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Nunavut’s language challenges are many

Last month, under the radar, Nunavut's Department of Culture and Heritage let a significant date pass with zero fanfare. More than two weeks later, we learned that all businesses and non-governmental organizations must join...

Population outpaces growth of Inuktut

A new report from Statistics Canada stating there are more Inuktut speakers now than there were in 2011 might seem like good news – but those numbers are deceptive. "From 2011 to 2016, the number...

Leaders applaud Clyde River ruling

As Nunavut leaders applaud the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in favour of Clyde River and Jerry Natanine July 26, saying Inuit rights to deep consultation have been reaffirmed, the Clyde River Hunter and...

Chilling for a good cause

Nineteen dips in chilly water raised more than $2,000 for youth swimming pool programs and equipment at the end of July. There were just shy of 20 volunteers who waded into the 8C waters of...

Cape Dorset cultural centre taking shape

The $11-million Kenojuak Cultural Centre & Print Shop is starting to look something like the design drawings. With Kudlik Construction working on the structure over the past several months, the 10,000-square-foot building is framed-in. It's...

Grudge against former MLA nets Cape Dorset businessman 18 months in jail

The owner of a taxi company in Cape Dorset who sabotaged the business of a former MLA and cabinet minister has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and two years of probation. Jamesie Alariaq...

No limits to Clyde River woman’s skills

When Igah Hainnu attended the Nunavut Arts Festival in Iqaluit in early July, she was there to teach how to make goose foot baskets. The two workshops were full. "The ladies who participated loved doing (the...

Nunavut firefighters head to nationals

Firefighter Andrew Jr. Iqalukjuak of Clyde River was excited to be picked for a second time to compete at the National Aboriginal Firefighter Competition scheduled to take place Aug. 12. He said he wasn't nervous. Iqalukjuak...

Naujaat cleans up the community

Community members in Naujaat hit the streets on Aug. 4 armed with garbage bags, gloves, rakes and a goal of picking up as much garbage as they could. Touted by the hamlet as a way...

New garbage fees proposed to Rankin Inlet council

A Rankin Inlet bylaw that sets out garbage tipping fees and fines is on its way to the territorial government for ministerial approval after a public hearing on July 26. Two readings of the bylaw...

Proper training for RCMP saves lives

There's an old, racist stereotype about the 'drunken Indian.' You all know of it. Some of you will have experienced it first-hand: that assumption by some people that if you belong to an Indigenous group,...

Training recommended for RCMP in 2012 death

A coroner's inquest into the death of Paul Kayuryuk has resulted in 17 recommendations from the jury. Jury members listened to testimony from RCMP officers and family members from July 24 to 27. The verdict from...

Few bicycle thefts reported to Nunavut RCMP

When Sheba Pikuyak's daughter's bicycle was stolen in early July, Sheba sprang into action. She climbed on an all-terrain vehicle and drove around Hall Beach until she spotted the missing bicycle, which someone had taken...

Toxic dump to be cleaned up

Seven years after an original work plan was completed, Transport Canada has awarded Iqaluit-based Kudlik Construction Ltd. a reported $5.4 million contract to clean up a decades-old contaminated dump site by Sylvia Grinnell River...

Riit takes the big stage

The 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) opening ceremonies featured several fantastic performances of dance and music, both traditional and modern. Rita Mike-Murphy was one of those who got the chance to take to the...

Feds want more from Agnico hovercraft plan

If Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. wants to pursue using hovercraft at its Meadowbank and Amaruq sites near Baker Lake, it has to go back to the drawing board. NIRB suggested in April that if the...

GN resurrects possibility of treatment centre

Just as the beer and wine outlet is under construction in the capital, the Government of Nunavut is exploring the possibility of a treatment centre in the territory. The search is on "for a consultant...

Community buy-in is smart business

It was a real-life example of David vs. Goliath, pitting the small High Arctic community of Clyde River in a fight against big oil and the Canadian government. It's hard to believe the years-long battle...

Cambridge Bay entrepreneurs strive not just to stay afloat, but to thrive with Kuugaq...

Five people summoned the courage and the money to take the plunge and launch an eatery in Cambridge Bay almost six months ago. The Kuugaq Cafe opened on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, with a mission...

Cam Bay hires cruise ship coordinator

  Cruise ship passengers from around the world coming to Cambridge Bay this summer don't know it, but Cathryn Epp is racing to ensure they have a most memorable experience. Epp, who started her job with...