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Two bear-attack deaths in the Kivalliq during the summer of 2018 were the first recorded in Nunavut during the past 18 years. NNSL file photo

Inuit, Western science far apart on polar bear issues

Science and traditional Inuit knowledge are at loggerheads once again following the release of a draft management plan for polar bears by the Government of Nunavut (GN) during public consultations in Iqaluit earlier this month. The plan, four years in the making, calls for Inuit knowledge to play a far more important role in bear...

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Kris Ukpataujaq, second from left standing, of Rankin Inlet poses with his split-squad team after being one of 20 players invited to a Team Canada national futsal evaluation camp in Gatineau, Que., in September of 2018. photo courtesy Kris Ukpataujaq

Rankin man first Nunavut futsal player invited to Team Canada camp

Kris Ukpataujaq of Rankin Inlet was over the moon when he found out he was one of 20 players invited to a Team Canada national futsal evaluation camp in Gatineau, Que., earlier this month.Ukpataujaq, 26, became the first futsal player from Nunavut to be invited to a national camp and he hopes to pass on...

Arviat’s Joe Savikataaq new Nunavut premier

Arviat’s Joe Savikataaq is Nunavut’s new premier after a non-confidence vote ousted former premier Paul Quassa this past Thursday, June 14, in Iqaluit. Savikataaq came out ahead of Rankin Inlet’s Lorne Kusugak in the second round of voting to name a new premier. The event marked the first time a Nunavut premier was ousted by...

COLUMN: A true community effort

There are times something not so hot happens in a Kivalliq hamlet and one’s positivity can take a fairly serious hit, depending on how long you’ve called the region home. Then there are other times when something truly special goes down – big or small – and you become a total believer in the good...

Regional fair puts spotlight on science

Brothers Johnathan and William Campbell of John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat captured the top two spots at the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair held in Rankin Inlet from March 2 to 4. Johnathan finished first overall with his work on creating soil with natural items found in the Arctic to grow zucchini, carrots and radishes,...

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Soflest celebration in Rankin

Rankin Inlet The Rankin Inlet Volunteer Fire Department held one of its biggest annual events this past weekend, June 16 and 17, in Rankin. The Solfest fundraiser for the department featured an indoor gala dinner featuring the music of the Jerry Cans on June 16, as well as a free outdoor community concert on June...

EDITORIAL: Two moments frozen in time

Double gold medalist Canadian Olympian figure stater Scott Moir is now an honourary lifetime Kivalliq hockey fan. After the image of him swigging a beer while berating the refs in the first period of the women’s hockey gold medal game pitting the U.S.A. against Canada went viral around the globe this past week at the...
The Co-op supervisors participating in a two-day safety training course organized by Arctic Co-operatives are, back row from left, Jake Haganas (Rankin Inlet), Hasan Kapasi, (Kugaaruk), Reghuraj Ramachandran (Naujaat), Jamie Botelho (Toromont Arctic, Rankin Inlet), Matt Clark (Arctic Co-operatives Ltd., Iqaluit), David Bond (Rankin Inlet), Jonathan Mowery (Rankin Inlet), Wes Mazur (instructor, Crane River OHS) and Benjamin Peever (Gjoa Haven) and front row from left, Ruth Kidlapik (Naujaat), Glenn Woodford (Rankin Inlet), Michelle McPhee (Arviat), Louissa Kukkiak (Chesterfield Inlet) and Louis Angotingoar (Naujaat) in Rankin Inlet on Sept. 27 and 28. Photo courtesy Kissarvik Co-op

Kissarvik Co-op hosts supervisor training course in Rankin Inlet

Co-op supervisors from around Nunavut were in Rankin Inlet for a supervisor familiarization course this past week. The two-day course ran on Sept. 27 and 28 and was facilitated by Wes Mazur of Ontario’s Grand River Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Mazur, a former Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) safety officer who started his...

