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Around the Arctic January 23, 2015 - 5:08 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, Jan. 23

Bits and Pieces

JOHN AMAGOALIK

Iqualuit, Ikaluit, or Iqaluit

When Iqaluit changed its name from Frobisher Bay to its original name several years ago, some bureaucrat spelled the name Ikaluit and most non-Inuit pronounced it that way because they couldn’t pronounce “qa” in the Inuktitut language.

People from the south and the...

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Around the Arctic January 23, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Life on the margins: poverty, fear and violence for Aboriginal women

Cousin of murdered woman still fighting for social justice

THOMAS ROHNER

When the dead body of Holly Jarrett’s cousin, Loretta Saunders, was discovered by police in New Brunswick in Feb. 2014, Jarrett says she was left with many questions.

Shortly after her cousin’s murder, Holly, 41 and a mother of four, remembers talking to Loretta’s professor at St. Mary’s...

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Nunavut January 23, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Parents say Iqaluit’s French-language school leaving them in the dark

“We want to assure you there is no crisis," school board says

SARAH ROGERS

Parents with children enrolled in Nunavut’s only French-language school say they’re not getting enough information about recent changes occurring at the school.

Over the past several months, administrators at Iqaluit’s École des Trois-Soleils have had to contend with a number of teacher absences...

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Nunavut January 23, 2015 - 11:40 am

Hip hop instructor shaping Nunavut b-boys and b-girls

“Seeing the children happy is my main goal"

KELCEY WRIGHT

When Jenni Linkson walks into the Kullik Ilihakvik elementary school gym in Cambridge Bay, all of the kids run over to hug her.

She’s a bit of a rock star around here.

For the last five years, Linkson has been teaching students hip hop dance and all the pride and confidence that comes from...

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Nunavik January 23, 2015 - 8:11 am

Nunavik communities to share $8 million for infrastructure projects

Federal gas tax fund distributed in region over five years

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Communities in Nunavik will share more than $8 million in infrastructure funding over the next five years, the region learned Jan. 22.

The money flows from the federal gas tax fund, coupled with a contribution from the Quebec government.

Under the Canada-Quebec agreement, communities receive a...

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Nunavut January 23, 2015 - 7:05 am

Iqaluit police investigating laser pointed at incoming aircraft

“These light sources are hazardous to pilots and threaten passenger safety"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut police are looking for an individual or group responsible for pointing a laser at an aircraft coming in to land at the Iqaluit airport earlier this month.

Police say they received reports that a laser pointer was directed at a Keewatin Air Pilatus flying from Kimmirut and on approach to...

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Nunavut January 23, 2015 - 5:57 am

Wage-benefit talks between union, Nunavut power utility hit a wall

Union says it will likely hold strike vote in the coming weeks

LISA GREGOIRE

The Nunavut Employees Union says contract talks with the Nunavut power corporation have gone nowhere and they are now looking at holding a strike vote among their 140 or so members.

Bill Fennell, union president, said Jan. 22 that attempts by a mediator to arrive at a negotiated contract between...

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Nunavut January 22, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Not here, not now: Nunavut residents, others, still wary of uranium project

“Will the caribou be safe? Will it be safe to eat?"

THOMAS ROHNER

Too many unaddressed community concerns persist for many Kivalliq residents, and others, to support Areva Resources Canada’s proposed uranium mine near Baker Lake.

That came across loud and clear from a number of organizations who submitted comments and recommendations on Areva’s final......

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Nunavut January 22, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Mining investment shrinks in Nunavut: NRCan

“These continue to be challenging times for funding exploration and mining projects"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mining companies spent less on exploration in Nunavut in 2014 than the previous year, according to new estimates compiled by Natural Resources Canada.

The federal department looked at mineral exploration and deposit appraisal expenditures in all three territories last year, noting an increase in...

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Nunavut January 22, 2015 - 10:52 am

Nunavut ex-priest Dejaeger says he’s sorry for sex crimes against Inuit children

Judge will likely issue written sentence decision before March at the latest

JIM BELL

(Updated, 12:50 p.m., Jan. 22)

As some of his sexual abuse victims wept and howled in the courtroom gallery, 67-year-old Eric Dejaeger, convicted child molester and former Roman Catholic priest, rose Jan. 22 at the end of his sentencing hearing in Iqaluit to apologize and plead for...

