Photo: Musher receives a warm reception in Inukjuak
Montreal church transformed into Inuit-language sanctuary
“We’re just doing something that we should have done before" — Bishop Barry Clarke
Special to Nunatsiaq News
MONTREAL — Rev. Annie Ittoshat stops about every five minutes and gazes up at the cathedral ceiling of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Montreal.
“I mean, just look at this,” Ittoshat says, craning her neck at the church’s stained glass windows and the massive cross...
Western Nunavut Inuit elect new land claims org president
Stanley Anablak to serve three-year term, only 21 per cent of voters turn out
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association, which represents beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement in western Nunavut, will get a new elected president.
Stanley Anablak of Cambridge Bay was elected president of KIA in a byelection March 30, the KIA’s chief returning officer, Martina Maniyogina,...
Iqaluit set to celebrate 50th anniversary of Toonik Tyme spring festival
Organizers line up big mix of traditional and fresh events
Iqaluit’s 50th Toonik Tyme festival promises to make the Nunavut capital bloom with a city-wide celebration of spring, starting with the Easter weekend and running well into April.
By popular demand, organizers of this year’s half-century anniversary celebration have lined up more traditional...
Anti-vandalism campaign building pride, responsibility in Nunavik
“Now when I see people doing it, I tell them not to vandalize"
Imaapik Brazeau says he’s used to seeing buildings in his hometown of Kangiqsualujjuaq looking a little run down; broken glass at the arena, doors that no longer open or graffiti on the walls of local homes and businesses.
It’s not that the 11-year-old student thinks it’s okay; he’s just always...
After 25 years, help line may bring 24-7 crisis support online
Kamatsiaqtut Help Line looks at text-based online help for Nunavut and Nunavik
Soon you may be able to text the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line if you are in distress or feeling suicidal.
Already you can call the Iqaluit-based service 24-7, toll free from any telephone in Nunavik or Nunavut.
But in the United States, such text-based crisis lines are already in operation, one using...
WWF to host Ottawa summit on protecting Nunavut’s Lancaster Sound
Federal approval still pending on conservation designation
World Wildlife Canada officials are hosting a talk with federal members of parliament in Ottawa this week focused on protecting Lancaster Sound as a National Marine Conservation Area.
The WWF’s all-party ocean caucus will host an event called Oceans on the Hill March 31 to discuss the proposed...
Nunavik MP stops in Kuujjuaq on pre-election visit
NDP's Romeo Saganash plans to defend seat in 2015 federal election
KUUJJUAQ — Romeo Saganash, the New Democratic Party MP for Abitibi-James Bay-Nunavik-Eeyou, says he plans to run again in this year’s federal election.
A rookie when elected in May 2011 with 45 per cent of the riding’s vote, Saganash said he’ll no longer be considered a rookie in 2015.
Arctic Council delegates ponder what works best in mental health
"We will take the knowledge and apply it for you and me, but mostly for the communities we live in"
Though suicide prevention and mental health are areas of life that only national and sub-national governments can do anything about, Arctic Council delegates from around the circumpolar world put a lot of energy last week into talking about it, especially what works and what doesn’t.
Kitikmeot Inuit go back to the polls March 30 in western Nunavut
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association still seeks a new president
It’s election day once again in western Nunavut, as eligible Kitikmeot Inuit beneficiaries vote in a March 30 byelection to choose a new president for the Kitikmeot Inuit Association.
The candidates for the position are:
• Joseph Aglukkaq of Gjoa Haven;
• Stanley Anablak of Cambridge Bay;
Nunavik declaration commits to Inuit culture, self-governance
"We have embarked on a journey to recapture our strength as people"
Nunavimmiut are a strong, united and determined people, says a new declaration adopted by regional leaders March 26.
And they’re determined to promote and protect their Inuit language and culture and work towards more autonomy.
The declaration, drafted and adopted at Makivik Corp.’s annual...
Former NHLers pay visit to Nunavut capital with Stanley Cup
"I want the kids to enjoy the game, and have fun”
Iqaluit got a special visit, March 27, from two former National Hockey League players, and the ultimate big league prize they both won in their professional careers — the Stanley Cup.
John LeClair, who won the award as a member of the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, and Marty McSorley, winner with...
Nunavut land claim org approves lawsuit settlement deal
NTI board also passes budget, supports Roman orthography for written Inuktitut
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s board of directors voted March 24 to accept a tentative settlement in a lawsuit they launched against the federal government.
NTI President Cathy Towtongie, who just returned March 27 from three days of board meetings in Baker Lake this week, said she was excited and...
Canadian North, First Air comply with new cockpit security order
"A requirement to have two members in the cabin" follows Germanwings air disaster
First Air and Canadian North each say they have complied immediately with a Transport Canada directive that requires them to keep at least two crew members inside their aircraft cockpits at all times.
The move follows a Transport Canada ordered made March 26 in response to the March 24 crash of a...
Make way — the Stanley Cup’s in town
Following a stop in Kuujjuaq, the Stanley Cup arrived in Iqaluit March 27
KUUJJUAQ — If there was a trending theme to the selfies taken in Kuujjuaq March 27, it would be selfies with the Stanley Cup or with two former National Hockey League players, Marty McSorley and John LeClair.
The Stanley Cup and the two NHL alumni stopped off in Kuujjuaq on their way to Iqaluit to...
Photo: Hey kids! Look over here!
Kivalliq hunters to get an additional bowhead this season
DFO approves increase to region's whale quota
Hunters in the Kivalliq region will be able to take home an extra bowhead whale this season, now that the federal government has approved an increase to the total allowable harvest for the region.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said March 27 that it has okayed the Nunavut Wildlife Board’s...
Four face charges linked to western Nunavut break-ins
Cambridge Bay hit by a rash of thefts since March 1
Four people in Cambridge Bay have been charged in connection with a series of break-ins around the Kitikmeot community, the Nunavut RCMP said March 27.
From March 1 to March 25, police responded to break-ins at a number of local businesses, including at the airport, a local convenience store and...