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Nunavik February 27, 2004 - 12:54 pm

School board mulls appeal on self rule

Court ruling may contain "important errors"

JANE GEORGE

Despite its recent failure to halt self-government negotiations, the Kativik School Board has been down, but not out.

In a news release, the school board said it’s “obviously disappointed” with the judgment, but “it is also important to note that the school board hasn’t lost the case.”

At a...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:54 pm

SWAT team ends armed stand-off

"The officers decided to run in the other direction"

JANE GEORGE

The Hudson Bay community of Inukjuak was shaken by a potentially explosive stand-off last week between police and an armed and intoxicated man.

The incident ended hours later, with no loss of life, but many remain worried about the increasing incidents of armed violence in Nunavik.

On Thursday,...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:53 pm

Snail mail picks up the pace

"We've had some problems in Iqaluit, but we've addressed this"

JANE GEORGE

Gone are the days in Iqaluit when you wouldn’t see any mail in your postal box before noon and you would wait for ages simply to pick up a parcel or mail a letter.

Now, there’s a team of four mail sorters who arrive at the post office around 4 a.m. to make sure all your mail is sorted by 8...

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Nunavik February 27, 2004 - 12:53 pm

Isaac CD reaches wide audiences

"A wind from the North heats up the soul"

JANE GEORGE

The music is haunting, and the lyrics linger in your thoughts - that’s what those who had a chance this week to listen to Elisapie Isaac’s CD, Taima, found.

Elisapie’s talents as a singer will now reach a much wider audience with the release of Taima in Montreal and its cross-Canada

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:52 pm

Arts centre study gets the go-ahead

"Anybody willing to step up to plate more than welcome"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Iqaluit city hall is taking steps to make an arts and cultural centre fit for a queen.

Terry Ma, Iqaluit’s economic development officer, announced last week that consultants were proceeding with a study on building a place for local artists to work, perform and display their...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:52 pm

Nunavut basketball teams target Arctic medals

"Passion about a sport easily translates into passion about something else"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Nunavut’s budding sports stars converge on northern Alberta this week to battle with other young athletes from around the North in this year’s Arctic Winter Games.

And at least in boys and girls basketball, international competitors better watch out for the teams wearing...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:51 pm

Centre delivers services close to home

"We are overly dependent on southern facilities"

JANE GEORGE

The Tukisigiarvik Centre, the first stop for Iqalungmiut who need help but don’t know where to turn, officially opened last Saturday in its new home in building 523 opposite the Baffin Regional Hospital in Iqaluit.

“No question is too large or too small,” says a brochure describing the centre’s...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:51 pm

Fee hikes enrage Kugluktuk property owners

Cash-strapped council jacks up lease, water and sewage, garbage fees

JIM BELL

Kugluktuk’s private homeowners and small business owners are up in arms over a set of municipal fee hikes imposed on them by their cash-strapped hamlet council.

After a botched scheme to install an artificial ice surface in the community’s recreation centre, Kugluktuk’s hamlet council last year...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:50 pm

Make NTI a “full partner” in territorial government: candidate

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

One candidate campaigning to become the next president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. pledges to make the organization a “full partner” in the Government of Nunavut to deliver promises he says both have failed to keep since the territory was created.

Archie Angnakak, a...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:50 pm

Kaludjak pledges land claims speed-up at NTI

Will work with Towtongie if defeated, he says

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PATRICIA D’SOUZA

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. presidential candidate Paul Kaludjak says the organization needs to pick up the pace on land claims implementation, and he’s the one to do the job.

“I want things to happen quicker than they are now. Every year we seem to lose some pace because the...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:49 pm

NEU slams GN over cultural issues

"We've made these points but the employer isn't changing"

JIM BELL

As their third round of contract talks with the Government of Nunavut drew to close last month, officials with the Nunavut Employees Union say they’re frustrated by the GN’s refusal to talk about Inuit culture in the workplace, as well as numerous bread-and-butter issues.

Among its lengthy list of...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:49 pm

Kovic wants team approach at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

Contender pledges to open up Nunavut's policy-making process

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Ben Kovic, a long-time organizer of amateur hockey in Iqaluit, wants to bring a team-oriented touch to NTI politics in his campaign for the Inuit organization’s top job.

Kovic, also the long-time chair of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, said he wants to open up the...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:48 pm

Second group launches Ed Horne lawsuit

Lawyers again looking for "alternative" dispute resolution

JIM BELL

A second group of people who say they suffered from Ed Horne’s sexual abuse while they were students at schools in Sanikiluaq, Kimmirut, Cape Dorset, Iqaluit and Grise Fiord will seek compensation from the governments of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

Geoffrey Budden, a lawyer based in Mt....

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:48 pm

Recycling chief wants Iqaluit to think clean thoughts

"A lot of the bad waste habits of the South come up here"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Erin Brubacher, Iqaluit’s new recycling coordinator, recently found the city’s addiction to waste staring her in the face.

Over lunch in a local restaurant, she ended up with six disposable plastic cups on her table for two people - all for refills of water.

While the volume...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:47 pm

Iqaluit co-op cautious about offering lower prices

"We're not in the business of losing money," co-op leader says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Supporters of Iqaluit’s resurrected co-op say shoppers can expect fresher food and rebates once they open the multi-million-dollar store, but stopped short of promising lower prices.

Mary-Ellen Thomas, chair of the Iqaluit co-op, said the new store, to be opened along the beach...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:46 pm

Ottawa affirms commitment to missile defence talks

Nunavut high on list of possible missile, radar sites

JANE GEORGE

Despite growing controversy in Ottawa, the federal government reaffirmed its commitment this week to talks about becoming involved in the U.S. missile defence scheme.

On Tuesday, a motion from the Bloc Québécois calling for the federal government to “cease all discussions with the Bush...

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Around the Arctic February 27, 2004 - 12:10 pm

Ottawa cans Clarkson trip

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The second leg of Governor General Adrienne Clarkson’s circumpolar tour was shelved last week.

Clarkson had been planning on visiting Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Greenland this spring. Plans for the visits were already at an advanced stage as her staff arranged what Clarkson and her entourage...

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Around the Arctic February 27, 2004 - 12:09 pm

Lapland and Murmansk to tackle security

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

The northern Finland region of Lapland and Murmansk, Russia, are boosting their joint security efforts in the shared northern region.
The two districts plan to improve cross-border cooperation with respect to police, customs, border control, and rescue services, and...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:05 pm

Poor health picture for First Nations and Inuit in Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A health report released this week confirms that aboriginal peoples’ health is worse than that of Canadians as a whole.

While they are making some gains, their lives are still on average five to 10 years shorter than those of other Canadians, says a report by Canadian Institute for Health...

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Nunavut February 27, 2004 - 12:04 pm

Silver qulliq Chrétien’s parting gift

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

When Prime Minister Jean Chrétien left office at the end of January, he took with him a unique memory of his many trips to the North.

Among his many farewell gifts was a sterling silver qulliq designed and made by Nunavut Arctic College student artists and senior instructor Beth Biggs.

The...

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