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Around the Arctic September 19, 2014 - 5:04 pm

NDP MP Saganash forces debate on missing, murdered Aboriginal women

“The structure and attitudes that permit this violence to continue… must be examined, exposed and addressed"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Northern Quebec MP Romeo Saganash made an emotional plea in the House of Commons Sept. 19 for a national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women.

New Democrat MPs took advantage of their majority in the house to force a debate on the issue, which the Conservative government...

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Around the Arctic September 19, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Inuit youth head to New York City for big UN indigenous conference

ICC sending 14-member delegation, including new chair Okalik Eegeesiak

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A group of young Inuit will participate next week in the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous People, which will take place at the UN general assembly in New York City next week, on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23.

The youth will attend the high-level plenary conference as observers, thanks to a...

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Nunavut September 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm

New Arctic patrol ship to bear name of wartime naval officer

Harry DeWolf — the first of a half dozen Arctic offshore patrol vessels

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The first of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic-offshore patrol ships will bear the name of a wartime Canadian naval officer, Harry DeWolf, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sept. 18.

The Harry DeWolf, the first of a fleet of Arctic patrol ships, will “better enable” the Navy to exercise...

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Nunavut September 19, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Iqaluit water licence lumbers its way through Nunavut regulatory system

Application covers reclamation of old dump, approval of new landfill and waste plan

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two days after industrial firefighters snuffed out dumpcano’s last smoking embers, the Nunavut Impact Review Board agreed to screen Iqaluit’s “new” water licence application.

The application, first submitted Nov. 5, 2012, contains a closure plan for the city’s West 40 dump, site of the notorious...

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Iqaluit September 19, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Nunavut liquor sales consultation in Iqaluit next month

Make your views known at Iqaluit meeting Oct. 7

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you have an opinion about whether a beer and wine store should open in Iqaluit to sell over-the-counter alcohol, you’ll have a chance to make your views known to the government next month.

The Government of Nunavut will host a public consultation on the proposal Oct. 7 at the Anglican Parish...

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Nunavut September 19, 2014 - 10:59 am

Nunavut residents increasing demands on info and privacy boss

Commissioner says office will soon need full-time staff and space

PETER VARGA

Nunavut’s information and privacy commissioner says the territorial government should consider expanding her office to deal with the growing demand for access to information and review of privacy issues, which hit record highs in 2013-14.

In most Canadian provinces, “the average file load for a...

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Iqaluit September 19, 2014 - 10:04 am

Iqaluit councilors applaud dumpcano firefighters

“It’s land that can be used later, that’s why it’s called a landfill.”

THOMAS ROHNER

Many Iqalungmiut loved to hate the four-month-old landfill fire that came to be known as “dumpcano,” but that love has gone up in smoke now that the fire is extinguished.

The last smouldering ash was laid to rest Sept. 16, some 13 days ahead of schedule, Mike Noblett of Global Forensics Inc....

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Nunavut September 19, 2014 - 7:12 am

Nunavut’s school principals review new standardized curriculum

New program "will support consistent and relevant learning experiences for all Nunavut students"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut school principals are meeting this week in Iqaluit to get a handle on the territory’s new standardized curriculum and tools for evaluation.

Principals are meeting with consultants from Pearson Education Canada, the firm that developed the territory’s new assessment and literacy...

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Nunavut September 19, 2014 - 5:55 am

Ottawa to study oil-eating bacteria in Nunavut waters

But one expert says "natural attenuation" doesn't work in icy water

LISA GREGOIRE

While northerners grapple with the spill potential associated with future oil extraction beneath the waters where they fish and hunt, the federal government’s industrial research body is studying whether tiny organisms can help to dispel their fears.

The National Research Council, which conducts...

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Nunavut September 18, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut’s population will soar over the next 25 years: StatsCan

Population projection pegs Nunavut growth at between 23 and 50 per cent

THOMAS ROHNER

The number of people living in Nunavut is projected to grow faster than anywhere else in Canada except Alberta over the next 25 years, Statistics Canada reported Sept. 17.

Nunavut’s population stood at about 35,600 in 2013, StatsCan said, and is expected to grow to between 44,000 and 53,000 by...

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Nunavut September 18, 2014 - 1:30 pm

The nuts and bolts of studying Nunavut waters

B.C. team recovers underwater ocean observatory for maintenance

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Raising an awkward shaped, 250-pound device connected to hundreds of feet of fluorescent ethernet cable from the icy Arctic waters is no simple task.

But a team of divers and young researchers with the University of Victoria did just that Sept. 16, when they retrieved their ocean observatory from...

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Nunavut September 18, 2014 - 11:35 am

Harper government releases action plan on violence against Aboriginal women

"These abhorrent acts of violence will not be tolerated"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Conservative government has tabled a plan to combat violence against Aboriginal women and girls that commits to paying for support programs to help victims and their families, as well as the creation of a DNA-based missing persons index.

The federal status of women minister, Kellie Leitch,...

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Nunavut September 18, 2014 - 10:55 am

Nunavut needs more local, qualified social services staff, MLAs say

Legislative standing committee uncovers staffing weaknesses

PETER VARGA

A March 2014 report by the Auditor General of Canada says the Government of Nunavut has improved staffing of social service workers in all communities of the territory, but some members of Nunavut’s legislative assembly are sceptical about the quality of those staff members.

Documented figures on...

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Nunavik September 18, 2014 - 5:57 am

Meet Kuujjuaq’s first Inuk midwife-in-training

Marilyn Mesher has caught 30 newborns in her first year

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Kuujjuaq mother and student Marilyn Mesher recently overheard her five-year-old daughter talking to a friend.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” the friend asked.

“I want to work at the hospital, like my mom,” answered the little girl.

“She’s one of my biggest motivators,”...

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Iqaluit September 17, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut’s capital moves closer to approving big downtown development

Rezoning next step for QIA's Federal Road project

THOMAS ROHNER

City staff updated a proposed development project by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association Sept. 16 that would transform a large empty stretch of land on Iqaluit’s Federal Road into a commercial, residential and cultural hub.

“I think we’ve all been excited about this development since we first heard...

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Nunavik September 17, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Nunavik’s young mine workers pave way for future generations

“Sometimes it’s hard, but I keep at it because I’m always learning something new"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Siasi Kanarjuak never imagined working at a mine.

Growing up in Kangiqsujuaq on Nunavik’s Hudson Strait coast, she was aware of the nickel mine operating only 60 kilometres to the south. She knew people from her community who commuted there for work.

But in her mid-20s, something...

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Nunavut September 17, 2014 - 11:30 am

2014 Arctic sea ice extent sixth lowest on record: data centre

Melt season wraps up

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Cambridge Bay residents woke up this morning to see a sheen of ice floating on top of the water in the bay.

That’s no surprise because the end of this year’s Arctic sea ice melt season is “imminent,” according to the National Snow and Ice Date Centre, which bases its analysis on satellite images...

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Nunavut September 17, 2014 - 10:19 am

Family Services touts “action plan” to fix child protection in Nunavut

Department unveils plan at start of MLA committee hearing with auditor general's staff

PETER VARGA

The Government of Nunavut promises to work its way out of failing grades on its child protection services with an “action plan” that covers weaknesses first highlighted by Canada’s auditor general in 2011.

While this is a step in the right direction, Ronnie Campbell, Canada’s assistant auditor...

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Nunavut September 17, 2014 - 10:15 am

Photo: Kugluktuk opens its new heritage centre

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Nunavik September 17, 2014 - 10:13 am

Photo: Nunavik’s David “Tivi” Dupuis honoured as hockey hero

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