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Elders deserve better compensation, Kaernerk insists

Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk is calling on the government to create paid elder adviser positions in the communities that will provide steady income. Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk says cultural adviser jobs should be created for...

Around the Kiv: Elders Recognition Award in Rankin

Elder receives award Rankin Inlet Monica Aqittuq Ugjuk of Rankin Inlet has been named a recipient of the 2018/19 Elders Recognition Award. Rankin Inlet Mayor Harry Towtongie presents Monica Aqittuq Ugjuk with the 2018/20l9 Elders Recognition Award...

Elders recognized as keepers of Inuit heritage and culture through awards

Elder Joseph Niptanatiak of Kugluktuk was invited to the Kugluktuk Hamlet office during the Jan. 7 council meeting and he presented with an Elders Recognition Award from Inuit Heritage Trust (IHT). “He was very happy...

The RCMP throws a Christmas feast for elders in Iqaluit

Joyous Christmas carols played softly in the background as elders mingled and ate in the festive hall. Generous portions of turkey, ham, potatoes and vegetables were served to the 70 elders as they sat...

Elders guide juniors in Kugluktuk

Elders come to Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik a few times a year for cultural rotations – a series of activities such as square dancing, story-telling, string games, Inuit games, drum dancing, singing and others. Students...

Elders reflect on Inuit culture and values at conference

Inuit from across Nunavut attended one of most important gatherings Inuit can have. The Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Conference was held in Iqaluit Oct. 29 and 30 at the Frobisher Inn. Around 100 delegates gathered to...

MLA’s heartfelt message to young Nunavummiut: ‘suicide should not be an option at all’

On an emotional day when people in his hometown were attending a funeral for a young man who took his own life, Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk rose in the legislative assembly to address the...

Grateful for an elders feast

Residents in Kugluktuk have been holding a Thanksgiving feast for elders for 15 years and they did it again this October. The elementary school hosts the event. Teachers and students are central in organizing the...

Gjoa Haven elders visit HMS Terror

A group of elders had the chance to visit the wreck of Sir John Franklin's HMS Terror last month as an extension of Parks Canada's Guardian program. The visit followed a previous trip by Elders,...

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Inuit Heritage Trust encourages Nunavummiut to nominate elders for award

Every two years, since 1999, the Inuit Heritage Trust (IHT) recognizes elders from across the territory. "One per region but, in the past, before my time, there were a lot of elders being submitted. There...

Federal apology for past wrongs brought peace to Qikiqtaaluk elders

Forty elders from across the Qikiqtaaluk were present Aug. 14 in Iqaluit the day Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett presented the Government of Canada's apology for harmful colonial actions in the region between...

Raise senior citizen’s benefit from $200 per month, MLAs say

The $200 per month Senior Citizens Supplementary Benefit should be reviewed for the next fiscal year, several MLAs have insisted. The last increase came in 2015 when the benefit was raised from $175. There were 542...

EDITORIAL: Build it, and they will come (home)

We welcome with open arms the suggestion that the Government of Nunavut is ready to make the required investment to build spaces for 156 long-term care beds -- 108 in Iqaluit and 24 in...

GN scoping cost of adding 156 long-term care beds

The Government of Nunavut posted a request Monday for architectural designs for new long-term care facilities in Iqaluit and in the Kivalliq and the Kitikmeot regions – a total of 156 beds. The proposal involves...