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Nunavik May 26, 2000 - 8:02 pm

Quebec City Inuit gallery may be best in Canada

The Musée Inuit in Quebec City isn't well-known, but it's presentation of Inuit art is second-to-none.

JANE GEORGE

QUEBEC CITY — An unparalleled exhibition of Inuit carving — possibly the finest in Canada — is located, oddly enough, in the heart of Quebec City’s old quarter.

The Musée Inuit, a totally self-supporting, privately-owned museum, opened there quietly a year ago.

And, while it has attracted its...

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Iqaluit May 26, 2000 - 8:01 pm

New site found for Iqaluit’s new AWG arena

A new site for Iqaluit's second arena will cut about $900,000 off the building's construction costs.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT - Organizers for the 2002 Arctic Winter Games in Iqaluit plan to build a new arena and youth centre in the town’s east end, after the discovery of a buried water pipe derailed plans to add the new structure to the town’s existing arena.

The Iqaluit steering committee...

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Around the Arctic May 26, 2000 - 8:00 pm

Canada’s Arctic ambassador hard at work

Mary Simon has spent her time as Canada's ambassador to Denmark in encouraging more trade between Canada and Greenland.

JANE GEORGE

QUEBEC CITY — As Canada’s ambassador to Denmark and the Arctic, Mary Simon juggles responsibilities for the Arctic Council, along with running a 20-person embassy in Copenhagen.

This double-duty requires a full day of work in her office consulting with her employees and government officials or...

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Nunavik May 26, 2000 - 7:58 pm

Inuit presence strong at native business gathering

Inuit-owned First Air was named native business of the year at the Mishtapew Excellence Awards Gala held last week in Quebec City.

JANE GEORGE

QUEBEC CITY — There was a distinctly Oscar-like bu at the glitzy and entertaining Mishtapew Excellence Awards Gala held last week in Quebec City.

More than 300 elegantly-dressed members and friends of the First People’s Business Association turned out for an evening of fine dining, entertainment...

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Nunavut May 26, 2000 - 7:57 pm

Scientists to probe ozone mysteries near Alert

Why does the atmosphere above the High Arctic change so radically in the spring?

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL ó An international team of scientists has returned from the Canadian forces station at Alert after a three-month study of ozone depletion in the High Arctic. Their project, called “Alert 2000,” looked at the amazing and baffling atmospheric changes that occur in the High Arctic when the...

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Nunavut May 26, 2000 - 7:57 pm

New course explains Nunavut to high school kids

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN MCKIBBON

IQALUIT — A course designed to teach Grade 9 students about the creation of Nunavut was unveiled in Iqaluit recently.

“There are so few resources, especially for new teachers,” said Nick Newbery, an Iqaluit teacher and the author of the six to eight week course that teaches students...

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Nunavut May 26, 2000 - 7:56 pm

DFO says yes to Coral Harbour bowhead hunt

The chair of Coral Harbour's bowhead hunt committee says that this year's Foxe Basin bowhead hunt will be "for all of Nunavut."

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN McKIBBON

IQALUIT — Hunters in Coral Harbour have been given the go-ahead to conduct a bowhead whale hunt within the next two years.

The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board announced last week that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has accepted the NWMB’s decision to establish a total...

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Nunavut May 26, 2000 - 7:55 pm

Two men die in Resolute Bay helicopter crash

A team from the Transportation Safety Board will investigate why a helicopter carrying two scientists crashed near Resolute Bay last weekend.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT - Two men were killed and another was seriously injured after a helicopter crashed early Sunday morning onto the sea ice near Resolute Bay.

Scientists Malcolm Ramsay, 51, and Stuart Innes, 47, are believed to have died on impact. The pair were on their way back from a...

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Nunavut May 26, 2000 - 7:54 pm

St. Roch II voyage is saved from going under

A re-creation of the historic 1940-42 voyage of the St. Roch will take place this summer after all.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN McKIBBON

IQALUIT ó Millennium project organizers have salvaged plans to recreate an historic voyage by an RCMP vessel through the Northwest Passage.

Two corporate sponsors and a professional photographer, who bought a spot for himself and his wife on the voyage, have saved the project, which...

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Nunavut May 26, 2000 - 7:52 pm

Arviat wants to oversee contracting on its own

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN MCKIBBON

IQALUIT — The Nunavut Housing Corp. should let municipalities and local housing authorities choose and supervise the contractors who are to build 100 social housing units in Nunavut this year, say officials with the Hamlet of Arviat.