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Nunavut January 22, 2015 - 8:02 am

Ottawa mulls “special concern” status for eastern bowhead whale

DFO says designation would not impact current harvesting quota

LISA GREGOIRE

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans wants to know what you think about listing some Arctic species under its Species at Risk Act, including the eastern Arctic bowhead and orca whales.

Ray Ratynski, the DFO’s central and Arctic region manager for the Species at Risk program, said Jan. 16 that...

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Nunavut January 22, 2015 - 6:55 am

On the lookout for Nunavut’s wisest women

Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council opens nominations for annual awards

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council is looking for Nunavut’s outstanding women of 2015.

Every year, the women’s organization recognizes women across the territory for outstanding contributions to their communities and regions by handing out Wise Women and Outstanding Young Woman...

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Nunavut January 22, 2015 - 5:50 am

Solomon Uyarasuk film gets Nunavut screening next week

Film about suicide will be followed by live discussion at Astro Theatre

THOMAS ROHNER

A documentary film about Solomon Uyarasuk — the young Igloolik artist found dead in a local RCMP detachment cell in 2012 — will get its Nunavut premiere in Iqaluit next week.

Sol, an Arnait Video Production feature by filmmakers Susan Avingaq and Marie-Hèlene Cousineau, had its world premiere at...

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Nunavik January 21, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik childcare centre closes after mould discovery

“Whenever it rains or there’s a blizzard, water comes in"

SARAH ROGERS

Updated Jan. 21 at 4:50 p.m.

Public health officials in Nunavik said Jan. 21 that they’re investigating a mould outbreak at a Kangirsuk daycare centre and the possibility that it caused illness among the centre’s children or staff.

People in the Ungava Bay community allege that six different...

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Nunavut January 21, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Photo: Fiddling around in Rankin Inlet

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

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Nunavut January 21, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Language revitalization program coming to the Kitikmeot

“There just needs to be an interest in ensuring the language survives"

SARAH ROGERS

Fewer than 400 Inuit still speak Inuinnaqtun in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region, but that’s something Nunavut Arctic College hopes to change.

Starting this February, the college’s Kitikmeot campus will launch a new language revitalization program in Cambridge Bay.

Its goal: to help students develop...

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Around the Arctic January 21, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Nunavut food security group calls for one-day boycott

“I think this is better because anybody can do it, silently"

THOMAS ROHNER

The social activism group, Feeding My Family, has called on its supporters to boycott North West Co. retail outlets across the Arctic on Jan. 31.

The boycott, if successful, would mean customers would stay away from North Mart, Northern Stores, Giant Tiger and Alaska Commercial Value stores in...

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Nunavut January 21, 2015 - 12:49 pm

And then there were three: Nunavut byelection candidate disqualified

Sandy Kautuq says he missed a deadline for employment leave

LISA GREGOIRE

Sandy Kautuq, a candidate in the upcoming Uqqummiut byelection, says he has been kicked out of the race on a technicality.

“When the chief electoral officer, along with their legal counsel, called me just before lunch yesterday, I was disappointed but, what can I do?” said Kautuq, reached at his...

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Nunavut January 21, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Nunavut court: Child-molesting ex-priest deserves 25 years jail time, Crown says

Defence lawyer pitches 12-year sentence, saying Crown submission is "crushing" and "heavy-handed"

JIM BELL

(Updated Jan. 21, 4:35 p.m.)

To honour the principles of retribution, denunciation and general deterrence, child-molester ex-priest Eric Dejaeger, 67, should get a 25-year jail sentence, Crown prosecutor Doug Curliss said Jan. 21 in a sentencing submission held at the Nunavut Court of Justice in...

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Nunavut January 21, 2015 - 5:59 am

Nunavut abuse victim hurls scripture at pedophile ex-priest Dejaeger

Convicted child molester “shall be punished with everlasting destruction,” woman says

JIM BELL

The pedophile ex-priest Eric Dejaeger “did not know God,” an Igloolik sexual abuse victim declared Jan. 20 in a victim impact statement that quoted from St. Paul the Apostle’s instructions on how to live a good life.

Dejaeger, who appears before the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit this week...

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