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Remembering popular entertainer Charlie Panigoniak

Celebrated Nunavut musician and singer Charlie Panigoniak died on Wednesday. Premier Joe Savikataaq released a statement to recognize the Chesterfield-Inlet born entertainer, who had become a longtime resident of Rankin Inlet. “It is with great sadness...

Nunavut teachers program sets record

The Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP) has reached a new high in 2018-19 with 90 students enrolled in nine communities and via distance-learning, marking the most participants in a single school year in NTEP's...

Cambridge Bay accounting student says it’s important to talk about mental health

Kassidy Koaha-Laube will gladly share some advice with those thinking about diving into post-secondary learning at a southern institution. Now in her third year at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), where she's enrolled...

Dogs, foxes test positive for rabies in Taloyoak

The Department of Health is advising Taloyoak residents to be vigilant for signs of rabies after foxes and dogs have tested positive for the disease. Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a fox...

Communities seek new schools; GN offers renovations and other solutions

Getting a new school in Nunavut is no simple task. In Coral Harbour, district education authority chair Bridget Saviakjuk would very much like to see Sakku School replaced. "But I know for a fact that...

Graduates ‘move’ long-serving Clyde River DEA chair

When Clyde River couldn't find enough interested community members to sit on the district education authority, Terry Kalluk stepped up. That was close to 15 years ago. He's been chair of the DEA – the...

Lightstone demands to know Inuit home-ownership numbers; seeks improvements to program

The Nunavut Housing Corporation has provided home-ownership program funding to 1,000 applicants over the past three years, but the corporation's minister cannot specify how many of those applicants were Inuit. In the legislative assembly on...

Moving Forward Together winds down

After five years of creating and supporting a variety of programming, Moving Forward Together (MFT) is approaching its last month of operation due to expiring funding. The Hamlet of Kugluktuk launched the initiative with financial...

MLA and ministers’ compensation shows broad range

The latest instalment of compensation and expenses pertaining to MLAs and government ministers revealed total earnings ranging between $52,343 for Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Lightstone and $95,350 for then-deputy premier Joe Savikataaq during the five-month...

Pre-trades training underway in Iglulik

Three months of pre-trades training is taking place in Iglulik. Electrical, carpentry and oil-burner mechanic lessons will be included. "This is just in case they're interested in taking an apprenticeship in it," said senior administrative...

Nakashuk presses GN for airline merger response; says Nunavut ‘not mentioned even once’ by...

Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk is urging the GN to publicly release its input into the proposed First Air and Canadian North airline merger and expressed concern that Nunavut is being overlooked in the deal. While...

Condition of community learning centres a ‘sad state of affairs,’ says MLA

The community learning centres in Sanikiluaq and Gjoa Haven need to be replaced, MLAs representing those communities say. "There’s a sad state of affairs for our community learning centres in our communities," Allan Rumbolt, Hudson...

First gold poured at Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine mine

Agnico Eagle's Meliadine mine is nearing commercial production and poured its first gold on the morning of Feb. 21. Meliadine mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, as well as the upcoming Amaruq mine, are...

Fatal drunk driving sentence of three years for Pond Inlet woman

A Pond Inlet woman who was driving drunk when she caused the death of another woman has been sentenced to three years behind bars.  Justice Susan Cooper decided on the punishment for Lila Koonoo, who...

High hopes for commercial char fishery in Gjoa Haven

As a test fishery in Gjoa Haven approaches its fifth and final year, James Qitsualik is envisioning a commercial enterprise for Arctic char that could surpass the operation at Kitikmeot Foods in Cambridge Bay. "The...

MLAs reprimand education minister over lack of breakfast, lunch programs

The Department of Education's failure to put territory-wide school breakfast and lunch programs in place has raised the ire of MLAs John Main, Cathy Towtongie and Adam Lightstone. "When we talk about hunger and hungry...

Inuit corporations dismissive of Competition Bureau’s airline merger report

The Competition Bureau's review of a proposed First Air merger with Canadian North indicates that reduced schedules and higher prices are likely, but the Inuit corporations proposing the deal say the report is "superficial."  “Our...

Kugaaruk voters choose to keep ban on alcohol

The majority of voters in Kugaaruk have decided to keep the community’s prohibition on alcohol. Fifty-four per cent of voters in Monday’s liquor plebiscite preferred that alcohol remain outlawed in the community. Under Nunavut’s Liquor Act,...

Elizabeth Copland appointed new chief coroner; Pauloosie Suvega named new college president

GN Ministers revealed a couple of key appointments on Monday, announcing Elizabeth Copland as the territory’s chief coroner and Pauloosie Suvega as the president of Nunavut Arctic College. A new chief coroner and a new president...

Mom gives birth to ‘awesome’ and ‘amazing’ triplets

Cambridge Bay’s population grew by three on Feb. 10. Roseanne Kaiyogana, seen here with her daughter Chasity, is now the mother of identical triplet boys. Chester Jr., Chase and Mackail were born earlier this month...