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Ches Pye, Benjamin Pye, Tyrell Pye, Brennan Koblogina-Pye, Clarissa Koblogina sit together at their home in the western Nunavut town on Cambridge Bay. Brennan, who  was born with Down syndrome five years ago, is helping everyone in the community learn more about this genetic disorder. “He’s doing so good,” said Brennan’s father, Ches Pye. “Every time we have an [individual education plan] meeting, there’s no negativity. It’s all progress.” Read more about Brennan and how Cambridge Bay is helping that progress along later on Nunatsiaq News. (PHOTO BY KELCEY WRIGHT)
Ches Pye, Benjamin Pye, Tyrell Pye, Brennan Koblogina-Pye, Clarissa Koblogina sit together at their home in the western Nunavut town on Cambridge Bay. Brennan, who was born with Down syndrome five years ago, is helping everyone in the community learn more about this genetic disorder. “He’s doing so good,” said Brennan’s father, Ches Pye. “Every time we have an [individual education plan] meeting, there’s no negativity. It’s all progress.” Read more about Brennan and how Cambridge Bay is helping that progress along later on Nunatsiaq News. (PHOTO BY KELCEY WRIGHT)
NEWS April 01, 2015 - 5:59 am

Greenavut? Greenland president proposes new Inuit homeland

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark: "Betty and I are frightfully keen on the idea of merging our domains"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If Greenland ever cuts ties with the Kingdom of Denmark, it wants Nunavut to join.

In a statement released April 1, Kim Kielsen, the prime minster of Greenland, officially invited Nunavut to join Greenland if the country becomes fully independent.

That might not happen for a few years — some......

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NEWS March 31, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Western Arctic polar bears in good shape: Inuvialuit hunters

New study should help challenge wider perceptions on polar bear health, Inuit leaders say

SARAH ROGERS

Inuvialuit hunters, like many of their Inuit neighbours, believe polar bears in the western Arctic are generally in good health.

But to give those observations some more teeth, wildlife co-management agencies in the Inuvialuit region have a released an extensive new study on the...

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NEWS March 31, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Izvestia: Canada-Russia spat could derail Arctic Council oil spill plan

Russia newspaper alleges DFAIT minister wants to avoid meetings with Russian officials

JIM BELL

Bad blood between Canada and Russia, arising from the Ukraine conflict, threatens to derail the expected signing of an Arctic Council oil-spill response action plan this April 24 in Iqaluit, the Russian-language newspaper Izvestia reported last week.

In the article, published online March 24,......

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NEWS March 31, 2015 - 12:45 pm

EU tables proposal on Inuit seal meat sales

Sales will be allowed "only where the seal products result from hunts conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new proposed regulation from the European Union Commission on trade in seal products may help open the door a little wider to seal meat sales in the 28-EU member nations.

The proposal, discussed last week at a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva, includes a commitment to develop a system...

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NEWS March 31, 2015 - 11:01 am

Nunavut power utility warns customers about telephone scam

Qulliq Energy Corp. "does not demand bill payment over the phone"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Be on guard if you answer the telephone and someone on the line says they work for the Nunavut power company, the Qulliq Energy Corp. said March 31 in a public service announcement.

The QEC said it wants to warn Nunavummiut of a telephone scam that has targeted utility customers in southern...

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NEWS March 31, 2015 - 8:36 am

Montreal church transformed into Inuit-language sanctuary

“We’re just doing something that we should have done before" — Bishop Barry Clarke

DAVID MURPHY

Special to Nunatsiaq News

MONTREAL — Rev. Annie Ittoshat stops about every five minutes and gazes up at the cathedral ceiling of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Montreal.

“I mean, just look at this,” Ittoshat says, craning her neck at the church’s stained glass windows and the massive cross...

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NEWS March 31, 2015 - 7:13 am

Western Nunavut Inuit elect new land claims org president

Stanley Anablak to serve three-year term; only 21 per cent of voters turn out

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Kitikmeot Inuit Association, which represents beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement in western Nunavut, will get a new elected president.

