November 26, 2014 - 7:21 am
Santa puts Nunavut-made muskox paper onto his list
Cambridge Bay photographer has honed the art of paper-making from dried muskox droppings
If you’re looking for that special northern Christmas gift for a special person, here’s the ticket: a photo of a muskox printed on muskox-poo paper.
It’s no joke. You can buy just such a photo from Red Sun Productions of Cambridge Bay — whose photos often appear in the Nunatsiaq News.
November 26, 2014 - 6:55 am
Nunavik program helps children disclose sexual abuse
"This taboo has a strong hold on our communities. But we have to face it"
KUUJJUAQ — The number of Nunavik children who reported crimes of a sexual nature almost doubled from 2012 to 2013, thanks to a regional program that promotes the awareness of sexual abuse.
Good Touch/Bad Touch launched in 2012, a collaboration between the Kativik Regional Police Force and the...
November 26, 2014 - 5:50 am
Drinking, partying, arrest preceeded suicide in Nunavut police cell
Coroner's inquest into Solomon Uyarasuk's death hears from Igloolik residents, pathologist
The autopsy report on Solomon Uyarasuk, found dead in an RCMP jail cell in Igloolik two years ago, confirms the findings of an external police investigation: that the young man died by “self-suspended hanging.”
That was the conclusion of forensic pathologist Christopher Mark Milroy, the man who...
November 25, 2014 - 2:52 pm
Roots-folk performer brings international appeal to Iqaluit Dec. 6
Sarah MacDougall closes Alianait’s 2014 concert series
The Yukon-based singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall’s music has caught on in much of Canada and Europe.
Iqalungmiut will soon getr a chance to listen in Dec. 6, when Alianait Arts brings the award-winning folk-roots artist to Nunavut for the first time.
The Swedish-born Canadian singer’s work...
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November 25, 2014 - 1:29 pm
On Nov. 25, think orange: UN
Orange symbolizes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
“Orange your neighbourhood” and show you want to end violence against women.
From Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to Dec. 10, Human Rights Day, the United Nations is promoting its annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
November 25, 2014 - 11:55 am
Police charge Nunavut man with murder in Rankin woman’s death
Dwayne Sateana, 30, of Rankin Inlet charged with second degree murder in death of Edith Angalik, 25
A 30-year-old Rankin Inlet man, Dwayne Sateana, has been charged with charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Edith Angalik, with whom he had been in a relationship.
The body of the 25-year-old Rankin Inlet mother of three was found outdoors in the Area 5 section of the...
November 25, 2014 - 11:14 am
Ottawa police investigator testifies on day one of Nunavut inquest
Scene at Solomon Uyarasuk's death in custody not secured for six hours
IGLOOLIK — When RCMP found Solomon Uyarasuk in the Igloolik RCMP detachment’s prison cell Sept. 24, 2012, the young man was hanging from a nylon belt fastened around his neck and attached to the cell door.
That was just some of the heart-rending testimony heard by a six-person jury on Nov. 24 —...
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November 25, 2014 - 10:37 am
Auditor General: NNC does not verify if consumers benefit from subsidy
“There is no indicator to measure whether the full subsidy was being passed on to consumers”
(Updated 12:45 p.m., Nov. 25)
The Nutrition North Canada air freight subsidy program does not ensure that northern retailers pass the full subsidy on to consumers, the Auditor General of Canada, Michael Ferguson said Nov. 25.
“The northern retailers have attested to the department that they do...
November 25, 2014 - 10:33 am
Nunavik elders, meet iPad
New project helps Nunavik elders reach friends, family in other communities
KUUJJUAQ — Jeannie Papigatuk sits down in the main room of the Tusaajiapik elders home in Kuujjuaq and pulls a sleek new tablet from its packaging.
The elders in the room don’t budge.
When Papigatuk invites residents to come over and look at the computer, a woman watching television waves her arm...
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November 25, 2014 - 8:51 am
Greenland candidates enter final stretch before Nov. 28 election
Uranium mining among campaign's top issues
With only four days to go before voters in Greenland go to the polls Nov. 28 to choose a new parliament, you can see election posters everywhere around the capital city of Nuuk, where recent debates have featured party leaders promoting their platforms.
Some political observers have guessed at a...
November 25, 2014 - 7:36 am
Ottawa proposes short-term housing agreement for Nunavik
"We tried to negotiate more housing under this agreement, considering the shortage"
KUUJJUAQ — As Nunavik’s current tripartite housing agreement nears its end, the federal government has proposed a new short-term extension to buy more negotiating time.
The current five-year agreement between the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau, Makivik Corp. and the governments of Quebec and...
November 25, 2014 - 6:30 am
Nunavut Tunngavik announces advance poll Dec. 1
Vote early Dec. 1, or on Dec. 8 election day
If you want to cast your ballot early in the election to choose a new vice president for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., you can do so on Dec. 1 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time.
Two men and one woman are running for NTI’s second-in-charge position: Douglas Aggark of Chesterfield Inlet, incumbent ......
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November 24, 2014 - 3:22 pm
Speak up! Add your voice to the indigenous language challenge
"In the spirit of language revitalization, please post videos of yourselves speaking your beautiful indigenous languages"
Here’s a challenge that doesn’t involve dumping ice water on your head, shaving the hair off your head or growing a mustache.
All you have to do is record a video of yourself speaking Inuktitut and post it on a Facebook page.
The Indigenous Language Challenge has invited all indigenous people to...
November 24, 2014 - 1:33 pm
Inquest into Nunavut police custody death now underway in Igloolik
"We have to support each other: witnesses, family and people speaking for the family"
IGLOOLIK — With jury selection completed, a mandatory coroner’s inquest into the death of Solomon Uyarasuk got underway at the old community hall in Igloolik Nov. 24.
Uyarasuk died Sept. 24, 2012 while in police custody. The jury, comprising three men and three women from the community, are...
November 24, 2014 - 11:58 am
Generous donors bring homeless girl back to Nunavut
“Winnipeg is a really scary city to be homeless in”
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — The recent plight of a Cambridge Bay father to bring his daughter home from the streets of Winnipeg to western Nunavut has come to a happy ending.
Angela Anavilok is back home in that Kitikmeot community, safe and sound, thanks to the fundraising efforts...
November 24, 2014 - 11:14 am
Nunavik woman’s death prompts calls for inquiry
Aupaluk woman alleged to have died following altercation with local police, careless medical attention
The Quebec coroner’s office could be called in to investigate the recent death of a woman in Aupaluk in co-ordination with the Kativik Regional Police Force and assistance from the Surêté du Québec, a SQ spokesperson confirmed Nov. 24.
But the SQ’s Benoît Coutu was unable to say whether this would...
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November 24, 2014 - 9:30 am
Book review: Salluit HBC trader recounts an extraordinary life
Donald Cameron: "I wrote it simply, for the family"
Most people in Nunavik know Donald Cameron well and many people around Nunavut may remember him too.
Cameron, who’s lived in Salluit for more than 30 years, spent his first 17 years, from 1966 onward, as a fur trader with the Hudson’s Bay Co., living in communities across Canada’s North.
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November 24, 2014 - 8:00 am
Mercury pollution still growing in Arctic lakes and fish: researcher
Researchers wonder how climate change might affect amount of mercury in fish
Sometimes it’s easy to see how climate change is impacting the Arctic environment — later freeze-ups, earlier spring melts, less multi-year ice, more insects, and unusual plants and animals.
Sometimes those changes are harder to see, but they still matter.
An Environment Canada scientist based...
November 24, 2014 - 6:30 am
Nunavut hires more educators, gets fewer students, fewer grads: StatsCan
Only one in three Grade 12 students graduated in 2012-13
If you’re wondering how Nunavut’s education officials are doing, it’s simple: they’re hiring more educators but achieving less for their students, a Statistics Canada report reveals.
Nunavut schools employ more educators than ever before. But the StatsCan numbers show that student enrollment is...
November 24, 2014 - 5:50 am
Nunavut cops probe apparent homicide in Rankin Inlet
Body of 25-year-old woman found outside early Nov. 22
The Nunavut RCMP have opened an investigation into the death of a 25-year-old Rankin Inlet mother of three, Edith Angalik, whose nude, frozen body was found outdoors in the Area 5 section of the community early on the morning of Nov. 22.
Investigators from the RCMP “V” division major crimes unit...
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