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Nunavut Inuit training fund coughs up $3 million for 12 projects

Bernard Valcourt, then the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada; Cathy Towtongie, then president of Nunavut Tunngavik; and Peter Taptuna, premier of Nunavut,...

Nunavut regulator: we can't assess Baffinland's new railway proposal

So in response to correspondence from Baffinland, the NIRB still insists they want the minister of INAC to step in and clarify an exemption from...

Nunavut businesses get a boost from CanNor

Former Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, at left, who was responsible for CanNor, poses for a photo in May 2015 when funding for this Kakivak program...

Nunavut stakeholders seek clarity in Baffinland mine review process

On a request from Baffinland, then-INAC minister Bernard Valcourt agreed last summer to exempt the proposal from the land use planning process. The Hamlet of...

Time lapse film shows sea ice tenacity near Nunavut mine

Then-Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt granted that request and so the proposal is currently before the NIRB for assessment. Oceans North, which...

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from March 27 to April 3

Posted early April 1, the story “reports” how Nunavut's former MP, Leona Aglukkaq, found artifacts associated with the still-to-be-found HMS Terror, one of two ships...

APRIL FOOLS: Former Nunavut MP may have found second Franklin shipwreck

Nunavut's former MP, Leona Aglukkaq, thinks she may have found artifacts associated with the HMS Terror, one of the two ships lost with Sir John...

MLAs to vote this month on Nunavut share of Iqaluit port funding

In the lead-up to the last federal election, former Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq pledged up to $30 million towards Pangnirtung's harbour, a promise which Liberal...

Nunavut senator gets personal about the joys of seal meat

But he also praised the former Nunavut MP, Leona Aglukkaq, for her “quiet diplomacy” in blocking the EU's application for observer status at the Arctic...

Baffin Inuit org holds board meeting this week in Iqaluit

The Nunavut Planning Commission rejected Baffinland's Phase II proposal, but then-minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Bernard Valcourt, overruled that decision, sending the proposal...

Inuit treatment centre, one of only two in Canada, to close in March

This all began when Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq killed the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. Across the country effective healing facilities like this either shut down...

Federal money flowing to Nunavut to certify, promote sealskin

The money would also be used to help Inuit across the Arctic start small businesses based on sealing and find new markets for seal products,...

Makita to Bennett: respect NIRB's advice on uranium mine

In May 2015, the Nunavut Impact Review Board recommended to Bennett's predecessor, Bernard Valcourt, that he should reject Areva's proposal because the French-based mining company's...

Judge shortage in Nunavut reaching critical low: chief justice

Kilpatrick thanked former federal minister of justice Peter Mackay for his “speedy response” in appointing Bychok to Nunavut's bench. That response came after an “urgent...

Five things to remember about 2015

Here's the moment when the Conservative patronage machine in Nunavut evaporated — when Liberal candidate Hunter Tootoo crushed Conservative incumbent Leona Aglukkaq in the Oct.

2015: The best and worst of times in Nunavut's capital

In that month, Arctic leaders and power brokers met in Iqaluit for the meeting of the Arctic Council which included a handover of chairmanship from...

2015: a year of sweeping change for Nunavut

Bernard Valcourt, then the AAND minister, quashes the decision and sends the proposal directly to the Nunavut Impact Review Board. • Russia's foreign minister, Sergey...

Aglukkaq comes under fire at CBC Nunavut all-candidates forum

Okalik was mimicking an incident last year when Aglukkaq read a newspaper in the House of Commons while opposition MPs were questioning Bernard Valcourt about...

Baffinland imposes 10-per-cent wage cut at Nunavut's Mary River iron mine

“This additional efficiency is vital in supporting the financial viability of the Project and is necessary to ensure that the benefits of the Mary River...

Nunavut's federal candidates: Leona Aglukkaq

Here's the first of three candidate profiles: Leona Aglukkaq of the Conservative Party of Canada. Aglukkaq, the incumbent MP, told she's running on her...

Nunavut candidates talk business and the economy at Iqaluit forum

Conservative incumbent MP for Nunavut Leona Aglukkaq joined Liberal hopeful Hunter Tootoo, middle, and the NDP's Jack Anawak for a candidates forum Sept. 24 in...

NDP candidate Anawak brings message to western Nunavut

CAMBRIDGE BAY — After an unscheduled encounter with incumbent Nunavut MP and Conservative candidate Leona Aglukkaq Sept. 19 at the airport in Cambridge Bay, New...

Aglukkaq re-announces Franklin Centre for Gjoa Haven

Better late then never: incumbent Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq announced Sept. 10 what Prime Minister Stephen Harper revealed when he stopped in Iqaluit last month,...

Aglukkaq: respect Nunavut board's Areva recommendation

An aerial view of Areva Canada's Kiggavik site. Conservative candidate Leona Aglukkaq said Aug. 28 that the Nunavut Impact Review Board's recommendation against approval of...

