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Cambridge Bay’s triplets are coming home

Triplets Chase, Mackail and Chester Jr. Arqviq are expected to have medical clearance to come home to Cambridge Bay next week. From left, sleepy and adorable Chase, Mackail and Chester Jr. Arqviq get some rest. If everything goes according to plan, they should be home in Cambridge Bay next week. photo courtesy of Roseanne Kaiyogana...

Kiilinik student reflects on Asian adventure

Weary but thrilled Kiilinik High School travellers returned from a trip to Asia on April 24. The Kiilinik High School travellers take a seat after spending a day at Disneyland in Hong Kong, shortly before heading back to Canada. The group included Corbyn Klengenberg, Patti Bligh, Mackenzie Otokiak, Dasha Erickson, Sasha Evetalegak, Rhea Nakashook, Cyril...

All systems go for red-seal electrician Brandon Oolooyuk

PUBLISHER NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 As a red-seal journeyman electrician, Brandon Oolooyuk is now working for the biggest power consumer in the Kivalliq region and, at other times, for himself. Rankin Inlet’s Brandon Oolooyuk is a red-seal journeyman electrician at Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine gold mine. He is also the proprietor...

He never took no for an answer – remembering Joe Enook

Joe Enook’s death the evening of Friday, March 29 – made public the next morning – devastated his friends and colleagues, and saddened many Nunavummiut. Tununiq MLA and Speaker of Nunavut’s legislative assembly, who died March 29, is remembered as a man who stood, first and foremost, for Inuit. photo courtesy Michel Albert The following...

Jimmy Noble Jr. named deputy minister of environment

Jimmy Noble Jr. will become deputy minister of environment as of May 13. Jimmy Noble Jr. will serve as deputy minister of environment as of May 13. photo courtesy of Jimmy Noble Jr. The announcement came on Friday afternoon from Premier and Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq. “Mr. Noble has been a great asset to the...

Apparent Iqaluit stabbing leads to aggravated assault arrest

Iqaluit RCMP have arrested and charged a 25-year-old man in Iqaluit following an apparent stabbing in the capital city. Police responded to a residence in the 1600 block on Thursday. Paramedics were already on scene, attending to a wounded man who was then taken to Qikiqtani General Hospital by ambulance for further treatment. He is in...

Tagaq’s Split Tooth nominated for first novel award

Inuk performer Tanya Tagaq’s first literary contribution, Split Tooth, is up from another award. Inuk performer Tanya Tagaq is up for the $60,000 Amazon Canada and The Walrus Foundation’s 43rd annual First Novel Award.photo courtesy Penguin Random House Amazon Canada and The Walrus Foundation has the book as one of its nominees for the 43rd...

Nanilavut program leads to relief for those searching for loved ones’ graves

Jack Anawak searched for his mother’s grave for years, mostly trying to track word-of-mouth information offered to him. Now the Nanilavut (Let’s find them) database has confirmed the location. Nanilavut officially launched March 8 in Iqaluit when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized for the government’s treatment of Inuit during the tuberculosis epidemic (TB). Jack Anawak,...

Woman charged with aggravated assault against man in Iqaluit

A 52-year-old Iqaluit woman faces an aggravated assault charge following an incident involving a man on Wednesday. RCMP responded to a disturbance in the 500 block area of Iqaluit and found a man “in distress,” requiring medical attention. He was transported to Qikiqtani General Hospital by ambulance. He’s reportedly in stable condition. In addition to...

GN schedules Tununiq byelection for September

A byelection will be held for the Tununiq seat in Pond Inlet on Sept. 16, the Government of Nunavut announced Thursday. The seat became vacant with the death of MLA Joe Enook in March. Enook first assumed the seat in a 2011 byelection. He was re-elected in 2013 and again in 2017. Premier Joe Savikataaq...

