Nunavut cabinet assigned its work for the next four years
The 22 MLAs of Nunavut’s 5th legislative assembly elected seven cabinet ministers Nov. 17, and today Premier Paul Quassa assigned them portfolios.Read More
Eskimos named in pride, not racism
If ever there was a prime example of the disconnect between what different people view as important, it’s the revived kerfuffle over the nickname of Edmonton’s Canadian Football League team, the Eskimos.Read More
Naujaat gears up for Christmas Food Drive
‘Tis the time of year when goodwill abounds and communities pull together and, in Naujaat, that means the start of the hamlet’s annual Christmas Food Drive.Read More
Rankin welcomes new Zamboni machine
Rankin Inlet is the proud owner of a brand-new Zamboni machine to keep the ice at Nunavut’s busiest arena in tip-top shape during the 2017-18 hockey season.Read More
Aviation deal struck
Nunavut-based Sarliaq Aviation — in partnership with Quebec transporter Nolinor Aviation — has signed a 10-year deal with Agnico Eagle Mines to provide air transportation for employees and cargo from Montreal and Abitibi-Temiscamingue to the company’s Kivalliq mining projects.Read More
Lifesavers come to call
A small group of cadets were given a peek into the world of being a medevac nurse when Nicole Poirier and Julie Freeman paid them a visit to discuss their job duties in Rankin Inlet this past week.Read More
A fashionable grand opening
It was a huge day for Victoria Kakuktinniq, formerly of Rankin Inlet, when she opened her new store in Iqaluit this past week.Read More
Alaska family grows fresh greens
Qawalangin tribal member Blaine Shaishnikoff grew up in Unalaska, Alaska, where he now runs a hydroponic growing system in two sea cans to supply the community with its locally-grown produce.Read More
Rabies confirmed in Baker Lake
A fox caught in Baker Lake has tested positive for rabies, according to the territorial Department of Health, which issued a news release on Nov. 16.
The GN warned residents earlier this month that fox sightings had been increasing in several communities.Read More
GN responds to employee survey
A Government of Nunavut employee survey that showed non-Inuit workers receive more formal training than Inuit workers is not reflective of many new GN initiatives, says a senior bureaucrat.
The 2016 survey results, released earlier this month, revealed that 76 per cent of non-Inuit survey respondents and 52 per cent of Inuit survey respondents had received formal training within the past year.Read More
A life filled with learning ahead
Performer and actor Christine Tootoo, at 22, wields an impressive resume, with credits on circumpolar and national stages, the latest as part of the Kiviuq Returns ensemble cast.Read More
Burgeoning businesses in the Kitikmeot
Would you buy a fidget spinner made of caribou antler?
Cambridge Bay’s Thomas Kaohina hopes so. His innovative idea is one of many that have arisen among budding Kitikmeot entrepreneurs who are getting a grounding in how to run a business.Read More
Location of debris from Russian rocket unknown
The launch of the European Space agency’s Sentinel 5 Precursor satellite, aboard the Russian Rokot carrier rocket, took place as scheduled from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia the morning of Oct. 13, despite Premier Peter Taptuna’s calls for a halt to the launch.Read More
Edmonton Eskimos on defensive over name
The Edmonton Eskimos football team is once again facing demands that it change its name.Read More
Long path away from diesel
Spread out by great distances and no connecting infrastructure, Nunavut is in the difficult position of providing municipal services in isolation.Read More
WWF demands protection of Nunavut rivers
World Wildlife Fund Canada’s has concluded an ecological analysis of Canada’s 10 longest rivers, including three in Nunavut, and is demanding protective regulations for these waterways.Read More
Iglulik man charged with child luring
An Iglulik man in his 20s has been charged with luring a child for sexual purposes by using the Internet. The RCMP seized the man’s computer and other electronic devices while conducting its investigation, which is ongoing. However, initial findings indicate that there are no other victims, according to the police.Read More
Quassa chosen as premier
One ballot is all it took for Nunavut’s newest assembly to elect Paul Quassa as Premier.
The elder statesman was chosen to lead for the next four years over three other candidates: Patterk Netser, Joe Savikataaq and Cathy Towtongie.
“I am out of words,” he said, after his win was announced.
New Speaker Joe Enook directed the leadership forum.Read More
Produce from a can?
A sea can full of greens may not solve food insecurity, but that’s not the main aim of a project called The Growcer, which is more concerned with food sovereignty and economic wellness.Read More
Man stabbed to death in Gjoa Haven
A man was fatally stabbed by another man in Gjoa Haven during the afternoon of Nov. 16, according to the RCMP.Read More
Sarliaq, Nolinor win Agnico Eagle contract
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. has awarded a 10-year air transportation contract to Nunavut’s Sarliaq Aviation and Quebec partner Nolinor Aviation.
