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Retired NHLer and Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur prepares to drop the puck, along with Puvirnituq mayor Levi Amarualik, during a friendly Jan. 23 hockey game in the Nunavik community. Lafleur and a group of other retired Canadiens, including Jesse Bélanger, John Chabot, Richard Sévigny, Gilles Thibaudeau, Steven Penney, Rick Green and Alain Coté were in the Hudson coast community last month to host a hockey clinic with local youth.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF BRUNO HAMEL)
Retired NHLer and Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur prepares to drop the puck, along with Puvirnituq mayor Levi Amarualik, during a friendly Jan. 23 hockey game in the Nunavik community. Lafleur and a group of other retired Canadiens, including Jesse Bélanger, John Chabot, Richard Sévigny, Gilles Thibaudeau, Steven Penney, Rick Green and Alain Coté were in the Hudson coast community last month to host a hockey clinic with local youth. (PHOTO COURTESY OF BRUNO HAMEL)
NEWS February 05, 2016 - 4:05 pm

Nunavut court: Peter Kingwatsiak guilty of first degree murder

Cape Dorset man planned the killing of his step-brother, judge finds

THOMAS ROHNER

Justice Bonnie Tulloch convicted Peter Kingwatsiak of Cape Dorset of first degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of his step-brother, Mappaluk Adla, Feb. 5 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

“I find the murder of Mappaluk Adla was both planned and deliberate,” Tulloch said in court....

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NEWS February 05, 2016 - 1:20 pm

NWC drops produce prices in nine Nunavut communities

“We decided last week to make a significant reduction”

THOMAS ROHNER

The North West Co. has temporarily reduced prices on some produce items in nine Nunavut communities in response to a “perfect storm” of economic and weather conditions, an executive from the company told Nunatsiaq News Feb. 5.

“Food prices across Canada have been impacted, but particularly in...

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NEWS February 05, 2016 - 11:55 am

Data centre records lowest January Arctic sea ice extent on record

Temperatures over the Arctic Ocean were more than 6 C above average

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Ice cover across the Arctic hit a new low throughout the month of January.

The Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Center tracked the lowest ice extent ever for the month of January in its satellite record during what it called “a remarkably warm month,” where Arctic sea ice spanned 13.53...

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NEWS February 05, 2016 - 10:00 am

Inuit role models promote higher learning

“It’s important for me that my children and grandchildren can live their dreams"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Raigelee Alorut was late in beginning her university studies, but today, Alorut has become a spokesperson for an Ontario campaign that encourages Indigenous people to pursue higher education.

The Council of Ontario Universities, a coalition of 20 publicly-funded universities across the province,...

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NEWS February 05, 2016 - 8:29 am

Nunavut Sivuniksavut cancels Costa Rica trip over Zika virus

"A responsibility to our students, their families, and to the staff to make the trips as safe as possible"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A virus carried by mosquitoes — and by sex in at least two recorded instances — around the Americas and into the United States has led to the cancellation of a student trip to Central America.

The spread of the Zika virus, suspected to be the cause of microcephaly (abnormally small head) in...

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NEWS February 05, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut MP Tootoo makes “icebreaking” appearance at the Senate

DFO minister fields questions on fishery management, new coast guard vessels

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

BRIAN PEHORA

Hunter Tootoo, Nunavut’s MP and minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, appeared at an unprecedented Senate question period Feb. 3 to field questions from senators about his department’s work.

Prime Minister Trudeau has yet to name a government leader to the...

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NEWS February 04, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Vindicated: Nunavut power worker wins $153,000 award

Nunavut court to QEC: you were in the wrong, pay up

THOMAS ROHNER

Chris Cousins, a former employee of the Qulliq Energy Corp., has been awarded nearly $153,000 after Justice Paul Bychok of the Nunavut Court of Justice found Cousins was the victim of a constructive dismissal by the territory’s power utility.

In a work environment that Bychok’s Feb. 3 decision...

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NEWS February 04, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Accused Nunavut killer hid clothes, burned shoes, pondered taking his own life

Crown questions Jeffrey Salomonie’s reaction to Daisy Curley’s death

STEVE DUCHARME

A Cape Dorset man on trial for the slaying of Iqaluit resident Daisy Curley in 2009 burned his shoes, stashed clothing and contemplated suicide in the days after the murder, according to interrogation videos shown Feb. 3 by Crown lawyers at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Jeffrey...

