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Team NT's girls hockey team gathers around following their game against Prince Edward Island at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 24. Mel Bolin/Canada Winter Games photo

Week two gets underway at Canada Winter Games for Team NT and Nunavut

And so begins another week of the North’s best and brightest doing their thing at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Week two officially got underway on Feb. 24 with three sports in action involving Team NT; Nunavut wasn’t in action. The boys and girls curling rinks took on Saskatchewan in the morning...

Fire engulfs Tundra Ridge home, no injuries

Within two hours, a home on Tundra Ridge in Iqaluit burned down to its pilings Friday afternoon. RCMP on the scene said no-one was injured. Smoke billowed from the area beginning around 2:00 p.m., as sirens echoed in the capital. By 4:00 p.m., all that remained left were smouldering pilings. Firefighters, RCMP and other emergency...

Lightstone wants more Inuit in GN staff housing

Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Lightstone continues to push for fairer use of GN staff housing. Lightstone submitted a written question to the minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corporation on Feb. 21 with the intent of learning details of how the power corporation is administering the staff housing at its disposal across the territory. Lightstone submitted...

GN paying for Kitikmeot wolf skulls as part of caribou study

Some hunters in the Kitikmeot have been warning about a high number of wolves affecting caribou herds and the Government of Nunavut is studying that concern. A pilot project that pays $300 per wolf skull has been introduced in the region as the Department of Environment researches “what’s going on with the wolf population within...

Proposed interim act delays Inuktut language instruction in schools

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Aluki Kotierk is at her wit’s end with the Department of Education on the matter of language of instruction in schools and the language rights of Inuit parents and children. Education Minister David Joanasie’s proposed Interim Language of Instruction Act passed first reading Feb. 21. “The proposed Interim Language of Instruction...

Tootoo votes no on federal Indigenous Languages Act

There was only one vote against the second reading of the Indigenous Languages Act at the House of Commons Feb. 20 – and it was from Nunavut’s representative, Hunter Tootoo. “This legislation in its present form does nothing to preserve and protect Inuit languages. I will be working with the minister and ITK (Inuit Tapiriit...

AROUND NUNAVUT: Coding, CubeSats, and committees take the stage

This weak, teachers from schools across the Baffin region met in Iqaluit to take part in expanding their own knowledge. Nunavut Arctic College joins up with Western University to build and send a small satellite out to space. Finally, QIA needs you. Teachers take coding to schools Qikiqtaaluk Nunavut teachers gathered in Iqaluit this past...
Garren Voisey of Arviat with MVP award at Bantam Rock championship in Rankin Inlet in March of 2018. photo courtesy Ryan St. John

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Bantam time

The Arviat Wolves will be returning to defend their championship title when the Bantam Rock hockey championship gets underway in Rankin Inlet from March 1 to 3. The Rankin tournament will be an excellent warmup for the Nunavut Bantam Territorial Championship, which will be held in Arviat from March 15 to 17.   Film screening...

Mom gives birth to ‘awesome’ and ‘amazing’ triplets

Cambridge Bay’s population grew by three on Feb. 10. The tiny new citizens arrived at 9:27 p.m., 9:28 p.m. And 9:29 p.m. But because Chester Jr., Chase and Mackail Arqviq were born seven weeks early, they remain at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. “We’re taking it day by day,” said mom Roseanne Kaiyogana, adding...

GN financially stable, but NTI calls budget just more of the same

Finance Minister George Hickes began his budget address Feb. 20 with a look back at Nunavut’s 20 years, listing numbers such as a 40 per cent population increase, a doubled economy, and a GDP which has grown five per cent each year since 1999. “The story of Nunavut is a story of growth,” said Hickes. “Everywhere...
Silu Autut, left, and Troy Aksalnik are half grinny and half yummy as they load-up on some delicious chile at the Rankin Inlet arena on Feb. 10, 2019. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

Effective plan for complex critical

A lot has been said, written and talked about from the arena perspective as the grand old lady on the hill lumbers through her final season before passing the puck off to the brand new arena for the 2019-2020 season in Rankin Inlet. Combined with the attached community hall, tiny curling rink, and local radio...
Jimmy Ishalook, from left, Andrew Kuksuk, Jackson Kablutsiak, Nap karetak and Robert Karetak are all smiles inside the iglu they built in Arviat on Feb. 12, 2019. Photo courtesy Robert Karetak

Five friends and an iglu

It was a quiet moment of triumph, a task finally completed, and one item scratched off the bucket list for five men who built their own iglu near Arviat this past week. Four of the five Inuit – Jimmy Ishalook, Andrew Kuksuk, Jackson Kablutsiak and Nap Karetak – had first determined to build the iglu...

RCMP investigate killing of Arviat man

RCMP intend to charge a 30-year-old Arviat man with murder in relation to the death of another man, 29, from the community. The police released details of the investigation on Feb. 20, indicating that their probe into the situation is still “in its early stages,” only beginning the day before. The RCMP’s Major Crime Unit...

Nunavut budget 2019 : Stable, confident, but careful, says finance minister

Less deficit and new money to health and wellness initiatives – these are the highlights proposed by Finance Minister George Hickes Feb. 20 in his 2018-2019 budget address. “With our debt firmly under control, and our spending closely aligned to our revenue, the overall situation is stable,” said Hickes in his address. “We can approach...

Songwriting and recording sessions planned in Cape Dorset

The Kinngait Performing Arts Club inherited some studio recording equipment as a result of the Nunavut Hitmakerz workshops and concert in the community in early February. That equipment will be put to use by local residents in the coming months, said Claude Constantineau, the performing arts club’s founder and lead organizer. “We’re going to be...
Inuuki Burke of Iqaluit makes the pad save during action against Team NT at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 18. Carly Morison/Canada Winter Games photo

Tired but resolute Nunavut boys hockey squad set for placement round

You could forgive Nunavut’s Canada Winter Games boys hockey team for being a bit gassed after their final round-robin game against Team NT on Feb. 18, a 6-0 loss to give the boys a record of one win and three losses. After all, it was their fourth full 60-minute, full-contact game in less than 36...

