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Iqaluit January 16, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Making art from tiny, shiny things in Nunavut’s capital

“Beading was almost lost but it has been revived in the past 20 years”

LISA GREGOIRE

Elisha Kilabuk bends over a plastic grocery bag flattened on a table onto which he’s deposited pools of blue and white beads. With a long, narrow beading needle he has bent for this purpose, he deftly skewers five beads.

A pair of visitors in parkas stand by the table where he’s seated at the...

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Around the Arctic January 16, 2017 - 11:45 am

WWF on Nunavut gold project: don’t create new threats to caribou

Conservation group opposes "untested and unproven" protection measures for Sabina's Back River

JIM BELL

Just a few days after the federal government rejected the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s recommendation that the Back River gold project not go ahead, the World Wildlife Fund has weighed in with a statement that warns against creating new threats that could damage the region’s shrinking caribou...

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Nunavut January 16, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nasty influenza bug flattening Nunavummiut: beware

GN issues health advisory, warns residents to take precautions

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Washing your hands? Covering your cough? Stay home if you’re sick? Just making sure, says the Government of Nunavut.

The GN’s department of Health issued a public health advisory Jan. 13 warning Nunavummiut of an increase in respiratory illness across the territory—likely caused by the influenza...

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Iqaluit January 16, 2017 - 8:30 am

Small steps: Iqaluit shelter society welcomes help for the homeless

“These men are at risk just by virtue of being alive right now and we should care. We should act”

LISA GREGOIRE

A promise from Iqaluit councillors to take the issue of homelessness more seriously is giving renewed hope to the society that runs the city’s men’s shelter.

But more than anything, the shelter needs local citizens to take the issue seriously too by offering their skills and time to help sustain...

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Nunavut January 16, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut police arrest two Rankin Inlet men on drug charges

Police seized weed and cash Jan. 11

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Police in Rankin Inlet have seized weed, drug paraphernalia and cash.

On Jan. 11, as part of an investigation in Rankin Inlet, police executed a search warrant at a residence in the community, a Jan. 13 news release from the RCMP said.

The search resulted in the seizure of 295 individually...

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Nunavut January 13, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Ottawa sends Nunavut gold mine proposal back to the NIRB

INAC minister says Sabina's Back River gold project needs more thorough review

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal government says Sabina Gold and Silver Corp.’s proposed Back River gold mine needs a more robust review before Nunavut can close the door on the potential development of the project.

This week, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada sent the project’s final hearing report back to the...

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Nunavut January 13, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Gun-toting Cape Dorset rapist gets lifetime firearms ban

Nunavut judge refuses to grant exemption for hunting

JIM BELL

WARNING: Some parts of this story may be disturbing for sensitive readers.

A Cape Dorset man who raped a young woman at gunpoint and terrorized four other people must serve 108 months in prison and live under a lifetime firearms possession ban with no exemption for hunting, Nunavut Justice Bonnie...

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Nunavut January 13, 2017 - 1:10 pm

High Arctic military exercise unfolding near Resolute in March

About 130 personnel, including Canadian Rangers, heading to Devon and Cornwallis islands

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavummiut have until the end of January to weigh in on the military’s next northern exercise, which will see more than 100 Canadian military personal conducting operations in the High Arctic.

Canada’s Department of Defence plans to conduct an exercise—dubbed “NOREX 17”—between March 6 and March...

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Nunavut January 13, 2017 - 11:55 am

Nunavut RCMP seek man who did First Air cargo theft

Security camera caught man taking boxes from airline's hangar in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police hope that someone will help them identify a man involved in a pre-Christmas break, enter and theft at the First Air hangar in Iqaluit.

On Dec. 12 at about 1:40 a.m. members of the Iqaluit RCMP responded to a break and enter at the First Air hangar.

An RCMP release—issued Jan. 13, a month

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Around the Arctic January 13, 2017 - 10:00 am

ICC-Greenland worries about potential oil-gas activity in Baffin Bay

“The hunters from both sides of the Baffin Bay are deeply sceptical towards this development”

JIM BELL

The Inuit Circumpolar Council’s Greenland wing is “immensely worried” about the prospect of oil and gas exploration in Baffin Bay, the organization said in a New Year’s message shared with Nunatsiaq News.

And the ICC said it has found those worries are shared on both sides of the Greenland-Canada...

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Around the Arctic January 13, 2017 - 8:28 am

There were no communication rules, says private org that found HMS Terror

“Parks Canada never shared the communications protocol with the ARF”

STEVE DUCHARME

The absence of a communications agreement contributed to a confusing communications blackout that followed the Arctic Research Foundation’s surprise discovery of HMS Terror in September 2016, the foundation’s lawyer, William McDowell, told Nunatsiaq News Jan. 11.

The privately-owned Arctic...

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Nunavut January 13, 2017 - 7:00 am

Time spent in pre-trial custody increasing in Nunavut: Statistics Canada

StatsCan report shows NWT tops in time spent in remand

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavummiut in remanded custody are spending more time awaiting trial than they were 10 years ago, bucking stable trends reported in the rest of Canada over the same period.

That’s according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, published Jan. 10 by Statistics...

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Iqaluit January 13, 2017 - 6:40 am

Photo: Milder temperatures but snow and wind in south Baffin

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Nunavut January 13, 2017 - 6:30 am

Photo: Nunavut students meet new Inuk leader

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Iqaluit January 13, 2017 - 6:30 am

Photo: Gold-plated advice for mental health

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Iqaluit January 13, 2017 - 6:20 am

Photo: Frobisher Bay highways

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Nunavik January 12, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Makivik candidate promises to address youth concerns

“A lot of people complain they don’t see the money coming back to us”

SARAH ROGERS

David “Tiivi” Dupuis wants to serve as Makivik Corp.’s new treasurer and he promises to be a “present” and “active” leader if elected later this month.

The well-known Kuujjuaq hockey player, now a Montreal-based corrections worker, is challenging Makivik’s incumbent treasurer Andy Pirti in a...

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Nunavik January 12, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Charter airline says it got cold reception in Nunavik

“We’re surprised to see the way people react sometimes to competition"

SARAH ROGERS

Nolinor Aviation has plans to expand its services in the Canadian Arctic in 2017, but the airline says it isn’t getting the welcome it hoped for.

The Montreal-based charter service, which already operates in Nunavut, was awarded a contract to fly teachers with the Kativik School Board to and from...

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Iqaluit January 12, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Spring by-election planned for Nunavut’s capital

In-camera council discussion Jan. 10 results in unanimous decision to go to the polls

LISA GREGOIRE

Iqaluit voters will go to the polls, likely within a couple of months, to elect two new city councillors.

The by-election was triggered by the Jan. 10 resignation of Coun. Megan Pizzo-Lyall who will be leaving the city to take on a new job.

When asked about what the city would do in light of her...

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Nunavut January 12, 2017 - 10:00 am

Western Nunavut hub sees new charter air service

Aqsaqniq Airways offers bi-monthly service from Cambridge Bay to Yellowknife

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An aviation player in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region aims to provide cheap, scheduled air travel between Cambridge Bay and Yellowknife.

Aqsaqniq Airways Ltd., whose Air Tindi-run joint venture has operated emergency air ambulance flights in western Nunavut since 2011—now plans to put passengers and...

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