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I'm just going to shake it off, shake it off: a female polar bear swims near the islands by Cape Fullerton, northeast of Chesterfield Inlet, on the western coast of Hudson Bay, July 28. The mother and cub were swimming to the mainland away from three other bears, who were on the islands, when this photo was taken. (PHOTO BY MAGGIE PUTULIK PHOTOGRAPHY)
I'm just going to shake it off, shake it off: a female polar bear swims near the islands by Cape Fullerton, northeast of Chesterfield Inlet, on the western coast of Hudson Bay, July 28. The mother and cub were swimming to the mainland away from three other bears, who were on the islands, when this photo was taken. (PHOTO BY MAGGIE PUTULIK PHOTOGRAPHY)
NEWS September 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut health department spends $74M on medical travel: annual report

More than 30,000 medical travel trips booked in 2016-17

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you want to know where the Government of Nunavut spends its money, you don’t need to look any further than to the health department.

Figures on what the GN spends on medical travel are among the interesting tidbits contained in the health department’s annual report for 2016-17, tabled Sept. 14...

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 2:30 pm

I’ll be back: Nunavut MLAs tout achievements ahead of fall election

“It hasn’t always been fun times, but we’ve kept the government moving”

STEVE DUCHARME

If there was any doubt that Nunavut was entering another territorial election cycle, it was put to rest on the last day of Nunavut’s fourth legislative assembly as MLAs made a hard sell during three hours of speeches summarizing their accomplishments at the Nunavut Legislative Assembly in

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Arctic sea ice shows 8th lowest minimum extent since 1978

Arctic ice cover this year was 1.58 million square kilometres lower than 1981-2010 average minimum extent.

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This year’s annual Arctic Ocean ice melt was not a record-breaker, but the end-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent still came in as the eighth lowest in the past 38 years, two respected U.S. agencies said Sept. 19.

Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its yearly lowest extent on Sept. 13, NASA and...

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 11:30 am

Nunavut’s Tanya Tagaq plays Iqaluit Sept. 30

Tickets on sale now through Alianait's website

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Iqaluit-based Alianait arts festival organizers say they’re “ecstatic” about presenting throat singer Tanya Tagaq in concert later this month in Nunavut’s capital.

Cambridge Bay-raised Tagaq is set to play Inuksuk High School Sept. 30—her first show in Iqaluit in over a decade.

It’s also...

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 9:00 am

Northwestel confirms big internet expansion to all of Nunavut

In 2019, telecom’s internet coverage will jump from four communities to 25

BETH BROWN

Four days after receiving $49.9 million from the federal government, Northwestel used the Nunavut Trade Show to announce that by 2019, they will extend internet and cell phone service to all 25 Nunavut communities at download speeds of 15 Mbps and an increased data cap of 100 Gb.

Right now,...

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut lender’s deficit continues, does not name clients

Territory’s business lender of last resort increases portfolio to 57 loans

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut’s arms-length lending agency, the Nunavut Business Credit Corp., expanded its lending portfolio and has cut down its operating deficit, but it is still not identifying the businesses that receive loans, the lender’s 2016-17 annual report reveals.

That report, tabled in...

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NEWS September 20, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut RCMP stop Pangnirtung youth’s shooting spree

Teenager sprays 11 rifle rounds into the air around town Sept. 19

JANE GEORGE

A Pangnirtung boy who fired 11 rifle rounds into the air at several locations around the Baffin community of about 1,500 people is now undergoing a psychological assessment by mental health professionals, the RCMP said Sept. 19.

Just after midnight on Sept. 19, the Pangnirtung RCMP received a...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Hundreds receive child and family services from Nunavut: report

Report says 63 children and youth, 129 adults receive services outside the territory

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Hundreds of Nunavut children, youth and adults are living away from their homes and families, many for their own safety.

Concern over children who don’t live at home in his community of Arctic Bay prompted Quttiktuq MLA Isaac Shooyok to say in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly Sept. 14 that “if a...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavik officials name region’s fifth proposed park

Iluiliq park spans the Hudson Strait's sweeping fjords between Ivujivik and Salluit

SARAH ROGERS

Environment officials in Nunavik are making strides to finalize the creation of the region’s fifth provincial park, or parc national in French.

An area of sweeping cliffs along Nunavik’s Hudson Strait, called Cap Wolstenholme, has long been flagged as potential park land.

