Nunavut’s language challenges are many
Last month, under the radar, Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage let a significant date pass with zero fanfare. More than two weeks later, we learned that all businesses and non-governmental organizations must join the government in offering its services in the Inuit language.Read More
Population outpaces growth of Inuktut
A new report from Statistics Canada stating there are more Inuktut speakers now than there were in 2011 might seem like good news – but those numbers are deceptive.Read More
Leaders applaud Clyde River ruling
As Nunavut leaders applaud the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in favour of Clyde River and Jerry Natanine July 26, saying Inuit rights to deep consultation have been reaffirmed, the Clyde River Hunter and Trappers Organization is already asserting those rights.Read More
Chilling for a good cause
Nineteen dips in chilly water raised more than $2,000 for youth swimming pool programs and equipment at the end of July.Read More
Cape Dorset cultural centre taking shape
The $11-million Kenojuak Cultural Centre & Print Shop is starting to look something like the design drawings.Read More
Grudge against former MLA nets Cape Dorset businessman 18 months in jail
The owner of a taxi company in Cape Dorset who sabotaged the business of a former MLA and cabinet minister has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and two years of probation.
Jamesie Alariaq must also pay $77,140 for damages to the trustee for Polar Supplies Ltd. – a venture owned by Fred Schell that has since gone bankrupt – and an additional $5,280 to Schell to cover staff costs related to insurance claims on destroyed property.Read More
No limits to Clyde River woman’s skills
When Igah Hainnu attended the Nunavut Arts Festival in Iqaluit in early July, she was there to teach how to make goose foot baskets.Read More
Nunavut firefighters head to nationals
Firefighter Andrew Jr. Iqalukjuak of Clyde River was excited to be picked for a second time to compete at the National Aboriginal Firefighter Competition scheduled to take place Aug. 12.Read More
Naujaat cleans up the community
Community members in Naujaat hit the streets on Aug. 4 armed with garbage bags, gloves, rakes and a goal of picking up as much garbage as they could.Read More
New garbage fees proposed to Rankin Inlet council
A Rankin Inlet bylaw that sets out garbage tipping fees and fines is on its way to the territorial government for ministerial approval after a public hearing on July 26.Read More
Proper training for RCMP saves lives
There’s an old, racist stereotype about the ‘drunken Indian.’
You all know of it. Some of you will have experienced it first-hand: that assumption by some people that if you belong to an Indigenous group, you have a drinking problem.Read More
Training recommended for RCMP in 2012 death
A coroner’s inquest into the death of Paul Kayuryuk has resulted in 17 recommendations from the jury.
Jury members listened to testimony from RCMP officers and family members from July 24 to 27.Read More
Few bicycle thefts reported to Nunavut RCMP
When Sheba Pikuyak’s daughter’s bicycle was stolen in early July, Sheba sprang into action.Read More
Toxic dump to be cleaned up
Seven years after an original work plan was completed, Transport Canada has awarded Iqaluit-based Kudlik Construction Ltd. a reported $5.4 million contract to clean up a decades-old contaminated dump site by Sylvia Grinnell River on the outskirts of the capital.Read More
Riit takes the big stage
The 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) opening ceremonies featured several fantastic performances of dance and music, both traditional and modern.Read More
Feds want more from Agnico hovercraft plan
If Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. wants to pursue using hovercraft at its Meadowbank and Amaruq sites near Baker Lake, it has to go back to the drawing board.Read More
Cruise ship tourists going to Erebus site
One cruise ship company has reached an agreement with Parks Canada to take passengers to the wreckage of the Franklin ship HMS Erebus.
If all goes according to plan, guests aboard the Ocean Endeavour, sailed by Mississauga-based Adventure Canada, will board Zodiacs on Sept. 9 and be escorted by Parks Canada staff to the site where the Sir John Franklin ship rests at the bottom of the Queen Maud Gulf.
