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Nunavik Sivunitsavut staff and students host an information session in Kangiqsualujjuaq Jan. 10, as they launch a regional promotional tour for the Montreal-based college program. NS is looking for student applicants for the 2018-19 school year, its second year of operation. Kativik Ilisarniliriniq launched the Nunavik program last summer, building on the Ottawa-based Nunavut Sivuniksavut model. For more information and to apply, visit sivunitsavut.ca. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NS)
Nunavik Sivunitsavut staff and students host an information session in Kangiqsualujjuaq Jan. 10, as they launch a regional promotional tour for the Montreal-based college program. NS is looking for student applicants for the 2018-19 school year, its second year of operation. Kativik Ilisarniliriniq launched the Nunavik program last summer, building on the Ottawa-based Nunavut Sivuniksavut model. For more information and to apply, visit sivunitsavut.ca. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NS)
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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NEWS January 17, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavut hamlet to hold new election March 5

But Kugluktuk candidates must re-file nomination papers before Jan. 29

SARAH ROGERS

The Hamlet of Kugluktuk has rescheduled it municipal election for March 5.

Hamlet elections were scheduled to be held in communities across the territory last Dec. 11, but a complaint filed by a local voter three days before that election forced officials to postpone the vote.

The Kugluktuk......

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NEWS January 17, 2018 - 9:30 am

UArctic network nominates Arctic Council for Nobel Peace Prize

"A model for promoting fraternity between nations"

JANE GEORGE

Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize are generally kept under wraps until the short list of nominees for the prestigious award honouring “the best work for fraternity between nations”  are announced in February.

But yesterday an international group of about 60 academics, who are members of a...

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NEWS January 17, 2018 - 8:00 am

Tiny parasite may pose health risks for Canada’s North

“It is critical for public health organizations and practitioners to employ strategies, to reduce the risk"

JANE GEORGE

You don’t hear much about the dangers posed by toxoplasmosis, but infections caused by the tiny parasite are powerful enough to make you sick and cause damage to the brain, eyes and other organs.

With levels of human infection in parts of the Canadian Arctic among the highest in the world,...

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NEWS January 16, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Iqaluit pool gets federal funds for heating expansion

“This is about a more sustainable environment. It pays off over and over again”

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit’s aquatic centre will have lower heating bills in the future, after the Government of Canada announced this week it would pay to connect the building to Iqaluit’s district heating system.

Carolyn Bennett, the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations and northern affairs, speaking in Iqaluit...

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NEWS January 16, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Former Nunavik health board chair sets sights on Makivik leadership

"Our communities are isolated from each other and we need more support”

SARAH ROGERS

Alasie Arngak says Nunavik’s Inuit birthright corporation needs to turn its attention to the well-being of its elders and youth.

That’s what the Kangiqsujuaq woman hopes to do if elected as Makivik Corp.’s president on Thursday, Jan. 18. Arngak is one of five candidates running for the role. It’s...

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NEWS January 16, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Nunavut artist gets dolled up

"I see things that come to my mind and I just have to create it"

SARAH ROGERS

Vicky Pauloosie Arnauyumayuq likes to create.

The Arctic Bay mother and office administration student is a self-described artist, who enjoys drawing, painting and sometimes carving in her free time.

But she’s added a new craft to her hobbies in recent months, which is grabbing the attention of...

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COMMENTARY January 16, 2018 - 11:30 am

Legal Ease, Jan. 16

Trapping in town—not a good idea

JAMES MORTON

When I was a child, maybe 12 years old, my father explained to me how a shotgun worked.

He taught me how to load and how to shoot. But the thing he really focused on was how I must always assume the shotgun was loaded and how a shotgun has one purpose—to kill.

Safety is absolutely the first thing...

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Meet the new faces of Toonik Tyme. From left: Adamee Itorcheak, Pitseolak Alainga and Gideonie Joamie say they want Iqaluit's premiere springtime festival to focus on its roots when it kicks off on April 12.
Meet the new faces of Toonik Tyme. From left: Adamee Itorcheak, Pitseolak Alainga and Gideonie Joamie say they want Iqaluit's premiere springtime festival to focus on its roots when it kicks off on April 12. "Toonik Tyme is a history of people getting together," said Alainga—a former honorary Toonik and president of the non-profit 123 Go! association president—during a public brainstorming forum for this year's event schedule at the Qayuqtuvik Society Soup Kitchen, Jan. 17. 123 Go! is a five-member non-profit association (other members Matthew Alainga and Jimmy Noble Jr. not pictured) taking over Toonik Tyme's event organization after the departure of former Toonik Tyme manager Travis Cooper. The association is calling on the public to submit its ideas for what events to include in this year's festival, or if they would like to volunteer their services, by emailing tooniktyme@gmail.com. The group is expecting to submit a rough draft of its schedule for 2018's Toonik Tyme to the City of Iqaluit's recreation department later this month. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)

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