Sondar Ikuutaq, a student at Baker Lake's Jonah Amitnaaq secondary school, tries his hand at welding this week during Trades Awareness and Skills Knowledge or TASK week at the school. Students from Grades 10 to 12 take a break from their regular studies during TASK week to see what it might be like to work in a trade. This year, they got to choose from culinary arts, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, welding and hairdressing. TASK is offered through a partnership with Agnico Eagle Mines, which operates the nearby Meadowbank gold mine. Along with Nunavut Arctic College, Agnico Eagle supplies the classroom trainers to teach students. Read more about the program later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY CHRIS JONES/OUTCROP)
April 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Assault trial for Nunavut artist set to begin Sept. 21
Jonathan Cruz will faces three charges in judge-alone trial
Jonathan Cruz, an Iqaluit-based graffiti and hip-hop artist whose murals appear around Nunavut, will stand trial on three assault charges on Sept. 21, Justice Neil Sharkey said at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit April 29.
Cruz, 33, who has held art workshops for Nunavut youth to help...
April 29, 2016 - 1:15 pm
EU trade deal good for Nunavut fish harvesters, Tootoo says
Better access to European customers could bring growth to Nunavut fishery
Canada’s upcoming trade agreement with the European Union, which eliminates tariffs on nearly all Canadian seafood products, could provide a major boost to Nunavut’s commercial fish harvesters, Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo, the minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Coast Guard, said April 28 from...
April 29, 2016 - 11:00 am
Nunavut capital gives green light to Grizzlies graveyard shoot
Councillors discuss drafting a city film permitting system
Iqaluit city councillors gave the green light to the crew of the Kugluktuk Grizzlies movie to shoot near Iqaluit’s old cemetery, in a motion passed at a regular council meeting April 28.
Council’s motion is conditional on whether producers allow a city official to monitor the filming and that they...
April 29, 2016 - 8:30 am
Open letter to Justin Trudeau: bring the perpetrators to justice
All Attawapiskat adults over 48 are survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School of Fort Albany
“Teen suicides, she says, are often related to the fact that the young people just don’t know where their parents’ and grandparents’ anger is coming from. They don’t understand how often it’s related to traumas those generations suffered in residential school.” — Lori Idlout in Nunatsiaq News,......
April 29, 2016 - 6:59 am
From blizzards to Lake Iqaluit: wonky warmth in eastern Nunavut
Record high temperatures in Pangnirtung and Iqaluit this week
With an early and dramatic spring thaw underway on Baffin Island, drivers and pedestrians alike are disappearing into the enormous water-filled potholes that now litter Iqaluit’s streets.
Well, not quite. But almost.
In Nunavut’s capital this week, temperatures soared above freezing and historic...
April 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Arctic sea ice tracker suspends updates after weird data readings
National Snow and Ice Data Center says sensor is providing "spurious data"
Want to know how Arctic sea ice is doing?
For now, you’ll have to take a look outside instead of relying on satellite images of the Arctic sea ice extent from the Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Center.
The NSIDC says the sensor on its F-17 satellite has experienced “difficulties,” so...
April 28, 2016 - 2:15 pm
Long-time Nunavut leader James Arvaluk passes away
"It would be my great honour to do half of what he did for our community"
The people of North Baffin are today mourning the death of James Arvaluk, long-time territorial politician and national Inuit leader.
Arvaluk, who resigned as Tununiq MLA in May 2011 due to failing health, passed away April 27 at a hospital in Winnipeg. He was 68.
“I have said this more often...
April 28, 2016 - 1:25 pm
I’ll give up any benefits the union gives up, Iqaluit mayor says
April 26 bylaw amendment was incorrectly written, adding to the confusion
(Updated 1:40 p.m., April 28)
Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern said, in an email statement released April 28, that she’s willing to forego vacation travel assistance and other benefits if the Nunavut Employees Union recommends city employees do the same.
Redfern’s comments arrive after city...
April 28, 2016 - 11:45 am
Four better ways to spend $2.8 million
“My plan is to not reward the negligence of 20 years”
SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS
In February 2014, Nunavut MLAs, after meeting in full caucus in Kugluktuk, announced that there would be a vote on the status of municipal lands.
