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Around the Arctic June 30, 2010 - 10:28 am

ICC develops circumpolar Inuit health plan

"Some changes were good, but others were devastating”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Drugs and alcohol and the social damage caused by their abuse affects “all of us,” Edward Itta, mayor of Alaska’s North Slope Borough, told Inuit delegates during a June 30 discussion of health and well-being at the Inuit Circumpolar Council general assembly in Nuuk.

Removal of children from their...

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Around the Arctic June 30, 2010 - 10:18 am

ICC delegates feast on sumptuous Greenlandic fare

Local chef offers local meats, fish and herbs

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VICTORIA SIMIGAQ

NUUK — Mattak, crab legs and a salad of wild leeks and violets were among the foods sampled by hungry Inuit Circumpolar Council delegates and people from Nuuk at an ICC-organized Inuit food festival held June 29 at the city’s community centre.

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Around the Arctic June 29, 2010 - 2:25 pm

ICC’s dilemma: oil versus the environment

“The Arctic is on a threshold”

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When the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s four-day general assembly got started June 28 in Nuuk, Greenland, Inuit delegates heard a mixed set of messages about how to combine economic development with environmental protection.

The assembly’s theme may have been “Sharing Life,” but differences among...

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Around the Arctic June 29, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Circumpolar Inuit lash out at visiting Eurocrat

ICC will oppose EU’s admission to the Arctic Council

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Anger against the European Union’s upcoming ban on seal products exploded inside Nuuk’s Katuaq cultural centre June 29,  when Inuit delegates vented their rage against a visiting EU bureaucrat.

Their outrage was fueled when Nicholas Hanley, head of the international relations and enlargement...

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Around the Arctic June 28, 2010 - 10:03 pm

Photo: Getting down to business in Nuuk

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The Canadian delegation at this week’s Inuit Circumpolar Council annual general assembly gets down to business on the morning of June 28 in Nuuk, Greenland. PHOTO BY LEIFF JOSEFSEN, SERMITSIAQ)

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Around the Arctic June 28, 2010 - 9:43 pm

Canadian Inuit leader urges focus on children, youth

“A new era in social change for Inuit”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Inuit Circumpolar Council should use its 2010 general assembly to mark “an new era in social change for Inuit,” especially the health and education of Inuit children, Mary Simon, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said June 28.

“I believe there is now a sense that we must direct our...

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Around the Arctic June 28, 2010 - 9:42 pm

We’ll hear from Inuit residential school students, commissioner says

“We know that we have a significant obligation to the Inuit”

CHRIS WINDEYER

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission looking into abuse at residential schools will make sure a distinct Inuit story is told, the commission’s chair pledged June 24.

Speaking to the annual meeting of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in Iqaluit, Justice Murray Sinclair said the TRC will give every one of...

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Iqaluit June 28, 2010 - 9:41 pm

Iqaluit ready to ship out 3,000 tonnes of scrap

Crushed metal ready to to after year’s delay

GABRIEL ZARATE

Thousands of tonnes of scrap metal are now ready for shipment by sealift out of Iqaluit.

After a year’s delay, the stockpiled, crushed metal sitting by the beach’s mustering area is ready for recycling and will leave as soon as the first cargo ships arrive, said city’s chief administrator John...

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Nunavut June 28, 2010 - 9:37 pm

Spring thaw uncovers corpse at CamBay graveyard

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The RCMP in Cambridge Bay are conducting an investigation after melting snow uncovered a body near the community’s cemetery.

Sgt. Jimmy Akavak said local police are trying to determine how the body got above ground.

He said the body was found near an area where snow plows operate, and that it’s...

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Around the Arctic June 28, 2010 - 11:07 am

Canada’s incomplete, Nunavut premier tells ICC

“Many people are surprised when they learn that Nunavut does not have a single port which connects its 25 communities”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Slamming the federal government for Nunavut’s lack of infrastructure and control over its natural resources, Premier Eva Aariak used her opening remarks June 28 at the Inuit Circumpolar Council assembly in Nuuk to declare that, because of Nunavut’s lack of basic transportation connections, the map...

