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Nunavik February 28, 2011 - 6:01 pm

Photo: KRG votes in a new executive member

SARAH ROGERS

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Nunavik February 28, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Regional gov approves Nunavik fire safety plan

”We should be a step ahead”

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ – The Kativik Regional Government has officially adopted its long-awaited fire safety cover plan, which will bring fire protection services for the region up to Quebec standards.

The plan calls for nearly $10 million of provincial money for new firefighting and fire prevention training,...

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Nunavut February 28, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Photo: Edna Elias gives her first commissioner’s address

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Nunavut February 28, 2011 - 3:59 pm

Nunavut throne speech says territory needs more effort, government streamlining

“Do what you can to make Nunavut strong”

JANE GEORGE

Urging all Nunavummiut to build a “solid” foundation for the territory, Edna Elias, the Commissioner of Nunavut, opened the third session of the third legislative assembly Feb. 28 with her first commissioner’s address, Nunavut’s version of the speech from the throne. (See full text embedded at the...

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Nunavut February 28, 2011 - 11:11 am

Grieving Igloolik mom buries her baby today

Nunavut nurses ignored medical history information

JANE GEORGE

This afternoon, Lizzie Qulitalik of Igloolik buries her nine-month-old daughter, who died at home Feb. 19 after a short sickness that led to what Qulitalik believes was a preventable death.

“Remembering that week she was sick, I am a little angry because it [her death] could have been prevented,”...

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Nunavik February 28, 2011 - 9:44 am

Photo: POV mural brightens community hall

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Nunavut February 27, 2011 - 12:56 pm

Rankin Inlet airport ready to burst at the seams

“There’s no room at the inn”

JANE GEORGE

On Feb. 25, Rankin Inlet’s airport was crammed way past its capacity.

Inside the terminal, about 200 people waited to catch flights or greet arriving passengers, while at about 2:30 p.m., 10 aircraft, ranging from small King Airs to 737 jets, vied for space on the apron.

A blizzard last week...

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Nunavut February 27, 2011 - 11:27 am

Photo: Let the harvest begin

JANE GEORGE

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Nunavut February 27, 2011 - 11:08 am

Cambridge Bay rediscovers the joy of movement

“I’m glad to see everyone back dancing”

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY— In Cambridge Bay, they’re dancing their way back to wellness.

That’s the way it looks to 61-year-old Eva Otokiak, who watched the community’s square dancers swing their partners around and around last Wednesday evening, just as they did more than 40 years ago.

As a child, she and...

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Nunavik February 26, 2011 - 8:44 am

NRG not self-government, but better government, Makivik says

"By putting it under one roof, this will mean more jobs, better efficiency”

SARAH ROGERS

OTTAWA — Makivik Corp. president Pita Aatami says the creation of the Nunavik Regional Government could help make governing the region more efficient, but adds that more negotiations are necessary if Nunavik is to achieve its own government.

The NRG’s final agreement, which offers the details of...

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Nunavut February 25, 2011 - 7:22 pm

Nunavut MLAs to hold confab on Nutrition North

“People are very confused”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut MLAs voted unanimously Feb. 25 to join the chorus of complaints over the federal government’s Nutrition North scheme.

The Legislative Assembly approved two motions calling on representatives from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Nutrition North Canada’s advisory board, grocery...

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Around the Arctic February 25, 2011 - 7:16 pm

Photo: Kuupik Kleist talks about Iqaluit-Greenland airlink

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Around the Arctic February 25, 2011 - 7:14 pm

Nunavut accelerates Greenland airlink bid

“It would be of great benefit to Inuit of Nunavut and Greenland”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut is stepping up its campaign to play host to an air connection between Nuuk and Iqaluit.

Nunavut government officials made their pitch at a high-level meeting with members of Greenland’s home rule government in Iqaluit Feb. 25.

“It’s just the distance separating us,” said Nunavut Premier...

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Nunavut February 25, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik teachers ponder tentative deal

Union members to vote March 30

SARAH ROGERS

(updated 3:00 p.m., Feb. 27)

The Nunavik teachers union reached a tentative agreement with the Kativik School Board Feb. 24.

The 400 teachers represented by the Association of Employees of Northern Quebec will now review the deal and vote on it March 30, exactly one year after the teachers’ last...

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Nunavut February 25, 2011 - 3:59 pm

Mining to drive Nunavut growth this year: report

Meadowbank produced $18 million in wages for Nunavummiut

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Mining protected the territorial economies from the worst of the so-called Great Recession and will drive major economic growth this year, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada.

“Thanks to growing demand for raw materials, the territories have forged ahead and managed to...

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Nunavut February 25, 2011 - 3:38 pm

MLA complains about Baker Lake sewage, hazardous waste pollution

Inspector recommended legal action against hamlet, GN

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Moses Aupaluktuq, the MLA for Baker Lake, said Feb. 24 that he wants to know what the Government of Nunavut plans to do about the embarassing state of Baker Lake’s sewage and hazardous waste systems, where a variety of poisons are leaking into streams and lakes.

“During the last sitting, I tabled...

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Nunavut February 25, 2011 - 1:02 am

Photo: Kakivak making in CamBay

JANE GEORGE

Annie Oleekatalik, a teacher from Taloyoak, works at putting the finishing touches on a mini-kakivak she made during one of the many hands-on learning sessions held during this past week’s Sivuniksamut Illiniarniq teachers conference in Cambridge Bay.

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Around the Arctic February 25, 2011 - 12:41 am

ICC summit wraps up with lukewarm consensus

Circumpolar Inuit fall short of common front

SARAH ROGERS

OTTAWA — The Arctic is open for business, as long as Inuit get economic benefits and exert influence over environmental protection, leaders from Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Russia said Feb. 24, as they wrapped up a two-day summit on resource development organized by the Inuit Circumpolar...

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Nunavut February 24, 2011 - 5:38 pm

Curley: Housing fiasco culprits can’t be disciplined

“They disappeared from the face of the earth”

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Tagak Curley, the Nunavut housing minister, said Feb. 22 that it’s not possible to discipline the Nunavut Housing Corp. officials who oversaw the corporation’s $110 million cost overrun fiasco — because they’re all gone.

“Those who should have been fired then are no longer in control; they...

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Nunavut February 24, 2011 - 4:13 pm

Nunavut MLA wants to question retailers, airlines, Nutrition North officials

Ron Elliot wants retailers, airlines to appear before assembly

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Ron Elliot, the MLA for Quttiktuq, wants MLAs to get a chance to question federal officials and other stakeholders about the Nutrition North Canada program, which starts up April 1.

To that end, Elliot will put two motions before the house Feb. 25 to invite witnesses to appear before the Nunavut...

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