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-none- October 26, 2001 - 2:08 pm

Sami cultural centre gets liquor store

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Sami community of Kautokeino, population 3,000, will soon have a liquor store to call its own.

Norway’s largest newspaper, the Aftenposten reports Norway’s state liquor monopoly known as Vinmonopolet will open 20 more stores in small towns around the country next year, including one in...

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-none- October 26, 2001 - 2:07 pm

Deal on Mackenzie pipeline

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last week the Aboriginal Pipeline Group signed a partnership deal with oil and gas producers that gives aboriginal groups one-third equity in a pipeline that would run between the Mackenzie Delta and Alberta.

The proposed 1350 kilometre pipeline would carry one billion cubic feet of natural gas a...

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-none- October 26, 2001 - 2:05 pm

Photo ID program for Nunavummiut on the way

ID not required by airlines, but by some security agencies.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

Nunavut’s Department of Community Government and Transportation will provide photo identification cards for Nunavummiut who don’t have driver’s licences, firearms certificates, or other forms of photo identification.

Mike Ferris, deputy minister of the department, said the decision...

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-none- October 26, 2001 - 2:05 pm

Alaskan sea otters disappearing

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Biologists in Alaska are confounded by a drastic decline in sea otter numbers.

Alaska is home to 90 per cent of the world’s sea otter population, now estimated to stand around 70,000 animals, but, in certain regions of the state, sea otters are disappearing in great numbers.

Over the past five...

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-none- October 26, 2001 - 2:03 pm

International Russian-Alaskan park in the works

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After more than 10 years of stop-and-start discussions, Alaska and Chutkotka are now seriously looking at the establishment of an international park.

The park, which would span the Bering Strait, would include and protect lands in each country.

A recent article in the Anchorage Daily News says...

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-none- October 26, 2001 - 2:03 pm

Global demand for sealskin growing

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An increased global demand for sealskin means domestic stocks in Greenland are in short supply, said Hans Enoksen, Greenland’s minister for hunting.

According to figures from the Greenland Skin Trading company, 74,000 tanned skins were sold for export last year, while 19,000 skins were sold to...

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-none- October 26, 2001 - 2:03 pm

Hamlets want to run municipal training

Goal is to prepare locals for top jobs.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

CAMBRIDGE BAY — Senior administrative officers want to get more young Inuit trained so they can take over top management jobs in their communities.

They’re proposing that the hamlets, rather than the Nunavut government, create and deliver the training programs to do just...

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-none- October 26, 2001 - 2:02 pm

Sami parliament underway

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Sami who live in Norway voted for members of parliament last month.

The 39-member Sami parliament is elected from 13 districts in Norway. They meet four times a year, with each session lasting five days.

As an elected body, the parliament Samediggi can’t pass new laws or change existing...

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-none- October 26, 2001 - 2:01 pm

Let the games begin: AWG arena opens doors

A throng of Iqalungmiut explore and enjoy entertainment.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

The 2002 Arctic Winter Games arena has proved it can house a big crowd.

The building’s lobby was crammed full last Friday afternoon, as hundreds of people of all ages streamed in to be part of the recreation centre’s first official event.

Home to a hockey rink, the City of Iqaluit’s...

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-none- October 26, 2001 - 1:59 pm

Cargo rate hikes to hit small centres, small business

High Arctic residents will feel the worst effects of next week’s airline price increases.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Starting next week, you can look forward to spending six cents on the dollar more to ship air cargo in the North.

On Nov. 1, First Air is hiking its cargo rates by 6 per cent, and Canadian North may follow suit.

This hike won’t hurt large retail chains, such as the Northwest Company,...

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-none- October 05, 2001 - 1:58 pm

MacKenzie estate sale attracts hundreds

Shoppers remember Farmer Bill — and get great bargains, too

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

AARON SPITZER

IQALUIT — It was the yard sale to end all yard sales: On Saturday, the Nunavut government sold off the possessions of the late Bill MacKenzie, Iqaluit’s beloved farmer and packrat.

MacKenzie, who died in June at age 61, left no will. By law, the GN’s public trustees office was left...

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-none- October 05, 2001 - 1:58 pm

October 5, 2001 Iqaluit wants a say in water licence case

Mayor wants issue settled once and for all

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

IQALUIT — Iqaluit’s mayor wants Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the federal government to use their upcoming court case on water licences to address a burning question.

The issue of burning garbage, that is.

John Matthews says city administrators want to know if water licences may...

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-none- October 05, 2001 - 1:57 pm

Iqaluit cashier foils gunman

Afraid for his life, clerk fought back against stick-up artist

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

AARON SPITZER

IQALUIT — An Iqaluit store clerk may have saved his own

life last weekend when he attacked and disarmed a rifle-wielding robber.

Jordan Bens, 20, was working at the Corner Store around 11 p.m. on Sept. 30 when a masked youth stepped into the store, fired a bullet into the ceiling...

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-none- October 05, 2001 - 1:56 pm

Prints charming

Pangnirtung printmaker loves sharing his knowledge

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

PANGNIRTUNG - There’s little doubt that Pangnirtung artist Jolly Atagooyuk is making his mark.

Sitting behind his work table in the Pangnirtung Print Shop in the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts, Atagooyuk repositions his paper and offers a beaming grin.

He’s used to people...

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-none- October 05, 2001 - 1:55 pm

Nain, Labrador’s splendid isolation

Change is in the offing for Labrador's largest Inuit community

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JANE GEORGE

NAIN, LABRADOR - For now, progress still seems to be taking a detour around Nain.

The largest Inuit community along Labrador’s northern coast, Nain remains isolated even from its nearest Northern neighbours.

Reaching the community from Kuujjuaq requires a charter flight of just over...

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-none- October 05, 2001 - 1:54 pm

Healing fund money uncertain for Nunavik group

A suicide prevention group in Nunavik may not meet the Aboriginal Healing Foundations's criteria.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Organizers of Nunavik’s suicide prevention committee want some money from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation for their project, but they could be out of luck.

That’s because the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, set up in 1998, only funds healing projects connected with the...

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-none- October 05, 2001 - 1:54 pm

Study: health workers could prevent suicide

Health workers should be on the alert for suicidal tendencies, study says..

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — If health- care workers in Nunavik paid closer attention to their patients’ mental health, Nunavik’s sky-high suicide rate might be reduced, an article published by the Canadian Medical Association says.

Thats the main recommendation in a study the association published...

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-none- October 05, 2001 - 1:53 pm

Raglan’s rocky record of Inuit employment

Only 17 per cent of the Raglan mine's workforce are Inuit, most of them employed as unskilled menial labourers.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JANE GEORGE

SALLUIT — While complaints from Inuit workers over discrimination at Nunavik’s Raglan nickel mine are nothing new, a troubling allegation of sexual harassment has surfaced at the site.

A male Inuk employee recently lodged an official complaint over unwanted sexual advances from a...

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-none- October 05, 2001 - 1:52 pm

New environmental protection measures for Greenland

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Greenland’s environment minister, Alfred Jakobsen, says Greenland’s home rule government is introducing new measures to protect wildlife. In an interview in the most recent edition of the World Wildlife Federation’s Arctic Bulletin, Jakobsen called media reports of over-harvesting in Greenland...

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-none- October 05, 2001 - 1:52 pm

Keeping it under his hat

Pita Aatami, cap collector

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Most people know Pita Aatami as the president of Makivik Corporation, the birthright organization that represents Nunavik’s Inuit.

But few realize that Aatami is also a passionate collector of pens, pins and hats.

Aatami keeps his remarkable collections in a shed outside his home in...

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