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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.

July 2 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Ian Tigullaraq Clyde River My first catch with kakivak. Spring last year outside of Clyde River. Tasittanna Lake. ᐊᑭᓯᔪᖅ: ᐃᐊᓐ ᑎᒍᓪᓚᕋᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᓱᒑᐱᖕᒥᐅᖅ ᑲᑭᕙᒃᒧᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᒋᐅᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ, ᐅᐱᕐᖔᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᕐᕌᓂ ᑲᖏᖅᖢᒑᐱᐅᑉ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ ᑕᓯᑦᑕᓐᓈᒥ.               Hector Nargyak Gjoa Haven Family enjoying the cod fishing derby held outside of...

June 25 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Nina Qangoinuk Naujaat This picture was taken near Naujaat in 2016. My niece Dorianna Malliki waiting for a seal to pop up, excitement is around the corner again for Naujaamiut. ᓃᓇ ᖃᖑᐊᓐᓄᒃ ᓇᐅᔮᒥᐅᖅ ᐅᓇ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓇᐅᔮᒥᐅᑦ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ 2016-ᒥ. ᐅᔪᕈᒐ...

June 18 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Emilia Alareak Arviat Here's a picture of my cousin Thomas Alikaswa, about 11 miles south of Arviat. My dad Peter Alareak took the picture two years ago. ᐊᑭᓯᔪᖅ: ᐃᒥᓕᐊ ᐊᓚᕆᐊᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᒥᐅᖅ ᐅᓇ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓗᑯᓗᒐ ᑖᒧᓯ ᐊᓕᑲᔅᕗᐊᑦ, ᐃᒻᒪᖄ 11 ᒪᐃᓕᓂᒃ ᐅᖓᓯᖕᓂᖃᖅᑐᒥ...

Paul Quassa removed from Nunavut premiership

Nunavut MLAs voted Thursday to remove Paul Quassa from the premiership, with ministers backing the regular MLA caucus motion in a 16-3 vote. Chair of the regular members' caucus Arviat North - Whale Cove MLA...

June 11 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Sal Kanayuk Pangnirtung Took this picture with my Canon D20 Power Shot four years ago at Sikujuitu, near Iqalujuak close to Pangnirtung. ᐊᑭᓯᔪᖅ: ᓴᓪ ᑲᓇᔪᖅ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᒥᐅᖅ ᐅᓇ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ Canon D20 Power Shot-ᒧᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖑᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ ᓯᑕᒪᓂ ᓯᑯᔪᐃᑦᑐᒥ, ᐃᖃᓗᒃᔪᐊᒥ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᑉ.               Eric Ootoovak Pond Inlet A...

June 4 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Gina Mike Pangnirtung Fishing last year outside of Pangnirtung in Iqalugaarjuk. ᐊᑭᓯᔪᖅ: ᔩᓇ ᒪᐃᒃ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᒥᐅᖅ ᐊᐅᓚᓴᕆᐊᖅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᐊᕐᕌᓂ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᑉ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᒑᕐᔪᖕᒥ.       Dianna Joy Kaludjak Rankin Inlet Sophia Kaludjak, age 10, with her dad, Leo Kaludjak, at Peter Lake holding her big trout measuring 43-1/8",...

May 28 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Bridgette Aulatjut Arviat Summer 2017 – while trying to catch a bigger fish than my husband, I caught this fish south of Arviat. ᐊᑭᓯᔪᖅ: ᐳᕆᔾᔨᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᒥᐅᖅ ᐊᐅᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ 2017-ᒥ - ᐃᖃᓗᒐᓱᒋᐊᖅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᓴᒥᒃ ᐊᐃᑉᐸᓐᓂᑦ ᐱᖅᑳᕋᓱᐊᓚᐅᕋᒪ, ᐆᒥᖓᖔᕐᓕ ᐃᖃᓗᓚᐅᖅᑐᖓ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᓂᒡᒋᖔᖓᓂᑦ.               Isabell Mickiyuk Sanikiluaq ‘Qunirutsiuk’ collecting eider...

May 21 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Jamie Kalluk Resolute Bay The day started off slow, no bears, few tracks, travelled more than half the day, finally spotted a bear in the distance, checked out the bear only to see it was a...

