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Nunavik March 28, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Independent evaluation of Nunavik hockey program offers another view

“A higher level of evidence is needed to be definitive"

SARAH ROGERS

A professor of kinesiology and physical education has launched an independent evaluation of the Nunavik Youth Hockey Development Program to offer another “viewpoint” on Joé Juneau’s well-known hockey program.

The evaluation comes in response to a recent decision to cut almost half the program’s......

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Iqaluit March 28, 2017 - 11:45 am

Mine monitoring in Nunavut under the microscope next month

Impact review board to host a session with stakeholders at mining symposium

LISA GREGOIRE

A lot of people with money and power or a desire for those will descend on Iqaluit from April 3 to April 6 for the annual Nunavut Mining Symposium and among all the many sessions planned this year is a unique one hosted by the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

If you’re a regular Nunatsiaq News reader,...

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Nunavut March 28, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut’s big land use plan won’t get input from territory’s capital

“We simply do not have the manpower or the time, unfortunately, to develop a submission"

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavut’s land use plan will go forward without an official submission from the territory’s largest community.

Iqaluit mayor Madeleine Redfern dropped the news to members of the Nunavut Planning Commission during the organization’s week-long public hearing on its latest draft land use plan, held...

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Nunavik March 28, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavik community receives some unwelcome guests

“I thought we were going to die" says Ivujivik mom, after late-night polar bear encounter

SARAH ROGERS

Manu Qaunnaaluk still has trouble sleeping when she thinks about that night.

It was March 8, International Women’s Day, and Qaunnaaluk and her six-year-old daughter Deseray were attending women’s games at Ivujivik’s Amaarvik Childcare Centre.

When the event ended at 11 p.m., Qaunnaaluk and...

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Nunavut March 28, 2017 - 7:00 am

Elections Nunavut to hold beer-wine store votes May 1 in CamBay, Rankin

GN to hold town hall meetings in each hamlet this April

JANE GEORGE

Two Nunavut communities will get a chance May 1 to say whether they want wine and beer stores in their communities.

Late March 27, Elections Nunavut announced that Keith Peterson, Nunavut’s finance minister, has issued instructions to the Chief Electoral Officer, Dustin Fredlund, to hold beer and...

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Iqaluit March 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Politics, power, money real culprits behind nixing Arctic university: Saul

“The capacity to inspire Northern students in their own territories is missing”

PETER VARGA

Nunavummiut and other peoples of the Canadian Arctic have little chance of shaping the development of their northern lands and culture without an Arctic-based university run by peoples of the region, for peoples of the region.

That’s the message a group of speakers, honoured nationally for their...

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Nunavut March 27, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut Harvester Support Program set to re-open April 1

"It's modified to meet the needs of harvesters"

SARAH ROGERS

Following a three-year hiatus, Nunavut’s land claims organization has re-launched the Nunavut Harvester Support Program, which will officially re-open to applicants on April 1.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. says it’s revamped the program to make it more “relevant and responsive” to the needs of Inuit...

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Nunavut March 27, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Oil and gas hearings coming to eastern Nunavut towns

NIRB-led public consultations seeking public input

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you have a strong opinion one way or the other on oil and gas exploration off-shore from Baffin Island, here is your chance to speak up.

The Nunavut Impact Review Board plans to host a series of Baffin Island consultations in late April to help inform its Strategic Environmental Assessment in...

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Around the Arctic March 27, 2017 - 11:45 am

Ottawa silent on protecting Arctic’s North Water polynya from toxic space junk

“We’ve received really lackluster responses from most of the ministries”

STEVE DUCHARME

As the European Space Agency launches more rockets into space this year, a group of students in British Columbia are sending out an S.O.S to the world about dangerous leftover rocket fuel falling into Nunavut waters.

But months have passed since they wrote their letter and the Canadian government...

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Around the Arctic March 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

Federal tobacco, alcohol tax hikes will hit Nunavut, Nunavik

Increase comes on top of Nunavut's increases to tobacco taxes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re a smoker and you drink alcohol in Nunavut or Nunavik, be prepared to pay more in the future.

In fact, you have already been paying more since March 23, when tax increases on tobacco and alcohol came into force with the adoption of the federal budget.

In Nunavut, these new tax increases...

