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Is self-government the answer for Inuit to see progress?

October 25, 2018 - Nunavut

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) has resolved to study Inuit self-government.

The 25th anniversary of the Nunavut Agreement is a reminder to NTI president Aluki Kotierk, as well as regional Inuit leaders, that many important aspects of the Nunavut Agreement remain to be implemented.

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Co-op expanding hotel, will build new store

October 25, 2018 - Kugaaruk

Work is underway to expand the Koomiut Co-op hotel to 15 rooms from the existing six.

Construction – which will entail putting a second floor on the building and adding some meeting space – is expected to be complete in spring 2019, according to Duane Wilson, Arctic Co-operatives’ vice-president of stakeholder relations.

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Tukisigiarvik finds temporary home at Anglican Parish Hall

Iqaluit's Tukisigiarvik Wellness Centre staff, such as hunter guide and elder Lucassie Kootoo, counsellor Nash Sagiatook and cultural instructor Maggie Qappik, are now working from the newly renovated Anglican Parish Hall, where programs continue after a two-week period of moving from their now demolished former location to the new location. Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo.
October 25, 2018 - Iqaluit

The Tukisigiarvik Wellness Centre in Iqaluit moved into its new, temporary home at the Anglican Parish Hall, and it’s full steam ahead.

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Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association joins in on World Girls Hockey Weekend

October 25, 2018 - Iqaluit

The weekend of Oct. 5 to 7 was World Girls Hockey Weekend, an event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation to help grow the game on the female side.

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EDITORIAL: Take a second look at your Internet bill

October 25, 2018 - Nunavut

Was it too good to be true? Northwestel heralded its new faster and cheaper Internet plan for Nunavut last month, and early reports indicate it may be faster but the claim to be cheaper is up for debate.

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Some hunters killing polar bears with disregard for quotas, Towtongie says

October 25, 2018 - Iqaluit

Polar bears have taken the lives of two Kivalliq residents, are striking fear into campers and berry pickers, and the predators are breaking into cabins and community freezers, according to Cathy Towtongie, MLA for Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet.

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Around the North

October 25, 2018 - Nunavut

Time for flu shots across the territory.

With the start of flu season comes the Government of Nunavut’s campaign to ensure Nunavummiut remain in good health.

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Tuberculosis screening underway in Whale Cove

October 25, 2018 - Whale Cove

Tuberculosis screening started in Whale Cove on Monday, the second Nunavut community to undergo such a thorough assessment.

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MLA calls for more doctor visits in small communities

October 25, 2018 - Iqaluit

Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk says doctors “rarely” come to smaller communities and is asking the GN for more frequent scheduling.

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Nunavut premier takes away housing minister’s portfolios

October 25, 2018 - Nunavut

Citing a “serious breach of cabinet confidentiality in the legislative assembly,” Premier Joe Savikataaq stripped Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak of her cabinet portfolios on Oct. 24.

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Documentary about homelessness in Iqaluit to screen at national symposium

October 24, 2018 - Iqaluit/Ottawa

When one of the organizers of the first National Symposium on Rural and Remote Homelessness was looking for content to include, he came across Inuk documentarian Mosha Folger’s Iglu: Angirraq (House-Home).

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Young Apex chef hits the big time with char recipe

October 24, 2018 - Apex/Ottawa

River McCluskey came home to Apex, after being celebrated in Ottawa, with a crisp white apron, a white chef’s jacket, and a culinary tradition in the finest restaurants – a high white chef’s hat.

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Minister addresses jail segregation practices

Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak gave some insight into segregation practices at Baffin Correctional Centre (BCC) during a statement in the legislative assembly on Wednesday. There were 187 instances where prisoners were placed in administrative segregation in 2017-18, of which 39 occasions exceeded 15 days. Eighteen of those 39 were voluntary placements, 13 were because the inmate threatened the safety and security of the jail, four were were protective custody reasons and four were due to medical observation. Of the 13 segregations for security purposes, "there was an extremely compelling reason why the inmate was segregated as long as they were. Segregation is not something we take lightly and it is not something we overuse. The data speaks for itself; in Nunavut long term placements in segregation are used sparingly," Ehaloak said. All segregation placements are reviewed by BCC staff at least weekly, and reintegration plans are created, Ehaloak added. However, there are times when long-term segregation is "the only appropriate course of action," she said. The minister noted that solitary confinement is not used at BCC as the inmate placed in a special unit, separate from the general population, still maintains "continuous meaningful contact with staff, caseworkers, elders, program staff, other inmates and visitors." Ehaloak also commended corrections workers for their hard work and bravery as they sometimes endure assaults and abusive language in the workplace. A riot occurred at BCC on June 20, resulting in substantial damage to the facility and charges against 11 current or former prisoners. There was also a riot in October 2017 that caused serious damage to the correctional centre.
October 24, 2018 - Iqaluit

Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak gave some insight into segregation practices at Baffin Correctional Centre (BCC) during a statement in the legislative assembly on Wednesday.

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Angnakak loses cabinet portfolios

October 24, 2018 - Iqaluit

Citing a “serious breach of cabinet confidentiality in the legislative assembly,” Premier Joe Savikataaq has stripped Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak of her remaining cabinet portfolios.

