Nunavut premier Peter Taptuna and some of the territory's cabinet ministers pose with residents of Whale Cove last week during a cabinet retreat in the Kivalliq community. The premier and ministers met Oct. 14 to Oct. 16 to review action plans under the government's mandate, Sivumut Abluqta, or Stepping Forward Together. During the retreat, cabinet reaffirmed its focus on education, training and current devolution negotiations, a GN press release said. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GN)
October 20, 2014 - 2:30 pm
Arctic Council senior officials to meet this week in Yellowknife
Marine safety, pollution, oil spill preparedness all on the agenda
The Arctic Council’s senior officials will find a lot on their plate at a meeting in Yellowknife this week, including discussions around pollutants, animal and plant diversity, marine shipping issues, and emergency preparedness.
The Oct. 22 to Oct. 23 meeting is meant to “assess progress on the...
October 20, 2014 - 1:33 pm
Government of Nunavut set to release 2015-16 capital budget
MLAs will ponder capital spending, disciplinary motion
The Government of Nunavut will show where its capital spending priorities lie for 2015-2016 when the legislative assembly’s fall sitting gets underway Oct. 21.
Next year’s capital budget estimates will dominate the fall session, which runs until Nov. 6.
The capital portion of the Nunavut...
October 20, 2014 - 12:30 pm
Nunavut students learn real world science aboard icebreaker
"We have to learn to respect the environment and respect where we live”
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Tenth-grader Alysha Maksagak of Cambridge Bay, who recently participated in the 2014 North American Indigenous Games in Regina, skipped school to learn more.
On Oct. 24, Maksagak, along with science teacher Beth Sampson of Cambridge Bay’s Kiilinik High...
October 20, 2014 - 11:17 am
Nunavut narwhal tusk tracking now a complex game, Inuit wildlife org learns
Goal is to track tusk from hunter to buyer
CAMBRIDGE BAY — From the harvest of a narwhal to the sale of its tusk, narwhal hunting has become more complex for hunters in Nunavut, members of the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board heard Oct. 18 at their annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay.
A hunter must first obtain a narwhal tag for the...
October 20, 2014 - 9:11 am
Nunavut’s polar bear collar, tagging plan shows big gap between science, Inuit knowledge
Western Nunavut wildlife management board remains suspicious of GN survey proposal
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Increasing the polar bear quota in western Nunavut’s M’Clintock Channel in exchange for permission to collar polar bears: that’s a plan which could work, joked James Qitsualik of Gjoa Haven Oct. 17 during an otherwise heated discussion at the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board...
October 20, 2014 - 7:04 am
Massive tome lists benefits, impacts of proposed Nunavut uranium mine
Multi-volume report made public on NIRB website
If you can believe all that’s written in 11 volumes of material contained in Areva Resources Inc.’s final environmental impact assessment report, the proposed Kiggavik uranium mine, 80 kilometres west of Baker Lake, will bring jobs, training, money and hope to a region in need of those things.
October 17, 2014 - 8:10 pm
Acclaimed guitarist, songwriter Luke Doucet performs in Iqaluit
“Treat it like a job. Work your ass off, or forget it"
When the bell sounds to end the school week at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, you might expect students would be eager to begin their weekend.
But when a nationally-renowned blues and rock musician offers a free guitar workshop, that’s not the case.
About a dozen students piled into the music...
October 17, 2014 - 3:51 pm
Baker Lake high school will re-open to students, teachers
School closed for almost a month following fuel leak
Jonah Amitnaaq high school in Baker Lake will re-open its doors to students and teachers Oct. 20, almost a month after a fuel leak closed the school.
The Government of Nunavut’s department of Community and Government Service said Oct. 17 that air quality tests conducted at the school this week...
October 17, 2014 - 2:44 pm
Former Iqaluit mayor promises to revive Angel Street anti-violence campaign
Elisapee Sheutiapik set to receive prestigious award from Economic Club of Canada
It’s been four years since she ended her stint as mayor of Iqaluit, but signs of Elisapee Sheutiapik’s efforts endure, literally, in the names of several city streets, street corners and squares across the country that carry the name “Angel.”
Sheutiapik carried the effort to raise awareness about...
October 17, 2014 - 1:41 pm
My Little Corner of Canada, Oct. 17
Leave your Baggage at the Door
It is an Inuit tradition to welcome all people to our Arctic homeland. We hope everyone who comes to Nunavut to live and work will help us to build a society where everyone feels safe and secure.
Over the years, Nunavut has received many new comers from the south and other counties. Most don’t...
October 17, 2014 - 12:24 pm
Nunavut ramps up Ebola contingency response plan
Isolation, stabilization, and medical evacuation the cornerstones of Nunavut Ebola Contingency Plan
CAMBRIDGE BAY — If a resident of Nunavut appears to show the signs and symptoms of Ebola in Nunavut, staff in the territory’s nursing stations and health centres should now know what to do.
The actions they are to take are contained in the Nunavut Ebola Contingency Plan, outlined Oct. 17 for......
October 17, 2014 - 10:45 am
Spotting trouble on the tundra: air search and rescue in Nunavut
Civil Air Search and Rescue Association completes training in Arctic Bay
Imagine you’re flying high over the frozen tundra in a Canadian military CC-130 Hercules — 500 feet above the ground, then 1,000 feet then 1,500 feet.
The hatch begins to open — the rush of air, the noise, the view — as search-and-rescue technicians bustle around you.
But you stand perfectly...
Aupaluk mayor David Angutinguak, left, stands with Quebec's minister of Aboriginal Affairs Geoffrey Kelley Oct. 15 in front of the community's daycare, during a visit of Quebec ministers to Nunavik last week. The centre houses two school classrooms since the community's Tarsakallak school was destroyed in a fire last March, while an old municipal office houses other classrooms. The Quebec government has committed $600,000 towards the construction of five more temporary classrooms and an exercise room in Aupaluk, to be used until a new school is built. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KSB)