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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.

RCMP partnering with Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp in recruitment effort

The RCMP and Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation are teaming up with a goal of enlisting more Inuit police officers in Nunavut. "The RCMP in Nunavut understand that having Inuit serve as RCMP officers breaks down...

Polar bear dippers spot a whale in Resolute

Approximately 35 daring residents waded into the chilly Arctic Ocean water during a polar bear dip on Aug. 4. The first 30 people to get wet received a towel with “Resolute Polar Dip 2019” embossed...

Iglulik high school still on hold; Kugaaruk’s new school opens soon

Iglulik's new high school was expected to open for the 2018-19 school year but it sat empty and it will remain that way until January, according to the Department of Education. The Government of Nunavut...

Boil water advisory in place for Iglulik, Pond Inlet, Whale Cove

The Department of Health is reminding residents of Iglulik, Whale Cove, and Pond Inlet to boil their water before consumption until further notice. This is a precautionary measure due to cloudy water, also known as turbidity. During...

GN scrambling to fill 60 teaching vacancies

With the school year beginning in most Nunavut communities within the next three weeks, the Government of Nunavut is scrambling to find 60 more teachers. The bulk of those educators are needed in the Qikiqtani...

School year begins Friday in some communities

Summer vacation grinds to a halt for some young Nunavummiut as early as Friday. Students in Baker Lake and Gjoa Haven are scheduled to report to school first as the school year begins earliest in...

Fred Schell bids farewell to Cape Dorset

Twenty-nine years after moving to Cape Dorset and serving as the community's mayor and MLA, Fred Schell is packing up and leaving for the Calgary area, where his brothers reside. He, his wife Ezevallu Qatsiya...

Kugluktuk’s fishing derby attracts nearly 50 competitors

Close to 50 anglers competed in the Kugluktuk fishing derby held July 31 to Aug. 5. The weather was sweltering for two of those days, with the thermometer climbing to almost 30C, said Stephanie Fummerton,...

Child care demand in Nunavut lags rest of country

Nunavummiut make the least use of early learning and child care services in the country, according to new data from Statistics Canada. Only 36.7 per cent of Nunavummiut newborns to five year olds are dropped...

Long-term care centres initial contract awarded, but GN won’t reveal value

The Government of Nunavut has selected Winnipeg-based FT3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design to provide design and construction administration services for three new long-term facilities in the territory. The value of the tender award remains under...

Bikes on the way to Cambridge Bay

The Polar Bike Project will distribute 105 donated bicycles in Cambridge Bay this year. The bikes are going to be given away to children at an event Aug. 18. Alison Harper, who launched the Polar Bike...

Jonathan Hiqiniq turns 100

Jonathan Hiqiniq has lived to see 100 years, and he can't believe it himself, his youngest daughter says. "He used to tell us that he thought he'd never come to 100 years old," says Susie...

ᔮᓇᑕᓐ ᕼᐃᕿᓂᖅ 100-ᖑᖅᐳᖅ

ᔮᓇᑕᓐ ᕼᐃᕿᓂᖅ ᐆᒪᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᑕᑯᓂᕐᒧᑦ 100-ᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᒻᒥᓂᒃ ᐅᒃᐱᒋᙱᓚᐅᒃ, ᓄᑲᖅᖠᖅᐹᖁᑖ ᐸᓂᖓ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. "ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᖅᐸᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑎᑭᐅᑎᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔾᔮᙱᓐᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ 100-ᓄᑦ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓲᓯ ᕼᐃᕿᓂᖅ. "ᑲᒪᕐᔪᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᓱᓕ ᐃᓅᓂᖓᓂ." ᔮᓇᑕᓐ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓐᓂ 80-ᓂ ᐃᕐᙳᑕᖃᖅᐳᖅ, ᓲᓯ ᓇᓚᐅᑦᑖᕆᕗᖅ. ᐃᓗᓕᖃᖅᖢᓂᓗ ᐊᒻᒪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐊᔭᐅᑉᐱᐊᖃᖅᖢᓂ. ᐃᒻᒥᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓕᐊᖓ ᒫᑕᒪ...

Put more officers in Kugluktuk, RCMP told during community meeting

Kugluktuk residents are calling for more RCMP officers, higher police visibility and a dedicated night shift to tackle growing crime and a sense that the Mounties are not responsive enough to calls. Those were some...

Future scientists at work

Close to 8,500 Northern youth are engaged in 30 hands-on science camps each summer through Actua. The camps combine traditional knowledge with Northern science. College and university students act as instructors, also imparting lessons relating...

Baker Lake man goes missing while swimming for shore

A 29-year-old Baker Lake man on a boating trip went missing while trying to swim to shore on July 31, according to the RCMP. Solomon Tulurialik was on the water approximately five kilometres from the...

Four donated ambulances from Ontario bound for Nunavut communities

Cape Dorset, Iglulik, Clyde River and Taloyoak will be receiving donated emergency response vehicles on sealift thanks to the Region of Peel in Ontario. The Peel regional government and its paramedics decided to ship the...

Connie Arqviq catches winning char, earns flight

Close to 90 participants took to the water and lined the shore around Gjoa Haven – from the bay point to near the airport – as they competed in the annual Char Mania fishing...

Contaminants at Nanisivik stored improperly, and have been for years

Rusting barrels of fuel on the ground and decaying bags of chemicals at the old Nanisivik airport trouble former Arctic Bay mayor Niore Iqalukjuak. Iqalukjuak made a trip to the site – approximately 30 km...

Cambridge Bay swimming pool deemed unsafe, closed for rest of summer

Cambridge Bay residents won't be swimming at the community pool this summer, as structural deficiencies at the base of the pool have led the hamlet to close the facility for safety reasons. The decision was...