Ross's geese take advantage of mild October temperatures and a lack of snow on the outskirts of Rankin Inlet Oct. 5 to plump up before their migratory journey to the southern United States. Ross's geese are like a miniature version of the larger snow geese but they have more rounded heads and straigher beaks. Ross's geese typically summer along the western coast of Hudson Bay and on the Kitikmeot mainland south of Gjoa Haven. (PHOTO BY PUTULIK PHOTOGRAPHY)
October 28, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavut MLA hounds premier on social promotion
“We are in the final year of our mandate and social promotion is still alive and well”
A promise Nunavut’s premier made early in his administration—to end social promotion in Nunavut’s schools—came back to haunt him Oct. 24.
Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik repeatedly asked Premier Peter Taptuna to explain when he will end the practice of promoting students to the next grade,...
October 28, 2016 - 7:00 am
Devolution talks restarted: Nunavut will be different, federal negotiator says
"I sense a very positive tone among all three parties to get at this again and work together"
Introductory talks to devolve responsibility for public lands and resources from Ottawa to Nunavut wrapped up this week, with Fred Caron, the federal negotiator, saying the uniqueness of Nunavut will “most definitely” play into how the negotiations unfold over the next three years.
October 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut Housing Corp. announces distribution of new units
Communities in greatest need get the most units
Five Nunavut communities will see more public housing units constructed in 2017-18 than any other in Nunavut.
And those are the five communities—Hall Beach, Kugaaruk, Sanikiluaq, Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay—with the greatest need for more public housing.
That’s according to documents, including...
October 27, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Big screen story Two Lovers and a Bear set for Nunavut premiere
Free screening at the Astro Theatre set for Oct. 29 in Iqaluit
How to make life and love work in a small, remote Arctic community.
That’s the focus of Two Lovers and a Bear, a film, which the title suggests, is a big love story—and an adventure film.
And don’t forget about magic realist fantasy, in the form of a talking polar bear.
Now the film is coming...
October 27, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Nunavut appeal court nixes offender’s criminal record
Appeal judge upholds joint sentence recommendation, reduces suspended sentence to conditional discharge
A 26-year-old Iqaluit woman convicted of assault with a weapon in a domestic dispute won’t get a criminal record after all, following a Nunavut appeal court decision that overturns a sentence imposed this past November.
In the judgment, Justice Ronald Veale, a Yukon judge who serves on the Nunavut...
October 27, 2016 - 11:45 am
Iqaluit youth mask sex taboos at arts-based workshop
“It gives them a safe environment to deal with their fears"
Sex can be a tough thing to talk about, especially among a group of teenagers who may not know each other well.
That was the case for 14-year-old Taylor Kusugak, who recently moved to Iqaluit from Rankin Inlet, when she took part in a sexual health workshop at Inuksuk High School Oct. 19 and Oct....
October 27, 2016 - 10:30 am
Eleventh hour decision cuts Iqaluit proposed car disposal fee by half
Iqaluit residents will be charged $500 to dispose of their old vehicles
The City of Iqaluit will continue subsidizing the disposal of old cars, following a narrow vote by city councillors Oct. 25 to reduce a proposed fee hike that more than quadrupled the cost for turning in an old vehicle to the city.
Starting in January, Iqalungmiut will pay $500 for the city to...
October 27, 2016 - 8:00 am
Nunavut government to send baby box care packages to all newborns
Program for new moms aims to cut infant mortality rate, improve family health
The Government of Nunavut hopes its new “baby boxes” will give a boost to infant and family health across the territory.
Every baby born in Nunavut over the next year receives a care package filled with a selection of children’s books, clothes, baby and maternal care products and educational...
October 27, 2016 - 7:00 am
Baffin caribou harvest increasing, Nunavut minister says
Hunters harvested 107 caribou between July 1 and Oct. 14
Baffin Island’s meagre caribou harvest has shown signs of improvement over figures reported from the same time last year, but it’s unlikely that the current quota will be raised any time soon, Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq said Oct. 24 in the legislative assembly.
Savikataaq said 107 caribou...
October 26, 2016 - 4:00 pm
I won’t allow any ban on Inuktitut at school: Nunavut education minister
“I went through it. I was told not to speak Inuktitut and I was hit with sticks"
(Updated Oct. 27)
Nunavut Education Minister Paul Quassa, a survivor of the notorious Sir Joseph Bernier residential school in Chesterfield Inlet, said Oct. 25 that teachers must not punish students for speaking Inuktitut in Nunavut schools.
“I went through it. I was told not to speak Inuktitut...
October 26, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Nunavut Inuit org taps trust fund for $48.6 million
Inuit organization's budget up this year with new department, president election
Nunavut’s land claims organization has passed its 2016-2017 budget.
