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A local square dance troupe takes the gym floor at Joamie Elementary School in Iqaluit during a free annual evening concert and dance hosted by the Alianait Arts Festival to celebrate National Aboriginal Day, June 21. The evening featured performances by the Inuksuk Drum Dancers and the Iqaluit Dance Academy as well as the accordion stylings of renowned musician Simeonie Keenainak and his band. If you like music and dancing, and you'll be in Iqaluit next weekend, the annual Alianait Arts Festival runs June 30 to July 3 and features a host of local and visiting bands, plays and other performance art. Joel Plaskett and the Emergency will play a pre-festival show June 29 at Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit. Go to alianait.ca for more festival details and ticket information. And see more photos from the Aboriginal Day concert in Iqaluit on our Facebook page. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
A local square dance troupe takes the gym floor at Joamie Elementary School in Iqaluit during a free annual evening concert and dance hosted by the Alianait Arts Festival to celebrate National Aboriginal Day, June 21. The evening featured performances by the Inuksuk Drum Dancers and the Iqaluit Dance Academy as well as the accordion stylings of renowned musician Simeonie Keenainak and his band. If you like music and dancing, and you'll be in Iqaluit next weekend, the annual Alianait Arts Festival runs June 30 to July 3 and features a host of local and visiting bands, plays and other performance art. Joel Plaskett and the Emergency will play a pre-festival show June 29 at Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit. Go to alianait.ca for more festival details and ticket information. And see more photos from the Aboriginal Day concert in Iqaluit on our Facebook page. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
NEWS June 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik Sivunitsavut welcomes first 18 students

“The program will relate to them as a people"

SARAH ROGERS

MONTREAL—Paasa Lemire is looking forward to learning more about who she is and where she comes from.

The Kuujjuaq-based court worker has been accepted to the new Nunavik Sivunitsavut program, which launches in Montreal this August.

“When I was in high school, we only had one 45-minutes Inuktitut...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 1:10 pm

More concerts, new album, on deck for Nunavut’s Northern Haze

“We wondered why it was so popular and kind of figured out: When we sing from our hearts we can’t go wrong”

BETH BROWN

There was only one drum kit in Igloolik in the 1980s, and it was kept at the church hall. 

“When we couldn’t get in we just played anywhere,” said guitarist James Ungalaq. “We played drums on the table, stuff like that.”

It was a challenge to start a band in the North, he said, sitting at a...

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COMMENTARY June 26, 2017 - 11:45 am

Legal Ease, June 26

The Law Society

JAMES MORTON

The practice of law in Nunavut is governed by the Law Society of Nunavut. The Law Society regulates lawyers and makes sure, for example, that only people licensed to practice law actually practice law.

he Law Society also makes sure lawyers stay current on the law and punishes lawyers who somehow...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 10:00 am

Local crime prevention can help curb gun violence: GN

"It's the main causes of these incidents that we need to focus on"

JANE GEORGE

If you’re frustrated and scared by the amount of gun-related violence in Nunavut, you can hope the territory’s new crime prevention strategy becomes a tool to curb firearms incidents.

The five-year strategy, tabled this past March in the Nunavut Legislature, aims at preventing crime through...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 9:00 am

Nunavik housing office finally gets go-ahead to apply new rent scale

New KMHB chair promises to make housing maintenance a priority

SARAH ROGERS

The Quebec government has finally signed off on a new rent scale for social housing tenants in Nunavik.

The province recently published a new by-law that makes official the new scale, in which annual rent increases in the region drop from eight per cent to six per cent, retroactive to July...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut, Nunavik youth pick up national arts and writing awards

Art and story entries explore Inuit culture

SARAH ROGERS

Alex Angnaluak called it a “touch-down moment.”

When the Iqaluit-based artist found out his drawing placed first in Historica Canada’s Indigenous Arts & Stories contest, he threw his hands up in the air and shouted. His celebration wouldn’t have been so remarkable if he wasn’t at work at...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Nunavut to donate $25,000 for Greenland tsunami relief effort: Taptuna

"GN is pleased to help the greater Arctic community"

JANE GEORGE

As money continues to pour in from Greenland’s Arctic neighbours to help those affected by the June 18 tsunami, Nunavut stepped up June 23 with a $25,000 donation from the Government of Nunavut to Greenland’s Red Cross.

