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Impaired driving charges filed after SUV collides with snowbank in Rankin Inlet

A 56-year-old Rankin Inlet man has been charged with impaired driving and with taking a motor vehicle without consent after RCMP responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on Sunday morning. The police were notified...

New exhibit is a tribute to Cape Dorset textiles

More than 40 hand-printed textiles from Cape Dorset’s Kinngait Studios – some of them produced more than 60 years ago – went on display at the Textile Museum of Canada, located in Toronto, on...

Elders day at school in Chesterfield Inlet

It was a day of holiday bliss and companionship for the group of elders who attended the fourth annual Elder's Christmas Feast at Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) in Chesterfield Inlet on Thursday, Dec. 12. The...

New KIA president vows to assess election policies, mining royalties

Arviat's Kono Tattuinee rode the strength of incredible support in both his home community and Rankin Inlet to be named the new president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) during the recent elections. Stanley Adjuk...

Nunavut News, Dec. 16 Edition

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Baffinland faces 16 safety charges

The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) has levelled 16 charges against Baffinland Iron Mines under the Mine Health and Safety Act. Baffinland Iron Mines is facing 16 charges under the Mine Health and Safety...

Iqaluit man faces serious drug production and trafficking-related offenses

An Iqaluit man is facing serious drug charges. The accused, Jesse Crooks, appeared before a justice of the peace and is being kept in jail until his bail hearing scheduled for Dec. 17. He is charged...

Kitikmeot Chamber of Commerce calendar to benefit regional artists

The work of Kitikmeot artists will be showcased in a 2020 calendar being produced by the Kitikmeot Chamber of Commerce, and proceeds from calendar sales will aid artists in the region. A mock-up of the...

Kono Tattuinee emerges as new president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association

After a couple of days of voting delays in some Kivalliq communities due to stormy weather, Kono Tattuinee prevailed in the election for Kivalliq Inuit Association president on Wednesday. Kono Tattuinee becomes the Kivalliq Inuit...

Inuinnaqtun mentorship program to be introduced

Some of the shrinking number of Inuinnaqtun speakers in the Kitikmeot are being recruited to act as mentors to apprentices who want to learn the Inuit language. The Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society is fundraising to...

Zacharias Kunuk film named among Canada’s top 10 for 2019

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has selected One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk as one of Canada’s 10 best for 2019. Apayata Kotierk as Noah Piugattuk, left, and Kim Bodnia as Boss...

Data storage a barrier to body cameras – RCMP; MLA says he doesn’t want...

Tununiq MLA David Qamaniq wants RCMP to wear body cameras but Nunavut's police force says there’s a technological roadblock preventing it. It doesn’t appear that Nunavut RCMP will be using body cameras until data storage...

Expressions of gratitude as holiday season set to arrive

I always mark this space, my final editorial of any given year, to flap a flipper toward a few folks across the region who are more than worthy of the recognition. We have folks who...

Kitikmeot Inuit Association elects vice-presidents and Cambridge Bay board member

Members of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association went to the polls on Monday to decide upon new executives. Clara Evalik prevailed over Charlie Lyall in the race for vice-president of economic development. Evalik was named on...

Board members elected to hunters and trappers organizations

Numerous communities across Nunavut held elections for hunters and trappers board members on Monday. Below are some of the outcomes. If you have results that you’d like to see included, please contact us at...

A stitch in time at Rankin Inlet friendship centre

A sewing program being operated by the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre (PKFC) is gaining popularity and posting great early results in Rankin Inlet, says an organizer. PKFC executive director Charlene Williams-Kaludjak said the friendship centre...

Gjoa Haven votes to stick with alcohol prohibition

Fifty-two per cent of Gjoa Haven voters have rejected the idea of allowing restricted quantities of liquor to be purchased or imported into the community. In a plebiscite held Monday, 188 residents chose not to...

The cost of winning the Tununiq byelection? $10.50

David Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq became MLA for the Tununiq riding after spending $10.50 on his September campaign. photo courtesy of Elections Nunavut The candidates’ expenditures for the Tununiq byelection have been audited and the winner spent the...

Annual Hockey Challenge to honour legendary fans in Rankin Inlet

A new hockey game promises to be a big hit with fans and players alike when the Rankin Rock peewee team splits into two club teams to play the first annual Team (Tommy) Misheralk...

Around the Kiv: Fundraiser grows Rankin Inlet

Elder Adele Angidlik took home an early holiday bonus after having her ticket drawn at the Chase the Ace fundraiser for the Rankin Inlet Fire Department on Nov. 29. Angidlik pulled the Jack of Clubs...

Iglulik’s Levy Uttak wins national tourism award

Levy Uttak of Iglulik captured the Most Inspiring Cultural Ambassador award from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada on Nov. 14. The distinction goes to someone who “inspires those around them in a way they...

Junior chiefs enjoy their day in Rankin Inlet

Fire Chief Mark Wyatt and members of the Rankin Inlet Fire Department recently welcomed their six 2019 junior fire chiefs for the day to the fire station for all sorts of fun and tasty...

Nunavut News, Dec. 9 Edition

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NTI accuses feds of undermining Inuit language after obtaining ‘secret’ land claim cabinet document

Land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) has uncovered a historic cabinet document that it claims is evidence that the Government of Canada sought to block the use of the Inuit language as the...

Elders guide juniors in Kugluktuk

Elders come to Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik a few times a year for cultural rotations – a series of activities such as square dancing, story-telling, string games, Inuit games, drum dancing, singing and others. Students...

GN struggles to grow tourism without more investment

“Nunavut is a niche destination, particularly among international travellers.” That’s a key line from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s Annual Tourism Report 2018-19. In GN surveys, 99.8 per cent of tourists to Nunavut reported...

The Kivalliq reigns supreme at futsal

So we all know that the Kivalliq region is hockey-mad and generally turns in a good performance whenever there are tournaments to be had. But the region is also rather good at futsal and last...

More than $700 raised at Movember hockey showdown

Two teams of mostly mustachioed police and firefighter hockey players took to the ice in the name of charity on Saturday at the Arnaitok Arena in Iqaluit. When it was all said and done, more...

Kugaaruk advances $1.3-million community energy plan

Kugaaruk is entering phase two of its $1.3-million, three-year community energy plan, which will kick off rounds of community consultations. That will be followed by a request for proposals to find a renewable energy...

There’s more to art than money, says Bart Hanna

As debate rages over the role of artwork in enriching the lives of Inuit, spurred by a New York Times article, Iglulik carver Bart Hanna says creating art means more than a pay cheque. “It’s...