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Rannva Erlingsdottir Simonsen, seen in her newly expanded store and studio in Apex, believes a new agreement between Canada and the European Union will improve her ability to expand into the EU market, and will be a boon for Inuit seal hunters. - Casey Lessard/NNSL photo
Europe allows Inuit sealskins
Restrictive exemption loosened to support expanded market access

Casey Lessard
Northern News Services

NUNAVUT
At long last, the European Union is allowing the import and sale of sealskins from Nunavut's Inuit hunters, the EU and Canadian governments declared Oct. 10.
Two major changes under the new agreement are that the EU will now allow indigenous seal products without restrictions based on type or intended use, and that non-indigenous people can now participate in the production of seal products. ARROW Continued

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Europe allows Inuit sealskins
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - At long last, the European Union is allowing the import and sale of sealskins from Nunavut's Inuit hunters, the EU and Canadian governments declared Oct. 10. Two major changes under the new agreement are that the EU will now allow indigenous seal products without restrictions based on type or intended use, and that non-indigenous people can now participate in the production of seal products.

Chahid Zeidan, right, is a taxi dispatcher who worked as a driver for many years. Hike in Iqaluit cab fare approved NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - Iqaluit's taxi fares haven't increased in seven years, and there appears to be little opposition to increasing the rate by one dollar to $7 from the current rate of $6. Only a couple of residents showed for a taxi review board meeting to discuss the issue. "I absolutely, positively, 110 per cent agree on the taxi increase," said Kathy Hanson, who says she takes taxis once in a blue moon.

Players and coaches from Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet are all smiles as the pose for a pictures after playing in the third annual World Girls Hockey Weekend Long Game initiative last weekend.

Girls across Canada gear up for hockey
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - Hockey-loving girls united across Canada this past weekend. The International Ice Hockey Federation and Hockey Canada joined forces for the third annual World Girls Hockey Weekend Long Game initiative. The coast-to-coast event aimed to bring together girls and women in the name of sport.

Iqaluit resident Aviaq Johnston accepts an award for the Aboriginal Arts and Stories contest for her short story, titled Tarnikuluk, which tells the tale of an Inuk woman who commits suicide.

Iqaluit writer wins prize
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - Touching on the growing issue of suicide in small communities, Iqaluit writer Aviaq Johnston tells an award-winning story of a young Inuk woman's suicide. The Aboriginal Art and Stories contest is open to people across the country and awarded Johnston for her short story.



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