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COMMENTARY March 24, 2014 - 10:07 am

Exxon Valdez 25th anniversary: the North deserves a better future

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KIERA-DAWN KOLSON
Greenpeace Arctic, member of Dene Nation

It’s March 24, 1989, and off the coast of Alaska, one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in history has just struck.

The Exxon Valdez supertanker hit Prince William Sound’s Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m., spewing oil into pristine...

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COMMENTARY December 18, 2013 - 8:31 am

Education — the greatest social policy challenge of our time

“We are in a period of building and shaping our own education systems”

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MARY SIMON
Chairperson, National Committee on Inuit Education

Last week Inuit were in the national spotlight at the presentation of the second annual Arctic Inspiration Prize in Halifax. The $1-million prize is made possible through the generous donation of its founders — Arnold Witzig and Sima...

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COMMENTARY December 13, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Where does the word “Eskimo” come from?

"There’s a plausible etymological connection between Eskimo and the Spanish word Cimmaron"

COLIN ALEXANDER

In September the Ottawa Citizen printed an editorial saying it was no longer appropriate to have a Canadian Football League team called the Edmonton Eskimos. Right on!

But the editorial went on to repeat the myth that “Eskimo” means “eater of raw meat” in an Amerindian language. Why is that a...

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COMMENTARY December 02, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Nunavut’s vision, Nunavut’s reality

“The elite in the government don’t really know what Nunavut’s all about”

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THE NUNAVUT PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH CENTRE

The Oct. 28 election of the Fourth Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, which elected 15 and possibly 16 new MLAs, signifies that the Legislative Assembly desperately needed a blood transfusion — a blood transfusion that provided 70 per cent new blood.

That...

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COMMENTARY November 12, 2013 - 11:46 am

Nunavut’s new government: the first 100 days (Part 2)

“What would it take for the assembly to actually exercise effective control?"

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ANNE CRAWFORD

Last week I wrote about the first 100 days of a government, suggesting issues that could be early markers to assess our new Nunavut assembly.

The first four were: the lifespan of social passing, the direction of the Iqaluit airport P3, the fate of the NNI policy and the structure of...

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