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Everyone loves a parade. Iqaluit RCMP members march through Iqaluit July 1 in the annual Canada Day parade. The Alianait Arts Festival ended that day with a civic ceremony at the Big Top Tent between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., followed by a Canada Day Concert featuring Willie Stratton and the Boarding Party, Joanne Ashley and Friends, and Kamaalukutaat from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Events this year wrapped up with the Artcirq Cabaret festival finale at Nakasuk. (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY)
Everyone loves a parade. Iqaluit RCMP members march through Iqaluit July 1 in the annual Canada Day parade. The Alianait Arts Festival ended that day with a civic ceremony at the Big Top Tent between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., followed by a Canada Day Concert featuring Willie Stratton and the Boarding Party, Joanne Ashley and Friends, and Kamaalukutaat from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Events this year wrapped up with the Artcirq Cabaret festival finale at Nakasuk. (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY)
NEWS July 02, 2015 - 11:27 am

Summer reads from Inhabit Media

Children's tales of giants, wildlife and the goddess of the sea

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut’s first and only publishing house continues to produce colourful and modern versions of Inuit storytelling, packaged with its trademark whimsical illustrations.

Have a look at some of Inhabit’s latest offerings targeted for young readers between four and eight years of age.

Children’s...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 8:30 am

Inuit, Nunavummiut claimants still lag in IAP applications

Independent Assessment Process to wind down by early 2016

SARAH ROGERS

As the Independent Assessment Process winds down, a federal secretariat is on the lookout for former residential school students with unresolved claims, including more than 200 Inuit applicants.

The IAP provides compensation to former students for serious abuse they suffered at residential...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 7:15 am

After 10-year wait, Nunavut’s new wildlife regulations come into force

"New" wildlife act finally updated from previous act inherited from the NWT

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After more than 10 years of waiting, the Nunavut government has announced long-awaited Wildlife Act regulations to replace earlier rules inherited from the Northwest Territories that date to the 1980s.

Starting July 1, 10 sets of new wildlife regulations came into force across Nunavut, including...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 5:48 am

Inuit-owned Arctic airline signs 10-year freight deal with Cargojet

First Air, Cargojet to work together until 2025

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

First Air, a major air carrier in Nunavut, Nunavik and the Northwest Territories, has turned its recent short-time hookup with Cargojet into a 10-year marriage, the two companies announced June 30.

The two air carriers announced they’ve signed a commercial co-operation agreement that will keep...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 2:20 pm

Nunavut coke bust takes a half ounce off the streets

Two men charged with trafficking and other offences

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Eric Clapton said it best: “Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back, cocaine.”

Nunavut cops busted two Iqaluit residents in a cocaine trafficking investigation June 28.

About 15 grams — or half an ounce — of cocaine was nabbed in a joint investigation by the RCMP’s V Division Federal...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Notorious Iqaluit murderer dies in prison

Mark King Jeffrey, 34, found dead June 29

DAVID MURPHY

A Nunavut man who stabbed 13-year-old Jennifer Naglingniq 31 times in her Iqaluit home in 2002 has died in his jail cell. 

Mark King Jeffrey, 34, was found unresponsive June 29 at the medium-security Beaver Creek Institution near Gravenhurst, Ont., a federal prison run by Corrections...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 11:05 am

Nunavut circus film spreads message of hope and salvation

Artcirq founder pays tribute to deceased members Solomon Uyarasuk and Joey Ammaq

THOMAS ROHNER

Not only can your dreams come true if you believe in yourself, but they can connect you to people and take you places you can’t even imagine.

That’s what more than 120 moviegoers at Iqaluit’s Astro Hill Theatre heard June 29 as they watched “Circus Without Borders,” a film presented by the annual...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 9:25 am

Nunavut power utility’s board gets full-time chair

Julie-Anne Miller succeeds David Omilgoitok

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nearly six months after the departure of its last full-time chair, the board that oversees the Qulliq Energy Corp. now has a new one: Julie-Anne Miller of Iqaluit, who has served as interim chair since February 2014.

She succeeds David Omilgoitok, who quit the position this past February to...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 8:30 am

Nunatsiaq Online’s top reads: trouble brewing at Iqaluit city council

Our most clicked-on stories from June 22 to June 26

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunatsiaq Online readers were hungry last week for news about what’s been brewing inside Iqaluit’s municipal council chambers.

For the final full week of June, our most-read online stories flowed from a June 23 Iqaluit city council meeting, as tracked by Google Analytics pageviews.

1)In our top...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 7:15 am

Nunavik youth charged after bringing loaded rifle to school

KRPF charges youth with firearm possession, uttering threats

SARAH ROGERS

Corrected 12:35 p.m., June 30

A Nunavik youth who walked into a high school with a loaded rifle earlier this month now faces four charges in relation to that incident.

