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Wait, is that a chicken on the tundra? Sure looks like one. The willow ptarmigan, the largest of the three Arctic ptarmigan species, struts his stuff on the land north of Baker Lake June 15 in an area more prone to rock ptarmigan. Members of the grouse family, the rock, willow and white-tailed ptarmigan all live in the Arctic and figure prominently in Inuit culture, diet and legend. With their feathered feet and constantly changing plumage, the birds are experts at northern survival. Willow ptarmigan males are unique among their ptarmigan and grouse cousins for staying close with, and guarding, their mates during egg incubation and for sticking around to help rear the young. (PHOTO BY LARS QAQQAQ)
Wait, is that a chicken on the tundra? Sure looks like one. The willow ptarmigan, the largest of the three Arctic ptarmigan species, struts his stuff on the land north of Baker Lake June 15 in an area more prone to rock ptarmigan. Members of the grouse family, the rock, willow and white-tailed ptarmigan all live in the Arctic and figure prominently in Inuit culture, diet and legend. With their feathered feet and constantly changing plumage, the birds are experts at northern survival. Willow ptarmigan males are unique among their ptarmigan and grouse cousins for staying close with, and guarding, their mates during egg incubation and for sticking around to help rear the young. (PHOTO BY LARS QAQQAQ)
NEWS June 29, 2017 - 8:00 am

One closes, another opens? New hotel planned for Nunavut capital

City of Iqaluit approves development permit for hotel near Qikiqtani hospital

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit might lose a hotel following the sale of the Hotel Arctic downtown, but another may spring up near the Qikiqtani General Hospital, after city councillors approved a development permit for a new 85-room hotel, June 27.

According to the proposal summary submitted to the city, developer Jam...

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NEWS June 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik makes progress on diploma issue, curriculum development

“It is important to understand that curriculum development is a continuing activity"

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MONTREAL—Quebec’s education department has told the Kativik School Board that their science programs will be accredited by the end of June.

The KSB’s Council of Commissioners met in Montreal June 19 to June 22 to discuss, among other issues, curriculum development and...

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NEWS June 28, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Two Nunavik communities now produce fresh eggs

“They’re very fresh and they’re very good"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—It’s a warm, early summer day and the door to Kuujjuaq’s hen coop is propped open.

Inside, dozens of hens press in towards the entrance to their enclosure, perhaps hoping to get some of the occasional breeze that blows through the tiny building.

There are 115 birds in the hen house, and...

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NEWS June 28, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut teen accused of stabbing police officer set to enter plea

Buddy Mala tells court he's already written an apology

STEVE DUCHARME

A Cambridge Bay youth who allegedly attacked and stabbed an RCMP officer multiple times will likely plead guilty to his charges, lawyers said at the Nunavut Court of Justice, June 27.

Buddy Mala, 19, faces charges of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and possessing a weapon for a dangerous...

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NEWS June 28, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut court overturns sentence for repeat offender

"He needs to get some help," not more jail time

JANE GEORGE

A 31-year-old Cambridge Bay man and his common-law partner who “want to be a family again” will get another chance to work out their relationship.

That chance comes after Justice W.G. Grist from the Nunavut Court of Appeal overturned a sentence that would have seen Gregory Ehaloak of Cambridge Bay...

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NEWS June 28, 2017 - 8:00 am

Fundraiser will help Nunavut fire victim keep on rocking

“Music is my life, I play all the time”

SARAH ROGERS

Charlie Quasa lost a lot of valuable belongings June 13, the day his Pond Inlet housing unit was destroyed in a fire.

Among them: his clothing, computer, art, furniture, photographs and his own bed.

But the biggest loss, said the 36-year-old, was a collection of musical instruments and equipment...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 6:20 pm

Nunavut RCMP make arrest in death of Gjoa Haven man

Man, 30, died June 25 due to stabbing, police say

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An investigation is underway into the June 25 death of a 30-year-old man in Gjoa Haven, the Nunavut RCMP said late June 27.

On June 25, a little before 8 p.m., members of the Gjoa Haven RCMP received information that a man had been stabbed, an RCMP news release said.

The man was taken for...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut college, QC named in court as possible Hotel Arctic buyers

Waters' Edge owners, Northview, face off in court June 26

STEVE DUCHARME

The future owner of Iqaluit’s Hotel Arctic remains a mystery even after a day of testimony addressing those rumours during a civil hearing on the lease term for the Waters’ Edge Steak and Seafood restaurant, which operates out of the building.

Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust’s...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Latest federal housing report brings bad news for Arctic residents

CMHC releases annual northern housing report, cites dire shortages

BETH BROWN

In case you didn’t know already, housing costs in Iqaluit are among the highest in the Canada—and yes, there is also a perennial housing shortage.

Both realities, described by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. in a recent report, create huge housing dependence for residents in both Iqaluit,...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 11:44 am

Nunavut’s suicide action plan to fund local, grassroots initiatives

"Nunavut is a very small territory but we are doing the best we can to help our people"

BETH BROWN

A five-year plan for suicide prevention in Nunavut is calling on communities to take action.

