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Edmonton Eskimos on defensive over name

The Edmonton Eskimos football team is once again facing demands that it change its name. Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said publicly earlier this month that the Canadian Football League franchise, founded in 1949, should have...

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Travis Rusk tames the giant machines

Travis Rusk admits to being intimidated when he was introduced to the enormous haul trucks at the Meadowbank gold mine several years ago. Given the requisite training, it didn't take him long to gain confidence...

Ice research resumes in Gjoa Haven

Researchers examining changes to ice and snow in and around Gjoa Haven were back in the community last week for the second year of a five-year study, according to James Qitsualik, president of the...

In-territory addictions and trauma treatment one step closer to reality

The pieces are coming together for comprehensive in-territory addictions and trauma treatment with the completion of a report outlining a preferred way forward, including a proposed budget of $102.5 million over five years. Health Minister...

District education authorities confronted with drastic changes

The future of district education authorities (DEAs) will be shaped over the next several months. Asked whether the DEAs would have less control due to a proposed overhaul of the Education Act, Education Minister David...
Two bear-attack deaths in the Kivalliq during the summer of 2018 were the first recorded in Nunavut during the past 18 years. NNSL file photo

Inuit, Western science far apart on polar bear issues

Science and traditional Inuit knowledge are at loggerheads once again following the release of a draft management plan for polar bears by the Government of Nunavut (GN) during public consultations in Iqaluit earlier this...

NWT sees stake claims double

New data out of the Slave Geological Province led to small staking surge this year. At 184 claims (totalling 1,390 square kilometres) staked in the Northwest Territories, the number has more than doubled that of...

Local youth a ‘feel good’ story in Baker Lake

A Baker Lake youth who never gave up on success and happiness through a sometimes challenging childhood in Nunavut's foster system is passing on his inspiring message to others. Barney (Kudjaaq) Nanooklook, 20, addressed a...

Cambridge Bay geese died of natural causes

More than 1,000 starving geese couldn't overcome fog and strong winds near Cambridge Bay in August, according to veterinarians who examined the remains of some of the birds. The snow geese, greater white-fronted geese...

Archeologists peer inside Franklin ship Terror

More than 170 years after the Franklin ship HMS Terror’s fate was sealed at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, archeologists have finally taken a look inside the sunken vessel. Plates and other artifacts on...

Cracking down on booze at hockey tournament

There will be zero tolerance for players bringing alcohol into the community for sale during the annual Calm Air Cup — the Jon Lindell Memorial (JLM) — senior men's hockey tournament, said the event's...
Kris Ukpataujaq, second from left standing, of Rankin Inlet poses with his split-squad team after being one of 20 players invited to a Team Canada national futsal evaluation camp in Gatineau, Que., in September of 2018. photo courtesy Kris Ukpataujaq

Rankin man first Nunavut futsal player invited to Team Canada camp

Kris Ukpataujaq of Rankin Inlet was over the moon when he found out he was one of 20 players invited to a Team Canada national futsal evaluation camp in Gatineau, Que., earlier this month.Ukpataujaq,...

Quassa says power-hungry politicians removed him as leader

"Conspiracy" and "coup" are the words Paul Quassa chooses when he reflects on his removal from the highest office in the Government of Nunavut. There were power-hungry cabinet ministers coveting the premier's seat and MLAs...

Taloyoak woman defends her name after animal cruelty charge

A Taloyoak woman charged with animal cruelty following the death of a puppy says she's been falsely accused and her life has become increasingly difficult since the criminal allegation has been made public. Karen Nanook,...

Arviat’s Joe Savikataaq new Nunavut premier

Arviat's Joe Savikataaq is Nunavut's new premier after a non-confidence vote ousted former premier Paul Quassa this past Thursday, June 14, in Iqaluit. Savikataaq came out ahead of Rankin Inlet's Lorne Kusugak in the second...

Cambridge Bay’s David Ohokannoak is honing his skills as a comedian

David Ohokannoak believes comedy is a path to wellness, and he's helping people down that path. "Mental health, I would say, is just as important as physical health, and I really think that laughter is...

Paul Quassa removed from Nunavut premiership

Nunavut MLAs voted Thursday to remove Paul Quassa from the premiership, with ministers backing the regular MLA caucus motion in a 16-3 vote. Chair of the regular members' caucus Arviat North - Whale Cove MLA...

Nunavut Deaf Society seeks more members

As membership in the Nunavut Deaf Society (NDS) slowly grows, the volunteer organization is turning its energy toward making homes safer for deaf people. "The deaf people in Rankin Inlet who met with Paige (MacDougall)...

COLUMN: A true community effort

There are times something not so hot happens in a Kivalliq hamlet and one's positivity can take a fairly serious hit, depending on how long you've called the region home. Then there are other times...

Baker Lake woman fulfills goals at Meadowbank

Natasha Nagyougalik began work at Meadowbank in 2010 as a young mother to a three-year old son. Now Aidan is 11 and mom has climbed the Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. career ladder to a...

Women’s shelters end year of turmoil

YWCA Agvvik – which runs the Qimaavik and Sivummut women's shelters in Iqaluit – is ready to move forward with a new and effective board in the aftermath of a financial scandal involving its now...

Tragedy strikes Pond Inlet

A man reportedly killed himself after an hours-long stand-off with RCMP in Pond Inlet. The March 7 incident began just after 4 p.m., when Pond Inlet RCMP investigated a weapons complaint involving a man within...

Regional fair puts spotlight on science

Brothers Johnathan and William Campbell of John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat captured the top two spots at the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair held in Rankin Inlet from March 2 to 4. Johnathan finished first...

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Soflest celebration in Rankin

Rankin Inlet The Rankin Inlet Volunteer Fire Department held one of its biggest annual events this past weekend, June 16 and 17, in Rankin. The Solfest fundraiser for the department featured an indoor gala dinner featuring...

Iglulik man charged with sex offences against youth

A 29-year-old Iglulik man faces multiple charges after two youths in Iqaluit were allegedly approached by an individual seeking sexual services in exchange for payment on June 12. Iqaluit RCMP have laid charges of communicating with...

Journey to journeyperson almost complete for Mike Netser

There's a discernible mix of excitement and determination in Mike Netser's voice when he discusses how eager he is to reach journeyman housing maintainer status. He's only one one module and dwindling number of apprenticeship...

Chesterfield comedian heads to the big stage in Ottawa

Seven comedians faced off March 11 in Iqaluit for the chance to travel – all expenses paid – to Ottawa to perform at the Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Festival Finale later this month. After each had their...

Feds reject five of six Nunavut infrastructure proposals

For the community of Kimmirut, the federal government's rejection of a Government of Nunavut (GN) proposal to relocate its airport means continued lack of access to basic services most communities receive. Senior administrative officer Kimberley...