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Casey Lessard

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Casey has worked in journalism for more than 20 years, and with Nunavut News since 2011. His work has taken him across the North: to every community in Nunavut's Qikiqtani and Kivalliq regions; to Yellowknife, NWT; to Whitehorse, Yukon, for the 2012 Arctic Winter Games; and to Fairbanks, Alaska, for the 2014 Arctic Winter Games. Casey is the two-time recipient of Canada's top national award for community newspaper reporting, most recently in 2015 for his work covering Iqaluit's dump fire. He was the project developer for NNSL's 2016 Arctic Winter Games website and app, which won regional honours for best online project. His editorial criticizing the GN's approach to bilingual education was named best in Canada in 2018.
2204Rose Kolola_WINNER.jpg Rose Kolola Kimmirut This photo was taken April 4, 2019. Ice was about 2 and a half feet. Outside Kimmirut at the lake called 'Iqaluit Iqalliaqvik'.

April 22 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Rose Kolola Kimmirut This photo was taken April 4. Ice was about two-and-a-half feet. Outside Kimmirut at the lake called 'Iqaluit Iqalliaqvik'. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᕉᔅ ᑯᓗᓛ ᑭᒻᒥᕈᑦ ᐅᓇ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 4-ᒥ. ᓯᑯᖓ ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓂ ᓇᑉᐸᓪᓗᐊᖓᓂᓗ ᐃᓯᒐᓪᓗᐊᖑᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᑭᒻᒥᕈᑦ ᓯᓚᑖᓂ ᑕᐃᔭᐅᔪᒥ 'ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᖃᓪᓕᐊᖅᕕᒃ.         Jenny...
1504Cain Pikuyak_WINNER.jpg Cain Pikuyak Hall Beach Hall Beach – March 1, 12:00 a.m.

April 15 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Cain Pikuyak Hall Beach Hall Beach – March 1, 12 a.m. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᑲᐃᓂ ᐱᑯᔭᒃ ᓴᓂᕋᔭᒃ ᓴᓂᕋᔭᒃ – ᒫᔾᔨ 1, 12 ᐅᓪᓛᒃᑯᑦ Amy Audlakiak Qikiqtarjuaq My 11-month-old daughter Tammy enjoying fresh air behind an inukshuk. March 30, 2019. ᐊᐃᒥ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᕿᐊᖅ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᑕᖅᑭᓕᒃ-11-ᓂ ᐸᓂᒐ ᑖᒥ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒍᓱᒃᑐᖅ ᐊᓃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᓄᒃᓱᒐᐅᑉ...
0804Amy Audlakiak1-2.jpg Amy Audlakiak Qikiqtarjuaq We all made our own amautis in Qikiqtarjuaq at CPNP (Canada Prenatal Nutrition for parents with babies) from March 8 to March 29. It was my first time making one so it was the best feeling when we all finished. From the left is: Olesie Koksiak, Koren Jackson, Naimie Kopalie, Maryann Keyootak, Amy Audlakiak (myself), Pasa Aulaqiaq and Leah Qiyuqtaq.

April 8 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Amy Audlakiak Qikiqtarjuaq We all made our own amautis in Qikiqtarjuaq at CPNP (Canada Prenatal Nutrition for parents with babies) from March 8 to 29. It was my first time making one so it was the...
0104Iqaqrialu ApiTah_WINNER.jpg Iqaqrialu ApiTah Arctic Bay John Joe happily having maktaaq at 6 months old, Aug. 31, 2018. He enjoys any kind of country food.

April 1 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Iqaqrialu ApiTah Arctic Bay John Joe happily having maktaaq at 6 months old, Aug. 31, 2018. He enjoys any kind of country food. ᐊᐱᑕ ᐃᓄᐊᕋᖅ ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᒃ ᔮᓐ ᕼᐅ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᖢᓂ ᒪᒃᑖᖅᑐᖅᑐᖅ ᑕᖅᑭᖃᖅᖢᓂ 6-ᓂ, ᐋᒍᔅᑎ 31, 2018-ᒥ. ᒪᒪᑕᓲᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᒥ ᓂᕿᑦᑎᐊᕙᖕᓂ. Roland...

