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Grade 10 students Anthonese Mablik, left, and Shane Mapsalak are all smiles as they prepare to serve some hot caribou stew for students in grades seven to 12 at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on Jan. 10, 2019. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Skills, stew and bannock

Students at Tuugaalik High School picked up in 2019 right where they left off in 2018 – busy, creative and recognized. The students began their Christmas holidays on a festive note when, on Dec. 12, school staff members distributed the Christmas gifts donated to them by the Lions Club of Edmonton, Alta., and Bev Mitchell...
Victor Sammurtok School students, from left, Adrianna Putulik, Keith Issaluk, Dustin Issaluk, Herman Aggark and Landon Makpah proudly display a newly constructed boat for their school's qajaqing program in Chesterfield Inlet on Jan. 17, 2019. Photo courtesy Glen Brocklebank

Building the fleet in Chesterfield Inlet

The qajaq program at Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) received another boost with the covering of five new qajaqs in Chesterfield Inlet earlier this month. The qajaqs were built this past May by VSS students and staff members, and students from Grade 9 to Grade 12 worked on sewing the new covers for the qajaqs from...
Arviat North Whale Cove MLA John Main says more has to be done to help Nunavut's efforts to recruit and retain more health professionals on Jan. 16, 2019. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

Health care staffing crisis

There is no magic bullet to solve the problem of nursing shortages in communities across Nunavut, said Arviat North – Whale Cove MLA John Main last week in Arviat. Main, speaking to Arviat nurses being terribly overworked due to a shortage of staff and a nasty flu bug on the go, said the staffing and...
Agnico Eagle Mines employees check out the fabulous items for sale during Ivalu's visit to the Meliadine gold mine site near Rankin Inlet on Dec. 23, 2018. Photo courtesy Ivalu

Artists bring their wares to the masses

The Nunavut Development Corp. (DevCorps) outlets of Ivalu Ltd. in Rankin Inlet and Jessie Oonark Centre in Baker Lake completed their second year of bringing their wares to the masses by spending afternoons at the Meliadine gold mine site near Rankin and the Meadowbank gold mine near Baker. DevCorps manager of finance and administration Bernadette...
Heavy-equipment operators were put to the test when a three-day blizzard pounded Rankin Inlet from Jan. 13-15, 2019. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Freezing blizzard

Residents of Rankin Inlet, Whale Cove, Chesterfield Inlet and Baker Lake had the worst of both weather worlds when a heavy blizzard and extreme cold temperatures rocked most of the Kivalliq region for three days this past week. Schools were closed along with municipal and territorial government offices until mid-week, with residents of Rankin Inlet...

COLUMN: Fixing the health care system, in baby steps

Arviat North – Whale Cove MLA John Main is bang on when he states small steps taken today to help cure the continual nursing shortage in Nunavut will lead to much bigger steps forward in the future. He’s also right when he says there’s no one magic-bullet answer to solving the capacity issue, and long-term...

Keys to funding success

The keys to success for the newly-created Nalauttaq Fund (which will replace the current bingo slot system in Arviat) lay at opposite ends of the process governing the Kivalliq’s number-one fundraiser. The Nalauttaq Fund holds the promise to allow Arviat hamlet council to be far more effective in maximizing the revenue-generating potential of bingo. As...
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 Mayor Bob Leonard is anxious to begin with the newly created Nalauttaq Fund which will replace the old method of awarding Bingo slots in Arviat. NNSL file photo

Fund created to maximize bingo benefits in Arviat

Arviat’s hamlet council has announced the creation of the Nalauttaq Fund, which will replace the current bingo slot system, said Mayor Bob Leonard in Arviat this past week. The fund is being created so that hamlet council can provide grant funding to support various community-based volunteer groups. Hamlet council will, through an application process, award...
Assistant senior administrative officer Kevin Tegumiar presents lucky young winner Troy Kringayark with the paperwork for his two Calm Air tickets as his mother, Tina Kringayark, proudly looks on during the holiday activities in Naujaat in December of 2018. Photo courtesy hamlet of Naujaat

Bringing out the best in Naujaat

Naujaat’s annual holiday activities are all about Christmas spirit, a sense of community, quality time with the family, a few good laughs with friends and neighbours, and taking the time to really celebrate life, said the community’s senior administrative officer this past week. And, if you happen to win a few times during the eight...
The 2018 Winnipeg Jets Challenge Cup A1 Division champion Rankin Rock bantam team are, back row from left, Simon Wiseman, Kobe Tanuyak, Chase Herron, Malla Ittinuar, Brady Tucktoo, Charlotte Siksik, Alanna Airut and David Clark (head coach), and middle from left, Bubsy Kusugak (Assistant coach), Max Ammaq, Gregory Wiseman, Mapsala Komok and Sandy Tattuinee, and third row from left, Adam Taipana, Kadin Eetuk, Kayden Mercer, Koby Connelly, Owen Connelly-Clark, Terence Pilakapsi and Justin Towtongie and goalie Tucket St. John, front, in Winnipeg, Man., on Dec. 30, 2018. Photo courtesy Rankin Rock

