Teeman Avinga arrives at Pingujiniit, the final camp of Nunavut Quest, the annual North Baffin dog mushing race from Pond Inlet to Arctic Bay. Eleven teams are competing this year in the 500-km race, hailing from Pond Inlet, Clyde River, Arctic Bay and Igloolik. Mushers, who cover about 80 kilometres per day, are expected to depart Pingujiniit April 27, just after noon, and cross the finish line today, in Arctic Bay. Andy Attagutalukutuk won last year's race and took home the $15,000 grand prize. (PHOTO BY CLARE KINES)
April 27, 2015 - 11:15 am
Navy, divers, scientists reach out to western Nunavut with CamBay feast
“We wanted to say thank you to Cambridge Bay and its people"
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Cambridge Bay was buzzing with things to do April 17, but most people opted not to play bingo or to go out on the land.
Instead, they decided to attend a community feast inside the Luke Novoligak community hall.
“We wanted to say thank you to Cambridge...
April 27, 2015 - 10:45 am
First Air responds to letter of complaint from Kimmirut
"Given the associated expenses of flying to Kimmirut, our fares are comparable to the fares for other small communities"
Thank you for your letter dated April 21 and published in the Nunatsiaq online edition.
As always, we appreciate customer feedback, as it helps us better our operations and service. We hope that this letter can help clarify some of the issues or questions you have raised. Most importantly, we...
April 27, 2015 - 9:50 am
Arctic Council no place for non-Arctic diplomatic conflicts, say U.S., Russia
"The Arctic is a territory of dialogue, not a place for name-calling and reckoning political scores"
The Arctic Council should remain a place for Arctic co-operation and stay out of bitter diplomatic and military conflicts going on elsewhere in the world — something many ministers repeated during and after the council’s April 24 ministerial meeting in Iqaluit.
That’s despite signals sent by Leona...
April 27, 2015 - 8:31 am
Nunavut community’s state of emergency enters fourth week
Technicians continue to install generators in Pangnirtung
Pangnirtung’s state of emergency has entered its fourth week, as technicians with the Qulliq Energy Corp. continue to install generator units throughout the Baffin community.
Those units, called “gensets,” are considered a mid-term power solution, the Government of Nunavut said in an April 24...
April 27, 2015 - 7:30 am
The Arctic Council’s Iqaluit meeting: nine things you need to know
The Arctic Council sticks together; the U.S. stresses climate change
If you’re wondering what all the fuss was about and don’t have time to read the many documents the Arctic Council’s eight ministers accepted April 24 at their Iqaluit meeting, don’t fret.
We did the reading so you don’t have to.
Here’s a short summary of highlights from the April 24 Arctic...
April 27, 2015 - 6:24 am
Fire at Iqaluit college residence uproots students, disrupts classes
"The college is confident that all programs will be able to continue"
Broken windows on the second floor of Nunavut Arctic College’s Ukkivik residence and signs saying the building is closed are the most obvious results of an April 24 fire that closed the building and led to the cancellation of classes scheduled April 27 for the Ukkivik building.
At about 10:30 p.m...
April 27, 2015 - 5:59 am
Nunavut Sivuniksavut marks 30 years with all-star education conference
“I wanted to become a more active participant in helping Inuit become self-sufficient"
OTTAWA — You’d be hard pressed to walk through any Nunavut government department or land claim organization without bumping into a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut.
In three decades, the Ottawa-based leadership and post-secondary preparatory program has helped to shape the Nunavut territory by...
April 24, 2015 - 4:53 pm
Arctic Council ends Iqaluit ministerial meeting on conciliatory note
"No room for conflict and confrontation"
In the end, those who thought that the April 24 Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Iqaluit would be disrupted by disputes with Russia over its actions in Ukraine were wrong.
“No matter what is happening in the outside world, Arctic co-operation must continue,” said Sergei Donskoi, Russia’s...
April 24, 2015 - 4:40 pm
Nunavut government warns Inuksugait Plaza area residents to boil water
City shut down water to nine buildings for water main repairs
(Updated 4:40 p.m., April 24)
A boil water advisory issued for parts of Iqaluit April 23 will remain in effect until further notice, said an April 24 public health advisory from Nunavut’s health department.
The advisory is directed at buildings in and around the Inuksugait Plaza as municipal...
April 24, 2015 - 2:35 pm
Aglukkaq delivers farewell speech to Arctic Council, says people come first
"We must continue to support the economic and social development and environmental protection of our Arctic peoples"
“I am proud Canada has advocated putting Northerners at the forefront of the Arctic Council agenda.”
That’s how Leona Aglukkaq, Nunavut MP and Canada’s minister for the Arctic Council, started off her address to ministers gathered in the Nunavut legislature in Iqaluit April 24.
“No one knows...
April 24, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Greenland, Nunavut reinforce necessity of seal trade for Inuit
"There is no better example of sustainable resource”
With Arctic watchers looking toward Iqaluit and the Arctic Council ministerial today, the governments of Greenland and Nunavut are taking the opportunity to raise the ongoing contentious issue of seal harvesting and selling seal pelts in Europe.
A joint statement from the two governments, released...
April 24, 2015 - 11:28 am
My Little Corner of Canada, April 24
A Plane Crash
It was November 1974. We had just completed a land claims conference in Pond Inlet.
At the five-day conference, the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (ITK now) had presented its land claims proposal to the delegates, who came from all Inuit communities in the Northwest Territories.
The conference was...
April 24, 2015 - 10:45 am
Greenpeace urges U.S. Arctic Council focus on environmental protection
Group slams Canada's chair for granting "the oil industry unfettered access to Arctic leaders"
Actors linked with the environmental activist group Greenpeace are urging the United States to focus on environmental protection after it takes the chair of the Arctic Council in Iqaluit April 24.
British actor Emma Thompson published an open letter to retired Coast Guard admiral Robert Papp, the...
A 30th birthday is something to celebrate, and Nunavut Sivuniksavut is doing just that this week with a two-day conference in the national capital region. Dubbed "A Conference to Celebrate Innovation in Inuit and Indigenous Post-secondary Education," the April 27 to April 29 event will feature speakers from Nunavut, Alaska, southern Canada, New Zealand, Norway and elsewhere to talk not just about welcoming and supporting Aboriginal students in post-secondary institutions, but also the creation of meaningful courses and curricula on Aboriginal subject matters. You can find out more about the conference at www.ns30.ca. Above, three current first-year NS students catch some air April 13 in front of Parliament Hill. From left, Peter Ottokie, Art Sateana and Qilak Kaludjak. See story on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO COURTESY NS FACEBOOK)