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Qiniq, SSi Micro ask customers to conserve data to avoid network congestion

Qiniq internet customers and SSi Micro cellphone customers are being asked to conserve "precious network capacity" during the COVID-19 pandemic by limiting data, whenever possible. That would mean, for example, not sending large files and...

Extra funds for nurses, police partly tied to abuse and trauma they suffer, finance...

Extra funds for nurses, police partly tied to abuse and trauma they suffer, finance minister says The Government of Nunavut approved budget overages of $19.5 million for nurses across the territory and $1 million for...

Cape Dorset joins other communities in discouraging visitors

The Hamlet of Cape Dorset is asking anyone considering travel to the community to reconsider. Municipal staff travel has been cancelled and Cape Dorset's mayor and council are encouraging those inbound to postpone due to...

Nunavut’s RCMP commanding officer confronts public trust

The RCMP's commanding officer in Nunavut is aware that some Inuit want the territory's police force to be more accountable. “If there's a mistrust then that's something that we need to work on. That's the...

Kitikmeot Inuit Association closes its offices, suspends all programs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association's executive committee has chosen to close all of the KIA's offices to the public as of Wednesday. This will be in effect until April 3, unless...

Union president lauds GN for closures of schools and daycares

The Government of Nunavut made the "right call" by putting people's health first and closing schools and daycares throughout Nunavut, says Bill Fennell, president of the Nunavut Employees Union (NEU). "Until now, the daily lives...

QIA implements work-from-home policy and shelves non-essential programs for now

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is closing its offices to the public and having most of its staff work from home as of Wednesday as a preventative move against COVID-19. This procedure will be in...

Editorial: An emotional time

In some ways, I suppose this piece could be seen as a continuation of what I penned in this space the previous week on March 11 “(In the here and now”), but in talking...

TMAC Resources sending Nunavummiut workers home from Hope Bay with pay

TMAC Resources is in the process of sending its Nunavummiut employees home with pay from Hope Bay to wait out the COVID-19 virus risk. Close to 60 direct hires and contract workers will receive standby...

City of Iqaluit asks residents to pay bills by internet, at banks or by...

In an effort to reduce public interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Iqaluit would like residents to pay their taxes, utilities, land leases, traffic tickets and other bills through financial institutions, via...

Canadian North reduces flight schedule due to drop in passenger demand

Canadian North is reducing its number of flights due to lower passenger demand in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective Wednesday, flights on the airline's main routes including Ottawa-Iqaluit and Edmonton-Yellowknife-Inuvik will be reduced...

Iqaluit’s Toonik Tyme festival cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

The annual Toonik Tyme festival has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. “It is out of an abundance of caution, and with much disappointment, that the board of 123 Go! has decided to cancel this...

Nunavut RCMP scale back front counter services but keep officers on the streets

Nunavut RCMP have temporarily stopped issuing criminal record checks and will not offer optional fingerprinting services until further notice as efforts are made to limit contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mounties are asking the...

QIA, NTI change in-person meetings to teleconferences due to COVID-19

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) have cancelled scheduled in-person meetings and will proceed by teleconference in light of the coronavirus COVID-19. The QIA's winter board meeting in March has been...

Tootoo tourney in Rankin Inlet rescheduled to November

The biggest hockey event of the year had to be rescheduled last week in Rankin Inlet due to concern over the coronavirus disease and COVID-19. The Terence Tootoo Memorial (TTM) senior men's tournament has been...

Agnico Eagle forges ahead despite COVID-19 risk; introduces screening of employees

With a much larger Inuit workforce than Baffinland Iron Mines, Agnico Eagle isn't in a position to allow its Nunavut employees to stay home temporarily as Baffinland has chosen to do, said Dominique Girard,...

Events cancelled but Kugluktuk SAO says life goes on

Next month's Nattiq Frolics have been scrapped, as is the Kitikmeot Hockey Tournament but life continues, says Kugluktuk SAO Ronald Ladd. “Of course people are worried about the coronavirus outbreak reaching the North, but all...

Caution rules the day in the Kiv, but some wonder if all cancellations necessary

While everyone, more or less, subscribes to the better-safe-than-sorry approach to a public health risk such as the spread of the coronavirus disease, there are some who aren’t convinced that every event has to...

Baffinland Iron Mines tells its Nunavut workforce to stay home to limit COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 concerns, Baffinland Iron Mines is temporarily telling its Nunavummiut employees not to report for work at the Mary River mine. Nunavummiut workers currently at the site will return to their home...

Justice department suspends court circuit travel until June

There will be no Nunavut Court of Justice proceedings in communities outside Iqaluit until June 1. Chief Justice Neil Sharkey gave that direction on Friday based on the recommendation of Nunavut's chief medical officer of...

‘They’ve shut down the world’ – air travellers ponder COVID-19 concerns

NWT Chief Public Health Officer Kami Kandola made several recommendations to air-travellers Saturday, asking people to avoid discretionary travel, but there were still a few people getting onto planes at the Yellowknife Airport on...

BREAKING: Mayor and council ask public to delay non-essential travel to Iqaluit

Anyone planning to visit Iqaluit for non-essential purposes is being asked to delay their travel. Mayor Kenny Bell and city council held an emergency meeting Sunday to arrive at that recommendation in light of the...

Arctic Winter Games cancellation devastates Kivalliq athletes

The cancellation of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) over fears of coronavirus has left many coaches, parents and young athletes brokenhearted across the Kivalliq. It also left their coaches, who had put in so...

COVID-19: Should Nunavut’s schools be closed?

If any of Nunavut's schools is going to close to due concerns over coronavirus COVID-19, it's going to be by direction of the territory's chief medical officer, Education Minister David Joanasie said in the...

City of Iqaluit suspends some recreation programs due to virus precautions

As a precautionary measure relating to potential for COVID-19 to arrive and be transmitted, the City of Iqaluit has suspended several recreation programs. From March 15-April 5, all ice times have been cancelled at the...

Elders use a SUV for a seal hunting trip

Elders in Grise Fiord rode in a SUV during a seal hunting trip. David Akeeagok, minister of Economic Development and Transportation, proudly shared this event with members in the legislative assembly on March 10...

Nunavut News, March 16 Edition

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Nunavut schools try to counter worsening attendance woes

Attendance has been in decline in many Nunavut schools for the past several years and there's no clear answer as to what can be done to reverse course. Illnesses, mental health issues, the fallout from...

Arreak-Lightstone, Towtongie spar over support for LGBTQ community

Wearing a rainbow pin, Iqaluit MLA Adam Arreak-Lightstone made a statement in the legislative assembly Thursday in support of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transexual-queer (LGBTQ) community. "Sadly, to this day in the year 2020, members of the LGBTQ+...

Northwestel proposes waiving internet overage charges; doubling usage caps

Northwestel has applied to its federal regulator for temporary relief on customer internet usage as part of its COVID-19 response. The Northern communications company is proposing to waive any overage charges for customers exceeding their...