Chelsey June and Jaaji Okpik, the Twin Flames, performing Feb. 12 at an MMIW pre-inquiry consultation organized by Pauktuutit, the national Inuit women’s association. Their moving set included a number called “Porch Light,” inspired by the movement that led to the federal government’s agreeing to create a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Read more later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY JIM BELL)
February 12, 2016 - 3:55 pm
Nunavut high school wins major technology grant
Funding allows Baker Lake high school to buy 60 e-readers
What started as a simple classroom project to develop Internet literacy and critical thinking turned out to be a major windfall for a group of Nunavummiut high school students who recently won a $19,000 grant to buy dozens of new electronic readers or e-readers.
A Grade 9 social studies class at...
February 12, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Iqaluit homeowners suffer from exhaust stench, noise from restaurant
"Grease-laden cooking odors" blow directly into couple's house from 23 feet away
We are homeowners, Moonie and Sheila Kolola, in downtown Iqaluit, Lot 89, House 808. We have lived in this house for 20 years.
We have worked hard for many years to give our family a stable home and have had opportunities to move to newer houses. We have, however, opted to stay in our home, as...
February 12, 2016 - 1:15 pm
My Little Corner of Canada, Feb. 12
The Not-So-Super Bowl
Super Bowl 50 did not live up to its hype and expectations.
When a football game is dominated by the defence, it doesn’t create the type of excitement a high scoring game would.
Nine times out of ten, when the best defence plays against the best offence, the defence usually wins.
This game was...
February 12, 2016 - 11:40 am
Iqaluit rolls out first new economic development plan in 15 years
“This is an opportunity for us to move forward"
The City of Iqaluit is rolling out its new Community Economic Development Plan, which aims to support new entrepreneurs and make Nunavut’s capital a more business-friendly place.
The city’s first new economic development plan since 2001 was drafted and approved by council last year after almost...
February 12, 2016 - 10:00 am
New housing development planned for Nunavut capital, in Apex
Deputy mayor votes no because of overburdened water service
Residents in Apex are one step closer to some new neighbors.
Two bylaws passed second reading at Iqaluit’s city council Feb. 9, changing the designation of a parcel of land across from the Apex graveyard to “residential community” from “open space.”
“The City of Iqaluit planning department, after...
February 12, 2016 - 8:30 am
Future polar bear lobbying must include Inuit, Nunavut org says
"When people stop trade of any kind... that’s the only source of income for a lot of families"
Environment Canada and Climate Change officials are hoping to create a negotiating team to dissuade the United States Fish and Wildlife Service from insisting on further protection for polar bears and Inuit leaders want to be at the table.
Paul Irngaut, director of wildlife and environment for...
February 12, 2016 - 7:00 am
Inuit women want police, justice officials to offer more protection
"That’s where all Inuit society should be standing — with our women and our girls"
OTTAWA — In an effort to ensure recognition of Inuit-specific needs, Inuit women meeting in downtown Ottawa this week say the Liberal government’s upcoming national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women must focus on policing, the justice system, the protection of crime victims and the...
February 11, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Sex assault on victim means murder, Crown says in Nunavut court
Crown lawyers make final submissions in Jeffrey Salomonie murder trial
Jeffrey Salomonie knowingly committed sexual assault on the night he killed Iqaluit resident Daisy Curley in 2009.
That accusation formed the basis of final arguments by Crown prosecutors Feb. 10 in closing submissions for Salomonie’s first-degree murder trial at Nunavut’s Court of Justice in...
February 11, 2016 - 12:58 pm
Job vacancies in Nunavut highest in Canada: StatsCan
Latest figures come from StatsCan's Job Vacancy and Wage Survey
Job vacancy rates in Nunavut are the highest in the country, according to new data released by Statistics Canada Feb. 11.
The figures come from StatsCan’s Job Vacancy and Wage Survey and refers to the third quarter of 2015, ending in September of that year.
According to StatsCan, 4.2 per cent...
February 11, 2016 - 10:00 am
PM Trudeau to talk with Indigenous leaders on climate change
Trudeau, while stopping short of election promise on climate change, to meet premiers March 3
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while stopping short of last year’s bold election promise on climate change, will still talk about the issue with First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders in Vancouver March 2 and with Canada’s premiers March 3, the prime minister’s office announced Feb. 10.
