Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has been hosting a meeting in downtown Ottawa all week to talk about creating an Inuit-specific process for participating in the upcoming national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Participants, including members of families who have lost mothers, daughter, nieces, or cousins, met privately Feb. 9 and Feb. 10. On Feb. 11, Pauktuutit opened the process up and delegates are now discussing recommendations for the inquiry, likely to be completed by Feb. 12, when the organization hopes also to present a proposed action plan on family violence in Inuit Nunangat. Read more later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY JIM BELL)
February 11, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Sex assault on victim means murder, Crown says in Nunavut court
Crown lawyers make final submissions in Jeffrey Salomonie murder trial
Jeffrey Salomonie knowingly committed sexual assault on the night he killed Iqaluit resident Daisy Curley in 2009.
That accusation formed the basis of final arguments by Crown prosecutors Feb. 10 in closing submissions for Salomonie’s first-degree murder trial at Nunavut’s Court of Justice in...
February 11, 2016 - 12:58 pm
Job vacancies in Nunavut highest in Canada: StatsCan
Latest figures come from StatsCan's Job Vacancy and Wage Survey
Job vacancy rates in Nunavut are the highest in the country, according to new data released by Statistics Canada Feb. 11.
The figures come from StatsCan’s Job Vacancy and Wage Survey and refers to the third quarter of 2015, ending in September of that year.
According to StatsCan, 4.2 per cent...
February 11, 2016 - 10:00 am
PM Trudeau to talk with Indigenous leaders on climate change
Trudeau, while stopping short of election promise on climate change, to meet premiers March 3
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while stopping short of last year’s bold election promise on climate change, will still talk about the issue with First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders in Vancouver March 2 and with Canada’s premiers March 3, the prime minister’s office announced Feb. 10.
February 11, 2016 - 8:30 am
AEM ups estimate for Nunavut’s Amaruq to 3.3 million ounces
Company believes they'll produce gold in Nunavut "over several decades"
Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.‘s Amaruq deposit may now hold at least 3.3 million ounces of gold, an estimate that’s 67 per cent higher than last year’s, the company announced Feb. 10.
That means the Amaruq deposit, located about 50 kilometres from the company’s existing mine and mill at Meadowbank in...
February 11, 2016 - 7:00 am
Inuit treatment centre, one of only two in Canada, to close in March
"We have a proven model of success that has empowered hundreds of lives"
An Ottawa-based residential treatment centre for Inuit recovering from addiction and trauma will close its doors this March 31 because it can’t find enough money to keep going, its parent organization said Feb. 9.
Tungasuvvingat Inuit, an Inuit-specific health and social services provider, has run...
February 10, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Canada’s polar bear management is sound, Inuit tell U.S. government
"Up-listing to Appendix 1 will be detrimental to our hunting activities"
Inuit representatives are on Capitol Hill in Washington this week to make a last ditch effort to convince their American counterparts to reconsider the way they think about polar bears.
The United States, as a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), has tried...
February 10, 2016 - 1:05 pm
Fog of alcohol clouded memory of killing, Nunavut man claims
Final arguments presented this week in murder trial of Jeffrey Salomonie
He says he was too drunk to know what he was doing.
When a Cape Dorset man beat Iqaluit resident Daisy Curley to death with a hockey stick early one May morning in 2009, his extreme intoxication prevented him from being aware of his actions or forming the intent necessary for murder, the man’s...
February 10, 2016 - 9:59 am
Toonik Tyme in dire straits, organizer tells Iqaluit City Council
Crumbling volunteer base threatens annual spring festival
This year’s 51st annual Toonik Tyme, held in Iqaluit each April, is shaping up to be a dismal successor to its acclaimed 2015 half-century celebration, Iqaluit city councilors heard Feb. 9.
Toonik Tyme Society President Travis Cooper, appearing as a delegate, told city councillors that his...
February 10, 2016 - 8:45 am
Montreal students flock to Inuit tattoo documentary
Film from 2010 pulls in its largest-ever live audience
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MONTREAL — Iqaluit’s Alethea Arnaquq-Baril steps onto the stage at the Alumni Auditorium of Montreal’s Concordia University and gasps into the microphone: “ho-ly!”
It was hard finding a seat Feb. 8 at the 700-seat Montreal venue for the screening of Arnaquq-Baril’s 2010 documentary,...
February 10, 2016 - 7:00 am
Nunavut celebrates Inuktut, Inuit culture this month
Inuit clothing the focus of month-long celebration, Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq
A new name and a longer celebration: that’s what Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq, Nunavut’s annual celebration of Inuktut and Inuit culture, is bringing to Nunavut for the month of Febriuary.
Nunavut’s celebration of Inuktut, was first called Inuktitut Uqauttin or “speaking in the Inuit way” (in the...
February 09, 2016 - 4:02 pm
New Nunavut MLA eyes local development, language preservation
Emiliano Qirngnuq, 66, elected as new Netsilik MLA Feb. 8
The new MLA for Netsilik says his focus heading into the next session of Nunavut’s legislative assembly will be on economic development for his home region and the preservation of the Inuit language.
