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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...
The Kivalliq Jr. Canucks peewee team bear their gold medals in triumph at the MICEC Annual Indigenous Minor Hockey Tournament in Winnipeg last month. Photo courtesy of Gleason Uppahuak

Peewee Canucks Hᐊᑭᖅᑎᐊᓛᑦ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᑦ ᕕᓂᐲᒃᒥ

ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒃ ᐱᖓᓱᑦ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥᐅᑕᑦ ᓄᑲᖅᖡᑦ Canucks ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᖏᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᐊᓘᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᕕᓂᐲᒃᒥ Hᐊᑭᕕᒡᔪᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᒫᑦᓯ 22-ᒥ 24-ᒧᑦ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐃᓚᖓ ᐱᙳᐊᖃᑎᒌᒃᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᕐᓂᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ: Peewee-ᖑᔪᑦ. "ᐱᙳᐊᑐᐊᕌᖓᑕ ᐱᖃᑎᖏᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᖃᑎᒋᔭᖏᑦ ᓵᓚᐅᓗᐊᓕᕌᖓᑕ ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑕᐅᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ Hᐊᑭᖅᑐᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᖅ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᓂᕆᔭᖓ ᑲᔪᓰᓐᓇᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ, ᐱᖓᔪᖓ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᓯᖏᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᓂᕆᔭᖏᑦ 8-0-ᖑᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ," ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᒋᓕᓴᓐ...

SPORTS TALK: Our apologies to Terry Jones for being from the North

In case you haven't heard, there was no Nunavut entry in either the boys or girls at the recent Canadian U18 Curling Championships in Sherwood Park, Alta. The NWT was there, as they always...
Instructor Joanne Peters puts her students through their paces during a gathering of the new taekwon-do club in Arviat on March 2, 2019. Photo courtesy Gord Billard

ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᑐᑭᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓂᕐᒥᒃ

Taekwon-do-ᒥᒃ ᑐᑭᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᑦ. ᑐᑭᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕈᑎ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᒍᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐅᐃᒋᖕᓄᑦ ᓄᓕᐊᕇᖕᓄᑦ ᔮᓐ ᐊᕐᓈᓗᒡᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᑕᕐᒧᑦ ᑖᓐ ᐲᑕᔅᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓕᐊᖓ, ᔪᐊᓐ. ᑐᑭᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓂᖅ ᑑᖅᑲᑦᑕᐅᑎᓂᕐᓗ ᐱᒡᒍᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᕈᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᑯᐊᕇᔭᒥᐅᓄᑦ ᓱᖏᐅᑎᖃᕋᓂ ᐅᓇᑕᕈᑎ ᑐᑭᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓂᖅ ᐃᖕᒥᓂᒃ ᓴᐳᓐᓂᐊᕈᑕᐅᖅᑳᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᑕᐃᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ tae kyon-ᒥᒃ. ᓂᑯᕕᖓᑉᓗᓂ ᐋᓐᓂᖅᑐᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᑐᕌᖓᓂᖅᓴᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᑐᑭᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓂᒃᑯᑦ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ...
Team NT's girls hockey team gathers around following their game against Prince Edward Island at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 24. Mel Bolin/Canada Winter Games photo

Week two gets underway at Canada Winter Games for Team NT and Nunavut

And so begins another week of the North’s best and brightest doing their thing at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Team NT’s girls hockey team gathers around following their game against Prince...
Members of the Rankin Inlet competitive gym team, back from left, Abby Mac Donald, Kylie Mae Aksalnik and AJ Libatique, and third row from left, Maya Hidalgo, Alyson McKay, Audrey Fredlund, Raegan Tattuinee, Nefretiri Innukshuk and Caroline Gibbons, and second row from left, Latasha Nirlungayuk, Yzabell MacDonald, Kortni McKay, Kyrene Angootealuk, Rachel Tutanuak and Josie Panika, and front from left, Lexus Dion and Bailey Green, are over the moon with happiness as they receive their Team Canada uniforms for the upcoming World Gymnaestrada in Austria in Rankin Inlet on Jan. 30, 2019. Photo courtesy Lisa Kresky

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᖃᐃᓕᓴᖅᑏᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕐᔪᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᒃᓴᕋᓱᒃᖢᑎᒃ ᐱᙳᐊᕆᐊᖅᑐᕐᕕᒋᓂᐊᖅᑕᖓ ᖃᓂᓪᓕᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᓪᓗᒍ

