Arctic Council invite-only reception offers showcase for Nunavut artists, designers
"This can lead to new markets in different places around the world"
If you live in Iqaluit, unless you’re a politician, you probably won’t be on the guest list — but a private reception for high-ranking ministers and visiting officials from around the circumpolar world — in Iqaluit for the Arctic Council meeting — will be held at the Frobisher Inn April 24.
Nunavut MP says $5.7M sealing fund is “huge for Inuit”
Money will build Inuit seal industry, create certification system for EU market
If there’s one new item in Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s April 21 budget that Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq wants to talk about, it’s this: $5.7 million in new funding over five years aimed at helping Inuit seal products gain access to the European Union market.
“In my view, this is huge for Inuit,”...
Many Iqaluit businesses unaware of Arctic Council ministers’ meeting
"Huh, that’s news to me"
The meeting of top ministers from the Arctic Council’s eight member states that takes place at the Legislative Assembly April 24 comes as a big surprise for many Iqaluit businesses.
“Huh, that’s news to me. Thanks for letting me know,” one business manager told Nunatsiaq News April 22.
Nunatsiavut woman’s killers plead guilty to murder
Blake Leggette and Victoria Henneberry dumped Loretta Saunder's body off the highway
Two people charged in the death of Nunatsiavut Inuk Lorretta Saunders pleaded guilty to her murder in Nova Scotia Supreme Court April 22, according to the Canadian Press.
Blake Leggette pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence with no parole eligibility for...
SQ investigates after Nunavik police vehicle injures Kuujjuaq woman
Woman 57, suffered "serious" injuries
After a vehicle operated by a Kativik Regional Police Force officer hit and injured a 57-year-old woman in Kuujjuaq April 19, investigators from the provincial police’s regional investigation unit have travelled to Kuujjuaq.
They’re hoping to interview the woman, who is now in hospital in...
Iqaluit airport set to “seamlessly” receive Arctic Council delegates
Four delegate aircraft expected in advance of April 24 meeting
The Iqaluit airport is set to receive a few more planes than usual in advance of this week’s Arctic Council ministerial meeting, April 24 — but none of it will affect passenger or other normal air traffic, airport director John Hawkins said.
“I think it’s going to go pretty seamlessly, from the...
Nunavut students return wiser, more worldly, from European tour
“Personally, my favourite place had to have been the Anne Frank house"
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — From Cambridge Bay, to Alberta, to Paris, to Brussels, to Amsterdam and back again.
A group of 29 Cambridge Bay residents including 16 high school students and 13 chaperones, made that round trip from March 29 to April 13.
“They realized that the world...
A day at the museum… building Inuit qajaqs
Eric McNair-Landry constructing traditional qajaqs with hand tools
OTTAWA — Most people expect to see dead things when they go to a museum, but until April 26, visitors to the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa will see a live person from Iqaluit doing an ancient thing.
Eric McNair-Landry, in partnership with Geoff Green of Students on Ice, is at the museum to...
International poll finds Arctic Council poorly known even in northern Canada
Only one in three northern Canadians are aware of the circumpolar org
(Updated at 6:25 p.m.)
A special international poll done by EKOS Research Associates and released April 22 finds the Arctic Council is poorly known even in northern Canada.
Only about one in three northern Canadians are aware of the eight-nation organization, the poll found.
In Nunavut, slightly...
Photo: Rosy and gray: Arctic sunset paints colours on snow
Photo: Drum dancing for Jim Balsillie in Cambridge Bay
Young Nunavut man guilty of manslaughter in 2010 Rankin Inlet stabbing
"A tragic death that never should’ve happened, but of course it did"
Nunavut Justice Neil Sharkey has found a 30-year-old Rankin Inlet man, Colin Makpah, guilty of manslaughter in the 2010 stabbing death of Donald James (DJ) Gamble.
At the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit April 21, Sharkey spent the afternoon reading his 32-page decision to a packed Iqaluit...
Photo: Wrapping up Nunalivut 2015
Nunavut heroes honoured for bravery, community service
Commissioner of Nunavut Edna Elias presents awards in Kugluktuk, Pond Inlet
Some of them saved lives. Others gave their time enriching the lives of people in their communities.
The Commissioner of Nunavut, Edna Elias, recently awarded a number of bravery, volunteer, community service and youth recognition awards to Nunavummiut in Kugluktuk and Pond Inlet.
Ottawa hikes credit limits for Nunavut, NWT
No new money for housing, infrastructure; family tax benefits continue
(Updated, 8:10 p.m.)
The governments of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories will get bigger credit limits — but not much else — out of Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s 2015-16 budget, tabled April 21 in the House of Commons.
Pending federal cabinet approval, Nunavut will see its debt cap rise from...
Photo: National Inuit leader says don’t put Inuit into a bind
Photo exhibit of winter in Nunavut hamlet opens April 22 in Ottawa
“The best part of the experience was the people"
OTTAWA — It’s fair to say Acacia Johnson knows the North but nothing could have prepared her for the remarkable experience she had spending four months living with a family in Arctic Bay.
And it’s funny because as a landscape photographer, her plan was to photograph dark, winter landscapes above...