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Nunavik May 28, 2004 - 3:58 pm

Conservative candidate blasts Liberals over gun registry

Liberals understand northern needs, Karetak-Lindell responds

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The federal gun registry will be a pivotal issue in the federal election, despite the Liberal government’s recent adjustments to the controversial program, according to Nunavut’s Conservative Party candidate.

Duncan Cunningham, the territory’s first candidate under the merged...

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Nunavik May 28, 2004 - 3:57 pm

What nurses need in Nunavik

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Quebec’s nursing association is asking the province’s department of health and social services to give nurses more support and improve access to health care in remote regions like Nunavik.

The Ordre des Infirmiéres and Infirmiers du Québec says nurses working in Nunavik, James Bay, Lower North...

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Nunavik May 28, 2004 - 3:57 pm

Nunavik MP sticks to his guns

"People thought it was too simplistic, but they're starting to wake up"

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik MP Guy St-Julien has come up with a way of fixing the Firearms Act.

“What we want is one single card. We want a card with a photo on, but it would be valid for everything, absolutely everything,” St-Julien said in an interview from his office in Val d’Or. “Right now it takes a card for...

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Nunavik May 28, 2004 - 3:56 pm

Nunavik nurses seek more training, recognition

"The difficulties a community faces have a direct impact on a nurse"

JANE GEORGE

Ordre des Infirmieres et Infirmiers du Québec, Quebec’s powerful nursing association, is lobbying for more recognition and additional training for nurses who practice in Nunavik and other remote regions of Quebec.

“It’s the nurses who give all the health care, who make the decisions, so improving...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:55 pm

Prevention gets priority in new health budget

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The Department of Health and Social Services is the biggest spender in the Government of Nunavut, but minister Levinia Brown hopes to transform the department from “an economic drain to an economic driver,” by training more Nunavummiut for jobs and streamlining operations.

The department will take...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:55 pm

Hamlets lose out in capital plans

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Three MLAs asked in the legislative assembly last week why much-needed spending items have disappeared from hamlet capital plans.

Nanulik MLA Patterk Netser said that a fire truck was to be replaced in Chesterfield Inlet next year, but this has been delayed until 2006-2007. Funding for...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:55 pm

Bishop Paul Idlout bids farewell

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Premier Paul Okalik was one of many Nunavummiut who attended a special Sunday service at parish hall last week to celebrate Bishop Paul Idlout’s retirement.

Bishop Idlout was the first Inuk and the first Nunavut-born resident to be elected bishop in the Arctic, Iqaluit East MLA Ed Picco told the...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:54 pm

Kitikmeot Corp. plans vocational school at Lupin

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Two major mining projects are on the horizon in the Kitikmeot region, and the Kitikmeot Corp. wants to make sure potential employees are trained and ready for the new jobs the mines will bring.

The Kitikmeot Corporation and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association held a “productive” meeting with Kinross...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:54 pm

Clyde River builds home for elders

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Four elders in Clyde River will get brand new homes when a senior’s residence is completed next year.

The project is “an excellent example of a community-driven initiative, supported by government that has both immediate and long-term benefits for local people,” Peter Kilabuk, minister responsible...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:54 pm

RCMP manning hamlet phone lines

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The RCMP are no longer routing emergency phone calls to head office in Iqaluit, Premier Paul Okalik told the legislative assembly last week.

Hudson Bay MLA Peter Kattuk and Rankin Inlet North MLA Tagak Curley both raised the issue, saying that calls directed to Iqaluit have been a concern in the...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:53 pm

Curley seeks inquiry into missing Inuit family

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An Inuit family that disappeared in 1945 could still be alive and Nunavut should launch an investigation, Rankin Inlet North MLA Tagak Curley told the legislative assembly last week.

Curley was referring to a Hall Beach family that vanished while returning from Cape Dorset by dog sled. Three...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:53 pm

Curley seeks inquiry into missing Inuit family

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An Inuit family that disappeared in 1945 could still be alive and Nunavut should launch an investigation, Rankin Inlet North MLA Tagak Curley told the legislative assembly last week.

Curley was referring to a Hall Beach family that vanished while returning from Cape Dorset by dog sled. Three...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:53 pm

Arctic College to train Inuinnaqtun translators

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A new Inuinnaqtun Interpreter Translator program is “well underway” and should launch this fall on the Kitikmeot campus of Nunavut Arctic College, Education Minister Ed Picco announced Tuesday.

Picco says graduates from this program will be useful not just to government, but to mining companies...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:53 pm

Medevac questions slow assembly

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The legislative assembly got off to a slow start on Tuesday afternoon as Speaker Jobie Nutarak spent 25 minutes presenting his ruling on multiple points of order that stalled debates last week.

The problem started during the health department’s budget review last Thursday, when questions arose...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:52 pm

Group aims to make Nunavut an academic department

Program will include exchanges, correspondence for communities

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

An ambitious group of Nunavut bureaucrats and southern academics hopes to put an end to Canada’s ignorance of Inuit and the eastern Arctic by creating a university department devoted to studying Nunavut.

Nunavut health, education and human resources officials joined forces with...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:51 pm

Swiss collectors eye Inuit artworks

"We're promoting the unique capabilities of the Inuit"

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SARA MINOGUE

While attending an art festival last year in Iqaluit, Martha Cerny picked up a few small ceramic art pieces made at a studio in Rankin Inlet. She liked the pieces so much she invited the studio’s owner to do a show at her gallery in Switzerland.

Jim Shirley traveled to Bern last week...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:51 pm

Inuit knowledge joins science in climate change study

Inuit observations on ice melt and storms help forecast global warming in the Arctic

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Inuit hunters’ observations about changing weather patterns have helped scientists determine that global warming will strike hardest in the Arctic in the coming decades.

The Inuit Circumpolar Conference recently held a meeting in Iqaluit that gave a sneak preview of the report...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:50 pm

Nunavut bolsters marine safety measures

"We want people out on the water who are in a safe environment"

JANE GEORGE

Transport Canada, the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tourism are beefing up their efforts to increase marine safety across the territory that has suffered disasters, including the sinking of the Avataq, a converted lobster boat that sank four years ago near Arviat with four men and a heavy load...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:50 pm

Canada seeks to boost Northern marine security

"We have to know what vessels are doing in our own waters"

JANE GEORGE

Canada is looking at new radar technology and other ways of communication to increase marine security to watch over its enormous northern coastline and keep out any unauthorized marine traffic.

“We need to know what’s going on. We have to know what vessels are doing in our own waters,” said...

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Nunavut May 28, 2004 - 3:49 pm

Ice research project brings Alaska and Baffin together

Unique exchange combines scientific, traditional knowledge from two corners of circumpolar world

JANE GEORGE

An international group that included Ilkoo Angutikjuak and Geela Tigullaraq of Clyde River were in Barrow, Alaska last month as part of a unique research project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

By combining scientific and traditional knowledge from two corners of the circumpolar...

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