February 14, 2017 - 10:00 am
The Inuit-Crown agreement: big gesture, uncertain outcomes
Step one: reach out to territorial, provincial and regional governments
Maybe you’re cynical about “committees.” Maybe you think those who work at the many entities involved in the governance of northern Canada spend way too much time talking and not nearly enough time acting. And maybe you think all those big shots you hear about in the media are all out to get...
November 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut’s failing airlines
"There is no one who matters less to northern airlines than the individual air traveller who uses his or her own money to pay"
There’s no doubt about it. The people of Nunavut hate their airlines with a venomous passion.
With the possible exception of the two territorial retail chains, no business group generates more resentment and hostility. In Nunavut, the people love their airlines about as well as a lake trout loves...
August 30, 2016 - 2:30 pm
ITK’s big break with the past
"Embedded within its wooden verbiage, you’ll find an abrupt departure from the thinking of the recent past"
Like most documents of its type, the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami released last month is loaded with stilted bureaucratic euphemisms and academic jargon. It’s not an easy read.
But don’t let that put you off.
Embedded within its wooden verbiage, you’ll...
August 02, 2016 - 8:29 am
Tootoo’s bewildered constituents deserve more
PM Trudeau and MP Tootoo have mishandled this issue
In his brutally honest 1989 autobiography, the most accomplished member of Parliament to ever emerge from Canada’s three northern territories, the late Erik Nielsen of Yukon, offered eight pages of advice for new members of the House of Commons, including this stern warning: “avoid the degenerative...
June 16, 2016 - 8:30 am
The demon bootlegger?
"A law that will make everyone feel good and accomplish nothing"
At around 6. a.m. on a Saturday morning she wakes up, head throbbing, hands trembling.
On the floor she sees a 40-ounce bottle of Smirnoff vodka. It’s empty. So she calls a cab.
She tells the driver to take her to a bank machine, where she asks him to wait. She returns with $300 or $400 and gives...
May 06, 2016 - 10:00 am
NTCL: the death of a hyped-up dream
"Tens of millions of dollars worth of collectively-owned Aboriginal wealth is likely to be incinerated"
When Nunasi Corp. and the Inuvialuit Development Corp. teamed up to buy Northern Transportation Co. Ltd. from Ottawa in 1985 for $27 million, the creation of this new Aboriginal-owned company, a federal Crown corporation since 1944, was hyped as the start of a new golden age in northern economic...
January 05, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Five things to remember about 2015
Five events that will continue to haunt us in 2016
1. Mining: down but not quite out
Remember mining? A decade ago, federal and territorial governments and most of the Nunavut Inuit leadership touted mining as the great lever that would lift Nunavut out of poverty.
Yes, they paid lip service to tourism, arts and crafts and commercial fishing. But...