And to balance that budget, part of Nunavut Tunngavik’s Inc. new consolidated budget, the Inuit birthright organization requested $48.6 million from the Nunavut Trust in a resolution passed during its annual meeting held Oct. 18...
October 26, 2016 - 1:10 pm
It’s not dirt, just wax on those dingy floors, Iqaluit hospital director says
Qikqitani General Hospital rooms mopped, disinfected every 12 hours
Yes, it’s true—you can write words on the floors of rooms at the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit.
But that’s not because of the dirt: If you take a wipe that contains bleach, you can write through the darker-coloured wax on the floor, leaving a mark.
Dennis Stavrou, the executive director...
October 26, 2016 - 11:30 am
Nunavut health minister promises better Inuit language communications
Unilingual elders struggle with English-only patient relations office
The Government of Nunavut’s Office of Patient Relations should do more to help unilingual Inuktitut speakers, Health Minister George Hickes said Oct. 24 in the legislative assembly.
Hickes said “yes” to Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak when asked to confirm that the patient relations office will...
October 26, 2016 - 10:30 am
Iqaluit MLA asks for update on public service commission
"My staff is hard at work on reviewing the public service commission concept"
Nunavut’s consensus government remains divided when it comes to the issue of human resources—just like the human resources department itself.
Pat Angnakak, MLA for Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu, took Finance Minister Keith Peterson to task in the legislative assembly in Iqaluit Oct. 24 over the territory’s...
October 26, 2016 - 9:00 am
Nunavik’s suicide prevention conference imparts healing, self-care
“Inuit have a way to gather their strength"
Grief and healing: they’ve been the focus of everyday life for many Nunavimmiut in 2016 following the suicides of a dozen young people in the first half of the year.
That’s why grief and healing served as the theme to this month’s Puttautiit, the region’s second suicide prevention conference...
October 26, 2016 - 8:00 am
Missing patient records create privacy breaches in Nunavut
Breaches, and other issues, outlined in privacy commissioner's annual report
Nunavut is the first Canadian jurisdiction to require public bodies, such as government departments, to report privacy breaches to the privacy and information commissioner.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that in 2015-16, Nunavut’s health department filed a disclosure in which it admitted...
October 26, 2016 - 7:00 am
Quebec launches fund to support urban Indigenous groups
"We must respond to the evolving needs"
The Quebec government has made good on a promise to spend money on support programs for Indigenous communities living in the province’s cities.
The province launched its Urban Aboriginal Support Program fund Oct. 17, $8.9 million over five years, to be made available to organizations that service...
October 25, 2016 - 3:59 pm
Get heavy fuel oil out of the Arctic, say environmental, Indigenous reps
"The International Maritime Organization must begin the immediate phase-out of heavy fuel oils from Arctic waters"
Keep the Arctic cold and clean by cutting out heavy shipping fuels: that’s the message from a coalition of environmental advocacy groups and Indigenous speakers who want the International Marine Organization to keep heavy fuel oil out of the Arctic.
This oil, a toxic, tar-like sludge, called the...
October 25, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Participants debate election, community involvement at Inuit children’s org AGM
"We want a transparent process, that the board nominations actually take place at the AGM"
SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS
OTTAWA—Debate, even if it involves criticism, is not a bad thing: it just means people are engaged.
The Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, which held its annual general meeting in Ottawa Oct. 20, featured a pointed discussion about how the centre fills positions on the board of...
October 25, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Let’s make a deal: empowering Arctic peoples to negotiate mining benefits
Conference this week in Ottawa brings together community development research
OTTAWA—Mining in Nunavut might have slowed down a bit, but what better time to talk about how communities can maximize resource deal benefits and minimize the impacts on themselves and their communities when those companies start sniffing around again.
So says a network of researchers who work...
October 25, 2016 - 11:45 am
Lower fuel prices bring relief to Nunavut power customers
QEC’s bulk fuel costs fall 20 per cent this year
Thanks to plummeting bulk fuel prices, businesses and homeowners will see another refund applied to their monthly power bills between now and March 31, 2017.
That’s because the Qulliq Energy Corp. paid about 20 per cent less in 2016 for bulk fuel compared with what it spent in 2015, the QEC...
Throat singer and performer Tanya Tagaq and National Inuit Youth Council president Maatalii Okalik have both been named as recipients of the 2017 Indspire Awards. Indspire, the largest non-governmental funder of Indigenous education in Canada, announced the names of 14 outstanding Indigenous Canadians Oct. 26. Tagaq was selected in the Arts category, while Okalik was named as Indspire’s Youth-Inuit recipient. The awards will be handed out March 24, 2017 in Ottawa. (FILE PHOTOS)