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Nunavik college students Samuel Lagacé and Julia St. Aubin interview some young students on camera at Kiluutaq school in Umiujaq May 22 . As part of their project Nunavik Speaks....on Education, the pair are travelling to eight communities to talk to Nunavimmiut students, teachers, school support staff, parents and elders about their relationship with education. The interviews will eventually be edited and compiled on DVD and posted to social media for the public to see. (PHOTO BY GILLIAN WARNER)
Nunavik college students Samuel Lagacé and Julia St. Aubin interview some young students on camera at Kiluutaq school in Umiujaq May 22 . As part of their project Nunavik Speaks....on Education, the pair are travelling to eight communities to talk to Nunavimmiut students, teachers, school support staff, parents and elders about their relationship with education. The interviews will eventually be edited and compiled on DVD and posted to social media for the public to see. (PHOTO BY GILLIAN WARNER)
NEWS May 26, 2015 - 7:09 am

Iqaluit parents fume over possible loss of school phys ed teacher

“You would think that the principal would have communicated with the parents"

LISA GREGOIRE

If rumours are correct and the principal of Aqsarniit Middle School in Iqaluit is planning to cut the physical education teacher’s position in September, he’ll have to do battle with a number of angry local parents.

About 20 people showed up at an Iqaluit District Education Authority annual...

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NEWS May 26, 2015 - 6:05 am

PASS program helps high school drop-outs earn diplomas online

"You can go to school even when you’re older, so don’t give up"

LISA GREGOIRE

When asked why she didn’t finish high school, Iqaluit’s Geelasia Boileau isn’t ashamed to say it: she was kind of a slacker and didn’t think school was important anyway.

She was also shy, a bit anti-social, distracted by relationships, slept in a lot and thought she would eventually get a job with...

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut youth helping to create huge downtown Toronto mural

“They don’t understand the power they have in the world as artists"

THOMAS ROHNER

A two-storey mural to be painted this summer in downtown Toronto by eight youth, including four from Cape Dorset, may include a one-of-a-kind Nunavut image: an Inuk grandfather carrying a broken-down snowmobile on his back through the streets of Cape Dorset.

Like many famous images depicted in...

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 2:17 pm

Inuit Broadcasting Corp. gets $1.3 million in federal money

Money will pay for 40 hours of Inuktitut-language programs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Inuit Broadcasting Corp. will receive $1.3 million to produce 40 hours of new Inuktitut television programming.

Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq made the announcement May 22, saying the IBC will receive $1,375,365 from the Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting section of the Aboriginal Peoples’ Program,...

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 11:18 am

From Alaska to Finland, big Arctic military exercises get started

U.S.-Canada link up in pan-North American show of airspace defence

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated, May 26, 6:30 a.m.)

The Arctic airspace from Alaska to Finland will buzz with activity over the next week, as NORAD, the United States-Canada alliance aimed at protecting North American airspace, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European-North American defence alliance,...

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 10:30 am

Your choices: the five most-read stories on Nunatsiaq Online last week

Between May 16 and May 22, you wanted to read about people

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It was tales of people — good, troubled, lucky and unlucky — that attracted most of you to the Nunatsiaq Online website and the Nunatsiaq News Facebook page last week.

Here are the Nunatsiaq Online stories that you clicked, tapped or swiped most often, based on Google Analytics pageview data:

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 7:14 am

Are you a young Inuk Facebook user? Pauktuutit wants to hear from you

Online survey will help inform violence prevention activities

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada wants to look at how Inuit youth use social media to find out how the organization can do better outreach and violence prevention.

As part of its Makilirit Rise Up project, Pauktuutit, in collaboration with researchers from Carleton and Western universities, has...

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NEWS May 25, 2015 - 6:04 am

Nunavik doctor shares decades of experience in Qinguajaaluk

Dr. Normand Tremblay retired in 2008, wrote memoir

JANE GEORGE

If you were looking for a young doctor from the South eager to work in the North, you couldn’t do better than to have hired Normand Tremblay.

For nearly 40 years, Tremblay practiced in Kuujjuaq, arriving when that community was still known as Fort Chimo.

