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Iqaluit couple makes hidden homelessness public

After four years without a home Brian Tagalik and Pitsiulaaq Ashoona pitched their tent outside of the Legislative Assembly to bring awareness to hidden homelessness in Iqaluit. “It will give the public outcry that people need to realize the true scope of housing in Nunavut,” said Tagalik. Hidden homelessness includes couch surfing and temporary accommodations,...

Some hunters killing polar bears with disregard for quotas, Towtongie says

Polar bears have taken the lives of two Kivalliq residents, are striking fear into campers and berry pickers, and the predators are breaking into cabins and community freezers, according to Cathy Towtongie, MLA for Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet. “A lot of hunters have come to me (and said) that they will kill without a quota....

Firefighters host Rankin Eggstravaganza

Children will be clucking with delight while chasing a serious chocolate buzz during the second annual Easter Eggstravaganza this coming Saturday, March 31, in Rankin Inlet. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Williamson Lake outdoor rink, with the hunt for a figurative mountain of chocolate goodies getting underway at...

EDITORIAL: Solving housing crisis requires outsized courage

Last month, the housing crisis hit the breaking point for at least one family. After four years of couch-surfing while they await social housing, Brian Tagalik, Pitsiulaaq Ashoona and their two young daughters pitched a tent at the Nunavut legislative assembly in protest. They said they would stay until their homelessness was ended. Their goal...

Thrift Store opens in Baker Lake

There have been challenges along the way, but a Baker Lake thrift store officially opened its doors on May 11. The store is being run by the Abluqta Society and profits from the venture will be used to fund a food bank for the community. The idea for the society and store came about when...

Iqaluit woman charged with child abduction

An Iqaluit woman has been charged with child abduction after being accused of illegally leaving the capital city with two children, according to the RCMP. A concerned father contacted the police on Sept. 22 when he was unable to locate his children. A police investigation was launched in consultation with the Canada Border Services Agency...

Grays Bay road and port battle persists

Despite prodding from the Kitikmeot Inuit Association and a two-term MLA, the Government of Nunavut won’t go back to Ottawa looking for funding for the proposed $550-million Grays Bay Road and Port project. So says Economic Development Minister Joe Savikataaq, who remains at odds with Gjoa Haven MLA Tony Akoak and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association...

Eleven-year-old has withstood 50 surgeries on his back

Jacob Totalik is 11 years old and he’s already endured 50 surgeries. He was born with severe scoliosis, which caused a sideways curvature in his spine. Numerous back operations have corrected the condition enough that he can walk unaided, said his mom, Lori Totalik Kringorn. Despite his health challenges, Jacob remains upbeat. “I feel good,”...

GN, RCMP respond to Pang’s plea for help

The Government of Nunavut and RCMP sent nine representatives to attend a special Hamlet of Pangnirtung council meeting May 22 after the community’s appeal for help to three GN departments earlier this month. The hamlet’s plea came after a rash of suicide attempts and an upsurge of violent incidents in the community. “They’ve agreed to...

ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᑐᖓᓕᖓᓂ ᓴᓇᕕᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖃᓚᖓᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᐱᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒥᐅᓄᑦ

ᑕᐃᒪᖓᓂᑦ ᒪᓖᓐᓇᕋᒃᑭᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᕐᓂᕋᖅᑐᖅ ᓄᓇᒥᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᕕᖃᕐᕕᐊᓂ, ᕿᓚᓈᕆᔭᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑕᐅᑐᖑᐊᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᑦ ᓱᓕᔪᒥᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᓚᖓᓕᖅᑐᑦ. ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᓴᓇᕕᖃᕐᕕᐅᒥ ᐃᓂᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐊᒥᒐᖅᖠᓕᕋᑦᑕ ᐊᑯᓂ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᒐᖃᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᕕᓕᐅᕐᕕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖃᖅᑐᓄᓪᓗ ᐱᕈᖅᓴᐃᕕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥᒃ. ᐅᑭᐅᖑᕋᑖᖅᑐᓂ, ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐸᕐᓇᐃᔩᑦ ᒪᓐᓇᒧᑦ ᑎᑭᖢᒍ ᑕᑕᑎᕆᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᑑᔮᕐᒪᑕ ᓱᓕ ᑕᐃᓱᒪᓂᑐᖃᖅ ᒪᓂᖅᑲᖅᓴᕐᕕᐅᓂᑯᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᓂᒃ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅᕐᕕᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᓂᐊᖁᖒᑉ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᓪᓗ ᐊᑯᓐᓂᖓᓂ, ᐱᓕ ᔫᒥ ᐃᓕᓴᕐᕕᐊᓄᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑖᕗᖓ ᓂᐊᖁᖒᑉ ᓄᓇᒧᑦ ᐊᖅᑯᑎᐊᒍᑦ. ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐊᐅᔭᖅ ᓄᓇᑖᕈᒪᔪᑦ ᓇᓚᐅᑦᑖᖅᑎᑕᐅᒐᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᓱᓕ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᖏᒻᒪᑕ ᑖᕙᓂ ᒪᓂᖃᖅᓴᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᓂᐊᖁᖒᒥ ᐊᐅᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ, ᐊᑕᐅᓯᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅᖅᑐᖃᓚᐅᕐᒪᑦ ᑖᒃᑯᓇᓂ...

