Topic: nunavut

De Beers Canada acquires Peregrine Diamonds, to take over Nunavut diamond project

De Beers Canada has announced a $107 million agreement to acquire all outstanding securities of Peregrine Diamonds Ltd.

CBC North TV is off the air in most of Nunavut — here's why

Cable TV system issues in Nunavut are causing programs on CBC North TV to go off the air.

Igloolik on boil water advisory

The government of Nunavut's Department of Health has issued a boil water advisory for the community of Igloolik.

New Brunswick loiters at back of the pack in wilderness protection, report shows

New Brunswick trails eight other provinces and three territories in protecting wilderness, says a national group keeping track.

Rankin Inlet man convicted of sexually assaulting woman who couldn't consent

A man in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, is awaiting sentencing after a jury in the community found him guilty of sexual assault.

Iceberg looming over Greenland village spotted from space

An iceberg that drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big that it can be seen from space.

2 arrested in Igloolik baseball bat assault

When the police arrived on scene, three assailants fled. Later, one returned with a rifle and ammunition, according to RCMP.

Hundreds of Arctic glaciers shrinking, disappearing into 'city of icebergs,' study says

The statistics in her recently published paper say it all: hundreds of glaciers in Canada's High Arctic are shrinking and many are likely to disappear completely.

Iqaluit gallerist becomes 1st Inuk to be able to issue trademarks for Inuit-made art

Lori Idlout, the owner of Iqaluit's Carvings Nunavut, has become the first Inuk to be able to issue the Igloo Tag Trademark for Inuit-made art, the Inuit Art Foundation announced late last week.

Shack fire leaves Iqaluit families living in tents, seeking donations

Two families in Iqaluit are now living in tents after a fire tore through their shack this past weekend.

Former Nunavut politician elected president of Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada

Monica Ell-Kanayuk will serve as president of the organization from 2018 to 2022, the organization announced on July 15.
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Beluga whale harvested from Koojesse Inlet

The whale was towed to a small island just off shore near the Tundra Valley neighbourhood in Iqaluit where a group of nine Inuit harvested it. Meat and muktuk from the whale were then distributed in the community.

2 people dead after ATV collision in Resolute Bay

RCMP say two people have died as the result of an all-terrain vehicle collision near the fuel tank farm in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, on July 11.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of July 2, 9

Rainy days have led to slow summer starts in many parts of the North, but they've also produced some incredible rainbows — the stars of this gallery of your best reader photos from across the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, and Nunavik.

Nunavut mom organizes walk for 4-year-old son who needs wheelchair

On Sunday, people across Nunavut and even as far as England will walk for a young boy from Pangnirtung who is struggling to get a wheelchair.
Q & A

What does the First Air/Canadian North merger mean for northern air travel?

Since it was announced last week, plenty of questions have been asked about the proposed merger between Northern airlines First Air and Canadian North. We reached out to Robert Kokonis for answers.

RCMP lay charges after riot at Iqaluit jail

Iqaluit RCMP have charged 11 inmates for their alleged participation in a riot at the Baffin Correctional Centre that caused significant damaged to the jail's Charlie unit.

Kugluktuk to vote on whether to remove alcohol restrictions

A plebiscite in October will determine whether alcohol can be sold in the community.

'Witnesses were very frightened': Survey of 2017 Canadian UFO sightings released

Hovering lights in the sky. Pulsing lights. A humming noise. Objects shaped like spheres, discs, triangles and boomerangs.

March in downtown Edmonton commemorates 50th anniversary of residential school closure

The Edmonton Indian Residential School may be 50 years into the past, but the effects are still felt by survivors and their families today.

Federal gov't awards Kudlik Construction $8M contract to build Iqaluit daycare

The federal government is paying for the construction of the building, and it will own the building. The daycare will be managed by Tundra Buddies Day Care.

Broadcaster Les Carpenter leaves lasting legacy in the North

People across the North remember the late broadcaster and Inuvialuit leader Les Carpenter as a champion of Indigenous language and voices.

Prices and flight schedules among concerns in Nunavut amid northern airline merger

Nunavummiut have mixed feelings about plans for First Air and Canadian North to merge. The companies announced their plan on Friday evening.

Keep up to date with Ashley's weather blog

Ashley Brauweiler, CBC North's meteorologist, keeps track of weather moving across the region.

Inmates at Nunavut jail say conditions deteriorating since June riot

Inmates at the Baffin Correctional Centre say conditions have gotten worse since a riot two weeks ago. WARNING: This story contains some explicit language.

From Windsor to Iqaluit, arts council looks to link opposite ends of the country

Windsor and Iqaluit are about 2,500 km apart but now they're being drawn together through the arts.

