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Derek Neary

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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.

Canadian North reveals new details about changes to fares and cargo rates

Canadian North's new economy fares will be priced lower than its current lowest available fares, but won't be available on every flight. Those economy seats will generally be available on less busy flights and...

Kono Tattuinee emerges as new president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association

After a couple of days of voting delays in some Kivalliq communities due to stormy weather, Kono Tattuinee prevailed in the election for Kivalliq Inuit Association president on Wednesday. Tattuinee rose to the top of...

Inuinnaqtun mentorship program to be introduced

Some of the shrinking number of Inuinnaqtun speakers in the Kitikmeot are being recruited to act as mentors to apprentices who want to learn the Inuit language. The Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society is fundraising to...

Feds react to NTI’s discovered language snub: ‘Not reflective of the current Government of...

Following Nunavut Tunngavik's discovery of a historic, secret federal cabinet document that instructed Canada's negotiators not to make guarantees for use of the Inuit language in Nunavut, Ottawa is insisting that that 1990 document...

Zacharias Kunuk film named among Canada’s top 10 for 2019

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has selected One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk as one of Canada's 10 best for 2019. The movie -- produced by Isuma Distribution International and directed by...

Data storage a barrier to body cameras – RCMP; MLA says he doesn’t want...

Tununiq MLA David Qamaniq wants RCMP to wear body cameras but the territory's police force says there's a technological roadblock preventing it. “The biggest hindrance at this point is data storage,” said RCMP Cpl. Dmitri...

Kitikmeot Inuit Association elects vice-presidents and Cambridge Bay board member

Members of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association went to the polls on Monday to decide upon new executives. Clara Evalik prevailed over Charlie Lyall in the race for vice-president of economic development. Evalik was named on...

Board members elected to hunters and trappers organizations

Numerous communities across the territory held elections for hunters and trappers board members on Monday. Below are some of the outcomes. If you have results that you'd like to see included, please contact us...

Gjoa Haven votes to stick with alcohol prohibition

Fifty-two per cent of Gjoa Haven voters have rejected the idea of allowing restricted quantities of liquor to be purchased or imported into the community. In a plebiscite held Monday, 188 residents chose not to...

The cost of winning the Tununiq byelection? $10.50

The candidates' expenditures for the Tununiq byelection have been audited and the winner spent the most money on his campaign, but it was only $10.50. David Qamaniq prevailed in the Sept. 16 MLA byelection in...

Iglulik’s Levy Uttak wins national tourism award

Levy Uttak of Iglulik captured the Most Inspiring Cultural Ambassador award from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada on Nov. 14. The distinction goes to someone who “inspires those around them in a way they...

NTI accuses feds of undermining Inuit language after obtaining ‘secret’ land claim cabinet document

Land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) has uncovered a historic cabinet document that it claims is evidence that the Government of Canada sought to block the use of the Inuit language as the...

Resolute’s Devon Manik is evolving his love of dog-sledding into a way to make...

The magnificence of the landscape, the sun on the horizon and the rhythmic pounding of his dog team's paws on the snowy ground have proven to be big boosts to Devon Manik's mindset. “Before I...

GN struggles to grow tourism without more investment

“Nunavut is a niche destination, particularly among international travellers.” That's a key line from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism's Annual Tourism Report 2018-19. The bulk of Nunavut's tourists come from within Canada, and a...

More than $700 raised at Movember hockey showdown

Two teams of mostly mustachioed police and firefighter hockey players took to the ice in the name of charity on Saturday at the Arnaitok Arena in Iqaluit. When it was all said and done, more...

Kugaaruk advances $1.3-million community energy plan

Kugaaruk is entering phase two of its $1.3-million, three-year community energy plan, which will kick off rounds of community consultations. That will be followed by a request for proposals to find a renewable energy...

There’s more to art than money, says Bart Hanna

As debate rages over the role of artwork in enriching the lives of Inuit, spurred by a New York Times article, Iglulik carver Bart Hanna says creating art means more than a pay cheque. “It's...

Arviat-owned Northern Networks Ltd signs deal with major mining supplies company

Northern Networks Ltd, a general contractor under Arviat's Eskimo Point Lumber Supply, has signed a partnership deal with Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology to bring Sandvik's products to Nunavut's mining companies. Sandvik Mining and Rock...

Minister strikes conciliatory tone with Nunavut Association of Municipalities

Following critical words from the Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM) last week, Community and Government Services Minister Lorne Kusugak sent a mollifying message in return Tuesday. "It is unfortunate the weather prevented some of us...

Baffinland proposes to resume regulatory hearings in April 2020; highlights $2 billion in future...

Baffinland Iron Mines would like its Mary River phase two regulatory hearings to reopen after Easter in April 2020, the company informed the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) in writing recently. Baffinland is seeking two...