Community should be proud of dog effort

Fire Chief Mark Wyatt is probably bang on when he says there are still people who would prefer every stray dog caught in Rankin Inlet be shot, rather than shipped south and found a new home for. But Rankin has come an incredible way in the way dogs, in general, are treated in the community...

GN awards sealift contracts

The Government of Nunavut has chosen Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc. (NEAS) as its dedicated sealift supplier for Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Arctic Bay, Qikiqtarjuaq, Clyde River, Grise Fiord, Pond Inlet, Resolute Bay, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Rankin Inlet, Whale Cove, Arviat, Coral Harbour, Kugaaruk and Sanikiluaq. The NEAS cargo ship MV Mitiq will be...

Designers Attagutsiak and Kakuktinniq bring it home

For fashion designers Victoria Kakuktinniq and Melissa Attagutsiak, sharing the thrill and success of a job well done with family and friends is at the heart of the Upingaksaaq Fashion Show the two teamed up to produce April 20 in Iqaluit. Nuvuja9’s Melissa Attagutsiak, left, and Victoria’s Arctic Fashion’s Victoria Kakuktinniq meet with news media...

TEA TALK: Proud of our travelling youth

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Paul Pryce is the principal adviser to the Consul General of Japan in Calgary. He frequently writes on Northern policy approaches.

GUEST COMMENT: Charting a course for Nunavut’s offshore fisheries

As Nunavut’s current five-year Fisheries Strategy enters its fourth year, it is worth taking stock of Nunavut’s emerging offshore fisheries industry and opportunities for further growth. Paul Pryce is the principal adviser to the Consul General of Japan in Calgary. He frequently writes on Northern policy approaches. With the decision by Canada’s Department of Fisheries...

EDITORIAL: If we had a billion dollars

As the world watched, the famed Notre-Dame de Paris burned. As Catholics and other Christians were preparing to celebrate Easter, they’re calling it a Holy Week miracle that the building escaped total destruction. As of this writing, the damage was limited to the iconic spire, the roof and some areas below. The facade and the...

Photos: Nunavut fashion comes home after Paris

Designer Victoria Kakuktinniq of Victoria’s Arctic Fashion and Nuvuja9 designer Melissa Attagutsiak met in Paris at International Indigenous Fashion Week, held during Paris Fashion Week in early March. Designer Victoria Kakuktinniq of Victoria’s Arctic Fashion (VAF) leads the finale walk with models wearing her designs, at the Upingaksaaq Fashion Show she jointly presented with Nuvuja9...
Flames light-up the darkness as a horrific fire rips through the Hamlet 6 municipal bay garage in Baker Lake during the early morning hours of Jan. 29. photo courtesy of Hamlet of Baker Lake

Baker Lake residents get through major fire with a little help from their friends

The hamlet of Baker Lake recently sent out a letter of appreciation to all who helped them overcome the fire that destroyed most of the hamlet’s municipal fleet of vehicles in January. Flames light-up the darkness as a horrific fire rips through the Hamlet 6 municipal bay garage in Baker Lake during the early morning...

Edmonton teams salute Rankin Rock ‘B’ peewee team’s special player

Referees, players on the Valleyview Icebears and their coaches reached out to the Rankin Rock peewee ‘B’ team to produce a couple of incredible memories for the very special captain of the Rankin team, Jackie Nakoolak. Young special needs player Jackie Nakoolak of the Rankin Rock peewee ‘B’ team had a number of memorable moments...

Nunavut delegation examines renewable energy options in Alaska

Cambridge Bay economic development officer Angela Gerbrandt will be among 10 Nunavut delegates from across the territory heading to Kotzebue, Alaska, from April 23-May 4 to learn about renewable energy options. A delegation from Nunavut is in Alaska until May 4 to learn about renewable energy options that are proven to work in cold Northern...

Baker Lake students open time capsule

Students at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School (JASS) in Baker Lake recently reveled in looking through items stashed away a decade ago. Rachel Tagoona-Tapatai, left, and Rhoda Parker with their Grade 2 class photo. Students at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School in Baker Lake opened their 10-year-old time capsule on April 10. photo courtesy of the Department of...

