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Nunavik November 25, 2005 - 2:12 pm

Like Quebec’s language law, but more complicated

Kinks remain as Nunavimmiut prepare to form a new government

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL, QUEBEC — The daunting social, cultural and economic challenges in store for Nunavik’s future regional government need attention now: that was the underlying message from speakers at last week’s symposium, “A new way of governing: The Experience of the Inuit of Nunavik.”

“The challenge of...

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Iqaluit November 25, 2005 - 2:09 pm

City of Iqaluit washes hands of asbestos 5

No one wants to claim ownership of polluted dump site

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

This land is not our land.

That’s the message that city of Iqaluit officials want to drive home to other levels of government when it comes to North 40, Iqaluit’s abandoned metal dump and its source of gravel.

City council decided on Nov. 22 they would not spend any more of...

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Iqaluit November 25, 2005 - 2:08 pm

Iqaluit could hear Christian radio

“God is taking a lead in this”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Ontario’s Christian music superstation wants to expand into the airwaves of Iqaluit.

CJLF-FM in Barrie, Ontario, filed an application last week with the CRTC, the federal body that regulates the airwaves, for permission to rebroadcast its station in Nunavut’s capital.

If approved,...

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Iqaluit November 25, 2005 - 2:07 pm

Fast tracking a sustainable subdivision

Iqaluit’s “green” neighbourhood springs up in record time

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

In a dream world, the design, planning and construction of a new subdivision spans three years.

But the city of Iqaluit didn’t have the luxury of time when council approved work on the new Plateau subdivision in the fall of 2004. Demand for housing continued to grow in Nunavut’s...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 2:03 pm

Speaker says sorry for law-grad behaviour

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jobie Nutarak, the legislative assembly’s speaker, apologized for his conduct at a graduation dinner held June 21 in Iqaluit to honour Nunavut’s 11 graduating law students, without saying when it happened, where it happened or what he did, much to the bemusement of assembly observers.

“I would...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 2:03 pm

GN ponders dialysis unit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Bernie Blais, Nunavut’s deputy minister of Health and Social Services, told MLAs last week that he’s asked his staff to review “all dialysis patients going out-of-territory from Nunavut to other jurisdictions to determine whether we have sufficient patients to build a dialysis unit.”

Blais was...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 2:02 pm

Hell no, we won’t pay

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Twenty-two Arctic Bay residents, many of whom appear to be government workers, have signed a petition saying they don’t want to pay rent increases scheduled under the GN’s new staff housing policy.

GN workers living outside of the three regional centres face 15-per-cent base rent hikes starting...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 2:02 pm

Still no core funds for Ilisaqsivik

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Nunavut is still not prepared to offer core funding to Clyde River’s Ilisaqsivik Society, a community wellness centre that is one of the biggest employers in the community.

Leona Aglukkaq, the minister of Health and Social Services, delivered this message to James Arreak, the MLA...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 2:01 pm

GN eyes Lupin mine training scheme

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Ed Picco, the minister of education, said last week that his officials are planning to visit the site of the former Lupin gold mine, and that he supports the idea of using it as place to train Nunavummiut for mining jobs.

Lupin’s owners, Kinross Gold Corp., closed the aging mine after its ore body...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 2:01 pm

Okalik: No time change on my watch

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Paul Okalik, the premier of Nunavut, will play no part in any scheme to return Nunavut to a single time zone system.

“If I recall during our recent debates, just over a year ago, I promised not to deal with the time, so I will honour my promise and will not have the time of day for such a...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 2:00 pm

Montreal sealift irritates Kivalliq

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Patterk Netser, the MLA for Nanulik, says Kivalliq residents aren’t pleased with their Montreal-based sealift service.

For decades, Kivalliq communities received their annual summer re-supply from Churchill on barges owned by the Northern Transportation Company Ltd., which shipped both fuel and...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 2:00 pm

GN reaches fish deal with Makivik

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut government has worked out a deal with Makivik Corp. on fishing rights for Nunavik Inuit in offshore waters adjacent to Nunavut in Davis Strait, Premier Paul Okalik told the house last week.

Okalik says the agreement guarantees that Nunavut Inuit will always receive turbot and shrimp...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 2:00 pm

Bring on the witch hunt

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two MLAs are upset that Clyde River is identified in a Nov. 4 Nunatsiaq News story as the community where GN officials first discovered the HTLV-1 virus.

Believing that a GN official may have been the source for the story, James Arreak, the MLA for Uqqummiut, demanded that Leona Aglukkaq, the...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 1:59 pm

Intelligent life in Nunavut?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A New York think tank that promotes broadband internet for economic development has included Nunavut on its shortlist for the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2006.

The Intelligent Community Forum recognizes the work done by the Nunavut Broadband Development Corp. in bringing broadband...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 1:58 pm

Beluga hunt proves unlucky for bowhead

Whale disappears before it can be freed from net

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

An unsuspecting bowhead whale was snagged in a beluga net outside of Cape Dorset last week, and five days later, was said to be missing.

The trapped bowhead was less than seven metres long, which means it’s likely a very young member of the species. Bowhead whales grow to an average...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 1:56 pm

Intensive mental health centre opens in Puvirnituq

Aaniavituqarq to welcome eight clients from around Nunavik

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik’s new regional intensive care centre held its opening ceremonies last week in Puvirnituq.

Inuulitsivik’s social services co-ordinator Muncy Novalinga said the centre, located in Puvirnituq’s former nursing station, will be called “Aaniavituqarq,” to reflect the building’s long tradition of...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 1:56 pm

What’s happening at the climate change meeting in Montreal?

Canada, Nunavut and Inuit activities planned for next week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The international gathering on climate change starts next week in Montreal. Often referred to as MOP or COP-11, this meeting marks the “meeting of protocol” and the 11th “Conference of the Parties,” made up of those countries, which signed on to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 1:56 pm

Nunavut infrastructure: never quite enough money

GN sets next capital budget at $103.5 million

JIM BELL

The GN’s $103.5 million capital budget for 2006-07 will pay for a long list of building projects, but numerous questions and statements from MLAs show that the GN doesn’t have nearly enough money to satisfy the territory’s urgent need for infrastructure.

David Simailak, the finance minister,...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 1:55 pm

Revised Education bill still short on language, culture: QIA

Grammar-based instruction, trained teachers the key to Inuit languages in schools

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is not impressed with the home-grown education bill that the Government of Nunavut’s education department is now taking to communities across Nunavut.

“It’s a cut and paste job with more cutting out than adding on,” said Jaypatee Arnakak, a social...

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Nunavut November 25, 2005 - 1:54 pm

Inuit orgs praise residential school deal

Eligible survivors qualify for $10,000, plus $3,000 for each year at school

JIM BELL

Three of Canada’s regional Inuit organizations are praising a $2 billion comprehensive settlement deal for aboriginal residential school survivors that Anne McLellan, the deputy prime minister, announced at a press conference in Ottawa this past Wednesday.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Inuvialuit...

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