At the time, there was no hospital at all...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 6:45 pm

Inuit org wants Valcourt to reject Baffinland request for land use exemption

Baffinland wants AAND minister to over-ride the Nunavut Planning Commission

JIM BELL

(Updated 6:45 p.m., May 22)

Bernard Valcourt, the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development minister, now finds himself at the centre of a big regulatory fight over an ambitious and controversial expansion plan that Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. proposes for its Mary River iron mine.

The...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Nunavut francophones offer slim support for school board lawsuit

Parents can submit written input until May 26

SARAH ROGERS

You could say that Nunavut’s French-language school board has support for a legal challenge it launched against the territorial government earlier this year — but you could also argue it doesn’t.

The Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut hosted a public consultation May 21 on its lawsuit...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Iqaluit vet hopes to better serve Nunavut

“The biggest thing is public education"

SARAH ROGERS

When the latest outbreak of rabies hit two communities in the Baffin region earlier this month, it took days, maybe weeks, for that information to reach the person who might have been in the best position to help — Nunavut’s only resident veterinarian, Dr. Leia Cunningham.

In Pangnirtung, a rabid......

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 1:04 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, May 22

The Map Maker

JOHN AMAGOALIK

Quebec separatism has come back to the media headlines after Pierre Karl Péladeau was recently elected as the new leader of the Parti Québécois.

The separatist party was ousted by the Liberals in the last provincial election. The next election in Quebec is expected in about three years.

If the PQ...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 11:01 am

Nunavut RCMP grab weed, cash, and arrest three in Igloolik

"The drugs were destined for resale in Igloolik"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police in Igloolik found and seized weed, drug paraphernalia and cash at a home in the community May 20 and made three arrests.

After members of the local RCMP detachment executed a search warrant and raided a local residence, they also arrested a woman from Igloolik and two men, not from Nunavut,...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 10:29 am

The Nunavut legislature’s spring sitting: what’s ahead?

Reports on power plants, corrections, and child protection services to be tabled

THOMAS ROHNER

When Nunavut’s legislative assembly begins its spring sitting in Iqaluit May 26, MLAs and members of the public, will get a chance to pore over at least three important reports.

“We’re expecting government responses to the standing committee report on the Qulliq Energy Corp., and the response from...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 8:24 am

Nunavik police force insurer claims “no fault” in 2011 rape

"I’m a little bit surprised" plaintiff's lawyer says

SARAH ROGERS

Lawyers representing the Kativik Regional Police Force and its insurers have said the force is not at fault for a 2011 incident in which a young Nunavik woman was raped in the back of a police car.

That’s in response to a lawsuit the young woman filed in 2014 against the KPRF — and its parent...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 7:12 am

Inuit dogs can trace ancestry back to ancient Siberian wolf

Greenlandic sled dogs share DNA with 35,000 wolf from the Taimyr Peninsula

JANE GEORGE

If you think Inuit sled dogs are special, you’re right.

They have an ancient lineage that stretches across the circumpolar world, from Siberia to Greenland.

That’s according to a new study, published May 21 in the academic journal Current Biology, which traces the descent of huskies back to...

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NEWS May 22, 2015 - 5:48 am

Nunavut commission to Baffinland: we want to help, but we’re broke

Iron firm seeks land use amendment to allow 10-month shipping at Mary River

LISA GREGOIRE

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. wants to amend a land use plan so it can break winter ice and ship ore from its north Baffin port at Milne Inlet to points across the Atlantic Ocean for up to 10 months each year.

The Nunavut Planning Commission, which could consider such an amendment, says it really...

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NEWS May 21, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Former Nunavut cabinet minister back in court June 4 for guilty pleas

Tom Sammurtok's lawyer says he will not contest impaired charges

THOMAS ROHNER

Former Nunavut cabinet minister Tom Sammurtok is expected to plead guilty to two charges he faces relating to impaired driving, Sammurtok’s defence lawyer said in an Iqaluit courtroom May 21.

Sammurtok did not appear at the Nunavut Justice of the Peace Court May 21, but his defence lawyer, Alison...

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NEWS May 21, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Nunavut RCMP lay six impaired charges in long weekend sweep

Seven other drivers lose their licenses for 24 hours

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

RCMP in Nunavut charged six Nunavummiut with impaired driving over the May long weekend as part of their national driving enforcement day, held May 16.

