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IN MY VIEW: Define social justice

How would one define or try to understand social justice? This is a very broad and complex matter that involves everyone from infant to adult to grandparents and the community in general. Not an easy conversation to engage in, but with a collective attitude we can come up with ways of finding a path in...

Cambridge Bay accounting student says it’s important to talk about mental health

Kassidy Koaha-Laube will gladly share some advice with those thinking about diving into post-secondary learning at a southern institution. Cambridge Bay’s Kassidy Koaha-Laube is in the business administration for accounting degree program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. photo courtesy of Kassidy Koaha-Laube Now in her third year at the Northern Alberta...

National Indigenous board recommends progressive policy changes to improve food security in the North

After a year of consultations, an advisory board to the federal government released a set of recommendations Feb. 25 intended to spur the federal government to work harder on improving food systems in Northern Indigenous communities. Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier, a National Indigenous Economic Development Board member, says it’s time for the federal government to make meaningful...

Dogs, foxes test positive for rabies in Taloyoak

The Department of Health is advising Taloyoak residents to be vigilant for signs of rabies after foxes and dogs have tested positive for the disease. Foxes and dogs have tested positive for rabies in Taloyoak. Pixabay photo Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a fox or a dog, go to the health centre...

Let’s hand out some hardware, shall we?

So a lot of good things happened to Nunavut at the Canada Winter Games. Rocco Canil of Iqaluit hangs out Waskasoo, the mascot of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 27. Canil seemed just happy to be there and why not? photo courtesy of Sonja Lonsdale The boys hockey team...

Hickes has the boots, so time to get working

Last week, we reported that Finance Minister George Hickes was instructed by his father, former Manitoba MLA George Hickes Sr., not to follow in his footprints, but to leave his own – and they had better be prints made by work boots. He wore those boots to present his first budget. What you won’t see...

Communities seek new schools; GN offers renovations and other solutions

Getting a new school in Nunavut is no simple task. In Coral Harbour, district education authority chair Bridget Saviakjuk would very much like to see Sakku School replaced. Air quality monitoring will take place at Sakku School in Coral Harbour until a multi-year renovations plan is completed. The school’s heating and ventilation systems were upgraded...
Joanasie Illauq stands next to his small iglu while participating in the Qikiqtani Inuit Association Sakku Men's Healing program on the land near Clyde River from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, 2019. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

Men’s group takes part in four-day camp on the land

To build-up personal strengths, to begin or continue a healing journey and to move forward from past challenges were some of the goals of an on-the-land healing program in the North Baffin area. Noel Kaludjak of Rankin Inlet – co-founder of the Angutiit Makigiarninga (Men Rising Up) men’s healing group that originally started in Coral...

Graduates ‘move’ long-serving Clyde River DEA chair

When Clyde River couldn’t find enough interested community members to sit on the district education authority, Terry Kalluk stepped up. That was close to 15 years ago. Terry Kalluk has been with the Clyde River District Education Authority for close to 15 years and has been chair for the past five. photo courtesy of Terry Kalluk...
Truck-and-scoop operators, from left, Gloria Kaludjak, Beth Napayok, Hannah Pilakapsi and Angela Misheralak display the first gold dore poured at the Meliadine gold mine near Rankin Inlet on Feb. 21, 2019. Photo courtesy Agnico Eagle Mines

Golden future ahead

The Meliadine gold mine on the land near Rankin Inlet took one large step towards starting commercial production when Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) employees at Meliadine gathered around to celebrate the mine’s first pour of gold on the morning of Feb. 21. The first pour marked the culmination of a journey that began more than...
High-scoring forward Wendel Kaludjak leads his Kivalliq Inuit Association team against Team A&K in the championship series of the Rankin Inlet Senior Men's Hockey League on Feb. 27, 2019. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Championship series

Teams KIA and A&K clash tonight in game two of the best-of-five series to determine the champion of the Rankin Inlet Senior Men’s Hockey League for the 2018-2019 season. Game time is set for 8 p.m. at the Rankin Inlet arena. KIA nipped A&K 7-5 to take game one in the series. Elder’s tea Rankin...
Innosar Issakiark, right, and drama teacher Gord Billard are all smiles while attending a screening of the Grizzlies in Arviat on Feb. 20, 2019. Photo courtesy Gord Billard

The Grizzlies movie comes to Arviat

It was an emotional evening in Arviat when the community hosted a screening of The Grizzlies at the Mark Kalluak Community Hall. Innosar Issakiark was seen a number of times in the movie – a true story based on a teacher’s efforts to improve life for youth in Kugluktuk through the sport of lacrosse –...

Lightstone demands to know Inuit home-ownership numbers; seeks improvements to program

The Nunavut Housing Corporation has provided home-ownership program funding to 1,000 applicants over the past three years, but the corporation’s minister cannot specify how many of those applicants were Inuit. Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Lightstone: No incentive to move out of subsidized housing to take on a mortgage. photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut In...

MLA and ministers’ compensation shows broad range

The latest instalment of compensation and expenses pertaining to MLAs and government ministers revealed total earnings ranging between $52,343 for Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Lightstone and $95,350 for then-deputy premier Joe Savikataaq during the five-month reporting period from Nov. 6, 2017-March 31, 2018. Joe Savikataaq was the highest-earning legislator during the Nov. 6, 2017-March 31, 2018...

Nakashuk presses GN for airline merger response; says Nunavut ‘not mentioned even once’ by...

Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk is urging the GN to publicly release its input into the proposed First Air and Canadian North airline merger and expressed concern that Nunavut is being overlooked in the deal. Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk: Wants GN to make its position public on proposed airline merger. photo courtesy of the Government of...

