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Performers visit

The magical, thrilling, Iglulik-based Artcirq paid a visit to Arviat this past week. The troupe held a number of workshops during the week in Arviat and performed a big show on the evening of Oct. 5. Artcirq mixes modern circus arts – such as acrobatics, juggling, and clowning – with traditional Inuit cultural practices, including...

A class move

A partnership to deliver an annual Class Driver training program continues to roll along in Rankin Inlet. The program is a partnership between Nunavut Arctic College (NAC), M&T and Kivalliq Partners in Development. M&T general manager Glen Brooks said NAC puts the training course on every year, and it was always looking for trucking and...

Kivalliq talks baseball as playoffs set to begin

While hockey rules number one across the Kivalliq, especially in Rankin Inlet, the region has its share of knowledgeable baseball fans. And, despite the excitement of NHL hockey being back this week, there’s been plenty of baseball talk during the past few weeks in the region focusing on the demise of the Toronto Blue Jays...

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...

Gold Star approval

A total of nine Kivalliq cadets, five from Naujaat and four from Rankin Inlet, took part in their Gold Star training in Manitoba this past month. Attending the training course from Naujaat were Sgt. Ernie Inaksajak, Sgt. Ron Sivanertok, Sgt. Lou Kopak, Master Cpl. Jonah Allaniaq and Master Cpl. Beatrice Kaunak, while Rankin Inlet was...

Still flying

Tommy Sharp still can’t believe neither he, fellow passenger Barney Tootoo, or pilot Shawn Maley, currently of Yellowknife, were not seriously injured, or worse, after Maley’s Cessna 180 float plane crashed during takeoff from a remote fishing camp about 100 nautical miles (185 km) west of Rankin Inlet on Aug. 26. Sharp, 40, co-owns the...

Gone to minister

The final round of hearings on Agnico Eagle Mines’ (AEM) Whale Tail Pit project were held by the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) in Baker lake this past month from Sept. 19-22. NIRB is now in the decision-making process on the AEM file and has up to 45 days to submit its recommendations to Ottawa.

All systems go

A lot of smiles were evident after word spread around the community that ice making had begun at the local arena in Rankin Inlet this past week. Rankin’s new hockey season gets officially underway with the holding of the Season’s Start hockey camp, which combines on-ice and off-ice skill development with literacy skills. This year’s...

A wondrous time

Graduation ‘season’ across the Kivalliq in August and September is one of the few remaining times of the year when it’s actually possible to put aside all thoughts of what ails Nunavut – a job in itself at the best of times – and allow yourself to grow a tad optimistic about the future. From...

Emphasis on life

A poster contest attracted more than 150 student entrants during Embrace Life Day activities in Rankin Inlet on Sept. 8. The day’s events were financially supported by Nunavut’s Embrace Life Council and organized and co-ordinated in Rankin by the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre. In addition to the poster contest, the day included a giant hand-holding...

Animal doc’s annual check-up

A medical team from the Winnipeg-based Tuxedo Animal Hospital saw about 80 furry family members and performed more than 30 surgeries during its annual visit to Rankin Inlet this past week. The group was comprised of Dr. Jonas Watson and animal health technologists Jennifer Dakin and Erin Dack. Dr. Watson was making his fourth trip...

Territorial champs

The Whale Cove U18 female soccer team went through the territorial championship undefeated on the way to defeating Coral Harbour 12-2 in the final to claim the Nunavut U18 female soccer championship on Sept. 17. Rankin Inlet defeated the Whale Cove boy’s team in the final to claim the Nunavut U18 male soccer banner.

Battling Mother Nature in Chester

Mother Nature gave a group of science lovers all they could handle during the annual Kivalliq Science and Culture Camp in Chesterfield Inlet earlier this month. The camp, sponsored by the Kivalliq Science Educators’ Community (KSEC) and held with the support of Victor Sammurtok School (VSS), ran from Sept. 8-10. The camp’s theme was traditional...

Letter of support

The Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce has sent a letter of support to Churchill Mayor Mike Spence dealing with the ongoing shutdown of the Hudson Bay railway line into Churchill. In the letter, chamber president John Main of Arviat writes: “Without the railway line in operation, a significant number of Kivalliq businesses are being affected negatively....

Improving their skills

More than 20 Naujaat cadets completed training courses at summer camps in Whitehorse, Yukon, and Cold Lake, Alta., this past summer. The courses ran from general training to basic expedition, marksmanship, fitness and sports. Tigumiaq Haqpi, 14, took his basic expedition training in Whitehorse. Haqpi said he thoroughly enjoyed the training, especially the activities involved...

Good times ahead

A recently released territorial economic forecast paints a rosy picture for the nation’s three territories in the coming months. The forecast is distributed by the Conference Board of Canada on a quarterly basis. In its most recent summer report, the board predicts the Nunavut economic outlook is positive, the Yukon’s economy will strengthen (with improvement...

Aglukark return a Celebration

The Kivalliq’s own Juno Award-winning musical artist, Susan Aglukark, is returning to the region to give a motivational speaking and singing presentation of Canadian Inuit history next month. Aglukark will take people on the journey of the Inuit over the past 1,000 years through songs and stories.The presentation will be held at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik...

Down to the wire

The time is drawing close for the first leg of the Experiences Canada hockey exchange program between the Rankin Rock atoms and peewee teams and the Mimico Canadiens of Toronto, Ont. The Rock players are scheduled to leave for Ontario on Oct. 6. About 60 kids are expected to take part in the exchange, which...

Down to the wire

The time is drawing close for the first leg of the Experiences Canada hockey exchange program between the Rankin Rock atoms and peewee teams and the Mimico Canadiens of Toronto, Ont. The Rock players are scheduled to leave for Ontario on Oct. 6. About 60 kids are expected to take part in the exchange, which...
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Many tears until victory

There has been some talk surfacing the past little while questioning whether suicide prevention walks and various live-and-love-life events actually do any good. The folks who look at them skeptically see no need to raise awareness about suicide in Nunavut, because we’re all too aware of it already, and better to spend your time and...

Naujaat’s cadets get grant

Naujaat’s 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Gerard Buckley Cadet Fund this past month. The grant will allow Naujaat to cover all costs associated with their exchange program with a group of cadets from British Columbia. Money the cadets previously earned through fundraising to apply towards the...

Firing up bylaw services

The hamlet of Rankin Inlet’s bylaw services has a new look after being transferred to the local fire department under the direction of Fire Chief Mark Wyatt. The new phone number for the Rankin Inlet Bylaw Services will be 645-2598 during business hours, with the bylaw emergency line being 645-2525. Wyatt said the goal of...