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Iqaluit October 17, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Acclaimed guitarist, songwriter Luke Doucet performs in Iqaluit

“Treat it like a job. Work your ass off, or forget it"

THOMAS ROHNER

When the bell sounds to end the school week at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, you might expect students would be eager to begin their weekend.

But when a nationally-renowned blues and rock musician offers a free guitar workshop, that’s not the case.

About a dozen students piled into the music...

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Nunavut October 17, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Baker Lake high school will re-open to students, teachers

School closed for almost a month following fuel leak

SARAH ROGERS

Jonah Amitnaaq high school in Baker Lake will re-open its doors to students and teachers Oct. 20, almost a month after a fuel leak closed the school.

The Government of Nunavut’s department of Community and Government Service said Oct. 17 that air quality tests conducted at the school this week...

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Around the Arctic October 17, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Former Iqaluit mayor promises to revive Angel Street anti-violence campaign

Elisapee Sheutiapik set to receive prestigious award from Economic Club of Canada

PETER VARGA

It’s been four years since she ended her stint as mayor of Iqaluit, but signs of Elisapee Sheutiapik’s efforts endure, literally, in the names of several city streets, street corners and squares across the country that carry the name “Angel.”

Sheutiapik carried the effort to raise awareness about...

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Nunavut October 17, 2014 - 1:41 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, Oct. 17

Leave your Baggage at the Door

JOHN AMAGOALIK

It is an Inuit tradition to welcome all people to our Arctic homeland. We hope everyone who comes to Nunavut to live and work will help us to build a society where everyone feels safe and secure.

Over the years, Nunavut has received many new comers from the south and other counties. Most don’t...

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Nunavut October 17, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Nunavut ramps up Ebola contingency response plan

Isolation, stabilization, and medical evacuation the cornerstones of Nunavut Ebola Contingency Plan

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY — If a resident of Nunavut appears to show the signs and symptoms of Ebola in Nunavut, staff in the territory’s nursing stations and health centres should now know what to do.

The actions they are to take are contained in the Nunavut Ebola Contingency Plan, outlined Oct. 17 for......

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Nunavut October 17, 2014 - 10:45 am

Spotting trouble on the tundra: air search and rescue in Nunavut

Civil Air Search and Rescue Association completes training in Arctic Bay

THOMAS ROHNER

Imagine you’re flying high over the frozen tundra in a Canadian military CC-130 Hercules — 500 feet above the ground, then 1,000 feet then 1,500 feet.

The hatch begins to open — the rush of air, the noise, the view — as search-and-rescue technicians bustle around you.

But you stand perfectly...

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Nunavut October 17, 2014 - 9:01 am

Western Nunavut youth, women, elders want help with drugs, alcohol, language loss

"A problem for the community"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY — Youth, elders and women all testified to the havoc that drugs, alcohol and overcrowded housing play in western Nunavut when they spoke Oct. 16 to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay.

Adults don’t know the pain they cause by drinking, said KIA...

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Nunavut October 17, 2014 - 7:05 am

Nunavut community moves Halloween indoors

Hamlet of Arviat concerned about polar bears on the streets

SARAH ROGERS

Children and youth in Arviat can still count on filling their bags with treats this Halloween, but they’ll be doing it indoors this year.

That’s because the hamlet has decided to host a Halloween celebration at the community hall Oct. 31 to avoid door-to-door trick-or-treating, and the possibility...

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Iqaluit October 17, 2014 - 5:56 am

Governments weigh in on Iqaluit’s complex water licence application

NIRB screens new Iqaluit landfill proposal, plus water, sewage infrastructure

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s complicated three-year-old water licence renewal process just got a little more complicated now that the governments of Canada and Nunavut have weighed in.

To decommission the current dump, build a new landfill site northwest of the city and a road leading out to that site — a site which...

