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Nunavut September 23, 2014 - 3:54 pm

This Saturday, Iqaluit celebrates all colours of the rainbow

First annual Iqaluit Pride Party set for evening of Sept. 27 at francophone centre

THOMAS ROHNER

The dark days of winter are knocking on Iqaluit’s doors, but the bright colours of the rainbow will be partying inside, keeping winter at bay — at least for one night.

The first annual Iqaluit Pride Party, an event to celebrate inclusivity and support for diversity of gender and sexual identity,...

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Nunavut September 23, 2014 - 11:48 am

Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism picks up $30,000 Polaris prize

"People should wear and eat seal as much as possible"

SARAH ROGERS

Cambridge Bay-raised Tanya Tagaq beat out nine other artists Sept. 22 to pick up the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her latest album Animism.

Tagaq was one of 10 finalists — among them Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre and Drake — in running for the award and its $30,000 cash prize, given each year to...

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Nunavut September 23, 2014 - 10:10 am

Nunavut language watchdog weighs Inuktut skills against beneficiary status

Language commissioner wrestles with hiring practices, Inuktut standardization

PETER VARGA

Even though it enjoys equal status with English and French in Nunavut, the Inuit language is in “a much weaker position” relative to the other two, says the languages commissioner of Nunavut, Sandra Inutiq.

The ultimate sign that the Inuit language has reached the same level as English and French...

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Nunavut September 23, 2014 - 9:36 am

Mary River stockpiles its first load of Nunavut iron ore at Milne Inlet

"We are now truly a mining company"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Workers at Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s Mary River iron project transported the mine’s first load of iron ore to its port site at Milne Inlet Sept. 8, the company said Sept. 22.

Baffinland says the iron mine project continues on schedule, with plans to ship its first batch of stockpiled product...

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Around the Arctic September 23, 2014 - 8:11 am

Nunavut Resource Corp. eyes possible deal with Arctic Fibre Inc.

KIA-owned company looks at participation in Arctic Fibre’s second phase

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Resource Corp. may invest in Arctic Fibre’s undersea fibre-optic cable project — either using the corporation’s money to leverage support from the federal government or through a loan to underwrite the purchase of costly equipment.

That’s according to a briefing note tabled by the NRC...

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Nunavut September 22, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Iqaluit man to be tried Jan. 7 for trafficking weed

Allegations involve seven pounds of marijuana, $16,000 in cash

THOMAS ROHNER

A trial date has been set for an Iqaluit man alleged by the Nunavut RCMP to be involved in a Montreal-Iqaluit drug trafficking ring.

Matthew Kipanik, 30, will face two charges at a trial set for Jan. 7, 2015: one charge alleges trafficking in a controlled substance and the other charge alleges he...

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Iqaluit September 22, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Northwestel to fix Iqaluit landline service “over next few days”

Lines disrupted due to software glitch

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Northwestel said Sept. 22 that company technicians are working to repair an issue affecting landline phones in Iqaluit.

Starting late Sept. 21, Northwestel customers in Nunavut’s capital began to complain of technical issues ranging from no dial tone to crossed lines.

“Due to a loss of software...

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Nunavik September 22, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Quebec’s uranium commission returns to Nunavik

Public information session to be held Sept. 25 in Kangiqsualujjuaq

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik residents who still have questions about uranium mining in their backyard will get another opportunity to gather information at an upcoming public consultation session Sept. 25 in Kangiqsualujjuaq.

The Quebec government’s environmental advisory body, the Bureau d’audiences sur...

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Nunavut September 22, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Ottawa and Nunavut sign job training grant agreement

Nunavut to get $1 million to help employees get training, jobs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavummiut who want to find work but need to upgrade their skills will get some financial help from Ottawa soon, so long as they can find an employer who’s also willing to contribute.

The federal government announced Sept. 22 that Nunavut will get $1 million through the Canada Job Fund.

That...

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Iqaluit September 22, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Nunavut liquor sales consultation in Iqaluit next month

Make your views known Oct. 7 at meeting in Baffin Room, Frobisher Inn

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Note, location updated Sept. 22 at 12:10 p.m)

If you have an opinion about whether a beer and wine store should open in Iqaluit to sell over-the-counter alcohol, you’ll have a chance to make your views known to the government next month.

