Paul Okalik, the minister of culture and heritage, announced the release of a human anatomy glossary in the legislative assembly in Iqaluit Oct. 29, published in Nunavut's four official languages — Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French. The illustrated glossary is intended to improve communication between health professionals, medical interpreters and patients, Okalik said in a minister's statement. "I would like to thank all those who were involved in completing this critical work, especially the elders who shared their knowledge with us." (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
October 30, 2014 - 3:24 pm
GN releases new guide to the human body, in Inuktut
“During times of stress, it is common for patients to revert to their first language"
Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage has released its first Inuktut-language glossary of human anatomy, the department’s minister, Paul Okalik, announced Oct. 29.
The illustrated glossary, which identifies more than 400 terms referring to the human body, will help improve communication...
October 30, 2014 - 2:13 pm
In Nunavut, Nunavik, keep safe and have fun on Halloween
Tricks and treats for all on Oct. 31
Communities in Nunavut and Nunavik are gearing up for the spookiest, sweetest day of year.
Halloween festivities will occur in communities across the North and little trick-or-treaters on the prowl for candy will hit the streets — in most places, anyway.
In Arviat this year, hamlet officials have...
October 30, 2014 - 11:02 am
Nunavik modular construction project seeks partner
Project would produce Nunavik-built storage sheds, cabinetry, furniture and housing panels
Here’s a housing-related project just waiting to spring into action.
The Kativik Regional Government has earmarked $750,000 in seed money from its 2014 budget for a Nunavik-based modular housing project.
But there’s the trick: this money will only remain available until the end of March...
October 30, 2014 - 9:34 am
Housing crisis in Gjoa Haven “disturbing,” Nunavut MLA says
Akoak invites housing minister to visit community
Gjoa Haven MLA Tony Akoak spent part of this past summer conducting an informal survey in his community on overcrowded living conditions, the MLA said in the legislature in Iqaluit Oct. 29.
“The results were very disturbing,” Akoak said in a member’s statement.
Akoak shared some of the results...
October 30, 2014 - 8:46 am
Iqaluit council agrees to increase basic taxi fare to $7
New fare likely to take effect early December, after third reading
Iqaluit City Council took a first step to increase the basic taxi fare to $7 per ride, Oct. 28.
The $1 increase could take hold as early as December, after it passes three readings in council.
Fares for seniors and children under 10 will not change, councillors said.
Elders would continue paying...
October 30, 2014 - 7:50 am
Ancient Thule site in northern Manitoba still used by Kivalliq Inuit
“I get shivers up my spine every time I think about this site"
When the ice melts at Qikiqtaarjuit, you will find thousands of migrating beluga along with flocks of geese and herds of caribou. You’ll also find seals there, and polar bears.
Because of the abundance of animals, Hubbard Point, as it’s known in English, is a popular hunting ground and stopping...
October 30, 2014 - 6:50 am
Clyde River driver found not guilty in ATV crash death
Judge ruled Joe Aipeelee was not speeding at time of crash
A Clyde River man has been found not guilty of dangerous driving in a July 2013 incident in which a 16-year-old boy was killed.
A judgment by Justice Andrew Mahar says that on July 29, 2013, Joe Aipeelee, who was 18 at the time, borrowed an all-terrain vehicle from his uncle.
Aipeelee drove the...
October 29, 2014 - 2:51 pm
Cape Dorset man charged with kidnapping, assault of local woman
31-year-old man to appear in Iqaluit court Nov. 4
Nunavut RCMP said police in Cape Dorset have arrested and charged a man with the kidnapping and assault of a local woman.
Cape Dorset RCMP responded to a call just after 9 p.m. Oct. 24, with reports of a woman being assaulted and dragged into a nearby residence.
Police said in an Oct. 29 news...
October 29, 2014 - 1:24 pm
Iqaluit entrepreneurs pitch incinerator proposal to council
High school will adopt co-op option to keep pop cans out of dump
The City of Iqaluit’s summer-long dump fire and struggles with waste disposal have spurred two separate groups to present some solutions to city council, Oct. 28.
Bryan Pearson, an entrepreneur who served as mayor of the community in the 1970s and 1980s, proposed to offer the city a...
October 29, 2014 - 12:20 pm
MLAs press Nunavut government on fresh, affordable food
Auditor General's report on Nutrition North expected in November
Just over a week into the fall sitting of Nunavut’s legislative assembly, MLAs say they’re hungry for information on what the government is doing to ensure healthy, affordable and quality food in the territory’s grocery stores.
Grocery stores in Iqaluit might offer a full selection, but some...
October 29, 2014 - 11:45 am
Laval’s Northern Housing Forum takes long-distance look at Inuit housing woes
"You keep doing the same things and getting the same results"
QUEBEC CITY— How to deal with Nunavik’s housing crisis — that’s what dominated discussions Oct. 28 at a housing forum held in Quebec City, 1,500 kilometres away from the region.
If anything, the Northern Housing Forum at Laval university showed that the answer to Nunavik’s housing problems is...
October 29, 2014 - 10:35 am
Three Nunavummiut win Indspire awards
Piita Irniq, Madeleine Redfern and Jordan Konek to be honoured at gala this February
Three Nunavummiut are recipients of the 2015 Indspire Awards, the indigenous education-focused organization announced Oct. 28.
Among the 14 recipients of this year’s awards, Nunavut elder and Inuit cultural teacher Piita Irniq picked up a culture, heritage and spirituality award for his work...
October 29, 2014 - 6:54 am
Sanikiluaq man with kidney disease gets the boot from Nunavut
"It doesn’t seem right that the GN should declare that this individual is no longer a Nunavut resident"
Nunavut’s health department is forcing a Sanikiluaq man with kidney disease to become a resident of Manitoba so the Government of Nunavut can avoid paying for his dialysis treatment, Hudson Bay MLA Allan Rumbolt said Oct. 28 in the legislative assembly.
The man, who Rumbolt did not name, currently...
Canada's plan to build six armed Arctic patrol ships like this one to assert Canadian sovereignty came under fire this week. There's only enough money, about $2.8 billion, to build four ships — and the cost of each ship will rise by $50 million a year if construction is delayed, Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette said in a report. "The numbers are based on erroneous data," Public Works Minister Diane Finley responded Oct. 28 in the House of Commons. "We are confident that we will deliver the six ships and create 15,000 jobs." (FILE PHOTO)