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A Hercules aircraft was among the resources deployed to search for three missing hunters in Cape Dorset on Oct. 10. One of the hunters was rescued, another was found deceased. The third is presumed dead. Cpl D Hiebert/Canadian Armed Forces photo.

Search for missing hunter now a recovery effort

A missing Cape Dorset hunter is presumed dead and a search for him is now a recovery effort. Two of the man’s hunting companions were located Wednesday – one alive, the other dead. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre withdrew its planes and crews and a Coast Guard ship was called off after they and local...
Grade 11 student Lou Kopak tries the Alaskan high kick as motivational speaker and Inuit games athlete Johnny Issaluk, right, offers words of encouragement at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on May 2, 2019. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Fighting back emotionally in Naujaat

Naujaat Sports and personal experience were two of the key points focused on by two counsellors who travelled to Naujaat to help students at Tuugaalik High School deal with a tragedy and a rash of near tragedies to affect the community recently. Grade 11 student Lou Kopak tries the Alaskan high kick as motivational speaker...

Rangers on exercise and receiving recognition

Nunavut Rangers are engaged in Operation Nanook-Nunalivut ’19 outside of Resolute. In addition to guiding members of the Canadian Armed Forces, some of the Rangers have received medals for their accomplishments and years of service. Canadian Rangers Sammy Kogvik, centre, and Paul Ikuallaq, to Kogvik’s left, both from 1 Canadian Rangers Patrol Group (1CRPG), share...

With traditional Inuit village completed, Iglulik prepares to celebrate

A traditional Inuit village consisting of several iglus built just outside of Iglulik will be the site of a community celebration this weekend, if Mother Nature cooperates. This is the scene at Iglulik Point, a couple of kilometres outside of Iglulik. Several iglus have been constructed and a community celebration is set for this weekend....

Naujaat students, staff to guide Scottish expedition retracing Franklin search

Students and staff at Tuugaalik High School are on the land this week, guiding a Scottish documentary team that is retracing the search for Sir John Franklin and his crew. Tuugaalik High School teachers Gaspare Minaudo, left, and Laimmiki Malliki work on the school qamutiks for the Arctic expedition. Malliki, the lead guide, will be leading...

Baker Lake students open time capsule

Students at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School (JASS) in Baker Lake recently reveled in looking through items stashed away a decade ago. Rachel Tagoona-Tapatai, left, and Rhoda Parker with their Grade 2 class photo. Students at Jonah Amitnaaq Secondary School in Baker Lake opened their 10-year-old time capsule on April 10. photo courtesy of the Department of...
Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq, left, and Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) president David Ningeongan gladly accept the good news from Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade Yvonne Jones that the KIA was receiving a $1.6 million grant from the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) to help fund a feasibility study into the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link Project. Photo courtesy KIA

Federal grant helps bring KIA’s Inuit-led Kivalliq Hydro-Fiber Link project a major step...

A feasibility study on plans to extend renewable power from northern Manitoba into Nunavut received a major boost with the announcement that the federal government was kicking-in with a $1.6-million grant to the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) on Feb. 25. The announcement was made by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs...
Paul Pryce is the principal adviser to the Consul General of Japan in Calgary. He frequently writes on Northern policy approaches.

GUEST COMMENT: Charting a course for Nunavut’s offshore fisheries

As Nunavut’s current five-year Fisheries Strategy enters its fourth year, it is worth taking stock of Nunavut’s emerging offshore fisheries industry and opportunities for further growth. Paul Pryce is the principal adviser to the Consul General of Japan in Calgary. He frequently writes on Northern policy approaches. With the decision by Canada’s Department of Fisheries...
In My View with Harry Maksagak

IN MY VIEW: Celebration and looking ahead

As we begin the celebration of Christmas, let’s look beyond ourselves and consider those who have fallen on hard times: homeless, jobless, loss of close ones and family members. As a songwriter put it, “Lift your eyes out of despair and look into hope and peace.” I quote this with all sincerity and good wishes....

