Hamlet elections in November
Following the territorial election on Oct. 30, Nunavummiut will be invited back to the polls in December to elect hamlet councillors and, in some communities, mayors.
Nominations for hamlet council elections opened on Oct. 24 and will close on Nov. 7.
Election day is set for Dec. 12.Read More
Franklin ships to officially become Canadian
The debate between Canada and Britain over ownership of Franklin expedition artifacts has ended with a conciliatory gesture by the British.Read More
The National Arts Centre (NAC) publicly mourned the death of Gord Downie, lead singer for the iconic Tragically Hip last week.
The NAC partnered with Downie one year ago on Oct. 18, when he performed the world premiere of his Secret Path project in Southam Hall.Read More
World a little emptier without Downie, Petty
2017 had already been a tough year for Kivalliq fans of classic rock with the deaths of Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman and Butch Tracks of the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath’s Geoff Nichols and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, but this month hit hard with the passing of both Tom Petty and Gord Downie.Read More
The John Arnalukjuak High School Drama Club is in its fourth week of rehearsals for the Jamie Gorski-penned Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus.
The play is based on an editorial in the New York Sun by Francis P. Church. The piece is widely regarded as the most famous editorial in the world.
The drama club has been having exceptional turnouts to date for rehearsals.Read More
Master of culture
It can be quite amazing the impact one person can sometimes have on a program.
Tuugaalik High School – and the high school grades offered when Tusarvik School was the only school in Naujaat – has a growing reputation for its cultural programming. Principal Aubrey Bolt gives one teacher a great deal of credit for the school’s ability to maintain that reputation.Read More
Hockey exchange a hit
Friendships were struck, cultures exchanged and memories made as players from Rankin Inlet travelled to Etobicoke, Ont., near Toronto for the first leg of the Northern Exchange program with players from the Mimico Canadiens Hockey Association.Read More
Fit as a fiddle
Good things await those who decide to get off the couch, start working-out and begin living a healthier lifestyle, says fitness aficionado Pujjuut Kusugak of Rankin Inlet.Read More
The Kivalliq region took home a cartload of hardware from the annual CLEY Sport and Recreation Division’s annual sports awards ceremony in Iqaluit earlier this month.Read More
Hockey camp attracts almost 200 kids
The fourth annual Season Opener hockey camp was another resounding success in Rankin Inlet this past week, with 180 local minor minor hokey players and 10 out-of-town players taking part.Read More
Adlair’s medevac appeal runs out of gas
Cambridge Bay-based Adlair Aviation botched its 2011 bid for a Kitikmeot medevac contract – which the company had held for the previous 20 years or so – and now must pay the Government of Nunavut’s court costs, a judge has ruled. Taloyoak-based Aqsaqniq Airways Ltd. – a partnership between Aqsaqniq Ltd. and Yellowknife-based Discovery Air subsidiary Air Tindi – won the contract instead.Read More
Giving the kids a scare
Ghosts and ghouls will soon be making the rounds across Nunavut and the spirits have possessed residents of Cambridge Bay and Hall Beach.Read More
Hello? Can you hear me?
Many recent long-distance calls to and from Cambridge Bay have involved some degree of crackling and sometimes the line temporarily cuts out.
The problem has persisted for almost a month, varying between a nuisance and an obstacle to getting work done.Read More
Modular classrooms almost ready
Six modular classrooms for Kugaaruk students are expected to be turned over to the Government of Nunavut this week. The modular units, which can each hold up to 22 students, arrived during sealift in late August and a contractor has been preparing them for use.Read More
10,000 hours leads to success
Once a student support assistant, Gabriel Ulayok, on the urging of his brother and a friend, signed up at Meadowbank Gold Mine as a haul truck driver in 2012.Read More
Seeking ways to broaden the economy
Kugaaruk Mayor Stephan Inaksajak thinks the best bet for more employment in his community is government jobs.Read More
Baffinland sets Canadian Arctic shipping record
Baffinland Iron Mines shipped 4.1 million tonnes of iron ore from Baffin Island to markets overseas between Aug. 2 and Oct. 17, the company announced on Oct. 18. Baffinland proclaimed that 56 Panamax cargo vessels, carrying an average of 72,600 tonnes of iron ore apiece over 75 days of open-water season, “marked the largest shipping program by volume ever executed in the Canadian High Arctic.”
No health and safety or environmental incidents occurred during transport, according to Baffinland.Read More
Best of the best in sport honoured
There are plenty of people who do good work in the field of recreation, and some were recognized in Iqaluit earlier this month at the 2017 Recreation and Sport Awards Gala. A total of 10 awards were handed out along with some special mentions to volunteers in various sports.Read More
Tanya Tagaq documentary on the way
Cambridge Bay musical artist and activist Tanya Tagaq will be featured in a National Film Board documentary titled Throat, due for release in winter 2019.
The film will explore Tagaq’s creative talent and political stances while delivering “a 360-degree sound mix that will whirl around the audience like an immersive cyclone,” according to the National Film Board.Read More
Iqaluit’s Discovery making room for medical travel clients
For people travelling to Iqaluit for medical travel, the news that Nova Hotels has bought the Discovery Boutique Hotel may be of interest.
Nova Hotels officially announced Oct. 16 that it has purchased the hotel.Read More
Hub editorial: Diversity brings pride
The Hay River Fire Department has once again done the community proud.
