Nunavut News

Mayor at 24, and ready for the challenge

January 18, 2018 - Kimmirut

A trend is emerging in Nunavut: young women in politics.

The community of Kimmirut, with a population of approximately 450, has elected 24-year-old Ningeolaa Killiktee as mayor. She was sworn in Jan. 4 after a December election.

Senior administrative officer Kimberley Young thinks Killiktee may be the youngest mayor in the territory, though executive director of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities Brian Fleming could not confirm.

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Editorial: Beatles lead the way in resurgent vinyl

January 17, 2018 - Kivalliq

One of the ‘perks’ I’ve always enjoyed in this place is being able to write the odd opinion piece on the music industry and those who make, or who have made, their livelihood from it. It’s a perk the community has gifted me – like it or not – due to the fact music plays such a big role in the Kivalliq.

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Jail time for Anawak, three-year driving ban for impaired driving

January 17, 2018 - Iqaluit

Jack Anawak – the former Nunatsiaq MP, Rankin Inlet North MLA, and candidate in the last federal and territorial elections – will serve 30 days at the Baffin Correctional Centre beginning Feb. 2.

Anawak pleaded guilty to a June 2017 impaired driving charge in November.

He was sentenced to a 30-day intermittent sentence at the Nunavut Court of Justice Jan. 15, meaning he will serve his sentence on weekends only.

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Sports Talk: All hail the worst of 2017 in sports

January 14, 2018 - North

I bumped into someone at the local co-operative supermarket here in Yellowknife during the Christmas season and they wondered if I was going to do a Top 10 list, as I always do to ring in the new year of Sports Talk. This person suggested I do the best 10 plays as something different. Since you all know how I roll, there isn’t a snowflake’s chance in Alabama I’m going to do that.

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Koana for making season bright

January 14, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

AIK. UKIUK NUTAMI KUVIAHURITTIK. INUIN NAMAINAKTUT IKALUKTUTIAMI. NIGLATAKPIAKHUNI HILA HAMNA. HIKINIK KULVALIKTUK QUANA. KAUMALIKTUK NUNAKPUT. NUTAKKAT UTTIKMIYUT ILIHAKTUT. IKALUKTUTIAKMIUTAT ULAPKIVAKTUT KUVIAHUVIKMI. QUANAKPIAK IKAYUKTUT. ALIAHUKTUT INUIN NAMAKTUT. PIKHIKPAKTUKLU NUNA. ILANI ALAPPAIKNAIKPAKTUK. ILLA NAMAKTURUT. NAMAKLUHI.

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Fox traps hurt, kill Iqaluit dogs

January 12, 2018 - Iqaluit

One Iqaluit resident, whose husky had his leg caught in a fox trap in December, addressed city council Jan. 9, calling for councillors to deal with what he, and later the mayor, called a matter of public safety.

Thomas Rohner explained he’d been walking his husky Nacho at the Upper Base area near one of the orange sheds Dec. 23 when the incident occurred.

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Inuit, Baffinland at odds over proposed railway

January 8, 2018 - Mittimatalik/Pond Inlet

Inuit in Pond Inlet are standing up against Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s plans to build a railway from its Mary River mine to the coast.

The company’s bid for an amendment to the North Baffin Land Use Plan met with opposition at the Nunavut Planning Commission’s public hearing in Pond Inlet Dec. 4 and 5.

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GN, NTI plan a closer partnership

January 8, 2018 - Nunavut

In December, Aluki Kotierk marked the one-year anniversary of her election to the presidency of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), while newly elected Premier Paul Quassa said he’d come full circle, having led the Inuit organization, formerly known as Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut, through the signing of the agreement-in-principle, then the Nunavut Final Agreement.

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December 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 5, 2018 - Nunavut

Inuit corporation moves ahead with property development

Iqaluit

Development of 16 hectares (40 acres) of Inuit-owned land along Federal Road in Iqaluit appeared ready to proceed. The Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (QC) officially leased the land from Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) in November, leaving one less hurdle to move ahead on a project that’s been in the planning stages since 2013.

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Days of Christmas in Pang

December 26, 2017 - Panniqtuuq/Pangnirtung

Santa led the community of Pangnirtung into the merry days of Christmas with a parade Dec. 16.

“The parade started at 11 sharp, led by fire trucks, followed by RCMP and Santa. About 50 cars participated in the parade,” said senior administrative officer Ron Ladd.

The parade was quickly followed by the annual hamlet-hosted Christmas dinner celebrating mayor, council and staff contributions over the year the evening of Dec. 18, during which attendees played the dice game, with prizes donated by Foxtech Arctic Services Inc.

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