A long spring day comes to a glorious end in south Baffin. Just a note to our readers, the Nunatsiaq News offices in Iqaluit and Ottawa will be closed on Monday, May 23, for the Victoria Day holiday. We will be open as usual on Tuesday, May 24. We wish our loyal readers a safe and enjoyable long weekend. (PHOTO BY ERIC LANGDON)
May 20, 2016 - 4:20 pm
Nunavut man, 29, dies inside Cape Dorset RCMP holding cell
Ottawa Police Service, Nunavut coroner's office will investigate
A 29-year-old man has died while in police custody at the Cape Dorset RCMP detachment, a May 20 release from the Nunavut RCMP said.
Police said they arrested the man, who was not identified in the release, on the evening of May 19 after responding to a call about “an intoxicated male and an...
May 20, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Need for mental health services in Nunavik urgent, says former leader
"We need a medical and counselling support system that works for us"
Inuit leader Mary Simon says she supports a recent call for emergency intervention to respond to a spate of suicides in Nunavik.
Since the end of December 2015, 11 Nunavimmiut have died by suicide — the vast majority of them in their teens and early twenties.
A campaign launched May 13 by Nunavik...
May 20, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Where do voters turn when leaders fail to lead?
Land sales vote suffered from lack of information, political guidance
The recent land referendum in Nunavut was a failure of the territory’s political leadership on all levels.
Simply put, leaders failed to lead.
Instead, they claimed to be neutral, and cloaked themselves as bureaucrats.
The difference between a political leader and a bureaucrat is crucial —...
May 20, 2016 - 1:15 pm
Qikiqtani Inuit org reveals Baffinland IIBA financial info
‘’The board of directors strongly believes in transparency between QIA and all of the beneficiaries"
(Updated May 20, 2:45 p.m., with clarifications)
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association has decided to help its beneficiaries follow the money.
To that end, they’ve published a new, unredacted version of the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement that they signed with the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. on...
May 20, 2016 - 10:00 am
Investigation into Nunavut cellblock brutality taking “way too long:” lawyer
“Police have a long history of… what’s the opposite of transparency? Opaqueness"
An ongoing police investigation into allegations of police brutality by Iqaluit RCMP, announced in February 2015, is taking “way too long” by “any normal standards for a police investigation.”
And that investigation, which the Nunavut RCMP asked the Ottawa Police Services, or OPS, to do, has...
May 20, 2016 - 8:30 am
Inuit foster kids fight to overcome trauma, abandonment: Part I in a series
“I feel like I wasn’t a kid. I was just a case number"
OTTAWA — When she was around 12, she tried to hang herself because it seemed like the only way to stop getting groped and raped by men and boys who came and went from the drunken household where she was raised.
A family member found her, cut her down and hugged her and though she didn’t trust...
May 20, 2016 - 7:00 am
Whooping cough outbreak grows in Nunavut community
“The concern is more young children who can become very ill"
An outbreak of whooping cough in Nunavut has grown to 13 cases — all of them within the north Baffin community of Pond Inlet.
Health officials first warned May 16 of a four confirmed cases of this bacterial infection, a number that had risen by nine two days later.
The infection, which is marked...
May 19, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut stats still show lower life expectancy at birth: StatsCan
Life expectancy at birth in Nunavut remains 11 years less than in B.C.
A child born in Nunavut between 2010 and 2012 can look forward to a life that’s 11 years shorter than a child born at the same time in British Columbia.
That’s according to the May 19 release of Life Tables from Statistics Canada.
StatsCan found that life expectancy at birth remained lower in...
May 19, 2016 - 2:45 pm
Iqaluit-based film wows international audience
Two Lovers and a Bear premieres at Cannes May 18
Nunavut’s winter landscape shone on the international stage May 18, when the Iqaluit-filmed Two Lovers and Bear premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
The story, written and directed by Montreal’s Kim Nguyen, stars Tatiana Maslany (best known for the television series Orphan Black) and...
May 19, 2016 - 1:25 pm
A better liver through chemistry: Pauktuutit takes aim at hepatitis C
National Inuit women's association develops partnerships, continues awareness campaign on viral infection
OTTAWA — It’s a disease that often strikes in silence, and many victims learn of it only after many years, when their livers are scarred by cirrhosis or eaten away by cancer.
Hepatitis C, a chronic liver infection caused by a virus that wasn’t discovered until 1989, lives inside the bodies of more...
May 19, 2016 - 10:30 am
Nunavut orgs say they’ll implement Hall Beach inquest recommendations
“We remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of all individuals in RCMP custody"
The organizations that make up the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy say they will work to implement the recommendations that came from a Hall Beach coroner’s inquest jury earlier this month.
The May inquest looked into the circumstances around the death of an 18-year-old local man, Tommy...
