Murray Angus, left, acting coordinator of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and Morley Hanson, who was on leave from the NS coordinator's position last year so he could volunteer with the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda, became Members of the Order of Canada during a ceremony with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall Sept. 10. Nunavut Sivuniksavut is an Ottawa-based college that focuses on training young Inuit to be leaders in their community by teaching them about Inuit history and politics and preparing them for further post-secondary education. (PHOTO COURTESY NS)
September 19, 2014 - 5:04 pm
NDP MP Saganash forces debate on missing, murdered Aboriginal women
“The structure and attitudes that permit this violence to continue… must be examined, exposed and addressed"
Northern Quebec MP Romeo Saganash made an emotional plea in the House of Commons Sept. 19 for a national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women.
New Democrat MPs took advantage of their majority in the house to force a debate on the issue, which the Conservative government...
September 19, 2014 - 3:48 pm
Inuit youth head to New York City for big UN indigenous conference
ICC sending 14-member delegation, including new chair Okalik Eegeesiak
A group of young Inuit will participate next week in the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous People, which will take place at the UN general assembly in New York City next week, on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23.
The youth will attend the high-level plenary conference as observers, thanks to a...
September 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
New Arctic patrol ship to bear name of wartime naval officer
Harry DeWolf — the first of a half dozen Arctic offshore patrol vessels
The first of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic-offshore patrol ships will bear the name of a wartime Canadian naval officer, Harry DeWolf, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sept. 18.
The Harry DeWolf, the first of a fleet of Arctic patrol ships, will “better enable” the Navy to exercise...
September 19, 2014 - 1:37 pm
Iqaluit water licence lumbers its way through Nunavut regulatory system
Application covers reclamation of old dump, approval of new landfill and waste plan
Two days after industrial firefighters snuffed out dumpcano’s last smoking embers, the Nunavut Impact Review Board agreed to screen Iqaluit’s “new” water licence application.
The application, first submitted Nov. 5, 2012, contains a closure plan for the city’s West 40 dump, site of the notorious...
September 19, 2014 - 12:30 pm
Nunavut liquor sales consultation in Iqaluit next month
Make your views known at Iqaluit meeting Oct. 7
If you have an opinion about whether a beer and wine store should open in Iqaluit to sell over-the-counter alcohol, you’ll have a chance to make your views known to the government next month.
The Government of Nunavut will host a public consultation on the proposal Oct. 7 at the Anglican Parish...
September 19, 2014 - 11:47 am
My Little Corner of Canada, Sept. 19
Welcome Back to My Little Corner of Canada
It was some years ago now that I wrote my last piece for My Little Corner of Canada.
At the time, after several years of writing the weekly column, I was feeling drained of ideas and issues to write about.
Even after several years, people still come up to me and ask when My Little Corner of...
September 19, 2014 - 10:59 am
Nunavut residents increasing demands on info and privacy boss
Commissioner says office will soon need full-time staff and space
Nunavut’s information and privacy commissioner says the territorial government should consider expanding her office to deal with the growing demand for access to information and review of privacy issues, which hit record highs in 2013-14.
In most Canadian provinces, “the average file load for a...
September 19, 2014 - 10:04 am
Iqaluit councilors applaud dumpcano firefighters
“It’s land that can be used later, that’s why it’s called a landfill.”
Many Iqalungmiut loved to hate the four-month-old landfill fire that came to be known as “dumpcano,” but that love has gone up in smoke now that the fire is extinguished.
The last smouldering ash was laid to rest Sept. 16, some 13 days ahead of schedule, Mike Noblett of Global Forensics Inc....
September 19, 2014 - 7:12 am
Nunavut’s school principals review new standardized curriculum
New program "will support consistent and relevant learning experiences for all Nunavut students"
Nunavut school principals are meeting this week in Iqaluit to get a handle on the territory’s new standardized curriculum and tools for evaluation.
Principals are meeting with consultants from Pearson Education Canada, the firm that developed the territory’s new assessment and literacy...
September 19, 2014 - 5:55 am
Ottawa to study oil-eating bacteria in Nunavut waters
But one expert says "natural attenuation" doesn't work in icy water
While northerners grapple with the spill potential associated with future oil extraction beneath the waters where they fish and hunt, the federal government’s industrial research body is studying whether tiny organisms can help to dispel their fears.
The National Research Council, which conducts...
September 18, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Nunavut’s population will soar over the next 25 years: StatsCan
Population projection pegs Nunavut growth at between 23 and 50 per cent
The number of people living in Nunavut is projected to grow faster than anywhere else in Canada except Alberta over the next 25 years, Statistics Canada reported Sept. 17.
Nunavut’s population stood at about 35,600 in 2013, StatsCan said, and is expected to grow to between 44,000 and 53,000 by...
September 18, 2014 - 1:30 pm
The nuts and bolts of studying Nunavut waters
B.C. team recovers underwater ocean observatory for maintenance
Raising an awkward shaped, 250-pound device connected to hundreds of feet of fluorescent ethernet cable from the icy Arctic waters is no simple task.
But a team of divers and young researchers with the University of Victoria did just that Sept. 16, when they retrieved their ocean observatory from...
September 18, 2014 - 11:35 am
Harper government releases action plan on violence against Aboriginal women
"These abhorrent acts of violence will not be tolerated"
The Conservative government has tabled a plan to combat violence against Aboriginal women and girls that commits to paying for support programs to help victims and their families, as well as the creation of a DNA-based missing persons index.
The federal status of women minister, Kellie Leitch,...
From left, James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement signatory Peter Inukpuk, film director Ole Gjerstad and Jason Annahatak share a laugh in Inukjuaq earlier this month. That's where crews were filming scenes for Makivik Corp's new documentary, which aims to capture the perspectives of the JBNQA's Inuit signatories. The film will be the first made-in-Nunavik film about the negotiations that took place in the early 1970s, with a focus on Inuit involvement. There are nine surviving signatories from the original group of 11. (PHOTO BY JEAN-MARIE COMEAU/MAKIVIK)