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One-stop shopping for hunting, fishing, safety and Arctic Cat

The Rankin Inlet business community has a new member after Nitsik Leasing and Sales held its grand opening last week in Rankin Inlet. A customer takes a close up look at some of the numerous items for sale at the Nitsik Leasing and Salres Grand Opening in Rankin Inlet on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. photo...

Taloyoak man charged after several shots fired

A 21-year-old Taloyoak man faces several charges, including discharging a firearm with the intent to endanger life, following a shooting incident in the community on April 11. Wikimedia Commons photo Lawrence Kootook was arrested after the RCMP responded to a report of a man firing a weapon within the hamlet. Several rounds were reportedly discharged....

Iqaluit man charged with kidnapping

RCMP received a complaint last Wednesday, April 10, that a man was taken from his Iqaluit residence by another man, then held against his will. RCMP state they arrested an Iqaluit man. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. Gabriel Choquette, 23, was charged with kidnapping with a firearm, as well as...

A fond farewell

Julia MacPherson’s performance while teaching for seven years in Naujaat received a ringing endorsement when she was presented with a teaching award from the Nunavut Teacher’s Association in Iqaluit on April 6. Tuugaaruk High School teacehr and vice-principal Julia MacPhersdon of Naujaat is all smiles after being presented with a teacher’s award in Iqaluit on...
Tuugaalik High School Principal Aubrey Bolt, second from deft, with members of the Scottish Arctic Return Expedition team on the land near Naujaat in April of 2019. Photo courtesy Department of Education

Success of historic trek based on Inuit knowledge

Despite losing one of its members, the Arctic Return Expedition is continuing its hike across the tundra in an attempt to re-enact Orcadian explorer John Rae’s historic 1854 650-kilometre trek from Naujaat to the coast adjacent to King William Island. Tuugaalik High School Principal Aubrey Bolt, second from deft, with members of the Scottish Arctic...

AROUND NUNAVUT: An igluvigaq, a wellness tour, and art as a tool for...

Year of programming wraps up with igluvigaq-building workshop Qikiqtarjuaq Jenny Mosesie, front, and Sarah Kokseak cut blocks for the igluvigak-building workshop led by Loasie Alikatuktuk in Qikiqtarjuaq the weekend of April 6.photo courtesy Celine Jaccard Nunavut Youth LEAP (Land-based Educational Adventure Programs) hosted an igluvigaq-building workshop led by Loasie Aliqatuqtuq in Qikiqtarjuaq the weekend of...

Leona Aglukkaq to run for Tories in October federal election

Leona Aglukkaq, former Nunavut MP and federal Minister of Health and Environment, announced her plans to once again run for the Conservatives in the October 2019 federal election.NNSL file photo The Conservative party announced April 12 former Nunavut MP and cabinet minister Leona Aglukkaq is their candidate of choice in the upcoming fall federal election....
The Serve-ivors of Gjoa Haven captured the women's title at the Gold Diggers Volleyball Tournament in Gjoa Haven on April 7 thanks to a five-set win over The A-Team in the final. They are, from left, Flora Arqviq, Sharon Takkiruq, Martha Porter, Karen Aaluk, Nessa Ann Sallerina, Marlene Akkikungnak and Courtney Takkiruq. photo courtesy of Kim Rowley

Gjoa Haven and Naujaat share spoils at Gold Diggers Volleyball Tournament

Big money and big bragging rights in the Kitikmeot region were up for grabs on the volleyball court earlier this month. The Gold Diggers Volleyball Tournament brought together a total of 16 teams – eight men’s and eight women’s – from Taloyoak, Naujaat and Gjoa Haven, the host community and when the dust settled, it...

Panel and industry reps discuss why more Nunavut youth aren’t into mining

Industry champions are getting serious about interesting the younger generation in mining careers. Each year, the Nunavut Mining Symposium gathers hundreds of industry-related workers in the capital to share information about multiple topics but, for the first time, youth engagement made it on the agenda. “What seemed to be a missing element was engaging the...

