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GN awards sealift contracts

The Government of Nunavut has chosen Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc. (NEAS) as its dedicated sealift supplier for Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Arctic Bay, Qikiqtarjuaq, Clyde River, Grise Fiord, Pond Inlet, Resolute Bay, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Rankin Inlet, Whale Cove, Arviat, Coral Harbour, Kugaaruk and Sanikiluaq. The NEAS cargo ship MV Mitiq will be...

Nunavut MLA insists government can hire more Inuit in construction

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 The Government of Nunavut can employ more Inuit on its capital projects, insists Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main. Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main: “The local labour force is (deemed) inferior compared to this transient workforce and I think it’s an unfair comparison.” photo...
Construction workers open crates of supplies to build new homes in Arviat in October. Twenty units are scheduled to go up during the 2019-2020 construction season. photo courtesy of Nunavut Housing Corporation

Money for Nunavut housing drops 16 percent in 2019

With a $55-million construction budget, the Nunavut Housing Corporation is planning to build 79 new residential units in communities outside Iqaluit in 2019-20. That's down from 2018-19 when the housing corporation had $65.7 million earmarked...

Rebuilt lodge to open this summer

Much like the six-foot saplings and fireweed growing back into the area where old growth trees used to be, longtime family getaway Namushka Lodge  is slowly coming back to life at Harding Lake. The family business, owned by the Chorostkowskis for 30-plus years, is located southeast of Yellowknife. It had become inoperable after suffering damage...
An image of Planet Labs’ Inuvik ground station site, located at the Canadian Satellite Ground Station Inuvik (CSGSI). Photo courtesy of Planet Labs

After three years, satellite finally ready to receive

After receiving a long-awaited full operating license for their ground station site in Inuvik, Planet Labs is ready to put their satellite receivers to use at last. The San Francisco-based Earth imaging company was granted a full operating license from Global Affairs Canada on March 29, almost three years after submitting its initial application. “From...

Remote family lodge to be operational this summer

Much like the six-foot saplings and fireweed growing back into the area where old growth trees used to be, longtime family getaway Namushka Lodge  is slowly coming back to life at Harding Lake. The family business, owned by the Chorostkowskis for 30-plus years, is located southeast of Yellowknife. It had become inoperable after suffering damage...

One-stop shopping for hunting, fishing, safety and Arctic Cat

The Rankin Inlet business community has a new member after Nitsik Leasing and Sales held its grand opening last week in Rankin Inlet. A customer takes a close up look at some of the numerous items for sale at the Nitsik Leasing and Salres Grand Opening in Rankin Inlet on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. photo...

Iqaluit chamber membership drive offers benefits to local business

The Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce, resurrected in early 2017 after an inactive phase, is seeking to up its membership from 42 to 55 in 2019. That’s a far cry from the 18 members – eight of which were lifetime members – in early 2017. There are roughly 300 businesses in Iqaluit. Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce...
Shane Clark, owner of now defunct HomeLifeYK, has decided to hang up the keys of his family business and join Coldwell Banker YK Courtesy of Coldwell Banker YK

HomeLifeYK shuts its doors

Shane Clark, owner and operator of HomeLifeYK, has recently decided to shut the doors on the long running family real estate business and join Coldwell Banker YK. His father James Clark started the company, then named Sunrise Real Estate, in 1992 with a 180-square-foot office in the Discovery Inn. Shane joined his father in operating...

Udloriak Hanson becomes a vice-president for Baffinland Iron Mines

Baffinland Iron Mines has hired Udloriak Hanson as vice-president of community and strategic development. Udloriak Hanson will take on the role of vice- president of community and strategic development with Baffinland Iron Mines as of June. photo courtesy of Udloriak Hanson Hanson is a former Government of Nunavut deputy minister of Economic Development and Transportation...

Baffinland CEO makes a case for mine expansion

A proposed railway and many more cargo ships are the major concerns Baffinland Iron Mines’ CEO Brian Penney is hearing about in relation to the miner’s phase two expansion proposal, which would increase shipping to 12 million tonnes per year. Baffinland CEO Brian Penney: “Hopefully someday Baffinland will be run by Inuit, totally.” photo courtesy...

GUEST COMMENT: Mining North Works ‘demystifies’ the industry

Mining is working for Nunavut, and the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Terry Dobbin is the Nunavut general manager with the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines Today we are seeing more and more Nunavummiut finding meaningful jobs in mining. We are seeing Nunavut mining business on the rise and more mining...

Sabina delays gold mine by a year due to lack of equity investment

Instead of opening in 2021, Sabina Gold and Silver’s gold mine will now start operations in late 2022, at the earliest. Sabina Gold and Silver is constructing a 164-km winter road that will connect the marine supplies dropoff location at Bathurst Inlet with the Goose property at the Back River Project. The goal for completion...

Arctic Co-operatives wins Baffinland flight contract

Baffinland Iron Mines has chosen Arctic Co-operatives to transport employees and cargo from the south to its Mary River mine. Arctic Co-operatives has earned a contract to provide passenger and cargo service to Baffinland’s Mary River mine. The Co-op is partnering with Quebec-based Chrono Aviation, whose fleet includes Boeing 737-200, Super King Air 350, Dash...

