June 24, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Controversial Cape Dorset nurse wants to practice in Nunavut again
Debbie McKeown looking for GN reference to renew nursing licence
Deborah McKeown, the former Cape Dorset nurse at the centre of a nursing scandal involving the death a three-month-old baby, wants to practice nursing again in Nunavut.
McKeown tried to regain her Nunavut nursing license in both 2015 and 2016.
But to date she has been unsuccessful.
June 24, 2016 - 3:05 pm
Chris D’Arcy becomes Nunavut government’s head bureaucrat
Bruno Pereira, professional engineer from Ontario, becomes new permanent president of QEC
Chris D’Arcy, now serving as the Government of Nunavut’s deputy minister of Finance, will become the GN’s top administrative boss as of July 29, Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna announced June 24.
D’Arcy, who has headed the Department of Finance since June 13, 2011, will become deputy minister of the...
June 24, 2016 - 11:45 am
High levels of sodium found in Nunavut community’s water
GN advises Sanikiluaq residents not to drink tap water
Health officials in Nunavut are asking residents of Sanikiluaq to avoid drinking tap water.
Recent tests show high levels of sodium in the drinking water in the Hudson Bay community, the Government of Nunavut said June 23.
High sodium intake can have adverse effects on people with potentially...
June 24, 2016 - 10:00 am
Turn it up! Nunavut’s premier music and arts festival set to begin
Outdoor shows, new mobile app and a Greenlandic play all on deck
In a few short days, venues around Iqaluit will don the trademark yellow and purple banners that can signify only one thing — it’s time for Nunavut’s largest music festival to unfold in Nunavut’s capital.
This year the Alianait Arts Festival promises to deliver a steady stream of artists from...
June 24, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavik police look into reported use of date rape drugs
The KRPF has yet to confirm drugs used to incapacitate victims
Police in Nunavik say they are investigating reports of the use of date rape drugs in the region’s largest community.
The Kativik Regional Police Force says it has looked into reports of three possible incidents in Kuujjuaq dating back to April, where police say drugs may have been used to “obtain...
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June 24, 2016 - 7:00 am
Online comments: Nunatsiaq News wants to hear from you
Read our draft comment policy and tell us what you think by 5 p.m., June 30
Over the past two months, we’ve taken a long look at how we moderate and publish comments and other communications from readers, primarily on our website, but also on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
So to provide you with more clarity and to give ourselves a clear set of guidelines, we’ve...
June 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Overcrowded Nunavut home struggles with spring flooding
“How long will it take for this to be fixed?”
Mary-Rose Angoshadluk is worried for her aging mother.
The family matriarch, Monica Ugjuk, is 80 years old and lives in a five-bedroom home in Rankin Inlet that she shares with 15 other family members — seven of them are children between nine months and 12 years old.
But the overcrowded social...
June 23, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Backstage with dynamic throatsinging duo Tarniriik
Catching up Cailyn Degrandpré and Samantha Kigutak-Metcalfe at Ottawa solstice festival
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OTTAWA — Cailyn usually wins. When she throat sings, all she’s thinking is, “who’s gonna win, who’s gonna win.” Samantha finds it harder to keep a straight face.
The two girls, Cailyn Degrandpré, 11, and Samantha Kigutak-Metcalfe, 12, who now perform as the...
June 23, 2016 - 11:45 am
Arctic Inspiration prize winners crank up sound in Qikiqtani classrooms
"Their eyes lit up and they said ‘I can hear!’”
Imagine flicking on a switch to have more attentive students.
It’s sounds too good to be true, but when classrooms in Pangnirtung’s Alookie elementary school were outfitted with sound amplification systems earlier this month, principal Mary Etuangat said the change was immediate and...
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June 23, 2016 - 10:00 am
Look ahead: Where will Inuit be in 2036?
Statistics Canada says Inuit population could come close to 100,000 in 20 years
On June 21, Indigenous people across Canada celebrated the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day.
But how big will the population be on the holiday’s 40th anniversary in 2036?
Statistics Canada says Canadians can expect more of the population to identify as Indigenous, according to...
