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The Baffin section of the new NRCan map of Canada shows a headland on the southeast corner of Bylot Island that is now marked as “Niaqunngut” and a body of water near Pond Inlet marked as “Tasiujaq.” The long inlet behind the community of Clyde River is now marked
The Baffin section of the new NRCan map of Canada shows a headland on the southeast corner of Bylot Island that is now marked as “Niaqunngut” and a body of water near Pond Inlet marked as “Tasiujaq.” The long inlet behind the community of Clyde River is now marked "Kangiqtuugaapik," which is also the Roman orthography representation of Clyde River's Inuit language name. (IMAGE COURTESY OF NRCAN)
NEWS April 17, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Judge rejects excessive force bid, convicts Iqaluit man on 12 charges

Arnaitok Nuvaqiq guilty of assaulting RCMP officer, threatening others

THOMAS ROHNER

An Iqaluit man charged with assaulting an RCMP member and threatening other police officers lost an application at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit April 17 to have those charges stayed.

Defence lawyer Tamara Fairchild filed the application on behalf of her client, Arnaitok Nuvaqiq,...

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NEWS April 17, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Floating nuclear power plants promise major savings for Arctic mines

Diesel-fuelled power “not sustainable for the scale of development we want to see"

PETER VARGA

Mining projects in Nunavut are saddled with high expenses that could discourage development.

With that in mind, why not go for a tried and proven cheaper source of energy that can come and go on the high seas, and reach the territory’s coastal communities?

That’s just what Dunedin Energy...

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NEWS April 17, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Montreal linguist encouraging students to study Inuktitut

Sukkaillutit uqaruk: university students learn from Inuktitut speaker

DAVID MURPHY

Special to Nunatsiaq News

MONTREAL — For a guy who studies languages, Richard Compton uses his hands a lot when he talks. 

And today, he’s talking, and gesturing, about Inuktitut, and how “under described” it is as a language.

“There are thousands and thousands of books on the structure of...

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NEWS April 17, 2015 - 11:35 am

QIA to host open house in Sanikiluaq

Inuit org president visits to hear community concerns

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

P.J. Akeeagok, the president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association president, will take his open house tour to Sanikiluaq April 20 to April 22.

Akeeagok arrives in the Baffin community April 20, when he’s scheduled to take part in a radio phone-in show from 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The following day,...

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COMMENTARY April 17, 2015 - 10:05 am

My Little Corner of Canada, April 17

Tuberculosis

JOHN AMAGOALIK

When one is infected with tuberculosis, or TB, these days chances are good that you will be cured with powerful medication, some bed rest and isolation.

It was different for those of us who caught TB during the epidemics of the 1950s and 1960s. In those days, it meant many months or years...

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NEWS April 17, 2015 - 8:16 am

Nunavut heart transplant recipient turns to online fundraising for help in the South

Uviluq Naukatsik of Rankin Inlet worries about her future in Ottawa

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Nunavut woman who recently underwent heart transplant surgery is the third patient stranded in the South for live-saving medical treatment who has reached out this week for help through an online crowdfunding campaign.

Uviluq Naukatsik of Rankin Inlet went into surgery in Ottawa March 13.

“Now...

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NEWS April 17, 2015 - 7:05 am

Airships perfect fit for Nunavut mines, says aircraft promoter

“Why not use flexible infrastructure instead of roads?”

THOMAS ROHNER

What mine operator in Nunavut wouldn’t love to avoid building roads to remote mines — an expensive and time-consuming process that can also be damaging to the Arctic environment.

A British company, Hybrid Air Vehicles, presented just such a road-free option April 16 at the Nunavut Mining Symposium...

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NEWS April 17, 2015 - 5:58 am

NRCan releases updated map of Canada

New representation of the country displays a few Inuit language place names

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal Department of Natural Resources unveiled the latest version of its map of Canada April 16, with a few Inuit language place names scattered on it here and there.

Greg Rickford, the natural resources minister, revealed the map at an event held inside a school in Kenora, Ont.

The updated...

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NEWS April 16, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Nunavut’s French school board offers olive branch at public meeting

School board removes president, at the request of Iqaluit parent group

SARAH ROGERS

Parents of some of the 90 children enrolled in Iqaluit’s École des Trois-Soleils, and elected members of Nunavut’s French-language school board say they’ve taken a positive first step towards repairing their troubled relationship.

That’s after the two groups met publicly April 15 for the first...

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NEWS April 16, 2015 - 4:14 pm

Nunavut miners hear Inuit businesses face “impossible logistical challenges”

"You'd think the Inuit business community would be thriving"

JANE GEORGE

There’s lots of mining activity going on in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region — but Charlie Lyall of Taloyoak sees big problems for local and regional Inuit businesses.

“You’d think the Inuit business community would be thriving,” Lyall said in his pithy presentation April 16 to the Nunavut Mining...

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NEWS April 16, 2015 - 3:24 pm

North Arrow sets aim at Nunavut diamond deposit

"One more question to answer — and that’s what the diamonds are worth.”

PETER VARGA

Diamond deposits just north of Repulse Bay, soon to officially become Naujaat, have long looked promising.

North Arrow Minerals Inc. finally hopes to show these deposits are rich enough to establish a diamond mine.

The diamond exploration company counts the Qilalugaq project, some nine kilometres...

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LETTERS April 16, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Would beer-wine store put more booze into Iqaluit homes?

"Let’s use common sense, keep the booze out of the homes"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I came north in 1963. During the 1970s I used to enjoy a beer on a Friday night. The over-serving practices at the local bars turned me off.

When last call was announced at the Legion, people would order as much as their table would hold and drink to excess, passing out at the table.

I’ve lived...

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A new generator for Pangnirtung: a Sikorsky S-64F Skycrane arrives in Pangnirtung April 17 with one of the four new generators earmarked for this community whose power plant burned down April 3. The 70-foot-long twin-engine helicopter which arrived in Iqaluit April 13, is capable of carrying up to 20,000 pounds, and will be used to transport all the new generators to Pangnirtung. Meanwhile, Pangnirtung remains under a local state of emergency although emergency back-up power was restored April 6. (PHOTO BY MADELEINE QUMUATUQ)
A new generator for Pangnirtung: a Sikorsky S-64F Skycrane arrives in Pangnirtung April 17 with one of the four new generators earmarked for this community whose power plant burned down April 3. The 70-foot-long twin-engine helicopter which arrived in Iqaluit April 13, is capable of carrying up to 20,000 pounds, and will be used to transport all the new generators to Pangnirtung. Meanwhile, Pangnirtung remains under a local state of emergency although emergency back-up power was restored April 6. (PHOTO BY MADELEINE QUMUATUQ)

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