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Around the Arctic December 19, 2014 - 8:08 am

New map lets students walk the Arctic without leaving the classroom

Schools across Canada can use the map, free of charge

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new education program aims to help southern classrooms visit Canada’s Arctic, without the expensive plane ticket.

Canadian students now have the chance to “walk” across the tundra and sea ice, captured on a giant floor map that can be rolled out in gyms or classrooms.

“Arctic Alive: Explore the...

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Nunavut December 19, 2014 - 6:59 am

Abandoned Nunavut diamond mine now belongs to the Crown

Court documents show Shear Diamonds has legally forfeited assets and mineral leases

LISA GREGOIRE

Nunavut’s first and only functioning diamond mine, which changed hands a few times before being deemed “closed or abandoned” about a year ago, has officially changed hands again.

The Jericho mine, about 240 kilometres southeast of the western Nunavut community of Kugluktuk, is now owned by the...

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Nunavut December 19, 2014 - 5:58 am

Iqaluit org to monitor impact of land-based programs on mental health

“We all know intuitively that they work, but we’ve never had the data"

SARAH ROGERS

Land-based camp programs in Nunavut got a major boost last month with a multi-million dollar grant to look at how much the program improves mental health among Inuit boys and men.

The Movember Foundation’s Canadian Mental Health Initiative awarded $3 million in November to deliver and evaluate...

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Around the Arctic December 18, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Obituary: Elashuk Pauyungie of Salluit, 73, veteran Inuit broadcaster

“She was an outspoken individual who was not afraid of speaking the truth.”

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PUTULIK ILISITUK

Sallumiut and Nunavimmiut have lost Elashuk Pauyungie, dear friend to many, a hard worker, an elder, a counselor and a board member for different organizations.

She was an outspoken individual who was not afraid of speaking the truth.

Elashuk was a good communicator and a...

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Nunavut December 18, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Warmer, unpredictable Arctic affects regions elsewhere in the world

NOAA annual report says global warming creating dramatic changes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Another year, another report confirming global warming is impacting the Arctic more than anywhere else on Earth.

This report, released Dec. 17 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — an agency within the United States department of commerce — says Arctic air temperatures continue...

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Nunavut December 18, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Nunavut’s economy looks strong for 2015: report

Mining, construction, even fishing industry considered major drivers

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Your holidays may look merry and bright, and now so does Nunavut’s economic outlook for the upcoming year.

A new forecast published by the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for the North predicts that the Nunavut’s economy will grow by 6.8 per cent in 2015, thanks to a number of mining projects...

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Nunavut December 18, 2014 - 11:55 am

Western Nunavut town gears up for two weeks of games and feasting

Cambridge Bay annual events run from Dec. 19 to Dec. 31

KELCEY WRIGHT

Special to Nunatsiaq News

CAMBRIDGE BAY — If you’re looking for something fun and festive to do this Christmas break, and you happen to live in Cambridge Bay, you’re in luck.

That’s because the annual Christmas Games run from Dec.19 until Dec. 31 in that western Kitikmeot town.

“It’s always a...

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Nunavut December 18, 2014 - 10:45 am

Verdict for accused in 2010 Nunavut killing expected in February

Colin Makpah charged with manslaughter in death of Donald James Gamble

THOMAS ROHNER

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Nunavut Court Justice Neil Sharkey said by the end of February, he will decide the fate of Colin Makpah, who stood trial this year for manslaughter in the 2010 death of Donald James Gamble in Rankin Inlet.

Sharkey, who presided over the judge-alone trial this past...

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Nunavut December 18, 2014 - 8:54 am

YWCA Agvvik invites Iqaluit’s less fortunate for Christmas Eve dinner

Society sets sights on opening transitional homes for 2015

PETER VARGA

Christmas is a time of giving and festivity, and YWCA Agvvik Nunavut in Iqaluit will be ready, Dec. 24, to make sure no one misses out.

