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Dr. Jeff Saarela collects Arctic cotton specimens in the Kitikmeot in 2014 as part of the Canadian Museum of Nature's Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project. A flora is an inventory of plant species growing in specific locations, and  Arctic regions have been sorely lacking in such an inventory. The project is timely because botanists want to get a snapshot of what's growing in the Arctic now before that evolves under the impacts of climate change. This is the sixth major botany trip for the museum team of Saarela and Roger Bull who have surveyed several Nunavut locations including the Soper River valley and areas outside of Kugluktuk. This year's trip, to islands and mainland regions near Cape Dorset for most of July, was a bonus; they were invited to join a team of wildlife researchers from Environment Canada. They plan to help those researchers identify plant species and also collect their own specimens for the flora project. (PHOTO BY ROGER BULL)
Dr. Jeff Saarela collects Arctic cotton specimens in the Kitikmeot in 2014 as part of the Canadian Museum of Nature's Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project. A flora is an inventory of plant species growing in specific locations, and Arctic regions have been sorely lacking in such an inventory. The project is timely because botanists want to get a snapshot of what's growing in the Arctic now before that evolves under the impacts of climate change. This is the sixth major botany trip for the museum team of Saarela and Roger Bull who have surveyed several Nunavut locations including the Soper River valley and areas outside of Kugluktuk. This year's trip, to islands and mainland regions near Cape Dorset for most of July, was a bonus; they were invited to join a team of wildlife researchers from Environment Canada. They plan to help those researchers identify plant species and also collect their own specimens for the flora project. (PHOTO BY ROGER BULL)
NEWS July 06, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Unused Nunavut narwhal tags can carry over to new year

But hunting narwhal dependent on seasonal migratory patterns

THOMAS ROHNER

Inuit hunters in Nunavut’s north Hudson Bay area can enjoy a lot more maktaaq this year — that is if they can find a narwhal pod migrating nearby this year.

Some 82 unused narwhal tags from last year’s hunting season will carry over to this year’s harvest, for a total of 239 tags for the region’s...

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NEWS July 06, 2015 - 11:10 am

The heat is on: Nunavut Day chili cook-off for charity

Local and celebrity cooks sign up for Habitat for Humanity event

THOMAS ROHNER

So you think your chili is better than everyone else’s? Prove it.

This year’s Nunavut Day celebrations in Iqaluit will have a spicy kick: a chili cook-off in support of Habitat for Humanity.

And the chair of the fundraising committee for the Iqaluit chapter of the international non-profit...

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NEWS July 06, 2015 - 9:26 am

Nunavut power workers reject wage offer, threaten strike

Union members voted 92 per cent for strike last March

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Unionized workers at the Qulliq Energy Corp. are threatening to strike if their employer doesn’t improve a proposed wage-benefit deal that workers voted June 26 to reject, the Nunavut Employees Union said July 3.

“We are prepared to serve strike notice as early as next week. But we are open to...

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NEWS July 06, 2015 - 8:30 am

Reality TV discovering Iqaluit, en français

Radio-Canada's La Petite Séduction, shot in Iqaluit, airs July 29

DAVID MURPHY

Reality television’s love affair with Canada’s northernmost capital is continuing for a third straight year.

The Canadian version of The Amazing Race filmed here in in 2013, and the British show A Cabbie Abroad shot an episode in Nunavut’s capital in 2014.

This year, Quebec invaded in the form...

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NEWS July 06, 2015 - 7:10 am

Nunavut mayor awaits official nod from NDP headquarters

Jerry Natanine says no to the Liberals, turns to the NDP

LISA GREGOIRE

Clyde River Mayor Jerry Natanine says he knows Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq will be tough to beat in a federal election, but if he gets the nod from the New Democrats, he’ll work hard to show how his party would better serve Nunavummiut.

“[Leona’s] been performing not up to par in lots of people’s...

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NEWS July 06, 2015 - 6:10 am

Taptuna names veteran Nunavut cop to vacant ADM job

Yvonne Niego to become assistant deputy minister of justice Sept. 21

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna has appointed Sgt. Yvonne Niego of the RCMP to fill a vacant senior management job at Nunavut’s Department of Justice.

Niego will become assistant deputy minister of justice Sept. 21, a Government of Nunavut news release said July 3.

“Ms. Niego will be an invaluable...

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COMMENTARY July 03, 2015 - 3:20 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, July 3

Changing Times

JOHN AMAGOALIK

I was born in a tent at a small seasonal camp just north of Inukjuak in Nunavik. The world was very different from what it is today.

The Inuit of Canada were still largely living in a very traditional way of life. Living in tents in the summer and iglus in the winter. Travelling and hunting in...

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NEWS July 03, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Ottawa marks legal protection of 12-year-old Nunavut national park

“Until last summer the park was not officially enshrined”

JIM BELL

Like they say, it’s better late than never.

Though the federal government “created” Ukkusiksalik National Park in 2003, the granting of legally-enforceable protected status to the 20,800-square-kilometre area surrrounding the Kivalliq region’s Wager Bay wasn’t marked until this past July...

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NEWS July 03, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Iqaluit photographer raises $3,000 for help line

“Mental health issues are obviously everywhere, so I’m trying to do what I can"

THOMAS ROHNER

Mark Aspland, a videographer based in Iqaluit, is proving that good intentions can translate into good money.

Aspland, originally from Ontario but now working for Atiigo Media in Iqaluit, began selling stunning photographs and videos online in January to raise money for the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut...

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NEWS July 03, 2015 - 8:30 am

Federal government will continue to issue benefits by cheque

Direct deposit option not mandatory for Canadians in remote locations

SARAH ROGERS

If residents of Nunavut and Nunavik are worried about plans to phase out federal benefit cheques in favour of a direct deposit system, they shouldn’t be, says the federal agency that issues those cheques.

