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Performers from the Igloolik-based circus act Artcirq take the stage in Kugluktuk April 21 for that community's 40th edition of its annual spring-time festival, the Nattiq Frolics. Artcirq entertained crowds in Kugluktuk April 21 and 22 along with folk duo Twin Flames. The Nattiq Frolics ran from April 17 to April 23, sponsored in part by Ottawa's Canada 150 fund. (PHOTO COURTESY OF B. WILLIAMS)
Performers from the Igloolik-based circus act Artcirq take the stage in Kugluktuk April 21 for that community's 40th edition of its annual spring-time festival, the Nattiq Frolics. Artcirq entertained crowds in Kugluktuk April 21 and 22 along with folk duo Twin Flames. The Nattiq Frolics ran from April 17 to April 23, sponsored in part by Ottawa's Canada 150 fund. (PHOTO COURTESY OF B. WILLIAMS)
NEWS April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Iqaluit mayor: Nunavut capital needs “transformational investment”

"We can't do it by ourselves"


Huge changes and opportunities for business lie ahead for Iqaluit, but the city could use more support from government to help build and maintain its infrastructure.

That was main message from Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern during an April 26 breakfast talk hosted by the Iqaluit Chamber of...

NEWS April 26, 2017 - 2:30 pm

AMAP report: Arctic warming comes with a big global price tag

“What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic”


An assessment report with contributions from more than 90 scientists warned this week that, between now and the end of this century, continuing climate change in the Arctic could inflict tens of trillions of dollars of cumulative costs on the global economy.

“What happens in the Arctic does not...

NEWS April 26, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik health officials try to stem new tuberculosis outbreak

Six active cases of TB detected in Kuujjuaq since January


Nunavik health officials are asking Nunavimmiut to “remain vigilant” as health care workers deal with a new outbreak of tuberculosis in the region, this one targeting its largest community.

The regional health department says it has seen six cases of active TB in Kuujjuaq since the beginning of...

NEWS April 26, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut volunteers pick up Governor General awards

Kathleen Irwin and Mary Fredlund help run Rankin Inlet's food bank


Two Rankin Inlet volunteers are recipients of Governor General awards for their long-time work with the Nunavut community’s food bank.

Ikurraq, also known locally as the Deacon’s Cupboard, has operated in Rankin Inlet since the mid-1990s. The food bank provides meal packages to local families in...

NEWS April 26, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut airfield nominated for engineering history honour

“Instrumental in shaping Canada’s North and the present day Nunavut territory”


A group of engineers want to recognize Iqaluit’s airfield for the trailblazing ingenuity required to build it and its lasting impact on history and on northern infrastructure, in a government-backed pitch to label the airport as a historic site.

The Cold Region Engineering Division, with support...

NEWS April 26, 2017 - 8:30 am

National Inuit youth organization looks for its next president

Candidates have until May 17 to apply


The National Inuit Youth Council president, Maatalii Okalik, says she won’t seek another term as president, a position that’s up for election again later this year.

This week, the NIYC opened a call for nominations of candidates for the unpaid volunteer position, with a deadline of May...

NEWS April 26, 2017 - 7:00 am

At UN, Inuit leader praises Canada for support of Indigenous declaration

"An important step towards real change"


Speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, Okalik Eegeesiak, the president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, heaped big praise on Canada April 25 for its “unequivocal” support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Eegeesiak followed Bolivia’s president, Evo...

NEWS April 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm

For Greenland, east Nunavut, a warmer, wetter climate’s on the way

New Arctic climate assessment predicts big changes for Baffin Bay-Davis Strait region


People who live on each side of Davis Strait and Baffin Bay will see major changes in their climate by the middle of this century and beyond, including more rain, less snow and higher winds, says a report issued April 25 by scientists working for AMAP, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment

NEWS April 25, 2017 - 2:30 pm

First Air adds extra flight to Nunavut-NWT route

Flight comes as First Air-Canadian North codeshare concludes May 16


First Air will add a new trans-territorial flight spanning Nunavut and the Northwest Territories next month, following the end of its codeshare agreement with Canadian North.

Starting May 21, the airline is adding a fourth weekly flight on its Iqaluit-Rankin Inlet-Yellowknife route, First Air said...

NEWS April 25, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavik dog sled race unpredictable, challenging but rewarding: race marshal

Johnny Oovaut retires after many years on the race route


From a Nunavik Rotors helicopter, Johnny Oovaut could see Puvirnituq musher Aisa Surusilak and his partner Aiplie Qumaluk running alongside their dog team, encouraging the dogs to run faster.

It was April 15, the last stretch of the 2017 Ivakkak dog sled race and the team had the finish line...