As reported in this issue of The Hub, the department and one of its members – Capt. Terence Fischer – have been named recipients of the GNWT’s Fire Service Merit Awards for this year.Read More
Disposing of the pain
The second annual Embrace Life celebrations at Tuugaalik High School this past month were emotional, meaningful and, at times, deeply personal. The event opened lines of communication and built strength amongst the student body in Naujaat.Read More
Top of his field
After years of training and study, Meadowbank gold mine employee Gabriel Ulayok is now a production equipment operator.
Ulayok is qualified to operate the RH120 shovel, which is one of the largest and most sophisticated pieces of equipment in the industry.Read More
Classroom heads outdoors
Two groups of students from Tuugaalik High School sailed out on a boat trip with their teachers in Naujaat this past month.Read More
Adlair’s medevac appeal runs out of gas
Cambridge Bay-based Adlair Aviation botched its 2011 bid for a Kitikmeot medevac contract – which the company had held for the previous 20 years or so – and now must pay the Government of Nunavut’s court costs, a judge has ruled.Read More
David talks, facts walk
I shake my head every time I see someone voicing concerns on social media using data from David Suzuki to back their stance.
I have written in the past on Suzuki and Ronald Hites’s demarketing campaign; using parts of the media to create fear over farmed salmon.Read More
Going alternative in Arviat
While bad weather and poor scheduling combined to make this year’s Kivalliq mayor meetings a non-event, Arviat Mayor Bob Leonard is excited about the direction his community is taking.Read More
Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) is accepting applications for its 2018 Canadian program.
All youth between the ages of 15-20 (as of June 1, 2018) living in Nunavut are invited to apply before Nov. 15.Read More
Arviat joins the circus
Many folks in Arviat were captivated by a world of performance art, skill and fantasy when the Iglulik-based Artcirq paid a visit to the community earlier this month.Read More
First Air has re-branded after 71 years as one of Canada’s pre-eminent Northern airlines.
Two aircraft in the airline’s new livery went into service immediately with the Oct. 12. announcement.Read More
Tourney dates announced
Listed below are the 2018 hockey tournaments hosted or attended by Kivalliq teams that have been confirmed for the upcoming 2017-18 hockey season. The listings show the date, name of the tournament, age bracket and location.Read More
Nunavut is a land of opportunity
The most popular story on our new website, nunavutnews.com, has so far been last week’s profile on Anu Boucher, the young environmental technology student who has a dream of launching her own outfitting business back home in Rankin Inlet.
Hers is a dream that brings together youthful hopes with the vision of a business opportunity in a location that has promise. She has a real shot at this. Much as fashion designer Victoria Kakuktinniq, also of Rankin Inlet, has grown her business from sales on Facebook into a shop in Iqaluit. A mix of skill, tenacity, and demand for her product have brought her dream to life.Read More
Feds join TB fight
Eliminating the extreme and disproportionate rate of tuberculosis (TB) among Inuit in Canada is the goal of a new task force announced in early October by Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott.Read More
Who’s running where? Your guide to the territorial election, by riding
Working to help entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs will have the chance to learn how to handle the essentials of operating a small business or non-profit as the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce makes its first foray into Small Business Week. The week-long event, scheduled for Sept 16 to 21, takes place across the country.Read More
Kugluktuk prepared to build continuing care facility
The Hamlet of Kugluktuk is ready to build and staff a 24-bed continuing care centre, if the Department of Health will sign a service agreement to use the facility.Read More
Marine rescue station site to be chosen soon
The Canadian Coast Guard will reveal the site of its first Arctic in-shore marine rescue station within weeks, says Peter Garapick, its superintendent of Arctic search and rescue.Read More
Political tug of war
There’s a movement in Hall Beach to get the next Amittuq MLA elected from that community, and Hall Beach Mayor Peter Siakuluk is on board.Read More
Rankin hearts Toronto
Kids get excited about the smallest things, but a group of young hockey players from Rankin Inlet have something pretty big to raise their excitement levels.Read More
First Air gets a makeover
First Air has cleared a new look for takeoff.
After 71 years in business, the arctic’s flagship airline has retired its multi-coloured sun logo and replaced it with a grey inuksuk graphic over a red background.Read More
Polar bear activity slowing down
Several polar bears were coming into Resolute during the first week of October, primarily at night, but their presence more recently has mostly been limited to the outskirts of the community, by the dump, RCMP Const. Stephen Hynes said on Oct. 12.
“There’s still five or six polar bears hanging around here but they have not been wandering into town,” he said.
Even though hamlet staff burn the edible waste at the landfill to reduce the enticement to the scavengers, “they don’t mind getting into the fire and digging out the garbage,” Hynes said, adding that he noticed one of the bears had singed fur.Read More
Worries over Russian rocket debris
A Russian rocket launch is raising red flags in Nunavut, where the debris is set to land in the Pikialasorsuaq, or North Water Polynya, in Baffin Bay between Ellesmere Island, Devon Island, and Greenland.Read More
Kugluktuk man jumps at apprenticeship opportunity, becomes journeyman mechanic
Darren Ihumatak doesn’t hesitate to upgrade his skills when a chance presents itself.Read More
Rankin hearts Toronto
The excitement was unmistakeable as more than 30 players from the Rankin Rock atom and peewee hockey teams, their coaches and chaperones left Rankin Inlet on Oct. 6 to begin the first leg of the Experiences Canada Hockey Exchange program with the Mimico Canadiens in Toronto.Read More
Vandals must know the consequences
For the most part, those of us living in Rankin Inlet have been pretty lucky when it comes to major acts of vandalism over the years, especially when compared to many other Nunavut communities.
Break-and-enters have been a far bigger problem over the past two decades than vandalism.Read More