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EDITORIAL: The story of Inuit and TB is Canada’s story

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to Inuit March 8 acknowledges the human rights abuses visited upon Inuit Nunangat during the tuberculosis epidemic between the 1940s and 60s. Inuit were unceremoniously ripped from their homes once screened, without consent, as positive for TB. One of the horrors, and not the least, was the federal government’s practice...

Seeking donations to repair church

The Anglican church in Gjoa Haven is in need of further repair and Leroy Nakoolak is trying to raise $5,000 for the cause. Gjoa Haven’s Anglican church has a hole in the roof and needs flooring and more drywall. Volunteer Leroy Nakoolak is trying to raise money to further renovate the 1960s building. photo courtesy...

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Bring birthing home to communities, say advocates

Nataasha Komakjuak decided to give birth to her third child in her home community of Arviat. “I didn’t want to leave my two younger ones, my four-year-old daughter and my son who was three. I didn’t want to lose them for a long time, for three weeks,” she said. “I refused to leave. I refused...

Traditional Inuit village under construction in Iglulik

Close to 100 people will be involved in creating a traditional Inuit village on the outskirts of Iglulik over the next few weeks. Work began earlier this month to build a traditional Inuit village in Iglulik. photos courtesy of Merlyn Recinos/Hamlet of Igloolik The project, arranged by the hamlet with funding assistance from the Government...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Four Corners wins the cover spot, a science fundraiser for Baffin...

This week, the art of Inuk artist Dayle Kubluitok wins her the Nunavut directory cover, the Qikiqtaalummi Science Fair Association asks for help, and Apex youth petition Iqaluit city council for a rink of their own.   Four Corners graces new phone directory Iqaluit The 2019/2020 Northwestel directory features the work of Inuk artist Dayle...

Iglulik man who violated caribou hunting ban won’t be convicted

An Iglulik man who breached a caribou hunting ban was ill-informed by someone in a position of trust and therefore won’t be criminally convicted, a judge has decided. Chief Justice Neil Sharkey has found that a criminal conviction isn’t necessary in the case of an Iglulik Ranger who contravened a temporary caribou hunting ban in...

Zacharias Kunuk to receive Order of Nunavut

Acclaimed Iglulik director Zacharias Kunuk will be this year’s recipient of the Order of Nunavut, the GN announced Tuesday. Director Zacharias Kunuk has been named to the Order of Nunavut. photo courtesy of Isuma Productions Kunuk, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is co-founder of Igloolik Isuma Productions whose 2001 film...

GN to study marine infrastructure needs, delaying community projects

Nunavut communities waiting for marine infrastructure are going to have to wait some more. Construction takes place on the $72-million Iqaluit-deep port in August. 2018. The GN is now going to study all marine infrastructure needs across Nunavut to determine its next projects. Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo The federal government has made $2.2 million available for...

‘Everything is open with regard to tax options,’ Hickes says as GN begins review

The Government of Nunavut is assessing its tax system and all options are open, according to Finance Minister George Hickes. Finance Minister George Hickes: A retail sales tax is one option the GN will consider as part of its tax review.photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut “You look at our corporate taxes, it has...

GN adds new online cannabis supplier; timeline for community storefronts still unclear

The Government of Nunavut has added a second online cannabis supplier, Agmedica. Tweed had been the only authorized source of online marijuana orders for Nunavummiut since marijuana was legalized on Oct. 17. Finance Minister George Hickes expressed confidence that cannabis retail shops in communities will reduce “black market” marijuana sales, but he couldn’t provide a...
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 grown to have five staff members serving a membership that is now in excess of 100 strong. The Rankin Inlet...

Obed scolds southern press at historic national TB apology

Moments after Inuit from across Inuit Nunangat heard Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deliver a national apology in Iqaluit March 8 for the violation of their human rights during the tuberculosis epidemic in the mid-1900s, southern press demonstrated the very people they’d come to report on did not matter much in relation to the SNC-Lavalin scandal....
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 Inuit Association (KIA) on Feb. 25. The announcement was made by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs...
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 the Arctic Inspiration Prize’s national selection committee this past December, which he politely declined but asked to be kept in...

