Inukjuak youth Lucy Nappatuk, Sarah Naqtai, Bobby Idlout and Peter Nutaraluk pose May 12 at Montreal showing of the film they helped produce and star in, called Una Unnikkaavut (This Is Our Story.) Una Unnikkaavut premiered at the Gala Clip 2016, a festival of student films produced through Fusion Jeunesse, a Quebec organization that runs programming in Nunavik schools. The film explores the impact of suicide in the Nunavik community. “We hope this move can be used to prevent suicide in Inuit and First Nations communities, the film’s producers said. “We made it with our hearts, our memories and our hopes.” (PHOTO COURTESY OF YOUTH FUSION)
May 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut administrator charged with fraud, theft
Dennis Zettler, veteran SAO in Baker Lake, faces three criminal charges
A long-time senior administrator for the hamlet of Baker Lake has been charged with fraud and theft, following the discovery of a large amount of cash in a local residence May 27.
Early May 27, Dennis Zettler called the local RCMP to report a theft from his home.
During the investigation, local...
May 27, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Human resources, poverty strategy on tap for Nunavut legislature
Short spring sitting begins May 30, wraps up June 8
Here’s a question that many would like the Government of Nunavut to answer:How effective has the GN’s human resource division been since the government dissolved its standalone department in 2013?
That question will dominate the agenda when legislators convene in Iqaluit May 30 to begin the 2016...
May 27, 2016 - 1:05 pm
Nunavik organizations draft crisis response plan
“This situation is of great concern and all organizations are working in unity to find solutions"
Nunavik’s regional organizations say they’ve together drafted a Nunavik Crisis Response Plan to address the high number of suicides the region has suffered so far in 2016.
Leaders of Nunavik’s regional organizations, including Makivik Corp., the Kativik Regional Government, Kativik School Board...
May 27, 2016 - 11:00 am
Exhibit puts faces, names to Canada’s Eskimo ID tag system
“Some people are proud of them, and others feel resentment"
One of the photographs in Barry Pottle’s long-running photography exhibit shows a smiling Leena Alivaktuk holding up a medallion attached to a silver chain around her neck.
It’s not your typical piece of jewellery, but an important — if not controversial — part of the history of Inuit in...
May 27, 2016 - 8:30 am
Workplace harassment debates coming soon to Nunavut legislature
Anti-harassment workshops not enough, says Iqaluit MLA
When Nunavut MLAs meet in Iqaluit May 31 to begin the summer 2016 sitting of the legislature, they will spend most of that session tackling a serious problem, Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak said May 24.
That problem: the Government of Nunavut’s broken process to deal with workplace conflict...
May 27, 2016 - 7:00 am
Nunavut snowboarder enjoys Canada’s longest ski season
“I’d like to see snowboarding grow in popularity”
While the ski season has wound down everywhere else in the country, one of the territory’s few serious snowboarders is still happily shredding hills that surround his hometown of Grise Fiord.
And he’s got them all to himself.
Etuangat Akeeagok, 20, is often spotted walking across the tundra...
May 26, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Legal Ease, May 25
After I wrote a short piece on emergency protection orders, which are civil orders that restrain family abuse, I received a number of emails asking if they could be used to restrain bootleggers or drug pushers.
The short answer is no — the existing system does not apply to that.
This poses a...
May 26, 2016 - 1:15 pm
NTI welcomes new Nunavut government employee survey
“We need to develop a better understanding of what Inuit are experiencing"
The first Nunavut Government Employees Survey is underway this month for territorial and federal employees in Nunavut.
The survey comes as a result of a settlement agreement reached between Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the federal government last year.
A good chunk of NTI’s lawsuit, first filed in...
May 26, 2016 - 11:30 am
Nunavik Parks entices weekend visitors this summer
Nunavik's fourth park, Ullittaniujalik, now official
Nunavik Parks is encouraging Nunavimmiut to get out and enjoy the region’s parks this year, with the return of its “Weekends in the Parks” summer packages.
For the second year in a row, Nunavik Parks is offering discovery packages at discounted prices to encourage Nunavimmiut to visit one of three...
May 26, 2016 - 9:59 am
Western Nunavut town under brief lockdown May 25
False gun scare, coupled with distressed high school student, produce lockdown
(Updated, 4:38 p.m.)
Cambridge Bay was in a brief period of upheaval during the afternoon of May 25, when two situations led to the lock-down of the high school and then of other offices in this western Nunavut community of 1,800.
“Everything is okay now” — that was the word from the mayor of...
May 26, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavik community takes action against youth suicide
“We’re still in mourning"
Officials in the Nunavik community of Tasiujaq are working to draft a community action plan to address and prevent suicide in the Ungava Bay community of about 300 people.
In the first half of 2016, Nunavik has seen a higher-than-usual number of deaths by suicides: 11 between late December and...
May 26, 2016 - 7:00 am
Nunavut court kept humming in 2015, despite recent drop in crime
Despite complaints, stats show Nunavut courts among the quickest in Canada
Though Nunavut’s total number of criminal charges stayed well below peak numbers reached between 2008 and 2012, the Nunavut Court of Justice kept busy in 2015, the NUCJ’s annual report reveals.
In 2015, 5,527 adult criminal charges were laid in Nunavut, up slightly from the 5,445 laid in 2014 — an...
Students at Joamie elementary school in Iqaluit pose for a photo booth fundraiser held May 20, along with other events at the school to raise money to help those who lost their homes in the Fort McMurray wildfire. Their efforts raised more than $4,000. Also this past weekend in Iqaluit: A fundraiser at the Elks club, which between the 50/50 and cover charge at the door, raised $3,125. This amount was matched by the NCC and NCCD for a total amount of $6,250 – which was then matched by Northview, bringing the total to $12,500 donated to the Red Cross Alberta fire relief fund, according to information from the Iqaluit Public Service Facebook page. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF SONJA LONSDALE)