ᑕᒪᑐᒥᙵ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒥᐊᓂᖅᓯᔨᓂᒃ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖅ ᐊᖅᓴᕐᓃᑦ ᐅᔭᐅᑦᑕᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ, ᓖᓴ ᑯᕆᔅᑭ, ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᙳᐊᕕᒡᔪᐊᖅᑐᓄᙵᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓱᒪᒃᓴᖅᓯᐅᕈᑎᖃᓪᓚᕆᒃᖢᓂ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ. ᑯᕆᔅᑭ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐱᙳᐊᕕᒡᔪᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᐊᕐᓇᓂᒃ ᒥᐊᓂᖅᓯᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᒃᑐᐊᓂᓕᒃ ᐳᕆᑎᔅ ᑲᓚᒻᐱᔭᒥ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᒥᐊᓂᖅᓯᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ. ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐱᙳᐊᕕᒡᔪᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐱᐊᓂᒃᐸᑕ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᔪᕈᓐᓃᖅᓴᖅᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ...
Chase Harron of Coral Habour battles with Connor Cozens of Yukon in front of the net during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 4

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 4 at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. All times MST Chase Harron of Coral Habour battles with Connor Cozens of Yukon...
Emma Carpenter (in orange helmet cover) prepares to go into a turn during her heat in the girls 1,500-metre event at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Jerrold Leblanc/Canada Winter Games photo

Still a glimmer of hope for Nunavut speedskaters at Canada Winter Games

Nunavut’s speedskating outfit at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., isn’t out of it yet in terms of the 500-metre and 1,500-metre events but they will need a big day on Feb....
Josie Cote of Iqaluit celebrates after a goal during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Nunavut boys hockey team hits win column at Canada Winter Games

It’s been a weekend of firsts for Nunavut all around the country. The rink skipped by Jenine Bodner won Nunavut’s first main draw game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., and now,...
Conner McKay-Ivanko of Hay River, left, awaits the serve from Caleb Bolt of Kugluktuk during table tennis action at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 16. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Table tennis leads the way for Nunavut in first day of action at Canada...

The 2019 Canada Winter Games are underway in Red Deer, Alta., and it was table tennis which kicked things off for Nunavut. Conner McKay-Ivanko of Hay River, left, awaits the serve from Caleb Bolt of...
Nunavut finally hit the win column officially at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., as the rink from the Iqaluit Curling Club defeated Quebec on Saturday by a score of 4-3. The smiling ladies are, from left, Megan Ingram, Jenine Bodner, Jennifer Blaney, Alison Griffin, Sadie Pinksen and coach Susanne Martin. photo courtesy of Curling Canada

Nunavut wins historic first game at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

It wasn’t a question of if but more a question of when Nunavut would finally be able to raise their arms in official victory at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. We now know when –...
The 2018 JLM Calm Air Cup senior men's hockey champion Rankin Inlet are, back row from left, Kenny Saviakjuk, Bradley Kaludjak, James Connelly, Craig Beardsall, Wendel Kaludjak, Keenan Eetuk, Avaala Sabourin, Joey Arualak and Nanutnaa Komakjuak (waterboy) and, second row from left, Dali Kaludjak, Andrew Simms, Chad Taipana, Piqut Nukapiak, Alfred Voisey and Deryk Voisey (stickboy), and goalie James Merritt, front, in Arviat on Jan. 28, 2018. The 2019 edition of the JLM will run in Arviat from Jan. 24 to 27, 2019. NNSL file photo

New format for Arviat’s JLM tourney

Rankin Inlet will be seeking a third straight title when the puck drops to begin the new look Calm Air Cup Jon Lindell Memorial (JLM) senior men's hockey championship in Arviat from Jan. 24-27. The...
Frances Uppahuak, on behalf of Calm Air, presents the 2018 JLM Calm Air Cup senior men's championship trophy to Rankin Inlet's James Merritt, left, and Wendel Kaludjak in Arviat on Jan. 28, 2018. NNSL file photo

