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Around the Arctic December 31, 2010 - 5:48 pm

Happy New Year from Nunatsiaq News

Newspaper office will re-open Monday, Jan. 3

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunatsiaq News office in Iqaluit will close again at 5:00 p.m., Dec. 31.

We will re-open Monday, Jan. 3. Readers may look for our next print issue on Friday, Jan. 7.

We wish all our readers a Happy New Year and look forward to sharing a safe and prosperous 2011 with all of you.

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Nunavut December 31, 2010 - 4:41 pm

2010: A year of social crisis for Nunavut

A grim 12 months, marked by violent crime, government dysfunction

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An unrelenting succession of violent incidents shocked Nunavut residents throughout 2010, culminating in a series of shoot-outs and homicides in Cape Dorset.

In health care, the news was equally grim, as the territory racked up a record number of confirmed new tuberculosis infections.

Two big...

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Around the Arctic December 23, 2010 - 5:37 pm

Merry Christmas from Nunatsiaq News

Newspaper office closed from Dec. 24 to Dec. 31

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

We hope all our readers in Nunavut, Nunavik, southern Canada and around the globe enjoy a good Christmas and a happy New Year.

The Nunatsiaq News office in Iqaluit will close at 5:00 p.m. Dec. 23 and re-open at 9:00 a.m. Dec. 31.

Look for copies of our Dec. 24 Christmas print paper, which will be...

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Iqaluit December 23, 2010 - 4:56 pm

Iqaluit Christmas games schedule

Iqalummiut may enjoy more than a week of fun-filled holiday evenings

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Nunatsiaq News wishes all our readers a safe and happy holiday season.

If you’re an Iqaluit resident, check out the Christmas games that start Dec. 23 at Nakasuk and Nanook schools and run every evening until the New Year’s Day, except for Dec. 25 and Dec. 26.

Merry Christmas!

• Thursday, Dec....

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Around the Arctic December 23, 2010 - 3:36 pm

Boutique to do online sales of Inuit goods

Nunavik Creations aims for more contemporary look

SARAH ROGERS

Fans of sealskin, look no more.

Nunavik Creations promises a new and exciting line of Inuit-made products when the Makivik Corp. subsidiary re-launches its website in early 2011.

Since 2001, Nunavik’s Creations’ Kuujjuaq boutique has sold traditional Inuit hand-made products to people in Nunavik,...

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Around the Arctic December 23, 2010 - 3:22 pm

Photo: A Christmas angel

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Beatrice’s Deer’s holiday album, An Arctic Christmas, will fill your home with Christmas cheer, in English and Inuktitut. Here’s a copy of the album on sale at Tivi Galleries in Kuujjuaq. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

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Around the Arctic December 23, 2010 - 3:12 pm

Beatrice Deer: Christmas cheer the Inuit way

Nine-song CD celebrates holiday in English and Inuktitut

SARAH ROGERS

“We’ll frolic and play — the Inuit way — walking in a winter wonderland,” croons Beatrice Deer on her latest holiday album.

The Quaqtaq-raised singer never thought she’d be welcome for Christmas dinner in so many households across Nunavut and Nunavik.

But Deer’s voice will undoubtedly spread...

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Nunavut December 23, 2010 - 2:48 pm

Nunavut RCMP seize Igloolik-bound weed stash

Dope hidden in stuffed animal found in luggage

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Nunavut RCMP members seized three and a half pounds of marijuana bound for Igloolik earlier this month, after searching a stuffed animal found in a luggage bag.

Police performed the search in Iqaluit after getting a tip from an informant.

The luggage belonged to someone on a scheduled airline...

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Nunavut December 21, 2010 - 5:43 pm

DFO mulls SARA listing for Arctic cod

Rare fish exist in only three lakes

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada is seeking public comments on a proposal to list Nunavut’s unique species of landlocked cod as a species of special concern.

The subspecies of Atlantic cod exists only in three lakes on Baffin Island: Qasigialiminiq Lake and Tariujarusiq Lake near Cumberland Sound, and...

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Nunavut December 21, 2010 - 5:41 pm

Fumes shutter Sanikiluaq health centre

Nunavut officials move nurses to school library

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Sanikiluaq’s health centre has been closed since Dec. 14 because of fuel fumes, a source in the community says.

