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Emergency services personnel, from left, Maryann Aksadjuak, Scott Morey, George Aksadjuak, Kyle Lowe and Hannah Hutchinson keep the tasty hotdogs coming during the third annual Easter Eggstravaganza in Rankin Inlet on April 20, 2019. Photo courtesy Mark Wyatt

Kids, eggs and a magic bunny

Hundreds of kids braved chilly temperatures to take to the snow and ice on Williamson Lake to search for hidden treats during the third annual Easter Eggstravaganza in Rankin Inlet on April 20. The event...
Gord Billard leads his team of students, back row from left, Annie Kritaqliluk, Chasity St. John, Mallory Okatsiak and Abbey-Rose Katsuak and, front from left, Katy Suluk, Meagan Tassiuk and Natalie Baker to the Skills Canada Nunavut competition in Iqaluit from John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat on April 26, 2019. Photo courtesy Nataasha Komakjuak

Focus on skills

Participating in the annual Skills Canada Nunavut competition remains popular among students at John Arnalukjuak High School (JAHS) in Arviat. This year saw seven female students travel to Iqaluit to compete in six categories...
ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑎᑦᑐᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᐅᑉ ᑕᓯᖁᑎᖓᓂᒃ ᐱᖓᔪᐊᓂ ᒪᑭᕝᕕᐊᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑎᕈᓘᔭᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᐃᕆᓕ 20-ᒥ.

ᓄᑕᖅᑲᑦ, ᒪᓐᓃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᖓᒃᑰᔭᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᑲᓕᐊᕐᔪᒃ

100-ᖏᓐᓃᑦᑐᑦ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᑦ ᓯᓚ ᓂᒡᓕᓇᕋᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᐅᑉ ᑕᓯᖓᓃᖃᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᕿᓂᕆᐊᖅᑐᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᒪᒪᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐱᖓᔪᐊᓂ ᒪᑭᕝᕕᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᕈᓘᔭᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᐃᕆᓕ 20-ᒥ. ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᖅᑐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓲᖅ, ᐸᕐᓇᒃᑕᐅᕙᒃᖢᓂᓗ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᓲᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᐅᑉ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᖏᓐᓄᑦ. ᒪᓐᓂᒃᓯᐅᕆᐊᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᒪᒪᖅᑐᓂᒃ 11:30-ᒥ ᐅᑉᓛᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᑭᐅᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᑉᓗᑎᒃ 1-4, 5-7 ᐊᒻᒪᓗ 8-ᓂᒃ 13-ᓄᑦ. ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᑲᑎᕈᓘᔭᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ...

National anthem a bridge, not a barrier

I will gladly admit it was darn nice to see a vote involving our national anthem remaining in schools — going overwhelmingly in favour of O Canada with 210 of the 279 parents who...
ᔮᓐ ᐊᕐᓈᓗᒡᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᑉ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᖁᑎᖓ ᐊᐱ - ᕈᔅ ᑲᑦᓱᐊᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᕐᒥᐅᑕᖅ ᐊᐃᖏᑦᑐᓕᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᕿᓯᖕᒧᑦ ᓴᓇᔭᒥᓂᒃ ᐸᕐᓇᒃᐸᓪᓕᐊᑉᓗᓂ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᑎᒍᑦ ᒥᖅᓱᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᔪᙱᓛᖑᓇᓱᖕᓂᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒥᐱᒡᔪᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐊᐃᕆᓕ 27-ᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ 28-ᒥ.

ᐅᔾᔨᖅᑐᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᔪᙱᓐᓂᕆᔭᒥᓂᒃ

ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓂᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᒡᔪᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᖁᕕᐊᒋᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᓱᓕ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᔮᓐ ᐊᕐᓈᓗᒡᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᒥᙶᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ. ᐅᑭᐅᖑᔪᖅ 7 ᓂᕕᐊᖅᓵᑯᓗᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓄᙵᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐱᒡᔪᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᕆᐊᖅᑐᕐᓗᑎᒃ 6-ᖑᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᒡᒍᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᕐᓂᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᐃᕆᓕ 27-ᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ 28-ᒥ. ᔮᓐ ᐊᕐᓈᓗᒡᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᒥᙶᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᓴᓯᑎ ᓴᐃᓐᑦ ᔮᓐ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᑎ ᓱᓗᒃ (ᑕᕐᕆᔭᐅᓯᐅᖅᑎᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ), ᒪᐃᒐᓐ...
Lori Flynn, left, and Leslie (Inuujaq) Fredlund manage to get some of the cotton candy in the bags as help prepare for a kid's afternoon at Williamson Lake during Pakallak Tyme in Rankin Inlet on May 2, 2018. photo courtesy Jared Ottenhof

