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Nunavut January 31, 2013 - 3:35 pm

FCNQ holds carving contest for Nunavik Inuit

Entry deadline extended to March 15

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If you are a talented Inuit carver in Nunavik, the Federation des coopératives du nouveau Québec is putting on a carving contest with big prizes.

The contest applies to artwork purchased by the co-op and sent to the federation.

Just bring your artwork for sale to the co-op as usual, but make...

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Nunavut January 31, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Canadian Forces do search and rescue training near Iqaluit

Crew from JRCC Greenwood using CH-149 Cormorant

SAMANTHA DAWSON

A small crew of people with the Canadian Forces started their first Arctic training exercise Jan. 30 about nine kilometres northwest of Iqaluit with members from the Canadian Rangers and the Civilian Air Search and Rescue Association.

“They’ve been trying to get up to do this exercise outside of...

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Nunavut January 31, 2013 - 2:38 pm

WWF project in Nunavut reduces polar bear defence kills in Arviat

“This project directly protects the community and the polar bear population”

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For the first time in at least three years, there were no “defense of life or property” polar bear kills in Arviat in 2012.

That’s after two years of a three-year project the hamlet is undertaking with World Wildlife Fund Canada in a polar bear conflict reduction project.

The project provides...

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Nunavut January 31, 2013 - 11:57 am

Inspired by Kathleen Wynne, Nunavut minister urges more women to enter politics

“They bring a different perspective and more balance and diversity to the table”

SAMANTHA DAWSON

More women in Nunavut need to run for political office, Monica Ell, minister responsible for Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council, said after Kathleen Wynne became premier of Ontario by winning the leadership of the provincial Liberal party Jan. 27.

Eighty-seven per cent of Canadians now have...

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Around the Arctic January 31, 2013 - 11:16 am

Doctor: Nunavut’s health worker shortage a barrier to TB treatment

Nunavut-Greenland conference looks at high rates of tuberculosis

SAMANTHA DAWSON

The understaffing of health and medical services in Nunavut is just one of the issues under discussion at a three-day forum on tuberculosis at the Hotel Arctic in Iqaluit, Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez of the University of Ottawa said Jan. 30.

The purpose of the forum, which started Jan. 29, is to develop...

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Around the Arctic January 30, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Former ITK president pleased to hear Inuit voices at academic conference

“They made such a huge impact in telling our story”

SAMANTHA DAWSON

Discussions at an academic conference on Arctic security and sovereignty in Toronto are going well,  but Inuit need to be more involved in Arctic talks, said Rosemarie Kuptana, a former president of the Inuit Broadcasting Corp., the Inuit Circumpolar Conference and the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada....

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Around the Arctic January 30, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Southern Hudson Bay polar bear meeting delayed

Voluntary quota for Nunavik, Nunavut, Ontario still in place

SAMANTHA DAWSON

Meetings to find a new total allowable harvest for the Southern Hudson Bay polar bear sub-population shared by Nunavut, Quebec and Ontario are delayed until a final report on the status animals becomes available, said Drikus Gissing, the director of wildlife management with the Government of...

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Nunavut January 30, 2013 - 8:57 am

After Feb. 4, you can start letting go of the penny

Nunavut businesses urged to use rounding in cash transactions

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Nunavut’s finance department is encouraging Nunavut businesses to begin rounding cash transactions.

That’s because on Feb. 4, the Royal Canadian Mint will stop distributing pennies.

Jim Flaherty, the federal finance minister, announced the impending demise of the penny in his...

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Nunavut January 30, 2013 - 8:45 am

Slow firefighter response worsens damage in Gjoa Haven fire

Community fire chief was attending seminar in Iqaluit

SAMANTHA DAWSON

A single-family public housing unit in Gjoa Haven suffered serious fire damage Jan. 27, but that damage could have been prevented if the response from firefighters was faster, Troy Beaulieu, lands administrator and development officer with the hamlet told Nunatsiaq News

The fire, which occurred...