Police set up checkpoints in communities across the territory last weekend, stopping more than 400 vehicles, the RCMP said in a May 20...

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NEWS May 21, 2015 - 11:35 am

Iqaluit artist facing multiple assault charges gets a defence lawyer

Case adjourned until June 4 at Nunavut Court of Justice

THOMAS ROHNER

Jonathan Cruz, the well-known Iqaluit artist who faces multiple assault charges, will see his case come before the Nunavut Court of Justice again June 4 following proceedings May 21 before a justice of the peace.

Cruz, who started the successful NuSchool Design Agency, has painted prominent public...

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NEWS May 21, 2015 - 10:00 am

Reconsider mine pit expansion proposal ASAP: federal minister

AANDC asks NIRB to review Agnico Eagle plan for open pit expansion at Meadowbank

SARAH ROGERS

Could you get on that, ASAP?

That was the advice the federal Aboriginal affairs minister offered to the Nunavut Impact Review Board earlier this month, as the board reconsiders a project to expand an open pit mine at Meadowbank gold mine.

Last summer, the mine’s owners, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.,...

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NEWS May 21, 2015 - 8:32 am

Western Nunavut miner calls feasibility study “very compelling”

But Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. will look at trimming project costs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

“Very compelling” — that’s how Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. describes the results of a new feasibility study for its Back River gold project in western Nunavut.

Bruce McLeod, Sabina’s president and CEO, said in a May 20 news release that the feasibility study “demonstrates the potential of Back...

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NEWS May 21, 2015 - 7:19 am

Cape Dorset fundraising campaign gets a boost

“He is helping us realize our dream of having a modern place for our artists to work"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A national fundraising campaign to support a new cultural centre and print shop in Cape Dorset will get a boost this week with a “giant community bingo” game and a visit to the Baffin community by its Montreal-based chairperson.

Paul Demarais III, the vice-president of the Power Corporation of...

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NEWS May 21, 2015 - 6:25 am

Nunavut’s French school board seeks support for legal challenge

CSFN accepts resignation of long-time commissioner

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut’s French-language school board will host a public consultation this week to gauge support for a legal challenge it launched against the territorial government earlier this year.

In February, the Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut (CSFN), along with parent and lawyer Doug Garson,......

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LETTERS May 20, 2015 - 1:11 pm

Inuit org responds to editorial on NLCA lawsuit settlement agreement

“Optimism must always be backed up with vigilance”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc’s core stand on respect for Inuit rights under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement has always been straightforward and consistent.

Promises made must be promises kept. And lessons learned must be lessons applied.

Lawsuits don’t occur in vacuums. NTI began its lawsuit in 2006...

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NEWS May 20, 2015 - 9:45 am

Cape Dorset nurse back in court with nursing association

Debbie McKeown is subject of CBC accusations involving death of baby

THOMAS ROHNER

Lawyers on either side of former Nunavut nurse Debbie McKeown’s court proceedings agreed in court May 19 to share documents.

Well, sort of.

Austin Marshall, representing McKeown, and Adrian Wright, representing the Registered Nursing Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, appeared...

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NEWS May 20, 2015 - 8:30 am

Missing Nunavut man walks into Repulse Bay

Parks Canada employee left Igloolik May 12 en route to Repulse Bay

SARAH ROGERS

(Updated 9 a.m., May 20)

Brian Koonoo, a Parks Canada employee from Pond Inlet who has been missing since May 15, walked into Repulse Bay early May 20 after walking 57 kilometres over three days, one of his friends said on Facebook.

“Brian is fine! He’s at my house now,” Monty Yank, another Parks...

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Inukjuak mayor Siasi Smiler welcomes regional councillors of the Kativik Regional Government to her Hudson Bay community May 25, where regional council meetings will take place until May 28. Among other discussions, those at the spring meeting will hear a review of Nunavik's fire safety cover plan and the region's travelling court system, while the KRG will also determine the 2016 social housing distribution for the region. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Inukjuak mayor Siasi Smiler welcomes regional councillors of the Kativik Regional Government to her Hudson Bay community May 25, where regional council meetings will take place until May 28. Among other discussions, those at the spring meeting will hear a review of Nunavik's fire safety cover plan and the region's travelling court system, while the KRG will also determine the 2016 social housing distribution for the region. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

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