Main worries about youth social media use, looks to guidelines as possible solution

Are mental health workers in Nunavut aware of the harmful effects of excessive social-media use by youth? This is the question posed by Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main in a member’s statement and in questions to Health Minister George Hickes in the legislative assembly March 4. Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main is concerned...
The Rankin Inlet Fitness Centre celebrated its fifth year in operation this past Friday, March 1, 2019. Photo courtesy Rankin Fitness Centre

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Happy Birthday

The Rankin Inlet Fitness Centre celebrated its birthday on March 1, marking its fifth year serving the community. The fitness centre first opened its doors on March 1, 2014 and, since that time, it has grown to have five staff members serving a membership that is now in excess of 100 strong. The Rankin Inlet...

Lightstone demands to know Inuit home-ownership numbers; seeks improvements to program

The Nunavut Housing Corporation has provided home-ownership program funding to 1,000 applicants over the past three years, but the corporation’s minister cannot specify how many of those applicants were Inuit. Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Lightstone: No incentive to move out of subsidized housing to take on a mortgage. photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut In...
Arviat Film Society member Elena Akammak gets to try on the CBC's TV studio for size while in Iqaluit to attend the Nunavut film conference on March 12-13, 2019. Photo courtesy Eric Anoee

Film summit a hit

Three members of the Arviat Film Society (AFS) travelled to Iqaluit to participate in the Avalusiniq Sivuniksaq (Framing the Future) film conference on March 12 and 13. Representing the AFS at the conference were Eric Anoee and youth members Elena Akammak and Jamie Okatsiak. “It was really cool to have Elena open the conference by...

Cambridge Bay accounting student says it’s important to talk about mental health

Kassidy Koaha-Laube will gladly share some advice with those thinking about diving into post-secondary learning at a southern institution. Cambridge Bay’s Kassidy Koaha-Laube is in the business administration for accounting degree program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. photo courtesy of Kassidy Koaha-Laube Now in her third year at the Northern Alberta...

Two hamlets remain without emergency plans

After Baker Lake endured a hamlet garage fire that consumed several vehicles and temporarily threw water and sewage services into disarray in January, MLA Simeon Mikkungwak stood in the legislative assembly and emphasized the importance of community emergency plans. The fire that destroyed Kugaaruk’s school in late February 2017 reinforced the value of a community...
Christine Wilson and Andrew Quackenbush have time to reflect on their outlaw ways while locked-up at the arena jail during the Jail 'N' Bail fundraiser for the Rankin Rock novice team travelling to a Winnipeg tournament in Rankin Inlet on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Mark Wyatt

Jail birds come through for hockey team

The Rankin Inlet fire department and bylaw stepped up to help the Rankin Rock novice team fundraise in Rankin Inlet on April 5. Christine Wilson and Andrew Quackenbush have time to reflect on their outlaw ways while locked-up at the arena jail during the Jail ‘N’ Bail fundraiser for the Rankin Rock novice team travelling...

Cambridge Bay seeks new recreation complex

After a year and a half, the Cambridge Bay arena has finally been cleared to reopen. Even so, the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay is determined to build a new recreation complex rather than investing in more fixes to the aging and dilapidated arena. Although the Cambridge Bay arena is reopening to the public after a...

EDITORIAL: ‘Can I be acclaimed?’

If you aren’t a Twitter user, you will have missed a comment posted by TootooGoggles, a satirical account based on Liberal MP Hunter Tootoo’s follies. The account was launched soon after the 2015 election and has provided comic relief even after Tootoo was booted from Justin Trudeau’s cabinet. Early this month, TootooGoggles quipped, “can i...

GN to study marine infrastructure needs, delaying community projects

Nunavut communities waiting for marine infrastructure are going to have to wait some more. Construction takes place on the $72-million Iqaluit-deep port in August. 2018. The GN is now going to study all marine infrastructure needs across Nunavut to determine its next projects. Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo The federal government has made $2.2 million available for...

Cambridge Bay in talks for garbage-burning incinerator

Cambridge Bay council has a burning desire to reduce the waste piling up at the community’s landfill, and the answer might lie in adopting an incineration system used in Alaska. Cambridge Bay Mayor Pamela Gross stands at the base of the signpost in Utqiagvik, Alaska, the northernmost city in the United States. Gross and senior...

