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Members of the Toronto Inuit Association met on Nov. 7 during International Inuit Day.
Members of the Toronto Inuit Association met on Nov. 7 during International Inuit Day. "Qujanamiik / quyanainni / nakurmiik to everyone who celebrated International Inuit Day with us,” said a message on the new organization’s Facebook page. (PHOTO COURTESY OF TIA)
FEATURES November 12, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Exile in childhood: one man’s memoir — Part 4

No way home

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MARKOOSIE PATSAUQ

In 1953 and 1955, the federal government relocated more than 90 Inuit from Inukjuak and Pond Inlet to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island and to Craig Harbour on Ellesmere Island. Between 1956 and 1962, the families at Craig Harbour moved about 40 miles west to to Grise...

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NEWS November 12, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Pangnirtung musician takes first place in Nunavut songwriting contest

Joey Nowyuk's song Nunaga will appear on a compilation album in 2019

SARAH ROGERS

A young Pangnirtung songwriter has won first place in this year’s Qilaut Inuktut songwriting contest, hosted by the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage.

Joey Nowyuk’s song Nunaga took top honours in the annual songwriting competition, it was announced on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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NEWS November 12, 2018 - 1:29 pm

Coroner’s jury rules Nunavut police shooting a homicide

“It’s a huge relief. He didn’t commit suicide. He was shot.”

BETH BROWN

WARNING: This story contains details that some readers may find disturbing.

POND INLET—Twenty-year-old Kunuk Qamaniq died by homicide in Pond Inlet last year, after the armed man was shot by an RCMP officer, a coroner’s jury ruled, on Friday, Nov. 9, in a verdict that concluded a four-day inquest...

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NEWS November 12, 2018 - 11:00 am

Another mandatory minimum flunks the Charter of Rights

Nunavut judge follows Alberta, Ontario courts in tossing mandatory three-year sentence for firearm trafficking

JIM BELL

A 30-year-old Rankin Inlet man with six children should not serve a three-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for firearm trafficking, Justice Earl Johnson ruled recently in a written judgment.

That’s because the mandatory minimum sentence for the offence—when applied to the man’s...

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NEWS November 12, 2018 - 9:30 am

Inuk veteran to receive military grave marker

“Eddy went to war for our country, and that’s something that needs to be recognized"

SARAH ROGERS

This story was originally published on Aug. 27, 2018. We’re sharing it with our readers again for Remembrance Day.

A Nunavik Inuit veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces will be honoured for his service with a new military grave marker next year.

Eddy Weetaltuk was a veteran of the Korean War and...

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NEWS November 12, 2018 - 8:00 am

Use weed revenue for addictions treatment centre, Nunavut mayor says

"The federal government ... will be earning billions of dollars in the years to come from cannabis sales"

JANE GEORGE

The western Nunavut community of Gjoa Haven is still in dire need of more mental health and addictions services.

That’s why Gjoa Haven’s mayor, Joanni Sallerina, continues to lobby for a new regional mental health and addictions facility to be located in Gjoa Haven, as revealed in his letter to...

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LETTERS November 09, 2018 - 5:45 pm

Open letter to the community of Iqaluit from Arctic Co-operatives

"We will not be taking advantage of the change in the local competitive landscape in our pricing"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

We would like to acknowledge the concerns of the residents of Iqaluit with the catastrophic loss of a key piece of community infrastructure.

The fire that struck on Nov. 8, 2018 shocked us all, and we would like to simply offer some reassurance to the community.

Arctic Ventures has a long...

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NEWS November 09, 2018 - 4:40 pm

Nunavut RCMP hold suspect in Pond Inlet homicide

Man, 23, dies early this morning

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As a six-person coroner’s jury in Pond Inlet pondered the tragic 2017 death of a 20-year-old youth, the community was afflicted by another tragedy this morning: the death by homicide of a 23-year-old man.

One suspect, whose age, gender and name are not yet released, is now held in custody, the...

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NEWS November 09, 2018 - 3:40 pm

Many step up to help following Iqaluit’s Northmart fire

“We want the leaders of Nunavut to know we are here to help in anyway we can"

JANE GEORGE

Now the rebuilding starts, after Thursday’s fire that destroyed the warehouse attached to Iqaluit’s Northmart and badly damaged one of the city’s two major stores.

That’s sure to require a continued effort from many players, to ensure residents remain able to obtain food, medicine and other...

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TAISSUMANI November 09, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Taissumani, Nov. 9

Isaac Stringer, the bishop who ate his boots

KENN HARPER

I have written often about the Blacklead Island mission station in Cumberland Sound, near present-day Pangnirtung.

While Church Missionary Society preachers were bringing the gospel to Inuit at the Baffin Island whaling station, a similar scenario unfolded at the opposite end of the Arctic.

The...

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FEATURES November 09, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Exile in childhood: one man’s memoir — Part 3

Government lies, false information about Inuit

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MARKOOSIE PATSAUQ

In 1953 and 1955, the federal government relocated more than 90 Inuit from Inukjuak and Pond Inlet to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island and to Craig Harbour on Ellesmere Island. Between 1956 and 1962, the families at Craig Harbour moved about 40 miles west to to Grise...

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NEWS November 09, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Nunavut RCMP arrest two youth in connection with Iqaluit fires

Two youth face charge of arson—disregard for human life

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut RCMP have arrested two youth in connection with six fires that broke out Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 in Iqaluit, including a major blaze at the Northmart store in Iqaluit.

The two youth are now in custody, with criminal charges pending against them for arson—disregard for human life, said an RCMP...

