Bonnie Ammaaq, centre, poses on the Astro Theatre steps in Iqaluit March 4 with Alicia Smith, right, and Michelle Van Beusekom, both from the National Film Board of Canada. Ammaaq screened two short films she directed to an audience of about 120 people. Both were produced in partnership with the Nunavut Film Development Corp. and presented by the NFB. Nowhere Land, a 15-minute film about the 11 years Ammaaq spent growing up at a Baffin Island outpost camp, showed Ammaaq struggling to adapt to "city life" in Igloolik after leaving the camp. "We were strong enough to live there... we were not bored," Ammaaq said in the film, about her home on the land. Ammaq screened a second film called Family Making Sleds, a five-minute short which ended with a boy and his little sister sledding down a hill, while they are squealing and giggling. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
March 05, 2015 - 11:34 am
Nunavik students prepare for the challenge of a lifetime
High school students plan to ski from Kuujjuaq to Tasiujaq
KUUJJUAQ — Eric Lemire is gearing up, physically and mentally, for the biggest trip of his life.
It’s a sunny but piercingly cold Saturday morning in Kuujjuaq. Lemire and some fellow students from Jaanimmarik high school put on layers of clothing before they step into their skis.
Lemire, 14, is...
March 05, 2015 - 10:27 am
New Nav Canada contract kills airport training, four jobs in Nunavut
Nunavut Arctic College program closure unjustified, MLA says
Nunavut will lose a training program and four jobs when an Ottawa-based company takes over air traffic radio communications in small airports throughout Nunavut by April 1, MLAs warned in the legislative assembly.
First in line with his concerns in the assembly, March 4, was Rankin Inlet. South...
March 05, 2015 - 9:16 am
Arctic sea ice may set new low winter maximum: satellite observations
Arctic sea ice extent continues to track well below average
Ice observers in Denmark and the United States are watching Arctic ice carefully as this nears its largest annual extent in two or three weeks.
Previous years have seen a surge in Arctic ice extent during March.
However, if the current pattern of below-average extent continues, Arctic sea ice...
March 05, 2015 - 8:01 am
CRTC decision reduces some Northwestel internet rates for NWT, Yukon
But Nunavut still sits on the wrong side of the digital divide
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said March 4 that telecommunications provider Northwestel must lower its rates this spring for certain residential internet services in Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
Customers in satellite-based Nunavut, however, who pay retail...
March 05, 2015 - 6:01 am
Nunavut boys find hockey heaven in Edmonton
Kitikmeot contest rewards two lucky, dedicated students
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — The winners of the Kitikmeot’s Shoot for Success contest reaped their rewards on March 3, and got more than they bargained for.
Nolan Norberg, a Grade 1 student from Kugluktuk’s Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik elementary school, and Grade 8 student Chad Eetoolook...
March 04, 2015 - 3:50 pm
Waste water woes, the cost of living and AWG trials in Nunavik
A round-up of news from Kativik Regional Government council meetings
KUUJJUAQ — System operators in Nunavik need to do a better job sampling their community’s wastewater to ensure it’s properly treated before it goes back into the environment, says the Kativik Regional Government.
A recent report by the KRG’s department of municipal works shows that, on average,...
March 04, 2015 - 2:41 pm
Five Pangnirtung beneficiaries to contest QIA community director position
Byelection to be held April 7
Inuit beneficiaries in Pangnirtung will have five candidates to choose from in the upcoming byelection for a community director, a news release from the Qikiqtani Inuit Association said March 3.
The release included an unofficial list of candidates for the election, to be held April 7:
March 04, 2015 - 1:29 pm
Nunavik rockers enjoy the spotlight
"We are kind of like role models"
When Sandy Kakayuk and his old bandmates recorded some rock songs in the 1970s, he could never have imagined they’d get digitized and then ring out from stereos and MP3 players around North America 40 years later.
But thanks to the success of Native North America Vol 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and......
March 04, 2015 - 11:25 am
HTO tries to suspend Nunavut uranium mine hearing
"When companies don’t give us a start date... it’s just a waste of our resources”
Hunters and trappers from Baker Lake have submitted a formal request to suspend a final hearing into the Kiggavik uranium project near their community.
But the Nunavut Impact Review Board, which is conducting the hearing to assess Areva Canada’s Kiggavik final environmental impact assessment, did...
March 04, 2015 - 10:32 am
Nunavut must do more to reduce violence against women, MLA says
GN stands pat on its non-support of a national MMIW inquiry
Though the Government of Nunavut doesn’t support a national inquiry on missing and murdered indigenous women, MLAs who attended a national roundtable on the issue, Feb. 27, said the territory needs to do more to protect women and children from violence.
“The statistics regarding missing and...
March 04, 2015 - 8:30 am
Nunavik launches Arctic guide training
"The guides are kind of a key factor because they receive the tourists"
KUUJJUAQ — The South has offered its expertise to the North for decades in the form of fly-in professionals and consultants.
But when it comes to tourism in Nunavik, its regional government wants to build that expertise among local Inuit.
“Our main goal is to highlight Inuit culture,” said...
March 04, 2015 - 7:01 am
First a vision, now a declaration: new talks on Nunavik self-government
“Self-government is one of the many future negotiations that will have to take place"
KUUJJUAQ — Nunavik’s Parnasimautik report may be signed and complete, but the process of engaging Inuit in the region appears to have just begun.
Parnasimautik, or Plan Nunavik, is the result of years of consultation across the region to develop a blueprint for the region’s future.
Minnie Etidloie of Kangisujuaq lights the qulliq at Arnaliat Nipingit 2015, Nunavik's second regional conference hosted by the Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association in Akulivik March 2-6. The event serves as a forum for Nunavimmiut women to gather and share views on employment, education, family challenges, parenting, violence and addiction. Participants will also identify five actions to be presented to the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, to be held March 17. (PHOTO BY ROBBIE PAQUIN)