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Arviat man with dental emergency snowmobiles to Rankin for treatment

An Arviat man, who snowmobiled seven hours to Rankin Inlet to have an infected tooth removed after his local dentist was unable to provide treatment, is hoping his story will shine light on the limited access to basic services across Nunavut. Daniel Alagalak of Arviat has been suffering from an infected tooth. photo courtesy of...
Grade 11 student Lou Kopak tries the Alaskan high kick as motivational speaker and Inuit games athlete Johnny Issaluk, right, offers words of encouragement at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on May 2, 2019. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Fighting back emotionally in Naujaat

Naujaat Sports and personal experience were two of the key points focused on by two counsellors who travelled to Naujaat to help students at Tuugaalik High School deal with a tragedy and a rash of near tragedies to affect the community recently. Grade 11 student Lou Kopak tries the Alaskan high kick as motivational speaker...
Bylaw officer and firefighter Capt. Kyle Lowe and medic Grachel D’Cuhna, right, represent the Rankin Inlet Fire Rescue EMS at the annual health fair at the community hall in Rankin on May 7, 2019. Photo courtesy Mark Wyatt.

Saving the youngest of lives

Rankin Inlet Bylaw officer and firefighter Capt. Kyle Lowe and medic Grachel D’Cuhna, right, represent the Rankin Inlet Fire Rescue EMS at the annual health fair at the community hall in Rankin on May 7, 2019. Photo courtesy Mark Wyatt. Knowing what to do during the few short moments of a medical emergency can often...

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A personal apology for my mistake

Editor’s note: Retraction and apology A story published in the May 1 edition of Kivalliq News (“Police investigate woman’s death”) and headlined “Homicide reported in Rankin Inlet” on the nunavutnews.com and nnsl.com websites contained erroneous information. An autopsy ruled out foul play in the death of the woman, reported by us to be Lynnora Siusangnark...
The founding board members of the Tunngasugit Inuit Resource Centre are, from left, Steve Massey, Jackie Massey, Maxine Angoo and Nikki Komaksiutiksaq in Winnipeg on May 6, 2019. Missing from photo is Gail Wallace. Photo courtesy Maxine Angut

Inuit resource centre opens in Winnipeg

The first Inuit resource centre to open in Western Canada held a grand opening to welcome the public through its doors in Winnipeg on May 4. The founding board members of the Tunngasugit Inuit Resource Centre are, from left, Steve Massey, Jackie Massey, Maxine Angoo and Nikki Komaksiutiksaq in Winnipeg on May 6, 2019. Missing...

No foul play in death of Naujaat woman, RCMP say

Following an autopsy, foul play has been ruled out in the death of a 33-year-old Naujaat woman whose body was found in Rankin Inlet on April 26, RCMP stated in a news release issued May 10. Out of respect for the family, the Mounties will not be releasing further details about the woman’s passing. Friends...
A group of senior students from Tuugaalik High School work to get their qamutiik ready for a day out on the land hunting and fishing near Naujaat on April 26, 2019. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Classroom on the land

A group of senior high students from grades 10 to 12 took part in the first of a number of springtime trips out on the land at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on April 26. A group of senior students from Tuugaalik High School work to get their qamutiik ready for a day out on...
John Arnalukjuak High School students Chasity St. John, left, and Katy Suluk of Arviat are all smiles as they close-in on a silver medal in the Video Production category of the Skills Canada Nunavut competition in Iqaluit on April 27, 2019. Photo courtesy Gord Billard

Arviat students put in strong showing at skills competition

Seven students from John Arnalukjuak High School (JAHS) in Arviat combined to put in an impressive showing at the 2019 Skills Canada Nunavut competition at Iqaluit from April 26 to 28. John Arnalukjuak High School students Chasity St. John, left, and Katy Suluk of Arviat are all smiles as they close-in on a silver medal...

Beware of automation

I was reading a few pieces on the supposed pros and cons of self-checkout lanes this past week, and one thing that immediately struck me was all, save one, of the authors debated if anyone still frequented a bricks-and-mortar store other than, maybe, fine dining or a coffee shop? Bias alert, I say “supposed” because,...

National anthem a bridge, not a barrier

I will gladly admit it was darn nice to see a vote involving our national anthem remaining in schools — going overwhelmingly in favour of O Canada with 210 of the 279 parents who responded to a survey by the Iqaluit District Education Authority voting to keep it in local schools. The problem, of course,...
Emergency services personnel, from left, Maryann Aksadjuak, Scott Morey, George Aksadjuak, Kyle Lowe and Hannah Hutchinson keep the tasty hotdogs coming during the third annual Easter Eggstravaganza in Rankin Inlet on April 20, 2019. Photo courtesy Mark Wyatt

Kids, eggs and a magic bunny

Hundreds of kids braved chilly temperatures to take to the snow and ice on Williamson Lake to search for hidden treats during the third annual Easter Eggstravaganza in Rankin Inlet on April 20. Emergency services personnel, from left, Maryann Aksadjuak, Scott Morey, George Aksadjuak, Kyle Lowe and Hannah Hutchinson keep the tasty hotdogs coming during...

