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-none- June 29, 2001 - 4:12 pm

Nunavik riding doubtful

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IQALUIT — Despite repeated promises from the Quebec government, it doesn’t appear Nunavik will get a provincial riding of its own.

In fact, a new electoral map proposed last week by Quebec’s electoral-representation commission shows the present Ungava riding growing instead of shrinking.

The...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:12 pm

Bigfoot on Hudson Bay

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IQALUIT — Signs of a sasquatch — a legendary ape-man sometimes called Bigfoot – have turned up on the west coast of Hudson Bay.

Earlier this month a government official discovered a set of metre-long, human-like footprints west of the Weenusk First Nation Reserve near Polar Bear Provincial Park,...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:11 pm

Alaskans, Chukotkans gather

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IQALUIT — Alaskan and Siberian leaders gathered in Nome, Alaska, last week in an effort to forge closer ties between the two regions.

Though many Inuit have relatives on both sides of the Bering Strait, for years the neighbouring areas were cut off by Cold War tensions between the U.S. and

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:10 pm

Quassa quits

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IQALUIT — Paul Quassa’s resignation as president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. was accepted by NTI’s board of directors Tuesday.

He’s been president of NTI since December 1999.

According to an NTI press release issued last week, Quassa resigned for personal reasons, including needing more time to...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:10 pm

Mark your calendars

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IQALUIT — The Nunavut government has declared July 9 as Nunavut Day for GN employees.

In an announcement last week, Kelvin Ng, the minister of human resources, said GN employees will get a paid holiday on that day.

The holiday marks July 9, 1993, when Canada’s Governor General gave the royal...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:10 pm

Labrador inks deal

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IQALUIT — Labrador’s Inuit are one step closer to completing a land-claim deal.

On Monday in Nain, Labrador, the Labrador Inuit Association signed an agreement-in-principle with the province of Newfoundland and the federal government.

“At long last the Inuit of Labrador have something to...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:09 pm

Teachers’ union to recommend new deal

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IQALUIT — The Northern Quebec Teachers Association will ask its 300 members to approve an agreement-in-principle reached this week with the Kativik School Board.

The new labour agreement calls for an annual recruitment and retention bonus for professional and teaching staff of between $3,500 and...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:09 pm

GN ministers to be graded

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IQALUIT — MLAs will be evaluating the work of Nunavut’s government ministers this fall.

The legislative assembly announced Monday it will conduct a leadership review during its next sitting, scheduled for mid-November.

The review will look at the performance of cabinet ministers during the first...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:06 pm

Collecting culture in Cambridge Bay

Work is underway on new cultural centre.

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DENISE RIDEOUT

CAMBRIDGE BAY — In this Kitikmeot community, where some residents worry that Inuit culture is fading, a place is being built to display Inuit artifacts, old photos and recordings of the Inuinnaqtun language.

The cultural centre, to be built as part of the new school in Cambridge...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:06 pm

Tootoo tapped for NHL

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IQALUIT — Jordin Tootoo has hit the big leagues.

On Sunday the 18-year-old Rankin Inlet resident became the first Inuk and the first Nunavut resident to be drafted into the National Hockey League.

Tootoo, a fiery 5-foot-9 right-winger, was the first player picked in the fourth round of the draft,...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:05 pm

The seat of Sami government

Indigenous people in Norway have their own legislature — but little power to legislate.

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KARASJOK, NORWAY — The Norwegian Sami Parliament building is spectacular.

Set along a ridge in Karasjok, the capital of Sami territory within Norway,the building, called the Samediggi, towers over the surrounding trees.

The $25 million structure opened last October. Its main chamber is shaped...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:04 pm

How the Sami beat suicide

Thirteen years after community’s "year of horror," suicide has been all but stamped out.

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KARASJOK, NORWAY — Last year there was one suicide in Karasjok. The year before, there were none.

Those figures represent a major improvement compared to what happened in Karasjok’s “year of horror.”

In late 1987 and early 1988, 18 Sami youth in and around the community killed themselves. The...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:03 pm

Taking care of their own

Sami are becoming doctors in droves, improving health care for Norway’s indigenous people.

JANE GEORGE

KARASJOK, NORWAY — When Norway’s indigenous Sami go to the hospital, Sami nurses take their blood pressure and Sami doctors listen to their heartbeats.

Forty years ago there weren’t any Sami doctors. Now, Norway’s Sami Medical Association counts 50 members.

Government-sponsored affirmative-action...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:02 pm

“Mad Eskimo” marches to a different beat

For Montreal DJ Geronimo Inutiq, "all the world is music."

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ALISON BLACKDUCK

IQALUIT — His name is Geronimo Inutiq, but you can call him the Mad Eskimo.

Don’t worry, you won’t offend him.

The Mad Eskimo is his DJ handle, and Inutiq is passionate about DJing.

His passion began more than seven years ago in Quebec City.

“My dad had a bunch of old music...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 3:00 pm

Study: Smoking sickens Baffin babies

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Nunavut smokers are making their babies sick.

That’s the conclusion of a recent study showing that infants in the Baffin region suffer from one of the highest rates of lung infection in the world.

Dr. Anna Banerji, a Vancouver pediatrician and infectious disease specialist who...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 2:59 pm

Reporter’s notebook: Sami cash in without selling out

Sami towns are profiting from tourism while retaining their traditional culture.

JANE GEORGE

KARASJOK, NORWAY — Sami in two communities in Scandinavia have found a way to safeguard their culture and still make money from tourists.

While Sami traditions are exploited for profit in parts of the European Arctic, residents of Inari, Finland and Karasjok, Norway think they’ve found a...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 2:57 pm

Inuit firm stuck waiting for appeal

GN, NTI feud leaves Nunasi in limbo.

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DENISE RIDEOUT

IQALUIT — It’s been five months now and one of Nunavut’s largest Inuit-owned corporations is still waiting to appeal its loss of a government contract.

Nunasi Corp. has hit a brick wall.

There’s simply no appeals board to hear its complaints, and it may be months before the...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 2:55 pm

GN, NTI in stand-off over contracting policy

Sides can’t agree on how appeals board should work.

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DENISE RIDEOUT

IQALUIT — The territorial government and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. are butting heads over a policy to help Inuit-owned businesses compete for government contracts.

They’re disagreeing about how to set up a board to hear appeals on the awarding of government contracts.

The GN’s...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 2:55 pm

Ottawa shoots down Bird

Rejection of satellite bid means Telesat retains monopoly in Northern communications.

JIM BELL

IQALUIT — Ottawa has said no to competition within northern Canada’s satellite-data transmission business.

Industry Canada announced June 21 that Telesat Canada will get a licence to operate a new communications satellite to provide Internet, television and telephone services to Canadians living...

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-none- June 29, 2001 - 2:54 pm

Federal broadband wish-list contains little for Nunavut

Task force fails to address high satellite costs

JIM BELL

IQALUIT — After five months of work, Ottawa’s national broadband task force has provided Nunavummiut with little advice on how to develop the territory’s fragile, unreliable and prohibitively expensive Internet system.

The task force’s 103-page report, released last Wednesday in Ottawa, contains...

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