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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.

Nunavut Mining: From pickups to bulldozers and haul trucks, Ola Arnaquq has learned to...

Sometimes at 5:30 a.m. sometimes at 5:30 p.m., Ola Arnaquq climbs up into giant bulldozers to begin her 12-hour shift at the Mary River iron mine, 160 km south of Pond Inlet. Iqaluit’s Ola Arnaquq...

Agnico Eagle puts Meliadine mine in ‘lockdown’ mode; contract worker disciplined

To strengthen its COVID-19 response, Agnico Eagle is placing its Meliadine gold mine in “lockdown mode” starting on Monday. Agnico Eagle is changing its work schedules at Meliadine and Meadowbank to 28 days straight, starting...

Does Nunavut’s quality of education get a passing grade?

The number of high school graduates in Nunavut has gradually been rising, but is the quality of their education adequate? An example of a Soundfield system in a Nunavut classroom can be seen in the...

Pond Inlet youth in stable condition after sliding into RCMP vehicle

A youth is in stable condition after being medevaced following a collision with an RCMP vehicle on Friday evening. The youth was sliding down a hill and crossed a road, colliding with a police vehicle...

Nunavut Tunngavik invests $1.25 million in water for community hand-washing

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated is allotting $1.25 million of its $22.5 million in federal COVID-19 response funds to ensure Nunavut communities have clean water for hand-washing. Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is spending $1.25 million to ensure communities...

Bingo is back in Cambridge Bay, with a twist

The days of gathering in the community hall for bingo are behind us, for now, so the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay has improvised a solution for the pandemic period. Volunteers are delivering free bingo cards...

City of Iqaluit updates which businesses are open and closed

For Iqalummiut wondering which businesses are still accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Iqaluit has issued an update. Canada Post is among the businesses in Iqaluit that remain open to the public. NNSL file...

Degrees of Success: Child welfare specialist hones her craft through bachelor’s program at the...

Christa Kunuk had a career-altering moment while in her early years as a counsellor at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit. A restless and troubled young boy approached her and said, “If I grow up, I’m going...

Rabies confirmed in Rankin Inlet

A fox that came into contact with at least one dog in Rankin Inlet has tested positive for rabies. Pixabay photo A fox that was in contact with at least one dog has tested positive for...

Agnico Eagle reduces activity at Meliadine and Meadowbank

Agnico Eagle announced Tuesday that it will reduce activities at its Meliadine gold mine and Meadowbank complex, which processes ore from the Amaruq gold deposit. Agnico Eagle is scaling back its operations at Meliadine gold...

Fox bites Gjoa Haven resident; GN warns of possible rabies

Gjoa Haven residents are encouraged to be on the lookout for foxes after a resident of their community was bitten by one of the animals. A fox bit a community member in Gjoa Haven recently,...

Stephen Mansell named Nunavut’s deputy minister of Justice

Stephen Mansell has been appointed as Nunavut’s deputy minister of Justice. photo courtesy of Stephen Mansell Stephen Mansell will take over as deputy minister of Justice as of April 27, Premier Joe Savikataaq announced on Tuesday. Mansell,...

Internet caps hiked for Northwestel’s Nunavut customers

Correction: Due to faulty formatting in Northwestel's news release, there was a mistake in the previous information contained in this story. In actuality, customers in Iqaluit, Arviat, Cambridge Bay and Rankin Inlet will have...

Nunavut residents must self-isolate before flying back into the territory

Starting Wednesday, Nunavummiut returning to the territory, including medical travel patients, will have to self-isolate for 14 days prior to flying back into the territory. “It has become increasingly clear that we need to limit...

Baker Lake MLA byelection postponed

Voters in Baker Lake won’t be voting in a byelection for MLA until Aug. 24 because of COVID-19. The byelection for Baker Lake’s new MLA will take place in August due to concerns over COVID-19. Pixabay...

A proponent of elders and Inuktitut: Allen Aglukkaq nears retirement after almost 40 years...

Allen Aglukkaq has devoted almost 40 years to the field of education and it will come to an end with his retirement in late May. While working at the Northern store in the early 1980s,...

Expect some COVID-19 questions when calling for service, RCMP advise

Those who contact the RCMP for assistance should be prepared to answer some questions about the coronavirus COVID-19 before the police arrive, as a safety precaution. The Mounties’ telecommunications operators have been instructed to inquire...

Chief medical health officer approves of Agnico Eagle’s COVID-19 protocol, according to Municipality of...

Agnico Eagle's ongoing operations at the Meliadine gold mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, don't pose "significant risk" under the mine's COVID-19 protocol, according to a quote attributed to Nunavut chief medical health...

Judge sentences Cambridge Bay man to 3.5 years for manslaughter in a case rife...

Editor’s note: This story contains some disturbing details.  A Cambridge Bay man who killed a father of 12 on a night when liquor was consumed heavily has been sentenced to 3.5 years in jail and...

Degrees of Success: Inuit superintendents guide school operations in all three regions

Degrees of Success 2020 — a report on education in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The term “capacity building” has often been repeated over the years, but the Nunavut Department of Education has proof that...