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Rajnesh Sharma

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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!

Silla and Rise embrace Inuit culture through throat singing

Inuit throat singing band Silla and Rise have released their second album, Galactic Gala, on Oct. 5, 2019. The album consists of 14 songs, mostly instrumental, where the "beautiful" sounds of Inuit culture meet futuristic...

New Iqaluit Councillors speak up about expectations and goals

As mayor of Iqaluit, Kenneth Bell has some expectations from his council. He expects his counsellors to represent Iqaluit and come prepared to meetings. By this he is referring to reading documents and showing...

Walrus hunter recounts harrowing story of survival

On Oct. 18, 1994, 10 Inuit hunters set out on a journey from Iqaluit that would tragically affect the lives of many family and community members. Eight hunters would end up dying in the icy...

Iqaluit’s new city council sworn in

Iqaluit's new city council was officially sworn in with a ceremony at the Nunavut Court of Justice, around 5:30 p.m on Nov. 5. A small crowd of 40, including family and friends, came to...

Newly elected Qikiqtani mayors and their priorities

On Oct. 28, 2019 municipal elections were held throughout Nunavut. Nunavut News reached out some of the mayors to learn about their priorities. Kenny Bell was elected as the new mayor for Iqaluit. Bell, who has...

Pangnirtung’s new mayor sworn in

The community of Pangnirtung held a swearing in ceremony for their new mayor Hezakiah Oshutapik and hamlet council members. Constable Robby Burke conducted the ceremony on behalf of the hamlet on Oct. 29. The former...

RBC agency opens up in Pangnirtung

The Royal Bank of Canada has opened an agency in Pangnirtung. Since Oct. 9, the residents have had access to community banking services at the Uqqurmiut building. The Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts, a...

Quentin Sala awarded for youth leadership in Sanikiluaq

Quentin Sala, 20, is "honoured" to receive a youth leadership award for his work in sports and recreation in Sanikiluaq. He is the recipient for the 2019 One Ocean Expedition Youth Leader of the Year...

Iqaluit’s Big Racks Barbecue restaurant catches fire

Big Racks Barbecue restaurant has temporarily shut its doors after a morning fire. On Nov. 5, at approximately 7:29 a.m. the fire was seen at the Iqaluit restaurant. The Iqaluit Fire Department arrived to the scene...

Iqaluit kids make tea buns

From Oct. 21 to 25, it was education week at Joamie Elementary School in Iqaluit. As a treat, the students decided to make tea buns for their teachers. In less than 45 minutes, six students...

Canadian North merger in effect, but future fares still unclear

Friday marked the launch of the Canadian North and First Air merger on several fronts, including the new unified flight schedule, but the specific impact on the future price of tickets is still unknown. The...

Elders weigh in on NDP victory

She's never held political office. She's 25-years-old. She's your new MP. Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, a Baker Lake youth advocate and member of the New Democrat Party, will be one of the youngest MPs in Canada after...

Supporters wait anxiously for voting results in Iqaluit

  The crowd is fairly small here at the Grind and Brew cafe in downtown Iqaluit.  The 10 supporters are waiting for Conservative candidate Leona Aglukkaq to still make her appearance. When Nunavut News asked, Elisappe...
Aglukkaq enters Grind and Brew cafe and greets her supporter.

Aglukkaq greeted by a small crowd at local cafe

Nunavut's Conservative Party candidate Leona Agulkkaq, who just came back from Cape Dorset around noon today, says she is feeling very positive and excited.  She says the turnout has been very good so far...

A night of laughs in Iqaluit

On Oct. 12, the finale of the four day North Arctic Comedy Fest took place at Frobisher Inn, Iqaluit. Over 200 people came to see the three hour long comedy show. Eleven comedians from across...

Perserving Inuit culture by producing bowhead oil cosmetics

  Iqaluit born Bernice Kootoo Clarke has a vision to continue showcasing Inuit culture and bring healing to her people through her business. In 2012, Clarke founded a cosmetic business, right in the comfort of her...

Challenges of doing business in Iqaluit

Starting and maintaining any business in the North comes with its fair share of challenges. Nunavut News reached out to two fairly new ventures, Hunter’s Market and Black Heart Cafe, to find out about...

Second high profile visit by Liberals, four days after Trudeau

Four days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s brief appearance in Nunavut’s capital, another high profile Liberal dropped in on Iqaluit over the weekend. The appearance of Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs,...

Four ways for Nunavummiut to vote this federal election

  With the federal elections less than two weeks away, Nunavummiut will have 4 ways to vote and online voting is not an option. In the 2007 Elections Canada's plan considered testing online voting as part...

Environment Canada expects mild winter in Nunavut

Environment Canada is predicting above normal temperatures in Nunavut this winter. All three regions including the Kivalliq, Qikiqtaaluk and Kitikmeot are predicted to be warmer during the winter months of December, January and February. Environment Canada...