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Official search for missing boater ends in Baker Lake

The search-and-rescue (SAR) effort for Solomon (Sala and Sala hockey) Tulurialik, 29, has ended in Baker Lake. Tulurialik went missing while out boating with his son and stepson about five kilometers from the community on...

Team of softball destiny in Rankin

Team New Era pulled off a quarter-final comeback for the ages on its way to the recent 2019 Calm Air Cup mixed softball championship in Rankin Inlet. The New Era trailed the Senators by five...

Charges filed in alleged fraud against Hamlet of Taloyoak

Two individuals, including a former senior administrative officer in Taloyoak, are facing charges after accusations that the hamlet's finances were mishandled. Ghulam Murtaza, 60, a former SAO in the community, is charged with fraud, theft...

Iglulik celebrates bowhead catch; maktaaq shared with visiting elders

Judah Sarpinak steadied himself on the floor of the boat, less than 15 feet from an enormous 30-foot bowhead whale. Community members in Iglulik join forces to help pull a bowhead whale ashore. photo courtesy of...

FULL STORY: Nunavut government, NTI, feds sign devolution agreement in principle

The signing of a devolution agreement in principle early morning Aug.15 capped a busy week of federal announcements in the capital. The intent of devolution is to see a transfer of powers from Ottawa to...

Simeonie Akpalialuk named new chair of QEC board

Simeonie Akpalialuk has been chosen as chairperson of Qulliq Energy Corporation’s board of directors and Keith Peterson will serve as vice-chair, QEC announced Thursday. Akpalialuk, who lives in Iqaluit, has served as a consultant for...

RCMP charge Gjoa Haven man with murder

The RCMP have laid a murder charge against a 34-year-old Gjoa Haven man. Police responded to a complaint of a 33-year-old woman found in her home not breathing on Aug. 13. She was determined to...

Nunavut government, Nunavut Inuit and feds sign devolution agreement in principle

The signing of a devolution agreement in principle capped a busy week of federal announcements in the capital this morning. Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Aluki Kotierk , Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett and Premier...

Feds apologize to Qikiqtaaluk Inuit, provide $20 million for program funds

Twelve years after the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) launched a truth commission to record the federal government’s systemic efforts to colonize Inuit of the Qikiqtaaluk region, the government issued an apology Wednesday. The atonement included...

Extensive search winds down for missing Baker Lake boater

After two weeks of widespread searching for a Baker Lake boater who went missing while swimming for the mainland, the exhaustive effort to find him has all but concluded, the RCMP announced Wednesday. Solomon Tulurialik, 29,...

Transport Canada minister announces $76.5 million for Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay harbours, $600K...

The communities of Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay will see new community harbours thanks to $76.5 million over seven years from the federal government. Additionally, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and the Nunavut Impact Review...

Remember the lives that mattered

The methods used to report on serious crimes in the modern media have been a pet peeve of mine for years, and it has led to more than a few long conversations with copy,...

Kivalliq Trade Show turns 10 next month

The Kivalliq Trade Show is gearing-up for its 10th anniversary edition in Rankin Inlet when it opens on Sept. 23 – and there is a lengthy list of exhibitors. Kivalliq Trade Show Society president Megan...

Summer fun in Naujaat

Vacation time became a bit more special for a group of kids who took part in a special Summer Fun program that ran from June 25 to Aug. 2 in Naujaat. The program was organized...

Garneau announces $45.5 million expansion of Rankin Inlet airport, funds for Kivalliq all-season road...

The Rankin Inlet airport will get two new wings to the existing terminal building making it four times its current capacity. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announces a combined $50 million in funding for expansion of...

Ottawa gives $21.5 million to Kitikmeot road and port project

The federal government is committing $21.5 million to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s slimmed-down request to get the Grays Bay Road and Port project “shovel ready” over the next couple of years. The proposed Grays Bay...

Around the Kiv

National competition Baker Lake/Rankin Inlet Two Kivalliq firefighters will be among those representing Team Nunavut at the 2019 National Firefighting Competition at Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton, N.S., from Aug. 14 to 18. Vincent Inukpak of...

RCMP partnering with Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp in recruitment effort

The RCMP and Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation are teaming up with a goal of enlisting more Inuit police officers in Nunavut. The RCMP will offer a four-month training course in Nunavut beginning in January 2020...

Keeping the John Ayaruaq Library doors open

A large group of kids gathered at John Ayaruaq Library at Maani Ulujuk Ilinnarvik for a special afternoon highlighted by RCMP officers and volunteer firemen – and their vehicles – on Aug. 8 in...

Search continues for missing boater in Baker

As of press time, the search was still ongoing in Baker Lake for Solomon Tulurialik. Tulurialik, 29, went missing while out boating with his son and stepson about five kilometers from the community on July...

Dog days of summer for Kivalliq softball

Rankin Inlet travelled to Churchill, Man., in 2017 and grabbed the championship banner in the inaugural Calm Air Hudson Bay Classic softball championship. Rankin was not able to return to Churchill in 2018 to defend...

Polar bear dippers spot a whale in Resolute

Approximately 35 daring residents waded into the chilly Arctic Ocean water during a polar bear dip on Aug. 4. The first 30 people to get wet received a towel with “Resolute Polar Dip 2019” embossed...

Iglulik high school still on hold; Kugaaruk’s new school opens soon

Iglulik’s new high school was expected to open for the 2018-19 school year but it sat empty and it will remain that way until January, according to the Department of Education. The new high school...

Canada Goose seeks another 20 Inuit designers to expand Project Atigi

Canada Goose and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) continue their partnership, which began with 14 Inuit seamstresses featured in an international launch of original parkas in late January. Project Atigi, a social entrepreneurship project, is intended...

Leo Konge scores double bronze at Western Canada Summer Games

(Edit: beach volleyball scores updated) (Further edit: basketball scores updated) (Further edit: updated to reflect Leo Konge's second bronze medal, quotes from Konge and Jane Mooney and boys basketball score) Day 2 of the Western Canada Summer...
Naomi Yukon of Deline leads Team NT into the Western Canada Summer Games opening ceremony in Swift Current, Sask., on Friday evening.

Western Canada Summer Games get underway

The wait is over for Team NT and Team Nunavut. The territory's latest sporting venture is underway as the Western Canada Summer Games got underway in Swift Current, Sask., yesterday morning. Yesterday morning because it...

Boil water advisory in place for Iglulik, Pond Inlet, Whale Cove

The Department of Health is reminding residents of Iglulik, Whale Cove, and Pond Inlet to boil their water before consumption until further notice. This is a precautionary measure due to cloudy water, also known as turbidity. During...
Ian McDonald of Iqaluit, right, will get the honour of carrying in the Nunavut flag at the Western Canada Summer Games opening ceremony in Swift Current, Sask., on Friday evening. photo courtesy of Thorsten Gohl

Iqaluit’s Ian McDonald named Nunavut flag bearer for Western Canada Summer Games opening ceremony

Ian McDonald of Iqaluit is going to make history this weekend when he becomes one of the first four Nunavummiut to play in a competitive game of beach volleyball. Before that happens, McDonald got one...

Man found outside Elders’ Qammaq later pronounced dead

An unconscious male found in front of the Elders’ Qammaq in downtown Iqaluit was later pronounced deceased, according to an RCMP news release. “An RCMP officer on patrol was waved down to tend to an...

GN trying to fill 60 vacant teaching positions across the territory

With the school year beginning in most Nunavut communities within the next three weeks, the Government of Nunavut is scrambling to find 60 more teachers. Louise MacIntosh, the Department of Education’s Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit coordinator, and...