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Iqaluit resident Kristof Karcza used $2000 of his own cash, with an additional $500 from Nicole Laplante Dunn and Andy Traub, to buy 450 children's passes and 115 youth passes for the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, which he distributed to schools, organizations and agencies around the city. - Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo

Resident wants youth to go to the pool, see the world

A generous Iqaluit resident bought hundreds of drop-in passes to the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre in early April, and distributed them to local schools, organizations and agencies – wherever there might be children and youth who can’t necessarily afford the $4 to $6 fee. Kristof Karcza stunned principal Mat Knickelbein when he dropped off 80 passes...
City of Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern, seated with new Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce president Matthew Clark, addresses an early-morning crowd of roughly 40 at the first monthly Breakfast Networking Speaker Series held at the Hotel Arctic April 26. - Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo

Chamber begins breakfast speaker series

A wide range of early-rising Iqalungmiut attended a new monthly morning speakers’ series to hear Mayor Madeleine Redfern speak on the topic of Iqaluit Today and the Opportunities in Our Future. The breakfast event, put on by the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce, signals a revived organization ready to bring the community together. Baffin Regional Chamber...
Minister Carolyn Bennett made a public retraction at the UN Headquarters on April 24 of Canadian objection to implementing articles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that speak to indigenous rights of free, prior, and informed consent. She is pictures here with Grand Chief Ed John, left and National Chief Perry Bellegarde. - photo courtesy of INAC

Canada retracts objection to indigenous peoples rights to consent

Canada’s objection to articles concerning indigenous consent within the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been formally rescinded during a speech by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett at UN headquarters in New York on April 24. The retraction was made during the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues...
Passion fruit, left, and dragon fruit are subsidized items under the current Nutrition North Canada program model, while bullets and diapers are not. "We're going to have to decide whether this is a social program or a fairness issue," said INAC Minister Carolyn Bennett in February. - Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo

Waiting for Nutrition North update

After consultations in 23 Northern communities, the long-awaited report on the Nutrition North Canada program is due to be released. Consultations wrapped up in January, and included Iqaluit, Pond Inlet, Kugaaruk and Baker Lake. Nunavut Member of Parliament Hunter Tootoo is eager to see what that report will contain, and suggested it might be released...
This map shows one gold-producing mine and numerous other gold-exploration sites in the Kivalliq region as of 2016. - photo courtesy of GN, INAC, and NTI

Gold exploration heats up in the Kivalliq

A modern-day gold rush is quietly taking place in the Kivalliq, and specifically around Rankin Inlet, with a new exploration and development company scheduled to meet residents next week. Vancouver-based NxGold Ltd. announced plans April 26 for exploration at its Kuulu Project site during the 2017 summer field season. The company announced in October 2016...
Gjoa Haven residents attend a community meeting held by Matthew Pickard of Sabina Gold and Silver, on the Back River gold mine project. - photo courtesy of Jason Prno

Stalled Kitikmeot gold mine hearings resume

The next step for the Back River gold mine project starts in Cambridge Bay at the end of the month. The Nunavut Impact Review Board is to hold public hearings for the second time on development of the Sabina Gold and Silver Kitikmeot mine project May 31 to June 3. In June of last year,...
A large-scale replica of Cape Dorset artist Koomuatuk "Kuzy" Curley's carving of an elder leading a polar bear has been selected for placement at the entrance of the Canadian High Arctic Research Centre opening in Cambridge Bay this summer. - photo courtesy of Isabelle Laurier

Elder, polar bear to greet CHARS visitors

Cape Dorset artist Koomuatuk “Kuzy” Curley usually uses power tools. For a recent carving of an Inuit female elder leading a polar bear – which has been selected to grace the foyer of the soon-to-open Canadian High Arctic Research Centre – he chose to use only chisels, files, sandpaper and patience, so as to highlight principles of...
Arviat fishers will start looking for the big ones on May 12, trying to match the skills of 2016 Pike and Trout Fishing Derby winners, from left, Lakeisha Flynn (1st place trout), Janet Ishalook (2nd pike), Joy Suluk (2nd trout), Pierre Ikakhik (3rd pike), Daniel Kablutsiak (3rd trout) and Norma-Jean Kablutsiak (1st pike). - NNSL file photo