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Iqaluit June 27, 2010 - 6:22 pm

Photo: Happy to serve

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The people who work for the Inuit Broadcasting Corp. in Iqaluit serve hot dogs and hamburgers at a film day organized June 27 by the Ajjiit Nunavut Media Association. The early part of the afternoon feature entertainment for kids, including a performance by the The Funky Mamas quintet from Guelph,...

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Around the Arctic June 25, 2010 - 3:45 pm

Challengers rattle ICC incumbents during Iqaluit elections

Ejesiak defeats Ford for VP job as Smith hangs on versus Hanson

CHRIS WINDEYER

A pair of upstart challengers took aim at the two top jobs at Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada, providing some unexpected drama at the organization’s general meeting in Iqaluit June 25. 

Kirt Ejesiak knocked off sitting vice president Violet Ford, in a three-way race that included Iqaluit lawyer...

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Around the Arctic June 25, 2010 - 2:56 pm

Aboriginal children in Canada at serious risk, child advocates say

“They are the responsibility of all Canadians”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Aboriginal children in Canada are disproportionately represented in the youth justice and child welfare systems, suffer from poorer health, they lag significantly behind in educational outcomes, and are too often the victims of sexual exploitation and violence.

Their rates of death and injury are...

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Around the Arctic June 25, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Photo: Remembering Port Burwell

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Sophie Keelan and her family were among the very last to leave Killiniq, then called Port Burwell, when the Government of the Northwest Territories closed the community in 1978. Most Killiniq residents moved to Kangiqsualujjuaq, then called George River, while others moved to Kuujjuaq, Tasiujaq,...

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Around the Arctic June 25, 2010 - 1:40 pm

Port Burwell’s Inuit relocatees still suffer, mayor says

NWT’s 1978 closure of Killiniq created lasting problems

SARAH ROGERS

The mayor of Kangiqsualujjuaq wants official acknowledgement that the relocation of Inuit from the Northwest Territories community of Killiniq — then known as Port Burwell— more than 35 years ago aggravated today’s housing crisis in her community.

Kitty Annanack says the 1978 closure of the...

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Nunavut June 25, 2010 - 7:41 am

Nunavut police defuse nine-hour armed stand-off in Cape Dorset

Distraught 20-year-old man threatened suicide

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 20-year-old man has been arrested following a nine-hour standoff on June 23 with the RCMP’s emergency response team, police said in a press release issued June 24.

Cape Dorset RCMP received a call at around 1:00 p.m. June 23 reporting that a man was sitting on the front steps of a home with a...

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Nunavut June 24, 2010 - 9:50 pm

Iqaluit RCMP member gets suspended sentence for beating prisoners

Criminal record may jeopardize policing job

GABRIEL ZARATE

An RCMP member who assaulted two prisoners has received a suspended sentence and one year’s probation, which means he will now carry a criminal record.

Cst. Kipanek Eegeesiak attacked Meelia Braun and Andrew Evic, both arrested that evening for public intoxication, on May 16, 2009.

Both men had...

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Nunavut June 24, 2010 - 8:53 pm

Promising expansion, aboriginal bank opens branch in Iqaluit

“We think there’s greater opportunities in some of the communities.”

GABRIEL ZARATE

The First Nations Bank of Canada opened Iqaluit’s third chartered bank branch June 24, saying they plan further expansion in the future into smaller Nunavut communities with no access to banking services.

“We didn’t come here just to be in the Iqaluit market,” First Nations Bank chair and CEO...

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Climate Change June 24, 2010 - 8:50 pm

Forecasters hedge bets on extent of Arctic ice melt this summer

Canadian Ice Service predicts only "modest" change

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MARGARET MUNRO
Canwest News Service


Despite a big spring dip in the amount of Arctic sea ice, several leading forecasters do not expect a record-setting melt this summer.

An ice outlook, issued this week by 16 teams including one from the Canadian Ice Service, predicts there will be “modest”...

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Around the Arctic June 24, 2010 - 5:11 pm

Inuit divided over oil drilling off Greenland

One ITK delegate says no Arctic offshore drilling should occur

CHRIS WINDEYER

Emerging political divisions among the Inuit of the circumpolar world over Greenland’s plans to drill for oil in the Davis Strait surfaced June 24 at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s annual general meeting in Iqaluit.

In her opening remarks to delegates, ITK president Mary Simon said she expects...

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