Nunavut News

Drama builds

October 24, 2017 - Arviat

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.

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Master of culture

October 24, 2017 - Naujaat

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.

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Adlair’s medevac appeal runs out of gas

October 22, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

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.

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Baffinland sets Canadian Arctic shipping record

October 21, 2017 - Nunavut

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.

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Tanya Tagaq documentary on the way

October 20, 2017 - Toronto

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.

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Nunavut is a land of opportunity

October 15, 2017 - Nunavut

The most popular story on our new website,, 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.

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Polar bear activity slowing down

October 13, 2017 - Qausuittuq/Resolute

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.

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