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Nunavut October 27, 2016 - 11:45 am

Iqaluit youth mask sex taboos at arts-based workshop

“It gives them a safe environment to deal with their fears"

SARAH ROGERS

Sex can be a tough thing to talk about, especially among a group of teenagers who may not know each other well.

That was the case for 14-year-old Taylor Kusugak, who recently moved to Iqaluit from Rankin Inlet, when she took part in a sexual health workshop at Inuksuk High School Oct. 19 and Oct....

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Iqaluit October 27, 2016 - 11:30 am

Photo: Fall session proves busy in Nunavut’s legislature

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Ottawa October 27, 2016 - 10:55 am

Photo: Ottawa cop admits bad conduct, apologizes, in Pootoogook case

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Iqaluit October 27, 2016 - 10:30 am

Eleventh hour decision cuts Iqaluit proposed car disposal fee by half

Iqaluit residents will be charged $500 to dispose of their old vehicles

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The City of Iqaluit will continue subsidizing the disposal of old cars, following a narrow vote by city councillors Oct. 25 to reduce a proposed fee hike that more than quadrupled the cost for turning in an old vehicle to the city.

Starting in January, Iqalungmiut will pay $500 for the city to...

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Nunavut October 27, 2016 - 8:00 am

Nunavut government to send baby box care packages to all newborns

Program for new moms aims to cut infant mortality rate, improve family health

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The Government of Nunavut hopes its new “baby boxes” will give a boost to infant and family health across the territory.

Every baby born in Nunavut over the next year receives a care package filled with a selection of children’s books, clothes, baby and maternal care products and educational...

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Iqaluit October 27, 2016 - 7:50 am

Photo: Two Lovers and a Bear comes back to Iqaluit

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Nunavut October 27, 2016 - 7:00 am

Baffin caribou harvest increasing, Nunavut minister says

Hunters harvested 107 caribou between July 1 and Oct. 14

STEVE DUCHARME

Baffin Island’s meagre caribou harvest has shown signs of improvement over figures reported from the same time last year, but it’s unlikely that the current quota will be raised any time soon, Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq said Oct. 24 in the legislative assembly.

Savikataaq said 107 caribou...

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Nunavut October 26, 2016 - 4:00 pm

I won’t allow any ban on Inuktitut at school: Nunavut education minister

“I went through it. I was told not to speak Inuktitut and I was hit with sticks"

JIM BELL

(Updated Oct. 27)

Nunavut Education Minister Paul Quassa, a survivor of the notorious Sir Joseph Bernier residential school in Chesterfield Inlet, said Oct. 25 that teachers must not punish students for speaking Inuktitut in Nunavut schools.

“I went through it. I was told not to speak Inuktitut...

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Nunavut October 26, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut Inuit org taps trust fund for $48.6 million

Inuit organization's budget up this year with new department, president election

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Nunavut’s land claims organization has passed its 2016-2017 budget.

And to balance that budget, part of Nunavut Tunngavik’s Inc. new consolidated budget, the Inuit birthright organization requested $48.6 million from the Nunavut Trust in a resolution passed during its annual meeting held Oct. 18...

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Iqaluit October 26, 2016 - 1:10 pm

It’s not dirt, just wax on those dingy floors, Iqaluit hospital director says

Qikqitani General Hospital rooms mopped, disinfected every 12 hours

JANE GEORGE

Yes, it’s true—you can write words on the floors of rooms at the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit.

But that’s not because of the dirt: If you take a wipe that contains bleach, you can write through the darker-coloured wax on the floor, leaving a mark.

Dennis Stavrou, the executive director...

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Nunavut October 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Nunavut health minister promises better Inuit language communications

Unilingual elders struggle with English-only patient relations office

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut’s Office of Patient Relations should do more to help unilingual Inuktitut speakers, Health Minister George Hickes said Oct. 24 in the legislative assembly.

Hickes said “yes” to Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak when asked to confirm that the patient relations office will...

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Nunavut October 26, 2016 - 10:30 am

Iqaluit MLA asks for update on public service commission

"My staff is hard at work on reviewing the public service commission concept"

THOMAS ROHNER

Nunavut’s consensus government remains divided when it comes to the issue of human resources—just like the human resources department itself.

Pat Angnakak, MLA for Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu, took Finance Minister Keith Peterson to task in the legislative assembly in Iqaluit Oct. 24 over the territory’s...

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Nunavik October 26, 2016 - 9:00 am

Nunavik’s suicide prevention conference imparts healing, self-care

“Inuit have a way to gather their strength"

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Grief and healing: they’ve been the focus of everyday life for many Nunavimmiut in 2016 following the suicides of a dozen young people in the first half of the year.

That’s why grief and healing served as the theme to this month’s Puttautiit, the region’s second suicide prevention conference...

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Nunavut October 26, 2016 - 8:44 am

Photo: Make a wish, a star is falling

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Nunavut October 26, 2016 - 8:30 am

Photo: Beware of bears trick-or-treaters

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Iqaluit October 26, 2016 - 8:30 am

Photo: Iqaluit makes some route changes for Halloween

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Nunavut October 26, 2016 - 8:00 am

Missing patient records create privacy breaches in Nunavut

Breaches, and other issues, outlined in privacy commissioner's annual report

THOMAS ROHNER

Nunavut is the first Canadian jurisdiction to require public bodies, such as government departments, to report privacy breaches to the privacy and information commissioner.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that in 2015-16, Nunavut’s health department filed a disclosure in which it admitted...

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Nunavik October 26, 2016 - 7:00 am

Quebec launches fund to support urban Indigenous groups

"We must respond to the evolving needs"

SARAH ROGERS

The Quebec government has made good on a promise to spend money on support programs for Indigenous communities living in the province’s cities.

The province launched its Urban Aboriginal Support Program fund Oct. 17, $8.9 million over five years, to be made available to organizations that service...

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Iqaluit October 26, 2016 - 6:50 am

Photo: Anawaks raise Inuit values at suicide conference

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Around the Arctic October 25, 2016 - 3:59 pm

Get heavy fuel oil out of the Arctic, say environmental, Indigenous reps

"The International Maritime Organization must begin the immediate phase-out of heavy fuel oils from Arctic waters"

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Keep the Arctic cold and clean by cutting out heavy shipping fuels: that’s the message from a coalition of environmental advocacy groups and Indigenous speakers who want the International Marine Organization to keep heavy fuel oil out of the Arctic.

This oil, a toxic, tar-like sludge, called the...

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