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Nunavut August 27, 2004 - 4:12 pm

Aqpik jam immortalized in rocker’s web log

Lead singer of Trooper finds Nunavimmiut closer to "the Source"

JANE GEORGE

Aqpik Jam, the cultural festival hosted by Kuujjuaq every August just when the aqpiks or cloudberries mature, ended last Friday night with a marathon evening of music.

But Kuujjuamiut say the 2004 highlight was the festival opener, which featured Trooper, Canada’s legendary rock band from the late...

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Nunavik August 27, 2004 - 4:12 pm

Nunavik Junior Rangers camp on James Bay

"It went so well, we were surprised. It was the best camp yet"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

For the first time since 1997, the annual Okpiapik summer camp for Junior Rangers was held outside of Nunavik, in the James Bay community of Wemindji.

From June 30 to July 11, 174 Junior Rangers from Nunavik, the Cree terrritory, Naspaki and Montagnais communities as well as from Quebec’s Lower...

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Nunavut August 27, 2004 - 4:11 pm

Nunavik faces French teacher shortage

Changes to Quebec's training program results in fewer applicants

JANE GEORGE

In Ivujivik, kids can’t take gym class because there’s no physical education teacher, while in Kangirsuk, Grade 3 to 6 kids who study in French find themselves in gym class all morning because they don’t have a classroom teacher.

Applications from francophone teachers who want to work in Nunavik...

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Iqaluit August 27, 2004 - 4:10 pm

Iqaluit’s pedestrian walkway plan unveiled

"This whole street could be like an open book - each sculpture could be a story"

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SARA MINOGUE

Driving in Iqaluit’s downtown core will be safer, more pleasant, and less life-threatening to pedestrians if a new plan for walkways comes to fruition.

City councillors got their first look at conceptual drawings for the plan, which were unveiled by the City’s director of lands and...

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Nunavik August 27, 2004 - 4:10 pm

Amundsen brings health workers to Nunavik

Nunavimmiut invited on board for health survey, mammograms

JANE GEORGE

Next week, some residents of Kuujjuaraapik will be the first Nunavimmiut to go aboard the Amundsen, when the refitted research icebreaker and its crew of health workers and researchers arrives in the eastern Hudson Bay community.

About one out of every five families in Nunavik, or about 685...

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Nunavut August 27, 2004 - 4:08 pm

Have money, will travel: U.S. grant fund eyes Nunavut

"You want to make sure you put your best foot forward, and I think we did that"

JIM BELL

Officials from the MacArthur Foundation, one of America’s 10 largest charitable funds, visited Nunavut last week to start talking to people about how the organization’s enormous wealth can be used to help Nunavut and the Arctic.

Based in Chicago, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation...

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Nunavut August 27, 2004 - 4:08 pm

Hockey stars convene in Iqaluit

Summer camp prepares pint-sized players for life on ice

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Somebody better warn Jordin Tootoo: Nunavut has some new hockey stars eyeing the big leagues.

Over 100 pint-sized and medium-sized hockey players, aged five to 19, from around the territory joined grown-up celebrities on the ice in Iqaluit for three days last week, for the 3rd...

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Nunavut August 27, 2004 - 4:07 pm

First Air sues over 2001 hangar fire

City of Iqaluit defends firefighter's response

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

First Air, the Arctic’s largest airline, has launched a lawsuit against Baffin Building Systems, the City of Iqaluit, the Government of Nunavut, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of Canada, claiming financial compensation for a fire that destroyed a...

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Nunavut August 27, 2004 - 4:07 pm

NTI to decide on new bank system by November

"It's always difficult for Inuit in the smaller communities to access financial services."

JIM BELL

Paul Kaludjak, the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., said NTI hopes to decide on a plan to create a new financial institution for Nunavut at its annual general meeting this November in Rankin Inlet.

“For the time-line, we pretty well have a magic date by the end of November, for the AGM in...

