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Nunavut's capital shuts down: At 1 p.m., Environment Canada said winds were gusting up to 75 kilometres per hour in Iqaluit, shutting down the city's schools.  The Government of Nunavut tweeted at around 1 p.m. that their offices were also closing Jan. 23. The Nunavut Court of Justice also closed its doors at 1:30 p.m. Municipal services were also suspended, with residents were advised to stay at home, conserve water and make sure their vehicles were safely parked. First Air flight 860 was minutes from the Iqaluit airport just after noon today but turned around and went to Kuujjuaq instead— then back to Ottawa. The forecast called for clearing skies overnight. (PHOTO BY LISA GREGOIRE)
Nunavut's capital shuts down: At 1 p.m., Environment Canada said winds were gusting up to 75 kilometres per hour in Iqaluit, shutting down the city's schools. The Government of Nunavut tweeted at around 1 p.m. that their offices were also closing Jan. 23. The Nunavut Court of Justice also closed its doors at 1:30 p.m. Municipal services were also suspended, with residents were advised to stay at home, conserve water and make sure their vehicles were safely parked. First Air flight 860 was minutes from the Iqaluit airport just after noon today but turned around and went to Kuujjuaq instead— then back to Ottawa. The forecast called for clearing skies overnight. (PHOTO BY LISA GREGOIRE)
NEWS January 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Participate in Aboriginal Peoples Survey, Inuit orgs urge

Survey info generate info crucial to Inuit employment and training

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re asked to participate Aboriginal Peoples Survey, please do.

That’s the message from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

The Aboriginal Peoples Survey is a national, federally-funded survey of Inuit, First Nations and Métis people in Canada which takes place every five...

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NEWS January 23, 2017 - 1:35 pm

Nunavut community reeling from devastating weekend tragedy

“We’re all grieving for the family,” Rankin Inlet South MLA says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated 5:45. p.m.)

Residents and community leaders in Rankin Inlet are reeling in the wake of a weekend tragedy that killed three men and left one survivor after their Bombardier snow machine broke through the sea ice near Whale Cove Jan. 21.

As of Jan. 23, the RCMP has yet to identify the four...

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NEWS January 23, 2017 - 11:45 am

CanNor puts money into Nunavut co-op fuel delivery businesses

"More than just physically upgrading their garage facilities"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Fuel delivery in Nunavut is set to improve: eight more Nunavut co-operatives, will get nearly $2 million from Ottawa to modernize and expand fuel truck garage facilities.

The money is part of a $7-million project to bring fuel delivery services in the territory up to standard.

“Supporting these...

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NEWS January 23, 2017 - 9:59 am

Epic Arctic aviation tour to include 97 northern communities

Canada 150th airshow tour will conclude Aug. 18 in Iqaluit for grand opening of new airport

LISA GREGOIRE

A pan-northern Arctic airshow this summer with stops in a whopping 97 communities across the Arctic—quite possibly the most ambitious northern aviation tour ever—will wind up in Iqaluit Aug. 18 to coincide with the grand opening of the new Iqaluit International Airport.

The airshow tour, two years...

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NEWS January 23, 2017 - 8:30 am

How Hollywood helped Inuit be Inuit: 40 years after The White Dawn

“I guess it was a renaissance back to our language"

LISA GREGOIRE

Ann Meekitjuk-Hanson didn’t really want to be in The White Dawn. She was breastfeeding a young baby back in the early 1970s and was busy with work.

But writer James Houston and director Philip Kaufman kept coming to her Apex home and they wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. She eventually agreed to...

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NEWS January 23, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut review board looks at revisiting mine proposal—a first for the agency

“We’ve never had any report at the review level sent back"

SARAH ROGERS

The Nunavut Impact Review Board’s second review of Sabina Gold and Silver Corp’s Back River gold project will be a scaled-down version of its previous assessment, targeting key areas, says the NIRB’s executive director, Ryan Barry.

But the review will still represent a major investment for the...

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NEWS January 21, 2017 - 3:35 pm

Bombardier snow machine falls through sea ice, killing three Nunavut men

One man survives, one confirmed deceased at scene, two lost

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A cargo run on the ice of western Hudson Bay in Nunavut has ended in tragedy, with three men dead after their large snow machine fell through sea ice.

On Jan. 21 at about 8:30 a.m., the Whale Cove RCMP received a call that a large snow machine, with four occupants, had fallen through the ice, a...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Louis Kamookak: how Inuit knowledge led the way to Franklin’s wrecks

New Iqaluit exhibit explores Inuit knowledge and the Franklin expedition

STEVE DUCHARME

As researchers prepare to explore Sir John Franklin’s doomed ships for the first time since they vanished over 169 years ago, curators telling the tale for the next generation have asked this question: What does Franklin mean to Nunavut?

The answer—as Franklin historian and Inuit knowledge...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 2:30 pm

TMAC moves ahead on big western Nunavut gold project

Company files draft EIS for three new underground gold mines within Hope Bay gold field

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

TMAC Resources, operator of the Kitikmeot’s Doris North gold mine, is now ready to take the next step in its development of Hope Bay, its vast gold field in western Nunavut.

And that’s the development of three underground mines located south of Doris North at properties called Madrid North, Madrid...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik Inuit re-elect incumbent treasurer to new term

But only a quarter of eligible voters cast ballots in Jan. 19 election

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik Inuit have decided to return Makivik Corp’s incumbent treasurer Andy Pirti to another three-year term in the executive role.

Sixty-eight per cent of voters in Nunavik, Montreal and Chisasibi cast ballots for Pirti in Makivik’s Jan. 19 election.

