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Prolific Inuit artist Germaine Arnaktauyok speaks with gushing fans during a book and print signing, hosted by Nunavut publisher Inhabit Media, in the Koojesse Room of Iqaluit's Frobisher Inn, Feb. 18. Arnaktauyok, and many other Nunavut authors and artists from across the territory, gathered in Iqaluit to promote their most recent publications—part of ongoing events celebrating Inuktitut Language Month. Inhabit Media co-founder Neil Christopher says Nunavut's young publishing industry is slowly, but steadily, coming into its own as a host of multi-generational authors contribute in their own way to Nunavut's literary landscape. Read more later on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
Prolific Inuit artist Germaine Arnaktauyok speaks with gushing fans during a book and print signing, hosted by Nunavut publisher Inhabit Media, in the Koojesse Room of Iqaluit's Frobisher Inn, Feb. 18. Arnaktauyok, and many other Nunavut authors and artists from across the territory, gathered in Iqaluit to promote their most recent publications—part of ongoing events celebrating Inuktitut Language Month. Inhabit Media co-founder Neil Christopher says Nunavut's young publishing industry is slowly, but steadily, coming into its own as a host of multi-generational authors contribute in their own way to Nunavut's literary landscape. Read more later on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
NEWS February 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Weekend fire in Nunavut capital guts public housing unit

Happy Valley fire leaves at least one man injured, homeless

STEVE DUCHARME

At least one man suffered injuries and is now homeless following an evening fire that reduced his Iqaluit dwelling to a gutted shell on Feb. 19.

Firefighters responded at around 6:50 p.m. Sunday, treating one man for smoke inhalation as fire spread through his semi-detached housing unit on Siku...

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NEWS February 20, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut government wants feedback on economic development

Community consultations planned for High Arctic, North Baffin

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you live in the High Arctic community of Grise Fiord, you can weigh in later this month on what kind of economic development you want for your community.

In a series of consultations, from Grise Fiord to communitiies in the North Baffin region, Nunavut’s economic and transportation department...

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NEWS February 20, 2017 - 9:59 am

Nunavut Inuit body looking for rep in Pond Inlet

QIA byelection is April 10; nominations open from Feb. 20 to March 3

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Baffin’s Inuit organization is looking for a representative in Pond Inlet.

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is holding a byelection on April 10 for a two-year term on the board of directors that expires in December 2018.

Nominations for that position open on Feb. 20 and close March 3 at 5 p.m.

In...

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NEWS February 20, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavik women’s organization hosts third annual conference

Saturviit to celebrate its ten-year anniversary

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik has invited Nunavimmiut women to attend its third annual women’s conference next month.

The regional conference, Arnaliat Nipingit 2017, will take place in Kangirsuk this year, from March 27 to March 31.

Saturviit offers funding for travel and...

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NEWS February 20, 2017 - 7:00 am

Iqaluit councillors want police to act against storefront drug dealers

RCMP bring in "plain clothes" officers but lack of loitering bylaw hampers efforts

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit city councillors want more visibility from the RCMP, saying police should do more to protect local store employees from loitering drug dealers.

Coun. Terry Dobbin told Sgt. Grant Smith of the RCMP’s “V” Division in Iqaluit, during a detachment report to city councillors Feb. 14, that drug...

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NEWS February 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nominations open in Nunavut’s capital Monday for two city council seats

Nomination period runs Feb. 20 to March 6 for April 10 byelection

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Do you want to have a say in how the City of Iqaluit is run?

Well, now’s your chance.

Iqaluit has two seats open on city council after the resignation of Gideonie Joamie on May 5, 2016 and Megan Pizzo-Lyall eight months later, on Jan. 10, so Iqaluit voters are going to the polls on April 10 for...

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NEWS February 17, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut organization spreads the word about Inuktut, one post at a time

"I found a really good opportunity to surround myself with the language"

SARAH ROGERS

“Word of the day, Feb. 9,” Alexia Galloway-Alainga begins, speaking to the camera.

