East-coast performer Joel Plaskett belts one out to a captive audience at a performance at Joamie School in Iqaluit Oct. 3, the second of two sold-out shows he played in Nunavut's capital. Plaskett, who has fronted several pull-together bands over the years, came North solo for the Alianait concert series, offering a stripped-down selection of his ample rock and folk repertoire to about 200 fans. The gregarious Maritimer told numerous candid stories between songs and at one point, said his trip to Iqaluit was as humbling as the first time his saw the "big-prairie sky." Plaskett, who hiked from Iqaluit to Apex along the shoreline, according to his Twitter feed, tweeted photos and thoughts during his visit saying the trip was blowing his mind. The Igloolik battle of the band winner, Josh Haulli, got a chance to open for Plaskett and they now head back to Haulli's hometown of Igloolik to play a show Oct. 6. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
October 05, 2015 - 11:44 am
Inuit voices take to the airwaves in Montreal
Inuktitut radio show launches Oct. 6 at CKUT FM
Starting this week, Inuit in Montreal — and anywhere they have access to internet — can tune in and listen to a new Inuktitut-language radio show.
Nipivut, which means “our voices,” launches Oct. 6 at CKUT, a community radio station based at McGill University.
The hour-long show will be hosted by...
October 05, 2015 - 10:29 am
Nunavut court: Former Horne sex abuse victims sue their lawyers
Beneficiaries of second Ed Horne lawsuit settlement allege money was withheld from them
Thirty-two Nunavut Inuit who shared part of a $15.5 million compensation award for sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of the notorious ex-teacher, Ed Horne, are now suing the lawyers who won that settlement for them.
In a statement of claim filed this past Aug. 19 by their lawyer, Alan Regel,...
October 05, 2015 - 9:00 am
CamBay residents like Nunavut’s proposed anti-dope and bootleg law
Law wants to put "kingpins" out of business by seizing their property
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Tired of seeing bootleggers and drug traffickers openly operate in town, about 30 Cambridge Bay residents passed up the community’s regular Friday bingo and Elks social night to attend a Government of Nunavut meeting that didn’t end until 10 p.m.
The GN’s justice department wanted...
October 05, 2015 - 8:00 am
Iqaluit mayoral candidate Papatsie wants more co-operation
“There are a lot of problems in this city because no one works well with each other”
Noah Papatsie wants city council members to drop the negativity and co-operate to meet their objectives in the future.
He’s throwing his name into Iqaluit’s mayoral campaign in the hope that voters agree.
“I’ve been pushing for this ever since I got into council,” said Papatsie, who was first...
October 05, 2015 - 7:00 am
Draft report on Nunavut baby’s death due at month’s end
Expect at least 25 recommendations for the GN, lawyer Katherine Peterson says
A report commissioned by the Government of Nunavut to look at the circumstances around the 2012 death of a Cape Dorset baby will contain “no less than” 25 recommendations on how to improve community health care in Nunavut, the report’s author, Katherine Peterson, told Nunatsiaq News Oct. 1.
October 02, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Archivists seeking names of Arctic Inuit in historic photos
“From the 1930s, we’ve also had elders recognize themselves as children and babies”
Have you seen this face? The Hudson’s Bay Co. is hoping that you have.
But there’s one small catch — it would have been more than 40 years ago.
The HBC Archives in Winnipeg are calling on the public to help identify a collection of photos taken in Inuit communities between 1920 and 1960.
October 02, 2015 - 2:40 pm
Nunavik health officials launch first suicide prevention, healing event
"It needs to be owned by the community"
Nunavik’s first regional suicide prevention and healing conference gets underway in Puvirnituq Oct. 5, with the hope of empowering Nunavimmiut to respond to its own needs.
Nunavik’s regional board of health and social services and its regional suicide prevention committee, which is organizing the...
October 02, 2015 - 1:02 pm
Kivalliq Wildlife Board questions Nunavut’s four federal candidates
KWB wants candidates' positions on caribou, the Nunavut land use plan and the Kiggavik uranium mine
The Kivalliq Wildlife Board on Sept. 29 sent this letter to the four candidates contesting the Nunavut seat in the House of Commons in the Oct. 19 federal election: Hunter Tootoo of the Liberals, Jack Anawak of the New Democrats, Leona Aglukkaq of the Conservatives and Spencer Rocchi of the Greens.......
October 02, 2015 - 11:45 am
Legal Ease, Oct. 2
Employee theft is a big problem in Canada. One in 10 small business failures are a result of employee theft, and overall, Canadian businesses lose over a billion dollars yearly to dishonest employees.
In Nunavut many businesses have limited supervisory staff and employees have more access to money...