GN resurrects possibility of treatment centre
Just as the beer and wine outlet is under construction in the capital, the Government of Nunavut is exploring the possibility of a treatment centre in the territory.Read More
Community buy-in is smart business
It was a real-life example of David vs. Goliath, pitting the small High Arctic community of Clyde River in a fight against big oil and the Canadian government.Read More
Cambridge Bay entrepreneurs strive not just to stay afloat, but to thrive with Kuugaq Cafe
Five people summoned the courage and the money to take the plunge and launch an eatery in Cambridge Bay almost six months ago.Read More
Cam Bay hires cruise ship coordinator
Cruise ship passengers from around the world coming to Cambridge Bay this summer don’t know it, but Cathryn Epp is racing to ensure they have a most memorable experience.Read More
Progress needs to benefit all in Nunavut
It’s summer in Nunavut, and as the beaches fill with sealift containers, the streets – in the capital, at least – are filled with visitors and construction vehicles. They’re both critical to the Nunavut economy but we can see the fallout when the two clash.Read More
A leader steps up in times of crisis, and is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations. Looking back in our brief history as Inuit, this is how the leaders, the alpha male and alpha female held the small hunting party together.Read More
Social struggles don’t override satisfaction
Nunavut’s uneven economy, health care challenges, high crime statistics and low graduation rate are all reinforced in a new Conference Board of Canada report, and yet Nunavummiut are mostly happy.
That made an impression on Adam Fiser, senior research associate with the Northern and Aboriginal Policy Group at The Conference Board of Canada.
Food price gap persists in Nunavut
As Ottawa continues to review feedback from Northerners on the Nutrition North program, the latest data shows food prices remain stubbornly high in Nunavut.Read More
Does mass gun storage make sense?
Should Nunavummiut lock up their guns in a single storage facility in each community?
That’s the prospect Justice Paul Bychok raised during a July 11 sentencing in a case involving armed robbery in Iqaluit. Bychok said there are an “alarming” number of firearms offences in the territory.
Regulatory body approves Kitikmeot gold project
Construction could begin on the Back River gold mine by next summer if the federal government approves the project, which now has the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s backing.
The review board issued its endorsement of Vancouver-based Sabina Gold & Silver Corp’s project on July 18 in a 400-page document that contains 94 conditions.
Iglulik residents build better boot
There are winter boots at the store that can be purchased and worn home, and then there are sealskin kamiit crafted by hand.Read More
Agnico Eagle apologizes for boat launch congestion
A weekend of congestion at the Itivia boat launch has prompted an explanation from Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., the company that runs the Meliadine gold project near Rankin Inlet.Read More
Rankin visitor centre surplus fund transferred to Kitikmeot project
Rankin Inlet South MLA Alexander Sammurtok wasn’t especially pleased that surplus funds had been transferred from the Kivalliq Visitor Centre project to the Grays Bay Road and Port Project.Read More
Iqaluit town hall meeting: Who should police the police?
Nunavut declared the land of opportunity, 2017 territorial economy predicted to grow by 5 almost per cent
QIA board meeting in Arctic Bay to discuss $1 million in new program funding
Qikiqtaaluk – The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is holding its three-day board meeting in Arctic Bay May 30 to June 1. Along with updates from the departments of lands and resources, major projects and social policy, the agenda includes the selection of program themes for the development of QIA’s new key programs.Read More
Target of 20-year-old lawsuit launched after school fire wants it dropped
Book answers home buying questions
Students collect directories, raise green funds
Habitat for Humanity selects family of five for a new home
Iqaluit – Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit has selected the Ipeelie-Qiatsuk family for a new home to be built in Apex beginning in mid-June. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December.Read More
QIA and Baffinland Iron Mines agree on workplan for Mary River
Atlantic walrus risks extinction, says committee advising federal minister
Families struggle to find graves of loved ones taken South with deadly tuberculoisis
Six-week countdown to Alianait and stellar mix of Southern and Northern stars
‘Performance is my life’, says Rankin Inlet’s Kuuri Panika
New songs from Kugluktuk to Iqaluit
Sanikiluaq singer releases second album
Kelly Fraser is angry, and her second album, released in April, explains why.Read More
North West Company buys airline
The North West Company (NWC), which owns and operates Northern and Northmart stores across Nunavut, announced April 28 it has purchased an air carrier and is terminating its cargo contracts with the Kivalliq- and Manitoba-servicing carrier Calm Air.Read More