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Eekeeluak Avalak of Cambridge Bay, seen during the Nunavut Wrestling Championships in Pangnirtung in January, won himself a silver medal in the boys U17 55-kg weight class at the U17/U19 Canadian Wrestling Championships in Fredericton, N.B., on Saturday. photo courtesy of David Kilabuk

Eekeeluak Avalak wins silver medal at Canadian Wrestling Championships

There’s a wonderful think about being from Nunavut and going to a national championship. No one takes you seriously until you beat them and even then, they still don’t take you seriously. Eekeeluak Avalak of Cambridge Bay was in that sort of situation at the U17/U19 Canadian Wrestling Championships in Fredericton, N.B., on Saturday and...

Nunavut’s economy will see very high growth in coming years, says GN economist

The territory’s immediate economic forecast is looking good, with very high growth in the next four years, though it must overcome challenges in the longer term, such as graduating more students from high school and finalizing a land-use plan. This is according to the Government of Nunavut’s senior economist Francois Picotte, who spoke at the...

Nunavut’s rapidly changing seasons concern Ruth Kaviok

Ruth Kaviok returned from the tropics of Peru in March following a trip of several weeks as a volunteer with Canada World Youth. Ruth Kaviok is contemplating a second run for president of the National Inuit Youth Council when her term expires in June. A future in politics is a possibility, she says. photo courtesy...

Hickes has the boots, so time to get working

Last week, we reported that Finance Minister George Hickes was instructed by his father, former Manitoba MLA George Hickes Sr., not to follow in his footprints, but to leave his own – and they had better be prints made by work boots. He wore those boots to present his first budget. What you won’t see...
Leo Kaludjak tries to control the puck in the corner and avoid the check of the NWT's Liam Carroll. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Canada Games hockey heads west

It’s not often teams from the North are able to get together as they prepare for the Canada Winter Games and it’s rarer still to get to play against your competition before the games begin, but that is exactly what Team Nunavut’s men’s hockey team did last weekend. The boys flew west to Yellowknife to...

Kugluktuk lacrosse impacting the west

A man born and raised in Kugluktuk is now teaching youth across the Western Arctic the fundamentals of lacrosse. Kyle Aviak just spent two full days teaching students in Fort Providence, NWT the ins and outs of the game that took him from Kugluktuk to competitions across North America. “The lacrosse camp went well, we...
Minor hockey players, from left, Ricky Putumiraqtuq, Brya Kingunkotok, Daniel Kingunkotok and Amos Nakoolak are having a blast hanging-out with head instructor David Clark of Rankin Inlet during the Rankin Rock Season Opener hockey camp in Baker Lake. That camp was followed up last week with another one in Arviat. Photo courtesy David Clark

Rankin camp heads to Arviat

The Rankin Rock hockey camp tour came to an end last week in Arviat. The Rankin Rock won a $ 80,000 Youth Arctic Inspiration prize earlier this year in order to expand the camp outside of Rankin Inlet. The camp has been run in Rankin Inlet for the past five years, but after winning the...
Jennifer Ellsworth is seen at an event earlier this year receiving an award. Ellsworth is one of the newest black belts at the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society. NNSL file photo

More black belts for Iqaluit Taekwondo Society

Two members of the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society recently received their black belts. Jennifer Ellsworth became a newly minted marshal arts master by earning her first degree black belt while Maryse Mahy received her third degree black belt. “There are nine degrees when you have a black belt,” explained Mahy. “You have to spend a number...

Family services makes ‘preemptive call’ for foster homes

Nunavut’s Department of Child and Family Services is putting a public call out for foster homes, in anticipation of future need. The department currently has 45 foster homes and will need more homes available for new or repeat cases, said Yvonne Niego, deputy minister of the Department of Family Services. Asked how the call out...

Worm disease parasite detected in Sanikiluaq walrus

The Department of Health is advising residents in Sanikiluaq that a walrus has tested positive for trichinella, a parasite that causes worm disease. If you have consumed uncooked walrus and experienced stomach pain, muscle pain, diarrhea, swollen eyelids, sweating and weakness, you might be infected with the trichinella parasite. If trichinosis is not treated it...

Auyuittuq National Park map revamped with Inuktitut place names

The newest map of the Auyuittuq National Park will have Inuktitut place names, after years of consolidating local knowledge and consulting historical records. The Inuktitut place names map started its work in 2014, holding workshops with the Inuit Knowledge Working group for the park over two years, though it used data that is at least...

Iqaluit couple makes hidden homelessness public

After four years without a home Brian Tagalik and Pitsiulaaq Ashoona pitched their tent outside of the Legislative Assembly to bring awareness to hidden homelessness in Iqaluit. “It will give the public outcry that people need to realize the true scope of housing in Nunavut,” said Tagalik. Hidden homelessness includes couch surfing and temporary accommodations,...