Rankin hunter found safe

A search-and-rescue (SAR) mission ended in success when a young man from Rankin Inlet was found after being lost on the land for three days this past month. On April 20, Kashtin Simik was travelling alone from Chesterfield Inlet to Rankin Inlet but failed to arrive at his destination. SAR teams mounted a desperate search...
Registered veterinary technician Jenn Dakin trims some of Qinu's fur and keeps an eye on his vitals as Dr. Jonas Watson (both of Winnipeg's Tuxedo Animal Hospital) checks on his patient's recovery following its surgery at the visiting vet clinic in Rankin Inlet on Sept. 20, 2018. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

Winnipeg vets treat 85 animals in Rankin

A three-person team from the Winnipeg-based Tuxedo Animal Hospital made the journey to conduct the annual veterinary pet clinic in Rankin Inlet from Sept. 18 to 22. The health team consisted of veterinarian Dr. Jonas Watson and registered veterinary technicians Jenn Dakin and Erin Dack. The clinic was organized by Page Burt and John Hickes...

Youth trades program enters fifth year in Baker Lake

Senior students at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School (JASS) were immersed in the trades during the fifth annual Trades Awareness, Skills and Knowledge (TASK) week in Baker Lake. Regular classes were put on hold this past week as students learned about the disciplines of mechanics, welding, culinary arts, electrical, plumbing and hairdressing. he TASK week initiative...

Kiv programs one step away from glory

The excitement is starting to mount as programs in Chesterfield Inlet and Rankin Inlet are both are on the short list to win a substantial Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) this month. The Rankin Rock Hockey Camp – which is designed and led by the community’s recreation director, David Clark – could bring home upwards of...

Naujaat cadets take aim at Manitoba

Members of the 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) Naujaat marksmanship team are on pins and needles as they wait to hear if they’ve qualified for the upcoming regional competition in Gimli, Man., this coming month. Capt. Lloyd Francis said the Naujaat cadets shot their targets on Feb. 17, which were then mailed out...

Hockey tournaments big boost to Rankin economy

Visitors spent more than $230,000 during the recent Terence Tootoo Memorial (TTM) senior men’s hockey tournament in Rankin Inlet, suggests a survey conducted by the hamlet’s senior administrative officer. A total of 68 visitors answered the 11-question survey. Results show 272 people visited Rankin for the five-day tournament and spent an average of $850 per...

Big bucks for Chester qajaq program

Kivalliq was a big winner at the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) awards ceremony in Ottawa on Jan. 31. The Glen Brocklebank-led team behind the Qajaq program in Chesterfield Inlet received a whopping $140,000 to go towards their program, while, as predicted in the Jan. 31 edition of Kivalliq News, the David Clark-led Rankin Rock Hockey...

Rankin Rock takes Arctic Atoms crown

Rankin Rock A got past a spirited Arviat Wolves squad 10-6 to claim the 2018 Arctic Atoms title in Rankin Inlet on Feb. 4. The tourney also featured the first all-girls team to compete (Rock Girls), and the Rock Novice and Rock B teams, as well as Naujaat, Coral Harbour and Baker Lake. Organizer David...

Arviat hockey guru receives Commissioner’s Award

For the past 15 years, Gleason Uppahuak has spent countless hours organizing and overseeing hockey programs in Arviat – and he wasn’t doing it for accolades. Uppahuak was doing it for his love of the game. A game that’s been with him for his entire life. And, when he got word he was receiving a...

KIVALLIQ NEWS BRIEFS: Baffin claims cup

Baffin claims Cup Baffin defeated the Kivalliq Canucks 3-1 to take the Challenge Cup two games to one in Rankin Inlet this past week. The series ran from Feb. 20-22 at the Rankin arena. The Baffin squad had to fight back and take games two and three in the series after dropping the opener 3-1...

