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Bill 37 dead?

The committee reviewing the controversial Bill 37 to amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act will recommend it be dropped."When the House reconvenes for its spring sitting, the standing committee will...

‘Tapped out’ city is sign of bigger problems

Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern was the first guest speaker for a breakfast meeting series organized by a reborn Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce last month.She told attendees about the city's woes finding the money to...

A hotbed of experimentation and creativity

Creative cross-pollination thrives in an old building on Iqaluit's Ring Road. Building 619 is home to the jewelry and metalwork diploma program, where throughout the school year instructors and students bring their imaginative lives to...

Agnico Eagle fined $50,000 for 2013 spill

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. will pay a $50,000 fine for failing to notify appropriate authorities in a timely manner after a sump-seepage incident at its Meadowbank mine in July 2013. "This was an unfortunate event...

Andy Attagutalukutuk reigns supreme again

The word dynasty is thrown out in the sports world like candy but it's the perfect word to use when it comes to Andy Attagutalukutuk. The Iglulik musher is once again champion of the Nunavut...

Naujaat’s cadets get grant

Naujaat's 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Gerard Buckley Cadet Fund this past month. The grant will allow Naujaat to cover all costs associated with their exchange...

Firing up bylaw services

The hamlet of Rankin Inlet's bylaw services has a new look after being transferred to the local fire department under the direction of Fire Chief Mark Wyatt. The new phone number for the Rankin Inlet...

Two-peat in Iqaluit for Rankin

Rankin Inlet's Canadrill Red Wings fought their way back from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Iqaluit A team 4-3 and claim the 2017 Toonik Tyme senior men's hockey championship in Iqaluit earlier this...

Vacant buildings waste money

Iqaluit city council last month committed $150,000 per year for five years to support the city's homeless shelter.Having visited the facility, we know that the support is critical. In January, we called on the...

Students travel to remember

A group of students from Cambridge Bay listened while the names of 11,285 Canadian soldiers were read out at the Vimy Memorial during the centennial ceremony for the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April...

Resident wants youth to go to the pool, see the world

A generous Iqaluit resident bought hundreds of drop-in passes to the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre in early April, and distributed them to local schools, organizations and agencies – wherever there might be children and youth...

Chamber begins breakfast speaker series

A wide range of early-rising Iqalungmiut attended a new monthly morning speakers' series to hear Mayor Madeleine Redfern speak on the topic of Iqaluit Today and the Opportunities in Our Future. The breakfast event, put...

Canada retracts objection to indigenous peoples rights to consent

Canada's objection to articles concerning indigenous consent within the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been formally rescinded during a speech by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett at...
Passion fruit, left, and dragon fruit are subsidized items under the current Nutrition North Canada program model, while bullets and diapers are not. "We're going to have to decide whether this is a social program or a fairness issue," said INAC Minister Carolyn Bennett in February. - Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo

Waiting for Nutrition North update

After consultations in 23 Northern communities, the long-awaited report on the Nutrition North Canada program is due to be released. Consultations wrapped up in January, and included Iqaluit, Pond Inlet, Kugaaruk and Baker Lake. Nunavut Member...

Gold exploration heats up in the Kivalliq

A modern-day gold rush is quietly taking place in the Kivalliq, and specifically around Rankin Inlet, with a new exploration and development company scheduled to meet residents next week. Vancouver-based NxGold Ltd. announced plans April...
Gjoa Haven residents attend a community meeting held by Matthew Pickard of Sabina Gold and Silver, on the Back River gold mine project. - photo courtesy of Jason Prno

Stalled Kitikmeot gold mine hearings resume

The next step for the Back River gold mine project starts in Cambridge Bay at the end of the month. The Nunavut Impact Review Board is to hold public hearings for the second time on...

Elder, polar bear to greet CHARS visitors

Cape Dorset artist Koomuatuk "Kuzy" Curley usually uses power tools. For a recent carving of an Inuit female elder leading a polar bear – which has been selected to grace the foyer of the soon-to-open Canadian...

Fishing derby set to go

If Rankin Inlet has hockey as its big community deal, Arviat's big community deal is right around the corner. The excitement is building for what many regard as the most popular community event of the...

Hockey’s holy grail heads to Nunavut

The Stanley Cup playoffs are happening right now and one lucky team will get to lift the biggest prize the sport has to offer in June. In the meantime, hockey's holy grail is on a...

Back in action

You couldn't have blamed the handful of executive members still remaining at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 169 Rankin Inlet if they had become their own best customers for an evening after the Legion...