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Nunavik August 23, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Quebec investigators look into Nunavik vehicle collision

Male passenger ejected from ATV during Puvirnituq police chase

SARAH ROGERS

Quebec’s newly-established office of independent investigations is looking into a Nunavik vehicle collision that left a passenger seriously injured Aug. 21.

That evening, just after 9 p.m., the Kativik Regional Police Force responded to a call about two Puvirnituq residents using their all-terrain...

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Nunavik August 23, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik youth hunt butterflies on the tundra

Survey finds butterfly species never before seen in Quebec

SARAH ROGERS

Suzanna Aragutak has the careful task of pinning dozens of small and colourful winged creatures into a wooden framed specimen box.

This is the fruit of her labour: the Umiujaq teen spent a week out on the land earlier this month with a net and a basket, collecting one of Nunavik’s most delicate...

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Nunavut August 23, 2016 - 10:00 am

Soda pop re-sellers look for big online profits in Nunavut

Soda pop fetches high prices at Facebook auctions

JANE GEORGE

Unlike bootlegging booze or selling drugs, there’s no law in Nunavut against selling soda pop outside of retail stores.

But some in Nunavut gouge consumers for cans of soda pop through online Facebook auctions.

These can see the price per can of soda pop jump to more than five times higher than...

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Nunavik August 23, 2016 - 9:55 am

Photo: When the land gives you butterflies

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Nunavut August 23, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut government, college to launch Iqaluit-based law program in 2017

Nunavut Arctic College to partner with University of Saskatchewan on four-year program

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Nunavut Arctic College will launch a new Nunavut law degree program in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan next year.

The Government of Nunavut-funded program will offer 25 spots to Nunavummiut students in the four-year program, the GN announced Aug. 22.

Classes are expected to begin...

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Nunavut August 23, 2016 - 7:00 am

Young, ambitious Nunavut single mom wins Baffin scholarship

Neoma Cox, 22, earns this year's John Amagoalik Journalism Scholarship

LISA GREGOIRE

She wanted to stay in school, despite raising a toddler, but she wasn’t sure she had enough money to do so.

Then the father of Nunavut stepped in to help.

Neoma Cox is this year’s recipient of the 2016 Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s John Amagoalik Journalism Scholarship — as chosen by Amagoalik...

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Nunavik August 23, 2016 - 6:55 am

Photo: A milestone for Nunavik midwives

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Nunavut August 23, 2016 - 6:55 am

Photo: Sailing from one end of the world to the other

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Nunavut August 23, 2016 - 6:37 am

Photo: Solar installation nearly complete in Clyde River

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Iqaluit August 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Scientists piece together ancient archeological site in Nunavut

“We’ve got continuous occupation here for probably 3,500 years or more"

STEVE DUCHARME

Standing near the banks of the Sylvia Grinnell River just outside of Iqaluit, archaeologist Tim Rast says he’s still amazed by the four-millennia story of civilization told in the ancient homesteads and earth surrounding the “Crystal II” historic site.

“We’ve got continuous occupation here for...

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Nunavik August 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Photo: An aqpik moon rises over Kuujjuaq

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Nunavut August 22, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Dying Iqaluit woman’s CD raises funds for Nunavut mental heath

"Show kindness, do no harm, find the good"

JANE GEORGE

The voice and spirit of an Iqaluit woman, now quietly dying from cancer in Ottawa, will live on.

That’s thanks to a group of Siu-Ling Han’s friends — some members of Iqaluit bands, including the Jerry Cans, Trade-Offs and Kamaalukutaaq, who helped produce a CD of her songs: To Those Who Would Show......

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Nunavut August 22, 2016 - 1:10 pm

After months of planning, Igloolik hunters get their bowhead

"When you’re actually on the hunt it’s just an amazing experience"

THOMAS ROHNER

Months of planning and five days of hunting on the sea came to a head Aug. 20, when about two dozen Igloolik hunters bore down on a 27-foot bowhead whale.

Juuta Sarpinak, 41, one of those hunters, said it was all over in 20 minutes as six boats, well-orchestrated by captain and elder David...

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Climate Change August 22, 2016 - 11:44 am

High waves batter Nunavut’s most northerly community

Waves poured over coastal road over the weekend

JANE GEORGE

Big waves threatened infrastructure in Grise Fiord, Nunavut — Canada’s most northerly community — during the late evening of Aug. 19 and into the early hours of Aug. 20.

The waves battered and ran over the coastal road, although winds in Grise Fiord, population roughly 170, were not strong, said...

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Nunavut August 22, 2016 - 11:27 am

Photo: Looking for safe drivers

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Nunavik August 22, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavik’s beluga season closes early

Hunters harvest last of quota under current three-year plan

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik’s beluga whale harvesting season has come to a close and with it, the region’s latest three-year beluga management plan.

Harvesters throughout the region caught the last of their total allowable take, the equivalent of 162 whales, on Aug. 17, prompting the federal department of Fisheries,...

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Nunavut August 22, 2016 - 8:30 am

New AEM gold project needs full environmental review: Nunavut board

NIRB says Whale Tale open pit proposal’s too big for amendments to Meadowbank’s project certificate

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If you’re a resident of the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, especially Baker Lake, there’s a full-blown environmental review likely headed your way.

It would look at Agnico Eagle’s Whale Tail pit project, located about 50 kilometres northwest of the Meadowbank gold mine and about 150 km north of Baker...

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Nunavut August 22, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut government, union, reach tentative contract agreement

Details forthcoming; members must now vote on whether to accept it

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After long and protracted negotiations, the Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Employees Union have reached a tentative agreement for a new wage-benefit contract.

The GN’s current collective agreement expired in September 2014, which means unionized employees have been operating with an expired...

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Nunavut August 19, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut sees fifth anniversary of deadly plane crash pass quietly

“It’s always going to be painful, as long as we’re here"

SARAH ROGERS

Time may help us heal from trauma, but it doesn’t necessarily make that trauma easier to talk about.

That’s how many community members in Resolute Bay and family members of victims of First Air flight 6560 feel as Nunavut remembers — mostly in private — the fifth anniversary of one its deadliest...

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Nunavut August 19, 2016 - 1:30 pm

Nunavut man says polar bear encounter terrifying, but not unusual

Despite their frequent appearance, Leo Karetak doesn't support killing more polar bears in Arviat

LISA GREGOIRE

Maybe it was the polar bear he was carving that conjured the Arctic’s fiercest land predator to pay him a visit. Or maybe it was just his neighbour’s garbage.

Whatever it was, that polar bear sure gave Joe Karetak a fright Monday night.

Karetak, a 30-year-old mechanic millwright apprentice at...

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