Police investigate homicide in Arctic Bay

Police are investigating a death in Arctic Bay. The man died March 26, and another man is detained. “At approximately 6:30 a.m. the male was brought to the health centre where he succumbed to his injuries,” stated Cpl. Henry Coman. Police say the death of the local man followed an altercation. The V Division’s Major...

Gjoa Haven volleyballers make it three in a row

To be the man, you gotta beat the man. So said professional wrestler Ric Flair. If recent results are anything to go by, Gjoa Haven’s 18U boys volleyball team, known as the Snowy Owls, are the men and they are still the men until they’re knocked off. The Snowy Owls have had quite the run...

Sports Talk: A Russian love story in every sense

Because this is a thing in 2018. Chris Christie, the outgoing governor of the state of New Jersey, signed dozens of new laws into existence on his final day in office, Jan. 15. One of them dealt with drunken droning. I kid you not. He signed a bill making it illegal to operate a drone...

Alianait announces festival line-up

Alianait is ready to greet summer with the announcement of its 2018 festival line-up, and Nunavut artists figure prominently. Lazarus Qattalik of Iglulik, hot from recent performances in Whitehorse, Yukon, and Iqaluit, will hit the stage. “Lazarus had hearts melting at his debut Alianait performance earlier this year,” said executive director Heather Daley. “His first...

Google workshop teaches Iqaluit business owner useful tips

An afternoon-long Grow with Google event held at Iqaluit’s public library Nov. 9 was fruitful for Sheila Lumsden, who is preparing to launch her food business Sijjakkut with her fiance Johnny Flaherty. “The Google workshop was amazing because I didn’t know the extent of how useful Google could be for a business. I thought it...

Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association joins in on World Girls Hockey Weekend

The weekend of Oct. 5 to 7 was World Girls Hockey Weekend, an event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation to help grow the game on the female side. Several countries, such as Ireland, Mexico and Spain, joined in on the action that weekend along with several minor hockey associations in Canada and that...

Gjoa Haven historian and educator ‘left indelible mark’

Gjoa Haven historian Louie Kamookak, 58, who led a world-wide audience to witness the value and impact of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, succumbed to illness March 22.  “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Louie Kamookak. Louie has left an indelible mark in our nation’s history through his work on collecting and preserving Inuit...

Kivalliq MLA urges caution ahead of Kugluktuk liquor vote

Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak has two young sons who were given an earlier curfew on weekends after alcohol restrictions were voted down in a January plebiscite. Mikkungwak and his wife force their children to come into the house earlier for safety reasons. With the end of the Alcohol Education Committee, it’s become more common...

Nunavut’s former coroner sues GN for $1 million for wrongful dismissal (updated)

In a statement of claim filed June 22 in the Nunavut Court of Justice, former chief coroner Padma Suramala is suing the Government of Nunavut for $1 million for wrongful dismissal. Suramala was fired April 25. Suramala told Nunavut News prior to filing with the court that she was about to release the result of...
Joeffrey Kaludjak promotes his passion and part-time business (KAL-SHOT) of gunsmithing and training at the Kivalliq Trade Show in Rankin Inlet on Sept. 25, 2018. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

Gunsmith sets his sight on a career

Many people dream of one day having their passion in life turn into a profitable business for them and Joeffrey Kaludjak of Rankin Inlet is inching closer to that goal. The hamlet’s chief economic development officer by day, Kaludjak spends many of his evenings and weekends as a gunsmith looking after his new business, KAL-SHOT....

Inmates trash Baffin Correctional Centre unit (updated)

For the second time in nine months, inmates at the Baffin Correctional Centre (BCC) in Iqaluit took control overnight. The June 20 incident began sometime around midnight, with RCMP and the fire department responding to the incident. “Several inmates barricaded a section of the facility resulting in significant damage to the Charlie Unit,” Minister of...

Lack of detail on Quassa’s removal due to cabinet confidentiality, says Savikataaq

If there was any backroom conspiracy to bring down former premier Paul Quassa, cabinet wasn’t part of it, says the politician who succeeded him. “If he (Quassa) truly believes he was blindsided with the motion (to remove him) then we were too. Cabinet was not aware that the motion was going to be what it...

