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An abandoned boat, once used for whaling by the late Victor Sammurtok Sr., whose offspring now populate many communities in Kivalliq, lies weathered on the Hudson Bay shores at Sarvarjuaq, about 50 km North of Chesterfield Inlet. (PHOTO BY PUTULIK PHOTOGRAPHY)
An abandoned boat, once used for whaling by the late Victor Sammurtok Sr., whose offspring now populate many communities in Kivalliq, lies weathered on the Hudson Bay shores at Sarvarjuaq, about 50 km North of Chesterfield Inlet. (PHOTO BY PUTULIK PHOTOGRAPHY)
NEWS September 22, 2017 - 4:00 pm

At UN, Prime Minister promises change for Indigenous Canadians

"Nation-to-nation, government-to-government, and Inuit-Crown relationships can be transformed"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Creating a better Canada for Inuit, Métis and First Nations peoples—that was the focus of a speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Sept. 21 at the United Nations General Assembly’s 72nd session, where Trudeau promised new, less colonialist government structures, committed to reconciliation and...

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NEWS September 22, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut fugitive surrenders; RCMP say “cool heads prevail”

RCMP began negotiations with David Mikkigak early Sept. 22; two companions also in custody

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

David Mikkigak, who has been wanted by police and has been hiding out in a cabin outside of Cape Dorset for more than two months, has surrendered to police.

The Nunavut RCMP issued a news release just after 2 p.m. Sept. 22 to say that Mikkigak, 37, is now in custody and that he “surrendered...

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NEWS September 22, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Handshakes, demos and swag: welcome to the Nunavut Trade Show

From GN programs to drones and performing arts, it's all about making connections

BETH BROWN

Bibi Bilodeau shows off samples of circuits and breakers kept in her trusty electrical snap circuit kit.

“It gives a fun model of how electricity works,” said the Skills Nunavut staffer, who was running the organizations’ table at the Nunavut Trade Show this year. 

The group promotes trades and...

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NEWS September 22, 2017 - 11:30 am

School’s on, but many Nunavut classrooms still missing teachers

GN says 63 teaching jobs remain vacant

JANE GEORGE

Students have been back at school for weeks in some Nunavut communities, but some students don’t have teachers yet.

That’s because, Nunavut-wide, 63 teaching positions remain to be filled, according to Nunavut’s education department.

The shortage means substitute teachers have been called in,...

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NEWS September 22, 2017 - 10:00 am

Baffin Inuit org gives scholarships to 80 post-secondary students

Students receive $2,500 award

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Eighty Inuit students from the Baffin region have each received a $2,500 scholarship from the Qikiqtani Inuit Associations’s new scholarship program for post-secondary students.

“Education is the most important investment we make,” said QIA President P.J. Akeeagok in a QIA news release about the...

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NEWS September 22, 2017 - 8:00 am

Air travel: the only transportation choice for Nunavik, roundtable hears

Nunavik weighs in ahead of Quebec air transport summit in 2018

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik’s leadership used a Sept. 18 roundtable to try to convince Quebec officials that air travel is a crucial and essential service for the region’s 13,000 residents—and not a luxury.

Quebec’s Société du Plan Nord—the provincial agency that oversees development above the 55th parallel—and...

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NEWS September 22, 2017 - 7:00 am

Federal regulations hamper MMIWG inquiry: commissioners

"We’re not examining buildings, we’re examining lives"

SARAH ROGERS

A few weeks into the second year of a two-year mandate, commissioners with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls say they’re struggling to work with federal bureaucracy to keep the commission on track.

Appearing for the first time in front of the Standing...

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NEWS September 21, 2017 - 4:00 pm

GN broadens Inuit language incentive program

"Skills in Inuktut are valued and important for future employment"

SARAH ROGERS

The Government of Nunavut is offering its Inuktut-speaking employees a new incentive it hopes will help promote the use of the Inuit language in the public service.

The GN, in partnership with Nunavut’s language authority, Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, will on Oct. 2 launch its new Inuit...