“Nallinniq,” she pronounces, slowly and clearly, the final syllable coming from the back of her throat. “Love.”

The 19-year-old student has started practicing her Inuktitut, with help from the Qikiqtani Inuit...

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NEWS February 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut RCMP seek info on Pangnirtung post office break-ins

Three break-ins so far in 2017

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police in Pangnirtung want the public’s help to put an end to the break-ins at the post office that serves this community of roughly 1,500 people.

Youth have been involved in all three break-ins so far in 2017, the Nunavut RCMP said in a Feb. 16 release.

But police aren’t sure they’ve identified...

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NEWS February 17, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut legislators to ponder new budget, Auditor General report

The winter sitting, from Feb. 21 to March 14, will also consider new laws for education, corrections

THOMAS ROHNER

Money matters will top the agenda when Nunavut MLAs gather in Iqaluit for the latest session of the Nunavut legislature, scheduled to run three weeks beginning Feb. 21.

The 2017 winter sitting, expected to run until March 14, will focus on the operating and maintenance budget of all Government of...

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NEWS February 17, 2017 - 10:00 am

Indigenous MPs urge government to rename parliamentary building

"This kind of thinking and sentiment should not be commemorated"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo has added his voice to a group of Indigenous MPs asking the federal government to change the name of a building near Parliament Hill named after one of Canada’s original advocates of the residential school system.

The MPs made the request Feb. 16, asking Public Services...

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NEWS February 17, 2017 - 8:30 am

RCMP in Nunavut’s capital sound “bad drug” alarm

"Consuming even small amounts of an unknown street drug could be sufficient to cause death"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit police say they’re concerned about “bad drugs” on the streets of Nunavut’s capital city, substances that could endanger the lives of users—and lead to more conflict with police.

“We believe at this time that there are possibly ‘bad drugs’; or illegal controlled substances being distributed...

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NEWS February 17, 2017 - 7:00 am

We’ve got hard decisions to make on Nutrition North, Carolyn Bennett says

Consultation tour wraps up, minister awaits report from officials

JIM BELL

Now that her department’s consultation tour of northern communities has ended, Carolyn Bennett, the minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, said in the Senate Feb. 8 that she and her officials still have hard decisions to make before figuring out what to do with the much-criticized Nutrition...

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NEWS February 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Corporal stationed at Alert last year faces sex charge

Accused served at remote Nunavut listening station in June 2016

THOMAS ROHNER

A member of Canada’s armed forces who was stationed in northern Nunavut in 2016 has been charged with sexually assaulting another member of the forces, a Department of National Defence news release said.

Cpl. Frédéric Richer, a member of the the 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at the Royal...

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NEWS February 16, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut capital’s new pool is popular, early report finds

Drop-in visits high, pass sales low, programs coming down the pipe

STEVE DUCHARME

Backed by strong attendance figures over its first weeks in operation, Iqaluit’s new aquatic centre continues to roll out its official schedule, but the city’s recreation chair said more work must to be done hammering out the kinks, during an update at Iqaluit City Council Feb. 14.

“Things are...

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NEWS February 16, 2017 - 1:10 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Feb. 5 to Feb. 12

Swiss International jet repairs, closure of Iqaluit deli top the news

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The saga of the stranded Swiss International Air Lines jet, which made an emergency landing on one engine Feb. 1 in Iqaluit, continued to lead the most-read story list on Nunatsiaqonline.ca.

That’s according to Google Analytics, which tracks our website’s online traffic.

A huge Antonov aircraft...

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NEWS February 16, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut man charged after attempted break-in at police station

Man, 23, faces charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 23-year-old man in Rankin Inlet, alleged to have attempted a break-in at the local police station, faces charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer in connection with the Feb. 13 incident.

“Unfortunately for him, the building he chose was the RCMP station,” said a recent posting...

