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Nunavut July 29, 2014 - 5:55 am

Nunavut residential school survivor hopes records are not destroyed

"Canadians have a right, duty and responsibility to know what happened to us"

LISA GREGOIRE

The fate of thousands of pages of testimony about physical, sexual and psychological abuse at Canada’s notorious residential schools now lies with Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell, but at least one residential school survivor hopes they are not destroyed.

Piita Irniq, who attended three...

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Nunavut July 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Clyde River groups challenge Nunavut seismic testing in court

"The NEB's decision violates the fundamental rights of the people of Nunavut"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Updated 4 p.m. July 28

A lawyer representing groups in Clyde River filed an application at the Federal Court of Appeal July 28 that seeks a judicial review of a recent decision by the National Energy Board to permit a five-year seismic testing project in Baffin Bay and Davis...

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Nunavut July 28, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Nunavut production company gets funding for two new TV projects

Film drama and elders' series will receive $762,984

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two new television projects are on the way from Igloolik’s Kingulliit Productions Inc.

The Canada Media Fund announced July 28 that Kingulliit will receive $762,984 in 2014-15 under it’s Aboriginal Program funding for a television film project and a series called Stories of our...

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Nunavik July 28, 2014 - 9:43 am

New documentary follows the hopes and dreams of Nunavik musher

Okpik's Dream to be released this fall on CBC

SARAH ROGERS

Since Laura Rietveld visited the Nunavik community of Quaqtaq for the first time in 2009, the words of one man have stuck in her mind.

Rietveld, a documentary filmmaker, was visiting her aunt in the Ungava Bay community when the two went on a dog sled trip led by local musher Harry Okpik.

“We...

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Nunavut July 28, 2014 - 6:15 am

Beware of phony $20 bills, Iqaluit RCMP says

Iqaluit banks report at least four counterfeit bills since July 18

PETER VARGA

People and businesses should watch out for counterfeit $20 bills that may be circulating in the community, the Iqaluit RCMP said July 25.

Banks in Iqaluit in the city came across at least four paper bills that are copies of a design produced between 2004 and 2006, known as the Canadian Journey...

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Nunavut July 25, 2014 - 5:57 pm

Nunavut court: Iqaluit spouse-killer guilty of manslaughter

“He is a liar and cannot be believed”

JIM BELL

Pitseolak Peter, 52, of Iqaluit is guilty of manslaughter, but not second degree murder, Justice John D. Rooke said in a lengthy verdict judgment that took him more than three and a half hours to read July 25 inside a packed Iqaluit courtroom.

Rooke, a deputy judge who normally sits on the Court...

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Around the Arctic July 25, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Have you seen this girl?

Minnie Nauya, 17, missing in Montreal since July 11

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you live in the Montreal area, keep an eye out for Minnie Nauya, a 17-year-old Inuk girl who has gone missing.

Nauya was last seen July 11, Montreal police said.

She stands 1.57 metres, or five feet, two inches tall and weighs about 114 pounds, or 52 kilograms, with black hair and brown

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Nunavut July 25, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Nunavut community set to add second dock to harbour

Pangnirtung hamlet office expects new installation this summer

PETER VARGA

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will add a second floating dock to Pangnirtung’s small craft harbour in early August, doubling the number of berths for small vessels to 56.

The new structure will be identical to the floating dock that opened to some fanfare last fall, when government officials...

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Nunavik July 25, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Video of Inuk woman plucking bird on Montreal metro train goes viral

“It’s not like we get to eat our country food every day"

SARAH ROGERS

A young woman from Nunavik has grabbed the public’s attention after she reportedly plucked and ate a bird on a busy metro train in Montreal earlier this month.

The Service de police de la ville de Montréal has been investigating the July 1 incident since another passenger on the metro filmed the...

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Around the Arctic July 25, 2014 - 12:46 pm

ICC declaration calls for better cooperation, coordination among Inuit orgs

The Kitigaaryuit Declaration also calls on Inuit Circumpolar Council leadership to host a circumpolar Inuit economic summit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Inuit Circumpolar Council’s 12th general assembly closed July 24 in Inuvik with a declaration to promote better knowledge sharing between Inuit organizations and the rest of the world.

