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Don Peters instructs a young Tae Kwon Do student on her kicking technique during a get together of the new Tae Kwon Do club in Arviat on March 2, 2019. Photo courtesy Gord Billard

Taking to the martial arts in Arviat

A new taekwon-do club is kicking up a pile of enthusiasm in Arviat. The club is led by the husband-and-wife team of John Arnalukjuak High School (JAHS) principal Don Peters and his spouse, Joanne. Taekwon-do (art...
The Rankin Inlet Fitness Centre celebrated its fifth year in operation this past Friday, March 1, 2019. Photo courtesy Rankin Fitness Centre

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Happy Birthday

The Rankin Inlet Fitness Centre celebrated its birthday on March 1, marking its fifth year serving the community. The fitness centre first opened its doors on March 1, 2014 and, since that time, it has...
Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq, left, and Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) president David Ningeongan gladly accept the good news from Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade Yvonne Jones that the KIA was receiving a $1.6 million grant from the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) to help fund a feasibility study into the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link Project. Photo courtesy KIA

Federal grant helps bring KIA’s Inuit-led Kivalliq Hydro-Fiber Link project a major step...

A feasibility study on plans to extend renewable power from northern Manitoba into Nunavut received a major boost with the announcement that the federal government was kicking-in with a $1.6-million grant to the Kivalliq...
Yan Guilbault, top, watches as Blaire Nakoolak, middle, takes a swimming lesson with Gail Gibbons during the 2018 Kivalliq Science and Culture Camp hosted by Victor Sammurtok School in Chesterfield Inlet from Sept. 6-10, 2018. The school's qajaq program, designed and initiated by teacher Glen Brocklebank, has become a student favourite during the past two camps. NNSL file photo

Tapped to serve on national prize board

Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) teacher Glen Brocklebank has been named to a prestigious position within the Arctic Inspiration Prize organization. Brocklebank said the journey started when he was first approached about taking a position on...
Joanasie Illauq stands next to his small iglu while participating in the Qikiqtani Inuit Association Sakku Men's Healing program on the land near Clyde River from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, 2019. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

Men’s group takes part in four-day camp on the land

To build-up personal strengths, to begin or continue a healing journey and to move forward from past challenges were some of the goals of an on-the-land healing program in the North Baffin area. Noel Kaludjak...
Truck-and-scoop operators, from left, Gloria Kaludjak, Beth Napayok, Hannah Pilakapsi and Angela Misheralak display the first gold dore poured at the Meliadine gold mine near Rankin Inlet on Feb. 21, 2019. Photo courtesy Agnico Eagle Mines

Golden future ahead

The Meliadine gold mine on the land near Rankin Inlet took one large step towards starting commercial production when Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) employees at Meliadine gathered around to celebrate the mine's first pour...
High-scoring forward Wendel Kaludjak leads his Kivalliq Inuit Association team against Team A&K in the championship series of the Rankin Inlet Senior Men's Hockey League on Feb. 27, 2019. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Championship series

Teams KIA and A&K clash tonight in game two of the best-of-five series to determine the champion of the Rankin Inlet Senior Men's Hockey League for the 2018-2019 season. Game time is set for 8...
Innosar Issakiark, right, and drama teacher Gord Billard are all smiles while attending a screening of the Grizzlies in Arviat on Feb. 20, 2019. Photo courtesy Gord Billard

The Grizzlies movie comes to Arviat

It was an emotional evening in Arviat when the community hosted a screening of The Grizzlies at the Mark Kalluak Community Hall. Innosar Issakiark was seen a number of times in the movie – a...

Arviat mourns

One man is dead and another is in custody following Arviat's first homicide in more than a decade. Police say Manasie Thompson, 29, was found dead on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Albert Napayok, 30, faces murder charges. Arviat...
Shanae Piercey carefully sweetens the sweets as Wally Kalluk carefully guards the secret ingredients during a Valentine's Day fundraiser for the potential graduates at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School in Baker Lake on Feb. 14, 2019. Photo courtesy Olivia Ullyot

Raising funds in Baker

The 12 potential graduates at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School are well on their way with fundraising efforts for their graduation in Baker Lake. The group is being helped along by teacher Olivia Ullyot who said,...
Team NT's girls hockey team gathers around following their game against Prince Edward Island at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 24. Mel Bolin/Canada Winter Games photo

