Kuujjuaq's Dylan Gordon shows off a mess of hardware that he won at the 2014 Traditional Circumpolar Northern Games July 20 to July 26 in Inuvik as part of Team Nunavik-Québec. Along with gold medals in head pull, kneel jump and muskox push, silver medals in one-foot high kick, two-foot high kick and Alaskan high kick, and a bronze in bench reach, Gordon took home the Edward Lennie Award for Best All Around athlete in the Junior Male category. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
July 29, 2014 - 1:57 pm
Montreal police say bird plucker case closed
“I couldn’t believe that anyone would make a big deal out of it"
An investigation into the actions of a young woman who reportedly plucked and ate a bird on the Montreal metro earlier this month is now officially closed, Montreal police said July 29.
The Service de police de la ville de Montréal had been investigating the July 1 incident since another passenger...
July 29, 2014 - 1:29 pm
Open letter to Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna
"Let this government take the lead on Inuit employment by enacting an Employment Equity Act"
After observing the last sitting of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly and the number of questions raised on Inuit employment within the government, I am taking the opportunity to propose a means to better implement Article 23 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
The article requires initiatives by...
July 29, 2014 - 11:22 am
Nunavut departments of health, justice get new deputy ministers
"I am confident the appointments are sound additions to our government"
The Government of Nunavut has hired two new deputy ministers, Premier Peter Taptuna announced July 29.
Colleen Stockley, a civil servant with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s department of health, has been appointed as Nunavut’s deputy minister of health, effective Sept. 2.
July 29, 2014 - 10:01 am
Past Iqaluit councils have not done their jobs
"Individuals who make huge personal investments are treated with contempt by city planners"
My recent comments about the City of Iqaluit being leaderless were a bit too harsh.
As a former mayor and councilor of Iqaluit when it was called Frobisher Bay, I know what it feels like to be attacked for trying to do your best.
One of the reasons so few people are willing to run for public...
July 29, 2014 - 8:07 am
Pangnirtung RCMP go door-to-door to reduce gun violence
Campaign aims to reduce firearm-related incidents in Nunavut
RCMP in Pangnirtung started a door-to-door firearms safety campaign July 26, offering trigger locks and safety pamphlets in Inuktitut, English and French.
The campaign is part the RCMP’s territory-wide effort to reduce gun violence, said Sgt. Yvonne Niego of “V” division, which oversees Nunavut.
July 29, 2014 - 5:55 am
Nunavut residential school survivor hopes records are not destroyed
"Canadians have a right, duty and responsibility to know what happened to us"
The fate of thousands of pages of testimony about physical, sexual and psychological abuse at Canada’s notorious residential schools now lies with Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell, but at least one residential school survivor hopes they are not destroyed.
Piita Irniq, who attended three...
July 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm
Clyde River groups challenge Nunavut seismic testing in court
"The NEB's decision violates the fundamental rights of the people of Nunavut"
Updated 4 p.m. July 28
A lawyer representing groups in Clyde River filed an application at the Federal Court of Appeal July 28 that seeks a judicial review of a recent decision by the National Energy Board to permit a five-year seismic testing project in Baffin Bay and Davis...
July 28, 2014 - 1:19 pm
Nunavut production company gets funding for two new TV projects
Film drama and elders' series will receive $762,984
Two new television projects are on the way from Igloolik’s Kingulliit Productions Inc.
The Canada Media Fund announced July 28 that Kingulliit will receive $762,984 in 2014-15 under it’s Aboriginal Program funding for a television film project and a series called Stories of our...
July 28, 2014 - 9:43 am
New documentary follows the hopes and dreams of Nunavik musher
Okpik's Dream to be released this fall on CBC
Since Laura Rietveld visited the Nunavik community of Quaqtaq for the first time in 2009, the words of one man have stuck in her mind.
Rietveld, a documentary filmmaker, was visiting her aunt in the Ungava Bay community when the two went on a dog sled trip led by local musher Harry Okpik.
July 28, 2014 - 6:15 am
Beware of phony $20 bills, Iqaluit RCMP say
Iqaluit banks report at least four counterfeit bills since July 18
People and businesses should watch out for counterfeit $20 bills that may be circulating in the community, the Iqaluit RCMP said July 25.
Banks in the city have came across at least four paper bills that are copies of a design produced between 2004 and 2006, known as the Canadian Journey series,...
July 25, 2014 - 5:57 pm
Nunavut court: Iqaluit spouse-killer guilty of manslaughter
“He is a liar and cannot be believed”
Pitseolak Peter, 52, of Iqaluit is guilty of manslaughter, but not second degree murder, Justice John D. Rooke said in a lengthy verdict judgment that took him more than three and a half hours to read July 25 inside a packed Iqaluit courtroom.
Rooke, a deputy judge who normally sits on the Court...
July 25, 2014 - 3:25 pm
Nunavut community set to add second dock to harbour
Pangnirtung hamlet office expects new installation this summer
Fisheries and Oceans Canada will add a second floating dock to Pangnirtung’s small craft harbour in early August, doubling the number of berths for small vessels to 56.
The new structure will be identical to the floating dock that opened to some fanfare last fall, when government officials...
July 25, 2014 - 2:29 pm
Video of Inuk woman plucking bird on Montreal metro train goes viral
“It’s not like we get to eat our country food every day"
A young woman from Nunavik has grabbed the public’s attention after she reportedly plucked and ate a bird on a busy metro train in Montreal earlier this month.
The Service de police de la ville de Montréal has been investigating the July 1 incident since another passenger on the metro filmed the...
July 25, 2014 - 12:46 pm
ICC declaration calls for better cooperation, coordination among Inuit orgs
The Kitigaaryuit Declaration also calls on Inuit Circumpolar Council leadership to host a circumpolar Inuit economic summit
The Inuit Circumpolar Council’s 12th general assembly closed July 24 in Inuvik with a declaration to promote better knowledge sharing between Inuit organizations and the rest of the world.
The quadrennial gathering of Inuit leaders from Canada, Greenland, Chukotka (Russia) and Alaska ended in the...
Kuujjuaq banjo player Bob Mesher shared the stage with Aupaluk accordion player David Angutinguak July 22 at the Arctic Char Music Festival in Kangirsuk. The Ungava Bay community hosts the festival each year as a local harvest celebration, but it also draws musical performers from across Nunavik, Nunavut and Canada as well as Greenland. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NV KANGIRSUK)