Rankin Inlet residents packed the community hall Nov. 22 to get a jump on their Christmas shopping, and maybe buy a few treats to eat right away. Robert and Veronica Connelly offered patrons a choice of fine chocolates they made for the annual craft and bake sale. The Connellys planned to donate some of their proceeds to the local girls hockey program. This year's event featured an array of merchandise such as hand made clothing and crafts, paintings, photography and homemade foods — including sushi, spring rolls and east Indian kabobs. The $20 fee collected from vendors went to the Rankin Inlet Christmas food hamper. (PHOTO BY DOUG MCLARTY/ARCTECH DESIGN AND SERVICES)
November 24, 2014 - 11:58 am
Generous donors bring homeless girl back to Nunavut
“Winnipeg is a really scary city to be homeless in”
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — The recent plight of a Cambridge Bay father to bring his daughter home from the streets of Winnipeg to western Nunavut has come to a happy ending.
Angela Anavilok is back home in that Kitikmeot community, safe and sound, thanks to the fundraising efforts...
November 24, 2014 - 11:14 am
Nunavik woman’s death prompts calls for inquiry
Aupaluk woman alleged to have died following altercation with local police, careless medical attention
The Quebec coroner’s office could be called in to investigate the recent death of a woman in Aupaluk in co-ordination with the Kativik Regional Police Force and assistance from the Surêté du Québec, a SQ spokesperson confirmed Nov. 24.
But the SQ’s Benoît Coutu was unable to say whether this would...
November 24, 2014 - 9:30 am
Book review: Salluit HBC trader recounts an extraordinary life
Donald Cameron: "I wrote it simply, for the family"
Most people in Nunavik know Donald Cameron well and many people around Nunavut may remember him too.
Cameron, who’s lived in Salluit for more than 30 years, spent his first 17 years, from 1966 onward, as a fur trader with the Hudson’s Bay Co., living in communities across Canada’s North.
November 24, 2014 - 8:00 am
Mercury pollution still growing in Arctic lakes and fish: researcher
Researchers wonder how climate change might affect amount of mercury in fish
Sometimes it’s easy to see how climate change is impacting the Arctic environment — later freeze-ups, earlier spring melts, less multi-year ice, more insects, and unusual plants and animals.
Sometimes those changes are harder to see, but they still matter.
An Environment Canada scientist based...
November 24, 2014 - 6:30 am
Nunavut hires more educators, gets fewer students, fewer grads: StatsCan
Only one in three Grade 12 students graduated in 2012-13
If you’re wondering how Nunavut’s education officials are doing, it’s simple: they’re hiring more educators but achieving less for their students, a Statistics Canada report reveals.
Nunavut schools employ more educators than ever before. But the StatsCan numbers show that student enrollment is...
November 24, 2014 - 5:50 am
Nunavut cops probe apparent homicide in Rankin Inlet
Body of 25-year-old woman found outside early Nov. 22
The Nunavut RCMP have opened an investigation into the death of a 25-year-old Rankin Inlet mother, Edith Angalik, whose body turned up outside early on the morning of Nov. 22.
Investigators from the RCMP “V” division major crimes unit and forensic identification services began work on the case...
November 21, 2014 - 5:12 pm
Feeding my subsidy: Ottawa spends more on Nutrition North
AAND adds $11.3 million to 2014-2015 subsidy, in advance of Auditor General’s report
The federal government will put $11.3 million into the Nutrition North Canada program’s 2014-2015 budget and add a five per cent annual escalator in future years, Ottawa announced Nov. 21 in Iqaluit.
Mark Strahl, parliamentary secretary to Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and...
November 21, 2014 - 3:28 pm
Coral Harbour on boil water advisory after bugs turn up in water tanks
“Of course people got a bit frantic about it"
Residents of Coral Harbour continued to boil their water this week after some people in the Kivalliq community discovered creatures in their water tanks that looks like worms or bugs.
On Nov. 18, the Government of Nunavut’s health department issued a boil water alert for the community of about 800...
November 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Nunavut Tourism honours territory’s business leaders
Adventure Canada picks up Business of the Year award
Nunavut Tourism has handed out its annual awards to recognize excellence in the business of tourism across the territory, awarding Adventure Canada with its Business of the Year Award.
Adventure Canada, a family-run travel company offering wilderness trips throughout the Canadian Arctic, was...
November 21, 2014 - 11:30 am
NWT First Nation band says no to Nunavut gold project
Chief says mining activity will threaten the calving grounds of the Bathurst caribou herd
A First Nation located in the Northwest Territories fears Sabina Gold and Silver Corp.’s Back River gold project proposal will disrupt the calving grounds of the Bathurst caribou herd, “severely” impacting its peoples’ constitutional rights.
As part of the pre-hearings into the gold project,...
November 21, 2014 - 10:15 am
Marine body adopts new Polar Code for ships in Arctic waters
"An historic milestone in the organization’s work to protect ships and people aboard them"
Polar waters are expected to get safer with the adoption of the new Polar Code.
After years of top level negotiations and wrangling, the International Maritime Organization has finally adopted a global code for ships operating in polar waters and related amendments to the international Convention...
With temperatures in Iqaluit dipping recently, Frobisher Bay is starting to freeze over, as seen in the above picture, taken beside the causeway on Nov. 19. The tides in Frobisher Bay — ranging from one to 11 metres high this time of year — are among the highest in the world, making for beautiful but jagged overlapping slabs of ice on the bay. According to data from the Canadian Ice Service, which shows how much of Baffin Bay is frozen at this time of year from 1981 to 2014, freeze-up is happening at a later and later date. The median percentage of freeze-up over those 33 years is calculated at about 82 per cent for this time of year. This year, only 70 per cent of Baffin Bay is currently frozen. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)