Stanley Anablak of Cambridge Bay was elected president of KIA in a byelection March 30, the KIA’s chief returning officer, Martina Maniyogina,...

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NEWS March 31, 2015 - 6:31 am

Iqaluit set to celebrate 50th anniversary of Toonik Tyme spring festival

Organizers line up big mix of traditional and fresh events

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit’s 50th Toonik Tyme festival promises to make the Nunavut capital bloom with a city-wide celebration of spring, starting with the Easter weekend and running well into April.

By popular demand, organizers of this year’s half-century anniversary celebration have lined up more traditional...

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NEWS March 30, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Anti-vandalism campaign building pride, responsibility in Nunavik

“Now when I see people doing it, I tell them not to vandalize"

SARAH ROGERS

Imaapik Brazeau says he’s used to seeing buildings in his hometown of Kangiqsualujjuaq looking a little run down; broken glass at the arena, doors that no longer open or graffiti on the walls of local homes and businesses.

It’s not that the 11-year-old student thinks it’s okay; he’s just always...

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NEWS March 30, 2015 - 2:52 pm

After 25 years, help line may bring 24-7 crisis support online

Kamatsiaqtut Help Line looks at text-based online help for Nunavut and Nunavik

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Soon you may be able to text the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line if you are in distress or feeling suicidal.

Already you can call the Iqaluit-based service 24-7, toll free from any telephone in Nunavik or Nunavut.

But in the United States, such text-based crisis lines are already in operation, one using...

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NEWS March 30, 2015 - 1:30 pm

WWF to host Ottawa summit on protecting Nunavut’s Lancaster Sound

Federal approval still pending on conservation designation

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

World Wildlife Canada officials are hosting a talk with federal members of parliament in Ottawa this week focused on protecting Lancaster Sound as a National Marine Conservation Area.

A parliamentary group will attend the event called Oceans on the Hill March 31 to discuss the proposed...

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NEWS March 30, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Nunavik MP stops in Kuujjuaq on pre-election visit

NDP's Romeo Saganash plans to defend seat in 2015 federal election

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ —  Romeo Saganash, the New Democratic Party MP for Abitibi-James Bay-Nunavik-Eeyou, says he plans to run again in this year’s federal election.

A rookie when elected in May 2011 with 45 per cent of the riding’s vote, Saganash said he’ll no longer be considered a rookie in 2015.

And, if...

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NEWS March 30, 2015 - 11:05 am

Arctic Council delegates ponder what works best in mental health

"We will take the knowledge and apply it for you and me, but mostly for the communities we live in"

JIM BELL

Though suicide prevention and mental health are areas of life that only national and sub-national governments can do anything about, Arctic Council delegates from around the circumpolar world put a lot of energy last week into talking about it, especially what works and what doesn’t.

The...

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Team Baffin Blizzard, with representatives of Nunavut’s highest level of hockey, pose as winners of the 2015 Maritime Hockey North Junior Championships in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, March 29. The Blizzards battled against four of the best teams at the Junior C level from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. to win the championship for Nunavut for the first time in the tournament’s 13-year history. “They just never gave up, right to the very end,” said coach Mike Gardner. The Blizzards defeated the Southside Lynx of P.E.I., 6-5 in the final game. The victors set out on their long journey home the next day, passing through Moncton, N.B. and Ottawa, and were expected to arrive in Iqaluit with their medals on March 31. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE GARDNER)
Team Baffin Blizzard, with representatives of Nunavut’s highest level of hockey, pose as winners of the 2015 Maritime Hockey North Junior Championships in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, March 29. The Blizzards battled against four of the best teams at the Junior C level from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. to win the championship for Nunavut for the first time in the tournament’s 13-year history. “They just never gave up, right to the very end,” said coach Mike Gardner. The Blizzards defeated the Southside Lynx of P.E.I., 6-5 in the final game. The victors set out on their long journey home the next day, passing through Moncton, N.B. and Ottawa, and were expected to arrive in Iqaluit with their medals on March 31. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE GARDNER)

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