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?”
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...
March 23, 2017 - 2:29 pm
A new winter low for thin Arctic sea ice
"A clear indicator of climate change"
Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its annual maximum extent March 7 and even at its greatest extent, the Arctic ice cover this year was much smaller than in 2015, and 2016, which produced the second and third lowest Arctic sea ice cover recorded during the past 38 years.
And, moreover, the...
March 23, 2017 - 10:00 am
Nunavut RCMP arrest two Iqaluit teens on child porn charges
Charges include child luring and possessing child pornography
The Nunavut RCMP have finished an investigation into what they call “child pornography” in Iqaluit, resulting in the arrest of two teenagers, aged 19 and 16.
Last month, the RCMP received a complaint about a man trying to obtain explicit images from two young women in Iqaluit over Facebook, the...
March 23, 2017 - 8:30 am
Nunavut transplant thriving in Calgary’s fine arts scene
"My clientele, whether they are old or new, they love to hear the Inuk perspective behind the art"
When the historic Calgary Grain Exchange building opened its doors in 1909, it was a place of business for more than 30 wheat companies and, despite its diminutive six-storey height, loomed over the surrounding “cow town.”
Nowadays, in the shadow of the Calgary Tower, the building can hardly be...
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March 23, 2017 - 7:00 am
Liberal government’s 2017 budget leaves Nunavut waiting for details
Ottawa’s latest housing commitment amounts to only $21.8M per year
Updated at 12:30 p.m.
The carefully crafted budget message that Bill Morneau, the federal finance minister, delivered March 22 contains many tantalizing items that may or may not improve the lives of people of Nunavut, but no one can know what most of it means until the hard details emerge
March 22, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut grad student pushes higher learning, Inuit culture in the big city
"No matter how old you are, you can still get educated"
TORONTO— Sila qanuippaa?
“How’s the weather?”
It’s as Canadian as small talk gets, as a group of students discuss the weather using their limited Inuktitut vocabulary.
The conversation veers toward nillasuktuq, or cold weather, in Nunavut. “Piqsiqtuq,” says instructor Raigelee Alorut, asking...
March 22, 2017 - 1:30 pm
Suicidal thoughts more prevalent among Inuit, Métis, First Nations: StatsCan
Likelihood of suicidal thoughts higher in poor households across Canada
Inuit, Métis and First Nations people living off reserve aged 15 or older are more than twice as likely as other Canadians to have seriously contemplated suicide in their lifetime.
That’s according to a Statistics Canada study, released March 22, which found suicidal thoughts were more prevalent...
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March 22, 2017 - 10:00 am
Colleges in Nunavut, Ottawa team up to serve Inuit
“We’re looking for ways to have exchanges in the North and vice versa”
A three-year partnership deal signed March 17 between Nunavut Arctic College and Algonquin College in Ottawa promises to increase access to post-secondary programs for Nunavut students.
Formalized and signed in Ottawa between Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen and Nunavut Arctic College...
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March 22, 2017 - 8:30 am
Nunatsiaq News nets 17 community newspaper award nominations
Eastern Arctic’s oldest newspaper wins recognition in multiple categories
Nunatsiaq News staff members and freelance contributors learned March 21 that they’ve earned 17 award nominations in the Quebec Community Newspaper Association’s 2017 Better Newspapers Competition.
The award nominations earned by the newspaper are:
• Best Front Page (April 8, 2016 print paper)
March 22, 2017 - 7:00 am
CRTC honours the late Nunavut broadcasters Jonah Kelly, Jose Kusugak
CRTC head office to name meeting rooms after Kelly, Kusugak, other Canadian communication pioneers
Jonah Kelly and Jose Kusugak are now among a select group of Canadians that includes telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who have been honoured by the CRTC for their contributions to the development and visibility of Canadian communications over the past 150 years.
Kelly, a beloved CBC...
