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Nunavik April 30, 2011 - 4:17 pm

In Kuujjuaq, Saganash woos Nunavik for the NDP

Cree candidate needs big aboriginal turnout to win

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ - A float plane landed on Lake Waswanipi in northern Quebec’s Cree territory in 1962, the day Romeo Saganash was born.

It was a sign of bigger things to come. His mother, who bore 13 other children, named her son after the plane’s pilot.

That’s the personal tidbit the Cree leader and NDP...

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Nunavik April 30, 2011 - 4:25 am

Photo: One vote at a time

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Nunavik April 29, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Work on self-government for Nunavik will continue: Makivik

“There’s still a lot of work to do.”

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Nunavimmiut will continue to work towards self-government, despite saying a clear “no” to a proposed Nunavik Regional Government this week, says Makivik Corp. president Pita Aatami.

The region’s April 27 referendum sunk a proposal to merge existing regional organizations and set up a...

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Nunavik April 29, 2011 - 3:40 pm

KRG leader “disappointed” by NRG result

“The message was loud and clear”

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — If Nunavik leaders were let down by the fall of the Nunavik Regional Government this past week, few argue the result does not represent the will of Nunavimmiut.

Two-thirds of Nunavimmiut voted to reject the Nunavik Regional Government’s final agreement on April 27.

“I’m disappointed,...

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Around the Arctic April 29, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Northern premiers want more alt-energy money

“Stable, long-term funding for governments and organizations”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Northern premiers wrapped up their annual forum in Yellowknife April 28 with a call for more funding to pay for alternative energy.

The premiers released two papers, an inventory of renewable energy in the three territories and a pan-territorial climate change adaptation strategy.

The adaptation...

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Nunavik April 29, 2011 - 11:10 am

Nunavik negotiator accepts no vote on NRG

“I still believe that we negotiated a good agreement”

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Minnie Grey, one of Nunavik’s negotiators for the Nunavik Regional Government’s final agreement, says she is “disappointed” by the agreement’s rejection but that she “accept[s] Nunavik’s vote.”

Two-thirds of Nunavimmiut voted against the adoption of the new governance model in a...

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Nunavik April 29, 2011 - 5:06 am

Nunavik woman alleges mistreatment by Montreal mall guards

“They’re doing this to other Inuit too”

SARAH ROGERS

A Tasiujaq woman says she won’t return to a downtown Montreal shopping centre until security guards there apologize for making racial slurs against her and other Inuit in the neighbourhood.

Rebeccca Kritik, a Nunavik teacher who splits her time between the North and the South, told Nunatsiaq News...

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Around the Arctic April 29, 2011 - 4:31 am

Arctic connections to Westminster Abbey

London church contains memorials to early Arctic explorers

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

POSTMEDIA NEWS

When Prince William and Kate Middleton married today in Westminster Abbey, they were in good company. That’s because London’s famous medieval abbey has many historical ties to Canada.

Westminster Abbey is both a national church and a national tomb.

“We have just over 3,000 people...

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Climate Change April 29, 2011 - 3:42 am

Massive ice island heads for Labrador Sea

"It's like a big tablet, or an island"

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIM COVERT
Postmedia News

OTTAWA — What looks like a tablet for the world’s biggest headache is headed down the Hudson Strait to Labrador.

A massive iceberg that calved off the Petermann Glacier last August has taken nearly nine months to make its way from the northern part of Greenland to the...

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Nunavut April 28, 2011 - 4:12 pm

Nunavut election race heads to the finish line

Challengers trade volleys with incumbent

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut’s federal election campaign headed for the finish line this week with Conservative incumbent Leona Aglukkaq attacking her challengers and the Liberals and NDP returning the favour.

Aglukkaq said Liberal Paul Okalik and New Democrat Jack Hicks are resorting to “desperate attacks” in the...

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Nunavik April 28, 2011 - 2:58 pm

Nunavik vote sends clear message to governments: Charlie Watt

"Now is the time to stay organized and engaged"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Senator Charlie Watt said in an April 28 news release that he wants to “commend” Nunavimmiut on their “strong voter turnout” for the April 27 referendum on the Nunavik Regional Government.

