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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.

Six candidates in the race for Hall Beach mayor

Voters in Hall Beach will have plenty of choice as six people are vying to occupy the mayor's office. Jaypetee Audlakiak, Jason Kaernerk, Jopie Kaernerk, Ammie Ham Qaumayuk Kipsigak, Andrew Qaunaq and Solomon Ulluapak were...

GN reducing fuel costs by nine cents in Iqaluit; by four cents in other...

Retail gasoline and diesel prices will drop by nine cents per litre in Iqaluit and by four cents per litre in all other Nunavut communities, before taxes, as of Monday, the GN announced Friday. The...

RCMP investigate theft from Cape Dorset high school; intruders use drill to try to...

The RCMP are seeking suspects in a Jan. 2 theft from Peter Pitseolak High School in Cape Dorset that resulted in goods being stolen and some damage to the facility. "Extensive" video footage showing the...

Kenojuak Ashevak exhibition opening at University of Saskatchewan to be broadcast to Cape Dorset...

When the exhibition Kenojuak Ashevak: Life and Legacy opens at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon on Jan. 17, residents in Cape Dorset will be able to watch via broadcast at Kinngait Studios, despite...

Iglulik man charged with assaulting woman and youth

An Iglulik man is facing several charges after being accused of assaulting a woman and a female youth. Lester Aqqiaruq, 26, is due in court on Jan. 21 to answer to charges of sexual assault...

New Cambridge Bay HTO office expected to open next week

After several months of construction, the wait is almost over for the new Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization (EHTO) office building to open. A final walk-through is set for Friday and it's hoped that the...

Arviat father who sacrificed himself for his children earns posthumous bravery award

The Governor General has awarded the Star of Courage to the late Aaron Gibbons of Arviat. Gibbons, 31, was killed by a polar bear on Sentry Island, approximately 10 km from Arviat, on July 3,...

November 2019 in review: GN turns to NTI for funding; Baffinland hearings suspended; walrus...

A look back at 2019’s top stories, month by month. GN leans on NTI to help fund projects Nunavut Housing Minister Patterk Netser called upon land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik to assist the territorial government in...

September 2019 in review: fires trouble communities; classroom violence harms teacher recruitment; Arctic Bay...

A look back at 2019’s top stories, month by month. Increasing classroom violence driving away teachers, rep says As the GN was racing to fill more than 50 teaching positions across the territory in early September,...

Woman charged with aggravated assault after man sent to Iqaluit hospital with deep cuts

A 46-year-old woman will go to court to answer to a charge of aggravated assault after a man was rushed to Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit with several deep cuts on Jan 3. The injuries...

Nunavummiut’s wishes for 2020; residents share their hopes for the year ahead

With a new year and a new decade upon us, Nunavummiut have aspirations for a better future. Some desire kinder and gentler interactions. "I’d like less bullying and hating others. It’s better when people get along...

July 2019 in review: Contaminants improperly stored; tiny homes planned; Kugluktuk residents protest against...

A look back at 2019’s top stories, month by month. Contaminants left improperly stored Former Arctic Bay mayor Niore Iqalukjuak brought attention to the state of rusting and leaking barrels of fuel laying on the ground...

May 2019 in review: Angela Amarualik wins music award; Nunavut gets first female RCMP...

A look back at 2019’s top stories, month by month. GN scopes cost of adding 156 long-term care beds The Government of Nunavut posted a request for architectural designs for new long-term care facilities in Iqaluit...

Extreme cold warnings issued for several Nunavut communities

Environment Canada is advising some Nunavummiut to brace for extremely cold weather over the next few days. Wind chills of -55 C to -65 C are expected to persist today, tonight and throughout the weekend...

March 2019 in review: Inuit recollect Franklin for posterity; Arviat seeks birthing centre; Kunuk...

A look back at 2019's top stories, month by month. Inuit recollections of Franklin shipwrecks documented Inuit accounts of the Sir John Franklin shipwrecks were recorded for future generations. Parks Canada's Franklin Inuit Oral History Project team...

January 2019 in review: Makerspace opens; bear shootings; Co-op’s 60th anniversary

A look back at 2019's top stories, month by month. Iqaluit’s Makerspace pilot project moves ahead A Makerspace pilot project in Iqaluit was the physical manifestation of a proposal for up for $10-million in a Smart...

Iglulik mayor aims for community self-reliance through an economic development corp

Recently-elected Mayor Merlyn Recinos comes from an economic development background and he has ambitions to help make Iglulik more self-reliant. Recinos is determined to form an economic development corporation, to be owned by the community,...

Police charge 19-year-old with attempted murder in Iqaluit

A 19-year-old Iqaluit man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly running over two men with his snowmobile in what the RCMP are describing as a "gruesome attack" on Dec. 28. The assault left...

Eat, drink and be merry in Pangnirtung

Close to 160 residents poured into the Auyuittuq Lodge in Pangnirtung for the annual Christmas feast on Dec. 22. The event started at 7 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. The evening also included some...

Coping with grief, Kelly Fraser’s family releases statement

The family of Inuk recording star Kelly Amaujaq Fraser released a statement Monday revealing that Kelly died by suicide on Dec. 24 in Winnipeg. The statement indicates that Kelly suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder for...