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Iglulik residents build better boot

There are winter boots at the store that can be purchased and worn home, and then there are sealskin kamiit crafted by hand. Five Iglulik residents have opted to go the latter route and started...

Agnico Eagle apologizes for boat launch congestion

  A weekend of congestion at the Itivia boat launch has prompted an explanation from Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., the company that runs the Meliadine gold project near Rankin Inlet. As three phases of construction begin...

Rankin visitor centre surplus fund transferred to Kitikmeot project

  Rankin Inlet South MLA Alexander Sammurtok wasn't especially pleased that surplus funds had been transferred from the Kivalliq Visitor Centre project to the Grays Bay Road and Port Project. "Can the minister provide an update...
Elder Geetaloo Kakee, responding to the possibility of an elders' council for police oversight, said through a translator elders don't have knowledge of the criminal justice system. Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo

Iqaluit town hall meeting: Who should police the police?

Iqaluit - On the heels of three recent RCMP-related deaths, a townhall meeting was held in Iqaluit May 23 to discuss option related to police oversight. All three incidents -- the deaths of a 39-year-old...
Deputy Minister at the Government of Nunavut's Department of Economic Development and Transportation Sherri Rowe, seated with Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce president Matthew Clark, takes questions after speaking about Nunavut's economic status at a chamber breakfast event May 25. Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo

Nunavut declared the land of opportunity, 2017 territorial economy predicted to grow by 5...

Residents of smaller communities are far more engaged than Iqaluit residents when it comes to interest in their economic future, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Transportation (EDT) told an early-morning crowd in the...

QIA board meeting in Arctic Bay to discuss $1 million in new program funding

Qikiqtaaluk - The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is holding its three-day board meeting in Arctic Bay May 30 to June 1. Along with updates from the departments of lands and resources, major projects and...
A March 1997 fire consumed the Attagoyuk School in Pangnirtung. Wikipedia photo

Target of 20-year-old lawsuit launched after school fire wants it dropped

A Yellowknife-based architecture and engineering company the NWT government blames for the destruction of a Pangnirtung school in the 1990s is asking the case be dismissed due to what it calls an “inordinate delay”...

Book answers home buying questions

  Iqaluit - Thor Simonsen didn't set out to write a book on how to buy a house in Nunavut. Simonsen, working at the Government of Nunavut (GN), learned a colleague was interested in buying a...
Students and teachers from Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, seen here with Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern and Northwestel general manager for Nunavut Bertrand Poisson May 17, collected 515 directories for recycling as part of Northwestel’s annual directory recycling program in Nunavut. photo courtesy Michel Albert

Students collect directories, raise green funds

Iqaluit - After collecting 515 old telephone directories, students from Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit received $300 from Northwestel for their efforts. "Every year, the effort demonstrated by students in each of these participating schools...

Habitat for Humanity selects family of five for a new home

Iqaluit - Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit has selected the Ipeelie-Qiatsuk family for a new home to be built in Apex beginning in mid-June. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December. "We are so happy...

QIA and Baffinland Iron Mines agree on workplan for Mary River

Qikiqtaaluk - The Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. signed off on the first full workplan for the Mary River Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement (IIBA) at a recent meeting in Arctic Bay. Included...
Walruses lounge on sea ice between Iglulik and Hall Beach in October 2014. photo courtesy of Jay Williams

Atlantic walrus risks extinction, says committee advising federal minister

Nunavut - According to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), which advises the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Atlantic walrus is at risk of extinction. The...

Families struggle to find graves of loved ones taken South with deadly tuberculoisis

NUNAVUT - Family members who are searching for the graves of loved ones taken south for tuberculosis treatment are mostly on their own. Information is picked up here and there, wherever they can find...

Six-week countdown to Alianait and stellar mix of Southern and Northern stars

Iqaluit - With $175,000 in core funding arriving in time for its 13th festival, and a fresh website, Alianait is in very good shape as the six-week countdown begins. The Iqaluit festival begins June 29...
Kuuri Panika of Rankin Inlet performs on the APTN television Inuit-language current-events talk show Qanuq Isumavit earlier this year. photo courtesy Kuuri Panika

‘Performance is my life’, says Rankin Inlet’s Kuuri Panika

Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet - Kuuri Panika's performance career is taking off, and quickly. Some may know the 28-year-old Rankin Inlet performer as Corey, but he's decided to go by the name his grandfather calls him. Panika plays the...

