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As ArcticNet's Arctic Change 2017 conference in Quebec City ends Dec. 14, Lucassie Arragutainaq of Sanikiluaq accepts ArcticNet's 2017 Inuit Recognition Award for his work on climate change and other environmental areas. Arragutainaq, among other achievements, co-edited the 1997 report, “Voices from the Bay: Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Inuit and Cree in the Hudson Bay Bioregion
As ArcticNet's Arctic Change 2017 conference in Quebec City ends Dec. 14, Lucassie Arragutainaq of Sanikiluaq accepts ArcticNet's 2017 Inuit Recognition Award for his work on climate change and other environmental areas. Arragutainaq, among other achievements, co-edited the 1997 report, “Voices from the Bay: Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Inuit and Cree in the Hudson Bay Bioregion" and has served as chairperson of a local hunters and trappers organization and the Nunavut Hudson Bay Inter-Agency Working Group. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ARCTIC EIDER SOCIETY)
NEWS December 15, 2017 - 3:29 pm

City of Iqaluit workers set to ratify new collective agreement

Union advising members to approve long-sought wage-benefit deal

BETH BROWN

The City of Iqaluit’s unionized workers appear to be close to striking a wage-benefit deal with their employer, after nearly two years of negotiations.

The agreement is expected to pass this evening once votes are in from unionized staff, after the city, a three-person union bargaining team and a...

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NEWS December 15, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Permafrost scientist receives big award for studies in Nunavik, Nunavut

Michel Allard receives $100,000 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Permafrost expert Dr. Michel Allard of Université Laval has received the 2017 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research, an honour that comes with a $100,000 grant.

Over a period of nearly 40 years, Allard has studied permafrost and the impact of climate change in Canada’s...

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NEWS December 15, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Three-quarters of Nunavut residents support legalizing pot: survey

Support cuts across regions, ethnicity, age, sex, education and income divisions

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Three in four Nunavut residents support the legalization of marijuana, according to a survey conducted by the Government of Nunavut.

The survey was conducted this past August and September, but the results were only made public today. The report reflects the views of 1,418 respondents who are at...

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NEWS December 15, 2017 - 11:30 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10

Woes at Nunavik's Montreal patient residence top draw last week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The most-read online news story from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10 concerned revelations about how intoxication, violence and missed appointments plague Nunavik’s medical travel system.

The story describes how Nunavik health officials want to revamp the region’s patient escort policy to cut back on the high...

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NEWS December 15, 2017 - 10:30 am

New mayors, councillors chosen for many Nunavut communities

13 mayors elected across the territory Dec. 11; one election postponed

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut has 13 newly elected mayors following municipal polls held across the territory earlier this week.

On Monday, Dec. 11, all but one of Nunavut’s 25 communities hosted municipal elections.

Until Nunavut’s fixed election date legislation kicks in for 2019, Nunavut’s hamlets continue to...

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NEWS December 15, 2017 - 9:30 am

Despite criminal record, GN hires P.E.I. man as Nunavut school principal

Gregory Campbell, 52, last year pleaded guilty to criminal harassment

STEVE DUCHARME

The new principal at Nasivvik High School in Pond Inlet was convicted of two counts of criminal harassment, in relation to incidents that occurred while working as an educator in Prince Edward Island two years ago.

Gregory Dwight Campbell, 52, in April 2016 received a 90-day jail sentence to be...

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NEWS December 15, 2017 - 8:00 am

Feeling blessed? Plenty of Xmas causes to support in Nunavut capital

Get into the Christmas spirit by helping your neighbours in need

BETH BROWN AND JANE GEORGE

The holiday season is here in Iqaluit and with it comes many opportunities to give a little of your extra time, talent and treasure.

And many city groups, charities and even regular individuals have already organized ways to help you do that.

To spread that holiday spirit around, Nunatsiaq News...

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NEWS December 14, 2017 - 3:30 pm

MMIWG inquiry makes last-minute visit to Nunavut

Inquiry staff in Cambridge Bay Dec.15-16

SARAH ROGERS

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is making a last-minute visit to Nunavut this weekend to meet with community members and gather statements from residents of Cambridge Bay.

Members of the inquiry’s Inuit team are set to arrive in the Kitikmeot community on...

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NEWS December 14, 2017 - 2:30 pm

It’s snow problem: Dealing with all that white stuff in Nunavut’s capital

“Response to each of these seven weather events has run smoothly and without incident”

BETH BROWN

There’s no business like snow business in Iqaluit this winter.

Given that Iqaluit has been shut down by seven weather events in the last few months, Matthew Hamp, director of engineering and public works for the City of Iqaluit, gave city councillors a run down on just how his department deals...

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NEWS December 14, 2017 - 2:02 pm

Another stabbing adds to violent year in Gjoa Haven

Richard Tungilik, 21, faces charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and breach of an undertaking

STEVE DUCHARME

A 21-year-old man faces an aggravated assault charge following a stabbing in Gjoa Haven on Monday, Dec. 11, that injured one woman, Nunavut’s RCMP reports.

Richard Tungilik has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and breach of an undertaking, and...

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NEWS December 14, 2017 - 1:29 pm

Human activity takes a toll on caribou habitat in Nunavik

Research shows herds have lost as much as 20 per cent of wintering grounds

SARAH ROGERS

Researchers at Université Laval say human activity in northern Quebec is damaging and reducing the extent of caribou habitat, along with the health of the herds that migrate through Nunavik each year.

A new study attempts to quantify that impact by looking at how the animals have shifted their...

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NEWS December 14, 2017 - 10:30 am

Respected CP Stylebook replete with errors about Inuit

“I’m very disappointed and dismayed”

BETH BROWN

If you’re looking for the correct way to spell “Nunavummiut” or “Inuvialuit,” don’t check the new edition of The Canadian Press Stylebook, or the new Style Guide for Reporting on Indigenous People created by Journalists for Human Rights.

Errors in their Indigenous peoples sections reveal a lack...

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NEWS December 14, 2017 - 9:30 am

Nutrition North remains Bennett’s headache

“It’s completely unacceptable that many northerners are still struggling to feed their families”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The much-criticized Nutrition North program will remain under the auspices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, following the creation of a new federal department to help manage the delivery of services to Indigenous people.

That means Nutrition North remains the problem of Carolyn Bennett,...

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NEWS December 14, 2017 - 8:15 am

Inuk chef Trudy Metcalfe helps feed the multitudes

Arctic caribou meets South Asian curry at Flavours of the North

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA—Trudy Metcalfe, a renowned chef who’s originally from Nunatsiavut, was honoured this past weekend to be one of the faces of Flavours of the North, an outdoor culinary and cultural event on Parliament Hill held near the end of Ottawa’s Canada 150 celebrations.

She...

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NEWS December 13, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Language complaint shuts down English-only election in Nunavut hamlet

"We obviously need to do more to publicize our Inuit languages act"

SARAH ROGERS

Voters in western Nunavut’s Kugluktuk will get another chance to cast their ballots in that community’s municipal election—and this time, in Inuinnaqtun.

Municipal elections took place across Nunavut Dec. 11, although voting was halted mid-day in the Kitikmeot community after an intervention by...

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NEWS December 13, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Big boost marks end of year for Nunavut music program

"We are so grateful"

JANE GEORGE

This Christmas is looking particularly bright for Tusarnaarniq Sivumut as it looks ahead to 2018.

Over the past decade, the charity—whose name means “music for the future”—has allowed hundreds of youth in Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Pangnirtung and Hall Beach to pick up fiddles and learn how to play...

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NEWS December 13, 2017 - 11:30 am

Feeding Nunavut brings holiday cheer to everyone in Igloolik

"Thank you to each of the donors and volunteers"

JANE GEORGE

If you want to fully understand the meaning of “merry” and “happy,” which we often hear in various greetings at this time of year, on Dec. 23, visit Igloolik.

That’s where you’ll find a gym-full of volunteers who will distribute more than 800 stockings for children up to 12 years old in this...

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NEWS December 13, 2017 - 10:00 am

Arctic report card for 2017 says huge environmental changes are underway

"The Arctic environmental system has reached a "new normal"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

You won’t find much encouraging news in the 2017 Arctic Report Card.

The annual update on how the Arctic is faring environmentally, released Dec. 12 by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says you have to look back more than 1,500 years—“and likely longer than...

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NEWS December 13, 2017 - 8:00 am

Ex-cop with criminal record hired as Nunavik police HR advisor

String of impaired driving charges raises questions about suitability in role

SARAH ROGERS

Some community members in Kuujjuaq say they have concerns about a new employee recently hired to help the Kativik Regional Government recruit new police officers.

Érick Labrie began working as a human resources advisor for the KRG this past September.

As one of four advisors in the department,...

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NEWS December 12, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Quebec university launches new Inuit-focused research chair

Former Saturviit director Caroline Hervé named to five-year position

SARAH ROGERS

Laval university has launched a new research chair position that focuses on Inuit society and how it interacts with non-Inuit.

Caroline Hervé was named to the new Laval-based Research Chair on Relations with Inuit Societies last week, a five-year position that aims to get to the historical,...

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NEWS December 12, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Nunavut teen moms who drop out likely face unemployment: StatCan

"High school is an important factor associated with labour force participation—more so than early motherhood"

JANE GEORGE

More high school diplomas greatly improve the likelihood of young Inuit mothers being employed, according to a new report by Statistics Canada.

The study looked at early motherhood among off-reserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit women between the ages of 20 and 44.

Among young Inuit women, those...

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COMMENTARY December 12, 2017 - 11:30 am

Legal Ease, Dec. 12

Suing a corporation

JAMES MORTON

A corporation is a somewhat mysterious entity. It employs people, it owns property, it pays taxes and it can even be punished for committing offences.

But a corporation is not a person. 

A corporation is a form of organization that the government has given some of the rights and...

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NEWS December 12, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavik addictions centre moves closer to expansion

“We’re right where we should be"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The group behind a project to rebuild an expanded addictions treatment centre in Kuujjuaq says it now has accreditation and a secured building site in Nunavik’s largest community.

The Isuarsivik centre in Kuujjuaq currently offers a six-week treatment cycle for up to nine clients in a...

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NEWS December 12, 2017 - 9:15 am

Nunavut premier reaches beyond GN to fill vacant management jobs

"These appointments will help achieve the vision and direction of our new government"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Premier Paul Quassa reached outside the Government of Nunavut yesterday to fill two of three vacant senior GN management jobs.

The three vacancies were created by a big shake-up that Quassa announced this past Dec. 1, when three deputy ministers, Chris D’Arcy (Executive and Intergovernmental...

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NEWS December 12, 2017 - 8:00 am

Quebec police ask Nunavimmiut for info on child porn case

Predrag Remic worked for a time in Salluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Quebec provincial police have arrested a man alleged to be involved in the sexual exploitation of children throughout the province, and possibly in Nunavik.

Predrag Remic appeared in a Sherbrooke court last week on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, as well as of...

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NEWS December 11, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Six in 10 Nunavut workers speak Inuktut in the workplace: StatCan

But in Iqaluit that drops to fewer than four in 10

JANE GEORGE

Inuktut still leads the way as the language of work in Nunavut, with more than 10,000 people in the territory using the language at work on a regular basis.

That’s according to a recent Statistics Canada release on the languages used in the workplace in Canada.

Overall, StatCan found that fewer...

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NEWS December 11, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Iqaluit high school cooks up free-lunch program

School-grown veggies featured in free meals to help feed hungry students

BETH BROWN

Students at Inuksuk High School aren’t just eating their greens; they’re growing them, too.

The Iqaluit school is just a few weeks into its new free-lunch program, and so far is able to source most ingredients used in healthy salads from a set of six hydroponic towers that are blooming with fresh...

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A sight for sore eyes...hunting cabins on the land in the Arctic offer welcome shelter and protection from weather and can mean the difference between life and death. This modest cabin, near Qingauja, or Gabriel Lake, about 20 km northwest of Kuujjuaq, was falling into disrepair and turning into a wild animal hotel before our photographer bought it a few years ago and started slowly restoring it. It's now used for hunting, fishing, dog sledding and sometimes as a tourist stop. (PHOTO BY ALLEN GORDON)
A sight for sore eyes...hunting cabins on the land in the Arctic offer welcome shelter and protection from weather and can mean the difference between life and death. This modest cabin, near Qingauja, or Gabriel Lake, about 20 km northwest of Kuujjuaq, was falling into disrepair and turning into a wild animal hotel before our photographer bought it a few years ago and started slowly restoring it. It's now used for hunting, fishing, dog sledding and sometimes as a tourist stop. (PHOTO BY ALLEN GORDON)

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