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The founding board members of the Tunngasugit Inuit Resource Centre are, from left, Steve Massey, Jackie Massey, Maxine Angoo and Nikki Komaksiutiksaq in Winnipeg on May 6, 2019. Missing from photo is Gail Wallace. Photo courtesy Maxine Angut

Inuit resource centre opens in Winnipeg

The first Inuit resource centre to open in Western Canada held a grand opening to welcome the public through its doors in Winnipeg on May 4. The founding board members of the Tunngasugit Inuit Resource...

No foul play in death of Naujaat woman, RCMP say

Following an autopsy, foul play has been ruled out in the death of a 33-year-old Naujaat woman whose body was found in Rankin Inlet on April 26, RCMP stated in a news release issued...
A group of senior students from Tuugaalik High School work to get their qamutiik ready for a day out on the land hunting and fishing near Naujaat on April 26, 2019. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Classroom on the land

A group of senior high students from grades 10 to 12 took part in the first of a number of springtime trips out on the land at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on April...
John Arnalukjuak High School students Chasity St. John, left, and Katy Suluk of Arviat are all smiles as they close-in on a silver medal in the Video Production category of the Skills Canada Nunavut competition in Iqaluit on April 27, 2019. Photo courtesy Gord Billard

Arviat students put in strong showing at skills competition

Seven students from John Arnalukjuak High School (JAHS) in Arviat combined to put in an impressive showing at the 2019 Skills Canada Nunavut competition at Iqaluit from April 26 to 28. John Arnalukjuak High School...

Beware of automation

I was reading a few pieces on the supposed pros and cons of self-checkout lanes this past week, and one thing that immediately struck me was all, save one, of the authors debated if...

National anthem a bridge, not a barrier

I will gladly admit it was darn nice to see a vote involving our national anthem remaining in schools — going overwhelmingly in favour of O Canada with 210 of the 279 parents who...
Emergency services personnel, from left, Maryann Aksadjuak, Scott Morey, George Aksadjuak, Kyle Lowe and Hannah Hutchinson keep the tasty hotdogs coming during the third annual Easter Eggstravaganza in Rankin Inlet on April 20, 2019. Photo courtesy Mark Wyatt

Kids, eggs and a magic bunny

Hundreds of kids braved chilly temperatures to take to the snow and ice on Williamson Lake to search for hidden treats during the third annual Easter Eggstravaganza in Rankin Inlet on April 20. Emergency services...

Students peer into Baker Lake’s past

A dedicated group of students who restarted the student council at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School (JASS) jumped at the chance to oversee the opening of a 10-year-old time capsule in Baker Lake on April...
Flames light-up the darkness as a horrific fire rips through the Hamlet 6 municipal bay garage in Baker Lake during the early morning hours of Jan. 29. photo courtesy of Hamlet of Baker Lake

Baker Lake residents get through major fire with a little help from their friends

The hamlet of Baker Lake recently sent out a letter of appreciation to all who helped them overcome the fire that destroyed most of the hamlet’s municipal fleet of vehicles in January. Flames light-up the...

Edmonton teams salute Rankin Rock ‘B’ peewee team’s special player

Referees, players on the Valleyview Icebears and their coaches reached out to the Rankin Rock peewee ‘B’ team to produce a couple of incredible memories for the very special captain of the Rankin team,...
Debbie Baker proudly displays her awesome catch that measured-out at 43 1/16 inches during the Rankin Inlet Trout Derby in Rankin from May 18-21, 2018. photo courtesy of Pamela Pilakapsi

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Fishing derby season

Fishing derby season is about to swim its way across the Kivalliq region and Arviat has announced its annual Trout and Pike Derby has been set for this upcoming month from May 3 to...
Christine Wilson and Andrew Quackenbush have time to reflect on their outlaw ways while locked-up at the arena jail during the Jail 'N' Bail fundraiser for the Rankin Rock novice team travelling to a Winnipeg tournament in Rankin Inlet on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Mark Wyatt

Jail birds come through for hockey team

The Rankin Inlet fire department and bylaw stepped up to help the Rankin Rock novice team fundraise in Rankin Inlet on April 5. Christine Wilson and Andrew Quackenbush have time to reflect on their outlaw...

Volunteerism a Kivalliq strength

As the call for volunteers once again rings out across the Kivalliq to signal the imminent arrival of the region’s spring festivals and the ever-popular fishing derbies, you can’t help but hope our track...

One-stop shopping for hunting, fishing, safety and Arctic Cat

The Rankin Inlet business community has a new member after Nitsik Leasing and Sales held its grand opening last week in Rankin Inlet. A customer takes a close up look at some of the numerous...

