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Nunavut gov't explores possibility of trauma, addictions treatment centre

After years of promises and false starts, the Nunavut government is exploring the possibility of opening the territory's first residential trauma and addictions treatment centre...

Gov't of Nunavut coerced employee by withholding sick leave benefits, privacy commissioner says

The Government of Nunavut broke privacy law when it coerced an employee on sick leave to provide more personal health information than it was entitled...

Nunavut education minister makes last ditch effort to save Bill 37

Education Minister Paul Quassa made a last ditch plea to Nunavut MLAs Wednesday to open proposed legislation to change the Education and Inuit Language Protection...

Nunavut struggles to care for elders closer to home

"Elders establish the backbone of Nunavut culture and language and the Inuit fabric across the communities," said Rankin Inlet South's Alexander Sammurtok, quoting the government's...

Nunavut MLAs reverse course on controversial language/education act

Committee chairperson Tom Sammurtok said the bill should not pass to a third reading, which means it will be ignored until it dies with the...

Blizzard in Coral Harbour prompts renewed call for snow fences in the hamlet

A three-day blizzard in Coral Harbour last week provoked renewed calls for snow fences in the community. Mayor of Coral Harbour Ronnie Ningeongan said the...

Keith Peterson slams Paul Okalik's 'alternate facts' on Iqaluit beer and wine store

Nunavut Finance Minister Keith Peterson pulled a page from U.S. politics Thursday in the legislature in defending his government's plan to open a beer and...

Sailivik Society president hopes for 2018 opening for Iqaluit elders' facility

One of the milestones that has happened since last year is the hiring of a new business plan writer through funding from the government's Department...

Nunavut, NWT premiers slam Arctic drilling moratorium

The decision to ban oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters could cripple Nunavut's future financial independence, says the territory's premier. Peter Taptuna says the...

Iqaluit family homeless after winter eviction from public housing

Winter evictions don't sit well with many Nunavummiut, including Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak. "I, like a lot of people, thought they didn't happen," she said.

Former Kivalliq Hall students win long fight for compensation

A five-year legal battle has ended with former students of a residential school in Rankin Inlet becoming eligible to receive compensation for their time at...

Fox killed by frozen mop tests positive for rabies

Nunavut's health department is warning people in Arviat that a fox killed by a teenage girl in the hamlet earlier this month has tested positive...

Yukon's new Liberal premier meets Justin Trudeau in Ottawa

Silver also met on Thursday for the first time (as premier) with his territorial counterparts — N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod, and Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna.

Fox vs. frozen mop: Nunavut girl, 17, claims victory over nighttime visitor

Joe Savikataaq Jr. said he got a call the next day from Environmental Health with regards to Deanna's incident. The news travelled fast through social...

Nunavut changes loan program for homebuyers after ultimatum from MLAs

"Not only for me, the whole committee had issues with it," said MLA Allan Rumbolt, who represents Sanikiluaq. "A person could come off the airplane...

Nunavut MLA raises concern over Inuit employment numbers post-devolution

Nunavut's premier says it's too early to say how devolution will affect Inuit employment. Devolution is the process of giving the territory "province-like powers" and...

Mysterious 'ping' sound from sea floor baffles Igloolik

Paul Quassa, a member of the legislative assembly, says whatever the cause, it's scaring the animals away. "That's one of the major hunting areas in...

Nunavut students never told not to speak Inuktitut, gov't investigation finds

The district education authority says it was "shocked" that South Baffin MLA David Joanasie made the statements in the legislature before speaking to the school...

Nunavut student allegedly punished for speaking Inuktitut, says MLA

Nunavut politicians were 'shocked' to hear some students in Cape Dorset have apparently been warned not to speak Inuktitut in class or they would be...

Amid suicide crisis, Nunavut MLA wants more traditional Inuit counselling

The day after finding out a grandson had died by suicide, Isaac Shooyook, the MLA for Quttiktuq, rose in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly to call...

'A cry for help': Cape Dorset reels after new arson charges

"We don't want to see this again in our community," said David Joanasie, the MLA for South Baffin. "We lost a school already, we don't...

'Our education system is very rigorous': Minister defends Nunavut's schools

"We certainly recognize that we need more resources, and therefore with this budget we are providing those resources," said Paul Quassa. The department recently created...

Cape Dorset assembles modular classrooms to end 'unfortunate' student schedule

"We did hear from the community that some of the students were missing their classes due to this unfortunate arrangement," said Nunavut's Education Minister Paul...

Nunavut chooses University of Saskatchewan as law degree program partner

Paul Quassa, minister for Nunavut Arctic College, says 25 spots will be available. "We do need lawyers from Nunavut. We need lawyers that are bilingual.

Igloolik hunters land 8-metre bowhead whale

People in Igloolik, Nunavut, are celebrating a successful bowhead hunt over the weekend, which netted an eight-metre-long whale. Hunters first spotted the catch, a young...

