Joyce Ayaruak presents Rankin Inlet RCMP Sgt. Kim Melenchuk with a cheque for $1,340, proceeds from table rentals at the recent Rankin Inlet craft sale, to go toward the annual RCMP Christmas hamper fund. Running annually since 1996, the hamper fund provides food certificates of up to $250 to some 200 families and needy individuals to buy food for the holidays. Local businesses and individuals contribute to the fund throughout the year and this year, Maani Ulujuk Illinniarvik students are raffling off a TV. Rankin Inlet residents who want to be considered for a hamper can contact the local RCMP detachment. (PHOTO BY DOUG MCLARTY/ARCTECH DESIGN AND SERVICES)
November 26, 2014 - 3:10 pm
Nunavut students sharpen political skills at youth parliament
Legislature to broadcast mock parliament Nov. 27, starting 1:30 p.m. eastern
Even if you’re not at Nunavut’s legislative assembly in Iqaluit on Nov. 27, you’ll be able to watch the fifth Nunavut Youth Parliament, when Nunavut students take on the roles of speaker, premier, cabinet ministers and regular members.
That’s because the youth parliament will be televised live...
November 26, 2014 - 2:10 pm
Nunavik says no to uranium mining
Final round of Quebec public hearings to visit the region next week
KUUJJUAQ — Nunavik’s leadership has taken a position on the future of uranium mining in the region — and it’s a resounding “no.”
And Makivik Corp. and the Kativik Regional Government plan to say so in a joint brief that will be submitted to public hearings in Nunavik next week.
November 26, 2014 - 1:19 pm
Iqaluit council appoints Mary Wilman to mayor’s job
Acting mayor takes full title after six months at head of council table
Iqaluit councillor and deputy mayor Mary Wilman finally took on the full title of mayor Nov. 25, more than six months after she began sitting in the mayor’s seat as acting mayor.
Wilman succeeds John Graham as the top elected official at the city five months after the former mayor resigned by way...
November 26, 2014 - 11:55 am
Iqaluit’s dumpcano-dousing bill comes to $2.75 million
Reserves pay off dump fire expenses; councillors question garbage-disposal financing and tools
The City of Iqaluit’s bill for extinguishing its summer-long dump fire came to a full $2.75 million, administration told city council at a regular meeting, Nov. 25.
Council approved payment of the amount, as planned, when administration asked final approval to pay the full amount out of the city’s...
November 26, 2014 - 10:16 am
Full disclosure a must to fix Nutrition North subsidy, says ex-MLA
“You can hide profits so easily... you can put all kinds of costs in there"
The Nunavut MLA who was instrumental in prompting the Auditor General of Canada to examine the shortcomings of the Nutrition North subsidy says the program will never be fixed until retailers are forced to show exactly what they pay for freight.
Fred Schell, now an ex-MLA living in Cape Dorset,...
November 26, 2014 - 8:43 am
Hydro-Québec looks at Nunavik’s energy consumption
First tier rate only 5.4 cents per kW hour right now
KUUJJUAQ — Hydro-Québec has postponed a proposed electricity rate hike in Nunavik for at least another year, the Quebec power corporation says, while it takes a closer look at the region’s energy consumption.
That will help Hydro-Québec understand the realities of energy use in the North, Mathieu...
November 26, 2014 - 7:21 am
Santa puts Nunavut-made muskox paper onto his list
Cambridge Bay photographer has honed the art of paper-making from dried muskox droppings
If you’re looking for that special northern Christmas gift for a special person, here’s the ticket: a photo of a muskox printed on muskox-poo paper.
It’s no joke. You can buy just such a photo from Red Sun Productions of Cambridge Bay — whose photos often appear in the Nunatsiaq News.
November 26, 2014 - 6:55 am
Nunavik program helps children disclose sexual abuse
"This taboo has a strong hold on our communities. But we have to face it"
KUUJJUAQ — The number of Nunavik children who reported crimes of a sexual nature almost doubled from 2012 to 2013, thanks to a regional program that promotes the awareness of sexual abuse.
Good Touch/Bad Touch launched in 2012, a collaboration between the Kativik Regional Police Force and the...
November 26, 2014 - 5:50 am
Drinking, partying, arrest preceeded suicide in Nunavut police cell
Coroner's inquest into Solomon Uyarasuk's death hears from Igloolik residents, pathologist
IGLOOLIK — The autopsy report on Solomon Uyarasuk, found dead in an RCMP jail cell in Igloolik two years ago, confirms the findings of an external police investigation: that the young man died by “self-suspended hanging.”
That was the conclusion of forensic pathologist Christopher Mark Milroy, the...
November 25, 2014 - 2:52 pm
Roots-folk performer brings international appeal to Iqaluit Dec. 6
Sarah MacDougall closes Alianait’s 2014 concert series
Yukon-based singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall’s music has caught on in much of Canada and Europe.
Iqalungmiut will soon getr a chance to listen in Dec. 6, when Alianait Arts brings the award-winning folk-roots artist to Nunavut for the first time.
The Swedish-born Canadian singer’s work...
November 25, 2014 - 11:55 am
Police charge Nunavut man with murder in Rankin woman’s death
Dwayne Sateana, 30, of Rankin Inlet charged with second degree murder in death of Edith Angalik, 25
A 30-year-old Rankin Inlet man, Dwayne Sateana, has been charged with charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Edith Angalik, with whom he had been in a relationship.
The body of the 25-year-old Rankin Inlet mother of three was found outdoors in the Area 5 section of the...
Mary Wilman assumed the title of mayor of Iqaluit, Nov. 25, after having served more than six months as acting mayor. Council appointed her as mayor at a regular meeting. Councillors also appointed Coun. Romeyn Stevenson, right, to Wilman’s former position as deputy mayor, and Simon Nattaq, left, as alternate deputy mayor on Wilman’s recommendation. Their terms will expire in October 2015. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)