IN MY VIEW: The fast pace of life

The first month of this New Year has come and gone like a stiff west wind, fast and furious, and already the second, too, is almost done. It makes you want to stop and look at where you ended up. In My View with Harry Maksagak We find that we forget very quickly what we...

Condition of community learning centres a ‘sad state of affairs,’ says MLA

The community learning centres in Sanikiluaq and Gjoa Haven need to be replaced, MLAs representing those communities say. Hudson Bay MLA Allan Rumbolt: Community learning centre lease in Sanikiluaq expires in four months with no known alternative.photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut “There’s a sad state of affairs for our community learning centres in...

Inuit reps give Heritage earful on Indigenous Language Act

Representatives for Inuktut speakers of the country gave the Canadian Heritage committee an earful this week about the government legislation to revitalize and protect Indigenous languages. Natan Obed Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation CEO Duane Ningaqsiq Smith echoed sentiments of independent MP Hunter Tootoo that there are no assurances Bill...

Nunavut’s children called true Arctic Inspiration Prize winners

Pond Inlet’s Pirurvik Preschool trainers will soon set off on a three-and-a-half year journey across Nunavut’s three regions to introduce their award-winning, made-in-Nunavut early childhood education program. Ilisaqsivik’s Eena Iqaqrialu, left, and Pirurvik Preschool trainer Samantha Koonoo organize the new early childhood education materials during the Clyde River preschool training in late 2017. Over the...

First gold poured at Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine mine

Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine mine is nearing commercial production and poured its first gold on the morning of Feb. 21. The first gold pour at Agnico Eagle’s new Meliadine mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, on Feb. 21. photo courtesy of Agnico Eagle Meliadine mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, as well as the...

Arviat mourns

One man is dead and another is in custody following Arviat’s first homicide in more than a decade. Police say Manasie Thompson, 29, was found dead on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Albert Napayok, 30, faces murder charges. Arviat Mayor Bob Leonard said the mood in the community has been pretty somber in the days following the...

Fatal drunk driving sentence of three years for Pond Inlet woman

A Pond Inlet woman who was driving drunk when she caused the death of another woman has been sentenced to three years behind bars.  A Pond Inlet woman who caused the death of another woman while driving drunk has been sentenced to three years imprisonment.NNSL file photo Justice Susan Cooper decided on the punishment for...

High hopes for commercial char fishery in Gjoa Haven

As a test fishery in Gjoa Haven approaches its fifth and final year, James Qitsualik is envisioning a commercial enterprise for Arctic char that could surpass the operation at Kitikmeot Foods in Cambridge Bay. Sampling fish caught in nets at Backhouse Point in Chantry Inlet are James Qitsualik, left, chair of the Gjoa Haven Hunters...

MLAs reprimand education minister over lack of breakfast, lunch programs

The Department of Education’s failure to put territory-wide school breakfast and lunch programs in place has raised the ire of MLAs John Main, Cathy Towtongie and Adam Lightstone. Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main: Existing breakfast programs are a “patchwork.”photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut “When we talk about hunger and hungry children, there...
Shanae Piercey carefully sweetens the sweets as Wally Kalluk carefully guards the secret ingredients during a Valentine's Day fundraiser for the potential graduates at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School in Baker Lake on Feb. 14, 2019. Photo courtesy Olivia Ullyot

Raising funds in Baker

The 12 potential graduates at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School are well on their way with fundraising efforts for their graduation in Baker Lake. The group is being helped along by teacher Olivia Ullyot who said, to date, the Grade 12 students are doing an exceptional job. Ullyot said it’s often a year-long task to raise...

Kugaaruk voters choose to keep ban on alcohol

The majority of voters in Kugaaruk have decided to keep the community’s prohibition on alcohol. Fifty-four per cent of voters in Monday’s liquor plebiscite preferred that alcohol remain outlawed in the community. Under Nunavut’s Liquor Act, 60 per cent of voters were needed to vote in favour of allowing restricted quantities of liquor for a...

Elizabeth Copland appointed new chief coroner; Pauloosie Suvega named new college president

GN Ministers revealed a couple of key appointments on Monday, announcing Elizabeth Copland as the territory’s chief coroner and Pauloosie Suvega as the president of Nunavut Arctic College. Copland, who’s from Arviat, has spent more than 20 years as a community coroner and previously served as chief coroner for two years, according to Justice Minister Jeannie...

Mould problems in homes ‘not about to stop anytime soon,’ minister says

Addressing mould in Nunavut Housing Corporation residences is a “slow process” and ” this is something we’re not about to stop anytime soon,” Housing Minister Patterk Netser said in the legislative assembly on Feb. 22 Netsilik MLA Emiliano Qirngnuq pressed Netser for details on the GN’s efforts to remove mould from 15 houses in his constituency...

Medical travel policy improved for pregnant women, parents and guardians

Parents and guardians travelling for a child’s medical needs can now bring their infants, Health Minister George Hickes announced in the legislative assembly on Feb. 22. Another new option through the GN’s expanded medical travel policy is for all pregnant women to have a medical escort. Previously only those who had a medical requirement for...

EDITORIAL: Wilson-Reybould could regret claim to fame

As a child, Jody Wilson-Raybould dreamed of being Prime Minister of Canada. A big dream for any Canadian, but even harder to achieve for an Indigenous person in Canada. Wilson-Raybould got pretty close, taking one of the country’s most powerful seats as Justice Minister and Attorney General after the 2015 election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals....