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LETTERS December 06, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut school truancy rates are getting worse

Over 10 years, territorial truancy rate rose by 37.6 per cent

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Can we agree that a child who doesn’t attend Grade 1 has a far lower chance of graduating from high school than a child who does?

And that in today’s world, someone who doesn’t graduate from high school has greatly diminished opportunities as an adult?

Data on school attendance rates and school...

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LETTERS December 02, 2016 - 10:00 am

We need to protect Nunavut’s caribou nurseries

“If we do not protect caribou calving grounds from disturbance, some herds risk disappearing”

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Most of Canada’s barren-ground caribou herds are in a perilous state, some having declined more than 95 per cent from historic highs.

Barren-ground caribou numbers go up and down as part of their natural cycle.  However, the last time the herds were approaching natural population lows, the North...

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LETTERS October 31, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Human rights boss clarifies comments on Nunavik youth protection

"All of us want what is best for the children of our communities wherever they are"

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Last month, I had the privilege to visit Nunavik, including Kuujjuaq and Puvirnituq and meet with several youth protection workers and inspiring young Inuit leaders. Although my stay was short, these meetings allowed me to better understand the reality facing the population.

Upon my return, I...

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LETTERS October 18, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut Water Board clarifies coverage of TMAC hearing

NWB says public hearing not a deal-making exercise

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I am providing this letter on behalf of the Nunavut Water Board in response to a recent article published in Nunatsiaq News on Sept. 19, 2016, entitled: “Inuit voices lacking at TMAC’s Nunavut Water Board hearing,” as well as your article published on Sept. 28, 2016 entitled “Who pays the cleanup......

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LETTERS October 17, 2016 - 2:29 pm

The North’s airline monopoly needs competition

“There are very weak regulations in Canada for protection of Canadian customers, especially in the North”

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What’s on my mind is that soon we won’t be allowed any baggage on Air Canada or Westjet the way the trend is going.

There are charges already for one’s first bag. I notice we get wraps for our food with Canadian North and First Air flights. The one-luggage rule is on with them now, too, if you’re...

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LETTERS October 12, 2016 - 10:00 am

Inuit need open communication on race and racism

"We have to have an authentic understanding of how racism is structured"

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I am writing to respectfully discuss some of the issues around Sen. Dennis Patterson’s opinion piece on the National Observer online news site and the request by Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and Qulliit Status of Women Council for an Inuk woman and Inuk, respectively, to sit as a commissioner...

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LETTERS October 07, 2016 - 8:30 am

Shortage of volunteers threatens public internet access in Nunavut

"Unless this passion is shared by other Nunavummiut who are willing to volunteer as board members, we have no alternative but to close the program down"

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The Community Access Program (CAP) is a federal initiative developed by Industry Canada to provide accessible internet and internet training to communities across the country.

This funding is traditionally allocated to public service areas such libraries, schools and community centers to help them...

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LETTERS September 30, 2016 - 10:00 am

Custom adoptions only for Inuit, says NTI vice president

"Nunavut’s current Aboriginal Custom Adoption Act allows Inuit to adopt in accordance with our customs. It does not apply to non-Inuit adopting an Inuk"

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A recent article about adoption requires clarification. It suggests that private adoptions, or custom adoptions, outside Nunavut are easier.

Indigenous Peoples across Canada have custom adoption practices that are recognized and affirmed through Section 35 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms....

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LETTERS September 01, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavut youth grateful for support in fight against seismic testing

"I feel like my life has turned upside down in the best way possible"

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Clara Natanine, daughter of former Clyde River mayor, hunter, father and anti-seismic activist Jerry Natanine, recently sailed from St. John’s, Nfld., to Clyde River with her dad, Clyde River’s current mayor James Qillaq and others on board the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise.

She posted...

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LETTERS August 31, 2016 - 10:00 am

Open letter to the presidents of Makivvik and First Air

Is a Nunavik company taking advantage of the Baffin region?

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How come Nunavik can have as many make-up flights as they want, (I’ve been there and seen it done) when Baffin, where most of First Air’s income is coming from, cannot even have make-up flights?

I live just 50 minutes away from Pangnirtung, and not one makeup flight is ever available.

Instead, if...

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