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Climate Change May 24, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Arctic headed for temperature highs not seen in 52M years: new research

"More profound climate changes than previously suggested"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If the world doesn’t find a way to reduce its climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, the Arctic will face a warmer and wetter future, with temperature rises of between 14.7 C and 19.5 C by 2300.

That’s a prediction from research published May 23 in the journal Nature Climate Change which...

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Nunavut May 24, 2016 - 2:40 pm

Celebrated Canadian violinist plays Iqaluit this evening

After his first visit in 2012, James Ehnes returns to Nunavut

THOMAS ROHNER

When the world-famous Canadian-born musician James Ehnes last visited Iqaluit in 2012, the landscape of Sylvia Grinnell Park put on a concert for him.

“Nature itself has its own soundtrack,” Ehnes said from his Yellowknife hotel May 23 shortly before departing for Iqaluit.

“Out in the park,...

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Ottawa May 24, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Ottawa feast draws Inuit, presentation on bullying, child rights

“We come to reconnect with community members"

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA — The basement of Ottawa’s Knox Presbyterian Church drew crowds May 19 for the sweet comforts of country food and the even sweeter lure of community.

Once a month, Tungasuvvingat Inuit holds a community feast where friends and family can gather to stay in touch,...

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Around the Arctic May 24, 2016 - 11:45 am

UN Indigenous forum urges more support for youth, human rights, languages

"It's about righting historical wrongs. It's about shedding our colonial past"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Among the stand-out moments during the 10-day United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City, which wrapped up May 20, two came from Canadians: Carolyn Bennett, the Canadian minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Sarah Jancke, the National Inuit Youth Council’s vice...

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Nunavut May 24, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavut biologist sends possible “grolar” bear DNA for analysis

Unusual bear killed in Arviat could just be a blonde grizzly bear

THOMAS ROHNER

Is it a grizzly, pizzly or grolar bear? Why not a pozzly?

Nunavut residents and people from around the world have invented new tongue-twisters this week ever since an Arviat man posted pictures on Facebook of his most recent hunt.

“Female grizzly/polar bear. Got my first bear woohoo!!” Didji...

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Around the Arctic May 24, 2016 - 8:30 am

Forging a new path for Inuit kids in care: Part II in a series

"To admit or to acknowledge that you have prejudices is really hard"

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA — As Ottawa’s Inuit community continues to grow, so too grows the number of children being apprehended and placed in government care in Canada’s capital.

And that means agencies who care for those children are trying to find better ways to meet the needs of those Inuit families.

That’s a...

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Nunavut May 24, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut hostage-taking suspect appears in court

Salamonie Shaa, 22, accused of holding four-year-old child hostage, faces nine charges

THOMAS ROHNER

A Cape Dorset man charged with attempted murder, assaulting a police officer with a meat cleaver and taking a four-year-old child as a hostage appeared in an Iqaluit courtroom May 18, according to court documents.

Police arrested Salamonie Shaa, 22, on April 20 for an incident alleged to have...

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Nunavut May 20, 2016 - 4:20 pm

Nunavut man, 29, dies inside Cape Dorset RCMP holding cell

Ottawa Police Service, Nunavut coroner's office will investigate

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 29-year-old man has died while in police custody at the Cape Dorset RCMP detachment, a May 20 release from the Nunavut RCMP said.

Police said they arrested the man, who was not identified in the release, on the evening of May 19 after responding to a call about “an intoxicated male and an...

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Nunavik May 20, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Need for mental health services in Nunavik urgent, says former leader

"We need a medical and counselling support system that works for us"

SARAH ROGERS

Inuit leader Mary Simon says she supports a recent call for emergency intervention to respond to a spate of suicides in Nunavik.

Since the end of December 2015, 11 Nunavimmiut have died by suicide — the vast majority of them in their teens and early twenties.

A campaign launched May 13 by Nunavik...

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Nunavut May 20, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Qikiqtani Inuit org reveals Baffinland IIBA financial info

‘’The board of directors strongly believes in transparency between QIA and all of the beneficiaries"

JIM BELL

(Updated May 20, 2:45 p.m., with clarifications)

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association has decided to help its beneficiaries follow the money.

To that end, they’ve published a new, unredacted version of the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement that they signed with the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. on...

