Nunavut News

FANS delays jeopardize student education, Scholarship supports doctor-in-the-making, Is there a plan for freshwater sources?

September 24, 2017 - Nunavut

Addressing Minister of Family Services Johnny Mike, Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak said four Baker Lake residents attending post-secondary education in Ontario almost didn’t get to go because of troubles accessing the Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students (FANS) program.

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Students back in school

September 23, 2017 - Kugaaruk

The school year finally kicked off in Kugaaruk last week as the former hamlet office renovations were completed. High school students started on Sept. 18 while kindergarten to Grade 9 were in class as of Sept. 19.

Because the old hamlet building isn’t large enough for all students, some will take their lessons in temporary spaces in the community until modular classrooms are available, which is expected by Nov. 1, according to the Department of Education.

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Kugaaruk faces accommodations crunch

September 23, 2017 - Kugaaruk

Kugaaruk has one motel with six rooms, but close to 100 people have landed in the community to do work, most of it related to construction.

With the motel booked solid, visiting Justice officials were prepared to fly an hour from Kugaaruk to Taloyoak to overnight last week and then fly back for a second day of court, but they managed to wrap up matters in a single day, said John Ivey, the community’s senior administrative officer.

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Higher cancer risk for Inuit

September 22, 2017 - Nunavut

A higher prevalence of smokers, lack of access to nutritious food, and being overdue for cancer screening at medical facilities are factors that raise cancer risks for Inuit, according to a new report.

Developed jointly by Cancer Care Ontario and Tungasuvvingat Inuit, the report indicates that risk factors for cancer are significantly higher among Inuit compared to non-Indigenous Ontarians.

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Is Nunavut’s future in the sky or under water?

September 22, 2017 - Nunavut

The internet will soon be a lot faster. By the end of 2019, Nunavut residents in each community will have access to internet speeds to a maximum of 15 megabits per second (Mbps), up from the current 5 Mbps, higher usage caps, up to 100 gigabytes of monthly data usage, and prices between 30 to 60 per cent lower as a new network rolls out.

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Prepare to self-insure Nunavut schools, finance minister warns

September 22, 2017 - Nunavut

The Government of Nunavut is paying much high school insurance costs and someday may have to cover losses in full, the finance minister warned earlier this month.

Keith Peterson told his legislative colleagues that Department of Finance officials had a “very difficult” time obtaining school insurance recently when renewal came due. Costs soared to $1.5 million for the year, from only $190,730 two years ago. The government’s deductible – the amount the GN must pay on a claim – doubled to $20 million per school.

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Decolonization will be long, expensive process

September 22, 2017 - Nunavut

This week, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. presented a commissioned report detailing the lost wages from the territorial and federal governments’ failure to implement Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement, which calls for government staffing ratios to match that of the population.
Nunavut is 84 per cent Inuit but Inuit make up only 50 per cent of Government of Nunavut employees. The federal government sits at only 41 per cent.

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Good times ahead

September 18, 2017 - Nunavut

A recently released territorial economic forecast paints a rosy picture for the nation’s three territories in the coming months.

The forecast is distributed by the Conference Board of Canada on a quarterly basis.

In its most recent summer report, the board predicts the Nunavut economic outlook is positive, the Yukon’s economy will strengthen (with improvement in metal prices), and the Northwest Territories will see economic growth thanks to new mining projects expected to go ahead in the next few years.

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Less employment in government

September 17, 2017 - NWT

While not especially grim, the NWT Bureau of Statistics update on the territory’s labour force doesn’t paint a picture of a booming region.

The territorial employment rate has dropped 3.5 per cent in the last 12 months due in part to less government employment but mostly to less people looking for work, according to the results of the NWT Bureau of Statistics’ August 2017 labour force activity survey.

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Cool weather, snow flurries greet cruise ship voyagers in Cambridge Bay

September 13, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

When a massive cruise ship pulled into Cambridge Bay on Aug. 28, the community had last year’s experience to build on.
The 820-foot, 68,000-tonne behemoth pulled into the bay around 5 a.m. but the passengers didn’t come ashore by Zodiac boats until 8 a.m. The last of the visitors returned to the ship shortly past 6 p.m.
Approximately 520 passengers disembarked the 13-deck Crystal Serenity, which can carry a maximum 1,080 guests.
The visitors were met with a warm response from community members, but chilly weather.

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Party time in Baker Lake; Festival by the Lake returns

September 12, 2017 - Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake

The third annual Festival by the Lake had smiles on the faces of everyone in the community, young and old, in Baker Lake this past month.

The three day event ran from Aug. 25-27, and featured a long list of attractions, activities and special guests.

The festival kicked off at the same time another annual event was being held in Baker, with the students of Rachel Arngnammaktiq Elementary School and Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School taking to the streets for the Terry Fox Run.

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Dorey returns

September 11, 2017 - Baker Lake

Former Naujaat senior administrative officer (SAO) Sheldon Dorey returns to the Kivalliq this week to become the new SAO in Baker Lake. Dorey spent a number of years in Arctic communities working for the Hudson’s Bay Co. before finishing his career with the company in Naujaat, where he became that community’s SAO. He has spent the past 17 years working as the chief administrative officer for the town of Stewiacke, Nova Scotia.

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Beer and wine store opens in Iqaluit

September 8, 2017 - Iqaluit

Almost a decade in the making, Iqaluit’s beer and wine store opened Sept. 6 with Finance Minister Keith Peterson its first paying customer.

“I believe prohibition has never worked anywhere,” said Peterson at a brief press conference prior to purchasing a dozen beers, as a line-up formed outside, and some avid customers marked the occasion with selfies.

Peterson noted the ball first got rolling in 2009 with a task force that visited 25 communities over two-and-a-half years, followed by more consultations.

“There’s been a lot of ups and downs, lots of debates in the legislative assembly,” said Peterson.

“We did hold a plebiscite April 20, 2015 and the people of Iqaluit voted in favour of a beer and wine store. This is our commitment to them, recognizing their democratic rights.”

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