May 19, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavut historical society to produce CHARS research guide
"Local people have much to teach incoming researchers" at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station
A stream of researchers from many disciplines will start to head to Cambridge Bay after the opening of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station there in July 2017.
That’s why the Kitikmeot Heritage Society aims to develop a new research guide for scientists and researchers who plan to work in...
May 19, 2016 - 7:00 am
Alaska firm picks up Arctic Fibre, plans connection to Japan
Fibre optic project focused on Alaska, with future plans to expand eastwards through Northwest Passage
Plans for a fibre optic network through the Canadian Arctic are still on the table, but Nunavut communities shouldn’t expect the project to deliver better bandwidth anytime soon.
Arctic Fibre, the Ontario company that first launched plans to build a network connecting Asia to Europe via the......
May 18, 2016 - 4:05 pm
GN warns against contaminated quinoa bars
If you eat them, you could get sick from the listeria bug
Do these packages of Quaker Harvest brand quinoa bars look familiar? If these packages are in your kitchen, don’t eat any of the bars.
You should throw them out — or return them to the store where you bought them for a refund.
Nunavut’s health department has issued warning about a food recall on...
May 18, 2016 - 3:02 pm
Elder dies in Nunavut community’s big flu outbreak
At its height, 80 people a day went to the local health centre
An outbreak of influenza in the Baffin community of Pangnirtung has eased.
But that’s only after the virus claimed the life of an elder in this Baffin community of 1,700, sources told Nunatsiaq News.
The outbreak, first reported on May 5, closed schools and offices, driving up to 80 people a day...
May 18, 2016 - 1:30 pm
NS students learn about Nunavut, and also themselves
“It’s embedded in us. It’s in our hearts”
OTTAWA — Though their instructors like to talk about all the long days spent on academic study, Nunavut Sivuniksavut students like to talk about how the program helped them grow on the inside.
“It’s what we learned about ourselves that I will take away,” second-year student Adam Aqpik of Iqaluit...
May 18, 2016 - 11:30 am
Legal Ease, May 18
What are Emergency Protection Orders and Community Intervention Orders?
Suppose there is a problem in the family and abuse, say spousal violence, is occurring.
The RCMP can be brought in to lay criminal charges, but there is an alternative designed in Nunavut which is intended to reflect better traditional values.
These are civil orders granted by a justice of the...
May 18, 2016 - 10:00 am
Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalls green tea product
Product may be contaminated with salmonella
Nunavut’s health department is warning consumers about a recall issued for a brand of organic green tea sold in the territory.
That’s because drinking Organic Hojicha Green Tea could make you sick.
Organic Matters recalled its Organic Hojicha Green Tea late last week due to salmonella...
May 18, 2016 - 8:30 am
Online campaign seeks donations to help prevent youth suicide in Nunavik
Fundraising site sparked by recent deaths in Tasiujaq
An online fundraising campaign aims to raise money for teen suicide prevention in Nunavik — another effort to respond to the high number of suicides which Nunavik has seen this past winter and spring, which has prompted Nunavik singer-songwriter Beatrice Deer to call for a “state of...
May 18, 2016 - 7:00 am
Ottawa opens call for DFO’s seal product marketing fund
Applicants can start sending proposal applications to DFO
As the federal government marked Seal Day on the Hill May 17, Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo opened a call for proposals for a new fund to help Indigenous communities market seal skin products to the world.
The $5.7 million fund, called Certification and Market Access Program for Seals, or...
May 17, 2016 - 4:10 pm
Police lay attempted murder charges in Nunavut shack fire
Passerby pulls man from burning shack before firefighters arrive
(Updated, 4 p.m.)
Iqaluit RCMP have charged two people in connection with a shack fire on Iqaluit’s beach May 13.
In a May 17 news release, police said Qilluya Lucassie, 23, has been charged with attempt to commit murder and arson with disregard for human life.
Peter Sharky, 30, has been charged...
May 17, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut woman giving away 40 plane tickets to worthy northerners
"I’ve got some real honest to goodness responses, people are looking beyond themselves"
More than 500 people entered a First Air contest to win 40 return airplane tickets but only one person entered with an idea to launch a contest of her own.
And she won.
“I really didn’t think I would win it, to be honest. It was like, ‘Holy cow!’” said Sarah Maniapik, reached in Iqaluit May 17....
Inuit Circumpolar Council president Okalik Eegeesiak speaks to delegates at the three-day Arctic Circle Forum in Nuuk, Greenland, which wrapped up May 19. The Arctic Circle Forum is one of the largest international gatherings focused on circumpolar issues and economic development in the Arctic. Coordinated by the Government of Greenland, the forum drew delegates from across Canada’s north, including Nunavut and Nunavik, to discuss resource develop and tourism in Arctic regions, health and well-being and the role Arctic universities can play in development. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NAALAKKERSUISUT)