Our North, our heritage, our future

To the editor, At the Conservative Party of Canada’s policy convention last month in Halifax, the three Northern territories were successful in advancing a policy declaration which contains exciting news for the North. Titled “Our North, Our Heritage, Our Future,” the resolution is an update of the party’s previous position regarding Northern development, but features...

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announces supports for Inuit children

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) announced it will work to remove barriers for youth requiring access to health, social and educational services. “I was pleased to be able to announce in June that we would begin work to develop an Inuit-specific component to the Child First Initiative,” said ITK President Natan Obed in the news release....

Sanikiluaq daycare risks closure after hamlet cancels bingo licence

A Sanikiluaq daycare fears it may close in months after losing its Saturday night bingo, leaving it at odds with the hamlet government which revoked its licence this fall. In the last two years, the hamlet began operating multiple weekly bingos, eventually issuing itself a licence for a Saturday night operation. Najuqsivik Daycare argues the...

Children’s show Anaana’s Tent airs in English and Inuktitut

The Anaana’s Tent children’s series is airing an English version of its Inuktut show on APTN this fall. The series, now available in both languages, will introduce cultural traditions and language to unilingual children across Canada, said director Roselynn Akulukjuk in an interview. “We thought it would be very important to have a TV show...

Iqaluit reservoir will be full by end of September

The city of Iqaluit’s Lake Geraldine Reservoir will be full by the end of September if  “adequate precipitation” continues, said the city’s acting chief administrative officer, Amy Elgersma in an update to council last week. There are 50,000 cubic metres of space remaining in the reservoir, said the Elgersma. Maintenance repairs are anticipated to cut...
Nolinor Aviation isn't planning to jump into the Nunavut market to begin scheduled flights. The same response that Flair Air and Air North recently gave. photo courtesy of Nolinor Aviation

More airlines balk at serving Nunavut

Another trio of airlines has rejected the idea of offering scheduled passenger or cargo flights in Nunavut. Representatives from Flair Air, Nolinor Aviation and Air North told Nunavut News that their companies aren’t vying to establish a presence in Nunavut, the same response given earlier by Air Canada and WestJet. Calm Air, which already operates...
Recreation Leader of the Year award-winner Fred Muise of Cambridge Bay presents the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Award of Merit to Jason Tologanak, also of Cambridge Bay. (recognizes an individual/organization/corporation for an outstanding contribution to achievements in each province and territory) 2016 Sport and Recreation Awards Celebration and Dinner Oct. 15, 2016 Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo

Fred Muise moves on

Fred Muise still remembers his first day on the job like it was yesterday. He had sat down at his desk and proceeded to open up Facebook to write the following post: “I am sitting in my new chair in my new office in my new position with the Municipality as Recreation Coordinator so excited.”...

Iqaluit MMIWG hearings highlight past and present impacts of industry, colonization

In a powerful testimony at the MMIWG hearings in Iqaluit, panelists spoke about the impacts of colonization — dog killings, food insecurity, industry and deficient health care — on Inuit life, health and culture. Inukshuk Aksalnik, coordinator of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission (QTC) described the effects of sled dog killings which made Inuit “lose their...

Cultural programming supports healing, panelist tells MMIWG hearing

Leaning on culture and openly talking about the past will heal communities afflicted by the ongoing impacts of colonialism, testified an expert at Monday’s MMIWG hearing in Iqaluit. “(Inuit) have seen a lot of changes in our lives. There are a lot of things I went through that confuse me,” said Elisapee Davidee Aningmiuq, describing...

LGBTQ2S issues focal point in day three of Iqaluit MMIWG hearings

LGBTQ2S Indigenous peoples are burdened with educating the institutions that serve them, discouraging them from getting the help they need, said panelists at the Sept. 12 MMIWG hearing in Iqaluit. Indigenous women are already “existing in a state of hypersexualization” and experience violence, said Jasmine Redfern, a former health policy analyst, frontline worker and law...

New top Mountie could bring real change

Brenda Lucki said all the right things while being sworn in as the first female commissioner of the RCMP in history this past Thursday, Sept. 6, at Regina, Sask.’s, F Division. Lucki comes aboard during one of the darker periods in the RCMP’s fabled history, with public distrust in the force at an all-time high,...
photo courtesy Brad Dillon

Grad day in Naujaat

The community of Naujaat came together to see Tuugaalik High School celebrate its largest graduating class in history on Aug. 24. The Class of 2018 had 20 students hear their names called to come forward and receive their Grade 12 diplomas. It is the largest graduation class that Naujaat has ever seen, said vice-principal Julia...
Bear attacks have claimed the lives of a man in Naujaat and Arviat during July and August of 2018 in the Kivalliq region. NNSL file photo

Not time for emotional response, says Arviat MLA

Reducing the threat of bear attacks in the Kivalliq depends on a cohesive effort that gives everyone a voice that will be heard, not “crazy talk,” said Arviat North/Whale Cove MLA John Main. Main made the comments in the wake of two fatal bear attacks in the Kivalliq during the past two months. Darryl Kaunak,...

