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Construction of new Nunavut school brings closure to “difficult chapter”

Education Minister Paul Quassa said the new school brings closure to “a difficult chapter.” “This new school symbolizes a fresh start for the community and...

A big thank you from the family of Solomon Qanatsiaq

... who came to support our family and we are grateful for the following organizations who provided for our essential needs: QIA, NTI, the Northern...

Break-in at Iqaluit elder's apartment provokes anger among residents

“Our Elders need better protection,” said Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak, who has often raised issues about elders in the Nunavut Legislature. The Iqaluit RCMP confirmed...

Nunavut senator says SCC ruling bodes well for devolution talks

Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna said in April that he would like to have a devolution agreement-in-principle in place with Ottawa before his government's term ends...

GN ponders options for Nunavut addictions treatment

Next time, vote for the Government who will help our people like Paul Okalik. Who else?. The old Hudson's Bay, now Northern Store is run...

Secrecy at Nunavut lender may continue despite calls for transparency

Monica Ell-Kanayuk, the Government of Nunavut's economic development and transportation minister, responding to questions in the Nunavut legislature from Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak June 8,...

Watch those tweets and Facebook posts, urges Nunavut MLA

Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak used his member's statement at the legislature last week to make a public service request: The next time you update...

Mobile addictions treatment underway in western Nunavut, says minister

The news came a few years late but Health Minister George Hickes came into the Nunavut Legislature June 2 with some “exciting developments regarding addictions...

Nunavut income support: side jobs, savings accounts allowed

Allan Rumbolt, MLA for Hudson Bay, wanted to know, June 7, what efforts are being made to ensure people know about the changes and how...

Nunavut hamlet to get playground after repeated delays

The single-school community has been without a playground for a few years despite the Government of Nunavut having allocated money to build one, MLA for...

Nunavut education minister can't find Inuktitut curriculum materials

... Minister Paul Quassa said in the Nunavut legislature June 1, after South Baffin MLA David Joanasie asked if Quassa could confirm information in a...

Despite support, uncertain timeline for beer-wine store openings: Nunavut minister

That was the timeline revealed in the Nunavut legislature May 30 by Finance Minister Keith Peterson, also the minister responsible for Nunavut's liquor commission, in...

Feds announce split of Indigenous language money for NWT, Nunavut

These agreements, which give $19.6 million to the NWT and $15.8 million for Nunavut, cover the period from 2016 to 2020. “We are thrilled with...

Education, health likely to dominate upcoming Nunavut legislature sitting

The short, two-week spring sitting of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly will include a number of debates including over whether to enact the long-awaited, much consulted...

Nunavut MLAs scrutinize AG's health report, grill GN officials

Tununiq MLA Joe Enook asked the health department's deputy minister Colleen Stockley. While it's not ideal to have people in positions for which they aren't...

Whale Cove has Nunavut's lowest suicide rate—here's why

George Kuksuk, the minister of Culture and Heritage and MLA for Arviat North-Whale Cove, is from Arviat, but has spent a lot of time in...

Nunavut MLA says lack of daycare hurts high school attendance

With that, Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak found the community's next option from the government would be to identify a space for a daycare and...

Child and Family Services Act conflicts with Inuit culture, MLA alleges

Quttiktuq MLA Isaac Shooyook says that words in the Child and Family Services Act that say “parents should use methods other than force by way...

Nunavut minister tight-lipped about language laws and the private sector

Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik asked Languages Minister George Kuksuk Feb. 27 if sections of Nunavut's two language laws that apply to the private sector will...

Nunavut MLA wants to know if raven feces cause cancer

He won his seat in a byelection to replace former MLA Samuel Nuqingaq, who was booted out by his peers because of chronic absences from...

We'll create internal committee for QGH, Nunavut's health minister says

Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak said Feb. 21 she's "very disappointed" in a decision by Health Minister George Hickes to create a GN-run advisory board for...

Nunavut community reeling from devastating weekend tragedy

Rankin Inlet South MLA Alexander Sammurtok said his constituents are grieving and have rallied behind the families, who have lost husbands, fathers and sons. “The...

Nunavut in 2016: a look back at the year's biggest stories

1 after he had lain down in the middle of the road. • Elections Nunavut on Jan. 4 issues a writ for a by-election to...

Nunavut judge recognizes Kivalliq Hall as a residential school

Testimony from Simeon Mikkungwak, MLA for Baker Lake, who was sent to Kivalliq Hall to attend school in Rankin Inlet in the late 1980s, helped...

Northern development: Can you have your cake and eat it too?

MacIssac, who appeared in place of Monica Ell-Kanayuk, Nunavut's deputy premier and economic development minister, said economic statistics reveal that Nunavut enjoys a “robust GDP,”...

Alcoholic foster dad removed from foster list: GN

Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik took the Family Services Minister Johnny Mike to task over the incident in the most recent sitting of the Legislature. “Will...