March 11 – On-the-Land Contest

    WINNER: Sandra Saviakjuk Coral Harbour Tapia Saviakjuk and Dino Bruce picking up a seal down at floe edge in Feb. 2019. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᓵᓐᑐᕋ ᓴᕕᐊᕐᔪᒃ ᓴᓪᓖᑦ ᑕᐱᐊ ᓴᕕᐊᕐᔪᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒡᑎᓅ ᐳᕉᔅ ᐊᐃᒃᓯᖅᑐᑦ ᓇᑦᑎᕐᒥ ᓯᓈᓂ ᕕᕈᐊᕆ 2019−ᒥ.     Angie Mary Ashevak Clyde River My boyfriend took this...

March 4 – On-the-Land Contest

  WINNER: Jack Iqaluk Sanikiluaq Jan. 22, 2019, my youngest daughter scraping polar bear skin that I caught the day before.March ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᔮᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᒃ ᓴᓂᑭᓗᐊᖅ ᔭᓄᐊᕆ 22, 2019, ᓄᑲᖅᖠᖅᐹᖁᑎᒐ ᐸᓂᒐ ᓇᓄᖅᑭᕆᔪᖅ ᖁᑭᓚᐅᖅᑕᓐᓂ ᐃᑉᐱᒃᓴᖓᓂ.       Roxanne Anowtalik Arviat Shooting shortened double barrel near Arviat, spring of 2012. ᕌᒃᓵᓐ...

February 25 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Gregory Ningeocheak Coral Harbour Bearded seal going for air at its breathing hole, outside Coral Harbour. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᒍᕋᒍᕆ ᓂᖏᐅᑦᓯᐊᖅ ᓴᓪᓕᑦ ᐅᒡᔪᒃ ᐊᓂᖅᓵᕆᐊᖅᑐᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᒡᓗᖓᓂ, ᓴᓪᓖᑦ ᓯᓚᑖᓂ.       Patricia Mablik Naujaat Travelling to Naujaat in tuktu atajuq, spring 2018. Photo taken by Rhoda Nasalik. ᐸᑐᕆᓯᐊᑦ ᒪᑉᓕᒃ ᓇᐅᔮᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓛᖅᑐᑦ ᓇᐅᔮᓄᑦ...

$1M ᐱᕈᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᓕᓚᐅᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᐸᐃᕆᕝᕕᖓᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒧᑦ

ᐃᓱᒪᑐᔪᒥ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᔪᒥ-ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᓕᓚᐅᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᐸᐃᕆᕝᕕᖓᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒥ $1 ᒥᓕᐊᓐᑖᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᑲᔪᖏᖅᓴᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓵᓚᖃᐅᓯᐊᒧᑦ. ᐱᕈᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᓕᓚᐅᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᐸᐃᕆᕝᕕᖓ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥ, ᐱᔪᓐᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᓂ ᓱᕈᓯᕐᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᔪᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓕᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑭᓱᓂ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᒪᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᓱᒃᑲᓕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᒻᒥᖕᓄᑦ ᓈᒻᒪᒃᑐᒧᑦ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓵᓚᖃᖅᑎᕐᔪᐊᖑᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᑲᔪᖏᖅᓴᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓵᓚᖃᐅᓯᐊᒧᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒍᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᐊᐃᑦᕼᐅᐊᔅᒥ ᐊᐃᑉᐹᓂ...
1802Dino Bruce_WINNER Dino Bruce Coral Harbour Hunters in Coral Harbour still practising a traditional method using only a harpoon. John Nakoolak caught this female bearded seal. Southampton Island or Coral Harbour (Jan 30, 2019).

February 18 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Dino Bruce Coral Harbour Hunters in Coral Harbour still practising a traditional method using only a harpoon. John Nakoolak caught this female bearded seal. Southampton Island or Coral Harbour, Jan. 30. ᑏᓅ ᐳᕉᔅ ᓴᓪᓖᑦ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑎᑦ ᓴᓪᓕᓂᑦ ᓱᓕ ᐊᑐᓲᖑᕗᑦ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ...
1102Peter Aqqaq_WINNER Peter Aqqaq Taloyoak Wayne Aiyout letting loose an arrow towards caribou. Photo taken near Taloyoak, August 2015.

