A young Rankin Inlet resident enjoys a plate of food Oct. 19 during a community feast sponsored by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. which held its annual general meeting in that Kivalliq community this week. There is plenty on the agenda including presentations from regional Inuit organizations and approval of the land claim organization's annual report and budget for next year. Nunavut Tunngavik also presented its 2016 "presidents awards" which this year went to Chris Cousins of Iqaluit who won a constructive dismissal suit against the Qulliq Energy Corp. as well as Louie Kamookak and Sammy Kogvik, both of Gjoa Haven, who used traditional and modern Inuit knowledge to help searchers locate Sir John Franklin's second sunken ship, the HMS Terror. The AGM wraps up today. (PHOTO BY NOEL KALUDJAK)
October 20, 2016 - 2:29 pm
Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak featured in new Heritage Minute
"Now galleries all over the world present my work"
One of Nunavut’s most famous artists, Kenojuak Ashevak, is the focus of the latest Heritage Minute, one in a series of 60-second vignettes illustrating important moments in Canadian history.
Historica Canada released the short film on Ashevak Oct. 20.
“There’s no one Inuit word for art,” the...
October 20, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Nunavut groups get $738K to spend on Canada’s big birthday
Iqaluit group gets $100K to revamp New Year's party
Nunavut will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary year in style thanks in part to $738,000 in additional cash for local projects, courtesy of the federal government’s “Canada 150” fund.
Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced the funding—along with plans for the 150th celebration of...
October 20, 2016 - 11:45 am
Inuk elder MLA says Nunavut Family Services department traumatizes families
“We are going to see a disintegration of the family”
Quttiktuq MLA Isaac Shooyook, a passionate believer in the traditional Inuit ways he absorbed growing up on the land, used question period and a member’s statement Oct. 19 to protest the child apprehension policies of the Department of Family Services.
“We are going to see a disintegration of the...
October 20, 2016 - 10:00 am
Infants in Nunavik, Nunavut suffer world’s highest rate of lung infections
Researchers urge costly preventative treatment to cut long-term costs
The rates of respiratory infections in newborn babies in Nunavik and Nunavut are among the highest in the world, says new research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Open.
The study looked at the infants under the age of one in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Nunavik who...
October 20, 2016 - 8:29 am
Nunavut MLAs will look at preliminary spending on big new Baffin jail
Proposed Qikiqtani Correctional Healing Centre will replace BCC
Late in the afternoon Oct. 19, Nunavut MLAs started looking at the Government of Nunavut’s plan to spend $200 million on capital projects across the territory in 2017-18, including the first amounts slated for a big new correctional healing centre in Iqaluit.
Finance Minister Keith Peterson kicked...
October 20, 2016 - 7:00 am
Minister says Nunavut DEAs will find a place in new Education Act
“When the amending legislation is tabled, it will be clear that we have listened and worked to address the concerns"
Education Minister Paul Quassa says there’s still time for the Government of Nunavut to find common ground with Nunavut’s District Education Authorities ahead of proposed amendments to the territory’s Education Act, which could centralize authority at the expense of community control.
October 19, 2016 - 3:52 pm
DFO opens restricted fall beluga harvest in Nunavik
“It’s our tradition and culture to make this harvest every fall"
(Corrected Oct. 20)
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has approved a fall beluga harvest for Nunavik hunters, although it’s restricted and limited to certain communities.
The region’s total allowable take of beluga whales under its 2014-2016 management plan came to an early close in......
October 19, 2016 - 1:30 pm
Nunavut MLA slams Nutrition North consultation in Pond Inlet
“I found the way that the meeting was organized to be chaotic and undisciplined”
The federal government’s public engagement session in Pond Inlet late last month for the Nutrition North Canada program was a failure, Tununiq MLA Joe Enook said Oct. 19 in a member’s statement.
Using a management consulting firm called Interis to do the work, the Department of Indigenous and...
