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You can almost hear him breathing. Meet Nuvumiutaq, a replica of an 800-year-old Thule man whose remains were found near Arctic Bay in 1959. He looks out from an Arctic landscape at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, March 26. Scientists at the museum studied the remains and, with the help of Arctic Bay residents and elders, and a replica specialist from France, resurrected the man to be part of a new Indigenous peoples exhibit set to open this July for Canada's 150th birthday. Last weekend, they invited some Arctic Bay guests for a sneak peak. Read story later on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY COURTNEY EDGAR)
You can almost hear him breathing. Meet Nuvumiutaq, a replica of an 800-year-old Thule man whose remains were found near Arctic Bay in 1959. He looks out from an Arctic landscape at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, March 26. Scientists at the museum studied the remains and, with the help of Arctic Bay residents and elders, and a replica specialist from France, resurrected the man to be part of a new Indigenous peoples exhibit set to open this July for Canada's 150th birthday. Last weekend, they invited some Arctic Bay guests for a sneak peak. Read story later on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY COURTNEY EDGAR)
NEWS March 29, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut judge suspends lawyer-versus-lawyer spat

Judge finds that numerous plaintiffs, cast adrift without a lawyer, still haven't been properly informed of their rights

STEVE DUCHARME

A Nunavut judge on March 29 indefinitely adjourned the latest stage in a complex lawyer-versus-lawyer case involving ex-teacher Ed Horne’s sexual abuse survivors and their former lawyer, Geoffrey Budden of Newfoundland.

Justice Paul Bychok adjourned the case “sine die,” which means “without a...

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NEWS March 29, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Ivakkak mushers finish first leg of Nunavik race

But forecast calls for flurries along the Hudson coast

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If the first day of Ivakkak’s 2017 edition is any indication, Tasiujaq musher Willie Cain Jr. has a good chance of winning Nunavik’s dog sled race for a second year in a row.

The 13 teams competing in Ivakkak 2017 left Umiujaq March 28 in bright sunshine and mild temperatures, heading north up the...

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NEWS March 29, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Nunavut health department issues warning on contaminated flour

Recall applies to Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s Department of Health is warning Nunavummiut about a food recall from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The recall, in effect March 28, applies to Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original.

And it’s due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. E. coli O121 is a bacteria that lives...

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NEWS March 29, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut coroner to hold inquest into 2013 death of Rankin Inlet man

Coroner's office holding back-to-back Kivalliq inquests this summer

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The office of Nunavut’s chief coroner has called an inquest into the 2013 death of a Rankin Inlet man.

The discretionary inquest will look into the circumstances surroudning the death of Victor Kaludjak, a Rankin Inlet man who died in March 2013.

On March 20 of that year, Kaludjak was admitted to...

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NEWS March 29, 2017 - 11:45 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca between March 19 to March 26

Crime stories attracted the greatest number of readers last week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police-related stories dominated the top five stories most-read stories this past week on Nunatsiaqonline.ca.

The top story: Nunavut RCMP have finished an investigation into what they call “child pornography” in Iqaluit, resulting in the arrest of two teenagers, aged 19 and 16.

Last month, the...

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COMMENTARY March 29, 2017 - 10:00 am

Inuit-Crown partnership lacks substance and misses the boat

“Make no mistake, Canada’s footprint in the Arctic is the Inuit footprint”

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

WILLIAM H. FLOWERS

My favorite writer, Stephen King, has an acronym for the expression “same old:” SSDD, “same stuff, different day.” Only he doesn’t use the word stuff, but it is a term he likes to use as shorthand.

I think if Stephen King were monitoring what’s been going on in Canada lately,...

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NEWS March 29, 2017 - 8:30 am

NPC faces unified Nunavut front on polar bear denning sites

“They should be designated as a special management area”

STEVE DUCHARME

Future development in Nunavut could threaten the stability of polar bear denning areas, and the Nunavut Planning Commission isn’t doing enough to prevent that from happening in its current Land Use Plan draft.

That’s according to the World Wildlife Fund, which added its voice to a chorus of...

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NEWS March 29, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut education department plans “refresher” on social media

Move follows Coral Harbour teacher's posting disturbing graphic on Facebook

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut’s education department plans to offer a “refresher” course to teachers and students on best practices for using social media.

That’s among the responses planned by Nunavut’s education department after many parents in Coral Harbour decided to keep their children home from Saaku School this...

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NEWS March 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik Parks hopes to draw more Inuit visitors

Parks offer discounted airfares, free entrance to JBNQA beneficiaries

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik Parks wants to draw more Inuit visitors to the region’s parks this year.

So the organization has expanded its beneficiary access program this year to help pay for more transportation, lodging and other services offered in the region’s four operating parks: Pingualuit, Kuururjuaq, Tursujuq...

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COMMENTARY March 28, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Get the world’s dirtiest shipping fuel out of the Arctic

"It’s time the rules for shipping reflect the risks it poses to Inuit livelihoods and hunting."

