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Nunavut January 22, 2015 - 5:50 am

Solomon Uyarasuk film gets Nunavut screening next week

Film about suicide will be followed by live discussion at Astro Theatre

THOMAS ROHNER

A documentary film about Solomon Uyarasuk — the young Igloolik artist found dead in a local RCMP detachment cell in 2012 — will get its Nunavut premiere in Iqaluit next week.

Sol, an Arnait Video Production feature by filmmakers Susan Avingaq and Marie-Hèlene Cousineau, had its world premiere at...

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Nunavik January 21, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik childcare centre closes after mould discovery

“Whenever it rains or there’s a blizzard, water comes in"

SARAH ROGERS

Updated Jan. 21 at 4:50 p.m.

Public health officials in Nunavik said Jan. 21 that they’re investigating a mould outbreak at a Kangirsuk daycare centre and the possibility that it caused illness among the centre’s children or staff.

People in the Ungava Bay community allege that six different...

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Nunavut January 21, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Photo: Fiddling around in Rankin Inlet

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Nunavut January 21, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Photo:She’s got the moves: teaching hip hop dance in Cam Bay

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Nunavut January 21, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Language revitalization program coming to the Kitikmeot

“There just needs to be an interest in ensuring the language survives"

SARAH ROGERS

Fewer than 400 Inuit still speak Inuinnaqtun in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region, but that’s something Nunavut Arctic College hopes to change.

Starting this February, the college’s Kitikmeot campus will launch a new language revitalization program in Cambridge Bay.

Its goal: to help students develop...

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Around the Arctic January 21, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Nunavut food security group calls for one-day boycott

“I think this is better because anybody can do it, silently"

THOMAS ROHNER

The social activism group, Feeding My Family, has called on its supporters to boycott North West Co. retail outlets across the Arctic on Jan. 31.

The boycott, if successful, would mean customers would stay away from North Mart, Northern Stores, Giant Tiger and Alaska Commercial Value stores in...

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Nunavut January 21, 2015 - 12:49 pm

And then there were three: Nunavut byelection candidate disqualified

Sandy Kautuq says he missed a deadline for employment leave

LISA GREGOIRE

Sandy Kautuq, a candidate in the upcoming Uqqummiut byelection, says he has been kicked out of the race on a technicality.

“When the chief electoral officer, along with their legal counsel, called me just before lunch yesterday, I was disappointed but, what can I do?” said Kautuq, reached at his...

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Nunavut January 21, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Nunavut court: Child-molesting ex-priest deserves 25 years jail time, Crown says

Defence lawyer pitches 12-year sentence, saying Crown submission is "crushing" and "heavy-handed"

JIM BELL

(Updated Jan. 21, 4:35 p.m.)

To honour the principles of retribution, denunciation and general deterrence, child-molester ex-priest Eric Dejaeger, 67, should get a 25-year jail sentence, Crown prosecutor Doug Curliss said Jan. 21 in a sentencing submission held at the Nunavut Court of Justice in...

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Nunavut January 21, 2015 - 5:59 am

Nunavut abuse victim hurls scripture at pedophile ex-priest Dejaeger

Convicted child molester “shall be punished with everlasting destruction,” woman says

JIM BELL

The pedophile ex-priest Eric Dejaeger “did not know God,” an Igloolik sexual abuse victim declared Jan. 20 in a victim impact statement that quoted from St. Paul the Apostle’s instructions on how to live a good life.

Dejaeger, who appears before the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit this week...

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Nunavut January 20, 2015 - 2:45 pm

Ottawa kicks in money for Inuit broadcasting archive

IBC's archive to be located in new media arts centre in Iqaluit

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Construction of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation’s new home — the Nunavut Media Arts Centre in Iqaluit — received a boost this week when the federal government handed over a new pot of money.

The Canadian government will contribute about $450,000 to the yet-to-be-built structure to help pay for...

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Nunavik January 20, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Salluit hunters rescue friend, snowmobile from open water

“I didn’t feel like swimming that night"

SARAH ROGERS

The blizzards and extreme windchill sweeping across the Canadian Arctic this month have made for dangerous travel conditions for Inuit hunters.

But hunters in Salluit are celebrating the successful rescue of a local man who went through ice on his snowmobile outside this Hudson Strait community in...

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Nunavut January 20, 2015 - 12:02 pm

Photo:Hockey players get new gear from NHL programs

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Nunavik January 20, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Photo: Nunavik’s thespians go on air

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Nunavut January 20, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Photo: East coast sun on the rebound too

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Around the Arctic January 20, 2015 - 8:25 am

National action group weighs in on Nunavut seismic testing dispute

“Today we stand with the people of Clyde River"

THOMAS ROHNER

The Hamlet of Clyde River continues to find friends in high places in its legal battle against the National Energy Board’s approval of seismic testing in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, proposed to start in the summer of 2015.

The Council of Canadians — a prominent social action group — issued an...

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Nunavut January 20, 2015 - 5:53 am

Nunavut MLAs look at GN budget numbers for upcoming fiscal year

Draft budget for 2015-16 at closed-door committee hearings this week

THOMAS ROHNER

Members of Nunavut’s legislative assembly are set to arrive in Iqaluit this week to talk about how they plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in this year’s 2015-2016 operating budget, which has yet to be tabled in the house.

But those meetings are closed to the public, John Quirke, the...

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Nunavut January 19, 2015 - 2:20 pm

New study links marijuana use and low body weight among Nunavik Inuit

“Cannabis is said to give the munchies, so we think it’s related to higher weight, but it doesn’t seem to be like that”

LISA GREGOIRE

A team of researchers thinks they may have discovered a link between high marijuana use and low body weight in Nunavik.

Which is kind of surprising, if you think smoking pot might make you want to eat chips and watch movies all day.

Richard Bélanger, who studies youth health at a Université...

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Nunavut January 19, 2015 - 1:12 pm

Nunavut court: After nearly four decades, Dejaeger’s victims have their say

“I am a survivor. I persist.”

JIM BELL

(Updated 4:15 p.m., Jan. 19)

After waiting nearly four decades, more than two dozen middle-aged Inuit sexual abuse victims from Igloolik and Kugaaruk filed into an Iqaluit courtroom Jan. 19 to begin describing how ex-priest Eric Dejaeger scarred their hearts and deformed their lives.

“Sometimes I...

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Nunavik January 19, 2015 - 8:15 am

Nunavik’s new certified firefighters blaze a trail

“Anyone can do it, if they’ve got the time and the energy"

SARAH ROGERS

Annie Mary Anowak and her brother made a pact years ago that they would each volunteer as firefighters in their community of Umiujaq, on Nunavik’s Hudson Bay coast.

Fire has been the cause of major loss and suffering in her family; when Annie Mary was just a teen, her cousin, his wife and their...

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Around the Arctic January 19, 2015 - 6:58 am

Indigenous and political leaders to gather, talk about language

"It’s about cultural well-being, mental health"

LISA GREGOIRE

As those involved with Arctic Council projects prepare to hand over their recommendations for next steps under a new American chairmanship in April, at least one project coordinator is hopeful her work, and that of her indigenous colleagues, will remain on the priority list for years to...

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