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Climate Change June 30, 2006 - 3:42 pm

Noah’s Ark for seeds

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last week, the prime ministers from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland deposited the first seeds from their countries in the new Svalbard International Seed Vault.

The Global Crop Diversity Trust, founded in 2004, will help run the vault on the Svalbard Islands, off Norway’s Arctic...

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Climate Change June 30, 2006 - 3:42 pm

Arctic sea levels dropping steadily

“It’s the opposite of what we see in the rest of the world”

JANE GEORGE

Sea levels in the Arctic have been falling by a little more than two millimetres a year — exactly the opposite of what is happening elsewhere.

“It’s enough to be significant. It’s remarkable that it’s the opposite sign of what we see in the rest of the world,” said researcher Remko Scharroo.

A...

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Climate Change June 30, 2006 - 3:41 pm

Looking at Greenland’s ice sheet… melt

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Denmark will set up seven unmanned measuring stations along the edge of Greenland’s ice cap to monitor how fast the ice is thinning, Environment Minister Connie Hedegaard announced last week.

The stations are meant to give the world a “much better picture of the effects of climate change in the...

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Climate Change June 30, 2006 - 3:41 pm

Earth running a fever?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The National Academy of Sciences, after reconstructing world average surface temperatures for the past 2,000 years, said last week that the data are “additional supporting evidence… that human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming.”

The academy had been asked to report to the...

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Nunavik June 30, 2006 - 3:40 pm

Work officially launched at Kuujjuaq airport

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last week, Transport Canada announced the start-up of work on Kuujjuaq’s new terminal and the expansion of the public parking area around the airport.

“These efforts will allow the airport to have more modern facilities, ensuring high levels of safety and security,” says a news release from...

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Nunavik June 30, 2006 - 3:38 pm

Nancy dumps on the Tories

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Nunavut’s member of parliament, used National Aboriginal Day as an occasion to take shots at the Conservative government.

“How can they make 80 per cent cuts to funding for priorities such as education, health and water, and not recognize the impact this will have short-term...

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Nunavik June 30, 2006 - 3:38 pm

Raglan employment up

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

There are now 83 Inuit working at the Raglan Mine, according to statistics presented at the recent Kativik Regional Government council meeting. They’re part of a workforce that includes 423 non-Inuit, and they comprise 19.6 per cent of the total number of employees.

At the Kiewit Nuvumiut Inc....

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Nunavik June 30, 2006 - 3:37 pm

Watt gives Inuktitut speech in Senate

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Senator Charlie Watt, who represents northern Quebec, paid homage to National Aboriginal Day last week — in Inuktitut.

Watt used his speech - given June 23 - to call on the Senate to support the idea of establishing a tax-free zone in Nunavik, north of the 55th parallel in Quebec.

“Due to the...

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Nunavik June 30, 2006 - 3:36 pm

Europe on 200 photos a day

Students “spellbound” by wonders of Greece and Italy

JANE GEORGE

Six hours of video and 2,000 photos later, a group of high school graduates and one teacher from Nunavik may now spend the rest of the summer re-living their recent trip to southern Europe.

Earlier this month, five graduates from Kuujjuaq’s Jaanimmarik School headed off with teacher Dave McMullen...

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Nunavut June 30, 2006 - 3:33 pm

ITK: Canada should approve indigenous rights pact

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami wants the Conservative government to back up claims that a United Nations draft declaration on indigenous rights would be inconsistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The draft declaration has been in the works for over a decade. It’s...

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Nunavut June 30, 2006 - 3:33 pm

ITK and ICC to anoint new heads

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After a confirmation vote to be held July 7 in Inuvik at the organization’s annual general meeting, Mary Simon will become president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

Simon will succeed Jose Kusugak, who announced earlier this year that he wants to quit the job.

Simon, whose name was put forward by...

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Nunavut June 30, 2006 - 3:32 pm

Nunavut housing on the web

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Housing Corporation now has a web site.

Olayuk Akesuk, the minister responsible for the housing corporation, said in a press release he hopes the site will increase awareness about the corporation’s various services.

“Any time of day, Nunavummiut will now be able to research our...

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Nunavut June 30, 2006 - 3:32 pm

Backhoe knocks CBC Iqaluit off the air

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Listeners to CBC North in Iqaluit heard nothing but static after about 8:15 on Tuesday morning, with dead air continuing until after the Nunatsiaq News press-time Wedensday afternoon.

That’s because a backhoe operator accidentally dug up and severed the transmission line that runs from the CBC’s...

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Nunavut June 30, 2006 - 3:30 pm

A feast for the eyes, ears and belly

Storytelling night comes complete with pictures and piles of food

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JACKIE WALLACE

The darkened Parish Hall was illuminated by menacing images of Mahaha The Tickler trying to drag a young girl under the ice, as Celina Kalluk told the legend to a dwindling crowd as part of the Alianait arts festival in Iqaluit this past week.

As Kalluk read the story in Inuktitut,...

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Nunavut June 30, 2006 - 3:29 pm

Old beacon beats high-tech GPS

GN report finds flaws with fancy tracking units

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

If you’re lost on the land, don’t count on fancy gadgets that use global positioning satellites to lead rescuers to you.

Instead, you’d be a lot safer packing a device that’s more than 20 years old, called a personal locator beacon.

That’s according to a report published in May by...

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Nunavut June 30, 2006 - 3:28 pm

Akitisirak grad plans Nunavut’s first Inuit law firm

“I’m very aware that many Inuit face basic access to justice issues”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JACKIE WALLACE

After a year working as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Madeleine Redfern is returning to Iqaluit with dreams of making the legal system more accessible to Inuit.

“My goal is to have the first Inuit law firm in Iqaluit and in Nunavut,” says Redfern, who is not...

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Nunavut June 30, 2006 - 3:27 pm

Land claims film an eye-opener for teens

“I want them to be proud of our story and proud to be Inuit”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Staking the Claim takes on a difficult subject, the history of Inuit land claim agreements, for a tough audience: the ever-drifting minds of high school students.

So the documentary film begins with a sight that should be familiar to most students: the glowing digits of an alarm...

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Nunavut June 30, 2006 - 3:26 pm

Iqaluit Baha’is fear for Iranian counterparts

“It’s gotten really bad now”

JIM BELL

Members of Iqaluit’s Baha’i community say their co-religionists in Iran may soon face a wave of brutal repression, and are joining Baha’is across Canada in a campaign aimed at drawing attention to their plight.

“As difficult as things used to be, after the revolution, it’s gotten really bad now,”...

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Nunavut June 30, 2006 - 3:25 pm

Inuk senator demands inquiry into Baffin fishery

BFC president responds to allegations, NWMB reviews allocation rules

JIM BELL

Senator Willie Adams of Nunavut says somebody should conduct an inquiry into the Baffin fishery, and he’s calling upon his fellow senators to back the idea.

In a statement made June 15 inside the Senate chamber, Adams said such an inquiry should probe recent complaints about foreign involvement in...

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Nunavut June 30, 2006 - 3:25 pm

NWMB wants comment on fishery report

Wildlife board ponders recommendations aimed at creating accountability, transparency

JIM BELL

The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board wants advice from the public on what to do with a new “independent” report on Nunavut’s offshore fishery.

The recently-released report, called Organizational and Performance Review of Nunavut’s Offshore Fishing Industry, was prepared for the Government of...

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