Cathy Towtongie, NTI President, and Rankin Inlet Mayor Robert Janes, left of Towtongie, along with representatives of Atuqtuarvik Corporation, cut the ribbon on the corporation's new office building in Rankin Inlet Sept. 27. Atuqtuarvik Corporation, a business development corporation created by NTI and Nunavut Trust in 2000, provides loans and equity investments to Inuit-owned businesses. According to their 2011-2015 strategic plan, from 2000 to 2010, Atuqtuarvik grew its capital investment fund from $50 million to $72 million and, in that same time frame, increased investments to Inuit businesses from $4 million to $47 million. (PHOTO BY DOUG MCLARTY/ARCTECH DESIGN AND SERVICES)
September 29, 2014 - 3:25 pm
Sold out Pride event brings diversity to Nunavut’s capital
“I knew this was going to be more of a straight-people party, looking to see a man in a dress”
Pride parties celebrate the diversity of sexual and gender identity and have been held in communities around the world for decades, but the event that unfolded in Iqaluit Sept. 27 could only have happened in Iqaluit.
That’s because the lineup of talented performers, and the crowd itself, was a...
September 29, 2014 - 2:26 pm
Qikiqtani Inuit org prepares for Dec. 8 elections
QIA beneficiaries to choose new president, seven community directors
If you are 16 or older as of election day, a beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and you live in the Baffin region, you will be eligible to vote Dec. 8 in the Qikiqtani Inuit Association election to chose a new president and seven community directors for the organization’s board.
September 29, 2014 - 11:00 am
Baker Lake high school moves classes to community hall
Crews still dealing with lingering fumes from week-old fuel leak
Updated Sept. 29
Jonah Amitnaaq secondary school is moving classes to Baker Lake’s community hall this week as crews continue to deal with maintenance issues and lingering fumes from a fuel leak last week.
On Sept. 22, a fuel tank in the school`s mechanical room overflowed during refueling, said...
September 29, 2014 - 8:18 am
In plaid we trust: Nunavut’s quest for a tartan
Nunavut the only Canadian province or territory without one
Like other Canadian provinces and territories, Nunavut has its own flag, its own coat of arms, not to mention an official bird, rock and animal.
But the territory has existed for 15 years without an official tartan, the famed Scottish fabric pattern, or plaid, used to represent clans,...
September 29, 2014 - 7:11 am
Nunavut court: CamBay sex assault trial features conflicting stories
Court reserves judgment until Jan. 20, 2015
After listening to three days of conflicting and sometimes confusing evidence at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Cambridge Bay this past week, Justice Susan Cooper decided Sept. 25 to postpone her verdict judgment in the trial of a 45-year-old man facing two counts of sexual assault.
September 29, 2014 - 5:51 am
Iqaluit approves second loan for aquatic centre
City set to finance $34 million project
The City of Iqaluit stitched up the last portion of financing for the city’s $34-million aquatic centre Sept. 23, when councillors approved a loan and grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
A loan of $7.5 million loan tops up all the funds needed to cover construction costs.
September 26, 2014 - 5:03 pm
Nunavut government announces big senior management shake-up
QEC, NAC, Family Services get new bosses
The Government of Nunavut announced a major shakeup of senior civil servants late on Sept. 26, including new bosses for the Department of Family Services, the Qulliq Energy Corp. and Nunavut Arctic College.
Veteran bureaucrat Peter Ma, who took over QEC from Peter Mackey in November 2013, will...
September 26, 2014 - 3:55 pm
Property crimes top the list of cyber-crimes in Canada
Sexual violations fewer than one fifth of reported computer crimes
A new Statistics Canada report says property violations, such as fraud, account for almost two-thirds of all cyber-crimes in Canada, as reported by police services who participated in a 2012 survey.
Property violations accounted for 61 per cent of all reported computer crime violations, and...
September 26, 2014 - 12:30 pm
National Inuit org “concerned” about Canada’s position on indigenous rights
ITK says federal government contradicts its 2010 support of UN indigenous rights declaration
Canada’s national Inuit organization says it’s concerned about Ottawa’s interpretation of a section of the outcome document passed at this week’s World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
In that document, Inuit and Aboriginal delegates from around the world reaffirmed support for the United Nations...
September 26, 2014 - 11:25 am
Gay in Nunavut: discovering a new language
How politics, culture, religion and the English language shape sexuality in the North
Years from now, when the children of homosexual Inuit are old enough to understand, they’ll learn how Nunavut joined the global gay rights movement on a bitter cold, blue-sky morning, Feb. 10, 2014, when a man in a hoodie hoisted a rainbow flag on a pole outside Iqaluit city hall.
As is often the...
September 26, 2014 - 9:35 am
My Little Corner of Canada, Sept. 26
Harper’s Record in Inuit Nunangat
Over the past nine years, Stephen Harper has come north every summer. During those trips, he avoided contact with Inuit leaders and had very little time for local residents.
Instead, he spent most of his time with military activities. He likes getting photographed standing on a piece of ice or on...
September 26, 2014 - 7:27 am
Arctic Inspiration Prize grows support, sponsorship
Eva Aariak, Thomas Johnston join prize selection committee
The Arctic Inspiration Prize family is growing.
The annual $1 million prize, awarded to projects that address pressing issues facing Canada’s Arctic and its people, announced two new members to its selection committee Sept. 25.
The former premier of Nunavut, Eva Aariak, and the National Inuit...
Nunavut singer-songwriter and inspirational speaker Susan Aglukark signs autographs in Kugluktuk Sept. 27 at the Kugluktuk Recreation Complex. Aglukark, who is travelling for her "Inukness Within and Inspiring Change" tour, delighted crowds in that Kitikmeot community with an event that included a feast as well as a jigging performance by Kugluktuk Ukaliannuit. (PHOTO BY JESSE AJAYI)