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Nunavut September 29, 2017 - 2:14 pm

Nunavut’s 5th territorial election attracts 72 candidates

Premier Peter Taptuna will not seek re-election

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(Updated at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 29)

The race is on in Nunavut.

Elections Nunavut, as of about 7:10 p.m. Sept. 29, announced that it has accepted a final list of 72 people as candidates for the Nunavut legislature’s 22 ridings.

But Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna won’t be one of the candidates. The...

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Nunavut September 29, 2017 - 11:30 am

Nunavut man convicted of distributing child pornography

Kugaaruk man receive three-year jail sentence

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A Kugaaruk man has been convicted and sentenced to three years in jail for his role in distributing child pornography online internationally.

The Nunavut RCMP said on Sept. 22 that the adult man was convicted on four charges: two counts of publishing an intimate image, one count of sexual...

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Nunavut September 29, 2017 - 11:05 am

Photo: Prepping the ground for new arena

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Iqaluit September 29, 2017 - 10:00 am

Car company agrees to fix Nunavut man’s recalled Jeep Cherokee

But Fiat-Chrysler not changing overall policy on fixing vehicles in remote locations

STEVE DUCHARME

An Iqaluit man facing more than $20,000 in fees to ship his car south for mandatory recall repairs says he’s had some success getting automaker Fiat-Chrysler to send the parts to Nunavut.

But the company is stopping short of rewriting its repair policy for customers in remote locations.

John...

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Nunavut September 29, 2017 - 9:43 am

Photo: You’re in the shot! Arviat Film Society ramps up again

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Nunavik September 29, 2017 - 9:41 am

Photo: Nunavimmiut youth talk education at AGM

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Nunavut September 29, 2017 - 7:59 am

Nunavut cabinet minister Keith Peterson says no to another term

"Sometimes you just have to step aside"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—When the Nunavut Legislature convenes again in Iqaluit after the Oct. 30 election, a familiar face will be missing from the assembly chamber—that of the veteran cabinet minister and Cambridge Bay MLA, Keith Peterson.

Peterson said he made the hard decision not to put his name forward...

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Nunavut September 29, 2017 - 7:00 am

Inmates destroy large sections of Nunavut prison

Justice officials say no threat to the public while they arrange inmate transfers

SARAH ROGERS

The Baffin Correctional Centre faces “significant damage” following a major incident early Sept. 25 at the Iqaluit prison, Government of Nunavut justice department officials said Sept. 28.

That’s when four inmates damaged and destroyed 85 per cent of the building’s medium security sleeping area...

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Nunavut September 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm

GN offers a chance to learn more about Inuit art, in Winnipeg

December art workshop to be hosted at Winnipeg Art Gallery

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The Government of Nunavut is offering a workshop to a select group of Nunavummiut interested in learning more about Inuit art.

The GN’s department of Culture and Heritage is hosting the workshop at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, in part to encourage interest in the gallery’s more than 20,000 pieces of...

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Iqaluit September 28, 2017 - 11:30 am

Iqaluit city councillor Akumalik pleads for the homeless

“Our work here has been very slow”

BETH BROWN

The temperature dipped below zero in Iqaluit this week and Iqaluit Coun. Joanasie Akumalik used that to remind Nunavummiut that there are many in the city, and in the territory, who do not have homes to protect them from the cold.

“When we talk about homelessness, it’s uncomfortable,” Akumalik...

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Nunavik September 28, 2017 - 10:00 am

Free online course exploring northern Quebec to launch in English this fall

MOOC delivered to 3,300 students in French last spring

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A free online course exploring the social and political issues in Nunavik and northern Quebec will be offered once again this fall—this time in English.

The seven-session program, called “Northern Quebec: Issues, Spaces and Cultures,” was developed through the Institut Nordique du Québec, made up...

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Iqaluit September 28, 2017 - 7:59 am

Will Iqaluit beer-wine store affect crime? Too soon to tell, cops say

“It’s too new for us to talk about a trend”

BETH BROWN

Members of the Iqaluit RCMP say it’s going to take at least six months of statistical analysis before they’ll know if Iqaluit’s beer and wine store will raise crime rates, Staff Sgt. Matco Sirotic said Sept. 26, in a report to Iqaluit City Council.

