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Nunavut February 12, 2016 - 11:40 am

Iqaluit rolls out first new economic development plan in 15 years

“This is an opportunity for us to move forward"

SARAH ROGERS

The City of Iqaluit is rolling out its new Community Economic Development Plan, which aims to support new entrepreneurs and make Nunavut’s capital a more business-friendly place.

The city’s first new economic development plan since 2001 was drafted and approved by council last year after almost...

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Iqaluit February 12, 2016 - 10:00 am

New housing development planned for Nunavut capital, in Apex

Deputy mayor votes no because of overburdened water service

STEVE DUCHARME

Residents in Apex are one step closer to some new neighbors.

Two bylaws passed second reading at Iqaluit’s city council Feb. 9, designating a parcel of land across from the Apex graveyard to “residential community” from “open space.”

“The City of Iqaluit planning department, after much...

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Around the Arctic February 12, 2016 - 8:30 am

Future polar bear lobbying must include Inuit, Nunavut org says

"When people stop trade of any kind... that’s the only source of income for a lot of families"

LISA GREGOIRE

Environment Canada and Climate Change officials are hoping to create a negotiating team to dissuade the United States Fish and Wildlife Service from insisting on further protection for polar bears and Inuit leaders want to be at the table.

Paul Irngaut, director of wildlife and environment for...

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Around the Arctic February 12, 2016 - 7:00 am

Inuit women want police, justice officials to offer more protection

"That’s where all Inuit society should be standing — with our women and our girls"

JIM BELL

OTTAWA — In an effort to ensure recognition of Inuit-specific needs, Inuit women meeting in downtown Ottawa this week say the Liberal government’s upcoming national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women must focus on policing, the justice system, the protection of crime victims and the...

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Nunavut February 11, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Sex assault on victim means murder, Crown says in Nunavut court

Crown lawyers make final submissions in Jeffrey Salomonie murder trial

STEVE DUCHARME

Jeffrey Salomonie knowingly committed sexual assault on the night he killed Iqaluit resident Daisy Curley in 2009.

That accusation formed the basis of final arguments by Crown prosecutors Feb. 10 in closing submissions for Salomonie’s first-degree murder trial at Nunavut’s Court of Justice in...

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Nunavut February 11, 2016 - 12:58 pm

Job vacancies in Nunavut highest in Canada: StatsCan

Latest figures come from StatsCan's Job Vacancy and Wage Survey

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Job vacancy rates in Nunavut are the highest in the country, according to new data released by Statistics Canada Feb. 11.

The figures come from StatsCan’s Job Vacancy and Wage Survey and refers to the third quarter of 2015, ending in September of that year.

According to StatsCan, 4.2 per cent...

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Climate Change February 11, 2016 - 10:00 am

PM Trudeau to talk with Indigenous leaders on climate change

Trudeau, while stopping short of election promise on climate change, to meet premiers March 3

JIM BELL

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while stopping short of last year’s bold election promise on climate change, will still talk about the issue with First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders in Vancouver March 2 and with Canada’s premiers March 3, the prime minister’s office announced Feb. 10.

The...

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Nunavut February 11, 2016 - 8:30 am

AEM ups estimate for Nunavut’s Amaruq to 3.3 million ounces

Company believes they'll produce gold in Nunavut "over several decades"

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Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.‘s Amaruq deposit may now hold at least 3.3 million ounces of gold, an estimate that’s 67 per cent higher than last year’s, the company announced Feb. 10.

That means the Amaruq deposit, located about 50 kilometres from the company’s existing mine and mill at Meadowbank in...

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Around the Arctic February 11, 2016 - 7:29 am

Photo: Sealing highlights shared maritime culture

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Nunavut February 11, 2016 - 7:00 am

Inuit treatment centre, one of only two in Canada, to close in March

"We have a proven model of success that has empowered hundreds of lives"

SARAH ROGERS

An Ottawa-based residential treatment centre for Inuit recovering from addiction and trauma will close its doors this March 31 because it can’t find enough money to keep going, its parent organization said Feb. 9.

Tungasuvvingat Inuit, an Inuit-specific health and social services provider, has run...

