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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...

Disappointing start for new arena in Rankin Inlet

Expectations may have been too high in the community for any new facility to have a legitimate chance of living up to at first, but no one could have predicted what the first few...

Finding the way past the loss

I was asked a quite serious question by a good friend this past week who, I quickly noticed, was choosing his words very, very carefully. Amazingly, to me anyway – based partly on my way...

Rankin Inlet rallies defences as COVID-19 looms

The Hamlet of Rankin Inlet began calmly solidifying its defences in preparation for the arrival of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Fire Chief and emergency-response contact person for the community of Rankin Inlet, Mark...

Rankin resident discusses roadblock to gold mine and its effects

A small group of concerned citizens blocked the road to the Meliadine gold mine this past week to protest Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) continuing to operate the gold mine, which many in the community...

Akeeagok addresses concerns about Meliadine mine

David Akeeagok, minister responsible for mines, made an appearance during Thursday’s press conference to address his concerns about the Meliadine mine situation near Rankin Inlet. On Wednesday evening, there was a blockade, set up by...

Editorial: An emotional time

In some ways, I suppose this piece could be seen as a continuation of what I penned in this space the previous week on March 11 “(In the here and now”), but in talking...

Tootoo tourney in Rankin Inlet rescheduled to November

The biggest hockey event of the year had to be rescheduled last week in Rankin Inlet due to concern over the coronavirus disease and COVID-19. The Terence Tootoo Memorial (TTM) senior men’s tournament has been...

Caution rules the day in the Kiv, but some wonder if all cancellations necessary

While everyone, more or less, subscribes to the better-safe-than-sorry approach to a public health risk such as the spread of the coronavirus disease, there are some who aren’t convinced that every event has to...

Arctic Winter Games cancellation devastates Kivalliq athletes

The cancellation of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) over fears of coronavirus has left many coaches, parents and young athletes brokenhearted across the Kivalliq. It also left their coaches, who had put in so...

Basketball takes another step forward in Arviat

Five local teams took to the court to compete in the inaugural Junior NBA basketball tournament at John Arnalukjuak High School (JAHS) in Arviat from Feb. 28 to March 1. The Nanuqs of the North...

Editorial: In the here and now

So, the past week brought two news items my way that had a deep impact on me for two very different reasons. The first I, pretty much, knew was coming with the official cancellation of...

Around the Kiv: Arviat Mayor Bob Leonard dies

Mayor Bob Leonard passed away on March 4. One of the Kivalliq's longest serving mayors, Leonard was highly regarded as a municipal leader and an honest, caring person across the region. Leonard’s fifth-consecutive election win took...

Staff attacked at Naujaat school

The Kivalliq was rocked as news of two separate attacks on staff members at Tuugaalik High School spread across the region this past week. Reports out of Naujaat indicate the incidents took place on Wednesday, Feb....

Andrews Hockey School visits Rankin

Local minor hockey players had a rare treat when instructors from the famous Andrews Hockey School in Prince Edward Island ran a three-day mini-camp in Rankin Inlet from Feb. 24 to 26. Rankin recreation director...

EDITORIAL: Volunteerism a backbone to healthy communities

I’ve blown this trumpet more than once in this space during the past few years, but it’s a note that has to be kept playing in our region. Each and every one of our seven...

Around the Kiv: Soccer tourney in Rankin Inlet

Soccer tourney Rankin Inlet hosted a men’s adult qualifier soccer tournament this past weekend from Feb. 28 to March 1. Kris Okpatauyak of Rankin Inlet on Nov. 9, 2019. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo The eight teams set to...

Thrift store facelift, sewing workshop in Baker Lake

A weekend sewing workshop and gathering to improve the Abluqta Society’s thrift store was a success, despite one day lost to weather last month. Erin Strachan and Emma Inns made the trip to Baker for...

Kivalliq MLAs want better grasp of caribou sales: ‘They are seeing caribou as cash’

MLAs Cathy Towtongie and John Main are appealing to Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq to improve tracking of caribou sales among Kivalliq hunters. Main said the Department of Environment indicated that harvesters can fetch between $300...

Arviat Young Hunters program praised by federal minister

The Arviat Young Hunters program was recognized last week by Northern Affairs Minister Daniel Vandal as being a leader in community and Inuit-led climate change adaptation. The program, overseen by the Aqqiumavvik Society, brings youth...