October 21, 2016 - 4:00 pm
MLA presses Nunavut government on waste oil management
“It’s a problem that we have to tackle and we will"
The last time Allan Rumbolt visited the dump in his home community of Sanikiluaq, he didn’t like what he saw.
The MLA for the Belcher Island community found piles of steel and plastic drums, many of them containing waste oil, strewn on a lot next to the dump.
For now, that’s how the hamlet’s...
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October 21, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Ottawa introduces new wellness help line for Inuit, First Nations
"A welcome step in the right direction," says ITK's Natan Obed
Inuit and First Nations will now be able to call a wellness help line for support 24/7.
Jane Philpott, the federal minister of health, announced the launch of the national toll-free First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line Oct. 19 at the end of this week’s meeting of federal and...
October 21, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Police forces pair up to seize Nunavut-bound drugs
Three men arrested with weed, cannabis candies, hash
A sizeable quantity of drugs on their way from Ottawa to Nunavut Oct. 15 never left the Ottawa airport and four pounds of marijuana ended its journey at the Iqaluit airport.
That’s due to a joint investigation from the RCMP’s federal operations section and the Ottawa Police Service, which resulted...
October 21, 2016 - 11:45 am
Nunavut MLAs issue directions to language standards org
“We are just getting independent now as IUT”
Nunavut’s language authority, the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, will have a shorter leash moving forward following calls by Nunavut’s legislature for more accountability.
That’s according to responses—tabled by Heritage Minister George Kuksuk in Nunavut’s legislature Oct. 18—to standing...
October 21, 2016 - 10:00 am
Nunavut Inuit org asks MLAs to reconsider proposed education act reforms
"The government’s proposed amendments will further jeopardize our language"
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. again blasted proposed amendments to the Government of Nunavut’s education act Oct. 21, on the final day of its annual general meeting in Rankin Inlet.
That’s after delegates heard how by 2061 only two per cent of Inuit may be able to use Inuktut as the main language in...
October 21, 2016 - 8:00 am
Ottawa-based treatment centre re-starts with women-only program
But Mamisarvik still seeking core funding before budget runs out in March 2017
OTTAWA—After almost shutting down in March, the Mamisarvik Healing Centre in Ottawa, which delivers a residential trauma and addictions program for Inuit, welcomed new clients again this week and those clients have at least one thing in common: they are all women.
Jason LeBlanc, executive director...
October 21, 2016 - 7:00 am
GN creates committee to oversee joint-venture university project
Nunavut officials touring southern universities to look at best practices
(Updated Oct. 21)
Nunavut’s education minister says the territory has made progress towards its plans for creating a joint-venture university in partnership with Nunavut Arctic College and an established university.
That’s the path the Government of Nunavut has opted to take following a...
October 20, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Police seize more drugs in Nunavut’s capital
Cops seize weed, hash, cocaine, two men arrested
For the second time this month police have seized a large amount of drugs in Iqaluit.
On Oct. 12 investigators from the RCMP V Division Federal Operations Section in Iqaluit executed a search warrant and seized cash and drugs from a residence in the city.
The search resulted in the seizure of...
October 20, 2016 - 2:29 pm
Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak featured in new Heritage Minute
"Now galleries all over the world present my work"
One of Nunavut’s most famous artists, Kenojuak Ashevak, is the focus of the latest Heritage Minute, one in a series of 60-second vignettes illustrating important moments in Canadian history.
Historica Canada released the short film on Ashevak Oct. 20.
“There’s no one Inuit word for art,” the...
October 20, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Nunavut groups get $738K to spend on Canada’s big birthday
Iqaluit group gets $100K to revamp New Year's party
Nunavut will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary year in style thanks in part to $738,000 in additional cash for local projects, courtesy of the federal government’s “Canada 150” fund.
Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced the funding—along with plans for the 150th celebration of...