The voting day of May 9, 2016 now approaches, and as Nunavummiut we need to decide which way is forward.
The Nunavut Land Claims...
April 28, 2016 - 10:00 am
Nunavut still leads in victimization rates for spousal violence
Territorial victimization rates dropping, but still higher than rest of Canada
Rates of spousal violence in Canada’s territories, including Nunavut, remain much higher than in the rest of the country, especially for Aboriginal residents, according to new data released April 27 by Statistics Canada.
The study, called Criminal Victimization in the Territories, 2014, reveals...
April 28, 2016 - 8:30 am
Canadian High Arctic Research Station seeks art designs
Proposals should reflect "ingenuity of Inuit culture"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — While construction teams continue to work on the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, architects want to ensure the inside of its main science building honours “the timeless creative genius of the Inuit.”
That’s according to a document on CHARS art integration...
April 28, 2016 - 7:00 am
Sabina’s caribou protection plans not enough, Nunavut, NWT governments say
Back River gold project can't shut down when caribou with calves appear, company says
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. needs to do more and act more quickly to protect barren ground caribou herds.
That was the shared message from the governments of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories on day three of the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s final hearing into the Back River...
April 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Muskox rump-hair study reveals effects of Arctic climate change
"Changing temperature and snow conditions affect the diet of muskoxen"
Analysis of hairs from the rear ends of muskoxen in Greenland show that snow-heavy winters are hard on these animals.
That’s according to a study published April 20 in the online journal Plos One, called “Show Me Your Rump Hair and I Will Tell You What You Ate — The Dietary History of Muskoxen,”...
April 27, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Nunavik community wants better veterinary services: survey
Kuujjuaq survey finds only a third of dogs are spayed or neutered
A new survey of dog owners in Kuujjuaq has found that 40 per cent of people in that community have personally been bitten or scratched by a dog, or know a family member who has.
The vast majority of them are Inuit, and they reported that, as a response to the bite or scratch, they visited the...
April 27, 2016 - 2:00 pm
Snowmobile mishap leads to death in Cambridge Bay
Sources identify deceased man as George Nahogaloak, 26
(Updated, 7 p.m., April 27)
A 26-year-old man died near the western Nunavut hub of Cambridge Bay April 24 after a single-vehicle snowmobile crash, Nunavut RCMP said April 26.
Sources in the community identified the deceased man as George Nahogaloak, an apprentice electrician.
“We can confirm we...
April 27, 2016 - 1:00 pm
Iqaluit council refuses to give mayor VTAs in midst of contract talks
"It’s very disrespectful and poor timing"
Insulting. Disrespectful. Untimely.
Those were a few of the words tossed out at Iqaluit city council April 26 as councillors deferred on a bylaw granting Mayor Madeleine Redfern vacation travel assistance benefits.
Dubbed the “Council Indemnities Bylaw Amendment,” deputy mayor Romeyn Stevenson...
April 27, 2016 - 11:45 am
Legal Ease, April 27
Drinking and Driving — What Could Happen If You Do
Drinking and then driving while impaired by alcohol is a serious criminal offence. This is true regardless of what type of motorized vehicle is being driven.
Recently an Ontario man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drinking and driving offences. He also lost his driving privileges for 12...
Kugluktuk Mayor Ryan Nivingalok and his wife Amy put their future Jordin Tootoo into the Stanley Cup April 28 during a Project North sponsored tour this spring in Nunavut. Famed NHL alumni Lanny McDonald and Mark Napier are joining the cup on its northern tour, shaking hands and signing autographs. Project North, with help from partners ScotiaBank, Canadian Tire, First Air and Adventure Canada, is bringing the cup to seven Nunavut communities this spring and, in Kugluktuk and Igloolik, they are donating 25 sets of new hockey equipment for kids. Project North, which launched seven years ago, has to date donated more than $700,000 worth of hockey equipment to 22 communities in Nunavut and two communities in Labrador. The cup is expected in Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet today and then it's on to Igloolik, Cambridge Bay and Yellowknife on Saturday, May 1. See more photos on our Facebook page. (PHOTOS COURTESY ADVENTURE CANADA)