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Top zebras

The effort being put into Rankin Inlet's youth soccer program received high recognition at the CG&S Sport and Recreation Division's annual awards ceremony in Iqaluit on Oct. 14. The Rankin Wolves soccer program won the...

Wind woes

The majority of the Kivalliq region was battered with high winds on Oct. 22 and 23, with gusts often eclipsing the 100 km/h mark. A number of Kivalliq communities suffered power outages during the blow....

Mourning Downie

The National Arts Centre (NAC) publicly mourned the death of Gord Downie, lead singer for the iconic Tragically Hip last week. The NAC partnered with Downie one year ago on Oct. 18, when he performed...

World a little emptier without Downie, Petty

2017 had already been a tough year for Kivalliq fans of classic rock with the deaths of Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman and Butch Tracks of the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath's Geoff Nichols and...

Drama builds

The John Arnalukjuak High School Drama Club is in its fourth week of rehearsals for the Jamie Gorski-penned Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus. The play is based on an editorial in the New...

Master of culture

It can be quite amazing the impact one person can sometimes have on a program. Tuugaalik High School – and the high school grades offered when Tusarvik School was the only school in Naujaat –...

Hockey exchange a hit

Friendships were struck, cultures exchanged and memories made as players from Rankin Inlet travelled to Etobicoke, Ont., near Toronto for the first leg of the Northern Exchange program with players from the Mimico Canadiens...

Fit as a fiddle

Good things await those who decide to get off the couch, start working-out and begin living a healthier lifestyle, says fitness aficionado Pujjuut Kusugak of Rankin Inlet. Kusugak wanted his son, Qaritaq Kusugak, to be...

Sport awards

The Kivalliq region took home a cartload of hardware from the annual CLEY Sport and Recreation Division's annual sports awards ceremony in Iqaluit earlier this month. Listed below are the Kivalliq's sport award winners. Keith Collier,...

Hockey camp attracts almost 200 kids

The fourth annual Season Opener hockey camp was another resounding success in Rankin Inlet this past week, with 180 local minor minor hokey players and 10 out-of-town players taking part. The camp ran from Oct....

Disposing of the pain

The second annual Embrace Life celebrations at Tuugaalik High School this past month were emotional, meaningful and, at times, deeply personal. The event opened lines of communication and built strength amongst the student body...

Top of his field

After years of training and study, Meadowbank gold mine employee Gabriel Ulayok is now a production equipment operator. Ulayok is qualified to operate the RH120 shovel, which is one of the largest and most sophisticated...

Classroom heads outdoors

Two groups of students from Tuugaalik High School sailed out on a boat trip with their teachers in Naujaat this past month. The trips are an important part of student culture and school curriculum and,...

David talks, facts walk

I shake my head every time I see someone voicing concerns on social media using data from David Suzuki to back their stance. I have written in the past on Suzuki and Ronald Hites's demarketing...

Going alternative in Arviat

While bad weather and poor scheduling combined to make this year's Kivalliq mayor meetings a non-event, Arviat Mayor Bob Leonard is excited about the direction his community is taking. Leonard said there was no participation...

Recruitment time

Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) is accepting applications for its 2018 Canadian program. All youth between the ages of 15-20 (as of June 1, 2018) living in Nunavut are invited to apply before Nov. 15. The NYA...

Arviat joins the circus

Many folks in Arviat were captivated by a world of performance art, skill and fantasy when the Iglulik-based Artcirq paid a visit to the community earlier this month. John Arnalukjuak High School drama teacher Gord...

Total makeover

First Air has re-branded after 71 years as one of Canada's pre-eminent Northern airlines. Two aircraft in the airline's new livery went into service immediately with the Oct. 12. announcement. First Air noted in a press...

Tourney dates announced

Listed below are the 2018 hockey tournaments hosted or attended by Kivalliq teams that have been confirmed for the upcoming 2017-18 hockey season. The listings show the date, name of the tournament, age bracket...

Who’s running where? Your guide to the territorial election, by riding

  Qikiqtaaluk Aggu (Iglulik) Candidates: Richard Amarualik Paul A. Quassa (incumbent) Jerome Sheaves Matt Teed Eligible voters: 485 2013 election: Paul Quassa 43.4 per cent John Illupalik 37.6 per cent Voter turnout in 2013: 49.4 per cent Did You Know? So...

Rankin hearts Toronto

The excitement was unmistakeable as more than 30 players from the Rankin Rock atom and peewee hockey teams, their coaches and chaperones left Rankin Inlet on Oct. 6 to begin the first leg of...

Vandals must know the consequences

For the most part, those of us living in Rankin Inlet have been pretty lucky when it comes to major acts of vandalism over the years, especially when compared to many other Nunavut communities. Break-and-enters...

Hockey camp

The Season Opener hockey camp will get underway in Rankin Inlet this coming week, running from Oct. 17 to 21. The camp is open to all registered minor hockey players and offers both on-ice and...

Pride and commitment

A promotion can mean many things to many people, but, in the cadet program, one thing you can count on is that it's well-deserved. Cadets are not promoted simply because they attended regularly the previous...

Whooping cough

Nunavut's Department of Health has asked everyone to ensure their immunization records are up to date after confirming cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in Arviat and Rankin Inlet. Whooping cough is preventable with a vaccine,...

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...

Scholarship winner

Art Sateana, 21, of Rankin Inlet was announced as the 2017 recipient of the $5,000 Qulliq Energy Corp's Laura Ulluriaq Gauthier Scholarship this past month. The scholarship is presented each year to a student pursuing...

Old friends step up

Hurricane Irma claimed just about everything Cheryl and Leonard Forbes owned when it slammed across Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands this past month. It could have been worse. “If we had stayed in our bedroom we...

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....

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...