Overall, voter turnout in the referendum was 54.5 per cent.

Of the 4,293 people who voted, 66 per cent said...

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Around the Arctic April 28, 2011 - 3:08 pm

In Canada, northern votes pack big punch

Numerically, northerners well-represented in Parliament

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canada’s electoral districts may be isolated and thinly populated, but when it comes to voting power, each vote cast by a northern resident packs a wallop, the Conference Board of Canada says.

That’s because northern federal ridings, such as Nunavut, Labrador, Western Arctic and Yukon, are created...

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Iqaluit April 28, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Sheutiapik to take second crack at Iqaluit West

By-election set for Sept. 12

CHRIS WINDEYER

Elisapee Sheutiapik’s time away from politics is coming to an end sooner rather than later.

The former Iqaluit mayor announced this week she’ll take a second crack at the Iqaluit West seat when a by-election is held to replace Paul Okalik, who resigned earlier this month to run for the Liberals in...

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Around the Arctic April 28, 2011 - 12:48 pm

Hot Thai zoo eyes cool polar bears for exhibit

"We have a life support system in case of emergencies"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Some polar bears may live out their days in a $2.23 million, air-conditioned pen, along with king penguins to keep them company — in Thailand.

That’s the plan of the Chiang Mai Zoo, which is forging ahead with its “Polar World” project despite opposition from animal rights activists, reports the......

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Nunavik April 28, 2011 - 11:30 am

Nunavik votes “no” in April 27 NRG referendum

Only one in three voters says "yes" to a future Nunavik Regional Government

SARAH ROGERS

(revised at 12:30 p.m.)

KUUJJUAQ – Voters in Nunavik responded to the Nunavik Regional Government proposal with a resounding “No” in a region-wide referendum held April 27.

A news release from the director of Quebec elections — written in French only, late in the evening — said 2,842 voters, or...

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Nunavik April 28, 2011 - 10:52 am

Quebec keeps mum on Nunavik referendum results

"Today, it’s the responsibility of Inuit leaders to comment on and analyze their referendum”

JANE GEORGE

The Quebec government refused official comment April 28 on the results of Nunavik’s April 27 referendum, which saw voters reject the final agreement on the Nunavik Regional Government proposal with a resounding “No.”

“The Government of Quebec will continue to support the Inuit nation in its quest...

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Iqaluit April 28, 2011 - 9:31 am

Ann Meekitjuk Hanson links up with Nunavut Media Arts Centre project

"We need a real Nunavut Media Arts Centre"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The future Nunavut Media Arts Centre has new supporter: Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, a broadcaster and former Commissioner of Nunavut, who has joined the planning team for the $10-million centre in Iqaluit.

The Inuit Broadcasting Corp., the centre’s main promoter, wants to see the centre, at 870 Federal...

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Around the Arctic April 28, 2011 - 8:31 am

Deadly form of mercury found in Arctic waters: researchers

"The toxin is of particular concern to northern Inuit"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A University of Alberta-led research team says its findings show a relatively harmless inorganic form of the chemical mercury, found worldwide in ocean water, changes into a potent neurotoxin when it’s in seawater.

After two years of testing water samples across the Arctic Ocean, the researchers...

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Nunavik April 28, 2011 - 8:15 am

Photo: The great refusal —  Nunavik votes No

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

This photo of a Kuujjuaq resident standing next to “no” sign on the side of his house ended up on a Facebook page devoted to discussions about the Nunavik Regional Government. The sign was taken down before the April 27 referendum, but in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik’s largest community, only 200 out of 690...

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Around the Arctic April 27, 2011 - 1:25 pm

On thin ice: report identifies “vulnerable Arctic treasures”

Lancaster Sound among the top 13 areas needing protection

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A report released April 27 identifies 13 of the richest and most vulnerable places in the Arctic Ocean that should be considered for protection as summer sea ice melts and industrial activity expands into newly accessible areas.

Lancaster Sound, the Bering Strait, the Beaufort coast and Disko Bay...

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