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Cambridge Bay hockey players take to the ice Oct. 7 below a giant fogbow. Sometimes called a white rainbow, a fogbow forms when light hits tiny droplets of moisture in the air. (PHOTO BY RED SUN PRODUCTIONS)
Cambridge Bay hockey players take to the ice Oct. 7 below a giant fogbow. Sometimes called a white rainbow, a fogbow forms when light hits tiny droplets of moisture in the air. (PHOTO BY RED SUN PRODUCTIONS)
NEWS October 16, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Nunavik airlines report “solid returns,” give millions to Makivik

“We are proud to once again be in a position to allocate funds to all communities"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik’s Makivik Corp. will dole out millions of dollars this year to Nunavik communities thanks to strong returns from the organization’s two airlines.

Makivik said last week that it will allocate $16.8 million to a number of community projects and regional initiatives.

The money comes, in...

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NEWS October 16, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Free survival training course coming to Nunavut capital

Iqaluit Action Lab offering on the land and ice workshop Oct. 21

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’ve ever been lost on the land and wondered how best to take care of yourself, then an upcoming course in Iqaluit is for you.

The Iqaluit Action Lab is offering a free survival on land and ice training day in Oct. 21 at the Anglican Parish Hall in Iqaluit.

Led by veteran land experts...

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NEWS October 16, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nine hopefuls vie to become High Arctic’s MLA

Incumbent Isaac Shooyook seeks to fend off pack of challengers, including veteran civil servant David Akeeagok

JOHN THOMPSON

Votes in Nunavut’s Quttiktuq riding will see the most crowded race this territorial election, with nine candidates vying to represent the High Arctic communities of Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay.

Incumbent Isaac Shooyook hopes to hold on to his seat in the legislature for a second term...

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NEWS October 16, 2017 - 10:00 am

Pressure mounts for global accord to protect central Arctic Ocean fish

"A step towards good Arctic governance"

JANE GEORGE

Arctic states, Indigenous groups, scientists and environmental groups have fortified their call for an international agreement to prevent fishing in the central Arctic Ocean until there’s more knowledge about what fish, if any, are found in its waters.

Such an international agreement, now in the...

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NEWS October 16, 2017 - 9:15 am

Nunavik mayor warns Inuit youth, parents about marijuana risks

"If cannabis is consumed at a young age, it can alter brain development"

SARAH ROGERS

The mayor of Nunavik’s largest community says he’s concerned that new federal legislation set to legalize the recreational use of marijuana may put Inuit youth at risk—and he wants the region to be prepared.

Kuujjuaq Mayor Tunu Napartuk was part of a delegation of leaders from the region who took......

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NEWS October 16, 2017 - 8:00 am

Armed man who held Nunavut town hostage for hours gets 15 years

Donovan Iyerak of Igloolik targeted police, injured one officer

STEVE DUCHARME

A man responsible for laying siege to the Igloolik RCMP detachment with a rifle and seriously injuring an officer during a 2014 shootout has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, minus time served, after he pleaded guilty to a series of charges including attempted murder.

Nunavut Justice...

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NEWS October 13, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut man faces multiple sex offences against minors

Garry Akpik of Iqaluit accused of sex assault, sexual touching

LISA GREGOIRE

An Iqaluit man facing two counts of sexual assault, six counts of sexual touching and two assault charges, among others, remains in custody Oct. 13 after a bail hearing scheduled for Oct. 4, at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit, was deferred.

Garry Akpik, whose name is spelled two ways on...

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NEWS October 13, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Police charge 17-year-old with death of Nunavik girl

Suspect charged with first-degree murder in July death of Bethany Nastapoka

SARAH ROGERS

Quebec provincial police have arrested and charged a teenager with first-degree murder in the July 22 death of another teen in the Nunavik community of Inukjuak.

On July 22, 14-year-old Bethany Nastapoka was found lifeless not far from her home in the Hudson Bay coastal community of 1,750.

Police...

