Kitty Angnatuk shows off her catch as she takes part in an April 21 fishing competition at Kuujjuaq’s Stewart Lake. Competitors were aiming to pull up the heaviest fish to win the competition’s top prize: an HF radio, although all participants received $20 per fish. The Kuujjuaq Pinguatitsijingiit recreation committee organized a number of Easter games April 21, including ptarmigan hunting, ice chiseling and a dog sled race. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
April 22, 2014 - 4:35 pm
Nunavut women prepare to take their first steps of hope
“I will be sustained during the walk by memories of those who died too soon"
Veronica Tattuinee-Connelly couldn’t commit to the 200-kilometre trek, but she’s decided to become part of Women in Action anyway.
She recently organized a loonie-toonie sale that brought in $2,100, along with other donations she drew from businesses and organizations in her hometown of Rankin...
April 22, 2014 - 4:18 pm
Ottawa should set aside Nunavut mining royalties to build housing
“This is not about devolution, this is simply the honour of the Crown”
I was driving to work this morning and saw Leona Aglukkaq on the road. I must say that she looked well. It was clear to me that her career as a federal minster is agreeing with her.
Leona’s presence also signalled to me that something important was going on this week in Iqaluit. I felt certain...
April 22, 2014 - 3:49 pm
In memory of Alan McRae
Alan McRae: Feb. 12, 1956 — Feb. 16, 2014
Alan McRae passed away suddenly on Feb. 16, 2014. He is survived by his wife Napatchie, children Patrick, Kerri and Ningiurapik, grandchildren Alexander, Riley, Arthur, Jennifer, Robin, Maya, Caitlin, Isla, Loïc, Ariel and Cameron, and his older brothers Gordon and Ian.
Alan was an incredibly...
April 22, 2014 - 2:53 pm
Nunavut commissioner withdraws from Steps of Hope walk
"It is with a sad and heavy heart that I write this letter ..."
It is with a sad and heavy heart that I write this letter to my many caring supporters, Women in Action, my rock, family and friends.
As the start date for the Women in Action—Steps of Hope 2014 draws nearer day by day, it is only fair that I inform you that I too have been forced to withdraw from...
April 22, 2014 - 2:02 pm
Nunavut arts festival heads west to Cambridge Bay this summer
"We need to make sure we’re fostering the development of new artists"
The Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association plans to showcase its talent in Cambridge Bay this year.
The Kitikmeot community of 1,500 people will host the 15th anniversary of the Nunavut Arts Festival between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26 — the first time it’s been held in Cambridge Bay since 2001.
April 22, 2014 - 12:34 pm
Should Nunavut build a university?
Does Canada need an Arctic university? The answer to that question is yes.
When James Nasso, the chair of Agnico Eagle’s board of directors, declared April 10 that his firm would donate $5 million to a future Nunavut university, a sympathetic audience of mining symposium delegates gave him a standing ovation.
When we published the ensuing story on our website, the issue...
April 21, 2014 - 4:26 pm
Nunavik writers: tell CPAWS what you love about your natural environment
Parks and wilderness group launches contest to raise awareness about Nunavik's ecosystem
The Quebec chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society has teamed up with some Nunavik organizations to launch a contest called Northern Inspiration, which aims to raise awareness about the region’s natural environment.
CPAWS, along with the Kativik Regional Government and the Fédération...
April 21, 2014 - 3:49 pm
Gazprom announces first shipment of offshore Arctic oil
Greenpeace says it continues to stand against Arctic oil drilling
Russian president Vladimir Putin announced the first shipment of oil from the state-owned energy company Gazprom April 18, marking the first-ever shipment of oil from offshore Arctic waters to Europe.
The new blend, extracted from the Pechora Sea, called ARCO, debuted on the global market April...
April 21, 2014 - 3:29 pm
Nunavut woman’s fits of jealousy lead to jail time
Nipisa Shaa threatened, assaulted women in Cape Dorset for five months
A Cape Dorset woman will head to jail for a month after a five-month campaign of death threats and violence, fueled by jealousy of women she believed had become her ex-boyfriend’s new lovers.
Nipisa Shaa, 25, pleaded guilty to 11 counts at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit April 17 — most of...
April 21, 2014 - 2:42 pm
Three million years ago, when Greenland really was green
Ancient tundra landscape preserved for at least 2.7 million years
New research has revealed evidence of an ancient, three-million-year-old tundra landscape that lies preserved and untouched beneath the more than three kilometres of ice that form the vast Greenland ice sheet.
The research, reported April 17 in the journal Science, reveals that even during the...
April 21, 2014 - 1:49 pm
Agnico Eagle says country food near Nunavut’s Meadowbank is safe to eat
Regular vegetation sampling to take place again in August 2014
Agnico Eagle Mines says it is confident that levels of lead and other heavy metals in vegetation around its Meadowbank gold mine site are safe at this point and pose no threat to human health through the consumption of country foods.
The company recently submitted a letter to the Nunavut Impact...
Kuujjuaq musher George Kauki gets some love from his sled dogs April 21, after winning the 20-km Easter dog sled race at Kuujuaq’s Stewart Lake. Six mushers competed in the weekend event, each travelling with a team of four sled dogs. Kauki completed the race in 1 hour and 45 minutes, picking up a $500 prize for his first-place finish. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)