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Around the Arctic September 30, 2009 - 3:04 pm

A near calamity for the MV Avataq

Strong winds buffet disabled NEAS ship near Salluit

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PUTILIK ILISITUK
Special to Nunatsiaq News

SALLUIT — The MV Avataq, a 113-metre ship owned by Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping Ltd., had a near miss with disaster on Sept. 25, when winds exceeding 80 kilometres an hour nearly dragged the disabled ship across the bay near the community of...

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Nunavik September 30, 2009 - 2:44 pm

KRG chair faces impaired driving charge

Maggie Emudluk to appear in court Nov. 9

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Police with the Kativik Regional Police Force stopped a woman in Kuujjuaq Sept. 15 who is alleged to have been driving a vehicle in an impaired state.

Maggie Emudluk, 47, faces charges of impaired driving.

The summons says “Maggie Emudluk… on or about September 15, 2009, in Kuujjuaq… did operate...

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Nunavut September 30, 2009 - 2:14 pm

Photo: honouring historic Inuit whalers

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Students from the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program in Ottawa came out to the Library and Archives Canada building on Wellington St. in Ottawa Sept. 28 to help launch a new website dedicated to preserving the historic record of Inuit who participated in the Arctic whaling industry in the 19th and early...

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Nunavut September 30, 2009 - 1:48 pm

Cape Dorset hunters get their bowhead

Nunavut community’s first legal bowhead in more than 100 years

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About 500 Cape Dorset residents gathered by the beach in front of Cape Dorset late on the evening of Sept. 29 to watch hunters bring in the community’s first legal bowhead whale in more than 100 years.

The hunt crew, led by captain Qimmiataq Nungutsuituq, killed the whale around 3:00 p.m., only 45...

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Around the Arctic September 30, 2009 - 7:48 am

Baffin hunters threaten revolt over Nunavut government polar bear quotas

"Those are our bears and we can hunt the way we want"

JANE GEORGE

The polar bear may now be a symbol for why the world must curb climate change in the Arctic.

But polar bear management was a source of frustration and anger this week in Iqaluit when hunters, officials and members of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board met to consider a Government of Nunavut...

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Nunavut September 29, 2009 - 3:27 pm

GN making little progress on financial management, AG says

Sheila Fraser to table human resources report next year

JIM BELL

The Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser, told Nunavut MLAs Sept. 29 that the understaffed Government of Nunavut has made little progress fixing basic financial management problems that she first flagged four years ago.

“The government does not have enough qualified staff to carry out basic...

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Nunavut September 29, 2009 - 1:10 pm

DEAs gather for lesson in new school rules

Education Act means news new roles for DEAs, staff

CHRIS WINDEYER

Members of Nunavut’s district education associations came to Iqaluit for some schooling of their own Tuesday.

After years of failed attempts, political battles and painstaking public consultation, Nunavut finally has its own Education Act. So the DEAs joined education department staff at an...

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Nunavut September 28, 2009 - 3:32 pm

Association reaches out to Winnipeg Inuit

Manitoba Urban Inuit Association to launch website and guide

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Inuit students in Winnipeg will get some extra help this fall, thanks to a new web site — http://www.manitobainuit.ca — and welcome guide produced by the Manitoba Urban Inuit Association.

The association will launch the website and guide Oct. 1 at Red River’s College Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg,...

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Nunavik September 28, 2009 - 1:38 pm

Kativik Regional Government round-up

Some highlights from the council's recent meeting

JANE GEORGE

Tough new code of conduct for the KRPF

Members of the Kativik Regional Police Force must now follow a strict code of conduct approved at the recent Kativik Regional Government council meeting in Kuujjuaq.

Any violation or breach can lead to disciplinary action, ranging from a warning to...

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Nunavik September 28, 2009 - 12:54 pm

Nunavik grapples with rabid dog problem

Too many loose dogs, too little vaccination

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Rabid dogs in Kangirsuk early last month bit two young children, who then received a series of vaccinations so they wouldn’t develop a fatal case of rabies.

The separate attacks by the infected dogs, which were running loose around Kangirsuk, has heightened concern about rabies...

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Iqaluit September 28, 2009 - 12:32 pm

GN, coalition, ponder future of Apex school body

For third election in a row, no full slate emerges

CHRIS WINDEYER

For the third straight election year, the chief returning officer had to ask twice to find candidates for the seven seats on the Apex District Education Authority.

Each time, Kirt Ejesiak eventually found someone, but never enough to fill the DEA’s seven seats.

This year, after a one-week...

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Around the Arctic September 28, 2009 - 10:32 am

Feature: Drummer girl builds her own qilaut

Music student's project earns an A

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GARY LITTLE

When my daughter,  Caitlin, a University of Ottawa music education student, was assigned a class project last year, she knew exactly what she wanted to do. 

But the question was how.

The professor teaching the class said their assignment for the semester was to make a playable...

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Nunavik September 28, 2009 - 5:55 am

Phone service in Nunavik about to go walkabout

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KUUJJUAQ — Makivik Corp. and Lynx Mobility, a subsidiary of a Canadian telecommunications company, OmniGlobe, plan to start bringing cell phone technology to Nunavik.

Kuujjuaq will be the first community to receive cell phone service, which will be managed by a new Makivik subsidiary.

The...

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Nunavut September 27, 2009 - 8:47 am

Photo: Justice Beverly Browne’s last day on the bench

JIM BELL

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Nunavut September 27, 2009 - 7:28 am

Pond Inlet woman resists GN, gives birth at home

“I was always asked, 'do you know what you’re getting yourself into?'"

JANE GEORGE

Unlike most other young children in the community, Pond Inlet’s newest resident, Jaide Inuaraq, came into the world with the help of two traditional midwives.

Jaide, nearly a month old, is the son of Jen and Niko Inuaraq. He was born inside his family’s home Sept. 8 with the help of midwives...

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Nunavut September 27, 2009 - 7:14 am

Nunavut joins North American climate registry

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Nunavut will take the first step towards keeping track of its greenhouse gas emissions — by joining the Climate Registry.

The Government of Nunavut announced Sept. 24 that the territory will join the Climate Registry, a non-profit collaboration among North American states, provinces and...

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Nunavik September 27, 2009 - 7:08 am

Quaqtaq to host fifth men’s conference

“We understand that you cannot just forget the pain.”

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik men who want to change their lives should come to Quaqtaq over the long Thanksgiving weekend, says Johnny Oovaut, the mayor of Quaqtaq.

That’s when the community’s fifth conference for men is to take place.

Nunavik men need to learn better communication skills and how to foster closer...

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Nunavut September 27, 2009 - 7:07 am

Big pot bust nets Cape Dorset man

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A Cape Dorset man is in custody after police intercepted luggage containing more than three kilograms of marijuana Sept. 17.

Samayuli Tunnillie, 47, faces a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

In a news release, RCMP said the pot amounts to 13,400 joints, worth an estimated...

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Nunavut September 27, 2009 - 7:06 am

Resident sweeps away would-be robbers

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RCMP in Igloolik are looking for two teenagers who, on Sept, 16, tried to rob the residents of an Igloolik household while standing right on their doorstep.

The two suspects, wearing ski masks, gave the person who opened the door a note demanding money or cigarettes, police said in a news

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Nunavut September 25, 2009 - 3:11 pm

Photo: A Nunavut star

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Nunavut star: the Nunavut Film Development Corp gave Natar Ungalaaq its first award of distinction in Iqaluit Sept. 23. The award, a medal designed by Claude Roussel, is to be presented every two years to an individual or organization who has contributed significantly to the success of the...

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