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The Arctic Bay Youth Committee organized an Elder and youth feast in that Baffin community April 10. It was a great success: dozens of residents of all ages came to socialize and to enjoy plentiful country foods. (PHOTO BY CLARE KINES)
The Arctic Bay Youth Committee organized an Elder and youth feast in that Baffin community April 10. It was a great success: dozens of residents of all ages came to socialize and to enjoy plentiful country foods. (PHOTO BY CLARE KINES)
NEWS April 17, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Nunavut RCMP investigate sudden death of Baker Lake woman

Woman found dead in “local residence”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police in Baker Lake are investigating the death of a woman whose body they found in a local housing unit, after the RCMP detachment received a call from a concerned resident April 16.

Police are not releasing the name of the dead woman, who is described as being in her 40s.

“The RCMP Major...

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NEWS April 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

After dispute with bank, hardworking Iqaluit couple faces eviction

“This is where we’re at and we can’t fight anymore”

JIM BELL

When the bank grabs the house you’ve called home for nearly 18 years and tells you to pack up and leave, it’s tough to let go.

But when your credit is decimated, finding a new place can get even tougher.

Betty Gunn and her husband, David Gunn, must vacate their home, house 443 in Iqaluit, around...

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NEWS April 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Nunavut RCMP make small weed bust, lay trafficking charge

Police seize 140 grams of marijuana

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police in Nunavut have charged an Igloolik resident with trafficking marijuana following a drug seizure.

Members of the Igloolik RCMP detachment arrested a person found in possession of more than 140 grams of marijuana April 8, the RCMP said in an April 16 news release.

The person, whose name...

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NEWS April 17, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Construction starts on Iqaluit’s $34 million aquatic centre

Rotary Club contributes to $3 million fundraising campaign

PETER VARGA

The City of Iqaluit celebrated the start of construction on the city’s aquatic centre with a groundbreaking ceremony April 16, as work crews installed the first pile for the new facility’s foundation.

The ceremony also marked a milestone for the REACH Fundraising Campaign, which inched closer to...

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NEWS April 17, 2014 - 10:12 am

National organization documents cancer in Inuit communities

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer maps out patient care gaps

PETER VARGA

Health statistics reveal that cancer deaths are rising among Inuit, but too little is known about the state of cancer control in northern Canada.

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer promises to change that, starting with a report released this month that provides baseline information on...

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NEWS April 17, 2014 - 6:11 am

Nunavik students from Akulivik uncover local treasures

Photo exhibit on display at Montreal's McCord Museum through April

SARAH ROGERS

MONTREAL — Jeannie Qinuajuak said her least favourite part was the sieving.

She and her fellow students spent hours at an archeological field school last summer, excavating a site about five kilometres from their home community of Akulivik in Nunavik.

After mixing soil from the excavation site...

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NEWS April 16, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Nunavut court: Clyde River men get jail time for sex offences on minors

Young girl kicked one man to ward off his advances

DAVID MURPHY

Two Clyde River men will get short stints in jail for sex crimes against a minor following proceedings April 16 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Steven Aipeelee, 44, director of finance at the hamlet of Clyde River, was handed the longest sentence of the two — 30 days imprisonment for...

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NEWS April 16, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Most at-risk Inuit in Montreal say they want to stay in the city

"We’re a strong people and we endure"

SARAH ROGERS

MONTREAL — It’s an unusually cold April day in Montreal, as Annie finishes a warm meal in the front room of Chez Doris.

The Montreal women’s day shelter is full of women during the lunch hour, and occasionally, the sound of Inuktitut conversation floats across the room.

Chez Doris has been an...

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NEWS April 16, 2014 - 10:51 am

Canada boycotts Arctic Council meetings in Moscow to protest Russian moves in Ukraine

Canadian government condemns "illegal occupation" in Ukraine

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

To protest Russia’s involvement in the escalating crisis in Ukraine, Canadian delegates will not attend Arctic Council working group meetings scheduled in Moscow this week.

“These actions build upon the tough stance, including imposing sanctions, Canada has already taken against Russia for its...

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NEWS April 16, 2014 - 7:02 am

Nunavut court: trial of Arviat man accused of sex charges against children continues

Crown, defence lawyers argue over accuracy of evidence given by witnesses

DAVID MURPHY

The first of two trials for an Arviat man who faces various sex charges against minors wrapped up April 15, with a defence lawyer attempting to poke holes in a child witness’s story.

Billy Iblauk, 28, is charged with sexual assault and touching a person under the age of 16 stemming from an...

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NEWS April 16, 2014 - 6:29 am

Crown stays sex charges after Nunavut Court Services pulls funding for witnesses

Young witnesses leave Iqaluit following "incident" at hotel

DAVID MURPHY

A Clyde River man is effectively off the hook on four sex charges involving minors after two key witnesses lost their accommodation allowance from Nunavut Court Services and left Iqaluit before they could give evidence

Crown prosecutor Doug Garson said April 15 that the two complainants, the main...

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NEWS April 15, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Igloolik’s Arnait video group to premiere its next feature film in Iqaluit

Uvanga is one of the collective's first contemporary stories

SARAH ROGERS

The Arnait Video Collective’s newest film, Uvanga, will celebrate its northern premiere in Iqaluit later this month.

Uvanga — “myself” in Inuktitut — is based on a narrative common to Nunavut: children of mixed ancestry trying to bridge the gap between the North and the South.

The film tells the...

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NEWS April 15, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Iqaluit-Kimmirut snowmobile race returns to Toonik Tyme

Festival’s second week features more contests and games

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit’s Toonik Tyme festival got off to a quick start April 11 with a weekend full of festivities and contests, and week two promises even more.

Added to the spring festival line-up this week is the Iqaluit-Kimmirut snowmobile race.

“Requests from the community have been very high,” said Travis...

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NEWS April 15, 2014 - 6:09 am

Nunavut court: Arviat man on trial for raping eight-year-old, sex charges against two others

Child uses dolls to illustrate sexual assault allegation

DAVID MURPHY

An Arviat man faces two trials in Iqaluit this week on sex charges against minors, including an allegation that he snuck into the bedroom of an eight-year-old girl and raped her.

Billy Iblauk, 28, is accused of 11 charges involving three complainants, including three counts of touching a person...

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NEWS April 14, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Iqaluit’s young artists embrace Nunavut’s arts community

"I’d never really done anything like that — working together with all those creative minds"

SARAH ROGERS

“Community makes art, and arts makes a community,” muses Jonathan Pitseolak.

After a conversation with the 14-year-old budding hip hop artist from Pond Inlet — now based in Iqaluit — those are the words that linger.

Because Pitseolak isn’t just the future generation of Nunavut’s arts community;...

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Iqaluit Mayor John Graham and Coun. Simon Nattaq turn the first shovel April 16 at a ground-breaking ceremony for the city’s future aquatic centre, on which construction has started. Coun. Terry Dobbin, left, Coun. Noah Papatsie and 
Coun. Mary Wilman look on. Moments before, the Rotary Club of Iqaluit announced they're ready to donate $100,000 to the REACH fundraising campaign, which seeks to raise $3 million for the $34 million facility. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
Iqaluit Mayor John Graham and Coun. Simon Nattaq turn the first shovel April 16 at a ground-breaking ceremony for the city’s future aquatic centre, on which construction has started. Coun. Terry Dobbin, left, Coun. Noah Papatsie and Coun. Mary Wilman look on. Moments before, the Rotary Club of Iqaluit announced they're ready to donate $100,000 to the REACH fundraising campaign, which seeks to raise $3 million for the $34 million facility. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)

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