Last week, Kativik...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut hunter compensation fund too hard to access, MLA says

“We all know it’s very difficult to get compensation”

BETH BROWN

Uqqummiut MLA Pauloosie Keyootak, who represents Qikiqtarjuaq and Clyde River, wants to know why none of his constituents are able to access territorial government money allocated to compensate hunters for damage caused by wildlife, especially polar bears.

The simple answer, after hearing from...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 11:50 am

Nunavik women still recovering from Labour Day weekend hit-and-run

Jimmy Tooktoo, 29, faces three charges

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two Nunavik women continue to recover in Montreal after they were run down by a reckless driver earlier this month.

The two women, originally from Akulivik, were in Umiujaq during the long weekend when, on Sept. 2, a driver speeding through the Hudson coast village drove into the two women as they...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 11:00 am

Nunavut RCMP charge Pangnirtung man with arson

Jordan Veevee, 24, charged in connection with Sept. 15 fire

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 24-year-old man faces an arson charge in connection with a fire last week in Pangnirtung.

On Sept. 15, firefighters and members of the RCMP in Pangnirtung responded to a fire in the former St. Luke’s mission hospital, now building #215, which was built in 1929.

Until recently, the building also...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut MLA attacks Ottawa, Inuit orgs on proposed federal law

Under Bill C-55, DFO minister could unilaterally create protected marine areas

STEVE DUCHARME

Facing the prospect of federal legislation that would give Ottawa more power to unilaterally create protected marine areas, Pangnirtung MLA Johnny Mike slammed the federal government for not consulting Nunavummiut.

And Mike criticized Inuit organizations for not lobbying against the...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 8:00 am

The back story: Nunavut MLAs ignored last-minute Education Act fix

"We would have been seen as not fulfilling on our commitment"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut’s education minister tried a month ago to reach a compromise with regular MLAs on changes to the Education Act—even agreeing to drop some of its more controversial parts—but it appears MLAs had their minds set on defeating the bill.

In an Aug. 18 letter from Education Minister Paul Quassa...

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NEWS September 19, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut school fires create insurance “crisis point:” minister

“I can foresee the Government of Nunavut becoming uninsurable”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Because of recent fires that devastated schools in Cape Dorset and Kugaaruk, Government of Nunavut officials are finding it’s getting harder to buy fire insurance and if the trend continues, the GN could one day become uninsurable, Finance Minister Keith Peterson warned Sept. 14 at a committee of...

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NEWS September 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut premier: new Inuit employment report doesn’t reflect job growth

"We need to look at the whole picture"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna is defending his government’s efforts to develop the territory’s Inuit workforce, suggesting the number of government jobs for Inuit are growing steadily.

Taptuna made the remarks at the Legislative Assembly Sept. 14 in response to a new report released by Nunavut...

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NEWS September 18, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Federal trade corridors fund might help pay for Nunavut’s transport dreams: minister

GN seeks money for Grays Bay, Manitoba-Nunavut road, airports

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut has pinned its hopes on getting money from a pot of cash controlled by federal government called the National Trade Corridors Fund to pay for its “longstanding transportation priorities,” Monica Ell-Kanayuk, the Nunavut minister of economic development and transportation, said Sept....

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NEWS September 18, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Manitoba artist makes “royal robe” for Nunavut’s Lady of the Seal

Cape for Tagaq incorporates antlers, sealskin and beaded likeness

LISA GREGOIRE

Weighing in at about 15 kilograms, and replete with sealskin, beadwork and antlers, “Our Lady of the Seal” is not something you’d wear, say, riding a bike.

But it works well as an art piece or a specialty garment and it sure got the attention of its namesake: award-winning throatsinger and...

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NEWS September 18, 2017 - 11:30 am

Nunavut MLA criticizes conditions at Iqaluit medical boarding home

“One of my constituents had to move from the Tammaativvik Boarding Home to a hotel because of the conditions"

BETH BROWN

Conditions at Iqaluit’s Tammaativvik patient boarding home are generating complaints from his constituents, South Baffin MLA David Joanasie said Sept. 14 in the Nunavut legislature.

The boarding home now accommodates Nunavummiut from Baffin communities who need a place to stay while they are in...

