Mavis Ell and Melynda Minilgak, both pre-nursing students at Nunavut Arctic College, are seen here dissecting sheep eyes in their biology lab, while they learn to identify the lens, optic nerve and other parts of the eye. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NAC)
March 07, 2014 - 4:29 pm
New online group gives hope, support to gay Inuit in the Arctic
“I’m ready to fight to make sure for once and for all that we belong to this society"
For Robbie Watt, March 6 was a turning point.
That’s the day the 46-year-old Inuk — who first came out as a homosexual almost 20 years ago — feels like he came out once again.
It’s time, he said, to change negative attitudes about homosexuality in many Inuit communities.
Watt was reacting to FULL STORY
March 07, 2014 - 4:17 pm
Don’t forget — tomorrow night, we spring forward
Daylight savings time starts March 9
It’s upon us already — that time of year when we move our clocks forward to get more daylight in the evening and less daylight in the mornings.
Daylight savings time comes into effect across most of North America March 9 at 2 a.m.
That means you should move your clocks forward by one hour before...
March 07, 2014 - 3:43 pm
Fishery consultation goes on the road to Kivalliq
Environment department staff visiting Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet
The Nunavut environment department is going fishing for opinions in the Kivalliq next week to gain input on a planned new fisheries strategy.
This follows a meeting in Iqaluit held Feb. 20 following a media advisory sent out the same day.
The Government of Nunavut hopes to gather opinions to...
March 07, 2014 - 2:54 pm
Celebrating the French language in Nunavut
Watch for events in Iqaluit to celebrate Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie
The Government of Nunavut’s culture and heritage department is encouraging Nunavummiut to celebrate French language and culture for the next 17 days as part of Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, a cross-Canada celebration of all things French.
“The Department of Culture and...
March 07, 2014 - 1:03 pm
Iqaluit MLA Okalik defends gay community in the Nunavut legislature
"No one deserves that kind of treatment in our territory"
Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA and former Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik stood up for Nunavut’s gay and lesbian community in the Legislative Assembly March 7.
Okalik, who said he has lived through prejudice as a result of his Aboriginal heritage and been supported by the gay community, told the legislature that...
March 07, 2014 - 11:57 am
Nunavik science projects explore light therapy, power, traditional medicine
Four Nunavik students to represent region at Quebec fair in late March
It took hours of planning and construction, but Salluit high school student Jeannie Puxley said all the work she put into her science fair project paid off when she saw how proud her parents were.
It didn’t hurt that Puxley also won the regional science fair competition last week, which gathered...
March 07, 2014 - 10:15 am
Toronto Zoo cub gets Inuktitut second name
Three-month-old polar bear christened Humphrey Piujuq
The Toronto Zoo’s polar bear cub finally has a name, and it’s beautiful.
When the zoo launched a naming contest for the three-month-old bear last month, more than 14,000 voters weighed in to chose from six possible names.
In the end, the public opted for the name Humphrey, which the curious...
March 07, 2014 - 8:26 am
MacKay rejects inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women
Nunavut MP heckles Romeo Saganash in question period
(Updated March 7, 11:50 a.m.)
Peter MacKay, the federal justice minister, said in the House of Commons March 6 that his government will not call an inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women.
“With the greatest respect, the biggest mistake that we could make on this issue would be to...
March 07, 2014 - 5:37 am
Baffin mayors question GN on hamlet infrastructure woes
Hamlet officials recite litany of troubles at mayors’ forum
Lagging infrastructure construction and municipal services dominated the final day of the Baffin mayors’ forum in Iqaluit March 6, when mayors of the region’s 13 municipalities raised repeated questions about waste sites and waste disposal, indoor sports pads and arenas, and a shortage of qualified...
March 07, 2014 - 4:33 am
Nunavut MLAs ask questions about who can get a medical travel escort
Some elders don't want medical travel escorts anymore, minister says
Hudson Bay MLA Allan Rumbolt is baffled by what he called the Government of Nunavut’s sudden revisions to the health department’s medical travel policy.
Rumbolt, in a member’s statement and questions to Health Minister Monica Ell March 6, asked why the government made changes to the policy, and...
March 06, 2014 - 7:00 pm
Nunavut legislature imposes lengthy suspension on Uqqummiut MLA
Samuel Nuqingaq booted for entire winter sitting; may face more sanctions
Nunavut MLAs voted March 6 to suspend Uqqummiut MLA Samuel Nuqingaq for the Nunavut legislature’s entire winter sitting, which runs March 6 to March 22.
After Arviat South MLA Joe Savikataaq moved to suspend him near the end of the assembly’s March 6 sitting, 16 members voted in favour.
March 06, 2014 - 3:22 pm
Nunavut coroner’s office looking at all 2013 deaths by suicide
Only three cases chosen for public inquest will hear family testimony
Part of the Nunavut coroner’s office inquest into the record number of suicides in 2013 will include a review of all 45 deaths by suicides — and not just the three cases that will be targeted by the public inquest planned for later this year, the territory’s chief coroner clarified this week.
March 06, 2014 - 12:11 pm
NTI president won’t apologize for comments about Iqaluit’s rainbow flag
“If Nunavut is to be truly an open society, than we need to communicate”
Cathy Towtongie, the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., says she will not apologize for remarks made about the rainbow flag raised at Iqaluit city hall last month.
At an Iqaluit meeting of Baffin mayors March 5, Towtongie commended Iqaluit city councillor Simon Nattaq for speaking out against...
Jeannie Puxley, a Secondary 5 student from Salluit, receives a trophy Feb. 26 after she took top honours in Nunavik's regional science fair, held in her hometown. Puxley's winning project was a light therapy booth she built for southerners who have trouble adjusting to the few hours of sunlight available during the Arctic winter. Read more about the winners at Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KSB)