November 13, 2014 - 10:21 am
Rwanda memorial volunteer clarifies ideas of reconciliation, forgiveness
"They recognized ideas that helped them to understand the current situation of many Aboriginal Canadians"
A recent article in Nunatsiaq News conveyed comments from a discussion I had with journalist Lisa Gregoire about my recent experience working at the Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda.
Part of our discussion focused on lessons I had learned about ideas of reconciliation and forgiveness.
November 13, 2014 - 9:06 am
Iqaluit taxi fare hike did need consultation
"It's up to the local cab owners and drivers to organize a union, association or brotherhood"
I would much prefer that Iqaluit Councillors take their time and do “opt for consultations with the community” when considering a taxi fare increase this time around.
They appear to have sped the last increase through (from its’ initial 20 per cent proposal before the Taxi Advisory Committee,...
November 10, 2014 - 9:31 am
Should Nunavut Arctic College change its application process?
"If the Government of Nunavut and NAC want Nunavut beneficiary Inuit to get education, they should change their practices"
Nunavut Arctic College needs to change its admission process in three ways to make it more accessible to the public:
• informing the public about program offerings;
• redesign the placement tests; and
• redesign the application forms.
NAC needs to inform the public about the programs that are...
November 10, 2014 - 8:28 am
Iqaluit high school students discuss beer, wine store
From the Grade 12 Aulajaaqtut class at Inuksuk High School
To the Deputy Minister of Finance, Chris D’Arcy:
We are writing in response to the news story, “Opponents pack beer-wine store meeting in Nunavut’s capital.”
We have had a number of classes to discuss the article and came up with several strong points that the Government of Nunavut should...
October 08, 2014 - 4:09 pm
Why I’m done with CIBC, CBCF and Run for the Cure
"Neither the CBCF nor the CIBC have acted equitably or fairly here."
My name is Daniel Albahary. I’m a lawyer. I just turned 40 years old. I live in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada—the capital of Canada’s newest territory, a city of approximately 7,000 people.
This year, I raised $1,380 for the CIBC Run for the Cure, which was supposed to take place here in Iqaluit on...
October 08, 2014 - 7:09 am
Anna Qaunaq Davidee — remembered with love
"There is not a day that goes by that we don’t think of you."
In loving memory of Anna Qaunaq Davidee, who passed away Sept. 30, 2013 after a 15-month battle with cancer.
There is not a day that goes by that we don’t think of you. We love you and miss you.
The family would like to thank the following who helped during this difficult time.
· OHSNI Staff
October 06, 2014 - 1:01 pm
Precious Inuit language names should be promoted
"It is sad that those wonderful unique names are fading into the past"
During a recent discussion with some Inuit friends, the issue of names came up. So many Inuit are known by white, Western, Anglo-Saxon names and no longer by traditional names.
The loss of this aspect of Inuit life, it was felt, had gone a long way to help speed up the decline in what is left of...
October 03, 2014 - 8:07 am
Nunavut government clarifies social worker hiring policies
"A Letter of Authority is granted to a social worker who has not attended the Nunavut Core Statutory Training program."
I am writing in response to your articles “Family Services touts ‘action plan’ to fix child protection in Nunavut,” and “Nunavut needs more local, qualified social services staff, MLAs say,” from Sept. 17 and Sept. 18.
These articles gave an incomplete description of the professional...
October 03, 2014 - 5:54 am
Valcourt clarifies Canada’s position on UN indigenous rights declaration
"In Canada, our unique constitutional framework recognizes and affirms Aboriginal and treaty rights"
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your recent article about Canada’s position on indigenous rights.
Our position remains clear. This government remains committed to promoting and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples across Canada. We will also continue to contribute to...
August 25, 2014 - 3:30 pm
Does Iqaluit need camo-clad peace officers in counter-insurgency gear?
"There’s a time and place — and age — for playing cowboy"
I spent a summer on a ranch in High River, Alta. riding fence and branding and castrating yearling steers when I was 16, and made the embarrassing mistake of trying to mimic my cowboy heroes by keeping my chaps on when we drove the pickup downtown for hamburgers.
The cowboys said “Um… we don’t...
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