Main worries about youth social media use, looks to guidelines as possible solution

Are mental health workers in Nunavut aware of the harmful effects of excessive social-media use by youth? This is the question posed by Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main in a member’s statement and in questions to Health Minister George Hickes in the legislative assembly March 4. Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main is concerned...

Remembering popular entertainer Charlie Panigoniak

Celebrated Nunavut musician and singer Charlie Panigoniak died on Wednesday. Beloved Nunavut singer and musician Charlie Panigoniak died on Wednesday. photo courtesy of Noel Kaludjak Premier Joe Savikataaq released a statement to recognize the Chesterfield-Inlet born entertainer, who had become a longtime resident of Rankin Inlet. “It is with great sadness that I extend my...

IN MY VIEW: Define social justice

How would one define or try to understand social justice? This is a very broad and complex matter that involves everyone from infant to adult to grandparents and the community in general. Not an easy conversation to engage in, but with a collective attitude we can come up with ways of finding a path in...

Cambridge Bay accounting student says it’s important to talk about mental health

Kassidy Koaha-Laube will gladly share some advice with those thinking about diving into post-secondary learning at a southern institution. Cambridge Bay’s Kassidy Koaha-Laube is in the business administration for accounting degree program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. photo courtesy of Kassidy Koaha-Laube Now in her third year at the Northern Alberta...

National Indigenous board recommends progressive policy changes to improve food security in the North

After a year of consultations, an advisory board to the federal government released a set of recommendations Feb. 25 intended to spur the federal government to work harder on improving food systems in Northern Indigenous communities. Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier, a National Indigenous Economic Development Board member, says it’s time for the federal government to make meaningful...

Dogs, foxes test positive for rabies in Taloyoak

The Department of Health is advising Taloyoak residents to be vigilant for signs of rabies after foxes and dogs have tested positive for the disease. Foxes and dogs have tested positive for rabies in Taloyoak. Pixabay photo Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a fox or a dog, go to the health centre...

Let’s hand out some hardware, shall we?

So a lot of good things happened to Nunavut at the Canada Winter Games. Rocco Canil of Iqaluit hangs out Waskasoo, the mascot of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 27. Canil seemed just happy to be there and why not? photo courtesy of Sonja Lonsdale The boys hockey team...

Hickes has the boots, so time to get working

Last week, we reported that Finance Minister George Hickes was instructed by his father, former Manitoba MLA George Hickes Sr., not to follow in his footprints, but to leave his own – and they had better be prints made by work boots. He wore those boots to present his first budget. What you won’t see...

Communities seek new schools; GN offers renovations and other solutions

Getting a new school in Nunavut is no simple task. In Coral Harbour, district education authority chair Bridget Saviakjuk would very much like to see Sakku School replaced. Air quality monitoring will take place at Sakku School in Coral Harbour until a multi-year renovations plan is completed. The school’s heating and ventilation systems were upgraded...
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 of Rankin Inlet – co-founder of the Angutiit Makigiarninga (Men Rising Up) men’s healing group that originally started in Coral...

Graduates ‘move’ long-serving Clyde River DEA chair

When Clyde River couldn’t find enough interested community members to sit on the district education authority, Terry Kalluk stepped up. That was close to 15 years ago. Terry Kalluk has been with the Clyde River District Education Authority for close to 15 years and has been chair for the past five. photo courtesy of Terry Kalluk...
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 of gold on the morning of Feb. 21. The first pour marked the culmination of a journey that began more than...
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 p.m. at the Rankin Inlet arena. KIA nipped A&K 7-5 to take game one in the series. Elder’s tea Rankin...
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 true story based on a teacher’s efforts to improve life for youth in Kugluktuk through the sport of lacrosse –...

Lightstone demands to know Inuit home-ownership numbers; seeks improvements to program

The Nunavut Housing Corporation has provided home-ownership program funding to 1,000 applicants over the past three years, but the corporation’s minister cannot specify how many of those applicants were Inuit. Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Lightstone: No incentive to move out of subsidized housing to take on a mortgage. photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut In...