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Nunavut May 26, 2016 - 1:15 pm

NTI welcomes new Nunavut government employee survey

“We need to develop a better understanding of what Inuit are experiencing"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The first Nunavut Government Employees Survey is underway this month for territorial and federal employees in Nunavut.

The survey comes as a result of a settlement agreement reached between Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the federal government last year.

A good chunk of NTI’s lawsuit, first filed in...

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Nunavik May 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Nunavik Parks entices weekend visitors this summer

Nunavik's fourth park, Ullittaniujalik, now official

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik Parks is encouraging Nunavimmiut to get out and enjoy the region’s parks this year, with the return of its “Weekends in the Parks” summer packages.

For the second year in a row, Nunavik Parks is offering discovery packages at discounted prices to encourage Nunavimmiut to visit one of three...

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Nunavut May 26, 2016 - 9:59 am

Western Nunavut town under brief lockdown May 25

False gun scare, coupled with distressed high school student, produce lockdown

JANE GEORGE

(Updated, 4:38 p.m.)

Cambridge Bay was in a brief period of upheaval during the afternoon of May 25, when two situations led to the lock-down of the high school and then of other offices in this western Nunavut community of 1,800.

“Everything is okay now” — that was the word from the mayor of...

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Nunavik May 26, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavik community takes action against youth suicide

“We’re still in mourning"

SARAH ROGERS

Officials in the Nunavik community of Tasiujaq are working to draft a community action plan to address and prevent suicide in the Ungava Bay community of about 300 people.

In the first half of 2016, Nunavik has seen a higher-than-usual number of deaths by suicides: 11 between late December and...

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Nunavut May 26, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut court kept humming in 2015, despite recent drop in crime

Despite complaints, stats show Nunavut courts among the quickest in Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Though Nunavut’s total number of criminal charges stayed well below peak numbers reached between 2008 and 2012, the Nunavut Court of Justice kept busy in 2015, the NUCJ’s annual report reveals.

In 2015, 5,527 adult criminal charges were laid in Nunavut, up slightly from the 5,445 laid in 2014 — an...

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Nunavut May 25, 2016 - 4:00 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from May 15 to May 22

Story on Iqaluit beach shack fire is the most-read of the week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Readers were mainly drawn to serious stories this past week on Nunatsiaqonline.ca, according to our readership information from Google Analytics.

The top story from May 15 to May 22 — that police laid attempted murder charges in connection with an Iqaluit shack fire after a man was seriously...

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Nunavut May 25, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut coroner confirms mandatory inquest on Cape Dorset cell death

Adla Pudlat, 29, died May 20 at community's RCMP station

THOMAS ROHNER

Another death under Nunavut RCMP supervision, another mandatory coroner’s inquest.

An inquest will be held into the May 20 death of a Cape Dorset man who died while in police custody, a May 25 release from the Nunavut’s chief coroner said.

Adla Pudlat, 29, died while detained in the local RCMP...

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Iqaluit May 25, 2016 - 2:15 pm

Waterless Wednesdays saved $62,000 over six months: Iqaluit administrator

City reduced debt by $6 million in 2015, not including aquatic centre obligation

THOMAS ROHNER

The City of Iqaluit saved nearly $62,000 over the six-month life of its controversial Waterless Wednesday policy, according to numbers that city administrators presented at a May 24 council meeting.

John Maberri-Mudonyi, the city’s director of corporate services who crunched the numbers, said...

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Nunavut May 25, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Time lapse film shows sea ice tenacity near Nunavut mine

Oceans North installs cameras near Pond Inlet for real-time community weather, ice updates

LISA GREGOIRE

Imagine what it would look like if you stitched together hundreds of photographs, taken from a mountaintop, looking down onto Eclipse Sound in spring, as the ice thins, cracks and eventually, drifts out to sea.

You don’t have to imagine anymore.

In a remarkable time lapse film, made from...

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Around the Arctic May 25, 2016 - 11:45 am

CanNor to dish out another $6.4M under Canada 150 scheme

Liberals double down on Conservative handout program they once attacked

JIM BELL

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is forging ahead on the once-derided Canada 150 local infrastructure funding scheme, which sparked a chorus of opposition boo-birds when Stephen Harper’s Conservative government announced it a year ago.

Under it, the Canadian Northern Economic Development...

