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Nunavut December 13, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Language complaint shuts down English-only election in Nunavut hamlet

"We obviously need to do more to publicize our Inuit languages act"

SARAH ROGERS

Voters in western Nunavut’s Kugluktuk will get another chance to cast their ballots in that community’s municipal election—and this time, in Inuinnaqtun.

Municipal elections took place across Nunavut Dec. 11, although voting was halted mid-day in the Kitikmeot community after an intervention by...

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Nunavut December 13, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Big boost marks end of year for Nunavut music program

"We are so grateful"

JANE GEORGE

This Christmas is looking particularly bright for Tusarnaarniq Sivumut as it looks ahead to 2018.

Over the past decade, the charity—whose name means “music for the future”—has allowed hundreds of youth in Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Pangnirtung and Hall Beach to pick up fiddles and learn how to play...

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Nunavut December 13, 2017 - 11:30 am

Feeding Nunavut brings holiday cheer to everyone in Igloolik

"Thank you to each of the donors and volunteers"

JANE GEORGE

If you want to fully understand the meaning of “merry” and “happy,” which we often hear in various greetings at this time of year, on Dec. 23, visit Igloolik.

That’s where you’ll find a gym-full of volunteers who will distribute more than 800 stockings for children up to 12 years old in this...

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Climate Change December 13, 2017 - 10:00 am

Arctic report card for 2017 says huge environmental changes are underway

"The Arctic environmental system has reached a "new normal"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

You won’t find much encouraging news in the 2017 Arctic Report Card.

The annual update on how the Arctic is faring environmentally, released Dec. 12 by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says you have to look back more than 1,500 years—“and likely longer than...

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Nunavik December 13, 2017 - 8:00 am

Ex-cop with criminal record hired as Nunavik police HR advisor

String of impaired driving charges raises questions about suitability in role

SARAH ROGERS

Some community members in Kuujjuaq say they have concerns about a new employee recently hired to help the Kativik Regional Government recruit new police officers.

Érick Labrie began working as a human resources advisor for the KRG this past September.

As one of four advisors in the department,...

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Nunavik December 12, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Quebec university launches new Inuit-focused research chair

Former Saturviit director Caroline Hervé named to five-year position

SARAH ROGERS

Laval university has launched a new research chair position that focuses on Inuit society and how it interacts with non-Inuit.

Caroline Hervé was named to the new Laval-based Research Chair on Relations with Inuit Societies last week, a five-year position that aims to get to the historical,...

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Nunavut December 12, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Nunavut teen moms who drop out likely face unemployment: StatCan

"High school is an important factor associated with labour force participation—more so than early motherhood"

JANE GEORGE

More high school diplomas greatly improve the likelihood of young Inuit mothers being employed, according to a new report by Statistics Canada.

The study looked at early motherhood among off-reserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit women between the ages of 20 and 44.

Among young Inuit women, those...

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Nunavik December 12, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavik addictions centre moves closer to expansion

“We’re right where we should be"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The group behind a project to rebuild an expanded addictions treatment centre in Kuujjuaq says it now has accreditation and a secured building site in Nunavik’s largest community.

The Isuarsivik centre in Kuujjuaq currently offers a six-week treatment cycle for up to nine clients in a...

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Nunavut December 12, 2017 - 9:15 am

Nunavut premier reaches beyond GN to fill vacant management jobs

"These appointments will help achieve the vision and direction of our new government"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Premier Paul Quassa reached outside the Government of Nunavut yesterday to fill two of three vacant senior GN management jobs.

The three vacancies were created by a big shake-up that Quassa announced this past Dec. 1, when three deputy ministers, Chris D’Arcy (Executive and Intergovernmental...

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Nunavik December 12, 2017 - 8:00 am

Quebec police ask Nunavimmiut for info on child porn case

Predrag Remic worked for a time in Salluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Quebec provincial police have arrested a man alleged to be involved in the sexual exploitation of children throughout the province, and possibly in Nunavik.

Predrag Remic appeared in a Sherbrooke court last week on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, as well as of...

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Nunavut December 11, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Six in 10 Nunavut workers speak Inuktut in the workplace: StatCan

But in Iqaluit that drops to fewer than four in 10

JANE GEORGE

Inuktut still leads the way as the language of work in Nunavut, with more than 10,000 people in the territory using the language at work on a regular basis.

That’s according to a recent Statistics Canada release on the languages used in the workplace in Canada.

Overall, StatCan found that fewer...

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Iqaluit December 11, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Iqaluit high school cooks up free-lunch program

School-grown veggies featured in free meals to help feed hungry students

BETH BROWN

Students at Inuksuk High School aren’t just eating their greens; they’re growing them, too.

The Iqaluit school is just a few weeks into its new free-lunch program, and so far is able to source most ingredients used in healthy salads from a set of six hydroponic towers that are blooming with fresh...

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Around the Arctic December 11, 2017 - 11:30 am

Scientists tussle over climate change, polar bears, blogs

“Polar bears have become kind of a universal symbol of climate change”

STEVE DUCHARME

A newly published paper in a scientific journal says “fake news” is misleading the public through material posted on online blogs, highlighting the chasm between climate change deniers and the scientific community.

The paper entitled Internet Blogs, Polar Bears, and the Climate Change Denial by...

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Around the Arctic December 11, 2017 - 10:30 am

Ottawa wants pitches to study pollutants in the Arctic food chain

"It is vital that people across the North live in a healthy environment with safe food"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Canadian government is seeking proposals to better understand how contaminants are building up in the Arctic food chain and affecting traditional foods.

The Northern Contaminants Program aims to connect northern residents and governments with university and federal scientists. The program has...

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Around the Arctic December 11, 2017 - 9:15 am

Norwegian cruise company plans Northwest Passage transit with hybrid vessel

In 2019, the MS Roald Amundsen will sail from Alaska to Greenland

JANE GEORGE

The 250-metre-long Crystal Serenity, the largest passenger vessel to ever transit the Northwest Passage, first in 2016 and again in 2017, will not return to Canadian Arctic waters next year.

But there’s a new player on the horizon that promises more environmentally friendly cruises.

It’s...

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Around the Arctic December 11, 2017 - 8:00 am

Ottawa says yes to Back River gold mine in western Nunavut

Project features “some of the most stringent caribou protection measures ever developed," minister says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canada’s federal government believes the Sabina Gold and Silver Corp.’s controversial Back River gold mine project should go ahead, Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said last week in a letter to the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

This clears the way for the review board’s issuance of a...

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Nunavut December 08, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut-based team wins Norwegian Arctic research award

Clyde River's cross-cultural Siku-Inuit-Hila sea ice project takes home $155,000 prize

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A team of researchers led by a Clyde River ice scientist has won a lucrative, and prestigious, award for using traditional and modern knowledge to study changing Arctic sea ice.

Shari Gearheard, a well-known and locally respected scientist, who led a circumpolar team of 13 scientists and...

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Nunavut December 08, 2017 - 10:30 am

Rabid fox found near Rankin Inlet

Health officials urge residents to keep strangely behaving animals away from children and pets

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s Department of Health is warning residents of Rankin Inlet to be wary of foxes, after a fox discovered at the community dump was confirmed to have rabies.

The department is asking residents to ensure their children don’t try to play with foxes, and to keep their dogs tied up and under a...

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Nunavik December 08, 2017 - 9:15 am

Nunavik school board commissioners elect new president

Robert Watt replaces long-time chair Alacie Nalukturuk

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik’s school board has a new leader. The Kativik Illisarniliriniq’s council of commissioners elected Robert Watt as its new president earlier this week.

Kativik Ilisarniliriniq hosted elections for its council of commissioners in mid-November, when its former vice-president, Robert Watt, was...

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Nunavut December 08, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut government lawyers to seek dismissal of wrongful death suit

Cape Dorset mother suing GN, health centre and nurses for 2012 death of her infant son Makibi

STEVE DUCHARME

Next week, defendants named in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of three-month-old Makibi Olayuk Timilak will request that a judge summarily dismiss the allegations against them.

The civil court hearing, set to unfold at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit, Dec. 13, is the latest...

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