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Nunavut December 02, 2016 - 4:09 pm

Nunavut iron mine proposes bigger ships, no spring ice-breaking

"If I must, I would much rather have more shipping in summer than to have ships during dead winter”

LISA GREGOIRE

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. has revised its latest plans for the Mary River iron mine expansion, proposing to increase open-water shipping out of Milne Inlet with bigger ships, but abandoning an unpopular plan for ice-breaking during the busy spring hunting period.

To fill those ships, Baffinland...

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Nunavut December 02, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Western Nunavut hub moves closer to beer-wine store vote in 2017

Petition triggers plebiscite in Cambridge Bay

JANE GEORGE

(Updated at 5:15 p.m.)

If you live in the western Nunavut town of Cambridge Bay and you’re an eligible municipal voter, you will get a chance to vote next April in a plebiscite to decide if a beer and wine store should open in this community of about 1,700 people.

The hamlet received a petition...

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Nunavut December 02, 2016 - 1:10 pm

To stay out of jail, this Nunavut carver makes art

“I’m talking to you because I want people to know you can change”

THOMAS ROHNER

Cape Dorset carver Kudlu Kellypalik, 34, used to go door-to-door stealing from community members.

But now, the artist, who has had more stints in prison than he can remember, goes door-to-door every night selling his art, mostly carvings.

“I’m talking to you because I want people to know you can...

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Nunavik December 02, 2016 - 11:45 am

Nunavik halfway house waits on staff hires to re-open

Region's only correctional centre has been closed for three years

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Following a three-year closure, Nunavik’s Makitautik rehabilitation centre has a handful of staff positions to fill before the correctional facility can start taking clients again.

The halfway house in Kangirsuk, which first opened in 1999 to house low-risk offenders, has struggled to...

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Nunavut December 02, 2016 - 8:29 am

Electoral reforms should enhance Indigenous voter turnout: committee

Special committee recommends referendum decide electoral reform

STEVE DUCHARME

After nearly six months of consultations across the country, Canada’s special committee on electoral reform is recommending a national referendum before any replacement of the current first-past-the-post system with proportional representation.

That decision accompanies a series of 13...

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Nunavik December 02, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavik airline launches Christmas shopping flight to Sept-Îles

One-day charter offers chance for big box holiday shopping

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Christmas shopping can be expensive, not to mention having to fly to another city to do it.

This year, Nunavik’s Air Inuit is offering a one-time charter to a southern destination so that Nunavimmiut can buy most of the gifts on their holiday list.

On Dec. 10, an Air Inuit Dash-8 can take up to...

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Climate Change December 01, 2016 - 4:00 pm

November brings record-breaking temperatures from Nunavut to Siberia

Nov. 30 saw spring-like warmth across much of Nunavut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In many Nunavut communities, chances are you traded your parka for a jacket during the month of November.

During November, monthly average temperatures in Nunavut’s central Kivalliq region ranged from 4.1 C higher in Naujaat to 8.2 C higher in Arviat—and sparrows, usually long-gone from Rankin...

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Nunavik December 01, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Fewer alcohol seizures means higher crimes rates in Nunavik: police

“The KRPF is receiving fewer tips from the public than last year"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Nunavik police say they’ve seized less bootlegged alcohol this year than over the last five years in the region.

And that appears to have translated into more crime; the Kativik Regional Police Force has seen an 18 per cent increase in alcohol-related files so far in 2016, up from...

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Nunavut December 01, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut’s message for Dec. 1 World AIDS Day: Hands Up for HIV Prevention

Dec. 1 also marks start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

During Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, Nunavummiut should get tested for sexually transmitted infections “to protect ourselves, our partners and our communities.”

That’s the message from Nunavut’s health department for Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, which also marks the start of Aboriginal AIDS...

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Nunavik December 01, 2016 - 11:45 am

Nunavik shoppers pay 48 per cent more for food than southerners: study

“Even after our subsidies, we’re still paying the price"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—A new study probing at the cost of living in Nunavik confirms what most people in the region already know: it costs more to live in the North of Quebec than in its South.

But the two-year study launched by the Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corp. digs deeper into the issue than...