Fishing derby set to go

If Rankin Inlet has hockey as its big community deal, Arviat’s big community deal is right around the corner. The excitement is building for what many regard as the most popular community event of the year in Arviat. The 2017 Pike and Trout Fishing Derby is set to go from May 12-14, with measuring to...
NHL Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald, left, and Natalie Spooner of the Canadian Women's Hockey League's Toronto Furies inspect the Stanley Cup during the trophy's stop in Iqaluit on April 26. It was the first of eight stops over four days for hockey's biggest prize through the territory. - photo courtesy of Project North

Hockey’s holy grail heads to Nunavut

The Stanley Cup playoffs are happening right now and one lucky team will get to lift the biggest prize the sport has to offer in June. In the meantime, hockey’s holy grail is on a goodwill tour of sorts and it returned to Nunavut for a second year running from April 26 to 29, visiting...
Executive member-at-large Darrin Nichol, left, and interim vice-president Mark Wyatt saw a lot of hard work and determination finally pay off when the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 169 Rankin Inlet officially received its club license this past week. - Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

Back in action

You couldn’t have blamed the handful of executive members still remaining at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 169 Rankin Inlet if they had become their own best customers for an evening after the Legion was finally granted its club license this past week after a two-year-long struggle. The license allows the Legion to be open...
Arviat fishers will start looking for the big ones on May 12, trying to match the skills of 2016 Pike and Trout Fishing Derby winners, from left, Lakeisha Flynn (1st place trout), Janet Ishalook (2nd pike), Joy Suluk (2nd trout), Pierre Ikakhik (3rd pike), Daniel Kablutsiak (3rd trout) and Norma-Jean Kablutsiak (1st pike). - NNSL file photo

Arviat preps for fishing derby

The excitement is building for what many regard as the most popular community event of the year in Arviat. The 2017 Pike and Trout Fishing Derby is set to go from May 12-14, with measuring to take place on May 15. The committee looking after the event, Ryan St. John, Gleason Uppahuak, Dorothy St. John...
A group of Grade 10 to Grade 12 students from Victor Sammurtok School are enthusiastic about their traditional learning out on the land near Chesterfield Inlet. - photo courtesy of Glen Brocklebank

Traditional Inuit views in Texas

A teacher from Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) in Chesterfield Inlet is off to San Antonio, Texas, this week, where he will present his views on indigenous teaching to the academics attending the American Educational Research Association conference, the largest educational conference in North America. Glen Brocklebank will make his presentation – his abstract was selected...
Event volunteers, clockwise from left, Cates Bayabay, Katie Bell, David Lowe, Austin Rogers and Maria Friesen, enjoy a little conversation around the bonfire during the Rankin Inlet Fire Rescue EMS Easter Eggstravaganza on Williamson Lake in Rankin on Saturday, April 15. - photo courtesy of Mark Wyatt

Easter Eggstravaganza cracks on

Hundreds of kids had a blast searching for hidden Easter eggs and enjoying hotdogs and other tasty treats on Williamson Lake during the Rankin Inlet Fire Rescue EMS Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15, in Rankin Inlet. The crowd of kids and parents, estimated at between 250 to 300 people, hunted down eggs while enjoying...
Trisha Ogina gives a quick pose for the camera prior to her drum dance at a Kugluktuk spring festival April 18. David Ho/NNSL

Drums, dancing and drag races

‘This community loves to dance’, committee member says of 40th Nattiq Frolics Kugluktuk, NT – The youngest Kugluktuk drummers used their craft to drum in their elder drummers at the opening ceremony for the 40th anniversary of the hamlet’s annual spring festival, Nattiq Frolics, on April 18. The event was to end April 23. “It...