ᐱᖓᔪᐊᒍᑦ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᕋᓱᖕᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ ᐱᖓᔪᐊᒍᑦ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᕋᓱᖕᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ Hᐊᑭᓕᕐᒥᒃᐸᑕ Hᐊᑭᑎᑦᑎᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑳᒻ ᐃᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᒥᖕᓲᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᔮᓐ ᓕᓐᑎᐅ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᑉᓗᒍ ᐊᖑᑎᑦ Hᐊᑭᕐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᔭᓄᐊᕆ 24-ᒥ 27-ᒧᑦ. ᑐᒡᓕᕆᔭᐅᔪᖅ Hᐊᑭᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᒃᑯᑦ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ, ᔮᓐ ᓕᓐᑎᐅ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᑉᓗᒍ Hᐊᑭᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᖁᓕᓂᒃ Hᐊᑭᖃᑎᒌᒃᐸᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᐅᐸᒃᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᑕᒡᕙᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᒥ, ᐊᕐᕕᓂᓕᐅᔪᑦ A-ᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᑕᒪᑦ B-ᒥ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᒃᑯᑦ. A-ᒥ...
The 2018 Winnipeg Jets Challenge Cup A1 Division champion Rankin Rock bantam team are, back row from left, Simon Wiseman, Kobe Tanuyak, Chase Herron, Malla Ittinuar, Brady Tucktoo, Charlotte Siksik, Alanna Airut and David Clark (head coach), and middle from left, Bubsy Kusugak (Assistant coach), Max Ammaq, Gregory Wiseman, Mapsala Komok and Sandy Tattuinee, and third row from left, Adam Taipana, Kadin Eetuk, Kayden Mercer, Koby Connelly, Owen Connelly-Clark, Terence Pilakapsi and Justin Towtongie and goalie Tucket St. John, front, in Winnipeg, Man., on Dec. 30, 2018. Photo courtesy Rankin Rock

Rankin bantams take home gold from Challenge Cup

Kadin Eetuk's goal with less than a minute to play propelled the Rankin Rock to a 1-0 win over the Selkirk Fisherman and earned the Bantam A1 Division championship at the Winnipeg Jets Challenge...
Steve Fredlund drops the puck between Gabe Nukapiak, left, and Darrin Nichol to officially begin the sixth annual Kevin Fredlund Christmas Classic (Toronto vs. Montreal) old-timers game in Rankin Inlet on Dec. 23, 2018. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕐᔪᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᑎᑦᑎᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒥᓂᒃ

2018-ᒥ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖕᓇᒥ ᕿᑎᒃᑐᑦ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ. ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖕᓇᒥ ᕿᑎᒃᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᑎᓯᐱᕆ 22-ᒥ ᔭᓄᐊᕆ 1-ᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒃ ᕿᑎᒃᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑦᑑᑎᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓖᑦ. ᐃᒪᓐᓇᐃᓕᐅᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᒃ ᓂᕆᕕᒡᔪᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ, ᒧᒥᒡᒍᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᐅᑉᓛᕈᒥᑕᖅᑐᖅᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ, ᐱᙳᐊᕐᕕᖕᒥᓗ ᕿᑎᒃᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ, ᐃᒻᖏᒡᒍᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᑎᑕᒡᒍᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᓄᑕᖅᑲᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ, ᓯᓚᓗ ᖃᐅᒻᒪᒃᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᑕᑯᕋᓐᓂᖅᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᖕᓂᒃ, ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑖᒃᑯᓪᓗ ᑭᕙᓐ ᕗᕆᑦᓚᓐ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᑉᓗᒍ...
Leo Kaludjak tries to control the puck in the corner and avoid the check of the NWT's Liam Carroll. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Canada Games hockey heads west

It's not often teams from the North are able to get together as they prepare for the Canada Winter Games and it's rarer still to get to play against your competition before the games...

Kugluktuk lacrosse impacting the west

A man born and raised in Kugluktuk is now teaching youth across the Western Arctic the fundamentals of lacrosse. Kyle Aviak just spent two full days teaching students in Fort Providence, NWT the ins and...
Minor hockey players, from left, Ricky Putumiraqtuq, Brya Kingunkotok, Daniel Kingunkotok and Amos Nakoolak are having a blast hanging-out with head instructor David Clark of Rankin Inlet during the Rankin Rock Season Opener hockey camp in Baker Lake. That camp was followed up last week with another one in Arviat. Photo courtesy David Clark

Rankin camp heads to Arviat

The Rankin Rock hockey camp tour came to an end last week in Arviat. The Rankin Rock won a $ 80,000 Youth Arctic Inspiration prize earlier this year in order to expand the camp outside...
Jennifer Ellsworth is seen at an event earlier this year receiving an award. Ellsworth is one of the newest black belts at the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society. NNSL file photo

More black belts for Iqaluit Taekwondo Society

Two members of the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society recently received their black belts. Jennifer Ellsworth became a newly minted marshal arts master by earning her first degree black belt while Maryse Mahy received her third degree...