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Iqaluit March 26, 2004 - 6:37 pm

Pingualuit Park creation signed off

Unique meteorite crater now protected from mining

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This week in Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik’s first provincial park, Pingualuit, finally came into official existence, as Pierre Corbeil, Quebec’s minister of northern development, wildlife and parks, and Johnny Adams, chair of the Kativik Regional Government, signed off on a deal covering the park and its...

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Iqaluit March 26, 2004 - 6:36 pm

“Composting is the key” to solving Iqaluit’s garbage woes

Environmentalist launches composting project in Nunavut's capital

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Jim Little’s one-man mission to bring city-wide composting to Iqaluit is beginning to blossom.

After years of composting his own kitchen scraps, the 56-year-old entrepeneur and environmentalist has launched a pilot project with the help of several local organizations and...

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Iqaluit March 26, 2004 - 6:36 pm

One small step for affordable housing

Volunteer effort to boost Iqaluit homeownership

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

After a decade of false starts, a small group of housing activists in Iqaluit are gearing up to make someone’s dream of owning a house in Iqaluit come true.

The group, soon to be Iqaluit’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity Canada, a non-profit housing organization, has been...

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Nunavik March 26, 2004 - 6:35 pm

Stop smoking team zeros in on youth

Nunavik youth trained as stop-smoking counselors

JANE GEORGE

The stop-smoking message in Nunavik is zeroing in on youth, to encourage more of them to stop smoking, or to never start.

Earlier this month, 12 young people, aged 13 to 21, from seven Nunavik communities, received training to become the first Inuit youth smoking counselors in Canada.

Health...

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Nunavik March 26, 2004 - 6:35 pm

Nunavik addiction goes under the microscope

Advisors say study will help Inuit around the world

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Advisors to a research team in Nunavik hope a study beginning this month will lead to better treatment facilities for Inuit alcoholics and drug addicts.

The study, which will take up to three years to complete, specifically targets youth, in hopes of better understanding their...

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Nunavik March 26, 2004 - 6:34 pm

Two cultures, one journey

Inuit and Naskapi Junior Rangers make friends, share cultures

JANE GEORGE

Fishing and fellowship were the highlights of a unique get-together between Inuit and Naskapi Junior Rangers who, earlier this month, camped mid-way between Kuujjuaq and Kawawachikamach.

“It was a fun experience,” said Leah Grey, 13, a Junior Ranger from Kuujjuaq who learned to fish the Naskapi...

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Nunavut March 26, 2004 - 6:31 pm

Hey Buster! We’re in Iqaluit now…

Arthur's pal, Buster the Bunny, heads north next month

JANE GEORGE

Buster, the bunny pal of Arthur, the “world’s most famous aardvark,” is planning to a visit to Iqaluit.

And if you don’t know who Arthur is, that’s because you haven’t seen the popular animated star of the cartoon series carried on educational networks in the U.S. and Canada for the past eight...

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Nunavut March 26, 2004 - 6:30 pm

City of Iqaluit boosting “old boys” image: councillor

Coun. Stu Kennedy accuses administration of "going too far" in decision to award $187,000 contract without competition

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Despite criticisms that city hall will look like “an old boys’ club”, Iqaluit city council is fast-tracking a housing project by giving a lucrative subdivision design contract to a long-time consultant - without opening the job up to competition.

Coun. Stu Kennedy said council...

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Nunavut March 26, 2004 - 6:30 pm

Commercial hunt decimates Greenland narwhal, beluga

Home rule government will impose quotas for the first time

JANE GEORGE

Greenland’s home rule government needs to set harvesting quotas for narwhal and beluga to prevent west Greenland hunters from wiping them out, a researcher says.

“They’re not very happy, but I’m only the messenger. There should be a reduction in the harvest,” said Mads Peter Heide-Joergensen, a...

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Nunavut March 26, 2004 - 6:29 pm

Baffin fisheries group answers critics

"Until you own your own vessels, you will not control your own destiny"

JIM BELL

The executive director of the Baffin Fisheries Coalition, Gerry Ward, vehemently denies recent allegations that the group fails to encourage Nunavut participation in the Arctic fishery and is unaccountable to the Inuit it represents.

