Malikaat, or mountain avens, are in bloom across Nunavut in spring, including in Sanikiluaq, above. Malikaat, with their snow white petals and buttery yellow centres, are known to face the sun so in northern communities, as the sun moves along the horizon, the flower heads follow, leaving their stems twisted up. We'd like to remind readers that the Nunatsiaq News offices in Iqaluit and Ottawa will be closed July 1 and will re-open again for regular business Mon., July 4. We wish all of our readers, contributers and advertisers an enjoyable Canada Day long weekend. (PHOTO BY SARAH MEEKO)
June 30, 2016 - 3:58 pm
Fugitive Oblate priest Joannis Rivoire must be extradited, activists say
“Father Rivoire is the reason why Marius died. I truly believe that.”
OTTAWA — As long as fugitive priest Joannes Rivoire, 85, remains at large in France, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate should not be allowed to celebrate their 200th anniversary in peace, a small group of activists declared June 29 in Ottawa.
Inuit leader Piita Irniq, along with human...
June 30, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Shots fired into Nunavut residence; no one injured
RCMP arrest one man in Baker Lake
Charges are pending against a 19-year-old man in Baker Lake in connection with a shooting incident in that Kivalliq community on June 29.
According to a June 30 RCMP news release, at around 9:30 p.m. that evening, Baker Lake police officers responded to a complaint that shots had been fired into a...
June 30, 2016 - 1:15 pm
Coming soon: A new and improved Nunavut Corrections Act
Community consultations likely to occur this fall
Nunavut’s Department of Justice plans to replace its decades-old Corrections Act, inherited from the Northwest Territories, following a series of community consultations that will likely unfold later this year.
Justice Minister Keith Peterson rose in Nunavut’s legislative assembly June 8 and told...
June 30, 2016 - 10:30 am
NPC completes draft Nunavut land use plan, but hearing subject to funding
Draft plan protects core calving and post-calving grounds
The final Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan is complete and — counter to the Government of Nunavut’s wishes announced last spring — it offers blanket protection for caribou calving grounds.
Following lengthy consultation in each of the territory’s 25 communities, which wrapped up in 2013, and a series...
June 30, 2016 - 8:30 am
Simple technique can help relieve stress, says Nunavut resident
Free Trauma Tapping workshop offered in Iqaluit in July
As a young Iqalungmiut, Nmesoma Nweze, has witnessed more trauma than she cares to remember.
“I can’t even tell you how much suicide has touched this community and my life. There’s always something you wish you could do for your friend who calls at 2 a.m.,” Nweze, 17, said in an interview at...
June 30, 2016 - 7:00 am
Plant experts returning to Nunavut, this time to Arviat
“For us, we haven’t visited or done a lot of fieldwork at all in the Hudson Bay area"
Scientists at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa know better than to leave the Arctic alone.
That’s because, in many ways, the North is still a work in progress for botanists to fully-document the many types of plants living above Canada’s tree line.
For the next month, a group of scientists...
June 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm
North American leaders summit promises cleaner energy
State dinner features caribou from Rankin Inlet
North American leaders took a major step towards their fight against climate change this week by committing to cleaner energy generation across the continent.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hosting United States President Barack Obama and Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto in Ottawa...
June 29, 2016 - 2:45 pm
Nunavut’s Education Act should align with Inuit rights: NTI
"Education reforms must strengthen our right to be educated in Inuktut"
Inuit must play a role in the design and delivery of any upcoming changes to the territory’s education system, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. said this week.
NTI’s message is directed at the Government of Nunavut which is currently amending and updating its Education Act.
The GN is now hosting...
June 29, 2016 - 1:05 pm
And then there were eight: no council by-election for Nunavut capital
Motion to appoint former councillor Kenny Bell to municipal vacancy shot down
Iqaluit City Council will press on with one fewer councillor this term.
That’s after having decided, in a narrow vote June 29, not to fill the seat vacated by former-councillor Gideonie Joamie.
Joamie tendered his resignation to the city in an internal email May 4, calling the debate at the time...
June 29, 2016 - 10:00 am
Emerging Nunavut singer-songwriter hits the stage
“I almost cancelled. It’s scary to sing new things"
When Jordan Muckpa walked across Iqaluit’s Nakasuk School stage in front of a standing room-only crowd for Alianait’s National Aboriginal Day concert June 21 in Iqaluit, he admits he was ready for the performance.
But he was very nervous.
And it wasn’t just because Muckpa was appearing on the...
June 29, 2016 - 8:29 am
Future of Nunavut’s justice system written in Inuktitut, says former judge
“The ideal is to get an Inuit judge, and why not?" says Bev Browne
Nunavut’s first senior judge, Beverly Browne, accomplished many things in her two decades living in Iqaluit and working in the justice system, but one of them might surprise you.
