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Greater vigilance over Dolphin and Union caribou

Representatives from hunters and trappers organizations in the Kitikmeot and the Beaufort Delta region of the NWT will aim to meet more regularly and jointly with wildlife technicians from both territories to discuss the status of the Dolphin and Union caribou herd. That was one of the recommendations from an Aug. 16-17 meeting of hunters...

Quassa chosen as premier

One ballot is all it took for Nunavut’s newest assembly to elect Paul Quassa as Premier. The elder statesman was chosen to lead for the next four years over three other candidates: Patterk Netser, Joe Savikataaq and Cathy Towtongie. “I am out of words,” he said, after his win was announced. New Speaker Joe Enook...

Lest we forget

People came out to honour the memories of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom across the Kivalliq this past week. More than 400 students, teachers and members of the community packed into the gymnasium at Tuugaalik High School for Naujaat’s Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 10. Naujaat traditionally holds its...

Baker Lake gets new playground

Baker Lake didn’t go long without a playground at the school. The Department of Education installed a new play structure last week just a few days after the community’s SAO Sheldon Dorey raised concerns that the previous one had been demolished with no attempt to salvage it. In an email to Kivalliq News which included...

Merkosak Construction has adapted to a changing business environment

Simon Merkosak is a businessman who realizes the value of partnerships. When he got Merkosak Construction off the ground in 1988, purchasing heavy equipment was out of reach, so he struck a deal with the local Co-op to rent their heavy equipment. More recently, when the Government of Nunavut stopped tendering labour-only construction contracts, which...

Rankin gymnasts take on Vegas

The members of the Rankin Inlet Aqsarniit Ujauttaq (Northern Lights) gymnastics club crossed one stop off of their dream list, and put in a strong showing at a competition in Las Vegas from March 2 to 4. The event played host to more than 80 clubs from across Canada and the United States. The Rankin...

Cambridge Bay Tea Talk: Getting ready for frolics

HALLUKKAFFI IKALUKTUTIAMIT. NAMAINAKTURUT. HIKINIK NUITALIKMAT ALIANAHIYUK. INUIN IKALIKKIVAKTUT AUDLAATIVAKTUT. TUKTU HIUKTUTLU OMINGMAKHIUKLIKPAKTUT TUNIYUKHAT INUNGNUN IKALUKTUTIAMI. QUANA IKAYUKPAKTUT NIKIMIK. NUTAKKAT NAMAINNAKTUTLU. ILIHALIALIKPAKTUT BUS INGILGAYUK. KATIMANIAKMIYUT IKALUKTUTIAMI AMIGAIKNIALIKMIYUK INUIT KUNGNIAKTITINAHUAT FEBRUARY 12, 113, 14, 2018. MIKHANIKLU HANAUYANIKLU PIUMAYUT NIUVIKTUKHANIK. NAUNAIPKUT HANAKIYAUYUK HUMI PINAHUAT. TAUTUKLUGU NAUNAIPKUT. ILANI HILA ALAPPAKNAIKPAKTUK. PINNIKHIYUK NUNAKPUT ILLA. NAMAKLUHI. IKAYUKPAKLUGIT ILATIT NAUTKATITLU. TUPAAKPAKLUGIT NUTAKKATIT...

New Pond Inlet research facility joins Arctic network

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) Catherine McKenna announced the opening of a new research facility while in Pond Inlet to celebrate the final boundaries of the Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) national marine conservation area. “Science is the foundation of maintaining healthy biodiversity in Canada, and I am thrilled that our scientists have...

‘It’s really good in my heart’

Four days after returning from Bathurst Inlet, elder Eva Kakolak was still overjoyed and sentimental while discussing her time back at home in the Bathurst Inlet area. “It was fulfilling. It’s really good in my heart right now,” she said. “I can go on again forever and ever, until the Lord takes me. It made...

Kitikmeot mayors cry foul over lack of land use plan hearing in their region

The Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) is currently working on a supplementary funding proposal and budget to submit to the federal government, hoping to finally move the territory-wide land-use plan to completion. Download the 2016 draft Nunavut Land Use Plan  Feds ignoring Nunavut Planning Commission funding concerns Controversy over Nunavut land use plan continues   The...

First Air’s new Iqaluit cargo warehouse still on track for 2020 completion

The GN is currently reviewing First Air’s application for a parcel of land in Iqaluit where the company hopes to build its new cargo warehouse. The company received $12.7 million towards the new building from the National Trade Corridors Fund in a May 2018 announcement. “Requests for leases on airport land are all reviewed for...

Government of Nunavut announces fall education consultations

The Government of Nunavut will consult all communities this fall on proposed changes to education and language laws and the role of district education authorities. The Coalition of Nunavut DEAs (CNDEA), representing regional education authorities was “completely taken by surprise” by the announcement of the eight week consultation, wrote the coalition in a Sept. 6...
Davidee Kudluarok of Sanikiluaq, seen during the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto, was one of the stars of the show at the Nunavut Badminton Championships in Iqaluit earlier this month. NNSL file photo

Nunavut Badminton Championships crown territorial champions and identify 2019 Canada Winter Games team

The territory’s badminton community convened on the capital earlier this month for the Nunavut Badminton Championships with more than just territorial titles on their minds. Players from 14 communities hit the courts at Inuksuk High School and Joamie School in the U16, U19 and U23 divisions to determine the best in the territory for 2018...
A Hercules aircraft was among the resources deployed to search for three missing hunters in Cape Dorset on Oct. 10. One of the hunters was rescued, another was found deceased. The third is presumed dead. Cpl D Hiebert/Canadian Armed Forces photo.

