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2018 year marked by those rising up

Reflecting on the year that was 2018, Nunavut made progress in many important ways but will stand out for the leaders who fell and those who looked to rise up. It will be remembered most...

EDITORIAL: Nunavummiut flying blind as merger looms

In case you didn't notice, the deadline for public consultations on the merger of Canadian North and First Air, the two main airlines servicing Nunavut, passed on Friday, Dec. 14. Without last week's reporting on...

EDITORIAL: Don’t let southerners take our opportunities

According to the latest Conference Board of Canada report, opportunity is knocking in Nunavut more than anywhere else in Canada. If you are hoping for change, now's the time to answer. The report indicates Nunavut...

EDITORIAL: Build on successes in fight against addiction

With the legalization of cannabis and the passage of the first full year of Iqaluit's beer and wine store, 2018 has seen some major developments in the efforts to battle addiction in Nunavut. The move...

EDITORIAL: Solving housing crisis requires outsized courage

Last month, the housing crisis hit the breaking point for at least one family. After four years of couch-surfing while they await social housing, Brian Tagalik, Pitsiulaaq Ashoona and their two young daughters pitched...

EDITORIAL: Liberals need to prove Saganash is wrong

The word of the week was one we can't publish here. NDP MP for Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou, Romeo Saganash, used the word, which starts with the letter 'f', in apparent frustration over the federal Liberal government's push...

EDITORIAL: Long tail of colonialism threatens ability to heal

Testimony at the recent Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry hearings in Iqaluit showed there is a still a lot of work needed to heal the wounds of colonial violence, if it's...

Here we go again

Education Minister David Joanasie announced Sept. 4 that his department will consult the public on draft legislation to reform education and language laws. The Taptuna government's efforts to present similar legislation – Bill C-37 –...

ᐱᖓᓱᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᐆᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐱᐊᓂᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᒃ

ᑕᒫᓂ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖃᖏᒃᑲᓗᐊᕈᕕᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ, ᑕᑯᓯᒪᔪᒃᓴᐅᓕᖅᐳᑎᑦ ᑕᑭᔪᓂᒃ ᐅᑕᖅᑭᔪᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᒥᒃ ᐱᐊᓂᒃ ᕗᐊᓐᓂᒃᓗ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᐊᑕ ᓯᓚᑖᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᓄᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᓕᕖᓴᒃᑯᓪᓗ. ᐃᓱᒪᓇᒻᒪᕆᒃᑐᖅ ᑕᑯᓪᓗᒍ ᐱᔪᒪᔭᐅᓂᖓ ᓇᓗᓇᖏᓕᖅᐳᖅ, ᐱᓗᐊᖑᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᓯᕗᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᐊᓗᒃ ᓯᕘᕋᒋᔭᐅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᑕᒫᓂ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᓄᖅᑲᖓᑎᑕᐅᒻᒪᕆᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᑲᑕᒍᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑦᑎᖁᔨᔪᓄᑦ ᐃᒥᐊᓗᖕᒥᒃ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᖏᓕᖅᐹᓪᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᓇᓱᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᓄᐃᑦᑎᓂᐊᕐᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᑲᐅᖏᓕᐅᕈᑎᒃᓴᓂᒃ. ᑭᐅᓯᓇᓱᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ,...

EDITORIAL: Step up if you want culture

We had the pleasure of attending Inhabit Media's second annual author event last week, where we were able to meet and chat with Nunavut media creators, the vast majority Inuit. We were also happy to...

Minimum is far from living wage

Canadians are watching the labour situation in Ontario and Alberta, which recently surpassed Nunavut as the jurisdictions with Canada's highest minimum wages. For almost a decade, Nunavut has held top spot in the minimum wage...

December 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

Inuit corporation moves ahead with property development Iqaluit Development of 16 hectares (40 acres) of Inuit-owned land along Federal Road in Iqaluit appeared ready to proceed. The Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (QC) officially leased the land from Qikiqtani...

November 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

Some incumbents upset in territorial election Nunavut Eight incumbents lost their seats after all the ballots were counted in the 2017 territorial election on Oct. 30. In Rankin Inlet South, Lorne Kusugak avenged his 2013 loss to...

October 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

Inmates damage prison Iqaluit Four inmates together destroyed much of the Baffin Correctional Centre overnight Sept. 25, the Department of Justice publicly revealed three days later. Deputy minister William MacKay said in a written statement Sept. 28...

September 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

Cruise ship controversy Taloyoak As the Northwest Passage attracts more cruise ships, Taloyoak Mayor Simon Qingnaqtuq planned to make a point about the need for improved security and communications. Close to 150 unannounced guests wandered through...

August 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

Inuktut required in places of business Nunavut Following through on his deadline to implement the Inuit Language Protection Act, Culture and Heritage Minister George Kuksuk reminded Nunavummiut July 26 that both the private and public...

July 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

Baffinland ordered to pay $7.3M to QIA Vancouver, BC An arbitration panel ruled that Baffinland Iron Mines owes close to $7.3 million in advance royalty payments to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. The ruling, made in Vancouver,...

June 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

Report reprimands Transport Canada Nunavut Transport Canada failed to show leadership in addressing infrastructure needs at Canada's Northern airports, a report by the Auditor General of Canada found. Runway conditions, lighting, navigational aids and information pertaining to...

May 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

Is Bill 37 dead? Nunavut The committee charged with reviewing Bill 37 – the controversial bill to amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act – said it would recommend it be dropped. "When the...

April 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

Cambridge Bay men find shelter Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay A new Omingmak Men's Shelter in Cambridge Bay helped address homelessness and addictions in the hamlet. The shelter has eight beds, and is run through the Cambridge Bay Wellness Centre. "It's...