February 11 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Peter Aqqaq Taloyoak Wayne Aiyout letting loose an arrow towards caribou. Photo taken near Taloyoak, August 2015. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᐲᑕ ᐊᖅᑲᖅ ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐅᐊᐃᓐ ᐊᐃᔭᐅᑦ ᖄᕐᔪᖕᒥ ᓴᖅᑯᐃᔪᖅ ᑐᒃᑐᒧᑦ. ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅᑉ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ ᐋᒍᔅᑎ 2015.       Candice Kabloona Baker Lake Candice Kabloona with her catch with billions of...

February 4 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Shaiane Kootook Taloyoak Wayne and Andrew Aiyout with their first narwhal. On the other side of the ocean, on a beautiful day, August 21, 2017. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᓴᐃᐋᓐ ᑰᑑᒃ ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐅᐊᐃᓐ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐋᓐᑐᕉ ᐊᐃᔭᐅᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓐᓂ ᐊᓪᓚᙳᐊᒥ ᕿᓚᓗᒐᖅᑕᒥᓂᑦ, ᐋᒍᔅᑎ 21, 2017.       Brian Joseph Clyde...
2801Darlene Aiyout_WINNER Darlene Aiyout Taloyoak Igloo outside our cabin with colourful northern lights taken this past weekend.

January 28 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Darlene Aiyout Taloyoak Igloo outside our cabin with colourful northern lights, taken this past weekend. ᑖᓖᓐ ᐊᐃᔭᐅᑦ ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᒡᓗᕕᒐᖅ ᐃᒡᓗᕋᓛᑦᑕ ᓯᓚᑖᓂ ᑕᖅᓴᖃᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᖅᓴᕐᓂᓂᑦ, ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᑉ ᓄᙳᐊᓂᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ.               Cathryn Epp Cambridge Bay Myself, ice fishing July 2, 2018. ᑲᑕᕆᓐ ᐃᑉ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᖅ ᐅᕙᖓ, ᓯᑯᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᖃᓪᓕᐊᖅᖢᖓ ᔪᓚᐃ...
2101Keenan Eetuk_WINNER Keenan Eetuk Rankin Inlet

January 21 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Keenan Eetuk Rankin Inlet ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᑮᓇᓐ ᐃᑦᑐᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ               Brandon William Qirqqut Gjoa Haven Mason Max Qirqqut with his first muskox near Gjoa Haven, Jan. 4, 2019. ᐳᕌᓐᑎᓐ ᐅᐃᓕᐊᒻ ᕿᖅᑯᑦ ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᖅ ᒪᐃᓴᓐ ᒫᒃᔅ ᕿᖅᑯᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᐅᒥᖕᒪᒃᑕᒥᓂᑦ ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᖅ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ, ᔭᓄᐊᕆ 4, 2019−ᒥ.     Gina Ann Panigayak Taloyoak Clayton Panigayak...
1401Jessie Malliki _WINNER Jessie Malliki Naujaat My dad Paul Malliki's caribou antlers Christmas tree in Naujaat.

January 14 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Jessie Malliki Naujaat My dad Paul Malliki's caribou antler Christmas tree in Naujaat. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᔭᓯ ᒪᓕᑭ ᓇᐅᔮᑦ ᐊᑖᑕᒪ ᐹᓪ ᒪᓕᑭᐅᑉ ᑐᒃᑐᒥ ᓇᒡᔪᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒡᕕᖕᒥ ᓇᐹᖅᑐᖓ ᓇᐅᔮᓂᑦ.                       Aquila Kiviaq Attungala Baker Lake Full moon, moon-dog, and moonlight reflecting off the ice in Baker Lake. ᐊᑯᐃᓛ ᑭᕕᐅᖅ...

2018 Amazing Land Stories of the Year

Here are the top photos from Nunavut News' 2018 Amazing On the Land Photo Stories Contest, as selected from our weekly winners! The runaway favourite and winner of the 2018 photo of the year was...
1712Laura Annie_WINNER Laura Annie Qikiqtarjuaq This photo was taken September 2, 2018, berry picking for the weekend south of Qikiqtarjuaq called Mattaa Fiord.