Graduates ‘move’ long-serving Clyde River DEA chair

When Clyde River couldn’t find enough interested community members to sit on the district education authority, Terry Kalluk stepped up. That was close to 15 years ago. Terry Kalluk has been with the Clyde River District Education Authority for close to 15 years and has been chair for the past five. photo courtesy of Terry Kalluk...
Members of the Rankin Inlet competitive gym team turn their backs to the camera to show what the backs of their new Team Canada uniforms will look like at the upcoming international World Gymnaestrada in Austria from July 7-13. Photo courtesy Lisa Kresky

Rankin gymnasts work doggedly at fundraising as World Gymnaestrada looms closer

The founder and head coach of the Aqsarniit Ujauttaq (Northern Lights) gymnastics club in Rankin Inlet, Lisa Kresky, left for the Canada Winter Games this past week with a lot on her mind. Kresky is attending the games as part of the Women in Coaching program and is linked with the B.C. gymnastics team as...
In My View with Harry Maksagak

IN MY VIEW: Our ability to communicate

Our way of communicating today is sure different from yesteryear. There are not many written letters put in envelopes and mailed through our post offices. The only time you see or receive a card is on your birthday or – if you’re lucky – at Christmas. I’ll throw out three ideas around communication – of course...

Inuksuk for British Museum’s 2020 Arctic exhibition

Under the direction of Piita Irniq, front left, British Museum curator Ian Taylor, left, conservator Tomasina Munden and curator Amber Lincoln built an inuksuk which will be featured in a planned 2020 exhibition about the history of the Arctic through the lens of weather and climate.photo courtesy British Museum While building an inuksuk on the...

Communities seek new schools; GN offers renovations and other solutions

Getting a new school in Nunavut is no simple task. In Coral Harbour, district education authority chair Bridget Saviakjuk would very much like to see Sakku School replaced. Air quality monitoring will take place at Sakku School in Coral Harbour until a multi-year renovations plan is completed. The school’s heating and ventilation systems were upgraded...

Panel and industry reps discuss why more Nunavut youth aren’t into mining

Industry champions are getting serious about interesting the younger generation in mining careers. Each year, the Nunavut Mining Symposium gathers hundreds of industry-related workers in the capital to share information about multiple topics but, for the first time, youth engagement made it on the agenda. “What seemed to be a missing element was engaging the...

Pond Inlet receives grant from Jays Care Foundation to help rebuild baseball field

The Toronto Blue Jays may not ever get to Pond Inlet anytime soon but a piece of the team will be around in the community for years to come. The Jays Care Foundation, the Blue Jays’ charitable organization, announced on April 14 that Pond Inlet was one of 15 communities around Canada to receive a...

Kugluktuk’s Peter Taktogon has been maintaining homes for 47 years

Peter Taktogon has been a housing maintainer in Kugluktuk for a remarkable 47 years and he’s not done yet. Members of Nunavut’s legislative assembly recognized Kugluktuk’s Peter Taktogon in March for his long-term service. He’s been a housing maintainer for 47 years and has no plans to retire as of yet. photo courtesy of the...

Nunavut’s children called true Arctic Inspiration Prize winners

Pond Inlet’s Pirurvik Preschool trainers will soon set off on a three-and-a-half year journey across Nunavut’s three regions to introduce their award-winning, made-in-Nunavut early childhood education program. Ilisaqsivik’s Eena Iqaqrialu, left, and Pirurvik Preschool trainer Samantha Koonoo organize the new early childhood education materials during the Clyde River preschool training in late 2017. Over the...

Inuit Nunangat youth to develop community initiatives with new federal funding

The four Inuit regions are getting $660,000 to help address the significant social and economic inequalities faced by Northern youth, which create barriers to developing the knowledge and skills needed to support their communities, from a new federal program called Expedition to Community (E2C). Elder David Serkoak, left, Pontiac Quebec MP Will Amos, Students on...