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Iqaluit June 20, 2017 - 4:16 pm

Volunteer instructors out of jobs over spat with Iqaluit Aquatic Centre

“We were never given an opportunity to explain ourselves"

STEVE DUCHARME

At least a dozen volunteer fitness instructors at Iqaluit’s Aquatic Centre are out after receiving notice that the City of Iqaluit “accepted their resignation” over a series of concerns the instructors raised about the facility’s operations, safety and maintenance.

Nunatsiaq News has confirmed...

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Iqaluit June 20, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut family gives back to hospital with race fundraiser

"When you meet the doctors, they know about Nunavut”

BETH BROWN

Organized half-marathons aren’t very common in the Arctic.

Yet, runners in Iqaluit are gearing up for a summer solstice run at Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, June 25, to support muscle and bone cancer research. 

Organized by a local family as a fundraiser, there will be races for all skill...

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Around the Arctic June 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Inuit to share stages across Canada for National Aboriginal Day

APTN to host special seven-hour broadcast from eight cities

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canada 150th National Aboriginal Day celebrations will unfold in eight cities across the country June 21, with many Inuit performers on the bill.

The Ottawa celebration, which takes place downtown just east of Parliament Hill at Major’s Hill Park, will be co-hosted by Quaqtaq’s Beatrice Deer and...

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Nunavut June 20, 2017 - 11:45 am

GG honours Inuit at Ottawa awards ceremony

"We pause to celebrate your achievements with some of this country’s top honours"

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In a “celebration of outstanding Indigenous leadership,” Governor General David Johnston honoured three Inuit among a total of 29 people receiving recognition June 19 at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa—filmmaker and activist Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, who received a Meritorious Service Cross,...

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Nunavik June 20, 2017 - 11:20 am

Photo: Nunavik leader, language advocate honoured with Ordre du Québec

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Nunavik June 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavik school board “disturbed” by Makivik’s call for education audit

Solutions won't come from a government that underfunds education, KSB says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Kativik School Board says it won’t support Makivik Corp.’s call for an audit of Nunavik’s education system, saying it could go against “the best interest of Inuit.”

In a May 30 letter to Quebec education minister Sebastien Proulx, Makivik president Jobie Tukkiapik pressed the province to...

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Nunavut June 20, 2017 - 8:00 am

Man accused of taking child hostage back in Nunavut court

Crown lawyers expect Salamonie Shaa to enter a plea in August

STEVE DUCHARME

A Cape Dorset man arrested last year for allegedly holding a four-year-old child hostage with a meat cleaver before attacking a police officer is expected to enter a plea for sentencing this August, according to crown lawyers June 19 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Salamonie Shaa, 23,...

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Nunavut June 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut’s Baffin Fisheries signs deal for new trawler

"Baffin Fisheries are investing in the future"

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Baffin Fisheries, the largest shrimp harvester in Canada’s North, plans to add another vessel to its existing fleet of four.

That intent was announced June 16 when the Inuit-owned Nunavut company said it had signed a letter of intent with Norway’s Havyard Ship Technology for the design and...

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Nunavut June 19, 2017 - 3:45 pm

Photo: Northern Haze descends on Rankin Inlet

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Nunavut June 19, 2017 - 2:28 pm

Another home destroyed by fire in Pond Inlet: Nunavut RCMP

No injuries, but home is a loss

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Police and firefighters in Nunavut are investigating the cause of yet another house fire, the second to take place during the past week in the north Baffin community of Pond Inlet.

On June 18 at about 10:15 p.m., members of the RCMP in Pond Inlet responded to a house fire. 

The fire destroyed...

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Iqaluit June 19, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut capital neat and tidy after spring cleaning

“It’s a really nice way to highlight the beauty of our city, we can’t thank the community enough"

BETH BROWN

When the first 2,000 trash bags ran out at this year’s Iqaluit city cleanup, organizers had to go into their reserve stash.

And, looking down the newly-neat beach area, it’s easy to see that the annual morning clean sweep, held June 16, drew a lot of dedicated local citizens.

Volunteers from...

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Nunavut June 19, 2017 - 11:45 am

GN workers fear reprisal over complaints to managers: Nunavut’s ethics officer

"While these complaints may or may not be well founded, they do deserve to be given serious consideration"

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut needs a way for its ethics officer to investigate allegations of reprisal within the public service and, if proven, to recommend appropriate actions, says Jeffrey Schnoor, Nunavut’s ethics officer.

Nunavut government employees have told him that they fear reprisals if they make complaints...

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Nunavut June 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut climate change body still finding its feet

“To the best of my knowledge, we have not developed any new polices yet"

LISA GREGOIRE

As the Arctic climate gets warmer and wetter and impacts how people, and animals, live and thrive in the North, Nunavut’s new Climate Change Secretariat hopes to highlight those impacts, build homegrown capacity and increase local resilience in the face of widespread change.

At least, that’s what...

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Around the Arctic June 19, 2017 - 8:00 am

Tsunami strikes Nunavut’s neighbour Greenland

"The forces of nature can suddenly change"

JANE GEORGE

(Updated, 3:30 p.m.)

A June 18 tsunami along Greenland’s northwestern coast, facing Baffin Island to the west, has left two people seriously injured, seven slightly injured, four people still missing and 11 houses in the village of Nuugaatsiaq, population about 100, completely destroyed or swept...

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Nunavut June 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm

New agreement signals “renewed partnership” between Pauktuutit, Ottawa

INAC to fund three-year project to explore gender-based violence in the North

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has signed a new agreement with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada that’s designed to increase the well-being of Inuit women and children.

Pauktuutit said the agreement establishes a “renewed partnership” with the federal government, much like the new......

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Around the Arctic June 16, 2017 - 2:25 pm

Photo: Happy Aboriginal Day Nunavummiut and Nunavimmiut

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Iqaluit June 16, 2017 - 2:15 pm

Photo: Celebrating National Aboriginal Day with food and music

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Ottawa June 16, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Photo: Ottawa mural pays tribute to Inuit community

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Nunavik June 16, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Makivik Corp. invites Quebec commission to visit Nunavik

Makivik insists on an Inuit-specific approach to public service delivery

SARAH ROGERS

Quebec must support Inuit-focused solutions to improve the delivery of core services to Nunavik, Makivik Corp. president Jobie Tukkiapik told a Quebec commission looking at the relationship between Quebec’s Indigenous groups and the province’s public services.

“We insist on an Inuit-specific...

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Nunavut June 16, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut’s new languages boss vows to keep “languages alive”

Helen Klengenberg to advocate for Inuit language rights

BETH BROWN

One year and three job postings later, Nunavut has a new official languages commissioner.

Kugluktuk’s Helen Klengenberg, who is fluent in Inuinnaqtun and English and “conversant in a variety of dialects of the Inuit Language,” will move to Iqaluit to take the lead on language rights in Nunavut for...

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