StatsCan: Inuktitut still the second-most-spoken Aboriginal language in Canada
About 68 per cent of Inuit report Inuktitut as a mother tongue
Inuktitut still ranks as the second-most reported Aboriginal mother tongue language in Canada, Statistics Canada reported Oct. 16.
Those numbers show that Cree speakers make up the largest single Aboriginal language group in Canada, with more than 83,000 people reporting Cree as their mother...
WWF hires new director for its Nunavut office
Lawyer Paul Crowley will lead the WWF's Arctic program
Iqaluit lawyer Paul Crowley is the new director of the World Wildlife Foundation’s Canadian Arctic Program, the organization announced Oct. 15.
A long-time resident of Nunavut, Crowley has provided advice on a number of Arctic issues, from climate change to natural resource development.
Social promotion a hot topic for Nunavut DEA reps
“There are still negative effects of social passing”
A breakdown in communication at all levels of Nunavut’s education system is perpetuating problems associated with the social promotion of students from one grade to the next and leading to student dropouts, a room full of district education authority members heard in Iqaluit Oct. 14.
Photo: 2014 Cape Dorset print collection comes to Iqaluit
Foster parent appreciation night in Iqaluit
Oct. 21 at Aqsarniit Middle School
Iqaluit families who foster children are invited out to an evening appreciation event to thank them for the valuable parenting services they provide.
The Government of Nunavut’s family services department is hosting the event in the gymnasium of Aqsarniit Middle School in Iqaluit on Oct. 21, at 6...
Share Nunavut’s wildlife, don’t sell it, KIA delegates say
"Never use wildlife for cash — there are always people in need of food"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — You don’t have to wait long if you’re a member of a popular “swap and sell” Facebook page in Nunavut to see caribou, Arctic char or maktaaq whale blubber come up for sale or even for auction to the highest bidder.
But that’s a dangerous practice, said Charlie Lyall of Taloyoak, a...
Inuit orgs must tighten their belts, Nunavut Trust warns
NTI took too much money out of the Nunavut Trust in its early years, chief trustee says
CAMBRIDGE BAY — “Cautious, cautious, cautious.”
That was the advice that Bill Lyall, chief trustee of the Nunavut Trust, delivered Oct. 15 to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay.
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the three regional Inuit organizations face at least...
RCMP probes rash of downtown Iqaluit break-ins, thefts
Six offices hit since the beginning of October
Police in Iqaluit are investigating a series of break-ins and thefts around the city’s downtown core this month.
RCMP spokesperson Yvonne Niego said that thieves have broken into six businesses and offices in Iqaluit’s downtown area.
The most recent incident took place at the end of the...
Photo: Cambridge Bay table tennis players tournament bound
Photo: Evalik takes his leave
Western Nunavut’s Inuit languages need support, KIA hears
Kitikmeot Inuit Association AGM delegates say use at home is fading
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Concern about the poor state of their Inuit languages in western Nunavut kept delegates to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay talking around the table late into the evening Oct. 14.
Inuinnaqtun in the western part of the Kitikmeot region is...
Quebec police complete investigation into Inukjuak shooting death
Report finds victim went after police with a frying pan, knife
Quebec’s provincial police force has completed its investigation into the July shooting death of an Inukjuak man and handed its findings to Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions, the Sûreté du Québec said Oct. 14.
That report looks at the circumstances that lead to the July 17 death......
Iqaluit council approves road to new dump, quarry sites
“We need space, and we need this road to get that space”
Iqaluit city council took a cautious step forward on two new projects Oct. 14, when it narrowly approved construction of a four-kilometre road northwest of the city.
The new $2.9 million road will serve the city’s next landfill and quarry sites. Council approved the construction contract by four...
Photo: Quebec ministers tour Nunavik communities
Iqaluit beer-wine store consultation just “the first step,” GN says
Deputy minister says over-capacity meeting “will get its own fair weight”
The Government of Nunavut’s proposal to open a beer and wine store in Iqaluit drew extraordinary attendance at a public consultation meeting, Oct. 7 – and overwhelming opposition from Iqalungmiut who packed the room.
But that opposition represents just part of the public opinion the government...
Nunavut health officials keep an eye out for Ebola
"We need to have plans in place despite the low risk"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — You might think that the deadly virus Ebola would generate little interest in a community like Cambridge Bay, located above the Arctic Circle, nearly 1,000 kilometres north of Yellowknife on Victoria Island.
But many in this western Nunavut town of 1,700 — from students at Kiilinik...
Nunavut DEAs aren’t laughing about prank bomb threats
“What if something needed immediate emergency attention, but police were dealing with the fake bomb threat?”
Local education representatives from across Nunavut said Oct. 14 in Iqaluit that they’re worried about repeated fake bomb threats at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, and that they’re worried about the security of school buildings across Nunavut.
“Issues of security to school buildings are becoming...
Photo: Learning to walk the runway, in fur
Governments, aboriginal groups strike deal on south Hudson Bay polar bears
Annual harvest set at 45 bears, 15 fewer than in recent years
Updated Oct. 15
After years of postponed meetings and debates, governments, Aboriginal organizations and hunters in Nunavut, Nunavik and Cree regions within Ontario and Quebec have reached a new agreement on how to manage the controversial southern Hudson Bay polar bear subpopulation.