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Nunavut January 30, 2013 - 8:23 am

National Inuit org puts out “compendium of Inuit ideas”

Nilliajut document, video released at Toronto think-fest

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Terry Audla, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, released what his organization calls a “compendium of Inuit ideas” and attitudes Jan. 29 at a big academic conference on Arctic security and sovereignty.

The Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program’s third annual conference, this year called “Arctic...

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Nunavut January 29, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Hey kids! Wanna be NTI president for a day?

“I look forward to working with the winner of this contest on Nunavut Day”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is holding a “President for a Day” contest for Inuit high school students in Nunavut.

The contest celebrates the 20th anniversary in 2013 of the coming into force of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement on July 9, 1993.

Inuit high school students who wish to enter the contest...

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Nunavut January 29, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Agnico-Eagle submits draft environmental statement for Nunavut’s Meliadine gold project

NIRB to study DEIS to ensure conformity with guidelines

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. gave the Nunavut Impact Review Board its draft environmental impact statement for the Meliadine gold project Jan. 25, a major milestone in the project’s environmental review.

The proposed Meliadine gold mine, to be connected to Rankin Inlet by a 24-kilometre all-weather...

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Around the Arctic January 29, 2013 - 8:36 am

Nunavik MP presses Tories on UN indigenous rights declaration

Saganash private member’s bill would harmonize federal laws with UN declaration

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Romeo Saganash, the New Democratic Party MP for Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou, introduced a private member’s bill Jan. 28 that would make all federal laws compatible with the 2007 UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights.

“It is time for the Conservative government to establish a nation-to-nation...

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Nunavut January 29, 2013 - 7:06 am

New firm signs deal to buy Nunavut’s Hope Bay gold property

TMAC hopes to revive mothballed Kitikmeot mining project

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new privately held firm called TMAC Resources Inc. has signed a deal with Newmont Mining Corp. to buy 100 per cent of the mothballed Hope Bay gold property in the Kitikmeot region, the company announced Jan. 28.

Newmont, which had acquired Hope Bay from a company called Miramar, was widely...

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Nunavut January 29, 2013 - 6:15 am

Nunavut firefighters ponder accidental fires, arson

“The view is every fire is an arson, and it’s not”

SAMANTHA DAWSON

Most fires started by people in Nunavut are preventable, Arviat’s volunteer fire chief, Joseph Kaviok, said at a 10-day fire training workshop Jan. 28 in Iqaluit at the Navigator Inn.

He’s one of 20 volunteer firefighters from across Nunavut attending the event, put on by the Nunavut Municipal...

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Nunavut January 29, 2013 - 5:35 am

Photo: New charity effort donates winter clothing to needy Nunavummiut

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Nunavut January 28, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Northwestel to offer DSL internet in Rankin Inlet next month

Company reps in Rankin Feb. 8 to Feb. 10.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Northwestel said Jan. 28 that they’ll offer a 2.5 Mbps DSL internet service in Rankin Inlet starting next month.

It’s identical to a new service the company brought to Cambridge Bay in mid-January, and provides Rankin Inlet residents with the fastest internet speeds ever offered in their...

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Nunavut January 28, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Firm pins hopes on potentially high-grade Nunavut kimberlite pipe near Iqaluit

Peregrine to spend $5 million this year, including 200-tonne bulk sample at Chidliak

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. plans to extract about 200 tonnes of ore from its CH-6 kimberlite pipe near Iqaluit this year in a bulk sample project aimed at proving it’s one of the highest grade kimberlite pipes in the world, the company said in a Jan. 28 release.

Peregrine will pay for the work out of...

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Nunavut January 28, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Nunavut appeal court orders new trial for Chris Bishop

Judgment: jury didn’t hear evidence of home invaders’ bad character

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Court of Appeal has ruled that Chris Bishop, 27, who in June 2010 was convicted on three counts of second degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, must get a new trial. 

In the ruling, issued Jan. 28, two of three judges sitting on the Nunavut appeal court panel found...

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Nunavut January 28, 2013 - 9:55 am

Photo: Vernonica Manilak honoured with a Diamond Jubilee medal

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