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Nunavut September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Adopting a process and approach to help bring about reconciliation

Truth commission to finish hearings this fall

JOHN BIRD

Judge James Igloliorte and his truth commission team have already visited 10 of the 13 Qikiqtani region communities for their public hearings, and are to complete the last three community hearings by mid-October, visiting Qikiqtarjuaq next week, Clyde River Oct. 7-10, and Pond Inlet Oct. 14-17.

But...

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Nunavut September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Like Inuktitut, this language also carries Inuit culture

Project documents unique Inuit sign language

JOHN BIRD

Dr. Jamie MacDougall likes to joke that he "discovered" Inuit Sign Language the same way Christopher Columbus "discovered" America - by getting lost.

The joke, of course, is that neither of these were real "discoveries," for anyone besides the Qallunaat.

The indigenous peoples of the Americas knew...

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Nunavik September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Only 29 per cent bother to cast ballots

Nunavik Inuit vote to accept $2 million payout

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - Nunavik beneficiaries voted last week in favour of receiving cash payouts from a Nunavik Trust and an offshore land claim agreement dividend worth $2 million.

Many beneficiaries in Kuujjuaq said they were not aware of the Sept. 17 referendum, for which only 2,050 or 29 per cent of the...

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Nunavik September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'No individual organization can deal with it.'

Substance abuse out of control: KRPF chief

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - Alcohol and drug abuse is "out of control" in Nunavik, Kativik Regional Police Force's acting chief Jobie Epoo told last week's meeting of regional councillors in Kuujjuaq.

Dealing with alcohol and drug abuse takes up 95 per cent of the police force's energy, draining resources and...

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Iqaluit September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Tighter streetscape will meet needs of a growing capital city

Office centre replacing landmark Kamotiq Inn

JOHN BIRD

The Kamotiq Inn is dead; long live the Kamotiq Centre.

From the rubble of the legendary, igloo-shaped Kamotiq Inn - which was in fact, neither inn nor igloo, but a rustic restaurant in a funky geodesic dome - a modern office building is rising that will carry its predecessor's memory in name if...

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Nunavik September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'It's getting way out of hand.'

Teen arrests end town's crime spree

Justin Noble - Special to Nunatsiaq News

KANGIQSUJUAQ - A spree of thefts that hit practically every store in Kangiqsujuaq two weekends ago has ended with the arrest of two 15-year-olds, who now face charges of breaking and entering and possession of stolen property.

Chips and pop were nabbed from a corner store, a window was smashed at...

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Nunavut September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Business-oriented leader returns

Kitikmeot Inuit once again elect Charlie Evalik

JANE GEORGE

Former Kitikmeot Inuit Association president Charlie Evalik will lead the KIA again, after winning the organization's Sept. 22 election with 30 per cent of the vote.

Evalik ran a successful campaign by emphasizing his experience as a negotiator and long track record of collaboration with...

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Nunavut September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Lawyers have a 'high burnout rate which ultimately affects their clients.'

Legal aid cash-starved, suffering: Peterson

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut's legal aid system is buckling under a heavy case-load and needs more money to hire and retain more lawyers, says Cambridge Bay MLA Keith Peterson.

"I am aware that our legal aid lawyers are stretched thin and cannot possibly deal on a timely basis with the myriad of cases that are assigned...

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Nunavut September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut's first MP makes bid for Green Party

The man who's been there before tries comeback

JIM BELL

Four people are now competing with each other to represent Nunavut in the House of Commons, but only one of them can say that he's done the job before: Peter Ittinuar, Canada's first Inuit member of Parliament.

This time, Ittinuar, 58, will campaign under the banner of the Green Party, the third...

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Nunavik September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Parents of teen also charged

Police raid nabs three young fugitives

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - A SWAT team from the Sûrété du Québec provincial police force swooped down near Kangirsuk Sept. 19 to arrest three young men wanted by police in connection with several violent incidents.

Two helicopters carrying six team members from the SQ and four Kativik Regional Police Force...

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Nunavut September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Eva Aariak, Glenn Williams enter race, Picco exits

Nunavut election begins as assembly dissolves

CHRIS WINDEYER

As Paul Okalik, the premier, walked down the street to the Commissioner's residence Sept. 19, he nearly got sideswiped by a delivery vehicle.

But Okalik made it to Anne Meekidjuk Hanson's house unscathed to formally ask the Nunavut commissioner to dissolve Nunavut's second Legislative Assembly so...

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Nunavut September 25, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'There is today a new 'imagination; for our true north'

Harper woos Iqaluit with 'rhapsody; in Tory blue

JIM BELL

With Leona Aglukkaq, his star candidate for Nunavut, standing dutifully by his side last weekend, Prime Minister Stephen Harper ridiculed the Liberal party's Green Shift tax plan while promising that a re-elected Conservative government would unleash the economic potential of the North.

"There is...

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Nunavut September 18, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Deal did not provide 'significant new opportunities'

Land claim pact brought few benefits: study

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement has produced mixed results for Inuit and Cree in northern Quebec, says a report published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy, an independent Canadian think-tank.

Some 30 years after the $225 million deal was signed, the improvements in Inuit...

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Nunavik September 18, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Judges have hands full dealing with alcohol-related crime

Boozy assaults dominate Kuujjuaq court docket

JANE GEORGE

Kuujjuaq's court docket for Sept. 11 was typical: a long list of alcohol-fueled offences that reveal the horrific damage that booze creates in Nunavik.

Daniel Bédard, the Quebec court's travelling judge, gave Bobby Iggyyook, 28, a 34-month sentence on several charges related to an assault with a...

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Iqaluit September 18, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Councillors to vote on whether to spend thousands or millions

Decision expected soon on AWG renovation

CHRIS WINDEYER

After years of languishing without a second ice surface, Iqaluit is on the brink of a decision about the future of the Arctic Winter Games arena that could mean spending anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars

Speakers at a public hearing Sept. 9 overwhelmingly favoured the city going ahead...

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Nunavut September 18, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Party organizer flies to Iqaluit to help set up campaign office

Aglukkaq resigns cabinet post to run for Tories

CHRIS WINDEYER

Never one to back away from a political fight, Leona Aglukkaq resigned as Nunavut's health minister last week and announced she's running for the Conservative Party in next month's federal election.

"It is with mixed emotions that I announce today that I will be resigning executive council effective...

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Nunavik September 18, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Jet is mocked as an aging gas-guzzler

Dion campaigns from refitted Air Inuit jet

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - Liberal leader Stéphane Dion is campaigning across Canada on Air Inuit's recently-purchased Boeing 737, despite criticism that the 29-year-old aircraft is a carbon-emitting fuel-guzzler.

The jet, chartered by the Liberal Party from Air Inuit, is a combi-freighter with special cargo doors...

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Nunavut September 18, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Sleaze probe turns up numerous contraventions

Simailak facing $5,000 fine for ethical breaches

JIM BELL

David Simailak, the MLA for Baker Lake and ex-cabinet minister, must pay a $5,000 fine, issue a groveling apology to the people of Nunavut and submit to a reprimand from the legislative assembly, the Nunavut Integrity Commissioner, Norman Pickell, recommended in a report tabled Sept. 8.

Pickell...

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Nunavut September 18, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Picco sure bill will pass

NTI lobbies MLAs to delay Education Act

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. asked MLAs to delay third reading of the new Education Act this week, saying the legislation doesn't do enough to incorporate the 77 recommendations NTI made earlier this year.

In a letter to David Alagalak, chair of the standing committee on health and education, dated Sept....

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Iqaluit September 18, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Avoid walking alone at night; carry a cell phone

RCMP warns Iqaluit women after sexual attack

CHRIS WINDEYER

The Iqaluit RCMP is urging women to be careful after a sexual assault near Inuksuk High School earlier this month.

While "it's only one incident" and there's no cause for panic, Cst. Pauline Melanson said women should avoid walking alone at night and if possible, carry a cell phone.

This warning...

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