Cambridge Bay children and parents gather around elder Eva Kakolak Avadluk as she lights the qulliq for the closing event and graduation of the ACTUA mini health science camp. The camp, which runs in different Nunavut communities each year, is supported by the department of Health and Social Services, and designed to promote health science careers and healthy living to Inuit youth. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NAC)
July 31, 2014 - 7:59 am
Forest fires, heat wave colour otherwise normal Arctic summer
Smoke drifts into western Nunavut; Nunavik heat sets new record highs
Weather across Nunavut and Nunavik has played out normally so far this summer, although huge forest fires to the west and a short heat wave in the east have already marked 2014 as unusual for some communities.
In July, heavy smoke from more than 200 forest fires in the Northwest Territories...
July 31, 2014 - 5:55 am
Pilot project hopes to recycle Nunavut’s end-of-life vehicles
"If we can do it here, we can do it anywhere"
Once vehicles roll off the sealift and into Nunavut communities, they never roll out again.
But a new recycling project hopes to take back the tundra by removing thousands of kilograms of vehicle waste from the territory this summer.
The Toronto-based not-for-profit environmental group,...
July 30, 2014 - 2:59 pm
Private Inuit orgs may qualify for federal infrastructure bucks
Kitikmeot Inuit take credit for Ottawa’s new rules
Private Inuit corporations may now compete with municipal, territorial and provincial governments for federal infrastructure dollars — and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association takes credit for the change.
That’s because of new rules governing who is allowed to get money from two big federal programs:...
July 30, 2014 - 11:43 am
Open water means more big waves in the Arctic Ocean, researchers say
Larger waves will affect ice break-up, marine navigation, coastal erosion
Cargo, research and cruise ships can add one more thing to the list of unpredictable obstacles coming to a warmer, less frozen Arctic sea: big waves.
Researchers at the University of Washington studying the ice-free Beaufort Sea in 2012 have concluded that not only do the warmer, open northern...
July 30, 2014 - 10:36 am
City of Iqaluit to pick up garbage, cardboard on different days
Residents also asked to separate wood, metal, from regular waste
The City of Iqaluit is making more changes to local garbage collection.
After requesting that residents separate their cardboard garbage earlier this month, the City of Iqaluit is now asking residents to also separate wood and metal from their regular household waste.
In a July 29 release, the...
July 30, 2014 - 6:35 am
Investigation into death of Nunavik man finishes in Inukjuak, but still continues
Investigators will turn findings over to Quebec's Crown prosecutor
Quebec’s provincial police looking into the July 17 death of Jobie Napartuk, 29, of Inukjuak, have finished their work in the community.
But Sûreté du Québec investigators will continue to look at factors that led to Napartuk’s death before they turn the matter over to Quebec’s Crown...
July 29, 2014 - 5:28 pm
Montreal bird plucker still could face charges
“I couldn’t believe that anyone would make a big deal out of it"
(Updated 5:30 p.m.)
CORRECTION: A Montreal police spokesperson told Nunatsiaq News earlier on July 29 that the investigation into the bird-plucking incident had been closed, when in fact, it had not.
Montreal police now say they’ve handed over evidence related to a bird-plucking incident on the...
July 29, 2014 - 1:29 pm
Open letter to Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna
"Let this government take the lead on Inuit employment by enacting an Employment Equity Act"
After observing the last sitting of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly and the number of questions raised on Inuit employment within the government, I am taking the opportunity to propose a means to better implement Article 23 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
The article requires initiatives by...
July 29, 2014 - 11:22 am
Nunavut departments of health, justice get new deputy ministers
"I am confident the appointments are sound additions to our government"
The Government of Nunavut has hired two new deputy ministers, Premier Peter Taptuna announced July 29.
Colleen Stockley, a civil servant with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s department of health, has been appointed as Nunavut’s deputy minister of health, effective Sept. 2.
July 29, 2014 - 10:01 am
Past Iqaluit councils have not done their jobs
"Individuals who make huge personal investments are treated with contempt by city planners"
My recent comments about the City of Iqaluit being leaderless were a bit too harsh.
As a former mayor and councilor of Iqaluit when it was called Frobisher Bay, I know what it feels like to be attacked for trying to do your best.
One of the reasons so few people are willing to run for public...
July 29, 2014 - 8:07 am
Pangnirtung RCMP go door-to-door to reduce gun violence
Campaign aims to reduce firearm-related incidents in Nunavut
Members of the RCMP in Pangnirtung started a door-to-door firearms safety campaign July 26, offering trigger locks and safety pamphlets to residents in Inuktitut, English and French.
The campaign is part the RCMP’s territory-wide effort to reduce gun violence, said Sgt. Yvonne Niego of “V”...
July 29, 2014 - 5:55 am
Nunavut residential school survivor hopes records are not destroyed
"Canadians have a right, duty and responsibility to know what happened to us"
The fate of thousands of pages of testimony about physical, sexual and psychological abuse at Canada’s notorious residential schools now lies with Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell, but at least one residential school survivor hopes they are not destroyed.
Piita Irniq, who attended three...
July 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm
Clyde River groups challenge Nunavut seismic testing in court
"The NEB's decision violates the fundamental rights of the people of Nunavut"
Updated 4 p.m. July 28
A lawyer representing groups in Clyde River filed an application at the Federal Court of Appeal July 28 that seeks a judicial review of a recent decision by the National Energy Board to permit a five-year seismic testing project in Baffin Bay and Davis...
These old vehicles have been sitting in Gjoa Haven's landfill for years, but a Toronto-based organization hopes to help the Kitikmeot community de-pollute them and ship them south to be recycled. Read more about the pilot project later at Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SUMMERHILL IMPACT)
July 28, 2014 - 1:19 pm
Nunavut production company gets funding for two new TV projects
Film drama and elders' series will receive $762,984
Two new television projects are on the way from Igloolik’s Kingulliit Productions Inc.
The Canada Media Fund announced July 28 that Kingulliit will receive $762,984 in 2014-15 under it’s Aboriginal Program funding for a television film project and a series called Stories of our...