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Nunavut cabinet assigned its work for the next four years

The 22 MLAs of Nunavut's 5th legislative assembly elected seven cabinet ministers Nov. 17, and today Premier Paul Quassa assigned them portfolios. The legislators met for their first sitting despite the fact the City of...

Eskimos named in pride, not racism

If ever there was a prime example of the disconnect between what different people view as important, it's the revived kerfuffle over the nickname of Edmonton's Canadian Football League team, the Eskimos. As hard as...

Naujaat gears up for Christmas Food Drive

'Tis the time of year when goodwill abounds and communities pull together and, in Naujaat, that means the start of the hamlet's annual Christmas Food Drive. Senior administrative officer (SAO) Rob Hedley said the food...

Rankin welcomes new Zamboni machine

Rankin Inlet is the proud owner of a brand-new Zamboni machine to keep the ice at Nunavut's busiest arena in tip-top shape during the 2017-18 hockey season. Rankin rec co-ordinator David Clark said this is...

Aviation deal struck

Nunavut-based Sarliaq Aviation -- in partnership with Quebec transporter Nolinor Aviation -- has signed a 10-year deal with Agnico Eagle Mines to provide air transportation for employees and cargo from Montreal and Abitibi-Temiscamingue to...

Lifesavers come to call

A small group of cadets were given a peek into the world of being a medevac nurse when Nicole Poirier and Julie Freeman paid them a visit to discuss their job duties in Rankin...

A fashionable grand opening

It was a huge day for Victoria Kakuktinniq, formerly of Rankin Inlet, when she opened her new store in Iqaluit this past week. Kakuktinniq, one of Nunavut's best young designers, held the Iqaluit grand opening...

Alaska family grows fresh greens

Qawalangin tribal member Blaine Shaishnikoff grew up in Unalaska, Alaska, where he now runs a hydroponic growing system in two sea cans to supply the community with its locally-grown produce. "Our people have lived here...

Rabies confirmed in Baker Lake

A fox caught in Baker Lake has tested positive for rabies, according to the territorial Department of Health, which issued a news release on Nov. 16. The GN warned residents earlier this month that fox...

GN responds to employee survey

A Government of Nunavut employee survey that showed non-Inuit workers receive more formal training than Inuit workers is not reflective of many new GN initiatives, says a senior bureaucrat. The 2016 survey results, released earlier...

A life filled with learning ahead

Performer and actor Christine Tootoo, at 22, wields an impressive resume, with credits on circumpolar and national stages, the latest as part of the Kiviuq Returns ensemble cast. With that Qaggiavuut production, Tootoo has performed...

Burgeoning businesses in the Kitikmeot

Would you buy a fidget spinner made of caribou antler? Cambridge Bay's Thomas Kaohina hopes so. His innovative idea is one of many that have arisen among budding Kitikmeot entrepreneurs who are getting a grounding...

Location of debris from Russian rocket unknown

The launch of the European Space agency's Sentinel 5 Precursor satellite, aboard the Russian Rokot carrier rocket, took place as scheduled from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia the morning of Oct. 13, despite...

Edmonton Eskimos on defensive over name

The Edmonton Eskimos football team is once again facing demands that it change its name. Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said publicly earlier this month that the Canadian Football League franchise, founded in 1949, should have...

Long path away from diesel

Spread out by great distances and no connecting infrastructure, Nunavut is in the difficult position of providing municipal services in isolation. The hardest to accept is the expensive and unsustainable power created by burning diesel...

WWF demands protection of Nunavut rivers

World Wildlife Fund Canada's has concluded an ecological analysis of Canada's 10 longest rivers, including three in Nunavut, and is demanding protective regulations for these waterways. In its report titled Wild Rivers, it recognizes the...

Iglulik man charged with child luring

An Iglulik man in his 20s has been charged with luring a child for sexual purposes by using the Internet. The RCMP seized the man's computer and other electronic devices while conducting its investigation,...

Quassa chosen as premier

One ballot is all it took for Nunavut's newest assembly to elect Paul Quassa as Premier. The elder statesman was chosen to lead for the next four years over three other candidates: Patterk Netser, Joe...

Produce from a can?

A sea can full of greens may not solve food insecurity, but that's not the main aim of a project called The Growcer, which is more concerned with food sovereignty and economic wellness. "There's no...

Man stabbed to death in Gjoa Haven

A man was fatally stabbed by another man in Gjoa Haven during the afternoon of Nov. 16, according to the RCMP. The police found the victim with a stab wound on the front step of...

Sarliaq, Nolinor win Agnico Eagle contract

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. has awarded a 10-year air transportation contract to Nunavut's Sarliaq Aviation and Quebec partner Nolinor Aviation. "Sarliaq Aviation and Nolinor have worked together since 2010, and we are thrilled to continue...

Ottawa Police to investigate Baker Lake death

A Baker Lake man has died following a police chase in that community. Baker Lake RCMP received a call regarding a possible impaired driver at approximately 5:15 p.m. Oct. 11, according to a news release. "Upon...

Qulliq Energy explores tapping into Earth’s natural heat

Qulliq Energy Corporation is embarking on a hunt for deep heating. The power corporation is seeking a company to carry out a geothermal feasibility study to show whether it would be worthwhile to use...

Player turns coach

Brittenie Jefferd-Moore, known better in town by the nickname Bitsie, was one of only two girls in her age group playing hockey growing up. “I remember having to get dressed in the women’s washroom in...

YK Food Rescue making fight against hunger a priority

What began as a way to salvage food, has turned into a fight against hunger. The Yellowknife Food Rescue team has been around the community for almost a decade, rescuing food from grocery stores and...

Sacrifice not forgotten in Kugluktuk

Residents of Kugluktuk gathered at the community complex on Remembrance Day to pay tribute to Canada's military veterans and deceased soldiers. As part of the program, Miranda Atatahak read Laurence Binyon's poem For the Fallen,...

Kugluktuk’s Edna Elias helps put her great-grandfather’s life on the screen

History is sometimes harsh, sometimes giving. Edna Elias was confronted with that reality while in the role of associate producer on the film Edna's Bloodline, a documentary about her great-grandfather's life and times. Petter Norberg, who...

Lest we forget

People came out to honour the memories of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom across the Kivalliq this past week. More than 400 students, teachers and members of the community...

Cathy Towtongie: back in the game

Former Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) president Cathy Towtongie felt she had to re-enter the political arena because of the number of issues across Nunavut that, in her opinion, were being ignored. She entered her name...

Family volleyballers golden in Rankin

There's a whole new glitter inside the Dias family home following the annual Laura Gauthier Memorial (LGM) volleyball tournament in Rankin Inlet this past month. Four members of the family brought home gold from the...