October 02, 2015 - 9:07 am
TMAC promotes gold mine project to western Nunavut
"We know Hope Bay has had false starts"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Discharge systems, waste rock and ore storage, vent raises, and tailings. This kind of technical mining jargon appeared to be familiar to the mine-savvy residents of Cambridge Bay who attended an Oct. 1 update from TMAC Resources Inc.
That may be because they’ve sat through many...
October 02, 2015 - 8:00 am
Nunavut’s “art of dressing warm” goes on display
“I don’t think Winnipeg’s ever seen anything like this before”
Few can rival Nunavummiut when it comes to dressing right for winter.
So it makes sense that if or when Nunavut fashion designers break into the southern market, they’ll do so on the strength of beautiful parkas and accessories made out of traditional Inuit materials like sealskin, bones and...
October 02, 2015 - 7:00 am
Nunavik school board defends meeting, training costs
Montreal newspaper takes aim at KSB for "luxury" meetings
Nunavik’s Kativik School Board has defended its spending on staff travel and training following a report alleging extravagant expenses published this week in a Quebec newspaper.
The French-language Journal de Montreal reported Sept. 30 on a number of school board meetings and training sessions,...
October 01, 2015 - 4:19 pm
Nunavik welding program moves students into the workforce
"There was an interest, a need and the job market was there"
Annie Mary Anowak likes to work with her hands, outdoors, and she doesn’t let gender stereotypes get in her way.
The carpenter, firefighter and first responder from Umiujaq was looking too learn a new trade earlier this year, when she heard the Kativik School Board was offering a new welding...
October 01, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Ontario school opens its heart to two young Nunavut athletes
Promising Cape Dorset wrestlers will train in Stratford, Ont.
The charred rubble that remains at the site of where Peter Pitseolak high school once stood serves as a reminder of what the community has lost.
For Cape Dorset students Ruth Jaw and Teresa Curley, losing their school to a fire last month signalled a major disruption to their academic schedules...
October 01, 2015 - 2:14 pm
Nunavik’s Sheila Watt-Cloutier wins “alternative” Nobel prize
"Receiving the Right Livelihood Award is a heartfelt honour which I humbly accept”
The Inuit climate change activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier is one of four recipients of the 2015 Right to Livelihood Award, an honour given out each year by a Swedish-based charitable foundation as an alternative to the Nobel Prize.
“Receiving the Right Livelihood Award is a heartfelt honour which I...
October 01, 2015 - 1:04 pm
Ice still thick and old in Northwest Passage: new study
"Even in today's climate, ice conditions must still be considered severe"
Wait for another 40 years, and then — maybe — the Northwest Passage will be truly navigable for shipping traffic during the summer.
A new study on ice thickness in the passage show there’s still a lot of thick, multi-year ice to be found in the channels between the Arctic islands in the warmer...
October 01, 2015 - 11:15 am
An open letter from Nunavut’s Green candidate
"The Green Party is committed to helping the Inuit people build a sustainable community"
Special to Nunatsiaq News
Over the past three days, Nunatsiaq News has profiled candidates from the three major political parties vying for the Nunavut seat in the House of Commons in the Oct. 19 federal election.
In fairness, we will now run an open letter from Spencer Rocchi, the...
October 01, 2015 - 10:00 am
Baffin history, told in stark black and white prints
Show at Nunavut legislature illustrates the last days of the whaling era
If you’re an art lover or history buff, but don’t love reading books, you might want to visit an exhibit, now on display at the Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit, before it wraps up Oct. 9.
The exhibit, 10 stark, black and white linoleum prints by Maurice Forsyth-Grant, the great-grand-nephew of...
October 01, 2015 - 9:00 am
Incumbent northern Quebec MP has “unfinished business”
Romeo Saganash says an NDP government would commit to northern, Indigenous issues
As a former marathon runner, Romeo Saganash knows how to pace himself over long distances.
And it’s a skill that will come in handy during this federal election campaign, which at 78 days, is the longest in Canada since 1876.
But that will also give the incumbent NDP MP more time to visit his...
Oct. 4 was a bad Sunday for Netsilik School and the AHS Natsiaq Pre-School in Taloyoak: "After a very good week of fun activities and events it was a very rude awakening to wake up to this," said a posting Oct. 4. on the school's Facebook page. Vandals trashed and tore apart thousands of dollars worth of school supplies. As well, many blackboards were pulled from the walls of Arctic College, its alcove covered in graffiti and burn marks, along with the school's front doors and handrails. "We just finally came to the completion of a renovation inside and out and you'd never know it. It is very disheartening to see major dollars spent on upgrades done on places like the school, preschool, complex, hamlet etc. only to be faced with terrible vandalism like this done in the middle of the night." (PHOTO COURTESY OF NETSILIK SCHOOL/FACEBOOK)