On the afternoon of June 5, the Kativik School Board said a student walked into Iguarsivik secondary school in Puvirnituq with a......

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 5:59 am

Report on Sanikiluaq crash stresses child safety on commercial flights

Board recommends Transport Canada, airlines move to mandatory child restraint devices

SARAH ROGERS

The crash of Perimeter Aviation flight 993 in Sanikiluaq, which killed a six-month-old infant when it missed the runway Dec. 22 2012, came in “too high, too steep and too fast,” investigators with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said June 29.

The TSB released its investigation report two...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Nunavut elder’s centre turns into sweet song jamboree

"It’s a cool feeling in the whole community, and you can sense it, you know?”

DAVID MURPHY

About 50 people huddle in a small room usually reserved for Inuit elders and Inuktitut conversation. 

But instead of telling Inuit legends, on June 28 musicians are turning the elder’s qammaq in Iqaluit into a haven for singing songs and telling tales of how, why and what inspires them.

It’s an...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Nunavut teen from Igloolik wins Alianait battle of the bands

Ricky Immaroitok and Joshua Haulli earn crown in Iqaluit

DAVID MURPHY

Igloolik’s Joshua Haulli is Alianait’s official band champ for 2015.

The 16-year-old and his friend, Ricky Immaroitok, 18, flew from Igloolik on their own dime to win the $1,000 grand prize June 28 under the big top tent in Iqaluit.

The Battle of the Bands is an annual Alianait competition where...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Ottawa appoints respected lawyer to the Nunavut bench

Former Crown prosecutor replaces Andrew Mahar, who joins the NWT Supreme Court

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Paul Bychok, a respected lawyer who recently retired as a Crown prosecutor in Nunavut, will now serve as a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice.

Peter MacKay, the federal justice minister, made the announcement June 26.

Bychok fills a spot on the Nunavut bench vacated May 28 by Andrew Mahar, who...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 11:05 am

Nunavik police net $20K in bootlegged booze

Police seized dozens of bottles flown in as cargo to Salluit

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik police have seized dozens of bottles of bootlegged liquor that were destined for residents of the Hudson Strait community of Salluit.

Kativik Regional Police Force officers in Salluit picked up 168 bottles of vodka that had been flown in as cargo June 22.

In an email to Nunatsiaq News,...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 9:40 am

More effort needed to clean Nunavut’s trashy capital, advocates say

Cold, wet day meant poor showing for annual volunteer spring cleanup

DAVID MURPHY

If we’re talking trash, Iqaluit has to step up its game.

Iqaluit residents tried last week, on June 19, to clean up the capital during the annual spring cleanup, but the day was marred by snowy rain.

Usually the annual cleanup means a morning away from the office cubicle to walk around town in...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 8:20 am

Nunavut’s Jerry Cans kick off southern tour on Parliament Hill

"The wild west! We’ll see how it goes out there”

LISA GREGOIRE

It took several years of trying, rigorous security checks for everyone, including babies, a few good words from their local MP, and two days of multi-band rehearsals for Nunavut rockers, the Jerry Cans, to make it into the line-up on Parliament Hill for the afternoon Canada Day show July 1.

All...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 7:14 am

Nunavut murder trial adjourned until August

Evidence ends with 15 hours of testimony from accused, Peter Kingwatsiak

THOMAS ROHNER

Accused killer Peter Kingwatsiak finally left the witness box late on June 26 after giving about 15 hours of testimony that sometimes contradicted itself.

But Kingwatsiak, on trial for killing his step-brother Mappaluk Adla in Cape Dorset on Sept. 20, 2010, and slashing his uncle with a knife an...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 6:00 am

Smoking rates up in Nunavut, but so is life satisfaction

New statistics for 2014 show 62 per cent of Nunavut residents smoke

SARAH ROGERS

Smoking rates in Canada continue to drop, but not in Nunavut.

The newly-released Canadian Community Health Survey for 2014 shows that the number of Canadians who smoke either daily or occasionally dropped to 18.1 per cent from 19.3 per cent in 2013.

But Nunavut’s smoking rate remains the highest...

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Two boys play both performer and spectator of their own puppet show under the big top tent in Iqaluit June 28 during the Alianait Festival. Besides housing the main stage for the five-day arts and music festival, the big tent was also where kids could play games and participate in arts and crafts. Alianait ended July 1 with the Artcirq cabaret at Nakasuk school. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
Two boys play both performer and spectator of their own puppet show under the big top tent in Iqaluit June 28 during the Alianait Festival. Besides housing the main stage for the five-day arts and music festival, the big tent was also where kids could play games and participate in arts and crafts. Alianait ended July 1 with the Artcirq cabaret at Nakasuk school. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)

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