Inukjuammiut kite skiiers prepare to catch some wind on Hudson Bay March 6. That's when trainers Sandy Haukai from Kangirsuk and Guy Laflamme from Arctic Wind Riders held a day session for residents, in preparation for the lunch of the community's new kite ski club. Inukjuaq will host the 2014 kite ski championship April 14-18, which is open to skiiers from both Nunavik and Nunaut. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ARCTIC WIND RIDERS)
March 10, 2014 - 2:42 pm
February Arctic sea ice extent fourth lowest since 1979
Ice cover last month was 910,000 square kilometres less than same month in 1979
As Arctic sea ice heads towards its maximum extent for the year some time this month, its measured extent in February 2014 was the fourth lowest since 1979, the National Snow and Ice Data Centre said last week.
Ice cover in the Arctic averaged 14.44 million square kilometres, 910,000 square...
March 10, 2014 - 2:04 pm
Military completes clean-up of 21 DEW Line stations
Aboriginal Affairs continues remediation of other 21 sites
The Department of National Defense has finished the clean-up of 21 DEW Line sites in the Canadian Arctic, the federal government announced March 7.
The $575 million clean-up is “the largest environmental remediation project, both in scale and investment, ever undertaken by the Government of...
March 10, 2014 - 1:22 pm
On your mark, get set, mush
The 13th edition of the Ivakkak dog team race sets off from Kangiqsujuaq
And they’re off!
The 13th edition of Nunavik’s dog team Ivakkak race set off from the Hudson Strait community of Kangiqsujuaq March 10 under mostly clear skies.
This year’s race consists of 11 teams hailing from Kuujjuaq, Tasiujaq, Quaqtaq, Kangiqsujuaq and Puvirnituq, each led by teams of 10 to...
March 10, 2014 - 12:10 pm
Nunavut MLAs keep pressing for community airport upgrades
ED&T minister George Kuksuk says government trying to prioritize
Two Nunavut MLAs have urged the government to start putting money into their aging community airports.
At the Nunavut legislative sssembly March 7, South Baffin MLA David Joanasie and Aivilik MLA Steve Mapsalak grilled Economic Development and Transportation Minister George Kuksuk about when they...
March 10, 2014 - 11:04 am
Nunavik health board looking for more Inuit staff
NRBHSS wants to grow its Inuit employment level from 30 per cent
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services wants to see more Inuit working within its ranks.
Inuit employment has long been a concern for the region’s major organizations, but at a recent executive committee meeting, board members pointed to the need to ensure more Inuit workers are...
March 10, 2014 - 10:21 am
Beneficiary starts online petition demanding Towtongie’s resignation
"President Towtongie has managed to dishearten and alienate the very people she has been entrusted to represent"
I am baffled by the suggestion that the “NTI President Clarifies Policies” news release is being used as a defense of Ms. Towtongie’s imprudent and prejudiced commentary of March 6, 2014.
Looking at the statement that “[a]t NTI, we always promote an atmosphere of inclusivity, acceptance and...
March 10, 2014 - 7:49 am
Garbage piles up in communities as Nunavut awaits federal funding
Very little waste ever “truly leaves the territory”
Waste landfills in Nunavut’s largest communities are at or near capacity, and piles of garbage continue to mount.
Yet few communities have an immediate plan for what to do with waste material that keeps flowing in by air and sealift, without much chance of breaking down in the Arctic environment...
March 10, 2014 - 5:15 am
Award-winning David Myles looks forward to March 15 show in Iqaluit
Taking risks has paid off big time for Maritime singer-songwriter
Truth be told: David Myles has an inner ninja quite apart from the ridiculously popular single he and Classified released in November 2012 and which now has gained nearly three million views on YouTube.
Myles’ inner ninja has pushed him beyond the comfort zone of his high school trumpet and a...
March 07, 2014 - 5:16 pm
New online group offers hope, support to gay Inuit in the Arctic
“I’m ready to fight to make sure for once and for all that we belong to this society"
For Robbie Watt, March 6 was a turning point.
That’s the day the 46-year-old Inuk — who first came out as a homosexual almost 20 years ago — feels like he came out once again.
It’s time, he said, to change negative attitudes about homosexuality in many Inuit communities.
Watt was reacting to...
March 07, 2014 - 3:43 pm
Fishery consultation goes on the road to Kivalliq
Environment department staff visiting Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet
The Nunavut environment department is going fishing for opinions in the Kivalliq next week to gain input on a planned new fisheries strategy.
This follows a meeting in Iqaluit held Feb. 20 following a media advisory sent out the same day.
The Government of Nunavut hopes to gather opinions to...
March 07, 2014 - 2:54 pm
Celebrating the French language in Nunavut
Watch for events in Iqaluit to celebrate Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie
The Government of Nunavut’s culture and heritage department is encouraging Nunavummiut to celebrate French language and culture for the next 17 days as part of Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, a cross-Canada celebration of all things French.
“The Department of Culture and...
March 07, 2014 - 1:03 pm
Iqaluit MLA Okalik defends gay community in the Nunavut legislature
"No one deserves that kind of treatment in our territory"
Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA and former Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik stood up for Nunavut’s gay and lesbian community in the Legislative Assembly March 7.
Okalik, who said he has lived through prejudice as a result of his Aboriginal heritage and been supported by the gay community, told the legislature that...
All in a day's work: Canadian Forces members unload their equipment at the Iqaluit airport’s forward operating location March 7, after several days of training around the city during Exercise Guerrier Nordique. Reservists from the Quebec-based 35 Brigade Group teamed up with Canadian Rangers and members of the Vermont Army National Guard to complete four land and air scenarios March 1 to 9. (PHOTO BY 2LT ISABELLE PROVOST, CANADIAN FORCES)