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Toku Oshima and Lene Kielsen Holm of Greenland and Shari Fox Gearheard of Clyde River, Nunavut are all smiles Jan. 22 after accepting this year’s Mohn award in Tromsø, Norway at the Arctic Frontiers conference. The Clyde River-based “Siku-Inuit-Hila/Sea Ice-People-Weather” project team will share the Mohn prize with Dr. Eddy Carmack, whose research focuses on the Arctic Ocean and its interactions with climate, land and ecosystems. Funded by the United States National Science Foundation, the Siku-Inuit-Hila project took place from 2006 to 2011, producing scientific papers, professional presentations and a book: The Meaning of Ice, People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities.” The team’s mission was to document sea ice observations from three different Arctic locations and cultures—in Barrow, Alaska; Qaanaaq, Greenland; and Clyde River, Nunavut. Judges said the project
Toku Oshima and Lene Kielsen Holm of Greenland and Shari Fox Gearheard of Clyde River, Nunavut are all smiles Jan. 22 after accepting this year’s Mohn award in Tromsø, Norway at the Arctic Frontiers conference. The Clyde River-based “Siku-Inuit-Hila/Sea Ice-People-Weather” project team will share the Mohn prize with Dr. Eddy Carmack, whose research focuses on the Arctic Ocean and its interactions with climate, land and ecosystems. Funded by the United States National Science Foundation, the Siku-Inuit-Hila project took place from 2006 to 2011, producing scientific papers, professional presentations and a book: The Meaning of Ice, People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities.” The team’s mission was to document sea ice observations from three different Arctic locations and cultures—in Barrow, Alaska; Qaanaaq, Greenland; and Clyde River, Nunavut. Judges said the project "made groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of Arctic ice-dominated systems via a highly innovative combination of natural science, social science and indigenous knowledge.” The prize is worth two million Norwegian krone, which translates into about $155,000 for each of this year’s winners. The Norwegian prize is named after Henrick Mohn, the founder of Norwegian meteorological research, who served as the director general of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute from its inception in 1866 until 1913. (PHOTO COURTESY OF S. GEARHEARD)
NEWS January 22, 2018 - 3:30 pm

New Nunavut executive director already lobbying on behalf of artists

“I see us quickly moving into the phase where we are able to put our heels to the ground”

BETH BROWN

In Janet Brewster’s first day on the job, the Nunavut Arts and Craft Association’s new executive director lobbied Carolyn Bennett, the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, for federal support for Nunavut artists.

That was last Monday, Jan. 15, when Bennett visited Iqaluit....

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NEWS January 22, 2018 - 1:30 pm

New guide explains scientific sea ice terms

"Arctic sea ice terms are often misused or misunderstood"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Sea ice coverage, among other things, is a term often used by scientists as a way to describe ice conditions in the Arctic.

But did you know that 15 per cent ice cover is usually considered as the threshold for Arctic ice coverage?

If you want a better understanding of the various terms used in...

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NEWS January 22, 2018 - 11:45 am

New study links toxic pollutants with high cholesterol among Inuit

High levels of LDL cholesterol linked to heart disease

JANE GEORGE

Once again the health of Inuit appears to be under threat from something that people in the North can’t see and didn’t cause, but which is a menace that’s likely to intensify as the Arctic warms.

New research published this month in the online Environmental Research journal points to yet another...

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NEWS January 22, 2018 - 11:00 am

Nunavut’s Inuit language authority seeks nominations for awards

Champions of the Inuit language to be named next month

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s Inuit language authority is calling for nominations for its annual Inuit Language Award.

If you know someone dedicated to keeping the Inuit language alive, you can nominate them for the award, which will be presented next month by Inuit Uqausinginnik Taguusiliuqtiit, an independent...

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NEWS January 22, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavik loses its senator but gains experienced Inuk leader

“This is what I’ve been doing all my life"

SARAH ROGERS

On the morning of Jan. 19, Charlie Watt answers the phone at his Kuujjuaq home with a croak—he’s almost lost his voice.

The previous night was a late one, sitting at home with family and friends waiting for results to come in and then fielding congratulatory phone calls.

Watt was elected as......