AROUND THE KIVALLIQ: Pakallak Tyme

Pakallak Tyme Rankin Inlet The hamlet of Rankin Inlet will host its annual spring party this week as Pakallak Tyme gets underway today, May 1, and runs until May 5, with one extra added attraction scheduled...

Students peer into Baker Lake’s past

A dedicated group of students who restarted the student council at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School (JASS) jumped at the chance to oversee the opening of a 10-year-old time capsule in Baker Lake on April...

Canadrill nips combined Rankin-Ottawa squad 4-3 to claim third straight Toonyk Tyme Cup

Bolstered with seven players from the Kivalliq region, Team Canadrill defeated a combined Rankin-Ottawa squad 4-3 in the final game to claim the 2019 Toonyk Time Cup senior men's hockey championship in Iqaluit on...

Edmonton teams salute Rankin Rock ‘B’ peewee team’s special player

Referees, players on the Valleyview Icebears and their coaches reached out to the Rankin Rock peewee 'B' team to produce a couple of incredible memories for the very special captain of the Rankin team,...
Flames light-up the darkness as a horrific fire rips through the Hamlet 6 municipal bay garage in Baker Lake during the early morning hours of Jan. 29. photo courtesy of Hamlet of Baker Lake

Baker Lake residents get through major fire with a little help from their friends

The hamlet of Baker Lake recently sent out a letter of appreciation to all who helped them overcome the fire that destroyed most of the hamlet's municipal fleet of vehicles in January. Senior administrative officer...
Debbie Baker proudly displays her awesome catch that measured-out at 43 1/16 inches during the Rankin Inlet Trout Derby in Rankin from May 18-21, 2018. photo courtesy of Pamela Pilakapsi

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Fishing derby season

Fishing derby season is about to swim its way across the Kivalliq region and Arviat has announced its annual Trout and Pike Derby has been set for this upcoming month from May 3 to...
The Rankin Royals, back row from left, Alyson McKay, Kailee Karlik, Amber Graham, Shanti Dias, Tati Connelly-Clark, Sulurayok Mercer, Holly Mercer (coach) and Robert Kabvitok (coach), and front from left, Charlotte Siksik, Sanisha Nakoolak, Parker Faulkner and Maxine Ronald are preparing for their final Nunavut junior volleyball territorial this coming month with Kabvitok and Mercer holding the coaching reigns. Missing from photo is Elinor Mercer. Photo courtesy of Holly Mercer

Volleyball program needs coaches

It's been a year of transition for the Rankin Royals junior female volleyball team with coaches Robert Kabvitok and Holly Mercer preparing to step down following the Nunavut junior volleyball territorial from May 3...
Christine Wilson and Andrew Quackenbush have time to reflect on their outlaw ways while locked-up at the arena jail during the Jail 'N' Bail fundraiser for the Rankin Rock novice team travelling to a Winnipeg tournament in Rankin Inlet on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Mark Wyatt

Jail birds come through for hockey team

The Rankin Inlet fire department and bylaw stepped up to help the Rankin Rock novice team fundraise in Rankin Inlet on April 5. Fire Chief Mark Wyatt said he was approached by Alysha Sateana on...

Volunteerism a Kivalliq strength

As the call for volunteers once again rings out across the Kivalliq to signal the imminent arrival of the region's spring festivals and the ever-popular fishing derbies, you can't help but hope our track...

One-stop shopping for hunting, fishing, safety and Arctic Cat

The Rankin Inlet business community has a new member after Nitsik Leasing and Sales held its grand opening last week in Rankin Inlet. The new business is owned by Chris Connelly and Leo (Dali) Kaludjak...

