A second screening of the documentary Sol has been scheduled in Iqaluit because of popular demand. The feature film, from Arnait Video Productions, depicts the death of Igloolik artist Solomon Uyarasuk and explores issues of suicide in Nunavut as a family and community try to make sense of a tragedy. Filmmaker Susan Avingaq, above, interviews Uyarasuk's childhood friend and fellow Artcirq performer Terry Uyarak in a screenshot from the movie. The Nunavut premiere of the film is scheduled for Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Astro Theatre. A second screening will now take place Jan. 29 at the same theatre at 5 p.m. (PHOTO COURTESY ARNAID VIDEO PRODUCTIONS)
January 28, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Iqaluit’s francophone parents, school commission, need unity of purpose
"It was disheartening to read recent media reports of hard feelings and conflict"
I was very fortunate to be educated in French schools while growing up in Manitoba. Being educated in French, and going to school in a 100-per-cent French environment, has given me so many wonderful opportunities.
In fact, I would never have had the chance to enjoy such a fulfilling life and...
January 28, 2015 - 2:29 pm
Trois-Soleils parents in Iqaluit want new school director and commissioners
“There’s no accountability, and that’s a fundamental problem"
A group of Iqaluit parents are calling for the resignation of Nunavut’s French school board director and its elected commissioners for what the group calls mismanagement of the territory’s only French school.
The Association des parents francophones du Nunavut (APFN) alleges that Nunavut’s...
January 28, 2015 - 1:56 pm
Valcourt says yes to second Nunavut gold mine
AAND minister accepts review board’s recommendations for Meliadine project
Nunavut’s future appears flecked with more gold after the process leading towards a second gold mine in the territory took a big step forward this week.
That’s after the federal government accepted the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s recommendations — submitted in October 2014 and anchored by 127...
January 28, 2015 - 11:35 am
TMAC still beavering away at Kitikmeot’s Hope Bay project
Company increases resource estimate, plans pre-feasibility study on western Nunavut gold project
The privately-held TMAC Resources Inc. still believes they can one day turn the on-again, off-again Hope Bay gold project into a viable commercial mining operation, the company suggested Jan. 26, in a news release.
TMAC said exploration work done last year has led to a big increase in its measured...
January 28, 2015 - 9:27 am
Peregrine touts growth in diamond resource estimates at Nunavut’s Chidliak project
Company says more work needed to confirm economically viable deposit
Peregrine Diamonds Corp. reported this week that they’ve increased resource and tonnage estimates for three of their promising kimberlite pipes at the Chidliak project near Iqaluit — but also said they must do more work to confirm the existence of an economically viable diamond resource.
January 28, 2015 - 7:28 am
Quebec’s justice system must adapt to the North: report
Report notes cultural barriers, inability to navigate court system
The justice system that Quebec operates in its northern regions, including Nunavik, must be fixed to fit the cultural and administrative realities of the region, the province’s bar association says in a report.
The Barreau du Québec took stock of the province’s northernmost court system in 2013...
January 28, 2015 - 5:59 am
Iqaluit councillors intent on raising garbage fees
Councillors hope fees will help pay for new incinerator
Iqaluit city councillors hope a fee increase for garbage collection will help pay for the incinerator included in the city’s new waste management plan, which is aimed at avoiding another fiasco like last year’s “dumpcano” fire.
A bylaw amendment unanimously passed first and second reading at an...
January 27, 2015 - 2:38 pm
Inuit org sets Pangnirtung community byelection for April 7
QIA to fill vacant community director spot
Eligible Inuit beneficiaries from Pangnirtung will choose a new community director in a byelection set for April 7, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association said Jan. 26 in a news release.
The byelection is to fill a spot that Tommy Akulukjuk left vacant when he resigned from the post this past November,...
January 27, 2015 - 11:47 am
Arctic PCBs may cause performance issues for male polar bears: new research
Study finds PCBs weaken bears’ penis bones
Climate change may affect the higher latitudes of the globe more than anywhere else on earth, putting habitats like that of the polar bear at risk.
And now a new study suggests industrial pollutants put the polar bear’s nether regions at risk as well.
That’s because wind and water-borne...
January 27, 2015 - 7:57 am
Nunavut man rescued after three nights out on the land
Canadian Forces personnel spotted man from aircraft Jan. 24
A weekend search and rescue in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region ended successfully when a 51-year-old man was found between the communities of Rankin Inlet and Arviat.
The Arviat man left Rankin Inlet on a skidoo Jan. 20 en route to Arviat, about 250 kilometres away, the RCMP said in a Jan 26 release. On...
January 27, 2015 - 6:56 am
Nunavut regulators to revisit Meadowbank gold mine project certificate
Agnico Eagle must detail pit expansion proposal in addendum to its 2005 FEIS
The Nunavut Impact Review Board says it will have to reassess Meadowbank gold mine’s project certificate following Agnico Eagle’s proposal to expand its open pit operations near the Nunavut community of Baker Lake.
Last July, the company proposed to expand its current Vault Pit operations......
January 27, 2015 - 5:58 am
Western Nunavut youth home set to re-open soon
Home will have new management, new staff, new vision and new clients
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Nearly two years after the youth group home in Cambridge Bay closed down, a new facility is set to open its doors in this western Nunavut community.
The 4D North Centre, run by Atlantic Youth Consulting, is still completing the hiring process, but the...
Iqaluit's Toonik Tyme organizers announced Jan. 27 that this year's festival will feature performances by the Ottawa-based DJ crew A Tribe Called Red, made up of members DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman, pictured here. The group will headline the 50th edition of Iqaluit's springtime festival during two shows, April 3 and 4, at the Royal Canadian Legion. Toonik Tyme organizers promise more details soon on the festival's line-up and how to buy tickets. (PHOTO BY FALLING TREE PHOTOGRAPHY)