October 19, 2016 - 11:45 am
Big, complex Nunavut needs more MPs, speakers tell electoral committee
Voting age, mobile polls and more reps for Nunavut, among the topics at Iqaluit consult
Nunavut will need special guarantees if Ottawa goes ahead with changing Canada’s federal election process.
That much was apparent among the diverse range of opinions offered by witnesses during an evening appearance before the Special Committee on Electoral Reform at Iqaluit’s Frobisher Inn, Oct....
October 19, 2016 - 10:00 am
Quebec, Nunavik welcome region’s fourth park
Ulittaniujalik is province's second largest park at over 5,000 square kilometres
It’s been many years in the making, but Nunavik’s fourth park, Parc national Ulittaniujalik, is now official.
Regional and provincial leaders travelled to Ulittaniujalik, located about 100 kilometres south of Kangiqsualujjuaq, Oct. 14 to inaugurate the new provincial park.
October 19, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavut MLA Okalik wants independent, civilian oversight of the RCMP
“The Ottawa Police Service can no longer be trusted to conduct independent investigations”
In the wake of the recent racism scandal at the Ottawa Police Service, the Government of Nunavut must now create a civilian body to oversee investigations into the conduct of the RCMP in Nunavut, Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik said Oct. 18 in the legislative assembly.
Right now, the Nunavut RCMP,...
October 19, 2016 - 6:59 am
Alcoholism, abuse, neglect threaten Nunavik children: human rights commission
"And the solutions cannot come from [Quebec]"
SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS
Translated and re-published with the permission of La Presse
The president of the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission, Camil Picard, recently wrote to several Couillard government ministers, saying the safety and development of children in Nunavik are...
October 18, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut Water Board clarifies coverage of TMAC hearing
NWB says public hearing not a deal-making exercise
I am providing this letter on behalf of the Nunavut Water Board in response to a recent article published in Nunatsiaq News on Sept. 19, 2016, entitled: “Inuit voices lacking at TMAC’s Nunavut Water Board hearing,” as well as your article published on Sept. 28, 2016 entitled “Who pays the cleanup......
October 18, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Whooping cough “serious and active health concern” in Nunavut
With a “whoop" or a funny sounding cough, head to your health centre
The territory’s whooping cough, outbreak, first detected about five months ago, has now spread throughout Nunavut and is now officially “a serious and active health concern.”
The Government of Nunavut’s health department sent out a news release Oct. 17 encouraging people to contact their doctors...
October 18, 2016 - 1:10 pm
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Oct. 9 to Oct. 16
Bryan Pearson, Iqaluit's first mayor, dies at 82
Two stories vied for the top place this past week among the readers of Nunatsiaqonline.ca, according to Google Analytics which tracks online traffic.
Many wanted to read about a man who is “never to be forgotten”—Bryan R. Pearson.
Stricken by liver cancer, Pearson, Iqaluit’s founding mayor, 82,...
October 18, 2016 - 11:45 am
Women robbed at knife-point in Nunavut’s capital: RCMP
"An isolated incident"
If you’re walking out late at night in Iqaluit, take care.
On Oct.16 at about 2 a.m., members of the Iqaluit RCMP were called in to investigate a report of a robbery at knife-point.
Their investigation revealed that two women were walking in the early morning hours near the Four Corners...
October 18, 2016 - 10:00 am
City of Iqaluit finances on “right path,” CFO says
“The trend is moving the right way”
The City of Iqaluit’s chief financial officer, John Mabberi-Mudonyi, says the city is on “the right path.”
He’s cautiously optimistic after newly released second-quarter financial statements reveal some signs of stability after years of budgetary free-fall.
Those statements, detailing...
October 18, 2016 - 8:30 am
Bryan Pearson’s Nunavut friends say farewell
“He was your friend. He was my friend.”
With family members in Australia and the United Kingdom who viewed the event on Skype, the people of Iqaluit gathered inside the Iqaluit Cadet Hall to bid farewell to a friend who some had known for 60 years: Bryan Robin Pearson.
