Drum dancer Debbie Oyukuluk performs before an audience of international delegates and curious Iqalungmiut April 25 in Iqaluit’s Anglican Parish Hall, at a community outreach event hosted by organizers of the Arctic Council’s ninth ministerial meeting. Delegates and other visitors were invited to take a last look at arts and crafts by Iqaluit artisans, and meet with Iqalungmiut before before returning home countries after a full day of meetings April 24 at Nunavut’s legislative building. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
April 27, 2015 - 6:24 am
Fire at Iqaluit college residence uproots students, disrupts classes
"The college is confident that all programs will be able to continue"
Broken windows on the second floor of Nunavut Arctic College’s Ukkiivik residence and signs saying the building is closed reveal the April 24 fire that closed the building and led to the cancellation of classes scheduled April 27 for the Ukkivik building.
At about 10:30 p.m April 24, a fire...
April 27, 2015 - 5:59 am
Nunavut Sivuniksavut marks 30 years with all-star education conference
“I wanted to become a more active participant in helping Inuit become self-sufficient"
OTTAWA — You’d be hard pressed to walk through any Nunavut government department or land claim organization without bumping into a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut.
In three decades, the Ottawa-based leadership and post-secondary preparatory program has helped to shape the Nunavut territory by...
April 24, 2015 - 4:53 pm
Arctic Council ends Iqaluit ministerial meeting on conciliatory note
"No room for conflict and confrontation"
In the end, those who thought that the April 24 Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Iqaluit would be disrupted by disputes with Russia over its actions in Ukraine were wrong.
“No matter what is happening in the outside world, Arctic co-operation must continue,” said Sergei Donskoi, Russia’s...
April 24, 2015 - 4:40 pm
Nunavut government warns Inuksugait Plaza area residents to boil water
City shut down water to nine buildings for water main repairs
(Updated 4:40 p.m., April 24)
A boil water advisory issued for parts of Iqaluit April 23 will remain in effect until further notice, said an April 24 public health advisory from Nunavut’s health department.
The advisory is directed at buildings in and around the Inuksugait Plaza as municipal...
April 24, 2015 - 2:35 pm
Aglukkaq delivers farewell speech to Arctic Council, says people come first
"We must continue to support the economic and social development and environmental protection of our Arctic peoples"
“I am proud Canada has advocated putting Northerners at the forefront of the Arctic Council agenda.”
That’s how Leona Aglukkaq, Nunavut MP and Canada’s minister for the Arctic Council, started off her address to ministers gathered in the Nunavut legislature in Iqaluit April 24.
“No one knows...
April 24, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Greenland, Nunavut reinforce necessity of seal trade for Inuit
"There is no better example of sustainable resource”
With Arctic watchers looking toward Iqaluit and the Arctic Council ministerial today, the governments of Greenland and Nunavut are taking the opportunity to raise the ongoing contentious issue of seal harvesting and selling seal pelts in Europe.
A joint statement from the two governments, released...
April 24, 2015 - 11:28 am
My Little Corner of Canada, April 24
A Plane Crash
It was November 1974. We had just completed a land claims conference in Pond Inlet.
At the five-day conference, the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (ITK now) had presented its land claims proposal to the delegates, who came from all Inuit communities in the Northwest Territories.
The conference was...
April 24, 2015 - 10:45 am
Greenpeace urges U.S. Arctic Council focus on environmental protection
Group slams Canada's chair for granting "the oil industry unfettered access to Arctic leaders"
Actors linked with the environmental activist group Greenpeace are urging the United States to focus on environmental protection after it takes the chair of the Arctic Council in Iqaluit April 24.
British actor Emma Thompson published an open letter to retired Coast Guard admiral Robert Papp, the...
April 24, 2015 - 10:00 am
Nunavik’s co-op network reports growing returns
FCNQ hosts it annual meeting in Inukjuak
Nunavik’s Fédération des co-opératives du Nouveau-Québec, or Ilagiisaq, says it’s enjoyed another successful year with its 14 member cooperatives bringing in total revenues of $96.8 million.
That’s up eight per cent from the previous year, the FNCQ said in an April 17 release.
The FCNQ’s board...
April 24, 2015 - 9:00 am
New report outlines what Arctic Council has done, and failed to do
From science to policy, Arctic Council continues to evolve
The Arctic Council, through its working groups and task forces, has put together a tremendous body of Arctic knowledge and research.
And the Council, which meets April 24 in Iqaluit has even managed to conclude legally-binding agreements for the betterment of the North and its peoples, says a new...
April 24, 2015 - 7:02 am
Nunavut MP, premier, Iqaluit mayor host Arctic council event
Public invited to the Anglican parish hall April 25
If you like a dash of politics with your fresh bannock and tea, come to Iqaluit’s Anglican Parish Hall April 25.
Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, Premier Peter Taptuna and Iqaluit Mayor Mary Wilman plan to host a bannock and tea event at the hall, a joint news release from the federal government, the...
April 24, 2015 - 5:45 am
Arctic Council black carbon deal a breakthrough, U.S. lawyer says
“This is really an extraordinary step for the eight nations”
OTTAWA — A deal on reducing black carbon emissions that Arctic Council ministers are expected to sign April 24 in Iqaluit represents a major breakthrough, a Washington-based environmental lawyer, Erika Rosenthal, said April 22.
That’s because it’s the first time that the council’s eight member...
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry — the new chair of the Arctic Council, holds the gavel handed to him by Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, the Canadian environment minister and minister responsible for the Arctic Council, at the end of the April 24 Arctic Council ministerial gathering in Iqaluit. With that, the chair of the Arctic Council passes to the U.S. until 2017. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)