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

TAGAK CURLEY

For hundreds of years, national and international policies have shaped the Arctic from whaling to the fur trade, from territorial laws to statehood.

Now, with land claim and benefit agreements in place in Nunavut, policy not only must be Inuit-led, it must also address the dramatic...

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NEWS March 28, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Independent evaluation of Nunavik hockey program offers another view

“A higher level of evidence is needed to be definitive"

SARAH ROGERS

A professor of kinesiology and physical education has launched an independent evaluation of the Nunavik Youth Hockey Development Program to offer another “viewpoint” on Joé Juneau’s well-known hockey program.

The evaluation comes in response to a recent decision to cut almost half the program’s......

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NEWS March 28, 2017 - 11:45 am

Mine monitoring in Nunavut under the microscope next month

Impact review board to host a session with stakeholders at mining symposium

LISA GREGOIRE

A lot of people with money and power or a desire for those will descend on Iqaluit from April 3 to April 6 for the annual Nunavut Mining Symposium and among all the many sessions planned this year is a unique one hosted by the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

If you’re a regular Nunatsiaq News reader,...

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NEWS March 28, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut’s big land use plan won’t get input from territory’s capital

“We simply do not have the manpower or the time, unfortunately, to develop a submission"

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavut’s land use plan will go forward without an official submission from the territory’s largest community.

Iqaluit mayor Madeleine Redfern dropped the news to members of the Nunavut Planning Commission during the organization’s week-long public hearing on its latest draft land use plan, held...

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NEWS March 28, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavik community receives some unwelcome guests

“I thought we were going to die" says Ivujivik mom, after late-night polar bear encounter

SARAH ROGERS

Manu Qaunnaaluk still has trouble sleeping when she thinks about that night.

It was March 8, International Women’s Day, and Qaunnaaluk and her six-year-old daughter Deseray were attending women’s games at Ivujivik’s Amaarvik Childcare Centre.

When the event ended at 11 p.m., Qaunnaaluk and...

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NEWS March 28, 2017 - 7:00 am

Elections Nunavut to hold beer-wine store votes May 1 in CamBay, Rankin

GN to hold town hall meetings in each hamlet this April

JANE GEORGE

Two Nunavut communities will get a chance May 1 to say whether they want wine and beer stores in their communities.

Late March 27, Elections Nunavut announced that Keith Peterson, Nunavut’s finance minister, has issued instructions to the Chief Electoral Officer, Dustin Fredlund, to hold beer and...

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NEWS March 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Politics, power, money real culprits behind nixing Arctic university: Saul

“The capacity to inspire Northern students in their own territories is missing”

PETER VARGA

Nunavummiut and other peoples of the Canadian Arctic have little chance of shaping the development of their northern lands and culture without an Arctic-based university run by peoples of the region, for peoples of the region.

That’s the message a group of speakers, honoured nationally for their...

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NEWS March 27, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut Harvester Support Program set to re-open April 1

"It's modified to meet the needs of harvesters"

SARAH ROGERS

Following a three-year hiatus, Nunavut’s land claims organization has re-launched the Nunavut Harvester Support Program, which will officially re-open to applicants on April 1.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. says it’s revamped the program to make it more “relevant and responsive” to the needs of Inuit...

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NEWS March 27, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Oil and gas hearings coming to eastern Nunavut towns

NIRB-led public consultations seeking your feedback

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you have a strong opinion one way or the other on oil and gas exploration off-shore from Baffin Island, here is your chance to speak up.

The Nunavut Impact Review Board plans to host a series of Baffin Island consultations in late April to help inform its Strategic Environmental Assessment in...

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NEWS March 27, 2017 - 11:45 am

Ottawa silent on protecting Arctic’s North Water polynya from toxic space junk

“We’ve received really lackluster responses from most of the ministries”

STEVE DUCHARME

As the European Space Agency launches more rockets into space this year, a group of students in British Columbia are sending out an S.O.S to the world about dangerous leftover rocket fuel falling into Nunavut waters.

But months have passed since they wrote their letter and the Canadian government...

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NEWS March 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

Federal tobacco, alcohol tax hikes will hit Nunavut, Nunavik

Increase comes on top of Nunavut's increases to tobacco taxes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re a smoker and you drink alcohol in Nunavut or Nunavik, be prepared to pay more in the future.

In fact, you have already been paying more since March 23, when tax increases on tobacco and alcohol came into force with the adoption of the federal budget.

In Nunavut, these new tax increases...

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NEWS March 27, 2017 - 8:29 am

Bizarre Facebook graphic prompts Nunavut school boycott

Coral Harbour parents upset about altered ISIS execution image; education department is investigating

JANE GEORGE

(Updated, March 28, 8:10 a.m.)

There was no school for at least some students at Sakku School in Coral Harbour on Monday, March 27.

That’s because some parents of students at Sakku School, which serves about 300 students from kindergarten to Grade 12, had vowed to keep their children home from...

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NEWS March 27, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavik teacher’s prize shines spotlight on northern education

“She’s helped so many youth"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik teacher Maggie MacDonnell hopes the global teaching prize she picked up March 19 will draw attention to education in Inuit communities and the important role that educators play in the lives of northern youth.