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Nunavut March 27, 2017 - 8:29 am

Bizarre Facebook graphic prompts Nunavut school boycott

Coral Harbour parents upset about altered ISIS execution image; education department is investigating

JANE GEORGE

(Updated, March 28, 8:10 a.m.)

There was no school for at least some students at Sakku School in Coral Harbour on Monday, March 27.

That’s because some parents of students at Sakku School, which serves about 300 students from kindergarten to Grade 12, had vowed to keep their children home from...

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Nunavik March 27, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavik teacher’s prize shines spotlight on northern education

“She’s helped so many youth"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik teacher Maggie MacDonnell hopes the global teaching prize she picked up March 19 will draw attention to education in Inuit communities and the important role that educators play in the lives of northern youth.

For now, MacDonnell is still swept up in a “tornado of events” and media...

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Nunavut March 25, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Nunavut RCMP defuse firearms incident in Rankin Inlet

Man arrested after shots fired inside a residence

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Members of the Nunavut RCMP arrested a man March 25, after a firearms incident in the Area 6 neighbourhood of Rankin Inlet.

No one was injured, the RCMP said.

During the afternoon of March 25, the Rankin Inlet RCMP detachment received a call that shots had been fired from inside a residence....

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Nunavut March 24, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Pond Inlet small craft harbour will take on sealift cargo

Forty-one million dollar facility to be completed by end of 2019

PETER VARGA

The new small craft harbour in Pond Inlet, slated for completion by the end of 2019, promises to add a third piece of marine infrastructure on Baffin Island that will take on sealift cargo operations in the summer and give boaters easier access to the sea.

The Pond Inlet marine infrastructure...

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Around the Arctic March 24, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Makivik wants protected status removed from shared Nunavut-Nunavik islands

Makivik staff argue case at land use plan meetings underway in Iqaluit

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavik’s birthright organization, Makivik Corp., wants the Nunavut Planning Commission to go back to the drawing board over protective designations made on certain islands that Nunavik and Nunavut share, included within the draft Nunavut Land Use Plan.

Makivik representative Mylène Larivière...

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Ottawa March 24, 2017 - 11:45 am

Tungasuvvingat Inuit celebrates 30 years as urban Inuit population grows

"We’re trying to focus on community development and not just community services"

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA—Isaiah McKeown-Philip, a 20-year-old Nunavut Sivuniksavut student from Iqaluit, came to the Bronson Centre in Ottawa March 18 to perform and dance.

Events like that Saturday’s 30th anniversary Spring Equinox celebration hosted by Tungasuvvingat Inuit are, to him,...

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Nunavut March 24, 2017 - 10:00 am

New energy efficient street lighting coming to Nunavut

QEC will install LED streetlights in four communities this year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Updated March 24, 1:20 p.m.

A Qulliq Energy Corp.-led pilot project will now see the light of day in four Nunavut communities, which are slated to get energy-efficient LED street lighting installed by the end of the year.

Iqaluit was the first Nunavut community to see light-emitting diode, or...

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Iqaluit March 24, 2017 - 8:30 am

New Iqaluit port aims for more sealift efficiency, safety

GN hopes separate small craft harbour improves conditions for boaters

PETER VARGA

Plans for a deep-sea port in Iqaluit by the year 2021 promise to eliminate what amounts to a summer-long D-Day-like supply operation on Iqaluit’s beachfront, otherwise known as the sealift, during the brief ice-free period between June and October.

Meanwhile, related plans for a small craft...

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Nunavut March 24, 2017 - 7:00 am

On World TB Day, researcher urges more focus on TB reduction in Nunavut

"Any TB death is too many"

JANE GEORGE

Now matter how you look at the public health numbers, tuberculosis rates among Inuit are “too high,” underlining the need for more TB awareness, screening and treatment, says Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez, a TB researcher and respirologist at the Ottawa Hospital.

Those high numbers include a rate of active...

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Nunavik March 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Spin-off development corporation aims to produce financial stabililty: Makivik

"What will Makivik do, if and when Sanarrutik funding is no longer available?”

SARAH ROGERS

Makivik Corp.’s new development corporation hopes to strengthen the organization’s investments while freeing up its reliance on government funding, Nunavik Inuit heard at Makivik’s annual general meeting in Tasiujaq this week.

Last fall, Makivik’s board of directors flagged the organization’s slow...

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