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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 a more “inclusive” name. Norma Dunning, a PhD candidate in Indigenous studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, agrees....

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 and become master of the huge vehicles. Over the past 18 months, he’s been broadening his skills by learning to...

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 Gjoa Haven Hunters and Trappers Association. Elders are being consulted on the differences they’ve witnessed in their lifetimes, Qitsualik said. 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 George Hickes says he’s appreciative of the level of detail in the report. “More importantly, it’s just breaking it down...

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 Joanasie paused for several seconds. “There’s a question around who has authority, whether it’s the DEA or the minister, on...
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 month. The plan, four years in the making, calls for Inuit knowledge to play a far more important role in bear...

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 2016, according to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment. Last year, 83 claims amounting to 42,404 hectares were staked...

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 crowd of students during the closing ceremonies of Trades Awareness, Skills and Knowledge (TASK) week in Baker Lake earlier this...

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 and cackling geese, mostly young specimens, died Aug. 16-20 at Long Point Beach. Three of their carcasses, scavenged and decomposing, were...

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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, 26, became the first futsal player from Nunavut to be invited to a national camp and he hopes to pass on...

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 thirsting for a cabinet position, and that’s what led to his downfall, he told Nunavut News. “I knew there were...

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, 41, says she has lost a job opportunity as a result of facing one count of causing unnecessary suffering to...

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 round of voting to name a new premier. The event marked the first time a Nunavut premier was ousted by...

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 its own form of healing,” said Ohokannoak, who headlined A Night of 1,000 Laughs in Cambridge Bay on Nov. 25....

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 John Main said there were two reasons – management and leadership. Main said the move was not made on personal...

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) brought out a concern of health and safety, specifically in terms of fire safety,” said NDS president Sandy Kownak. “They...

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 when something truly special goes down – big or small – and you become a total believer in the good...

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 top rung. She works as a dispatcher, but has also learned to operate the $2-million RH120 shovel, one of the largest...

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 terminated executive director. The organization was thrown into chaos after a Sept. 28, 2016 Lester Landau audit pointed out 25 “matters...

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 a residence, according to a news release. “While departing the scene, a single gunshot struck their vehicle. Investigators later contained...

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 overall with his work on creating soil with natural items found in the Arctic to grow zucchini, carrots and radishes,...

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 the music of the Jerry Cans on June 16, as well as a free outdoor community concert on June...

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 a person under the age of 18 for the purpose of obtaining sexual services, two counts of invitation to sexual...

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 hours away from reaching that goal. “I’m really looking forward to one more challenge to get my (housing maintainer) certificate,”...

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 turn to make the crowd at the Frobisher Inn crack up, four judges – including famed Canadian comedian Mary Walsh...

Sanikiluaq educator convicted of sex crimes against children

Calling him a sexual predator who was brazen, canny and devious, Justice Neil Sharkey convicted Johnny Meeko of 27 charges of a 32-count indictment from 2012. “Year in and year out, Johnny Meeko remained confident that none of his young victims would dare to complain – or, if they did, he was confident that they...

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 Young says the relocation is necessary for a longer runway so bigger planes can reach the community. “Which would lead...
The Co-op supervisors participating in a two-day safety training course organized by Arctic Co-operatives are, back row from left, Jake Haganas (Rankin Inlet), Hasan Kapasi, (Kugaaruk), Reghuraj Ramachandran (Naujaat), Jamie Botelho (Toromont Arctic, Rankin Inlet), Matt Clark (Arctic Co-operatives Ltd., Iqaluit), David Bond (Rankin Inlet), Jonathan Mowery (Rankin Inlet), Wes Mazur (instructor, Crane River OHS) and Benjamin Peever (Gjoa Haven) and front row from left, Ruth Kidlapik (Naujaat), Glenn Woodford (Rankin Inlet), Michelle McPhee (Arviat), Louissa Kukkiak (Chesterfield Inlet) and Louis Angotingoar (Naujaat) in Rankin Inlet on Sept. 27 and 28. Photo courtesy Kissarvik Co-op

Kissarvik Co-op hosts supervisor training course in Rankin Inlet

Co-op supervisors from around Nunavut were in Rankin Inlet for a supervisor familiarization course this past week. The two-day course ran on Sept. 27 and 28 and was facilitated by Wes Mazur of Ontario’s Grand River Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Mazur, a former Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) safety officer who started his...

EDITORIAL: Two moments frozen in time

Double gold medalist Canadian Olympian figure stater Scott Moir is now an honourary lifetime Kivalliq hockey fan. After the image of him swigging a beer while berating the refs in the first period of the women’s hockey gold medal game pitting the U.S.A. against Canada went viral around the globe this past week at the...