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LETTERS November 09, 2018 - 11:30 am

Kitikmeot Corp. responds to article

"KIA itself, is the ultimate guarantor of KC’s accountability to KIA’s Inuit membership"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I am responding to the article, “Business arm of western Nunavut Inuit org says finances are ‘robust’,” published on Oct. 29, 2018, in Nunatsiaq News.

Rather than give an accurate account of Kitikmeot Corp.’s report to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s 2018 annual general meeting, the article...

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NEWS November 09, 2018 - 10:30 am

Apology, no regret from RCMP officer who shot Pond Inlet man

“I’ve gone through this 10,000 times in my head. What I did is what I would have done again.”

BETH BROWN

WARNING: This story contains details that some readers may find disturbing.

POND INLET—An RCMP officer who fired at and fatally wounded an armed Pond Inlet man last year told a coroner’s jury and members of the man’s family on Thursday, Nov. 8, that he wouldn’t change the choice he made to pull...

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NEWS November 09, 2018 - 9:45 am

Nunavut school buses need funding boost, DEAs say

“If we started the buses up again now, we would not have the money to run the bus until March when it is colder”

COURTNEY EDGAR

School buses are not regularly running in communities across Nunavut, and student attendance is taking a hit as a result, say representatives from the territory’s district education authorities.

“The buses aren’t running on a daily basis. Some students won’t attend if the bus is not working...

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NEWS November 09, 2018 - 8:15 am

Nunavut premier assigns portfolios to new cabinet member

Netster gets Nunavut Housing Corp., Nunavut Arctic College

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Premier Joe Savikataaq announced changes to ministerial portfolios on Thursday, Nov. 8, on the last day of the fall sitting of the Nunavut legislature, while the attention of many in Nunavut was directed towards the fire at Iqaluit’s Northmart store.

Savikataaq said that Aivilik MLA Patterk...

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NEWS November 08, 2018 - 4:15 pm

Northmart owners say food, other products will get to Iqaluit residents

“Even as we fly food in, we have no plans to raise prices"

SARAH ROGERS

The North West Co., owner of Iqaluit’s Northmart store, says it’s facing substantial losses following a major fire that destroyed the store’s warehouse facility on Thursday, Nov. 8.

But the company says it intends to keep its shelves stocked in Iqaluit, and all food and other supplies being...

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NEWS November 08, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavik’s regional government to get new chair following municipal elections

KRG chair Jennifer Munick not re-elected to council in Kuujjuaq

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Government will soon choose a new chair, following the outcome of the region’s municipal elections held yesterday.

Jennifer Munick, who had served as the KRG’s chair for the past three years, was not re-elected to the Northern Village council in Kuujjuaq. Munick had...

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NEWS November 08, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut family testify about son’s death at inquest over police shooting

“I know they’re there to serve and protect the public. I believe that. That’s why I called them.”

BETH BROWN

WARNING: This story contains details that some readers may find disturbing.

POND INLET—Parents of a young man who died of a police-inflicted gunshot wound said during a coroner’s inquest on Wednesday, Nov. 7, that the RCMP and first responders communicated poorly with them during and following...

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NEWS November 08, 2018 - 1:10 pm

Northmart fire one of five overnight in Iqaluit, prompting investigation

City officials say there is no concern about a food shortage

SARAH ROGERS

The fire at Iqaluit’s Northmart store is one of five blazes that the city’s fire department was called to respond to between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, prompting local police to open an investigation.

But Iqaluit RCMP have not said yet if they suspect arson or a link between the five...

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NEWS November 08, 2018 - 11:00 am

New Birds of Nunavut book is a tell-all on the territory’s birds

Two volumes contain info on 295 species, 800 photos

JANE GEORGE

If you get excited when you spot a snowy owl, feel sad when the last snow buntings leave town, enjoy the taste of a fat Canada goose, or are simply an avid bird-watcher, ask Santa to put the tremendous Birds of Nunavut books on your Christmas gift list.

In its 820 pages, the two-volume set offers...

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FEATURES November 08, 2018 - 9:45 am

Exile in childhood: one man’s memoir — Part 2

A deadly, untreated disease

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MARKOOSIE PATSAUQ

In 1953 and 1955, the federal government relocated more than 90 Inuit from Inukjuak and Pond Inlet to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island and to Craig Harbour on Ellesmere Island. Between 1956 and 1962, the families at Craig Harbour moved about 40 miles west to to Grise...

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NEWS November 08, 2018 - 8:30 am

Nunavut MLAs, minister debate Inuit job numbers on new jail build

“I’m going to continue to push for the 20 per cent"

SARAH ROGERS

The future of Iqaluit’s new jail appeared to be in jeopardy for a moment on Tuesday afternoon at the legislative assembly, when an MLA moved to delete the Qikiqtani Correctional Healing facility’s $3-million budget allocation for 2019–20.

Nunavut’s justice minister and MLAs tussled Nov. 6 over the...

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NEWS November 08, 2018 - 6:44 am

Iqaluit firefighters respond to overnight blaze at Northmart store

Fire at Iqaluit's largest retail store began late last night, continued through the morning

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated at 9:35 a.m.)

This morning Iqaluit firefighters continue efforts to extinguish a fire at the Northmart store in Iqaluit.

The fire, which started early Thursday morning, led to the evacuation of elders living in a row of elders’ apartments located directly behind the store.

The fire...

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FEATURES November 07, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Exile in childhood: one man’s memoir — Part 1

A homesick grandmother never comes home

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MARKOOSIE PATSAUQ

In 1953 and 1955, the federal government relocated more than 90 Inuit from Inukjuak and Pond Inlet to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island and to Craig Harbour on Ellesmere Island. Between 1956 and 1962, the families at Craig Harbour moved about 40 miles west to to Grise...

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