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Agnico Eagle launches rapid COVID-19 testing at mine site laboratory

Agnico Eagle has set up a COVID-19 testing lab for employees at its Meliadine gold mine and has enlisted the services of a distinguished doctor and researcher to lead the project. Close to 470 employees...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Taloyoak Elder discusses situation in community

Bob Lyall, a respected community member of Taloyoak, is sharing his thoughts on how the community of Taloyoak is handling self-isolation. "The town is actually very quiet, most seem to be following isolation rules except...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Gjoa Haven administration rolls up sleeves to combat Covid-19

Administration in Gjoa Haven has been working hard to inform residents and reiterate the importance of following protocol during this pandemic. "This is a tough time with the Covid-19 and is hard on the communities,...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Kinngait endures social distancing

Everybody seems to be following self-isolation rules in the community of Kinngait, according to Mayor Timoon Toonoo. "There was a bit of confusion, the self-isolation rule coming in from southern Canada started on March 15,"...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Pangnirtung hopes to receive funding for families

All community activities that would encourage gatherings have been shut down in Pangnirtung. The community centre and library are closed. “The atmosphere seems to be fairly calm and settled down,” said Daryl Dibblee, Pangnirtung’s Senior...

COVID-19 batters Nunavut’s travel industry; 75% of tourism businesses may close in second quarter

Nunavut’s $300-million travel and tourism industry is reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic with 75 per cent of businesses in the sector indicating that they may have to shut down during the second quarter and...

NWT cases of COVID-19 climb to four

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the NWT, the office of the chief public health officer said on Thursday night. “These cases were confirmed in quick succession this evening. Once the OCPHO...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Qikiqtarjuaq continues to share and deliver food

The Qikiqtarjuaq community is making a great effort to provide food to those in need while adhering to social distancing. Both the Northern Store and Tulugak Co-op are providing delivery services for elders and...

Nunavut health minister extends public health emergency until April 16

“Thank you to all Nunavummiut doing their part to maintain social and physical distancing, staying at home and keeping their communities safe and well,” Health Minister George Hickes said Thursday. Rajnesh Sharma/NNSL photo The territorial public...

COVID-19 has to be taken seriously by all

It’s one thing to have a personal opinion on a matter, it’s quite another to refuse to follow precautions because you don’t “believe” COVID-19 poses any real threat to the Kivalliq because it’s not...

Kitikmeot Inuit Association announces $500 monthly for elders; money for on-the-land program

Elders in the Kitikmeot will receive a monthly cash payment of $500 from the Kitikmeot Inuit Association from April through June to assist them in buying healthy foods during the pandemic. The Kitikmeot Inuit Association...

NWT confirms its second case of COVID-19

Public health officials have confirmed a second case of COVID-19 infection in the Northwest Territories. The subject is an Inuvik resident. They are self-isolating at home with members of their household and are mildly symptomatic. The...

Kissarvik Co-op strives to protect staff, customers

Things look the same from the outside, but once one ventures inside it doesn’t take long to realize that changes have taken place at the Kissarvik Co-op in Rankin Inlet since the COVID-19 pandemic...

Qaggiavuut provides emergency relief to Nunavut’s artists

Qaggiavuut, an organization that promotes the performing arts in Nunavut, has provided financial assistance to 17 artists and is inviting others to apply for emergency relief, if needed during the COVID-19 crisis. Qaggiavuut has access...

Chambers of commerce embrace federal wage subsidy, but some concerns remain

The federal government’s efforts to aid businesses and non-profit organizations hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are being hailed by Nunavut’s chambers of commerce but questions and concerns linger. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau increased the...

Patterson welcomes federal COVID-19 compensation that can aid Nunavummiut

*UPDATE: The federal government will issue cheque payments in addition to direct deposit. The federal government’s $2,000 per month payments to Canadians who have lost work due to COVID-19 can benefit Nuanvummiut carvers, seamstresses, actors...

Department of Education launches a new website to encourage learning

The Department of Education is launching a new learn-at-home website for students at the request of parents and caregivers today. Since March 17 all schools in Nunavut have been closed due to COVID-19 concerns....

ITK wants guarantees on air transport during COVID-19 crisis

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is calling upon the federal government to designate air transport as an essential service to 51 Canadian Inuit communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to fund the airlines accordingly. Inuit health...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Kimmirut adheres to government advice

Kimmirut is adhering to the advice of the Department of Health by practicing social distancing and self-isolation. The community is being well informed of all official updates from the government, said John Mabberi-Mudonyi, Kimmirut’s chief...

Up to $50,000 fines or jail time for not self-isolating

Correction: This version of the story has been updated to reflect that the Department of Health is presently trying to get snacks and comfort food for Nunavummiut at hotels down south. A “relatively small group”...