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Nunavut June 28, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'He's knowledgeable and he can survive.'

Igloolik holds out hope for lost hunter

CHRIS WINDEYER

Searchers in Igloolik aren't giving up hope for Enoki Kunuk, the 81-year-old elder who hasn't been seen since he went caribou hunting June 1.

Igloolik mayor Paul Quassa said that while the ground search was bogged down because of melting snow, the arrival of a Twin Otter airplane from Rankin Inlet...

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Nunavut June 28, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Young achievers hail from communities in Nunavut, Nunavik

Four Inuit among 2007's aboriginal role models

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

our Inuit are among the 12 national aboriginal role models for 2007: Gloria Kowtak from Rankin Inlet, Shawn Kuliktana from Kugluktuk, Charlie Tookaluk from Umiujaq and Vanessa Webb from Nain.


In Ottawa on June 21, National Aboriginal Day, the National Aboriginal Health Organization introduced the...

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Iqaluit June 28, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Rappers Feat bring the house down at Alianait opener

Hip-hop crew rhymes across Davis Strait

CHRIS WINDEYER

Like many of their cousins in Nunavut, members of the Greenlandic hip-hop crew Feat have seen their share of social problems, grief and loss.



And much like their neighbours on the other side of the Davis Strait, the members of Feat also share an affinity for the late,...

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Nunavik June 28, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Industry-backed foundation to raise money for remediation of worst abandoned sites

Quebec miners ante up to clean old messes

JANE GEORGE

Quebec mining companies are chipping in money to clean up the worst messes left behind in Nunavik by mining exploration companies during the 1950s to the mid-1970s.

More than 20 companies have set up a foundation called Fonds Restor-Nunavik to raise money for the restoration of the 18 worst...

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Nunavut June 28, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Bebo gives youthful users instant access to gossip, music and much more

British social network a hit with Arctic teens

JANE GEORGE

If you don't know what Bebo is, just ask a teen in Nunavik or Nunavut.

They're likely to know about Bebo.com, an internet networking site, which is where you go to learn the latest gossip about who's doing what and with whom, according to one Kuujjuaq teen.

A search on Bebo shows hundreds of young...

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Nunavik June 28, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Traditionalists may be most at risk of getting sick or infected

Warming threatens Nunavik water supply

JANE GEORGE

Climate change may affect the quality of drinking water in Nunavik.

Many elders, raised on the land, say bottled or tap water makes their tea turn black. But in the warmer future, those who prefer fresh water to treated water may be most at risk of infection.

That's because as Nunavik's climate...

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Nunavut June 28, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'Any sort of school should avoid linguistic apartheid.'

Inuit language thrives in Greenland

JOHN THOMPSON

NUUK - You can find a copy of Harry Potter, translated in Greenlandic, at the local library of Greenland's capital.

Also available are the translated works of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway.

Fifty Greenlandic publications are produced each year, says Carl Christian Olsen,...

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Nunavut June 28, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Allowing beer, wine sales key to moderating drinking

How Greenland curbed alcohol abuse

JOHN THOMPSON

Alcohol abuse causes tremendous damage in Greenland, just as it does in Nunavut and Nunavik.

But the solution chosen by Greenland's government for its most remote communities is not prohibition, which it acknowledges does not work, and only encourages bootlegging and the binge drinking of hard...

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Nunavut June 28, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Marje Lalonde, Jacques Fortier and Eva Aariak honoured for contributions to French-speaking communit

Francophones dole out first-ever Uiviit awards

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit's francophone community paid tribute to two of its own and one of its friends June 23.

The Association des francophones du Nunavut handed out the first-ever Uiviit Awards honouring francophone achievement in the community, politics and justice, as well as a prominent local friend of...

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Nunavut June 28, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'This is hardly the way to go about making the Inuit language the official language of Nunavut.&

QIA wants language laws dumped, re-written

JIM BELL

The Qikiqtani Inuit Associ­ation says the Government of Nunavut must bring in new laws that would give the Inuit language the same status within Nunavut that the French language enjoys in Quebec, under that province's famous "Bill 101" language law.

To that the end, QIA is calling on the the GN to...

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Nunavik June 28, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Nunavimmiut shoulder human cost of police force cuts

KRPF cuts back on arrests

JANE GEORGE

Don't arrest anyone unless it's absolutely necessary.

That's what the Kativik Regional Police Force management told the ranking officers during a recent meeting in Kuujjuaq, says a member of the KRPF.

A further memo sent to regular members told them not to enforce municipal by-laws restricting...

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Nunavik June 21, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'This is considered as a very serious incident which may lead to penalties.'

Firm warned over helicopter landing in crater

JANE GEORGE

No helicopters or aircraft may land in or around Nunavik's Pingualuit crater, known as "the crystal eye of Nunavik," to protect its exceptionally clear waters from any contamination.

So imagine the surprise felt by scientists and a Pingualuit park warden, toiling with hand winches to retrieve...

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Nunavut June 21, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Site occupied by Cold War era building envisioned as new home for agency

Nunavut Tourism eyes old Butler

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut Tourism may soon jump into the real estate game after Iqaluit city council approved last week the organization's proposal to buy the city's last Cold War-era Butler building.



Council passed third reading of a motion approving the sale of the battered white...

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Nunavik June 21, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'I asked her if I could remove her pants.'

Former mayor acquitted of sexual assault

JANE GEORGE

KANGIQSUALUJJUAQ - Elijah Imbeault, the former mayor of Kangiqsualujjuaq, was acquitted on June 1 of sexually assaulting a municipal employee.

Imbeault, 35, is a former teacher who was elected as Kangiqsualujjuaq's mayor in November, 2003, for a two-year term.

Imbeault was smartly dressed in grey...

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Nunavik June 21, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'The kids are lucky to be able to count on people like them.'

Top hockey trainers lauded in Nunavik

JANE GEORGE

Moses Kasadluak of Inukjuak and Nadeau Audlaluk of Ivujivik overcame bad ice and poor hockey equipment to rally enthusiasm for Nunavik's youth hockey program and its stay-in-school message, says NHL hockey legend Joe Juneau.

"Nadeau and Moses have done a tremendous job this past winter. Their...

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Climate Change June 21, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Warming will encourage hardy vegetation to move north, study says

Coming soon: migratory Arctic plants

JANE GEORGE

Hardy Arctic plants, such as avens, saxifrage and aqpiks, are expected to spread further north as global temperatures rise.

Arctic plants are by nature robust and "highly mobile," says new research, which analyzed the genetic makeup of nine flowering plants commonly found on Norway's Svalbard...

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Climate Change June 21, 2007 - 3:00 pm

North American population down by 64 per cent, Audubon Society says

Warming melts snow bunting numbers

JANE GEORGE

Along with longer days and melting snow, spring in the Eastern Arctic brings back a familiar sight: plump little black-and-white snow bunt­ings.

But worldwide, snow bunting numbers are in a nosedive.

Today, there are 19 million snow buntings, down from 40 million birds 40 years ago, says the Audubon...

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Nunavut June 21, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Final determination on Peary caribou to be made by federal cabinet

Endangered designation no slam dunk

JOHN THOMPSON

Nunavut residents will be able to comment on the federal government's proposal to list Peary caribou as an endangered species this fall.

John Baird, the environment minister, expressed his intention to list Peary caribou as endangered under the Species At Risk Act in a May 4 letter to the Nunavut...

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Nunavut June 21, 2007 - 3:00 pm

School bake sales raise much-needed funds for shelter

Cookies make world safer place for women

CHRIS WINDEYER

Recess is short, so students at Aqsarniit Middle School mob the table stocked with cookies and cupcakes.

For most of the student customers, it's just a chance to enjoy a chocolate goodie, but for the members of the school's Girl's Club it's a good cause.

This is he fourth and final bake sale of the...

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Nunavut June 21, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Scientists to test Arctic vegetation in artificial wetlands

Can swamps solve sewage crisis?

CHRIS WINDEYER

With lagoons across the territory full to the brim with sewage, municipalities could one day have the option of treating their muck with man-made swamps.

The technology, known as constructed wetlands, is well-established in the south, but scientists are starting from scratch when it comes to how...

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