Five of six children in Katherine Taqaogak’s cramped four-bedroom home are sick with flu-like symptoms and she feels that mould and crowded conditions are contributing to the health issues.
“At night they get really feverish and cry a lot. Some of them will throw up,” she said of the ailing youngsters.
Thirteen people live in Taqaogak’s public housing unit.
Susan Aglukark brought tears to the eyes of many, including Commissioner Qajaq Robinson, as she gave the final testimony as the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls stopped in Rankin Inlet this past week. Read More
Technicians for competitors SSi Micro and Bell are quickly installing equipment in communities across Nunavut to introduce cellphone voice and data service. Read More
Right into it this week as we lay bare the best (and the worst) of the big show in PyeongChang, South Korea: Read More
Puppeteer Dan Butterworth came all the way from Rhode Island, U.S., to perform shows with his marionettes and to guide close to 20 youth in making their own puppets, Feb. 13 to 17. Read More
The arena in Kugaaruk is undergoing $1 million worth of work in two phases. The first phase will begin in the coming weeks with improvements to the heating system, the installation of more efficient lighting and patching up the dressing rooms, senior administrative officer John Ivey said. Read More
Nunavut Justice Earl Johnson cut in half a mandatory minimum punishment of four years for Cedric Ookowt of Baker Lake, convicted of shooting at a residence in his community, as the judge ruled it would be “grossly disproportionate to the crime.” Read More
Mental health is a well-known but sensitive issue in Nunavut. Although Kugluktuk has a psychiatric nurse in Alpheus Mansaray, who began working in the community in March 2017, his list of clients wasn’t long upon his arrival. Read More
A plan for in-territory addictions and trauma treatment is in development but whether or not, and how, it moves forward will depend on what elected officials agree will be their mandate for the coming four years. Read More
Mona Pitseolak celebrated giving birth to her daughter Tapisa just as the rest of the territory was celebrating the birth of Nunavut April 1, 1999.
Mona recalls her daughter’s birth got a lot of attention then, and still does. Read More
The decision to extend the Jon Lindell Memorial (JLM) Calm Air Cup senior men’s hockey tournament to include a series of skills-development camps was a popular one among the youth registered in the Arviat minor hockey program this past month. Read More
A group of Rankin Inlet volunteer firefighters completed the first responder medical program this past week in Rankin. Read More
Winner: Lars Nielsen Qaqqaq
I went caribou hunting west of Baker Lake in November with Susan Toolooktook. It was a warm day with flurries. We saw fresh wolf tracks and drove over a few more hills, stopping on the top of a hill and we saw a pack of four wolves.
Voters in Kugluktuk will return to the polls on March 5 to choose a mayor and four hamlet councillors after a December election was voided due to translation issues. Read More
Several hunters were off in search of muskoxen early last week in hopes of selling the meat to the Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization (HTO). The HTO then divides the meat among community members in need through the Country Foods Distribution program. Read More
After Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. ditched Canadian North for First Air last year, the airline had to go back to the drawing board, and they came up with an internet-based service called Fetchable.
“We have available space on our aircraft and we’re looking for ways to fill it,” said Canadian North president Steve Hankirk. Read More
Danny Aaluk remembers sitting in a classroom as a boy, with much of what was being said not registering due to his hearing impairment. He preoccupied himself with what came naturally, drawing wildlife in his notebooks with his pencil. Read More
Harm reduction was the Government of Nunavut’s main message at an Iqaluit meeting Feb. 13 about its approach to federal cannabis legalization set to take effect in July. Due to federal timelines, legal sales are unlikely to take place until sometime in August. Read More
A review of the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP), initiated in early 2017, is now at the draft-report stage.
“The consultants have drafted a preliminary report to be reviewed by the Department of Education and Nunavut Arctic College to ensure that the program evaluation phase of this review has met the scope of work detailed in the request for proposals,” Education deputy minister Pujjuut Kusugak stated via e-mail. Read More
Thirty seconds of a conversation with educator Rebecca Hainnu is more than enough time to understand why she is lauded by so many – her energy and will are at once contagious and compelling. Read More
They came, talked shop, celebrated local culture and kicked up their heels together. For the fifth consecutive year, the Kitikmeot Trade Show sold out as 200 delegates descended on Cambridge Bay Feb. 12 to 14. It was the 19th year for the event. Read More