Mary Simon named minister of Indigenous Affairs' special representative on Arctic

Nunavut's premier Peter Taptuna was one of the first Northern leaders to respond to Simon's appointment, tweeting enthusiastically Friday. Look forward to meeting with Minister...

'I believe in the Trudeau government,' says Hunter Tootoo upon return to office

The decision to step down as a federal minister and leave the Liberal caucus was his alone, says Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo. He addressed the...

North not exempt from climate action, says Yukon MP

Yesterday, Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod and Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna released a joint statement, reiterating their opposition to a "carbon tax,"...

Gjoa Haven MLA visits grieving parents of baby whose death is under investigation

The MLA for Gjoa Haven says the parents whose baby died in his community are getting much needed community and family support. Tony Akoak visited...

Another baby death in Nunavut under investigation

Nunavut's minister of health says his department and the coroner's office are investigating another baby death, this time in Arviat. The baby was under the...

'Doing OK': Gjoa Haven beginning to heal after baby's death

"The people directly affected — they've been talking to them and helping them out and also anyone who needs to speak to them was invited...

Nunavut investigating after baby dies in Gjoa Haven

The minister of health is investigating the recent death of a baby in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, as a "critical incident." "In keeping with the Department...

Low wages, lack of suitable buildings part of Nunavut's daycare problem

This spring in the Nunavut legislature, Education Minister Paul Quassa said his department is starting to review the Child Day Care Act. He said the...

Federal environment minister to hold public town hall in Yellowknife park Monday

Catherine McKenna is meeting with the environment ministers from the three territories: Wally Schumann from the N.W.T., Wade Istchenko from Yukon and Joe Savikataaq from...

Federal gov't appoints lead negotiator for talks about Nunavut's devolution

But Paul Okalik, MLA for Iqaluit-Sinaa and a former member of cabinet, says that although he's encouraged by the resumption of devolution talks, he's worried...

Accessing federal help a challenge without MP Hunter Tootoo, says Iqaluit mayor

The office is committed to seeing constituency issues managed no differently than before." Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna reaffirmed his support for Tootoo in an email...

High-tech, made-for-Nunavut community freezer on its way to Sanikiluaq

"I don't think it's been used in the last 15 years," said Hudson Bay MLA Allan Rumbolt, who represents Sanikiluaq in the Nunavut legislature. The...

'Not my choice to leave:' retired Anglican priest reflects on 60 years in the Arctic

With a heavy heart, retired Anglican priest Mike Gardener is preparing to leave Iqaluit after a lifetime of work in the Arctic. "It's not my...

Short-term fix expected this week for Sanikiluaq's salty water problem

"Everybody seems to be doing OK," said Allan Rumbolt, MLA for Hudson Bay. He said three or four cargo plane loads of bottled water have...

Nunavut fishermen keeping close eye on potential Labrador shrimp cuts

Fishermen in Nunavut say while they're not immediately worried about a review into cutting Northern shrimp quotas, they are keeping a close eye on it.

High school dropout and mother of 5 graduates from Nunavut Teacher Education Program

Graduates of the Nuanvut Teacher Education program were joined by Nuanvut's minister of education Paul Quassa and Vianne Timmons, president and chancellor of the University...

MLA decries conditions that led Nunavut languages commissioner to quit

Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik says he understands why Sandra Inutiq resigned as Nunavut's languages commissioner but is decrying the working conditions within the Government of...

Nunavut cabinet shuffle makes George Hickes new health minister

George Kuksuk is once again the minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation. He'll keep his portfolios as minister of Culture and Heritage and Languages.

Atmosphere of 'control and fear' drove Nunavut's languages commissioner to resign

"When I hear MLA Pat Angnakak talk about people throwing up in the morning before work,' said Inutiq. "Just imagine how widespread that is: going...

Iqaluit's $40M aquatic centre on time and on budget

"We have been told multiple times it was being presented to the board of directors for approval but it seems every time it is presented...

Nunavut seeks input on Education Act changes

Education Minister Paul Quassa told the legislature earlier this month that the consultation period has been extended by several months. "The goal of these public...

Nunavut proposes changes to income assistance programs

The report was tabled in the legislature last week by Family Services Minister George Kuksuk after months of consultations in every Nunavut community last fall.

Nunavut can't build its own university, but it can partner up to grant degrees

... university rather than establishing its own university, given the results of recent feasibility studies. "Nunavut cannot meet the criteria to establish a stand-alone university,"...

Nunavut could have doctor assisted death guidelines in 2 weeks

Nunavut Health Minister Monica Ell-Kanayuk says her department will consult with the territory's chief medical officer of health. "We have nothing set yet," Ell-Kanayuk said...

Nunavut MLAs approve $4.5M for 1-year suicide prevention action plan

It incorporates recommendations from the inquest. The plan is a partnership between the Nunavut government, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the RCMP and the Embrace Life Council.