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Nunavut August 21, 2017 - 8:00 am

Geologists search for Earth’s earliest life forms in Nunavut

Scientists return from Coppermine River with Precambrian rocks, fossils

STEVE DUCHARME

More than a billion years ago, a planet-changing volcanic eruption fossilized some of Earth’s first organisms in lava flows stretching across North America’s Arctic landmass.

Now, a team of scientists returning from a canoe trip down the Coppermine River have collected a trove of rock samples...

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Around the Arctic August 21, 2017 - 7:00 am

It’s first stop Greenland for Amundsen’s Maud after departing Nunavut

“It’s sad to see it going, but people are aware that it means a lot to the Norwegians"

BETH BROWN

On winter days in Cambridge Bay, the hamlet’s mayor, Jeannie Ehaloak, would often go for walks along the shore.

“I would go to the Maud and back,” she said. 

But lately, she’s had to look for a new end mark for her outings, since the sunken vessel of the famed Norwegian polar explorer, Roald...

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Nunavut August 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Wildfire smoke moves into Nunavut

Smoke from fires in western Canada moves north

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Beautiful reddish suns at dawn or dusk are not always a sign of good weather—but of smoke in the air.

Nunavut’s Department of Health warned Aug. 18 that smoke resulting from forest fires will approach some Nunavut communities, so residents should take necessary precautions.

Depending on the level...

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Nunavut August 18, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut RCMP intensify efforts with elders, family to find wanted man

Cape Dorset situation remains volatile with David Mikkigak still at large and allegedly armed

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Members of the RCMP say they continue to work with people in Cape Dorset in the hope that David Mikkigak, now at large for seven weeks on the land outside the community, will “surrender peacefully” to police.

Mikkigak, 37, of Cape Dorset, is wanted for a number of criminal offences alleged to have...

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Nunavut August 18, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Pick up the phone if you need support, says Nunavut’s Victims Services

"We want them to know there’s someone here for them"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut faces some of the highest rates of family violence and sexual assault in the country, at more than seven times the national rate for Canada.

But the territory’s Victims Services wants Nunavummiut to know there is help for people who have been victimized.

“We’re trying to make sure that...

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Nunavut August 18, 2017 - 11:45 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Aug. 6 to Aug. 13

Conviction of Cape Dorset business owner for sea can theft and arson the week's top story

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

One thing becomes clear after looking at the top five stories last week on Nunatsiaqonline.ca: our readers are interested in the justice system—from court decisions to policing.

The most-read story of the week examined how a Nunavut man was jailed for sabotaging an ex-MLA’s business.

A Cape...

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Nunavut August 18, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut school worker charged with obstructing justice in sex assault case

Woman described as "teacher" counselled underage sexual assault victim into signing fabricated letters, Crown alleges

STEVE DUCHARME

An Igloolik woman has challenged evidence filed against her alleging that she persuaded the underaged victim of a sexual assault to sign fabricated statements that would have helped the man accused of assaulting the underaged victim.

Carolyn Tapardjuk is charged with one count of obstructing the...

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Nunavut August 18, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut power workers get plugged in to new wage-benefit deal

Unionized QEC employees vote yes to four-year contract

JIM BELL

A majority of about 140 unionized workers at the Qulliq Energy Corp. have voted yes to a new four-year wage-benefit deal with their employer that expires Dec. 31, 2020, the Nunavut Employees Union announced Aug. 17.

Unlike the last round of collective agreement talks between the QEC and the NEU,...

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Nunavut August 17, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Police plead for help in solving Nunavut boy’s homicide

Ray Taparti Jr., 11, was found dead in Rankin Inlet after being reported missing July 7

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut RCMP are once again reaching out to the public for information that could help them investigate the homicide of 11-year-old Ray Taparti Jr. this past July.

Police, with the help of the local search and rescue group, found the body of the boy, who was also known as “OJ,” in an...

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Nunavut August 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut ADM talks literacy, language as kids head back to class

Students back to class in the west, heading back soon in the east

BETH BROWN

(Corrected Aug. 21, 9:50 a.m.)

Students will return to school in Nunavut this month, as the Department of Education plans to make literacy one of its top goals for the coming academic year.

“It’s the linchpin for the whole system,” John MacDonald, assistant deputy minister for the GN’s...