October 20, 2016 - 11:45 am
Inuk elder MLA says Nunavut Family Services department traumatizes families
“We are going to see a disintegration of the family”
Quttiktuq MLA Isaac Shooyook, a passionate believer in the traditional Inuit ways he absorbed growing up on the land, used question period and a member’s statement Oct. 19 to protest the child apprehension policies of the Department of Family Services.
“We are going to see a disintegration of the...
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October 20, 2016 - 10:00 am
Infants in Nunavik, Nunavut suffer world’s highest rate of lung infections
Researchers urge costly preventative treatment to cut long-term costs
The rates of respiratory infections in newborn babies in Nunavik and Nunavut are among the highest in the world, says new research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Open.
The study looked at the infants under the age of one in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Nunavik who...
October 20, 2016 - 8:29 am
Nunavut MLAs will look at preliminary spending on big new Baffin jail
Proposed Qikiqtani Correctional Healing Centre will replace BCC
Late in the afternoon Oct. 19, Nunavut MLAs started looking at the Government of Nunavut’s plan to spend $200 million on capital projects across the territory in 2017-18, including the first amounts slated for a big new correctional healing centre in Iqaluit.
Finance Minister Keith Peterson kicked...
October 20, 2016 - 7:00 am
Minister says Nunavut DEAs will find a place in new Education Act
“When the amending legislation is tabled, it will be clear that we have listened and worked to address the concerns"
Education Minister Paul Quassa says there’s still time for the Government of Nunavut to find common ground with Nunavut’s District Education Authorities ahead of proposed amendments to the territory’s Education Act, which could centralize authority at the expense of community control.
October 19, 2016 - 3:52 pm
DFO opens restricted fall beluga harvest in Nunavik
“It’s our tradition and culture to make this harvest every fall"
(Corrected Oct. 20)
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has approved a fall beluga harvest for Nunavik hunters, although it’s restricted and limited to certain communities.
The region’s total allowable take of beluga whales under its 2014-2016 management plan came to an early close in......
October 19, 2016 - 1:30 pm
Nunavut MLA slams Nutrition North consultation in Pond Inlet
“I found the way that the meeting was organized to be chaotic and undisciplined”
The federal government’s public engagement session in Pond Inlet late last month for the Nutrition North Canada program was a failure, Tununiq MLA Joe Enook said Oct. 19 in a member’s statement.
Using a management consulting firm called Interis to do the work, the Department of Indigenous and...
October 19, 2016 - 11:45 am
Big, complex Nunavut needs more MPs, speakers tell electoral committee
Voting age, mobile polls and more reps for Nunavut, among the topics at Iqaluit consult
Nunavut will need special guarantees if Ottawa goes ahead with changing Canada’s federal election process.
That much was apparent among the diverse range of opinions offered by witnesses during an evening appearance before the Special Committee on Electoral Reform at Iqaluit’s Frobisher Inn, Oct....
October 19, 2016 - 10:00 am
Quebec, Nunavik welcome region’s fourth park
Ulittaniujalik is province's second largest park at over 5,000 square kilometres
It’s been many years in the making, but Nunavik’s fourth park, Parc national Ulittaniujalik, is now official.
Regional and provincial leaders travelled to Ulittaniujalik, located about 100 kilometres south of Kangiqsualujjuaq, Oct. 14 to inaugurate the new provincial park.
October 19, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavut MLA Okalik wants independent, civilian oversight of the RCMP
“The Ottawa Police Service can no longer be trusted to conduct independent investigations”
In the wake of the recent racism scandal at the Ottawa Police Service, the Government of Nunavut must now create a civilian body to oversee investigations into the conduct of the RCMP in Nunavut, Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik said Oct. 18 in the legislative assembly.
Right now, the Nunavut RCMP,...
October 19, 2016 - 6:59 am
Alcoholism, abuse, neglect threaten Nunavik children: human rights commission
"And the solutions cannot come from [Quebec]"
SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS
Translated and re-published with the permission of La Presse
The president of the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission, Camil Picard, recently wrote to several Couillard government ministers, saying the safety and development of children in Nunavik are...
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