“Sarliaq Aviation and Nolinor have worked together since 2010, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership through this new contract,” stated Sarliaq president Silu Panniuq.Read More
Ottawa Police to investigate Baker Lake death
A Baker Lake man has died following a police chase in that community.
Baker Lake RCMP received a call regarding a possible impaired driver at approximately 5:15 p.m. Oct. 11, according to a news release.Read More
Qulliq Energy explores tapping into Earth’s natural heat
Qulliq Energy Corporation is embarking on a hunt for deep heating.Read More
Player turns coach
Brittenie Jefferd-Moore, known better in town by the nickname Bitsie, was one of only two girls in her age group playing hockey growing up.Read More
YK Food Rescue making fight against hunger a priority
What began as a way to salvage food, has turned into a fight against hunger.Read More
Sacrifice not forgotten in Kugluktuk
Residents of Kugluktuk gathered at the community complex on Remembrance Day to pay tribute to Canada’s military veterans and deceased soldiers.Read More
Kugluktuk’s Edna Elias helps put her great-grandfather’s life on the screen
History is sometimes harsh, sometimes giving.Read More
Lest we forget
People came out to honour the memories of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom across the Kivalliq this past week.Read More
Cathy Towtongie: back in the game
Former Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) president Cathy Towtongie felt she had to re-enter the political arena because of the number of issues across Nunavut that, in her opinion, were being ignored.Read More
Time for Kivalliq led and Kivalliq first
For the first time in history following a territorial election for the Government of Nunavut (GN), I am expecting — and actually cheering for — the next premier to come from the Kivalliq.
I would be equally happy to see either Rankin Inlet’s Lorne Kusugak or Cathy Towtongie have the premier’s plaque on their office desk.Read More
Family volleyballers golden in Rankin
There’s a whole new glitter inside the Dias family home following the annual Laura Gauthier Memorial (LGM) volleyball tournament in Rankin Inlet this past month.Read More
Exchange on delay
The Rankin Inlet gymnastics club is hoping to find another exchange partner after conflicting schedules forced an Ontario club to drop out.Read More
Every vote counts
While Grade 9 students at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat have learned enough about the voting process in Nunavut and abroad to be batting a thousand with elections, they’re yet to pick a winning candidate.Read More
Brighter lights and savings in four communities
Streetlight makeovers in four Nunavut communities, which began in 2016, are almost complete.
“We’re moving to light emitting diodes – LED lights – in various communities, and there’s a couple of high-level reasons,” said Qulliq Energy Corp. (QEC) president Bruno Pereira.Read More
Google takes viewers to the top of the world
Quttinirpaaq National Park may not have streets, but it’s now included in Google Street View’s extensive digital mapping library.Read More
Heritage centre comes into focus with $10 million in pledges
Momentum is building for Inuit to reclaim artifacts and bring them home.
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) pledged $5 million toward a planned Nunavut Heritage Centre at its annual general meeting which concluded Oct. 26.Read More
Former MP and Nunavut MLA to be sentenced impaired driving
Jack Anawak will be sentenced for impaired driving Jan. 15. He appeared in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit on Thursday to plead guilty to drinking and driving based on an incident in June.Read More
Affordable food co-operative thriving
What began in 2014 as an effort by five core volunteers to bring fresh, high-quality and affordable produce to the capital is now a newly incorporated community cooperative with several projects on the go.Read More
Government employee survey scrutinized
Results from the 2016 Nunavut Government Employee Survey were released last week, and there are some missing details that interested parties would like to see included.Read More
Pitsiulak’s last act
For some time, we’ve been following the progress of Cape Dorset’s Kenojuak Cultural Centre, which last month held a fundraising auction in Toronto to raise a portion of the $3 million in private funding required to complete the centre.Read More
Cambridge Bay geese died of natural causes
More than 1,000 starving geese couldn’t overcome fog and strong winds near Cambridge Bay in August, according to veterinarians who examined the remains of some of the birds.Read More
Kugluktuk resident proposes sweet and tart-tasting cloudberry and peach brew in national competition
The tart cloudberry, a favourite among many Nunavummiut, may be transformed into a flavour of beer if Marie Kimeda is successful.Read More
People in Baker Lake were scheduled to be without power for about three hours on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 5 a.m. until 8 a.m.
The power was going to be down so Qulliq Energy Corp. could install a new generator for the community.Read More
The Jon Lindell Memorial (JLM) Calm Air Cup senior men’s hockey championship will take place in Arviat from Jan. 25 to 28.
The event will feature eight teams in two divisions, with Rankin Inlet returning to defend its JLM crown.Read More
In Iqaluit upset, Lightstone wins over deputy premier
Iqaluit-Manirajak elected Nunavut’s youngest MLA Oct. 31 – Adam Arreak Lightstone – after he went to bed.
Polls for the riding came in late, after midnight. But by then, unofficially, he knew he’d beaten incumbent Monica Ell-Kanayuk. He just didn’t quite believe it.Read More