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Around the Arctic May 25, 2016 - 8:30 am

Half of Canada’s Inuit foster kids live in non-Inuit homes: Part III in a series

Complex needs, unsafe homes, send Nunavut's foster kids elsewhere

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA — Sending high needs Inuit kids to live with strangers outside the territory, far from their language, culture and extended family, happens far too often, says Nunavut’s director of children and family services.

But the territory doesn’t have the necessary specialized foster care, or...

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Nunavut May 25, 2016 - 7:00 am

Two brothers, Nunavut stabbing survivors, leave hospital: RCMP

Two boys from Coral Harbour were stabbed May 12

JANE GEORGE

(Updated, May 26, 2:05 p.m.)

Two brothers under treatment in Winnipeg for multiple stab wounds after a May 12 incident in Coral Harbour, have been released from hospital, the RCMP said May 24.

“The two children were released from hospital and are in stable condition,” RCMP media spokesperson...

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Climate Change May 24, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Arctic headed for temperature highs not seen in 52M years: new research

"More profound climate changes than previously suggested"

JANE GEORGE

If the world doesn’t find a way to reduce its climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, the Arctic will face a warmer and wetter future, with temperature rises of between 14.7 C and 19.5 C by 2300.

That’s a prediction from research published May 23 in the journal Nature Climate Change which...

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Nunavut May 24, 2016 - 2:40 pm

Celebrated Canadian violinist plays Iqaluit this evening

After his first visit in 2012, James Ehnes returns to Nunavut

THOMAS ROHNER

When the world-famous Canadian-born musician James Ehnes last visited Iqaluit in 2012, the landscape of Sylvia Grinnell Park put on a concert for him.

“Nature itself has its own soundtrack,” Ehnes said from his Yellowknife hotel May 23 shortly before departing for Iqaluit.

“Out in the park,...

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Ottawa May 24, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Ottawa feast draws Inuit, presentation on bullying, child rights

“We come to reconnect with community members"

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA — The basement of Ottawa’s Knox Presbyterian Church drew crowds May 19 for the sweet comforts of country food and the even sweeter lure of community.

Once a month, Tungasuvvingat Inuit holds a community feast where friends and family can gather to stay in touch,...

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Around the Arctic May 24, 2016 - 11:45 am

UN Indigenous forum urges more support for youth, human rights, languages

"It's about righting historical wrongs. It's about shedding our colonial past"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Among the stand-out moments during the 10-day United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City, which wrapped up May 20, two came from Canadians: Carolyn Bennett, the Canadian minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Sarah Jancke, the National Inuit Youth Council’s vice...

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Nunavut May 24, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavut biologist sends possible “grolar” bear DNA for analysis

Unusual bear killed in Arviat could just be a blonde grizzly bear

THOMAS ROHNER

Is it a grizzly, pizzly or grolar bear? Why not a pozzly?

Nunavut residents and people from around the world have invented new tongue-twisters this week ever since an Arviat man posted pictures on Facebook of his most recent hunt.

“Female grizzly/polar bear. Got my first bear woohoo!!” Didji...

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Around the Arctic May 24, 2016 - 8:30 am

Forging a new path for Inuit kids in care: Part II in a series

"To admit or to acknowledge that you have prejudices is really hard"

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA — As Ottawa’s Inuit community continues to grow, so too grows the number of children being apprehended and placed in government care in Canada’s capital.

And that means agencies who care for those children are trying to find better ways to meet the needs of those Inuit families.

That’s a...

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Nunavut May 24, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut hostage-taking suspect appears in court

Salamonie Shaa, 22, accused of holding four-year-old child hostage, faces nine charges

THOMAS ROHNER

A Cape Dorset man charged with attempted murder, assaulting a police officer with a meat cleaver and taking a four-year-old child as a hostage appeared in an Iqaluit courtroom May 18, according to court documents.

Police arrested Salamonie Shaa, 22, on April 20 for an incident alleged to have...

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Nunavut May 20, 2016 - 4:20 pm

Nunavut man, 29, dies inside Cape Dorset RCMP holding cell

Ottawa Police Service, Nunavut coroner's office will investigate

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 29-year-old man has died while in police custody at the Cape Dorset RCMP detachment, a May 20 release from the Nunavut RCMP said.

Police said they arrested the man, who was not identified in the release, on the evening of May 19 after responding to a call about “an intoxicated male and an...

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