Members of Puvirntuq's PUV Stepping Nerds Crew 2 and 3 show off their new tee-shirts March 24, which feature an illustration of a child hugging their home. The crew — and tee-shirts — were created under the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau's Pivallianiq program, which encourages better care and maintenance of Nunavik's social housing. Pivallianiq street workers lead sports and cultural activities with Nunavik youth, like the PUV Stepping Nerds, who performed their hip hop dance and traditional skillls March 25 at Puvirnituq's Snow Festival. Read more later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PIVALLIANIQ)
March 27, 2015 - 8:57 am
Iqaluit meeting: NNC board says sales receipts must show subsidy
System will ensure “customers can see how and when the NNC subsidies apply”
The Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board wants northern consumers to see all savings they gain from the Nutrition North Canada food freight subsidy program itemized on their grocery bills at the point of sale.
“I want to see what is presented to each individual [on their sales receipt] as clearly...
March 27, 2015 - 7:25 am
Quebec’s budget sets millions aside for Nunavik’s Plan Nord
$100 million earmarked for northern and Aboriginal education, training
Is the 2015-16 Quebec budget a bit like spare change found in sofa cracks, as suggested Philip Authier of the Montreal Gazette, a skimpy “Walmart” budget, according to Québec Solidaire’s Françoise David, or the solid balanced financial plan touted by the Quebec government, which is looking to...
March 27, 2015 - 6:21 am
Puvirnituq mushers win big at Nunavik’s Ivakkak race
Mushers cross finish line after nine days
The community hosting the finish line of this year’s Ivakkak dog sled race got to welcome home their local mushers, who finished in the race’s top three places March 26.
According to preliminary results, Puvirnituq musher Novalinga Novalinga and partner Juani Uqaituq finished in first place March...
March 26, 2015 - 3:39 pm
Iqaluit’s new administrative boss to start work April 7
Sanikiluaq’s former SAO to return to Nunavut
Iqaluit City Council approved the appointment of a new chief administrative officer March 24.
Muhamud Hassan, who served as senior administrative officer for the hamlet of Sanikiluaq from 2008 to 2012, will take the top city manager’s position for the Nunavut capital on April 7.
March 26, 2015 - 2:23 pm
Nunavut man gets 18-month sentence for sex with underage relative
Judge underlines "the importance of rehabilitation of the accused as a member of the community"
A 31-year-old Nunavut man who pleaded guilty to having sex with the 15-and-a-half-year-old sister of his common-law wife will spend 16 more months in jail.
That sentence came after his plea on two charges, sexual assault and sexual interference, in relation to events that occurred April 19, 2013,...
March 26, 2015 - 12:29 pm
Tiny Nunavut community reviving eiderdown industry
Film about Arctic eider ducks creates demand for unique Sanikiluaq products
From the time he was an infant in his mother’s amauti to age 22, which is what he is now, Alex “Puasi” Ippaq has been going out on the land every summer.
From his home in Sanikiluaq in southern Hudson Bay, his family — grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters — would set off to various...
March 26, 2015 - 10:32 am
More than one-third of Nunavut households go hungry: StatsCan
"The Conservatives have refused to acknowledge how ineffectual Nutrition North has been"
Updated at 12:30 p.m.
A new report from Statistics Canada confirms what most Nunavummiut already know: that the territory has the highest rate of food insecurity in the country.
The report, Food Insecurity in Canada, released March 25, found more than one-third of Nunavut households don’t get...
March 26, 2015 - 7:30 am
Nunavut residents raise $1,400 for Cambridge Bay food bank
“So many people gave up their Saturday afternoon to help out a good cause”
Special to Nunatsiaq News
The generous residents of Cambridge Bay have done it again.
Organizers of a coffeehouse fundraiser, held March 21 in this western Nunavut community, reported they raised $1,400 for the Wellness Centre’s food bank.
“I think how people came together to make this happen...
March 26, 2015 - 6:30 am
Innu Meshkenu walkers arrive in Kuujjuaq
"No one has walked this trail in 60 years"
When the community of Kuujjuaq first came into view March 24, Dr. Stanley Vollant fell to his knees. Then he cried.
When Vollant and 18 other Innu, Naskapi and Inuit left Matimekush (Schefferville) on foot 27 days earlier, Kuujjuaq had seemed like a world away.
More than 450 kilometres later, the...
March 25, 2015 - 3:32 pm
Nunavut youth accused of murder heard voices in his head, witness says
Teen, diagnosed with psychosis, likely killed when high on magic mushrooms, gas sniffing and pot
(Corrected March 26, 11:30 a.m.)
A young Nunavut man currently standing trial in Iqaluit for second-degree murder in connection with the 2012 death in Igloolik of 26-year-old Tracy Uttak, heard voices in his head for months after being remanded in custody at Iqaluit’s facility for youth offenders....
March 25, 2015 - 1:36 pm
Nunavut’s French school board looks for new commissioner
Candidates' applications due April 7
Nunavut’s French-language school board is looking for candidates who are interested in sitting on the board’s council of commissioners.
The Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut (CSFN), which counts five elected commissioners, announced the resignation of one its members, Seth Reinhart, last...
March 25, 2015 - 12:01 pm
NDP calls for ban on microbeads, also found in Arctic
"Polar sea ice represents a major historic global sink" for tiny, persistent microplastics
(Updated March 25, 3:00 p.m.)
Days after calling for an emergency debate on climate change and the Arctic in the House of Commons, the New Democratic Party’s environment critic, Megan Leslie, made a motion March 24 for a ban on microbeads, which have been found in the Great Lakes.
If you live in...
March 25, 2015 - 10:55 am
Nunavut community struggling with radio, TV broadcasts
Clyde River residents seeking service and repairs
A shortage of qualified technicians has left Clyde River without radio broadcasting for nearly four months — and the hamlet office with a slew of complaints about lack of service.
“The radio’s very important,” said John Ivey, senior administrative officer for the hamlet. For many residents, the...
March 25, 2015 - 10:00 am
Iqaluit council clears the way for film crew to shoot in Apex
Two Lovers and a Bear starts rolling in Nunavut capital on March 31
Iqaluit city council promised to help clear the way for a film crew to transform a section of Apex into a camera-friendly zone, with customized night-time lighting fit to shoot for the silver screen.
In a motion passed March 24, councillors agreed unanimously to ask the Qulliq Energy Corp. to keep...
March 25, 2015 - 8:24 am
Armed stand-off, hostage-taking ends March 25 with death of Nunavik man
In Inukjuak, man released woman, 60, twin infants; then later turned firearm on himself, police say
(Updated at 3:20 p.m., March 25)
An armed stand-off ended at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in the Nunavik community of Inukjuak, when a 24-year-old man turned his gun on himself, suffering a fatal wound.
Three hostages, a 60-year-old woman and twin babies, aged nine months, had already been...
Pond Inlet's boys basketball team is all smiles after winning the under-18 territorial championship in Iqaluit earlier this week. From left, head coach Neil Henderson, Gavin Kunnuk, Mishal Pewatoalook, Francois Koonark, Tyson Angnetsiak, assistant coach Abbas Parks and Tatega Akpaleeapik; seated from left, Armond Maktar, Cody Pitseolak and Tyrone Maktar. The team went undefeated in the tournament, with four wins. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JIMMY MERKOSAK)