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NEWS January 22, 2018 - 8:10 am

Arctic beasts are shrinking in size due to climate change: study

Researchers find that winter rain is interfering with muskox's diet

SARAH ROGERS

The muskox, or umingmak, has long been one of the Arctic’s largest beasts, but new research has found the species is shrinking in size in some parts of the Arctic as a warming climate makes it harder for pregnant muskox to stay properly nourished through the winter months.

A new study published...

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NEWS January 19, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavummiut urged to quit smoking

National Non-Smoking Week starts on Sunday, Jan. 21

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As national Non-Smoking week starts on Sunday in Canada, the Government of Nunavut has asked Nunavut residents to do their part in preventing tobacco addiction by becoming aware of what programs are available to help themselves and their family members reduce their reliance on tobacco products....

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NEWS January 19, 2018 - 1:10 pm

Ottawa Inuit health survey explodes big myth about urban life

“I have never seen Indigenous health status improve in cities”

JIM BELL

OTTAWA—The health status of Inuit living in Ottawa is no better, for the most part, than that of Inuit who live in the four regions of Inuit Nunangat, a 66-page report launched yesterday has found.

The Tungasuvvingat Inuit report, titled Our Health Counts, is based on data gleaned from 345 Inuit...

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NEWS January 19, 2018 - 11:45 am

TMAC enters final review process for two new Nunavut gold mines

Company eyes startups in 2019

JANE GEORGE

TMAC Resources Inc. said Thursday that it has passed another milestone on the company’s journey towards expanding its Hope Bay mining operations in western Nunavut with production at the Madrid and Boston deposits.

The Nunavut Impact Review Board and the Nunavut Water Board accepted the final...

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NEWS January 19, 2018 - 10:55 am

Nunavik Inuit return veteran leader to Makivik’s top post

Watt said he intends to resign from Senate

SARAH ROGERS

(Updated Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m.)

Nunavimmiut voted for change on Thursday, Jan. 18, though not entirely, when they chose Charlie Watt, 73, the organization’s founding president, for his third stretch at the top of Makivik Corp.

Watt won a clear election victory with 54 per cent of the vote,...

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NEWS January 19, 2018 - 10:00 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Jan. 7 to Jan. 14

Iqaluit's poor weather made news

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Cold weather and blizzards in Iqaluit led last week’s news for Nunatsiaqonline.ca. Our storm coverage attracted the most attention on our Facebook page, while the most-read story on our website involved an Iqaluit woman struck and killed by a vehicle Jan. 6 during a storm.

The 28-year-old woman...

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NEWS January 19, 2018 - 8:00 am

Mould cleanup leaves western Nunavut town with no indoor rink

"There may be an opportunity to reopen the facility in time to save some of the hockey season"

JANE GEORGE

Weather permitting, keen hockey players in Cambridge Bay will have to play outside on frozen lakes or sea ice for now.

Cambridge Bay’s arena will remain closed in January and February, the municipality of Cambridge Bay said earlier this week, although if municipal officials can reach a funding...

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NEWS January 18, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut senator to tour the territory this winter

Dennis Patterson will visit all 25 communities, starting in south Baffin in February

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you live in Nunavut and have ideas about federal policies affecting the territory, you’ll have a chance to convey those opinions to your federal senator in the coming weeks.

Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson is touring all 25 of the territory’s communities, starting in February.

Patterson is...

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NEWS January 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Polar bear disappears from vodka brand’s label

Canadian booze purveyor jumps aboard the polar bear publicity bandwagon

STEVE DUCHARME

The company responsible for the award-winning vodka brand Polar Ice, Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd., announced in a news release yesterday that they expect customers to ask themselves “Where’s the bear?” the next time they pick up a Polar Ice vodka bottle.

So where is it?

Dead or drowned, suggests...

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NEWS January 18, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Alianait lists this year’s Iqaluit concert series

Inuktitut music tribute concert set for Jan. 20 at Inuksuk High School

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It’s that time of the year again for Alianait concert goers.

The annual Nunavut concert series is kicking off Jan. 20 with an Inuktitut music tribute concert.