GN expands raw fur shipment program

Harvesters will soon be able to ship raw, frozen fox and wolverine hides south at no cost. The Government of Nunavut (GN) is expanding its raw fur shipment program. Through that initiative, the GN has been covering the cost of shipping raw, frozen wolf hides for years. The territorial government is now adding fox and...

Tom Cochrane fans recount their interactions

Garry Beattie jokes that he’s not leaving Cambridge Bay to become a “roadie” for Tom Cochrane. For two nights last week, he got to act as Cochrane’s sound technician, at least. When the iconic Canadian rocker put on a community concert on Feb. 10 and headlined the 20th Kitikmeot Trade Show on Feb. 11, Beattie...
Members of the Rankin Inlet competitive gym team turn their backs to the camera to show what the backs of their new Team Canada uniforms will look like at the upcoming international World Gymnaestrada in Austria from July 7-13. Photo courtesy Lisa Kresky

Rankin gymnasts work doggedly at fundraising as World Gymnaestrada looms closer

The founder and head coach of the Aqsarniit Ujauttaq (Northern Lights) gymnastics club in Rankin Inlet, Lisa Kresky, left for the Canada Winter Games this past week with a lot on her mind. Kresky is attending the games as part of the Women in Coaching program and is linked with the B.C. gymnastics team as...
Jade Ko goes through her routine on the floor during gymnastics action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 5

Here’s what Nunavut and Team NT will be up to on Day 5 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 19: Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Mixed doubles – Team NT vs. Yukon 9:30 a.m. Mixed doubles – Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador 10:30 a.m. Boys doubles – Team NT vs. Nunavut...

Addictions and trauma treatment targeted for funding, Hickes says in advance of budget address

The Government of Nunavut’s budget for 2019-2020 will include Health funding earmarked for the implementation of in-territory addictions and trauma treatment, based on a detailed three-pillar plan released last year. Addictions and Trauma Treatment in Nunavut: Executive Summary “Pillars one and three – the Inuit employment and the on-the-land programming, as you’ll see in the upcoming...

IN MY VIEW: Meaningful talks

A meaningful meeting is one that results in well-informed engagement for all parties of interest. This involves planning and understanding the scope of the issues at hand. When we look around us, we recognize that social matters are complex but relative; a connection with other entities. For example, when we talk about mining this involves...

EDITORIAL: Feds lack courage to protect Inuktut

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami says Inuktut is Canada’s most resilient Indigenous language. Perhaps ITK shouldn’t be broadcasting this fact. The federal government seems to have used Inuktut’s resilience to overlook the language in its proposed Indigenous languages bill. Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez’s announcement of the bill earlier this month left Inuit on the short end...

Twenty years of trade show progress

On the 20th anniversary of the Kitikmeot Trade Show, some time was devoted to reflection on how far the event, and the region, has come. A panel of original trade show participants was assembled last week and they were acknowledged for their years of dedication. The Willy Laserich Memorial Corporate Citizen Award was bestowed upon...
Chase Harron of Coral Habour battles with Connor Cozens of Yukon in front of the net during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 4

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 4 at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Nunavut vs. Prince Edward Island 4 p.m. Nunavut vs. Team NT Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Boys and girls singles matches begin Speedskating 9:10 a.m., 10:18 a.m. and...
Emma Carpenter (in orange helmet cover) prepares to go into a turn during her heat in the girls 1,500-metre event at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Jerrold Leblanc/Canada Winter Games photo

Still a glimmer of hope for Nunavut speedskaters at Canada Winter Games

Nunavut’s speedskating outfit at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., isn’t out of it yet in terms of the 500-metre and 1,500-metre events but they will need a big day on Feb. 18. The 1,500-metre will be the focus that day following the heats and quarter-finals the day before. The four girls and...
Josie Cote of Iqaluit celebrates after a goal during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Nunavut boys hockey team hits win column at Canada Winter Games

It’s been a weekend of firsts for Nunavut all around the country. The rink skipped by Jenine Bodner won Nunavut’s first main draw game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., and now, it’s the boys hockey team’s turn. The boys took to the ice against Yukon in the territory’s inaugural contest at...
Conner McKay-Ivanko of Hay River, left, awaits the serve from Caleb Bolt of Kugluktuk during table tennis action at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 16. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Table tennis leads the way for Nunavut in first day of action at Canada...

The 2019 Canada Winter Games are underway in Red Deer, Alta., and it was table tennis which kicked things off for Nunavut. The boys and girls team competitions were the first orders of business for the territory on Feb. 16 and the boys had themselves quite a good run as they managed to get to...
Team Nunavut marches into the opening ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 15. Mark Cundict/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 3

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 3 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Sunday: All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Team NT vs. Prince Edward Island Nunavut vs. Yukon 7:30 p.m. Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador Team NT vs. Yukon Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Boys...
Nunavut finally hit the win column officially at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., as the rink from the Iqaluit Curling Club defeated Quebec on Saturday by a score of 4-3. The smiling ladies are, from left, Megan Ingram, Jenine Bodner, Jennifer Blaney, Alison Griffin, Sadie Pinksen and coach Susanne Martin. photo courtesy of Curling Canada

Nunavut wins historic first game at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

It wasn’t a question of if but more a question of when Nunavut would finally be able to raise their arms in official victory at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. We now know when – Feb. 16, 2019 – and it now means every jurisdiction in the country has won at least one main draw...