Nurses have set up a makeshift clinic in Nuiyak School while officials from the departments of Health and Social Services and Community and Government Services investigate.

“The nurses...

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Around the Arctic December 21, 2010 - 12:25 pm

Photo: A last minute Christmas gift?

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Last minute Christmas gift? Families can purchase a set of 16 colourful wooden blocks, each with three diifferent syllabics that correspond to Inuit icons. Iqaluit’s Buscemi family came up with the idea because they wanted to see more Inuktitut-language resources available for their children....

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Nunavut December 21, 2010 - 12:22 pm

Kids can learn Inuktitut with wooden blocks

“I wanted it to be relevant”

SARAH ROGERS

It’s not unusual to see libraries and schools in Inuit communities across the north filled with mostly English-language books and materials based on life in the south.

That’s why one Iqaluit family decided to create something relevant for their own children and other Inuktitut-speaking

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Around the Arctic December 21, 2010 - 12:19 pm

Satellite pics vital for hunters as climate changes

"Not all of the indicators are reliable anymore”

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LISA GREGOIRE
Special to Nunatsiaq News

It’s hard enough to find the safest route to the floe edge but with a warming climate causing fast ice to fracture in unpredictable ways, Nunavut hunters need new tools to make their journey safer.

And increasingly, they’re looking to the sky for help, or...

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Nunavut December 20, 2010 - 6:39 pm

Rocks, crude will fuel the future of Nunavut: conference board

Mining industry hindered by lack of skilled workers

CHRIS WINDEYER

Mining and fossil fuel extraction are the industries that will drive future economic growth in the North, according to a new study from the Conference Board of Canada.

The growth of those industries will in turn drive the development of electrical generation and new transportation industries, says...

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Around the Arctic December 20, 2010 - 6:32 pm

Inuit health a priority for next phase of ArcticNet

New academic focus on info from health survey

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LISA GREGOIRE
Special to Nunatsiaq News

OTTAWA— The impact of climate change in the North will remain the guiding force behind the next seven years of ArcticNet, but Inuit will increasingly influence how we gauge that impact and what gets studied.

On the final day of ArcticNet’s four-day Ottawa...

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Around the Arctic December 20, 2010 - 6:28 pm

In Christmas trees, northern folks prefer fake

"We haven’t had much luck with the natural ones”

SARAH ROGERS

For some, Christmas would lose its lustre without twinkling lights draped around a big tree in the front window.

While that tradition has taken root in the Arctic, the mighty evergreens that are so popular over the holidays have not.

So do Christmas trees have a home in the north?

In the 11...

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Nunavut December 19, 2010 - 7:25 pm

Photo: Santa visits the miners

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

There’s a new stop on Santa’s delivery route: The Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, where some of Agnico-Eagle’s 300 employees will work through the Christmas shift. This year, the company will fly workers’ spouses to the mine to help bring families closer together over the holiday period. On...

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Nunavik December 19, 2010 - 7:22 pm

A golden Christmas for Meadowbank

Company to fly spouses to mine site

SARAH ROGERS

It’s the time of year where most people travel home to be with their families.

But for some of the over 300 employees of Agnico-Eagle’s Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, working the Christmas shift means they’ll be miles away from home.

Meadowbank staff typically work 14-day cycles.

That’s...

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Around the Arctic December 19, 2010 - 7:20 pm

Coast Guard dishes out Arctic oil spill kits

19 communities get cleanup-in-a-box packs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Coast Guard has finished the distribution of oil spill cleanup kits to 19 Arctic communities at a cost of $2.26 million, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced in a press release last week.

Called “Arctic community packs,” each kit contains surface booms, shoreline cleanup equipment,...

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Climate Change December 18, 2010 - 6:26 am

Nunavik experiences record high temps in December

Salluit sees above-freezing temps and rain

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Unseasonably warm temperatures— with temperatures as much as 20 degrees above normal— have dominated much of Nunavik so far this month, which has meant rain drops in many communities instead of snowflakes.

In Salluit, above normal temperatures meant this Hudson Strait community was much warmer...

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