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Olayuk Kigutikarjuk of Arctic bay snags an Arctic char as Hillary Kines looks on during an annual May long weekend fishing derby at Ikpikituarjuk, about 165 km by snowmobile from Arctic Bay. Dozens of families gathered in more than 50 tents set up on the lake this year and for good reason—prizes were generous. Hannah Akikulu won a snowmobile this year at the Ikpikituarjuk derby with a 29.8-inch char and Ryan Willie won $5,000 for the Arctic Bay sculpin derby, held near town, with a 18.4-inch fish. There were also prizes for those 15 years old and under: Lindsay Kalluk won $750 for her 18-inch sculpin and Cameron Arnauyumayuq won $750 at Ikpikituarjuk with a 27.1-inch char. (PHOTO BY CLARE KINES)
Olayuk Kigutikarjuk of Arctic bay snags an Arctic char as Hillary Kines looks on during an annual May long weekend fishing derby at Ikpikituarjuk, about 165 km by snowmobile from Arctic Bay. Dozens of families gathered in more than 50 tents set up on the lake this year and for good reason—prizes were generous. Hannah Akikulu won a snowmobile this year at the Ikpikituarjuk derby with a 29.8-inch char and Ryan Willie won $5,000 for the Arctic Bay sculpin derby, held near town, with a 18.4-inch fish. There were also prizes for those 15 years old and under: Lindsay Kalluk won $750 for her 18-inch sculpin and Cameron Arnauyumayuq won $750 at Ikpikituarjuk with a 27.1-inch char. (PHOTO BY CLARE KINES)
NEWS May 30, 2017 - 8:00 am

Toxic Cold War legacy hidden under thin ice in Greenland

American "Camp Century" contains PCBs, radioactive coolant, diesel fuel

STEVE DUCHARME

Buried beneath the Greenland ice sheet, a top secret American base decommissioned during the Cold War is on track to prove its engineers wrong by releasing toxic chemical and radiological material into the environment from a melting ice-tomb once thought “preserved for eternity” less than 60 years...

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NEWS May 29, 2017 - 4:45 pm

Historic Nunavut sex crime case heading for a verdict

Accused ex-teacher Johnny Meeko drops submission that witnesses colluded

STEVE DUCHARME

The long-standing litigation over alleged historical sex crimes by former Sanikiluaq teacher, Johnny Meeko, is on course for a final verdict this summer, after Meeko abandoned his submission to enter new evidence into his nearly two-year-old trial, May 29.

Dressed in a grey T-shirt with navy...

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NEWS May 29, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik MNA pushes to resolve diploma issue for next school year

"It shouldn’t be the kids who are paying for it"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Jean Boucher, the MNA for the Quebec riding of Ungava, says he’s working to ensure Nunavik high school graduates in the region can begin receiving secondary diplomas again next year.

The MNA also wants to see students who’ve completed high school in Nunavik over the last few years receive...

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NEWS May 29, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Western Nunavut gold project gets a second chance

Sabina to bring "significant new information" on Back River to second round of hearings in Cambridge Bay

JANE GEORGE

You can expect to hear a lot of detailed—and even nitpicky—discussions when the Nunavut Impact Review Board, federal and territorial agencies, Inuit organizations and Métis and Dene groups from the Northwest Territories, come back to Cambridge Bay this week for the regulator’s second public review...

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NEWS May 29, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Nunavut police charge man for reckless shooting inside home

No one was injured in early morning altercation in Igloolik

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut police arrested an Igloolik man May 27 for allegedly threatening RCMP members and for firing his weapon inside a residence where a number of people were at home.

Early May 27, at about 4:00 a.m., the RCMP responded to a domestic disturbance at an Igloolik home. When officers arrived,...

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NEWS May 29, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut deputy minister dishes on what will drive northern economy

“Nunavut has a consumer market that didn’t exist two decades ago.”

BETH BROWN

Record public spending on infrastructure, along with a surge in mining and exploration, could cause as much economic growth as Nunavut saw in the late 1990s.

That’s according to Sherri Rowe, deputy minister for the Department of Economic Development and Transportation for the Government of...

