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Healed helpers begin counselling program

Self-healing counselling programs are very much needed in the community and across the region, said a recent graduate. Noel Kaludjak said it’s a 10-course program that takes about four years to complete. He said the program contains lots of reading, studying and discussion. “This course helps one deal with his or her own issues while,...

Hail junior fire chiefs

Five students from Leo Ussak Elementary School (LUS) got the royal treatment from Fire Chief Mark Wyatt, captains Kyle Lowe and George Aksadjuak, and Lieut. Kelly Kabvitok while serving as junior fire chiefs at the Rankin Inlet Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 25. The students – Miila Lindell (kindergarten), Gianna Hernandez (Grade 1), Laquisha Makkigak...

Kivalliq clothing talent on the rise

Arviat-based Hinaani Design was recognized for its craft work by capturing the 2018 Northern Lights Best Product Award during the mammoth trade show’s closing banquet in Ottawa on Feb. 3. The company is the brainchild of owners Keenan (Nooks) Lindell of Arviat and Emma Kreuger and Paula Rumbolt of Baker Lake, who recently welcomed Lori...
Rankin Rock peewee players, from left, Erin Kubluitok, Jaidyn Verbeek, Sophia Kaludjak, Kaylen-Janne Nakoolak (back), Kylan Saviakjuk,, Kadin Eetuk and Simon Wiseman appreciate the $5,000 donation they received from the Northern Pharmacy in Rankin Inlet on March 7, 2019. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Kind donation

The Northern pharmacy made a $5,000 donation to the Rankin Rock peewee team that is travelling to Edmonton, Alta., to compete in the annual Spring Festival on Ice tournament that takes place from March 25 to 31. For the complete story on the donation and the Rankin team’s participation in the Edmonton tournament, please see...

One step at a time

The final public hearings on the Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM)-owned Whale Tail Pit project were held in front of the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) in Baker Lake from Sept. 19-22. Whale Tail is an open pit gold-mining operation located about 50 kilometers from AEM’s Meadowbank gold mine. The company intends to mine ore at...
Science student Melanie Qaqqasig gathers plants for the perfect tea blend during the annual Kivalliq Science Educator's Community Science Camp in Chesterfield Inlet from Sept. 6-10, 2018. photo courtesy of Juamita Balhuizen

Science and culture in Chesterfield Inlet

More than 40 students and teachers from across the Kivalliq hit the water in the name of science during the annual Kivalliq Science Educator’s Community (KSEC) Science Camp in Chesterfield Inlet from Sept. 6 to 10. The theme of this year’s camp was qajaqing and, in addition to nine regional science teachers, the event attracted...

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Start your engines for Pakallak

Rankin Inlet/Kivalliq Listed below are the names of the racers in the highly-anticipated Pakallak Tyme championship known as the Kivalliq Cross-Country Challenge. This year’s event featured racing in three categories. Final results were not known as of press time. Senior Division: Brandon Tatty Qalujjaq Komaksiutiksak Brandon Oolooyuk Paul-John Issaluk Keenan Eetuk Jordan St John Louie...
Grade 7 students Mike Nanordluk, left, and Kelvin Mablik think about their answers for the Map Activity Station during a Giant Map of Canada Day at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on Oct. 10, 2018. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Map of Canada

Students at Tuugaalik High School participated in Giant Map of Canada Day activities in Naujaat on Oct. 10. The giant floor map program is a free resource offered by Canadian Geographic Education to any class or school from kindergarten to Grade 12. For the complete story, please see the Nov. 14 edition of Kivalliq News....

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Top fishers catch winners

Rankin Inlet Listed below are the top fishers in the Rankin Inlet Trout Derby in Rankin from May 18 to 21, including the size of their catch (in inches) and their prize money won. 1st: $10,000 – 45 5/16 – Arsene Siksik 2nd: $7,000 – 44 3/4 – David Bond 3rd: $5,000 – 43 11/16...
Annie Anautalik, right, and Kim Chipman served tasty Mocktails (a non-alcoholic drink) on behalf of the Baker Lake Prenatal Nutrition Project to celebrate International FASD day in September of 2018. photo courtesy Laurel Kreuger

Keeping away from alcohol eliminates threat of FASD

The Baker Lake Prenatal Nutrition Project hosted a mocktail tasting table at the local Northern store to mark International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day in Baker Lake on Sept. 9. The event was organized by the Baker Lake Prenatal Nutrition Project under the direction of co-ordinator Laurel Kreuger, with funding provided by the...

COLUMN: I’m still here: a true story

This piece has taken me longer to write than most I can remember and I struggled for a good long time wondering if I did write it, how would it be received by folks I’ve lived with in Rankin Inlet for almost 20 years and people I know across the Kivalliq. In the end, my...

Firefighters head to national competition

A team of seven firefighters is on its way to represent Nunavut at the National Aboriginal Firefighters competition in Manitoba after tryouts were held in Rankin Inlet last week. For five grueling days, 17 firefighters from across the territory competed for a spot on the team, which will consist of five starters, one alternate and...
Jade Ko goes through her routine on the floor during gymnastics action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 5

Here’s what Nunavut and Team NT will be up to on Day 5 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 19: Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Mixed doubles – Team NT vs. Yukon 9:30 a.m. Mixed doubles – Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador 10:30 a.m. Boys doubles – Team NT vs. Nunavut...

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...

COLUMN: What Tootoo accomplished

Jordin Tootoo’s retirement announcement caught more than a few Nunavummiut off-guard earlier this month – mainly those who were still hoping against hope the rugged winger would somehow end up catching on with another NHL team for one more season in the show. But, while one should never discourage hope, the writing was on the...

