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Around the Arctic July 31, 2009 - 3:53 pm

Photo: Learning to get his bearings

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Zachary Allurut, 14, an army cadet from Arctic Bay, learns how to “shoot the line” during a map and compass class near Emerald Lake, Yukon, part of an army cadet leader course this summer at the Whitehorse Cadet Summer Training Centre. During the six-week program, Zachary will participate in...

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Around the Arctic July 31, 2009 - 2:09 pm

Photo: Una kisu?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

What the heck is this? Well, it’s a cake featuring a frosted replica of the lander that brought astronauts down to the moon on July 20, 1969. Members of the Haughton Mars project on Devon Island baked it to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.This summer scientists and...

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Around the Arctic July 31, 2009 - 1:56 pm

Going home a tough move for Alaskan Inupiaq nurse

“I think those people who do not have an investment in community do feel threatened”

JANE GEORGE

YELLOWKNIFE — The only thing that Doreen Leavitt ever wanted to do was work as a nurse in her home community of Barrow, Alaska.

Two weeks after graduating from nursing school in 2001, Leavitt, an Inupiaq, returned to Barrow where she began a new job as a public health nurse, following in the...

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Around the Arctic July 30, 2009 - 1:31 pm

Skin disorders common among Inuit: MD

Physician recommends creams, avoiding soap

JANE GEORGE

You or someone you know likely suffers from inflamed skin covered with painful fluid-filled bumps that ooze and crust.

Patches of itchy, dry and inflamed skin are common among many Inuit in the Baffin region, and likely among all Nunavummiut, according to Dr. Robert Jackson, a dermatologist from...

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Nunavut July 30, 2009 - 1:29 pm

Nunavut babies get just a nibble of the nipple

Most adopted babies never breast fed

JANE GEORGE

About six in 10 Nunavut women breast feed their babies over some period of time, says the Inuit Child Health Survey for Nunavut has found.

But only one in three were exclusively breast fed for six months, the period recommended by the World Health Organization.

The survey is part of the larger...

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Around the Arctic July 30, 2009 - 1:27 pm

Indigenous reps want more say over research

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

YELLOWKNIFE — Faced with fall-out from colonialism, climate change and a growing global economic crisis, indigenous health researchers say the International Union for Circumpolar Health should pay more attention to the needs and concerns of indigenous people in the region.

“The health status of...

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Nunavut July 30, 2009 - 1:25 pm

NTI plans IIBA party in Clyde River next month

Bowhead sanctuary ready to clear final approvals

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. plans to hold a party in Clyde River Aug.  6 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the signing of its Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement for the future Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area.

Before the Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area can finalized, the Nunavut Wildlife...

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Around the Arctic July 30, 2009 - 8:11 am

Photo: Tanya Tagaq performs in Norway

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Cambridge Bay’s Tanya Tagaq entertaining a large audience at the Riddu Riddu international indigenous festival in northern Norway during a July 17 performance. Tagaq will embark on her first US solo tour in August, performing in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.  (PHOTO BY ØRJAN BERTLESEN,...

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Around the Arctic July 28, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Ottawa unveils repackaged northern blueprint

“This is not an exercise in promise-making”

CHRIS WINDEYER

It’s an announcement that amounts to new packaging for an old theme.

A trio of federal cabinet ministers unveiled Canada’s Northern Strategy in Gatineau, Que. this past Sunday, with a website and 48-page document that largely outlines what the Conservative government has already done on the Arctic...

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Iqaluit July 28, 2009 - 7:36 am

Photo: Iqalungmiut cool off under the sizzling sun

JANE GEORGE

Many families in Iqaluit cooled off in this pond by the Road to Nowhere last Sunday, July 26, when temperatures reached a record-breaking 25.5 C.  Daily high temperature records were broken every day in Iqaluit from July 22 to July 26, but the high temperature of 26.8 C recorded in Iqaluit on July...

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Nunavut July 28, 2009 - 7:04 am

New group pushes for Iqaluit-based university

Greenland academy could serve as model

CHRIS WINDEYER

He’s the father of a new baby girl, he’s building a house, overseeing Iqaluit’s October municipal elections, and on top of that he’s trying to found a university.

Ejesiak, along with Elisapi Davidee-Aningmiuq, Hugh Lloyd, and Akitsiraq law school graduates Sandra Inutiq and Aaju Peter, are behind...

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Nunavut July 28, 2009 - 7:00 am

Eastern Arctic sizzles as temperatures shatter records

Some seek relief by swimming, fishing

JANE GEORGE

You don’t usually see a national weather map on television that features the word “hot” plastered in red type over the map of northern Quebec and south Baffin.

But starting July 23, Iqaluit and Puvirnituq— the other hot spot of the Eastern Arctic — were hot by any Canadian standards, with...

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Nunavut July 27, 2009 - 2:37 pm

European Union council approves seal product ban

“The seal ban is an abomination because it directly attacks cultures, communities, and livelihood"

JANE GEORGE

You can wear a sealskin vest if you travel to Belgium, and you can even give away sealskin trinkets, but don’t plan on selling a seal product there or in any other nation in the European Union unless you can prove it comes from a traditional Inuit hunt.

The Council of the European Union approved a...

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Around the Arctic July 24, 2009 - 2:46 pm

Northern mines org unveils road, energy wish-list

Mining group touts four nuke plants for Nunavut and NWT

JANE GEORGE

All-weather roads, power lines, new mining towns and even nuclear power plants are among the infrastructure projects that the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines would like to see developed in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut over the next quarter-century.

The NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines...

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Nunavut July 24, 2009 - 2:07 pm

New patient boarding home arises in Yellowknife

“We don't want it to be like a hospital”

JANE GEORGE

YELLOWKNIFE — You can’t miss the striking three-storey building under construction at the corner of Franklin and Matonnabee streets in downtown Yellowknife.

It’s to become the new Kitikmeot patient boarding home, and, by next week, the windows should be up and, not long after that, siding will...

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Nunavik July 24, 2009 - 1:07 pm

Canadian Rangers from Quaqtaq find helicopter wreckage

Witnesses reported seeing chopper "flying quite low"

CHRIS WINDEYER

Canadian Rangers from Quaqtaq found the wreckage Thursday of a helicopter that crashed some time July 17 after taking off from Kangirsuk.

Quaqtaq mayor Johnny Oovaut said five rangers searching the rugged Ungava coastline in two canoes found the scattered wreckage of the Bell 206 helicopter...

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Iqaluit July 24, 2009 - 10:51 am

Photo: Sunshine, water and a cool breeze

CHRIS WINDEYER

A Iqaluit man, one of many Iqalungmiut who enjoyed a run of sunny days all week with temperatures ranging from the low to mid 20s C,  flies a kite from a boat in Frobisher Bay today.  Environment Canada’s July 24 forecast for Iqaluit calls for a high of 25 C, with good weather to continue through...

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Nunavut July 23, 2009 - 4:31 pm

Air Greenland eyes September for Iqaluit flight meetings

Airline averts strike too late to save GN junket

CHRIS WINDEYER

Representatives from Air Greenland hope to travel to Iqaluit in mid-September to discuss reviving air service between Nunavut and Greenland.

A planned meeting between Air Greenland and officials at the Government of Nunavut had to be scrapped because of the threat of a strike by the airline’s...

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Around the Arctic July 23, 2009 - 2:41 pm

Delegates urge action on indigenous health

Health outcomes lag despite years of research

JANE GEORGE

YELLOWKNIFE — Faced with fall-out from colonialism, climate change and a growing global economic crisis, indigenous health researchers say the International Union for Circumpolar Health should pay more attention to the needs and concerns of indigenous people in the region.

“The health status of...

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Nunavut July 22, 2009 - 11:22 am

Photo: New Nunavut RCMP boss takes over

CHRIS WINDEYER

Supt. Steve McVarnock, left, the RCMP’s new commanding officer for Nunavut, salutes as he recieves the V Division ensign from RCMP commissioner William Elliott during a change of command ceremony at the RCMP hangar in Iqaluit July 21 . At right is the outgoing commander, Chief Supt. Marty Cheliak....

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