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Ottawa March 21, 2017 - 8:30 am

Pride trumps fear for Inuit at sealing event

"They are asking that Inuit abandon who they are as a people and conform to the Western idealisms... that itself is a force of colonial violence"

COURTNEY EDGAR

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OTTAWA—Nanuq Kulu never had the courage to wear seal skin in the South.

Kulu, who prefers we use “they” instead of he or she, was always fearful of what might happen if they did. And for good reason. Kulu has seen activists in Ottawa singling out strangers wearing fur...

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Nunavut March 21, 2017 - 7:00 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from March 12 to March 19

Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson set to stay on

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Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson said he won’t resign his seat this fall, news that become the most-read story of the week on Nunatsiaq Online.

Patterson’s March 14 comments to Nunatsiaq News came despite a promise he made in 2009 to quit the Senate after eight years.

Patterson, who was sworn in...

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Nunavut March 20, 2017 - 4:10 pm

She shoots, she scores in Nunavut: Sanikiluaq girls hit the ice

"If we continue to see the commitment, the sky’s the limit"

SARAH ROGERS

These days, the hockey arena in Sanikiluaq is full of girls and young women—38 of them, to be exact—all dressed in brand new equipment.

Some of the girls are wobbly on their skates, but since the beginning of the year, the group has grown noticeably stronger, faster and more confident.

The new...

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Nunavut March 20, 2017 - 2:30 pm

GN committed to bilingual education: Nunavut minister

Minister defends Bill 37, says it provides for “realistic assessment” of Nunavut's capacity to teach in Inuktut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s education minister, Paul Quassa, responded March 17 to criticism of the government’s newly-tabled Education Act amendments reiterating the government’s commitment to a fully bilingual education system.

Bill 37, tabled March 7 in the legislative assembly, introduced a number of changes to...

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Nunavut March 20, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Exercise NOREX 2017 gets underway in Nunavut’s High Arctic

Testing the "mobility, sustainability and survivability" of Arctic response

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Military activity again comes to the High Arctic islands of Nunavut as more than 180 soldiers, including Canadian Rangers, participate in the 2017 version of NOREX, short for northern exercise, over the next two weeks.

The exercise, which got underway March 17, is designed “to test the mobility,...

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Nunavut March 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut justice minister releases crime prevention strategy

Intended to "reduce the incidence of crime in Nunavut"

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut has a new five-year strategy aimed at preventing crime and reducing Nunavut’s rates of family violence and victimization by violent crimes and household crimes, which remain the highest in Canada.

Tabled, without fanfare, on March 14, the last day of the recent legislative sitting by...

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Nunavut March 20, 2017 - 8:30 am

Bill 40 aims for made-in-Nunavut Corrections Act

New act calls for Inuit Societal Values Committee, independent investigator

JANE GEORGE

When they meet again in late May, Nunavut MLAs will consider Bill 40, which contains the final version of the territory’s new Corrections Act.

A summary of Bill 40 states the act “provides for robust appeals and grievance mechanisms for inmates, introduces an independent Investigations officer,...

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Nunavik March 20, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavik teacher wins $1 million Global Teacher prize

Maggie MacDonnell turns problems into solutions

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Salluit teacher, Maggie MacDonnell, has won a $1 million award—the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize for 2017—with which she plans to start an organization to promote environmental stewardship among Inuit youth.

“We matter. Teachers matter. Thank you so much,” said MacDonnell after her...

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Nunavut March 19, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Nunavut man dies after police-related shooting in Pond Inlet

Ottawa Police Service called in to investigate

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Investigators from the Ottawa Police Service are now en route to Pond Inlet to investigate a March 18 incident in the North Baffin community of roughly 1,600 people in which a 20-year-old man was shot dead.

“Given that this is a major police incident and to ensure transparency, the Ottawa Police...

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Nunavut March 19, 2017 - 3:40 pm

Photo: Cambridge Bay culture advocate wins language award

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Nunavut March 19, 2017 - 3:10 pm

Photo: Telling stories on the left coast

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Nunavut March 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut MLA says lack of daycare hurts high school attendance

Baker Lake missed out on construction of middle school and daycare

PETER VARGA

The Government of Nunavut’s policy of including daycares in the construction of new schools offered some promise to parents in Baker Lake—until plans to build a new middle school in the community folded last year.

With that, Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak found the community’s next option from...

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Nunavut March 17, 2017 - 3:20 pm

Photo: Rankin Inlet takes Terrence Tootoo Memorial cup

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Nunavut March 17, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut liquor board fines two Iqaluit licence holders

Elks, Navigator Inn’s Chartroom Lounge plead guilty to allowing intoxicated persons to remain on their premises

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board imposed fines worth $5,000 each on two bars in Iqaluit March 16 for allowing drunken customers to remain on the premises.

The Chartroom Lounge, located at the Navigator Inn, and the B.P.O. Elks Club in Iqaluit answered the charges with guilty pleas at show of...

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Nunavut March 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Group of academics protest Nunavut’s Education Act amendments

GN's Education Act amendments could violate UNDRIP, researchers say

SARAH ROGERS

In an open letter to Premier Peter Taptuna and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a group of Canadian academics has sounded the alarm over what they call a “language crisis” in Nunavut, triggered by the territory’s newly-tabled amendments to the Education Act.

Bill 37, introduced March 7 in the......

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Nunavut March 17, 2017 - 11:45 am

New regulations will limit recreational drone use in Nunavut, Nunavik

No drones or model aircraft within nine km from airports

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you own a recreational drone and like to use it to take aerial photos, you’ll likely have to go out on the land to use your drone if you live in Nunavut or Nunavik.

That’s because, on March 16, the federal government announced new restrictions that will affect the operations of model aircraft...

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Nunavik March 17, 2017 - 11:30 am

Photo: Honouring excellence in Indigenous-focused addictions treatment

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Nunavut March 17, 2017 - 10:00 am

Happy Valley standoff shooter’s jail sentence unlawful, Crown says

Prosecutors say man should not get time shaved off sentence for early guilty plea

STEVE DUCHARME

Crown lawyers have challenged the amount of jail time imposed by a Nunavut judge against Happy Valley standoff shooter Jamie Mikijuk, saying it falls below the mandatory minimum sentence for the crimes he committed.

Nunavut Justice Paul Bychok sentenced Mikijuk, 28, to a four-year mandatory......

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Nunavut March 17, 2017 - 9:30 am

Photo: Something old, something new, at Aakuluk Music

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Iqaluit March 17, 2017 - 8:30 am

Iqaluit diner’s liquor licence pitch breezes past public hearing

Small Iqalungmiut audience supports Snack’s proposal to serve beer

PETER VARGA

The Snack prides itself on being a casual family restaurant, and the Iqaluit residents who turned up at a Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board hearing March 16 didn’t think adding beer to the menu would change a thing.

Seven of 15 to 20 residents who showed up to give their opinion on the owner’s...

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