Nunatsiaq Online
-none- February 28, 1997 - 10:21 am

My Little Corner of Canada: Our Mountain to Climb

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN AMAGOALIK

It has been a long climb. The slopes of Mt. Columbus have been steep and winding. We started this climb many years ago. It seems like a lifetime ago. Come to think of it, it is.

Over the past few years, our footprints have broken new trails up on the higher slopes of our mountain...

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Nunavut February 28, 1997 - 10:20 am

Nunavut guide book goes on-line

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

The first comprehensive travellers’ guide to Nunavut makes its debut today, but don’t look for it in book stores.

Creators of the Nunavut Handbook, scheduled for publication this summer, have launched an electronic version of their guide on the world-wide web. The site is located...

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Nunavut February 28, 1997 - 10:19 am

Give up pay-equity challenge: Picco

Iqaluit MLA Ed Picco says endless court appeals over allegations of past discrimination won't stop the invevitable.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The territorial government should lick its wounds and settle a dispute over pay equity out of court, Iqaluit MLA Ed Picco told the Legislative Assembly last week.

“We can continue to duck and dive, appeal or whatever legal route we take to put this off,” Picco said, “but is it not about time...

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Nunavut February 28, 1997 - 10:19 am

Nungak takes unity message to Europe

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

Nunavik Inuit face years of political upheaval as Quebec separatists try to steer the province out of Canada one referendum after another, Europeans were told last week.

Makivik Corporation president Zebedee Nungak warned audiences in Geneva, London and Brussels that Nunavik’s place...

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Nunavut February 28, 1997 - 10:13 am

For the record: Arlooktoo calls for unity

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Like many of his colleagues, NWT deputy premier Goo Arlooktoo is growing worried about the development of a power struggle pitting the GNWT against Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the Nunavut Implementation Commission.

Arlooktoo says Nunatsiaq News has played a role in fueling that conflict.

Here’s...

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Nunavut February 28, 1997 - 10:12 am

Church scolds government for deficit obsession

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

Anglican clergy have warned that the pace of fiscal reforms in the North is hindering development and will condemn Arctic communities to another generation of dependence.

In a sharply worded letter to NWT premier Don Morin, the executive committee of the Arctic diocese has called for...

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-none- February 28, 1997 - 10:12 am

Government language bureau to be overhauled

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Eighteen translators will lose their jobs if a proposal to restructure the GNWT’s language bureau goes ahead.

Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Charles Dent told the Legislative Assembly that 18 positions will be lost under a plan to re-organize the language bureau....

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Nunavut February 28, 1997 - 9:51 am

Assembly plebiscite on May 26?

Plebiscite on two-member ridings could cost $350,000

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Nunavut residents may go to the polls May 26 to decide whether Nunavut’s first legislative assembly should be made up of two-member, one-man, one-woman constituencies.

That’s the date being discussed as Nunavut leaders flesh out the details of how and when a plebiscite on the...

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Nunavut February 21, 1997 - 9:48 am

Nunavut educators receive national awards

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two Nunavut educators have received national recognition for their work in the area of science.

Rankin Inlet teacher William Belsey has won the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology and Mathematics.

And Iqaluit resident Bruce Rigby, director of the Nunavut Research...

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-none- February 21, 1997 - 9:48 am

My Little Corner of Canada: Flashes of Brilliance

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN AMAGOALIK

Our children have gone through tough times in the past 35 years or so. Through no fault on their part, our children have borne the burdens of cultural upheaval, rapidly changing times, and the painful recovery from colonialism. They have grown up in a period of violence and abuse....

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Nunavut February 21, 1997 - 9:46 am

Paul Martin: no new federal cuts

Canada's finance minister said this week that the era of federal government cuts is coming to an end - and that by the time Nunavut is created in 1999, Ottawa may have a balanced budget.

JIM BELL

Federal Finance Minister Paul Martin boasted this week that good times are just around the corner for Canadians.

“The era of cuts is ending. The finances of the nation are finally being brought under control,” Martin said in a Feb. 18 speech laying out the federal government’s 1997-98...

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Nunavut February 21, 1997 - 9:45 am

Baker Lake loses young man to blizzard

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

Funeral services were held Tuesday for a 25-year-old Baker Lake man who froze to death last week in a blinding snowstorm.

Joshua Aminaaq’s body was found only metres from the shelter of the mining camp he and Victor Utatanaq, 39, were hired to maintain.

“After being out there,...

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Nunavut February 21, 1997 - 9:44 am

Nunavut youth get warm reception at meeting

N-Files report notes confusion over job promises, decentralization

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Nunavut youth had a captive audience when the N-Files report was presented at the leaders’ summit in Cambridge Bay last Sunday.

Jimi Onalik, youth co-ordinator for the Kivalliq Inuit Association, presented the report, which is a compilation of youth views on a range of issues...

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Nunavut February 21, 1997 - 9:43 am

Kuptana resigns from ICC

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

Rosemarie Kuptana resigned suddenly as president of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference this week, just 18 months into her three-year term.

The resignation came as a complete surprise to ICC’s executive council, which was meeting in Nuuk, Greenland, and thrust longtime ICC...

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Nunavut February 21, 1997 - 9:36 am

Cambridge Bay meeting gets a “3” rating

A GNWT-dominated leaders' meeting on Nunavut in Cambridge Bay last weekend failed to live up to its billing. But leaders did agree to hold a plebiscite on the NIC's two-member constituency proposal.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

What was touted to be one of the most important meetings on the road to Nunavut was given a mere “3” rating this week by Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated President Jose Kusugak.

Kusugak said that although 90 per cent of the issues were resolved at the Decisions ‘97 Nunavut...

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Nunavut February 21, 1997 - 9:33 am

Gender parity to be decided by plebiscite

NIC recommendation gets no support from Nunavut caucus

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

The people of Nunavut will be asked to decide another major issue, as leaders failed to reach an agreement on the Nunavut Implementation Commission’s gender parity proposal last weekend.

The three partners of the Nunavut Political Accord decided to put the decision in the hands...

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-none- February 14, 1997 - 9:32 am

The struggle from within

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Science tells us that nature abhors a vacuum.

And wherever there’s a vacuum, air rushes in to fill it up.

By studying the pre-election tea leaves, and by dithering over the appointment of his old pal Jack Anawak as interim commissioner of Nunavut, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien has created a power...

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Nunavut February 14, 1997 - 9:30 am

My Little Corner of Canada: The non-Inuit of Nunavut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

John Amagoalik

Representing about 15 per cent of the population, the non-Inuit of Nunavut are a small but significant segment of our community.

A large portion of Nunavut’s trained and professional work force is in this minority. This work force is still vital to the functioning of Nunavut’s...

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Nunavut February 14, 1997 - 9:29 am

Teachers urge Ottawa to back them in contract dispute

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Teachers have asked Ottawa to overturn GNWT legislation that they say denies their right to free collective bargaining.

The Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association filed a petition this week with the federal government asking it to suspend amendments to the GNWT’s Public Service Act.

“(The...

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Nunavut February 14, 1997 - 9:27 am

Talk begins on Nunavut’s assembly building

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Everyone’s talking about the structure of Nunavut’s government.

But no one’s been talking about where the government and legislative assembly will be housed - at least until recently.

Concerned with this absence of any public discussion on Nunavut’s legislative assembly...

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