New songs from Kugluktuk to Iqaluit

NUNAVUT - Musical artists from across the territory had the opportunity to work on new songs with the award-winning Twin Flames duo of Jaaji and Chelsey June in March. The six emerging artists attended a...
Sanikiluaq singer Kelly Fraser, 23, released her second album, Sedna, in April. - photo courtesy of Kelly Fraser

Sanikiluaq singer releases second album

Kelly Fraser is angry, and her second album, released in April, explains why. While the 23 year-old songstress from Sanikiluaq describes her first album Isuma (Think) as "folky, very happy, very Inuk", this second one...
The North West Company has purchased an air carrier and is terminating its cargo contracts with the Kivalliq- and Manitoba-servicing carrier Calm Air. - NNSL file photo

North West Company buys airline

The North West Company (NWC), which owns and operates Northern and Northmart stores across Nunavut, announced April 28 it has purchased an air carrier and is terminating its cargo contracts with the Kivalliq- and...

RCMP kill man in Hall Beach

A 39-year-old man in Hall Beach, who broadcast online that he sought to die by police, was shot and killed by officers who responded to the scene.Police in the hamlet of 848 were called...
Kaleigh Niptanatiak of Kugluktuk prepares to let fly with a shot during Grade 7 girls playoff action in Diavik Junior Super Soccer in Yellowknife on April 30. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Close but no banner this time

It stands to reason that if you spend a pile of money on getting to a tournament, you want to win it. In the case of the Kugluktuk High School Grizzlies, just being there in...

Bill 37 dead?

The committee reviewing the controversial Bill 37 to amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act will recommend it be dropped."When the House reconvenes for its spring sitting, the standing committee will...

‘Tapped out’ city is sign of bigger problems

Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern was the first guest speaker for a breakfast meeting series organized by a reborn Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce last month.She told attendees about the city's woes finding the money to...
Jewelry and metalwork second-year student Peter Nowkyook, left, instructor Ellen Fraser and first-year student Gregory Morgan discuss the various student pieces that will be exhibited at the L.A. Pai Gallery in Ottawa May 11 to 31. Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo

A hotbed of experimentation and creativity

Creative cross-pollination thrives in an old building on Iqaluit's Ring Road. Building 619 is home to the jewelry and metalwork diploma program, where throughout the school year instructors and students bring their imaginative lives to...

Agnico Eagle fined $50,000 for 2013 spill

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. will pay a $50,000 fine for failing to notify appropriate authorities in a timely manner after a sump-seepage incident at its Meadowbank mine in July 2013. "This was an unfortunate event...
Andy Attagutalukutuk of Iglulik heads for Uluksa Point near Arctic Bay on the opening day of the 2017 Nunavut Quest in Arctic Bay on April 20. Attagutalukutuk would go on to win the race for the fourth time in five years as he crossed the finish line first in Iglulik on April 28. photo courtesy of Facebook

Andy Attagutalukutuk reigns supreme again

The word dynasty is thrown out in the sports world like candy but it's the perfect word to use when it comes to Andy Attagutalukutuk. The Iglulik musher is once again champion of the Nunavut...

Naujaat’s cadets get grant

Naujaat's 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Gerard Buckley Cadet Fund this past month. The grant will allow Naujaat to cover all costs associated with their exchange...

Firing up bylaw services

The hamlet of Rankin Inlet's bylaw services has a new look after being transferred to the local fire department under the direction of Fire Chief Mark Wyatt. The new phone number for the Rankin Inlet...

Vacant buildings waste money

Iqaluit city council last month committed $150,000 per year for five years to support the city's homeless shelter.Having visited the facility, we know that the support is critical. In January, we called on the...
Kiilinik High School students attend the Vimy 100 Celebrations on April 9. - photo courtesy of Patti Bligh

Students travel to remember

A group of students from Cambridge Bay listened while the names of 11,285 Canadian soldiers were read out at the Vimy Memorial during the centennial ceremony for the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April...
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...