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Around the Arctic September 09, 2014 - 9:24 am

Nunavut archaeology team finds Franklin-era ship’s artifact

“The iron fitting is certainly from one of the Franklin shipwrecks”

PETER VARGA

A Government of Nunavut archaeology team claimed the first discovery from this year’s massive search for the remains of the 1845-46 Franklin Expedition to the Northwest Passage.

Although the most extensive searches for remains are being undertaken at sea by a long list of public, private and...

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Iqaluit September 09, 2014 - 8:24 am

Iqaluit firefighters, contractors reach dumpcano’s hottest section

But city says little or no smoke particles leaving landfill site

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(Corrected Sept. 9, 1:20 p.m.)

Fire crews dousing Iqaluit’s now four-month-old dump fire have now reached its most dangerous portion and fire-fighting operations are progressing on schedule, the city said Sept. 8 in a press release posted on its Facebook page.

But despite the high heat and the...

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Nunavut September 09, 2014 - 7:11 am

M’Clintock polar bear survey wraps up for 2014, Nunavut board to ponder quota

"Blizzards, we had fog — we had to sleep in the helicopter, on the sea ice one night, because we couldn’t fly anywhere"

THOMAS ROHNER

The first part of a survey to estimate Nunavut’s M’Clintock Channel polar bear sub-population wrapped up earlier this summer — but not without some adventure and lots of bad weather.

So, now it’s up to the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board to decide what the quota for 2014 should be for the...

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Nunavut September 09, 2014 - 6:07 am

Inuit org launches PSA contest for Nunavut’s Grade 9 kids

NTI offers $2,500 prize to winning school

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Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is holding a contest this fall among Grade 9 students across Nunavut to produce digital public service announcements aimed at promoting its Dec. 8 vice presidential election.

The contest is part of a new social studies unit that NTI developed with the Government of Nunavut...

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Nunavik September 08, 2014 - 2:22 pm

KRG councillors call for focus, better stats on missing, murdered Nunavik women

Saturviit Women's Association to survey women in the region

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Kativik Regional Government councillors made a push Sept. 8 to see more data and focus on missing and murdered women from Nunavik.

KRG councillors say those efforts should also look at Nunavimmiut women living in Montreal.

“I see people are crying out to the federal government about...

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Around the Arctic September 08, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Heavy pack ice in NW Passage ice creates tough conditions this year

Pack ice clogs Queen Maud Gulf

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Icebreakers and cruise ships travelling through the Northwest Passage encountered rough sailing conditions this past week: heavy ice closed the Queen Maud Gulf between the northern coast of the mainland and the southeastern corner of Victoria Island in Nunavut.

While the rate of ice loss during...

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Nunavut September 08, 2014 - 8:38 am

Greenland choir, Nunavut musicians unite for Iqaluit concert

"Collaborations are essential to helping Inuit culture percolate and change"

THOMAS ROHNER

If you’re in Iqaluit Sept. 11, you might want to check out a free concert drawing on the musical talents of Nunavut and Greenlandic musicians and singers.

Three musicians from Nunavut — Etulu Aningmiuq of Pangnirtung, Josh Qaumariaq of Iqaluit and Lasaloosie Ishulutaq of Pangnirtung — will...

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Nunavut September 08, 2014 - 7:21 am

Decision to end joint venture took First Air by surprise: VP

"We have very much enjoyed working with Sakku"

SARAH ROGERS

Officials at First Air were “surprised” to receive notice last week that one of its joint venture partners, Sakku Investments Corp., decided to end its relationship with the airline, Bert van der Stege, First Air’s vice president, commercial, said Sept. 5.

First Air and Sakku, the business arm of...

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Around the Arctic September 05, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Maud shipwreck to be raised, retrieved from Nunavut in 2015

“We had hoped to get in a little bit earlier”

PETER VARGA

(Updated Sept. 8, 4:50 p.m.)

A Norwegian group’s plans to raise the wreck of the Maud, launched by that country’s famed explorer Roald Amundsen in 1917, will not begin in Cambridge Bay until next summer, project leader Jan Wanggaard said.

“We had to make a decision to just prepare for the...

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Around the Arctic September 05, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Baffinland CEO Tom Paddon to chair Arctic Economic Council

AEC executive committee includes shipping company bosses from Finland, Russia

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Tom Paddon, the CEO of Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. will serve as chair of the Arctic Economic Council’s inaugural executive committee , the council said Sept. 4 in a news release.

This announcement came a day after the AEC wrapped up its behind-closed-doors founding meeting Sept. 3 in Iqaluit.

At...

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Nunavut September 05, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Sakku drops First Air, enters new deal with owner of Calm Air, Keewatin Air

"The strategic alliance will allow Sakku to participate financially from essential services that both carriers provide to the region"

SARAH ROGERS

Sakku Investments Corp., the business arm of the Kivalliq Inuit Association, has walked away from its partnership with Makivik Corp.-owned First Air and teamed up with two regional airlines.

Sakku, formerly a majority owner of Sakku Aviation Ltd., announced Sept. 5 that it has already entered into...

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Around the Arctic September 05, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Greenpeace does poll on the Pole to push for sanctuary

Survey by Riwi Corp. asks about international waters around the North Pole

THOMAS ROHNER

An international poll commissioned by Greenpeace and released Sept.4 suggests overwhelming support for creating a sanctuary around international waters surrounding the North Pole that would prevent oil drilling and other heavy industry.

The area of international marine territory around the North...

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Nunavut September 05, 2014 - 11:24 am

Kugaaruk’s bowhead hunt: all in a day’s work

Nunavut community celebrates third harvest in six years

PETER VARGA

Experience paid off for bowhead whale hunters in Kugaaruk, who managed to bring home one of the Arctic’s biggest sea mammals Aug. 31 in a one-day trip.

“The whole community is very happy about this hunt,” said Emiliano Qirngnuq of the community’s hunters and trappers’ organization, which helped...

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Around the Arctic September 05, 2014 - 10:25 am

Nunavut’s Embrace Life Council, Inuit youth plan for World Suicide Prevention Day Sept. 10

Embrace Life to sponsor week-long program of activities in Iqaluit

THOMAS ROHNER

With World Suicide Prevention Day approaching Sept. 10, organizers have planned suicide prevention activities in Ottawa and Iqaluit.

Sept. 10 marks the official World Suicide Prevention Day, but Nunavut’s Embrace Life Council has organized a week of events in Iqaluit.

Nunavut suffered more......

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Nunavut September 05, 2014 - 10:21 am

Photo: This little light of mine

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Nunavut September 05, 2014 - 10:21 am

Photo: A Greenland/Nunavut choral collaboration

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Nunavut September 05, 2014 - 10:20 am

Photo: Running for a cure

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Around the Arctic September 05, 2014 - 10:20 am

Photo: The Tandberg lies off Cambridge Bay

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Nunavut September 05, 2014 - 9:13 am

Photo: Nunavummiut on the red carpet

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Nunavut September 04, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Nunavut RCMP charge Kimmirut man in connection with Sept. 2 homicide

Man, 35, faces second degree murder charge

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Nunavut RCMP have arrested and charged a Kimmirut man in connection with the death of another man in the south Baffin community this week.

Kimmirut RCMP discovered the body of a 30-year-old man Sept. 2, calling the death “suspicious.”

The RCMP’s major crimes unit flew in to investigate the death....

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