NEWS April 25, 2017 - 8:30 am

Prevention the key to improving Nunavut oral health: chief dentist

"If people's oral hygiene isn't good it doesn't matter what you do"


Nunavut spends up to 13 times more per person on dental care every year than any other jurisdiction in Canada—that is, roughly $5,000 for every man, woman and child compared $378 per capita nationally—but Inuit in the territory still suffer from poor oral health.

That’s something the Government of...

NEWS April 25, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut capital’s Toonik Tyme festival ends on a high note

"We got through it all"


The dogs are back on their lines, our ears are ringing and everyone’s belly is full of country food, so that can only mean one thing: the end of Iqaluit’s annual Toonik Tyme festival, which wrapped up April 23, its last day.

But there was another uncelebrated “last” following the weekend—the...

NEWS April 24, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Fuel spill clean up at Nunavut mine site complete, soil awaits testing

Agnico Eagle says it has replaced defective tank


Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. says it has completed a preliminary clean-up of its Meliadine gold mine site, a bit more than two weeks after a 30,000-litre fuel spill at the Nunavut site.

The land surrounding the spill has been excavated and moved to storage into Meliadine’s approved land farm, the...

NEWS April 24, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Hidden inter-agency turf war preceded 2016 discovery of Franklin’s Terror

Documents reveal GN permitted itself to search Terror Bay, but prohibited Parks Canada and Arctic Research Foundation


The RCMP spent two months investigating whether the crew of the Martin Bergmann vessel, owned and operated by the Arctic Research Foundation, illegally entered Terror Bay to find Sir John Franklin’s long lost HMS Terror ship in September 2016.

The legality of the search, and other revelations,...

NEWS April 24, 2017 - 11:45 am

Inuk artist to be featured at renowned international exhibit

Ten pieces by the late Kananginak Pootoogook selected for this year's Venice Biennale


Inuit art will get a major nod on the global stage next month when the work of a late Cape Dorset artist is featured at an international exhibition.

Dorset Fine Arts and Kinngait Studios announced this week that 10 pieces by the late Kananginak Poootoogook have been selected to be shown in the...

COMMENTARY April 24, 2017 - 10:00 am

Legal Ease, April 24

Medical Malpractice


Incompetent treatment by medical practitioners is quite rare.

That’s why, when it does happen, incompetent medical care is a big news story. It’s a bit like the example of how safe airplanes are—a plane crash is so unusual that it gets front page coverage.

All that said, sometimes errors are made...

NEWS April 24, 2017 - 8:30 am

Panel to rule on QIA-Baffinland advance payments dispute by June 20

Inuit org alleges mining company owes them $8 to $9 million


Following a hearing last week, an arbitration panel will decide by June 20 whether the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. must cough up between $8 and $9 million in advance royalty payments that the Qikiqtani Inuit Association is demanding from them.

That includes $2.5 million worth of advance payments...

NEWS April 24, 2017 - 7:00 am

In beer-wine votes, two Nunavut hamlets ponder big changes

"People need to ask the questions and ask amongst themselves what the pros and cons are"


If you’re at least 18, a Nunavut resident and have lived in Cambridge Bay or Rankin Inlet for 12 months, you can vote today in advance polls for the May 1 plebiscite on whether you favour the opening of beer-wine stores in your community.

But before you mark your ballot—on April 24 or May 1—take...

NEWS April 21, 2017 - 3:20 pm

Eight teams take off from Arctic Bay in this year’s Nunavut Quest

Mushers delayed two days due to bad weather


One by one, the teams set off, quickly becoming distant specks of fur bouncing along the tundra.

The specks of fur were sled dogs, teams of 10 of them tethered to qamutiks, fan hitch-style. Eight teams left Arctic Bay April 20 as part of this year’s Nunavut Quest, the annual Baffin-based dog sled...

NEWS April 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm

From language shaming to lateral love: what Inuktut needs to grow

“Why put yourself out there to be hurt so badly?”


Years after Alethea Arnaquq-Baril first carved out a role in Nunavut’s film scene, the Iqaluit documentary maker’s work has gained recognition from a growing audience across the country and around the globe.

With that exposure, media interviews and appearances have become common, although...

NEWS April 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

Qaggiavuut: new production highlights need for Nunavut arts centre

Arts group will stage Kiviuq Returns this summer with 17-member cast, crew


The Qaggiavuut Society plans to stage a major theatre production later this spring in Iqaluit.

Kiviuq Returns, based on the Inuit legend, features a 17-member cast and crew who plan to produce a show with music, storytelling and acrobatics.

But that poses a challenge for pan-Arctic arts group,...

