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A fresh crop of Inuit youth from across Nunavut are getting used to the big city of Ottawa and settling into a new high-paced routine at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a leadership college that teaches students about Inuit history, culture, language and contemporary issues to prepare them for careers and maybe even continuing their post-secondary education. Students begin the year with a retreat to Harris Farm in Gatineau, above, and have already performed on Parliament Hill for the Embrace Life suicide prevention event earlier this month. Nunatsiaq News wishes all new students a successful and rewarding year. (NS FACEBOOK PHOTO)
A fresh crop of Inuit youth from across Nunavut are getting used to the big city of Ottawa and settling into a new high-paced routine at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a leadership college that teaches students about Inuit history, culture, language and contemporary issues to prepare them for careers and maybe even continuing their post-secondary education. Students begin the year with a retreat to Harris Farm in Gatineau, above, and have already performed on Parliament Hill for the Embrace Life suicide prevention event earlier this month. Nunatsiaq News wishes all new students a successful and rewarding year. (NS FACEBOOK PHOTO)
NEWS September 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm

In memory of Annie Pootoogook: savvy artist, impish trailblazer

"She was a very gentle and kind lady but deeper down, she had something to say and that’s what I think her art was about"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA—She was influenced by a long line of strong, celebrated female artists and then stepped outside their shadows to win for herself a unique and permanent place in the fickle world of contemporary art.

And as Annie Pootoogook matured as an artist, curators, collectors and friends always...

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NEWS September 28, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut Inuit question investigation, police response to Annie Pootoogook’s death

"There's no credibility"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut Inuit are calling on the Ottawa Police Service to take tougher action against one of its members accused of posting a racist online reaction to the death of artist Annie Pootoogook.

The acclaimed Cape Dorset artist was found dead in Ottawa’s Rideau River Sept. 19, in the city she had...

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NEWS September 28, 2016 - 2:00 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Sept. 18 to Sept. 25

News on bomb threats on Sept. 22 draw thousands to Nunatsiaqonline.ca

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

There’s little surprise about which of the past week’s stories ranked as the most-read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca, according to Google Analytics.

Everyone in Nunavut was impacted Sept. 22, when all schools closed due to territory-wide bomb threats, with the school threats later followed with a bomb...

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NEWS September 28, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Iqaluit deep sea port on schedule, Nunavut official says

City councillors want more consultation on port, small craft harbour

STEVE DUCHARME

Work on Iqaluit’s future deep sea port is progressing steadily towards a completion date in 2020, representatives from Nunavut’s department of Community and Government Services told Iqaluit city councillors Sept. 27 in a project update.

“The time-frame remains unchanged,” the director of capital...

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NEWS September 28, 2016 - 11:45 am

Who pays the cleanup bill? Nunavut board mulls Doris North cleanup fund

Two weeks after public hearing, reclamation bond still up in the air

JIM BELL

TMAC Resources Inc. said Sept. 23 they will agree to put up $30 million for a fund to pay for the future cleanup of the Doris North mine, even though they believe that sum is likely too high.

That comes nearly two weeks after the conclusion of a public hearing in front of the Nunavut Water Board...

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NEWS September 28, 2016 - 10:00 am

Fundraising donations bring nourishment Western Nunavut food bank

Cambridge Bay's food bank fills a van, and more, with donations

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—Cadets fanned out around town collecting food donations from residents, volunteers canvassed businesses for money, and the community elders van filled up with food during this past week’s “fill the van campaign” for the Cambridge Bay Wellness Centre’s food bank.

Every Thursday...

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NEWS September 28, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut stresses prevention on World Rabies Day, Sept. 28

Vaccinate pets, teach kids to avoid unfamiliar animals

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

On Sept. 28, World Rabies Day, the Government of Nunavut is urging Nunavummiut to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting their pets vaccinated.

Rabies, a deadly virus that can infect animals and humans, affects the central nervous system, causing a disease in the brain which can prove...

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NEWS September 28, 2016 - 7:00 am

Iqaluit French school loses students due to lack of space: CSFN

"We have trouble understanding why the Grade 9 students are being denied access"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut’s French-language school board says that, for a third year running, no Grade 9 students will be enrolled at the board’s only school in Iqaluit, École des Trois-Soleils, even though accommodating them right now will not require the use of extra space at Inuksuk High School.

But it’s not for...

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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

(Updated Sept. 28)

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...

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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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CIBC staff from Quebec and its local branch in Kuujjuaq pose in pink for the bank’s fifth annual Brunch for a Cure Sept. 18 at the Kuujjuaq Inn, an event to raise support and awareness for breast cancer. From left, Mustapha Metahri, Sébastien Lapointe, Diane Pitre and Charisel Lambino hosted the event with support from local organizations, raising a record-breaking $11,050—money that will be invested in breast cancer research. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
CIBC staff from Quebec and its local branch in Kuujjuaq pose in pink for the bank’s fifth annual Brunch for a Cure Sept. 18 at the Kuujjuaq Inn, an event to raise support and awareness for breast cancer. From left, Mustapha Metahri, Sébastien Lapointe, Diane Pitre and Charisel Lambino hosted the event with support from local organizations, raising a record-breaking $11,050—money that will be invested in breast cancer research. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)

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