May 14 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Roger Alivaktuk Pangnirtung A picture from 2015. My son's husky 'Bro' likes hunting with us. Helps us find seal dens under the snow. This is the pup he led me to. ᐊᑭᓯᔪᖅ: ᕌᔪ ᐊᓕᕙᑕᖅ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᒥᐅᖅ ᐅᓇ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ 2015-ᒥ. ᐃᕐᓂᒪ ᕿᒻᒥᐊ...

May 7 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Kayleen Emiktowt Coral Harbour A photo taken at the perfect time during a thunderstorm just outside of Coral Harbour in June 2014. ᐊᑭᓯᔪᖅ: ᑲᐃᓖᓐ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᐅᑦ ᓴᓪᓕᕐᒥᐅᖅ ᐅᓇ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᔪᕕᓂᖅ ᓈᒻᒪᓈᖅᓯᑦᑎᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᓯᓚ ᐃᑦᑐᒃᑐᐊᓘᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓴᓪᓕᐅᑉ ᓯᓚᑖᓂ ᔫᓐ 2014-ᒥ.       Emma Iviuq Baker Lake My 80-year-old mother...

April 30 – On-the-Land Contest

Winner: Kuni Nungaq Inukjuak I took this photo inside look of a huge igluvigak back in 2014 in Inukjuak. ᐊᑭᓯᔪᖅ: ᑯᓂ ᓄᓐᖓᖅ ᐃᓄᒃᔪᐊᕐᒥᐅᖅ ᐅᓇ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔭᕋ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᖏᔪᐊᒃᒥᒃ ᐃᒡᓗᕕᒐᕐᒥᒃ ᖃᒡᒋᓕᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ 2014-ᒥ ᐃᓄᒃᔪᐊᒥ.               Runners-up: Mary Mina Inukjuak Two-year-old Lymekie having too much fun playing...

April 23 – On-the-Land Contest

David Kullualik Pangnirtung David Kullualik, with caught narwhal, with father and brother, at Cumberland Sound near Kekertan Island, May 30, 2007. ᑏᕕᑦ ᑲᓪᓗᐊᓕᒃ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᒥᐅᖅ ᑏᕕᑦ ᑲᓪᓗᐊᓕᒃ, ᑑᒑᓕᖕᒥᒃ ᕿᓚᓗᒐᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᐊᑖᑕᖓᓗ ᐊᖓᔪᐊᓗ, ᑎᓄᔭᕐᕕᐅᑉ ᐃᑭᐊᓂ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ, ᒪᐃ 30, 2007-ᒥ.         Caroline Arragutainaq Sanikiluaq Annabelle holding...

April 16 – On-the-Land Contest

Winner: Jessica Tinashlu Naujaat My husband and his hunting buddy went polar bear hunting over the long weekend and came across this iceberg, and a polar bear was running away and the cub is climbing up...

April 9 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Eliza Naomi Eetoolook Taloyoak Kanovak Eetoolook playing with Arctic char dry fish outside of Taloyoak, 2012/13. ᐊᑭᓯᔪᖅ: ᐃᓖᓴ ᓇᔪᒥ ᐃᑦᑐᓗᒃ ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᐅᖅ ᑲᓄᕙᒃ ᐃᑦᑐᓗᒃ ᐱᖑᐊᕈᓯᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓂᕿᒥᓂᒃ ᐱᑦᓯᒥᒃ ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᑉ ᓯᓚᑖᓂ ᑕᖕᒪᖅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ 2012/13-ᒥ.                 Joanna Napaqtulaaq Ningeocheak Coral Harbour Andrew-John Ningeocheak, 2014. ᔪᐊᓇ ᓇᐹᖅᑐᓛᖅ ᓂᖏᐅᑦᓯᐊᖅ ᓴᓪᓕᕐᒥᐅᖅ ᐋᓐᑐᕉ-ᔮᓐ ᓂᖏᐅᑦᓯᐊᖅ,...

