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Nunavut August 31, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Your online Nunatsiaq News favourites between Aug. 23 and Aug. 30

Thousands followed the tragic story of a family in Pond Inlet and the efforts to help

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By far, a story about a tent fire near Pond Inlet that led to the deaths of four members of a young family, and gave rise to fundraising effort was the most read of our top five stories on Nunatsiaqonline.ca between Aug. 23 and Aug. 30.

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Climate Change August 31, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Obama uses precedent-setting Arctic tour to talk climate change

U.S. president to visit Inupiat community of Kotzebue, Yup'ik community of Dillingham

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United States President Barack Obama will use his three-day visit to Alaska, which starts on the afternoon of Aug. 31, to observe the effects of climate change first-hand and meet with leaders from 19 countries to talk about ways of responding to climate change

In doing so, he’ll become the first...

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Nunavut August 31, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Nunavut elder found dead near his community

Hunter, 76, died of natural causes, coroner says

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Simon Twyee, 76, of Rankin Inlet was found dead on the land Aug. 29, ending a search and rescue effort that began last week.

Padma Suramala, Nunavut’s chief coroner, said Aug. 31 “no foul play” is suspected and that the elder died “due to his natural disease process.”

Twyee had gone out hunting...

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Nunavut August 31, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Photo: Cruisers get cultured in Arctic Bay

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Around the Arctic August 31, 2015 - 11:50 am

Yellowknife RCMP issue warning, re-arrest violent Nunavut offender

Jonah Keyuajuk: "a violent sexual offender who poses a risk of significant harm to the public"

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A Pangnirtung man, 44, released from jail Aug. 26 in Yellowknife was back again behind bars Aug. 28 in the Northwest Territories’ capital.

That’s after the RCMP in Yellowknife sent out an exceptional warning to the public saying that Jonah Keyuajuk had violated terms of his bail and that he was...

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Iqaluit August 31, 2015 - 10:45 am

Police ask for public’s help identifying armed Iqaluit taxi robber

Hooded man tried to rob Iqaluit cabbie

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Nunavut police are investigating the attempted robbery of an Iqaluit taxi driver, the RCMP said in an Aug. 31 release.

Police in Nunavut’s capital responded to a call about an armed robbery late Aug. 27.

The RCMP said a male wearing a white hooded sweatshirt hailed a taxi near the Arctic Hotel...

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Nunavut August 31, 2015 - 9:45 am

Review board says Mary River changes need public review

Baffinland must now submit addition to current environmental impact statement

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The Nunavut Impact Review Board has recommended to Ottawa that the terms and conditions of Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.‘s Mary River project certificate be reconsidered in light of significant amendments proposed by the mining company.

This perhaps comes as no surprise considering the extent to...

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Nunavut August 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

Abandoned Nunavut mine site to be studied for contaminants

Academics teaming up with HTO to study soil, animals near old Nanisivik mine

THOMAS ROHNER

Has the long-defunct Nanisivik zinc and lead mine, about 20 kilometres outside the north Baffin community of Arctic Bay, left a legacy of contaminants behind?

That’s the question researchers will attempt to answer in a project given the green light Aug. 17 by the Nunavut Impact Review Board....

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Nunavut August 31, 2015 - 7:00 am

Aglukkaq: respect Nunavut board’s Areva recommendation

Mid-campaign statement suggests Ottawa won’t reject NIRB’s advice

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The Nunavut Impact Review Board’s recommendation to deny approval of Areva Canada’s Kiggavik uranium project should be “respected,” Conservative candidate Leona Aglukkaq said in a written statement Aug. 28.

“There is a lot of discussion on the proposed Kiggavik uranium project and I want to assure...

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Iqaluit August 31, 2015 - 6:45 am

Photo: Head’s up! Iqaluit children return to school today

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Nunavut August 28, 2015 - 4:01 pm

New Nunavut hotel will funnel profits into local charity

“We have lots of dreams”

STEVE DUCHARME

More rooms. More visitors. More money — at least that’s the hope behind the construction of a new hotel in Clyde River by the non-profit Ilisaqsivik Society.

The Naujaaraaluit Hotel, owned and operated by Tukumaaq Inc., a subsidiary of Ilisaqsivik, is meant to address critical issues in the north...

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Nunavut August 28, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Nunavut murder accused pleads to manslaughter

Kimmirut homicide case covered by unusual publication ban

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Pauloosie Padluq, of Kimmirut, pleaded guilty to manslaughter before Justice Bonnie Tulloch at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit Aug. 27 in connection with a death in his home community on Sept. 2, 2014.