Orange is the new Jack: ex-Liberal contests Nunavut for the NDP

At least four candidates will be running to represent Canada's geographically largest riding: the incumbent Conservative MP Leona Aglukkaq, the current environment minister in Stephen...

Approving Nunavut uranium project would be a “political disaster:” wildlife board

Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, may be busy campaigning in the federal election, but he's also had a lot of...

As election looms, Aglukkaq announces Iqaluit port scheme

The GN's minister of economic development and transportation, Monica Ell, Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq and Iqaluit deputy mayor Simon Nattaq take questions from reporters at...

Inuit org boss heaps praise on Valcourt's NNC re-announcement

Cathy Towtongie, the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., said July 30 that she welcomes a move re-announced by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard...

NunatsiaqOnline 2015-07-17: NEWS: Better late than never: Fantino breaks ...

To mark the project, Julian Fantino, the associate defence minister, slipped into Nanisivik July 15 for a low-key “official groundbreaking” and photo at the construction...

Valcourt exempts Nunavut iron mine expansion from land use plan

Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, has sided with Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. in its dispute with the Nunavut Planning Commission.

Areva to Valcourt: reject Nunavut board's Kiggavik decision

The NIRB delivered that report to Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, who now must decide to accept or reject it.

Say no to Baffinland, Oceans North Canada tells Valcourt

Bernard Valcourt, the federal northern affairs minister, should say no to a request from Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. for an exemption from the North Baffin...

Inuit org wants Valcourt to reject Baffinland request for land use exemption

Bernard Valcourt, the the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development minister, now finds himself at the centre of a big regulatory fight over an ambitious and...

Inuit leaders should state their views on uranium mine: Makita

The NIRB has forwarded its Kiggavik recommendation to Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, who, in the coming months, will either...

Nunavut review board decision on uranium mine “not what we expected,” Areva ...

Areva now awaits a response from Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, who received the recommendation from the NIRB. He has...

Canadian Forces patrol western Nunavut in Op Nunalivut 2015

A short visit from Canada's associate minister of National Defence, Julian Fantino, to the command centre of Operation Nunalivut 2015 in Cambridge Bay, April 8...

More than one-third of Nunavut households go hungry: StatsCan

But the office of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development minister Bernard Valcourt shot back March 26, saying the program has been successful in increasing the...

As Iqaluit Arctic Council meeting nears, Aglukkaq touts Canada's focus as chair

Canada has put northerners at the forefront of the Arctic Council's agenda — that was the word from Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, who also serves...

Northern leaders react to Parliament Hill shooting

“Corporal Cirillo will forever be remembered as a great Canadian,” said Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq in an Oct. 23 release. “I would also like to...

Iqaluit water licence needs full screening: NIRB to Ottawa

The Nunavut Impact Review Board is going ahead with a full screening of Iqaluit's water licence application and plans to send a report to Bernard...

Ottawa Inuit, northerners say they're safe in wake of shooting incidents

National Post A Tweet from Ted Laking, Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq's director of communications, also said Aglukkaq is safe. I have heard from Minister Aglukkaq and...

Arctic Council senior officials to meet this week in Yellowknife

The Aboriginal member groups include the Inuit Circumpolar Council. Canada is currently chair of the Arctic Council until 2015. The council's next meeting — in...

Former Iqaluit mayor promises to revive Angel Street anti-violence campaign

Elisapee Sheutiapik, far left, celebrates the inauguration of Angel Street in Iqaluit during her term as the city's mayor in 2007 with musician Lucie Idlout...

Nunavut board gives green light to Meliadine gold mine

The review board, following a lengthy screening and environmental review process that started in 2011, has sent that recommendation to Bernard Valcourt, the minister of...

Canada, EU strike deal on indigenous-hunted seal products

Four Canadian cabinet ministers, including Nunavut MP and Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, announced Oct. 10 in Ottawa that they've struck a deal with the European...

Is Valcourt serious about Nunavut devolution?

That's one way to interpret Bernard Valcourt's apparent conversion to the belief that it's now desirable to transfer big new powers over Crown lands and...

Nunavut teacher wins national award

Gordon Billard, in green, is pictured with members of the Arviat Film Society during one of the group's meetings in his classroom last fall. (PHOTO...

Ottawa accelerates Nunavut devolution talks

Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, said he believes negotiators can achieve such an AIP in one year. “I think it's...

National Inuit org “concerned” about Canada's position on indigenous rights

25 statement sent to , the office of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt pointed to the federal government's “constitutionally-entrenched framework that ensures...

My Little Corner of Canada, Sept. 26

Leona Aglukkaq, who came in with such promise and hope, has come up short. She has failed to defend Inuit rights contained in the Nunavut...