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Cool weather, snow flurries greet cruise ship voyagers in Cambridge Bay

When a massive cruise ship pulled into Cambridge Bay on Aug. 28, the community had last year’s experience to build on. The 820-foot, 68,000-tonne behemoth pulled into the bay around 5 a.m. but the passengers didn’t come ashore by Zodiac boats until 8 a.m. The last of the visitors returned to the ship shortly past...

Rankin embraces life

The Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre led the way for people in Rankin Inlet to get involved with the Embrace Life Day initiative on Sept. 8. Embrace Life Day – or World Suicide Prevention Day – is actually held on Sept. 10, but a number of Nunavut communities moved the event to Friday so more people...

Party time in Baker Lake; Festival by the Lake returns

The third annual Festival by the Lake had smiles on the faces of everyone in the community, young and old, in Baker Lake this past month. The three day event ran from Aug. 25-27, and featured a long list of attractions, activities and special guests. The festival kicked off at the same time another annual...

Still chasing the dream

Students from both Tusarvik Elementary School and Tuugaalik High School took to the roads last month to keep the long-standing tradition of participating in the annual Terry Fox Run alive and well in Naujaat. Tuugaalik vice-principal Julia MacPherson said the Terry Fox Run has been a big event at the community schools for a long...

Hockey registration

The Rankin Rock minor hockey program will be holding player registrations on Friday, Sept. 22, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. All three sessions will be held in the arena lobby from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Registration costs are $150 for one child, $250 for two and $325 for three. Any children after three is...

Dorey returns

Former Naujaat senior administrative officer (SAO) Sheldon Dorey returns to the Kivalliq this week to become the new SAO in Baker Lake. Dorey spent a number of years in Arctic communities working for the Hudson’s Bay Co. before finishing his career with the company in Naujaat, where he became that community’s SAO. He has spent...

Rankin grads

Listed below are the students in Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik’s Class of 2017 who received their Grade 12 diplomas in Rankin Inlet this past month. Caryn Angidlik Maria Noolook Kelly Arnaraujak Elvin Nutarakittuq Tatonya Autut Charlie Panipack, Chelsey Marie Curley Olavina Pissuk Jessica Eccles Samantha Putumiraqtuq Katauyak Everard Chelsea Sammurtok Griffin Ford Tristen Sammurtok Caroline Gibbons...

Expanding program

The organizers of the regional Kivalliq Junior Canucks hockey program are trying to double the number of teams representing the region at the 2018 Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre Tournament in Winnipeg. The Kivalliq atoms squad captured the overall 2017 atoms championship. Program organizers Gleason Uppahuak of Arviat and David Clark of Rankin Inlet are...

Leafs at pivotal point

With the new NHL season just a month away, Kivalliq hockey fans, like fans across the country, are hoping for big things from their favourite teams and predicting gloom, doom and despair for their rivals. For the first time in many-a-long year, a lot of conversation is revolving around the Toronto Maple Leafs, as pundits,...

Demolitions underway in Kugluktuk

The Hamlet of Kugluktuk has been knocking down old garages and moved an old abandoned building, and the latter caught fire Sept. 1. The structure that partially burned once housed Brighter Futures’ and tourism offices. It caught fire shortly after the Terry Fox Run on a Friday afternoon. “But everybody was safe,” Mayor Ryan Nivingalok...

The great Gjoa Haven elders database

If elders were school teachers, they may have a few classes in particular that they’d be most comfortable teaching. With that in mind, staff at Quqshuun Ilihakvik invited Gjoa Haven’s elders to enjoy some tea on Aug. 11 and to share three knowledge areas in which they’d like to be called upon during the school...

Kitikmeot Career Fair set for October

A Kitikmeot career fair will make the rounds during the first week of October but two things will be missing: the region’s largest private employer and a stop in Kugaaruk. Four communities will be on the schedule from Oct. 2 to 5 – Cambridge Bay, Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven and Kugluktuk, in that order. But Kugaaruk,...

Housing construction on track

Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC) says 90 new housing units announced last fall are on track for completion by fall 2018. “The projects were tendered and contracted in March and April of this year, so the materials are being shipped this current sea-lift season,” corporation president Terry Audla told Nunavut News/North via e-mail. “The progress varies...

Stranded Nunavut couple ride out hurricane

Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean last week and Iqaluit’s Mark and Janet Crowther were in its path. Celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary at a Punta Cana resort on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, the Crowthers were forced to brave the record-breaking Category 5 storm when they couldn’t get a flight off the...

Nunavut gears up for general election

Elections Nunavut has been hard at work, with the final of five rounds of training completed for 22 returning officers and 31 assistant returning officers across the territory. The Nunavut general election, with a price tag of approximately $1.2 million, takes place Oct. 30. “On September 25th, I will be issuing writs to all of...

