally ruled in favour of...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 10:00 am

Where to see Prince Charles in Iqaluit during Nunavut royal tour

Charles and Camilla to attend public feast at Sylvia Grinnell park

STEVE DUCHARME

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have a full afternoon of both private and public events in Nunavut’s capital after taking their first steps on Canadian soil at the Iqaluit airport tarmac as part of their upcoming royal tour that starts June 29.

The royals will kick off their three-day...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut capital ponders settlement over Safety Act charges

City of Iqaluit and three employees may enter pleas at next court date, July 19

STEVE DUCHARME

The City of Iqaluit and three of its employees will spend the next few weeks pondering a settlement offer for numerous alleged violations of Nunavut’s Safety Act, stemming from an accident that nearly killed a city employee last year.

Teresa Haykowski, an Edmonton-based lawyer representing the...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Canadian Arctic icebreaking and sealift season starts early

Two Coast Guard ships already departed; more leave in July

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Canadian Coast Guard’s Arctic season is off to one of its earliest starts in 55 years.

But the ice-breaking service will send in one less ship north than it did last year, according to a June 19 release.

And yet, the Coast Guard’s Arctic seasons and northern presence will expand over the...

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Etua Snowball, aka Sinuupa, performs in Montreal June 21 as part of a seven-hour APTN National Aboriginal Day special featuring live shows from cities across the country. Kuujjuaq's Sinuupa shared the stage with a number of artists including Daniel Lanois, long-time producer of the likes of Peter Gabriel, Neil Young and U2 as well as multi-instrumentalist and successful solo artist. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
Etua Snowball, aka Sinuupa, performs in Montreal June 21 as part of a seven-hour APTN National Aboriginal Day special featuring live shows from cities across the country. Kuujjuaq's Sinuupa shared the stage with a number of artists including Daniel Lanois, long-time producer of the likes of Peter Gabriel, Neil Young and U2 as well as multi-instrumentalist and successful solo artist. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)

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