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Common eider duck hatchlings snuggle up to their siblings who haven't yet emerged from their shell in a nest on the land at Pitsiulaaqtuuq, Fairway Island, about 12 km southeast of Chesterfield Inlet Aug. 8. Our photographer observed two of them running away from the nest, at one point, but the third hatchling was still nest-bound. If you look closely, you can see that one shell is broken and a duckling is starting to emerge, but the other egg was still intact on that day. For more superb Kivalliq nature photography, see Putulik Photography on Facebook. (PHOTO BY PUTULIK PHOTOGRAPHY)
Common eider duck hatchlings snuggle up to their siblings who haven't yet emerged from their shell in a nest on the land at Pitsiulaaqtuuq, Fairway Island, about 12 km southeast of Chesterfield Inlet Aug. 8. Our photographer observed two of them running away from the nest, at one point, but the third hatchling was still nest-bound. If you look closely, you can see that one shell is broken and a duckling is starting to emerge, but the other egg was still intact on that day. For more superb Kivalliq nature photography, see Putulik Photography on Facebook. (PHOTO BY PUTULIK PHOTOGRAPHY)
NEWS August 22, 2017 - 7:20 pm

Sanikiluaq woman, 22, found dead; man, 26, in custody: Nunavut RCMP

Homicide suspect medevaced to Winnipeg with self-inflicted gunshot wound

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 22-year-old Sanikiluaq woman is dead, while a man, 26, is in custody as a result of a “self-inflicted gun shot wound,” the RCMP said late Aug. 22.

The RCMP are investigating the death of the woman, which police say occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Aug. 22.

The man, now in custody, was on his way...

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NEWS August 22, 2017 - 4:00 pm

MMIWG inquiry visit to Nunavut raises awareness, but not participation

“It’ll make it a lot easier and smoother process when we return"

SARAH ROGERS

Registration remains low for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ first Nunavut visit, planned for December 2017.

But the inquiry’s team of Inuit staff said Nunavummiut are much more aware of the commission’s work after hosting a three-day community visit in...

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LETTERS August 22, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut social housing rents should not be based on gross income

High rents are a big burden when combined with other high costs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

This is a letter for people who are in Nunavut public housing and people whose rent is calculated from using your total gross income on line 150 of the income tax return.

It puts a lot of burden on how we spend our money. I think if they went by your net salary, instead of line 150, it would make...

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NEWS August 22, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Parents not liable: Nunavut teen must pay cost of damages

Unlike other jurisdictions, Nunavut parents not required to pay for damages caused by child

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Iqaluit teenager will have to pay back the cost of electronics he damaged after punching and tripping another minor, according to a court decision released Aug. 21 by the Nunavut Court of Justice.

The judgment, delivered by Justice Virginia Schuler Aug. 16, made a point to remind Nunavummiut...

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NEWS August 22, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut music festival encourages stories, poetry

"Arviat Writes" looks for original work in English or Inuktitut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you live in Arviat and feel creative, organizers of “Arviat Writes” encourages you to enter this story and poetry contest—part of this weekend’s 2017 Inummariit Music Festival in the Kivalliq, community of about 3,000 people.

Arviat writers aged nine to 99 can submit a story or poem. After a...

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NEWS August 22, 2017 - 8:00 am

Feds announce maintenance contract for new naval vessels

Six Arctic offshore patrol vessels included in $800-million deal

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An $800-million federal contract awarded Aug.17 will fund repairs, upkeep and operational support for new ships being built for the Canadian Navy—and among them are ships that will sail in northern waters.

The contract will cover up to six Arctic and offshore patrol vessels now under construction...

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NEWS August 22, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavik Sivunitsavut officially opens its doors

“We’re looking at options for long-term, sustainable funding"

SARAH ROGERS

Aug. 21 marked the first day of classes for Nunavik’s new Montreal-based college program.

Nunavik Sivunitsavut, modelled after the Ottawa-based Nunavut Sivuniksavut, opened it doors last week for its first cohort of 18 students, who range in age from 17 to 38.

“We have a wide span of interest...

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NEWS August 21, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Lease fight threatens Nunavut college’s plan for Hotel Arctic

“At this late date, it will be impossible for NAC to obtain sufficient classroom, office and cafeteria space”

STEVE DUCHARME

When Inuit-owned Qikiqtaaluk Properties bought Iqaluit’s now-closed Hotel Arctic last month, their goal was to lease the building to Nunavut Arctic College for use as a student residence, with classroom space and a student cafeteria, newly filed court affidavits confirm.

But an ongoing squabble...

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NEWS August 21, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavik’s second Inuit health survey now underway

"This survey... will provide very important tools for Nunavik"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you hear a knock on your door in Nunavik between now and early October, you might come face-to-face with a worker from the Qanuilirpitaa health survey, which got underway Aug. 19 in Kuujjaraapik and will wind up Oct. 5 in Kuujjuaq.