The identity of the victim appears to be protected by a publication ban ordered by a...

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Nunavut August 28, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Nunavut court: father jailed for firearm assault on child

Dad, 39, threatens to use .375-calibre rifle to shoot seven-year-old in the head

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An Arctic Bay dad who kicked his seven-year old son in the stomach and pressed the barrel of a large calibre rifle against the child’s head, threatening to shoot him, deserves a sentence of 60 weeks in jail, Justice Robert Kilpatrick ruled in a judgment released Aug. 28.

In doing so, Kilpatrick...

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Nunavut August 28, 2015 - 11:49 am

Inuit youth set a course for future under new leader

"Disappointment has turned into determination to try to address some of the intergenerational affects of our history"

LISA GREGOIRE

After five days of debating issues, sharing stories, reconnecting with elders, and lamenting about colonial influences, the decline of Inuktitut and the lack of a northern university, it’s time now to put those thoughts into action, says Maatalii Okalik.

Okalik, the newly-elected president of the...

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Nunavik August 28, 2015 - 11:45 am

Photo: Avataq re-launches Inuit herbal teas

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Iqaluit August 28, 2015 - 11:25 am

Photo: Can he do it? Recycling aluminum in Iqaluit

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Nunavut August 28, 2015 - 10:00 am

Photo: New Nunavut hotel will support local charity

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Nunavut August 28, 2015 - 9:36 am

Western Nunavut airline, GN still in court over 2011 contract beef

Adlair Aviation Ltd. seeks damages, termination of current medevac deal

JANE GEORGE

Nearly four years after the Government of Nunavut ended a contract for emergency medical travel with Adlair Aviation Ltd. of Cambridge Bay and gave it to a new company — and three years after Adlair filed a lawsuit against the GN —  lawyers from Adlair and the GN faced off last week at the Nunavut...

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Nunavik August 28, 2015 - 8:30 am

Photo: Nunavik rangers prepare for fall exercise

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Around the Arctic August 28, 2015 - 7:00 am

Pan-Arctic summit recommends Roman orthography for the Inuit language

Terry Audla: “Inuit in the circumpolar world are all the same people, and we use the same language"

STEVE DUCHARME

The Atausiq Inuktut Titirausiq group will recommend a shift to Roman orthography for all written Inuktut, following the Aug. 26 conclusion of a summit in Iqaluit that brought together numerous representatives from the Inuktut-speaking world.

They’ll present the draft to the National Committee on...

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2015 - 3:59 pm

The ITK presidential contest: Natan Obed

"I’m at a point in my career where I feel I have the ability to take on this responsibility"

JIM BELL

Nunatsiaq News has published candidate profiles this week, in alphabetical order, for the three people contesting the president’s position at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. ITK members and delegates will choose a winner at a general meeting to be held Sept. 17 in Cambridge Bay.

For Natan Obed it’s time...

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Nunavut August 27, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Final arguments in Nunavut murder case adjourned to October

Peter Kingwatsiak on trial for killing his step-brother Mappaluk Adla in 2010

THOMAS ROHNER

Lawyers were supposed to gather at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit to present final arguments in the first-degree murder trial of Peter Kingwatsiak Aug. 27, but instead of going ahead, Justice Bonnie Tulloch has put the matter over to October.

Crown prosecutor Amy Porteous and defence...

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Iqaluit August 27, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Photo: The summer of rain and ice

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2015 - 10:00 am

Western Nunavut caribou herds continue decline: preliminary survey report

Observations of Bathurst and Bluenose-East calving grounds "consistent with a natural declining trend"

JANE GEORGE

New preliminary survey results on the Barrenland caribou herds that roam western Nunavut and the Northwest Territories point to continuing declines in these herds’ numbers.

This past June, survey teams with representatives from the governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, the Tlicho...

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Nunavut August 27, 2015 - 8:31 am

Iqaluit boaters, disabled craft ride home on Coast Guard ship

Coast Guard releases more info on Ward Inlet rescue

STEVE DUCHARME

After spending the night in their disabled aluminum boat Aug. 20, awaiting rescue from the Canadian Coast Guard, four Iqaluit boaters and their disabled craft returned home aboard the icebreaker CCGS George R. Pearkes, the Coast Guard said in information released Aug. 26.

The Coast Guard said the...

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