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Succession plan in place for finance in Iglulik

October 24, 2018 - Iglulik

For Jean-Marie Ipkangnak, math was the subject that came easiest in school.

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Government says coroner’s wrongful dismissal claim has no merit

October 23, 2018

Former chief coroner Padma Suramala – who filed a $1 million lawsuit in June for wrongful dismissal – was fired for financial and employment irregularities, and passing off a false court order, according to the Government of Nunavut in its statement of defence.

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Arviat teens embrace theatre

Lydia Kaviok in her role as Paris chats with Juliet (Cheryl Nibgoarsi) in the Arviat Drama Club production of Romeo and Juliet in June of 2017. Photo courtesy Gord Billard
October 23, 2018 - Arviat

Sometimes art imitates life and sometimes it’s the other way around.

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Preparing for the 10th square dance showdown

October 23, 2018 - Gjoa Haven

Elizabeth Anavilok is organizing the 10th annual square dance showdown in Gjoa Haven, Nov. 22-25.

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Northwestel short on reasons for data usage spike in Iqaluit

October 23, 2018 - Iqaluit

Stories of discontent regarding Northwestel usage spikes earlier in the month continued into the week of Oct. 15, as some users reported leaving the service provider while others are still waiting to resolve their issues.

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Kimmirut man’s sentence was ‘grossly disproportional’: judge

Nunavut Justice Paul Bychok ruled in favour of Kimmirut's Simeonie Itturiligaq, 24, calling a federal minimum sentence at a southern penitentiary grossly disproportional, and amounting to cruel and unusual punishment. Instead he sentenced the first-time offender to two years less a day in territorial jail. NNSL file photo.
October 23, 2018 - Kimmirut

Nunavut Justice Paul Bychok ruled the minimum mandatory sentence of four years in a federal penitentiary for a firearm charge violates Simeonie Itturiligaq’s Charter rights and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

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Clyde River woman hunts her first polar bear

Clyde River's Angie Ashevak displays the result of her first polar bear hunt, which took place the morning of October 8. Photo courtesy of Angie Ashevak.
October 23, 2018 - Kangiqtugaapik/Clyde River

October 8 was a landmark day for Clyde River’s Angie Ashevak – she shot her first polar bear.

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AROUND NUNAVUT: Young Apex chef wins trip to Ottawa

October 23, 2018 - Nunavut

Apex

Aspiring chef River McCluskey, 9, was headed to Ottawa Oct. 21 to celebrate his big win in Kid Food Nation’s national recipe contest.

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Kugluktuk voters choose to remove alcohol restrictions

October 22, 2018 - Kugluktuk

The existing limitations on alcohol in Kugluktuk will soon be gone.

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ᑐᑭᓯᒋᐊᕐᕕᒃ ᓇᓂᓯᕗᖅ ᐃᓂᒋᓚᐅᑲᖕᓂᐊᖅᑕᒥᓂᑦ ᐋᖕᓕᑲᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᒃᓯᐊᕐᕕᖓᑕ ᐃᒡᓗᖁᑎᖓᓐᓂ

October 22, 2018

ᑐᑭᓯᒋᐊᕐᕕᒃ ᒪᒥᓴᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᓅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᒧᑦ, ᐊᖏᕐᕋᕆᓚᐅᑲᖕᓂᐊᖅᑕᖓᓄᑦ ᐋᖕᓕᑲᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᒃᓯᐊᕐᕕᖓᑕ ᐃᒡᓗᖁᑎᖓᓐᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᓯᕗᒻᒧᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᖃᑦᑎᐊᖅᐳᑦ.

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ᐊᕐᓇᖅ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᐳᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᓇᓄᕐᒥᓂᑦ

October 22, 2018

ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 8 ᐱᓕᕆᕐᔪᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᓪᓘᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖢᒑᐱᖕᒥᐅᑕᒧᑦ ᐋᓐᔨ ᐋᓯᕙᒃᒧᑦᖁᑭᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᓇᓄᕐᒥ.

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Inuit labour force analysis finally completed after a quarter decade

October 22, 2018 - Nunavut

At long last, the Government of Canada has come through with a Nunavut Agreement requirement to provide a detailed analysis of the Inuit labour force.

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Drawing for polar bear tags

October 22, 2018 - Iglulik

There are daily draws taking place for 24-hour polar bear tags in Iglulik. Hunters whose names are randomly chosen have a full day to slay a bear.

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IN MY VIEW: Tread carefully with nepotism

October 22, 2018 - Nunavut

The word ‘nepotism’ goes back in history as early as the mid-1400s and the term means ‘the practice of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs at the expense of releasing current workers’ and unfortunately it still shows its ugly head in today’s society. With the high cost of living coupled with the shortage of housing, this practice must be addressed head on.

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SPORTS CHECK: A night of awards in Iqaluit

October 22, 2018 - Nunavut

Iqaluit

The Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) was busy in the capital earlier this month with education and awards on the agenda.

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SPORTS TALK: Usain Bolt is about to take over another sport

October 21, 2018 - NWT

Emotional support squirrels. That’s what this has come to in 2018.

If you don’t know by now, a woman was kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight in Orlando, Florida after she tried to bring her emotional support squirrel onto the flight that was heading to Cleveland earlier this month.

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