Rankin bantams take home gold from Challenge Cup

Kadin Eetuk’s goal with less than a minute to play propelled the Rankin Rock to a 1-0 win over the Selkirk Fisherman and earned the Bantam A1 Division championship at the Winnipeg Jets Challenge Cup tournament in Winnipeg, Man., on Dec. 30. Rankin’s A1 Division featured Selkirk and eight teams from Winnipeg. The Rock were...

COLUMN: Passing grades, but capable of more

It was good this post holiday season to hear reports of a strong volunteer base getting involved with the various celebrations and activities in communities across the Kivalliq. Ditto reports of members of the Canadian Rangers running holiday games and activities in their community and people like Wesley Innukshuk in Rankin Inlet continuing the tradition...

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Public presentation

The Department of Culture and Heritage will be giving a public presentation about its grants and contributions programs on Thursday, Jan. 10, in Chesterfield Inlet at the hamlet council chambers from 7 to 9 p.m. Staff from the Department of Culture and Heritage will be giving information and answering questions about the funding categories of...
Patrick Kabluitok proudly displays the vouchers for a pair of Calm Air tickets after his name was drawn at the hamlet of Rankin Inlet's Christmas staff party in Rankin on Dec. 21, 2018. Photo courtesy hamlet of Rankin Inlet

Rankin rec department goes all out to deliver good times for community

The 2018 edition of the Christmas Games holiday schedule was another popular success in Rankin Inlet. The Christmas schedule ran from Dec. 22 to Jan. 1 and featured something for all ages. Events included a community feast, square-dance competition, elders’ breakfast, numerous indoor games, talent show, a kid’s carnival, dazzling fireworks display, the annual senior...

Fireworks light up the community

Although the public didn’t know it at the time, the community of Rankin Inlet began moving down the road to a fireworks display it could take great pride in when Rankin Fire Chief Mark Wyatt was asked to handle the display on New Year’s Eve two years ago. As it turned out, Wyatt had an...
Mia Autut lays down a vocal track to one of the songs produced by a group of students and the Darkspark team in Rankin Inlet on Dec. 1, 2018. Photo courtesy Darkspot

Students record series of songs with Darkspark team in Rankin Inlet

Grade 7 and 8 students took part in the Four Directions Project led by Darkspark – a not-for-profit arts organization that uses songwriting and recording to engage youth and promote cross-cultural understanding – at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik (MUI) in Rankin Inlet in December. The program helps participating youth discover how colonial prejudices and stereotypes were...

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...
Jim MacDonald of Rankin Inlet gives a happy thumbs-up after having his ticket drawn for a pair if Calm Air tickets at the Rankin Rock peewee team's Penny Sale and Bake Sale fundraiser at the Rankin Inlet arena on Dec. 14, 2018. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Raising cash for rocks

The Rankin Rock peewee minor hockey team held a successful Penny Sale and Bake Sale fundraiser for the players this past Friday, Dec. 14, at the Rankin Inlet arena. The highlight of the event was a draw for a pair of system-wide Calm Air tickets won by Rankin’s Jim MacDonald. Christmas activities Naujaat The hamlet...

COLUMN: Heartfelt thanks

As I begin my 21st year as editor of the Kivalliq News here in Rankin Inlet, I’d like to close out 2018 the same way I have closed out the majority of years past – with a huge tip of the sealskin to the good folks across the region who take the time to help...
Grade 9 students, from left, Latisha Siusangnark and Janet Aqatsiaq speak to Chrissie Kringayark about their project on Elephant Toothpaste during the Tuugaalik High School Science Fair in Naujaat on Nov. 29, 2018. Photo courtesy Gregg Durrant

Tuugaalik High School Science Fair

Tuugaalik High School selected the students to represent it at the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair at Qitiqliq Middle School in Arviat from March 15 to 17 at the conclusion of its local science fair in Naujaat on Nov. 29. The 2018 Tuugaalik High School Science Fair, which had 37 projects entered, was the first for...
Lucy (Lydia Kaviok) tries to help Charlie Brown (Noah Muckpah) figure out why he's so depressed during the Arviat Drama Club production of A Charlie Brown Christmas at John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat on Dec. 12, 2018. Photo courtesy Gord Billard

Troupe dodges two close calls to deliver memorable production of A Charlie Brown Christmas