Week two gets underway at Canada Winter Games for Team NT and Nunavut

And so begins another week of the North's best and brightest doing their thing at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Week two officially got underway on Feb. 24 with three sports in...
Garren Voisey of Arviat with MVP award at Bantam Rock championship in Rankin Inlet in March of 2018. photo courtesy Ryan St. John

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Bantam time

The Arviat Wolves will be returning to defend their championship title when the Bantam Rock hockey championship gets underway in Rankin Inlet from March 1 to 3. The Rankin tournament will be an excellent warmup...
Silu Autut, left, and Troy Aksalnik are half grinny and half yummy as they load-up on some delicious chile at the Rankin Inlet arena on Feb. 10, 2019. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

Effective plan for complex critical

A lot has been said, written and talked about from the arena perspective as the grand old lady on the hill lumbers through her final season before passing the puck off to the brand...
Jimmy Ishalook, from left, Andrew Kuksuk, Jackson Kablutsiak, Nap karetak and Robert Karetak are all smiles inside the iglu they built in Arviat on Feb. 12, 2019. Photo courtesy Robert Karetak

Five friends and an iglu

It was a quiet moment of triumph, a task finally completed, and one item scratched off the bucket list for five men who built their own iglu near Arviat this past week. Four of the...
Alex Hejnowicz of Iqaluit comes around the bend during speedskating action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 6

Here's what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 6 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Wednesday. All times MST Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Girls singles placement round (continuing all day) 10:30...
Members of the Rankin Inlet competitive gym team turn their backs to the camera to show what the backs of their new Team Canada uniforms will look like at the upcoming international World Gymnaestrada in Austria from July 7-13. Photo courtesy Lisa Kresky

Rankin gymnasts work doggedly at fundraising as World Gymnaestrada looms closer

The founder and head coach of the Aqsarniit Ujauttaq (Northern Lights) gymnastics club in Rankin Inlet, Lisa Kresky, left for the Canada Winter Games this past week with a lot on her mind. Kresky is...
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...
Chase Harron of Coral Habour battles with Connor Cozens of Yukon in front of the net during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 4

Here's what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 4 at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Nunavut vs. Prince Edward Island 4 p.m. Nunavut vs. Team NT Table Tennis 9:00...
Conner McKay-Ivanko of Hay River, left, awaits the serve from Caleb Bolt of Kugluktuk during table tennis action at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 16. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Table tennis leads the way for Nunavut in first day of action at Canada...

The 2019 Canada Winter Games are underway in Red Deer, Alta., and it was table tennis which kicked things off for Nunavut. The boys and girls team competitions were the first orders of business for...
Team Nunavut marches into the opening ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 15. Mark Cundict/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 3

Here's what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 3 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Sunday: All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Team NT vs. Prince Edward Island Nunavut vs. Yukon 7:30...

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Archeological mapping project

The Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet is taking steps to document sites of archeological value within municipal boundaries via a mapping project. Through an arrangement with a firm in Winnipeg, a certified archeologist will come to...
The health centre in Rankin Inlet on July 24, 2009. Health staff are working on a pandemic plan to deal with H1N1 Kassina Ryder/NNSL photo

Nurse shortage no crisis, says mayor

Nunavut is enduring a shortage of nurses and the Government of Nunavut Department of Health has identified Rankin Inlet as one of the communities in greatest need of additional staff. However, the impact at the...

COLUMN: Grow the solution from within

I can't say I've gotten to know a lot of people well in the community of Baker Lake, but I've gotten to know more than a handful very well during the past two decades. And,...
Jim MacDonald drops the puck between Sidney Nichol of the Rankin Rock and Andrew Pearce of the Baffin Blizzard to mark the championship game of the Polar Bear Plate juvenile-junior tournament in Rankin Inlet on Feb. 17, 2019. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

One last shot at junior championship

Once again, the Rankin Rock faced defeat in the big game after an impressive tournament run, as the Baffin Blizzard held on for a 4-3 victory to claim the 2019 Polar Bear Plate juvenile-junior...

Fighting to be heard

An inclusive-and-interactive workshop addressing Indigenous research and training capacities with a focus on disability rights, deafness and the revitalization of Inuit sign language was held in Rankin Inlet, Jan. 21. The workshop was sponsored by...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...