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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'It's cool, different and useful'

CamBay French class a hit with students

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - A group of Grade 10 students at Cambridge Bay's Kiilinik High School know how to enjoy Halloween during class time by dressing up in costumes and singing about Halloween - in French.

This month's theme song for their French class helped them learn many Halloween-related words in...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Record oil prices push cost of bulk fuel buy

Gas goes up, again

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Filling up your gas tank got more expensive this week after Levinia Brown, the community and government services minister, announced pump prices for gasoline will rise 10 cents per litre as of Nov. 1.

Airplane fuel will go up 20 cents per litre. The cost of home heating fuel won't change.

"It is...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Adults follow lead of the youth

Kugluktuk says yes to alcohol committee

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - Encouraged by their young people, more than 60 per cent of Kugluktuk voters said that they support the creation of an alcohol education committee in a community-wide referendum held Monday, Oct. 22.

According to Elections Nunavut, 234 Kugluktuk residents voted "yes" and 120 voted...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut Trust preserves entire land claim compensation fund

Inuit land claim money in good shape

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - The $1.1 billion that the Nunavut Trust manages on behalf of Nunavut Inuit has now grown to $1.3 billion.

That's why Nunavut Trust board member Bill Lyall had "nothing but good news" to deliver to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association's annual general meeting last week in Cambridge Bay:...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'It's a favourable political 'c;limate;,' miner says

Mining-friendly Kitikmeot impresses Newmont

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - During his one-day visit to Cambridge Bay last week, John Mudge wanted to see what his employer, the mining giant Newmont Mining Corp., had bought into.

Earlier this month Newmont, the second largest gold producer in the world, paid $1.5 billion for Miramar Mining Corp., the junior...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'I believe it is important to put the needs of my family first'

Kusugak to quit as language commissioner

JIM BELL

Saying that obligations to family must come first, Johnny Putjut Kusugak, Nuna­vut's commissioner of official languages, anounced Oct. 19 that he'll resign his job this winter.

"My decision in this matter is a purely personal one… I believe it is important to put the needs of my family first,"...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'I worry that we are returning to the days when Inuit were ignored or taken for granted.'

Nunavut MP no fan of throne speech

JOHN THOMPSON

Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Nunavut's Liberal member of parliament, says the throne speech read on behalf of the Conservative government last week made her feel like she‘s travelling back in time.

"I worry that we are returning to the days when Inuit were ignored or taken for granted," she said in a...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Kivalliq Arctic Foods enjoys profits, pickling

Welcome to the birthplace of caribou jerky

CHRIS WINDEYER

RANKIN INLET - Brian Schindel has an experiment he's been keeping in one of the huge walk-in refrigerators at Kivalliq Arctic Foods.

He pulls out a huge pickle jar containing a heady brew of onions, peppercorns, bay leaves, water, pickling salt and eraser-sized chunks of arctic char. It's been...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

In Staking the Claim today's young Inuit celebrate the generation who created Nunavut

When they were young and idealistic

JOHN THOMPSON

The young Inuit sported bushy sideburns and wore aviator sunglasses, as if to shield their eyes from their bright future.

It was the 1970s, and they shared a dream that the Inuit of the eastern Arctic would control their homeland, and destiny, as they took on federal negotiators from Ottawa.

It's...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

KIA delegates talk of forming 'Bloc Kitikmeot' to take on 'Government of Baffinland'

What's next? The new territory of Kitikmeot?

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - If the Government of Nunavut continues to ignore their region and doesn't take them seriously, Kitikmeot leaders say their region should consider becoming an independent territory.

"The government doesn't help us. We still get it done. Some day we'll be an independent territory,"...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'I do not want to speak English now. I'm an Inuk.'

Create Nunavut education channel, IBC urges

JIM BELL

With Johnny the Travelling Lemming watching your back, there's no good reason to ever call it quits.

Johnny, the well-known puppet character from the Inuit Broadcasting Corp.'s Takuginai children's show, popped his furry head up in Iqaluit this week to help IBC officials make a pitch for the...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Qikiqtani General Hospital will take patients in a few weeks

After 11 years and $64 million: a hospital

JOHN THOMPSON

The new Qikiqtani General Hospital finally opened in Iqaluit on Friday, Oct. 19, after 11 years of planning and $64 million spent, with a fitting prayer.

"We pray for the staff, and that everything will work in the new hospital," intoned Rev. Mike Gardener inside the new building's atrium, where...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

GN nurses encouraged to do rotating job-shares

Ailing CamBay health centre finds a cure

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - Sheets of plywood nailed over the Kitikmeot Health Centre's second floor windows and back entrance are the last visible remains of an Aug. 1 fire that caused $2.2 million in damages and closed the facility for six weeks.

By January 2008, the last of the repairs on two damaged patient...

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Nunavut October 25, 2007 - 3:00 pm

No consensus on many big issues

Inuit orgs clash with GN over language laws

JIM BELL

It could be many months before Nunavut MLAs get to vote on final passage of the Government of Nunavut's proposed new language laws, as GN law-drafters continue to do battle with Inuit organizations over what those laws should say.

This means that Bill 6, the proposed new Official Languages Act, and...

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Nunavut October 18, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Defence lawyer attacks credibility of complainants

Horne to testify this January

CHRIS WINDEYER

Accused child molester Ed Horne will return to court in Iqaluit on Jan. 24, 2008 to testify in his own defence.

Horne is accused of molesting four boys aged six to 15 in the 1970s and 1980s, inside homes and schools in Kimmirut, Cape Dorset and Iqaluit. The trial, on 10 sex charges, started...

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Nunavut October 18, 2007 - 3:00 pm

KIA won’t use mining deals for social services

KIA rejects Aglukkaq's plea for help

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - Leona Aglukkaq, Nunavut's minister of health and social services, asked the Kitikmeot Inuit Association this week to use benefit agreements with mining companies to help her government deal with the social impact of mines in the region.

But Donald Havioyak, the KIA president, said...

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Nunavik October 18, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'Questions are being raised concerning the academic level in Northern Quebec Schools.'

Native committee to conduct education survey

JANE GEORGE

The Native Committee of the Northern Quebec Teaching Association, which represents more than 700 teachers and support staff in Nunavik, wants to conduct a public survey to see how Nunavimmiut feel about their region's educational system.

"Clearly, many questions are being raised concerning the...

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Nunavik October 18, 2007 - 3:00 pm

One-kilometre barrier averts replay of 1984 disaster

Fencing erected after 400 caribou drown

JOHN THOMPSON

The bloated carcasses of about 400 caribou were discovered last Wednesday, heaped against the rocks beneath Limestone Falls, 100 km south of Kuujjuaq.

The sight brought back memories of 1984, when swift currents carried 10,000 caribou from the same spot in the Caniapiscau River over the...

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Nunavut October 18, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Qikiqtani birthright company looks forward to more growth fueled by contracts with 'Baff;inland;

QC gets bigger, enjoys profitable year

JIM BELL

The Qikiqtaaluk Corp. enjoyed a big leap in growth in 2006-07, due to strong profits earned by all its subsidiaries and its aggressive acquisition of new companies.

On total consolidated revenues of about $48.3 million, money that flowed through its various subsidiary companies, QC racked up about...

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Nunavut October 18, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Hearings may start this winter

QIA gives truth commission the go-ahead

JIM BELL

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association voted this week to give final marching orders to the long-awaited Qikiqtani Truth Commission.

The commission will conduct an inquiry into the widespread killing of Inuit dogs and the relocation of Inuit into settled communities in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, as well...

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