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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:42 pm

Taima woos Quebeckers and Nunavimmiut alike

Elisapie Isaac braces for fame during southern Quebec concert tour

JANE GEORGE

With a growing pile of industry nominations and awards for her recent CD, Taima, singer and songwriter Elisapie Isaac seems bound for even more national and international recognition.

Taima was nominated for a prestigious award from the Quebec music industry association, known as ADISQ, for the...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:41 pm

Ambitious plan proposed for Quttinirpaaq National Park

High Arctic communities to join in effort to boost tourism, preserve Inuit culture

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Parks Canada is joining forces with communities in the High Arctic to boost tourism, protect caribou, preserve qammaqs and fishing spots that are thousands of years old and investigate a mysterious species of Arctic char that appears to be land locked.

Last week, parks...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:41 pm

Healing circle visits former residential school students

Mobile treatment allows alumni to share repressed memories

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Monica Ittusardjuat uses a colleague’s analogy to describe the pain left by the residential school system.

She said it’s like usiraqtua - water spilling over the edge, in every direction.

It touches everyone.

This week, to try to stem the tide, Ittusardjuat will head to...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:40 pm

Waste heat to fuel Nunavut’s new hospital

Recovery projects could save 4 million litres of fuel per year

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SARA MINOGUE

Nunavut Power Corp. could cut its diesel fuel consumption by 10 per cent if two waste heat projects come to fruition in Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet.

“Waste heat,” also referred to as “residual heat,” is the heat that is produced when diesel-fueled generators create electrical power....

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:39 pm

Makivik hears transport concerns at Qikiqtani AGM

JANE GEORGE

First Air and Makivik Corporation’s entire executive arrived in Iqaluit this week for the annual general meeting of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, along with caps, shirts, caribou pâté, pens and nikkuk as a way of breaking the ice and opening up better communication between the two regions’ Inuit...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:38 pm

NTI seeks $10 million fund increase from Nunavut Trust

"It takes money to implement the Nunavut land claim"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Anticipating a battle over its spending habits, Nunavut’s Inuit land claim organization has already brewed-up a back-up plan if its request for a bigger budget is turned down at next week’s annual general meeting.

Executive members of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. will sit down with...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:38 pm

Iqaluit council pushes for better firearm safety

"It affects every individual in Nunavut, whether they like it or not"

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SARA MINOGUE

Guns that are not safely stored threaten public safety across Nunavut and the City of Iqaluit should take the initiative to help people in the community learn to use and store guns in a responsible manner, councillor Glenn Williams told council in a member’s statement on...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:37 pm

Rate hearings catch Iqaluit unprepared

Council to ask Nunavut Power for three-week delay

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SARA MINOGUE

Iqaluit city councilors say they need more time to look at the proposed power price increases before making a presentation to the Utility Rates Review Council.

The URRC plans to hold public hearings in Iqaluit on Nov. 4 and 5. City council will ask that the Iqaluit hearings be moved...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:37 pm

Limited cash flow could stall Nunavut credit union

Get banking services to the community, then worry about a new financial institution, consultant tells NTI

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. risks wasting money on creating a stand-alone bank for the territory if they try to start one too soon, according to their advisors.

Banking consultants have told NTI that it has to take “baby-steps” towards setting up a made-in-Nunavut bank, partially...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:36 pm

QIA to capture dog slaughter memories

"This is part of our history and it has to be known"

JANE GEORGE

Pushing ahead with research into the slaughter of Inuit sled dogs in the Baffin Region in the 1950s and the relocation of Inuit from camps into communities will be a priority of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association over the next few months.

Many Inuit elders say their traditional way of life abruptly...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:36 pm

URRC starts work on power rate proposal

"We want everyone... to get a chance to have their say"

JIM BELL

For Nunavut’s power rate watchdog, the Utility Rates Review Council, the clock is already ticking.

The URRC’s job between now and December 29 will be to study the Nunavut Power Corporation’s 297-page rate-hike application, hold a grueling set of public meetings in 12 communities, and then write up...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:35 pm

Okalik likes territorial financing changes

Extra cash coming to territorial governments

JIM BELL

Premier Paul Okalik said this week that he’s still happy with the new funding arrangement that Prime Minister Paul Martin is offering Canada’s three territorial governments.

Martin made the offer to the three territories on Sept. 13, just before the start of last month’s first minister’s...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:34 pm

Polar ice cap absorbs greenhouse gases

Scientists on board the Amundsen ice-breaker get surprising findings

JANE GEORGE

One year into its mission to understand more about the impact of climate change in the Arctic, the Amundsen is back in Quebec City.

The travelling research vessel returned to port with a load of new and puzzling information for scientists to mull over during the coming months.

Researchers who...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 1:33 pm

Business dumps on power rate proposal

"What they've done is cut every business off at the knees"

JIM BELL

Nunavut residents will pay more for food, lodging, and transportation if the Nunavut Power Corporation’s one-price-fits-all rate scheme goes through unchanged, and the cash-starved Government of Nunavut will take the biggest hit in the long run, Nunavut business owners say.

“What they’ve done is...

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Iqaluit October 29, 2004 - 11:45 am

Police seek community input

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RCMP Const. Dale McLeod appeared at a town council meeting on Tuesday to ask that a council member join a revived community consultants group that the RCMP hopes will help them to set policing priorities.

McLeod emphasized that members of the community group would not be “informants or finks,” but...

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Iqaluit October 29, 2004 - 11:45 am

Mormons denied access to schools

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The Iqaluit District Education Authority denied a request by two missionaries to provide an introduction to the Book of Mormon to kids in school.

IDEA member Katherine Trumper said that there was little discussion of the topic during the group’s Oct. 18 meeting, but reported that the opinions of...

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Iqaluit October 29, 2004 - 11:43 am

Iqaluit This Week

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Halloween party
Saturday, October 30, 8 p.m., the Storehouse. Tickets are $25 and are available at the bar. Prizes are awarded for best costume, best costumed couple, and best theme (involving three or more people).

Spook-a-rama
The fifteenth annual Spook-a-rama teen dance is on Halloween night...

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Nunavut October 29, 2004 - 11:38 am

Kativik School Board gives up legal fight

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This week in Kangirsuk, the Kativik School Board decided to back away from its legal wranglings with Makivik Corporation, Quebec and Canada over the Nunavik Political Accord and the negotiations on a new form of government for Nunavik.

Sarah Aloupa, president of the KSB commissioners, said the...

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Nunavik October 29, 2004 - 11:37 am

Martha Kauki remembered

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The community of Kangirsuk has remembered Martha Kauki and her family with the blessing of two new search-and-rescue boats and a new van for elders.

Every community in Nunavik has received similar boats from the Kativik Regional Government, while Makivik Corporation furnished the new vans for use...

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Nunavik October 29, 2004 - 11:36 am

New X-ray machine for Kuujjuaraapik

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Quebec’s minister for health and social services, Philippe Couillard, and its minister responsible for northern Quebec, Pierre Corbeil, last week gave the health centre in Kuujjuaraapik the go-ahead to buy a digital x-ray machine worth $462,000.

Couillard said the centre’s conventional x-ray...

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