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Nunavut August 16, 2017 - 10:00 am

Crime severity increased in Nunavut last year: StatsCan

Raw number of crimes higher than recent years, but lower than in 2012

STEVE DUCHARME

When compared with the previous year, crime in Nunavut increased in both severity and overall frequency in 2016, with big growth in fraud, sexual violence and impaired driving, according to numbers on police-reported crime released July 24 by Statistics Canada.

StatsCan reported that Nunavut...

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Nunavik August 16, 2017 - 7:59 am

Air Inuit pilot featured on new postage stamp

“We would like more people to know about this remarkable young woman"

SARAH ROGERS

One of Air Inuit’s best-known pilots is set to get even more air miles now that her smiling face will grace a new postage stamp.

Melissa Haney, who made Captain on the Dash 8 at the Nunavik-owned airline last year, is featured on a new stamp designed by the East Canada Section of the Ninety-Nines,...

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Nunavut August 16, 2017 - 7:00 am

Constitutional fight brewing over Nunavut caribou harvest

Case involves Igloolik Inuk who harvested Baffin caribou during 2015 ban

STEVE DUCHARME

A constitutional showdown over Inuit rights is brewing in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit as lawyers debate the actions of an Inuk Canadian Ranger who harvested a Baffin Island caribou during a territorial government-imposed moratorium in 2015.

Michael Irngaut, a beneficiary of the...

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Nunavut August 15, 2017 - 4:30 pm

Nunavut RCMP want help persuading Cape Dorset man to surrender

"Please talk to us. Communicate. We can resolve this peacefully"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Members of the RCMP in Cape Dorset are asking people in the community for their help so that David Mikkigak can surrender “peacefully” to police.

In an Aug. 15 news release, the Nunavut RCMP said Mikkigak, 37, of Cape Dorset, who is wanted on a number of criminal charges dating to June of this...

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Nunavut August 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Students in fire-stricken Nunavut hamlet to start school later this year

Kugaaruk waits for six modular classrooms to arrive on sealift this September

BETH BROWN

Students in Kugaaruk usually head back to school in August, but their start date for school this year will depend on how fast the Government of Nunavut can install six new modular classrooms.

The deadline for completing that work is Oct. 15, the Department of Education confirmed to Nunatsiaq News,...

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Nunavik August 15, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Busy travel season grounds food shipments to Nunavik

"There’s a lack of everything"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavimmiut say they have seen bare store shelves across the region and restaurant closures in its largest community, Kuujjuaq, as the regional hub prepared to host its major annual music festival.

That was due to a higher than usual amount of air freight and a higher number of passengers destined...

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Nunavut August 15, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Review board decries lack of participant funding for Nunavut groups

NIRB says its limited resources can't ensure effective participation

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Impact Review Board said it cannot offer the funding Clyde River’s Hunters and Trappers Organization has requested to help them participate in an environmental assessment related to offshore resource development.

The HTO approached the NIRB earlier this month for support to take part......

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Climate Change August 15, 2017 - 10:00 am

Arctic heat wave sweeps across western Nunavut and High Arctic

Record-breaking temperatures from Cambridge Bay to Pond Inlet

JANE GEORGE

Unseasonably warm temperatures over the past weekend saw people in the western Nunavut hub of Cambridge Bay heading out to their cabins or the beach, where some even dipped into the Arctic Ocean to cool off.

However, it wasn’t so long ago—for example, in 1974, according to Environment Canada—that...

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Nunavut August 15, 2017 - 8:00 am

Former Nunavut politician faces new impaired driving charge

Jack Anawak, NDP candidate in the 2015 federal election, stopped by police in June

STEVE DUCHARME

A former Nunavut politician and candidate in the last federal election, Jack Anawak, has been charged with two counts of drinking and driving, stemming from an incident alleged to have occurred in Iqaluit this past June.

The RCMP charged Anawak, 66, with one count of operating a vehicle while...

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Iqaluit August 15, 2017 - 7:00 am

Break-in at Iqaluit elder’s apartment provokes anger among residents

"Despicable to think that people are so low and desperate"

JANE GEORGE

Many in Iqaluit say they are outraged over a recent break-in at one of the apartments for elders adjacent to Iqaluit’s Qammaq elders centre.

“Sad,” “no respect,” “scary,” “unbelievable and “disheartening” were among words used on social media after Iqaluit resident Eva Groves reported the theft at...

