July 03, 2015 - 2:12 pm
Ottawa marks legal protection of 12-year-old Nunavut national park
“Until last summer the park was not officially enshrined”
Like they say, it’s better late than never.
Though the federal government “created” Ukkusiksalik National Park in 2003, the granting of legally-enforceable protected status to the 20,800-square-kilometre area surrrounding the Kivalliq region’s Wager Bay wasn’t marked until this past July...
July 03, 2015 - 12:44 pm
Iqaluit photographer raises $3,000 for help line
“Mental health issues are obviously everywhere, so I’m trying to do what I can"
Mark Aspland, a videographer based in Iqaluit, is proving that good intentions can translate into good money.
Aspland, originally from Ontario but now working for Atiigo Media in Iqaluit, began selling stunning photographs and videos online in January to raise money for the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut...
July 03, 2015 - 8:30 am
Federal government will continue to issue benefits by cheque
Direct deposit option not mandatory for Canadians in remote locations
If residents of Nunavut and Nunavik are worried about plans to phase out federal benefit cheques in favour of a direct deposit system, they shouldn’t be, says the federal agency that issues those cheques.
In 2012, the federal government announced plans to gradually phase out its system of mailing...
July 03, 2015 - 7:10 am
Nunavut-Toronto mural project finds new canvas
Four young Cape Dorset artists head south to work on public art project
It’s been a whirlwind experience these past few weeks for the people behind Piliriqatigiingniq, a giant mural project that will bring Nunavut youth to Canada’s largest city this month.
First, the two-storey mural wall secured in downtown Toronto by artists and project leaders Alexa Hatanaka and...
July 03, 2015 - 5:55 am
Review into Nunavut baby’s death progressing toward fall completion
“Are all the things in my report going to be complimentary to the government? Certainly not"
Katherine Peterson, tasked with reviewing the actions taken by the Government of Nunavut after the 2012 death of a Cape Dorset infant, says she’s confident her report will give Nunavummiut answers to questions still swirling around the tragedy.
That means she will be looking at a number of aspects...
July 02, 2015 - 2:40 pm
Nunavik residents will save on motor oil, camping fuel
KRG adds new items to Nunavik's cost of living reduction program
Nunavik residents can now catch a break on the cost of snowmobile motor oil and camping fuel in the region.
The Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corp. announced the two items are now eligible for a 30-per cent discount under their cost of living reduction program.
July 02, 2015 - 12:45 pm
Montreal police look for clues in death of Inuk woman from Nunavik
Nellie Angutiguluk found dead May 18
Montreal police are asking for the public’s help in piecing together the circumstances that led to a young Inuk woman’s death last month.
Police discovered the body of 29-year-old Nellie Angutiguluk May 18 in an apartment in Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood.
While Angutiguluk’s death was...
July 02, 2015 - 11:27 am
Summer reads from Inhabit Media
Children's tales of giants, wildlife and the goddess of the sea
Nunavut’s first and only publishing house continues to produce colourful and modern versions of Inuit storytelling, packaged with its trademark whimsical illustrations.
Have a look at some of Inhabit’s latest offerings targeted for young readers between four and eight years of age.
July 02, 2015 - 8:30 am
Inuit, Nunavummiut claimants still lag in IAP applications
Independent Assessment Process to wind down by early 2016
As the Independent Assessment Process winds down, a federal secretariat is on the lookout for former residential school students with unresolved claims, including more than 200 Inuit applicants.
The IAP provides compensation to former students for serious abuse they suffered at residential...
July 02, 2015 - 7:15 am
After 10-year wait, Nunavut’s new wildlife regulations come into force
"New" wildlife act finally updated from previous act inherited from the NWT
After more than 10 years of waiting, the Nunavut government has announced long-awaited Wildlife Act regulations to replace earlier rules inherited from the Northwest Territories that date to the 1980s.
Starting July 1, 10 sets of new wildlife regulations came into force across Nunavut, including...
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July 02, 2015 - 5:48 am
Inuit-owned Arctic airline signs 10-year freight deal with Cargojet
First Air, Cargojet to work together until 2025
First Air, a major air carrier in Nunavut, Nunavik and the Northwest Territories, has turned its recent short-time hookup with Cargojet into a 10-year marriage, the two companies announced June 30.