For now, MacDonnell is still swept up in a “tornado of events” and media...

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NEWS March 25, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Nunavut RCMP defuse firearms incident in Rankin Inlet

Man arrested after shots fired inside a residence

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Members of the Nunavut RCMP arrested a man March 25, after a firearms incident in the Area 6 neighbourhood of Rankin Inlet.

No one was injured, the RCMP said.

During the afternoon of March 25, the Rankin Inlet RCMP detachment received a call that shots had been fired from inside a residence....

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Pond Inlet small craft harbour will take on sealift cargo

Forty-one million dollar facility to be completed by end of 2019

PETER VARGA

The new small craft harbour in Pond Inlet, slated for completion by the end of 2019, promises to add a third piece of marine infrastructure on Baffin Island that will take on sealift cargo operations in the summer and give boaters easier access to the sea.

The Pond Inlet marine infrastructure...

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Makivik wants protected status removed from shared Nunavut-Nunavik islands

Makivik staff argue case at land use plan meetings underway in Iqaluit

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavik’s birthright organization, Makivik Corp., wants the Nunavut Planning Commission to go back to the drawing board over protective designations made on certain islands that Nunavik and Nunavut share, included within the draft Nunavut Land Use Plan.

Makivik representative Mylène Larivière...

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COMMENTARY March 24, 2017 - 1:08 pm

Legal Ease, March 24

Too Drunk for Sex

JAMES MORTON

Sexual activity, when conducted in the context of mutual respect, is a very good thing.

But, as we know all too well in Nunavut, sexual activity without consent is very wrong indeed. Unless there is consent, sexual activity is sexual assault; a very serious criminal offence.

Consenting to sexual...

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 11:45 am

Tungasuvvingat Inuit celebrates 30 years as urban Inuit population grows

"We’re trying to focus on community development and not just community services"

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA—Isaiah McKeown-Philip, a 20-year-old Nunavut Sivuniksavut student from Iqaluit, came to the Bronson Centre in Ottawa March 18 to perform and dance.

Events like that Saturday’s 30th anniversary Spring Equinox celebration hosted by Tungasuvvingat Inuit are, to him,...

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 10:00 am

New energy efficient street lighting coming to Nunavut

QEC will install LED streetlights in four communities this year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Updated March 24, 1:20 p.m.

A Qulliq Energy Corp.-led pilot project will now see the light of day in four Nunavut communities, which are slated to get energy-efficient LED street lighting installed by the end of the year.

Iqaluit was the first Nunavut community to see light-emitting diode, or...

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 8:30 am

New Iqaluit port aims for more sealift efficiency, safety

GN hopes separate small craft harbour improves conditions for boaters

PETER VARGA

Plans for a deep-sea port in Iqaluit by the year 2021 promise to eliminate what amounts to a summer-long D-Day-like supply operation on Iqaluit’s beachfront, otherwise known as the sealift, during the brief ice-free period between June and October.

Meanwhile, related plans for a small craft...

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NEWS March 24, 2017 - 7:00 am

On World TB Day, researcher urges more focus on TB reduction in Nunavut

"Any TB death is too many"

JANE GEORGE

No matter how you look at the public health numbers, tuberculosis rates among Inuit are “too high,” underlining the need for more TB awareness, screening and treatment, says Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez, a TB researcher and respirologist at the Ottawa Hospital.

Those high numbers include a rate of active...

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Kenn Harper, the well-known Nunavut historian, linguist, businessman, and teacher, with Niels Boel Abrahamsen, the Danish ambassador to Canada, and Abrahamsen's wife, Karen Eva Abrahamsen, at a reception March 27 at the Danish ambassador's residence in Ottawa held to mark Harper's retirement as Danish honorary consul in Iqaluit. After Harper received the unpaid appointment in 2005, he lobbied constantly for the restoration of a Greenland-Nunavut air link. Air Greenland did run a summer air service between Iqaluit and Nuuk from 2012 to 2014, but was forced to cancel it due to low passenger volumes. Harper also performed routine duties such as processing Danish passport and visa applications. Because he's no longer an Iqaluit resident and now lives in Ottawa, he retired recently from the position. (PHOTO BY JIM BELL)
Kenn Harper, the well-known Nunavut historian, linguist, businessman, and teacher, with Niels Boel Abrahamsen, the Danish ambassador to Canada, and Abrahamsen's wife, Karen Eva Abrahamsen, at a reception March 27 at the Danish ambassador's residence in Ottawa held to mark Harper's retirement as Danish honorary consul in Iqaluit. After Harper received the unpaid appointment in 2005, he lobbied constantly for the restoration of a Greenland-Nunavut air link. Air Greenland did run a summer air service between Iqaluit and Nuuk from 2012 to 2014, but was forced to cancel it due to low passenger volumes. Harper also performed routine duties such as processing Danish passport and visa applications. Because he's no longer an Iqaluit resident and now lives in Ottawa, he retired recently from the position. (PHOTO BY JIM BELL)

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