June 23, 2016 - 8:30 am
Ottawa Inuit share traditional and new art forms at solstice festival
Public invited to try carving at Inuit art pavillion
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OTTAWA — Barry Pottle, an Inuk photographer, used two million Zeller’s ClubZed points to purchase his first 35mm Canon film camera.
Inspired by Cape Dorset’s Jimmy Manning, Pottle chose photography because he says it remains an art form that few Inuit artists have...
June 23, 2016 - 7:00 am
Kuujjuaq detainee throws himself from Nunavik police vehicle
Sûreté du Québec investigating June 17 arrest
Quebec provincial police have launched an investigation into the arrest of a Kuujjuaq man who faces life-threatening injuries after throwing himself from a police cruiser.
Kativik Regional Police Force officers responded to a report of domestic violence at a Kuujjuaq home June 17 at 3 p.m., the...
June 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Ottawa police exonerate Iqaluit RCMP member in cell block incident
“The member involved was acting within the scope of his duties”
A 16-month investigation by the Ottawa Police Services has cleared an Iqaluit RCMP member of using excessive force in a 2015 incident that made national headlines, Nunavut RCMP said June 22.
“The independent investigation in this case concluded that the member involved was acting within the scope...
June 22, 2016 - 1:15 pm
Week-long search in Nunavik community turns up no sign of missing man
20-year-old fell into Akulivik river June 15, presumed drowned
Search and rescue crews in the Nunavik community of Akulivik continue to look for a missing man who fell into a local river last week.
Witnesses in the Hudson Bay community say the 20-year-old man fell off a bridge into the Illukotat river on June 15 just after 10 p.m.
Residents alerted local...
June 22, 2016 - 11:30 am
Toronto university unveils 26-tonne Inuit carving
"This sculpture will create opportunities for dialogue about Inuit art and culture"
TORONTO — A university sports stadium is a pretty good place to erect a giant soccer player in granite.
But this soccer player is unique — the hooded man is poised in an Alaska high-kick stance, with a walrus skull for a ball at his left foot.
Ahqahizu is the year-long, 26-tonne creation of Inuit...
June 22, 2016 - 10:00 am
GN’s Education Act proposals draw criticism in Iqaluit
Consultation roadshow hosts meeting at Inuksuk High
The Government of Nunavut’s proposed amendments to the Education Act has some Iqalungmiut fearful that the more centralized administration of education could wipe out regional accountability for schools across Nunavut.
That’s according to concerns raised at a consultation hearing that GN officials...
June 22, 2016 - 8:30 am
How to spend money: Ottawa club hosts northern workshops
Economic Club hosts infrastructure panel, financial literacy workshop for youth
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OTTAWA — None of the youth who attended the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s Summer Solstice Youth Exchange came from Cambridge Bay this year, although they wanted to come.
However, the airport’s gravel runway was too soft for any flights to take off so they couldn’t fly.
June 22, 2016 - 7:00 am
Last-in, first-out policy for shrimp is bad for Nunavut, senator says
Shrimp quota squabble pits Nunavut and Labrador against Nova Scotia
There’s a danger that Nunavut’s already inadequate share of offshore shrimp quota could get even smaller if the Department of Fisheries and Oceans continues to apply its last in, first out approach to allocating shrimp quotas, Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson said last week.
Patterson issued the...
June 21, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Exotic bear harvested in Nunavut was a blonde grizzly
DNA analysis confirms no polar bear genetic material in female bear
A DNA test has confirmed that a bear harvested in western Nunavut recently and believed to be a grizzly bear-polar bear hybrid is actually just a grizzly bear with blonde fur.
That’s according to Nunavut’s environment department, which had a DNA analysis done of the female bear harvested in May...
June 21, 2016 - 12:20 pm
Relax Iqalungmiut, this fire’s no dumpcano
Iqaluit firefighters expect to extinguish latest dump fire this afternoon
No need to worry, Iqalungmiut: dumpcano has not reared its ugly head again.
A fire at the city’s bulk metal and wood collection area at the dump site, which began around 6 p.m. June 20, is expected to be fully extinguished in a matter of hours, Iqaluit Deputy Mayor Romeyn Stevenson told Nunatsiaq......
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