“He was your friend. He was my friend,” Martha Tikivik said in a...
October 18, 2016 - 7:00 am
Family doctor nurtures 46-year relationship with Nunavut community
"This is my second home"
CAMBRIDGE BAY—Cambridge Bay, September 1970: 550 people, three vehicles—and a new doctor.
Dr. Bruce McFarlane and his wife Karen arrived in Cambridge Bay on Sept. 6, 1970, on one of only two flights that landed in the western Arctic community each week, amidst a blizzard with a wind so cold that...
October 17, 2016 - 4:00 pm
New Quebec law should cut admin issues for custom adoption
“It has a long, long history... and Nunavik’s position has never changed"
From the time she served as director of Kuujjuaq’s Tulattavik health centre in the 1990s, Minnie Grey, now executive director of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, has seen a divide between how the Nunavik region and the province of Quebec process customary...
October 17, 2016 - 2:29 pm
The North’s airline monopoly needs competition
“There are very weak regulations in Canada for protection of Canadian customers, especially in the North”
What’s on my mind is that soon we won’t be allowed any baggage on Air Canada or Westjet the way the trend is going.
There are charges already for one’s first bag. I notice we get wraps for our food with Canadian North and First Air flights. The one-luggage rule is on with them now, too, if you’re...
October 17, 2016 - 1:08 pm
Legal Ease, Oct. 17
The Elks Want to Throw Me Out... What Are My Rights?
One of the most obscure areas of law is “club law.”
This deals with the rights of members of clubs to have fair hearings when dealing with clubs they belong to. Usually in Canada the clubs involved are sporting clubs but the area of law includes pretty well all voluntary organizations. So if my...
October 17, 2016 - 10:29 am
Older, wiser, still rocking: Hawksley Workman heading to Nunavut’s capital
“Drug addiction and egomania, it’s cool for a documentary, but really? It doesn’t serve the culture to say one must follow this path to make great art"
Hawksley Workman is on Twitter looking for green tomato recipes.
You may know Workman as a prolific songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist with a vocal strength and range beyond most of his peers. It turns out he also grows vegetables. And makes soups.
Workman, who heads to Iqaluit for...
October 17, 2016 - 8:18 am
Wildlife body sounds alarm about declining Arctic caribou
“The threats come at a time when herds are at their lowest and show no sign of recovery"
Devastated caribou herds across northern Canada have sparked a new awareness campaign by World Wildlife Fund-Canada which claims that recent statistics paint a “dire picture” for the future of barren-ground caribou.
In a news release dated Oct. 12, the wildlife organization calls for a moratorium...
October 17, 2016 - 7:00 am
Nunavut community’s water still not safe to drink
GN continues boil water advisory for Whale Cove
The water supply used by the people of Whale Cove is still not safe to drink and a boil water advisory continues, the Government of Nunavut said Oct. 14 in a news release.
That’s because coliform levels in Whale Cove’s water are still “unacceptable,” the GN said.
“The Department of Health...
October 14, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Inuit Studies conference “the best one yet,” say attendees
Conference engages public and second-largest group of delegates in 40-year history
ST. JOHN’S—With 200 presenters giving talks spanning four days, you can’t possibly take it all in at once.
While Pamela Gross is giving a presentation on land-based camps in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region, across the Memorial University campus, another group is talking about Inuit-led environmental...
See that white stuff? That's sea ice forming in the High Arctic in an ice chart compiled by the Canadian Ice Service and released Oct. 19. The white portion shows where ice floes are concentrated and have frozen together with no water visible. The grey edges indicate areas where the ice is closely packed together and starting to consolidate. Light blue indicates areas where there are ice floes floating but not necessarily touching. Residents in Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay, Arctic Bay and others are likely tuning up snowmobiles to begin the season of winter travel and harvesting. (CANADIAN ICE SERVICE MAP)