On April 1, 2015, Nunavut turns 16: Nunavut's first legislative assembly met for a historic first sitting on April 1, 1999, the Nunavut territory's birth date. Nunavut's first MLAs, chosen during an election held Feb. 15, 1999, held the gathering inside the Inuksuk High School gymnasium in Iqaluit. The Nunavut legislative building in Iqaluit, built and still owned by the Nunavut Construction Corp., was not ready to open until the fall of 1999. Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq said today in a statement that "the past 16 years we have learned a lot and shared both good and challenging times, but we always manage to persevere and that is part of what makes us who we are. We must continue to look forward to the future to make sure our language, culture and traditions remain strong. Each and every one of us has worked together and we should take pride in our accomplishments." (FILE PHOTO)
April 01, 2015 - 4:02 pm
Nunavut’s Canadian Rangers lend a hand to military training exercise
“This [Arctic response] is our thing"
It’s the beginning of spring on Cornwallis Island, but it didn’t feel that way for the more than 200 Canadian Forces members who camped there for six days last week.
Members of the 4th Canadian Division’s Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG), most of them from Ontario, just completed a 10-day...
April 01, 2015 - 3:09 pm
New measures to offset Nunavik’s high cost-of-living start April 1
Now clothing, footwear sold locally qualify for 30-per cent subsidy
If you go out to buy a pair of boots or a new jacket in Nunavik, you’ll notice that these items are cheaper as of today.
The drop in the prices of clothed and footwear is no April Fool’s joke.
That’s because, as of April 1, four cost-of-living programs in Nunavik have improved support for the...
April 01, 2015 - 1:57 pm
Veteran Nunavut prosecutor bids farewell to the court
“The criminal justice system is struggling along and could use a re-think”
Paul Bychok, set to retire from a 30-year career in public service April 2, sits inside Iqaluit’s Grind and Brew Café a week before his retirement, doing what those who know him have come to expect: telling stories — with passion, intelligence, humour and empathy.
Between sips of coffee and...
April 01, 2015 - 11:56 am
Police followed protocol during armed stand-off in Nunavik: report
“With the information we have, it was considered a hostage-taking"
Montreal police have completed their investigation into an apparent hostage taking in Inukjuak last week that ended in the death by suicide of a local man.
Investigators found that police followed protocol during an armed staff-off that spanned more than 24 hours, deeming the case closed, Montreal...
April 01, 2015 - 10:51 am
Western Nunavut community learns to see ability in Down syndrome
“He’s healthy now and he’s flourishing at school”
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — When Brennan Koblogina-Pye was born with Down syndrome five years ago, doctors gave him a 25 per cent chance of survival. It’s not the kind of news parents want to hear.
“It was scary at first,” said Clarissa Koblogina, a support assistant for Grade 6...
April 01, 2015 - 9:31 am
Toonik Tyme founder recalls 50-year-old Iqaluit festival’s origins
“Frobisher Bay in those days had nothing going for it" — Bryan Pearson
As Iqaluit’s Toonik Tyme spring festival gears up for its 50th anniversary, few in the Nunavut capital of Iqaluit can dare claim to know how it all started any better than longtime resident and former mayor Bryan Pearson.
Frobisher Bay, as Iqaluit was first called, was known to very few outside of...
April 01, 2015 - 5:59 am
Greenavut? Greenland president proposes new Inuit homeland
Happy April Fool's Day, everyone
If Greenland ever cuts ties with the Kingdom of Denmark, it wants Nunavut to join.
In a statement released April 1, Kim Kielsen, the prime minster of Greenland, officially invited Nunavut to join Greenland if the country becomes fully independent.
That might not happen for a few years — some......
March 31, 2015 - 4:02 pm
Western Arctic polar bears in good shape: Inuvialuit hunters
New study should help challenge wider perceptions on polar bear health, Inuit leaders say
Inuvialuit hunters, like many of their Inuit neighbours, believe polar bears in the western Arctic are generally in good health.
But to give those observations some more teeth, wildlife co-management agencies in the Inuvialuit region have a released an extensive new study on the...
March 31, 2015 - 1:54 pm
Izvestia: Canada-Russia spat could derail Arctic Council oil spill plan
Russia newspaper alleges DFAIT minister wants to avoid meetings with Russian officials
Bad blood between Canada and Russia, arising from the Ukraine conflict, threatens to derail the expected signing of an Arctic Council oil-spill response action plan this April 24 in Iqaluit, the Russian-language newspaper Izvestia reported last week.
In the article, published online March 24,......
March 31, 2015 - 12:45 pm
EU tables proposal on Inuit seal meat sales
Sales will be allowed "only where the seal products result from hunts conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities"
A new proposed regulation from the European Union Commission on trade in seal products may help open the door a little wider to seal meat sales in the 28-EU member nations.
The proposal, discussed last week at a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva, includes a commitment to develop a system...
March 31, 2015 - 11:01 am
Nunavut power utility warns customers about telephone scam
Qulliq Energy Corp. "does not demand bill payment over the phone"
Be on guard if you answer the telephone and someone on the line says they work for the Nunavut power company, the Qulliq Energy Corp. said March 31 in a public service announcement.
The QEC said it wants to warn Nunavummiut of a telephone scam that has targeted utility customers in southern...
March 31, 2015 - 8:36 am
Montreal church transformed into Inuit-language sanctuary
“We’re just doing something that we should have done before" — Bishop Barry Clarke
Special to Nunatsiaq News
MONTREAL — Rev. Annie Ittoshat stops about every five minutes and gazes up at the cathedral ceiling of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Montreal.
“I mean, just look at this,” Ittoshat says, craning her neck at the church’s stained glass windows and the massive cross...
March 31, 2015 - 7:13 am
Western Nunavut Inuit elect new land claims org president
Stanley Anablak to serve three-year term; only 21 per cent of voters turn out
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association, which represents beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement in western Nunavut, will get a new elected president.
Stanley Anablak of Cambridge Bay was elected president of KIA in a byelection March 30, the KIA’s chief returning officer, Martina Maniyogina,...
March 31, 2015 - 6:31 am
Iqaluit set to celebrate 50th anniversary of Toonik Tyme spring festival
Organizers line up big mix of traditional and fresh events
Iqaluit’s 50th Toonik Tyme festival promises to make the Nunavut capital bloom with a city-wide celebration of spring, starting with the Easter weekend and running well into April.
Back by popular demand, organizers of this year’s half-century anniversary celebration have lined up more traditional...
Over the last few weeks, communities in Nunavik and Nunavut have been treated to the bright Northern lights displays common to the spring equinox period. Here, Quebec photographer Gilles Boutin captured an explosion of pink and green over Nuvvut Bay in Kuujjuaq March 28. (PHOTO BY GILLES BOUTIN)