With technical performance improving, TMAC focuses on profitability at Doris North

A flawed processing plant and some “poor decision making” at TMAC’s Doris North gold site led to struggles meeting production expectations during the mine’s first two years of operation. Production metrics have improved at TMAC’s Doris North gold mine over the past several months. Among the next goals at the site, located 125 kilometres southwest...

Meliadine moves to the forefront for Agnico Eagle

The torch is being passed between Agnico Eagle’s Kivalliq gold mines. The first gold bar from Agnico Eagle’s new Meliadine mine was produced in late February. Weighing close to 64 pounds, it’s composed of approximately 80 per cent gold and 20 per cent silver. photo courtesy of Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. After years of exploration,...

GUEST COMMENT: In response to Mr. Bromley: Mining is still key to the Northern...

by Tom Hoefer, executive director of the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines It’s virtually impossible to shift the opinions of someone who opposes mining, but to those with an open mind, let me provide some feedback to Bob Bromley’s critique of my recent guest comment. In regards to his statement on, “… the steep...

Arviat’s Ashton Kadjuk meeting the challenge as a mine supervisor

Ashton Kadjuk has parlayed his experience in drilling into a supervisory position at Agnico Eagle’s new Meliadine gold mine. Arviat’s Ashton Kadjuk is an underground supervisor at Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine mine. “I’ve got to make sure everything is up to standards and everything will be safe for the guys to work in,” he said. photo...

Mining survey says: streamline regulations

The North’s geology is alluring to exploration and mining companies but regulatory red tape remains a stumbling block, according to the recently released Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2018. Exploration and mining companies give the Nunavut high marks for mineral potential but, in an annual survey conducted by the Fraser Institute, indicate that...
The new logo for the Yellowknife Cabs Ltd. Company that hopes to get on the road by April 1, should the company be able to install soft meters in their vehicles. They currently have 30 vehicles in waiting. Photo courtesy of Sibhat Berhane

New cab company hits metering speed bump

Yellow Cabs Ltd., the newest addition to the Yellowknife cab community plans on opening its doors April 1, but the new business has already hit a snag on the way to its grand opening. Sibhat Berhane, president of Yellowknife Cabs Limited, said the business began after being fired from a competing cab company for helping...

Slave Geological Province road planning, aerial surveys funded $5M

The GNWT and federal government are spending $5.1-million toward aerial surveys of the Slave Geological Province and planning an all-season road from Yellowknife to the Nunavut border. The proposed road would replace winter roads with year-round access, cutting costs for NWT diamond mines, facilitating resource exploration and development and connect an area with mineral potential...

Focus on business: YK Rocks

The man behind YK Rocks, the newest concert promotion company in town, is looking to invigorate the music scene by hosting open jam nights and running a concert series at the Black Knight Pub. Patrick Jacobson, life-long musician and founder of YK Rocks, came to Yellowknife a year ago from Whitehorse for a job. When he...

Nakashuk presses GN for airline merger response; says Nunavut ‘not mentioned even once’ by...

Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk is urging the GN to publicly release its input into the proposed First Air and Canadian North airline merger and expressed concern that Nunavut is being overlooked in the deal. Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk: Wants GN to make its position public on proposed airline merger. photo courtesy of the Government of...

First gold poured at Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine mine

Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine mine is nearing commercial production and poured its first gold on the morning of Feb. 21. The first gold pour at Agnico Eagle’s new Meliadine mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, on Feb. 21. photo courtesy of Agnico Eagle Meliadine mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, as well as the...

High hopes for commercial char fishery in Gjoa Haven

As a test fishery in Gjoa Haven approaches its fifth and final year, James Qitsualik is envisioning a commercial enterprise for Arctic char that could surpass the operation at Kitikmeot Foods in Cambridge Bay. Sampling fish caught in nets at Backhouse Point in Chantry Inlet are James Qitsualik, left, chair of the Gjoa Haven Hunters...

Inuit governments dismissive of Competition Bureau’s airline merger report

The Competition Bureau’s review of a proposed First Air merger with Canadian North indicates that reduced schedules and higher prices are likely, but the Inuit governments proposing the deal say the report is “superficial.”  “Our Inuit communities are surprised and extremely dismayed by the report,” states a joint news release from Quebec-based Makivik Corporation, owner...

Twenty years of trade show progress

On the 20th anniversary of the Kitikmeot Trade Show, some time was devoted to reflection on how far the event, and the region, has come. A panel of original trade show participants was assembled last week and they were acknowledged for their years of dedication. The Willy Laserich Memorial Corporate Citizen Award was bestowed upon...

Kitikmeot business sprouts from beans

Kaapittiaq Coffee, a product of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society made with beans purchased from Peru, was sampled at a recent community launch celebration. The product will hopefully be on store shelves by the end of this month, says Brendan Griebel, a research associate with the organization. In the meantime, the society is working on making...

Focus on business: Dash Event Designs and Rentals

Cynthia Mufandaedza never had any intention of becoming an event designer, but four years ago she seized on an opportunity to purchase the inventory of another event design business whose owner was leaving town. Mufandaedza and her husband, Randy Moyo, have been running Best Movers since she and her husband came to Yellowknife seven years...

Mineral Resources Act to be tabled this week

A long awaited bill which will promises to transform the mineral industry for the NWT is set to be tabled for the first time this week. Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment and Minister of Infrastructure told guests at a Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce luncheon that the Mineral Resources Act is set to...