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Josie Cote of Iqaluit celebrates after a goal during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Nunavut boys hockey team hits win column at Canada Winter Games

It's been a weekend of firsts for Nunavut all around the country. The rink skipped by Jenine Bodner won Nunavut's first main draw game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., and now,...
Team North boys goaltender Liam Tereposky gets the poke-check ready during action at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Whitehorse this past May. The future of Team North is up in the air after the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT announced earlier this month that it would no longer foot the bill for the program. Laisa Kilabuk/Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT photo

Future of Team North at National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in doubt

The 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) will happen next May in Regina, of that there is no doubt. What is in doubt is whether Team North will be a part of it. The Aboriginal Sports...

Woman charged with aggravated assault against man in Iqaluit

A 52-year-old Iqaluit woman faces an aggravated assault charge following an incident involving a man on Wednesday. RCMP responded to a disturbance in the 500 block area of Iqaluit and found a man “in distress,”...

Iqaluit taxi company launches smartphone app

Caribou Cabs, the capital’s main taxi company, joined the digital age when it launched a smartphone app two years in the making May 22. With the purchase of Pai-Pa Taxi in March, Caribou Cabs has...

MLAs reprimand education minister over lack of breakfast, lunch programs

The Department of Education’s failure to put territory-wide school breakfast and lunch programs in place has raised the ire of MLAs John Main, Cathy Towtongie and Adam Lightstone. Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main: Existing...

A fond farewell

Julia MacPherson’s performance while teaching for seven years in Naujaat received a ringing endorsement when she was presented with a teaching award from the Nunavut Teacher’s Association in Iqaluit on April 6. Tuugaaruk High School...

Pinnguaq claims $10-million Smart Cities prize

A Nunavut project has been awarded the $10-million Smart Cities prize through Infrastructure Canada, it was announced Tuesday. Brandon Bunnie of Pinnguaq, left, works with a te(a)ch student in Baker Lake in 2017.photo courtesy Pinnguaq The...

National anthem a bridge, not a barrier

I will gladly admit it was darn nice to see a vote involving our national anthem remaining in schools — going overwhelmingly in favour of O Canada with 210 of the 279 parents who...

New Department of Human Resources at 57 per cent capacity; 55 per cent Inuit...

The GN’s new Department of Human Resources has filled 64 of 112 jobs, or 57 per cent. Thirty-five Inuit employees have been hired so far, equating to 55 per cent. Human Resources Minister Lorne Kusugak: deputy...

Taloyoak man charged after several shots fired

A 21-year-old Taloyoak man faces several charges, including discharging a firearm with the intent to endanger life, following a shooting incident in the community on April 11. Wikimedia Commons photo Lawrence Kootook was arrested after the...

GN financially stable, but NTI calls budget just more of the same

Finance Minister George Hickes began his budget address Feb. 20 with a look back at Nunavut's 20 years, listing numbers such as a 40 per cent population increase, a doubled economy, and a GDP which...

ᐊᕐᓇᖅ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᐳᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᓇᓄᕐᒥᓂᑦ

ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 8 ᐱᓕᕆᕐᔪᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᓪᓘᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖢᒑᐱᖕᒥᐅᑕᒧᑦ ᐋᓐᔨ ᐋᓯᕙᒃᒧᑦ – ᖁᑭᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᓇᓄᕐᒥ. "ᐊᑎᕋ ᐊᒧᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓇᓐᓄᒍᓐᓇᐅᑎᒧᑦ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 6−ᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᕆᐊᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖓ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 8−ᒥ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐋᓯᕙᒃ. "ᖁᓱᕕᒡᔪᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᖓ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᑉᐱᐊᓱᒐᓚᒃᖢᖓ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᒐᒪ ᐅᕙᓐᓂᑦ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᖁᑭᖅᓯᓂᐊᕋᒪ. ᐊᒻᒪ ᖁᕕᐊᑉᐳᖓ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐋᓯᕙᒃ. ᓴᑭᖓᓗ ᐱᖃᓐᓈᖓᓗ, ᐋᓯᕙᒃ...

Senator, minister spar over carbon tax; more exemptions needed in Nunavut, Patterson says

The federal carbon tax shouldn’t be applicable to Nunavut hunters, fishers and private home owners, Sen. Dennis Patterson told Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the Senate on May 14. Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson: “It’s not...
Inuuki Burke of Iqaluit makes the pad save during action against Team NT at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 18. Carly Morison/Canada Winter Games photo

Tired but resolute Nunavut boys hockey squad set for placement round

You could forgive Nunavut's Canada Winter Games boys hockey team for being a bit gassed after their final round-robin game against Team NT on Feb. 18, a 6-0 loss to give the boys a...

