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Iqaluit January 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Northerners from across Canada attend Iqaluit MMIW consultation

“Solutions are going to be different here”

STEVE DUCHARME

Canada’s investigation into missing and murdered Indigenous women will only succeed if it’s tailored by local knowledge from communities around the country, said the minister in charge of the file Jan. 29 in Iqaluit.

“A pan-Canadian or pan-aboriginal approach is not going to work,” said Carolyn...

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Climate Change January 29, 2016 - 2:29 pm

Nunavut, Quebec follow national example, issue Zika warning

Zika virus, spread by mosquitoes, linked to birth defects, other neurological damage

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(Updated, Feb. 1, 3:55 p.m.)

Planning a trip to a warmer climate?

If you’re a woman who’s pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you may wish to rethink your plans.

Nunavut’s Health department has issued a travel notice to Nunavummiut planning to travel to South and Central America, the...

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Nunavut January 29, 2016 - 12:50 pm

Nunavut circus troupe hopes to spread its wings

"Right now, our biggest challenge is to find stable funding"

SARAH ROGERS

The Igloolik-based Artcirq is hoping to share its message of hope with more communities in Nunavut, through the screening of its documentary Circus Without Borders.

But like many other organizations across the territory, Artcirq struggles with finding the money to do so.

Circus Without Borders,...

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Nunavut January 29, 2016 - 11:00 am

Federal money flowing to Nunavut to certify, promote sealskin

Nunavut and Ottawa ink deal for $150,000 of $5.7 million fund

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The first payout from a five-year, $5.7 million promise to help Aboriginal people in Canada market their sealskins to the European Union is now officially in the hands of the Nunavut government.

A Jan. 28 news release from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, says an agreement worth $150,000 has been...

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Around the Arctic January 29, 2016 - 10:08 am

New book takes an in depth-look at Greenlandic names

"Some of them can be over a thousand years old, which gives an amazing perspective"

JANE GEORGE

In Greenland, if you are looking for a Greenlandic name for your child, you can now consult a new book that’s rich in suggestions — and history.

Kalaallit Aqqi, a new publication from Oqaasileriffik, Greenland’s language secretariat, looks at Greenlandic personal names, their meaning and their...

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Nunavut January 29, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut residents trust police less than other Canadians do: StatsCan

In survey, more Nunavummiut than others say police are doing "average or poor job"

THOMAS ROHNER

(Survey data updated at 9:50 a.m.)

Local police in Canada’s North don’t enjoy the same level of support as those policing southern communities.

And Nunavummiut are more wary of their local police officers than citizens anywhere else in Canada.

That’s according to new data released by...

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Around the Arctic January 29, 2016 - 7:00 am

Upstart partnership takes aim at Iqaluit-Ottawa-Halifax route

Take that First Air, Canadian North: a $499 one-way fare

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Nolinor Aviation, the Montreal-based charter carrier, has teamed up with Iqaluit partners to offer an Iqaluit-Ottawa-Halifax scheduled air service for an eye-popping introductory fare: $499 one way.

It’s called Fly Sarvaq, an arrangement between Nolinor and Iqaluit’s Sarvaq Aviation, run by Adamie...

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Iqaluit January 29, 2016 - 6:50 am

Photo: Who needs tracks set when you’re on the tundra?

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Around the Arctic January 29, 2016 - 6:30 am

Photo: Greenland shows off its transportation companies

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Around the Arctic January 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm

ITK president pitches new Inuit-government political entity

“We are a practical people and we want to work with the federal government”

JIM BELL

OTTAWA — The Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is proposing to work with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government on a joint political body that would create a new relationship between Inuit and the federal government, ITK president Natan Obed said Jan. 27.

Obed said ITK pitched the idea to Trudeau at a......

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Iqaluit January 28, 2016 - 1:59 pm

Nunavut elder’s facility in Iqaluit on life support

Too small, underfunded and unable to deal with high needs seniors

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit’s elders centre is in dire need of expansion, facility upgrades and staff training — and that’s just the start.

Details of those shortfalls were made plain at this year’s Pairijait Tigumiaqtukkut Society annual general meeting in Iqaluit Jan. 27 as board members gathered to hear what’s...

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Nunavut January 28, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Iqaluit police seek stolen animal drugs

Stolen medication potentially lethal to humans, limits clinic's services

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Police in Iqaluit are asking the public’s help in recovering medication recently stolen from the community’s only veterinary clinic.

RCMP responded to a break, enter and theft at NunaVet veterinarian clinic in Apex, which took place late Jan. 23 or early in the early hours of Jan. 24,

During the...

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Around the Arctic January 28, 2016 - 11:15 am

Eyes in the sky: Iqaluit firm touts Arctic drones

“What aviation can do, we can do, and more”

JIM BELL

OTTAWA — Here’s an idea for the Arctic: a small cheap aircraft whose pilot stays on the ground.

Kirt Ejesiak of Iqaluit believes unmanned aerial vehicles, usually known as drones, offer many applications that could make it easier for northern governments and businesses to get things done.

To that...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2016 - 10:00 am

Iqaluit councillors pledge support for new elders care centre

“One of the most pressing needs in our society is for infrastructure that can provide long-term care for elders”

THOMAS ROHNER

Iqaluit city councillors showed their support Jan. 26 for a new modern elders care facility proposed for the city.

“One of the most pressing needs in our society is for infrastructure that can provide long-term care for elders,” a letter written Jan. 26 by Mayor Madeleine Redfern says.

“A new...

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Nunavik January 28, 2016 - 8:29 am

Melting permafrost damages buildings in Inukjuak

Researchers recommend Nunavik communities build on bedrock, do better planning

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DAVID MURPHY

MONTREAL — Houses in Inukjuak are not likely to fall down any time soon, but one Université Laval researcher remains concerned about the state of infrastructure in this Nunavik community of about 1,600 people.

Catherine Claveau Fortin studied the effects of permafrost melt in...

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Around the Arctic January 28, 2016 - 7:29 am

Coast Guard: new $1.3 billion Arctic icebreaker to be ready by 2022

Work on CCGS John G. Diefenbaker to start in 2017

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BRIAN PEHORA

The Liberal government expects engineering work on a new heavy duty icebreaker will start in 2017, with delivery of the $1.3 billion polar class icebreaker by 2022, a Coast Guard spokesperson said Jan. 26.

The CCGS John G. Diefenbaker, named after the Progressive Conservative prime...

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Around the Arctic January 28, 2016 - 7:19 am

Photo: Innu artist’s creative spirit on display at Northern Lights

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Nunavut January 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut coroner calls another inquest, for Hall Beach

Tommy Anguilianuk died after escaping police custody in 2013

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Nunavut’s chief coroner has scheduled another mandatory inquest for 2016.

This inquest will focus on the 2013 in-custody death of Tommy Anguilianuk of Hall Beach, said a Jan. 27 news release from coroner Padma Suramala.

The inquest into the death of Anguilianuk — who was arrested by police Jan....

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Iqaluit January 27, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Uphill crime: arson fires, drug trafficking increase in Nunavut capital

Violent crimes down, others up, in 2015, RCMP reports

THOMAS ROHNER

Iqaluit residents reported far fewer break-ins in 2015 compared to 2014, but allegations of drug trafficking and mischief increased significantly over the same time period.

That’s according to statistics provided by Staff-Sergeant David Combden of the Nunavut RCMP, who presented the...

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Nunavut January 27, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Photo: Advance polls open today for Netsilik byelection

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