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Nunavut May 16, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut’s got talent: young artists record songs with Alianait

"It was a great experience. I loved every single part of it”

LISA GREGOIRE

Lazarus Qattalik has been playing music since he first started banging on the drums when he was nine years old in Igloolik.

He plays guitar and bass now as well, and some piano. But music is more than just a way to pass time. Qattalik says it gives him hope.

When asked if music plays a big part...

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Nunavut May 16, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Ollie brings smiles to western Nunavut’s Omingmak Frolics

Muskox mascot motto: "Ulapqiluta Iqalutuuttiami" or "Let's play in Cambridge Bay"

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May 16 marks a year ago to the day since Ollie, the muskox mascot of the Omingmak Frolics, vanished for 24 hours—after he was kidnapped by pranksters in the western Nunavut town of Cambridge Bay, upsetting many who had planned to party with the furry icon.

However, the next day Ollie the Omingmak...

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Around the Arctic May 16, 2017 - 10:00 am

Arctic cruise operators promote new guidelines for passengers, communities

"Make an effort to understand and respect the idea that cultures can be different"

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If you’re planning to embark on an Arctic cruise or if you live in a community where these cruise ships stop during the summer, you’ll want to look at new guidelines developed by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators.

Working with five Arctic tourism associations, the Association...

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Montreal May 16, 2017 - 8:30 am

Inuk case worker on the job again at Montreal shelter

Montreal study shows 10 per cent of homeless are Aboriginal, half of those Inuit

COURTNEY EDGAR

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MONTREAL—The Arctic char was out on trays on the counter, while Chantale Verreault poured out flour for the bannock with the help of one of her clients.

The weekly Inuit collective kitchen at Montreal’s Chez Doris women’s shelter, a special community event held each...

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Nunavut May 16, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut teacher gets house arrest for historic sex assault

Emil Arnalak of Arviat pleads guilty to sexual assaulting a young student in 1987

STEVE DUCHARME

A former Nunavut teacher will spend the next four months under house arrest after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a young student inside his classroom during the 1980s.

Emil Arnalak, 57, listened over the phone from his home in Arviat as Justice Susan Cooper read out his sentence May 15 at...

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Nunavut May 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from May 7 to May 14

Nunavut community's success in suicide prevention leads the most-read list

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What can prevent suicide in Nunavut? That was the focus of two of the five most-read stories on Nunatsiaqonline.ca this past week.

The top story of the week was an in-depth look at the Nunavut community that appears to have the lowest incidence of suicide: Whale Cove, home to fewer than 500 people...

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Nunavik May 15, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Photo: Inuit-Crown committee meets for the first time

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Nunavut May 15, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Photo: Sunset over Cape Dorset… happy long weekend!

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Iqaluit May 15, 2017 - 3:45 pm

Photo: Kiviuq Returns, to Iqaluit, this summer

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Nunavut May 15, 2017 - 2:30 pm

New Nunavut guide offers help and hope to potential homeowners

"There’s a lack of basic financial information, not just in Nunavut, but everywhere”

SARAH ROGERS

Thor Simonsen had recently become a home owner when, in 2014, a co-worker asked him for some advice on how to start the process of buying her own house.

The Iqaluit music producer and entrepreneur started to jot down a few notes for his colleague, starting with basic information on banking and...

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Nunavut May 15, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Family members mourn Nunavut victim of police shooting

Police trained to consider "suicide by cop" when assessing volatile situations

SARAH ROGERS

On May 1, Jeremy Nuvviaq filled his Facebook page with a number of posts: a quote about a father’s love for his children; a note to his girlfriend—“I’m sooo lucky to have you”—and recipes for chicken tacos and carrot cake.

By 10:30 p.m., his mood had clearly shifted, when Nuvviaq posted “I hope...

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Nunavut May 15, 2017 - 10:00 am

High use of segregation in Ontario jails bad news for Nunavut prisoners

Implications for Nunavummiut in remand custody such as Michael Cooper-Flaherty

STEVE DUCHARME

A recent independent report on Ontario prisons cites alarming numbers in the growing use of segregated confinement for prisoners yet to be found guilty of any crimes—a practice that threatens basic rights and may affect prisoners from Nunavut.

In 2016, seven out of 10 prisoners in segregation—or...

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Nunavut May 15, 2017 - 8:29 am

Canada now has an official day to celebrate the seal: May 20

National Seal Products Day Act passes House of Commons third reading

LISA GREGOIRE

Nunavummiut will have another reason to celebrate this coming May long weekend and it has nothing to do with Queen Victoria.

On May 5 Members of Parliament gave third reading to Senate Bill S-208 that declares May 20 National Seal Products Day.

“Unfortunately Canada’s seal hunt has been the...

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Nunavut May 15, 2017 - 7:00 am

MMIWG inquiry delays community visits until fall 2017

Commission hasn't said if, or when, it will visit Inuit Nunangat

SARAH ROGERS

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls has a new approach and a new timeline, but it remains unclear how and when Inuit families and organizations will take part.

The two-year, $53 million inquiry launched last September with plans to begin gathering testimony from families...

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Nunavut May 15, 2017 - 6:50 am

Photo: Making it work… road maintenance in Rankin Inlet

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Nunavut May 15, 2017 - 6:40 am

Photo: Proud ECE graduates from Pond Inlet

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Nunavik May 15, 2017 - 6:30 am

Photo: Celebrating with mothers on the land

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Nunavut May 12, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut lawyer decries lack of mental health services for her son

"I left Nunavut because it couldn't provide my son with what he needed in order to live"

JANE GEORGE

An Inuk lawyer has left Nunavut for Winnipeg to ensure her son, 15, receives better mental health care—and moving was the only choice to make, says Mandy Sammurtok.

“I left Nunavut because it couldn’t provide my son with what he needed in order to live,” said Sammurtok who, before relocating to...

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Nunavut May 12, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut privacy boss says privacy not a priority for GN Health

Health DM says too busy fixing problems to respond formally to audit tabled last fall

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavut’s privacy czar says she’s “encouraged” with the steps taken by the territory’s health department to address glaring security issues and privacy shortfalls at the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit, following the release of a highly critical audit late last year.

But that praise didn’t...

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Nunavut May 12, 2017 - 11:45 am

Narwhal stun Arctic cod with tusk: new footage

More evidence of tusk's importance to narwhals

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Footage captured by aerial drones as part of a narwhal research camp in Tremblay Sound in north Baffin has given biologists new insights into the behaviour of narwhal.

In the footage, a narwhal can be seen using quick taps of its tusk to stun Arctic cod, so the fish are easier to devour.

In a May...

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