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Pencil artist sharpens his dream

The culmination of two decades of pride, determination and effort will be on display in Baker Lake on July 6, when pencil artist Gerald Kuehl holds the Kivalliq's launch of his book, Portraits of...

Donations enable food bank to move forward in Baker Lake

The Abluqta Society distributed food to 94 hungry people in Baker Lake this past month, moving the society closer to its goal of opening a regular food bank. The society is a non-profit social enterprise...

Cambridge Bay cadets move up the ranks

The 3004 Loyal Edmonton Regiment Royal Canadian Army Cadets, also known as the Nanook regiment, gathered on June 6 to recognize achievement within its ranks. Promotions were made official and individual awards were handed...

A busy theatre season in Arviat

Drama teacher and play director Gord Billard directed three plays during the 2018-19 school year – A Thanksgiving to Remember, A Charlie Brown Christmas and An Easter Story – and completed his 18th year...

Police to provide update on Iqaluit incidents that prompted armed response

Police are investigating “an incident” in Iqaluit’s 2600s area that prompted an RCMP officer carrying a rifle to tell neighbours across the street to get inside and stay away from windows Sunday morning. Armed police...

Fire update: City of Iqaluit confirms third fire, in addition to two reported...

In addition to the shacks and the ten-plex fires, which took place the evening of June 29 and the morning of June 30, the City of Iqaluit has confirmed a third fire. Read: Fires in...

Fires in Iqaluit: a 10-plex and several shacks destroyed by fire within 12 hours

A blaze early Sunday morning in the lower plateau area, or 5300 block, took out several units of a 10-plex, and saw neighbouring multiplexes evacuated. Flames and smoke consume part of a 10-plex in the...

RCMP resolve ‘high risk, dynamic’ incident in Iqaluit’s 300 block

Iqaluit RCMP responded to a “high risk, dynamic situation” that “unfolded quickly” in the city’s 300 block on Sunday, according to a news release issued by the police force. Residents in the area were forced...

Order of Canada ‘very humbling,’ says Edna Elias

Kugluktuk’s Edna Elias has been named to the Order of Canada, the Office of the Governor General announced on June 27. Edna Elias has an extensive background in politics, Inuit language promotion, education, business and...

Nunavut art showcased in Toronto, New York

The work of Nunavummiut artists, primarily from Cape Dorset, will be in the spotlight in two upcoming exhibitions to be held in Toronto and New York. This is an untitled 1994-95 graphite, coloured pencil and...

One-year military program pushes Indigenous youth to excel

Rayjean Palluq wanted a taste of the military. He signed up for the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY), an offering at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ont., and received so much more. Palluq,...

Grade 12 grad presents case for project-based learning camp

Instead of writing a final exam for Grade 12 Social Studies, the students in Patrick McDermott’s class at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit spend their semester working on a project, then presenting it. Inuksuk High...

With a goal in mind, 16-year-old Iglulik youth is determined to graduate

Thanks to the Ayalik Fund, Kirk-Paul Kunnuk travelled from Iglulik to Kingston, Ont., for a second time June 20 for another stint on the St. Lawrence II, a 72-foot sail training vessel. This time,...

Cambridge Bay salutes search-and-rescue crew

The Hamlet of Cambridge Bay set aside the evening of June 24 to show gratitude to the community’s search-and-rescue crew. Among those to show up for the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay’s search-and-rescue appreciation evening at...

Cambridge Bay women’s crisis shelter closed for summer due to funding shortfall

Already lacking a women’s homeless shelter, Cambridge Bay is now without a women’s crisis shelter, which has effectively been shut down for the summer due to a shortfall of funds. Kitikmeot women raised concerns about...

Will territorial, national and international outcry spur governments to language and education action in...

A group of Nunavummiut, along with Canadian and international scholars, released an open letter to the world’s language commissioners gathering in Toronto today, asking for their help in addressing the language setbacks in Nunavut. “Two...

Feds lobbied for road network to connect four Kivalliq communities

The Department of Economic Development and Transportation (EDT) has submitted a proposal to fund a survey outlining the case for potential routes linking the four communities through the federal government’s National Trade Corridors Fund. The...

Top seal derby harvester fetches $8,000 prize

Kyle Anguttitauruq turned in a 42-inch ringed seal and took home the $8,000 top prize in Gjoa Haven’s annual Tuvaat Seal Derby held June 14-16. Paul Puqiqnak watches for a seal while competing in the...

Joamie students put pijitsirniq, piliriqatigiinniq in action after Nanook tupiq fire

Amid the busy year-end rush of graduations, when students of all ages across the territory celebrate educational milestones, students from Joamie School in Iqaluit took some time out to put pijitsirniq and piliriqatigiinniq in...

Donations pour in to send Kugluktuk kids to day camp

Five children will be able to attend summer day camp due to the generosity of the public and an initiative by Kugluktuk’s Andrea Niptanatiak. Enough money was raised through a GoFundMe initiative by Andrea Niptanatiak...

Agnico Eagle marks mine opening with $1 million donation to community

Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) marked the opening of its second mine in Nunavut last week by donating $1 million to two community groups in Rankin Inlet. Rankinmmiut celebrated the official opening of Agnico Eagle's Meliadine...

Removal of alcohol restrictions brings trouble to Kugluktuk

A greater volume of alcohol is flowing into Kugluktuk and the RCMP has had respond to a growing number of alcohol-related complaints. Kugluktuk Mayor Ryan Nivingalok: “Some people have got to remember that they have...

Northwestel to reimburse Rankin customers for extended outages

Northwestel plans to reimburse Rankin Inlet customers who have been experiencing extended service outages over the past few months. Customers have been complaining about periodic outages in cell and Internet connectivity, which have lasted anywhere...

RCMP report sudden death of youth in Cambridge Bay

Residents of Cambridge Bay are reeling from a fatal tragedy involving a young girl. The police responded to what they describe as a “sudden death” just outside the community on Thursday. In a news release issued...

Rangers train on new C-19 rifles outside Iqaluit

Fourteen of Iqaluit’s Canadian Rangers gathered just outside of town Monday to train on their new, long-awaited rifles. Training took place all week, June 14 to 20. Patrol Sgt. Kevin Kullualik of the Iqaluit Rangers trains...

A new president for NIYC

Inuit youth voted to make Crystal Martin-Lapenskie, originally of Hall Beach, their new president June 4. Crystal Martin-Lapenskie takes over the National Inuit Youth Council presidency from Ruth Kaviok after a June 4 election which...

Around the Kiv: Kivalliq Hall students eligible for compensation

Kivalliq Former students who lived at the Kivalliq Hall residence in Rankin Inlet between June 12, 1985 and Dec. 31, 1997 are now entitled to compensation after years of legal battles with the federal government. The...

Nunavut Teachers’ Association calls out Dept. of Education, urges public to hold government accountable

The organization that represents kindergarten to Grade 12 educators in Nunavut’s public education system is “very disappointed” and feels the Department of Education has “lied” to them, according to a news release issued Wednesday. Read:...

Federal government approves First Air, Canadian North merger

The proposed merger of First Air and Canadian North has received all necessary regulatory approvals, according to the Inuit-led proponents behind the deal. The First Air and Canadian North merger has been approved by the...

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked review concludes Inuit instruction doomed to fail

“The present configuration of the NTEP (Nunavut Teacher Education Program) is not capable of producing a bilingual, Inuit teacher workforce.” This according to the NTEP review report by Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group. The...