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RCMP save Cambridge Bay child trapped in crevasse

RCMP officers came to the rescue of a child who was stuck approximately 3.5 metres below the surface of the snow during a daycare outing near Cambridge Bay earlier this week. An off-duty police officer...

Rescuers, cultural leaders, volunteers earn Commissioner’s awards in Iglulik

Nunavut Commissioner Nellie Kusugak came to Iglulik on May 7 to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations, including the fire department and search and rescue group. The dedicated volunteer firefighters and search and search and rescue...

GN scoping cost of adding 156 long-term care beds

The Government of Nunavut posted a request Monday for architectural designs for new long-term care facilities in Iqaluit and in the Kivalliq and the Kitikmeot regions – a total of 156 beds. The proposal involves...

Iqaluit’s crime rate surpasses that of smaller communities

New Statistics Canada data released Tuesday shows that the crime rate in Iqaluit is higher than in Nunavut's other communities. That's the inverse of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, where the capital cities have...

Cambridge Bay’s triplets are coming home

Triplets Chase, Mackail and Chester Jr. Arqviq are expected to have medical clearance to come home to Cambridge Bay next week. The infants spent the first several weeks of their lives at Royal Alexandra Hospital...

Kiilinik student reflects on Asian adventure

Weary but thrilled Kiilinik High School travellers returned from a trip to Asia on April 24. Fifteen students and seven chaperones spent seven days touring Vietnam and two days in Hong Kong, including a day...

All systems go for red-seal electrician Brandon Oolooyuk

PUBLISHER NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 As a red-seal journeyman electrician, Brandon Oolooyuk is now working for the biggest power consumer in the Kivalliq region and, at other times, for himself. He...

Jimmy Noble Jr. named deputy minister of environment

Jimmy Noble Jr. will become deputy minister of environment as of May 13. The announcement came on Friday afternoon from Premier and Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq. “Mr. Noble has been a great asset to the Government...

Apparent Iqaluit stabbing leads to aggravated assault arrest

Iqaluit RCMP have arrested and charged a 25-year-old man in Iqaluit following an apparent stabbing in the capital city. Police responded to a residence in the 1600 block on Thursday. Paramedics were already on scene,...

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...