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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.
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...
1211Sal Kanayuk_WINNER Sal Kanayuk Pangnirtung Friday Oct. 26, sunset in Pangnirtung.

November 12 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Sal Kanayuk Pangnirtung Friday, October 26, sunset in Pangnirtung. ᓯᐊᓪ ᑲᓇᔪᖅ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ ᐅᓪᓗᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ, ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 26, ᓯᕿᓂᖅ ᐊᑦᑎᒃᓯᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᒥ.             Ayla Marie Kavik-Mickiyuk Sanikiluaq We were five people in our house 65 miles out of town, my dog was barking for over 10 minutes...
0511Julia Saumik_WINNER Julia Saumik Naujaat Five of Paniaq Siusangnark’s great grandchildren graduated in Tugaalik High School. Back row from left: Lorena Siusangnark, Jean Nelson Siusangnark, Rosalie Ijjangiaq, Tiffany Siusangnark, Lloyd Siusangnark. Aug. 24, 2018.

November 5 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Julia Saumik Naujaat Five of Paniaq Siusangnark's great-grandchildren graduated from Tugaalik High School Aug. 24. Back row from left: Lorena Siusangnark, Jean Nelson Siusangnark, Rosalie Ijjangiaq, Tiffany Siusangnark, Lloyd Siusangnark. ᔪᓕᐊ ᓴᐅᒥᒃ ᓇᐅᔮᑦ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᑦ ᐸᓂᐊᖅ ᓯᐅᓴᕐᓈᑉ ᐃᓗᓕᖏᑦ ᐃᓱᓕᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑑᒑᓕᒃ...
2910Jordan Unainuk St John_WINNER Jordan Unainuk St John Arviat Heading back to the cabin west of Arviat, we thought it was water at first, nice clear ice.

October 29 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Jordan Unainuk St John Arviat Heading back to the cabin west of Arviat, we thought it was water at first, nice clear ice. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᔪᐊᑕᓐ ᐅᓚᐃᓐᓄᒃ ᓴᐃᓐᑦ ᔮᓐ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᐅᑎᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᕋᓛᒧᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᐱᓇᖕᓇᖓᓄᑦ, ᐃᒪᐅᓇᓱᒋᓚᐅᖅᑕᕗᑦ, ᓯᑯᓯᒪᓕᓵᖅᑐᖅ.                     Amanda Nanauq Qavvik Kugaaruk Lloyd Aaquaq Qavvik's first...
2210Kenneth Kripanik Kenneth Kripanik Iglulik August 29, 2018. Waiting for seals to pop up at Suluraugaq.In the picture is Melvin Taqqaugaq, Marian Kripanik, Patrick-John Attagutaluk and Mason Taqqaugaq.

October 22 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Madeleine Qumuatuq Pangnirtung Moon going down amongst the Pangnirtung mountains. G'nite. Sinitsianiaqusi/have a good sleep. ᓵᓚᖃᖅᑐᖅ: ᒫᑕᓕᓐ ᖁᒻᒧᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ ᑕᖅᑭᖅ ᐊᖅᑲᖅᑎᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᖅ ᑕᐅᕘᓇ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᑉ ᖃᖅᑲᖓᒍᑦ. ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ. ᓯᓂᑦᓯᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑯᓯ/have a good sleep.         Devon Manik Resolute Bay Hunted a nanuq (polar bear) on Wednesday last week with...
Jeanie Nakashuk Pangnirtung 1510Jeanie Nakashuk_st1.jpg Herself in a beaded amauti.

Round 4 – Nunavut’s Best Stitcher

WINNER: Jeanie Nakashuk Pangnirtung The artist in a beaded amauti.                           Several pairs of kamiks, all made by the artist. Karen Ivalu Iglulik A garment the artist made.                         Mary Angidlik Rankin Inlet "My grandkids each sewed a pair of mittens for themselves in school...
1510Katrina Germino_WINNER Katrina Germino Pond Inlet Winter is coming! The first fall of snow in Pond Inlet, Sept. 2018.

