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Nunavik November 30, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik beer, wine sales foster lower crime rates: police

“There’s been a huge decrease in the number of files we’ve had"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Police in Puvirnituq say there has been a major drop in the number of calls they’ve had to handle since the Nunavik community’s co-op store began selling beer and wine in October.

The Povungnituk Co-operative Association began offering beer and wine sales from its local store in......

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Around the Arctic November 30, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Cheers and congrats for Nunavut mayor at climate rally

“Where I’m from, our climate is already changing"

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OTTAWA — While reports differ on exactly how many people descended on downtown Ottawa for a climate rally and march Nov. 29 — reports range from 5,000 to 25,000 — we know at least one participant flew a long way to make an appearance.

Clyde River Mayor Jerry Natanine wasn’t in Ottawa just to show...

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Nunavut November 30, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Iqaluit’s municipal gravel pit all used up, city official says

New gravel project postponed to help reduce deficit

THOMAS ROHNER

Iqaluit’s only gravel pit has dried up, forcing the city to buy back its own gravel from contractors who initially bought the gravel from the city on an honour system, Iqaluit City Council heard at a Nov. 24 meeting.

Deputy Mayor Romeyn Stevenson told councillors that the now defunct gravel pit...

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Nunavut November 30, 2015 - 10:30 am

Nunavut government to create “responsible drinking” campaign

“Strengthening community empowerment to deal with alcohol related issues”

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BRIAN PEHORA

The Government of Nunavut is looking for a contractor to put together a plan to “raise awareness and educate Nunavummiut on the socially responsible use of alcohol.”

A request for proposals issued in October by the Government of Nunavut’s department of Finance asks interested parties...

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Around the Arctic November 30, 2015 - 9:30 am

Robb Nash bringing music, and purpose, to Inuit youth

“Things don’t happen for a reason, but they happen with potential"

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA — If you’re fortunate enough to be in the basement of an Ottawa church in Vanier, late afternoon Dec. 2, you’ll see a rock star who’s trying to give Inuit kids a reason to stay alive.

And it’s funny because up until about a month ago, Robb Nash, a swarthy six-foot-five guitarist and...

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Around the Arctic November 30, 2015 - 8:05 am

New national Inuit president marks his territory

Ditch the name, Obed tells Edmonton Eskimos football club

JIM BELL

OTTAWA — In two big statements last week, Natan Obed sent out unequivocal signals about what he plans to do over the next three years with the presidency of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

In the first, a meet-the-president event on Parliament Hill Nov. 26, he told the federal government what Inuit want...

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Nunavut November 30, 2015 - 6:21 am

Photo: Key policies not followed in death of Nunavut baby

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Nunavut November 30, 2015 - 6:00 am

Photo: Spot the jellyfish

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Nunavut November 27, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Report on Nunavut baby’s death to be released Nov. 30

GN officials, Katherine Peterson, to release report in Cape Dorset

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The Government of Nunavut is set to release the much-anticipated report on the circumstances surrounding the 2012 death of three-month-old Makibi Timilak of Cape Dorset, a news release issued late Nov. 27 said.

Health Minister Paul Okalik and the report’s author, retired lawyer Katherine...

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Iqaluit November 27, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Participants at Nunavut mental health meeting debate role of elders

“There’s a difference between an elder and an old person… I’ve come into contact with both"

STEVE DUCHARME

A new territorial Mental Health Act, currently under revision by the Nunavut government, must walk a fine line between respecting the rights of the individual while sometimes forcing a person to seek help.

That was one of many issues discussed Nov. 26 at a public consultation in Iqaluit held to...

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Nunavut November 27, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Nunavut premier announces big management shake-up at GN

Seven departments and agencies to get new bosses

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Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna announced a big shakeup within the ranks of the Government of Nunavut’s most senior managers, affecting seven departments and agencies.

These include the following changes:

• Terry Audla, the former president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, will become president of the...

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Nunavik November 27, 2015 - 1:29 pm

Nunavik police need rifles to deal with barricaded shooters: KRPF chief

“When a person comes out and is using a long rifle, officers are a very easy target"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Despite concerns from regional leaders, Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Police Force is defending its plans to equip officers with high-powered rifles.

The region’s new police chief, Michel Martin says officers need the weapons to respond to certain hostile situations.

When police respond...

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Around the Arctic November 27, 2015 - 11:45 am

Aboriginal people far more likely to die in homicides: StatsCan

One in four homicide victims in 2014 were Aboriginal

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Aboriginal people, men and women alike, were far more likely to have been victims of homicide in 2014, Statistics Canada reported Nov. 25 in an annual release of Canadian homicide numbers.

This year, StatsCan includes Aboriginal-specific numbers in its regular annual homicide report for the first...

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Nunavut November 27, 2015 - 10:00 am

Nunavik leaders hopeful Trudeau government will deliver on social housing

Current housing agreement set to expire in March 2016

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Nunavik is up against the clock again, waiting for Ottawa to confirm funding to pay for its share of social housing in the region for 2016.

The region’s most recent five-year, tri-partite housing agreement with the governments of Quebec and Canada ended in March 2015.

Nunavik was...

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Nunavik November 27, 2015 - 9:30 am

Photo: Ready, set, kick

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Iqaluit November 27, 2015 - 9:06 am

Photo: The golden sunrise of Arctic winter

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Nunavut November 27, 2015 - 8:15 am

Nunavut language authority underspends, stalls on mandate

Another GN body falls victim to chronic staff shortages, MLAs hear

STEVE DUCHARME

The folly of internal favoritism might explain why it’s taken Nunavut’s language authority so long to standardize and document Inuktut terminology, MLAs learned Nov. 25.

Representatives of the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit language authority, appearing before the Standing Committee on...

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Climate Change November 27, 2015 - 8:00 am

Photo: Jerry Natanine draws cheers at huge climate rally in Ottawa

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Around the Arctic November 27, 2015 - 7:00 am

Melting polar bear in Montreal draws attention to Arctic warming

“This is a good way to remind people that impacts up north don’t start up north"

PETER VARGA

Special to Nunatsiaq News

MONTREAL — A piece of the Arctic is paying a visit to downtown Montreal this fall, in the form of a six-tonne ice sculpture of a polar bear.

The display is part of an effort by the Quebec environmental group Équiterre and the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about...

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Nunavut November 26, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Arctic Inspiration Prize shortlists three projects for $1 million prize

Projects include performing arts network, hearing support in the classroom

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The Qaggiq project has been shortlisted as a finalist for this year’s Arctic Inspiration Prize, a $1 million dollar fund targeting wellness projects across Canada’s North.

The Qaggiq project, spearheaded by the Iqaluit-based Qaggiavuut Society, is a two-year research and training initiative that...

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