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The Co-op supervisors participating in a two-day safety training course organized by Arctic Co-operatives are, back row from left, Jake Haganas (Rankin Inlet), Hasan Kapasi, (Kugaaruk), Reghuraj Ramachandran (Naujaat), Jamie Botelho (Toromont Arctic, Rankin Inlet), Matt Clark (Arctic Co-operatives Ltd., Iqaluit), David Bond (Rankin Inlet), Jonathan Mowery (Rankin Inlet), Wes Mazur (instructor, Crane River OHS) and Benjamin Peever (Gjoa Haven) and front row from left, Ruth Kidlapik (Naujaat), Glenn Woodford (Rankin Inlet), Michelle McPhee (Arviat), Louissa Kukkiak (Chesterfield Inlet) and Louis Angotingoar (Naujaat) in Rankin Inlet on Sept. 27 and 28. Photo courtesy Kissarvik Co-op

Kissarvik Co-op hosts supervisor training course in Rankin Inlet

Co-op supervisors from around Nunavut were in Rankin Inlet for a supervisor familiarization course this past week. The two-day course ran on Sept. 27 and 28 and was facilitated by Wes Mazur of Ontario's Grand...
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...

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,...

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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.,...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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...