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Nunavut March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'Language is the most 'important; cornerstone of Inuit culture.'

New KIA president makes Inuinnaqtun a priority

JANE GEORGE

As a musician, Joe Otokiak of Cambridge Bay knows how to whip up a crowd, while as a skilled Inuinnaqtun interpreter, he's able to translate the most complex discussions.

Now, as the new president of the Kitimeot Inuit Association, Otokiak, is set to guide the organization for the next three...

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Nunavut March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Survey shows only one-third got effective job orientation

We're happy, sort of, GN workers say

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Only half of the Government of Nunavut's employees received orientation before starting their jobs, says a recent survey, and of those, only a fraction afterwards understood their job duties, the land claims agreement, and how the territorial government works.

Not surprisingly, only 36 per cent of...

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Nunavut March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'They should have done more to hire local agents who know the market'

Air Greenland pulls plug on Baltimore route

JANE GEORGE

After losing millions of dollars last summer, Air Greenland has pulled the plug on its non-stop jet service to North America.

After First Air ended its weekly service from Iqaluit to Kangerlussuaq in October 2001, Air Greenland's flights from Kangerlussuaq to Baltimore, Maryland offered the only...

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Iqaluit March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Some residents fear effects of all-terrain vehicle traffic

A bridge too far for Sylvia Grinnell Park?

CHRIS WINDEYER

Two Iqaluit residents are worried that their visions of serene walks on the west bank of the Sylvia Grinnell River will be crushed under the tire treads of all-terrain vehicles.

The Government of Nunavut plans to start construction this summer on a bridge crossing the river that bears the name of...

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Nunavut March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Wash your hands and finish your prescriptions, health 'officials; say

'Not all bugs need drugs,' Vinnie the Virus says

CHRIS WINDEYER

Public health officials in Nunavut are trying to clear something up: just because you're sick, it doesn't mean you need to take antibiotic drugs.

Nunavut's Department of Health and Social Services launched the "Not all bugs need drugs" campaign earlier this month.

The rise of antibiotic-resistant...

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Nunavut March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'We need to make diabetes a big issue'

Diabetes: how the sweet life can be deadly

JANE GEORGE

Too much sugar can kill you, warns former Nunavut Commissioner Peter Irniq, who learned recently he has diabetes.

After reflecting on his experience, Irniq feels the Government of Nunavut isn't doing enough to warn Nunavummiut about the risk of developing diabetes.

"The GN needs to promote healthy...

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Nunavik March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Union says school board violated provincial human rights law

KSB dumps veteran teacher, citing chronic illness

JANE GEORGE

The Northern Quebec Teaching Association says the Kativik School Board violated Quebec's charter of human rights and its collective agreement with unionized teachers when they fired an Inukjuak teacher who suffers from a chronic medical condition.

The KSB, who says the teacher missed too much work...

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Nunavut March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Douglas Earle 'Qimmiq' Wilkinson: 1919-2008

Author-filmmaker Doug Wilkinson dies March 12

JIM BELL

Doug "Qimmiq" Wilkinson, 88, remembered fondly by many Eastern Arctic residents for his numerous films, photographs and books, died March 12 at Southbridge Lodge in Brampton, Ont.

He leaves his wife, Vivian, to whom he was married for 65 years; his daughter, Beverly; her husband, John Brady; and...

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Nunavut March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'Inuit learn in half the time'

Kimmirut kids ride with the wind

JOHN THOMPSON

KIMMIRUT - A small crowd of children marvel as Peter Qisiiq races across the frozen bay on cross-country skis, pulled by a harness attached to a big kite.

He hits a snow hummock and launches into the air. "Whoah," says one kid. "He's fast," says another.

Qisiiq, who is from Kangiqsujuaq, has...

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Iqaluit March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'Anything that you want to do we can probably find a place for you to do that.'

Toonik Tyme wants volunteers

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Another Toonik Tyme is almost ready to go in Iqaluit and organizers are putting out the call for volunteers.

"There are tons of odd jobs," said Olivia Brown, the festival's organizer. "Anything that you want to do we can probably find a place for you to do that."

Organizers are looking for people to...

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Nunavut March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

GN denies staff-starved Qikiqtani hospital facing shut down

Hospital fears scare worker from Iqaluit

JANE GEORGE

Fearing that the Qikiqtani Regional Hospital might shut down, an Alberta doctor recently nixed a job-transfer request from a federal government employee in the South who wanted to work in Iqaluit.

That's because the doctor is worried that a hospital shut down might be unwise for the 50-year old...

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Nunavut March 27, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'People who you help, help in return.'

Simeonie Aqpik: A life lived with sled dogs

JOHN THOMPSON

Kimmirut - Simeonie Aqpik, 76, grew up with sled dogs.

This was during the 1930s and ‘40s, when Aqpik was a boy, and his family lived in camps near Kimmirut, then called Lake Harbour.

It was Aqpik's job to chew on sealskin traces to keep them supple. He can't do this any more, he says with a laugh....

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Nunavut March 20, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut wins 67 medals; Nunavik takes 24

Nunavut scores best sportsmanship award at AWG

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After winning dozens of ulu-shaped medals, athletes from Nunavut and Nunavik are back from the 2008 Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife.

The week-long event, which wrapped March 15, featured 1,800 young participants from Nunavut, Nunavik, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, northern Alberta and other...

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Nunavut March 20, 2008 - 3:00 pm

GN prepares to merge lending agency with Nunavut Development Corp.

GN backtracks, moves ailing NBCC to Iqaluit

JOHN THOMPSON

After five months of foot-dragging, the Government of Nunavut has begun to move the Nunavut Business Credit Corp. to Iqaluit, after it finally acknowledged last week that Cape Dorset is a poor place for the territory's lender of last resort to be based.

Patterk Netser, Nunavut's minister of economic...

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Iqaluit March 20, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'It's difficult to comprehend the size of this territory.'

Student soldiers get schooled on Nunavut

CHRIS WINDEYER

One day, they could be calling Canada's military shots in the Arctic.

So it's fitting that students from the Joint Command and Staff Program at Canadian Forces College Toronto were in Iqaluit and Pangnirtung earlier this month for an in-person look at Nunavut.

"It's about learning about Canadian...

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Climate Change March 20, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'We no longer have the luxury of operating the Canadian Coast Guard on a shoestring.'

Coast Guard 'an orphan,' sovereignty guru says

CHRIS WINDEYER

Canada's Coast Guard has the expertise to protect Canadian interests in the Arctic but lacks money and political support, the Senate's fisheries committee heard last week.

Rob Huebert, a political scientist at the University of Calgary, told the committee the Coast Guard has more experience...

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Nunavut March 20, 2008 - 3:00 pm

MLAs want more clarification on traditional Inuit midwives

New midwife law faces lengthy delivery

JANE GEORGE

MLAs have sent Nunavut's proposed midwifery profession act, Bill 20, back to the drawing board, because they say the health department never responded to their concerns.

Speaking in the legislature March 11, David Alagalak, the MLA for Arviat and chairman of the standing committee on health and...

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Nunavik March 20, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Nunavik beneficiaries to elect Makivik treasurer and vice president of renewable resources

Two top Makivik jobs up for grabs April 4

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuit beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement will soon chose two executive members for Makivik Corp. - a treasurer and a vice-president for renewable resources.

The vote, scheduled for April 4, takes place on the final day of a week-long annual general meeting to be held in...

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Nunavut March 20, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Seven communities could see cheaper fares and freight rates

Canadian North launches battle for Baffin

JOHN THOMPSON

Canadian North plans to expand its scheduled service into seven Baffin communities as of April 1, a move that could lead to more choice and cheaper air fares for many Baffin residents.

Igloolik, Pond Inlet, Clyde River, Qikiqtarjuaq, Pangnirtung, Cape Dorset and Hall Beach have all been added to the...

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Nunavut March 20, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'I feel I am up to the challenge'

Unopposed, Barnabas joins cabinet as HR boss

JOHN THOMPSON

Levi Barnabas, MLA for Quttiktuq, will serve as minister responsible for the Department of Human Resources and the Worker's Compensation Board, Premier Paul Okalik announced March 17.

Barnabas landed in cabinet by acclamation on March 13, when members of the legislative assembly met in a special...

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