The first zodiac of passengers head to shore early Aug. 29 from the Crystal Serenity, the largest cruise ship ever to visit Cambridge Bay. The groups were shuttled in 150 people at a time, to tour the Kitikmeot community and sample it foods and artwork. Later this evening, the cruise ship will head on its way into the Northwest Passage — also the largest ship to transit the High Arctic Islands. Read more about the cruise ship visit tomorrow on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
August 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Parks Canada divers continue Franklin search in Nunavut waters
Ottawa must negotiate IIBA with Kitikmeot Inuit for national historic site
The Government of Canada is set to resume its search for the final resting place of the lost Sir John Franklin ship HMS Terror, dispatching a multi-jurisdictional team of scientists and ships that was to have headed for Arctic waters in late August.
This year’s continuation of the project marks...
August 29, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Nunavut aerial and ground searches seek missing teenage kayaker
Saali Toonoo left Cape Dorset Aug. 26, no sign of teen since
Aerial and ground search crews are on the lookout for a teenage kayaker from Cape Dorset who has been missing for three days.
Eighteen-year-old Saali Toonoo left the Baffin community Aug. 26 on a white and red-bottom kayak.
When the teen did not return home to Cape Dorset by Aug. 27, Nunavut RCMP...
August 29, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Bad loan won’t change how Nunavut lender does business: CEO
NBCC still refuses to disclose identities of loan clients
The Nunavut Business Credit Corp. says it won’t change how it lends money despite having to pursue the court-ordered bankruptcy for David Wiseman, the former owner of S & G Taxi in Rankin Inlet, who owed the government lending agency more than $1.1 million in unpaid loans from 2012.
August 29, 2016 - 11:45 am
Junior Rangers hit the city for unique leadership course
“There are too many people and too many buildings in Toronto and it was too hot"
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BORDEN, ONT. — A group of Junior Canadian Rangers from across the north of Canada, including nine from Northern Ontario, has just completed a two-week training course in leadership that many described as “a blast” and one of the best learning experiences ever in their lives.
August 29, 2016 - 10:00 am
Nunavut-harvested walrus meat tests positive for trichinella
GN warns anyone consuming walrus to makes sure it's been tested
If you’re planning to eat walrus meat this summer, first ask the harvester if the meat has been tested.
That’s because walrus meat hunted earlier this month near Naujaat recently tested positive for the trichinella parasite, the Government of Nunavut’s health department said Aug. 26.
August 29, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavut artists organize to greet giant Crystal Serenity vessel
Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association aims for big sales Aug. 29 in Cambridge Bay
CAMBRIDGE BAY — When Crystal Serenity passengers arrive today on zodiacs from their cruise vessel to head into Cambridge Bay, members of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association plan to keep their sale tables heaped with carvings, drawings, wall-hangings and other Inuit-made arts and...
August 29, 2016 - 7:00 am
Early arrival of polar bears at Nunavut hamlet prompts early monitoring
One bear digs into burial plot at Arviat cemetery
The polar bears have arrived early in Arviat this year, prompting the Nunavut hamlet and local wildlife department to step up protection measures for the Kivalliq community of 3,000.
Polar bears typically begin their migration from southern Hudson Bay north along the Kivalliq coast in the early...
August 26, 2016 - 4:50 pm
Housing, healing and rehabilitating Nunavut inmates: Have your say
Government announces community consultations for new Corrections Act
(Updated at 4:50 p.m.)
Along with asking you what you might want included in a new Education Act, the Nunavut government also wants to know what Nunavummiut think about how convicted criminals are incarcerated and then reintegrated into the community.
Following an announcement in the Nunavut...
August 26, 2016 - 4:10 pm
Solar panel installation successful in northern Nunavut town
“The solar panels on our community hall will allow us to produce energy with less diesel while saving money at the same time"
It was cold on the hands sometimes and they didn’t always have the exact tool they were looking for, but the man in charge of installing 27 solar panels on Clyde River’s community hall says with help from local people, the job got done.
Duncan Martin, a solar panel installer from the Vancouver...
August 26, 2016 - 11:45 am
Nunavik midwives deliver centre’s 3,000th baby
“They do an amazing job"
Leah Unaluk feels lucky that she could deliver all five of her children so close to home — at the maternity centre in her hometown of Puvirnituq, along Nunavik’s Hudson coast.
But baby number five, born after a quick, two-hour labour in the early hours of Aug. 19, brought an extra reason to...
August 26, 2016 - 8:30 am
Free singing, acting workshop returns to Nunavut capital
"You get to bring emotions up to the forefront, real or imagined, while in a safe place”
Sometimes, the best learning happens when you don’t realize you’re learning — you’re too busy having fun and being creative.
