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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.

Donated school supplies ease return to school for some Cambridge Bay students and parents

This is the first full week back to school for students in Cambridge Bay and for a few dozen of them there are no worries about having classroom supplies thanks to donations from community...

Teachers enhance leadership skills

Forty-three principals, assistant-principals and teachers sacrificed a portion of their summer to build on their leadership qualities. The educators gathered in Iqaluit for two weeks in July for the Certificate in Educational Leadership in Nunavut...

Nunavut shows grit at Western Canada Summer Games

EDITOR'S NOTE -- See this week's edition of Nunavut News for additional photos and coverage from the Western Canada Summer Games.  The Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask. has wrapped up and the...

GN awards duty and medical airline contracts to Canadian North, Calm Air

Canadian North will provide medical travel, duty travel and air freight for the Government of Nunavut in the Qikiqtaaluk and Kitikmeot regions while Calm Air will serve the Kivalliq region and Sanikiluaq as the...

Kitikmeot paddlers recount summer adventures

Three Kitikmeot teens spent part of their summer learning to canoe in waters outside the territory. Taloyoak's Debbie Mannilaq flew to Yellowknife to paddle on Great Slave Lake and it was challenging. “At first it was...

Nutrition North subsidy rises for non-perishable goods

The often criticized Nutrition North program has added an additional $1 per kilogram subsidy for non-perishable goods, such as macaroni, flour, butter and diapers transported by sealift. That means a 10-kilogram bag of flour will...

UPDATE: Kugluktuk message in a bottle was dropped in Arctic Ocean

It turns out the message in a bottle that Kugluktuk resident David Peter Norberg found on Aug. 11 was dropped into the Arctic Ocean by crew aboard the icebreaker Louis St. Laurent. The bottle was...

These firefighters are all champions

Team Nunavut was among eight entrants in the 30th annual National Aboriginal Firefighter Competition held in Eskasoni, N.S., on Aug. 17. And Team Nunavut was among eight winners at the event. Organizers decided to award each...

Twelve pounds of cigarette butts removed in Resolute

How many cigarette butts does it take to equal twelve pounds? A whole lot! That's what volunteers in Resolute removed from around the community on Aug. 9, along with other garbage during a community cleanup. More than...

Kugluktuk man finds message in a bottle after nine years

Kugluktuk's David Peter Norberg has recovered a bottle containing a message that was placed in the ocean in 2010. The bottle travelled a vast distance over those nine years, winding up on the shore of...

Kugluktuk power plant featuring 500-kilowatt solar capacity gets funding

Kugluktuk can proceed with plans for Nunavut's first new diesel power plant with 500-kilowatts of solar capacity as $20.5 million in federal funding was announced in Iqaluit on August 19. Qulliq Energy Corporation is contributing...

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. Former SAO Ghulam Murtaza, 60, is charged with fraud, theft over $5,000 and breach...

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...