Iqaluit women stomp their way onto local arts scene
Kasuktaqtiit performs South African-inspired gumboot dancing
Slap, stomp, stomp.
It’s a long way from the southern tip of Africa to the Canadian Arctic, but its rhythms have recently been heard coming out of an Iqaluit garage, a yoga studio and more recently, on stage at arts events held in Nunavut’s capital.
A group of six Iqaluit women, each sporting...
Cape Dorset hosts 20th Eastern Arctic elders’ gathering
“People are meeting each other, making friends. This is a big event here"
Elders from across Nunavut and Nunavik are gathering in Cape Dorset this week for the 20th annual Eastern Arctic elders’ gathering.
“Everybody’s really excited to see each other again,” Cape Dorset mayor Palaya Qiatsuk told Nunatsiaq News Aug. 20.
“People are meeting each other, making friends....
New film looks at old Inuit practice of multiple spouses
“I wanted to get people talking about family structures and changes”
A new film by Inuk documentarian Alethea Arnaquq-Baril aims to revive dialogue on the Inuit practice of having multiple spouses — a practice that ended abruptly with colonization, Arnaquq-Baril told Nunatsiaq News Aug. 19.
Aviliaq is a 10-minute romantic drama — Arnaquq-Baril’s first dramatic...
Kivalliq schools fill last teacher jobs as classes begin across Nunavut
Staffing levels on target in Baffin and Kitikmeot regions
Even though schools in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region started 2014-15 short on teachers in most communities, all classes have started on schedule.
On Aug. 18, when all but Arviat’s Arnalukjuak High School were officially back in session, Kivalliq School Operations reported 10 teacher vacancies...
Photo: Wind turbine goes up in Nunavik
Quebec police to investigate incident in Nunavik community
Young Kuujjuaq man medevaced to Montreal with serious injuries
A young Nunavik man has been medevaced to Montreal with serious injuries following an apparent shooting in Kuujjuaq early Aug. 19.
Kativik Regional Police Force officers responded to a call at 9:30 a.m. about an “armed and violent” man walking through the Nunavik community, the Sûreté du Québec...
Nunavut’s Jordin Tootoo rejects Winnipeg Jets offer: report
Tootoo seems to want NHL job before contemplating the minors
Jordin Tootoo appears to be testing the National Hockey League market as an unrestricted free agent after rejecting a two-way deal with the Winnipeg Jets, according to a tweet from Winnipeg Sun sports reporter Ken Wiebe Aug.14.
A two-way contract offers a salary dependent on the league an athlete...
Air Greenland shortens this summer’s Iqaluit-Nuuk flight season
“The route has had some success, but we have not quite reached the expected passenger numbers"
Air Greenland has shortened its seasonal flight schedule between Greenland and Nunavut due to slower than expected sales.
2014 marked the third year of the airline’s seasonal flights, which have run twice-weekly between Nuuk and Iqaluit since mid-June.
But the service, which was originally...
Priorities first: Iqaluit council lines up first steps for 2015 budget
“We have a long list of things that are not working”
Iqaluit city councillors and its administration showed their unquestioned commitment Aug. 18 to avoid a repeat of their record-long 2014 budget deliberations.
Although he wasn’t even on council at the time, Coun. Stephen Mansell made it clear he and the director of corporate services, John...
Nunavut issues boil water advisory for Sanikiluaq
Heat water to a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute, GN advises residents
A boil water advisory is in effect for Sanikiluaq, as water samples show there are potentially harmful bacteria present, a news release from Nunavut’s health department said Aug. 15.
Coliform bacteria were found in two samples tested Aug. 13, Nunavut’s chief medical officer of health, Maureen...
PM to make three stops in Nunavut on six-day northern tour
PM's delegation to visit Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet and Iqaluit
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make three stops in Nunavut during his upcoming six-day northern tour, including visit to Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet and Iqaluit.
Harper and a delegation of ministers and senators will travel through all three northern territories between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26,...
Iqaluit seeks to spare Inuit beneficiaries from cemetery fees
City estimates each new gravesite costs $2,200
The City of Iqaluit is almost ready to open its new cemetery, but before it does, council will have to clear one last hurdle: to figure out how much to charge for burials and to ensure all residents can afford a burial.
Each grave at the new cemetery in Apex, slated to open in mid-October, costs...
Nunavik drowning spurs call for community pool
Man, 25, drowned Aug. 12 in Akulivik River
An Akulivik man says his community needs a pool and trained lifeguards to help prevent future drownings in the Nunavik community of about 600 people.
Davidee Qaqutuk is mourning the loss of a long-time friend and neighbour, who drowned Aug. 12 in a river that flows through the community and into...
Alleging political interference, Nunavut Planning Commission sues Ottawa
“The residents of Nunavut and the people who wish to do business in Nunavut are casualties”
Following a protracted dispute, the Nunavut Planning Commission filed a lawsuit in Federal Court Aug. 18 against the Government of Canada, alleging broken promises and political interference on the part of federal government officials.
The legal action flows from Ottawa’s refusal to fund a $1.7...
Inuk rapper Hyper T sheds light on “The Ugly of Nunavut”
“With rap music, it’s so raw, it’s very truthful”
Inuk hip-hop artist Hyper T was in Grade 6 when he first contemplated suicide.
But now the 28-year old, originally from Chesterfield Inlet, has just completed an eight-month intensive studio and mixing program in Ottawa and wants to shed light on what he calls “the Ugly of Nunavut,” what he says...
Volunteer vets spay, neuter, vaccinate scores of Cambridge Bay pets
“If we spay one dog, it stops them from having maybe two litters in a year"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Five volunteer veterinarians from Calgary flew to the western Nunavut town of Cambridge Bay this past weekend to spay, neuter, vaccinate and do dental work on scores of local pets at discounted rates.
“It’s going really well,” said Allan Thompson, one of the clinic’s organizers....
Kativik School Board launches land programs in four Nunavik communities
"Once they’re out on the land, students become really competent"
Nunavik students are back in the classroom across the region this week, but a handful of communities will see some changes to their school calendars in 2014-15.
That’s because the Kativik School Board has approved a pilot project in four communities that hopes to better respond to the cultural...