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Nunavut August 27, 2004 - 4:06 pm

Senior Rangers critical of armed forces

"You shouldn't be going out there without us"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Two soldiers would have never got lost on the cold, dark tundra during a recent military exercise in Panniqtuuq, if the army had sent Inuit Rangers with them, senior Rangers from Panniqtuuq say.

Sgt. Simeonie Keenainak, who joined the Rangers 11 years ago, said the soldiers...

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Nunavut August 27, 2004 - 4:05 pm

Good beats, good eats

Outdoor concert, barbecue at Nakasuk School tonight

JIM BELL

You can help feed hungry people and at the same time enjoy a wide range of musical talent in Iqaluit Friday evening, at “Beats for Eats,” an outdoor concert and barbecue organized by the Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank.

Food bank organizers will hold the event in front of Nakasuk School. If...

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Nunavut August 27, 2004 - 4:04 pm

Half-full cruise ship stops in Iqaluit

"What's Nunavut?" cruise line VP asks

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

The Clipper Adventurer, a cruise ship run by a St. Louis, Missouri firm, stopped in Frobisher Bay for a couple of hours on Tuesday to let travelers come ashore for a quick tour of Iqaluit, the ship’s only stop in Nunavut.

“We’re not contributing to the local economy too much,” said...

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Nunavut August 27, 2004 - 4:04 pm

Armed forces win narrow victory over Nunavut weather

"You can have the best equipment in the world but you can't defeat it"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The Canadian armed forces came to the Arctic and got what they were looking for - a challenge.

Soldiers participating in Operation Narwhal, the joint military exercise between navy, army and the air force in Panniqtuuq, stumbled through a difficult two weeks around the...

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2004 - 3:38 pm

Ivory smuggler arrested

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A man from Bali is now facing charges of illegal trafficking in elephant, walrus and woolly mammoth ivory and in the teeth of endangered bears, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

William Sidmore, 52, who grew up in Alaska, was arrested last week at his storage locker near Seattle, Washington after...

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2004 - 3:38 pm

Alaska sweltered this summer

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Even fish are feeling the effects of Alaska’s unusually warm summer weather, which has run between 20 and 30 C this summer.

Because rivers are running low, some salmon were prevented from going upstream to spawn, said Lee Hammarstrom, a commercial fisheries biologist for the lower Cook Inlet near...

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2004 - 3:37 pm

She’s still at it

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The aging sex kitten, Brigitte Bardot, wants to ask Prime Minister Paul Martin to stop seal hunting.

The animal rights activist and once-famous French film diva, now well into her 70s, complained recently to a Québécois journalist about the lack of progress in protecting seals.

“There are two to...

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2004 - 3:37 pm

Global warming to hit Europe hard

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Europe is warming up more quickly than the rest of the world, and cold winters could disappear almost entirely by 2080 as a result of global warming, researchers predicted last week.

Heat waves and floods are likely to become more frequent and three quarters of the Swiss Alps’ glaciers could melt...

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Iqaluit August 27, 2004 - 3:35 pm

Attempted murder charge laid

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police have charged a man in Iqaluit with attempted murder, accusing him of breaking into a home and stabbing a 21-year-old woman several times with a knife.

Willie Noah, 27, also faces charges of unlawful confinement and break and enter stemming from the incidents, which occurred between July 28...

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Iqaluit August 27, 2004 - 3:33 pm

Iqaluit goes online

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

City Council almost approved a proposal on Tuesday to spend $7,000 to $9,000 on a new City of Iqaluit website.

The new site will be more user friendly, and will allow city workers to post regularly updated information, including: council minutes and by-laws; job opportunities; city tenders and...

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Iqaluit August 27, 2004 - 3:32 pm

Parking problem partly solved

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A proposal that would allow developers in Iqaluit to buy parking spaces on city land instead of building them on their lots was sent back to administration on Tuesday evening, after generating much discussion among city councillors.

City rules insist that all developers who are building new...

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