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Around the Arctic June 24, 2005 - 9:43 am

Greenland cuts fin whale catch

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Greenland Home Rule Government says it will voluntarily reduce of the number of fin whales hunted every year off the West Greenland coast.

In a surprise announcement at this week’s International Whaling Commission meeting, Rasmus Frederiksen, Greenland’s minister of Fisheries and Hunting said...

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Around the Arctic June 24, 2005 - 9:43 am

International Whaling Committee to maintain whaling ban

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The International Whaling Commission, which met this week in the former whaling port of Ulsan, South Korea, voted Tuesday to uphold a ban on commercial whaling.

The vote was seen as a major setback to Norway, Japan and other pro-whaling members who want to resume commercial whaling.

The 66-member...

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Around the Arctic June 24, 2005 - 9:42 am

Looking for young circumpolar leaders

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

The federal government is sponsoring four international internships for young people, 21 to 30, who live in, or who are originally from, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, and northern Quebec and Labrador. The internships are in Norway, Finland, and Denmark,...

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Around the Arctic June 24, 2005 - 9:42 am

Herring moves back home to Iceland

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Until recently, herring, once one of Iceland’s most profitable and abundant fish stocks, hadn’t been seen close to Iceland for almost 40 years.

However, recently boats have been loading up on herring off Iceland’s eastern coast. The return of the herring is likely due to changes the North Atlantic...

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Around the Arctic June 24, 2005 - 9:41 am

Sheila Watt-Cloutier receives Sophie Prize in Oslo

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

Last Wednesday, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, collected the $100,000 U.S. Sophie Prize in Oslo, Norway.

The prize is named after Sophie’s World, a teenagers’ guide to philosophy that was a 1990s bestseller written by Norwegian...

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Nunavik June 24, 2005 - 9:39 am

May 31 is D-Day for tobacco in Nunavik

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Next May, Nunavik will see new rules and regulations on tobacco sales and smoking.

A strict new provincial tobacco law was passed last week when the National Assembly wrapped up its spring session in Quebec City last week.

“It’s been shown that legislation can be very effective in the fight...

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Nunavik June 24, 2005 - 9:38 am

Four out of 10 Nunavik elders go hungry

Researcher: "No one suspected just how bad it was"

JANE GEORGE

A new survey of elders in Nunavik paints an alarming picture of how the oldest and most traditional Inuit of this region live.

For Johnny Adams, chairman of the Kativik Regional Government, the report’s results, which were presented at the recent KRG council meeting in Kuujjuaq, prove that...

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Iqaluit June 24, 2005 - 9:37 am

Two busted for coke in Iqaluit

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Following a six-month investigation, the RCMP on June 15 arrested and charged Gino Larochelle, a 40 year-old Iqaluit resident, with trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

The investigation stems from a seizure at the Iqaluit airport of 56 grams of cocaine...

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Iqaluit June 24, 2005 - 9:37 am

Around Iqaluit

Iqaluit this week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Day Talent Show
NTI is looking for performers for Nunavut Day on July 9. Group or solo acts will have a maximum of 10 minutes to perform and will be judged by a panel of local celebrities. Prizes will be awarded to the best traditional, contemporary and rock band performances. To sign up...

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Nunavut June 24, 2005 - 9:30 am

Mother, daughter art team capture contemporary Cape Dorset

Project raises funds for literacy and school library

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TINA ROSE


A Grade 8 class at Inuksuk High School began their writing careers with a book launch on June 15 to celebrate their literary endeavour, A-Counts: Unleashing an Array of Accomplished Adolescent Authors.

Teacher Gabrielle Stanton approached her class with the idea in May. She says her...

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Nunavut June 24, 2005 - 9:28 am

Mother, daughter art team capture contemporary Cape Dorset

Toronto exhibit shows some of the darker realities of Inuit life

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TINA ROSE


“Windows on Kinngait,” an art exhibit featuring the controversial drawings of the late Napachie Pootoogook and her daughter, Annie Pootoogook, opened June 18 at the Feheley Fine Arts gallery in Toronto. This is the first time Napachie and Annie’s work has ever been shown together...

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Nunavut June 24, 2005 - 9:27 am

Okalik honoured by his old university

"An important voice for democratic northern development"

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PHILIPPE MORIN

OTTAWA - It was a day of praise for Paul Okalik this past Saturday, as Nunavut’s first premier and first Inuk lawyer received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Ottawa’s Carleton University.

Carleton president Richard Van Loon called the award “our highest form of recognition.”...

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Nunavut June 24, 2005 - 9:26 am

Justice carved in stone and wood

Sculptures document decades of trials across the Arctic

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SARA MINOGUE

In 1955, Allan Kaotak of the Cambridge Bay area was charged with murder in the death of his father, who had died by gunfire in the Queen Maud Gulf. A jury found him not guilty, but the experience lived on in his mind and he produced a carving depicting the trial.

The judge in the...

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Nunavut June 24, 2005 - 9:25 am

Embrace Life Council urges self-reliance

"We really need to be acknowledging and supporting the communities in their efforts and in their ideas"

JIM BELL

Nunavut’s Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit, or “Embrace Life Council,” is urging Nunavut residents to make their communities healthier places for youth by becoming more self-reliant and taking more control of their well-being.

“The Nunavut communities need to realize that they were once...

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Nunavut June 24, 2005 - 9:24 am

ITK wants alcohol industry to help with treatment, counselling

Inuit leaders call for Arctic-specific programs to help problem drinkers

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS


Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami representatives plan to lobby the alcohol industry to give muscle to the feeble amount of addictions treatment available in the Arctic.

The move was approved by ITK’s board of directors, a panorama of Inuit leaders from across the country, during their...

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Nunavut June 24, 2005 - 9:23 am

QEC makes capital surcharge pitch to URRC

Capital costs to spread Nunavut-wide?

JIM BELL

The Qulliq Energy Corp. is pitching new ways of paying for new power plants and power plant upgrades, in a proposal submitted to Energy Minister Ed Picco on May 27, and then forwarded to the Utility Rates Review Council.

The URRC asked the QEC to submit the proposal within 90 days, in its report...

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Nunavut June 24, 2005 - 9:22 am

ITK plans financial independence through permanent fund

"We wouldn't have to go by the government agenda of the day"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS


Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is getting ready to charm charities and private companies across the country with a fundraising drive to make their organization independent of federal payments.

ITK wants to create a $23-million permanent endowment fund directed at their own activites....

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Nunavut June 24, 2005 - 9:15 am

Nunavut schools dodge national science test

Exam "not relevant to the majority of our students"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Most Canadians learned how much science their kids are learning in schools last week, but not Nunavummiut.

Nunavut was the only jurisdiction to opt out of the 2004 School Achievement Indicators Program science test - the fourth such national student test that the Council of Ministers of Education...

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Nunavut June 24, 2005 - 9:13 am

Move over rover, let PSAC take over

NEU's parent appoints administrator to run union

JIM BELL

The Nunavut Employees Union’s powerful parent organization, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, swooped down on the union’s Iqaluit office last week, shunting its elected executive to one side and launching a “full review” of the NEU’s internal operations.

PSAC’s national board of directors...

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Nunavut June 24, 2005 - 9:09 am

QIA chooses land rights over park

Swap threatens two jobs and 400 square kilometres in Katannilik Park

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is pressing ahead with a planned swap of land surrounding a valuable mineral deposit in a territorial park, in hopes of strengthening Inuit control over the area.

The exchange is expected to transfer about 400 square kilometres of Crown land from...

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