Kristy Suluk woke up to this scene outside her Arviat home early Oct. 21, as three polar bears approach her neighbour's dog, tied up outside the house. Bystanders managed to scare the bears away, but residents are on heightened alert this time of year, as polar bears pass through the Kivalliq community on their migration north. The hamlet recently decided to host Halloween night at the local community hall to keep children off the streets and away from wondering bears. (PHOTO COURTESY OF KRISTY SULUK)
October 22, 2014 - 3:24 pm
Nunavut women, elders call for end to overcrowded homes, domestic violence
"It is not safe at times. We are running out of options to stop the abuse"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — We need safer, healthier living conditions — this was the message from two delegates representing women and elders at the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. annual general meeting Oct. 22 in Cambridge Bay.
Improved housing, food security and domestic peace were at the top of the list of needs...
October 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm
First Nations Bank opens kiosk in Pond Inlet
Bank now eyeing a fourth centre in Kugluktuk in 2015
Residents of Pond Inlet can now bank on local financial services after the First Nations Bank of Canada opened a kiosk this week in the north Baffin community.
First Nations Bank, which specializes in banking in small Aboriginal communities, inaugurated its new Community Banking Centre Oct. 22 at...
October 22, 2014 - 1:22 pm
Ottawa Inuit, northerners say they’re safe in wake of shooting incidents
"Those halls that always felt so safe and hallowed will never feel the same again."
(Updated 3:45 p.m., Oct. 22)
Inuit and northern people who work in and around Parliament Hill all say they’re safe, amidst a series of shooting incidents Oct. 22 at the National War Memorial and the Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
October 22, 2014 - 12:10 pm
Nunavut fuel prices won’t go up, CGS minister says
Legislature to consider repeat of one-time home fuel rebate
PETER VARGA AND THOMAS ROHNER
Fuel prices in Nunavut will not increase this winter, Tom Sammurtok, the minister of Community and Government Services said in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly Oct. 21.
Sammurtok made the announcement during the first day of the second session of Nunavut’s fourth legislative assembly.
October 22, 2014 - 9:57 am
Iqaluit MLA wants plebiscite on proposed beer, wine store
Finance minister not ready to say yes or no to a public vote
The Government of Nunavut should run a plebisicite to decide whether it should open a beer and wine store in Iqaluit, Pat Angnakak, MLA for Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu, said Oct. 21.
But Keith Peterson, the minister of finance, said the government cannot commit to a plebiscite on the issue until after it...
October 22, 2014 - 9:01 am
Nunavut MLAs censure South Baffin member for drunk driving conviction
“The blame lies entirely with me,” David Joanasie says
Nunavut’s legislative assembly reprimanded South Baffin MLA, David Joanasie, Oct. 21, for a drunk driving charge stemming from an incident in Prince Edward Island this past summer.
MLAs voted unanimously to censure Joanasie on the first day of the assembly’s fall session.
The censure amounts to...
October 22, 2014 - 8:00 am
Arctic airlines survive with little support, First Air boss says
"There is not much economic about flying to and within the Arctic"
A First Air executive said Oct. 20 that the northern airline industry is not economically viable and that the federal government should do a lot more to improve airport and air safety infrastructure across the North.
Bert van der Stege, the airline’s vice president-commercial, told an Oct. 20 gala...
October 22, 2014 - 7:01 am
NTI delegates want united support for Clyde River seismic testing appeal
"This is about the livelihood of the people — the impact will be substantial"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Delegates at NTI’s annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay Oct. 21 called on Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. to support Clyde River in the community’s fight against seismic testing.
That’s when Kono Tattuinee of Arviat, a delegate for the Kivalliq Inuit Association, and Levi Barnabas of...
October 21, 2014 - 4:01 pm
Two Nunavut homicide cases put over to November
Steven Akittirq and Jeffrey Killikte will appear again in Iqaluit Nov. 25
Nunavut’s criminal court in Iqaluit adjourned two high-profile homicide cases Oct. 21, pending full disclosures from Crown prosecutors.
Defence lawyer Alison Crowe requested a one-month adjournment in the case of Steven Akittirq, who is accused of first degree murder in an incident alleged to have...
October 21, 2014 - 3:15 pm
NTI president vows action on drugs, alcohol, housing in Nunavut
"All the work we do is supposed to make life better for Inuit living in the communities"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Cathy Towtongie, the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., didn’t mince words during her Oct. 21 report to the organization’s annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay.
Towtongie veered away from the printed version of her speech in the 2013-14 NTI annual report to tell delegates that...
October 21, 2014 - 2:23 pm
Indigenous film and media fest features Inuit talent
Toronto festival will screen four Nunavut-made films
Four Nunavut-made films will appear on the big screen at the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto this week.
The world’s largest indigenous festival showing film, video, radio and new media runs from Oct. 22 to 26.
Its line-up includes the world premiere of the documentary Sol,...
October 21, 2014 - 12:35 pm
Nunavut Inuit org’s board wrestles with money ahead of 2014 AGM
Resource revenue sharing won't yet include dividends to beneficiaries
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Money and how to spend it dominated a Nunavut Tunngavik board of directors meeting Oct. 20, held a day prior to the birthright organization’s annual general meeting scheduled to begin in Cambridge Bay Oct. 21.
The board focused on a number of financial considerations, including the...
October 21, 2014 - 11:37 am
New research looks at sexual health needs of Arviat youth
"How would you feel comfortable or safe accessing this information?” study will ask
In Arviat, the community with the highest birth rate in Nunavut, it wouldn’t be a surprise to find that sexual health resources are in demand.
Up until now, though, community leaders and health officials haven’t been able to pinpoint those needs.
But over the next few weeks, a health researcher...
October 21, 2014 - 10:30 am
Canada should use the Polar Code to stand on guard for communities
“Canadian leadership in the Arctic is needed”
SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS
For northern communities and economies, the expected growth of Arctic shipping has the potential to bring new jobs and industries, lower cost of living, and new infrastructure and investment.
But with these exciting opportunities come certain risks that must be managed.
October 21, 2014 - 9:46 am
NTCL cancels barge to western Nunavut hub due to heavy ice
"Canada Coast Guard Services is unable to provide safe passage of our vessel"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — A terse Oct. 19 email from the Northern Transportation Company Ltd. told its clients in Cambridge Bay what many already suspected: the Nunakput barge, which they’d been waiting for since September, will not deliver its cargo, despite a call for icebreaker assistance.
October 21, 2014 - 8:19 am
Radio silence: Nunavut hamlet’s transmitter offline since March
“We need to hear what’s happening in the outside world,” South Baffin MLA says
Kimmirut has gone without community and CBC radio broadcasts since March, and South Baffin MLA David Joanasie says this has left many residents without an “essential service.”
Radio broadcasts give residents information about what is happening in the community and the territory, and without it,...
A prayer for peace, love and security: in response to reports about shootings in and around Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Bob Aknavigak, a delegate to Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.'s annual general meeting, leads delegates in a prayer Oct. 22 at the Luke Novoligak Community Hall in Cambridge Bay. In a tweet, Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna said "condolences to those affected in Ottawa. The security and safety of people is priority as this tragic situation unfolds." (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)