NEWS April 21, 2017 - 7:00 am

Canada’s unprepared for fuel oil spills from Arctic shipping: WWF

“There is no CCG process in place to ensure that sufficient equipment will ever exist in any of the villages”


Though fuel oil spills represent the worst environmental threat posed by increased Arctic shipping, authorities, including the Canadian Coast Guard, are ill-prepared to cope with them, the World Wildlife Fund’s Canadian wing says in three related reports issued earlier this month.

“An Arctic...

NEWS April 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Quebec filmmaker Pilon brings Iqaluit film back to Nunavut capital

Film takes a close look at city and its people


Quebec filmmaker Benoît Pilon admitted to being nervous before the April 19 screening of Iqaluit.

The screening marked the first chance for people in Iqaluit to see and react to his full-length film, whose Nunavut première also coincided with National Canadian Film Day 150.

For those in Astro...

NEWS April 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut pop star’s new album is heavy on beats, rhymes and life

"I want young people to really take it in"


Kelly Fraser is a woman with a lot to say.

In an hour-long phone conversation, Fraser packs a punch, telling stories about her island hometown of Sanikiluaq, reindeer hunting, suicide, abusive relationships, songwriting, colonialism, bullying and life as an artist.

She’s managed to pack all of...

NEWS April 20, 2017 - 11:46 am

Nunavut kids can help RCMP name new baby horses

RCMP choosing one entry from each province and territory, and one classroom entry


Ookpik maybe? Or Okalik?

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are looking for kids across Canada to name 14 baby horses who will become part of the police force’s Musical Ride.

The RCMP plans to choose one entry from each of Canada’s provinces and territories and one classroom entry for 14 total...

LETTERS April 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Universities Canada doesn’t do accreditation

“The association represents 96 universities across Canada”


I wish to correct an error in your recent story “Politics, power, money real culprits behind nixing Arctic university” (March 27, 2017.) Universities Canada does not set “criteria for the foundation and operation of universities in the country,” as the story states.
In Canada, degree-granting...

NEWS April 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Igloolik businessman re-appointed chair of QEC

Former CanNor head Nicole Jauvin also appointed to board


The minister responsible for Nunavut’s Qulliq Energy Corp. has reappointed Igloolik businessman Elijah Evaluarjuk as chairperson of the agency’s board.

Minister Johnny Mike reappointed Evaluarjuk, a hotel and restaurant owner in Igloolik, to the board earlier this winter for a second three-year...

NEWS April 20, 2017 - 8:30 am

What you read on from April 9 to April 16

Teacher's termination because of Facebook posting the most-read story


Be careful what you post on Facebook: a Nunavut teacher who posted an altered photo of an ISIS execution on a community Facebook page received a statement of “termination without cause” earlier this month.

That was the top most-read story on Nunatsiaq News during the week of April 9 to April 16,...

NEWS April 20, 2017 - 7:00 am

Atlantic currents moving plastic junk into the Arctic, research says

"Middle range" estimate is 300 billion plastic items


Parts of the Arctic Ocean have become an “important sink of plastic debris,” mainly coming north from the southern latitudes—with 300 billion or more plastic items carried in ice-free Arctic waters.

That’s according to new research published April 19 in the online Science Advances journal, which...

NEWS April 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm

U.S. group Eskimeaux drops its name after online confrontation

Tanya Tagaq urged group to rethink its use of the "slur against Inuit"


Canadian Inuit may not have not reached consensus on how they feel about the term Eskimo, but a New York City folk group has.

A Brooklyn-based band called Eskimeaux changed its name this week, days after throat singer Tanya Tagaq called out the group for using what she called a slur against Inuit....

If you've ever been to visit a loved one at the new Iqaluit cemetery in Apex, and looked out into Tarr Inlet, you may have enjoyed a peaceful, restful feeling. That feeling helped earn the $1.33 million cemetery, completed two years ago, a 2017 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects' National Award of Excellence.
If you've ever been to visit a loved one at the new Iqaluit cemetery in Apex, and looked out into Tarr Inlet, you may have enjoyed a peaceful, restful feeling. That feeling helped earn the $1.33 million cemetery, completed two years ago, a 2017 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects' National Award of Excellence. "The Iqaluit cemetery was purposefully designed to transform the community's perception of what a cemetery can and should be," says Lees and Associates, the company that designed the landscaping, on announcing the award. The cemetery was among several projects in Canada to win in the "small-scale public landscapes designed by a landscape architect" catetory. While the view and design may be award-worthy, the cemetery has suffered repeated criticism because of unstable, slumping ground and spring flooding. (FILE PHOTO)