GNWT Local 1 members attend a strike preparation meeting at Mildred Hall School on Saturday. The strike was narrowly avoided later that night after 11th hour negotiations produced an agreement to put outstanding issues to mediator Vince Ready to decide. NNSL file photo

EDITORIAL: Yk a company town and that company is the GNWT

If territorial government workers had an extra spring in their steps Monday morning, they could hardly be blamed. They were going back to work after all. It was a far cry from Saturday afternoon, when...

EDITORIAL: Red tape doesn’t pay the bills

What happens when a mining company jumps through all the hoops and still gets shut down? Well, people lose their jobs, that's what happens. It's a simple fact that should be obvious to everybody but...

Brendan Green’s legacy is guaranteed

Maybe it's too early to talk about the legacy of Brendan Green as a world-class and Olympic biathlete. After all, he just retired late last week. However, we'll give it a go, because we believe Green's...

COLUMN: Grow the solution from within

I can't say I've gotten to know a lot of people well in the community of Baker Lake, but I've gotten to know more than a handful very well during the past two decades. And,...

EDITORIAL: Nurse and doctor shortage requires creative solutions

Nunavut is suffering as a result of a medical staffing shortage, and it doesn't appear anyone has a solution. Arviat North – Whale Cove MLA John Main discusses how the staffing shortage is affecting his...

A youth crisis has been brewing in the North

Guest comment: Raymond Pidzamecky is a registered social worker in the NWT and Nunavut.   First let me introduce myself. My education includes a master's degree in social work and a bachelor of social work in...

EDITORIAL: Once strange bedfellows, now in sync

It wasn't too long ago that Nunavummiut would question the motives of environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) coming up from the south to determine the future of the Arctic. Most famously, Greenpeace – so culpable in...

EDITORIAL: Time for the plan to become reality

As a territory covering one-fifth of Canada, at 3.2 million square kilometres of land, it's clear Nunavut needs a land use plan. Such a plan is one of the unsatisfied requirements of the Nunavut...

Make condoms great again

It only takes a quick visit to the online store Condoms Canada to appreciate the incredible variety of condoms out there. They come in flavours like grape, cola, banana and strawberry, there are glow-in-the-dark condoms...

Keys to funding success

The keys to success for the newly-created Nalauttaq Fund (which will replace the current bingo slot system in Arviat) lay at opposite ends of the process governing the Kivalliq's number-one fundraiser. The Nalauttaq Fund holds...

2018 year marked by those rising up

Reflecting on the year that was 2018, Nunavut made progress in many important ways but will stand out for the leaders who fell and those who looked to rise up. It will be remembered most...

Editorial: Big bills, big pay

If you're a Yellowknifer you can be forgiven for thinking the cost of living is spiralling out of control. In fact, there is a Facebook group dedicated to that very premise, “Yellowknife's cost of living...

EDITORIAL: Lighten a student’s load this year

If you want to increase turnout to a community event in Nunavut, there are few rewards that can do the trick quite like a free flight voucher. Perhaps it was inevitable, then, that the schools...

Credibility in the dumps

Your medical records are not safe, and we are a bunch of buffoons: that is the message the territorial government offered its citizens last week after a man found stacks of confidential health records...

COLUMN: Heartfelt thanks

As I begin my 21st year as editor of the Kivalliq News here in Rankin Inlet, I'd like to close out 2018 the same way I have closed out the majority of years past...

Senator faces big challenge

Margaret Dawn Anderson who? Undoubtedly many people in Yellowknife were asking themselves that question Thursday after getting word that the territory has a new senator. Perhaps the obscurity was part of her appeal. Her predecessor,...

EDITORIAL: Nunavummiut flying blind as merger looms

In case you didn't notice, the deadline for public consultations on the merger of Canadian North and First Air, the two main airlines servicing Nunavut, passed on Friday, Dec. 14. Without last week's reporting on...

Diesel diversion

Is it getting hot in here? "Yes," said scientists Tuesday. "As a result of atmosphere and ocean warming, the Arctic is no longer returning to the extensively frozen region of recent past decades," states a report...

COLUMN: Ready to rumble for science

Call it what you will, but I always find it downright exhilarating to talk with any of the teachers or students at Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) in Chesterfield Inlet about the science fair at...

EDITORIAL: Don’t let southerners take our opportunities

According to the latest Conference Board of Canada report, opportunity is knocking in Nunavut more than anywhere else in Canada. If you are hoping for change, now's the time to answer. The report indicates Nunavut...

What’s going on at the jail?

A jailhouse sex scandal may make for good headlines but there is no denying it is poisonous to the institution. Recent allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct between two North Slave Correctional Complex (NSCC) employees and...

To decolonize media, inform yourself

The media has a lot to answer for. For a very long time, this country’s goal was to eliminate Indigenous people. To accomplish this, the federal government tried to, "Ignore Aboriginal rights; terminate the treaties;...

COLUMN: Every program funded is a victory

It certainly was good news to learn of the federal grant secured by the Kivalliq Science Educators' Community (KSEC) to refresh its cache of camping supplies for one of KSEC's top annual programs. The KSEC...

News coverage: the good and the bad

A journalist’s loyalty is to the readers, to whom we are obliged to report what we know, as accurately as we know it. In Wednesday's Yellowknifer, Alayna Ward, director of community relations for the YWCA,...

EDITORIAL: Resale royalty long overdue for Inuit artists

Kenojuak Ashevak continues to bestow Nunavut – and Canada – with the gift of her artistry. Last month's auction of her famous 1960 stone cut print The Enchanted Owl garnered $180,000 plus fees for...

COLUMN: Performing arts hold plenty of potential

If we may step outside the traditional boundaries for a moment, one thing that has always somewhat befuddled me during the past two decades is why we don't see more of a push for...

Cannabis confusion

"Unfortunately, we're sold out. Product won't be available until further notice," reads the sign outside the Yellowknife Liquor Shop. Supplying the territory with cannabis has been a struggle since the second day of legalization and...

EDITORIAL: Build on successes in fight against addiction

With the legalization of cannabis and the passage of the first full year of Iqaluit's beer and wine store, 2018 has seen some major developments in the efforts to battle addiction in Nunavut. The move...

COLUMN: Bad news lurks in rosy forecast

Now don’t get me wrong, we have success stories and each of those people should be darn proud of their accomplishments. The problem is, we just don’t have enough of them and it’s time we...

Remembrance Day every day

Guest comment by Jack Bourassa, regional executive vice-president, North; for the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Since 1918, November 11, 11 A.M has been a distinguished time – it’s not only a time to remember,...
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