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EXCLUSIVE: Walrus hunter recounts incredible story of survival

On Oct. 18, 1994, Pitseolak Alainga embarked on a hunting trip that would change his life forever. The young man set off by sea from Iqaluit in the hopes of harvesting walrus. Instead, eight of...

GN seeks return of unsold polar bear pelts from auction houses

Global demand for polar bear pelts has collapsed since a peak several years ago and there are consequently many unsold specimens from Nunavut collecting dust in auction warehouses in the south. Polar bear pelts were...

Nunavut News Nov. 4 Edition

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Wanted man arrested in Iqaluit

Iqauit RCMP have arrested Iola Lucassie, who was sought over the past 10 days to answer to charges of assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and uttering threats. Lucassie, 32, was taken into...

Baffin Correctional Centre introduces program for inmates to help other inmates

Baffin Correctional Centre is making an “important operational shift” to allow inmates to assist fellow inmates when incidents arise, Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak said in the legislative assembly on Friday. Peer councils made up of...

GN continues to look to Inuit organizations for housing partnership

Netsilik MLA Emiliano Qirngnuq says constituents frequently ask him for assistance to obtain housing. “It is very painful to tell a mother that there are simply not enough resources to build enough new units to...

Grateful for an elders feast

Residents in Kugluktuk have been holding a Thanksgiving feast for elders for 15 years and they did it again this October. The elementary school hosts the event. Teachers and students are central in organizing the...

Mavis Elias Adjun expanding into eco-tourism in Kugluktuk

Mavis Elias Adjun and her spouse Colin have not only learned to take over a business, they’re expanding on it. Mavis Elias Adjun is scaling up from outfitting to eco-tourism through Adjun Adventures Outfitting in...

Taking a witch home from the library

Close to a dozen youth got into the spirit of Halloween during an after-school craft session at the May Hakongak Community Library in Cambridge Bay on Oct. 23. Cambridge Bay children display their Halloween crafts...

Quassa pressures Savikataaq to make Inuit language dominant in government

On a day when Culture and Heritage Minister David Joanasie cited statistics about a growing number of Inuit language speakers in Nunavut and 82 per cent of Inuit being bilingual, Aggu MLA Paul Quassa...

No money to help build new hunters and trappers buildings, Savikataaq says

The aging and deteriorating condition of hunters and trappers buildings are a source of “ongoing frustration,” Hudson Bay MLA Allan Rumbolt said in the legislative assembly on Wednesday. “We are struggling ourselves just to replace...

North Baffin deserves its own long-term care centre, Qamaniq contends

As the debate rages over the GN’s plans to build three new long-term care centres in the coming years, Tununiq MLA David Qamaniq raised another point for consideration Wednesday: residents in North Baffin communities...

Qikiqtarjuaq suffers economically from lack of boat dock, Keyootak says

The failure to construct a long-sought-after boat dock is damaging Qikiqtarjuaq’s economy and employment opportunities, says Uqqummiut MLA Pauloosie Keyootak. “There are hardly any employment prospects locally, and many residents have no employment since Qikiqtarjuaq...

Grandparents survive terrifying plunge into icy waters near Cambridge Bay

A grandmother and grandfather are recovering after falling through the ice when their snowmobile and qamutiq hurtled into a river near Cambridge Bay on Saturday. Annie Egotik is being flown to Edmonton for health tests,...

Absence of cannabis outlets in Nunavut ‘unacceptable,’ Arreak-Lightstone asserts

More than a year after cannabis was legalized in Canada, Nunavut still has no retail outlets within the territory and that’s ‘unacceptable,’ Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Lightstone said in the legislative assembly Tuesday. Cannabis sales through...

Aggark, Aksawnee, Kabloona and Towtongie selected as Kivalliq mayors

Voters in Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove waited an extra day to vote due to snow and high winds on Monday. Here are their choices from Tuesday’s municipal elections: MAYOR Baker Lake Richard Aksawnee...

Rankin blessed with tireless volunteer base

The beat goes on in Rankin Inlet with a bevy of fundraisers for numerous sports and activities – and the amount of money raised, the generosity of the community, the sheer number of fundraising...

Sixth level black belt works with Arviat taekwon-do students

Students in a new taekwon-do club began learning from a sixth-degree black belt in Arviat last week. Taekwon-do is the Korean art of self-defense. Jim Ripley of Amherst, N.S., was brought to Arviat by Don Peters,...

Nemesis of Dracula returns to Arviat

The John Arnalukjuak Drama Club is wrapping up the run of its Halloween play with a highly anticipated public performance of the Nemesis of Dracula tonight, Oct. 30, in Arviat. At the end of the...

MLAs chastise minister over lack of funds for community learning centres

Repairs and replacements for community learning centres need to be a higher priority, several MLAs reinforced to Patterk Netser, minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College, on Monday. “When the government is making capital estimates, there’s usually...

Nunavut chooses mayors, councillors; vote in four Kivalliq communities delayed by blustery weather

Municipal elections were held in many Nunavut communities on Monday. Much of the Kivalliq will go to the polls at a later time, however, due to inclement weather — voting was postponed in Rankin Inlet,...

Kenny Bell elected as mayor of Iqaluit

Kenny Bell has been elected as Iqaluit’s new mayor. photo courtesy of Kenny Bell/Facebook Voters in Iqaluit have chosen Kenny Bell as their new mayor. Bell defeated Noah Papatsie, his only challenger, by a count of...

Around the Kiv: Remembrance Day planning

Remembrance Day venue changed Rankin Inlet The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 169 Rankin Inlet has announced the 2019 Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at the community hall instead of Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik in Rankin. The Legion...

Nunavut children’s personal information stolen from Winnipeg hospital

Some Nunavummiut who are registered as patients at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital are among 54 people whose health records were stolen last week. The personal information belonging to Nunavut children was stolen from the Winnipeg...

Main pushes government to reopen Baker Lake elders’ home; Hickes won’t commit

Friday’s session of the legislative assembly was largely devoted to elders’ issues and Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main asked Health Minister George Hickes to reopen the elders’ home in Baker Lake. Arviat North-Whale Cove...

First aid instructor’s program held in Rankin Inlet

The community now has two more certified first-aid instructors following an instruction program held in Rankin Inlet earlier this month. Fire Chief Mark Wyatt said the fire department is asked a lot to conduct first-aid...

Released criminals need more help adjusting to life after jail, Nakashuk suggests

Many of the inmates at Baffin Correctional Centre have mental health or substance abuse issues and they need more help after being released from jail, Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk says. “We don’t want (offenders) angrier...

Elder’s artwork graces the walls at Chesterfield Inlet school

A prize win at a staff party almost two decades ago has come full circle to help beautify the interior of Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) in Chesterfield Inlet. VSS teacher Ana Leishman won a prize...

New hunters and trappers building on pace for late November opening

Construction of the new Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization (EHTO) building in almost finished in Cambridge Bay. EHTO chair Bobby Greenley said the new office could be open by late November. The new office building for...

Nunavut News Oct. 28 Edition

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