The two air carriers announced they’ve signed a commercial co-operation agreement that will keep...
June 30, 2015 - 2:20 pm
Nunavut coke bust takes a half ounce off the streets
Two men charged with trafficking and other offences
Eric Clapton said it best: “Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back, cocaine.”
Nunavut cops busted two Iqaluit residents in a cocaine trafficking investigation June 28.
About 15 grams — or half an ounce — of cocaine was nabbed in a joint investigation by the RCMP’s V Division Federal...
June 30, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Notorious Iqaluit murderer dies in prison
Mark King Jeffrey, 34, found dead June 29
A Nunavut man who stabbed 13-year-old Jennifer Naglingniq 31 times in her Iqaluit home in 2002 has died in his jail cell.
Mark King Jeffrey, 34, was found unresponsive June 29 at the medium-security Beaver Creek Institution near Gravenhurst, Ont., a federal prison run by Corrections...
June 30, 2015 - 11:05 am
Nunavut circus film spreads message of hope and salvation
Artcirq founder pays tribute to deceased members Solomon Uyarasuk and Joey Ammaq
Not only can your dreams come true if you believe in yourself, but they can connect you to people and take you places you can’t even imagine.
That’s what more than 120 moviegoers at Iqaluit’s Astro Hill Theatre heard June 29 as they watched “Circus Without Borders,” a film presented by the annual...
June 30, 2015 - 9:25 am
Nunavut power utility’s board gets full-time chair
Julie-Anne Miller succeeds David Omilgoitok
Nearly six months after the departure of its last full-time chair, the board that oversees the Qulliq Energy Corp. now has a new one: Julie-Anne Miller of Iqaluit, who has served as interim chair since February 2014.
She succeeds David Omilgoitok, who quit the position this past February to...
June 30, 2015 - 8:30 am
Nunatsiaq Online’s top reads: trouble brewing at Iqaluit city council
Our most clicked-on stories from June 22 to June 26
Nunatsiaq Online readers were hungry last week for news about what’s been brewing inside Iqaluit’s municipal council chambers.
For the final full week of June, our most-read online stories flowed from a June 23 Iqaluit city council meeting, as tracked by Google Analytics pageviews.
1)In our top...
June 30, 2015 - 7:15 am
Nunavik youth charged after bringing loaded rifle to school
KRPF charges youth with firearm possession, uttering threats
Corrected 12:35 p.m., June 30
A Nunavik youth who walked into a high school with a loaded rifle earlier this month now faces four charges in relation to that incident.
On the afternoon of June 5, the Kativik School Board said a student walked into Iguarsivik secondary school in Puvirnituq with a......
June 30, 2015 - 5:59 am
Report on Sanikiluaq crash stresses child safety on commercial flights
Board recommends Transport Canada, airlines move to mandatory child restraint devices
The crash of Perimeter Aviation flight 993 in Sanikiluaq, which killed a six-month-old infant when it missed the runway Dec. 22 2012, came in “too high, too steep and too fast,” investigators with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said June 29.
The TSB released its investigation report two...
June 29, 2015 - 3:20 pm
Nunavut elder’s centre turns into sweet song jamboree
"It’s a cool feeling in the whole community, and you can sense it, you know?”
About 50 people huddle in a small room usually reserved for Inuit elders and Inuktitut conversation.
But instead of telling Inuit legends, on June 28 musicians are turning the elder’s qammaq in Iqaluit into a haven for singing songs and telling tales of how, why and what inspires them.
June 29, 2015 - 1:15 pm
Nunavut teen from Igloolik wins Alianait battle of the bands
Ricky Immaroitok and Joshua Haulli earn crown in Iqaluit
Igloolik’s Joshua Haulli is Alianait’s official band champ for 2015.
The 16-year-old and his friend, Ricky Immaroitok, 18, flew from Igloolik on their own dime to win the $1,000 grand prize June 28 under the big top tent in Iqaluit.
The Battle of the Bands is an annual Alianait competition where...
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