Emiliano Qirngnuq, 66, was elected in a Feb. 8 by-election to replace former MLA Jeannie Ugyuk,...
February 09, 2016 - 1:07 pm
Nunavut’s translators gather to talk standards, terminology
"These people play an extremely important role in Nunavut"
Edna Elias, former Nunavut Commissioner and now a freelance translator, worries that the interpreter-translator students sitting across the table from her won’t have the support they need to be successful when they graduate.
Elias, along with dozens of other interpreters and translators from...
February 09, 2016 - 10:42 am
Lockdown in Nunavut community ends early Feb. 9
“There is no risk to public safety at this time"
Updated 11:50 a.m., Feb. 9
An overnight lockdown in the Kitikmeot community of Gjoa Haven has ended with the death of an armed man.
Members of the RCMP detachment in Gjoa Haven received a firearms-related call Feb. 8 from a local residence in the community of about 1,300 people, which reported a...
February 09, 2016 - 10:30 am
Some former residential students denied compensation
“The worst ones were when serious abuse happened literally feet from the property line"
The federal government has promised to look into an estimated 1,000 compensation claims made by residential school survivors that were rejected due to an administrative glitch.
The problem hinges on an “administrative split,” created in the 1950s and 1960s, when the federal government began...
February 09, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavut man makes death threats in court, faces more charges
John John Pauloosie's bail hearing adjourned, defence lawyer unable to take instructions from him
An Iqaluit man appeared before a Justice of the Peace at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit for a bail hearing in November 2015 and, according to court transcripts, appeared confused before making death threats to the JP in open court.
RCMP officers arrested John John Pauloosie, 29, on Nov....
February 09, 2016 - 7:00 am
A new Nunavut MLA: Emiliano Qirngnuq wins in Netsilik
Candidate needs only 30.7 per cent to take seat in hometown vote split
Emiliano Qirngnuq, 66, a co-op employee in Kugaaruk, will serve as the new MLA for Netsilik following a Feb. 8 by-election whose result revealed a hometown popularity contest that split the vote in Qirngnuq’s favour.
Qirngnuq took the seat with 30.7 per cent of ballots cast or 137 votes, 21 votes...
February 08, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Doing your taxes? Update your voter registration at the same time
Elections Canada asking Nunavummiut to tick a box on tax return form
It’s probably the easiest way to make sure your voter registration is up-to-date: Elections Canada wants residents of Nunavut to tick a box on their tax return form this year.
On the first page of the federal income tax return, there’s a section that asks if you are a Canadian citizen, and if you...
February 08, 2016 - 2:15 pm
Legal Ease, Feb. 8
You break your leg. You go to the health centre and get your leg out of a cast.
But your leg never heals properly and you can’t walk properly anymore. Can you sue the health provider for doing a bad job?
Perhaps, but claims against health practitioners are, quite properly, difficult to...
February 08, 2016 - 11:30 am
Coroner confirms death of missing Iqaluit hunter
Mosesee Kownirk died from drowning and exposure to cold
The office of Nunavut’s chief coroner has confirmed the death and cause of death for an Iqaluit hunter who went missing Jan. 30.
Mosesee Kownirk, 68, did not return as expected from a Jan. 30 hunting trip on Frobisher Bay. A search and rescue group went out to look for Kownirk, discovering his...
February 08, 2016 - 10:15 am
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7
Sentencing of a jail guard, deaths by suicide in Kuujjuaq
Two stories vied for top place in the five most-read stories on Nunatsiaqonline. ca from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, according to Google Analytics which tracks readership traffic on the Nunatsiaq News website.
One concerned a Nunavut jail guard who will go to jail for assaulting an inmate at the Baffin......
February 08, 2016 - 8:45 am
New book questions legacy of Hearne’s Bloody Falls story
Massacre narrative may unfairly describe Inuit-Dene relations
How powerful is one story? Just ask the Inuit of Kugluktuk.
Nearby, at the Bloody Falls on the Coppermine River, is a type of ragweed called senecio lugens. In Latin it means “to mourn.”
It’s a tribute of sorts by Western science to the Inuit massacred there by Dene raiders in 1771, as witnessed...
February 08, 2016 - 7:30 am
My Little Corner of Canada, Feb. 5
Time to Knuckle Down
It has now been almost four months since Justin Trudeau and the Liberals won a landslide victory to become Canada’s government.
The first few weeks were spent feeling good about their victory and making Canadians feel good about themselves again.
But, the honeymoon will soon be over. Reality will...
This could easily be a scene in Nunavut, but the trees give it away. Sealskins dry in the sun at the home of hunter and carver Derrick Pottle in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut. Nunatsiavut hunters regularly harvest seals and dry the skins for personal use or sale. Through a program announced last year, the federal government is now offering money to provincial and territorial government bodies, and other agencies, to promote and market the Canadian Indigenous sealskin industry to countries in the European Union. (PHOTO BY CHARLIE FLOWERS)