Having fun with literacy and learning: children make art, play games and read May 2 at the May Hakongak Community Library and Cultural Centre in Cambridge Bay. The centre, located in in the same building as the Kiilinik High School, features a high-ceilinged and welcoming environment for people of all ages in the western Nunavut community of 1,500 including after school programs and toys for tots. The library, open since 2002, is run by the Kitikmeot Heritage Society. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KITIKMEOT HERITAGE SOCIETY)
May 04, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Montreal Inuk discovers her past through filmmaking
"I’m just thinking about how much I love being Inuit. It’s a great thing"
SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS
MONTREAL — When Isabella Weetaluktuk was younger, she escaped the city in an effort to learn more about her people — and that curiosity never left her.
“I used to work on the Cruise North cruise ship and I went around the Canadian Arctic. And I think I did that because...
May 04, 2016 - 11:45 am
Connect, take time for fun during Mental Health Awareness Week: GN
Communities hosting wellness activities May 2 to May 8
Tea with elders on the sea ice — that’s among the many activities organized by the Cambridge Bay Wellness Society to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, from May 2 to May 8.
No matter where you live in Nunavut the Government of Nunavut’s health department is urging people to connect with others...
May 04, 2016 - 10:00 am
Summer reno work means Nunavut greenhouse to lie fallow this year
"It's necessary... and we're going to grow from this”
For the Iqaluit Greenhouse Society, 2015 was a big year — and not just because of high-profile visits by local and international elected officials and media outlets such as the Weather Network.
“We grew carrots big enough to eat last year,” Stephen Leyden, the society’s president, said April 30...
May 04, 2016 - 8:30 am
Big Nunavut suicide prevention summit starts May 4
Gathering aimed at shaping long term action plan
A summit on suicide prevention gets underway in Iqaluit this week, when stakeholders in the Nunavut suicide prevention plan, and others, meet from May 4 to May 6, a joint news release said.
The group call themselves Atausiuqatigiingniq Inuusirmi, or “United for Life.”
The stakeholders in the...
May 04, 2016 - 7:00 am
Inuit-owned shipping firm goes to court to stave off imminent collapse
In 2015, NTCL lost $29.36 million, carries $120.6 million in liabilities
Burdened by many tens of millions of dollars worth of losses and debts it can’t pay, the Inuvialuit-owned Northern Transportation Co. Ltd. has turned to the courts for protection against its imminent demise, court documents filed last week in Alberta reveal.
In a sworn affidavit filed April 26 at...
May 03, 2016 - 5:15 pm
Nunavut man arrested, charged after shots fired in Cape Dorset
Pitseolak Manning, 35, faces firearms charges after May 1 incident
A Cape Dorset man faces several firearms charges after allegedly firing five to six shots in the early hours of May 1 at a residence in Cape Dorset.
No one was injured, the RCMP said in a May 3 news release.
Police responded to a call about the shots at about 2:30 a.m. May 1, the RCMP said.
May 03, 2016 - 4:00 pm
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from April 24 to May 1
Iqaluit city news leads the Top Five stories of the week
Iqaluit residents went onto Nunatsiaqonline.ca in droves this past week to read — and comment on — city-related news.
That’s according to Google Analytics which tracks online traffic numbers on our website.
The top story: a City of Iqaluit employee continues to recover from injuries he suffered...
May 03, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Legal Ease, May 3
Is it worth suing?
Sometimes things happen in life that give rise to a legal claim but are not worth pursuing.
Let’s suppose you bought a tin of beans from a store and when you opened the can, the beans had turned rancid. The store refuses to refund your money.
Technically, you have a valid legal claim, but if your...
May 03, 2016 - 10:00 am
Judge says no to Nunavut mining company’s request for tax rebate
Case centres on how much fuel AEM used and what it was used for
The courts have come down once again on the side of the Nunavut government in a tax dispute between Nunavut and the owners of one the territory’s two operating mines — Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.
In a judicial review judgment delivered on April 28, Justice Bonnie Tulloch of the Nunavut Court of...
May 03, 2016 - 8:30 am
MMIW inquiry must have Inuit-run component, Pauktuutit says
National Inuit women’s org releases report on MMIW pre-consultation, plus anti-violence and healing strategy
About Inuit, by Inuit, for Inuit.
That’s the message from Pauktuutit, the national Inuit women’s organization.
The organization is calling for Inuit-controlled leadership during the upcoming national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women.
“There is a concern that because Inuit are a...
May 03, 2016 - 6:59 am
Lawyers argue over sentencing of Nunavut killer
Pauloosie Padluq of Kimmirut pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2014 death of Qummuattuq Simeonie
The defence lawyer for Kimmirut-born Pauloosie Padluq, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August 2015, asked the Nunavut Court of Justice April 29 for a lenient sentence for his client to bolster Padluq’s chances of rehabilitation.
Lawyer James Morton admitted to Justice Bonnie Tulloch during...
May 02, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Mining company, school partner for Nunavut trades training
"They can develop promising careers and be able to provide for their families"
Uluadluak is only 18, but she just finished making a purple-and-black parka for a friend.
The Baker Lake high school student also crochets, thanks to her mom’s fine instruction. But last week, she was a hairdresser.
“I like fixing people’s hair,” said the Grade 11 student, originally from Arviat....