October 15 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Katrina Germino Pond Inlet Winter is coming! The first fall of snow in Pond Inlet, Sept. 2018. ᑲᑕᕇᓇ ᔫᕐᒥᓄ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᖅ ᑎᑭᓕᖅᐳᖅ! ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᖃᓐᓂᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃᖕᒥ ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 2018.                         Amarualik Uluriak Alert Alert, Aug. 22, 2018. View from cockpit of Kenn Borek. Nunavut on...
0810Jessica Tinashlu_WINNER Jessica Tinashlu Naujaat This was taken near Naujaat, Sept. 22, frozen lake about 2 inches thick that looks like they’re walking on water.

October 8 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Jessica Tinashlu Naujaat This was taken near Naujaat, Sept. 22, frozen lake about two inches thick that looks like they're walking on water. (Jessica is our first two-time winner. You'll recall her first one of the polar...

Round 3 – Nunavut’s Best Stitcher

WINNER: Rose Tina Alivaktuk Pangnirtung The cap is beaded and the two purses are also beaded. The cap is the most recently finished project here, finished June 25. The black beaded purse I made two...
0110Katrina Germino_WINNER Katrina Germino Pond Inlet This photo was taken last August. Friendly people and beautiful community. Mountains, icebergs and glaciers. Truly Pond Inlet is one of Canada’s “jewels of the North”.

October 1 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Katrina Germino Pond Inlet This photo was taken last August. Friendly people and beautiful community. Mountains, icebergs and glaciers. Truly Pond Inlet is one of Canada's "jewels of the North". ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᑲᑕᕆᓇ ᔫᒥᓅ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃ ᐅᓇ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐋᒍᔅᑎᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ. ᑐᙵᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ...
2409Kelly Alikatuktuk_WINNER Kelly Alikatuktuk Qikiqtarjuaq Aug. 18, Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut.

September 24 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER Kelly Alikatuktuk Qikiqtarjuaq August 18, Qikiqtarjuaq. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ ᑲᓕ ᐊᓕᑲᑐᖅᑐᖅ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐋᒍᔅᑎ 18, ᕿᑭᖅᑕᕐᔪᐊᖅ.             Cheryl Taptuna Kugluktuk Jaden Taptuna using a pellet gun, saying he’s getting the biggest caribou. He is four years old. ᓯᐊᕈᓪ ᑕᑉᑑᓇ ᖁᕐᓗᖅᑐᖅ ᔭᐊᐃᑕᓐ ᑕᑉᑑᓇ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᖅ ᐳᓪᓚᓕᖕᒥ ᖁᑭᐅᑎᙳᐊᒥᒪ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐊᖏᓛᖑᔪᓂ ᑐᒃᑐᑲᑕᒃᑐᖅ. ᑎᓴᒪᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᓕᒃ.                 Molly...

Round 2 – Nunavut’s Best Stitcher

WINNER: Sarah Takolik Taloyoak Sharon Okalik Whale Cove Headshot of the artist: My name is Sharon Okalik from Whale Cove. I also sew parkas, amauti and hand sew mitts.                       Made this wolf parka few years ago. My husband said...
1709Nazareth Kidlapik_WINNER Nazareth Kidlapik Naujaat This photo was taken last year Aug. 17, 2017, near Naujaat, NU. Photo by Starr Evalak.

September 17 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Nazareth Kidlapik Naujaat This photo was taken last year August 17, 2017, near Naujaat. Photo by Starr Evalak. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᓈᓱᕆᑦ ᑭᓪᓛᐱᒃ ᓇᐅᔮᑦ ᐅᓇ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐊᕐᕌᓂ ᐋᒍᔅᑎ 17, 2017−ᒥ, ᓇᐅᔮᑦ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ. ᓯᑖᕐ ᐃᕙᓚᖕᒧᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ.         Helen Sikkuark Niptayok Kugaaruk Pierre Niptayok (dad), Carol Inuksaq (daughter),...