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NEWS May 29, 2017 - 11:45 am

TMAC’s western Nunavut gold mine moves into commercial production

"A significant achievement"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated with new information, 5 p.m.)

Commercial production at Nunavut’s second operating gold mine—and the first for western Nunavut—is now underway, “a significant achievement of which our entire team is proud,” said Catharine Farrow, CEO of TMAC Resources Ltd. of its Doris North operation....

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NEWS May 29, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut government scrutinizes women’s shelter finances

GN's Family Services audits YWCA Agvvik Nunavut for alleged financial irregularities

STEVE DUCHARME

The YWCA-affiliated Agvvik Nunavut, which operates the Qimaavik women’s shelter in Iqaluit, was on damage control duty last week following a media reports which alleged financial mismanagement, referring to a forensic audit into employee salary irregularities over the last few years.

The...

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NEWS May 29, 2017 - 9:00 am

Iqaluit’s new airport: big, bold and beautiful

GN hopes to attract more international flights, more tourists

JANE GEORGE

A splendid new experience awaits air travellers to Nunavut’s capital, where builders are putting the finishing touches on the Iqaluit International Airport terminal, due to open this August.

Big and beautiful—and equipped with the latest in security, the revamped airport also hopes to attract more...

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NEWS May 29, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavik families of missing or murdered men and women feel estranged: report

Nunavimmiut misunderstand, distrust police and courts

SARAH ROGERS

Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik has wrapped up its own regional inquiry into Missing or Murdered Nunavimmiut and they are highlighting a major gap in communication and understanding between the region’s population and its justice system.

The report, entitled...

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NEWS May 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm

RCMP, family renew pleas for information on 1986 homicide

“It’s been harder and I think it’s because we never really dealt with it. It’s unsolved”

LISA GREGOIRE

It’s been 31 years since her sister died in an unsolved Iqaluit murder but in some ways, it hurts more now, says Elisapee Sheutiapik.

Since telling her story publicly alongside sister Barbara Sevigny at hearings held in advance of the public inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and...

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NEWS May 26, 2017 - 2:29 pm

New nautical maps identify Nunavut wildlife hazards for ships

World Wildlife Fund Canada releases first of maps showing where animals frequent

STEVE DUCHARME

As the Arctic’s sea ice continues to hit historic lows and more vessels clog Northern shipping lanes, the World Wildlife Fund-Canada is reminding pilots to mind their neighbors on the high seas, in the first of a series of maps from the organization identifying ecological habitats.

WWF-Canada...

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NEWS May 26, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Education, health likely to dominate upcoming Nunavut legislature sitting

Two week session begins Monday, second last session before October election

BETH BROWN

(Corrected, May 29 1:30 p.m.)

If you want to find out what the Government of Nunavut will do, or not do, about its education system, tune in next week for an update.

Bill 37, an Act to Amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act, will be up for discussion during the two-week...

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NEWS May 26, 2017 - 10:00 am

Made-in-Nunavut classroom material sits in storage, say its architects

"The [GN] never really understood the competency-based approach"

SARAH ROGERS

If Nunavut’s school system has failed to implement the Inuktut-language and Inuit-focused education it has worked towards since the territory’s creation, that is not for a lack of learning materials.

With the recent criticism and debate over Bill 37 and a showdown over the bill expected in next...

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LETTERS May 26, 2017 - 9:00 am

Nunavut TB patient says a family’s vigilance saved her life

Clyde River woman thanks Kootoo family for drawing attention to toxic meds

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

My name is Igah Sanguya and I live and work in Clyde River.

I was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the end of Feburary 2017 and began treatment on March 3.

Through the course of my treatment, I have been closely monitored by the health care providers in Clyde River and now here at the Qikiqtani...

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NEWS May 26, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavik’s co-op movement celebrates its 50th anniversary

More than 400 gather at Montreal-area gala

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavimmiut are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the region’s co-operative movement, which culminated in a high-end gala outside of Montreal May 19.

More than 400 people gathered at the Chateau Vaudreuil to mark the occasion and take home prizes, from handmade carvings to pick-up trucks.

The...

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NEWS May 25, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Accidental death near Nunavut’s Kekerten Island: RCMP

Deceased hit his head, fell through the ice and could not be revived

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated at 5:40 p.m.)

