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RCMP investigate theft from Cape Dorset high school; intruders use drill to try to...

The RCMP are seeking suspects in a Jan. 2 theft from Peter Pitseolak High School in Cape Dorset that resulted in goods being stolen and some damage to the facility. Intruders attempted to break into...

Kenojuak Ashevak exhibition opening at University of Saskatchewan to be broadcast to Cape Dorset...

When the exhibition Kenojuak Ashevak: Life and Legacy opens at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon on Jan. 17, residents in Cape Dorset will be able to watch via broadcast at Kinngait Studios, despite...

Iglulik man charged with assaulting woman and youth

An Iglulik man is facing several charges after being accused of assaulting a woman and a female youth. Lester Aqqiaruq, 26, is due in court on Jan. 21 to answer to charges of sexual assault...

New Cambridge Bay HTO office expected to open next week

After several months of construction, the wait is almost over for the new Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization (EHTO) office building to open. The new office building for the Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization is...

Kivalliq December 2019 in review: Young fire chiefs; hockey night; elders remembered; new KIA...

Quick start Rankin Inlet The newly-opened arena in Rankin Inlet got off to a quick start with a heavy schedule during its first week of operation from Nov. 23 to Dec. 1, after its grand opening...

Kivalliq November 2019 in review: Maps and wolves; table tennis triumph; elder facility a...

Love and faith Baker Lake Each of the eight candles on Brett-Granderson Arnalugaq Ikinilik's most recent birthday cake in Baker Lake marked one year the boy was never supposed to see. It's been a tough road for...

Kivalliq October 2019 in review: Files found; realistic drill; production starts; film award

Files found Rankin Inlet The North West Co. issued a public information release notifying Kivalliq residents that materials containing health information had been recovered from the Rankin Inlet landfill site this past Feb. 28. The information belonged...

Kivalliq September 2019 in review: Body found; ITK awards; big donations; young hunters

Big donations Baker Lake Agnico Eagles Mines (AEM) made a huge splash when it donated a total of $1 million to four community initiatives in Baker Lake, with general manager of AEM's Meadowbank operations Luc Chouinard...

Kivalliq August 2019 in review: Candidate announced; local heroes; language development; festival fun

Feedback needed Rankin Inlet The Kagniqliniq Hunters and Trappers Organization (HTO) began looking for feedback from the community of Rankin Inlet on an important restoration project after the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) was approved for funds...

Kivalliq July 2019 in review: Book launch; helping hands; tragic times; camp visits

Successful program Baker Lake A program teaching youth how to prepare meat and sew sealskin mitts met with early success, while helping to improve and nurture the cultural and traditional skills of its participants in Baker...

Kivalliq June 2019 in review: More homes needed; skills workshop; female fishing champs; water...

More homes needed Kivalliq The MLA for Rankin Inlet North and Chester field Inlet, Cathy Towtongie, said the territory's housing shortage is taking a mental health toll on people, and called on Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd....

Kivalliq May 2019 in review: Foul play ruled out; Pakallak Tyme; red-hot Rock; awards...

No foul play Rankin Inlet Following an autopsy, foul play has been ruled out in the death of 33-year-old Nau jaat woman, whose body was found in Rankin Inlet on April 26, RCMP stated in a...
Tuugaalik High School Principal Aubrey Bolt, second from deft, with members of the Scottish Arctic Return Expedition team on the land near Naujaat in April of 2019. Photo courtesy Department of Education

Kivalliq April 2019 in review: Saving animal lives; volleyball glory; tourney champs; combined champs

Jersey help Rankin Inlet A new spin on a more relaxed work environment – aimed at a community's passion – ended-up providing a financial boost of $2,824 to the Ikurraq Food Bank (Deacon's Cupboard) in Rankin...
Don Peters instructs a young Tae Kwon Do student on her kicking technique during a get together of the new Tae Kwon Do club in Arviat on March 2, 2019. Photo courtesy Gord Billard

Kivalliq March 2019 in review: Big recognition; financial boost; legend passes; weather woes

Big recognition Chesterfield Inlet/Rankin Inlet Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) teacher Glen Brocklebank was named to the prestigious position of laureate trustee within the Arctic Inspiration Prize in March, while Canada 150 Medal winner Rosemary Sandy of...
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

Kivalliq February 2019 in review: Homicide; standing against fire; Arviat takes JLM; determined coach

Standing against fire Baker Lake The efforts of the people of Baker Lake in banding together to help negate the effects of a blaze that ripped through a municipal garage during the early-morning hours of Jan....

