Nunatsiaq News
-none- March 25, 1999 - 11:07 am

Back where it began

JIM BELL

The modern colonization of the eastern Arctic came about because of three world-historical events over which Inuit had absolutely no control: World War II, the development of the nuclear arms race, and the Cold War.

So it’s fitting that the reclamation of Nunavut by its own people will be marked...

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-none- March 25, 1999 - 11:03 am

Nul n’est prophète en son pays!

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Vous avez dû remarquer qu’il y a pas mal de journalistes en ville! Peut-être même avez vous été la cible de leurs questions. La presse écrite, la radio, ça passe un peu inaperçu. Quand vous en aperceve Z un, il est déjà trop tard, la question est déjà là : “Ça veut dire quoi pour vous le

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 11:07 am

A day to think about racism

JIM BELL

For almost every worthy cause imaginable, there’s now a special “day” or “week,” or “month” dedicated to its promotion and celebration. There are so many nowadays, it’s impossible to navigate your way through the calendar without stumbling across several overlapping promotional weeks and...

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 11:03 am

The fight against racism begins at home

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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A message from the Canadian Ethnocultural Council

OTTAWA — The United Nations has recognized March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day has come to be known as the day for each of us to question how racism affects our lives.

Canada has marked March 21...

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 9:50 am

Back to school in Kangiqsualujjuaq

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Students in Kangiqsualujjuaq are back in school after a two month break from academic classes.

Two weeks ago, the community’s 223 students returned to school for the first time since an avalanche crashed into the former Satuumavik School on New Year’s Eve, leveling its gym and filling...

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 9:49 am

Nunavik’s first young offenders centre opens in Salluit

As a new youth justice law wends its way through Parliament, a new young offenders' custody centre opens its doors in Nunavik.

JANE GEORGE

SALLUIT — When Salluit’s new rehabilitation centre opens March 30, troubled youth from Nunavik will finally be able to stay in the region during their detention periods.

The multi-million dollar centre has places for 14 young people, 14-18 years old. They’ll be referred into the centre’s custody...

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 9:47 am

Nunavik pressures Quebec for civil protection money

Local fire brigades and emergency measures committees lack training, co-ordination and equipment, KRG head Johnny Adams says.

JANE GEORGE

KANGIRSUJUAQ — Quebec officials and the Kativik Regional Government agree that Nunavik needs to be more equipped to deal with emergencies.

The pending coroners’ inquest into the deaths caused by the New Year’s Day avalanche in Kangiqsualujjuaq is expected to recommend ways Nunavik communities can...

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 9:46 am

Get ready to pay more for booze after April 1

Many Nunavut residents will pay more to buy imported liquor after April 1, when the Nunavut Liquor Act comes into effect.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — The cost of buying alcohol in Nunavut could rise by as much as 25 per cent on April 1, when the Nunavut Liquor Act comes into effect.

Iqaluit will have the further distinction of becoming the only capital in Canada where retail liquor sales are...

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 9:46 am

Makivik AGM opens in Quartaq this week

Makivik Corporation executive members are in an upbeat mood as their annual general meeting opens in Quartaq this week.

JANE GEORGE

QUARTAQ — Makivik Corporation’s annual general meeting drew some 100 delegates to Quartaq this week, where a smiling group of executives, headed by Makivik President Pita Aatami, handed out hockey jerseys bearing Makivik’s “Team 99” colours.

With a record return on investments that’s boosted...

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 9:41 am

Kuujjuaq jury acquits local man of manslaughter

Crown prosecutors say a jury member may have made comments on local radio suggesting that the jury made its mind up before hearing all the evidence.

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — A jury acquitted a Kuujjuaq man accused of manslaughter last Friday, but this judgment may now be contested in Quebec’s Court of Appeals.

After handing down a verdict of acquittal in this case on Friday afternoon, the head of the jury then reportedly spoke over the local radio, saying...

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 9:40 am

JPs to play larger role in single court justice system

Nunavut's Justice Department plans to train and recruit community justices of the peace able to handle a greater number of minor court cases

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — The success of Nunavut’s innovative court system will depend to a large extent on the willingness and ability of justices of the peace to accept more judicial responsibilities in their own communities.

Bill C-57, the legislation establishing Nunavut’s...

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 9:39 am

RCMP open internal investigation into Iqaluit member

The RCMP are investigating a complaint lodged by an Iqaluit man who alleges that he was injured by a member of the Iqaluit RCMP detachment.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Police have opened an internal criminal investigation into allegations that a member of the Iqaluit RCMP brutalized a drunken prisoner in his custody.

Const. Colin Alloolloo, who is named in the complaint, will remain on the job at least until the...

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 9:37 am

Nunavut, NWT reach last-minute deal on NTPC

Negotiators from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories have bought another year during which they'll try to strike a permanent agreement on the future of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Negotiators for Nunavut and the western territory say they have reached a tentative agreement to keep the Northwest Territories Power Corp. together after April 1.

The deal postpones by one year a final decision on the future of the crown corporation, and...

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-none- March 19, 1999 - 9:34 am

Man attempts to cut off his penis after exorcism ritual

A badly mutilated Akulivik man is being treated in a Montreal hospital after an attempt by the local Anglican church committee to exorcise evil spirits from his future sister-in-law.