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NEWS February 16, 2017 - 10:00 am

Busy year for Iqaluit first-responders, but fire losses low: report

Firefighter morale to become a priority this year

STEVE DUCHARME

While Iqaluit dispatch lines glowed red hot throughout 2016, the actual damage caused by fires was kept to a minimum, city’s emergency and protective services director, Luc Grandmaison, said Feb. 15 in a report to councillors.

“Dispatch has been tremendously busy,” the city’s emergency and...

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NEWS February 16, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavut RCMP defuse firearms incident in Pangnirtung

"These situations can be extremely volatile and unpredictable"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An armed man caused the community of Pangnirtung, population roughly 1,500, to go under a partial lockdown last week.

On Feb. 6, at about 9:30 a.m., the Pangnirtung RCMP detachment received a complaint that a 24-year-old man had assaulted a resident in a home and “was possibly in possession of a...

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NEWS February 16, 2017 - 7:00 am

Agnico Eagle presses the start button on two new Nunavut mines

Company will invest US $1.2 billion on construction at Meliadine, Amaruq

JIM BELL

After 10 years in Nunavut, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. will invest more than $1.2 billion to construct two new Kivalliq region gold mines that will likely produce local jobs and contract opportunities for many more years to come.

The company pressed the start button Feb. 15 on its long-awaited...

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NEWS February 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut Planning Commission announces public hearing on draft land use plan

But many Nunavut organizations say they're struggling to meet submission deadlines

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Planning Commission has announced dates for a public hearing to gather feedback on its Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan, but some territorial organizations say they’re not yet prepared to weigh in.

The NPC has recently announced a week-long hearing that will run March 21 to March 28 at the...

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NEWS February 15, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Legal Ease, Feb. 15

Speedy Trial

JAMES MORTON

How long should a criminal case take to get heard?

The Canadian Constitution provides that anyone charged with an offence is entitled to a speedy trial. The concept is that having a charge hanging over your head for a long time is not fair.

What’s more, evidence for a trial may not last well....

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NEWS February 15, 2017 - 1:10 pm

The Snack diner applies for liquor licence in Nunavut’s capital

But owners say they'll only sell beer and limit sales to three or four per customer

THOMAS ROHNER

Would you like a beer with that grilled cheese?

The Snack, a popular diner in Iqaluit, is applying for a liquor license, according to papers filed with the Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board.

But the public will have its say on that application, filed in December 2016, one of the diner’s co-owners...

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NEWS February 15, 2017 - 10:00 am

Hockey program advocates say Nunavik leadership made a bad call

"Losing this will be a big blow"

SARAH ROGERS

Staff, players and families involved with the Nunavik Youth Hockey Development Program say the findings of the program’s 2016 evaluation don’t fall in line with their own experience.

The 11-year-old hockey development program lead by former NHL player Joé Juneau was recently reviewed to see if it...

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LETTERS February 15, 2017 - 8:30 am

Mad Mom’s mad about elder care

"Bring our elders back home to their own land"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mad Mom here. And what am I mad about this time, you ask?

I saw a Request For Proposals for accommodation for Level 4 and Level 5 elders—you know the ones we keep shipping down to Ottawa, who are as far from home as anyone could be at their age.

Seems like the Government of Nunavut is intent on...

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NEWS February 15, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut community demands morning prayer be allowed in local schools

But Nunavut government says it never banned the practice in the first place

SARAH ROGERS

The Government of Nunavut’s education department said it has never restricted the use of prayer in the territory’s schools, despite claims in Arviat that the practice was recently banned.

Some residents of Arviat are circulating a petition asking the education department to “reinstate traditional...

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During the "Year of Youth" in Cambridge Bay"students are learning to weld and are creating art at the same time. The nine youth in the program plan to unveil their creation July 1 to Canada and the hamlet of Cambridge Bay. "We have had a peek. It will be really incredible! the Municipality is really proud of you," reads a recent social media posting from the municipality. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF CAMBRIDGE BAY)

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