Around Nunavut

September 12, 2003

GN appoints IQ advisory council

The Government of Nunavut has appointed 11 people to serve on a new body set up to provide advice on Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.

Called "Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Katimajiit," the new body will:

The council's members are: Attima Hadlari of Cambridge Bay, Miriam Nilaulaq Aglukkaq of Gjoa Haven, Peter Peetooloot of Taloyoak, Henry Ialuanik of Arviat, Jackie Napayok of Whale Cove, Mary Ann Tattuinee of Rankin Inlet, Rynie Audla of Sanikiluaq, Metuq Nowdlaq of Iqaluit, Kananginak Pootoogook of Cape Dorset, George Qulaut of Igloolik and Albert Nurriaq of Hall Beach.

Each member will serve a two-year term.

Peter Kilabuk, the minister of culture, language, elders and youth, announced the council's creation this past Monday.

September 12, 2003

Diamond hunters make new kimberlite finds

Exploration firms working in the Kitikmeot and Kivalliq regions reported this week that their summer exploration programs have turned up new discoveries of kimberlite.

Kimberlite is a mineral, usually found in long, narrow pipes under the ground, that often contains diamonds.

In the Kivalliq region, just south of Rankin Inlet, a consortium of three companies exploring an area called the "Churchill Diamond Project" reported this past Tuesday that they've found four more kimberlite pipes, bringing the total number they've found this year to 15. Samples from those finds are now being tested for their microdiamond content.

Although the finds are highly promising, they do not necessarily show that there are commercial quantities of diamonds in the area. But the companies — Shear Minerals, Stornoway Diamond Corp., and BHP Billiton — say they are becoming more confident in their belief that they have discovered a large kimberlite field in the Kivalliq.

In the Kitikmeot region, Tahera Corp., a proponent of the small, $50-million Jericho diamond mine proposal, says it has found a kimberlite dyke about nine kilometres south of the diamond-rich Jericho kimberlite pipe.

Samples from the dyke will analyzed for microdiamond

September 12, 2003

Ottawa conference to ponder land claim implementation

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and four other aboriginal organizations will hold a major conference in Ottawa from Nov. 11 to 14 to talk about the implementation of land claims agreements.

Organizers of the conference say they hope to "lay the foundation of a new and more effective relationship for claims implementation by bringing all stakeholders together."

About 110 people — federal, provincial and territorial officials, aboriginal leaders, negotiators, and academics - are expected to attend.

Speakers will include Pita Aatami, the president of Makivik Corp., Dr. Joseph Gosnell, president of the Nisga'a Lisims government, Ted Moses, grand chief of the James Bay Cree, and Tony Penikett, former premier of the Yukon.


September 5, 2003

Premiers ink pact in Cambridge Bay

The three territorial premiers were in Cambridge Bay this week to sign a co-operation accord to strengthen the North's voice on the national stage.

Premier Dennis Fentie of the Yukon, Premier Stephen Kakfwi of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik signed the "Northern Cooperation Accord" on Sept. 3 during a ceremony at Kullik Ilihakvik.

"We will work cooperatively in areas such as the economy, devolution, aboriginal rights, the environment and social policy," Okalik said in a news release. "The strength of northern solidarity was clearly demonstrated earlier this year when the federal government committed an additional $60 million for the North as part a national health-care arrangement."

As part of the accord, the territorial premiers will hold an annual northern premiers' forum.

The accord will be valid for three years and can be amended as well as renewed.

September 5, 2003

Election call for Iqaluit

On Oct. 20, voters in Iqaluit will head to the polls to elect candidates in the following positions:

A mayor and eight councillors for the Iqaluit city council, seven members each for the Iqaluit and Apex district education authorities and five members for the Conseil Scolaire francophone d'Iqaluit, or the Francophone District Education Authority.

Nomination papers for all candidates are due before 3 p.m. on Sept. 15.

September 5, 2003

New jail slated for Kugluktuk

Prisoners from the Kitikmeot region will be able to spend short jail terms in their region after a new 20-person facility opens in Kugluktuk next year.

That was the news brought by Premier Paul Okalik, the minister of justice, during a visit to Kugluktuk this week.

A news release from the Government of Nunavut says Kugluktuk's "healing facility" will house up to 20 offenders serving short sentences or completing their sentences at the Baffin or Yellowknife correctional centres.

The GN will save costs by renovating an existing building in the community. That was a key element in locating the new facility in Kugluktuk, the release says.

The new jail, due to open early next summer, will create 12 new positions for the community.

September 5, 2003

Senators to meet on northern fisheries

From mid-September to early November, the Senate's standing committee on fisheries and oceans will conduct a special study on quota allocations and benefits for northern fishermen.

The committee will look at federal and territorial activities and plans for allocating quotas for turbot fishing areas, the roles and plans of various agencies in the building of an Inuit-owned and operated fishery, Inuit plans for entering the fishing industry and efforts by hunters and trappers organizations to build up their fishing efforts.

Witnesses from Nunavut, Nunavik and Ottawa will appear before the committee. To learn more about the issues and to follow the proceedings, go to