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Nunavik May 29, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Nunavik’s hunter support program undergoes review

"There are a lot of things we’re able to do, even with low funding"

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — Nunavik’s Hunter Support program offers important and vital services to Inuit beneficiaries, but could use some tweaks, a new review of the program has found.

The Kativik Regional Government, which administers the program in each of Nunavik’s communities, decided to review the...

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Nunavut May 29, 2015 - 11:29 am

Nunavut’s new top cop takes command in Iqaluit

“Mike understands the challenges of the North"

LISA GREGOIRE

Michael Jeffrey has one of Nunavut’s toughest jobs.

As incoming commanding officer of Nunavut RCMP “V” Division, it’s Jeffrey’s job to lead a team of officers who work in a place with the highest rates of violent crime, assault, sexual assault and homicide in the country.

He’s doing so with very...

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Nunavut May 29, 2015 - 9:30 am

MLA tables petition related to death of Cape Dorset baby

"It does demonstrate the public concern that exists"

THOMAS ROHNER

More than 1,200 people are calling on the Government of Nunavut for a full investigation into the 2012 death of a three-month old Cape Dorset baby. 

That’s according to a petition that South Baffin MLA David Joanasie tabled May 27 in the Nunavut legislature.

Those who signed the petition...

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Nunavik May 29, 2015 - 8:23 am

Dozens to get firefighter training in Nunavik this year

But AWOL trainees cost KRG $21,000

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — Nunavik’s public security department expects to see another 45 firefighters go through training this year to earn their Firefighter Level 1 — an internationally-recognized certification.

That would almost double the region’s current number of trained firefighters, the Kativik Regional...

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Nunavut May 29, 2015 - 7:10 am

WWF applauds decision to halt seismic testing in Nunavut

“We hope the voices of northern communities will continue to influence decision-making"

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The World Wildlife Fund Canada says it’s happy to hear that a Norwegian-based consortium of oil and gas exploration companies have decided to back out of plans to do seismic testing in Nunavut waters this summer.

In a May 28 release, WWF repeated its support for the position of the hamlet of Clyde...

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Iqaluit May 29, 2015 - 5:59 am

Photo: Nakasuk students boogie down in Hairy Tale Rock

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Around the Arctic May 29, 2015 - 5:45 am

Say no to Baffinland, Oceans North Canada tells Valcourt

Cash-strapped iron producer says they need expansion to make Mary River profitable

JIM BELL

Bernard Valcourt, the federal northern affairs minister, should say no to a request from Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. for an exemption from the North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan, the Oceans North Canada lobby group said May 25 in a letter to the minister.

That’s because exemptions to Nunavut Land...

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Nunavut May 28, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Nunavut journalism scholarship to honour John Amagoalik

Baffin beneficiaries eligible for $5,000 annual scholarship

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Long time Nunavut leader and Nunatsiaq News columnist John Amagoalik is being honoured with a scholarship in his name, courtesy of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.

The QIA announced May 28 that the organization has launched a $5,000 John Amagoalik Journalism Scholarship which the QIA will hand out...

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Around the Arctic May 28, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Canada equipped to tackle Arctic defence threats: new report

"Limited but suited to the threats they face"

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The Canadian Armed Forces is on the right track in its Arctic defence strategy, which uses a “focused and cost-effective system” to handle sovereignty and security threats in the Arctic, says a new policy report from the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

“It is designed with Canada’s...

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Nunavut May 28, 2015 - 10:43 am

Learjet promised for western Nunavut medevacs is now up for sale

GN, Aqsaqniq, renegotiate contract for Kitikmeot air ambulance service

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you were waiting to see the Learjet 35A that was supposed to handle air ambulance services from the Kitikmeot region, you’ll have to travel to Alabama first.

The aircraft is now up for sale — and,  according to information posted on an online aircraft site, mobile.globalair.com, the 1981...

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Nunavik May 28, 2015 - 9:14 am

Nunavik to Quebec: deliver better justice to our communities

“The system has to respect our values"

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — Quebec’s travelling court and its justice system are failing Nunavimmiut and something needs to change, the Kativik Regional Government says.

During regional council meetings in Inukjuak May 27, the KRG’s council passed a resolution urging Quebec to take action to improve the...

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Nunavut May 28, 2015 - 8:15 am

Peterson pulls the plug on Nunavut MLA’s green energy dreams

“As a government, we simply cannot afford mega-projects here in Nunavut”

THOMAS ROHNER

Iqaluit-Tasiluk MLA George Hickes dreams of a greener Nunavut with more alternative energy, but Keith Peterson, minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corp., stymied those dreams May 27 during a question period exchange at the legislature in Iqaluit.

During the assembly’s winter sitting,...

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Around the Arctic May 28, 2015 - 7:17 am

Greenland approves same-sex marriage

Lawmakers vote unanimously May 26 to approve same-sex marriage

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If you’re gay, as of Oct. 1, you can now get legally married to your partner in Greenland: that’s because Greenland’s Inatsiartut legislative assembly legalized same-sex marriage May 26.

The vote was unanimous, passing with a 27-0 vote, with two abstentions.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in...

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Nunavut May 28, 2015 - 6:01 am

Put needy Nunavut families into empty staff housing: Enook

"We are in a dire shortage of public housing"

THOMAS ROHNER

(Corrected 10 a.m. May 28)

Some government staff housing units in Nunavut sit empty for years while Nunavummiut continue to suffer a longstanding housing shortage, especially for public housing, Tununiq MLA Joe Enook said in the Nunavut legislature May 26.

Enook raised Nunavut’s housing woes on...

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Nunavut May 28, 2015 - 6:00 am

Photo: Lighting the qulliq for truth and reconciliation

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Nunavut May 28, 2015 - 6:00 am

Photo: A night of young talent in Arviat

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Nunavut May 28, 2015 - 5:59 am

Photo: Nunavut food security activists off to leadership conference

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Nunavik May 27, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Nunavik housing body tallies up largest amount of rent arrears — ever

Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau is more than $17 million short

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — Nunavik’s social housing agency says 2014 stands as the year with the highest amount of unpaid rent across the region.

The Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau’s cumulative arrears have now increased to $17.8 million.

Here’s why: the KMHB invoiced $13.9 million to its tenants last year,...

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Nunavut May 27, 2015 - 3:18 pm

Nunavut mayor overjoyed that seismic testing won’t happen this year

"It means we can spend the summer still narwhal hunting without any migration problems"

LISA GREGOIRE

Jerry Natanine is about 3,000 kilometres from Nunavut as the raven flies and he’s talking on a borrowed cell phone from a location near Pictou, Nova Scotia, but there’s no mistaking his pleasure, even at that distance.

Natanine found out this morning, May 27, that the companies who are currently...

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Nunavut May 27, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Photo: A no to seismic testing off Baffin Island in 2015

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