May 02, 2016 - 1:15 pm
Iqaluit should do more to protect pedestrians
Why don’t city crews use safety flaggers?
Now that another storm season has passed (one hopes) are you sure it’s not time for Iqaluit City Council to admit to a glaring failure and finally remove the broken cedar posts that blight the city and force people, more often than not, to walk directly into the roadways.
Because you can’t...
May 02, 2016 - 11:30 am
Nunavut lands referendum information campaign is a failure
"The quality and quantity of information on the land referendum website has changed regularly"
The Government of Nunavut has decided to hold a referendum to ask Nunavummiut whether land should be sold privately within municipalities.
I am writing to voice concerns about the information presented throughout the consultation process.
The general timeline of the decision is as follows:
May 02, 2016 - 10:00 am
Nunavut Justice department promotes remedies under family abuse act
But Inuit women's org says promotion needs to go beyond news releases
The Government of Nunavut wants to remind Nunavummiut of the legal tools they can use to address violence in their homes.
And that’s a good thing, says the president of the national Inuit women’s organization, because most women don’t know what those tools are or how use them.
“I was there when...
May 02, 2016 - 8:30 am
Despite the risk, western Nunavut communities want gold mine jobs
"I want our younger generation to have jobs"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Jobs take precedence over the health of caribou herds, Kitikmeot community representatives said at the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s final hearing on Sabina Gold and Silver Corp.‘s Back River gold project.
When representatives of communities in western Nunavut spoke April 30, after...
May 02, 2016 - 7:00 am
U.S. drops bid to ban international trade in polar bear products
Canadian lobby efforts last year appear to have paid off
(Updated at 2 p.m., May 3)
A lobby campaign that ex-Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq took to Washington, D.C. last year appears to have paid off.
When the Committee on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, meets in Johannesburg, South Africa this September, the United States Fish and...
April 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Assault trial for Nunavut artist set to begin Sept. 21
Jonathan Cruz will faces three charges in judge-alone trial
Jonathan Cruz, an Iqaluit-based graffiti and hip-hop artist whose murals appear around Nunavut, will stand trial on three assault charges on Sept. 21, Justice Neil Sharkey said at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit April 29.
Cruz, 33, who has held art workshops for Nunavut youth to help...
April 29, 2016 - 1:15 pm
EU trade deal good for Nunavut fish harvesters, Tootoo says
Better access to European customers could bring growth to Nunavut fishery
Canada’s upcoming trade agreement with the European Union, which eliminates tariffs on nearly all Canadian seafood products, could provide a major boost to Nunavut’s commercial fish harvesters, Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo, the minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Coast Guard, said April 28 from...
April 29, 2016 - 11:00 am
Nunavut capital gives green light to Grizzlies graveyard shoot
Councillors discuss drafting a city film permitting system
Iqaluit city councillors gave the green light to the crew of the Kugluktuk Grizzlies movie to shoot near Iqaluit’s old cemetery, in a motion passed at a regular council meeting April 28.
Council’s motion is conditional on whether producers allow a city official to monitor the filming and that they...
April 29, 2016 - 8:30 am
Open letter to Justin Trudeau: bring the perpetrators to justice
All Attawapiskat adults over 48 are survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School of Fort Albany
“Teen suicides, she says, are often related to the fact that the young people just don’t know where their parents’ and grandparents’ anger is coming from. They don’t understand how often it’s related to traumas those generations suffered in residential school.” — Lori Idlout in Nunatsiaq News,......
April 29, 2016 - 6:59 am
From blizzards to Lake Iqaluit: wonky warmth in eastern Nunavut
Record high temperatures in Pangnirtung and Iqaluit this week
With an early and dramatic spring thaw underway on Baffin Island, drivers and pedestrians alike are disappearing into the enormous water-filled potholes that now litter Iqaluit’s streets.
Well, not quite. But almost.
In Nunavut’s capital this week, temperatures soared above freezing and historic...
April 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Arctic sea ice tracker suspends updates after weird data readings
National Snow and Ice Data Center says sensor is providing "spurious data"
Want to know how Arctic sea ice is doing?
For now, you’ll have to take a look outside instead of relying on satellite images of the Arctic sea ice extent from the Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Center.
The NSIDC says the sensor on its F-17 satellite has experienced “difficulties,” so...
April 28, 2016 - 2:15 pm
Long-time Nunavut leader James Arvaluk passes away
"It would be my great honour to do half of what he did for our community"
The people of North Baffin are today mourning the death of James Arvaluk, long-time territorial politician and national Inuit leader.
Arvaluk, who resigned as Tununiq MLA in May 2011 due to failing health, passed away April 27 at a hospital in Winnipeg. He was 68.
“I have said this more often...
Kuujjuaq's young enthusiastic hockey players pose for a group shot May 1 at the Katittavik Town Hall Theatre. Every year, the Kuujjuaq Minor Hockey League hosts an end of the year gala and awards ceremony to reward youth for many things including on-ice performance, sportsmanship, discipline, perseverance, improvement and dedication. Sitting in the chair is Lorne Whiteley, long-time Kuujjuaq Forum building manager and hockey volunteer who is retiring this year. He's sitting on a chair especially for him with the Umimmait hockey team logo on the back along with his name. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)