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Agnico Eagle launches rapid COVID-19 testing at mine site laboratory

Agnico Eagle has set up a COVID-19 testing lab for employees at its Meliadine gold mine and has enlisted the services of a distinguished doctor and researcher to lead the project. Testing of employees, on...

Rankin Inlet man charged with child luring

A 28-year-old Rankin Inlet man has been charged with making explicit material available to a child and luring a child. On April 3, the RCMP used a search warrant to investigate the residence of the...

Nunavut Mining: An assessment of Nunavut’s regulatory review board

Baffinland Iron Mines' bid to expand operations at its Mary River mine rests of the shoulders of the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) and the federal government. Getting to that destination has been a protracted...

Rankin Inlet arena ready for use as makeshift hospital

Rankin Inlet recreation co-ordinator David Clark and his crew have readied the new arena to be used as a relief hospital should Covid-19 appear and spread throughout the community. Normally he and his staff would...

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COVID-19 batters Nunavut’s travel industry; 75% of tourism businesses may close in second quarter

Nunavut's $300-million travel and tourism industry is reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic with 75 per cent of businesses in the sector indicating that they may have to shut down during the second quarter and...

GN and NTI fund $2 million worth of food for Nunavut communities

The Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated are collaborating to invest $2 million in community food programs for children and elders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Iqaluit will receive $200,000. Communities with more...

Qulliq Energy Corporation warns of scam calls

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a representative of Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) demanding immediate payment under the threat of disconnecting your power supply, it's likely a scam. QEC circulated...

Nunavut Mining: Businessman Patrick Tagoona’s strategy is to diversify

Imagine a Kivalliq region with no gold mining. When businessman Patrick Tagoona pictures it in his mind, he envisions an entirely different line of work for himself. “The likelihood of me being an entrepreneur and getting...

Nunavut health minister extends public health emergency until April 16

The territorial public health emergency enacted due to COVID-19 on March 18 will be extended until at least April 16, Health Minister George Hickes announced Thursday. “There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in...

Former Naujaat teacher promotes Nunavut while teaching aboard Dutch vessel

It was quite the experience travelling with Class Afloat for former Naujaat teacher and cadet leader Lloyd Francis, who left Naujaat in 2018 after spending five years in the community. Francis had 60 students from...

Minister frustrated by Ottawa’s modest compensation for medical travel

After fighting for years with the federal government to get greater reimbursements for extremely expensive Non-Insured Health Benefits medical travel, Finance and Health Minister George Hickes is threatening to dump the problem in Ottawa's...

Nunavut Mining: Lionel Quinangnaq rises through the ranks at Amaruq

Lionel Quinangnaq has climbed the ladder from surveyor's helper to relief supervisor at Agnico Eagle's Amaruq gold deposit. He's now responsible a crew of close to 20 mine vehicle operators. “I like it,” Quinangnaq says of...

Kitikmeot Inuit Association announces $500 monthly for elders; money for on-the-land program

Elders in the Kitikmeot will receive a monthly cash payment of $500 from the Kitikmeot Inuit Association from April through June to assist them in buying healthy foods during the pandemic. Those eligible will have...

Kissarvik Co-op strives to protect staff, customers

Things look the same from the outside, but once one ventures inside it doesn't take long to realize that changes have taken place at the Kissarvik Co-op in Rankin Inlet since the COVID-19 pandemic...

Qaggiavuut provides emergency relief to Nunavut’s artists

Qaggiavuut, an organization that promotes the performing arts in Nunavut, has provided financial assistance to 17 artists and is inviting others to apply for emergency relief, if needed during the COVID-19 crisis. Some performers are...

Chambers of commerce embrace federal wage subsidy, but some concerns remain

The federal government's efforts to aid businesses and non-profit organizations hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are being hailed by Nunavut's chambers of commerce but questions and concerns linger. The Government of Canada increased the...

Qulliq Energy Corp applies to reduce customers’ bills

Qulliq Energy Corporation has applied to have power bills reduced -- an amount that will save the average customer $14.50 per month. The power corp. announced the application to the territory’s Utility Rates Review Council...

Patterson welcomes federal COVID-19 compensation that can aid Nunavummiut

*UPDATE: The federal government will issue cheque payments in addition to direct deposit. The federal government's $2,000 per month payments to Canadians who have lost work due to COVID-19 can benefit Nuanvummiut carvers, seamstresses, actors...

Mila Kamingoak resigns as Kugluktuk MLA

Mila Kamingoak, MLA for Kugluktuk, has submitted her resignation as of April 3. The legislative assembly issued a news release on Tuesday afternoon announcing the development. Kamingoak took the seat by acclimation in 2017. Speaker Paul Quassa...

Nunavut Mining: Ryan St. John is always searching for new opportunities

Ryan St. John has been building business around the Kivalliq mining and exploration industries for decades and he isn't slowing down. Through Northern Networks Ltd., a general contractor under Arviat's Eskimo Point Lumber Supply, St....

Hockey tournament committee donates 22 pizzas to Rankin Inlet families

A little goodwill can often go a long way and, in at least one case, it tastes pretty darn good at the same time. Terence Tootoo Memorial (TTM) senior men's hockey championship committee members Troy...

ITK wants guarantees on air transport during COVID-19 crisis

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is calling upon the federal government to designate air transport as an essential service to 51 Canadian Inuit communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to fund the airlines accordingly. Airlines have...

Pond Inlet youth who collided with police vehicle dies of injuries

A Pond Inlet youth who was sent by medevac for treatment after a collision with an RCMP vehicle on March 27 has succumbed to his injuries, the police announced on Tuesday morning. The boy was...

Nunavut introduces fines up to $50,000 or jail time for not self-isolating

A “relatively small group” of individuals are not adhering to the mandatory 14 day self-isolation rule. This a recurring problem where some people, who have symptoms and may have been exposed to COVID-19, continue...

Taloyoak man imprisoned for a minimum of 13 years after strangling spouse

Editor's note: The following story contains disturbing details.  A Taloyoak man with a history of violent acts against his spouse has been sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 13 years...

QIA spends $3 million on food vouchers for elders; $2 million on harvests

Correction: The children's initiatives will come from a separate pot of federal funding, meaning the remaining $1 million will go toward other needs as they arise. A previous version of this story indicated differently....

Nunavut Mining: From pickups to bulldozers and haul trucks, Ola Arnaquq has learned to...

Sometimes at 5:30 a.m. sometimes at 5:30 p.m., Ola Arnaquq climbs up into giant bulldozers to begin her 12-hour shift at the Mary River iron mine, 160 km south of Pond Inlet. She's also capable...

Ikurraq Food Bank still ready to help in Rankin Inlet

Like most operations, especially nonprofits, it's going to be challenging times ahead for the Ikurraq Food Bank (Deacon's Cupboard) and thrift store, as it strives to continue meeting the needs of the community while...

Agnico Eagle puts Meliadine mine in ‘lockdown’ mode; contract worker disciplined

To strengthen its COVID-19 response, Agnico Eagle is placing its Meliadine gold mine in "lockdown mode" starting on Monday. That means all workers required at the mine site, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, will...