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Woman charged with aggravated assault against man in Iqaluit

A 52-year-old Iqaluit woman faces an aggravated assault charge following an incident involving a man on Wednesday. RCMP responded to a disturbance in the 500 block area of Iqaluit and found a man "in distress,"...

GN schedules Tununiq byelection for September

A byelection will be held for the Tununiq seat in Pond Inlet on Sept. 16, the Government of Nunavut announced Thursday. The seat became vacant with the death of MLA Joe Enook in March. Enook...

QEC to build $13-million head office in Baker Lake

Qulliq Energy Corporation now has official approvals to build a $13-million head office in Baker Lake. The new building, complete with a boardroom and training space, is expected to be complete by fall 2021. Currently, QEC's...

GN awards sealift contracts

The Government of Nunavut has chosen Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc. (NEAS) as its dedicated sealift supplier for Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Arctic Bay, Qikiqtarjuaq, Clyde River, Grise Fiord, Pond Inlet, Resolute Bay, Baker...

Nunavut delegation examines renewable energy options in Alaska

Cambridge Bay economic development officer Angela Gerbrandt will be among 10 Nunavut delegates from across the territory heading to Kotzebue, Alaska, from April 23-May 4 to learn about renewable energy options. "All across the Arctic...

Baker Lake students open time capsule

Students at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School (JASS) in Baker Lake recently revelled in looking through items stashed away a decade ago. The youth opened a 10-year-old time capsule that was created during the JASS graduation ceremony...

Nunavut MLA insists government can hire more Inuit in construction

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 The Government of Nunavut can employ more Inuit on its capital projects, insists Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main. "We're 20 years into Nunavut this year...
Construction workers open crates of supplies to build new homes in Arviat in October. Twenty units are scheduled to go up during the 2019-2020 construction season. photo courtesy of Nunavut Housing Corporation

Money for Nunavut housing drops 16 percent in 2019

PUBLISHER NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 With a $55-million construction budget, the Nunavut Housing Corporation is planning to build 79 new residential units in communities outside Iqaluit in 2019-20. That's down from...

Nattiq Frolics pays tribute to Lucy Ann Maniyogena

One of Nattiq Frolics' biggest supporters isn't there to celebrate the spring carnival this week but she hasn't been forgotten. Lucy Ann Maniyogena died on April 14 after another incidence of cancer. She was a...

Taloyoak man charged after several shots fired

A 21-year-old Taloyoak man faces several charges, including discharging a firearm with the intent to endanger life, following a shooting incident in the community on April 11. Lawrence Kootook was arrested after the RCMP responded...

Building iglus in Taloyoak

The Hamlet of Taloyoak held a week-long iglu-building program in March. Abel Aqqaq, Tommy Aiyout and Abraham Uquqtunnuaq were the instructors who taught seven participants how to piece together an iglu. "Overall, the community loves...

Cambridge Bay in talks for garbage-burning incinerator

Cambridge Bay council has a burning desire to reduce the waste piling up at the community's landfill, and the answer might lie in adopting an incineration system used in Alaska. Mayor Pamela Gross said her...

Udloriak Hanson becomes a vice-president for Baffinland Iron Mines

Baffinland Iron Mines has hired Udloriak Hanson as vice-president of community and strategic development. Hanson is a former Government of Nunavut deputy minister of Economic Development and Transportation and a former chief negotiator and chief...

With traditional Inuit village completed, Iglulik prepares to celebrate

A traditional Inuit village consisting of several iglus built just outside of Iglulik will be the site of a community celebration this weekend, if Mother Nature cooperates. The festivities were planned for last weekend but...

Kugluktuk’s Peter Taktogon has been maintaining homes for 47 years

Peter Taktogon has been a housing maintainer in Kugluktuk for a remarkable 47 years and he's not done yet. Taktogon started the job in 1972, having taken his training in Fort Smith and Iqaluit. He's witnessed...

Nunavut’s rapidly changing seasons concern Ruth Kaviok

Ruth Kaviok returned from the tropics of Peru in March following a trip of several weeks as a volunteer with Canada World Youth. Her Arctic home is much colder, but warming trends are on her...

Baffinland CEO makes a case for mine expansion

A proposed railway and many more cargo ships are the major concerns Baffinland Iron Mines' CEO Brian Penney is hearing about in relation to the miner's phase two expansion proposal, which would increase shipping...

Arctic Co-operatives wins Baffinland flight contract

Baffinland Iron Mines has chosen Arctic Co-operatives to transport employees and cargo from the south to its Mary River mine. The air services contract was officially awarded in March and takes effect as of April...

Sabina delays gold mine by a year due to lack of equity investment

Instead of opening in 2021, Sabina Gold and Silver's gold mine will now start operations in late 2022, at the earliest. That's a decision the company made in February when it couldn't find a taker...

With technical performance improving, TMAC focuses on profitability at Doris North

A flawed processing plant and some "poor decision making" at TMAC's Doris North gold site led to struggles meeting production expectations during the mine's first two years of operation. That's a candid admission from Jason...