A fond farewell

Julia MacPherson’s performance while teaching for seven years in Naujaat received a ringing endorsement when she was presented with a teaching award from the Nunavut Teacher’s Association in Iqaluit on April 6. Tuugaaruk High School...
Rose and Barney Tootoo conduct the ceremonial faceoff with Jordin Tootoo, left, and Piqut Nukapiak to launch the 2019 Terence Tootoo Memorial senior men's championship in Rankin Inlet on March 8, 2019. NNSL file photo

AROUND KIVALLIQ: End of an era

Rose and Barney Tootoo conduct the ceremonial faceoff with Jordin Tootoo, left, and Piqut Nukapiak to launch the 2019 Terence Tootoo Memorial senior men’s championship in Rankin Inlet on March 8, 2019. NNSL file photo The...
Tuugaalik High School Principal Aubrey Bolt, second from deft, with members of the Scottish Arctic Return Expedition team on the land near Naujaat in April of 2019. Photo courtesy Department of Education

Success of historic trek based on Inuit knowledge

Despite losing one of its members, the Arctic Return Expedition is continuing its hike across the tundra in an attempt to re-enact Orcadian explorer John Rae’s historic 1854 650-kilometre trek from Naujaat to the...
The Kivalliq Jr. Canucks peewee team bear their gold medals in triumph at the MICEC Annual Indigenous Minor Hockey Tournament in Winnipeg last month. Photo courtesy of Gleason Uppahuak

Peewee Canucks dominate in Winnipeg

All three Kivalliq Jr. Canucks teams made a good showing at a Winnipeg hockey tournament March 22 to 24, but one team really outshone the competition: the peewees. “Every game they had a mercy except...

Challenging road to self-determination; now residents want a road out of the Kivalliq

While Nunavut Day is two months away, this weekend marked a perhaps more important anniversary for the territory. As of April 1, it’s been 20 years since the first day a person in this...
Tuugaalik High School principal Aubrey Bolt stands with some of the supplies and expedition sleds that have been sent to the school in preparation for David Reid and his team's journey to recreate John Rae’s expedition in Naujaat on March 22, 2019. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Arctic Return Expedition to re-enact trek of explorer John Rae

Senior students and staff members at Tuugaalik High School will have a unique experience when they gather to send off the team re-enacting the historic 650-kilometre trek across Boothia Peninsula to Rae Strait made...
Dustin Issaluk of Victor Sammurtok School in Chesterfield Inlet displays the project (Here Comes the Sun Glasses) that earned him second place in the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair at Qitiqliq Middle School in Arviat on March 17, 2019. Photo courtesy Kivalliq Science Educators' Community

Best of the best at science fair

Students from five Kivalliq communities competed in the annual Kivalliq Regional Science Fair in Arviat earlier this month. Students from Naujaat and Coral Harbour could not attend the fair due to inclement weather, but their...

Senior mens tourney ‘quite the ride’

The Rankin Miners defeated the Kivalliq Canucks 6-2 to claim the A Division championship, while Team Todd nipped Whale Cove 5-3 to claim the B Division banner at the Terence Tootoo Memorial (TTM) senior...
Qitiqliq Middle School principal Doreen Hannak, left, and teacher Juanita Belhauzin display the Awards of Merit they received from the Kivalliq Science Educators Community for the outstanding job the school did hosting the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair in Arviat from March 15-17, 2019. Photo courtesy Kivalliq Science Educators Community

Love of science taking students to New Brunswick

Bad weather prevented students from the communities of Naujaat and Coral Harbour from attending the 2019 edition of the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair on March 15 to 17 at Qitiqliq Middle School in Arviat. The...
Teacher Alex Asfaw, left, follows along as students Austin Mullins and Bertha-Grace Aggark play a game of rock-paper-scissors during Pink Day activities at Victor Sammurtok School in Chesterfield Inlet on Feb. 27, 2019. Photo courtesy Victor Sammurtok School

Leading in kindness

Staff members at Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) in Chesterfield Inlet take the ongoing process that is the fight against bullying quite seriously. Every member of the student body received a T-Shirt to show their support...
Rankin Rock peewee players, front row from left, Erin Kubluitok, Kaylen-Janne Nakoolak, Sophia Kaludjak, Kylan Saviakjuk, Jaidyn Verbeek, Kadin Eetuk and Simon Wiseman proudly display the $5,000 donation the team received from the Northern Pharmacy. Also taking part in the presentation are, back from left, Tim Smith (Northern Pharmacy), Hunter Totoo (donated 2,000 GN pins to the team), Joe Verbeek (Rankin Rock coach), Larry Fortes (Northern store), Dave Chatyrbok (Northern store), Rae-Lynn Steadwell (Northern store) and Dave Wiseman (Rankin Rock coach) in Rankin Inlet on March 7, 2019. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

Helping young players travel

Northern Pharmacy stepped up in a big way by donating $5,000 to the Rankin Rock peewee team in Rankin Inlet on March 7. The Rankin Rock team will travel to Edmonton to compete in the...
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...
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...
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 2018-2019 Rankin Inlet Senior Men's Hockey League champion A&K are, back row from left, Craig Aglukark, Kelly Kabvitok, Amaujaq Lindell, Tyrese Dias, Kris Okpatauyak, Clint Pudlat, Keenan Eetuk and Makpa Ulurksit and, front row from left, John Gibbons, Bryce Kusugak, Nippi Ugjuk, Wayne Kusugak, David Clark and Chris Connelly and goalie James Merritt in Rankin Inlet on March 4, 2019. Photo courtesy David Clark

A&K best KIA to claim crown

Craig Aglukark scored 1:24 into the first overtime period to give A&K a 5-4 win over the KIA to take the Rankin Inlet Senior Men's Hockey League championship three games to two. The championship series...
Charlie Panigoniak performs during a benefit concert in his honour in Arviat on Aug. 30, 2016. NNSL file photo

Nunavut mourns the loss of Charlie Panigoniak

Nunavut mourned the loss of a musical icon with the passing of Charlie Panigoniak in Rankin Inlet on March 6. The much-loved entertainer and singer-songwriter had been battling Parkinson's disease for a number of years...