Beer and wine store opens in Iqaluit

Almost a decade in the making, Iqaluit’s beer and wine store opened Sept. 6 with Finance Minister Keith Peterson its first paying customer. “I believe prohibition has never worked anywhere,” said Peterson at a brief press conference prior to purchasing a dozen beers, as a line-up formed outside, and some avid customers marked the occasion...

ᕿᓇᓗᒐᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᐅᓪᓛᖅᓯᒪᑎᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ

ᒍᕇᑦ 9-ᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎ ᑑᒑᓕᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᖓᓐᓂᑦ ᓇᐅᔮᓂᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᖅᑎᑦᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ ᑕᖅᑭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ. ᕕᓕᐊᒻ ᓴᐃᒻᒪᐅᑦ, ᐅᑭᐅᓕᒃ 14-ᓂᒃ, ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖃᑎᖏᓪᓗ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᖅᓯᐅᑎᒥᒃ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᕈᑎᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒥᒃ ᓄᑖᒧᒥᒃ ᑑᒑᓕᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖕᒥᐅᑕᖏᑦ ᕿᓇᓗᒐᓚᐅᖅᖢᑎᒡᓗ. ᒍᕇᑦ 9-ᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑎᔨᖓᑦ, ᓗᐃᑦ ᕗᕋᐃᓐᓯᔅ, ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐱᒋᐊᕈᑎᖃᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑕ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕈᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦ ᒍᕇᑦ 8-ᒥᑦ 12-ᒧᑦ ᖃᔭᕆᐊᖅᑐᖅᑎᑕᐅᕙᒃᖢᑎᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖃᑎᖏᓪᓗ. ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦ ᐃᖃᓪᓕᐊᖃᑦᑕᕋᓗᐊᕐᒪᑕ, ᓇᑦᓯᖅᓯᐅᖅᖢᑎᒡᓘᓐᓃᑦ, ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᓯᒪᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᒥᓱᓪᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᕐᔪᐊᖅᐸᒃᖢᑎᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᖏᑕᒥᖕᓂᒃ ᑕᒪᒃᑯᓇᖓ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᑎᑦᓯᔨᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖕᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᑎᑕᐅᔪᓂᑦ. “ᐃᓕᖁᓯᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᓯᔨᕗᑦ, ᓚᐃᒪᑭ ᒪᓕᑭ,...

Honour and exercise

The month of August was a busy, constructive and sentimental one for members of the Canadian Rangers Naujaat Patrol Group. Twenty-one rangers took to the land with trainer Sgt. Frank Monaghan of Yellowknife on a week-long patrol from Aug. 9-16. They were joined on the exercise by French sociologist Magli Vullierme and National Geographic photographer...

Whale of a trip

A Grade 9 student at Tuugaalik High School rocked the Naujaat community this past month. William Shimout, 14, was with his classmates on the annual outing to start the new year at Tuugaalik High School when he successfully landed a beluga whale. His Grade 9 teacher, Lloyd Francis, said every year at the start of...

Walking against suicide

The fourth Terence Tootoo Suicide Prevention Walk was held in Rankin Inlet on Aug. 28. The participants were scheduled to meet in front of the Tootoo family home at 6 p.m. for a prayer to be said and 15 balloons released into the sky. The walk would progress from the Tootoo home, around Area 5,...

Gazing into the crystal ball

Gord Billard is less than four months away from the John Arnalukjuak High School Drama Club’s first production of the school year. With the bar set so very high with Romeo and Juliet this past season, the iconic Kivalliq director says he hasn’t a clue what the club’s next production will be. But once more...

Time for science

Science-loving students from across the Kivalliq will descend into Chesterfield Inlet tomorrow for the Kivalliq Science Educators Community’s annual Science Cultural Camp. The camp is being held in Chester from Sept. 7-11, with a focus on traditional travel as a Qajaq camp. The students will also learn GPS and first aid while at the science...

Pride and accomplishment

Fifteen Grade 12 graduates earned a unique distinction on Aug. 25. in Naujaat, when their Class of 2017 became the first to graduate at the new Tuugaalik High School. Vice-principal Julia MacPherson said a number of the graduates didn’t realize their class was actually making history as the first graduating class, because Tuugaalik High School...

Festival returns

The third installment of the Festival by the Lake was met with success in Baker Lake from Aug. 25-27. This year’s festival truly did offer something for everyone with tons of kid’s games, a Bouncy Castle, the comedic mayhem of Clopin Lanouille and Mr. Nono, and live music with an edge courtesy of the group,...

