Nunatsiaq Online
-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:32 am

Napatchie Lyta: a team player

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

TAMARA MACPHERSON
AWG Host Society

IQALUIT — A group of Iqaluit girls represented the Northwest Territories as the junior girls’ soccer team at the 1996 Arctic Winter Games in Eagle River, Alaska.

“Five years have passed and we are still a team,” Napatchie Lyta says. Even when they can’t get...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:31 am

New fuel possibilities in NWT

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — An international team of geoscientists is planning a major trek in the Mackenzie Delta later this year. They will be looking for methane, which, likenatural gas, has potential as a fuel source.

Scientists have already drilled successfully for methane off the coast of Japan, and their...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:31 am

Siberia devasted by floods

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — Yakutsk, the capital of Russia’s diamond-mining republic Sakha-Yakutiya, faced flooding this week as pent-up floodwaters rushed toward the city.

The town of Lensk, 840 kilometres upstream from Yakutsk, was completely submerged by meltwater released after bombers blasted apart a huge ice...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:31 am

Scientists want action on climate

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — In the recent edition of the journal Science, academics from 17 nations signed an editorial asking for “prompt action” on global climate change.

They urged support for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which sets limits on the greenhouse-gas emissions thought to cause global warming. They also...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:30 am

Sami youth stay clean

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — A study involving 3,000 youth in northern Norway shows Sami drink less — and drink less often — than their peers of Norwegian and Finnish descent.

According to Sami researchers from the Centre for Sami Health Research, Sami rates for drug and solvent use were lower than those of their...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:29 am

Iqaluit councillor condemns threats

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — Iqaluit Councillor Glenn Williams this week accused members of the Local 6 union of making threats against the families of city managers and councillors.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting Williams condemned the alleged threats, calling them “inappropriate.”

The councillor cited the...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:29 am

Gun suit still far off

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — Nunavut Tunngavik’s court date with Ottawa over the new federal gun law is still months away.

According to John Merritt, a legal advisor in NTI’s Ottawa office, the case is still in its early stages, with no court date in sight.

NTI is suing the federal government over the Firearms Act,...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:28 am

POPs treaty signed

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — A landmark treaty to reduce Arctic pollutants was signed in Stockholm, Sweden this week.

A total of 110 nations, including Canada, signed the treaty May 23.

Called the Stockholm Convention, the agreement requires countries to reduce or eliminate their use of so-called persistent organic...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:28 am

Iqaluit deputy mayor coming back

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — Simon Nattaq will be returning to Iqaluit tomorrow.

The city’s deputy mayor has been recovering in an Ottawa hospital since undergoing surgery April 7 to amputate his lower legs.

In February the 56-year-old fell through the ice on Frobisher Bay and suffered severe frostbite. He was...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:27 am

All’s silent at QIA

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — “No comment,” seemed to be the most-repeated statement from the Qikiqtani Inuit Association to reporters this week.

Upon returning to Iqaluit from a workshop in Ottawa, QIA President Meeka Kilabuk this week refused to speak with Nunatsiaq News about the suspension late last month of the...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:26 am

Learning on the land

Iqaluit Grade 7 students take a turn at teaching their teachers.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

IQALUIT — Grade 7 student Karen Flaherty says it made her feel good to turn the tables and teach her teachers.

The Iqaluit 12-year-old recently went on an overnight land trip with 11 of her Aqsarniit Middle School classmates at the cadet cabin, about an hour-and-a-half by snowmobile...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:25 am

Iqaluit residents leery about radar-site proposal

City officials say a Nav Can project near the Road to Nowhere will be delayed if necessary.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

IQALUIT — City officials say Iqaluit residents can rest assured that construction of a proposed radar site will begin only after adequate information has been gathered and the public has been consulted.

“There are a lot of issues being raised and the city has no interest in ramming...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:25 am

Nunavut’s heritage lies safely in Yellowknife

A home-away-from-home for thousands of Inuit artifacts.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

YELLOWKNIFE — Housed in a large, dimly-lit storage room at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center in Yellowknife are thousands of Nunavut treasures: a drum used in the movie The White Dawn, a beaded amautik from Baker Lake, and qulliit from the 1950s.

The room’s grey...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:24 am

Televised bingo back on the boob tube

The John Howard Society apologizes for misuse of airtime.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

IQALUIT — TV bingo is back.

The John Howard Society’s televised Saturday night bingo is back on the air in Iqaluit after being yanked from its time-slot on Eastern Arctic TV’s cable service earlier this month.

The station ran TV notices after May 11 stating the bingo was discontinued...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:23 am

Inuit groups gather to improve gun law

Senator Charlie Watt is heading up an effort to amend the Firearms Act.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

AARON SPITZER

IQALUIT — Ottawa’s new gun law may make life safer for Southerners, but it’s endangering Nunavummiut.

That’s the worry of an Inuit working group that plans to propose changes to the law.

The group, spearheaded by Quebec Senator Charlie Watt and composed of representatives of Inuit...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:22 am

Iqaluit arsons keep firefighters active

A rash of blazes in Iqaluit last week has resulted in two arrests.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ALISON BLACKDUCK

IQALUIT — Iqaluit RCMP have charged two men with arson for three separate fires that broke out within a 36 hour period beginning early last Friday morning.

They are continuing their investigation of two other suspicious fires that also happened last week.

The first two fires...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:21 am

Tragedy befalls polar trekker

Searchers think skier slipped into an open lead.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

AARON SPITZER

IQALUIT — A Japanese adventurer who vanished north of Ellesmere Island last week was probably swallowed up by a crack in the sea ice, searchers say.

Hyoichi Kohno, 43, disappeared without a trace May 17, leaving behind a toboggan full of food and survival gear, plus one ski and one...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:20 am

Dump standoff leads to roadside trash heap

Conflict between the City of Iqaluit and its locked-out workers prevents trash from getting into landfill.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

IQALUIT — It was supposed to be simple: Just drive to the dump and drop off the garbage that’s been piling up since Iqaluit’s 80 municipal workers were locked out of work more than a month ago.

But residents who hoped to take advantage of the city’s offer to open the dump Saturday...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:20 am

Protecting Inuit clothing designs

Pauktuutit looks to Panama for legal model.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ALISON BLACKDUCK

IQALUIT — Members of Pauktuutit, Canada’s Inuit women’s organization, are looking south for legal strategies to protect the clothing designs of Inuit as intellectual property.

This week, Inuit artisans and seamstresses from all regions of the Arctic are gathering in Rankin Inlet...

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-none- May 25, 2001 - 11:19 am

Nunavik hunters hammer out beluga plan

Frustrated by DFO quotas, Nunavik whalers have come up with their own system for overseeing beluga stocks.

JANE GEORGE

QUEBEC CITY — Hunters and trappers in Nunavik have come up with their own plan for managing beluga stocks.

At a meeting last week in Kuujjuaq, they asked officials from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to leave the room.

Then they developed their own proposal managing beluga stocks...

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