Wonky numbers, narwhal quota cuts anger Nunavut community

And you can't throw out thousands of years of knowledge and now say scientific knowledge trumps that, especially when Inuit have survived by managing the...

Nunavut iron mine proposes bigger ships, no spring ice-breaking

Joe Enook, Nunavut MLA for his native Pond Inlet riding of Tununiq, said he hasn't had time yet to read through the entire update. But...

Inuit fear that thin, collared polar bear died of starvation

Joe Savikataaq Jr., a wildlife officer in Arviat, got the call Nov. 22 that the emaciated polar bear was just south of town, near the...

Nunavut Inuit org wants to drop words like “beneficiary” and “land claim”

Then-NTI president Paul Quassa and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney sign the Nunavut Agreement in 1993. (IMAGE COURTESY OF NTI). Nunavut's Inuit birthright organization wants...

Nunavut MLAs pepper minister with polar bear quota questions

In a statement at Nunavut's legislature Oct. 31, Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak said polar bears are becoming a greater threat to communities across the...

MLA presses Nunavut government on waste oil management

Sanikiluaq MLA Allan Rumbolt tabled photos of these steel and plastic drums, many of them containing waste oil, strewn around a lot next to the...

Inuk elder MLA says Nunavut Family Services department traumatizes families

Quttiktuq MLA Isaac Shooyook, a passionate believer in the traditional Inuit ways he absorbed growing up on the land, used question period and a member's...

Nunavut MLA slams Nutrition North consultation in Pond Inlet

The federal government's public engagement session in Pond Inlet late last month for the Nutrition North Canada program was a failure, Tununiq MLA Joe Enook...

Nunavut premier's son to appear in court for sentencing Nov. 4

Convicted this past June of sexually interfering with an underage girl, Ian Taptuna, the son of Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna, will appear in an Iqaluit...

Cambridge Bay voters weigh in on Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo's future

In Cambridge Bay this past week, Monica Ell-Kanayuk, Nunavut's minister responsible for the Qulliit Status of women, declined to comment on Tootoo. “I have nothing...

Bad loan won't change how Nunavut lender does business: CEO

But in her response to the committee's recommendations, tabled in Nunavut's legislature last March, economic development and transportation minister Monica Ell-Kanayuk offered little compromise. “While...

Nunavut artists organize to greet giant Crystal Serenity vessel

Another group, which included Monica Ell-Kanayuk, Nunavut's minister of economic development and transportation, learned how to bead. Elizabeth Gordon taught another group on Aug. 27,...

Early arrival of polar bears at Nunavut hamlet prompts early monitoring

Between the two monitors' evening and early morning shifts, and Arviat's wildlife officer, Joe Savikataaq Jr.'s daytime hours, residents now have someone they can call...

After months of planning, Igloolik hunters get their bowhead

“Thank you Igloolik hunters, delicious raw blubber I will enjoy,” one Igloolik resident posted at about 4:30 a.m. Aug. 21 on Facebook. Amittuq MLA George...

Nunavut man says polar bear encounter terrifying, but not unusual

Arviat South MLA Joe Savikataaq, before he was named Community and Government Services minister, criticized the Government of Nunavut for not heeding advice from the...

Cone of silence descends upon Hunter Tootoo controversy

Qulliit, whose members are appointed by Monica Ell-Kanayuk, the minister responsible for the status of women, told that they would issue a statement next...

Nunavut board says yes to the GN's Pond Inlet harbour studies

If those three ministers — Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Fisheries Minister Dominic Leblanc and Nunavut Arctic College Minister Paul Quassa — say yes, the...

Thousands of Nunavut artifacts head from NWT to Ottawa

The transfer of the collection will mean a significant cost savings for the GN, while strengthening the territory's relationship with the Ottawa museum, said its...

National Indigenous women groups call for Inuk rep on MMIWG inquiry

“We know that preventing family violence is critical to ensuring the safety of Nunavummiut at home,” said the Nunavut minister responsible for the Status of...

Premiers meeting highlights Nunavut's energy needs

But Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna knows the territory has its work cut out for it and can't do it alone. During the annual summer meeting...

Pauktuutit blasts Ottawa for lack of Inuit rep on MMIWG inquiry

I just wish she and Pauktutiit had had the courage to speak up as clearly and vocally when the inquiry was opposed by the previous...

GN to host second round of Education Act consultations in August

clarifying the role of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit within the legislation. Nunavummiut can read more about the proposed changes here. Nunavut's education minister, Paul Quassa, has said...

Nunavut Inuit, government officials, gear up for devolution

Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna admitted to MLAs in Nunavut's legislature March 1 that talks “were moving slower than expected.” But that hasn't affected the deadline...

GN inks deal with Kitikmeot Inuit to build deep sea port, road

Nunavut premier Peter Taptuna and Kitikmeot Inuit Association president Stanley Anablak sign a memorandum of understanding July 9 in Cambridge Bay, formalizing both parties' cooperation...