JANE GEORGE

QUARTAQ — Word of an exorcism gone dreadfully wrong has spread out from Akulivik, overcoming a tiny Hudson Bay community’s reluctance to discuss an incident that left one resident emotionally devastated and another grievously mutilated.

Sources in the community, who agreed to speak to the...

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-none- March 12, 1999 - 11:05 am

The Naked Ladies: An Inuit soldier and cultural purgatory

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RACHEL ATTITUQ QITSUALIK
Special to Nunatsiaq News

OTTAWA — We were finally seeing the secret collection.

For about a month now, there had been whispered gossip that a friend of my father, a distant uncle really, owned a secret collection. This collection, it was said, was comprised entirely of...

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-none- March 12, 1999 - 11:04 am

Un grand coup de collier!

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Un beau soleil comme on a eu cette semaine, ça me fait penser à une jument noire que j’ai connue. C’était pas vraiment à moi, mais je l’aimais tellement! À chaque année, quand je sens le printemps revenir, ça me fait un petit pincement de coeur, rien que de penser à elle.

C’est ça qui me manque...

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-none- March 12, 1999 - 10:22 am

QC begins more clean-up at Resolution Island

Baffin's birthright development corporation is recruiting and training more hazardous materials workers this year.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Qikiqtaaluk Corp. has begun preparing for a fourth season of cleanup work at Resolution Island, site of a former U.S. military base contaminated by PCBs.

The Inuit-owned development corporation’s efforts this summer will be focused on completing access roads...

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-none- March 12, 1999 - 10:21 am

Manitoba officials propose closer trade with Nunavut

A delegation from the Manitoba government was in Iqaluit this week to talk business with Nunavut residents.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Tucking into wild caribou medallions and nibbling fillets of fresh Arctic char is all part of a day’s work at Jerry Offet’s experimental kitchen in Portage La Prairie.

As CEO of the provincially owned Food Development Centre, Offet has landed the plum...

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-none- March 12, 1999 - 10:20 am

First Air crash probe investigators looks at de-icing

It will take at least a year for investigators to finish looking at the cause of a Hawker Siddley 748 near Iqaluit last December.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Six Canadian and five British engineers continue to probe the cause of a plane crash near Iqaluit last December in which First Air flight 802 careered into the tundra following an aborted takeoff.

“This will take, I can tell you, at least a year,” Mark...

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-none- March 12, 1999 - 10:19 am

Makivik’s president concentrating on Nunavik accord

As delegates prepare for next week's Makivik Corporation AGM in Quartaq, Pita Aatami is pushing Quebec City and Ottawa for more progress in signing the Nunavik political accord on self-government.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — As Nunavik’s land claim organization prepares to meet next week in Quartaq, there’s a lot weighing on the mind of Makivik Corporation President Pita Aatami.

“Number one is the political accord,” said Aatami.

Aatami is holding last-minute discussions with Quebec native affairs minister...

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-none- March 12, 1999 - 10:19 am

Nunavik beneficiaries go the polls next week

Eligible Inuit beneficiaries will choose a treasurer and a second vice president for the Makivik Corporation next week.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Next Friday, for the third time during the past six months, Nunavimmiut are going to the polls.

In September, they elected Pita Aatami as the new president of the Makivik Corporation. Then, a provincial election followed in early December.

Now, on March 19, beneficiaries of the James...

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-none- March 12, 1999 - 10:18 am

QC pursues new seal deal with Makivik and Sakku

Though an agreement with a Chinese firm has fallen through, the Qikiqtaaluk Corporation is pursuing a new seal marketing deal with development corporations in Nunavik and Kivalliq.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — A much-touted deal to revive the seal industry in Nunavut has collapsed.

But Baffin’s Qikiqtaaluk Corporation is now pursuing a new deal with Nunavik’s Makivik Corporation and the Kivalliq region’s Sakku Corporation.

A partnership between QC and a...

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-none- March 12, 1999 - 10:17 am

What’s good for the goose? Controversy clouds spring goose hunt

Although Inuit groups either support the idea, or have taken no position on the issue, animals rights groups and the Assembly of First Nations have joined forces to oppose a massive increase in hunting for snow geese.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — A stretch of tundra on either side of the McConnell River near Arviat illustrates why a planned special spring hunt for millions of snow geese across North America has won Mark Kalluak’s support.

“It seems there’s getting to be more and more of them, and...

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-none- March 12, 1999 - 10:16 am

CBC backs out of April 1 contract with DIAND

DIAND has hired a private contractor to broadcast the protocol ceremony marking the birth of Nunavut.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — The CBC’s labour troubles have cost the public broadcaster an important contract to stage, design and produce a special ceremony marking the birth of Nunavut.

With just two weeks to go before the Northwest Territories divides, the federal Department of Indian...

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-none- March 12, 1999 - 10:15 am

Heal thyself— addictions treatment gets tough-love makeover

Baffin board set to role out new plan for addictions treatment and counselling.

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SEAN MCKIBBON
Nunatsiaq News

OTTAWA — Addiction workers for every community, “reality therapy” for addicts, a treatment and training centre in Apex and a host of new services — welcome to the future of drug and alcohol treatment in the Baffin region

Two months after taking over canceling funding...

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