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Rajnesh Sharma is a Canadian journalist, who has extensively travelled the world to experience various cultures. She has lived and worked internationally over the past decade, meeting and interviewing some fascinating personalities. She is interested in discovering the world through different perspectives and sharing stories that provide insights into the human condition. Her sense of adventure, curiosity, and desire to report on Inuit issues has now led her to Nunavut!

COMMUNITY REPORT: Pangnirtung hopes to receive funding for families

All community activities that would encourage gatherings have been shut down in Pangnirtung. The community centre and library are closed. “The atmosphere seems to be fairly calm and settled down,” said Daryl Dibblee, Pangnirtung’s Senior...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Qikiqtarjuaq continues to share and deliver food

The Qikiqtarjuaq community is making a great effort to provide food to those in need while adhering to social distancing. Both the Northern Store and Tulugak Co-op are providing delivery services for elders and...

GN needs more money to fight COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the territorial and federal governments are locked in a dispute over health funding. The GN's “longstanding” agreement with Ottawa for Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) expired on March 31. NIHB is a federal...

Department of Education launches a new website to encourage learning

The Department of Education is launching a new learn-at-home website for students at the request of parents and caregivers today. Since March 17 all schools in Nunavut have been closed due to COVID-19 concerns....

COMMUNITY REPORT: Kimmirut adheres to government advice

Kimmirut is adhering to the advice of the Department of Health by practicing social distancing and self-isolation. The community is being well informed of all official updates from the government, said John Mabberi-Mudonyi, Kimmirut’s chief...

Up to $50,000 fines or jail time for not self-isolating

Correction: This version of the story has been updated to reflect that the Department of Health is presently trying to get snacks and comfort food for Nunavummiut at hotels down south. A “relatively small group”...

$5,000 grant for small businesses in Nunavut

A one-time grant of $5,000 for eligible small businesses is being offered through the Small Business Support Program. “We’ve been hearing a lot from our small businesses that they are suffering and that they are...

Social distancing is the ‘new normal,’ says Nunavut’s premier

Correction: This version of the story has been updated to reflect that the 206 travel requests include 161 critical workers. The previous version of the story, due to inaccurate information provided by the Department...

Pond Inlet firefighters create an outdoor rink for kids

Firefighters in Pond Inlet responded to a different kind of scene on March 21, not putting out a fire but creating an outdoor rink for the kids. With the local arena being closed, kids...

Iqaluit’s food bank remains opens during COVID-19 concerns

Iqaluit’s volunteer run Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank (NNNFB) is determined to stay open amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers are now preparing food bags to distribute at Qajuqturvik Food Centre while adhering to social...

Dr. Patterson asks for patience as staff process travel and hotel requests

With Nunavut’s newest travel restrictions, many Nunavummiut are concerned about how and when they will get home. It is now mandatory for Nunavut residents to undergo and clear a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period in Yellowknife,...

Expert explains tighter travel restrictions despite no cases of COVID-19

Tighter travel restrictions in Nunavut have come into effect for several reasons including increased concerns of COVID-19 transmission in southern Canada. “All over Canada now the problem is community infections," said Premier Joe Savikataaq, adding...

Wearing a mask may be ‘ineffective’ for COVID-19, says top doctor

Messages on social media are leading some to believe wearing a mask is helpful as a response to COVID-19. According to Nunavut’s top doctor however, healthy people do not need to wear masks. “They are...

Ittaq asks public about Clyde River’s research priorities

Ittaq, a Heritage and Research Centre, recently conducted a two-day survey in Clyde River to identify the community’s local research priorities. Kangiqtugaapingmiut were given the opportunity to express what community issues and research projects...

Stricter travel restrictions begin in Nunavut

Despite there being no confirmed cases of COVID-19, stricter travel restrictions are being enforced in the territory. Starting March 24 at 11:59 pm, only residents and critical workers will be able to enter the...

Law students build an iglu

Law students participated in an iglu building workshop in Iqaluit on March 13. Over the past few months, students from Nunavut's Law Program have been learning various survival skills with Polar Outfitting, an adventure...

Stay home: the ‘best’ way to stop COVID-19 outbreak, says top doctor

The territory’s top doctor is hammering home the importance of self-isolation. “I would like every Nunavummiut to think of staying home as medicine,” said Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer. “Staying home is our...

Akeeagok addresses concerns about Meliadine mine

David Akeeagok, minister responsible for mines, made an appearance during Thursday’s press conference to address his concerns about the Meliadine mine situation near Rankin Inlet. On Wednesday evening, there was a blockade, set up by...

Nunavut’s HTOs and daycares receive financial aid

Hunters and Trappers Organizations (HTO) as well as daycares within Nunavut will be allocated money to help community members. Today, during the fourth press conference this week, Premier Joe Savikataaq announced $25,000 will be given...

Health minister declares public health emergency in Nunavut

Health Minister George Hickes has declared a public health emergency in Nunavut due to COVID-19 concerns. This “unprecedented step” was taken based on the advice of Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson, said...