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It's a parade! Gailene Pigalak rides an iron muskox made from recycled metal through Cambridge Bay, May 19, on a float in the Omingmak Frolics annual parade. The parade featured a number of other participants including Ollie the Omingmak, Charlie the Fire Dog and the Splash 'N Boots Canadian musicial duo from the Treehouse TV show, in town to make a video with local children. You can read more at tinyurl.com/n74ml2 about spring festival which is full of activities during the weekend. (PHOTO BY RED SUN PRODUCTIONS)
It's a parade! Gailene Pigalak rides an iron muskox made from recycled metal through Cambridge Bay, May 19, on a float in the Omingmak Frolics annual parade. The parade featured a number of other participants including Ollie the Omingmak, Charlie the Fire Dog and the Splash 'N Boots Canadian musicial duo from the Treehouse TV show, in town to make a video with local children. You can read more at tinyurl.com/n74ml2 about spring festival which is full of activities during the weekend. (PHOTO BY RED SUN PRODUCTIONS)
NEWS May 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut water reservoirs at risk of running dry, researchers say

Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet could deplete freshwater sources in five to 10 years

SARAH ROGERS

Water reservoirs in some Nunavut communities could run dry over the next decade due to shifting weather and climate patterns, a group of environmental researchers have found.

In their study, the researchers sound the alarm on access to fresh water in Nunavut, saying Iqaluit alone could exhaust its...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut scores lowest grade in Canada food report card

"Nunavut lags far behind and requires remedial attention"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Many Nunavut residents go hungry, confirms a food report card for Canada that gives the lowest grade possible to Nunavut—a D—for poor performance in making sure its residents get enough food.

Most Canadians consume significantly more food than they need, said the Conference Board of Canada, in its...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 11:35 am

Man linked to Apex homicide nabbed May 19 at Iqaluit airport

Man, 37, now faces second-degree murder charge laid by Nunavut RCMP

STEVE DUCHARME

(Updated at 11:50 a.m.)

Police have arrested a 37-year-old man in connection with the death of another man in the Iqaluit satellite community of Apex on May 19.

The man was taken into custody by police at Iqaluit’s airport after an alleged attempt to leave the territory on a one-way ticket south,...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut legal spat over classroom space ends on good terms

New agreement allows Iqaluit French students to use space at Inuksuk High School

STEVE DUCHARME

A courtroom turf battle over access of francophone students to Iqaluit District Education Authority classroom space has ended, following a multi-year agreement signed between the Iqaluit DEA, the Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut and the Government of Nunavut.

Iqaluit DEA lawyer Anne...

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NEWS May 23, 2017 - 8:00 am

“Culture of dysfunction” permeates RCMP, report says

“The RCMP lacks both the will and the capacity to make the changes necessary to address the problems"

STEVE DUCHARME

A “culture of dysfunction” pervades RCMP detachments across the country, according to an independent report that slams Canada’s national police service for rampant workplace harassment it says is fuelling a toxic work environment.

The 43-page report, commissioned by the federal minister of public...

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NEWS May 19, 2017 - 3:09 pm

RCMP investigate suspicious death in Nunavut capital

37-year-old arrested in connection with death, no charges yet laid

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A sudden and suspicious death in the Apex neighbourhood of Iqaluit has led to an arrest May 19.

RCMP V Division spokesperson Sgt. David Lawson issued a news release just after 3 p.m., May 19, saying police and a city ambulance responded to reports of an “unresponsive adult male,” aged 23, at an...

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NEWS May 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

New graduates take charge of early learning in Nunavut hamlet

Pond Inlet's preschool teaches children IQ, life skills and independence

SARAH ROGERS

Pond Inlet families celebrated the graduation of six new early childhood educators this month, graduates of the Baffin community’s first-ever program of its kind.

Nunavut Arctic College launched the two-year Early Childhood Education diploma program in 2015, the first to be offered outside of...

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NEWS May 18, 2017 - 1:32 pm

UN launches “Year of Polar Prediction” for Arctic, Antarctic weather-watching

"Vital in order to improve safety management in polar regions and beyond"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The United Nations weather agency has kicked off of a two-year international effort “to close gaps in polar forecasting capacity and to improve future environmental safety at the farthest reaches of the planet.”

