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Around the Arctic December 21, 2001 - 12:53 pm

Glaciers shrinking

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Of Alaska’s several thousand valley glaciers, fewer than 20 are advancing, according to a major study released last week in California.

Most of the others are retreating.

During the 20th century, most Alaskan glaciers receded and, in some areas, disappeared, although the study didn’t say whether...

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Around the Arctic December 21, 2001 - 12:52 pm

Watch out for rapid climate change

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Scientists have come out with another warning, that the earth’s gradual warming could someday trigger climate changes so quickly that people and ecosystems may have trouble coping.

A report by the U.S. National Research Council compared the climatic effect of global warming to increasing pressure...

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Around the Arctic December 21, 2001 - 12:51 pm

Famed Sami dies

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nils-Aslak Valkeapää (1943-2001) or “Aillohas” in Sami, renowned Sami writer, artist and yoik performer, died in Espoo, Finland on Nov. 26.

From the 1960s on, when Aillohas started to revive and promote the performance of yoik, the traditional Sami song, he became a cultural icon for Sami within...

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Around the Arctic December 21, 2001 - 12:51 pm

Whaling station fire may be arson

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police on the Lofoten islands in northern Norway are investigating two suspicious fires. They suspect fires on a whaling vessel and at a warehouse for whale meat may have been deliberately set.

Both were destroyed in the fires. The company that takes in whale meat from the northern whaling fleet,...

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Around the Arctic December 21, 2001 - 12:50 pm

Tourists pour into Europe’s Far North

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

According to the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, more than 50,000 tourists will visit Finnish Lapland during the Christmas season.

Most of the winter tourist trade in “exotic” Lapland comes from Great Britain.

And most of these travellers on package tours won’t even spend the night in Lapland, but...

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Iqaluit December 21, 2001 - 12:49 pm

Report: Uncleared Iqaluit runway caused crash

Safety board says runway conditions, excess baggage, and failure to de-ice caused 1998 crash of HS 748.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

An uncleared runway may have caused First Air flight 802 to crash through the fence at Iqaluit’s airport on Dec. 3, 1998.

“The aircraft accelerated more slowly than normal, probably because of snow on the runway,” says a Transportation Safety Board report released this fall. Slow...

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Iqaluit December 21, 2001 - 12:48 pm

Homeless shelter prepares for Christmas

Holds open house on Dec. 22.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

There are no Christmas decorations on the outside of the blue building near Iqaluit’s breakwater. The steps have been cleared of snow and the door is slightly ajar.

Inside, Lee Smith sits behind a small desk. A large Christmas tree stands in the corner, between two couches in the...

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Nunavik December 21, 2001 - 12:46 pm

Here comes Santa Claus

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The weather outside was cold and windy, but the turnout at this year’s Santa Claus parade through the streets of Iqaluit last Saturday was truly delightful.

It was even greater than expected. David Iou of the city’s recreation department said there were originally 13 floats registered for this...

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Iqaluit December 21, 2001 - 12:46 pm

Spreading the news Students at Aqsarniit learn about free press.

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MIRIAM HILL

It’s deadline day, and the students buzzing around Carol Horn’s classroom at Iqaluit’s Aqsarniit Illinniarvik have a newspaper to put out.

Student council elections are looming and the budding journalists want to get the next issue of the Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik Newspaper out in time to...

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-none- December 21, 2001 - 12:45 pm

Face to face, heart to heart

Iglulingmiut enjoy an electronic Christmas reunion.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MONTREAL — Iglulingmiut separated from each other by thousands of kilometres exchanged holiday greetings last week, thanks to the magic of long-distance videoconferencing.

Ottawa residents saw and spoke to family and friends in Igloolik last Thursday through a videoconferencing link between...

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Nunavik December 21, 2001 - 12:44 pm

Call 911 for help in Nunavik?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavimmiut have been lobbying for one telephone number which could be dialed during emergencies and would apply for the police, fire brigades, hospitals or nursing stations.

According to Bell Canada, three different numbers would be easier to put into place, and the company has set aside 9111 for...

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Nunavik December 21, 2001 - 12:43 pm

Keeping the power on

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Hydro-Québec and Nunavik’s civil security officials want to make sure communities never have to live without power, as the residents of Kuujjuaraapik did for days in October following a fire at their power plant.

Hydro-Quebec recently said it would be willing to maintain emergency electrical...

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Nunavik December 21, 2001 - 12:43 pm

Five Nunavik students receive Makivik scholarships

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Four college-level students and one university student received the first Makivik Corporation scholarships at brief ceremony held earlier this month at CEGEP Marie-Victorin in Montreal.

At CEGEP, Marie-Victorin Nunavik students follow their courses in the French language.

The four CEGEP or...

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Nunavik December 21, 2001 - 12:42 pm

His Excellency and Inuit Tea

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

John Ralston Saul, the husband of Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson and who is officially called “His Excellency,” apparently loves Avataq’s line of herbal teas.

Saul recently telephoned the new president of Avataq, Charlie Arngak, to invite him to Government House, the official residence of the...

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Nunavik December 21, 2001 - 12:41 pm

Cops save Cree man from certain death

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two weeks ago, not far from the community of Radisson, a Cree man narrowly escaped dying in a freak accident.

According to police, the man was working on road repairs when a caribou wandered nearby. After shooting the animal, the man decided to butcher it, but — instead, he chopped his finger —...

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Nunavik December 21, 2001 - 12:40 pm

Governor-General honours Kangiqsualujjuaq

Adrienne Clarkson uses photo taken with community residents on Christmas card.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Thousands of Canadians will see the smiling faces of Kangiqsualujjuaq residents over the Christmas season.

That’s because Adrienne Clarkson, the Governor-General of Canada, and her husband, John Ralston Saul, will use a photo taken of them in Kangiqsualujjuaq for their official...

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Nunavik December 21, 2001 - 12:39 pm

Cree firestorm threatens $3.6B deal

Several community leaders take a stand opposing landmark agreement.

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ALEX ROSLIN
Special to Nunatsiaq News

A historic Quebec-Cree deal announced with much fanfare in October has provoked a bitter debate among Crees, threatening to torpedo one of the biggest settlements with a First Nation in Canadian history.

That’s despite this week’s assertion by Grand Chief Ted...

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Nunavut December 21, 2001 - 12:37 pm

Leading by example

Clyde River’s 25-year-old mayor is ready for a challenge.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

Sandy Kautuq says he wants to help his community — but the 25-year-old mayor of Clyde River has been helping for years.

At age 23, he was elected to hamlet council. A year after that, he became deputy mayor. When the former mayor stepped down about five months ago, Kautuq decided he...

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Nunavut December 21, 2001 - 12:35 pm

Children robbed of winter fun

A Grinch steals snowmobile from group home.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

A Grinch pinched a snowmobile belonging to residents at Iqaluit’s Illagiittugut children’s group home last week.

The blue Yamaha Bravo long track was a favourite toy for eight disabled youths whose recreation opportunities are limited, said child care worker Jeannie...

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Nunavut December 21, 2001 - 12:34 pm

Arctic Bay teen first Inuk to travel to Antarctica

While Nunavummiut celebrate the shortest day of the year, Jesse Tungilik will enjoy 24 hours of daylight.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

Five weeks ago, Jesse Tungilik of Arctic Bay was buried in math problems and cadet drills.

Today, Tungilik is one of 45 high school students breathing in the Antarctic’s salty air with “Students on Ice.” The two-week expedition to the southern hemisphere is a hands-on study of...

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