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Nunavut October 31, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Show us your record on Nunavut human resources, Peterson tells Okalik

Finance minister deflects questions on creation of public service commission

JIM BELL

Finance Minister Keith Peterson fended off questions from Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik on the Government of Nunavut’s human resource policies Oct. 28 by issuing a challenge: show us your record too.

Okalik, who served as premier of Nunavut between 1999 and 2008, had asked Peterson about when the...

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Nunavut October 31, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Photo: Learning to recognize and help friends in crisis

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Nunavut October 31, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Want to build a traditional qajaq? Nunavut Youth LEAP can help

Organization offering Iqaluit-based workshop to Qikiqtani beneficiaries

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If you’re Inuk from the Qikiqtani region and you’ve ever dreamed of building a traditional qajaq, an Iqaluit-based organization might be able to help you out.

Nunavut Youth LEAP, a non-profit organization that offers land-based education and adventure programming, is hosting a cultural...

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Around the Arctic October 31, 2016 - 11:45 am

Nunavut couple share their experiences with suicide prevention

“Money isn’t going to solve this, it’s the community effort that says, ‘no more’”

THOMAS ROHNER

More than 40 participants at the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Association’s conference in Iqaluit Oct. 28 packed a classroom at Inuksuk High School to hear Jack and Caroline Anawak offer tools for fighting suicide gleaned from decades of research and activism.

Jack, an elder from...

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Nunavik October 31, 2016 - 11:30 am

Photo: Busty bassist knocks ‘em flat at costume contest

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Around the Arctic October 31, 2016 - 10:00 am

International marine org moves on key Arctic shipping issues

IMO to cap heavy fuel oil sulfur content, consider Arctic HFO phase-out

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Heavy fuel oil, the nasty, climate-warming polluting oil used in Arctic shipping may be phased out in the region by 2020.

That’s the promising news from International Maritime Organization, the United Nations agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of...

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Nunavut October 31, 2016 - 8:30 am

Rankin Inlet MLA suggests hotel be used for Nunavut elders centre

Owner of Rankin Inlet's Nanuq Lodge wants to downsize, lease building for elders

LISA GREGOIRE

Alex Sammurtok, MLA for Rankin Inlet South, is pushing for an elder’s care facility in his home community and he’s suggesting the Nanuq Lodge bed and breakfast might fit the bill nicely.

Sammurtok tabled documents in the Nunavut Legislature Oct. 25 showing a commercial appraisal that lodge owner...

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Nunavut October 31, 2016 - 7:00 am

Mystery seabed sound might be scaring animals, Nunavut MLA says

Strange "pinging" sounds near Igloolik reported to Department of National Defence

STEVE DUCHARME

An unidentified sound coming from the seafloor beneath Fury and Hecla Strait is making waves not only in the nearby hamlet of Igloolik, but also across desks at the Government of Nunavut and as far away as the Department of National Defence in Ottawa.

Aggu MLA Paul Quassa rose Oct. 24 and Oct. 25...

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Nunavut October 31, 2016 - 6:10 am

Photo: Dog-gone caption contest

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

Talking suicide prevention in a land of deep wounds and shattered hearts

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention conference runs Oct. 26 to Oct. 29 in Iqaluit, Nunavut

JIM BELL

Canada’s national suicide prevention organization took its message of hope, health and healing this week to a land of deep wounds and shattered hearts, Inuit Nunangat, where more than 750 Inuit have died by suicide since the early 1980s.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, a national...

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Around the Arctic October 28, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Lucrative Arctic Inspiration Prize announces 2016 shortlist

Nunavik's family house and cross-country ski program up for annual prize funding

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Heads up Nunavik: This could be your year to get a piece of the $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize.

Two of the eight projects shortlisted for the 2016 edition of the prize are based in Nunavik, including the newly-opened Qarmaapik House in Kangiqsualujjuaq, a community-based resource centre that......

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Nunavut October 28, 2016 - 11:45 am

Office space shortage creates chaos in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut MLA says

“Well we’ve got a year left, and I can’t see it going anywhere”

THOMAS ROHNER

The Government of Nunavut’s Family Services department cannot fill a new position for a family resource worker in Sanikiluaq because the Belcher Island community is out of office space, Hudson Bay MLA Allan Rumbolt said Oct. 27.

That’s related to an issue that Rumbolt has raised in the territorial...

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Nunavut October 28, 2016 - 11:30 am

Photo: Get along little doggie, and give me candy

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Ottawa October 28, 2016 - 11:29 am

Photo: Safety in the city for NS students

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Nunavut October 28, 2016 - 10:00 am

Trick-or-treating returns to Nunavut’s polar bear capital

"I think we can come together and help children celebrate occasions like this"

SARAH ROGERS

Arviat parents, get that candy ready—Halloween is moving back outdoors this year.

Trick-or-treaters will be back on the streets going door-to-door in the Kivalliq hamlet this Oct. 31, with or without polar bears lurking about.

The hamlet has hosted Halloween activities indoors since 2014 for that...

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Nunavut October 28, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut MLA hounds premier on social promotion

“We are in the final year of our mandate and social promotion is still alive and well”

STEVE DUCHARME

A promise Nunavut’s premier made early in his administration—to end social promotion in Nunavut’s schools—came back to haunt him Oct. 24.

Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik repeatedly asked Premier Peter Taptuna to explain when he will end the practice of promoting students to the next grade,...

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Nunavut October 28, 2016 - 7:00 am

Devolution talks restarted: Nunavut will be different, federal negotiator says

"I sense a very positive tone among all three parties to get at this again and work together"

STEVE DUCHARME

Introductory talks to devolve responsibility for public lands and resources from Ottawa to Nunavut wrapped up this week, with Fred Caron, the federal negotiator, saying the uniqueness of Nunavut will “most definitely” play into how the negotiations unfold over the next three years.

“Having said...

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Nunavut October 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut Housing Corp. announces distribution of new units

Communities in greatest need get the most units

THOMAS ROHNER

Five Nunavut communities will see more public housing units constructed in 2017-18 than any other in Nunavut.

And those are the five communities—Hall Beach, Kugaaruk, Sanikiluaq, Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay—with the greatest need for more public housing.

That’s according to documents, including...

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Iqaluit October 27, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Big screen story Two Lovers and a Bear set for Nunavut premiere

Free screening at the Astro Theatre set for Oct. 29 in Iqaluit

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How to make life and love work in a small, remote Arctic community.

That’s the focus of Two Lovers and a Bear, a film, which the title suggests, is a big love story—and an adventure film.

And don’t forget about magic realist fantasy, in the form of a talking polar bear.

Now the film is coming...

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Nunavut October 27, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut appeal court nixes offender’s criminal record

Appeal judge upholds joint sentence recommendation, reduces suspended sentence to conditional discharge

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A 26-year-old Iqaluit woman convicted of assault with a weapon in a domestic dispute won’t get a criminal record after all, following a Nunavut appeal court decision that overturns a sentence imposed this past November.

In the judgment, Justice Ronald Veale, a Yukon judge who serves on the Nunavut...

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