Coral player one series away from back-to-back championships

Daniel McKitrick, 20, formerly of Coral Harbour, added another championship to his hockey resume as the Steinbach Pistons captured the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) title with a 2-1 victory over the Virden Oil Capitals in Virden, Man., on April 21. All the scoring happened in the first 10 minutes of the game, and the...

Let the battle commence

Team Rankin Inlet is going to be in tough to defend its championship at the Jon Lindell Memorial (JLM) Calm Air Cup senior men’s hockey championship this week, Jan. 25 to 28, in Arviat. This year’s event features eight teams, with at least half of them being even-money contenders for championship gold. The lineup includes...

AROUND THE KIVALLIQ: Search on for Dump fire suspects

Naujaat RCMP are seeking information about people setting fires at the dump on June 29. According to a message posted on the hamlet’s Facebook page anyone with knowledge of what happened should contact the hamlet or RCMP. “We consider this incident to be serious and the setting of fires is extremely dangerous and will not...

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Fishing derby winners

Rankin Inlet Listed below are the top fishers, the size of their catch (in inches) and the prize money won in the annual Rankin Inlet Cod Derby in Rankin on May 28. 1: John Octave Papak – 25 15/16 – $10,000 2: Theresa Amarok – 25 9/16 – $7,000 3: Rose Tootoo – 25 ½...

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...

Loving science in Chester

Old Man Winter picked a bad time to be in a grumpy mood as far as science-loving students at Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) were concerned in Chesterfield Inlet this past week. Many schools across the Kivalliq were closed from Feb. 5-7 as extreme windchill in excess of -60 C sent the region into a deep...

Trading names and numbers

The annual Kivalliq Trade Show drew a large group of business professionals to Rankin Inlet on Sept. 26-27. This year’s gathering featured the open trade show floor on Sept. 26, as well as numerous presenters, an art market, the Youth Entrepreneur program, a community entertainment evening, an artist’s workshop, and the Agnico Eagle Mines banquet...

Rankin gymnasts eye up worlds

Aqsarniit Ujauttaq (Northern Lights Gymnastics) has long had a motto: if you’re going to dream, then you might as well dream big. Now the team is seeing its biggest dreams come true. The 19 members of Aqsarniit Ujauttaq recently earned the opportunity to perform on the world stage when they took part in the Canadian...
Grade 10 students, from left, Macleod Arnatsiaq, Sabina Iyyiraq, Angelina Siusangnark, Melanie Kaunak and Darryl Angotingoar display their completed jackets during a special jappa-making program at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on Feb. 22, 2019. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Naujaat Grade 10 students recognized

A special high school program is continuing its successful run of combining traditional skill learning with recognizing positive academic attributes at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat. Now in its seventh year, the special program sees the school allocate some funding to recognize a small group of high school students who have good attendance, are respectful...

Party time in Rankin

Children of all ages were treated to a great time during the annual Pakallak Tyme festivities in Rankin Inlet this past week. Hamlet recreation co-ordinator David Clark said the hamlet had record turnouts for many of the events held during the eight-day event (April 29 to May 6). He said even the elder’s breakfast filled...
The 2018 JLM Calm Air Cup senior men's hockey champion Rankin Inlet are, back row from left, Kenny Saviakjuk, Bradley Kaludjak, James Connelly, Craig Beardsall, Wendel Kaludjak, Keenan Eetuk, Avaala Sabourin, Joey Arualak and Nanutnaa Komakjuak (waterboy) and, second row from left, Dali Kaludjak, Andrew Simms, Chad Taipana, Piqut Nukapiak, Alfred Voisey and Deryk Voisey (stickboy), and goalie James Merritt, front, in Arviat on Jan. 28, 2018. The 2019 edition of the JLM will run in Arviat from Jan. 24 to 27, 2019. NNSL file photo

New format for Arviat’s JLM tourney

Rankin Inlet will be seeking a third straight title when the puck drops to begin the new look Calm Air Cup Jon Lindell Memorial (JLM) senior men’s hockey championship in Arviat from Jan. 24-27. The second largest senior men’s tourney in the Kivalliq, the JLM will sport 10 teams this year, with six facing-off in...
Arviat Film Society member Elena Akammak gets to try on the CBC's TV studio for size while in Iqaluit to attend the Nunavut film conference on March 12-13, 2019. Photo courtesy Eric Anoee

Film summit a hit

Three members of the Arviat Film Society (AFS) travelled to Iqaluit to participate in the Avalusiniq Sivuniksaq (Framing the Future) film conference on March 12 and 13. Representing the AFS at the conference were Eric Anoee and youth members Elena Akammak and Jamie Okatsiak. “It was really cool to have Elena open the conference by...

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Fundraiser for Arviat hero

Arviat An online fundraiser has been set up for the family of Aaron Gibbons, the father of three from Arviat who died protecting his children from a polar bear attack earlier this month. The page can be found online by typing in “Support Aaron Gibbons Family” into GoFundMe’s homepage. As of press time the campaign...

Editorial: Beatles lead the way in resurgent vinyl

One of the ‘perks’ I’ve always enjoyed in this place is being able to write the odd opinion piece on the music industry and those who make, or who have made, their livelihood from it. It’s a perk the community has gifted me – like it or not – due to the fact music plays...
Goalie Pakka Arnatsiaq is ready to try and pass the ball as Curtis Siusangnark, centre, and Quentin Tuktudjuk put the pressure on in front of his goal during Embrace Life activities at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on Sept. 28, 2018. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Inuit youth gather to fight suicide

Students and staff members at Tuugaalik High School took part in an initiative aimed at preventing suicide during the school’s Embrace Life celebration in Naujaat on Sept. 28. Tuugaalik vice-principal Julia MacPherson said the day of Embrace Life activities is always eagerly anticipated by students at the Naujaat school as it helps them deal with...