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Larger than life: Cape Dorset artist Tommy Quvianaqtuliaq stands in front of his self-portrait with fellow artist Parr Josephee Feb. 19 at the Square One mall in Mississauga, Ont. Four Cape Dorset artists’ portraits were selected and blown up to appear in the Toronto-area exhibit, installed by Embassy of Imagination. The exhibit will raise money for the students' next youth art workshops, run by Embassy of Imagination artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson next summer in Kinngait. (PHOTO COURTESY OF A. HATANAKA)
Larger than life: Cape Dorset artist Tommy Quvianaqtuliaq stands in front of his self-portrait with fellow artist Parr Josephee Feb. 19 at the Square One mall in Mississauga, Ont. Four Cape Dorset artists’ portraits were selected and blown up to appear in the Toronto-area exhibit, installed by Embassy of Imagination. The exhibit will raise money for the students' next youth art workshops, run by Embassy of Imagination artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson next summer in Kinngait. (PHOTO COURTESY OF A. HATANAKA)
NEWS February 24, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik addiction treatment centre eyes family approach

“We look at it as an investment in Nunavik’s future"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The strongest words Mary Aitchison has heard are “I need help,” spoken by fellow Nunavimmiut struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction.

Through her role on the Isuarsivik treatment centre’s board of directors, Aitchison has seen dozens of Nunavimmiut struggle to make the decision to...

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NEWS February 24, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut’s Qulliit council holds women’s day photo contest

Winning images to be part of Iqaluit exhibit this March

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Get your cameras out, ladies—the Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council has launched a photo contest for women photographers in the territory.

As part of International Women’s Day 2017, the organization is celebrating women’s traditional clothing around the world.

Qulliit is looking to...

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NEWS February 24, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Designer envisions huge all-terrain Arctic cruise vehicles for Nunavut

"Designed to explore the vast expanses of the Arctic and Antarctic regions on tracks"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

When you look at the design of this futuristic all-terrain cruise vehicle, you have to wonder how Nunavut regulators, who scrutinize cruise ship travel plans, would react to a proposed trans-Nunavut overland voyage by such a vehicle.

Designed by Imaginactive, the all-terrain ship, dubbed the...

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NEWS February 24, 2017 - 12:05 pm

Agnico Eagle says federal carbon tax would hurt Nunavut mine operators

“Northerners should have the same right to a prosperous economic future as the rest of Canada”

STEVE DUCHARME

The federal government’s upcoming carbon tax rollout is “another blow” to northern development, and could deter the development of northern mines, Agnico Eagles Mines Ltd. said in a letter to Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna last month.

The company could lose approximately $20 million a year by 2023...

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NEWS February 24, 2017 - 11:00 am

Nunavut justice department seeks members for Arctic Bay committee

Tininniq Justice Committee needs two members

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you live in Arctic Bay, you can weigh in on how justice is delivered in your community.

The Tininniq Justice Committee is looking for two members—one for a one-year term, and another for a three-year term.

Justice committees in Nunavut use a community-based justice approach to assist victims...

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NEWS February 24, 2017 - 10:00 am

Political feud continues over Nunavut beer and wine store

Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik renews his opposition after budget address

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik slammed finance minister Keith Peterson Feb. 22 over alleged missteps leading to the opening of an Iqaluit beer and wine store, after a budget address by Peterson in the legislature that lauded the store as “another step in harm reduction.”

“I wanted to state my...

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NEWS February 24, 2017 - 8:30 am

Iqaluit woman’s death “heartbreaking” Nunavut health minister says

“We will have further information in the fairly near future”

JIM BELL

The Jan. 3, 2015 death of 61-year-old Annie Kootoo was “heartbreaking,” and the Department of Health continues to review Nunavut Coroner Padma Suramala’s report on it, Health Minister George Hickes said Feb. 22 in the legislative assembly.

“It’s heartbreaking. I know members of the family under...

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NEWS February 24, 2017 - 7:00 am

PM Trudeau sets up group to look at laws affecting Indigenous peoples

Six ministers will make recommendations on changes to federal laws and policies

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal government has created a working group made up of six cabinet ministers to review all federal laws and policies affecting Indigenous peoples, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Feb. 22 in a news release.