After the weekend that followed the store’s...

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Nunavut September 28, 2017 - 6:59 am

On Sept. 28, World Rabies Day, GN urges caution, animal vaccination

Children most likely to be bitten by animals

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On Sept. 28, World Rabies Day, the Government of Nunavut is again asking Nunavummiut to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting their pets vaccinated.

Children are most likely to get bitten by animals that could be carriers of rabies—a disease that is fatal if untreated, the GN...

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Nunavut September 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Two Nunavut hamlets experiment with wind, solar

Municipal governments team up with energy storage firm

BETH BROWN

The hamlets of Arviat and Kugluktuk have decided to work on new clean energy projects to reduce diesel use.

If all goes well, solar panels will be installed in both communities by late fall of 2018, a move that will see diesel use, and thus carbon emissions, displaced by about 15 per cent.

The...

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Around the Arctic September 27, 2017 - 2:30 pm

National women’s group with Nunavut member calls for MMIWG reset

"When it comes to the inequality of Canadian women, Indigenous women are the most marginalized"

STEVE DUCHARME

A new group tasked with creating an action-oriented plan for women’s equality in Canada wants a reset of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, says a motion passed at its inaugural meeting in Toronto, Sept. 20.

And there’s a Nunavut connection.

The Gender...

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Iqaluit September 27, 2017 - 2:21 pm

Photo: Stretching their skills and raising some dough

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Nunavik September 27, 2017 - 2:20 pm

Photo: Future sled dogs delight local visitors

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Nunavut September 27, 2017 - 1:10 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Sept. 17 to Sept. 24

Report on pay for Nunavut MLAs takes top place among readers

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As candidates now start announcing their plans to run in Nunavut’s Oct. 30 territorial election, coverage of a report on the salaries earned by members of the Nunavut Legislature generated the most interest on the Nunatsiaq News website this past week.

A report tabled Sept. 19 in the Nunavut...

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Nunavut September 27, 2017 - 11:30 am

Nunavut court rules on custom adoption that goes bad

Granting interim custody could "usurp" role of child protection services, judge found

JANE GEORGE

A mother who gave up her child through a custom adoption to a household marked by sexual abuse, domestic violence and neglect will not receive interim custody of her daughter, which she had sought in court.

The child, now seven, is now in the temporary custody of the office of the Director of...

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Around the Arctic September 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

Two big books by Nunavut historian Harper expose Arctic injustices

“Because they are historical books dealing with other injustices, I think they are relevant”

JIM BELL

Nunavut’s six-foot-five-inch ilisaijikutaaq, the tall teacher, isn’t known for doing anything by half measures.

In that spirit, Kenn Harper, historian, linguist and entrepreneur, after decades of exhaustive archival research and numerous interviews with Inuit informants, launched two big books...

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Iqaluit September 27, 2017 - 8:00 am

Squeeze in: no new school buses for Nunavut capital’s students

"Unfortunately the funds are not available at this time to review this option"

BETH BROWN

School buses in Iqaluit are overcrowded again this year, and the Iqaluit District Education Authority wants to know why the Government of Nunavut’s education department took all summer to tell the public that it can’t afford a new bus. 

After fielding complaints from parents about student safety...

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Nunavik September 27, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavik gears up for third annual suicide prevention conference

Puttautiit 2017 will be hosted in Inukjuak Oct. 16 to Oct. 20

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Nunavimmiut health and social workers are gearing up for the region’s third annual suicide prevention conference, Puttautiit.

This year’s conference will be hosted in Inukjuak Oct. 16 to Oct. 20,and led by the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services and its Regional Suicide...

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Nunavik September 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik Inuit org repeats call for education audit

"We want to understand what the issues are"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik high school graduates may once again be receiving their diplomas this year but the region’s Inuit birthright organization says the system still needs some scrutiny.

Makivik Corp. President Jobie Tukkiapik repeated calls last week for an independent audit of Nunavik’s education system to...

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Nunavut September 26, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Photo: CHARS official opening delayed

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Iqaluit September 26, 2017 - 3:49 pm

Photo: Tanya Tagaq takes Iqaluit

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