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Nunavut April 17, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Judge rejects excessive force bid, convicts Iqaluit man on 12 charges

Arnaitok Nuvaqiq guilty of assaulting RCMP officer, threatening others

THOMAS ROHNER

An Iqaluit man charged with assaulting an RCMP member and threatening other police officers lost an application at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit April 17 to have those charges stayed.

Defence lawyer Tamara Fairchild filed the application on behalf of her client, Arnaitok Nuvaqiq,...

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Nunavut April 17, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Floating nuclear power plants promise major savings for Arctic mines

Diesel-fuelled power “not sustainable for the scale of development we want to see"

PETER VARGA

Mining projects in Nunavut are saddled with high expenses that could discourage development.

With that in mind, why not go for a tried and proven cheaper source of energy that can come and go on the high seas, and reach the territory’s coastal communities?

That’s just what Dunedin Energy...

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Around the Arctic April 17, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Montreal linguist encouraging students to study Inuktitut

Sukkaillutit uqaruk: university students learn from Inuktitut speaker

DAVID MURPHY

Special to Nunatsiaq News

MONTREAL — For a guy who studies languages, Richard Compton uses his hands a lot when he talks. 

And today, he’s talking, and gesturing, about Inuktitut, and how “under described” it is as a language.

“There are thousands and thousands of books on the structure of...

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Nunavut April 17, 2015 - 11:35 am

QIA to host open house in Sanikiluaq

Inuit org president visits to hear community concerns

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

P.J. Akeeagok, the president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association president, will take his open house tour to Sanikiluaq April 20 to April 22.

Akeeagok arrives in the Baffin community April 20, when he’s scheduled to take part in a radio phone-in show from 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The following day,...

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Nunavut April 17, 2015 - 8:16 am

Nunavut heart transplant recipient turns to online fundraising for help in the South

Uviluq Naukatsik of Rankin Inlet worries about her future in Ottawa

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Nunavut woman who recently underwent heart transplant surgery is the third patient stranded in the South for live-saving medical treatment who has reached out this week for help through an online crowdfunding campaign.

Uviluq Naukatsik of Rankin Inlet went into surgery in Ottawa March 13.

“Now...

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Nunavut April 17, 2015 - 7:05 am

Airships perfect fit for Nunavut mines, says aircraft promoter

“Why not use flexible infrastructure instead of roads?”

THOMAS ROHNER

What mine operator in Nunavut wouldn’t love to avoid building roads to remote mines — an expensive and time-consuming process that can also be damaging to the Arctic environment.

A British company, Hybrid Air Vehicles, presented just such a road-free option April 16 at the Nunavut Mining Symposium...

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Around the Arctic April 17, 2015 - 5:58 am

NRCan releases updated map of Canada

New representation of the country displays a few Inuit language place names

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal Department of Natural Resources unveiled the latest version of its map of Canada April 16, with a few Inuit language place names scattered on it here and there.

Greg Rickford, the natural resources minister, revealed the map at an event held inside a school in Kenora, Ont.

The updated...

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Nunavut April 16, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Nunavut’s French school board offers olive branch at public meeting

School board removes president, at the request of Iqaluit parent group

SARAH ROGERS

Parents of some of the 90 children enrolled in Iqaluit’s École des Trois-Soleils, and elected members of Nunavut’s French-language school board say they’ve taken a positive first step towards repairing their troubled relationship.

That’s after the two groups met publicly April 15 for the first...

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Nunavut April 16, 2015 - 4:14 pm

Nunavut miners hear Inuit businesses face “impossible logistical challenges”

"You'd think the Inuit business community would be thriving"

JANE GEORGE

There’s lots of mining activity going on in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region — but Charlie Lyall of Taloyoak sees big problems for local and regional Inuit businesses.

“You’d think the Inuit business community would be thriving,” Lyall said in his pithy presentation April 16 to the Nunavut Mining...

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Nunavut April 16, 2015 - 3:24 pm

North Arrow sets aim at Nunavut diamond deposit

"One more question to answer — and that’s what the diamonds are worth.”

PETER VARGA

Diamond deposits just north of Repulse Bay, soon to officially become Naujaat, have long looked promising.

North Arrow Minerals Inc. finally hopes to show these deposits are rich enough to establish a diamond mine.

The diamond exploration company counts the Qilalugaq project, some nine kilometres...

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Nunavut April 16, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Photo: Diamonds are a miner’s best friend

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Nunavut April 16, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Advocacy groups, celebs pledge support for Clyde River court appeal

“The federal government needs to understand that Indigenous peoples have the right to make their own decisions"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

More than 40 advocacy groups and individuals have come together to support the Inuit of Clyde River in the community’s fight to stop seismic testing in Baffin Bay.

A network of environmental, labour and Indigenous rights groups have formed the Clyde River Solidarity Network and signed a statement...

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Nunavut April 16, 2015 - 11:28 am

Nunavut woman seeks help online for southern medical expenses

Cancer patient Janice Simailak now in Toronto

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Baker Lake woman receiving treatment for cancer in Toronto is seeking help from the public to meet expenses.

Janice Simailak has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the site GoFundMe to cover some of the expenses that she, her husband and son must pay out-of-pocket in Toronto.

These expenses...

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Around the Arctic April 16, 2015 - 10:31 am

Navy honours WWII nurse by naming Arctic ship after her

Six Arctic offshore patrol ships now under construction in Halifax

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

One of Canada’s new Arctic offshore patrol ships will bear the name of Margaret Brooke, a Royal Canadian Navy Nursing Sister decorated for gallantry in combat during the Second World War, Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced April 13.

“I was and remain very proud of my years serving in the...

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Around the Arctic April 16, 2015 - 9:34 am

Blizzard blankets western Greenland, brings island to standstill

Nuuk buried in about 50 cm — two feet — of snow

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Snow, lots of it, and strong winds — that’s what characterized the weather over southwestern Greenland this past week, the Danish Meteorological Institute reports.

The night of April 14 brought about 20 centimetres of snow to Nuuk, and then in the morning, wind reduced visibility in the capital to...

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Nunavik April 16, 2015 - 8:30 am

Air Inuit starts direct flights between Kuujjuaq, Quebec City, Montreal

Starting April 26, stops in Shefferville are eliminated on Sundays, Thursdays

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Soon you will be able to travel more easily — and quickly — between Kuujjuaq, Quebec City and Montreal.

That’s due to Air Inuit’s new Thursday and Monday flights, set to start April 26, which will no longer stop in Shefferville, saving at least a couple hours of travel time.

The change in flights...

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Nunavut April 16, 2015 - 8:25 am

Photo: Photo collection features 3,600 images

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Nunavik April 16, 2015 - 7:25 am

Quebec plans $100-millon loan to troubled Nunavik mine

Premier's former link to mining company raises criticism

SARAH ROGERS

The Quebec government is prepared to loan $100 million through a government-linked investment agency to Canadian Royalties and its parent company Jien Canada Mining Ltd., which owns and operates the Nunavik Nickel mine.

The news comes just days after Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard re-launched......

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Nunavut April 16, 2015 - 7:20 am

Photo: Long, bright, cold days means hockey on the pond

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Nunavut April 16, 2015 - 6:04 am

Permanent power solution for Pangnirtung on its way: Nunavut government

Huge aircraft brings helicopter to lift generators to Pangnirtung

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The local state of emergency in the Baffin community of Pangnirtung has not been lifted but there’s still some good news: new equipment designed to restore full and stable electrical power is on the way.

Four self-contained generator units arrived in Iqaluit on a Boeing 767 this past weekend, the...

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