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Around the Arctic February 10, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Canada’s polar bear management is sound, Inuit tell U.S. government

"Up-listing to Appendix 1 will be detrimental to our hunting activities"

SARAH ROGERS

Inuit representatives are on Capitol Hill in Washington this week to make a last ditch effort to convince their American counterparts to reconsider the way they think about polar bears.

The United States, as a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), has tried...

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Nunavut February 10, 2016 - 1:05 pm

Fog of alcohol clouded memory of killing, Nunavut man claims

Final arguments presented this week in murder trial of Jeffrey Salomonie

STEVE DUCHARME

He says he was too drunk to know what he was doing.

When a Cape Dorset man beat Iqaluit resident Daisy Curley to death with a hockey stick early one May morning in 2009, his extreme intoxication prevented him from being aware of his actions or forming the intent necessary for murder, the man’s...

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Iqaluit February 10, 2016 - 9:59 am

Toonik Tyme in dire straits, organizer tells Iqaluit City Council

Crumbling volunteer base threatens annual spring festival

STEVE DUCHARME

This year’s 51st annual Toonik Tyme, held in Iqaluit each April, is shaping up to be a dismal successor to its acclaimed 2015 half-century celebration, Iqaluit city councilors heard Feb. 9.

Toonik Tyme Society President Travis Cooper, appearing as a delegate, told city councillors that his...

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Around the Arctic February 10, 2016 - 8:45 am

Montreal students flock to Inuit tattoo documentary

Film from 2010 pulls in its largest-ever live audience

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DAVID MURPHY

MONTREAL — Iqaluit’s Alethea Arnaquq-Baril steps onto the stage at the Alumni Auditorium of Montreal’s Concordia University and gasps into the microphone: “ho-ly!”

It was hard finding a seat Feb. 8 at the 700-seat Montreal venue for the screening of Arnaquq-Baril’s 2010 documentary,...

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Nunavut February 10, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut celebrates Inuktut, Inuit culture this month

Inuit clothing the focus of month-long celebration, Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new name and a longer celebration: that’s what Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq, Nunavut’s annual celebration of Inuktut and Inuit culture, is bringing to Nunavut for the month of Febriuary.

Nunavut’s celebration of Inuktut, was first called Inuktitut Uqauttin or “speaking in the Inuit way” (in the...

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Nunavut February 09, 2016 - 4:02 pm

New Nunavut MLA eyes local development, language preservation

Emiliano Qirngnuq, 66, elected as new Netsilik MLA Feb. 8

SARAH ROGERS

The new MLA for Netsilik says his focus heading into the next session of Nunavut’s legislative assembly will be on economic development for his home region and the preservation of the Inuit language.

Emiliano Qirngnuq, 66, was elected in a Feb. 8 by-election to replace former MLA Jeannie Ugyuk,...

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Iqaluit February 09, 2016 - 1:07 pm

Nunavut’s translators gather to talk standards, terminology

"These people play an extremely important role in Nunavut"

STEVE DUCHARME

Edna Elias, former Nunavut Commissioner and now a freelance translator, worries that the interpreter-translator students sitting across the table from her won’t have the support they need to be successful when they graduate.

Elias, along with dozens of other interpreters and translators from...

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Nunavut February 09, 2016 - 10:42 am

Lockdown in Nunavut community ends early Feb. 9

“There is no risk to public safety at this time"

SARAH ROGERS

Updated 11:50 a.m., Feb. 9

An overnight lockdown in the Kitikmeot community of Gjoa Haven has ended with the death of an armed man.

Members of the RCMP detachment in Gjoa Haven received a firearms-related call Feb. 8 from a local residence in the community of about 1,300 people, which reported a...

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Nunavut February 09, 2016 - 10:30 am

Some former residential students denied compensation

“The worst ones were when serious abuse happened literally feet from the property line"

SARAH ROGERS

The federal government has promised to look into an estimated 1,000 compensation claims made by residential school survivors that were rejected due to an administrative glitch.

The problem hinges on an “administrative split,” created in the 1950s and 1960s, when the federal government began...

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