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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.

Hall Beach airport to get $10 million in improvements

The Government of Canada has announced close to $10 million in funding for runway and lighting improvements at the Hall Beach airport. The money will result in an overhaul of the gravel runway, taxiway...

Pirurvik preschool program reaps $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize

An innovative made-in-Nunavut preschool program has $1 million to invest in expansion thanks to the Arctic Inspiration Prize.  The Pirurvik Preschool in Pond Inlet, which allows children to express natural curiosity to learn about what...

Lower fares for Kitikmeot Inuit beneficiaries now available through First Air

Kitikmeot Inuit beneficiaries can now book cheaper flights on First Air through ILAK Fares, the airline announced today during the Kitikmeot Trade Show. ILAK Fares were introduced last June in the Qikiqtaaluk and Kivalliq regions...
Lydia Palluannuk tries her hand at bocce on the turf at the Iglulik arena. In the background, from left, are community health representative Lucy Sarpinak, standing, and Sirpaapik Ammaklak, Martha Qattalik, Theo Ikkumaq and Leonie Qrunnut. Jose Quezada photo

ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᙱᑦᑎᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕈᑕᐅᖏᓐᓇᖅᐳᖅ

ᐅᓇᑕᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᑐᕌᖓᔪᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᕘᑉ-ᐃᓗᐊᓂ, ᐊᑯᓂᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐸᖅᑭᕕᒃᓴᒥ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᓇᓱᐊᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒐᓴᓄᑦ. ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᑦᑎᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ. "ᓱᓕ ᕿᒻᒪᑰᕕᒡᔪᐊᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐸᖅᑭᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓛᓴᓘᓯ ᐋᕆᐊᖅ, ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓ. ᓄᓇᕗᑦ 44-ᓂ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐸᖅᑭᔭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᒡᓕᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᓇᒦᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᐸᖅᑭᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ...

Iconic rocker Tom Cochrane eager to entertain in Cambridge Bay

Tom Cochrane's illustrious musical career has spanned more than 40 years but headlining the 20th Kitikmeot Trade Show will break new ground for him. Playing in Cambridge Bay will be Cochrane's northernmost performance. He's never...

Keeping elders healthy is ongoing effort

The battle for a dedicated in-territory, long-term care centre for elders has been waged for years. The Nunavut Seniors Society is firmly in support of the idea. "We're still lagging way behind in terms of our...

After-school program aims to make youth healthier

Recreation equipment is scarce in many Nunavut communities, but that's not stopping the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) from promoting healthy living and physical activity for youth. The newly-introduced Leading the Way program...

Going west for Arctic Inspiration

The day of reckoning is drawing near and some huge cash prizes could await a couple of Cambridge Bay projects. A delegation from the community will be travelling to Whitehorse next week for the 7th...

Sanikiluaq votes to remain a ‘dry’ community

Sanikiluaq residents voted 63 per cent in favour of remaining a prohibited community in a plebiscite held Monday, according to the GN Department of Finance. "At this time, the residents of Sanikiluaq have decided that...

ITK issues scathing rejection of federal Indigenous languages bill

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami says a federal languages bill introduced in the House of Commons today fails to protect Inuit rights to speak Inuktut and it won't help revitalize the language. The national Inuit organization also...

ᑕᖅᓴᖃᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᕐᓃᑦ

ᕿᕐᓂᖅᑕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᐅᐸᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᒥᐊᓕᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᑮᓇᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᑦ ᓯᓚᑦᑐᖅᓴᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓂᑦ ᒪᓕᒃᑐᒥ ᑲᓛᖦᖠᐅᑉ ᓄᓈᓐᓂ ᑮᓇᑉᐸᓕᐅᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓕᓴᐃᔨᒧᑦ ᕕᕕ ᓱᐊᕋᓐᓴᓐᒧᑦ ᔭᓄᐊᕆ 18 ᐊᒻᒪ 25-ᒥ. "ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᐃᓕᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐆᒥᖓ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᓲᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᔭᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐊᔭᐅᕆᓂᕐᒥ ᑭᒡᓕᒋᕙᒃᑕᖏᓐᓂᑦ," ᓯᓚᑦᑐᖅᓴᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᐅᔪᖅ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ...

Nunavut Hitmakerz wraps up tour in Cape Dorset

A tour stop in Cape Dorset that concluded with a public concert on Sunday marked the 10th community that Nunavut Hitmakerz has visited since 2016.  The Hitmakerz program, which promotes Inuktitut singing and songwriting workshops...

Tracking hunters for safety

Brent Puqiqnak is entering the final several months of his two-year term position as a youth research apprentice with Ottawa-based Carleton University. Visitors to the Gjoa Haven Hunters and Trappers Association are likely to see...

Resolute continues quest for wellness

Resolute Bay has seen its share of hardship and tragedy. To help the community of close to 200 residents along the road to wellness, motivational speakers were brought in Jan. 22 to 27. There was a...

Grand parka exhibit on the way

A new exhibit at the May Hakongak Community Library and Cultural Centre in Cambridge Bay will examine the evolution of the Inuinnait parka. The unveiling of the exhibit, which will comprise six pieces, is expected...

Colourful expressions of the Greenlandic mask

Black and red paint covered the faces of Nunavut Sivuniksavut college students following Greenlandic mask workshops held with instructor Vivi Sorensen on Jan. 18 and 25. "Students learned about this unique art form and enjoyed...

Iglulik mayor backs elder who shot polar bear, cub

An Iglulik elder who shot a mother polar bear and her cub within municipal boundaries did the right thing, says Iglulik Mayor Celestino Uyarak. “Any polar bears, cubs or not, that is threatening local people,...

Kugaaruk to hold public meeting on liquor plebiscite ahead of vote

With a liquor plebiscite scheduled for Feb. 25 in Kugaaruk, the community will first hold a public meeting on Feb. 13 at the community hall to discuss the implications. Alcohol is currently prohibited in Kugaaruk....

RCMP charge Kugluktuk resident with murder

Following a lengthy investigation, Nunavut RCMP's Major Crime Unit laid a charge of murder against a Kugluktuk resident in relation to the April 2017 death of a 46-year-old woman from the community.  A publication ban...

Murder charge laid in Cambridge Bay

A 44-year-old Cambridge Bay man has been charged with murder and remains in police custody following an RCMP investigation into the death of a 46-year-old man who was found unresponsive in a local residence.  Raymond...