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Eighteen teams from across Nunavut descended on Nunavut's capital last weekend, June 26 to June 28, to play in an under-15 soccer tournament at the Arctic Winter Games arena. The event, which hasn't been held here for several years, featured divisions for both boys and girls, said Romeyn Stevenson, from the Nunavut Soccer Association.
Eighteen teams from across Nunavut descended on Nunavut's capital last weekend, June 26 to June 28, to play in an under-15 soccer tournament at the Arctic Winter Games arena. The event, which hasn't been held here for several years, featured divisions for both boys and girls, said Romeyn Stevenson, from the Nunavut Soccer Association. "It was absolutely a success," Stevenson said. "The level of play was really high." Above, Arviat, in orange, plays against Rankin Inlet on June 27. Rankin Inlet won the tournament for the boys and Coral Harbour finished on top of the girls division. The youth were actually playing a variation of indoor soccer called "futsal," Stevenson said, which involves more ball control since you have to obey sideline out-of-bounds areas and can't kick the ball off the boards. "It's kind of new in Nunavut," he said. (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY)
NEWS July 03, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Iqaluit photographer raises $3,000 for help line

“Mental health issues are obviously everywhere, so I’m trying to do what I can"

THOMAS ROHNER

Mark Aspland, a videographer based in Iqaluit, is proving that good intentions can translate into good money.

Aspland, originally from Ontario but now working for Atiigo Media in Iqaluit, began selling stunning photographs and videos online in January to raise money for the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut...

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NEWS July 03, 2015 - 8:30 am

Federal government will continue to issue benefits by cheque

Direct deposit option not mandatory for Canadians in remote locations

SARAH ROGERS

If residents of Nunavut and Nunavik are worried about plans to phase out federal benefit cheques in favour of a direct deposit system, they shouldn’t be, says the federal agency that issues those cheques.

In 2012, the federal government announced plans to gradually phase out its system of mailing...

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NEWS July 03, 2015 - 7:10 am

Nunavut-Toronto mural project finds new canvas

Four young Cape Dorset artists head south to work on public art project

SARAH ROGERS

It’s been a whirlwind experience these past few weeks for the people behind Piliriqatigiingniq, a giant mural project that will bring Nunavut youth to Canada’s largest city this month.

First, the two-storey mural wall secured in downtown Toronto by artists and project leaders Alexa Hatanaka and...

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NEWS July 03, 2015 - 5:55 am

Review into Nunavut baby’s death progressing toward fall completion

“Are all the things in my report going to be complimentary to the government? Certainly not"

THOMAS ROHNER

Katherine Peterson, tasked with reviewing the actions taken by the Government of Nunavut after the 2012 death of a Cape Dorset infant, says she’s confident her report will give Nunavummiut answers to questions still swirling around the tragedy.

That means she will be looking at a number of aspects...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Nunavik residents will save on motor oil, camping fuel

KRG adds new items to Nunavik's cost of living reduction program

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik residents can now catch a break on the cost of snowmobile motor oil and camping fuel in the region.

The Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corp. announced the two items are now eligible for a 30-per cent discount under their cost of living reduction program.

The regional...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Montreal police look for clues in death of Inuk woman from Nunavik

Nellie Angutiguluk found dead May 18

SARAH ROGERS

Montreal police are asking for the public’s help in piecing together the circumstances that led to a young Inuk woman’s death last month.

Police discovered the body of 29-year-old Nellie Angutiguluk May 18 in an apartment in Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood.

While Angutiguluk’s death was...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 11:27 am

Summer reads from Inhabit Media

Children's tales of giants, wildlife and the goddess of the sea

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut’s first and only publishing house continues to produce colourful and modern versions of Inuit storytelling, packaged with its trademark whimsical illustrations.

Have a look at some of Inhabit’s latest offerings targeted for young readers between four and eight years of age.

Children’s...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 8:30 am

Inuit, Nunavummiut claimants still lag in IAP applications

Independent Assessment Process to wind down by early 2016

SARAH ROGERS

As the Independent Assessment Process winds down, a federal secretariat is on the lookout for former residential school students with unresolved claims, including more than 200 Inuit applicants.

The IAP provides compensation to former students for serious abuse they suffered at residential...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 7:15 am

After 10-year wait, Nunavut’s new wildlife regulations come into force

"New" wildlife act finally updated from previous act inherited from the NWT

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After more than 10 years of waiting, the Nunavut government has announced long-awaited Wildlife Act regulations to replace earlier rules inherited from the Northwest Territories that date to the 1980s.

Starting July 1, 10 sets of new wildlife regulations came into force across Nunavut, including...

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NEWS July 02, 2015 - 5:48 am

Inuit-owned Arctic airline signs 10-year freight deal with Cargojet

First Air, Cargojet to work together until 2025

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

First Air, a major air carrier in Nunavut, Nunavik and the Northwest Territories, has turned its recent short-time hookup with Cargojet into a 10-year marriage, the two companies announced June 30.

The two air carriers announced they’ve signed a commercial co-operation agreement that will keep...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 2:20 pm

Nunavut coke bust takes a half ounce off the streets

Two men charged with trafficking and other offences

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Eric Clapton said it best: “Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back, cocaine.”