That’s the philosophy of opera singer and music teacher Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor who will bring back a popular music and acting workshop to Iqaluit next week for the second...
August 26, 2016 - 7:00 am
Nunavut women’s group asks Ottawa to reconsider MMIWG inquiry commissioner
"The families were very clear"
Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women is added its voice to a call for Ottawa to appoint an Inuk commissioner for the upcoming national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
After months of consultation, the federal government formally announced the inquiry Aug. 3, along with a...
August 25, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Retired social worker walks, talks for Inuit foster children
"This is a Canadian issue, this isn't just an Inuit situation"
Lorraine Loranger wants to see more safe houses for Nunavik children, women and their families, and she’s willing to walk across the country for it.
The retired social worker, who spent part of her career in Nunavik, is about 1,400 kilometres into a cross-country expedition that she embarked on...
August 25, 2016 - 3:30 pm
Kugluktuk man charged with arson
Bruce Ohokak, 22, facing charges related to Aug. 1 incident
A 22-year-old man is facing charges of arson and breach of undertaking in relation to a suspicious fire Aug. 1 at a residence in the western Nunavut town of Kugluktuk.
The Nunavut RCMP issued a news release Aug. 25 saying officers responded Aug. 1 to a suspicious fire at an unoccupied residence,...
August 25, 2016 - 1:15 pm
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21
Top of 5 stories: lack of official comment on Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo's woes
The lead story again this week was on a recurring topic: Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo — and how the “cone of silence,” an idiom born within the 1960s spy-spoof television show “Get Smart,” appears to have fallen upon Nunavut public officials with regard to the Hunter Tootoo controversy.
August 25, 2016 - 11:45 am
Legal Ease, Aug. 24
Limits of the Law
The law does not deal with everything.
And that’s a good thing — one definition of a totalitarian state is a place where everything is prescribed — from what you say, to what you think, to where you live and what you do in your spare time.
In Canada most things are not governed in a prescriptive...
August 25, 2016 - 10:00 am
Iqaluit City Council set to adopt new vision statement
Vision, mission and values to serve as preface to upcoming strategic plan
The City of Iqaluit is set to adopt a new vision statement that celebrates the cultural diversity of Nunavut’s “hub” city and makes new calls for transparency and accountability, following an approved draft presented Aug. 23 to city councillors.
The document was drafted by a special committee...
August 25, 2016 - 8:30 am
Respected Nunavut huntress helped catch Igloolik’s latest bowhead
“Oh yeah, she’s a good hunter. She catches more seal and caribou than me”
Lucy Kublu-Qattalik sees nothing unusual about being the only huntress to have joined about 20 men on Igloolik’s recent successful bowhead whale hunt.
Like many others in Inuit Nunangat, Kublu-Qattalik, 42, spent a lot of time as a kid with her family camping out on the land.
“When I was...
August 25, 2016 - 7:00 am
Iqaluit council ponders import fee on new vehicles
Imposition of levy on imported vehicles would require changes to territorial legislation
The City of Iqaluit says it will work with the Government of Nunavut to implement a front-end import levy aimed at paying for the disposal of end-of-life vehicles, following a resolution passed by Iqaluit City Council Aug. 23.
Described by councillors as a long-standing issue for Iqaluit, the city...
August 24, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut women’s group calls Tootoo’s conduct an “abuse of power”
“We expect our elected leaders to respect and model respect for women"
A Nunavut women’s group has spoken out against Hunter Tootoo’s conduct, calling the now-independent MP’s recent behaviour an “abuse of power.”
Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women broke a weeks-long silence among many organizations in the territory, issuing a release Aug. 24, which denounces the...
Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo thanks Maryam Monsef, the federal minister for democratic institutions, at the conclusion of her sparsely-attended Iqaluit presentation on electoral reform in Canada, Aug. 29. Monsef highlighted several potential ways the Trudeau government might change the current electoral system such as mandatory voting, online balloting, accountability and alternatives to Canada's current first-past-the-post system for electing MPs. Tootoo — who faces an ongoing public backlash over a relationship he had with a staffer that cost him his cabinet job and his membership in the Liberal caucus — said criticism is just part of the job. "Anyone that’s a representative for anywhere, whether it being a municipal level, a territorial level, a federal level, Inuit organization level — your job is to represent the people that you represent and you have to be willing to hear when people are happy with you and when people aren’t. Your job is to listen to everybody, that’s part of the process and an important part of the process," Tootoo told Nunatsiaq News. Read more later on Monsef's presentation on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)