Kivalliq January 2019 in review: Students record songs; hamlet takes control; nursing shortage

Bantam gold Rankin Inlet/Winnipeg Kadin Eetuk's goal with less than a minute to play propelled the Rankin Rock to a 1-0 win over the Selkirk Fisherman and the Bantam A1 Division championship at the Winnipeg Jets...

Chester students receive holiday envelopes from the south

Students at Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) received some early holiday cheer when they received a gift from the Northern Canada Mini Projects in Chesterfield Inlet on Dec. 13. Northern Canada Mini Projects is a growing...

More role models leaving could spell trouble for Rankin

Well, valued readers, another year has passed us by and another decade has come to end. Life is good, but it, indeed, does go by fast. All in all, 2019 was a good year for the...
A polar bear took Aaron Gibbons’ life on July 3, 2018, but he managed to save his three children. Gibbons has been posthumously awarded a Star of Courage by the Governor General.

Arviat father who sacrificed himself for his children earns posthumous bravery award

The Governor General has awarded the Star of Courage to the late Aaron Gibbons of Arviat. Gibbons, 31, was killed by a polar bear on Sentry Island, approximately 10 km from Arviat, on July 3,...

Woman charged with aggravated assault after man sent to Iqaluit hospital with deep cuts

A 46-year-old woman will go to court to answer to a charge of aggravated assault after a man was rushed to Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit with several deep cuts on Jan 3. The injuries...

Nunavummiut’s wishes for 2020; residents share their hopes for the year ahead

With a new year and a new decade upon us, Nunavummiut have aspirations for a better future. Some desire kinder and gentler interactions. Fireworks ring in the new year in Iqaluit. Tristan Omik photo “I’d like less bullying...

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Extreme cold warnings issued for several Nunavut communities

Environment Canada is advising some Nunavummiut to brace for extremely cold weather over the next few days. Expect some bitterly cold conditions in Gjoa Haven and six other Nunavut communities through this weekend, Environment Canada...

Iglulik mayor aims for community self-reliance through an economic development corp

Recently-elected Mayor Merlyn Recinos comes from an economic development background and he has ambitions to help make Iglulik more self-reliant. Iglulik Mayor Merlyn Recinos envisions the establishment of an economic development corporation that would be...

Police charge 19-year-old with attempted murder in Iqaluit

A 19-year-old Iqaluit man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly running over two men with his snowmobile in what the RCMP are describing as a “gruesome attack” on Dec. 28. The assault left...

Eat, drink and be merry in Pangnirtung

Close to 160 residents poured into the Auyuittuq Lodge in Pangnirtung for the annual Christmas feast on Dec. 22. The event started at 7 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. The evening also included some...

Coping with grief, Kelly Fraser’s family releases statement

The family of Inuk recording star Kelly Amaujaq Fraser released a statement Monday revealing that Kelly died by suicide on Dec. 24 in Winnipeg. The late Kelly Fraser struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to...

First crop of civil servant-ready students graduate

The new Academic and Career Development Program through Nunavut Sivuniksavut and Carleton University has a 100 per cent graduation rate and one of the students who completed the studies has already landed a government...

Iqaluit RCMP investigating ‘gruesome’ assault near men’s shelter

A 28-year-old Iqaluit man was hospitalized in critical condition following a "gruesome" attack near the men’s shelter on Friday night. Iqaluit RCMP say they responded to a complaint of an assault in progress at close...

Child luring and sexual offences charges laid in Baker Lake

A 24-year-old man in Baker Lake has been charged with two counts of luring a child and other sexual offences following an RCMP investigation that lasted several weeks. The police didn’t release the individual’s name....