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The National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario studio has launched production of a new documentary on Tanya Tagaq, the NFB announced this week. The film, titled Throat, is described as a “metaphysical journey through the life and art” of Tagaq, the foundation of which will be recorded at one of the artist’s upcoming shows in Toronto. Throat will be released in 2019. (PHOTO COURTESY OF LIVE AT MASSEY HALL)
The National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario studio has launched production of a new documentary on Tanya Tagaq, the NFB announced this week. The film, titled Throat, is described as a “metaphysical journey through the life and art” of Tagaq, the foundation of which will be recorded at one of the artist’s upcoming shows in Toronto. Throat will be released in 2019. (PHOTO COURTESY OF LIVE AT MASSEY HALL)
NEWS October 20, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Nunavik Inuit, neighbouring Indigenous groups sign deal on caribou

“We need to address the decline in our own backyard"


Seven Indigenous groups from Quebec and Newfoundland-Labrador have signed a conservation agreement to help protect the two main caribou herds living in the Ungava peninsula and prioritize Indigenous harvesting.

The George River and Leaf River caribou herds have seen drastic declines in their...

NEWS October 20, 2017 - 2:29 pm

Put newborns on their backs to sleep: GN

October is SIDS awareness month


October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness month and the Government of Nunavut is encouraging parents and caregivers of infants to practice safe sleeping habits.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, describes the unexplained death of infants under the age of one year who die in their...

NEWS October 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut law students question candidates at inaugural forum

Candidates talk about elder care, FANS, culture and language


Students in Nunavut Arctic College’s new law degree program say they’re looking forward to words matching action from Iqaluit MLA candidates who attended a forum at the college’s newest campus in Iqaluit, Oct. 19, just days ahead of Oct. 30 territorial elections.

“Once we receive our law degrees,...

NEWS October 20, 2017 - 11:30 am

Aggu incumbent eyes the Nunavut premier’s job

Education Minister Paul Quassa faces Matt Teed, Jerome Sheaves and Richard Amarualik in the North Baffin riding


Unlike its neighbour riding of Amittuq to the south, which has seven people running for MLA, North Baffin’s Aggu riding is a four-way race and includes at least one candidate who hopes to become Nunavut’s next premier.

Aggu incumbent Paul Quassa, one of Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna’s more high...

NEWS October 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut’s Tununiq candidates talk about health care, justice, infrastructure

Pond Inlet voters may choose between Joe Enook, David Qamaniq and Jeannie Mills


Candidates in Nunavut’s Tununiq riding are honing in on infrastructure, health care and community justice.

The riding, which covers the North Baffin community of Pond Inlet, has three candidates running for MLA: incumbent Joe Enook, past challenger David Qamaniq and political newcomer Jeannie......

NEWS October 20, 2017 - 9:15 am

Western Nunavut youth, women, elders seek support from Inuit org

"Terrifying things are happening"


Ten years ago when youth spoke at the Kitikmeot Iniuit Association’s annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay, they told about how some of their peers never wanted to go home because their parents were drinking, using drugs and gambling.

It was a “pitiful” state of affairs, a teenage girl said at...

NEWS October 20, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut daycare ups fees by $1 per day starting 2018

By 2020, fees at Iqaluit child care centre will have increased by $3 per day


Client fees at Iqaluit’s Aakuluk Daycare are going up by a dollar a day after Christmas, and by another dollar a day for each of the next two years, according to a letter from its executive director obtained by Nunatsiaq News

The price hike was passed in a unanimous vote during the daycare...

NEWS October 19, 2017 - 3:29 pm

Nunavut Inuit org, Sabina reach deal on proposed gold mine

"We have negotiated terms that focus on the interests of Inuit of the Kitikmeot region"


(Updated, 7 p.m.)

CAMBRIDGE BAY—–The Kitikmeot Inuit Association, which represents Inuit in western Nunavut, can look forward to a cash injection if a proposed gold mine becomes a reality.

The KIA and Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. announced Oct. 18 that they had signed off on the terms for a...

NEWS October 19, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Qaggiavuut launches weekend arts workshops for Iqaluit youth

Dance and acting workshops run each weekend, free, for youth ages 11 and up


Nunavut’s Qaggiavuut Society is inviting youth to take part in a new series of acting and dance workshops in Iqaluit this fall and winter.

The arts group will host the workshops on weekends starting Oct. 21, the organization said in an Oct. 18 release.

The series will be led by performing arts...

NEWS October 19, 2017 - 11:30 am

Iqaluit-Tasiluk voters face simple choice on Oct. 30

Incumbent George Hickes running against Jacopoosie Peter


Compared with Iqaluit’s three other ridings, voters in Iqaluit-Tasiluk will have a simple decision to make when they head to the polls on election day Oct. 30.

That’s because only two candidates have put their names forward: incumbent MLA George Hickes and first-time candidate Jacopoosie...

NEWS October 19, 2017 - 10:25 am

Nunavik woman shot in police stand-off

22-year-old claimed she had killed someone and asked officers to shoot her, police say


(Updated Oct. 20)

A young Nunavik woman is in stable condition, but out of danger, after she was shot by police during a violent early morning confrontation in Puvirnituq Oct. 19.

Just after 3 a.m. that morning, Kativik Regional Police Force officers in the Hudson coast community of about 1,700...

NEWS October 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

At Inuit org’s AGM, outgoing Nunavut premier reflects on past term

Main frustration as premier: no MP to help out in Ottawa


CAMBRIDGE BAY—Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna received a standing ovation from delegates at the Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s annual general meeting Oct. 18 after he spoke with them about the high points of his outgoing government on the final day of theIr gathering.

To the organization that...

NEWS October 19, 2017 - 9:15 am

Nunavik school board up for election in November

Newly re-named Kativik Ilisarniliriniq will elect 14 commissioners to three-year terms


Nunavik’s school board plans to hold elections for its council of commissioners next month.

The recently re-named Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (formerly Kativik School Board) is taking nominations from potential candidates Nov. 7 from each of Nunavik’s 14 communities.

The election will take place...

NEWS October 19, 2017 - 8:00 am

Political newcomer wants to help Nunavut residents get back to the classroom

“People want to work, but they don’t have the skills they need"


One of the first jobs John Main ever had was as a news reporter; over a decade ago, he worked for CBC covering Nunavut’s legislature from Iqaluit.

Now he wants another job at the legislature—as MLA for Arviat North-Whale Cove.

Main is making his first run for MLA in his home riding against...

NEWS October 18, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Salmonella scare prompts nation-wide recall of Janes chicken burgers

Recall covers Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers and Pub Style Popcorn Chicken


If you have any Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers or Pub Style Snacks Popcorn Breaded Chicken in your fridge, throw it out now or take it back to the store where you bought it, Canada’s food safety watchdog said Oct. 17 in a warning.

That’s because there’s a danger that those products could contain...

NEWS October 18, 2017 - 11:30 am

Education, jobs and a road south: two candidates face off in Arviat South

“We have a huge infrastructure deficit, but we just have to keep hammering away"


Running in the 2017 territorial election was not a last-minute decision for Jason Gibbons.

The Arviat father and maintenance foreman said he was encouraged by his family and friends for months leading up to this year’s election campaign.

“I think I’m good at talking to people,” said the...

NEWS October 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Western Nunavut to pressure new government on Grays Bay

"We need to target decision-makers in the government"


CAMBRIDGE BAY—The Kitikmeot Inuit Association wants to make sure the Grays Bay Road and Port project remains a top government priority, because the Oct. 30 territorial election could see western Nunavut left out of the territory’s leadership circle.

That’s because two of the Grays Bay project’s...

NEWS October 18, 2017 - 9:15 am

Candidates in Nunavut’s Iqaluit-Sinaa hone in on helping the poor

Riding contains large number of social housing tenants


It should come as no surprise that candidates in Nunavut’s Iqaluit-Sinaa riding, home to many of Iqaluit’s social housing tenants, want better access to affordable housing and education for their constituents, as voters get ready for the Oct. 30 territorial election.

Three of the riding’s four...

NEWS October 18, 2017 - 8:00 am

Iqaluit-Manirajak’s election foursome agree on transitional housing

Eegeesiak open to seeking premier’s job


Advance polls are open and candidates in Iqaluit-Manirajak are running full speed ahead with their campaigns for the Oct. 30 Nunavut election.

The four-way race brings together incumbent MLA Monica Ell-Kanayuk, the current Inuit Circumpolar Council international chair, Okalik Eegeesiak, and...

NEWS October 17, 2017 - 3:30 pm

What you read on from Oct. 8 to Oct. 15

Arrest in homicide death of Bethany Nastapoka of Inukjuak leads the week's most-read stories


The Quebec provincial police have now arrested and charged a teenager with first-degree murder in the July 22 death of another teen in the Nunavik community of Inukjuak.

That was the most-read story this past week on

On July 22, 14-year-old Bethany Nastapoka was found lifeless...

NEWS October 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Police, Nunavut coroner investigate death of 24-year-old woman

Young woman’s body found outside Tammaativvik early Oct. 14, foul play ruled out


The Office of the Chief Coroner of Nunavut has opened an investigation into the death of a 24-year-old woman whose body was found outside Iqaluit’s Tammaativvik medical boarding home in the early morning of Oct. 14.

Nunavut’s chief coroner, Padma Suramala, confirmed the death to Nunatsiaq News on...

NEWS October 17, 2017 - 11:30 am

Nunavut teen celebrates medal haul from World Dwarf Games

“It was kinda neat, just to be part of a team where everyone’s at the same level"


Neighbours of the Elverum family might have noticed 14-year-old Zoe running up and down the driveway to her Pond Inlet home with a harpoon raised above her head.

The Nunavut teen isn’t hunting, though; Zoe Elverum is training for track and field. The harpoon is the closest thing she can find to a...

NEWS October 17, 2017 - 9:15 am

Developer delays project after uproar within Nunavut hamlet council

"You cannot make up the rules as you go along"


CAMBRIDGE BAY—A messy municipal conflict has prompted a developer to postpone a big housing construction project in this western Nunavut hub of about 1,700 people until next year.

The conflict, which featured one hamlet councillor shouting insults and the resignation and subsequent return of the...

NEWS October 17, 2017 - 8:00 am

Court tosses Nunavut air carrier’s GN medevac lawsuit

Judge slams Adlair’s lawyer for “careless advocacy”


A Nunavut judge has thrown out a $31.5-million civil suit by Adlair Aviation Ltd. against the Government of Nunavut over the Kitikmeot medevac contract, slamming Adlair for wasting valuable court time, in an Oct. 13 summary judgment that ends nearly five years of litigation.

The longstanding civil...

NEWS October 16, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Nunavik airlines report “solid returns,” give millions to Makivik

“We are proud to once again be in a position to allocate funds to all communities"


Nunavik’s Makivik Corp. will dole out millions of dollars this year to Nunavik communities thanks to strong returns from the organization’s two airlines.

Makivik said last week that it will allocate $16.8 million to a number of community projects and regional initiatives.

The money comes, in...

NEWS October 16, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Free survival training course coming to Nunavut capital

Iqaluit Action Lab offering on the land and ice workshop Oct. 21


If you’ve ever been lost on the land and wondered how best to take care of yourself, then an upcoming course in Iqaluit is for you.

The Iqaluit Action Lab is offering a free survival on land and ice training day in Oct. 21 at the Anglican Parish Hall in Iqaluit.

Led by veteran land experts...

NEWS October 16, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nine hopefuls vie to become High Arctic’s MLA

Incumbent Isaac Shooyook seeks to fend off pack of challengers, including veteran civil servant David Akeeagok


Votes in Nunavut’s Quttiktuq riding will see the most crowded race this territorial election, with nine candidates vying to represent the High Arctic communities of Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay.

Incumbent Isaac Shooyook hopes to hold on to his seat in the legislature for a second term...

NEWS October 16, 2017 - 10:00 am

Pressure mounts for global accord to protect central Arctic Ocean fish

"A step towards good Arctic governance"


Arctic states, Indigenous groups, scientists and environmental groups have fortified their call for an international agreement to prevent fishing in the central Arctic Ocean until there’s more knowledge about what fish, if any, are found in its waters.

Such an international agreement, now in the...

NEWS October 16, 2017 - 9:15 am

Nunavik mayor warns Inuit youth, parents about marijuana risks

"If cannabis is consumed at a young age, it can alter brain development"


The mayor of Nunavik’s largest community says he’s concerned that new federal legislation set to legalize the recreational use of marijuana may put Inuit youth at risk—and he wants the region to be prepared.

Kuujjuaq Mayor Tunu Napartuk was part of a delegation of leaders from the region who took......

NEWS October 16, 2017 - 8:00 am

Armed man who held Nunavut town hostage for hours gets 15 years

Donovan Iyerak of Igloolik targeted police, injured one officer


A man responsible for laying siege to the Igloolik RCMP detachment with a rifle and seriously injuring an officer during a 2014 shootout has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, minus time served, after he pleaded guilty to a series of charges including attempted murder.

Nunavut Justice...

Attima Hadlari of Cambridge Bay drum-dances Oct. 18 at the Kitikmeot Inuit Association's community feast, held in Cambridge Bay's Luke Novoligak Community Hall. The drum-dancing capped off the official launch of Huqqullaarutit Unipkaangit or
Attima Hadlari of Cambridge Bay drum-dances Oct. 18 at the Kitikmeot Inuit Association's community feast, held in Cambridge Bay's Luke Novoligak Community Hall. The drum-dancing capped off the official launch of Huqqullaarutit Unipkaangit or "Stories told through drum dance songs," a KIA book project led by its programs co-ordinator, Julia Ogina, who spoke at the event about the process of compiling the songs. The work in transcribing the songs from the Nattilimgmiut and Inuinnaqtun-speaking communities in western Nunavut involved learning old words that are no longer used, she said. Ogina's hope is that the book—which, apart from its introduction, is in Inuktut—will encourage discovery of the language and drum-dancing tradition. Working on the project provided a "glimpse into our ancestors' way of life," Ogina said. The book is published by Inhabit Media. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)