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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...
The 2018 Laura Gauthier Memorial female volleyball champion Whale Cove are, back row from left, Victoria Kakuktinniq, Kayla Jones, Keesha Jones and Jeannette Anguk and, front from left, Eema Jones, Lyla Hapanak and Jeannie Jones in Rankin Inlet on Nov. 25, 2018. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

Whale Cove defeats Rankin Fusion V-Team to claim volleyball crown

A Hollywood writer couldn't produce a better story about a journey to a volleyball championship than the true tale of Victoria Kakuktinniq and her Whale Cove teammates this past month in Rankin Inlet. Kakuktinniq,...
Emily Paul takes aim at the target while Jonny Bungay gets ready for his turn during a friendly archery competition at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on Oct. 18, 2018. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Students learn the art of the bow

Students are developing their archery skills thanks to a program being run by physical education teacher Gary Minaudo at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat. Minaudo, who hails from the Windsor, Ont., area, said he has...

Canada Winter Games excitement building

Every time you turn around, there seems to be another major Games that the territory will be competing in. That's the beauty of living in the North – never a dull moment. We're now less...

SPORTS CHECK: Coaches and officials wanted

Iqaluit Nunavut Speed Skating is looking for a few good people to help out with its coaching and officiating needs for this season. The association will be hosting a Level 1 officiating course from Nov. 22...

SPORTS TALK: A sad end to a great love story

Two years ago, Leicester City Football Club was the toast of the sports world after putting the exclamation mark on one of the greatest sports fairy tales ever written. The little team that could,...
Quentin Sala of Sanikiluaq goes over some notes during a breakout session as part of the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut's annual conference in Iqaluit on Oct. 20. Photo courtesy of Natalie Maerzluft.

Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut hosts sixth annual conference

Judging by the turnout this year, it would appear sport and recreation in Nunavut is pretty healthy. The Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) hosted its sixth annual conference in the capital from Oct....