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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!

Iqaluit’s Toonik Tyme festival cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

The annual Toonik Tyme festival has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. “It is out of an abundance of caution, and with much disappointment, that the board of 123 Go! has decided to cancel this...

COVID-19 concerns lead to closure of all schools and daycares in Nunavut

All schools and daycares territory-wide are closing for three weeks, effective this Tuesday. In a press conference at the Allavvik Building this afternoon, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson said, despite there being no...

Parks Canada holds an open house in Qikiqtarjuaq

The Auyuittuq National Park staff hosted an open house event in Qikiqtarjuaq on March 11 as an opportunity for locals to ask questions and learn about different park activities. This included learning about the...

Temporary three-week closure of all schools and daycares in Nunavut

To limit the potential spread of COVID-19, Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut's chief public health officer is asking all schools and daycares in Nunavut to temporary close. Starting Tuesday, March 17, the schools and daycares will...

Inuit youth enrol in climate change project

The Our People, Our Climate project has accepted eight Inuit for its pilot online course about climate change in Nunavut. One of the goals of the course is to introduce Inuit youth, 15 to...

Nunavut sledders disappointed over Games cancellation

The announcement of the cancellation of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) has left many in Nunavut disappointed and shocked including Nunavut's dog sledding teams. Citing concerns around COVID-19, the cancellation of the 2020 Arctic...

UPDATE: Avoid travel and large gatherings, says chief medical officer

The Government of Nunavut is now asking Nunavummiut to avoid international travel and reduce non-essential travel within Canada, according to a Friday news release. “The additional preventive steps we are taking today and our whole-of-government...

Women finding Inuit identity and connections through traditional tattoos

Whether to honour family, to develop a deeper relationship with their culture or to carve out a sense of identity, some Inuit women are choosing to get traditional tattoos. Inukshuk Aksalnik said her identity as...

Pangnirtung determined to send minor hockey team to tournament

Pangnirtung community members are set on sending their minor hockey team to the Toonik Tyme tournament in Iqaluit. In less than two months, the goal is raise $40,000 in order to cover the flight...

Ice tethered observatory deployed

With the help of locals, scientists have deployed an ice tethered observatory near Qikiqtarjuaq. Scientist Julek Chawarski, from Memorial University of Newfoundland, visited the community to deploy the device last month. It is being used...

A window into the minds of Inuit women

Every woman experiences life through her unique lens. To various degrees, psychological, cultural and social factors ultimately influence her thoughts and behaviours. What is like to be an Inuk woman? Nunavut News reached out...

AEC fundraises with cake and pop in Clyde River

To raise funds, the Alcohol Education Committee (AEC) held a "pop and cake walk" on Feb. 22. With numbers taped in a circle on the floor, participants walked around to playing music. When the music...

Dog experts train residents of Iqaluit

Three dog experts are helping to educate the Iqaluit community about dog training and grooming as well as providing first aid training for pets. Since Feb. 25, Ken Reid and Jeanette Kinney have been...

A new faith group opens up in Pond Inlet

A new support group called Changing Lanes has opened up in Pond Inlet since Feb. 9. This faith based support group aims to provide a “safe” environment where individuals can share and discuss their problems,...

Suicide prevention initiatives increasing, says GN

It is a fact that suicide is a major social issue in Nunavut. Statistics Canada indicates the suicide rate in Nunavut is more than five times the national average, according to 2018 figures, which show...

Adventure company empowers Inuit staff with tools to succeed

With the floe edge season around the corner, Arctic Bay Adventures is preparing its tour guides one course at a time. Although the guides have plenty of experience under their belts, Arctic Bay Adventures'...

Qirngnuq and Savikataaq bring awareness to harvesters’ insurance programs

Netsilik MLA Emiliano Qirngnuq brought some clarity to the issue of insurance coverage for harvesters at the legislative assembly on Feb. 25. He wanted to know how much money the Government of Nunavut pays to...

Quassa appointed as new Speaker of legislative assembly

The Nunavut Leadership Forum selected Aggu MLA Paul Quassa as the new Speaker of the legislative assembly on Wednesday. In addition to Quassa, three other members of the legislative assembly were nominated for the position:...

Helping victims of trauma should come before new beer and wine store, says Nakashuk

Adequately addressing the trauma from past abuse should be a top priority of the government. Traumatized victims need support to heal and become healthy, according to Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk. Nakashuk pointed out her community...

Political leaders should support accusers and alleged offenders in healing process, says Towtongie

It is the duty of leaders to support all individuals who need healing. This includes supporting victims and abusers -- the innocent and guilty -- according to Cathy Towtongie, MLA for Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield...