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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Deadline looms


Kivalliq youth are reminded the deadline for submitting an entry into the RCMP 's contest to name 14 foals that were born this spring at the RCMP breeding farm in Pakenham, Ont., is this coming Sunday, April 30.

The contest is being held in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, and a winner will be selected from each of Canada's 13 provinces and territories.

"Here's a chance for kids to be a part of history by coming up with a name for one of the 14 foals," wrote Insp. Patrick Egan, officer in charge of the Musical Ride, in an RCMP press release.

"This year, with adding the school class entries, it gives a great opportunity for students to work together and come up with a name.

"Wouldn't it be cool if your class submitted the winning name and the foal becomes part of the world-famous Musical Ride some day?

"It's possible, if you send in an entry to the 2017 RCMP's Name the Foal contest."

Qualifying entries must meet the following criteria: Names must begin with the letter "O."

An individual entry must include the child's first name only, school, city, province or territory and e-mail address. School class entries must include the teacher's name, school, city, province or territory and e-mail address. Entrants must be 14 years of age or younger.

Only one entry per child will be eligible. Online entries must be received no later than April 30. Children are encouraged to submit their entries on the Internet at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/mr-ce/foal-poulaineng. htm.

Streak ended

Rankin Inlet/Yellowknife

The Rankin Inlet mixed adult soccer team had its twoyear championship reign come to an end at the Adult Super Soccer championship in Yellowknife, NWT, earlier this month.

Rankin were eliminated 3-2 in their quarter-final match with Yellowknife's Range Street Bullies. Both Rankin Inlet and Coral Harbour have teams entered in this coming weekend's Junior Super Soccer championship in Yellowknife.

Rehearsals begin


Rehearsals for the major Inuit theatre production of Kiviuq Returns began in Iqaluit on April 24. The announcement was made by the Qaggiavuut Society earlier this week.

Kiviuq Returns, which features 17 cast and crew, will include Inuit music, storytelling, acrobatics, costumes and digital design.

The production is based on Inuit legends, with the writing being supported by the knowledge of elders, including Miriam Aglukark, Susan Avinga and Madeline Ivalu, who are also the show's dramaturgists.

While the pan-Arctic cast and crew are assembled in Iqaluit from April 24-31, the company will need to relocate to Ottawa, Kingston and Banff to rehearse for a month due to the fact there is no performing arts centre in Nunavut that can accommodate staging a major theatre production. Kiviuq Returns will be performed across Canada, including Nunavut, this coming summer.

It will be featured at the National Arts Centre in the nation's capital on July 21 and 22.

Hovercraft grounded


The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) has taken the air out of an Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) pilot project to test hovercraft in the Kivalliq region this coming summer.

In its decision on April 17, NIRB concluded the project would have to be modified or abandoned due mainly to the fact the use of hovercraft in Nunavut needs more research. NIRB suggested AEM, if it wants to continue to pursue the pilot project, should produce a new proposal to address public concerns on the hovercrafts' potential to have unacceptable impacts on wildlife habitat or Inuit harvest activities.

AEM would like to use the hovercraft to transport personnel and light cargo on the Amaruq Exploration access Road near its Meadowbank gold mine on the land near Baker Lake.

It would also like to use the craft year-round for the same purpose on winter roads and designated trails to drilling properties on its Amaruq property.