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September 28, 2017

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Carver encourages extra effort, explores options for establishing a studio

August 17, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

Walking past Damien Ikuallaq’s carving shack in Cambridge Bay, you might hear power tools grinding away.

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Food centre clients benefit from royal visit

August 17, 2017 - Iqaluit

Clients atthe Qayuqtuvik Society’s food centre in Iqaluit may see culinary benefits from a brief meeting between their chef Michael Lockley and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall earlier this summer.

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Kivalliq firefighters show their skills

August 15, 2017 - Kivalliq

One female firefighter from Rankin Inlet has a message for women and girls in similar fields: anything is possible if you train hard and try your best.

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Hard fight for Rankin softball at national slo-pitch championship in Winnipeg

August 15, 2017 - Winnipeg

There was no ultimate victory for softball players from Rankin Inlet who travelled to Winnipeg, Man., for the national slo-pitch championships, but the team came away feeling good.

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Rankin youth learn the ins and outs of bike safety during afternoon rally

August 15, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

Sirens wailed, horns blared and a horde of cyclists hit the streets of Rankin Inlet on the afternoon of Aug. 10 to learn about bike safety.

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A weekend of softball in Rankin

August 15, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

The annual Calm Air Cup will be held in Rankin Inlet from Aug. 17 to 20.

The event, which is the qualifier tournament for the Slo-Pitch National championships, includes cash prizes and a beer garden.

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Kivalliq students prep for first day of classes

August 15, 2017

Students and educators across the Kivalliq region are preparing to head back to school.

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Coroner’s inquest into death of Rankin man doctor mistakenly thought was drunk releases recommendations

August 15, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

An inquest into the March 21, 2013 death of Victor Kaludjak in Rankin Inlet has led to 24 recommendations from a coroner’s jury on how to prevent similar deaths in the future.

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Inquiry visit a time for healing in the Kivalliq

August 15, 2017 - Kivalliq

This week, visitors from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are in Rankin to meet Kivalliq families for the first time.

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National inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls meets with families in Rankin

August 15, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls made a stop in Rankin Inlet this week to visit with Kivalliq families.

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Nunavut’s language challenges are many

August 15, 2017 - Nunavut

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.

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Population outpaces growth of Inuktut

August 11, 2017 - Nunavut

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.

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Leaders applaud Clyde River ruling

August 11, 2017

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.

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Chilling for a good cause

August 11, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

Nineteen dips in chilly water raised more than $2,000 for youth swimming pool programs and equipment at the end of July.

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Cape Dorset cultural centre taking shape

August 11, 2017 - Kinngait/Cape Dorset

The $11-million Kenojuak Cultural Centre & Print Shop is starting to look something like the design drawings.

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Grudge against former MLA nets Cape Dorset businessman 18 months in jail

August 10, 2017 - Kinngait/Cape Dorset

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.

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No limits to Clyde River woman’s skills

August 9, 2017 - Kangiqtugaapik/Clyde River

When Igah Hainnu attended the Nunavut Arts Festival in Iqaluit in early July, she was there to teach how to make goose foot baskets.

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Nunavut firefighters head to nationals

August 9, 2017 - Iqaluit

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.

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Naujaat cleans up the community

August 8, 2017 - Kivalliq

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.

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New garbage fees proposed to Rankin Inlet council

August 8, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

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.

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Proper training for RCMP saves lives

August 8, 2017 - Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake

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.

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Training recommended for RCMP in 2012 death

August 8, 2017 - Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake

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.

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Few bicycle thefts reported to Nunavut RCMP

August 3, 2017 - Sanirajak/Hall Beach

When Sheba Pikuyak’s daughter’s bicycle was stolen in early July, Sheba sprang into action.

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Toxic dump to be cleaned up

August 3, 2017 - Iqaluit

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.

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Riit takes the big stage

August 3, 2017 - Toronto

The 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) opening ceremonies featured several fantastic performances of dance and music, both traditional and modern.

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Feds want more from Agnico hovercraft plan

August 3, 2017 - Qamani'tuaq/Baker Lake

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.

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Cruise ship tourists going to Erebus site

August 3, 2017 - Gjoa Haven

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.

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GN resurrects possibility of treatment centre

August 3, 2017 - Iqaluit

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.

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Community buy-in is smart business

August 2, 2017 - Nunavut

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.

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Cambridge Bay entrepreneurs strive not just to stay afloat, but to thrive with Kuugaq Cafe

August 2, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

Five people summoned the courage and the money to take the plunge and launch an eatery in Cambridge Bay almost six months ago.

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Cam Bay hires cruise ship coordinator

August 2, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

 

Cathryn Epp is the cruise ship coordinator and economic development officer for the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay.

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.

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Progress needs to benefit all in Nunavut

July 31, 2017 - 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.

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Showing leadership

July 31, 2017 - Cambridge Bay

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.

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Social struggles don’t override satisfaction

July 31, 2017 - Nunavut

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.

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Food price gap persists in Nunavut

July 31, 2017 - 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.

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Does mass gun storage make sense?

July 31, 2017 - Nunavut

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.

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Regulatory body approves Kitikmeot gold project

July 31, 2017 - Kitikmeot

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.

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Iglulik residents build better boot

July 26, 2017 - Iglulik

There are winter boots at the store that can be purchased and worn home, and then there are sealskin kamiit crafted by hand.

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Agnico Eagle apologizes for boat launch congestion

July 25, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

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.

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Canada 150 events planned across the territory

June 1, 2017

With Canada 150 funding, the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA) has so far approved funding for 16 projects in 11 communities.

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Rankin visitor centre surplus fund transferred to Kitikmeot project

June 1, 2017 - Iqaluit

 

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.

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NIRB kicks off oil and gas strategic assessment

June 1, 2017 - Qikiqtaaluk

With $2.6 million of federal funding and a two-year time frame, the Nunavut Impact Review Board hope to complete an Oil and Gas Strategic Environmental Assessment for Baffin Bay and Davis Strait (SEA) to inform potential development in those waters.

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Withdraw Bill 37, ITK tells GN

May 31, 2017

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) has received the full weight of support from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s (ITK) board of directors in its call for the Government of Nunavut to withdraw Bill 37.

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Iqaluit town hall meeting: Who should police the police?

May 31, 2017

Nunavut declared the land of opportunity, 2017 territorial economy predicted to grow by 5 almost per cent

May 28, 2017