Arviat actors get an international hand
It was a special day at John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat when it hosted the first international Connected North session on Jan. 11 with the Globe Theatre in London, England.Read More
Mayor at 24, and ready for the challenge
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.Read More
Editorial: Beatles lead the way in resurgent vinyl
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.Read More
Cape Dorset mayor takes on wandering dogs, water trucks
Days after being sworn in as mayor on Jan. 4, Timoon Toonoo served notice that he and hamlet council will take action on loose dogs and address the community’s water delivery woes.Read More
Inuktitut tribute concert kicks off Alianait season
Alianait kicks off its 2018 concert series with an Inuktitut music tribute.
The event was Alianait festival coordinator Alannah Johnston’s idea.
“I wanted an Inuktitut-songs concert,” said Johnston.Read More
Iglus become an attraction in Kugluktuk
As the frozen conditions improve, Kugluktuk High School students will engage in a fifth season of iglu building in the coming weeks.Read More
Naujaat students all smiles after receiving presents from Nova Scotia
Students at Tuugaalik High School were given an early taste of Christmas when they each received a shoe box of gifts all the way from Sydney, N.S., on Dec. 13 in Naujaat.Read More
Jail time for Anawak, three-year driving ban for impaired driving
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.Read More
Calgary Flames give Naujaat family trip of a lifetime
Macleod Arnatiaq, 14, was surprised, shocked, and over-the-moon happy when he was told by Tuugaalik High School vice-principal Julia MacPherson that he would be heading to Calgary to see an NHL game between the Flames and the Nashville Predators and getting to meet Calgary defenceman Travis Hamonic.Read More
Holiday cheer for elders in January
Moving the traditional elders’ breakfast from the middle of the holiday season to early January proved to be a big hit for the Kivalliq Inuit Associaion (KIA) in Rankin Inlet earlier this month.Read More
Sports Talk: All hail the worst of 2017 in sports
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.Read More
Koana for making season bright
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.Read More
Vehicle strikes, kills woman in blizzard
A woman, struck by a motor vehicle in Iqaluit Jan. 6, later died from her injuries.Read More
Nunavut’s communities seek say on marijuana
With marijuana legalization set to take effect July 1, some of Nunavut’s municipalities want to know if they’ll be able to decide whether cannabis will be controlled or prohibited, as they do with alcohol.Read More
Fox traps hurt, kill Iqaluit dogs
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.Read More
A broad range of learning at Nunavut Sivuniksavut
Students don’t just sit at desks listening to instructors or work away on computers all day at Nunavut Sivuniksavut.Read More
Christmas fundraiser supports food banks
Each Baffin community received a cheque for $7,622.50 for Christmas this year, thanks to the Qikiqtani Annual Charity Ball held in early December at Iqaluit’s Frobisher Inn.Read More
New station lands on Rankin Inlet
The community of Rankin Inlet is going to be home to an Inshore Rescue Boat station.
The announcement was made by Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc on Jan. 4.Read More
Book documents bonding through ink
For Angela Hovak Johnston, ink has made traditional tattoos possible and it’s also helped her fill pages in a new book.Read More
Buzzing back to the rich man’s time
How did it happen and what the h-e-double hockey sticks do we do about it?
As we enter 2018, Canada has passed even Great Britain in the amount of taxes it demands we Canadians pay.Read More
Miss Iglulik Angela Amarualik loves home, and home loves her back
Miss Iglulik has been crowned.
Angela Amarualik emerged as the judges’ choice among 22 competitors at a pageant to celebrate the new year on Jan. 1.
Kiv programs one step away from glory
The excitement is starting to mount as programs in Chesterfield Inlet and Rankin Inlet are both are on the short list to win a substantial Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) this month.Read More
NHL defenceman invites father and sons to Calgary
Macleod Arnatiaq got a taste of big city life in December, when Calgary Flames defenceman Travis Hamonic flew him, his father and his younger brother from Naujaat to Calgary.Read More
Calm Air continues Kivalliq Christmas tradition
It’s obvious management and staff members of Calm Air take great pride in the delivery of the airline’s annual Christmas dinner to Kivalliq communities.Read More
Awake from a nightmare
A four-year nightmare seemingly came to a close for Dave Wiseman of Rankin Inlet when charges of insurance fraud against him were stayed this past week.
When charges are stayed, the Crown has one year from the day of the stay to reopen the case.Read More
Vehicle strikes, kills woman during blizzard
A woman, struck by a motor vehicle in Iqaluit Jan. 6, later died from her injuries.Read More
Rockin’ the lake for the new year
Folks in Rankin Inlet were treated to a dazzling fireworks display to ring in the new year, thanks to the combined efforts of the local fire and recreation departments on Dec. 31.Read More
Inuit, Baffinland at odds over proposed railway
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.Read More
Three Nunavummiut, one former, brought into Order of Canada
Among the 125 appointments to the Order of Canada announced by Governor General Julie Payette in the final days of 2017, four were recognized as instrumental to the history and culture of Northern Canada and Nunavut.Read More
GN, NTI plan a closer partnership
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.Read More
December 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review
Inuit corporation moves ahead with property development
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.Read More
November 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review
Some incumbents upset in territorial election
Eight incumbents lost their seats after all the ballots were counted in the 2017 territorial election on Oct. 30.Read More
October 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review
Inmates damage prison
Four inmates together destroyed much of the Baffin Correctional Centre overnight Sept. 25, the Department of Justice publicly revealed three days later.Read More
September 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review
Cruise ship controversy
As the Northwest Passage attracts more cruise ships, Taloyoak Mayor Simon Qingnaqtuq planned to make a point about the need for improved security and communications.Read More
August 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review
Inuktut required in places of business
Following through on his deadline to implement the Inuit Language Protection Act, Culture and Heritage Minister George Kuksuk reminded Nunavummiut July 26 that both the private and public sector must comply, effective July 9, with Section 3 of the Act.Read More
July 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review
Baffinland ordered to pay $7.3M to QIA
An arbitration panel ruled that Baffinland Iron Mines owes close to $7.3 million in advance royalty payments to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.Read More
June 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review
Report reprimands Transport Canada
Transport Canada failed to show leadership in addressing infrastructure needs at Canada’s Northern airports, a report by the Auditor General of Canada found.Read More
May 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review
Is Bill 37 dead?
The committee charged with reviewing Bill 37 – the controversial bill to amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act – said it would recommend it be dropped.Read More
April 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review
Cambridge Bay men find shelter
A new Omingmak Men’s Shelter in Cambridge Bay helped address homelessness and addictions in the hamlet.Read More
March 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review
Arson destroys Kugaardjuq School
A youth was charged with arson after a fire destroyed Kugaaruk’s only school, RCMP reported March 3.Read More
Overnight fire razes Iqaluit multi-plex, residents successfully evacuated
*Editor’s note: This story was updated Jan. 8, after first being reported Jan. 2.
By 4 a.m. on Jan. 2, five hours after responding to the fire at the 2217 five-plex, Iqaluit’s acting fire chief Stephane Dionne knew the fight was over.
The building had to come down.Read More
February 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review
NTI, GN prep for climate change
From across the territory and across the generations, Nunavummiut gathered to discuss resiliency in the face of climate change.Read More
January 2017 – Nunavut Year-in-Review
Back River project stalled
The year began with Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. still waiting for input from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada on the Back River Project.Read More
Days of Christmas in Pang
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.Read More
Donations benefit Cambridge Bay Childcare Society
The Cambridge Bay Childcare Society has been able to make some extra purchases thanks to donations from the Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization and Canada North Outfitting.Read More