Qanuilirpitaa organizers say that, when they stop by, they...

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NEWS August 21, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Feds open new Nunavut research facility in Pond Inlet

Pond Inlet centre will look at wildlife, climate change

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In Pond Inlet, where she and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the federal government declared Aug. 14 that they had reached an agreement for Tallurutiup Imanga Lancaster Sound marine protected area, Canada’s minister of environment and climate change, Catherine McKenna, also kayaked—and...

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LETTERS August 21, 2017 - 11:30 am

The late Jules Dufour believed in the future of Nunavik

Jules Dufour, 76, died Aug. 6 in Quebec City

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I am very sorry to announce the death of Jules Dufour at the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Quebec City on Aug. 6, 2017. He was 76 years old.

Jules was Emeritus Professor at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in geography, international co-operation and regional development.

He is survived by his...

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NEWS August 21, 2017 - 8:00 am

Geologists search for Earth’s earliest life forms in Nunavut

Scientists return from Coppermine River with Precambrian rocks, fossils

STEVE DUCHARME

More than a billion years ago, a planet-changing volcanic eruption fossilized some of Earth’s first organisms in lava flows stretching across North America’s Arctic landmass.

Now, a team of scientists returning from a canoe trip down the Coppermine River have collected a trove of rock samples...

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NEWS August 21, 2017 - 7:00 am

It’s first stop Greenland for Amundsen’s Maud after departing Nunavut

“It’s sad to see it going, but people are aware that it means a lot to the Norwegians"

BETH BROWN

On winter days in Cambridge Bay, the hamlet’s mayor, Jeannie Ehaloak, would often go for walks along the shore.

“I would go to the Maud and back,” she said. 

But lately, she’s had to look for a new end mark for her outings, since the sunken vessel of the famed Norwegian polar explorer, Roald...

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NEWS August 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Wildfire smoke moves into Nunavut

Smoke from fires in western Canada moves north

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Beautiful reddish suns at dawn or dusk are not always a sign of good weather—but of smoke in the air.

Nunavut’s Department of Health warned Aug. 18 that smoke resulting from forest fires will approach some Nunavut communities, so residents should take necessary precautions.

Depending on the level...

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NEWS August 18, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut RCMP intensify efforts to obtain wanted man’s surrender

Police look at "all options" in Cape Dorset, with David Mikkigak still at large and allegedly armed

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated, Aug. 21, 3 p.m.)

Members of the RCMP say they continue to work with people in Cape Dorset in the hope that David Mikkigak, now at large for seven weeks on the land outside the community, will “surrender peacefully” to police.

Mikkigak, 37, of Cape Dorset, is wanted for a number of...

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NEWS August 18, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Pick up the phone if you need support, says Nunavut’s Victims Services

"We want them to know there’s someone here for them"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut faces some of the highest rates of family violence and sexual assault in the country, at more than seven times the national rate for Canada.

But the territory’s Victims Services wants Nunavummiut to know there is help for people who have been victimized.

“We’re trying to make sure that...

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NEWS August 18, 2017 - 11:45 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Aug. 6 to Aug. 13

Conviction of Cape Dorset business owner for sea can theft and arson the week's top story

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

One thing becomes clear after looking at the top five stories last week on Nunatsiaqonline.ca: our readers are interested in the justice system—from court decisions to policing.

The most-read story of the week examined how a Nunavut man was jailed for sabotaging an ex-MLA’s business.

A Cape...

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FEATURES August 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Hammering out traditional oil lamps in Nunavut’s capital

"Being taught by an expert like Mathew is a great honour”

BETH BROWN

Mathew Nuqingaq hammers a crease into a half circle of sheet metal so he can bend it into a bowl shape.

While traditional qulliq lamps are made from stone, “when the metal came north, it became a normal thing,” said the Iqaluit artist who hosted a metal qulliq making workshop at his Aayuraa...

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NEWS August 18, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut school worker charged with obstructing justice in sex assault case

Woman described as "teacher" counselled underage sexual assault victim into signing fabricated letters, Crown alleges

STEVE DUCHARME

An Igloolik woman has challenged evidence filed against her alleging that she persuaded the underaged victim of a sexual assault to sign fabricated statements that would have helped the man accused of assaulting the underaged victim.

Carolyn Tapardjuk is charged with one count of obstructing the...

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NEWS August 18, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut power workers get plugged in to new wage-benefit deal

Unionized QEC employees vote yes to four-year contract

JIM BELL

A majority of about 140 unionized workers at the Qulliq Energy Corp. have voted yes to a new four-year wage-benefit deal with their employer that expires Dec. 31, 2020, the Nunavut Employees Union announced Aug. 17.

Unlike the last round of collective agreement talks between the QEC and the NEU,...