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Nunavut May 20, 2016 - 10:00 am

Investigation into Nunavut cellblock brutality taking “way too long:” lawyer

“Police have a long history of… what’s the opposite of transparency? Opaqueness"

THOMAS ROHNER

An ongoing police investigation into allegations of police brutality by Iqaluit RCMP, announced in February 2015, is taking “way too long” by “any normal standards for a police investigation.”

And that investigation, which the Nunavut RCMP asked the Ottawa Police Services, or OPS, to do, has...

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Around the Arctic May 20, 2016 - 8:30 am

Inuit foster kids fight to overcome trauma, abandonment: Part I in a series

“I feel like I wasn’t a kid. I was just a case number"

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA — When she was around 12, she tried to hang herself because it seemed like the only way to stop getting groped and raped by men and boys who came and went from the drunken household where she was raised.

A family member found her, cut her down and hugged her and though she didn’t trust...

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Nunavut May 20, 2016 - 7:00 am

Whooping cough outbreak grows in Nunavut community

“The concern is more young children who can become very ill"

SARAH ROGERS

An outbreak of whooping cough in Nunavut has grown to 13 cases — all of them within the north Baffin community of Pond Inlet.

Health officials first warned May 16 of a four confirmed cases of this bacterial infection, a number that had risen by nine two days later.

The infection, which is marked...

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Nunavut May 19, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut stats still show lower life expectancy at birth: StatsCan

Life expectancy at birth in Nunavut remains 11 years less than in B.C.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A child born in Nunavut between 2010 and 2012 can look forward to a life that’s 11 years shorter than a child born at the same time in British Columbia.

That’s according to the May 19 release of Life Tables from Statistics Canada.

StatsCan found that life expectancy at birth remained lower in...

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Nunavut May 19, 2016 - 2:45 pm

Iqaluit-based film wows international audience

Two Lovers and a Bear premieres at Cannes May 18

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s winter landscape shone on the international stage May 18, when the Iqaluit-filmed Two Lovers and Bear premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

The story, written and directed by Montreal’s Kim Nguyen, stars Tatiana Maslany (best known for the television series Orphan Black) and...

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Around the Arctic May 19, 2016 - 1:25 pm

A better liver through chemistry: Pauktuutit takes aim at hepatitis C

National Inuit women's association develops partnerships, continues awareness campaign on viral infection

JIM BELL

OTTAWA — It’s a disease that often strikes in silence, and many victims learn of it only after many years, when their livers are scarred by cirrhosis or eaten away by cancer.

Hepatitis C, a chronic liver infection caused by a virus that wasn’t discovered until 1989, lives inside the bodies of more...

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Nunavut May 19, 2016 - 10:30 am

Nunavut orgs say they’ll implement Hall Beach inquest recommendations

“We remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of all individuals in RCMP custody"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The organizations that make up the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy say they will work to implement the recommendations that came from a Hall Beach coroner’s inquest jury earlier this month.

The May inquest looked into the circumstances around the death of an 18-year-old local man, Tommy...

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Nunavut May 19, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut historical society to produce CHARS research guide

"Local people have much to teach incoming researchers" at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station

JANE GEORGE

A stream of researchers from many disciplines will start to head to Cambridge Bay after the opening of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station there in July 2017.

That’s why the Kitikmeot Heritage Society aims to develop a new research guide for scientists and researchers who plan to work in...

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Around the Arctic May 19, 2016 - 7:00 am

Alaska firm picks up Arctic Fibre, plans connection to Japan

Fibre optic project focused on Alaska, with future plans to expand eastwards through Northwest Passage

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Plans for a fibre optic network through the Canadian Arctic are still on the table, but Nunavut communities shouldn’t expect the project to deliver better bandwidth anytime soon.

Arctic Fibre, the Ontario company that first launched plans to build a network connecting Asia to Europe via the......

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Nunavut May 18, 2016 - 4:05 pm

GN warns against contaminated quinoa bars

If you eat them, you could get sick from the listeria bug

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Do these packages of Quaker Harvest brand quinoa bars look familiar? If these packages are in your kitchen, don’t eat any of the bars.

You should throw them out — or return them to the store where you bought them for a refund.

Nunavut’s health department has issued warning about a food recall on...

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