Browne built a functioning criminal and civil court system from scratch after being sworn in as senior judge at...
June 29, 2016 - 7:00 am
Nunavut premier’s son faces sentencing this fall on sexual interference
Defence lawyer awaits Gladue report, may launch Charter challenge on mandatory minimum
They danced, they frolicked in the shower in their bathing suits and then fell asleep cuddled up together at about 2 a.m., in the same twin bed, while watching a Smurfs movie on a portable DVD player.
But this past February, an innocent sleepover between two little girls in Iqaluit went terribly...
June 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut government pitches big changes to welfare policy
With 39 per cent of population on welfare, government wants simpler system, more incentives to work
The Government of Nunavut’s welfare, or “income assistance,” system is too complicated and throws up too many barriers that reduce incentives to work or train, a GN report released last week has found.
To fix that, the report, released June 23 and entitled Reducing dependence. Supporting......
June 28, 2016 - 3:15 pm
More changes at QEC, as chairperson resigns
Julie-Anne Miller leaves; Elijah Evaluarjuk steps in as interim chair
Qulliq Energy Corp. is facing more changes to its senior ranks, with the resignation of the organization’s chairperson last week.
Julie-Anne Miller resigned as chair of the QEC June 20, the corporation said in a June 24 release.
In her absence, the board’s vice-chair Elijah Evaluarjuk has been...
June 28, 2016 - 2:15 pm
Nunavut Housing Corp. will fix flooded Rankin Inlet home
Local housing org will raise house, pour gravel into flood-prone lot
The Nunavut Housing Corp. says a Rankin Inlet home that faces regular flooding each spring is scheduled for renovations this year.
Mary-Rose Angoshadluk sent a photo of the social housing unit her elderly mother lives in to Nunatsiaq News last week.
The bungalow is pictured surrounded by water,...
June 28, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Nunavik hotel manager faces allegations of workplace harassment, abuse
“I don’t like what he’s doing to us"
A manager at the co-op hotel in Puvirnituq is no longer employed after allegations that he sexually harassed a number of staff members.
Housekeeping staff at the Nunavik hotel allege the man propositioned sex from female staff, some of them minors. The women also accuse him of inappropriate...
June 28, 2016 - 11:30 am
First Air drops one flight, adds another
Airline will no longer serve Coral Harbour
First Air will drop flights from Iqaluit to Coral Harbour and add additional connections to Cape Dorset, the airline announced June 27.
The airline will stop its three-times-a-week service to Coral Harbour July 14, leaving its partner airline Calm Air to service the Kivalliq community.
June 28, 2016 - 10:00 am
Western Nunavut man steps up to fix damage caused by vandals
Terry Aknavigak donates new basketball hoop for community court
Youth in Cambridge Bay have a new basketball hoop on their community’s court, replacing one that vandals, who spray-painted the words “No more ball court,” destroyed earlier this month.
“This is for the kids enjoyment of playing, not vandalizing. If you see anyone caught vandalizing my hoop,...
June 28, 2016 - 8:30 am
Next big Nunavik health survey postponed to summer 2017
Qanuilirpitaa shipborne health survey follows 2004's Qanuippitaa survey
SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS
MONTREAL — The second edition of the massive Inuit health survey in Nunavik has been delayed.
That’s because the research icebreaker, the Canadian Coast Guard’s Amundsen, from which researchers collect data, is not available for this coming August and September.
June 28, 2016 - 7:00 am
Nursing body strips former Nunavut health administrator of supervisory duties
Heather Hackney, supervisor during Baby Makibi scandal, gets five-year nursing restriction
The nursing licence of a senior Nunavut nurse and health administrator connected to a 2012 scandal that involved the death of an infant has been put under a five-year restriction.
Heather Hackney, who was regional health director when three-month-old Makibi Timilak died in Cape Dorset in 2012,...
Tiffany Ayalik, left, channels her inner-caribou during the opening concert of the 2016 Alianait Music Festival at Iqaluit's Nakasuk Elementary School June 29 while Grey Gritt, right, provides the music for Ayalik's interpretive dance. The Yellowknife duo, who go by Quantum Tangle, were one of four performances that opened the five-day annual festival, which is in its twelfth year. Quantum Tangle regaled a few hundred Iqalungmiut June 29 with story telling and songs while the audience cheered on their political messages. The festival's big top tent is set up in front of Nakasuk school now with musical family-friendly events planned throughout the festival. The Elder's Qammaq will also host many daytime activities for music lovers of all ages. Go to our Facebook page for more photos from the event. See the full schedule at Alianait's website. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)