So instead of direction, the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Quality of Life Secretariat and the Embrace Life Council will offer money and elbow grease to strengthen existing efforts...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavik welcomes Quebec legislation recognizing Inuit adoption

"We see it as a regional accomplishment to finally have this important issue recognized"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik organizations are welcoming long-awaited changes to Quebec legislation that will better recognize Inuit customary adoption.

The lengthy-titled “Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regard adoption and the disclosure of information” would require that a unique...

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NEWS June 27, 2017 - 7:57 am

Secrecy at Nunavut lender may continue despite calls for transparency

ED & T Minister Monica Ell-Kanayuk says NBCC "still considering" disclosing loan recipient names

STEVE DUCHARME

The minister responsible for the Nunavut Business Credit Corp. says future reports will be “structured differently” but would not outright confirm if the arms-length public lender would publish the identities of its debtors.

Economic Dvelopment and Transportation Minister, Monica Ell-Kanayuk, said...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik Sivunitsavut welcomes first 18 students

“The program will relate to them as a people"

SARAH ROGERS

MONTREAL—Paasa Lemire is looking forward to learning more about who she is and where she comes from.

The Kuujjuaq-based court worker has been accepted to the new Nunavik Sivunitsavut program, which launches in Montreal this August.

“When I was in high school, we only had one 45-minutes Inuktitut...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 1:10 pm

More concerts, new album, on deck for Nunavut’s Northern Haze

“We wondered why it was so popular and kind of figured out: When we sing from our hearts we can’t go wrong”

BETH BROWN

There was only one drum kit in Igloolik in the 1980s, and it was kept at the church hall. 

“When we couldn’t get in we just played anywhere,” said guitarist James Ungalaq. “We played drums on the table, stuff like that.”

It was a challenge to start a band in the North, he said, sitting at a...

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COMMENTARY June 26, 2017 - 11:45 am

Legal Ease, June 26

The Law Society

JAMES MORTON

The practice of law in Nunavut is governed by the Law Society of Nunavut. The Law Society regulates lawyers and makes sure, for example, that only people licensed to practice law actually practice law.

he Law Society also makes sure lawyers stay current on the law and punishes lawyers who somehow...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 10:00 am

Local crime prevention can help curb gun violence: GN

"It's the main causes of these incidents that we need to focus on"

JANE GEORGE

If you’re frustrated and scared by the amount of gun-related violence in Nunavut, you can hope the territory’s new crime prevention strategy becomes a tool to curb firearms incidents.

The five-year strategy, tabled this past March in the Nunavut Legislature, aims at preventing crime through...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 9:00 am

Nunavik housing office finally gets go-ahead to apply new rent scale

New KMHB chair promises to make housing maintenance a priority

SARAH ROGERS

The Quebec government has finally signed off on a new rent scale for social housing tenants in Nunavik.

The province recently published a new by-law that makes official the new scale, in which annual rent increases in the region drop from eight per cent to six per cent, retroactive to July...

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NEWS June 26, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut, Nunavik youth pick up national arts and writing awards

Art and story entries explore Inuit culture

SARAH ROGERS

Alex Angnaluak called it a “touch-down moment.”

When the Iqaluit-based artist found out his drawing placed first in Historica Canada’s Indigenous Arts & Stories contest, he threw his hands up in the air and shouted. His celebration wouldn’t have been so remarkable if he wasn’t at work at...

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NEWS June 23, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Nunavut to donate $25,000 for Greenland tsunami relief effort: Taptuna

"GN is pleased to help the greater Arctic community"

JANE GEORGE

As money continues to pour in from Greenland’s Arctic neighbours to help those affected by the June 18 tsunami, Nunavut stepped up June 23 with a $25,000 donation from the Government of Nunavut to Greenland’s Red Cross.

“I wish to extend my heartfelt sadness after last weekend’s tsunami near...

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Along with officials and politicians from Quebec, Ottawa and Nunavik, Nunavimmiut prepare to celebrate the official ribbon-cutting held June 27 at Nunavik's new Ullivik patient residence in Dorval. The 91-bedroom facility opened last December. Ullivik—a place to stay between destinations—rents the new building from the Montreal-based real estate management firm Moschelle on a 15-year lease, for $2.5 million per year. With 143 beds, Ullivik is already operating at capacity, with roughly 7,000 medical patients coming from Nunavik last year for health care in Montreal. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MNA JEAN BOUCHER)
Along with officials and politicians from Quebec, Ottawa and Nunavik, Nunavimmiut prepare to celebrate the official ribbon-cutting held June 27 at Nunavik's new Ullivik patient residence in Dorval. The 91-bedroom facility opened last December. Ullivik—a place to stay between destinations—rents the new building from the Montreal-based real estate management firm Moschelle on a 15-year lease, for $2.5 million per year. With 143 beds, Ullivik is already operating at capacity, with roughly 7,000 medical patients coming from Nunavik last year for health care in Montreal. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MNA JEAN BOUCHER)

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