“I wish to extend my heartfelt sadness after last weekend’s tsunami near...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Former Nunavut Inuit leader plans run in Oct. 30 territorial election

"Yes, I will run," says Cathy Towtongie

JANE GEORGE

With only four months to go until Nunavut’s territorial election, many wonder who will step forward as a candidate in their riding.

At least one potential candidate has already made up her mind to put her name forward as MLA.

Asked whether she plans to run in the Oct. 30 election, Cathy Towtongie...

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LETTERS June 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut family says goodbye to Johnny Karetak, 87

"We especially want to thank the people of Arviat who loved him as we did and accepted him as one of their own"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Karetak family wishes to thank everyone for their love, prayers and generosity displayed to them from near and far. Johnny Karetak, of Arviat, Nunavut, passed away peacefully at the age of 87, surrounded by his loving family, on June 13, 2017.

“Our father was a true gentleman and had...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut court overrules public housing decision, avoiding precedent

But Rankin Inlet's Donna Tatty won't get kicked out of her home

STEVE DUCHARME

A judge’s 2015 intervention reinstating a Rankin Inlet single mother back onto her community’s public housing waitlist, after she moved away, has been overruled, following a successful appeal by the Rankin Inlet Housing Association.

Nunavut Justice Andrew Mahar originally ruled in favour of...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 10:00 am

Where to see Prince Charles in Iqaluit during Nunavut royal tour

Charles and Camilla to attend public feast at Sylvia Grinnell park

STEVE DUCHARME

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have a full afternoon of both private and public events in Nunavut’s capital after taking their first steps on Canadian soil at the Iqaluit airport tarmac as part of their upcoming royal tour that starts June 29.

The royals will kick off their three-day...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut capital ponders settlement over Safety Act charges

City of Iqaluit and three employees may enter pleas at next court date, July 19

STEVE DUCHARME

The City of Iqaluit and three of its employees will spend the next few weeks pondering a settlement offer for numerous alleged violations of Nunavut’s Safety Act, stemming from an accident that nearly killed a city employee last year.

Teresa Haykowski, an Edmonton-based lawyer representing the...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Canadian Arctic icebreaking and sealift season starts early

Two Coast Guard ships already departed; more leave in July

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Canadian Coast Guard’s Arctic season is off to one of its earliest starts in 55 years.

But the ice-breaking service will send in one less ship north than it did last year, according to a June 19 release.

And yet, the Coast Guard’s Arctic seasons and northern presence will expand over the...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Look, but don’t touch artifacts on the land, say GN and Inuit trust

"The rules in Nunavut do not allow artifacts to be taken home when they are found.”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you find an artifact on the land—say an old ulu, qulliq or even a bone—do not touch or remove it.

Instead, look at it, leave it and report it.

That’s the message from the Government of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust to people in Nunavut.

If possible, note as much information about your...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 12:50 pm

Popular hotel set to close with sale of building in Nunavut capital

End-of-June trial will resolve lease dispute with Iqaluit's Waters' Edge restaurant

STEVE DUCHARME

The imminent sale and closure of Iqaluit’s Hotel Arctic appears to be a certainty, according to affidavits recently filed in a civil suit challenging the lease of the Waters’ Edge Steak and Seafood restaurant, which operates within the building.

In statements submitted to the Nunavut Court of...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 11:29 am

GN lifts boil water alert in Naujaat

GN first issued alert June 21 due to issues at local water treatment plant

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated June 26)

The Government of Nunavut has lifted a boil water advisory in Naujaat, health officials said June 26.

The GN first issued the advisory for the Kivalliq community June 21, calling it a “precautionary measure” due to operational issues at Naujaat’s water treatment plant.

That...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 11:00 am

PM Trudeau renames Ottawa building and National Aboriginal Day

"[This is] an important step in the path of reconciliation"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is responding to calls from Indigenous MPs to rename a federal government building in Ottawa, which is named after one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system.

Trudeau used June 21, National Aboriginal Day, to announce the government’s plans to rename......