Pangnirtung hamlet shares Northern challenges with Governor General

Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette visited Pangnirtung Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 to meet with community members about challenges and realities facing Nunavummiut. Payette’s three-day visit focused on Arctic research and Indigenous knowledge. During her visit, Payette joined federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and Canada’s chief science advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer, to meet with Pangnirtung councillors. In...

Government of Nunavut announces fall education consultations

The Government of Nunavut will consult all communities this fall on proposed changes to education and language laws and the role of district education authorities. The Coalition of Nunavut DEAs (CNDEA), representing regional education authorities was “completely taken by surprise” by the announcement of the eight week consultation, wrote the coalition in a Sept. 6...

AROUND THE NORTH: Looee Arreak announces six Nunavut tour dates

Kimmirut residents take Polar Bear Dip Participants enjoyed chili, soup, bannock and hot beverages after the event at the Community Hall. Simata Akavak (centre in floater suit) jumped from the heel into the water to mark the occasion. All 25 who participated received an embroidered towel to mark the occasion. “It was a fun day...

ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᓇᓄᖅ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᐃᕗᖅ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓂᑦ

ᐅᖃᓗᒡᕕᐅᖕᒪᑕ 1 ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᙳᐊᓂᑦ ᓇᐅᑦᑎᖅᓱᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖃᕐᕕᖓᓐᓂ ᔭᓗᓇᐃᕝᒥ ᐊᐱᕆᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᒨᓯᓯ ᐃᖃᖅᓴᕐᒥ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᖕᒥᐅᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᑭᒪᖃᑕᐅᔪᒪᖕᒪᖔᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒥ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᒥᑦ, ᑭᐅᓂᖓ ᐊᔪᕐᓇᓚᐅᙱᓚᖅ. “ᐊᖏᓚᐅᖅᐳᖓ,” ᐃᖃᖅᓴᖅ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, ᐃᒃᓯᕚᖅᖢᓂ ᖃᖓᑕᓲᓄᑦ ᓇᑎᖓᓐᓂ HMCS Charlottetown−ᒥ ᑭᓴᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᓱᕐᔪᐊᖓᓂ. ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓄᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᖃᖓᑕᓲᒃᑯᑦ ᐋᒍᔅᑎ 13−ᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒋᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᙳᐊᖃᑎᒥᓂᑦ ᔭᐃ ᕿᓕᖅᑎᒥ ᑲᖏᖅᖢᒑᐱᖕᒥᐅᑕᖅ ᒪᕐᕉᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᓂ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᒥᐊᐅᓚᑕᐅᓂᖅ ᓇᓄᖅ 2018−ᒥ, ᑲᑐᔾᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕈᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᓴᐳᔾᔨᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᐊᐅᓚᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖃᓲᖑᕗᖅ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᑦ...

ᐋᒃᑐᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑕᖕᒫᕐᕖᑦ ᐃᓱᓕᑉᐳᑦ

ᐱᒋᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᔫᓂ ᓄᙳᐊᓂ, ᐋᒃᑐᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᓄᑖᙳᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᓄᑦ, ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓯᒪᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓇᐃᓴᐅᓯᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ (STEM) ᐊᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᑕᖕᒫᕐᕕᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᓕᒫᒥ. ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᒥ ᑕᑭᓂᓕᖕᓂ ᑕᖕᒫᕐᕖᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓲᖑᕗᑦ ᐱᔭᕇᓕᒑᔪᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓂᑦ ᐃᓕᓴᐃᔨᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᒥ. ᓄᓇᕘᑉ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᖓᓄᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᑐᔪᓂ ᐱᙳᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓕᑦᑎᖃᑎᒌᒃᖢᑎᒃ, ᑭᓴᖅᓯᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᓂ ᓇᓂᔭᒥᓂᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᖓᓐᓄᑦ. ᐋᒍᔅᑎᐅᑉ−ᕿᑎᐊᓂ, ᓱᕈᓯᑦ 24−ᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ. – ᒥᓯᐅᓪ ᓚᑑᕐᓄ