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NEWS October 13, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Rebranded First Air celebrates a rebirth, complains about NNI

GN procurement scheme fails to acknowledge value of airline’s investment, First Air says

JIM BELL

OTTAWA—After unveiling new livery, new uniforms, new branding materials and a new catch-phrase, a reorganized First Air is ready to expand and seek new Arctic business opportunities, company officials said Oct. 12.

“We are talking about the rebirth of the airline,” First Air’s president and CEO,...

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NEWS October 13, 2017 - 10:00 am

Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu voters get a pared-down three-way race

Candidates talk about child care, elder care, housing

BETH BROWN

In 2013, Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu voters had to choose from a crowded field of six candidates, but this Oct. 30, they’ll see a pared-down three-way race.

The incumbent MLA, Pat Angnakak, will face political newcomer Franco Buscemi, as well as a previous challenger, Anne Crawford, who finished second in...

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NEWS October 13, 2017 - 9:15 am

Nunavut Inuit call for public hearing on iron mine expansion

QIA, Hamlet of Pond Inlet still worried about winter ice-breaking, railway

BETH BROWN

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Hamlet of Pond Inlet have called on the Nunavut Planning Commission to hold a single in-person public hearing in the North Baffin community before the commission considers a land use plan amendment that would allow a new railway and winter shipping route to...

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NEWS October 13, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut RCMP warn against fake bills in Iqaluit

"The bills appear to have foreign writing on them"

JANE GEORGE

Look before you accept a bank note—and if the bill has pale blue writing on it well, it’s likely a fake and you should call the RCMP.

Iqaluit has seens an influx of counterfeit currency printed on non-polymer Canadian bills, the RCMP said Oct. 12.

“The bills appear to have foreign writing on...

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NEWS October 12, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Anawak’s DUI case to be dealt with after Nunavut election

Impaired driving charge against Aivilik candidate Jack Anawak put over to Nov. 9

STEVE DUCHARME

A Nunavut justice of the peace delayed a scheduled plea for outstanding impaired driving charges against Aivilik candidate Jack Anawak, clearing the way for Anawak to participate in the Nunavut territorial election before the case is dealt with in court.

Anawak’s lawyer, James Morton, said by...

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NEWS October 12, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik leaders say cannabis legalization poses public safety concerns

"Our goal is to be adequately prepared when the law becomes effective"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik leaders say they’ll face a number of challenges dealing with cannabis use in the region after recreational possession and cultivation is legalized in 2018.

The federal government’s Cannabis Act, or Bill C-45, would create a framework for the legal production, distribution, sale and...

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NEWS October 12, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut hamlet’s airport an unhealthy workplace, employee says

GN to get federal infrastructure dollars to fix Kimmirut's crumbling airport terminal

STEVE DUCHARME

The federal government will soon receive detailed proposals from the Government of Nunavut to improve and replace Kimmirut’s 40-year-old terminal building, after introductory pitches to a federal infrastructure fund were approved earlier in the month, the territory’s transportation department...

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NEWS October 12, 2017 - 9:15 am

Lizzie Saunders, dead at 36: the reality of living homeless in Montreal

"It is like quicksand"

COURTNEY EDGAR

MONTREAL—Lizzie Saunders was known among her friends and family for her over-the-top kuniks.

To her, if your nose or face didn’t hurt after Inuktitut kisses, you weren’t doing it right, says Barbara McDonald, the president of Tasiutigiit—a Montreal support group for cross-cultural Inuit and First...

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NEWS October 12, 2017 - 8:00 am

Voters in western Nunavut hub look at three-way race for MLA

Candidates will participate in Oct. 28 forum

JANE GEORGE

Only one thing is certain as voters in Cambridge Bay look to the Oct. 30 Nunavut election—afterwards, they’ll have a new MLA.

That’s because Keith Peterson, who became MLA in 2004, and then cabinet minister in 2008, has decided not to seek re-election.

Jeannie Ehaloak, the current mayor, Pamela...