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NEWS September 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Western Nunavut artist carves out a niche on the web

Damien Iquallaq uses Facebook to market his work directly to buyers

BETH BROWN

Cambridge Bay artist Damien Iquallaq works on a carving behind his small house inside a shed that can be heated throughout the long western Nunavut winter.

“To do more detailed work I need to be able to move freely and take my gloves off. You just can’t do that kind of work when it’s -30 C...

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NEWS September 18, 2017 - 8:00 am

New report homes in on cancer risks for Inuit in the South

"A valuable tool that will enable our communities to take better care of themselves"

JANE GEORGE

While Inuit health surveys regularly examine the health of Inuit in Nunavut and Nunavik, the same can’t be said for Inuit living in the South.

Statistics Canada figures estimate that about 16,000 Inuit, or 26.9 per cent of all Inuit in Canada, live outside the Inuit regions, or Inuit...

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NEWS September 18, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut cannabis survey results won’t be released prior to election

But finance minister says report will go to next government

BETH BROWN

There is just one week left for Nunavut residents to fill out a Government of Nunavut survey on cannabis legalization, and Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak is encouraging his constituents to complete it.

“I encourage my constituents in Baker Lake to express their views,” Mikkungwak said Sept 14...

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NEWS September 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Former Nunavut SAO gets house arrest for $150,000 theft from hamlet

Baker Lake's Dennis Zettler skimmed lottery earnings for years, hid cash around house

STEVE DUCHARME

The disgraced former senior administrative officer of Baker Lake will spend the next two years under house arrest at his home in Ontario, after being convicted of skimming an estimated $150,000 in lottery revenues from hamlet coffers since 2009.

Dennis Zettler, 66, shook uncontrollably and wept at...

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NEWS September 15, 2017 - 2:59 pm

Baffin caribou co-management plan shows “high compliance,” minister says

But some Inuit concerned with long-term plan that limits hunt

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

During the 2016-17 harvesting season, hunters on Baffin Island took just 233 caribou, Nunavut’s environment minister told the Legislative Assembly this week.

That’s well within the total allowable harvest, or TAH, of 250 male caribou on the island, imposed by the Government of Nunavut in 2015 in...

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NEWS September 15, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Nunavut tops Canada in household income growth: StatsCan

Median household income in Nunavut was $97,441 in 2015

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut recorded the highest median household income growth in Canada between 2005 and 2015 and the second highest median household income, Statistics Canada says.

That’s according to data released Sept. 13 by Statistics Canada from the 2016 census on the incomes of Canadians in 2015 and over the...

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NEWS September 15, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Montreal police re-open investigation into Inuit woman’s death

Aug. 28 death of Siasi Tullaugak, of Puvirnituq, first deemed a suicide

COURTNEY EDGAR

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MONTREAL—Montreal police have re-opened their investigation into the death of Siasi Tullaugak, a 27-year-old woman from Puvirnituq who was found hung from the lower balcony of a building she had no connection to, in the city’s downtown core, in the early hours of Aug.

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NEWS September 15, 2017 - 11:30 am

Regular Nunavut MLAs say no to more debate on Bill 37

"This time it's unfortunate that Nunavummiut did not have the opportunity to hear the pros and cons from their MLAs”

BETH BROWN

Nunavut MLAs on Sept. 14 defeated the Nunavut government’s contentious Bill 37, which would have amended the Education Act and the Inuktitut Language Protection Act.

Eleven regular MLAs voted against a motion from Education Minister Paul Quassa to have the bill move into committee of the whole,...

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Construction begins on a new bridge over Freshwater Creek in Cambridge Bay, seen here Sept. 14. Mayor Jeannie Ehaloak says the hamlet managed to secure multi-year funding to replace the Fresh Water Creek bridge and that the project includes roadwork to Mount Pelly and Ovayok Park. She said it would take two summers to complete. This new bridge will eventually replace the Bailey Bridge. (PHOTO BY DENISE LEBLEU IMAGES)
Construction begins on a new bridge over Freshwater Creek in Cambridge Bay, seen here Sept. 14. Mayor Jeannie Ehaloak says the hamlet managed to secure multi-year funding to replace the Fresh Water Creek bridge and that the project includes roadwork to Mount Pelly and Ovayok Park. She said it would take two summers to complete. This new bridge will eventually replace the Bailey Bridge. (PHOTO BY DENISE LEBLEU IMAGES)

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