Students peer into Baker Lake’s past

A dedicated group of students who restarted the student council at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School (JASS) jumped at the chance to oversee the opening of a 10-year-old time capsule in Baker Lake on April 10. Jeannie Kalluk, Remi Ukpatiku and Patterk Kablutsiaq, from left, check the contents of a 10-year-old time capsule that was opened...
Flames light-up the darkness as a horrific fire rips through the Hamlet 6 municipal bay garage in Baker Lake during the early morning hours of Jan. 29. photo courtesy of Hamlet of Baker Lake

Baker Lake residents get through major fire with a little help from their friends

The hamlet of Baker Lake recently sent out a letter of appreciation to all who helped them overcome the fire that destroyed most of the hamlet’s municipal fleet of vehicles in January. Flames light-up the darkness as a horrific fire rips through the Hamlet 6 municipal bay garage in Baker Lake during the early morning...

Edmonton teams salute Rankin Rock ‘B’ peewee team’s special player

Referees, players on the Valleyview Icebears and their coaches reached out to the Rankin Rock peewee ‘B’ team to produce a couple of incredible memories for the very special captain of the Rankin team, Jackie Nakoolak. Young special needs player Jackie Nakoolak of the Rankin Rock peewee ‘B’ team had a number of memorable moments...
Debbie Baker proudly displays her awesome catch that measured-out at 43 1/16 inches during the Rankin Inlet Trout Derby in Rankin from May 18-21, 2018. photo courtesy of Pamela Pilakapsi

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Fishing derby season

Fishing derby season is about to swim its way across the Kivalliq region and Arviat has announced its annual Trout and Pike Derby has been set for this upcoming month from May 3 to 5. Debbie Baker proudly displays her awesome catch that measured-out at 43 1/16 inches during the Rankin Inlet Trout Derby in...
Christine Wilson and Andrew Quackenbush have time to reflect on their outlaw ways while locked-up at the arena jail during the Jail 'N' Bail fundraiser for the Rankin Rock novice team travelling to a Winnipeg tournament in Rankin Inlet on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Mark Wyatt

Jail birds come through for hockey team

The Rankin Inlet fire department and bylaw stepped up to help the Rankin Rock novice team fundraise in Rankin Inlet on April 5. Christine Wilson and Andrew Quackenbush have time to reflect on their outlaw ways while locked-up at the arena jail during the Jail ‘N’ Bail fundraiser for the Rankin Rock novice team travelling...

Volunteerism a Kivalliq strength

As the call for volunteers once again rings out across the Kivalliq to signal the imminent arrival of the region’s spring festivals and the ever-popular fishing derbies, you can’t help but hope our track record of having a strong volunteer base that constantly steps-up when needed continues to hold. Headlines across the country, such as...

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...

A fond farewell

Julia MacPherson’s performance while teaching for seven years in Naujaat received a ringing endorsement when she was presented with a teaching award from the Nunavut Teacher’s Association in Iqaluit on April 6. Tuugaaruk High School teacehr and vice-principal Julia MacPhersdon of Naujaat is all smiles after being presented with a teacher’s award in Iqaluit on...
Rose and Barney Tootoo conduct the ceremonial faceoff with Jordin Tootoo, left, and Piqut Nukapiak to launch the 2019 Terence Tootoo Memorial senior men's championship in Rankin Inlet on March 8, 2019. NNSL file photo

AROUND KIVALLIQ: End of an era

Rose and Barney Tootoo conduct the ceremonial faceoff with Jordin Tootoo, left, and Piqut Nukapiak to launch the 2019 Terence Tootoo Memorial senior men’s championship in Rankin Inlet on March 8, 2019. NNSL file photo The Grand Old Lady on the hill will close its doors for the final time this coming weekend as the...
Tuugaalik High School Principal Aubrey Bolt, second from deft, with members of the Scottish Arctic Return Expedition team on the land near Naujaat in April of 2019. Photo courtesy Department of Education

Success of historic trek based on Inuit knowledge

Despite losing one of its members, the Arctic Return Expedition is continuing its hike across the tundra in an attempt to re-enact Orcadian explorer John Rae’s historic 1854 650-kilometre trek from Naujaat to the coast adjacent to King William Island. Tuugaalik High School Principal Aubrey Bolt, second from deft, with members of the Scottish Arctic...
The Kivalliq Jr. Canucks peewee team bear their gold medals in triumph at the MICEC Annual Indigenous Minor Hockey Tournament in Winnipeg last month. Photo courtesy of Gleason Uppahuak

Peewee Canucks dominate in Winnipeg

All three Kivalliq Jr. Canucks teams made a good showing at a Winnipeg hockey tournament March 22 to 24, but one team really outshone the competition: the peewees. “Every game they had a mercy except one, the third game, but every other game was 8-0,” said Gleason Uppahuak, one of the team coaches. “Even the...