A fond farewell

Julia MacPherson's performance while teaching for seven years in Naujaat received a ringing endorsement when she was presented with a teaching award from the Nunavut Teacher's Association in Iqaluit on April 6. MacPherson said she...
A group of Co-op members and employees are all smiles as Alex Sammurtok, front from left, and Noah Tiktak present a cheque for $2,824 on behalf of Kissarvik Co-op's jersey day initiative to Derek Fredlund and Jessie Baxter of the Ikurraq Food Bank (Deacon's Cupboard) in Rankin Inlet on April 5, 2019. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

Co-op jersey day scores for food bank

A new spin on a more relaxed work environment – aimed at a community's passion – ended up providing a financial boost to the Ikurraq Food Bank (Deacon's Cupboard) in Rankin Inlet this past...
Spring Festival on Ice Tier 1 champion Rankin Rock peewee A team are, back row from left, Steve Sayles (coach), Dave Wiseman (coach) Luke Siksik, Gregory Wiseman, Liam Tattuinee, Darren Jr. Ikakhik, Preston Kaludjak, Seth Hamilton, Kadin Eetuk, Guili Issakiark, Kalluk Burton, Payton Kabluitok, Simon Wiseman (asstant coach), and, front from left, Michelle Okpatauyak, Ben Kusugak, Kylan Saviakjuk, Inuk Kowmuk, Ben Tulugak and Mia Autut in Edmonton, Alta., on March 31, 2019. Photo courtesy Nangmalik Wiseman

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ Peewee Hᐊᑭᖅᑎᑯᓗᐃᑦ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᑦ, Hᐊᑭᖅᑎᑯᓗᐃᑦ ᐃᐊᑦᒪᓐᑕᓐᒥ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ

ᑲᖏᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ Rankin Rock Peewee A-ᑯᑦ ᓵᓚᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᔭᓗᓇᐃᒥᐅᓂᒃ, ᓄᓇᑦᑎᐊᕐᒥᐅᓂᒃ, 4-2 ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖅᓯᐅᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐅᐱᕐᖔᒃᑯᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓲᑎᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ Hᐊᑭᕕᒡᔪᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᐊᑦᒪᓐᑕᒥ ᒫᑦᓯ 25-ᒥ 31-ᒧᑦ. ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ Peewee-ᑯᑦ Hᐊᑭᖅᑎᖏᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᖃᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᒥᔪᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᒋᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ, ᒥᐊᓂᖅᓯᔨᓄᑦ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᕆᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐳᐃᒍᖅᑕᐅᑲᐅᑎᒋᔾᔮᙱᑦᑐᖅ. ᐅᐱᕐᖔᒃᑯᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓲᑎᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ Hᐊᑭᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᐅᐸᒃᑕᐅᓂᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᕙᑎᓄᑦ Hᐊᑭᖃᑎᒌᒃᐸᒃᑐᓄᑦ...
Spring Festival on Ice Tier 1 champion Rankin Rock peewee A team are, back row from left, Steve Sayles (coach), Dave Wiseman (coach) Luke Siksik, Gregory Wiseman, Liam Tattuinee, Darren Jr. Ikakhik, Preston Kaludjak, Seth Hamilton, Kadin Eetuk, Guili Issakiark, Kalluk Burton, Payton Kabluitok, Simon Wiseman (asstant coach), and, front from left, Michelle Okpatauyak, Ben Kusugak, Kylan Saviakjuk, Inuk Kowmuk, Ben Tulugak and Mia Autut in Edmonton, Alta., on March 31, 2019. Photo courtesy Nangmalik Wiseman

Spring festival success for Rankin Rock peewees

The Rankin Rock peewee A team defeated Yellowknife 4-2 in the final game to sweep to the Tier 1 championship of the annual Spring Festival on Ice hockey tournament in Edmonton from March 25...
Rose and Barney Tootoo conduct the ceremonial faceoff with Jordin Tootoo, left, and Piqut Nukapiak to launch the 2019 Terence Tootoo Memorial senior men's championship in Rankin Inlet on March 8, 2019. NNSL file photo

AROUND KIVALLIQ: End of an era

The Grand Old Lady on the hill will close its doors for the final time this coming weekend as the hamlet has announced the arena will close for the season this coming Friday, April...