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Nunavik December 29, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Arms-length Quebec police body probes Nunavik man’s shooting death

Police shoot and kill Umiujaq man, 22, alleged to have been carrying knives

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Quebec’s Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes, which investigates incidents in which civilians are killed or injured by police, said seven of its investigators are now probing the Dec. 28 shooting death of a 22-year-old man in Umiujaq, a small village in Nunavik with a population of about 400.

The...

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Around the Arctic December 28, 2017 - 8:00 am

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Around the Arctic December 22, 2017 - 8:00 am

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Nunavut December 22, 2017 - 8:00 am

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Around the Arctic December 22, 2017 - 8:00 am

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Around the Arctic December 22, 2017 - 8:00 am

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Around the Arctic December 22, 2017 - 8:00 am

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Nunavik December 21, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Nunavik public health tackles new TB outbreak

"We’re not asking people to avoid holiday parties, but just to ensure good air ventilation"

SARAH ROGERS

Health officials are hoping to stem an outbreak of tuberculosis in the Nunavik community of Puvirnituq.

The Hudson coast community of about 1,800 has seen eight active cases of the infectious disease since September.

The outbreak is considered minor, noted Dr. Marie Rochette, coordinator of...

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Nunavut December 21, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Western Nunavut gold mine project gains Chinese investor, project certificate

Chinese buy-in "a strong endorsement of the work completed to date at our world class Back River project"

JANE GEORGE

A major Chinese gold producer has bought into Sabina Gold and Silver Corp.‘s western Nunavut gold mine project.

Sabina said on Tuesday, Dec. 19, that the Zhaojin International Mining Co. Ltd. had agreed to purchase 24,930,000 common shares in the company.

That same day, the Vancouver-based junior...

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Around the Arctic December 21, 2017 - 1:33 pm

Canada puts Arctic sites into play for world heritage status

Nunavut’s Sirmilik National Park and proposed Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area on country's shortlist

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The government of Canada is preparing to push for two spots in Nunavut to be deemed world heritage sites.

On Thursday, Dec. 20, the Canadian government added Sirmilik National Park and the nearby proposed Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area at Lancaster Sound to its tentative list...

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Around the Arctic December 21, 2017 - 12:01 pm

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Nunavut December 21, 2017 - 11:30 am

What’s open, what’s not over the holidays

"Households containing five or more people may wish to consider conserving water"

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If you need to contact a Government of Nunavut office over the holidays, remember that all territorial offices will be closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 1.

During this holiday closure period, the following services at the GN will be available:

• Community and Government Services: Nunavut Emergency...

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Nunavut December 21, 2017 - 10:25 am

CanNor gives $1 million to Nunavut lenders

Discovery of Erebus and Terror seen as opportunity to launch new businesses

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavut’s network of community business investors has a million more dollars to lend to small- and medium-sized businesses, thanks to an influx of new capital from CanNor.

The federal minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Navdeep Bains, announced that the...

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Nunavut December 21, 2017 - 9:30 am

MMIWG inquiry reschedules Nunavut hearing for 2018

Commissioners will visit Rankin Inlet Feb. 20 to Feb. 22

SARAH ROGERS

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has rescheduled its community hearing in Rankin Inlet for February 2018, the inquiry announced on Wednesday.

Inquiry staff will host their first official hearing in Nunavut from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22.

The commission originally...

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Around the Arctic December 21, 2017 - 8:30 am

Winnipeg Art Gallery snags $10 million for Inuit Art Centre

"The Inuit Art Centre offers a path to dialogue and understanding between Canada’s North and South"

JANE GEORGE

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is $10 million closer to building its Inuit Art Centre.

Cathy Cox, Manitoba’s minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, announced on Tuesday, Dec. 19, the province’s long-awaited contribution of that amount over five years for the 3,700-square-metre Inuit Art Centre, which...

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Nunavut December 21, 2017 - 8:01 am

Another Nunavut community will vote on lifting liquor restrictions

In a January plebiscite, Baker Lake will decide whether to abolish alcohol committee

JANE GEORGE

The new year will bring a liquor plebiscite for the community of Baker Lake, Elections Nunavut announced Dec. 20.

On Jan. 22, voters will check a box for “yes” or “no” to this question: “Are you in favour of ending the current system of liquor restriction in Baker Lake and having an unrestricted...

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Iqaluit December 21, 2017 - 8:00 am

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Nunavut December 20, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut looks to limit caribou sport hunting

Department of Environment urges measures to help prevent further decline of herds

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut wants new restrictions on sport hunting in the territory, and has proposed a new quota system for non-residents hunting caribou in herds not already protected by harvest limits.

In a presentation to the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board Dec. 5, the Department of...

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Nunavut December 20, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Facebook clamps down on online sales of seal-skin products

"Failure to comply may result in a variety of consequences, including the removal of posted content"

JANE GEORGE

Inuit sewers who want to sell their seal-skin creations on Facebook have recently seen their postings refused.

That prompted an Iqaluit woman, a member of one of Iqaluit’s two sell-and-swap Facebook pages, which together have nearly 30,000 members, to ask “can somebody explain this to me please??...

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Nunavut December 20, 2017 - 11:30 am

StatCan figures confirm Nunavut’s low rates of schooling

Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay lead the pack in high school and postsecondary diplomas

JANE GEORGE

With the exception of Iqaluit, Nunavut lags way behind the rest of Canada with respect to educational attainment, Statistics Canada confirmed last week in a new set of figures gathered in 2016.

In Canada, nearly nine in 10 people between the ages of 25 and 64 have a high school diploma or...

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Around the Arctic December 20, 2017 - 11:25 am

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Nunavik December 20, 2017 - 10:30 am

Nunavik health board elects new executives

Lucy Tukkiapik Carrier to serve as new chair

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Nunavik’s health agency has a new group of executives at its helm.

The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services met last week in Kuujjuaq, where its board of directors elected a new chair: Lucy Tukkiapik Carrier of Kangirsuk.

She replaces the outgoing chair, Elisapi Uitangak, who...

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Nunavut December 20, 2017 - 9:50 am

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Around the Arctic December 20, 2017 - 7:59 am

Delilah Saunders’ health improves, but recovery remains slow

“I think these situations should be looked at on a case-by-case basis"

SARAH ROGERS

TORONTO—Inuk activist Delilah Saunders has seen a steady improvement in her health, though she’s still calling for an end to what she calls an “outdated” policy that could prevent her from receiving a liver transplant.

The Nunatsiavut-raised, Ottawa-based Saunders suffered acute liver failure last...

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Nunavik December 19, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Nunavik health officials to consult region before revising escort policy

"We're going to be stricter about it"

SARAH ROGERS

Health officials in Nunavik say they’ll need another two months to consult residents before they can revise their controversial medical escort policy.

The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services has been working on a new approach to its medical travel program, which it says costs...

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