For the first time in history following a territorial election for the Government of Nunavut (GN), I am expecting — and actually cheering for — the next premier to come from the Kivalliq.
I would be equally happy to see either Rankin Inlet’s Lorne Kusugak or Cathy Towtongie have the premier’s plaque on their office desk. Read More
Baseball fans across the Kivalliq were treated to a classic World Series between the L.A. Dodgers and the Houston Astros, which wrapped up on Nov. 1.
I predicted, in this very paper on Oct. 4, the Dodgers (National) and Astros (American) would represent their respective leagues in the Series. Unfortunately, I called the Dodgers to win in six games. Read More
ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓚᖓᒍᑦ ᓱᓕ ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᖏᓗᐊᕐᒪᑕ. ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᑦᓯᐊᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ, ᑕᒪᒃᑯᐊ ᐊᑭᕋᖅᑐᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᑯᐊᓐ ᐹᑉᔅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᖓᔮᕐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᓱᐴᖅᑐᒐᕐᓗᐃᑦ. Read More
There are those among us who don’t think society has reached the apex of oversensitivity yet. I can’t see how we can become any more sensitive when just this past week, the finger of racism was aimed at corn pops and marijuana. Read More
2017 had already been a tough year for Kivalliq fans of classic rock with the deaths of Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman and Butch Tracks of the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath’s Geoff Nichols and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, but this month hit hard with the passing of both Tom Petty and Gord Downie. Read More
ᐊᕐᕌᒍᖅ 2017 ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᓯᒪᓕᐊᓂᒃᐳᖅ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥᐅᓄᑦ ᑐᓴᕐᓂᕈᓱᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᑕᒪᒃᑯᓂᖓ Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman ᐊᒻᒪ Butch Tracks ᑖᒃᑯᓇᓂ ᐃᓐᖏᖅᑎ Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath’s Geoff Nichols ᐊᒻᒪ Chris Cornell ᑕᐃᑲᓂᒥᐅᑕᖅ Soundgarden, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕆᐊᓪᓚᓚᐅᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᑐᖁᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ Tom Petty ᐊᒻᒪ Gord Downie. Read More
ᖁᕐᓗᖅᑐᒥᐅᑦ ᕼᐊᒪᓚᖓᑦ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐱᔨᑦᓯᕋᕈᑎᓂᒃ ᓴᓇᓂᐊᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᐅᑕᖅᑭᑐᐃᓐᓇᖏᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᖓᓂ ᐊᑐᐊᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑎᓂᒃᓗ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᓕᕈᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑕ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᔪᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᑕᒫᓂ ᒪᓕᒐᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᐊᖅᓯᒋᐊᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᑕᒫᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᒋᐊᓖᑦ ᐅᓄᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᑎᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᓕᑉᒪᑕ ᕼᐊᒪᓚᖓᓄᑦ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓱᓕ. Read More
The Hamlet of Kugluktuk is looking to take matters into its own hands, as government policies and timelines have left the hamlet waiting too long for a facility that allows residents to remain in the hamlet for care.
Legislation bars the hamlet from owning and operating its own facilities but a creative private partnership arrangement – where the hamlet gets the backing but a private company owns and operates the facility – seems a promising solution. Read More
I shake my head every time I see someone voicing concerns on social media using data from David Suzuki to back their stance.
I have written in the past on Suzuki and Ronald Hites’s demarketing campaign; using parts of the media to create fear over farmed salmon. Read More
The most popular story on our new website, nunavutnews.com, has so far been last week’s profile on Anu Boucher, the young environmental technology student who has a dream of launching her own outfitting business back home in Rankin Inlet.
Hers is a dream that brings together youthful hopes with the vision of a business opportunity in a location that has promise. She has a real shot at this. Much as fashion designer Victoria Kakuktinniq, also of Rankin Inlet, has grown her business from sales on Facebook into a shop in Iqaluit. A mix of skill, tenacity, and demand for her product have brought her dream to life. Read More
ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖅᐹᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐊᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᓂᐅᔅᓄᐊᒃᑯᑎᒍᑦ ᐅᕙᓂ, nunavutnews.com-ᒥ, ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐊᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᕗᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᒥᒃ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᖁᕝᕙᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᔪᒥᒃ ᐋᓄ ᐴᓱᒥᒃ, ᑖᓐᓇ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᖅ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᐅᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᓕᓴᖅᑐᖅ ᕿᓚᓈᕆᔭᖃᕐᒪᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᒥᓄᑦ ᑕᐅᑐᖑᐊᖅᖢᓂᐅᒃ ᐊᑐᓛᕈᒪᔭᒥᓂᒃ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐊᓯᕙᖅᓯᒪᕕᓕᐅᕈᒪᖕᒪᑦ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒥᓂ ᐳᓚᕋᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒧᑦ. Read More
For the most part, those of us living in Rankin Inlet have been pretty lucky when it comes to major acts of vandalism over the years, especially when compared to many other Nunavut communities.
Break-and-enters have been a far bigger problem over the past two decades than vandalism. Read More
ᐊᑭᒪᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓇᓱᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᓱᒃᑲᓕᓴᕐᓂᐊᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᐊᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᔪᓯᑦᑎᐊᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᒪᕐᕉᒃ ᐊᑏᒃ ᐃᓚᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᖑᕋᑖᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᕆᓯᒪᔭᕗᑦ: ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎ ᐲᑕ ᑕᑉᑑᓇ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᒥᓂᔅᑕᖓ ᑮᑦ ᐲᑐᓴᓐ.
ᑕᒪᐃᑕ ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᐊᖑᑏᒃ ᑭᖑᕚᒥᓄᑦ ᕿᒪᐃᖕᒪᑕ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᒃᑲᑕᒥᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᒥᐅᑦ ᐱᑕᖃᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐱᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐱᐅᖏᑦᑐᓂᒃᓗ, ᒪᓕᒃᓗᒍ ᓇᓕᐊᖕᓂᒃ ᐱᒃᑯᒥᒍᓱᖕᒪᖔᖅᐱᑦ. Read More
The race is on for Nunavut’s legislative assembly, and it is going forward without the two names making the most news for the past few years: Premier Peter Taptuna, and Finance Minister Keith Peterson.
Both men left their marks on Nunavut, for better or worse, depending on your perspective. Read More
ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓄᓕᒫᑲᓴᒃ ᑖᓐᓇ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒥᐅᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᒥᐅᓄᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᑯ ᖁᑦᑎᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᓄᒃᑎᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᖕᒪᑕ, ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ ᒐᕙᒪᑎᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒥᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᕕᒃᒥᑦ ᑎᒍᓯᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᒃᑎᖅᓯᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᖃᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᒧᑦ ᐊᐅᔪᐃᑦᑐᒧᓪᓗ 1950-ᓂ.
Graduation ‘season’ across the Kivalliq in August and September is one of the few remaining times of the year when it’s actually possible to put aside all thoughts of what ails Nunavut – a job in itself at the best of times – and allow yourself to grow a tad optimistic about the future. Read More
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. Read More
There are three things I will not miss should I ever decide to leave Rankin Inlet and Kivalliq News. Those are: the cost of living in Rankin, the ridiculous amounts of money we’re forced to spend on things such as cell and Internet service which don’t deliver a service anywhere near the cost, and the lack of professionalism when trying to deal with the Government of Nunavut (GN) in any meaningful way. Read More
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.
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.
I’ve been fortunate in Rankin Inlet during the past 18-plus years to have known a fair number of people who liked to discuss “hot topics” of the day openly and honestly, without playing the race card or firing about a bunch of impossible-to-disprove labels in an effort to force silence or capitulation. Read More