Firefighters host Rankin Eggstravaganza

Children will be clucking with delight while chasing a serious chocolate buzz during the second annual Easter Eggstravaganza this coming Saturday, March 31, in Rankin Inlet. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Williamson Lake outdoor rink, with the hunt for a figurative mountain of chocolate goodies getting underway at...

Thrift Store opens in Baker Lake

There have been challenges along the way, but a Baker Lake thrift store officially opened its doors on May 11. The store is being run by the Abluqta Society and profits from the venture will be used to fund a food bank for the community. The idea for the society and store came about when...
Joeffrey Kaludjak promotes his passion and part-time business (KAL-SHOT) of gunsmithing and training at the Kivalliq Trade Show in Rankin Inlet on Sept. 25, 2018. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

Gunsmith sets his sight on a career

Many people dream of one day having their passion in life turn into a profitable business for them and Joeffrey Kaludjak of Rankin Inlet is inching closer to that goal. The hamlet’s chief economic development officer by day, Kaludjak spends many of his evenings and weekends as a gunsmith looking after his new business, KAL-SHOT....
Cadet Chief WarrantOfficer Terance Mapsalak sets up an orienteering course during a cadet expedition on the land near Naujaat on May 12. The corp has received an 11th-hour reprieve and is trying to renew its cadet program this school year. NNSL file photo

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Cadet corps gets reprieve

The multi-award-winning 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) in Naujaat may yet find itself back on its feet. Hamlet senior administration officer Rob Hedley said cadet Capt. Erin McKinlay travelled to Naujaat from Winnipeg earlier this month to try to breathe life into the corps and recruit an instructor to keep the corps afloat...

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Pulling the ace

Christal Kabluitok beat the odds in a big way when she pulled the Ace of Spades in the Chase the Ace draw at the Rankin Inlet arena this past Friday, Oct. 19. There were still 29 cards left in the deck when Kabluitok nailed the Ace of Spades, which had her taking home a cool...

Kivalliq athletes shine at Arctic Winter Games

Another biennial, another big time for the Kivalliq at the Arctic Winter Games. The 2018 edition of the Games wrapped up in Hay River, NWT on March 24 with the closing ceremonies featuring plenty of entertainment and close to 2,000 athletes on the floor celebrating and dancing before the job of figuring out how they...

COLUMN: Hidden musical gems

Let’s take quick stroll down music lane for this week’s opinion piece, valued readers, and I’d like to start by thanking everyone who has dropped me a line on previous music columns in this space, especially those asking if I can write more in the future. That is, indeed, sweet music to this old hack’s...

COLUMN: Tarnishing shine of AWG success

Back on Sept. 4 of 2017, I wrote an opinion piece (It’s gotta be the shoes) lamenting my frustrations over dealing with the Government of Nunavut (GN). I had gone through a frustrating three days of asking Kyle Seeley of the GN’s Sport and Recreation Division in Baker Lake if he could get permission from...

Calgary Flames give Naujaat family trip of a lifetime

Macleod Arnatiaq, 14, was surprised, shocked, and over-the-moon happy when he was told by Tuugaalik High School vice-principal Julia MacPherson that he would be heading to Calgary to see an NHL game between the Flames and the Nashville Predators and getting to meet Calgary defenceman Travis Hamonic. And, as Arnatiaq listened, the news just kept...

Naujaat students get mix of traditional and modern

Students at Tuugaalik High School closed out their school year by enjoying the blend of traditional-and-modern programming the school has become well-known for in Naujaat this past month. Students from Grade 7 to 12 enjoyed a number of land trips throughout the month, while hip-hop artist and freestyle dancer Eugene Baffoe had them dancing throughout...

Music workshop explores Rankin youths’ perspectives on colonial history and Inuit culture

In a darkened makeshift recording studio at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik, four groups of students from Grades 7 and 8 recorded songs they wrote themselves. Twenty-eight students participated. The four songs – developed in conjunction with a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous songwriters, producers, and art educators called Darkspark, under the umbrella of their Four Directions...