Pirti finished well ahead of contender and...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 11:44 am

Cosmetics company feels Inuit backlash from anti-sealing stance

“Our own renewable natural resources remain untapped because of protesters while we watch everyone eating hamburgers"

LISA GREGOIRE

In an age of perpetual Internet memory and split second social media sharing, companies are vulnerable to consumer backlash, especially when a corporate campaign is controversial and error-ridden.

Such seems to be the case with an on-going anti-sealing campaign by Lush, an international cosmetics...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Ottawa, Nunavut ignored Inuit knowledge in polar bear quota: Makivik Corp.

Nunavik's birthright organization challenges decisions in court

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Makivik Corp. says it’s “profoundly disappointed” in decisions made by the governments of both Nunavut and Canada, which restrict polar bear hunting in Nunavik’s southern Hudson Bay region—a move that’s led the birthright organization for Nunavik Inuit to challenge the decision in court.

Makivik...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 8:30 am

Transport Canada issues recall for Arctic Cat snowmobiles

Fuel leak spurs recall of 2007, 2008 and 2009 models

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A manufacturing defect discovered in some Arctic Cat snowmobiles may make their fuel tanks prone to catching fire and has forced a recall of more than 11,000 machines, Transport Canada announced Jan. 19.

According to Transport Canada, the defect was traced to a faulty fuel pump flange, or external...

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NEWS January 20, 2017 - 7:00 am

GN proposes new independent territory-wide education council

New body would be an advocate for district education authorities, education minister says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s education officials have proposed a new territory-wide District Education Authority Council, or DEA Council.

Nunavut Education Minister Paul Quassa announced the new body in a New Year’s update and advertisement which his department bought in local media earlier this month.

The...

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COMMENTARY January 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, Jan. 19

How Are Judges Chosen?

JAMES MORTON

When you appear in Court in Nunavut, you are likely to be appearing before a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice. That is true whether your case is civil, criminal, family or any other kind of case.

Judges have enormous power and decide on what happens in family cases, who is right when there is...

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NEWS January 19, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Whose Canada? Indigenous artists respond to Canada’s big birthday

Ottawa-based Oo Aqpik's sealskin works popular at gallery exhibition

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA—Oo Aqpik started to make art when she lived in Winnipeg and working on the film, Arctic Defenders, with the National Film Board.

She didn’t have many friends there besides her co-workers so she spent a lot of her spare time watching Bob Ross on television and...

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NEWS January 19, 2017 - 11:45 am

Canadian military to gather feedback on “pinging noise” in North Baffin

Acoustic specialists to interview Igloolik residents

SARAH ROGERS

Acoustic specialists with the Canadian Armed Forces will be in Igloolik next week to gather community reports about an unidentified “pinging noise” heard coming from the seabed north of the Baffin community.

The issue of the mysterious sound was first raised by the community’s MLA Paul Quassa in......

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NEWS January 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

Olympian brings star power, mental health money to Nunavut

Bell Let's Talk tour hits Iqaluit, drops $250,000 for youth peer training

LISA GREGOIRE

Angel Ootova, 17, is like many Inuit teenagers: smart, shy and prone to nervous laughter.

She shares other qualities too: she’s suffered from depression and has seen her friends and family members suffer through the same thing.

“I try to support them. I just want them to be alive and see that...

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NEWS January 19, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavik Inuit head to the polls

Makivik's treasurer position up for grabs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik Inuit head to the polls today, Jan. 19, to settle a two-way race for the position of treasurer at Makivik Corp.

The election of Makivik’s five executive positions are staggered from one year to the next; this year, both the birthright organization’s treasurer and vice president of resource...

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NEWS January 19, 2017 - 7:00 am

Making it work: Iqaluit council tries to fix impotent committees

City councillors decry lack of admin support, terms of reference and unfulfilled mandates

STEVE DUCHARME

The City of Iqaluit’s standing committee structure—led by councillors and tasked with important policy functions—may soon be headed for reform following reports that some of those groups are uncertain of their mandate and struggle with communication, attendance and staffing.

Iqaluit councillors...

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NEWS January 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut’s Inuit-style western film up for Canadian screen awards

Maliglutit nominated for best motion picture, original screenplay

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Igloolik filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk’s latest feature film Maliglutit is up for two 2017 Canadian Screen Awards, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced Jan. 17.

Maliglutit, or Searchers as it’s known in English, received two nominations: for Best Motion Picture and another for...

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NEWS January 18, 2017 - 1:10 pm

QIA, Baffinland offer support to Nunavut Inuit-owned business

Workshops will offer help with contracting, procurement process

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Contracting and procurement can be a tricky process, especially for new businesses.

To help them out, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. will co-host community workshops this month, offering support and guidance to Inuit-owned businesses interested in learning how to...

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NEWS January 18, 2017 - 11:45 am

Former CamBay housing manager fraud charge moved to April

Jim Peckham hearing moved to April 3

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A former Cambridge Bay housing association manager accused of fraud will appear in court April 3 in Cambridge Bay after his case was pushed forward again during last week’s circuit court session.

Jim Peckham, 59, is accused of fraud in excess $5,000.

A court document obtained by Nunatsiaq News...

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Iqaluit's The Jerry Cans, performing recently at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, released a new video Jan. 19 for their song
Iqaluit's The Jerry Cans, performing recently at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, released a new video Jan. 19 for their song "Arnalukaq" or "girl" in English. The video, shot in St. Jude's Anglican Cathedral by director Stacey Aglok MacDonald, features some familiar local faces and a qulliq, to "carry the light." The song was originally written to denounce the previous federal government's decision not to hold an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, a decision later reversed. With the song's yearning chorus "piujupaalujutit," which means "you are beautiful," juxtaposed against images of women laughing, singing or just staring ahead, the video is a powerful celebration of the strength of Inuit women. You can watch it on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omU6iIMuW0E&sns=em. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)

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