The World Meteorological Organization has launched the Year of Polar Prediction, which...

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NEWS May 18, 2017 - 11:45 am

New Arctic marine biodiversity report urges circumpolar action

"Crucial to identify the combined effects of stressors and potential thresholds"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Arctic seabirds face new stresses from increased marine traffic in Arctic waters—that’s just one of the pressures on Arctic marine life, noted in a new Arctic Council report on marine biodiversity.

While it’s not a policy document, “The State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report,” released May......

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LETTERS May 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Mad Mom says think before you vote for an MLA this fall

"Where is the passion? Where is the vision? Who will move us forward?"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mad Mom here, and what am I mad about now?

Well, elections are coming and it got me to thinking about our present legislative assembly members. It seems to me that this is the weakest bunch we have had yet, since 1999.

Their term has not seen anything much occur; in fact, I can’t seem to remember...

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NEWS May 18, 2017 - 8:30 am

Six things you need to know about the Arctic Council

The Arctic Council met last week in Fairbanks, Alaska. What was all the fuss about?

JIM BELL

You likely heard about that big Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska this past May 11.

It brought together foreign ministers from the eight Arctic Council states, Indigenous representatives from around the circumpolar world, and numerous observers and scientists.

So what was all the fuss...

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NEWS May 18, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut bids farewell to airlines’ turbulent codeshare era

Canadian North says new flight schedule offers the right mix of passenger and cargo capacity

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

May 17 marked the beginning of a new era in Nunavut’s skies—it’s the first day that First Air and Canadian North were both back to operating solo after a two-and-a-half-year-long set of codeshare arrangements.

First Air announced last November that it was pulling out of the agreement, giving both...

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NEWS May 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm

In bid for support, Nunavut Planning Commission postpones regional hearings

"A balance can be struck to provide the needed certainty for food security and resource development"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Planning Commission said May 17 that it has decided to postpone next month’s Kivalliq regional hearing on the Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan to resolve some “outstanding issues.”

The NPC meeting was to have taken place June 23 to June 27 in Rankin Inlet to talk about the draft plan, which...

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NEWS May 17, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Quebec says it’s reviewing new Nunavik curriculum

Province names new liaison to oversee Nunavik-related education files

SARAH ROGERS

The Quebec government has named a liaison to work with the Kativik School Board on education-related files, the province’s education department said this week.

The move is in response to a call from the school board for better communication and support from the province, including the review of...

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NEWS May 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut man faces attempted murder, uttering threats charges

Igloolik's Colin Hanniliaq back in court June 6

STEVE DUCHARME

An Igloolik man faces charges of attempted murder and uttering threats following an altercation in the North Baffin hamlet last April.

Colin Hanniliaq, 28, was formally charged May 2 by Igloolik’s RCMP detachment with attempted murder, as well as one count of uttering threats of bodily harm or...

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NEWS May 17, 2017 - 10:00 am

New workplan developed to fix flagging Inuit job numbers at iron mine

Inuit employment rate at Baffinland's Mary River mine dwindles to 12 per cent

STEVE DUCHARME

As the Inuit employment rate continues to fall at the Mary River iron mine, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. say an annual work plan approved this week promises better resources for training and hiring local workers.

The plan, mentioned in a May 14 QIA media release,...

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NEWS May 17, 2017 - 8:29 am

Auditor General slams Transport Canada for neglecting Arctic airports

Poor remote airport infrastructure hampers medevacs, delivery of fresh foods and medicines

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Though remote northern airports are essential for supplying northern communities with fresh food, health care and emergency medical evacuations, Transport Canada is failing to lead efforts to keep them safe and efficient, the Auditor General of Canada, Michael Ferguson, said in a report.

The...

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NEWS May 17, 2017 - 7:00 am

Pauktuutit, three other Inuit orgs gain standing at MMIWG inquiry

Rankin Inlet invites commissioners to visit and gather testimony

SARAH ROGERS

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has been granted standing to take part in the National Inquiry into Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.