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Around the Arctic August 14, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Welcome to Tallurutiup Imanga: Nunavut’s new marine protected area

“Today is a very significant day for Inuit as well as for the world”

JIM BELL

In a deal that delivers big wins to each side, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the federal government declared Aug. 14 that they’ve reached an agreement on new, expanded boundaries for the long-awaited Tallurutiup Imanga Lancaster Sound marine protected area.

The deal, which expands the...

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Around the Arctic August 14, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Iqaluit elders to miss out on annual gathering

Funding never came through for Nunavut, Nunavik elder’s conference

BETH BROWN

(Updated Aug. 15, 10:05 p.m., with new information from QIA)

Many Iqaluit elders won’t get to attend an annual elders gathering that they usually attend, unless the Elders’ Qammaq can come up with $25,000.

Inuit elders from Nunavut and Nunavik organize a get-together every year to promote...

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Iqaluit August 14, 2017 - 11:45 am

Pass the cheese, please

Iqaluit club deals in edible gold

BETH BROWN

Sherry Shorthouse asks her customer, pre-purchase, if he knows he selected the garlic kind.

“Is it heavy garlic?” he asks.

“It’s just a nice hint,” she answers.

And the man buys two packs of cheese curds.

“Everybody loves curds,” Shorthouse said—especially jalapeno and garlic.

The Iqaluit...

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Nunavut August 14, 2017 - 10:00 am

MMIWG inquiry prepares for first Nunavut community visit

“There are many ways to participate"

SARAH ROGERS

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women plans to travel to Rankin Inlet next week for its first community visit in Inuit Nunangat.

Earlier this summer, the federal inquiry announced a nine-community tour, the last stop scheduled for the Nunavut community in...

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Nunavik August 14, 2017 - 7:55 am

Nunavik mother pleads for information on teen’s death

"Why did this happen to our daughter?"

SARAH ROGERS

The mother of a teenage girl found dead in the Nunavik village of Inukjuak last month has urged community members to come forward with any information that might help find her daughter’s killer.

Bethany Nastapoka Epoo, 14, was found dead outside a home in the Hudson coast community on July 22....

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Iqaluit August 14, 2017 - 7:00 am

City to hire trained fitness instructors for Iqaluit aquatic centre

New staff to replace volunteer instructors who were let go

BETH BROWN

Paid fitness staff are on the City of Iqaluit’s hiring agenda, Iqaluit’s recreation director, Amy Elgersma, told members of the city’s recreation committee Aug. 11.

An upcoming competition to employ more fitness instructors at the Iqaluit aquatic centre comes after the city did not renew the......

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Nunavut August 11, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut Arctic College art student’s creations merit BMO award

Anne Qammaniq-Hellwig's headbands receive top Nunavut honour

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Iqaluit art school student has won the Bank of Montreal BMO 1st Art award for Nunavut.

Anne Qammaniq-Hellwig, a student in the fine arts program at Nunavut Arctic College, was among the finalists from all territories and provinces who “vividly demonstrate the excellence and promise of Canada’s...

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Around the Arctic August 11, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Inuit org, Ottawa, set to unveil expanded national marine park in Nunavut waters

QIA, federal government, have agreed to new boundaries for proposed Lancaster Sound National Marine Protected Area

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

This Monday morning in Pond Inlet, Aug. 14, the president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, P.J. Akeeagok, and the federal environment minister, Catherine McKenna, will announce they’ve agreed on new expanded boundaries for the long-awaited Lancaster Sound National Marine Protected Area, the......

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Nunavut August 11, 2017 - 11:45 am

Iqaluit restaurant, pub may stay open another month: judge

Appeal over Hotel Arctic's lease continues in court

STEVE DUCHARME

A Nunavut judge has allowed Iqaluit’s Waters Edge Steak and Seafood restaurant to continue operating inside the shuttered Hotel Arctic for another month after the popular eatery was scheduled to shut down, as an appeal over a lease disagreement with its former landlord continues in court.

The...

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Nunavut August 11, 2017 - 9:00 am

World Indigenous Day renews calls for action on rights

“Much work remains to be done”

STEVE DUCHARME

Ten years after the United Nations General Assembly adopted its Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, vast challenges remain to implement those freedoms, according to statements released by the United Nations on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Aug. 9.

“In too many...

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