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Maggie Irqumia, 17, stands beside a photograph she took in her home community of Akulivik, now on display at Montreal's McCord Museum. Students from Akulivik's Tukisiniarvik school helped launch an exhibit of their work in Montreal April 16, called Sivunitsatinnut ilinniapunga (For our future, I go to school.) Read more about the exhibit later at Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Maggie Irqumia, 17, stands beside a photograph she took in her home community of Akulivik, now on display at Montreal's McCord Museum. Students from Akulivik's Tukisiniarvik school helped launch an exhibit of their work in Montreal April 16, called Sivunitsatinnut ilinniapunga (For our future, I go to school.) Read more about the exhibit later at Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
NEWS April 16, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Nunavut court: Clyde River men get jail time for sex offences on minors

Young girl kicked one man to ward off his advances

DAVID MURPHY

Two Clyde River men will get short stints in jail for sex crimes against a minor following proceedings April 16 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Steven Aipeelee, 44, director of finance at the hamlet of Clyde River, was handed the longest sentence of the two — 30 days imprisonment for...

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NEWS April 16, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Most at-risk Inuit in Montreal say they want to stay in the city

"We’re a strong people and we endure"

SARAH ROGERS

MONTREAL — It’s an unusually cold April day in Montreal, as Annie finishes a warm meal in the front room of Chez Doris.

The Montreal women’s day shelter is full of women during the lunch hour, and occasionally, the sound of Inuktitut conversation floats across the room.

Chez Doris has been an...

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NEWS April 16, 2014 - 10:51 am

Canada boycotts Arctic Council meetings in Moscow to protest Russian moves in Ukraine

Canadian government condemns "illegal occupation" in Ukraine

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

To protest Russia’s involvement in the escalating crisis in Ukraine, Canadian delegates will not attend Arctic Council working group meetings scheduled in Moscow this week.

“These actions build upon the tough stance, including imposing sanctions, Canada has already taken against Russia for its...

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NEWS April 16, 2014 - 7:02 am

Nunavut court: trial of Arviat man accused of sex charges against children continues

Crown, defence lawyers argue over accuracy of evidence given by witnesses

DAVID MURPHY

The first of two trials for an Arviat man who faces various sex charges against minors wrapped up April 15, with a defence lawyer attempting to poke holes in a child witness’s story.

Billy Iblauk, 28, is charged with sexual assault and touching a person under the age of 16 stemming from an...

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NEWS April 16, 2014 - 6:29 am

Crown stays sex charges after Nunavut Court Services pulls funding for witnesses

Young witnesses leave Iqaluit following "incident" at hotel

DAVID MURPHY

A Clyde River man is effectively off the hook on four sex charges involving minors after two key witnesses lost their accommodation allowance from Nunavut Court Services and left Iqaluit before they could give evidence

Crown prosecutor Doug Garson said April 15 that the two complainants, the main...

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NEWS April 15, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Igloolik’s Arnait video group to premiere its next feature film in Iqaluit

Uvanga is one of the collective's first contemporary stories

SARAH ROGERS

The Arnait Video Collective’s newest film, Uvanga, will celebrate its northern premiere in Iqaluit later this month.

Uvanga — “myself” in Inuktitut — is based on a narrative common to Nunavut: children of mixed ancestry trying to bridge the gap between the North and the South.

The film tells the...

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NEWS April 15, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Iqaluit-Kimmirut snowmobile race returns to Toonik Tyme

Festival’s second week features more contests and games

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit’s Toonik Tyme festival got off to a quick start April 11 with a weekend full of festivities and contests, and week two promises even more.

Added to the spring festival line-up this week is the Iqaluit-Kimmirut snowmobile race.

“Requests from the community have been very high,” said Travis...

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NEWS April 15, 2014 - 6:09 am

Nunavut court: Arviat man on trial for raping eight-year-old, sex charges against two others

Child uses dolls to illustrate sexual assault allegation

DAVID MURPHY

An Arviat man faces two trials in Iqaluit this week on sex charges against minors, including an allegation that he snuck into the bedroom of an eight-year-old girl and raped her.

Billy Iblauk, 28, is accused of 11 charges involving three complainants, including three counts of touching a person...

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NEWS April 14, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Iqaluit’s young artists embrace Nunavut’s arts community

"I’d never really done anything like that — working together with all those creative minds"

SARAH ROGERS

“Community makes art, and arts makes a community,” muses Jonathan Pitseolak.

After a conversation with the 14-year-old budding hip hop artist from Pond Inlet — now based in Iqaluit — those are the words that linger.

Because Pitseolak isn’t just the future generation of Nunavut’s arts community;...

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NEWS April 14, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Parks Canada sponsoring northerners for Students on Ice program

Program includes a summer job and Arctic cruise

PETER VARGA

Parks Canada will sponsor a group of northern aboriginal students to join Arctic educational expeditions with Students on Ice.

The Gatineau, Quebec-based organization promotes education of the Earth’s polar regions.

In a three-year agreement with Students on Ice, Parks Canada will sponsor 13 new...

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NEWS April 14, 2014 - 8:49 am

Global greenhouse gas reduction efforts not enough, IPCC says

"A wide array of technological measures and changes in behaviour"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Governments, businesses and consumers must work together to reduce climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in its latest report, issued April 13 in Berlin.

“To avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move...

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NEWS April 11, 2014 - 7:34 am

Agnico Eagle donates $5 million to jump-start Nunavut university

“We can dare to dream big again”

DAVID MURPHY

There’s no target date, no name and no budget, but the Government of Nunavut has begun work on creating a university in Nunavut.

The surprise announcement came from James Nasso, chair of Agnico Eagle’s board of directors, April 10 at the Nunavut Mining Symposium’s closing gala before hundreds of...

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Outreach worker Tina Pisuktie poses on the steps of Montreal women's day shelter Chez Doris, where she provides support services tailored for Inuit women in need. A recent study of low-income and homeless Inuit in Montreal revealed just how vital that service — among others offered throughout the city — is to their survival in the south. Read more later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Outreach worker Tina Pisuktie poses on the steps of Montreal women's day shelter Chez Doris, where she provides support services tailored for Inuit women in need. A recent study of low-income and homeless Inuit in Montreal revealed just how vital that service — among others offered throughout the city — is to their survival in the south. Read more later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

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