Tricks and treats postponed in Nunavut capital

Mother Nature is providing all the chills and thrills today. With the announcement from the City of Iqaluit that it was shutting down the morning of Oct. 31, all human Halloween activities and celebrations were officially rescheduled to Nov. 1 in the capital. This turn of events wasn’t a big surprise, since residents, as early...

Karen Kabloona to join Nunavut Tunngavik as CEO

Karen Kabloona has been hired as CEO of land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated.  She’ll start the job on Dec. 3, becoming NTI’s first female chief executive officer. Kabloona is a former associate deputy minister with the GN’s Quality of Life division, tasked with responding to Nunavut’s suicide crisis. She helped develop a five-year action...

Inuit RCMP officers in decline

With Cpl. Henry Coman’s retirement in May, Nunavut RCMP lost an officer with 25 years experience and one-quarter of its Inuit workforce. Only three Inuit police officers remain in ‘V’ Division, a police force consisting of close to 120 officers. Coman, whose last day in uniform was May 4, has moved on to become a...

Official ceremony held for Iglulik Junior Rangers

A formal ceremony was held May 12 to recognize the new Junior Rangers program in Iglulik, the 20th Junior Rangers group in Nunavut. The 43 youth in the program, ranging from 12 to 18 years old, are taught traditional on-the-land skills and how to conduct drills, and receive counselling on healthy lifestyles.

Family services makes ‘preemptive call’ for foster homes

Nunavut’s Department of Child and Family Services is putting a public call out for foster homes, in anticipation of future need. The department currently has 45 foster homes and will need more homes available for new or repeat cases, said Yvonne Niego, deputy minister of the Department of Family Services. Asked how the call out...

Kugluktuk voters choose to remove alcohol restrictions

The existing limitations on alcohol in Kugluktuk will soon be gone. Those in favour of eliminating restrictions on liquor prevailed, but, at 60.8 per cent, it was just barely over the required margin. A 60 per cent majority was needed for the proposal to pass in Monday’s plebiscite. Those preferring to lift restrictions numbered 281...

EDITORIAL: Take a second look at your Internet bill

Was it too good to be true? Northwestel heralded its new faster and cheaper Internet plan for Nunavut last month, and early reports indicate it may be faster but the claim to be cheaper is up for debate. The speed of the Internet service tripled to 15Gbps, and company’s top package went from 60GB per...
In My View with Harry Maksagak

ᓱᒃᑲᐃᓐᓂᖅᓴᒥᒃ ᓯᑯᖃᑦᑕᓕᖅᑐᒍᑦ

ᐅᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᓇ ᓴᐅᔭᐅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᐳᒻᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᓰᑦ ᓯᑯᐃᓐᓇᐅᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐃᑭᖅ ᓱᒃᑲᐃᓐᓂᖅᓴᒥᒃ ᓯᑯᖓ ᐃᔾᔪᓕᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓲᖑᖕᒪᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᖅ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᖃᐅᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᐳᒻᒧᑦ ᐃᓚᖏᑎᒍᑦ ᕿᐱᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᓕᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑦ, ᖃᐅᔨᒪᒐᑦᑕ ᑕᕆᐅᖅ ᐅᕿᖏᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᖕᒪᑦ ᑭᐊᒃᑐᒥᑦ ᐃᒪᕐᒥᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒧᑦ ᕿᓂᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓕᖅᖢᓂ ᓯᑯ ᐃᔾᔪᓕᕐᓇᖅᓵᓱᖑᖕᒪᑦ ᐃᖏᕋᕕᒋᒋᐊᖅᓴᖅ ᐊᑯᓂ ᐊᑦᑕᕐᓇᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑦ. ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐅᔾᔨᖅᓱᖁᔭᐅᓕᓲᖑᔪᒍᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᑦᑎᐊᕐᓗᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖃᑎᒋᕙᒃᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔨᒋᔭᕗᑦ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑏᑦ, ᓄᓇᒧᖓᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑕ ᓯᑯᒧᓪᓗ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᓗᐊᖑᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ, ᐃᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ. ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑏᑦ ᒥᑭᒋᐊᓐᓂᐊᖅᑏᓪᓗ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᖃᑎᒌᖏᓐᓇᕐᒪᑕ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᖃᐅᑕᒫᑦ ᓄᓇᒥᖔᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐅᑎᖅᑐᖃᕌᖓᑦ, ᑕᓯᕐᓂᓪᓗ ᐃᒪᕐᒥᓪᓗ. ᓯᓚᐅᓪᓗ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐅᑭᐊᒃᓴᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᒃᑐᐊᓂᖃᕐᒥᖕᒪᑦ...