Nunavut MLA insists government can hire more Inuit in construction

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 The Government of Nunavut can employ more Inuit on its capital projects, insists Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main. Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main: “The local labour force is (deemed) inferior compared to this transient workforce and I think it’s an unfair comparison.” photo...
Construction workers open crates of supplies to build new homes in Arviat in October. Twenty units are scheduled to go up during the 2019-2020 construction season. photo courtesy of Nunavut Housing Corporation

Money for Nunavut housing drops 16 percent in 2019

With a $55-million construction budget, the Nunavut Housing Corporation is planning to build 79 new residential units in communities outside Iqaluit in 2019-20. That's down from 2018-19 when the housing corporation had $65.7 million earmarked...

NTI unveils report at UN: Nunavut education a crime against Inuit

Nunavut’s education system violates domestic and international laws, according to a new research report commissioned by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) and released at the 18th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City April 22. “Education in Nunavut has a history of cultural genocide, linguicide, econocide and historicide, and...

Pond Inlet receives grant from Jays Care Foundation to help rebuild baseball field

The Toronto Blue Jays may not ever get to Pond Inlet anytime soon but a piece of the team will be around in the community for years to come. The Jays Care Foundation, the Blue Jays’ charitable organization, announced on April 14 that Pond Inlet was one of 15 communities around Canada to receive a...

Nattiq Frolics pays tribute to Lucy Ann Maniyogena

One of Nattiq Frolics’ biggest supporters isn’t there to celebrate the spring carnival this week but she hasn’t been forgotten. An animated Lucy Ann Maniyogena gets up on her toes. Peter Taptuna, her brother-in-law, describes her as “part comedian, singer and dancer all put together in one.” photo courtesy of Miranda Atatahak Lucy Ann Maniyogena...

Qaggiavuut takes on the world, hoping to bring the world to Nunavut

With $500,000 from the federal government, Qaggiavuut is one step closer to fulfilling the dream of a performing arts centre in Nunavut. The Qaggiq Hub, an Inuit performing arts and cultural learning centre, as conceived by Qaggiavuut, would include much-needed gallery and workshop space to support and present Nunavut’s visual artists, screening and projection for...
Debbie Baker proudly displays her awesome catch that measured-out at 43 1/16 inches during the Rankin Inlet Trout Derby in Rankin from May 18-21, 2018. photo courtesy of Pamela Pilakapsi

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Fishing derby season

Fishing derby season is about to swim its way across the Kivalliq region and Arviat has announced its annual Trout and Pike Derby has been set for this upcoming month from May 3 to 5. Debbie Baker proudly displays her awesome catch that measured-out at 43 1/16 inches during the Rankin Inlet Trout Derby in...

First Qikiqtaaluk science fair in 18 years yields three projects for nationals

Thanks to a movement to resurrect science fairs in the region, three Inuksuk High School students will represent the Qikiqtaaluk at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in May, providing $10,000 can be raised. The national fair takes place in Fredericton, N.B. May 15 to 17. Chaperone Jean-Francois Latour, left, and Qikiqtaaluk science-fair winners Lena Chown, Rosalie...
Christine Wilson and Andrew Quackenbush have time to reflect on their outlaw ways while locked-up at the arena jail during the Jail 'N' Bail fundraiser for the Rankin Rock novice team travelling to a Winnipeg tournament in Rankin Inlet on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Mark Wyatt

Jail birds come through for hockey team

The Rankin Inlet fire department and bylaw stepped up to help the Rankin Rock novice team fundraise in Rankin Inlet on April 5. Christine Wilson and Andrew Quackenbush have time to reflect on their outlaw ways while locked-up at the arena jail during the Jail ‘N’ Bail fundraiser for the Rankin Rock novice team travelling...