The society’s fourth annual Christmas Eve dinner will offer a holiday meal, a food basket and gifts for the homeless and other less fortunate families in the...

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Nunavut December 18, 2014 - 7:30 am

Holiday reading: prominent Nunavummiut share challenges, triumphs

Jordin Tootoo, Louis Tapardjuk, Bill Lyall released biographies this year

PETER VARGA

Nunavut might not have a long history as a territory, but it already has its share of remarkable people who seemed to defy the odds to make extraordinary achievements.

Late this year, the stories of no fewer than three, as told in their own words, hit the bookstores within a few months of each...

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Nunavut December 18, 2014 - 5:58 am

Study finds capture-based research is safe for polar bears

But GN continues to move towards less invasive methods

SARAH ROGERS

A new study suggests that tranquilizing, handling and collaring polar bears does not inflict any negative long-term harm on the animals.

The United States Geological Survey released those findings Dec. 15, which were based on 40 years of research on the southern Beaufort Sea polar bear

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Nunavik December 17, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Nunavik’s crime prevention fund opens second call for applicants

Program revised this year to focus on support for substance abuse

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik’s Ungaluk fund has opened a second call for project applications for 2015-2016 funding, the program administrators announced this week.

Progam administrators Makivik Corp. and the Kativik Regional Government will open a second application period between Jan. 5 and Jan. 30, to give an...

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Around the Arctic December 17, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Photo: That’s why they call it “Baker” Lake

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Nunavut December 17, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Nunavut court copes with video-conference bloopers, heckling inmate

"You should go back to your home country," irate accused tells judge

THOMAS ROHNER

Justice Robert Kilpatrick made it through a strange docket court session at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit Dec. 16, but only after a series of technological bloopers and other annoyances.

That included a man in custody at the Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit who heckled him via...

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Nunavut December 17, 2014 - 10:30 am

Nunavut murder case may be resolved without trial

Dwayne Sateana charged in death of girlfriend Edith Angalik

THOMAS ROHNER

Dwayne Sateana of Rankin Inlet, who faces second-degree murder charges in connection with the Nov. 22 death of his girlfriend, Edith Angalik, may not have to go to trial.

“It may be possible to resolve this matter, depending on the disclosure from the Crown,” said James Morton, Sateana’s defence...

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Nunavik December 17, 2014 - 9:38 am

Canada Goose, KRG deliver sewing materials to Nunavik communities

“Nunavimmiut very much appreciated this, especially in time for Christmas"

SARAH ROGERS

Christmas came early this year for seamstresses in Nunavik’s 14 communities.

In November, Nunavik communities got a special delivery: rolls and rolls of good quality fabric, zippers, eyelets and cuffs

The source? Southern parka-maker Canada Goose, which has, for the last couple of years, shipped...

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Nunavut December 17, 2014 - 7:30 am

Nunavut biologist hopeful about Rudolph’s high Arctic cousins

Purple saxifrage consumption turns Peary caribou nose reddish

THOMAS ROHNER

It turns out Rudolph, that red-nosed reindeer, has a close cousin living in Nunavut.

Let’s call him Colby, the crimson-nosed caribou.

High in the Arctic — on Ellesmere, Devon, Cornwallis and Melville Islands — lives Colby, a Peary caribou. His diet consists, in part, of flowering saxifrages....

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Nunavut December 17, 2014 - 7:00 am

Photo: Remembering the elders at Christmas in Cambridge Bay

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Nunavut December 17, 2014 - 7:00 am

Photo:CNIB donates braille books to library in time for Christmas

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Iqaluit December 17, 2014 - 5:58 am

Nunavut water testing program still awaiting official status

Iqaluit river monitoring accreditation process expensive, complex

DAVID MURPHY

Special to Nunatsiaq News

OTTAWA — Three years ago Jamal Shirley told Nunatsiaq News he wanted national accreditation for a water testing process to monitor the Apex River in Iqaluit — an important recreational area where Iqalummiut also collect untreated drinking water.

Shirley, the research...

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