Search for missing hunter now a recovery effort

A missing Cape Dorset hunter is presumed dead and a search for him is now a recovery effort. Two of the man’s hunting companions were located Wednesday – one alive, the other dead. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre withdrew its planes and crews and a Coast Guard ship was called off after they and local...

Honouring Cambridge Bay’s women

HALLUKKAFFI IKALUKTUTIAMIT. KAIYUKNAKTUK ILANI. KIHIMI HIKINIK KULVAKPAKTUK. ALIANAKHIYUK. AUDLAGIAMI. IKALUKHIULIKPAKTUT INUIN. ANGUNIAKTIIT KATIMAKATAKTUT IKAYUKHUGIT TAPKUAT TIKIHIMAYUT IHIVHIUKTUNUTLU. NUTAKKAT NAMAINAKTUT INUINLU. KATIMAVAKTUTLU ULISSIKNAHUAT ULAPKILIKKATA OMINGMAK FROLIKKATA. Welcome to the sunny side of Victoria Island in the busy community of Cambridge Bay. It is exciting to have longer daylight hours and warmer weather with more residents going...

Iglulik mayor defends elder who shot polar bear, cub

An Iglulik elder who shot a mother polar bear and her cub within municipal boundaries did the right thing, says Iglulik Mayor Celestino Uyarak. The two bears were killed over the Christmas holidays and the elder subsequently received several phone calls from outside the community criticizing his actions, according to the mayor. “Any polar bears,...
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...

Rally acknowledges injustice, racism and pain

In response to two murder trials that returned not-guilty verdicts in connection with the deaths of two Indigenous youth in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Iqalungmiut gathered Feb. 27 to show solidarity, grieve, and express their own fears and hopes. “Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine and many, many Indigenous people all over Canada died because they were...

Gearing up for back to school

Hello from Cambridge Bay. The summer is flying by very fast. Everyone is busy and the weather is different this year. Everyone is happy to see the ice gone from around the island and the travelling area. Although the ice was late to go this year, people were still able to go boating, hunting and...

Gjoa Haven finds ways to improve school attendance

Teachers and education board members in Gjoa Haven have been looking for ways to improve attendance, and this year they seem to have found a solution that is taking off. As an incentive through a promotion with airline Canadian North, the top attending students at each of Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik and at Quqshuun Ilihakvik, along with...

Quassa assigns cabinet positions

The 22 MLAs of Nunavut’s 5th legislative assembly elected seven cabinet ministers Nov. 17, and today Premier Paul Quassa assigned them portfolios. The legislators met for their first sitting despite the fact the City of Iqaluit was on its second day of closure due to dangerous weather conditions. “While we certainly have significant work ahead...

Putting the pedal to the gravel

There will be races and jumps galore next summer on Cape Dorset’s new outdoor BMX track, the vision of three dedicated volunteers. “We wanted to give them a space to be able to ride their bikes, have a good time and hang out with friends,” said Will Sandoval, one of the people who gave up...

A fond farewell

Julia MacPherson’s performance while teaching for seven years in Naujaat received a ringing endorsement when she was presented with a teaching award from the Nunavut Teacher’s Association in Iqaluit on April 6. Tuugaaruk High School teacehr and vice-principal Julia MacPhersdon of Naujaat is all smiles after being presented with a teacher’s award in Iqaluit on...

Mayor upset over sudden cruise stop

As the Northwest Passage attracts more cruise ships, Taloyoak Mayor Simon Qingnaqtuq plans to make a point about the need for improved security and communications. Close to 150 unannounced guests wandered through his community on Aug. 29 when the cruise ship Bremen made an unscheduled stop. Qingnaqtuq said the ship’s apologetic captain came to his...

Baffinland seeks faster NIRB process

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. wants the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) to streamline its process to avoid the company having to take unfortunate steps, such as reducing staff, it stated in a June 6 letter to the regulator. “To deliver the permitted quantities of iron ore to markets for the early revenue phase, Baffinland has...

Women’s shelters enter a new era

After a tumultuous year, YWCA Agvvik Nunavut has completed its reboot with a new board of directors elected March 22 at the organization’s annual general meeting. Agvvik is the volunteer organization that runs the two women’s shelters in Iqaluit. Qimaavik is a 26-bed shelter for women fleeing domestic violence, and Sivummut is a 12-bed shelter...

Meeting the challenge

The community of Rankin Inlet and supporting territorial personnel were given passing grades for how they handled a mock emergency scenario put on by Operation Nanook earlier this month. The operation officially ran from Aug. 14-25. Taking part in the exercise were members of the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and Joint Task Force...

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...

Cleaner, but still more work to do

HALLUKKAFFI IKALUKTUTIAMIT. HILA ALIANAKHIYUK. MANNIKHIUKTUT INUIN. IKALUKPALLIKMIYUT IKALUKTUTIAMI. KOANA. IKAKHAKTUT AMIGAITUT UNULIKNGAGNAT. NAMAINAKTUT INUIN. HIKUILIKMIYUK KILAMINNUAK. Welcome to beautiful Cambridge Bay. The roads are free of ice and snow but now there is a bad problem with dust! Yes, every year dusty roads are a great problem in Cambridge Bay. The Hamlet is now beginning...

Caribou poster winners

Students from Arviat and Baker Lake made a huge showing in the 2017 Beverly and Qamanirjauq Caribou Management Board’s (BQCMB) Poster and Prose contest during the BQCMB’s 84th meeting in Winnipeg, Man, earlier this month. The contest is the second phase of the BQCMB’s campaign, You Can Make a Difference – Caribou for the Future,...