Inuit Nunangat youth to develop community initiatives with new federal funding

The four Inuit regions are getting $660,000 to help address the significant social and economic inequalities faced by Northern youth, which create barriers to developing the knowledge and skills needed to support their communities, from a new federal program called Expedition to Community (E2C). Elder David Serkoak, left, Pontiac Quebec MP Will Amos, Students on...

Inuk heart surgeon ‘one to watch’, says Queen’s University alumni association

Canada’s first Inuk heart surgeon Donna May Kimmaliardjuk received the One to Watch Award at the Queen’s University Alumni Association Awards Gala April 6, one of 11 awards given to outstanding graduates. Canada’s first Inuk heart surgeon Donna May Kimmaliardjuk, centre, receives her One to Watch Award from Queen’s University Alumni Association president Jeremy Mosher,...

Amazing On The Land photo contest winner loves her ‘cool dad’ Matthew Kunangnat

In 2018, Winnie Seeteenak snapped a photo of her “cool dad” Matthew Kunangnat doing something he loves – ice fishing out at Big Hips Island outside Baker Lake. The photo won the Nunavut News Amazing On The Land photo contest March 18.photo courtesy Winnie Seeteenak Matthew Kunangnat loves to get out on the land when...

Bart Hanna’s Sedna unveiled at Parliament Hill

Iglulik artist Bart Hanna Kappianaq, creator of a new Sedna sculpture for the 20th anniversary of Nunavut’s status as a territory, received all the protocol Ottawa has to offer April 8. Iglulik artist Bart Hanna Kappianaq, left, and Speaker Geoff Regan unveil Hanna’s Sedna at the West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 8.photo...

Iqaluit chamber membership drive offers benefits to local business

The Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce, resurrected in early 2017 after an inactive phase, is seeking to up its membership from 42 to 55 in 2019. That’s a far cry from the 18 members – eight of which were lifetime members – in early 2017. There are roughly 300 businesses in Iqaluit. Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce...

Two charged with murder in Pond Inlet

RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit have charged two people with second-degree murder in Pond Inlet. Police state Pond Inlet officers responded to a disturbance in the early morning hours of April 7. They located a deceased 21-year-old man. “The circumstances surrounding his death is suspicious and is being treated as a homicide,” according to the news...

Cambridge Bay in talks for garbage-burning incinerator

Cambridge Bay council has a burning desire to reduce the waste piling up at the community’s landfill, and the answer might lie in adopting an incineration system used in Alaska. Cambridge Bay Mayor Pamela Gross stands at the base of the signpost in Utqiagvik, Alaska, the northernmost city in the United States. Gross and senior...
Eekeeluak Avalak of Cambridge Bay, seen during the Nunavut Wrestling Championships in Pangnirtung in January, won himself a silver medal in the boys U17 55-kg weight class at the U17/U19 Canadian Wrestling Championships in Fredericton, N.B., on Saturday. photo courtesy of David Kilabuk

Eekeeluak Avalak wins silver medal at Canadian Wrestling Championships

There’s a wonderful think about being from Nunavut and going to a national championship. No one takes you seriously until you beat them and even then, they still don’t take you seriously. Eekeeluak Avalak of Cambridge Bay was in that sort of situation at the U17/U19 Canadian Wrestling Championships in Fredericton, N.B., on Saturday and...
The Kivalliq Jr. Canucks peewee team bear their gold medals in triumph at the MICEC Annual Indigenous Minor Hockey Tournament in Winnipeg last month. Photo courtesy of Gleason Uppahuak

Peewee Canucks dominate in Winnipeg

All three Kivalliq Jr. Canucks teams made a good showing at a Winnipeg hockey tournament March 22 to 24, but one team really outshone the competition: the peewees. “Every game they had a mercy except one, the third game, but every other game was 8-0,” said Gleason Uppahuak, one of the team coaches. “Even the...

Nunavut’s economy will see very high growth in coming years, says GN economist

The territory’s immediate economic forecast is looking good, with very high growth in the next four years, though it must overcome challenges in the longer term, such as graduating more students from high school and finalizing a land-use plan. This is according to the Government of Nunavut’s senior economist Francois Picotte, who spoke at the...