Trudeau said after the working group does its review, the members will...

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NEWS February 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Inuit org will lobby to lift polar bear ban, increase quota in eastern Arctic

“The most recent scientific results shows that the Inuit traditional knowledge was accurate"

LISA GREGOIRE

A recent scientific report that Baffin Bay and Kane Basin polar bear populations are stable and possibly thriving may have surprised scientists, but not Inuit who hunt in those areas.

James Eetoolook, vice president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Nunavut’s land claims body, said Feb. 22 that Inuit...

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NEWS February 23, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut government investigates Cambridge Bay’s yellow drinking water

New filtration plant now off-line as construction company, consultants, GN look at system

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services wants to find out what’s turning the water yellow in the western Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay.

The water is safe to drink, tests say, but now consultants and the contractor who built the system have been called in to evaluate the...

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NEWS February 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Quebec responds to ombudsman report with plans for new detention facility

KRG hopes for more infrastructure for "slow" justice system

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Kativik Regional Government officials are reviewing a proposal from the Quebec government to build a new police station and detention area in the Nunavik community of Puvirnituq.

The proposal comes a year after the release of a scathing report by Quebec’s Protecteur du Citoyen (Ombudsman)...

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NEWS February 23, 2017 - 10:00 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Feb. 12 to Feb. 19

News of two more mines, jobs and investment leads past week's top five stories

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The most-read story of the week was—no surprise—about the opening of two new gold mines in Nunavut and the promise of new jobs and money for the territory.

After 10 years in Nunavut, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. said it plans to invest more than $1.2 billion to construct two new Kivalliq region gold...

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NEWS February 23, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavik police force continues to struggle with turnover

“It takes them a while before they get comfortable, and then it seems they're leaving"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The Kativik Regional Police Force has its work cut out for it on a good day, but recruiting and retaining police officers is a struggle all of its own.

And this applies to officers, as well as to senior officers, who have experience working in the region’s communities.

In 2016, the force...

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NEWS February 23, 2017 - 7:00 am

New Nunavut police allocations based on crime stats, workload

Finance minister says tracking lost productivity from workplace stress a goal

THOMAS ROHNER

It’s not every day that the Government of Nunavut offers reporters access to officials from any department to answer questions.

But that’s exactly what the GN did during the 90-minute budget lockup Feb. 21 at the legislature in Iqaluit.

This rare access to senior bureaucrats revealed some...

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NEWS February 22, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Nunavut government’s 2017-18 budget closes in on $2 billion

But Finance Minister Keith Peterson warns federal transfers will grow more slowly after this year

JIM BELL

In his final budget speech prior to the Oct. 30 territorial election this year, Finance Minister Keith Peterson said that, in spite of the nearly $2 billion the Government of Nunavut expects to receive in 2017-18, the GN faces a leaner future.

In the speech, given early in the afternoon Feb. 22,...

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NEWS February 22, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut airline medical, duty travel contracts extended two years

Dissolution of codeshare deals convinced GN to keep the status quo

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut has extended its current medical and duty travel contracts with at least two airlines—and likely three—after negotiating two-year extensions to agreements that were set to expire this August.

“At this time, for two of the airlines involved, there’s been a negotiated...

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NEWS February 22, 2017 - 10:00 am

POPs contamination in the Arctic declining, report finds

"No case for complacency"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A newly-released Arctic Council report on persistant organic pollutants contains some positive findings for the circumpolar world.

POPs—which include toxic PCBs, DDT and dioxins—are produced mainly in industrial areas, but are carried by air and water currents into the Arctic, where they collect...

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NEWS February 22, 2017 - 8:30 am

We’ll create internal committee for QGH, Nunavut’s health minister says

“The motion specifically said a board of management and we all agreed to that”

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut will create an internal advisory board for Iqaluit’s Qikiqtani General Hospital instead of the independent board of management that MLAs voted for about three years ago, Health Minister George Hickes said Feb. 22 in the legislative assembly.

But Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat...