April 2 – On-the-Land Contest

Winner: Victoria Inuarak Pond Inlet My brother, Lee Inuarak, getting the dog sled ready to go back to Pond Inlet from Sanniru (Button Point), March 2014. ᐊᑭᓯᔪᖅ: ᕕᒃᑑᕆᐊ ᐃᓄᐊᕋᖅ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥᐅᖅ ᐅᓇ ᐊᓂᑯᓗᒐ, ᓖ ᐃᓄᐊᕋᖅ, ᖃᒧᑎᒥᒃ ᐅᓯᐅᖅᑲᐃᔪᖅ ᐅᑎᕐᓂᐊᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒧᑦ ᓴᓐᓂᕈᑎᓂ...

March 26 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Doreen Tiktaq Niego Baker Lake Here's a great photo of our family that was ruined by a bumblebee. During the spring time we were heading out to camp and decided to take a family picture...

March 19 – On-the-Land Contest

Winner: Elijah Takkiruq‎ Gjoa Haven My daughter Olivia Takkiruq, Gjoa Haven. ᐃᓚᐃᔾᔭ ᑕᒃᑭᕈᖅ ᐅᕐᓱᖅᑑᒥᐅᖅ ᐸᓂᑯᓗᒐ ᐅᓕᕕᐊ ᑕᒃᑭᕈᖅ, ᐅᕐᓱᖅᑑᒥ.                         Runners-up: Jeeteeta Merkosak Pond Inlet Five years ago. ᔨᑏᑕ ᒥᖅᑯᓵᖅ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥᐅᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᖑᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᓂ.           Joseph Aupaluktuq‎ Baker Lake Baker Lake sunset. ᔫᓯᐱ ᐊᐅᐸᓗᒃᑐᖅ ᖃᒪᓂ’ᑐᐊᒥᐅᖅ ᖃᒪᓂ’ᑐᐊᒥ ᓯᕿᓂᖅ ᓂᐱᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ.     Maggie D Jones Kingmeatok Rankin Inlet Our mother meets her biological...

March 12 – On-the-Land Contest

Winner: Marie Naqitarvik Arctic Bay Arctic Bay, spring of 2017. ᒧᕇ ᓇᕿᑦᑕᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᖕᒥᐅᖅ ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᖕᒥ, ᐅᐱᕐᖔᒃᑯᑦ 2017-ᒥ.             Paul Kabloona Baker Lake We witness the annual caribou migration that pass by across the lake every summer in July. ᐸᓪ ᖃᓪᓗᓇᖅ ᖃᒪᓂ’ᑐᐊᒥᐅᖅ ᑕᑯᔭᖅᑐᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒐᑦᑕ ᐊᕐᕋᒍᑕᒫᑦ ᑐᒃᑐᐃᑦ ᑕᓯᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᑳᕐᕕᒋᖃᑦᑕᖅᑕᖓᒎᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᐅᔭᖅ...

March 5 – On-the-Land Contest

WINNER: Gina Panigayak Taloyoak Drying my first polar bear hide inside during winter, in 2014. Caught this bear outside my house in Taloyoak. ᔩᓇ ᐸᓂᒐᔭᖅ ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᐅᖅ ᐸᓂᖅᓰᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᖓ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥᒃ ᓇᓐᓄᕆᐅᓚᐅᖅᑕᒪ ᒪᒥᕋᖓᓂᒃ ᐃᒡᓘᑉ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ, 2014−ᒥ. ᐅᓇ ᓇᓐᓄᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ ᐃᒡᓗᒪ ᓯᓚᑎᑦᑎᐊᖓᓂ ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᒥ.               Runners-up: Savannah...

February 26 – On-the-Land Contest

Winner: Nathaniel Kaludjak Rankin Inlet Samuel Kaludjak with his first walrus summer of 2016, about 20 miles away from Rankin Inlet. ᓈᑕᓇᐃ ᖃᓗᔾᔭᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᖅ ᓵᒻᒧᐃᓕ ᖃᓗᔾᔭᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥᒃ ᐊᐃᕕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ 2016 ᐊᐅᔭᖓᓂ, ᐃᒻᒪᖄ 20-ᒪᐃᓕᒥᒃ ᐅᖓᓯᖕᓂᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᑦ.           Runners-up: Cassan Nattar Rankin Inlet Annabel Tiriisi Nattar's...