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A storm that tore through south Baffin Island Thursday night wreaked havoc on roofing and power infrastructure. Avery Zingel/NNSL photo.

High winds batter South Baffin

Destructive winds hit Baffin Island on Oct. 4, sending sheet metal roofing flying into power infrastructure and causing outages across Iqaluit and Cape Dorset. Qulliq Energy Corp worked to restore power and sent line crews to patrol the distribution system for any issues overnight. In Cape Dorset, the severe weather left part of the community...

Magic with a message: Brian Glow entertains for laughs, life and wellness

Comedic magician Brian Glow is on a double mission – he devotes himself to empowering youth and he entertains adult crowds worldwide as an illusionist. Glow is touring Nunavut’s three regions in both capacities – as advocate and entertainer – including performing a fundraiser in Iqaluit May 12 for the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line. Adults attending the...

Worm disease parasite detected in Sanikiluaq walrus

The Department of Health is advising residents in Sanikiluaq that a walrus has tested positive for trichinella, a parasite that causes worm disease. If you have consumed uncooked walrus and experienced stomach pain, muscle pain, diarrhea, swollen eyelids, sweating and weakness, you might be infected with the trichinella parasite. If trichinosis is not treated it...

Rankin hunter found safe

A search-and-rescue (SAR) mission ended in success when a young man from Rankin Inlet was found after being lost on the land for three days this past month. On April 20, Kashtin Simik was travelling alone from Chesterfield Inlet to Rankin Inlet but failed to arrive at his destination. SAR teams mounted a desperate search...
Registered veterinary technician Jenn Dakin trims some of Qinu's fur and keeps an eye on his vitals as Dr. Jonas Watson (both of Winnipeg's Tuxedo Animal Hospital) checks on his patient's recovery following its surgery at the visiting vet clinic in Rankin Inlet on Sept. 20, 2018. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

Winnipeg vets treat 85 animals in Rankin

A three-person team from the Winnipeg-based Tuxedo Animal Hospital made the journey to conduct the annual veterinary pet clinic in Rankin Inlet from Sept. 18 to 22. The health team consisted of veterinarian Dr. Jonas Watson and registered veterinary technicians Jenn Dakin and Erin Dack. The clinic was organized by Page Burt and John Hickes...

Council will choose Resolute’s next mayor

There won’t be a byelection to choose Resolute’s replacement mayor. It was decided at the Feb. 22 council meeting that an existing councillor will be chosen to move into the mayor’s seat, said Daryl Dibblee, Resolute’s senior administrative officer. That individual was not selected on Feb. 22, however, because there wasn’t a full quorum, with...

SMASH delivers on sexual health education and social responsibility

Sexual health, empowerment and social responsibility – these are the themes Nunavut youth in Pangnirtung, Iglulik and Iqaluit explored in late April and early May.   “There’s very standard sex ed stuff. We talk condoms and STIs (sexually transmitted infections), healthy relationships. To branch out of that we really talk about their power of choice,...

Youth trades program enters fifth year in Baker Lake

Senior students at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School (JASS) were immersed in the trades during the fifth annual Trades Awareness, Skills and Knowledge (TASK) week in Baker Lake. Regular classes were put on hold this past week as students learned about the disciplines of mechanics, welding, culinary arts, electrical, plumbing and hairdressing. he TASK week initiative...

SPORTS TALK: Johnny Football finally comes to Canada

Honestly, can we stop with all this crap about an actual monster living in Loch Ness?If there was something there, it would have been seen and/or heard of by now. The latest waste of money on finding an invisible inanimate object lurking in the murk of the famous body of Scottish water comes courtesy of...

Fuel barrels removed from Qausuittuq National Park; more work to be done

Parks Canada officials were in Resolute last week to celebrate a cleanup project at Qausuittuq National Park. Over a few weeks in July and August 2017, 194 empty barrels scattered among various islands were rounded up and then removed by Twin Otter aircraft to Resolute as part of the Tidy Tundra = Healthy Herd campaign....

Northern News Services founder dies at 84

Northern News Services founder and president Jack “Sig” Sigvaldason died in Ottawa last night after a brief illness. He was 84. Sigvaldason began his news company in early 1972 after being fired from News of the North just before Christmas. His first newspaper, Yellowknifer, was born on his kitchen table. He eventually purchased News of...

Naujaat cadets take aim at Manitoba

Members of the 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) Naujaat marksmanship team are on pins and needles as they wait to hear if they’ve qualified for the upcoming regional competition in Gimli, Man., this coming month. Capt. Lloyd Francis said the Naujaat cadets shot their targets on Feb. 17, which were then mailed out...
Robert Alice Pootoogo stands alongside an ambulance that Gjoa Haven received via sealift in September, the first ambulance in the community's history, according to Mayor Joanni Sallerina. Tamara Tarasoff photo.

Gjoa Haven gets first ambulance

Medical patients in Gjoa Haven will rarely have to rely on pickup truck or the fire truck for transport after the community took possession of its first ambulance, which arrived by sealift in September. “We’re never had an ambulance in the community,” Mayor Joanni Sallerina said. “They were all volunteer’s vehicles. Whoever was closest to...

Awake from a nightmare

A four-year nightmare seemingly came to a close for Dave Wiseman of Rankin Inlet when charges of insurance fraud against him were stayed this past week. When charges are stayed, the Crown has one year from the day of the stay to reopen the case. Wiseman, 52, moved to Rankin more than 13 years ago...

SPORTS TALK: If we legalize weed why not sports betting?

