A new group has been looking into the possibility of holding youth services Wednesday evenings at the Anglican Church in Rankin Inlet.
The group is being led by John Taipana and Noel Kaludjak, and it is also on the lookout for much-needed musical instruments, microphones and connector wires for the church.
Scholarship open for applicants
The Qulliq Energy Corp. (QEC) is accepting applications for the corporation’s annual Laura Ulluriaq Gauthier Scholarship.
Nunavummiut students enrolled in a post-secondary education program for the September 2018 semester are eligible to apply.
The successful candidate will be chosen based on a strong academic record and outstanding community involvement.
Applications for the $5,000 scholarship will be accepted until June 30.
Those interested in more information or obtaining an application may visit the QEC website or phone QEC’s customer care line at 1-866-710-4200.
Hockey tournament ready to roll in Whale Cove
A total of five teams were scheduled to compete in the annual four-on-four Johnny Kook Memorial senior men’s hockey tournament this past weekend.
Teams from Arviat and Rankin Inlet were expected to join three local teams in the hunt for championship gold.
Final results were not known as of press time.
Report blames industry, not overhunting for caribou woes
New research from the University of Alberta published this past month shows that the sharp decline in the barren ground caribou population of Canada’s North is not caused by over-harvesting by Indigenous groups.
The finding has implications for a range of pressing issues, including food security in the North.
Barren ground caribou comprise more than a dozen herds stretching across Canada’s territories and the northern Prairies.
“There is little-to-no evidence that harvesting has had any negative effects on wildlife population dynamics in Canada,” wrote Brenda Parlee in a press release.
Parlee was the lead investigator of a study that analyzed 13 years of harvest data collected by governments in the Northwest Territories.
In fact, the data shows that as caribou populations dropped, indigenous communities harvested fewer caribou and were very good stewards of this resource, added the professor of resource economics and environmental sociology in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.
According to traditional knowledge, barren ground caribou tend to dramatically cycle every 40 to 70 years.
“There is a lot of evidence that human disturbance of habitat from mining and oil and gas activity is a critical problem,” said Parlee.