Last month, an Iqaluit fisherman, Sytukie Joamie, blasted the...

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Nunavut March 26, 2004 - 6:28 pm

Foreign policy group meets in capital

Annual outreach offers information for policy-makers

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Iqaluit’s parish hall was like a mini-United Nations this week as ambassadors and stakeholders met for a gathering called the “Northern Dimension of Canada’s Foreign Policy Outreach Roundtable.”

The Northern Dimension of Canada’s Foreign Policy is a policy document approved by the federal cabinet...

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Nunavut March 26, 2004 - 6:28 pm

Aboriginal Healing Foundation seeks best way to heal Inuit

Counsellors say Inuit, Qallunaat therapies goes hand-in-hand

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Inuit recover best from the trauma of abuse suffered in residential schools by combining traditional and Qallunaat approaches to healing, a conference of counsellors heard earlier this month.

Inuit and other aboriginal counsellors brainstormed on how to best conduct therapy...

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Nunavut March 26, 2004 - 6:27 pm

Financial cloud threatens Meadowbank start-up

Cumberland delays Kivalliq gold mine by one year

JIM BELL

Baker Lake residents may have to wait years now before they’ll get a chance to work on the proposed Meadowbank mine that’s located about about 70 km north of their community.

Cumberland Resources Ltd. announced a one-year delay last week in the estimated start-up time for the highly touted gold...

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Nunavut March 26, 2004 - 6:27 pm

Newly-minted NTI prez thaws relations with GN

Paul Kaludjak targets housing, culture, and employment as priorities

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The new president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. said the territory’s land claims organization will place housing, employment and preserving Inuktitut at the top of its to-do list under his mandate.

Paul Kaludjak, who ousted former president Cathy Towtongie in the March 16 NTI...

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Nunavut March 26, 2004 - 6:26 pm

Nunavut RCMP looking for lessons in Inuit history

RCMP plan to create mandatory course for new recruits to teach about residential schools, dog slaughter

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Nunavut RCMP are arming themselves with an education on Inuit history in hopes of improving relations between Inuit and non-Inuit officers — and with the communities.

An instructor who developed a similar course in the South on First Nations history recently teamed up with...

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Nunavut March 26, 2004 - 6:25 pm

Conservatives name candidate in Nunavut

"I like to provide an alternative for people," candidate says

JIM BELL

Duncan Cunningham of Pond Inlet, a well-known government senior manager and small business owner in the Baffin region, will carry the Conservative Party of Canada’s banner into Nunavut in the next federal election.

“The reason I’ve been involved in politics in Nunavut, right from the beginning, is...

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Around the Arctic March 26, 2004 - 6:00 pm

Hope fades for local female trekker

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Last week, the French polar outfitter company, Cerpolex, announced it will end the search for French-Finnish polar explorer Dominick Arduin, 44.

Arduin has been missing for over three weeks, after she set off solo for the North Pole from Siberia. Rescuers did locate the hat of Frédéric...

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Around the Arctic March 26, 2004 - 6:00 pm

Alaskan aboriginals asked to give up Cook Inlet beluga hunt

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So many beluga whales stranded and died last year in upper Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska, that biologists say aboriginal people should give up their quota of two animals next summer.

Last year, 20 whales died in the area. Five or six are suspected to have died when 46 whales became stranded in...

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Around the Arctic March 26, 2004 - 5:54 pm

Bernier exhibit in Italy

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A traveling version of the Ilititaa exhibit about the early Eastern explorer Capt. Joseph Bernier is now in Italy, following a tour of France. Between now and the end of 2005, Bernier will visit Milan, Venice and Rome.

“There’s a real interest among Italians for the North and its people,” said...

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Nunavut March 26, 2004 - 5:49 pm

Same-sex couples can marry in Nunavik

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Last week, Quebec became the third province in Canada to permit same-sex couples to marry.

“This is a great day for Quebec and a great day for Canada,” said Bob Gallagher, the national coordinator for Canadians for Equal Marriage. “Now same-sex couples can marry in provinces that represent over 70...

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