This designation positions Pauktuutit as an official participant at the inquiry’s upcoming events, including its first community hearing in Whitehorse, Yukon...

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NEWS May 16, 2017 - 5:15 pm

Nunavut RCMP defuse firearms incident in Arviat

"A peaceful resolution like this one is an outcome we all want"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated 8 p.m., May 16)

Nunavut RCMP members have taken an Arviat man into custody following a late afternoon firearms scare, May 16, in the community.

“The Arviat RCMP is extremely grateful for the assistance community members provided during this event,” police said in a news release.

The...

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NEWS May 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut youth leader to serve as ambassador for World Environment Day

Maatalii Okalik one of six youth ambassadors

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The outgoing president of the Nunavut Inuit Youth Council will take on the role of environmental spokesperson on June 5, World Environment Day.

Maatalii Okalik will serve as one of six youth ambassadors who will champion and support the participation of young people in World Environment Day...

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NEWS May 16, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut’s got talent: young artists record songs with Alianait

"It was a great experience. I loved every single part of it”

LISA GREGOIRE

Lazarus Qattalik has been playing music since he first started banging on the drums when he was nine years old in Igloolik.

He plays guitar and bass now as well, and some piano. But music is more than just a way to pass time. Qattalik says it gives him hope.

When asked if music plays a big part...

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NEWS May 16, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Ollie brings smiles to western Nunavut’s Omingmak Frolics

Muskox mascot motto: "Ulapqiluta Iqalutuuttiami" or "Let's play in Cambridge Bay"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

May 16 marks a year ago to the day since Ollie, the muskox mascot of the Omingmak Frolics, vanished for 24 hours—after he was kidnapped by pranksters in the western Nunavut town of Cambridge Bay, upsetting many who had planned to party with the furry icon.

However, the next day Ollie the Omingmak...

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NEWS May 16, 2017 - 10:00 am

Arctic cruise operators promote new guidelines for passengers, communities

"Make an effort to understand and respect the idea that cultures can be different"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re planning to embark on an Arctic cruise or if you live in a community where these cruise ships stop during the summer, you’ll want to look at new guidelines developed by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators.

Working with five Arctic tourism associations, the Association...

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NEWS May 16, 2017 - 8:30 am

Inuk case worker on the job again at Montreal shelter

Montreal study shows 10 per cent of homeless are Aboriginal, half of those Inuit

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MONTREAL—The Arctic char was out on trays on the counter, while Chantale Verreault poured out flour for the bannock with the help of one of her clients.

The weekly Inuit collective kitchen at Montreal’s Chez Doris women’s shelter, a special community event held each...

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NEWS May 16, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut teacher gets house arrest for historic sex assault

Emil Arnalak of Arviat pleads guilty to sexual assaulting a young student in 1987

STEVE DUCHARME

A former Nunavut teacher will spend the next four months under house arrest after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a young student inside his classroom during the 1980s.

Emil Arnalak, 57, listened over the phone from his home in Arviat as Justice Susan Cooper read out his sentence May 15 at...

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NEWS May 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from May 7 to May 14

Nunavut community's success in suicide prevention leads the most-read list

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

What can prevent suicide in Nunavut? That was the focus of two of the five most-read stories on Nunatsiaqonline.ca this past week.

The top story of the week was an in-depth look at the Nunavut community that appears to have the lowest incidence of suicide: Whale Cove, home to fewer than 500 people...

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Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed, back row and second from left, addresses the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee at its first meeting in Ottawa May 17. The roundtable convened Inuit leaders and federal ministers, who together identified priority items, including the implementation of Inuit land claims; housing, Inuktut revitalization and education. The group will meet next in the fall of 2017. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MAKIVIK CORP)
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed, back row and second from left, addresses the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee at its first meeting in Ottawa May 17. The roundtable convened Inuit leaders and federal ministers, who together identified priority items, including the implementation of Inuit land claims; housing, Inuktut revitalization and education. The group will meet next in the fall of 2017. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MAKIVIK CORP)

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