Nunavut News

Whooping cough

October 10, 2017 - Kivalliq

Nunavut’s Department of Health has asked everyone to ensure their immunization records are up to date after confirming cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in Arviat and Rankin Inlet.

Whooping cough is preventable with a vaccine, yet a May 2016 outbreak of the contagious disease in Nunavut saw 154 cases confirmed in 11 communities. The outbreak lasted until April of 2017 before being brought under control by an intense campaign that saw more than 6,000 people vaccinated.

The most severe cases of the disease strike children under the age of 12 months.

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Scholarship winner

October 9, 2017 - Scholarship winner

Art Sateana, 21, of Rankin Inlet was announced as the 2017 recipient of the $5,000 Qulliq Energy Corp’s Laura Ulluriaq Gauthier Scholarship this past month.

The scholarship is presented each year to a student pursuing a post-secondary degree.

Sateana, a straight A student, is enrolled in the third year of working toward his bachelor of science degree at the University of Manitoba’s Health Careers Access Program in Winnipeg.

Sateana plans on eventually earning his medical degree and working in Nunavut as a doctor.

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Isuma showcase in Toronto

October 8, 2017 - Iglulik

Thirty years of Iglulik Inuit video art from Isuma, Arnait and Artcirq will be on exhibit at the 2017

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Oct. 16 to 21.

“This anniversary presents an opportunity to take a look at what has been accomplished over the years. Isuma has contributed a incomparable body of work to contemporary Inuit visual culture,” said curator Isabella-Rose Weetaluktuk.

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Transport Canada responds to wildlife board

October 8, 2017 - Ottawa

In response to the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board calling for a shutdown of Northwest Passage routes between October and July to protect caribou, Transport Canada is reiterating its commitment to “engaging” with various agencies, organizations and governments to minimize the risk for caribou, according to Julie Leroux, communications adviser with Transport Canada.

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Four inmates trash prison in the night

October 6, 2017 - Iqaluit

Four inmates together destroyed much of the Baffin Correctional Centre (BCC) overnight Sept. 25, the Department of Justice publicly revealed three days later.

Deputy minister William MacKay said in a written statement Sept. 28 that significant damage was done, which resulted in the destruction of 85 per cent of the building’s medium security bed space and 33 per cent of the maximum security bed space.

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Kivalliq talks baseball as playoffs set to begin

October 2, 2017 - Kivalliq

While hockey rules number one across the Kivalliq, especially in Rankin Inlet, the region has its share of knowledgeable baseball fans.

And, despite the excitement of NHL hockey being back this week, there’s been plenty of baseball talk during the past few weeks in the region focusing on the demise of the Toronto Blue Jays this season, and who will take the World Series title.

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Pilot recalls plane crash on tundra

September 27, 2017 - Kivalliq

Three men are lucky to be alive after their plane crashed while taking off from a remote fishing camp about 100 nautical miles west of Rankin Inlet this past month.

The Cessna 180 was piloted by longtime Rankin Inlet resident Shawn Maley, now of Yellowknife, with Tommy Sharp and Barney Tootoo of Rankin also onboard.

Sharp co-owns the camp on Kamilukuak Lake with his sister, Pelagie.

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ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᖅ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᑐᖅ ᕿᖓᐅᓕᐊᓚᐅᕋᒥ

September 24, 2017 - ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᓯᐊᖅ

ᐅᓪᓗᐃᑦ ᓯᑕᒪᑦ ᐊᓂᒍᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᑎᓚᐅᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᕿᖓᐅᒥᑦ, ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᖅ ᐄᕙ ᑲᑯᓚᒃ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᑐᒻᒪᕆᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓱᓕ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᓪᓗᓂᓗ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑕᐃᑦᓱᒪᓂ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖃᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᕿᖓᐅᒥ.

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Arctic Bay celebrates new health centre

September 24, 2017 - Ikpiarjuk/Arctic Bay

Arctic Bay welcomed dignitaries with great fanfare Sept. 11 for the official opening of the hamlet’s new health centre.

Minister of Health George Hickes, Minister of Community and Government Services (CGS) Joe Savikataaq and MLA Isaac Shooyook were on hand for the celebration, which included a community feast and square dance.

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