The Tuktoyaktuk Siglit Drummers and Dancers got the crowd moving at Jim Koe Park in Inuvik, Northwest Territories July 21. That community is hosting the Inuit Circumpolar Council's general assembly this week until July 24, a gathering of Inuit organizations from across Canada, the United States, Greenland and Russia. (PHOTO BY NATHALIE HEIBERG-HARRISON)
July 22, 2014 - 3:27 pm
Eastern Nunavut seismic testing postponed until summer 2015
MKI wants more time for benefits plan, NEB terms and conditions
Multi-Klient Invest, a group of companies set to do seismic testing in the Canadian waters of Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, say they are postponing the work, which was supposed to start this year, until the summer of 2015.
The National Energy Board approved MKI’s five-year testing plan on June
July 22, 2014 - 2:18 pm
Police investigate deadly car roll-over in Whale Cove
One man dies; woman medevaced south with life-threatening injuries
RCMP in Nunavut are investigating a car accident in Whale Cove that killed a man from Arviat and injured a Whale Cove woman.
On mid-afternoon July 20, a vehicle with two passengers rolled over off the road that connects the Hudson Bay community to its airport.
An Arviat man was pronounced dead at...
July 22, 2014 - 1:41 pm
Nunavut court: Iqaluit murder accused told cops he didn’t do it
Pitseolak Peter last year denied causing injuries that led to Kathy Michael’s death
Pitseolak Peter of Iqaluit told RCMP investigators soon after his arrest last year that he did not inflict the brutal injuries that led to the February 2013 death of his common-law partner inside an Ottawa hospital.
“One thing I know is, I didn’t do it,” Peter told an RCMP investigator in a...
July 22, 2014 - 11:29 am
Some social housing tenants in Nunavik to get partial rent freeze
Freeze will create time for stakeholders to “find a fair solution for all Nunavik households"
The Quebec government has agreed to temporarily freeze rents for some social housing tenants in Nunavik, Ungava MNA Jean Boucher announced July 22.
That’s in response to a request by both the Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corp., who last December asked Quebec’s social housing agency to......
July 22, 2014 - 8:04 am
Cambridge Bay residents get chilled for charity
Annual Polar Bear Dip raises funds for multi-use facility
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CAMBRIDGE BAY — The frigid sea water didn’t stop Cambridge Bay residents from taking a quick dip in the river July 21.
The third annual Polar Bear Dip attracted about 20 participants who traded in their sweaters and boots for bathing suits and tee shirts to face frigid...
July 22, 2014 - 7:01 am
NDP MP takes stock of co-ops in Nunavut
MP Hélène Leblanc visits Iqaluit and Cape Dorset on fact-finding mission
Canada’s co-operatives united under a new association in April, spanning English and French-language organizations for the first time in history.
The creation of the Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, as the new national organization is called, means the time is right for the government to ramp up...
July 22, 2014 - 6:02 am
Aglukkaq slams Greenpeace’s attempts to make amends with Inuit
"We have to ask how do we take control of our own future"
Nunavut MP and Arctic Council chair Leona Aglukkaq used her July 21 keynote address at the Inuit Circumpolar Council general assembly in Inuvik to suggest that the environmental activist group Greenpeace is using Inuit to fight its own battles.
She also encouraged Inuit to stand up for their...
July 21, 2014 - 2:35 pm
Rankin Inlet school buses will keep rolling in 2014-15
Government and friendship centre agree to updated one-year contract
School buses in Rankin Inlet will continue to run in the fall as they have for the past 10 years, thanks to a one-year agreement with the Government of Nunavut to increase the value of the bus contract with the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre.
Fears that school kids would have to go without bus...
July 21, 2014 - 1:16 pm
AAND minister responds to open letter from Clyde River resident
"Thank you for the opportunity to clarify recent misinformation printed in your paper concerning seismic testing"
In response to: “Open Letter to Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq.”
Thank you for the opportunity to clarify recent misinformation printed in your paper concerning seismic testing in the East Baffin Region.
Our government is committed to encouraging economic development in a manner that balances...
July 21, 2014 - 12:41 pm
Circumpolar Inuit gather as ICC assembly opens in Inuvik
"We are not here just to survive, we are here to thrive"
Inuit must unite and send a strong message to the world: that Inuit are the gatekeepers to the Arctic and know best how to map its future.
That was a message from the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s Canadian president, Duane Smith, at the opening of the ICC’s general assembly July 21 in Inuvik, NWT,...
July 21, 2014 - 8:11 am
Canadian Inuit officials choose Herb Nakimayak as new VP for ICC Canada
Big cuts looming for ICC Greenland as Inuvik assembly gets underway
Herb Nakimayak, 39, of Edmonton, will serve as the next vice president of international affairs for the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s Canadian wing, following a decision made at an ICC Canada meeting July 19 in Inuvik.
Nakimayak, who works for Raytheon as a site support manager for Raytheon’s North...
July 21, 2014 - 7:12 am
Open letter to Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq
“We fear that what the Conservative government is doing is a cultural genocide”
To Hon. Leona Aglukkaq: MP for Nunavut, Minister of the Environment, minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, regional minister for the North and chair of the Arctic Council.
This is an open invitation to you. We are, and have been, fighting...
July 21, 2014 - 6:18 am
Aupaluk’s new school slated to open in September 2016
Fire destroyed Nunavik community's only school last winter
The Kativik School Board says it hopes a new school in the Nunavik community of Aupaluk will be built and ready to accept students by September 2016.
A fire last March destroyed Tarsakallak school in the community of about 195 people.
But the completion of the new school depends on Quebec’s...
July 18, 2014 - 4:22 pm
Nunavik man dies following police intervention
Quebec provincial police to investigate incident
An Inukjuak man died overnight following a police intervention in the Nunavik community of 1,500.
Kativik Regional Police Force officers responded to an incident at a private residence on the evening of July 17 in which a 29-year-old man was seriously injured, said Quebec’s provincial police...
July 18, 2014 - 3:40 pm
Air quality in Nunavut’s capital now failing provincial health standard
Levels of cancer-causing dioxins and furans higher than Ontario guidelines
The latest data collected on air quality in Iqaluit show that while fine particulate matter in the air, as a result of the burning dump, remains low, the levels of dioxins and furans are exceeding Ontario health standards.
A July 18 news release from the Government of Nunavut’s Department of...
Cambridge Bay residents race into the frigid ocean water in front of Cambridge Bay July 21 in the community's annual Polar Bear Dip fundraising event. All the money raised at the Polar Bear Dip, organized by the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay aquatics staff, and the barbecue that followed is for a new multi-use facility in Cambridge Bay. Only 15 people were registered for the bitterly cold dip, but more than 20 swimmers showed up for the annual event on a partly cloudy day with a high of 11 degrees Celsius. (PHOTO BY KELCEY WRIGHT)