Nunavut cops busted two Iqaluit residents in a cocaine trafficking investigation June 28.

About 15 grams — or half an ounce — of cocaine was nabbed in a joint investigation by the RCMP’s V Division Federal...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Notorious Iqaluit murderer dies in prison

Mark King Jeffrey, 34, found dead June 29

DAVID MURPHY

A Nunavut man who stabbed 13-year-old Jennifer Naglingniq 31 times in her Iqaluit home in 2002 has died in his jail cell. 

Mark King Jeffrey, 34, was found unresponsive June 29 at the medium-security Beaver Creek Institution near Gravenhurst, Ont., a federal prison run by Corrections...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 11:05 am

Nunavut circus film spreads message of hope and salvation

Artcirq founder pays tribute to deceased members Solomon Uyarasuk and Joey Ammaq

THOMAS ROHNER

Not only can your dreams come true if you believe in yourself, but they can connect you to people and take you places you can’t even imagine.

That’s what more than 120 moviegoers at Iqaluit’s Astro Hill Theatre heard June 29 as they watched “Circus Without Borders,” a film presented by the annual...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 9:25 am

Nunavut power utility’s board gets full-time chair

Julie-Anne Miller succeeds David Omilgoitok

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nearly six months after the departure of its last full-time chair, the board that oversees the Qulliq Energy Corp. now has a new one: Julie-Anne Miller of Iqaluit, who has served as interim chair since February 2014.

She succeeds David Omilgoitok, who quit the position this past February to...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 8:30 am

Nunatsiaq Online’s top reads: trouble brewing at Iqaluit city council

Our most clicked-on stories from June 22 to June 26

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunatsiaq Online readers were hungry last week for news about what’s been brewing inside Iqaluit’s municipal council chambers.

For the final full week of June, our most-read online stories flowed from a June 23 Iqaluit city council meeting, as tracked by Google Analytics pageviews.

1)In our top...

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 7:15 am

Nunavik youth charged after bringing loaded rifle to school

KRPF charges youth with firearm possession, uttering threats

SARAH ROGERS

Corrected 12:35 p.m., June 30

A Nunavik youth who walked into a high school with a loaded rifle earlier this month now faces four charges in relation to that incident.

On the afternoon of June 5, the Kativik School Board said a student walked into Iguarsivik secondary school in Puvirnituq with a......

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NEWS June 30, 2015 - 5:59 am

Report on Sanikiluaq crash stresses child safety on commercial flights

Board recommends Transport Canada, airlines move to mandatory child restraint devices

SARAH ROGERS

The crash of Perimeter Aviation flight 993 in Sanikiluaq, which killed a six-month-old infant when it missed the runway Dec. 22 2012, came in “too high, too steep and too fast,” investigators with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said June 29.

The TSB released its investigation report two...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Nunavut elder’s centre turns into sweet song jamboree

"It’s a cool feeling in the whole community, and you can sense it, you know?”

DAVID MURPHY

About 50 people huddle in a small room usually reserved for Inuit elders and Inuktitut conversation. 

But instead of telling Inuit legends, on June 28 musicians are turning the elder’s qammaq in Iqaluit into a haven for singing songs and telling tales of how, why and what inspires them.

It’s an...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Nunavut teen from Igloolik wins Alianait battle of the bands

Ricky Immaroitok and Joshua Haulli earn crown in Iqaluit

DAVID MURPHY

Igloolik’s Joshua Haulli is Alianait’s official band champ for 2015.

The 16-year-old and his friend, Ricky Immaroitok, 18, flew from Igloolik on their own dime to win the $1,000 grand prize June 28 under the big top tent in Iqaluit.

The Battle of the Bands is an annual Alianait competition where...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Ottawa appoints respected lawyer to the Nunavut bench

Former Crown prosecutor replaces Andrew Mahar, who joins the NWT Supreme Court

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Paul Bychok, a respected lawyer who recently retired as a Crown prosecutor in Nunavut, will now serve as a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice.

Peter MacKay, the federal justice minister, made the announcement June 26.

Bychok fills a spot on the Nunavut bench vacated May 28 by Andrew Mahar, who...

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NEWS June 29, 2015 - 11:05 am

Nunavik police net $20K in bootlegged booze

Police seized dozens of bottles flown in as cargo to Salluit

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik police have seized dozens of bottles of bootlegged liquor that were destined for residents of the Hudson Strait community of Salluit.

Kativik Regional Police Force officers in Salluit picked up 168 bottles of vodka that had been flown in as cargo June 22.

In an email to Nunatsiaq News,...

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Maybe gospel music isn't for everyone: a little girl covers her ears in Iqaluit's Parish Hall during a gospel sing-along performance June 28 at this year's Alianait Arts Festival. Nunavut's largest and most diverse music and arts festival wrapped up July 1, Canada Day, following numerous successful events and performances steeped in local and circumpolar culture. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
Maybe gospel music isn't for everyone: a little girl covers her ears in Iqaluit's Parish Hall during a gospel sing-along performance June 28 at this year's Alianait Arts Festival. Nunavut's largest and most diverse music and arts festival wrapped up July 1, Canada Day, following numerous successful events and performances steeped in local and circumpolar culture. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)

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