The people behind Qarmaapik House, a Kangiqsualujjuaq-based family safe house, celebrate after winning a $700,000 grant from the Arctic Inspiration Prize at a gala ceremony in Winnipeg Dec. 8. The prize’s other two laureates include Pinnguaq's te(a)ch, a Nunavut-based curriculum that teaches programming, game design, engineering and computer science to students, and the Memorial University-based SmartICE, or Sea-ice Monitoring And Real-Time Information for Coastal Environments. (PHOTO COURTESY OF AIP)
December 09, 2016 - 1:10 pm
I’m looking into NPC conflict allegations, INAC minister says
“In terms of the Nunavut Planning Commission, there is much work being done, including new members of the commission"
Carolyn Bennett, the minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, said Dec. 8 in the House of Commons that she’s “looking into” allegations that Victor Tootoo, who worked as former part-time senior finance officer at the Nunavut Planning Commission through a consultancy, may have found himself in a...
December 09, 2016 - 11:45 am
Nunavik family house picks up top Arctic Inspiration Prize
Other winners include tech training for Nunavut schools, real-time sea ice monitoring
If you’re looking for an example of how Northern communities can take charge of their own well-being, look no further than Qarmaapik house.
The family safe house launched earlier this year by community members in Kangiqsuallujjuaq—a Nunavik village of 900 on Ungava Bay—picked up top honours at...
December 09, 2016 - 10:30 am
Fingernail-toenail study offers insights into why Franklin crew died
Dead sailor may have been sickened by a zinc deficiency
A newly published study is complicating one of most commonly held assumptions on the fate of Sir John Franklin and his doomed expedition for the Northwest Passage: that he and his crew slowly met their demise, in part, through lead poisoning.
Jennie Christensen, an environmental toxicologist who...
December 09, 2016 - 8:30 am
Nunavut Inuit head to the polls Dec. 12
Eligible Inuit voters to choose NTI president, QIA vice-president
Eligible beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement will head to the polls Dec. 12 to choose a president for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and in the Qikiqtani region, a vice president for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.
In a Nunavut-wide vote, eligible Inuit beneficiaries will choose from four...
December 09, 2016 - 7:00 am
Wonky numbers, narwhal quota cuts anger Nunavut community
Pond Inlet hunters question results of 2013 aerial survey, and so do some DFO officials
Modern science and Inuit knowledge are at odds yet again in North Baffin over a recommendation from the federal fisheries department to cut the harvesting quota for Baffin Bay narwhal by nearly half—to 134 from 236.
The Department of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard submitted its...
December 08, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut man offers free caribou to elders
"That makes my Christmas"
Santa Claus came early to some lucky elders in Nunavut’s Baffin region—Joannie and Annie Ikkidluak of Kimmirut, Simeonie Qaunirq of Iqaluit and Elaiya Mangitak of Cape Dorset.
And Santa brought them caribou meat.
That’s thanks to Arviat hunter Johnny Mamgark, who offered gifts of caribou meat to...
December 08, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Inuktut language group to meet with Prince of Wales
Group will tour Wales to learn about region's language revitalization
Harry Tulugak jokes about how he’ll greet Prince Charles when he meets him.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales might not understand Inuktitut, but he’s taken an interest in the plight of the Inuktut language—enough to invite a group of its speakers to the United...
December 08, 2016 - 11:45 am
Ottawa police officer sentenced for racist comments about Nunavut artist
"If not for the guilty pleas and the apologies... I would consider a greater penalty"
OTTAWA—Sgt. Chris Hrnchiar of the Ottawa Police Service was found guilty of two counts of discreditable conduct Dec. 7 for racist comments he made online about the death of the famed Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook, whose body was found in the Rideau River just days before the comments were...
December 08, 2016 - 8:29 am
Nunavut judge rejects taped evidence from deceased 14-year-old
Audio-only statement a product of poor investigation, court finds
Shoddy police work—that’s why a short audio recording of a 14-year-old Pond Inlet girl accusing a local man of sexually abusing her cannot be used in court, Nunavut Justice Paul Bychok said in a decision released Dec. 7.
The young complainant died just a few months after giving the statement, so...
December 08, 2016 - 7:00 am
Kuujjuaq businessman swings for a hole-in-one with new lounge
“Everyone really likes it"
KUUJJUAQ—Jason Saunders lines up his shot.