The quadrennial gathering of Inuit leaders from Canada, Greenland, Chukotka (Russia) and Alaska ended in the...

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Nunavut July 25, 2014 - 11:28 am

Nunavut MLA will not face jail time for P.E.I. impaired driving conviction

David Joanasie to pay fine, make $500 donation to charity, with 12-month driving licence suspension

SARAH ROGERS

South Baffin MLA David Joanasie will not serve jail time following a July 7 impaired driving incident while he was on vacation in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Joanasie, 31, was charged the same day with driving with a blood alcohol content higher than .08 per cent.

Joanasie entered a guilty plea in...

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Nunavut July 25, 2014 - 7:33 am

Nunavut court: Iqaluit murder accused admits he misled cops

Woman’s death followed three-day vodka binge

JIM BELL

When Justice John D. Rooke gives a verdict later on the morning of July 25 on Pitseolak Peter’s second degree murder charge, he’ll decide between an accused killer who changed his story and a Crown case built on a big collection of physical evidence.

Peter, 52, is accused of beating his common-law...

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Nunavut July 25, 2014 - 7:06 am

Meliadine gold mine’s environmental impact statement short on traditional knowledge: KIA

“Inuit communities of the Kivalliq region have many generations of accumulated observation"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

While Agnico Eagle Mines has made efforts to incorporate Inuit Qaujimanituqangit in the research and development of its Meliadine gold project, the Kivalliq Inuit Association has asked the company to consider using more traditional knowledge as the company seeks approval to open its second gold...

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Nunavik July 24, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Nunavik community cancels this year’s bowhead hunt

“It’s a big task that communities are reluctant to take the initiative to plan for"

SARAH ROGERS

Five years after Nunavik harvested its last bowhead whale, the community of Quaqtaq was preparing to host the hunt this fall — a first for the community of 375 people.

But the costs and planning required to prepare for the hunt proved too much for the Ungava Bay community, which means its...

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Nunavut July 24, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Photo: Nunavummiut badminton players go for gold

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Iqaluit July 24, 2014 - 7:21 am

Fire prompts Iqaluit to make more space at smouldering dump site

City unveils solutions for wood waste, worker safety

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit’s public works department is working fast to create more space at its troubled landfill site, where a two-month-old dump fire continues to smoulder.

The latest changes, approved by city council at a July 22 meeting, include the purchase of a burner box for wood and paper waste, and an...

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Nunavut July 24, 2014 - 6:21 am

Arviat group get their hands dirty in the name of food security

“It’s lettuce that actually tastes like something"

SARAH ROGERS

Arviat’s new greenhouse project produced its first lettuce harvest earlier this month, but the produce went to an unlikely group.

Dozens of school-age children attending a local camp got the first taste of locally-grown salad, and the lettuce was gone by the end of the lunch hour.

While kids...

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Nunavut July 23, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Frustrated Nunavut protesters look to federal MP for support

“We’d rather protect our animals than fill our pockets with money"

SARAH ROGERS

Protesters in Clyde River had a question for their member of Parliament July 23: where are you?

Elders were among more than 100 residents who marched the Baffin community’s streets July 23 in opposition to planned seismic testing in the waters of eastern Nunavut.

Many of them chanted in...

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Nunavut July 23, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Iqaluit council says yes to cheaper dumpcano fix

Rejigged proposal would extinguish smouldering heap for $2.2 million, with 15 per cent contingency added

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit took its first step towards extinguishing its two-month-old dump fire July 22 at half the $4.5 million cost initially estimated by a landfill fire expert.

City council passed a pair of motions at a regular meeting that evening, requesting the territorial and federal governments help the...

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Nunavut July 23, 2014 - 7:12 am

Aglukkaq ignoring concerns of Nunavummiut: Greenpeace

“We are being called on to support communities where government is failing to protect the rights and interests of its own people"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Greenpeace fired back at Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq July 22, suggesting the federal environment minister has failed to respond to the concerns of Nunavummiut about proposed seismic activities in Baffin Bay.

The environmental group was responding to comments Aglukkaq made in a keynote speech to the...

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