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Louis Pilakapsi was a visionary for Nunavut and took part in much of the early planning to create the territory. On Nunavut Day, July 9, the Kivalliq Inuit Association announced it was naming their new office building in Rankin Inlet in his honour. Pilakapsi is pictured above in November 1992. - NNSL file photo
Louis Pilakapsi honoured by KIA
KIA names their new building after long-time politician Louis Pilakapsi

Candace Thomson
Northern News Services

It's an understatement to say Louis Pilakapsi left a mark on Nunavut's history. ARROW Continued

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Happenings around Nunavut

Unable to wait any longer for rescuers, a group of hunters head home July 16 after two days of being stranded on floe ice near Arctic Bay. Stranded hunters rescue themselves
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - It was a nerve-wracking two-day struggle, but seven Arctic Bay narwhal hunters stranded on floe ice were able to safely return home July 16. Three others were able to get themselves to safety as the ice broke up July 14. "The ice condition was not bad and we didn't know it was going to happen," said Tom Naqitarvik, one of the seven stranded men.

The Inuit Circumpolar Council general assembly started in Inuvik on July 21. The conference was last held in Greenland in 2011. Inuit gather for general assembly
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - Hundreds of Inuit from Nunavut are joining their counterparts from the circumpolar North in Inuvik this week for the Inuit Circumpolar Council's 2014 general assembly, being held from July 21 to 24. At least 600 official delegates and athletes from Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Russia are expected to attend the conference, which coincides with the 2014 Traditional Circumpolar Northern Games, which take place July 21 to 27.

Megan Siksik of Team Todd gets ready at bat during a softball game against Team Sarliaq in Rankin Inlet on Thursday evening. The season began this week with six teams taking to the diamond to play.

Pounding the diamond in Rankin Inlet
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - An integral part of summer began last week in Rankin Inlet with the start of the co-ed softball season. The six teams that make up the Rankin Inlet Co-ed Softball League went into action earlier this month with games almost every evening, showing off their skills after a long wait since last August. In the first two games on July 7, M&T beat Sarliaq 18-12, and the Juggernauts took down the Avengers 12-6 to kick-off the season.

Silas Illungiayok, left, Maria Illungiayok, Mary Anowtalik, Cecile Kinniksie and Lois Suluk-Locke perfrom at Iglulik's Rockin' Walrus Arts Festival in 2012, as the performance group Qaggiqtiit. Volunteers who usually put on the festival are taking a break this year, citing long hours to plan and run the festival.

Rockin' Walrus takes a break
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - For the past four years, residents of Iglulik have been celebrating Rockin' Walrus Arts Festival that presents art, workshops and music. The annual festival that ran every July was a chance to bring the community together along with surrounding communities to enjoy local music and art.

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