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Nunavut September 20, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut RCMP stop Pangnirtung youth’s shooting spree

Teenager sprays 11 rifle rounds into the air around town Sept. 19

JANE GEORGE

A Pangnirtung boy who fired 11 rifle rounds into the air at several locations around the Baffin community of about 1,500 people is now undergoing a psychological assessment by mental health professionals, the RCMP said Sept. 19.

Just after midnight on Sept. 19, the Pangnirtung RCMP received a...

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Nunavut September 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Hundreds receive child and family services from Nunavut: report

Report says 63 children and youth, 129 adults receive services outside the territory

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Hundreds of Nunavut children, youth and adults are living away from their homes and families, many for their own safety.

Concern over children who don’t live at home in his community of Arctic Bay prompted Quttiktuq MLA Isaac Shooyok to say in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly Sept. 14 that “if a...

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Nunavik September 19, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavik officials name region’s fifth proposed park

Iluiliq park spans the Hudson Strait's sweeping fjords between Ivujivik and Salluit

SARAH ROGERS

Environment officials in Nunavik are making strides to finalize the creation of the region’s fifth provincial park, or parc national in French.

An area of sweeping cliffs along Nunavik’s Hudson Strait, called Cap Wolstenholme, has long been flagged as potential park land.

Last week, Kativik...

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Nunavut September 19, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut hunter compensation fund too hard to access, MLA says

“We all know it’s very difficult to get compensation”

BETH BROWN

Uqqummiut MLA Pauloosie Keyootak, who represents Qikiqtarjuaq and Clyde River, wants to know why none of his constituents are able to access territorial government money allocated to compensate hunters for damage caused by wildlife, especially polar bears.

The simple answer, after hearing from...

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Nunavik September 19, 2017 - 11:50 am

Nunavik women still recovering from Labour Day weekend hit-and-run

Jimmy Tooktoo, 29, faces three charges

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Two Nunavik women continue to recover in Montreal after they were run down by a reckless driver earlier this month.

The two women, originally from Akulivik, were in Umiujaq during the long weekend when, on Sept. 2, a driver speeding through the Hudson coast village drove into the two women as they...

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Nunavut September 19, 2017 - 11:00 am

Nunavut RCMP charge Pangnirtung man with arson

Jordan Veevee, 24, charged in connection with Sept. 15 fire

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A 24-year-old man faces an arson charge in connection with a fire last week in Pangnirtung.

On Sept. 15, firefighters and members of the RCMP in Pangnirtung responded to a fire in the former St. Luke’s mission hospital, now building #215, which was built in 1929.

Until recently, the building also...

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Iqaluit September 19, 2017 - 10:50 am

Photo: From one helping hand to another

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Around the Arctic September 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut MLA attacks Ottawa, Inuit orgs on proposed federal law

Under Bill C-55, DFO minister could unilaterally create protected marine areas

STEVE DUCHARME

Facing the prospect of federal legislation that would give Ottawa more power to unilaterally create protected marine areas, Pangnirtung MLA Johnny Mike slammed the federal government for not consulting Nunavummiut.

And Mike criticized Inuit organizations for not lobbying against the...

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Nunavut September 19, 2017 - 8:00 am

The back story: Nunavut MLAs ignored last-minute Education Act fix

"We would have been seen as not fulfilling on our commitment"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut’s education minister tried a month ago to reach a compromise with regular MLAs on changes to the Education Act—even agreeing to drop some of its more controversial parts—but it appears MLAs had their minds set on defeating the bill.

In an Aug. 18 letter from Education Minister Paul Quassa...

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Nunavut September 19, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut school fires create insurance “crisis point:” minister

“I can foresee the Government of Nunavut becoming uninsurable”

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Because of recent fires that devastated schools in Cape Dorset and Kugaaruk, Government of Nunavut officials are finding it’s getting harder to buy fire insurance and if the trend continues, the GN could one day become uninsurable, Finance Minister Keith Peterson warned Sept. 14 at a committee of...

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Nunavut September 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut premier: new Inuit employment report doesn’t reflect job growth

"We need to look at the whole picture"

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Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna is defending his government’s efforts to develop the territory’s Inuit workforce, suggesting the number of government jobs for Inuit are growing steadily.

Taptuna made the remarks at the Legislative Assembly Sept. 14 in response to a new report released by Nunavut...

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Nunavut September 18, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Federal trade corridors fund might help pay for Nunavut’s transport dreams: minister

GN seeks money for Grays Bay, Manitoba-Nunavut road, airports

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Nunavut has pinned its hopes on getting money from a pot of cash controlled by federal government called the National Trade Corridors Fund to pay for its “longstanding transportation priorities,” Monica Ell-Kanayuk, the Nunavut minister of economic development and transportation, said Sept....

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Nunavut September 18, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Manitoba artist makes “royal robe” for Nunavut’s Lady of the Seal

Cape for Tagaq incorporates antlers, sealskin and beaded likeness

LISA GREGOIRE

Weighing in at about 15 kilograms, and replete with sealskin, beadwork and antlers, “Our Lady of the Seal” is not something you’d wear, say, riding a bike.

But it works well as an art piece or a specialty garment and it sure got the attention of its namesake: award-winning throatsinger and...

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Nunavik September 18, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Photo: High hopes for Nunavik’s air industry

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Iqaluit September 18, 2017 - 11:30 am

Nunavut MLA criticizes conditions at Iqaluit medical boarding home

“One of my constituents had to move from the Tammaativvik Boarding Home to a hotel because of the conditions"

BETH BROWN

Conditions at Iqaluit’s Tammaativvik patient boarding home are generating complaints from his constituents, South Baffin MLA David Joanasie said Sept. 14 in the Nunavut legislature.

The boarding home now accommodates Nunavummiut from Baffin communities who need a place to stay while they are in...

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Nunavut September 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Western Nunavut artist carves out a niche on the web

Damien Iquallaq uses Facebook to market his work directly to buyers

BETH BROWN

Cambridge Bay artist Damien Iquallaq works on a carving behind his small house inside a shed that can be heated throughout the long western Nunavut winter.

“To do more detailed work I need to be able to move freely and take my gloves off. You just can’t do that kind of work when it’s -30 C...

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Around the Arctic September 18, 2017 - 8:00 am

New report homes in on cancer risks for Inuit in the South

"A valuable tool that will enable our communities to take better care of themselves"

JANE GEORGE

While Inuit health surveys regularly examine the health of Inuit in Nunavut and Nunavik, the same can’t be said for Inuit living in the South.

Statistics Canada figures estimate that about 16,000 Inuit, or 26.9 per cent of all Inuit in Canada, live outside the Inuit regions, or Inuit...

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Nunavut September 18, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut cannabis survey results won’t be released prior to election

But finance minister says report will go to next government

BETH BROWN

There is just one week left for Nunavut residents to fill out a Government of Nunavut survey on cannabis legalization, and Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak is encouraging his constituents to complete it.

“I encourage my constituents in Baker Lake to express their views,” Mikkungwak said Sept 14...

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Nunavut September 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Former Nunavut SAO gets house arrest for $150,000 theft from hamlet

Baker Lake's Dennis Zettler skimmed lottery earnings for years, hid cash around house

STEVE DUCHARME

The disgraced former senior administrative officer of Baker Lake will spend the next two years under house arrest at his home in Ontario, after being convicted of skimming an estimated $150,000 in lottery revenues from hamlet coffers since 2009.

Dennis Zettler, 66, shook uncontrollably and wept at...

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Nunavut September 15, 2017 - 3:44 pm

Photo: Shake it off

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