A Nunavut man has died on a hunting trip near Pangnirtung, after hitting his head and falling through the ice.

Sgt. David Lawson, spokesperson for the Nunavut RCMP, said May 25 that the fatality involved a motor vehicle accident—likely, in this case, snowmobiles—during a...

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NEWS May 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Research icebreaker sets sail to put Nunavut, Nunavik under microscope

Qanuilirpitaa? (How are we now?) Nunavik Inuit Survey set for this summer

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

With a farewell blast of its horn, the Canadian Coast Guard’s research icebreaker, the Amundsen, set out May 25 with a shipload of researchers on board who will spend the next 133 days looking at, among other things, the health of Inuit in Nunavik.

Along the voyage from its homeport in Quebec City...

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NEWS May 25, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Prince Charles set to visit Nunavut capital ahead of Canada Day

Royals heading to Iqaluit on first day of three-day tour

STEVE DUCHARME

Dust off your fancy fascinators, Nunavummiut.

Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will descend on Iqaluit, June 29, as part of their upcoming royal tour, just days ahead of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.

While the royals’ tour was announced in April,...

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NEWS May 25, 2017 - 1:10 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from May 14 to May 21

Week's most-read story—sentencing of former teacher for historic sexual assault

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The sentencing of a Nunavut teacher for a historic sexual assault that occurred in his classroom led the list of most-read Nunatsiaqonline.ca stories this past week.

The story concerned Emil Arnalak, 57, of Arviat, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to sexual assaulting a young student in 1987.

The...

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FEATURES May 25, 2017 - 10:00 am

The Arctic building where it’s summer all year long

"I look at all of them and I think, what did they do before the aquatic centre?"

JANE GEORGE

Planning a trip to Iqaluit?

If so, make sure you pack your swimming suit and be ready to enjoy temperatures of 28 C all year round.

That’s because this Arctic city’s new $40.5 million aquatic centre means swimming suits are now as essential as warm boots and parkas.

A peek inside the centre...

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LETTERS May 25, 2017 - 9:00 am

In memoriam: John Paterson Paton

June 24, 1927 – May 16, 1997

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jack Paton, our Dad, was a smiley man. He seemed happy and light-hearted throughout our life with him.

Jack was the only son of Mary-Ann (Molly) and Paterson Paton, born at Doonfoot, Ayr, in Scotland. His father died when Jack was six. In his teen years he became an apprentice carpenter. His early...

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NEWS May 25, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut Arctic College colours fall flat at Iqaluit council

Gray and white addition to Nunatta campus compared to “the inside of a smoker’s lung”

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit city councillors made more than a few snarky remarks over a proposed charcoal colour scheme for Nunavut Arctic College’s new Iqaluit campus building during a presentation by designers, May 24.

Construction on the $30-million project, which will vastly expand capacity at NAC’s flagship...

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NEWS May 24, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Senator says Nunavut jail system acts as homeless shelter

“We need to be reallocating resources to people, not to prisons"

BETH BROWN

Standing May 23 in front of a town-hall style meeting at the Iqaluit soup kitchen, Senator Kim Pate told the crowd what she had seen that afternoon during her visit to the capital’s three adult correction centres.

“They were all Inuit prisoners, men and women,” Pate said.

Pate, who had flown from...

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NEWS May 24, 2017 - 3:20 pm

Nunavut RCMP arrest 24-year-old Gjoa Haven man after stabbing

Man faces charges of aggravated assault

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police have arrested a 24-year-old man who now faces charges of aggravated assault following an early morning stabbing May 23 in Gjoa Haven.

Local RCMP officers responded to a residence in the community of roughly 1,300 at about 7:30 a.m. local time, where they treated a 53-year-old man suffering...

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The May 25 sun illuminates the blue of Kuujjuaq's Koksoak River, which shed its ice cover early this year. Kuujjuamiut did some sun-bathing last weekend when temperatures got up to 14 C in Nunavik's largest community. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS) (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
The May 25 sun illuminates the blue of Kuujjuaq's Koksoak River, which shed its ice cover early this year. Kuujjuamiut did some sun-bathing last weekend when temperatures got up to 14 C in Nunavik's largest community. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS) (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

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