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Does Nunavut’s quality of education get a passing grade?

The number of high school graduates in Nunavut has gradually been rising, but is the quality of their education adequate? MLA John Main has been trying to get an answer to this question, but he...

Nunavut News, March 30 Edition

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Pond Inlet youth in stable condition after sliding into RCMP vehicle

A youth is in stable condition after being medevaced following a collision with an RCMP vehicle on Friday evening. The youth was sliding down a hill and crossed a road, colliding with a police vehicle...

Nunavut Tunngavik invests $1.25 million in water for community hand-washing

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated is allotting $1.25 million of its $22.5 million in federal COVID-19 response funds to ensure Nunavut communities have clean water for hand-washing. NTI is working alongside the Nunavut Association of Municipalities on...

Bingo is back in Cambridge Bay, with a twist

The days of gathering in the community hall for bingo are behind us, for now, so the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay has improvised a solution for the pandemic period. Volunteers are delivering free bingo cards...

Pond Inlet firefighters create an outdoor rink for kids

Firefighters in Pond Inlet responded to a different kind of scene on March 21, not putting out a fire but creating an outdoor rink for the kids. With the local arena being closed, kids...

City of Iqaluit updates which businesses are open and closed

For Iqalummiut wondering which businesses are still accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Iqaluit has issued an update. The following businesses are open: Arctic Ventures DJ’s Convenience Store North-mart Canada Post Baffin Gas Bar Co-op Gas Bar All Quick-Stop locations Businesses...

Disappointing start for new arena in Rankin Inlet

Expectations may have been too high in the community for any new facility to have a legitimate chance of living up to at first, but no one could have predicted what the first few...

Degrees of Success: Child welfare specialist hones her craft in B.C.

Christa Kunuk had a career-altering moment while in her early years as a counsellor at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit. A restless and troubled young boy approached her and said, “If I grow up, I'm going...

Rabies confirmed in Rankin Inlet

A fox that was in contact with at least one dog has tested positive for rabies in Rankin Inlet. Residents should be vigilant of foxes around the community due to the risk of rabies. Anybody who...

Agnico Eagle reduces activity at Meliadine and Meadowbank

Agnico Eagle announced Tuesday that it will reduce activities at its Meliadine gold mine and Meadowbank complex, which processes ore from the Amaruq gold deposit. "Even with the reduction in mining activities, we plan to...

Fox bites Gjoa Haven resident; GN warns of possible rabies

Gjoa Haven residents are encouraged to be on the lookout for foxes after a resident of their community was bitten by one of the animals. The Department of Health is warning of the potential for...

Some Nunavut students scramble home from the south, go into self-isolation

As COVID-19 created growing alarm across the country over the past week, Nunavut students studying in the south were faced with the choice of hunkering down or rushing home. Alassua Hanson, who's enrolled in the...

Stephen Mansell named Nunavut’s deputy minister of Justice

Stephen Mansell will take over as deputy minister of Justice as of April 27, Premier Joe Savikataaq announced on Tuesday. Mansell, who grew up in Nunavut, has been director of Nunavut Law Program since May...

Rankin Inlet rallies defences as COVID-19 looms

The Hamlet of Rankin Inlet began calmly solidifying its defences in preparation for the arrival of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Rankin Coun. Kelly Clark-Lindell was one of many community, regional, territorial, health, industry...

Nunavut residents must self-isolate before flying back into the territory

Starting Wednesday, Nunavummiut returning to the territory, including medical travel patients, will have to self-isolate for 14 days prior to flying back into the territory. The isolation will take place in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or...

Baker Lake MLA byelection postponed

Voters in Baker Lake won't be voting in a byelection for MLA until Aug. 24 because of COVID-19. The nomination period was supposed to open this week and the byelection was originally scheduled for April...

NNSL newspapers going to PDF-only

Northern News Services and Canarctic Graphics, which prints our newspapers, made the difficult decision this weekend to suspend print publication until further notice. To do so on the week of our 48th anniversary makes...

Degrees of Success: Gauging fallout almost three years after classroom hours cut

Retired teacher Deborah Stipdonk sees youngsters going unsupervised, parents left in a bind and she's skeptical that academics outcomes are improving as a result of losing 10 days a year of classroom time. NWT Teachers'...

Expect some COVID-19 questions when calling for service, RCMP advise

Those who contact the RCMP for assistance should be prepared to answer some questions about the coronavirus COVID-19 before the police arrive, as a safety precaution. The Mounties' telecommunications operators have been instructed to inquire...

Nunavut News, March 23 Edition

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Chief medical health officer approves of Agnico Eagle’s COVID-19 protocol, according to Municipality of...

Agnico Eagle's ongoing operations at the Meliadine gold mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, don't pose "significant risk" under the mine's COVID-19 protocol, according to a quote attributed to Nunavut chief medical health...

Judge sentences Cambridge Bay man to 3.5 years for manslaughter in a case rife...

Editor's note: This story contains some disturbing details.  A Cambridge Bay man who killed a father of 12 on a night when liquor was consumed heavily has been sentenced to 3.5 years in jail and...

Degrees of Success: Inuit superintendents guide school operations in all three regions

The term “capacity building” has often been repeated over the years, but the Nunavut Department of Education has proof that it's actually happening. Inuit superintendents are now overseeing Nunavut's school operations in all three regions....

COVID-19 devastates hospitality industry; numerous layoffs, hotel bookings plunge

As of today, there are no bars open in Nunavut and restaurants can only serve takeout meals. More than 100 staff at Iqaluit bars and restaurants have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and the...

Nancy Kadlun’s contest-winning sign to greet Kugluktuk’s future visitors

Travellers landing at Kugluktuk's airport in the future will be greeted by a large new welcome sign, and Nancy Kadlun is the one responsible for the look of it. Kadlun won a recent Hamlet of...

Agnico Eagle allows Nunavummiut workers to go home due to public health emergency

Agnico Eagle has amended its plans based on the public health emergency declared in Nunavut on Wednesday and its 400-500 Nunavut-based workers will be permitted to stay home for the next four weeks, effective...

COVID-19 puts Baffinland regulatory process in limbo

Not even teleconferences, which are growing in popularity because of COVID-19, are going to move forward Baffinland Iron Mines' Mary River phase two expansion proposal at this time. The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) announced...

Nunavut declares public health emergency; bars to close; restaurants takeout only; limitations on taxis

Nunavut Health Minister George Hickes officially declared a public health emergency on Wednesday due to COVID-19. As of Friday, all bars in the territory will be forced to close. Restaurants will only be able to...

Government of Nunavut transitions some employees to working from home

The Government of Nunavut is asking the public for patience and understanding as it begins to move its non-essential workforce to performing duties from home because of COVID-19. This should be fully in effect by...