In times of stress or sadness, in lean times, we can usually find something to be thankful for, even just the beauty of Mother Nature, as captured Oct. 2 by Aimo Paniloo in Clyde River. The Nunatsiaq News offices will be closed Mon., Oct. 12, for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen, Oct. 13. The print edition of the newspaper will go to press as usual and be delivered to communities on Oct. 16. We wish all our readers a restful and enjoyable holiday weekend. (PHOTO BY AIMO PANILOO)
October 09, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Nunavik conference trains record number in suicide prevention
"The special thing is that Inuit have made it happen"
Nunavik may be a region with some of the highest suicide rates in the country, but on Oct. 7, Nunavimmiut had a reason to smile.
That’s when 60 people earned their Assisted Suicide Interventions Skills Training (ASIST) certificates, the largest-ever group in the region to receive that training at...
October 09, 2015 - 2:30 pm
My Little Corner of Canada, Oct. 9
After two months of this long campaign, there has finally been some movement in the polls. It is still a close race and it is hard to predict how the numbers will fall on election day.
It turns out the NDP’s support in Quebec was soft and Mulcair’s poll numbers have fallen in the province.
October 09, 2015 - 1:40 pm
Nunavut Inuit plan to renegotiate benefits, impacts, with Baffinland
"We know the big changes being proposed will impact Inuit life within the communities"
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association hopes to renegotiate its Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement with Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. if the proposed Phase II of the Mary River mine gets a thumbs up by the Nunavut Impact Review Board.
Under the Phase II plan, the mining company would ramp up overland ore...
October 09, 2015 - 12:10 pm
DFO closes fishery in Salluit during fuel spill clean up
Salluit fiord closed to harvesting until further notice
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has temporarily closed the Salluit fiord to harvesting following a fuel leak outside the Nunavik community Oct. 7.
In a notice sent out to Nunavik’s hunting, trapping and fishing organizations Oct. 9, the DFO said the fishery in Salluit’s fiord is...
October 09, 2015 - 11:00 am
Iqaluit’s three big tasks
"A municipal administration that’s bleeding from every orifice"
Look out, Iqaluit.
Those of you who still watch news on television will be well aware of the big federal election that’s scheduled for Oct. 19.
And most of you will, at least, have heard about the four people who seek to represent Nunavut in the House of Commons.
But there’s another election...
October 09, 2015 - 10:08 am
Legal Ease, Oct. 9
Sentencing Aboriginal Offenders
In Canadian law, people of Aboriginal background face a different sentencing regime than other Canadians.
The concept for differential sentencing comes from a realization that Aboriginal Canadians are sent to jail at rates far above their proportion of the general population and jail has proven to...
October 09, 2015 - 9:10 am
Nunavut municipal leaders blast airline codeshare deal
But Canadian North VP says the money-losing airline had to change to survive
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Home for Thanksgiving?
“Hopefully we get home for Thanksgiving to start some cooking and baking at 1 o’clock,” said Dorothy Gibbons, the director of finance for the Hamlet of Whale Cove, during a discussion of scheduled airline service Oct. 8 at the Nunavut Association of...
October 09, 2015 - 8:00 am
Airline bosses defend codeshare scheme against Inuit org’s complaints
“Unfortunately, we do not provide a social service”
First Air and Canadian North executives made no apologies during a presentation of their controversial codeshare arrangement at the Qikiqtani Inuit Association annual general meeting Oct. 8 in Iqaluit.
“In order to provide sustainable air services to northern communities we’ve had to look for ways...
October 09, 2015 - 6:59 am
More delays, cash shortages for Nunavut land use final hearing
Kivalliq hunters insist on protecting caribou calving grounds
Hunters like Alex Ishalook in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region are keen to ensure caribou calving grounds are protected from any and all development when Nunavut finally gets a territory-wide land use plan.
But they’ll have to wait a while longer to find out whether the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq caribou...
October 08, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Inuit Heritage Trust rolls out new booklets on archeology in Nunavut
Booklets aim to change misconceptions about archeology, archeologists
You’re out on the land and you see a rock, which, when you pick it up, turns out to be a very old soapstone qulliq.
You take the stone lamp home where it sits on a shelf, but then you decide that you want to know more about its age and who made it.
But you can’t exactly recall where you found...
October 08, 2015 - 1:45 pm
Codeshare deal not working for western Nunavut, KIA says
"It's just really bad"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — If Canadian North’s vice president Peter McCart hoped for positive feedback on the airline’s codeshare arrangement with First Air while in Cambridge Bay Oct. 7 at the Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s annual general meeting, he was disappointed.