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NEWS February 22, 2017 - 7:00 am

Advisor to INAC minister pitches “Indigenous Protected Areas”

"A conservation paradigm shift in the Arctic”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Territorial governments, the federal government and Indigenous organizations should look at the idea of creating “Indigenous Protected Areas,” Mary Simon, a special advisor to Indigenous and Northern Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett, said in an interim report made public on Feb. 17.

Simon, who was...

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NEWS February 21, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Nunavik organizations launch new green power corporation

Makivik, FCNQ team up to give Nunavik Inuit power control over renewable energy

SARAH ROGERS

IVUJIVIK—Two major Nunavik organizations have launched a new joint-venture firm to develop renewable energy projects in Nunavik, while boosting jobs and expertise among Inuit.

Makivik Corp. and the Fédération des Coopératives du Nouveau-Québec, or the FCNQ, announced what they call a “historic”...

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NEWS February 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Iqalungmiut flock to meet Nunavut authors, artists at publisher’s event

Inhabit Media wants to tell traditional stories, "because they are important for history, but we also want to tell contemporary stories”

STEVE DUCHARME

The renowned Igloolik-born artist Germaine Arnaktauyok scrawls her name, first in Inuktitut and then English, across the opening pages of her latest collaboration—a children’s book written by Neil Christopher entitled Those That Cause Fear—before handing it back to a devoted fan.

“You can scare...

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NEWS February 21, 2017 - 11:45 am

GN health care failures led to mother’s death, Nunavut couple says

“If my mother was Qallunaat, she would’ve been taken care of right away”

THOMAS ROHNER

For Bernice Clarke, a coroner’s report released Feb. 14 confirmed her worst fear: that her mother’s death in early 2015 was avoidable but for Nunavut’s poor health care standards.

The report, obtained by Nunatsiaq News, reveals a failure of health care professionals to document or act on repeated...

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NEWS February 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

Faster internet coming to Nunavik, but not so fast

Regional government mulls options on fibre optic network

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Nunavik’s bandwidth upgrade is a few months away from being in place but the Kativik Regional Government already has its eyes set on a fibre optic network for the region.

The KRG and its internet service, Tamaani, shifted to a new satellite provider last fall with the goal of delivering...

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NEWS February 21, 2017 - 8:29 am

Eastern Arctic polar bears OK, but low sea ice makes future uncertain

Joint Canada-Greenland science group says Baffin Bay, Kane Basin numbers increasing

LISA GREGOIRE

Finally, a little good news about polar bears in Canada’s eastern Arctic.

A recent comprehensive three-year scientific study of Canada’s two eastern-most polar bear populations shows they are at least stable, and possibly increasing.

Of course, those conclusions come with a number of “buts,”...

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NEWS February 21, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut Inuit orgs team up to denounce protected areas

NTI, RIAs say NPC's draft land use plan could hurt economic development on Inuit-owned lands

JIM BELL

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the territory’s three regional Inuit associations have launched a frontal assault on the Nunavut Planning Commission’s draft land use plan, saying it creates too many protected areas, especially on Inuit-owned lands.

The four organizations have compiled their critiques...

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Maggie MacDonnell, right, a teacher at Ikusik school in Salluit, is a top-10 finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize,  after being selected among 20,000 applications from around the world. The prize is a $1 million dollar award presented each year to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession.Over the last six years in Salluit, MacDonnell has worked with youth to develop a life skills program and an in-school nutrition program. She has promoted fitness among youth, launching a running club that saw many students participate in southern marathons, and helped to establish a fitness centre in the Nunavik community, where she’s pictured here with Katsuak Saviadjuk and Larry Tamusai. Best of luck, Maggie! (PHOTO BY TRISTAN BRAND)
Maggie MacDonnell, right, a teacher at Ikusik school in Salluit, is a top-10 finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize, after being selected among 20,000 applications from around the world. The prize is a $1 million dollar award presented each year to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession.Over the last six years in Salluit, MacDonnell has worked with youth to develop a life skills program and an in-school nutrition program. She has promoted fitness among youth, launching a running club that saw many students participate in southern marathons, and helped to establish a fitness centre in the Nunavik community, where she’s pictured here with Katsuak Saviadjuk and Larry Tamusai. Best of luck, Maggie! (PHOTO BY TRISTAN BRAND)

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