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Nunavik December 23, 2005 - 6:36 pm

Stop now, win challenge

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Hydro-Québec, the first organization in Québec to adopt a progressive ban on smoking in the workplace in 1995, is supporting the “Quit to Win!” challenge for the sixth consecutive year.

Hydro-Québec will recognize the participation of Cree and Inuit youth by awarding $2,000 each to two...

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Iqaluit December 23, 2005 - 6:22 pm

Iqaluit this week

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Christmas games

Christmas games started yesterday and run to Dec. 31 this year.

Games will take place in the Abe Okpik Hall in Apex tonight until Saturday, Dec. 24.

There will be no games on Christmas day.

Games resume in Apex on Monday, Dec. 26, starting at 7 p.m. at the Abe Okpik Hall and...

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Nunavik December 23, 2005 - 10:40 am

New mayor vows to strengthen Kuujjuaq

Water emergency, youth problems among early challenges for municipal leader

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — When Larry Watt learned that he won last month’s municipal election and was on his way to becoming mayor of Nunavik’s largest community, he was delighted.

“I have the passion to do that job, so it was a celebration for me,” Watt said, smiling and chuckling over his Nov. 2 win.

Before...

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Iqaluit December 23, 2005 - 10:39 am

Nuliajuk a big, expensive success

Qaggiq theatre group proves professional theatre is possible in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

“I would say ‘Welcome to our theatre’ but we don’t have one,” said Jonathan Dewar, producer of Nuliajuk, to welcome audiences to one of three nights of the Qaggiq Theatre Company’s first original production at Iqaluit’s Cadet Hall earlier this month.

And so about 100 theatre-goers...

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:37 am

How Nunavut communities should adapt to climate change

Report outlines where GN and NTI should spend their money

JANE GEORGE

“Living with Change in Nunavut: Vulnerability of Two Inuit Communities to Risks Associated with Climate Change,” prepared by James Ford, Barry Smit and Johanna Wandel for the Government of Nunavut last May, makes a number of recommendations on how GN policy could moderate the effects of...

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Climate Change December 23, 2005 - 10:36 am

Community knowledge key to coping with climate change

Scientists, governments can help with research and money, conference told

JANE GEORGE

Coping with climate change in Nunavut doesn’t start with scientists, but with communities — and the people who live in them need help adapting.

That’s the message James Ford and Kik Shappa brought to Montreal during the United Nations Climate Change Conference earlier this month.

Ford, a graduate...

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:35 am

Have paint, will travel

Art saves children, says Beth McKenty

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JOHN THOMPSON

Beth McKenty dreams of every child in Nunavut armed with paint.

That’s because the 74-year-old sees a change in kids who are angry, depressed or hopeless after they pick up a paintbrush and swirl together different mixtures of red, yellow and blue.

“Although it’s simple on the...

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Climate Change December 23, 2005 - 10:35 am

“Inuit knew the climate would change”

Kimmirut elder describes shift in weather

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Simeonie Aqpik grew up in camps near Kimmirut, surrounded by the smells of Arctic heather and seal fat as he waited for hunters to return. When he shot his first ptarmigan, he says he was barely big enough to hold the butt of his uncle’s rifle.

Now 74, the Kimmirut elder says he’s...

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:34 am

Bloodletting ends at Nunavut Planning Commission

Interim chair and acting executive director take over

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

With a new interim chair, a new acting executive director and a freshly-minted quorum, the Nunavut Planning Commission met in Yellowknife last week to turn the page on a chaotic and embarrassing year.

The commission’s longstanding chairman and CEO, Bob Lyall, and the commission’s longstanding...

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:33 am

Resolute Bay: Arctic City of the Future?

A dome over Iqaluit? There have been stranger ideas

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Think wooden posts lining the streets of Iqaluit is a far-out idea? Think again.

If urban planners had their way decades ago, Resolute Bay could have been built like a castle, with high walls surrounding the community to keep out wind and snow, and Iqaluit could have been encased in...

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:32 am

An Iqaluit Christmas for boarding home patients

Out-of-town visitors fill all 40 beds as holiday approaches

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Noo Atsiaq didn’t expect to visit Iqaluit this month.

But when the left side of his face began to swell and cause unbearable pain, he had little choice. The 19-year-old was medevaced from Cape Dorset to the Baffin Regional Hospital, where nurses poked a needle with anesthetic into...

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:32 am

A plea for help

Youth “has to commit crimes to survive”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The following is an email written on Nov. 16 by a young offender’s case worker, Brent Buckler, to youth and social workers in Iqaluit on the eve of a 17-year-old youth’s third release from Young Offenders. It was included in an affidavit filed in the Nunavut Court of Justice on Dec....

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:31 am

Social services, by the numbers

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last year, 433 children in Nunavut received services under the Child and Family Services Act.

  * 46 of those children are living outside of Nunavut because of special medical needs or behavior problems;
  * 284 live with foster parents or extended family acting as foster parents;
  * 19...

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:30 am

At 17, Iqaluit orphan has no place to call home

Court case exposes lack of GN social services for youth

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

A small Christmas miracle took place in the Iqaluit courthouse last Thursday — a homeless 17-year-old orphan with a troubled past got a place to stay for Christmas.

“He’s safe for the holidays,” said Brent Buckler, a case worker with the Isumaqsunngittukkuvik young offenders centre,...

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:30 am

Too many kids, not enough social worker

Top bureaucrat’s candid report spells out many problems, some successes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

Social workers in Nunavut are handling too many cases without enough money or resources.

That’s just one complaint in a candid annual report by Norm Murray,  the Government of Nunavut’s director of child and family services.

While Nunavut’s population has grown, the number of social...

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:08 am

Ottawa gives $5 million to anti-violence task force

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal government has given the Native Women’s Association of Canada $5 million to conduct research, raise awareness and recommend government policy to tackle the high rates of violence against aboriginal women in Canada.

NWAC is now looking for people to head its task force, known as Sisters...

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:07 am

NTI prepares for March election

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Patrick Tagoona was appointed chief returning officer for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s elections on March 21, 2006.

Tagoona has already announced some key dates for the election:

  * Feb. 7 — Nomination papers are available to candidates.
  * Feb. 21 — Nomination papers due; deputy returning...

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Nunavut December 23, 2005 - 10:07 am

Winning photos to appear in calendar

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The winners of Arctic Co-operatives Ltd.’s Celebrate the North photo contest have been selected from over 200 entries.

The following people will have their photos appear in the 2006 co-op calendar:

  * Billy Akavak
  * Derrick Anderson
  * Jennifer Moore
  * Sandra Saviajuk
  * Joanne...

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Nunavik December 16, 2005 - 6:37 pm

Two weeks, two attempted murders

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two Nunavik men are in jail following their arrests for attempted murder.

Police say both incidents involved men who allegedly tried to murder their sisters.

On Dec. 4 in Quaqtaq, a man is alleged to have shot and then stabbed a woman. He is also accused of uttering threats.

On Dec. 10, in...

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Iqaluit December 16, 2005 - 6:28 pm

Attempted robbery unsolved

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit RCMP are calling for more information about an attempted robbery on Dec. 8.

A man grabbed a woman walking in the White Row area and demanded money during the early hours of that day. When she refused, he ran away. Police are asking for information from the public.

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