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COMMENTARY August 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, Aug. 17

Adultery is rarely relevant to who gets what, when couples split

JAMES MORTON

Canada has a no-fault family law system.

What that means is, with one significant exception, misconduct during marriage—basically adultery—is not relevant to determining who gets what and where the child lives.

Sometimes people say that’s not fair—why should adultery be ignored? Well there are...

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Police plead for help in solving Nunavut boy’s homicide

Ray Taparti Jr., 11, was found dead in Rankin Inlet after being reported missing July 7

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut RCMP are once again reaching out to the public for information that could help them investigate the homicide of 11-year-old Ray Taparti Jr. this past July.

Police, with the help of the local search and rescue group, found the body of the boy, who was also known as “OJ,” in an...

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut ADM talks literacy, language as kids head back to class

Students back to class in the west, heading back soon in the east

BETH BROWN

(Corrected Aug. 21, 9:50 a.m.)

Students will return to school in Nunavut this month, as the Department of Education plans to make literacy one of its top goals for the coming academic year.

“It’s the linchpin for the whole system,” John MacDonald, assistant deputy minister for the GN’s...

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 11:45 am

Construction of new Nunavut school brings closure to “difficult chapter”

New Cape Dorset high school set to open in September 2018

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The construction of Cape Dorset’s new high school is now underway, the Government of Nunavut announced this week.

The work begins almost two years after Peter Pitseolak high school was destroyed in a September 2015 fire, leaving 134 students and staff members without a permanent facility in the...

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 10:00 am

Distraught Hall Beach man surrenders to Nunavut police

Posing with a rifle, man, 27, threatened violence over a live Facebook video

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 27-year-old man who posed in photos with a rifle and broadcast a live Facebook video while threatening violence is now in police custody, the Nunavut RCMP said in a statement Aug. 16.

“After a brief negotiation, the accused surrendered peacefully to Hall Beach officers positioned outside. The...

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 8:00 am

Dental therapist molested kids in at least two Nunavut communities, lawyer alleges

The late Daniel Nahogaloak worked in Igloolik, Taloyoak, Cambridge Bay

JANE GEORGE

A dental therapist who died in 2016 may have sexually abused young children in several Nunavut communities in the 1980s, leaving his victims so traumatized that afterwards they were too terrified to seek dental care, alleges Alan Regel, an Edmonton-based lawyer and member of the Nunavut bar.

Regel...

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NEWS August 17, 2017 - 7:00 am

Anonymous donor helps Iqaluit elders fly to Kuujjuarapik

Iqaluit seniors almost missed out on annual eastern Arctic elders event

BETH BROWN

Thanks to a donation from an anonymous benefactor and last-minute funding from the Government of Nunavut, some Iqaluit elders will get to attend a get-together in Kuujjuarapik Aug. 20 to Aug. 26.

At a meeting of Iqaluit City Council’s recreation committee Aug. 10, the city recreation director said...

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NEWS August 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut health department urges best practices for fermenting meat

Traditional curing and plastic don't go together

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It’s harvest time for many sea mammals in the Arctic and if you plan to ferment walrus, seal or beluga meat, be mindful of the best ways of storing and aging meat.

That’s because the bacteria that cause botulism are naturally found in walrus, seal and sometimes whale, and if aged meat isn’t...

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LETTERS August 16, 2017 - 1:09 pm

A big thank you from the family of Solomon Qanatsiaq

Solomon Qanatsiaq: March 28, 1944—June 15, 2017

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

We extend our sincere gratitude to the following organizations and individuals who assisted and entertained our father during the time he was battling cancer.

Solomon Qanatsiaq succumbed to the cancer on June 15, 2017. Thank you to the people of St. Silas Anglican Church, Rev. Joelie Sangujaq and...

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The solar eclipse at maximum in Nunavut, at around 2:20 on Aug. 21, as seen from Iqaluit. People around North America took time out after lunch yesterday to don special glasses or use cameras to watch as the moon passed between Earth and sun. The eclipse was visible in its totality over a band of 14 American states including the first total eclipse for the day in Oregon, at around 9:05 a.m., and it's final one in South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. According to NASA's website, the longest duration of total eclipse was near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun was blocked out for two minutes and 40 seconds. (PHOTO BY FRANK REARDON)
The solar eclipse at maximum in Nunavut, at around 2:20 on Aug. 21, as seen from Iqaluit. People around North America took time out after lunch yesterday to don special glasses or use cameras to watch as the moon passed between Earth and sun. The eclipse was visible in its totality over a band of 14 American states including the first total eclipse for the day in Oregon, at around 9:05 a.m., and it's final one in South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. According to NASA's website, the longest duration of total eclipse was near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun was blocked out for two minutes and 40 seconds. (PHOTO BY FRANK REARDON)

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