Challenging road to self-determination; now residents want a road out of the Kivalliq

While Nunavut Day is two months away, this weekend marked a perhaps more important anniversary for the territory. As of April 1, it’s been 20 years since the first day a person in this territory walked outside their doors as a resident of Nunavut. Twenty years ago, Richard Tiktak told Kivalliq News the realization of...
Tuugaalik High School principal Aubrey Bolt stands with some of the supplies and expedition sleds that have been sent to the school in preparation for David Reid and his team's journey to recreate John Rae’s expedition in Naujaat on March 22, 2019. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Arctic Return Expedition to re-enact trek of explorer John Rae

Senior students and staff members at Tuugaalik High School will have a unique experience when they gather to send off the team re-enacting the historic 650-kilometre trek across Boothia Peninsula to Rae Strait made by Orcadian explorer John Rae in 1854. The Arctic Return Expedition will pay tribute to and raise awareness of Rae, one...
Dustin Issaluk of Victor Sammurtok School in Chesterfield Inlet displays the project (Here Comes the Sun Glasses) that earned him second place in the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair at Qitiqliq Middle School in Arviat on March 17, 2019. Photo courtesy Kivalliq Science Educators' Community

Best of the best at science fair

Students from five Kivalliq communities competed in the annual Kivalliq Regional Science Fair in Arviat earlier this month. Students from Naujaat and Coral Harbour could not attend the fair due to inclement weather, but their projects were still judged for individual awards. Listed below is the complete list of all the winners from the 2019...

Senior mens tourney ‘quite the ride’

The Rankin Miners defeated the Kivalliq Canucks 6-2 to claim the A Division championship, while Team Todd nipped Whale Cove 5-3 to claim the B Division banner at the Terence Tootoo Memorial (TTM) senior men’s hockey championship in front of a jam-packed arena in Rankin Inlet on March 10. The Miners defeated Naujaat 6-3 in...
Qitiqliq Middle School principal Doreen Hannak, left, and teacher Juanita Belhauzin display the Awards of Merit they received from the Kivalliq Science Educators Community for the outstanding job the school did hosting the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair in Arviat from March 15-17, 2019. Photo courtesy Kivalliq Science Educators Community

Love of science taking students to New Brunswick

Bad weather prevented students from the communities of Naujaat and Coral Harbour from attending the 2019 edition of the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair on March 15 to 17 at Qitiqliq Middle School in Arviat. The annual fair is sponsored by the Kivalliq Science Educators’ Community (KSEC) and is hosted by a different school in the...
Teacher Alex Asfaw, left, follows along as students Austin Mullins and Bertha-Grace Aggark play a game of rock-paper-scissors during Pink Day activities at Victor Sammurtok School in Chesterfield Inlet on Feb. 27, 2019. Photo courtesy Victor Sammurtok School

Leading in kindness

Staff members at Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) in Chesterfield Inlet take the ongoing process that is the fight against bullying quite seriously. Every member of the student body received a T-Shirt to show their support for anti-bullying on Pink Day, Feb. 27. Glen Brocklebank said he and his fellow teachers have been talking to the...
Rankin Rock peewee players, front row from left, Erin Kubluitok, Kaylen-Janne Nakoolak, Sophia Kaludjak, Kylan Saviakjuk, Jaidyn Verbeek, Kadin Eetuk and Simon Wiseman proudly display the $5,000 donation the team received from the Northern Pharmacy. Also taking part in the presentation are, back from left, Tim Smith (Northern Pharmacy), Hunter Totoo (donated 2,000 GN pins to the team), Joe Verbeek (Rankin Rock coach), Larry Fortes (Northern store), Dave Chatyrbok (Northern store), Rae-Lynn Steadwell (Northern store) and Dave Wiseman (Rankin Rock coach) in Rankin Inlet on March 7, 2019. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

Helping young players travel

Northern Pharmacy stepped up in a big way by donating $5,000 to the Rankin Rock peewee team in Rankin Inlet on March 7. The Rankin Rock team will travel to Edmonton to compete in the annual Spring Festival on Ice tournament that takes place from March 25 to 31. Tim Smith, director of pharmacy operations...