Editorial: It’s gotta be the shoes

There are three things I will not miss should I ever decide to leave Rankin Inlet and Kivalliq News. Those are: the cost of living in Rankin, the ridiculous amounts of money we’re forced to spend on things such as cell and Internet service which don’t deliver a service anywhere near the cost, and the...

Creating magic in Chester

Students at Victor Sammutok School (VSS) are never asked to pay a price for living in a small community and that includes never missing a sliver of magic when high school graduation rolls around in Chesterfield Inlet. VSS has five graduates in its class of 2017: Edwin Aggark, Igalaaq Putulik, Louie Kukkiak, Roxy Sammurtok and...

ᐱᖁᔭᒃᓴᖅ 37 ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᐹ?

ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᖁᔭᒃᓴᖅ 37 ᐱᒃᑯᒥᒋᔭᐅᖕᒪᑦ – ᒪᓕᒐᖅ ᐋᕿᒋᐊᖅᓯᔪᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᓕᓴᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓴᐳᔾᔨᓯᒪᔾᔪᑏᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓄᑦ – ᐱᐊᓂᒃᑕᐅᓚᐅᖏᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᓱᓕᑉᐸᑦ ᑐᖁᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ, ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᓕᕐᒥᖕᒪᑕ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᖏᑦ ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 12-ᒥ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂᓕ ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎ ᓱᓕ ᐊᔪᐃᓐᓇᐅᑎᒋᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᒪᔭᖓ. “ᐅᓐᓃᑦ ᐱᐊᓂᒃᑕᐅᖏᒃᑲᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᖁᔭᒃᓴᖅ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᕋᓛᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑎᒥᖁᑎᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᐊᓂᒃᑕᐅᖁᔭᐅᓚᐅᕐᒪᑦ (ᑲᑎᒪᔾᔪᑎᒃᓴᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᐱᐊᓂᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᖏᑦᑐᓃᒻᒪᑦ),” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎ ᐲᑕ ᑕᑉᑑᓇ, “ᐃᓅᓪᓗᖓ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒥᑭᔪᒥᒃ ᒐᕙᒪᑎᖃᖅᖢᑕ, ᐅᐱᒋᒐᑦᑎᒍ ᓴᕆᒪᒋᓪᓗᑎᒍᓗ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖁᔭᕗᑦ ᑖᒃᑯᓇᓂ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᐅᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᒪᑦ, ᐅᐱᓐᓇᕐᒪᑦ...

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᑐᖃᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᓕᕆᓂᖅ ᑲᑎᑕᐅᓂᖏᑦ ᓯᑯᒥ

ᓕᓯ ᑲᕕᒃ ᐃᓕᖁᓯᑐᖃᒥᓂᒃ ᓯᓚᕐᔪᐊᒥᐅᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᑎᑦᓯᓇᓱᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᑐᖅᖢᓂ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᐊᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥᒃ Google Earth. ᐃᒡᓗᓕᓂᖅ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᓴᓂᑭᓗᐊᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑎᒍᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᑕᐃᑲᓂᒥᐅᓄᑦ. “ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᒍᑦ Googleᑯᓐᓂᒃ ᑲᑎᑦᓱᐃᓪᓗᑕ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᐅᖓᓯᒃᑐᒥᐅᓂᑦ ᓯᑯᒥᒃ ᓴᓂᑭᓗᐊᒥᒃ. ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᒍᑦ 2015-ᒥ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᑎᔨ ᑖᒃᑯᓄᖓ to collect Arctic Eider Society Joel Heath, ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᖢᓂᓗ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᓂᖅ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᕐᒪᒍ ᓄᓇᖏᑦᑕ. ᑲᕕᒃ ᐅᖃᓐᓇᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖏᑉᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᔨᓄᑦ ᓂᐅᔅ/ᓄᐊᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ. Google ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑎᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᓄᑖᒥᒃ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᐊᖅᑕᒥᖕᓂᒃ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ Google Earthᑯᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪ...

Editorial: Not guilty does not mean innocent

After more than a year of study, the federal Competition Bureau says First Air and Canadian North did not break the law in its efforts to stop startup airline GoSarvaq from entering the Ottawa-Iqaluit market. The process has taken some time but not long enough to erase the memories of those paying sky-high prices to...

Will Bill 37 survive?

Many may want to see Bill 37 – An Act to Amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act – die when in the legislative assembly’s last sitting, which starts Sept. 12. But the premier is not ready to give up. “Even though at this point, it’s something that the standing committee (on legislation) and...