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NEWS September 21, 2017 - 2:30 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17

Tale of former SAO who skimmed lottery money tops the news

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Sept. 15 story, published late in the day on Friday, ended up leading the top five most-read stories of the week that started Sept. 10.

Nunatsiaq News readers were keen to learn about how a former Nunavut senior administrative officer received a sentence of house arrest for a $150,000 theft from...

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NEWS September 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut, mining company, link arms to improve Kivalliq quality of life

GN and AEM name 10 priority areas, but mention no budget to pay for it

BETH BROWN

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. wants to do more than just dig for gold in Nunavut.

The multinational corporation, which operates mine sites in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Nunavut Sept. 20, pledging to collaborate with the territory on 10...

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NEWS September 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

Fires produce big costs for Nunavut: 2016 fire marshal report

Fires resulted in $2.9 million in losses territory-wide

JANE GEORGE

More than 100 fires in Nunavut—18 of which were “suspicious” in origin—ran up a bill of about $2.9 million in losses across the territory in 2016.

That figure comes from the Office of the Fire Marshal’s 2016 Annual Report, tabled Sept. 18 in the Nunavut Legislature, on fire-related statistics for...

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NEWS September 21, 2017 - 9:00 am

Made-in-Nunavut Corrections Act bill will die with assembly dissolution

“This assembly has simply run out of time”

STEVE DUCHARME

A made-in-Nunavut Corrections Act bill, meant to replace decades-old legislation grandfathered from the Northwest Territories, will be buried alongside another failed bill amending Nunavut’s Education Act, after MLAs quietly dropped the legislation on the final day of their last sitting before...

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NEWS September 21, 2017 - 8:00 am

Ex-RCMP officer who smuggled Nunavut narwhal tusks gets 62-month sentence

Gregory Logan served with the RCMP in Iqaluit, Sanikiluaq

JANE GEORGE

Here’s what you shouldn’t do: smuggle narwhal tusks into the United States.

This is why a retired RCMP officer, Gregory Logan, received a sentence of 62 months Sept. 20 in a Bangor, Maine courtroom.

“When law enforcers become law breakers, it causes the rest of society to despair,” said U.S....

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NEWS September 21, 2017 - 7:00 am

Report reveals Nunavut MLAs raked in big bucks last year

MLA pay packets in 2016-17 ranged from $122,762 to $220,106 a year

JIM BELL

It’s not hard to understand why so many Nunavut MLAs want to seek re-election this Oct. 30.

As revealed in a report tabled in the legislative assembly Sept. 19, members of the Nunavut legislature make big bucks—and they rank among the best paid wage earners in Nunavut.

All MLAs fall within the...

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut health department spends $74M on medical travel: annual report

More than 30,000 medical travel trips booked in 2016-17

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you want to know where the Government of Nunavut spends its money, you don’t need to look any further than to the health department.

Figures on what the GN spends on medical travel are among the interesting tidbits contained in the health department’s annual report for 2016-17, tabled Sept. 14...

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 2:30 pm

I’ll be back: Nunavut MLAs tout achievements ahead of fall election

“It hasn’t always been fun times, but we’ve kept the government moving”

STEVE DUCHARME

If there was any doubt that Nunavut was entering another territorial election cycle, it was put to rest on the last day of Nunavut’s fourth legislative assembly as MLAs made a hard sell during three hours of speeches summarizing their accomplishments at the Nunavut Legislative Assembly in

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Arctic sea ice shows 8th lowest minimum extent since 1978

Arctic ice cover this year was 1.58 million square kilometres lower than 1981-2010 average minimum extent.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

This year’s annual Arctic Ocean ice melt was not a record-breaker, but the end-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent still came in as the eighth lowest in the past 38 years, two respected U.S. agencies said Sept. 19.

Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its yearly lowest extent on Sept. 13, NASA and...

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 11:30 am

Nunavut’s Tanya Tagaq plays Iqaluit Sept. 30

Tickets on sale now through Alianait's website

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Iqaluit-based Alianait arts festival organizers say they’re “ecstatic” about presenting throat singer Tanya Tagaq in concert later this month in Nunavut’s capital.