March 21, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Canadian Rangers struggle with reimbursement payments: ombudsman
Rangers in remote regions face lengthy delays in getting paid for damaged, lost equipment claims
Canadian Rangers who live in remote regions face many problems getting reimbursed for losses and equipment damage suffered during Canadian Ranger operations, Gary Walbourne, the Department of National Defence ombudsman, said last week.
Walbourne conveyed this in the second “message” he’s issued as...
March 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm
Nunavut judge says Inuit custom adoption law needs a makeover
Inuit organizations ignore invitation to intervene in custom adoption case
A Nunavut judge has called for greater clarity in the territory’s adoption laws, warning the issue is “of upmost importance to our children,” in a decision that reverses the custom adoption of a baby girl signed by a local custom adoption commissioner who didn’t properly consult the child’s
March 21, 2017 - 11:45 am
NIHB talks “a continuing adventure” Nunavut minister says
On supplementary health plan for Inuit, First Nations, Ottawa still calls the shots
The pot of federal government money that the Government of Nunavut uses to help pay the cost of health care for Indigenous people in the territory is under negotiation right now, and the GN’s biggest challenge, as always, is getting Ottawa to recognize the territory’s high costs, Nunavut Health...
March 21, 2017 - 8:30 am
Pride trumps fear for Inuit at sealing event
"They are asking that Inuit abandon who they are as a people and conform to the Western idealisms... that itself is a force of colonial violence"
SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS
OTTAWA—Nanuq Kulu never had the courage to wear seal skin in the South.
Kulu, who prefers we use “they” instead of he or she, was always fearful of what might happen if they did. And for good reason. Kulu has seen activists in Ottawa singling out strangers wearing fur...
March 21, 2017 - 7:00 am
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from March 12 to March 19
Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson set to stay on
Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson said he won’t resign his seat this fall, news that become the most-read story of the week on Nunatsiaq Online.
Patterson’s March 14 comments to Nunatsiaq News came despite a promise he made in 2009 to quit the Senate after eight years.
Patterson, who was sworn in...
March 20, 2017 - 4:10 pm
She shoots, she scores in Nunavut: Sanikiluaq girls hit the ice
"If we continue to see the commitment, the sky’s the limit"
These days, the hockey arena in Sanikiluaq is full of girls and young women—38 of them, to be exact—all dressed in brand new equipment.
Some of the girls are wobbly on their skates, but since the beginning of the year, the group has grown noticeably stronger, faster and more confident.
March 20, 2017 - 2:30 pm
GN committed to bilingual education: Nunavut minister
Minister defends Bill 37, says it provides for “realistic assessment” of Nunavut's capacity to teach in Inuktut
Nunavut’s education minister, Paul Quassa, responded March 17 to criticism of the government’s newly-tabled Education Act amendments reiterating the government’s commitment to a fully bilingual education system.
Bill 37, tabled March 7 in the legislative assembly, introduced a number of changes to...
March 20, 2017 - 1:09 pm
Exercise NOREX 2017 gets underway in Nunavut’s High Arctic
Testing the "mobility, sustainability and survivability" of Arctic response
Military activity again comes to the High Arctic islands of Nunavut as more than 180 soldiers, including Canadian Rangers, participate in the 2017 version of NOREX, short for northern exercise, over the next two weeks.
The exercise, which got underway March 17, is designed “to test the mobility,...
March 20, 2017 - 10:00 am
Nunavut justice minister releases crime prevention strategy
Intended to "reduce the incidence of crime in Nunavut"
Nunavut has a new five-year strategy aimed at preventing crime and reducing Nunavut’s rates of family violence and victimization by violent crimes and household crimes, which remain the highest in Canada.
Tabled, without fanfare, on March 14, the last day of the recent legislative sitting by...
March 20, 2017 - 8:30 am
Bill 40 aims for made-in-Nunavut Corrections Act
New act calls for Inuit Societal Values Committee, independent investigator
When they meet again in late May, Nunavut MLAs will consider Bill 40, which contains the final version of the territory’s new Corrections Act.
A summary of Bill 40 states the act “provides for robust appeals and grievance mechanisms for inmates, introduces an independent Investigations officer,...
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