“There’s got to be a better system,” KIA...
October 08, 2015 - 12:10 pm
Shipping company cleans up fuel spill outside Nunavik community
Size of spill could be up to about 10,000 litres, Salluit mayor says
(Updated 3:00 p.m., Oct. 8)
The amount of fuel spilled Oct. 7 from a tanker stationed at Salluit could be as much as 10,000 litres, the mayor of the Nunavik community says.
That’s the latest estimate Paulusie Saviadjuk said he’s received from officials who are working to clean up the spill in the...
October 08, 2015 - 11:09 am
Western Nunavut youth, elders grapple with tough topics at CamBay meeting
Elder abuse, lack of support for youth focus of KIA presentations
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Elder Annie Neglak of Cambridge Bay says she no longer wants to head to the local stores after the monthly pension cheques arrive at the post office.
“Adults and grandchildren cling to them so they can [take their money and] support their bad habits of alcohol or drugs,” said...
October 08, 2015 - 10:00 am
Northern Liberals, NDP aim pitches at voter pocketbooks
Liberals would hike northern tax benefit by 33 per cent, put $40M more into Nutrition North
(Updated 4:50 p.m., Oct. 8)
With less than two weeks left in the federal election campaign, Liberal and New Democratic Party candidates running in northern ridings are aiming their pitches at voter pocketbooks.
At the top of their lists are promises to enrich the Northern Residents Deduction, a...
October 08, 2015 - 9:00 am
Sealift delays Iqaluit aquatic centre work by three weeks
Administrators approved $80,900 in change orders
Due to sealift delays, Iqaluit’s new aquatic centre is three weeks behind schedule, contractors told Iqaluit City Council Oct. 6.
“Overall, the Kudlik [Aquatic Centre contractor] progress to date has generally been good. They did incur three weeks delay associated with the sealift arrival and...
October 08, 2015 - 8:00 am
Saganash: Tory candidate willfully ignored the history of colonialism
"I think it disrespects all northern peoples," NDP candidate says in response to Richard Sagala's remarks
When a person ignorantly criticizes Nunavut they also criticize all communities across the North.
I know this because of the deep family connections that go back generations between the people in Nunavik and the people in Nunavut, the Inuvialuit region and Nunatsiavut.
This erroneous criticism...
October 08, 2015 - 7:00 am
Nunavut government complains to federal agency about codeshare
“The codeshare is also impacting the government’s bottom line"
The new codeshare agreement between major airlines serving Nunavut is causing headaches for the average Nunavut traveller and hurting the bottom line of their biggest customer, the Government of Nunavut, GN officials told the Competition Bureau Oct. 6.
GN officials met with the Competition Bureau...
October 07, 2015 - 4:00 pm
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4
Science story on Northwest Passage ice leads the pack
Ice: that was the topic of a story that was the biggest reader favorite on Nunatsiaqonline.ca, and which, according to Google Analytics’ reader tracking, drew interest from readers around the world.
Nunatsiaq News reported on a new study on ice thickness in the Northwest Passage that shows there’s...
October 07, 2015 - 2:31 pm
Nunavik’s firefighters to target youth arson
30 per cent of region's fires started deliberately by youth, fire chiefs' meetings hears
Volunteer fire departments across Nunavik will target youth as part of a new regional campaign to prevent arson.
The new campaign, which focuses on “young fire starters,” was introduced to fire chiefs from each of the region’s 14 communities at their annual meeting Sept. 20 to Sept. 27 in...
October 07, 2015 - 1:10 pm
Baffin Inuit org celebrates 40th birthday with healthy surplus
"It’s definitely something to be proud about in terms of how solid the organization is”
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association has reported another strong surplus for its 40th anniversary as the birthright organization reaps the benefits of the Mary River Inuit impact and benefit agreement for another year.
According to the yearly fiscal report presented Oct. 6 to QIA board members at their...
Expect a few more selfies like this one in January with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau when he swings through Iqaluit Saturday, Oct. 10 for a last-minute Nunavut stop before the Oct. 19 election. Trudeau will arrive with a cadre of national press and local liberal candidate Hunter Tootoo Saturday afternoon and plans to hold a feast as well, hot on the heels of NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair's visit to Iqaluit at the end of September. The leaders are working hard and spending a lot of travel money and time going after Nunavut's one seat, currently held by Conservative incumbent MP Leona Aglukkaq. The feast is scheduled for Inuksuk High School, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Read more later about the visit on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (FILE PHOTO)