Jo Ellen Etuangat plays at the vigil for Action on Violence Against Women and Girls held at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit Dec. 6 during a rose-laying ceremony. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
December 09, 2013 - 4:45 pm
Two Makivik Corp. positions up for election
Makivik Corp. will get new treasurer, as long-time treasurer decides not to run for re-election
Makivik Corp. will gain at least one new executive member in 2014.
On January 16, Nunavik’s birthright corporation will hold elections for its vice-president of resource development and treasurer positions.
And six Nunavimmiut will vie for those two positions — both which have been filled by the...
December 09, 2013 - 3:38 pm
Nunavut spouse-killer gets life, no chance of parole for 13 years
Justice Earl Johnson points to Nunavut’s “lack of resources” to cope with spousal abuse
Convicted murderer Adrian Van Eindhoven will not be eligible to apply for parole until after serving 13 years of his life prison sentence, Justice Earl Johnson ruled Dec. 9 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.
Johnson also ruled that the accused, who was convicted of second degree murder in...
December 09, 2013 - 2:50 pm
QIA releases public version of Mary River IIBA
Royalty rate still not disclosed, few agreement details not included in plain language version
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association released the public version of the Mary River Project Inuit Impacts Benefit Agreement Dec. 6 — an agreement that sets out the working relationship between Nunavut Inuit and the Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation.
“It is QIA’s wish to share the IIBA openly,” said QIA...
December 09, 2013 - 10:30 am
International polar bear conservation will include Inuit knowledge
Range states agree to include indigenous perspective
Canada and four states agreed in Moscow last week to include “traditional ecological knowledge” from indigenous Arctic peoples in the 1973 International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears.
The commitment, made in a joint declaration by the five polar bear range states — Canada, the...
December 09, 2013 - 9:18 am
Nunavut organizations call for action against domestic violence
Community walk and vigil mark Day of Remembrance
Iqalummiut demonstrated solidary in support of ending violence against women Dec. 6.
About 50 solid supporters of the cause braved rush hour traffic for a cross-town walk from the Igluvut Building at the Four Corners to Inuksuk High School, where 100 more awaited the annual vigil for action on...
December 09, 2013 - 7:20 am
Kuujjuaq residents walk a mile in disabled person’s shoes
Kuujjuaq health centre hosts awareness activity
Getting around town in a wheelchair with a walker or when your vision is blurry is tough in most parts of the world, but Nunavik communities can some times pose worse challenges.
Snow banks, ice and even gravel roads can make it that much harder for people with reduced mobility to navigate a...
December 09, 2013 - 6:28 am
Dejaeger never able to learn Inuktitut, retired Nunavut priest tells court
Father Robert Lechat often left Flemish priest in charge of Igloolik mission
Though the Oblates of Mary Immaculate sent Father Eric Dejaeger to Igloolik in 1978 for the express purpose of learning Inuktitut, the Flemish priest put little effort into learning the language, Father Robert Lechat said Dec. 6 in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.
“Eric could not speak to...
December 06, 2013 - 5:18 pm
Nunavut court to decide spouse-killer’s parole ineligibility Dec. 9
Lawyers present Justice Earl Johnson with range of 12 to 15 years
Following a sentencing hearing in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit Dec. 6, when lawyers presented options ranging from 12 to 15 years, Justice Earl Johnson said he would rule Dec. 9 on convicted murderer Adrian Van Eindhoven’s period of parole ineligibility.
Crown and defence lawyers each...
December 06, 2013 - 11:32 am
Transport Canada denies screening station to Puvirnituq airport
Elders, medical patients en route to Montreal must disembark at La Grande for screening
KUUJJUAQ — The Kativik Regional Government wants to make travel easier for passengers taking off from the Puvirnituq airport.
That’s after Transport Canada recently sent a letter to the KRG refusing its request to designate the airport for Canadian Air Travel Security Authority screening, regional...
December 06, 2013 - 8:28 am
ArcticNet conference unfolding next week in Halifax
Research topics explore northern environment and its peoples
If you want to know what’s happening in contemporary Arctic research today — from animal behaviours to housing to melting permafrost and underwater fibre optic cable — find a way to get to Halifax next week.
ArcticNet’s ninth annual scientific meeting will be held from Dec. 9 to Dec. 13 at...
December 06, 2013 - 7:27 am
Nunavummiut mourn Father Jusipi
Catholic priest ministered for 59 years in Nunavut and Nunavik
Communities in central Nunavut on Dec. 1 mourned the death of Father Joseph Meeus, who ministered to several Catholic churches in Nunavut and Nunavik for more than 50 years. He was 86.
Better known as Father Jusipi, Meeus last served as priest in Rankin Inlet, where he was minister to Mary Our...
December 06, 2013 - 6:45 am
Ghana-Canada musical fusion comes to Iqaluit Dec. 8
CanadAfrica closes Alianait’s 2013 concert series
The sounds and rhythms of Ghana, teamed up with harmonica-driven folk and blues, will reverberate in Iqaluit Dec. 8.
Mike Stevens and dancer-percussionist Okaidja Afroso will share their fresh tunes sprung from the collaboration, CanadAfrica, which includes pieces from their newly-released album...
December 05, 2013 - 5:57 pm
Inuit leaders thank Nelson Mandela for his courage, insight
"He taught us the true meaning of forgiveness"
Canadian Inuit leaders say they plan to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, 95, who died at his Johannesburg, South Africa home Dec. 5.
Mandela may have lived a world away, but Inuit leaders say his fight against racism, inequality and poverty resonated deeply with Inuit.
“Nelson Mandela taught...
December 05, 2013 - 4:55 pm
Taissumani: July 25, 2008
This is a reprint of an article by the Nunatsiaq News history columnist, Kenn Harper, first published as a Taissumani column in 2008.
Iqaluit is blessed with an airport two miles in length, which means that it often attracts interesting and unexpected visitors.
From Hollywood movie stars to...
December 05, 2013 - 2:44 pm
New CEO changing the Nunavut Trust’s direction
“It’s exciting to be changing, taking over and having a good team behind me”
After 20 years of managing $1.1 billion in land claim funds and at the same time growing the capital and paying for operations and programs at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the three regional associations, the Nunavut Trust is setting a new course.
That course includes shifting its investment...
This image of a polar bear, recently hunted in Arctic Bay, made the rounds on Twitter Dec. 4 after Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq retweeted the photo, with the message "Enjoy!" That sparked a flurry of support and criticism of the Inuit polar bear hunt, with many arguing the animals are threatened and shouldn't be hunted at all. "I will continue to stand up for Inuit and Northern communities who rely on the polar bear hunt," Aglukkaq later tweeted to her followers. Aglukkaq led a Canadian delegation at an international forum on polar bear conservation in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 4-6, where Arctic nations signed a joint declaration aimed at furthering the conservation and management of polar bears — a plan that will also integrate aboriginal traditional knowledge. Read more at nunatsiaqonline.ca (TWITTER PHOTO)