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Award presented Rankin Inlet Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik (MUI) Class of 2019 graduate Katrina Anderson was recently presented with the Governor General's Academic Medal during graduation ceremonies at MUI in Rankin Inlet. The Governor General's Academic Medal is...

Kivalliq News, Sept. 11, 2019

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Placement as important as creation with education

Rankin Inlet was still under the flag of the NWT when I first arrived, and there were going to be many challenges awaiting the Government of Nunavut when our territory first came into being...

New Era down Juggernauts to claim Rankin softball title

Team New Age rose to the occasion and took down the Juggernauts 10-8 to claim the 2019 Rankin Inlet Co-ed Softball League title in Rankin last month. The championship series was a back-and-forth affair, with...

Nickel mine produced drastic change in lifestyle for many Inuit

The move to Rankin Inlet from Naujaat to work in the nickel mine was an historic change in life for the families involved in the mid-1950s – and Piita Irniq, originally from Naujaat, remembers...

Conservation officers help teacher with wildlife course in Baker Lake

Students at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School (JASS) benefitted from a recent partnership of sorts between their school and conservation officers at the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Environment, Wildlife Management Division office in Baker...

Kivalliq News, Sept. 4, 2019

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Cracking down on booze at hockey tournament

There will be zero tolerance for players bringing alcohol into the community for sale during the annual Calm Air Cup — the Jon Lindell Memorial (JLM) — senior men's hockey tournament, said the event's...

Kudos to new RCMP recruitment program

The results remain to be seen, but a process that will begin in January to, hopefully, recruit more Inuit into the ranks of the RCMP is long overdue. The RCMP have partnered with Nunavut Tunngavik...

Agnico Eagle donates $1 million to several community projects

Agnico Eagles Mines (AEM) made a huge splash when it donated more than $1 million to community initiatives in Baker Lake on Aug. 24. Held during the annual Festival by the Lake event, the announcement...

Rankin mom gets son with speech challenges back to school full time

A four-year-old boy is back in kindergarten full time thanks to the efforts of his mom, Samantha Nakoolak, who wouldn’t take no for an answer. Michael Tutanuak, 4, is all smiles during his first day...

Kivalliq News – Aug. 28 Edition

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Striking the right note for a well-rounded education

It was absolutely rejuvenating to listen to the passion, hopes and excitement in the voices of a number of Kivalliq folks in the education field during the past few weeks, especially those in Chesterfield...

Busy year ahead at John Arnalukjuak High School

John Arnalukjuak High School (JAHS) is looking to start the new school year on a bright note with the return of a full music program this semester, along with a number of other initiatives. Teacher...

Move to middle school from elementary a big jump for many students

The years spent in elementary school during the formative years of one's educational journey can go a long way towards helping a student adapt to ever-changing environments in the years to come, educators agree. That...

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Language development Kivalliq/Nunavut Inuktut Language Arts 1 (ILA1) – developed for kindergarten to Grade 6 by the Department of Education's curriculum development division – and Inuktut Language Arts 2 (ILA2) – still being developed – are...

Big year for a small number at Victor Sammurtok School

It's all about boosting spirits and building enthusiasm for a fresh new year during the first few weeks of school at Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) in Chesterfield Inlet. Declining numbers that might have the student...

Around the Kiv: Arviat walls get fresh paint

New colours Arviat Well-known local artist Char A. Qaritaq was hired by the Hamlet of Arviat to paint the walls inside the indoor playground at King Arena earlier this month. The indoor playground used to be the...

Animal docs mark 20th anniversary helping out in Rankin

This coming month will mark the 20th consecutive year a team of animal-health specialists from the Winnipeg-based Tuxedo Animal Hospital will conduct a veterinary clinic in Rankin Inlet. John Hickes and Page Burt organize the...

Working up a sweat in dry communities

Sport tournaments suffer from players who won't leave alcohol at home when competing in dry communities. I spoke with four sports players this past week – two in person and two over social media –...

Quickly invading the slo-pitch national scene

Coral Harbour's Salliq Invaders made it all the way to the championship game before falling to the Alberta Guns in the Coed E Division of the Slo-Pitch National (SPN) in Halifax, N.S., Aug. 5....

Funding for expansion of Rankin airport ; all-season road for Kivalliq

The Rankin Inlet airport terminal will receive two new wings that will increase its existing capacity four-fold. Transport Canada Minister Marc Garneau made the $45.5 million announcement in Iqaluit on Aug. 13. Garneau also announced another...

First time onstage in Kuujjuaq

Rankin Inlet's own Sam Tutanuak brought his sound from the Kivalliq to the Aqpik Jam Music Festival at the Kuujjuaq Forum in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, from Aug. 12 to 15. This year's festival included an impressive...

Official search for missing boater ends in Baker Lake

The search-and-rescue (SAR) effort for Solomon (Sala and Sala hockey) Tulurialik, 29, has ended in Baker Lake. Tulurialik went missing while out boating with his son and stepson about five kilometers from the community on...

Team of softball destiny in Rankin

Team New Era pulled off a quarter-final comeback for the ages on its way to the recent 2019 Calm Air Cup mixed softball championship in Rankin Inlet. The New Era trailed the Senators by five...

Remember the lives that mattered

The methods used to report on serious crimes in the modern media have been a pet peeve of mine for years, and it has led to more than a few long conversations with copy,...

Kivalliq Trade Show turns 10 next month

The Kivalliq Trade Show is gearing-up for its 10th anniversary edition in Rankin Inlet when it opens on Sept. 23 – and there is a lengthy list of exhibitors. Kivalliq Trade Show Society president Megan...

Summer fun in Naujaat

Vacation time became a bit more special for a group of kids who took part in a special Summer Fun program that ran from June 25 to Aug. 2 in Naujaat. The program was organized...

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National competition Baker Lake/Rankin Inlet Two Kivalliq firefighters will be among those representing Team Nunavut at the 2019 National Firefighting Competition at Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton, N.S., from Aug. 14 to 18. Vincent Inukpak of...

Keeping the John Ayaruaq Library doors open

A large group of kids gathered at John Ayaruaq Library at Maani Ulujuk Ilinnarvik for a special afternoon highlighted by RCMP officers and volunteer firemen – and their vehicles – on Aug. 8 in...