Cambridge Bay-raised Tagaq is set to play Inuksuk High School Sept. 30—her first show in Iqaluit in over a decade.

It’s also...

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 9:00 am

Northwestel confirms big internet expansion to all of Nunavut

In 2019, telecom’s internet coverage will jump from four communities to 25

BETH BROWN

Four days after receiving $49.9 million from the federal government, Northwestel used the Nunavut Trade Show to announce that by 2019, they will extend internet and cell phone service to all 25 Nunavut communities at download speeds of 15 Mbps and an increased data cap of 100 Gb.

Right now,...

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut lender’s deficit continues, does not name clients

Territory’s business lender of last resort increases portfolio to 57 loans

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut’s arms-length lending agency, the Nunavut Business Credit Corp., expanded its lending portfolio and has cut down its operating deficit, but it is still not identifying the businesses that receive loans, the lender’s 2016-17 annual report reveals.

That report, tabled in...

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut RCMP stop Pangnirtung youth’s shooting spree

Teenager sprays 11 rifle rounds into the air around town Sept. 19

JANE GEORGE

A Pangnirtung boy who fired 11 rifle rounds into the air at several locations around the Baffin community of about 1,500 people is now undergoing a psychological assessment by mental health professionals, the RCMP said Sept. 19.

Just after midnight on Sept. 19, the Pangnirtung RCMP received a...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Hundreds receive child and family services from Nunavut: report

Report says 63 children and youth, 129 adults receive services outside the territory

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Hundreds of Nunavut children, youth and adults are living away from their homes and families, many for their own safety.

Concern over children who don’t live at home in his community of Arctic Bay prompted Quttiktuq MLA Isaac Shooyok to say in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly Sept. 14 that “if a...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavik officials name region’s fifth proposed park

Iluiliq park spans the Hudson Strait's sweeping fjords between Ivujivik and Salluit

SARAH ROGERS

Environment officials in Nunavik are making strides to finalize the creation of the region’s fifth provincial park, or parc national in French.

An area of sweeping cliffs along Nunavik’s Hudson Strait, called Cap Wolstenholme, has long been flagged as potential park land.

Last week, Kativik...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut hunter compensation fund too hard to access, MLA says

“We all know it’s very difficult to get compensation”

BETH BROWN

Uqqummiut MLA Pauloosie Keyootak, who represents Qikiqtarjuaq and Clyde River, wants to know why none of his constituents are able to access territorial government money allocated to compensate hunters for damage caused by wildlife, especially polar bears.

The simple answer, after hearing from...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 11:50 am

Nunavik women still recovering from Labour Day weekend hit-and-run

Jimmy Tooktoo, 29, faces three charges

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two Nunavik women continue to recover in Montreal after they were run down by a reckless driver earlier this month.

The two women, originally from Akulivik, were in Umiujaq during the long weekend when, on Sept. 2, a driver speeding through the Hudson coast village drove into the two women as they...

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Bibi Bilodeau, left, of Skills Nunavut, gives a crash course on circuitry at the Nunavut Trade Show in Iqaluit Sept. 21. The annual trade show, held at the Arctic Winter Games arena, is a three-day event featuring the trade show floor, above, and a series of talks and workshops designed to bolster Nunavut's economy. As such, participants include those involved in a host of sectors including education, infrastructure, airlines, commerce, mining, banking, consulting, communications, energy technology and land claims. This year's theme was Facing the Future—Together. See story on the trade show later, on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)
Bibi Bilodeau, left, of Skills Nunavut, gives a crash course on circuitry at the Nunavut Trade Show in Iqaluit Sept. 21. The annual trade show, held at the Arctic Winter Games arena, is a three-day event featuring the trade show floor, above, and a series of talks and workshops designed to bolster Nunavut's economy. As such, participants include those involved in a host of sectors including education, infrastructure, airlines, commerce, mining, banking, consulting, communications, energy technology and land claims. This year's theme was Facing the Future—Together. See story on the trade show later, on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)

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