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Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North, NWT & Nunavut Mining, Construction and Degrees of Success. Derek's passion lies in human interest stories and he's indebted to those who share their struggles and triumphs. He has won more than a dozen journalism awards and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of King's College.

Charges filed in alleged fraud against Hamlet of Taloyoak

Two individuals, including a former senior administrative officer in Taloyoak, are facing charges after accusations that the hamlet's finances were mishandled. Ghulam Murtaza, 60, a former SAO in the community, is charged with fraud, theft...

Iglulik celebrates bowhead catch; maktaaq shared with visiting elders

Judah Sarpinak steadied himself on the floor of the boat, less than 15 feet from an enormous 30-foot bowhead whale. At such close range with the powerful animal, one mistake by Sarpinak and his uncle...

Simeonie Akpalialuk named new chair of QEC board

Simeonie Akpalialuk has been chosen as chairperson of Qulliq Energy Corporation's board of directors and Keith Peterson will serve as vice-chair, QEC announced Thursday. Akpalialuk, who lives in Iqaluit, has served as a consultant for...

RCMP charge Gjoa Haven man with murder

The RCMP have laid a murder charge against a 34-year-old Gjoa Haven man. Police responded to a complaint of a 33-year-old woman found in her home not breathing on Aug. 13. She was determined to...

Keeping the John Ayaruaq Library doors open

A large group of kids gathered at John Ayaruaq Library at Maani Ulujuk Ilinnarvik for a special afternoon highlighted by RCMP officers and volunteer firemen – and their vehicles – on Aug. 8 in...

Extensive search winds down for missing Baker Lake boater

After two weeks of widespread searching for a Baker Lake boater who went missing while swimming for the mainland, the exhaustive effort to find him has all but concluded, the RCMP announced Wednesday. Solomon Tulurialik, 29,...

Garneau announces $45.5 million expansion of Rankin Inlet airport, funds for Kivalliq all-season road...

The Rankin Inlet airport will get two new wings to the existing terminal building making it four times its current capacity. Transport Canada Minister Marc Garneau made the $45.5 million announcement in Iqaluit on Tuesday...

Ottawa gives $21.5 million to Kitikmeot road and port project

The federal government is committing $21.5 million to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association's slimmed-down request to get the Grays Bay Road and Port project “shovel ready” over the next couple of years. The funding announcement for...

Dog days of summer for Kivalliq softball

Rankin Inlet travelled to Churchill, Man., in 2017 and grabbed the championship banner in the inaugural Calm Air Hudson Bay Classic softball championship. Rankin was not able to return to Churchill in 2018 to defend...

RCMP partnering with Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp in recruitment effort

The RCMP and Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation are teaming up with a goal of enlisting more Inuit police officers in Nunavut. "The RCMP in Nunavut understand that having Inuit serve as RCMP officers breaks down...

Polar bear dippers spot a whale in Resolute

Approximately 35 daring residents waded into the chilly Arctic Ocean water during a polar bear dip on Aug. 4. The first 30 people to get wet received a towel with “Resolute Polar Dip 2019” embossed...

Iglulik high school still on hold; Kugaaruk’s new school opens soon

Iglulik's new high school was expected to open for the 2018-19 school year but it sat empty and it will remain that way until January, according to the Department of Education. The Government of Nunavut...

Boil water advisory in place for Iglulik, Pond Inlet, Whale Cove

The Department of Health is reminding residents of Iglulik, Whale Cove, and Pond Inlet to boil their water before consumption until further notice. This is a precautionary measure due to cloudy water, also known as turbidity. During...

GN scrambling to fill 60 teaching vacancies

With the school year beginning in most Nunavut communities within the next three weeks, the Government of Nunavut is scrambling to find 60 more teachers. The bulk of those educators are needed in the Qikiqtani...

School year begins Friday in some communities

Summer vacation grinds to a halt for some young Nunavummiut as early as Friday. Students in Baker Lake and Gjoa Haven are scheduled to report to school first as the school year begins earliest in...

Fred Schell bids farewell to Cape Dorset

Twenty-nine years after moving to Cape Dorset and serving as the community's mayor and MLA, Fred Schell is packing up and leaving for the Calgary area, where his brothers reside. He, his wife Ezevallu Qatsiya...

Kugluktuk’s fishing derby attracts nearly 50 competitors

Close to 50 anglers competed in the Kugluktuk fishing derby held July 31 to Aug. 5. The weather was sweltering for two of those days, with the thermometer climbing to almost 30C, said Stephanie Fummerton,...

Child care demand in Nunavut lags rest of country

Nunavummiut make the least use of early learning and child care services in the country, according to new data from Statistics Canada. Only 36.7 per cent of Nunavummiut newborns to five year olds are dropped...

Long-term care centres initial contract awarded, but GN won’t reveal value

The Government of Nunavut has selected Winnipeg-based FT3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design to provide design and construction administration services for three new long-term facilities in the territory. The value of the tender award remains under...

Bikes on the way to Cambridge Bay

The Polar Bike Project will distribute 105 donated bicycles in Cambridge Bay this year. The bikes are going to be given away to children at an event Aug. 18. Alison Harper, who launched the Polar Bike...