“Igloolik musicians Lazarus (Mister) Qattalik and Allan Kangok will join Mason Angnakak from Pangnirtung and local artists Daniel Kolola...

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NEWS January 18, 2018 - 11:10 am

In Cambridge Bay, departmental exams go on despite snow day

“All students sit these exams on the same day”

BETH BROWN

Cambridge Bay students learned last week that snow days don’t count when it comes to territorial exams.

Students at Kiilinik High School were scheduled to write their English exams on Jan. 11, but when a storm blew up that morning, many Cambridge Bay residents weren’t sure if the tests would go...

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NEWS January 18, 2018 - 9:50 am

Bennett orders full environmental assessment for Nunavut’s Grays Bay

"Potential for adverse cumulative ecosystemic and socio-economic effects must factor prominently into the assessment"

JANE GEORGE

The huge Grays Bay Road and Port project proposed for western Nunavut will undergo a full environmental review that will scrutinize the impacts of more mining and shipping on the region’s residents and environment, the Nunavut Impact Review Board said late Wednesday.

The responsible federal...

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NEWS January 18, 2018 - 8:14 am

Nunavut judge slams police over failed sex crime investigation

Sanikiluaq man, 60, acquitted after woman alleges he raped her in 1977

STEVE DUCHARME

A Sanikiluaq man charged with a rape alleged to have occurred 40 years ago left the courtroom a free man on Wednesday after a judge acquitted him on all counts, but not before the judge blasted Crown lawyers and the RCMP for their “inadequate investigation.”

Lukasie Anugaa, 60, stood trial earlier...

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NEWS January 17, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Police investigate sudden death of Nunavut teen

14-year-old Baker Lake girl found dead Sunday, Jan. 14

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police are investigating the sudden and suspicious death of a teenager in Baker Lake over the weekend.

The Nunavut RCMP’s Major Crime Unit and the Nunavut coroner’s office are in the Kivalliq community of about 2,000 this week looking into the weekend death of a 14-year-old girl.

A Jan. 17 news...

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NEWS January 17, 2018 - 12:45 pm

Veteran Nunavut leader Jack Anawak gets 30 days in jail

Anawak receives mandatory minimum sentence on second impaired driving conviction

STEVE DUCHARME

The veteran Nunavut leader Jack Anawak, who ran in last year’s territorial election, was sentenced Monday by a Nunavut judge to 30 days in jail after earlier pleading guilty to drinking and driving.

Anawak, 66, was charged with two counts following an incident in Iqaluit last June: operating a...

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NEWS January 17, 2018 - 11:30 am

Nunavik Inuit go to the polls Thursday to choose Makivik’s next president

Election ends campaign and five-way race for Makivik Corp. president

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik Inuit go to the polls on Thursday, Jan. 18, to choose Makivik Corp.’s next president.

Five candidates are running for the president’s position, including two-time incumbent Jobie Tukkiapik and Makivik’s founding president, Senator Charlie Watt.

Three newcomer candidates have also joined...

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Following a blustery morning, as seen in this picture, the City of Iqaluit announced shortly before noon on Monday, Jan. 22 that it would restore city services. The city sent its trucks off the road earlier in the day, as blizzard conditions rocked Nunavut's capital over the previous night and into the morning. Iqaluit's schools, which were also closed for the morning, are set to reopen in the afternoon. Still, a blizzard warning remains in effect from Environment Canada until the evening. Sustained winds out of the northwest are blowing at about 50 kilometres per hour, with gusts up to 70 km/h. The high for Jan. 22 will be -22 Celsius, but the wind chill will make it feel more like -40 C. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
Following a blustery morning, as seen in this picture, the City of Iqaluit announced shortly before noon on Monday, Jan. 22 that it would restore city services. The city sent its trucks off the road earlier in the day, as blizzard conditions rocked Nunavut's capital over the previous night and into the morning. Iqaluit's schools, which were also closed for the morning, are set to reopen in the afternoon. Still, a blizzard warning remains in effect from Environment Canada until the evening. Sustained winds out of the northwest are blowing at about 50 kilometres per hour, with gusts up to 70 km/h. The high for Jan. 22 will be -22 Celsius, but the wind chill will make it feel more like -40 C. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)

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