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Nunavut February 22, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Nunavut government’s 2017-18 budget closes in on $2 billion

But Finance Minister Keith Peterson warns federal transfers will grow more slowly after this year

JIM BELL

In his final budget speech prior to the Oct. 30 territorial election this year, Finance Minister Keith Peterson said that, in spite of the nearly $2 billion the Government of Nunavut expects to receive in 2017-18, the GN faces a leaner future.

In the speech, given early in the afternoon Feb. 22,...

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Nunavut February 22, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut airline medical, duty travel contracts extended two years

Dissolution of codeshare deals convinced GN to keep the status quo

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut has extended its current medical and duty travel contracts with at least two airlines—and likely three—after negotiating two-year extensions to agreements that were set to expire this August.

“At this time, for two of the airlines involved, there’s been a negotiated...

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Around the Arctic February 22, 2017 - 10:00 am

POPs contamination in the Arctic declining, report finds

"No case for complacency"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A newly-released Arctic Council report on persistant organic pollutants contains some positive findings for the circumpolar world.

POPs—which include toxic PCBs, DDT and dioxins—are produced mainly in industrial areas, but are carried by air and water currents into the Arctic, where they collect...

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Nunavut February 22, 2017 - 8:30 am

We’ll create internal committee for QGH, Nunavut’s health minister says

“The motion specifically said a board of management and we all agreed to that”

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut will create an internal advisory board for Iqaluit’s Qikiqtani General Hospital instead of the independent board of management that MLAs voted for about three years ago, Health Minister George Hickes said Feb. 22 in the legislative assembly.

But Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat...

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Around the Arctic February 22, 2017 - 7:00 am

Advisor to INAC minister pitches “Indigenous Protected Areas”

"A conservation paradigm shift in the Arctic”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Territorial governments, the federal government and Indigenous organizations should look at the idea of creating “Indigenous Protected Areas,” Mary Simon, a special advisor to Indigenous and Northern Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett, said in an interim report made public on Feb. 17.

Simon, who was...

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Nunavik February 21, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Nunavik organizations launch new green power corporation

Makivik, FCNQ team up to give Nunavik Inuit power control over renewable energy

SARAH ROGERS

IVUJIVIK—Two major Nunavik organizations have launched a new joint-venture firm to develop renewable energy projects in Nunavik, while boosting jobs and expertise among Inuit.

Makivik Corp. and the Fédération des Coopératives du Nouveau-Québec, or the FCNQ, announced what they call a “historic”...

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Iqaluit February 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Iqalungmiut flock to meet Nunavut authors, artists at publisher’s event

Inhabit Media wants to tell traditional stories, "because they are important for history, but we also want to tell contemporary stories”

STEVE DUCHARME

The renowned Igloolik-born artist Germaine Arnaktauyok scrawls her name, first in Inuktitut and then English, across the opening pages of her latest collaboration—a children’s book written by Neil Christopher entitled Those That Cause Fear—before handing it back to a devoted fan.

“You can scare...

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Nunavut February 21, 2017 - 11:45 am

GN health care failures led to mother’s death, Nunavut couple says

“If my mother was Qallunaat, she would’ve been taken care of right away”

THOMAS ROHNER

For Bernice Clarke, a coroner’s report released Feb. 14 confirmed her worst fear: that her mother’s death in early 2015 was avoidable but for Nunavut’s poor health care standards.

The report, obtained by Nunatsiaq News, reveals a failure of health care professionals to document or act on repeated...

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Nunavik February 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

Faster internet coming to Nunavik, but not so fast

Regional government mulls options on fibre optic network

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Nunavik’s bandwidth upgrade is a few months away from being in place but the Kativik Regional Government already has its eyes set on a fibre optic network for the region.

The KRG and its internet service, Tamaani, shifted to a new satellite provider last fall with the goal of delivering...

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Nunavut February 21, 2017 - 8:29 am

Eastern Arctic polar bears OK, but low sea ice makes future uncertain

Joint Canada-Greenland science group says Baffin Bay, Kane Basin numbers increasing

LISA GREGOIRE

Finally, a little good news about polar bears in Canada’s eastern Arctic.