It’s so quiet that you can hear the swoosh as he swings his club, but loud shouts erupt as his long shot rolls into the rough.
The vast expanse of treeless tundra across the North has lent itself to natural golf courses outside of many Nunavik and...
December 07, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Trudeau promises to create federal Indigenous languages law
“We must show Canada that we are partners”
As an act of reconciliation aimed at undoing the damage done by residential schools and other harmful government measures, the Liberal government will introduce a bill to create an Indigenous Languages Act, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Dec. 6.
“We know all too well how residential schools...
December 07, 2016 - 1:10 pm
ArcticNet annual conference aims spotlight at Arctic climate change
"Canadian Arctic research stands at a crossroad"
As ArcticNet hosts its 12th annual scientific conference this week in Winnipeg for 800 students, academics, traditional knowledge holders, northern leaders and policy makers, the focus will be on climate change and all of its complexities.
The ArcticNet research community comes together at a key...
December 07, 2016 - 11:45 am
November’s Arctic ice cover dips to new monthly low
Arctic ocean's mid-month ice shrinkage "an almost unprecedented occurrence for November"
November brought record-breaking high monthly temperatures in many Nunavut communities and across most of the circumpolar region.
At the same time, November’s average Arctic sea ice extent for November set a record low, reflecting those unusually high air temperatures, winds from the south, and a...
December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am
Committee wants Arctic caribou listed under Species at Risk Act
COSEWIC group wants caribou designated as “threatened”
A national committee on endangered wildlife is calling for enhanced protection of barren-ground caribou, warning the population is at a critical stage when human influence could damage the health of herds stretching from the Yukon to Baffin Island.
The Committee on the Status of Endangered...
December 07, 2016 - 8:30 am
Filmmaking workshop turns lens on Nunavik youth’s stories
"It really helped open up [my] ideas"
KUUJJUAQ—Sammy Jr. Gadbois-Kudluk sifts through footage he’s captured over the last few months on his GoPro.
Gadbois-Kudluk brings the waterproof, shockproof action camera with him everywhere. He’s taken shots of road trips in and around his hometown of Kuujjuaq; videos of friends and family and...
December 07, 2016 - 7:00 am
Nunavik police investigate late-night house fire
KRPF request help from SQ's arson squad
Nunavik police have launched an investigation into an early morning weekend fire that leveled a Kuujjuaq home.
Firefighters in Kuujjuaq were called to the scene of a local house fire at about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 3. The home was completely destroyed in the fire, but no one was injured, the Kativik...
December 06, 2016 - 4:00 pm
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4
Drama, tragedy in Resolute Bay leads the news
The top story of the past week on Nunatsiaqonline.ca concerned events which unfolded last week in Resolute Bay, which included a prolonged lockdown in this High Arctic community of roughly 270.
That’s according to Google Analytics, which tracks our online readership traffic.
On Nov. 27 a man, 46,...
December 06, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Legal Ease, Dec. 6
It’s the end of a criminal trial and you have been convicted. The judge gave a sentence and you don’t think it’s fair. Can you appeal and get a different sentence?
If you want a lower sentence, you must convince the appeal court that the sentence is “unfit” or unreasonable.
December 06, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Pop-up art fair at Ottawa YMCA offers Inuit crafts for Christmas
“We did very well today... More than I was expecting”
OTTAWA—The “lucky” kamiks that Okeejuasee Sageatook makes begin with a beaded bracelet, which she later attaches to the miniature boots, hand crafted from seal skin. The finished product becomes a small and fluffy lucky charm on a keychain.
She and her partner, Claude Comte, have been creating...
December 06, 2016 - 11:45 am
Makivik’s VP of resource development acclaimed to new term
Nunavik Inuit will elect the organization's treasurer in January
Makivik Corp.’s sitting vice president of resource development has been acclaimed to the position for another three-year term, Nunavik’s Inuit birthright organization said Dec. 5.
Adamie Delisle Alaku, first elected as Makivik’s vice president in January 2014, was the only to declare his candidacy...
Puvirnituq elder Mary Sivuarapik and her granddaughter Akinisie Sivuarapik, throat sing Dec. 7 during a visit from Iguarsivik School's Qajaq project participants with elders at Sailivik, Puvirnituq's elders home. During the visit they shared food prepared by the students and watched a 1976 film of elders building qajait along with videos of youth building and paddling traditional qajait over the last 15 years. (PHOTOS BY ALAIN CLOUTIER)