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Nunavut August 17, 2017 - 11:45 am

Construction of new Nunavut school brings closure to “difficult chapter”

New Cape Dorset high school set to open in September 2018

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The construction of Cape Dorset’s new high school is now underway, the Government of Nunavut announced this week.

The work begins almost two years after Peter Pitseolak high school was destroyed in a September 2015 fire, leaving 134 students and staff members without a permanent facility in the...

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Nunavut August 17, 2017 - 10:00 am

Distraught Hall Beach man surrenders to Nunavut police

Posing with a rifle, man, 27, threatened violence over a live Facebook video

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 27-year-old man who posed in photos with a rifle and broadcast a live Facebook video while threatening violence is now in police custody, the Nunavut RCMP said in a statement Aug. 16.

“After a brief negotiation, the accused surrendered peacefully to Hall Beach officers positioned outside. The...

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Nunavut August 17, 2017 - 8:00 am

Dental therapist molested kids in at least two Nunavut communities, lawyer alleges

The late Daniel Nahogaloak worked in Igloolik, Taloyoak, Cambridge Bay

JANE GEORGE

A dental therapist who died in 2016 may have sexually abused young children in several Nunavut communities in the 1980s, leaving his victims so traumatized that afterwards they were too terrified to seek dental care, alleges Alan Regel, an Edmonton-based lawyer and member of the Nunavut bar.

Regel...

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Around the Arctic August 17, 2017 - 7:00 am

Anonymous donor helps Iqaluit elders fly to Kuujjuaraapik

Iqaluit seniors almost missed out on annual eastern Arctic elders event

BETH BROWN

Thanks to a donation from an anonymous benefactor and last-minute funding from the Government of Nunavut, some Iqaluit elders will get to attend a get-together in Kuujjuaraapik Aug. 20 to Aug. 26.

At a meeting of Iqaluit City Council’s recreation committee Aug. 10, the city recreation director...

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Nunavut August 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut health department urges best practices for fermenting meat

Traditional curing and plastic don't go together

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It’s harvest time for many sea mammals in the Arctic and if you plan to ferment walrus, seal or beluga meat, be mindful of the best ways of storing and aging meat.

That’s because the bacteria that cause botulism are naturally found in walrus, seal and sometimes whale, and if aged meat isn’t...

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Nunavut August 16, 2017 - 10:00 am

Crime severity increased in Nunavut last year: StatsCan

Raw number of crimes higher than recent years, but lower than in 2012

STEVE DUCHARME

When compared with the previous year, crime in Nunavut increased in both severity and overall frequency in 2016, with big growth in fraud, sexual violence and impaired driving, according to numbers on police-reported crime released July 24 by Statistics Canada.

StatsCan reported that Nunavut...

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Nunavik August 16, 2017 - 7:59 am

Air Inuit pilot featured on new postage stamp

“We would like more people to know about this remarkable young woman"

SARAH ROGERS

One of Air Inuit’s best-known pilots is set to get even more air miles now that her smiling face will grace a new postage stamp.

Melissa Haney, who made Captain on the Dash 8 at the Nunavik-owned airline last year, is featured on a new stamp designed by the East Canada Section of the Ninety-Nines,...

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Nunavut August 16, 2017 - 7:00 am

Constitutional fight brewing over Nunavut caribou harvest

Case involves Igloolik Inuk who harvested Baffin caribou during 2015 ban

STEVE DUCHARME

A constitutional showdown over Inuit rights is brewing in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit as lawyers debate the actions of an Inuk Canadian Ranger who harvested a Baffin Island caribou during a territorial government-imposed moratorium in 2015.

Michael Irngaut, a beneficiary of the...

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Nunavut August 15, 2017 - 4:30 pm

Nunavut RCMP want help persuading Cape Dorset man to surrender

"Please talk to us. Communicate. We can resolve this peacefully"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Members of the RCMP in Cape Dorset are asking people in the community for their help so that David Mikkigak can surrender “peacefully” to police.

In an Aug. 15 news release, the Nunavut RCMP said Mikkigak, 37, of Cape Dorset, who is wanted on a number of criminal charges dating to June of this...

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Nunavut August 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Students in fire-stricken Nunavut hamlet to start school later this year

Kugaaruk waits for six modular classrooms to arrive on sealift this September

BETH BROWN

Students in Kugaaruk usually head back to school in August, but their start date for school this year will depend on how fast the Government of Nunavut can install six new modular classrooms.

The deadline for completing that work is Oct. 15, the Department of Education confirmed to Nunatsiaq News,...

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