February 11, 2016 - 8:30 am
AEM ups estimate for Nunavut’s Amaruq to 3.3 million ounces
Company believes they'll produce gold in Nunavut "over several decades"
Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.‘s Amaruq deposit may now hold at least 3.3 million ounces of gold, an estimate that’s 67 per cent higher than last year’s, the company announced Feb. 10.
That means the Amaruq deposit, located about 50 kilometres from the company’s existing mine and mill at Meadowbank in...
February 11, 2016 - 7:00 am
Inuit treatment centre, one of only two in Canada, to close in March
"We have a proven model of success that has empowered hundreds of lives"
An Ottawa-based residential treatment centre for Inuit recovering from addiction and trauma will close its doors this March 31 because it can’t find enough money to keep going, its parent organization said Feb. 9.
Tungasuvvingat Inuit, an Inuit-specific health and social services provider, has run...
February 10, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Canada’s polar bear management is sound, Inuit tell U.S. government
"Up-listing to Appendix 1 will be detrimental to our hunting activities"
Inuit representatives are on Capitol Hill in Washington this week to make a last ditch effort to convince their American counterparts to reconsider the way they think about polar bears.
The United States, as a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), has tried...
February 10, 2016 - 1:05 pm
Fog of alcohol clouded memory of killing, Nunavut man claims
Final arguments presented this week in murder trial of Jeffrey Salomonie
He says he was too drunk to know what he was doing.
When a Cape Dorset man beat Iqaluit resident Daisy Curley to death with a hockey stick early one May morning in 2009, his extreme intoxication prevented him from being aware of his actions or forming the intent necessary for murder, the man’s...
February 10, 2016 - 9:59 am
Toonik Tyme in dire straits, organizer tells Iqaluit City Council
Crumbling volunteer base threatens annual spring festival
This year’s 51st annual Toonik Tyme, held in Iqaluit each April, is shaping up to be a dismal successor to its acclaimed 2015 half-century celebration, Iqaluit city councilors heard Feb. 9.
Toonik Tyme Society President Travis Cooper, appearing as a delegate, told city councillors that his...
February 10, 2016 - 8:45 am
Montreal students flock to Inuit tattoo documentary
Film from 2010 pulls in its largest-ever live audience
SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS
MONTREAL — Iqaluit’s Alethea Arnaquq-Baril steps onto the stage at the Alumni Auditorium of Montreal’s Concordia University and gasps into the microphone: “ho-ly!”
It was hard finding a seat Feb. 8 at the 700-seat Montreal venue for the screening of Arnaquq-Baril’s 2010 documentary,...
February 10, 2016 - 7:00 am
Nunavut celebrates Inuktut, Inuit culture this month
Inuit clothing the focus of month-long celebration, Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq
A new name and a longer celebration: that’s what Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq, Nunavut’s annual celebration of Inuktut and Inuit culture, is bringing to Nunavut for the month of Febriuary.
Nunavut’s celebration of Inuktut, was first called Inuktitut Uqauttin or “speaking in the Inuit way” (in the...
February 09, 2016 - 4:02 pm
New Nunavut MLA eyes local development, language preservation
Emiliano Qirngnuq, 66, elected as new Netsilik MLA Feb. 8
The new MLA for Netsilik says his focus heading into the next session of Nunavut’s legislative assembly will be on economic development for his home region and the preservation of the Inuit language.
Emiliano Qirngnuq, 66, was elected in a Feb. 8 by-election to replace former MLA Jeannie Ugyuk,...
The Iqaluit Blizzards' assistant captain Maxwell Shoo, left, picks up the Most Valuable Player award following the 2016 Polar Bear Plate hockey tournament, which wrapped up in Rankin Inlet Feb. 7. The Iqaluit Blizzards were the tournament champions, winning the Feb. 7 final over Coral Harbour. Nunavut's hockey tournament season continues: the top players from this Kivalliq tournament will play the Baffin-based Challenge Cup tournament Feb. 26 to Feb. 28. (PHOTO BY NOEL KALUDJAK)