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Iqaluit October 16, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Cops arrest 20-year-old man in connection with Iqaluit thefts

Police recover thousands of dollars worth of electronics and art

SARAH ROGERS

Police arrested a 20-year-old Iqaluit man Oct. 16 in connection with a break-in and theft earlier in the week at the city’s Parnaivik building.

Police in Iqaluit have been investigating a series of break-ins and thefts around the city’s downtown core this month.

The night of Oct. 14, at least one...

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Around the Arctic October 16, 2014 - 3:33 pm

StatsCan: Inuktitut still the second-most-spoken Aboriginal language in Canada

About 68 per cent of Inuit report Inuktitut as a mother tongue

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuktitut still ranks as the second-most reported Aboriginal mother tongue language in Canada, Statistics Canada reported Oct. 16.

Those numbers show that Cree speakers make up the largest single Aboriginal language group in Canada, with more than 83,000 people reporting Cree as their mother...

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Nunavut October 16, 2014 - 2:38 pm

WWF hires new director for its Nunavut office

Lawyer Paul Crowley will lead the WWF's Arctic program

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit lawyer Paul Crowley is the new director of the World Wildlife Foundation’s Canadian Arctic Program, the organization announced Oct. 15.

A long-time resident of Nunavut, Crowley has provided advice on a number of Arctic issues, from climate change to natural resource development.

He most...

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Nunavut October 16, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Social promotion a hot topic for Nunavut DEA reps

“There are still negative effects of social passing”

THOMAS ROHNER

A breakdown in communication at all levels of Nunavut’s education system is perpetuating problems associated with the social promotion of students from one grade to the next and leading to student dropouts, a room full of district education authority members heard in Iqaluit Oct. 14.

Social...

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Iqaluit October 16, 2014 - 11:14 am

Foster parent appreciation night in Iqaluit

Oct. 21 at Aqsarniit Middle School

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit families who foster children are invited out to an evening appreciation event to thank them for the valuable parenting services they provide.

The Government of Nunavut’s family services department is hosting the event in the gymnasium of Aqsarniit Middle School in Iqaluit on Oct. 21, at 6...

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Nunavut October 16, 2014 - 10:23 am

Share Nunavut’s wildlife, don’t sell it, KIA delegates say

"Never use wildlife for cash — there are always people in need of food"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY — You don’t have to wait long if you’re a member of a popular “swap and sell” Facebook page in Nunavut to see caribou, Arctic char or maktaaq whale blubber come up for sale or even for auction to the highest bidder.

But that’s a dangerous practice, said Charlie Lyall of Taloyoak, a...

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Nunavut October 16, 2014 - 8:15 am

Inuit orgs must tighten their belts, Nunavut Trust warns

NTI took too much money out of the Nunavut Trust in its early years, chief trustee says

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY — “Cautious, cautious, cautious.”

That was the advice that Bill Lyall, chief trustee of the Nunavut Trust, delivered Oct. 15 to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the three regional Inuit organizations face at least...

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Iqaluit October 16, 2014 - 5:54 am

RCMP probes rash of downtown Iqaluit break-ins, thefts

Six offices hit since the beginning of October

SARAH ROGERS

Police in Iqaluit are investigating a series of break-ins and thefts around the city’s downtown core this month.

RCMP spokesperson Yvonne Niego said that thieves have broken into six businesses and offices in Iqaluit’s downtown area.

The most recent incident took place at the end of the...

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Nunavut October 16, 2014 - 5:50 am

Photo: Cambridge Bay table tennis players tournament bound

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

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Nunavut October 16, 2014 - 5:50 am

Photo: Evalik takes his leave

JANE GEORGE

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Nunavut October 15, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Western Nunavut’s Inuit languages need support, KIA hears

Kitikmeot Inuit Association AGM delegates say use at home is fading

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY — Concern about the poor state of their Inuit languages in western Nunavut kept delegates to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay talking around the table late into the evening Oct. 14.

Inuinnaqtun in the western part of the Kitikmeot region is...

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