Songwriting and recording sessions planned in Cape Dorset

The Kinngait Performing Arts Club inherited some studio recording equipment as a result of the Nunavut Hitmakerz workshops and concert in the community in early February. That equipment will be put to use by local...
The founding board members of the Tunngasugit Inuit Resource Centre are, from left, Steve Massey, Jackie Massey, Maxine Angoo and Nikki Komaksiutiksaq in Winnipeg on May 6, 2019. Missing from photo is Gail Wallace. Photo courtesy Maxine Angut

Inuit resource centre opens in Winnipeg

The first Inuit resource centre to open in Western Canada held a grand opening to welcome the public through its doors in Winnipeg on May 4. The founding board members of the Tunngasugit Inuit Resource...

Around the Kiv: Kivalliq Hall students eligible for compensation

Kivalliq Former students who lived at the Kivalliq Hall residence in Rankin Inlet between June 12, 1985 and Dec. 31, 1997 are now entitled to compensation after years of legal battles with the federal government. The...

Iglulik mayor backs elder who shot polar bear, cub

An Iglulik elder who shot a mother polar bear and her cub within municipal boundaries did the right thing, says Iglulik Mayor Celestino Uyarak. The two bears were killed over the Christmas holidays and the...

Measure Iqaluit beer and wine store’s impacts on surrounding communities, Nakashuk urges

Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk wants the GN to track the effects Iqaluit’s beer and wine store has on neighbouring communities. Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk says the RCMP in her community needs more resources to combat...

Cambridge Bay man dies in all-terrain vehicle crash

A 24-year-old Cambridge Bay man perished when he lost control of his all-terrain vehicle on May 11. The driver crashed into a snowbank around 11 p.m. and was not wearing a helmet, according to the...

All systems go for red-seal electrician Brandon Oolooyuk

PUBLISHER NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 As a red-seal journeyman electrician, Brandon Oolooyuk is now working for the biggest power consumer in the Kivalliq region and, at other times, for himself. Rankin...
Silu Autut, left, and Troy Aksalnik are half grinny and half yummy as they load-up on some delicious chile at the Rankin Inlet arena on Feb. 10, 2019. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

Effective plan for complex critical

A lot has been said, written and talked about from the arena perspective as the grand old lady on the hill lumbers through her final season before passing the puck off to the brand...

Meliadine moves to the forefront for Agnico Eagle

The torch is being passed between Agnico Eagle’s Kivalliq gold mines. The first gold bar from Agnico Eagle’s new Meliadine mine was produced in late February. Weighing close to 64 pounds, it’s composed of approximately...

Judge denies bail to Iglulik man facing multiple firearms offences

An Iglulik man facing eight firearms-related charges won’t be granted the bail he’s seeking as the judge in his case says releasing him would “undermine public confidence in the administration of justice.” An Iglulik man...

Edmonton teams salute Rankin Rock ‘B’ peewee team’s special player

Referees, players on the Valleyview Icebears and their coaches reached out to the Rankin Rock peewee ‘B’ team to produce a couple of incredible memories for the very special captain of the Rankin team,...

He never took no for an answer – remembering Joe Enook

Joe Enook’s death the evening of Friday, March 29 – made public the next morning – devastated his friends and colleagues, and saddened many Nunavummiut. Tununiq MLA and Speaker of Nunavut’s legislative assembly, who died...

Order of Canada ‘very humbling,’ says Edna Elias

Kugluktuk’s Edna Elias has been named to the Order of Canada, the Office of the Governor General announced on June 27. Edna Elias has an extensive background in politics, Inuit language promotion, education, business and...

Makimautiksat program has strong record against suicide

Mental health outreach worker Brittany Holm teamed-up with Tuugaalik High School's community counsellor, Jennifer Kadjuk, to deliver the Makimautiksat Youth Wellness and Empowerment program to a senior high class shortly before the end of...
Dustin Issaluk of Victor Sammurtok School in Chesterfield Inlet displays the project (Here Comes the Sun Glasses) that earned him second place in the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair at Qitiqliq Middle School in Arviat on March 17, 2019. Photo courtesy Kivalliq Science Educators' Community

Best of the best at science fair

Students from five Kivalliq communities competed in the annual Kivalliq Regional Science Fair in Arviat earlier this month. Students from Naujaat and Coral Harbour could not attend the fair due to inclement weather, but their...

Will Department of Education’s Bill 25 to revise acts be a repeat of 2017’s...

Unless the Department of Education has drafted revisions to the Education Act and Inuit Language Protection Act that are radically different than the last government’s failed Bill 37, Nunavummiut are in for a long...