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NEWS February 04, 2016 - 12:45 pm

AWG organizers look for Iqaluit-based volunteers

Iqaluit to host 2016 games' hockey events

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Arctic Winter Games organizers are looking for 300 Iqaluit-based volunteers to help coordinate ice hockey events planned in Nunavut’s capital next month.

This year’s Arctic Winter Games are set to kick off in Nuuk, Greenland, March 6, but because Nuuk does not have its own hockey rink, hockey...

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NEWS February 04, 2016 - 11:00 am

Nunavik Parks hopes to draw new visitors with packaged trips

Parks agency also hopes to double number of local visitors

SARAH ROGERS

It doesn’t come cheap, but for just under $5,000, you can trace the century-old travel routes of Ungava Bay Inuit along the Koroc Valley on cross-country skis, snowshoes or snowmobile.

The price includes transportation to the site, Kuururjuaq, one of Nunavik’s three provincial parks, plus meals,...

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NEWS February 04, 2016 - 8:30 am

Grieving Nunavik community uses radio to talk about suicide

Kuujjuaq reeling from three deaths by suicide, including loss of young film actor

SARAH ROGERS

During a week dedicated to suicide prevention across the country, Nunavimmiut in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik’s largest community, and throughout the region, are mourning.

In addition to the Feb. 2 suicide death of Lukasi Forrest of Kuujjuaq, 19, an actor known for his role in the film Uvanga, there have...

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NEWS February 04, 2016 - 7:00 am

GN ignored report’s advice on management board for Qikiqtani hospital

Qikiqtani General Hospital hampered as "government-run operation," 2011 report said

THOMAS ROHNER

The Government of Nunavut ignored a recommendation from a private consultant in 2011 to put the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit under the direction of an arms-length board of management.

Instead, the GN committed in November 2014 to reviewing the possible merits of such a board — but only...

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NEWS February 03, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Baffin Fisheries rejigs board, changes name

HTO-owned company boasts of 100-per-cent vessel ownership

THOMAS ROHNER

The Baffin Fisheries Coalition has revamped itself, starting with its name, according to a Feb. 2 news release from the Nunavut fishing outfit.

A new executive team at what is now called Baffin Fisheries secured 100 per cent ownership of all vessels and assets in late 2015, the release said....

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NEWS February 03, 2016 - 11:00 am

Nunavut lacks prison watchdog to monitor rights abuses

“There is currently no form of external oversight”

THOMAS ROHNER

Nunavut’s justice department confirmed Jan. 29 that the rights of inmates housed inside the territory’s correctional facilities are not monitored by an external agency, such as an ombudsman.

That’s unlike almost every other Canadian jurisdiction.

And despite a current overhaul of Nunavut’s...

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NEWS February 03, 2016 - 9:15 am

Mining giant BHP Billiton buys into Nunavut copper project

BHP to pay for exploration at site on Somerset Island

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Despite plummeting mineral prices, the mining giant BHP Billiton has agreed to spend $40 million over the next nine years to help a small junior exploration firm called Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. develop a copper-zinc project on Nunavut’s Somerset Island, north of Taloyoak.

In a Jan. 28 news release,...

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NEWS February 03, 2016 - 7:29 am

Ban heavy fuels in Arctic shipping: environmental orgs to Arctic Council

“The risks to the marine environment, the climate and public health are too great"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

More than a dozen environmental organizations from across the globe have petitioned the Arctic Council to ban the use of heavy oil in Arctic shipping.

In a letter written by 15 different groups, they ask the Arctic Council’s eight member countries to enact a ban on heavy fuel oil or HFO, because...

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NEWS February 02, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Cape Dorset man can’t remember killing Daisy Curley

Murder suspect testifies in his own defence at Nunavut court

STEVE DUCHARME

A Cape Dorset man accused of first degree murder testified in his own defence Feb. 2 at the Nunavut Court of Justice where offered his version of the events that led to his killing of a 33-year-old Daisy Curley of Iqaluit in May 2009.

Jeffrey Salomonie, 48, admits to causing Curley’s death and has...

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NEWS February 02, 2016 - 2:30 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Jan. 24 to Jan. 31

New and cheaper airline service tops the week's leading five stories

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A reduction in cost of airline travel from Nunavut’s capital city to and from the South: a news story about this new offering was the most popular story of the week, according to Google Analytics, which tracks reader traffic on nunatsiaqonline.ca.