With warm weather comes Toonik Tyme

The 54th Toonik Tyme kicks off with an opening ceremony April 11, with the naming of the 2019 Toonik, as well as the Honorary Toonik. Outdoor games at Nakasuk School, such as the blanket toss seen here, drew a crowd on the afternoon of the first full day of Toonik Tyme April 13 last year....

AROUND NUNAVUT: Pangnirtung’s Rita Claire Mike-Murphy named emerging talent, food centre receives $3000,...

This week, the multi-talented Rita Claire Mike-Murphy is recognized for her work on children’s TV series Anaana’s Tent, as she prepares to release a new album, the Qajuqturvik Food Centre receives a $3000 donation, and the visitor’s centre continues to feature important films about Inuit and the land. Pang actress receives emerging talent award Panniqtuuq/Pangnirtung ...

Udloriak Hanson becomes a vice-president for Baffinland Iron Mines

Baffinland Iron Mines has hired Udloriak Hanson as vice-president of community and strategic development. Udloriak Hanson will take on the role of vice- president of community and strategic development with Baffinland Iron Mines as of June. photo courtesy of Udloriak Hanson Hanson is a former Government of Nunavut deputy minister of Economic Development and Transportation...

Long-time Nunavut educator critiques territory’s education system in new book

The last time Nunavummiut heard from retired teacher Nick Newbery was at a 2015 ceremony, when he donated 3,600 photographs to the Government of Nunavut. (Those photos remain available for download and use by Nunavummiut.) Now he’s written Never a Dull Moment: Forty Years in Education in Canada’s North (and in a few other places),...

With traditional Inuit village completed, Iglulik prepares to celebrate

A traditional Inuit village consisting of several iglus built just outside of Iglulik will be the site of a community celebration this weekend, if Mother Nature cooperates. This is the scene at Iglulik Point, a couple of kilometres outside of Iglulik. Several iglus have been constructed and a community celebration is set for this weekend....

Challenging road to self-determination; now residents want a road out of the Kivalliq

While Nunavut Day is two months away, this weekend marked a perhaps more important anniversary for the territory. As of April 1, it’s been 20 years since the first day a person in this territory walked outside their doors as a resident of Nunavut. Twenty years ago, Richard Tiktak told Kivalliq News the realization of...

Kugluktuk’s Peter Taktogon has been maintaining homes for 47 years

Peter Taktogon has been a housing maintainer in Kugluktuk for a remarkable 47 years and he’s not done yet. Members of Nunavut’s legislative assembly recognized Kugluktuk’s Peter Taktogon in March for his long-term service. He’s been a housing maintainer for 47 years and has no plans to retire as of yet. photo courtesy of the...

Nunavut’s rapidly changing seasons concern Ruth Kaviok

Ruth Kaviok returned from the tropics of Peru in March following a trip of several weeks as a volunteer with Canada World Youth. Ruth Kaviok is contemplating a second run for president of the National Inuit Youth Council when her term expires in June. A future in politics is a possibility, she says. photo courtesy...

Women in politics 22 years after gender parity plebiscite

On May 26, 1997, two years in advance of the territory’s official creation, future Nunavummiut voted in a non-binding plebiscite on whether or not the territory’s legislative assembly should see equal representation of men and women. The concept presented by the Nunavut Implementation Committee: voters casting ballots for one man and one woman in each...

Baffinland CEO makes a case for mine expansion

A proposed railway and many more cargo ships are the major concerns Baffinland Iron Mines’ CEO Brian Penney is hearing about in relation to the miner’s phase two expansion proposal, which would increase shipping to 12 million tonnes per year. Baffinland CEO Brian Penney: “Hopefully someday Baffinland will be run by Inuit, totally.” photo courtesy...

GUEST COMMENT: Mining North Works ‘demystifies’ the industry

Mining is working for Nunavut, and the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Terry Dobbin is the Nunavut general manager with the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines Today we are seeing more and more Nunavummiut finding meaningful jobs in mining. We are seeing Nunavut mining business on the rise and more mining...