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Kivalliq News Briefs: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tourney dates announced


Listed below are the 2018 hockey tournaments hosted or attended by Kivalliq teams that have been confirmed for the upcoming 2017-18 hockey season. The listings show the date, name of the tournament, age bracket and location.

  • Jan. 12-14: Silver Stick peewee tournament, Steinbach Man.
  • Jan. 19-21: Bantam Rock Cup, Rankin Inlet
  • Jan. 25-28: Jon Lindell Memorial Calm Air Cup senior men's championship, Arviat
  • Feb. 2-4: Arctic Atoms Cup, Rankin Inlet
  • Feb. 15-18: Polar Bear Plate, juvenile/junior 'C', Rankin Inlet
  • Feb. 16-18: Munn Cup Atoms, Thompson, Man.
  • Feb. 23-24: Challenge Cup, junior 'C', Rankin Inlet
  • March 2-4: Powerful Peewee, Rankin Inlet
  • March 7-11: Terence Tootoo Memorial Calm Air Cup senior men's championship, Rankin Inlet
  • March 16-18: Novice Cup, Thompson, Man.
  • March 23-25: MICEC, atoms and peewees, Winnipeg, Man.
  • March 30-April 1: Senior Men's Championship, Yellowknife, NWT
  • April 13-15: Toonik Tyme minor hockey tournament, all brackets, Iqaluit.

Total makeover


First Air has re-branded after 71 years as one of Canada's pre-eminent Northern airlines.

Two aircraft in the airline's new livery went into service immediately with the Oct. 12. announcement.

First Air noted in a press release that the new brand features a modern and unique version of the iconic Arctic symbol, the inuksuk.

The logo is representative of the people and land of the Arctic and, in the words of one Inuit elder consulted during the design process, "We never go anywhere without an inuksuk showing the way."

The airline's new primary colours are red and gray.

First Air president and CEO Brock Friesen stated in the press release, "we wanted colours that would showcase our stunning new logo and that would stand out in the snowy Arctic and at busy southern airports."

"What better colour than Canadian red?"

Recruitment time


Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) is accepting applications for its 2018 Canadian program.

All youth between the ages of 15-20 (as of June 1, 2018) living in Nunavut are invited to apply before Nov. 15.

The NYA Canadian program offers youth the opportunity to travel and volunteer in a host community in southern Canada for six weeks during the summer and gain 200 hours of hands-on work and volunteer experience.

Selected applicants will meet youth from across Nunavut and the NWT, engage in cross-cultural sharing, learn about goal setting and gain self-confidence and independence, while earning up to nine high-school credits.

Top of his field

Baker Lake

After years of training and study, Meadowbank gold mine employee Gabriel Ulayok is now a production equipment operator.

Ulayok is qualified to operate the RH120 shovel, which is one of the largest and most sophisticated pieces of equipment in the industry.

According to Agnico Eagle, Ulayok is the first Inuit employee to reach this position within its Mine Career Path program.

The path to becoming an operator of the RH120 shovel took Ulayok six years and more than 10,000 hours of training.