Electoral reform consult, round two, coming to Nunavut
Oct. 17 meeting at the Frobisher Inn has afternoon and evening sessions
Round two of the federal government’s consultation on possible changes to the way we elect our members of Parliament is set to unfold in Iqaluit Mon., Oct. 17.
And organizers seem to have paid attention to at least some of the criticism voiced during another such meeting in late August because the...
Bedbug infestation closes offices, apartment complex in Nunavut capital
Grinnell Place closed for a week to let exterminators do their work
If you’re wondering why Nunavut’s Department of Family Services office in Iqaluit’s Grinnell Place apartment complex has been closed for the past week, there’s a good explanation: bedbugs, nasty, fast-spreading vermin, whose bloodsucking bites cause itchy welts.
Kris Mullaly, spokesperson for...
Drilling work scheduled for Iqaluit’s breakwater this weekend
Crews will be collecting data to prepare for deep water port project
If you live in Iqaluit and you’re frustrated with the noise and heavy equipment along the city’s breakwater starting this weekend, just remember: it’s all for a good cause.
Geotechnical studies begin Oct. 15 at Iqaluit’s breakwater, preliminary work towards a deep water port, expected to be...
Nunavut police seize weed, cash in Rankin Inlet
Two men face charges
Members of the Rankin Inlet RCMP detachment executed two search warrants Oct. 7, seizing drugs and cash, an RCMP news release said Oct. 12
They seized seven ounces of marijuana and $2,145 in cash.
Two Rankin Inlet men—who were not identified by the RCMP—were arrested and charged in connection...
National Film Board wants more Inuit ambassadors
“I’m really happy to see my fellow Inuit artists telling it like it is"
ST. JOHN’S—Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s graceful animation moves across the screen in a crowded lecture hall.
The deep shades of brown and blue illustrate the Inuit legend Lumaajuuq, or The Boy and the Loon, a dark tale about the dangers of revenge.
Arnaquq-Baril’s animation is one of 24 films...
Car import levy in the works for Nunavut, GN official says
“The regulation will be a territorial-wide program”
People who register new vehicles imported into Nunavut may soon pay up front for their car’s future disposal, says an official with the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation.
The ED&T department’s transportation policy and planning director, Art Stewart,...
Nunavut police seize ecstasy, weed, cash in Iqaluit
Man, 32, and teenager face possession, trafficking charges
A sizeable stash of ecstasy and weed won’t be making it onto the streets of Iqaluit.
That’s because members of the Iqaluit RCMP detachment carried out a search warrant Oct. 9 at an Iqaluit residence, where they seized drugs and cash.
The seizure included 400 pills of...
Nunavut community reports creepy clown sightings
Hamlet steps up night patrol following complaints
The creepy clown phenomenon appears to have reached the Canadian Arctic.
Residents of Rankin Inlet, population roughly 3,000, reported sightings of people dressed up as clowns over the long weekend, who appeared in the evening in an attempt to scare children.
Police are investigating complaints...
Photo: Mist rises as ice forms off Cambridge Bay
Photo: Bryan Pearson’s last drive
Festival draws circumpolar art lovers out after dark
INuit Blanche is the new Arctic version of popular art crawl
ST. JOHN’S—There was a definite buzz around St. John’s this past weekend as Inuit art and culture descended on Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital city.
The city, already home to a population of 700 mostly Nunatsiavut Inuit, was simply “taken over by Inuit,” as Nunavut Inuit Youth Council...
Never to be forgotten: Bryan R. Pearson: May 30, 1934 — Oct. 12, 2016
Stricken by liver cancer, Iqaluit’s irrepressible founding mayor dies at home
Bryan R. Pearson, 82, a tenacious, irrepressible and sometimes infuriating presence in the life of the eastern Arctic for 60 unforgettable years, died at home in Iqaluit just before 9 a.m., Oct. 12, struck down by cancer of the liver.
Known to Inuit as Sedluk—or Salluk—“the skinny one,” Pearson...
Documenting the art of seal skin preparation for future generations
“It’s still a custom we value very much"
ST. JOHN’S—When Regilee Ootova was a child, she remembers watching her mother preparing to bleach seal skin.
It looked like a frantic activity: she would place the seal skin in boiling water, twirling carefully, and anxiously chanting “Aina, aina” to herself.
Years later, Ootova realized that...
Photo: Space station astronaut makes Iqaluit pit stop
Nunavut man pours love, time into sled dogs and training
"Dogs are great. Even if you’re the biggest jerk, they’ll still give you unconditional love”
RANKIN INLET—John Makayak Hickes is in his happy place.
Surrounded by 30-odd sled dogs in front of Nanuq Lodge in Rankin Inlet, Hickes smiles as he walks along the rows of doghouses.
The dogs, straining at the chains that tether them to their individual homes, greet Hickes, who towers over...
Arctic Bay Thule man to form part of Inuit exhibit at history museum
Remains, artifacts found in 1959 tell a story of prehistoric Inuit life and struggle
OTTAWA—A Thule man who lived near Arctic Bay hundreds of years ago will soon be part of an exhibit on Canada’s Indigenous peoples to be unveiled at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau in July 2017 to coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday.
Although no one knows his name, his...
Photo: Zacharias Kunuk’s travelling show
Photo: Arctic history can be a moving experience
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Oct. 2 to Oct. 9
Big interest among readers about liquor seizures—and future beer-wine stores
Stories about liquor—illegally imported into Nunavut and perhaps, in the future, sold legally in Nunavut beer-wine stores—drew the greatest numbers of readers to Nunatsiaqonline.ca this past week, according to Google Analytics, which tracks online traffic.
The leading story of the top five from...