Models showcase the work of local seamstresses and artists at a Sept. 30 gala fashion show featured at the 2014 Kivalliq Trade Show in Rankin Inlet. From left: Kelli McLarty, Alayna Ningeongan and Tristan Kolola. The trade show winds up today with presentations focusing on training and literacy, an art market and an evening banquet and auction featuring the Agaaqtoq Band from Arviat. Trade show organizers have also set up an Oct. 2 tour of Agnico Eagle's Meliadine gold mine property for youth, out-of-town delegates and exhibitors. (PHOTO BY DOUG MCLARTY/ARCTECH DESIGN & SERVICES)
October 01, 2014 - 5:12 pm
First Air employees union denies support for lay-offs
Unifor “can’t support” airline’s decision until it gets the facts, rep says
The union that represents First Air cargo employees denied Oct. 1 that they ever supported a decision to lay off nine rotational cargo workers.
First Air management told employees Sept. 26 that it would replace the nine affected cargo worker positions with seven new positions, to be staffed by...
October 01, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Nunavut RCMP lay charges in Pond Inlet homicide
Deceased man, 43, not identified
Updated Sept. 29, 5 p.m.
RCMP members investigating the death of a 43-year-old male in Pond Inlet have now charged another Pond Inlet man with second degree murder in connection with that investigation.
Members of the Pond Inlet RCMP detachment discovered a deceased man within the community Sept....
October 01, 2014 - 4:45 pm
Parks Canada identifies Franklin wreck as HMS Erebus
Franklin sailed on the recently-discovered vessel
The wrecked Franklin expedition ship discovered in early September by the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition has been identified as the HMS Erebus, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Oct. 1.
The announcement of the ship’s identity follows the Sept. 9 announcement that remains of a ship were......
October 01, 2014 - 2:33 pm
Business student from Rankin Inlet wins $4,000 scholarship
Lori Tagoona studies business and commerce at University of Winnipeg
A young woman from Rankin Inlet with big plans for her future just got some help fulfilling her dreams.
Lori Tagoona has won a $4,000 scholarship from Northwestel, a news release from the telecommunications company said Sept. 29.
Tagoona, who studies business and commerce at the University of...
October 01, 2014 - 12:15 pm
We must talk about suicide in Nunavut, says Cape Dorset’s MLA
“I just want people to know that their lives are worth living"
On Sept. 26, South Baffin MLA David Joanasie heard news that any politician, family member or friend dreads hearing.
An 11-year-old boy in Cape Dorset, one of the two communities in his riding, had taken his life the previous day.
Joanasie took to the local airwaves that day to talk to...
October 01, 2014 - 11:14 am
Igloolik murder trial delayed as accused finds new lawyer
Steven Akittirq, 24, faces murder charge related to June 9 incident
A Nunavut justice has delayed the case of an Igloolik man accused of murdering a young woman this past June.
That’s because the defence lawyer assigned to the case has been appointed as a provincial court judge in Alberta, an Iqaluit courtroom heard Sept. 30.
Steven Akittirq, 24, who appeared...
October 01, 2014 - 8:53 am
Money talks: who spent how much on Nunavut’s 2013 election campaign
Nunavut MLA candidates spent anywhere from around $16,000 to $0
Contributions to the campaigns of Nunavut’s MLA-hopefuls ranged anywhere from about $16,000 to zilch during the territory’s 2013 general election for the Nunavut Legislative Assembly, financial returns posted on the Elections Nunavut website reveal.
The financial campaign returns for all...
September 30, 2014 - 4:06 pm
First Air to phase out rotational cargo staff in Iqaluit
Airline will lay off nine workers to make way for seven local employees
First Air is laying off nine employees at its cargo facility in Iqaluit, to be replaced by seven new positions for residents of the city.
The layoffs take effect Nov. 1, and are part of a move to phase out rotational staff who do not live in Iqaluit, Bert van der Stege, vice president of...
September 30, 2014 - 1:36 pm
Boy, 11, becomes Nunavut’s latest suicide statistic
“There doesn’t seem to be a concentrated effort to tackle this issue head on"
People in Cape Dorset are mourning the loss of a young community member after an 11-year-old boy died by suicide this past weekend.
The Nunavut’s coroner’s office is investigating the death of the boy, who was one month shy of his 12th birthday at the time of his death.
Jack Anawak, a former...
September 30, 2014 - 10:22 am
Western Nunavut muskox under pressure from disease, predators, inbreeding
About 56 per cent of the diet in Cambridge Bay still consists of country food
Heaps of coffee beans and non-invasive sampling kits for muskox may reveal more about how food sources change due to social, economic and environmental pressures.
For a research study now underway in Cambridge Bay, participants made piles of beans of varying sizes to show the importance of muskox...
A handful of hearty runners donned warm gear to run and raise awareness about diabetes Sept. 27 in Kuujjuaq. The event, repeated in communities throughout the North this summer, was organized by the Kuujjuaq Northern Store. Participants who ran or walked 2.5 or 5 kms received a medal at the finish line and got to enjoy a free barbecue and snacks along with store customers. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)