Big news coming out of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on May 14. The court struck down a law passed the U.S. Congress in 1992 that forbade pretty much all forms of sports betting with the notable exception of the state of Nevada. This decision basically takes the sportsbook monopoly Nevada had...

Hockey tournaments big boost to Rankin economy

Visitors spent more than $230,000 during the recent Terence Tootoo Memorial (TTM) senior men’s hockey tournament in Rankin Inlet, suggests a survey conducted by the hamlet’s senior administrative officer. A total of 68 visitors answered the 11-question survey. Results show 272 people visited Rankin for the five-day tournament and spent an average of $850 per...

Iqaluit Taekwondo sees success in Ottawa

You can set your watch by it – the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society goes to Ottawa for a tournament and comes home with more medals than competitors that made the trip. That was the case this year as the society’s 17 members came home with 23 medals in total at the General Choi Taekwondo World Cup...

First Air, Canadian North to merge airlines

Longtime competitors First Air and Canadian North announced Friday that they’re joining forces to form a single airline. The airline will function under the name Canadian North and will feature First Air’s marketing brand, including its recently adopted inukshuk logo. The proposed airline, if approved by regulatory authorities, will be headquartered in Ottawa.  Makivik Corporation,...

Nunavut Election 2017 – Akeeagok runs away with Quttiktuq

Quttiktuq was a crowded field with nine candidates, but one stood out among the rest: David Akeeagok. The senior GN bureaucrat far outpaced his competitors, racking up 189 votes compared to only 78 for Mishak Allurut, his closest opponent, and 45 for incumbent Isaac Shooyook. Akeeagok said he was grateful to have received plenty of...

AROUND THE NORTH: Hamlet Day in Pang

The community of Pangnirtung celebrated Hamlet Day April 3 with games, a feast and a dance.   “The hamlet is having games such as ice sculpture, iglu-building, craziest-sled contest, furthest-slide contest, uphill-run race,” said senior administrative officer Ron Ladd. There were games for children and adults, including the ever-popular dice game later in the evening....

Big bucks for Chester qajaq program

Kivalliq was a big winner at the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) awards ceremony in Ottawa on Jan. 31. The Glen Brocklebank-led team behind the Qajaq program in Chesterfield Inlet received a whopping $140,000 to go towards their program, while, as predicted in the Jan. 31 edition of Kivalliq News, the David Clark-led Rankin Rock Hockey...

Soccer success for Nunavut

For Coral Harbour, it was a trip that ended with success. For Rankin Inlet, it was a case of very nearly. Senior Super Soccer wrapped up in Yellowknife on May 6 and Coral Harbour made sure they went home winners as their U19 girls team captured the A banner by beating Diamond Jenness Secondary School...
Pond Inlet realized $250,000 in revenue from a cruise ship docking fees during a busy summer season this year. Mike Beedell/Adventure Canada photo

Pond Inlet seeks ways to use cruise ship tourism proceeds

The Hamlet of Pond Inlet is consulting on how to manage the financial returns from this year’s cruise ship season, said senior administrative officer Daryl Dibblee. The hamlet earned $250,000 in cruise ship docking fees and has hired a consultant to determine how that money should be used to maximize the benefit to the community,...

Iqaluit student up for award valued at $100,000

For the second time since its beginnings in the late 1980s, a Nunavut student is up for a Loran Award, a post-secondary education package worth $100,000 over four years. Director of programs and operation for the Loran Scholars Foundation Heather Spratt said the foundation would like to see more applicants from Nunavut. “We have had...

Auyuittuq National Park map revamped with Inuktitut place names

The newest map of the Auyuittuq National Park will have Inuktitut place names, after years of consolidating local knowledge and consulting historical records. The Inuktitut place names map started its work in 2014, holding workshops with the Inuit Knowledge Working group for the park over two years, though it used data that is at least...

Rankin Rock takes Arctic Atoms crown

Rankin Rock A got past a spirited Arviat Wolves squad 10-6 to claim the 2018 Arctic Atoms title in Rankin Inlet on Feb. 4. The tourney also featured the first all-girls team to compete (Rock Girls), and the Rock Novice and Rock B teams, as well as Naujaat, Coral Harbour and Baker Lake. Organizer David...

Arviat hockey guru receives Commissioner’s Award

For the past 15 years, Gleason Uppahuak has spent countless hours organizing and overseeing hockey programs in Arviat – and he wasn’t doing it for accolades. Uppahuak was doing it for his love of the game. A game that’s been with him for his entire life. And, when he got word he was receiving a...
Up to four cannabis plants can be grown in Nunavut households after marijuana becomes legal on Oct. 17. Pixabay photo.

Nunavut on track for Oct. 17 online cannabis orders

by Avery Zingel and Derek Neary Nunavummiut will be able to order cannabis online starting Oct. 17, as the Government of Nunavut edges closer to finalizing its supplier. “The final preparations are coming together really nicely and we’re confident we’ll be ready for day one,” said Dan Young, director of Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis for...

KIVALLIQ NEWS BRIEFS: Baffin claims cup

Baffin claims Cup Baffin defeated the Kivalliq Canucks 3-1 to take the Challenge Cup two games to one in Rankin Inlet this past week. The series ran from Feb. 20-22 at the Rankin arena. The Baffin squad had to fight back and take games two and three in the series after dropping the opener 3-1...

Seeking justice for experimental Eskimos

There was a time when Jeanne Mike faced a lifetime sentence of loss and longing, a sentence that began when she was removed from her family home in Pangnirtung at age seven. Mike’s braids were shorn and she became one of seven known Inuit children who were collected into a federal government program called The...