Inukjuak artist Lucassie Echalook, left, puts the final touches on a giant wooden sculpture he created with Quebec artist Bernard Paquet — a larger version of a soap stone piece Echalook created. The artists produced the piece as part of the Anirniq Biennale de Sculpture 2016 in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec, an art installment that paired seven Nunavimmiut artists with local artists. The Biennale wrapped up July 24. (PHOTO BY BEATRICE DEER)
July 26, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Premiers meeting highlights Nunavut’s energy needs
“We have a region in Canada that’s underdeveloped and that’s Nunavut"
Canadian premiers left a three-day meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon last week citing progress on responsible energy development and policy.
But Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna knows the territory has its work cut out for it and can’t do it alone.
During the annual summer meeting of the Council of the...
July 26, 2016 - 1:15 pm
Wildlife officers kill polar bear near Iqaluit campground
Meat butchered, distributed to elders
Territorial wildlife officers shot and killed a polar bear which, in the early morning hours of July 23, wandered into a camp site at Sylvia Grinnell Park, damaging three or four tents.
The incident marks the first sighting of a polar bear near Iqaluit this year.
Nunavut’s wildlife management...
July 26, 2016 - 11:30 am
Nunavut photographer chases foxes and flowers
Sarah Meeko of Sanikuluaq never leaves home without her camera
If you fly over the Belcher Islands in the Hudson Bay, you might only see flat rocks and think that’s all there is to it.
But under the eye of photographer Sarah Meeko, the lands around Nunavut’s most southerly community of Sanikiluaq — sometimes referred to jokingly as the Florida of Nunavut —...
July 26, 2016 - 10:00 am
Nunavut regulator: we can’t assess Baffinland’s new railway proposal
Plan for Milne Inlet railway may not be covered by land use plan exemption
The Nunavut Impact Review Board says it cannot assess whether a railway can replace the Milne Inlet tote road as part of the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. Phase 2 expansion program until after the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister decides whether the issue is covered by a July 2015...
July 26, 2016 - 8:30 am
Torrential rains, fog disrupt Baffin food shipments
Nunavut’s two big retailers say they’re used to flight cancellations
It was a sad weekend for bread-lovers in Iqaluit July 23 and July 24: there was barely a single slice of bread to be found at the grocery stores.
That’s because the record-breaking soggy weather that recently soaked south Baffin did more than just flood rivers and shut down roads in Iqaluit....
July 26, 2016 - 7:00 am
Ottawa accepts NIRB’s no on Nunavut uranium mine
Ministers of INAC, NRCan, DFO and Transport agree Kiggavik "should not proceed at this time"
It’s a no once again for the Areva Canada Resources Kiggavik uranium mine project near the central Nunavut community of Baker Lake.
The Nunavut Impact Review Board recommended in May 2015 that the project should not proceed.
And now, more than a year later, the four federal ministers with...
July 25, 2016 - 4:00 pm
“No foul play” in death of egg-gathering Nunavut teen: RCMP
Girl, 17, fell off a cliff while harvesting eggs
The Nunavut RCMP says “no foul play” took place in the July 24 death of a teenage girl from Igloolik.
The girl, 17, was harvesting eggs on a cliff outside Igloolik when she fell off, police said in a July 25 statement.
Members of the Igloolik RCMP detachment received a report that a girl had...
July 25, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Nunavut MP Tootoo returns to work after short leave
Hunter Tootoo to address constituent concerns at July 27 open house
Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo is back to work this week following a leave of seven weeks, his office announced July 25.
And constituents can expect see him soon: Tootoo will be back in Iqaluit July 27 to host a three-hour open house at his local office.
“After completing my treatment for alcohol...
July 25, 2016 - 1:30 pm
What happened to Nunavut Tunngavik’s hunter support review?
"If it needs to be fixed, fix it and start it ASAP"
I wonder about what stage our Nunavut Hunter Support program review is at?
It was announced back in 2014.
As it is a useful program to assist beneficiaries trying to put food on the table, if it needs to be fixed, fix it and start it ASAP.
It would make a great re-election possible.
July 25, 2016 - 11:30 am
Nunavut’s proposed Forfeiture Act a threat to constitutional rights?
Cash-grab law could threaten Nunavut’s most marginalized residents
From the Ontario Ministry of Justice web site: “The process for civil forfeiture begins when a designated institution, such as the police or a government ministry, submits a case to the reviewing authority, an independent Crown counsel in the ministry of the attorney general. That counsel decides...
July 25, 2016 - 10:00 am
At site of burnt high school, Cape Dorset says goodbye
Crews clearing site, installing new portables for 2016-17 school year
It’s been almost a year since a major fire destroyed Cape Dorset’s Peter Pitseolak high school, leaving 170 students without classrooms and robbing the community of an important meeting place.
Since the day of the fire, Sept. 6, 2015, much of the charred debris has sat at the site of the school, a...
July 25, 2016 - 8:30 am
Stung by quota ruling, BFC pulls out of Nunavut fishing group
Baffin Fisheries alleges conflict of interest at regional lobbying association
The Baffin Fisheries Coalition has walked away from the territory’s fishing industry association, alleging a conflict of interest in the group’s leadership, the company said in a July 22 news release.
The BFC announced that it has suspended its participation in the Nunavut Offshore Allocation...
July 25, 2016 - 7:00 am
Pauktuutit blasts Ottawa for lack of Inuit rep on MMIWG inquiry
“I cannot understand how in 2016 we are still not being included"
The national organization representing Inuit women, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, says it’s concerned and “saddened” by the apparent lack of an Inuk commissioner within the upcoming federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
The federal government has not formally...
July 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Botched 2014 NTCL sealift leaves west Nunavut town dusty in 2016
"We found out that the material had frozen at Hope Bay, when it was wintered in an unheated area"
If you’re in the western Nunavut town of Cambridge Bay, you will have to put up with dusty streets this summer.
That’s because the municipality’s cold-damaged supply of dust supressant can’t be used.
And that all has to do with a botched sealift delivery in 2014 from the Northern Transportation...
July 22, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Nunavut government issues RFP for Kitikmeot air ambulance service
GN, Adlair still in court over 2012 lawsuit
The Government of Nunavut has issued a Request For Proposals for a new air ambulance service contract in western Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region.
The RFP, tendered June 14, remains open until Aug. 3.
Since December 2011, the region has been serviced by Air Tindi, a Yellowknife-based air service, which...
July 22, 2016 - 1:05 pm
Record-breaking rainfall drenches Nunavut’s capital
“So you’re getting a bit sick of the rain, are you?”
(Updated, July 23, 12 p.m.)
“So you’re getting a bit sick of the rain, are you? I don’t blame you.”
Environment Canada meteorologist Brian Proctor sympathized with rain-weary Iqalungmiut July 22.
Residents woke up July 22 to bloated creeks, flooded rivers and washed-out roads as Environment...
July 22, 2016 - 11:30 am
Zimbabwean refugee fights for freedom back home, from Nunavut
"I'm not free because my family and friends are still in Zimbabwe”
“I’m safe, but I’m not safe.”
That’s how Zimbabwe-born Francisca Mandeya, who arrived in Iqaluit as a convention refugee in 2015, describes her activism from the relative safety of her new home country.
“Fighting from the outside has given me a sense of freedom, but I’m not free because my...
July 22, 2016 - 10:00 am
QC gets 30 per cent of Nunavut shrimp after Ottawa leans on NWMB
DFO rejects board’s first decision; BFC gets only 70 per cent
The shrimp harvest quota for waters adjacent to the Nunavut Settlement Area will now be shared between two Baffin fishing companies, the Qikiqtaaluk Corp. and Baffin Fisheries Coalition, following a new, Ottawa-influenced ruling by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board.
According to the NWMB’s...
July 22, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavut park gets makeover, approval of huge fuel cache
Quttinirpaaq National Park base can store up to 160,000 litres of aviation fuel
Parks Canada will make some big changes at its most northerly and remote park this summer including renovating and expanding facilities and greatly increasing the amount of aviation fuel stored on site.
Both projects, in Quttinirpaaq National Park on Ellesmere Island, recently gained approval from...
July 22, 2016 - 7:00 am
Resolute mayor thanks those who supported youth project
“We the mayors and councillors are the ones that have to come up with the long term solutions”
Dear editor, my name is Ross Pudluk, mayor of Resolute Bay.
I ran for mayor mostly to help our youth, who are usually neglected after school is closed for the summer.
With the wonderful help of our hamlet youth committee, I got together with our tireless social worker Joyce Laprise. Last April,...
July 21, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Once again, northern premiers say no, nay, never to a carbon tax
“Nunavut is already the most expensive place to live in Canada"
As discussions on climate change and the economy ramp up at a meeting of Canada’s premiers this week, Nunavut Premier Taptuna and his counterparts in the Northwest Territories and Yukon have re-iterated their opposition to a national carbon tax.
Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski is hosting Taptuna,...
July 21, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Legal Ease, July 21
Libel, Slander and Defamation
I often have calls from people saying they want to sue for libel or slander.
Both are valid claims and can lead to large damages, but they are not available just because someone says something mean.
The key issue in either claim is an impact on a person’s reputation in the eyes of a reasonable...
July 21, 2016 - 11:30 am
GN to host second round of Education Act consultations in August
Sept. 2 marks deadline for public to provide feedback on proposed changes
The Government of Nunavut will launch a second round of consultations through the month of August on its proposed changes to the territory’s Education Act.
The Department of Education is currently in the process of gathering feedback on its proposal which calls for, among other things, increased...
Sanikiluaq, Nunavut's most southern community: Discover the beauty of the Belcher Islands through the photography of Sanikiluaq photographer Sarah Meeko, featured later in a story on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY SARAH MEEKO)