“Where is community empowerment going in...

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Nunavik May 26, 2000 - 7:49 pm

Quebec coroner slams botched rescue of burned Nunavik woman

A Quebec coroner says Nunavik authorities demonstrated a lack of common sense and compassion when they took 18 hours to rescue a badly burned Kangiqsujuaq woman.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — One year after a badly burned Kangiqsujuaq woman died, a Quebec coroner has found that a lack of common sense, planning and compassion severely hampered efforts to save her life.

Dr. Pierre Samson deemed the death of 79-year-old Sarah Ningiuruvik Paulusi as violent, but accidental, due...

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Nunavik May 19, 2000 - 8:25 pm

Nunavik artist contributes to monumental national quilt

Vicki Okpik of Nunavik has contributed to the creation of a quilt that represents Canada’s cultural communities.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — A monumental quilt featuring a square from Nunavik was to have been unveiled in the Hall of Honour this Thursday at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The quilt project is called “Invitation,” since each of Canada’s various cultural communities, along with First Nations and Inuit, were asked to...

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Iqaluit May 19, 2000 - 8:24 pm

Housing corporation gets new Iqaluit lots

The Nunavut Housing Corporation has accepted a lot swap that will see six new social housing units built this year in Iqaluit, rather than in Apex.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — The Nunavut Housing Corp. has agreed to hand over 10 of its cheaper housing lots in Apex to the Town of Iqaluit in exchange for two piped–service lots in Iqaluit, and an amount of cash.

The Housing Corp. agreed to the deal this week after the municipality turned down...

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Climate Change May 19, 2000 - 8:20 pm

Global warming threatens Nunavut’s national parks

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — There isn’t much good news for two of Nunavut’s national parks, Auyuittuq and Quttinirpaaq, in a report released earlier this week on changes expected to Canada’s national park system caused by global warming.

Sirmilik National Park was not included in this study, called “Climate change...

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Climate Change May 19, 2000 - 8:20 pm

Video exposes effects of climate change on Inuvialuit

Game availability, hunting methods, human health all affected.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — A video that looks at climate change through Inuit eyes may shake up southerners who may not realize how global warming is affecting traditional life in the Arctic.

That’s the intent of a video now in production that will show a year’s worth of subsistence activities in the Inuvialuit...

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Iqaluit May 19, 2000 - 8:19 pm

Middle school now owns a mountain of books

Aqsarniit Iliniarvik’s book drive has succeeded beyond all expectations.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN McKIBBON

IQALUIT – Aqsarniit Iliniarvik, the middle school in Iqaluit with no library books, now owns a mountain of them.

Ottawa residents donated 125,000 pounds of books, or almost 57 metric tonnes, according to book drive organizers.

“There were five igloos full of books coming up on the...

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Iqaluit May 19, 2000 - 8:18 pm

Iqaluit to host Arctic science talk-fest next year

Arctic eggheads from around the world will invade Iqaluit next year.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN McKIBBON

IQALUIT — The Canadian government has won a bid to host the Arctic Sciences Summit in Iqaluit next year.

The week-long event next spring, from April 22-27, will bring more than 200 people to Nunavut’s capital and probably inject at least $250,000 into the local economy, said Bruce...

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Nunavut May 19, 2000 - 8:18 pm

Ottawa pumps $1.7 million into airport safety

The Nunavut transportation department is getting help from Transport Canada to pay for safety improvements to five Nunavut airports.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — Canada will pump $1.7 million into five Nunavut airports to improve safety infrastructure, the federal government has announced.

The cash will be spent on items such as plow trucks, snow blowers and lighting systems.

The money comes from the Transport Canada’s Airport...

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Nunavut May 19, 2000 - 8:17 pm

Fossil forest excavation gets green light

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — This week, the Nunavut Research Institute officially announced it will issue a scientific research license to the U.S. team planning to continue its excavation of the fossil forest on Axel Heiberg Island.

A prepared release issued by Bruce Rigby, science advisor for Nunavut, said the...

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Iqaluit May 19, 2000 - 8:17 pm

Joe Kunuk quits as deputy minister of human resources

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — Joe Kunuk, deputy minister of Nunavut’s Human Resources department, is quitting his job to take on a new position as executive director of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

Kunuk has served as the administrative head of the Human Resources department since last summer, when he replaced Marius...

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