A return of some old friends and a little luck combined to help bring an animated holiday classic to life during the John Arnalukjuak High School (JAHS) Drama Club production of A Charlie Brown Christmas at JAHS in Arviat this past week. The Dec. 11 and 12 shows marked the first time Charlie Brown, Snoopy...
Electrician Louie Tattuinee of Rankin Inlet makes his rounds at the Meliadine gold project camp on the land near Rankin Inlet in January of 2018. Photo courtesy Agnico Eagle

Agnico Eagle launches outreach

Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) has announced the launch of two new Facebook pages – one for its Meadowbank mine near Baker Lake and the other for its new Meliadine project on the land near Rankin Inlet. The pages are directed at AEM’s Nunavut employees, Kivalliq communities and key Nunavut partners and suppliers. The pages can...
This little minor hockey player was plumb tuckered out by the time he reached instructor Aaron Kopak at the finish of his skating drill during the Rankin Rock Season Opener hockey camp (the second of three top player-development camps all ready held in the Kivalliq this season) hird player develpoin Baker Lake from Nov. 21-24, 2018. Photo courtesy Rankin Rock

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Camp makes second stop

The Rankin Rock Season Opener hockey camp made its second road trip of the year when it skated into Arviat Dec. 7 to 9. The skills-development camp has been able to visit communities outside of Rankin Inlet thanks to the Arctic Inspiration Prize it was awarded earlier this year.   Peaceful end Baker Lake Members...

COLUMN: Ready to rumble for science

Call it what you will, but I always find it downright exhilarating to talk with any of the teachers or students at Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) in Chesterfield Inlet about the science fair at their school and, of course, the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair. I find it totally uplifting that the students of this little...
The charred remains of a bedroom set to flames by a three-year-old that could have been far more devastating in Rankin Inlet on Dec. 6, 2018. Photo courtesy Mark Wyatt

Fire strikes four-plex in Rankin

The quick action of the community’s firefighters prevented what could have been a major blaze in Rankin Inlet on Dec. 6. Rankin Fire Chief Mark Wyatt said the call came in at 8:45 p.m. that a fire had started in the middle unit of a four-plex in Rankin’s Area Five. He said the caller was...
Grade 11 student Lydia Kaviok, right, discusses some of the things she learned at the Youth Parliament in Iqaluit with her friend, Edith Issakiark, at John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat on Dec. 7, 2018. Photo courtesy Gord Billard

Students learn the art of politics

The youth parliament held this past month in Iqaluit made a definite impression on at least one of the two students selected to represent Arviat. Grade 11 student Lydia Kaviok, 16, was selected along with fellow student Leo Tatty to make the journey to Iqaluit to participate in the youth parliament, and Kaviok said she...
Kayalaaq Leishman-Brocklebank took top spot overall with her project, Helping Hands, on helping the disabled at the Victor Sammurtok School Elementary Science Fair in Chesterfield Inlet on Dec. 4, 2018. Photo courtesy Rob Humby

Young minds get into science

The innovators and discoverers of tomorrow took centre stage in Chesterfield Inlet when Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) hosted its Elementary Science Fair on Dec. 4. Local fairs in schools across the region led up to the Kivalliq Science Educators’ Community’s (KSEC) Kivalliq Regional Science Fair, where students were vying for the right to represent the...
First officer Jeremy Maley of Rankin Inlet became the first Inuk pilot in history to fly for Calm Air when he was hired by the airline recently. Photo taken Dec. 7, 2018, in Arviat. Photo courtesy Jeremy Maley

Hometown hero

Jeremy Maley is modestly settling into being a role model and hometown hero of sorts since becoming a pilot and first officer for Calm Air this past month. Maley, 21, of Rankin Inlet fell in love with flying at an early age thanks to his pilot father, Shawn Maley, who took him up into the...

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Player development

Minor hockey registrations, Logo contest, Grad fundraisers, Breakfast with Santa, Science projects Minor hockey players registered with the Rankin Inlet Minor Hockey Association were fortunate enough to participate in their second high-quality player-development camp of the 2018-19 hockey season when the instructors for the Winnipeg-based The Rink Player Development brought their skill-development expertise to the community this past weekend. The...
Jonathan (Joco) Tootoo, left, and Shanae Piercey are ready to create works of art in the form of bacon cheese burgers during a cooking class at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School in Baker Lake on Nov. 22, 2018. Photo courtesy Craig Vincent

Cooking made special

A senior-high foods class has students honing their culinary skills and learning to appreciate sharing the fruits of one’s labour with others at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School in Baker Lake. The class ended up in the teaching hands of Craig Vincent, who takes an educator’s pride in watching students exceed expectations. And the path Vincent...