December 17 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Laura Annie Qikiqtarjuaq Sept. 2, 2018, berry picking for the weekend south of Qikiqtarjuaq at Mattaa Fiord. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᓗᐊᕋ ᐋᓂ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 2, 2018, ᓄᓇᕕᒋᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᑉ ᓄᙳᐊᓂ ᓂᒋᖓᓂ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᒪᑦᑕ ᑲᖏᖅᓱᖓᓂ.         Craig Nanordluk Naujaat This was in September, that's me driving, along with...
1012Eliza Naomi Eetoolook_WINNER Eliza Naomi Eetoolook Taloyoak Me and my common-law out fishing in Tigluarvik after freeze up.

December 10 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Eliza Naomi Eetoolook Taloyoak Me and my common-law out fishing in Tigluarvik after freeze up. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᐃᓚᐃᓴ ᓇᐃᐆᒥ ᐃᑦᑐᓗᒃ ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐅᕙᖓᓗ ᐊᐃᑉᐸᕋᓗ ᐃᖃᓪᓕᐊᖅᖢᑕ ᑎᒡᓗᐊᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᕿᕿᑎᓪᓗᒍ.               Jamie Panipak Clyde River Last summer narwhal hunting. ᔭᐃᒥ ᐸᓂᒃᐸᒃ ᑲᖏᖅᖢᒑᐱᒃ ᐊᐅᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᓪᓚᙳᐊᓂ ᕿᓚᓗᒐᕋᓱᒃᑎᓪᓗᑕ.   Peter Adjuk Arviat Curious mother and her cub. October 2018,...
Katrina Germino Pond Inlet One of the many spectacular sunsets here in Pond Inlet. You can see the natural displays of beauty. Photo taken Oct. 28.

December 3 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Katrina Germino Pond Inlet One of the many spectacular sunsets here in Pond Inlet. You can see the natural displays of beauty. Photo taken Oct. 28. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᑲᑎᕇᓇ ᔫᒥᓅ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᖅ ᐊᒥᓱᓂ ᑲᔾᔮᕐᓇᖅᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᖕᓂ ᓯᕿᓂᖅ ᓂᐱᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐅᕙᓂ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥ. ᑕᑯᔪᓐᓇᖅᐳᑎᑦ ᓯᓚᒥ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ...
2611Marina Aqqiaruq_WINNER Marina Aqqiaruq Iglulik My husband Dennis Aqqiaruq took this photo while seal hunting in September. Looks like a wave and a heart shape.

November 26 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Marina Aqqiaruq Iglulik My husband Dennis Aqqiaruq took this photo while seal hunting in September. Looks like a wave and a heart shape. ᒪᕇᓇ ᐊᕿᐊᕈᖅ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒃ ᐅᐃᒐ ᑕᓂᔅ ᐊᕿᐊᕈᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓇᑦᑎᕋᓱᒃᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓯᑎᐱᕆᒥ. ᒪᓪᓕᐅᖅᑰᔨᔪᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐆᒻᒪᑎᒥᒃ ᓴᓇᐅᒪᓂᖃᖅᑐᒥ                     Emigluaqtuq Nutarasungnik Rankin Inlet Saw this...
1911Sarah Peryouar_WINNER Sarah Peryouar Baker Lake Blake Inukpaaluk Peryouar tying caribou hind legs together in order to carry it back to the boat, on September 16/17, at Hatsiumani'tuaq, outside Baker Lake, NU.

November 19 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Sarah Peryouar Baker Lake Blake Inukpaaluk Peryouar tying caribou hind legs together in order to carry it back to the boat, on September 16/17, at Hatsiumani'tuaq, outside Baker Lake. ᓯᐊᕋ ᐱᕐᔪᐊᕐ ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᖅ ᐸᓚᐃᒃ ᐃᓄᒃᐹᓗᒃ ᐱᕐᔪᐊᕐ ᕿᓚᒃᓯᔪᖅ ᑐᒃᑑᑉ ᑐᓄᐊᓂ ᓂᐅᖏᓐᓂ...