Nolinor Aviation has teamed up with Iqaluit...

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NEWS February 02, 2016 - 1:20 pm

Nunavut man faces drug, firearms charges

Arrest follows weekend raid in Taloyoak

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Members of the Nunavut RCMP seized drugs and firearms from a home in Taloyoak during weekend raid in the Kitikmeot community of about 900 people.

A Jan. 30 search at a local home turned up 25 grams of hash, cash and 12 “insecure” firearms, the Nunavut RCMP said in Feb. 1 release.

The hash was...

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NEWS February 02, 2016 - 11:34 am

Iqaluit-Labrador ferry, cargo service could start sailing in 2020

"There is absolutely no reason why you can’t have it"

JIM BELL

OTTAWA — Imagine taking your truck aboard a ferry docked at Iqaluit that carries you all the way to the Port of Goose Bay.

After a shopping trip in Labrador, you take your truck back aboard the ferry, return to Iqaluit, and drive your truck back home — loaded with low-cost groceries.

That’s the...

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NEWS February 02, 2016 - 10:15 am

Despite bus crash, Nunavik hockey team strong on the ice

“You have to be extremely proud of that"

SARAH ROGERS

The Nunavik Nordiks Atom wrapped up a Quebec hockey tournament Jan. 31 as proud quarter-finalists, with a handful of strong wins under their belt.

But the Nordiks finished the St-Raymond, Que. tournament with another honour; the group picked up the Most Persevering Team award Jan. 31, for their...

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NEWS February 02, 2016 - 9:30 am

Crown rejects manslaughter plea in Iqaluit murder trial

Jeffrey Salomonie admits killing Daisy Curley, still faces first degree charge

STEVE DUCHARME

Crown lawyers, during the first day of a trial Feb. 1, have rejected a Cape Dorset man’s manslaughter plea in the killing of Iqaluit resident Daisy Curley.

Jeffrey Salomonie, now 48, is charged with the first-degree murder of Curley, who was found beaten and lifeless inside her mother’s Iqaluit...

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NEWS February 02, 2016 - 8:30 am

New preschool a “place to grow” for Nunavut community

"They’re learning at their own speed"

SARAH ROGERS

Charlotte Maktar spent many years struggling to finish high school while parenting her young children.

That is, until something recently clicked for the young Pond Inlet woman.

Maktar, 20, enrolled in a new Early Childhood Education diploma program last September, offered by Nunavut Arctic...

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NEWS February 02, 2016 - 7:00 am

Iqaluit hunter believed drowned: RCMP

Overdue hunter's belongings found 30 km south of Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut police believe an Iqaluit hunter has died after falling through the ice on Frobisher Bay.

When a 68-year-old Iqaluit man did not return when expected from a hunting trip, Iqaluit search and rescue volunteers set out about 11:00 p.m. Jan. 30 to look for him, the RCMP said in a Feb. 1...

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Students from around Nunavik build their own tool boxes at the Nunavimmi Pigiursavik Centre in Inukjuak during a five-day workshop introducing youth to the construction trades. The Kativik School Board's Adult Vocational & Educational Services Department, in conjuction with the Sanajiit Program, offered the workshop to 19 youth aged 14 to 18 years from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24. It's an opportunity to introduce youth to the trades such as carpentry, welding and plumbing and to show them what continuing education might look like if they choose to pursue it after high school. Full time vocational students helped present the workshops to share their personal experiences and talk about the skills they've learned. (PHOTO COURTESY ADULT VOCATIONAL & EDUCATIONAL SERVICES DEPT.)
Students from around Nunavik build their own tool boxes at the Nunavimmi Pigiursavik Centre in Inukjuak during a five-day workshop introducing youth to the construction trades. The Kativik School Board's Adult Vocational & Educational Services Department, in conjuction with the Sanajiit Program, offered the workshop to 19 youth aged 14 to 18 years from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24. It's an opportunity to introduce youth to the trades such as carpentry, welding and plumbing and to show them what continuing education might look like if they choose to pursue it after high school. Full time vocational students helped present the workshops to share their personal experiences and talk about the skills they've learned. (PHOTO COURTESY ADULT VOCATIONAL & EDUCATIONAL SERVICES DEPT.)

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