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Kivalliq Jr. Canucks work to build program

The atom and peewee Kivalliq Jr. Canucks squads put in strong showings at the 31st annual Indigenous Minor Hockey Tournament hosted by the Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre (MICEC) in Winnipeg, Man., from March...

COLUMN: Mary Jane at the door

Despite the growing evidence debunking the long-held stance (by some) that marijuana is a gateway drug leading to the use of much heavier drugs, those who bought into the flawed theory decades ago stubbornly...

Rankin cadets zero in on national championship

Five members of the 3019 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) Rankin Inlet were off to Gimli, Man., to participate in the cadet regional marksmanship competition from April 13-15. They will be accompanied by Lieut....

Big boost for Inuit art in U.S.

An American couple has gifted their U.S. $2.5-million Inuit art collection and donated U.S. $2 million to create an Inuit art program at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) in Ann Arbor,...

A bigger and better Eggstravaganza

When all was said and done, the second annual Easter Eggstravaganza outdid the hype and delivered a memorable day for the community of Rankin Inlet on March 31. Somewhere between 300 and 400 kids enjoyed...

Kitikmeot entrepreneurs on the rise

Inspire Nunavut, a program that trains entrepreneurs, is complete in Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk, but the business benefits for local youth are just beginning. Following six months of training, youth from both communities are in...

Stars align to get downed Naujaat water trucks back on road

"We got lucky. Very lucky." That's how Naujaat SAO Rob Hedley described the community's brush with disaster when a brief power outage combined with blizzard conditions to knock both the hamlet's water trucks out of...

GG to be named honorary Toonik at opening ceremony of Iqaluit’s spring festival

The 53rd Toonik Tyme, the capital's spring celebration, will receive the royal treatment this year when Governor General Julie Payette participates in the official opening ceremonies the evening of April 12 at the curling...

AROUND THE NORTH: Culture at school

Students at Qaqqalik School learned traditional skills in March, thanks to the Kimmirut District Education Authority. The education authority hired two elders with the intent to bring more culture into the school. Elder Elizabeth Itulu taught...

Nunavut Deaf Society seeks more members

As membership in the Nunavut Deaf Society (NDS) slowly grows, the volunteer organization is turning its energy toward making homes safer for deaf people. "The deaf people in Rankin Inlet who met with Paige (MacDougall)...

AROUND THE NORTH: Hamlet Day in Pang

The community of Pangnirtung celebrated Hamlet Day April 3 with games, a feast and a dance.   "The hamlet is having games such as ice sculpture, iglu-building, craziest-sled contest, furthest-slide contest, uphill-run race," said senior administrative...

Alianait announces festival line-up

Alianait is ready to greet summer with the announcement of its 2018 festival line-up, and Nunavut artists figure prominently. Lazarus Qattalik of Iglulik, hot from recent performances in Whitehorse, Yukon, and Iqaluit, will hit the...

Qaggiavuut in China

The Qaggiavuut Society is travelling to China April 9 to 13 with Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly. Joly, who is leading the first Canada-China Creative Industries Trade Mission in Shanghai and Beijing, invited Qaggiavuut to be...

Land use plan, women, and quality of life focus of mining symposium

The 2018 Nunavut Mining Symposium promises to highlight the most topical subjects in the industry today, with emphasis on the Nunavut-wide land use plan, as well as gender, Indigenous and quality of life issues. "It's...

Coast Guard recruits in Nunavut capital

The Canadian Coast Guard is offering a three-day workshop to recruit trainees for its Marine Communications and Traffic Services in Iqaluit April 9 to 11. "Currently, there are multiple positions available in Iqaluit. The recruitment...

Women’s shelters enter a new era

After a tumultuous year, YWCA Agvvik Nunavut has completed its reboot with a new board of directors elected March 22 at the organization's annual general meeting. Agvvik is the volunteer organization that runs the two...

SPORTS TALK: A championship banner reveal…what could go wrong?

You ever see the movie Finding Dory? I have because I have kids. The ending of the movie is pretty tame but try and get your hands on the Swedish version and you will snort...

RCMP officer dies off duty near Kugluktuk

RCMP are investigating the off-duty death of a Mountie near Kugluktuk. The officer died as a result of a snowmobile accident near an area known as Bloody Falls in Kugluk Territorial Park, approximately 20 minutes...

Bennett visits capital for consultations with Inuit

With little fanfare, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett  visited Iqaluit April 5 and 6 for consultations with Inuit. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Feb. 14 that the federal government would develop...

COLUMN: Hidden musical gems

Let's take quick stroll down music lane for this week's opinion piece, valued readers, and I'd like to start by thanking everyone who has dropped me a line on previous music columns in this...