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Ottawa December 01, 2016 - 11:00 am

An emotional ride at historic Supreme Court Inuit rights case

“I was encouraged by the questioning that the judges had. I really appreciated that they made an extra effort to ensure that Indigenous rights are at the forefront"

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA—As Supreme Court judges took an afternoon break Nov. 30 from considering legal arguments in the Clyde River seismic testing case, the hamlet’s former mayor Jerry Natanine left the courtroom angry and discouraged with how his lawyer had been picked apart by the justices.

But after witnessing...

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Nunavut December 01, 2016 - 10:00 am

Candidate for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president: Cathy Towtongie

"I would continue to make NTI fiscally responsible and have royalties received from mining, which are now structured to benefit Inuit, to keep on growing"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

With Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s presidential election set for Dec. 12, Nunatsiaq News plans to profile each of the four candidates. We asked the candidates the same four questions. Their responses have been edited for length and clarity. We will run the profiles of the candidates according to......

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Nunavut December 01, 2016 - 7:00 am

Iqaluit standoff shooter looks at four- to six-year sentence

“Your actions that day could have taken the life of my colleagues, my life, or the life of anyone”

STEVE DUCHARME

Jamie Mikijuk, 28, the Iqaluit man who in 2015 barricaded himself inside a Happy Valley house and exchanged gunfire with police during a 41-hour standoff will likely spend at least four years behind bars.

Mikijuk had pleaded guilty this past August to multiple firearms offences and Justice Paul...

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Ottawa November 30, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Chippewas kick off joint rights case with Inuit at Supreme Court

“I want my grandchildren to be able to hunt and fish healthy animals for years to come. That’s what we’re fighting for"

LISA GREGOIRE

The fog enveloping the Supreme Court of Canada building in downtown Ottawa seemed to permeate the main hearing hall Nov. 30 where an army of lawyers and nine Supreme Court justices attempted to answer one big question: who is the Crown?

The Inuit of Clyde River and the Chippewas of the Thames...

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Nunavik November 30, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Nunavik internet upgrade delayed to new year

“But you will see a difference"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—New and improved internet service is still en route to communities throughout Nunavik—it will just take a little longer than planned.

Nunavik’s Tamaani Internet made the switch to a new satellite provider SES this past fall, which will deliver greater bandwidth, from 1.5 megabits per...

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Nunavik November 30, 2016 - 11:45 am

KRG wants to help restore banking services in Nunavik

But service would rely on regional orgs, businesses as clientele

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—If banking services are to return and thrive in Nunavik communities, regional organizations and businesses are going to have to support them.

That was the message to Kativik Regional Government councillors, who are meeting this week in Kuujjuaq.

The major factor in the closure of the...

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Nunavut November 30, 2016 - 10:00 am

Candidate for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president: Joe Adla Kunuk

"Part of my campaign is devolving as much authority as we can from NTI to the RIAs"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

With Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s presidential election set for Dec. 12, Nunatsiaq News plans to profile each of the four candidates. We asked the candidates the same four questions. Their responses have been edited for length and clarity. We will run the profiles of the candidates according to......

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Climate Change November 30, 2016 - 7:00 am

PM Trudeau to talk climate change Dec. 9 with Indigenous leaders

Ottawa hopes first ministers' meeting will produce Canada-wide emissions reduction plan

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down with national Indigenous leaders in Ottawa Dec. 9 in advance of a long-awaited conference with provincial and territorial premiers aimed at creating a national framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the PMO announced Nov. 29.

“Indigenous voices...

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Nunavut November 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Nov. 20 to Nov. 27

Saga of Nunavut's two leading airlines leads the news

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s failing airlines, an editorial by Nunatsiaq News editor Jim Bell, was the most-read story of the week on Nunatsiaqonline.ca.

“There’s no doubt about it. The people of Nunavut hate their airlines with a venomous passion,” Bell wrote.

“With the possible exception of the two territorial...

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Nunavut November 29, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Tracking collars reduce need to disturb or handle polar bears: federal agency

Environment Canada currently tracking 12 collared bears in western Hudson Bay

SARAH ROGERS

There are currently 12 polar bears in the western Hudson Bay region fitted with tracking collars, put in place by Environment and Climate Change Canada to monitor the animals’ condition and movement through the year, the federal department says.

That number doesn’t include an emaciated female......

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