In 2012, the federal government announced plans to gradually phase out its system of mailing...

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NEWS July 03, 2015 - 7:10 am

Nunavut-Toronto mural project finds new canvas

Four young Cape Dorset artists head south to work on public art project

SARAH ROGERS

It’s been a whirlwind experience these past few weeks for the people behind Piliriqatigiingniq, a giant mural project that will bring Nunavut youth to Canada’s largest city this month.

First, the two-storey mural wall secured in downtown Toronto by artists and project leaders Alexa Hatanaka and...

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NEWS July 03, 2015 - 5:55 am

Review into Nunavut baby’s death progressing toward fall completion

“Are all the things in my report going to be complimentary to the government? Certainly not"

THOMAS ROHNER

Katherine Peterson, tasked with reviewing the actions taken by the Government of Nunavut after the 2012 death of a Cape Dorset infant, says she’s confident her report will give Nunavummiut answers to questions still swirling around the tragedy.

That means she will be looking at a number of aspects...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Nunavik residents will save on motor oil, camping fuel

KRG adds new items to Nunavik's cost of living reduction program

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik residents can now catch a break on the cost of snowmobile motor oil and camping fuel in the region.

The Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corp. announced the two items are now eligible for a 30-per cent discount under their cost of living reduction program.

The regional...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Montreal police look for clues in death of Inuk woman from Nunavik

Nellie Angutiguluk found dead May 18

SARAH ROGERS

Montreal police are asking for the public’s help in piecing together the circumstances that led to a young Inuk woman’s death last month.

Police discovered the body of 29-year-old Nellie Angutiguluk May 18 in an apartment in Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood.

While Angutiguluk’s death was...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 11:27 am

Summer reads from Inhabit Media

Children's tales of giants, wildlife and the goddess of the sea

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut’s first and only publishing house continues to produce colourful and modern versions of Inuit storytelling, packaged with its trademark whimsical illustrations.

Have a look at some of Inhabit’s latest offerings targeted for young readers between four and eight years of age.

Children’s...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 8:30 am

Inuit, Nunavummiut claimants still lag in IAP applications

Independent Assessment Process to wind down by early 2016

SARAH ROGERS

As the Independent Assessment Process winds down, a federal secretariat is on the lookout for former residential school students with unresolved claims, including more than 200 Inuit applicants.

The IAP provides compensation to former students for serious abuse they suffered at residential...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 7:15 am

After 10-year wait, Nunavut’s new wildlife regulations come into force

"New" wildlife act finally updated from previous act inherited from the NWT

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After more than 10 years of waiting, the Nunavut government has announced long-awaited Wildlife Act regulations to replace earlier rules inherited from the Northwest Territories that date to the 1980s.

Starting July 1, 10 sets of new wildlife regulations came into force across Nunavut, including...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 5:48 am

Inuit-owned Arctic airline signs 10-year freight deal with Cargojet

First Air, Cargojet to work together until 2025

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

First Air, a major air carrier in Nunavut, Nunavik and the Northwest Territories, has turned its recent short-time hookup with Cargojet into a 10-year marriage, the two companies announced June 30.

The two air carriers announced they’ve signed a commercial co-operation agreement that will keep...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 2:20 pm

Nunavut coke bust takes a half ounce off the streets

Two men charged with trafficking and other offences

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Eric Clapton said it best: “Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back, cocaine.”

Nunavut cops busted two Iqaluit residents in a cocaine trafficking investigation June 28.

About 15 grams — or half an ounce — of cocaine was nabbed in a joint investigation by the RCMP’s V Division Federal...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Notorious Iqaluit murderer dies in prison

Mark King Jeffrey, 34, found dead June 29

DAVID MURPHY

A Nunavut man who stabbed 13-year-old Jennifer Naglingniq 31 times in her Iqaluit home in 2002 has died in his jail cell. 

Mark King Jeffrey, 34, was found unresponsive June 29 at the medium-security Beaver Creek Institution near Gravenhurst, Ont., a federal prison run by Corrections...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 11:05 am

Nunavut circus film spreads message of hope and salvation

Artcirq founder pays tribute to deceased members Solomon Uyarasuk and Joey Ammaq

THOMAS ROHNER

Not only can your dreams come true if you believe in yourself, but they can connect you to people and take you places you can’t even imagine.

That’s what more than 120 moviegoers at Iqaluit’s Astro Hill Theatre heard June 29 as they watched “Circus Without Borders,” a film presented by the annual...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 9:25 am

Nunavut power utility’s board gets full-time chair

Julie-Anne Miller succeeds David Omilgoitok

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nearly six months after the departure of its last full-time chair, the board that oversees the Qulliq Energy Corp. now has a new one: Julie-Anne Miller of Iqaluit, who has served as interim chair since February 2014.

She succeeds David Omilgoitok, who quit the position this past February to...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 8:30 am

Nunatsiaq Online’s top reads: trouble brewing at Iqaluit city council

Our most clicked-on stories from June 22 to June 26

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunatsiaq Online readers were hungry last week for news about what’s been brewing inside Iqaluit’s municipal council chambers.

For the final full week of June, our most-read online stories flowed from a June 23 Iqaluit city council meeting, as tracked by Google Analytics pageviews.

1)In our top...

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Siksiks usually have brown or tan coloured coats, but this young white siksik, part of a group of six, turned up in Rankin Inlet recently. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NOEL KALUDJAK)
Siksiks usually have brown or tan coloured coats, but this young white siksik, part of a group of six, turned up in Rankin Inlet recently. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NOEL KALUDJAK)

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