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 9:30 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from June 11 to June 18

Week's five stories offered news on shocking shootings and stabbings

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The week of June 11 to June 18 was marked by a series of terrible, tragic and deadly incidents—from the June 18 tsunami in Greenland to several involving firearms and weapons in Nunavut and Nunavik—which drew tens of thousands of readers to Nunatsiaqonline.ca as well as our Facebook page and...

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NEWS June 22, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut community mourns death of elder in cabin fire

Peter Paneak, 83, was an Ilisaqsivik instructor and language teacher

BETH BROWN

Clyde River elder Peter Paneak built a cabin for his late wife so they could spend time on the land.

But on June 18 his body was found amidst the ashes of that cabin, located around 65 kilometres outside of town, at about 8:30 p.m.

“He was one of the pillars of the community of Clyde River,”...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik’s youngest community turns 30

"I was very committed to building this community, and I’m very satisfied with it"

SARAH ROGERS

UMIUJAQ—You can see a young man standing on a grassy crop of sandy beach. In the distance, a few trailers dot the landscape, connected by a single power line.

In 1985, that’s how Noah Inukpuk looked wearing a trucker-style baseball cap, a bomber jacket and jeans, with a slight smile on his...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 2:29 pm

Bar in Nunavut’s capital rapped for liquor infractions

Storehouse Bar and Grill faces two-day suspension, $15,000 fine

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit’s Storehouse Bar and Grill, attached to the Frobisher Inn hotel on Astro Hill, will have its liquor license suspended for two days on June 23 and June 24, after its owners pleaded guilty under Nunavut’s Liquor Act for over-serving and allowing intoxicated patrons to remain on the

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik’s Makivik Corp. drops subsidiary design company

Clothing company Nunavik Creations reported losses for several years

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Makivik Corp.’s subsidiary company Nunavik Creations will shut its doors after years of losing money, Nunavik’s Inuit birthright organization announced last week.

Nunavik Creations operated for 15 years, designing and producing traditional and contemporary Inuit clothing and accessories, sold...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 11:45 am

Indigenous communities need robust care to address suicide: MPs

“Indigenous peoples need to be full partners in the design and delivery of programs"

SARAH ROGERS

A parliamentary committee looking at the prevalence of suicide in Indigenous communities says more housing, after-hours support and aftercare would play a large role in addressing mental health crises across the North.

The Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs spent the last year...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

Construction company, Nunavut iron mine settle fight out of court

Arctic Construction Ltd. drops suit against Baffinland; CEO says he's "content" with outcome

BETH BROWN

A legal dispute between a B.C. subcontractor and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. over payment for work done at the Mary River iron mine in North Baffin has been settled out of court.

Arctic Construction Ltd. gave notice of withdrawal, April 20, for a $6.2 million lawsuit and lien filed in December...

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NEWS June 21, 2017 - 9:00 am

New funding will address trauma, violence in Inuit Nunangat: Pauktuutit

“Inuit men and women have always worked together to survive"

SARAH ROGERS

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada says new funding focused on addressing gender-based violence will help make Inuit men a part of the solution.

Last week, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada announced $898,000 in funding towards a three-year project to look at the root causes of violence against...

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Runners sprint away from the starting line of a community marathon in Puvirnituq June 17. Inuulitisivik health centre organized the event called Arpangi-Let’s Run, hosting 21-kilometre, 10-kilometre, five-kilometre and a one-kilometre runs for participants with different fitness levels. Organizer Jessica Boudreau said 92 community members took part; 33 of them children. All the children who participated received medals, as well as the winners in the men’s and women’s categories. See more photos on our Facebook page. (PHOTO COURTESY OF J. BOUDREAU)
Runners sprint away from the starting line of a community marathon in Puvirnituq June 17. Inuulitisivik health centre organized the event called Arpangi-Let’s Run, hosting 21-kilometre, 10-kilometre, five-kilometre and a one-kilometre runs for participants with different fitness levels. Organizer Jessica Boudreau said 92 community members took part; 33 of them children. All the children who participated received medals, as well as the winners in the men’s and women’s categories. See more photos on our Facebook page. (PHOTO COURTESY OF J. BOUDREAU)

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