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NEWS October 11, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Russian rocket debris unlikely to land in Canadian waters, GN says

“The GN is monitoring this situation”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Russian SS-19 rocket whose second stage, carrying a highly toxic fuel called hydrazine, will scatter debris between Ellesmere Island and Greenland, is not likely to land in Canadian waters, the Government of Nunavut said Oct. 10 in a public service announcement.

Last week, Nunavut Premier Peter......

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NEWS October 11, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Fire guts former Iqaluit dental clinic near hospital

Firefighters also quell blaze at apartment building

BETH BROWN

An Iqaluit building located near the old Baffin hospital has been left gutted by fire after an evening blaze that fire officials say was caused by an electrical failure. 

Building 526, an unoccupied Government of Nunavut building previously used as a dental clinic, caught fire Oct. 10 at around...

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NEWS October 11, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Heavy fuel oil ban would raise costs for Nunavut, shipping firms say

"It will have an effect. There is no doubt"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—A move underway to reduce and eventually ban the use of heavy fuel oil by Arctic vessels, proposed by Canada and the United Nations agency responsible for shipping and prevention of marine pollution, will increase the cost of living in Nunavut, two regional Arctic shipping companies...

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LETTERS October 11, 2017 - 11:30 am

The consensus style of government can work

"The biggest flaw in this style of governance is the inability to form a strong team"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut legislative assembly uses a consensus style of governance. It was created because that was thought to be how Inuit governed themselves.

The biggest flaw in this style of governance is the inability to form a strong team.

The consensus style of government can work if the regular...

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NEWS October 11, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavik’s 2017 health survey wraps as number-crunching begins

"This is going to make our lives a lot easier for things that need to be done"

SARAH ROGERS

As soon as Dr. Françoise Bouchard arrived in Puvirnituq Sept. 4 to participate in part of the Qanuilirpitaa Inuit health survey, the research icebreaker, the CCGS Amundsen, was called out to do a search and rescue in Frobisher Bay.

All’s well that ends well; the missing boaters were found safe and...

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NEWS October 11, 2017 - 9:00 am

Police nab Nunavut inmate following two-hour escape attempt

Bobby Kellogok, 31, faces multiple sex charges

STEVE DUCHARME

A Kugluktuk man accused of multiple sex charges is back in RCMP custody, after he evaded a guard and fled from Iqaluit’s Qikiqtani General Hospital in the early morning hours of Oct. 10.

Bobby Kellogok, 31, was in the custody of a lone Baffin Correctional Centre guard when he ran out of the...

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NEWS October 11, 2017 - 8:00 am

Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet race pits experience against youth

“If you want to see change, you have to vote"

SARAH ROGERS

Candidates contesting Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet on the Oct. 30 territorial election bring a mix of political experience and youth to the campaign shaping up in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region.

The riding, which encompasses the northern part of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut’s second-largest...

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LETTERS October 10, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Mad Mom’s concerned about leadership

“Leaders were able to speak up, take stands and help people to understand complex issues”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mad Mom here. What am I concerned about this time you ask?

It’s about leadership and these elections coming up Oct. 30.

In the old days, leaders were proclaimed by others. They were seen as strong, consistent, decisive people who could make decisions for the benefit of all.

Leaders never called...

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NEWS October 10, 2017 - 2:30 pm

On World Mental Health Day, “help is available,” Nunavut government says

But Gjoa Haven says its mental health issues need more attention

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—On World Mental Health Day, Oct, 10, Nunavut’s health department encourages Nunavummiut “to take care of ourselves and one another.”

“It is important to take care of your mind as you would your body. Let’s all do our part to support our friends’ and family’s mental health, and...

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Nunavut wise woman Kakolak Avadluk lights the qulliq Oct. 16 as the Kitikmeot Inuit Assocation annual general meeting gets underway in Cambridge Bay with representatives of the western Nunavut region's five communities.‎ Read more later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
Nunavut wise woman Kakolak Avadluk lights the qulliq Oct. 16 as the Kitikmeot Inuit Assocation annual general meeting gets underway in Cambridge Bay with representatives of the western Nunavut region's five communities.‎ Read more later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

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