Mary Pootoo, 16, of Salluit, races to the finish line in the 100-metre snowshoe sprint in Kuujjuaq Nov. 28. Pootoo is one of dozens of young athletes in Kuujjuaq this past weekend competing in regional trials, where the top-performing athletes will be selected to represent Nunavik at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games to be held in Nuuk, Greenland next March. Read more later at NunatsiaqOnline.ca. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
November 27, 2015 - 4:20 pm
Report on Nunavut baby’s death to be released Nov. 30
GN officials, Katherine Peterson, to release report in Cape Dorset
The Government of Nunavut is set to release the much-anticipated report on the circumstances surrounding the 2012 death of three-month-old Makibi Timilak of Cape Dorset, a news release issued late Nov. 27 said.
Health Minister Paul Okalik and the report’s author, retired lawyer Katherine...
November 27, 2015 - 4:10 pm
Participants at Nunavut mental health meeting debate role of elders
“There’s a difference between an elder and an old person… I’ve come into contact with both"
A new territorial Mental Health Act, currently under revision by the Nunavut government, must walk a fine line between respecting the rights of the individual while sometimes forcing a person to seek help.
That was one of many issues discussed Nov. 26 at a public consultation in Iqaluit held to...
November 27, 2015 - 3:33 pm
Nunavut premier announces big management shake-up at GN
Seven departments and agencies to get new bosses
Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna announced a big shakeup within the ranks of the Government of Nunavut’s most senior managers, affecting seven departments and agencies.
These include the following changes:
• Terry Audla, the former president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, will become president of the...
November 27, 2015 - 1:29 pm
Nunavik police need rifles to deal with barricaded shooters: KRPF chief
“When a person comes out and is using a long rifle, officers are a very easy target"
KUUJJUAQ — Despite concerns from regional leaders, Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Police Force is defending its plans to equip officers with high-powered rifles.
The region’s new police chief, Michel Martin says officers need the weapons to respond to certain hostile situations.
When police respond...
November 27, 2015 - 11:45 am
Aboriginal people far more likely to die in homicides: StatsCan
One in four homicide victims in 2014 were Aboriginal
Aboriginal people, men and women alike, were far more likely to have been victims of homicide in 2014, Statistics Canada reported Nov. 25 in an annual release of Canadian homicide numbers.
This year, StatsCan includes Aboriginal-specific numbers in its regular annual homicide report for the first...
November 27, 2015 - 10:00 am
Nunavik leaders hopeful Trudeau government will deliver on social housing
Current housing agreement set to expire in March 2016
KUUJJUAQ — Nunavik is up against the clock again, waiting for Ottawa to confirm funding to pay for its share of social housing in the region for 2016.
The region’s most recent five-year, tri-partite housing agreement with the governments of Quebec and Canada ended in March 2015.
November 27, 2015 - 8:15 am
Nunavut language authority underspends, stalls on mandate
Another GN body falls victim to chronic staff shortages, MLAs hear
The folly of internal favoritism might explain why it’s taken Nunavut’s language authority so long to standardize and document Inuktut terminology, MLAs learned Nov. 25.
Representatives of the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit language authority, appearing before the Standing Committee on...
November 27, 2015 - 7:00 am
Melting polar bear in Montreal draws attention to Arctic warming
“This is a good way to remind people that impacts up north don’t start up north"
Special to Nunatsiaq News
MONTREAL — A piece of the Arctic is paying a visit to downtown Montreal this fall, in the form of a six-tonne ice sculpture of a polar bear.
The display is part of an effort by the Quebec environmental group Équiterre and the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about...
November 26, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Arctic Inspiration Prize shortlists three projects for $1 million prize
Projects include performing arts network, hearing support in the classroom
The Qaggiq project has been shortlisted as a finalist for this year’s Arctic Inspiration Prize, a $1 million dollar fund targeting wellness projects across Canada’s North.
The Qaggiq project, spearheaded by the Iqaluit-based Qaggiavuut Society, is a two-year research and training initiative that...
November 26, 2015 - 12:20 pm
Nunavik to get more bandwidth, 4G upgrade, new satellite provider
Tamaani Internet to end contract with Telesat, partner with SES
KUUJJUAQ — The Kativik Regional Government has awarded a contract for new satellite services that could triple the amounts of bandwidth available across Nunavik by the end of next year.
The KRG, which runs Nunavik’s Tamaani Internet, will finish its contract with Telesat and then partner with SES...
November 26, 2015 - 10:00 am
GN workplace unrest will remain top priority for Nunavut MLA
“It's going to be on my agenda for the rest of my term" — MLA Pat Angnakak
During the most recent sitting of Nunavut’s legislature in Iqaluit, an important issue, raised separately by four MLAs, surfaced repeatedly: the territorial government’s failed attempts to handle internal workplace conflict and bullying.
And if Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak has any say in...
November 26, 2015 - 8:00 am
Inuit Circumpolar Council to promote Arctic agenda at COP 21
Inuit leaders head to Paris for start of global climate change talks Nov. 30
Inuit and Saami representatives will arrive in Paris Nov. 30 for the start of the Conference of Parties, or COP 21, the 21st annual meeting of the nation states that make up the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, where the vice president of Inuit Circumpolar Council-Canada, Herb Nakimayak,...
Students at Jaanimmarik school in Kuujjuaq took part in the school’s annual Inuit and Dene games Nov. 24, organized by physical education teachers Nicolas Cyr and Shannon Thompson. This group of students celebrate their victories in some of the friendly competitions, including high kick, arm pull and kneel jump. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PIERRE-LUC VAUDREUIL)