The Government of Nunavut will host a public consultation...

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Around the Arctic September 22, 2014 - 10:49 am

Iqaluit residents join worldwide climate change protest

“Politicans need to know the world is watching"

THOMAS ROHNER

They waved green hearts at passing motorists. They engaged passersby in conversation. And they laughed heartily at each other’s jokes.

About a dozen Iqalungmiut joined hundreds of thousands of people around the world Sept. 21 in a global movement to put pressure on world leaders meeting in New...

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Nunavut September 22, 2014 - 8:54 am

Iqaluit man accused of sex crimes released on bail

André Doucet will be back in court Oct. 6 for trial scheduling

THOMAS ROHNER

An Iqaluit man accused of sexual assault and other related crimes was released from custody Sept. 19 after a bail hearing at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

André Doucet, 38, appeared before Justice Sue Cooper Sept. 19 to face charges of intimidation, sexual assault, assault and sexual...

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Nunavik September 22, 2014 - 7:15 am

Nunavik-raised pilot sets a course for Asia

“There are lots of opportunities out there for youth across the North"

SARAH ROGERS

Richard Simon used to spend his summers along a stretch of the George River in the southeast part of Nunavik, where his family owns a handful of outfitting camps.

As a child, from the camp at Mount Pyramid, or Ulittaniujalik in Inuktitut, Simon used to stare up at the sky and watch jets fly by,...

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Around the Arctic September 22, 2014 - 5:54 am

MV Nunavik: from Quebec to China via the Northwest Passage

Bulk carrier to ship nickel concentrate from Chinese-owned Nunavik Nickel Mine

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The MV Nunavik, a vessel touted by its owners as one of the most powerful ice-breaking bulk carriers in the world, set out Sept. 19 on a voyage from Deception Bay, Quebec to northeastern China — through the Northwest Passage.

Owned by the Montreal-based Fednav Ltd., the MV Nunavik carries 23,000...

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Nunavik September 21, 2014 - 11:30 am

Photo: Filmmakers at work in Inukjuak

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Around the Arctic September 19, 2014 - 5:04 pm

NDP MP Saganash forces debate on missing, murdered Aboriginal women

“The structure and attitudes that permit this violence to continue… must be examined, exposed and addressed"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Northern Quebec MP Romeo Saganash made an emotional plea in the House of Commons Sept. 19 for a national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women.

New Democrat MPs took advantage of their majority in the house to force a debate on the issue, which the Conservative government...

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Around the Arctic September 19, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Inuit youth head to New York City for big UN indigenous conference

ICC sending 14-member delegation, including new chair Okalik Eegeesiak

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A group of young Inuit will participate next week in the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous People, which will take place at the UN general assembly in New York City next week, on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23.

The youth will attend the high-level plenary conference as observers, thanks to a...

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Nunavut September 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm

New Arctic patrol ship to bear name of wartime naval officer

Harry DeWolf — the first of a half dozen Arctic offshore patrol vessels

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The first of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic-offshore patrol ships will bear the name of a wartime Canadian naval officer, Harry DeWolf, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sept. 18.

The Harry DeWolf, the first of a fleet of Arctic patrol ships, will “better enable” the Navy to exercise...

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Nunavut September 19, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Iqaluit water licence lumbers its way through Nunavut regulatory system

Application covers reclamation of old dump, approval of new landfill and waste plan

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two days after industrial firefighters snuffed out dumpcano’s last smoking embers, the Nunavut Impact Review Board agreed to screen Iqaluit’s “new” water licence application.

The application, first submitted Nov. 5, 2012, contains a closure plan for the city’s West 40 dump, site of the notorious...

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Nunavut September 19, 2014 - 10:59 am

Nunavut residents increasing demands on info and privacy boss

Commissioner says office will soon need full-time staff and space

PETER VARGA

Nunavut’s information and privacy commissioner says the territorial government should consider expanding her office to deal with the growing demand for access to information and review of privacy issues, which hit record highs in 2013-14.

In most Canadian provinces, “the average file load for a...

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