A recent comprehensive three-year scientific study of Canada’s two eastern-most polar bear populations shows they are at least stable, and possibly increasing.

Of course, those conclusions come with a number of “buts,”...

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Iqaluit February 21, 2017 - 8:20 am

Photo: Arm up, point the toe, time for highland dancing

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Nunavut February 21, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut Inuit orgs team up to denounce protected areas

NTI, RIAs say NPC's draft land use plan could hurt economic development on Inuit-owned lands

JIM BELL

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the territory’s three regional Inuit associations have launched a frontal assault on the Nunavut Planning Commission’s draft land use plan, saying it creates too many protected areas, especially on Inuit-owned lands.

The four organizations have compiled their critiques...

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Nunavut February 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Local residents disarm gun-toting Nunavut man in Kimmirut

Young man, 20, fires multiple shots, now faces multiple charges

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut RCMP has dealt once again with a firearms-related incident—this time on Feb. 18 in the south Baffin community of Kimmirut, when local residents disarmed a 20-year-old man who was firing shots at people.

Although no one was injured, the RCMP said in a Feb. 20 release that “this event...

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Iqaluit February 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Weekend fire in Nunavut capital guts public housing unit

Happy Valley fire leaves at least one man injured, homeless

STEVE DUCHARME

Updated at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 21

The occupants of five social housing units are now homeless following an evening fire that reduced an Iqaluit dwelling to a gutted shell on Feb. 19.

Firefighters responded at around 6:50 p.m. Sunday, treating one man for smoke inhalation as fire spread through a...

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Nunavut February 20, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut government wants feedback on economic development

Community consultations planned for High Arctic, North Baffin

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you live in the High Arctic community of Grise Fiord, you can weigh in later this month on what kind of economic development you want for your community.

In a series of consultations, from Grise Fiord to communitiies in the North Baffin region, Nunavut’s economic and transportation department...

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Nunavut February 20, 2017 - 9:59 am

Nunavut Inuit body looking for rep in Pond Inlet

QIA byelection is April 10; nominations open from Feb. 20 to March 3

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Baffin’s Inuit organization is looking for a representative in Pond Inlet.

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is holding a byelection on April 10 for a two-year term on the board of directors that expires in December 2018.

Nominations for that position open on Feb. 20 and close March 3 at 5 p.m.

In...

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Nunavik February 20, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavik women’s organization hosts third annual conference

Saturviit to celebrate its ten-year anniversary

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik has invited Nunavimmiut women to attend its third annual women’s conference next month.

The regional conference, Arnaliat Nipingit 2017, will take place in Kangirsuk this year, from March 27 to March 31.

Saturviit offers funding for travel and...

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Iqaluit February 20, 2017 - 7:00 am

Iqaluit councillors want police to act against storefront drug dealers

RCMP bring in "plain clothes" officers but lack of loitering bylaw hampers efforts

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit city councillors want more visibility from the RCMP, saying police should do more to protect local store employees from loitering drug dealers.

Coun. Terry Dobbin told Sgt. Grant Smith of the RCMP’s “V” Division in Iqaluit, during a detachment report to city councillors Feb. 14, that drug...

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Iqaluit February 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nominations open in Nunavut’s capital Monday for two city council seats

Nomination period runs Feb. 20 to March 6 for April 10 byelection

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Do you want to have a say in how the City of Iqaluit is run?

Well, now’s your chance.

Iqaluit has two seats open on city council after the resignation of Gideonie Joamie on May 5, 2016 and Megan Pizzo-Lyall eight months later, on Jan. 10, so Iqaluit voters are going to the polls on April 10 for...

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Nunavut February 17, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut organization spreads the word about Inuktut, one post at a time

"I found a really good opportunity to surround myself with the language"

SARAH ROGERS

“Word of the day, Feb. 9,” Alexia Galloway-Alainga begins, speaking to the camera.

“Nallinniq,” she pronounces, slowly and clearly, the final syllable coming from the back of her throat. “Love.”

The 19-year-old student has started practicing her Inuktitut, with help from the Qikiqtani Inuit...

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