Iqaluit kicks off celebrations to mark Nunavut Day

July 9 is Nunavut Day, when people from across the territory celebrate the day the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement was passed by Parliament

Inuktut settings coming to Facebook by 2019

The social media giant announced on Monday it is starting the process of translating parts of the social media platform to Inuktut.

4 northern communities get $1M for search and rescue equipment

Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven and Ulukhaktok have been selected to receive funding from the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program.

Holy smokes! 57 kg worth of cigarette butts picked up in Igloolik

People in Igloolik, Nunavut, are noticing how clean their streets and public spaces are after picking up 57 kilograms worth of cigarette butts during its community cleanup.

A big tablet? The 2001 monolith? No, it's Yukon's first 'smart kiosk'

The device was installed this week in downtown Whitehorse and features a large touch screen information display, free USB charging stations, and Wi-Fi access.

'A lot of tears': Fire at Quebec SPCA leaves Iqaluit shelter in dire need

The Iqaluit Humane Society sent hundreds of animals a year to the Gatineau SPCA, which was destroyed by a fire earlier this week.

Nunavut is still struggling to post food inspection reports online

Nunavut is the only place in Canada where reports aren't readily available to the public. Capacity issues have delayed the rollout of the government program.

Elder from Arctic Bay calls for more housing for patients in Iqaluit

An elder from Arctic Bay, Nunavut, is raising concerns about the availability of rooms for people travelling to Iqaluit for medical care after waiting hours to get a hotel room.

Iqaluit hunters want to double this year's polar bear harvest using leftover tags

The Amaruq Hunters and Trappers Association wants the right to use 35 unharvested polar bear tags that have accumulated in recent years.

Man killed by polar bear 'died a hero,' cousin says

The community of Arviat, Nunavut, is grieving after a local man was killed by a polar bear Tuesday night.

Yukon's Adaka Cultural Festival draws talent from across the North

The week-long festival, now in its eighth year, celebrates Indigenous arts and culture. This year's theme is the circumpolar world.

Iqaluit resident warns of ice-panning dangers after weekend ice floe rescue

An Iqaluit resident is reminding people of the dangers of ice panning — jumping on floating pans of ice — after she helped rescue four youth who became stranded during the holiday weekend.
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Opinion

Nunavummiut deserve to know why Paul Quassa was removed as premier

Brian Aglukark writes that it’s a ‘slap in the face’ that MLAs have not explained why Paul Quassa was removed as premier of Nunavut in June.

Narwhals most vulnerable marine mammals to Arctic vessels, polar bears the least, study says

A new study discusses the vulnerability of marine mammals to vessel traffic during September in the Northwest Passage and Northern Sea Route.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of June 18, 25

The long weekend is upon us! Take a break from your busy summer and take in the best shots of the past two weeks from our readers across Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon.

Crisis support now a 4-letter text away for Nunavut youth

Kids Help Phone has launched a new texting service in Nunavut to help young people who need to talk through their challenges, and it’s already gaining traction in the territory.

Nunavummiut plaster social media with memories of CBC broadcaster Kootoo Onalik's career

On Thursday, Onalik hung up his earphones for the last time in Iqaluit.

Prairie provinces see highest rates of rural violent crime involving firearms

Rural residents living on the prairies are much more likely to be victims of violent crime involving a firearm than those in other provinces, according to numbers released this week by Statistics Canada.

Nunavut MLA raises red flag over low number of Inuit benefiting from education leave

Fifteen of the 42 government employees currently on leave to pursue studies are Inuit, according to a government response provided to Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Arreak Lightstone.

Edmonton's Indigenous writers finally being heard, Inuk author says

Norma Dunning was at the playground as an eight-year-old Inuk girl when her friends started bragging about their heritage. One kid said they were Swedish; another said they were German.

Report says Saskatoon, Regina among worst cities in Canada to find licensed child care spaces

A new report says Saskatoon and Regina rank among the most difficult places in the country to find licensed child care.

Family that fell through ice with 3-month-old baby rescued by passersby near Igloolik

It was a terrifyingly close call for a family with a three-month-old baby last weekend, when their sled plunged through the ice near Igloolik, Nunavut.

Nearly $1M funding for Nain will improve ice safety and create jobs

A survey showed many people had gone through ice off northern Labrador because a changing climate makes it hard to predict conditions.

Government pushing to make Nunavut Day a stat holiday

The Nunavut government plans to introduce a bill to make Nunavut Day a statutory holiday across the territory.

Strike at world's largest salt mine in Goderich Ont. now in week 9

A strike at the world's largest underground salt mine in Goderich, Ont., has now reached its ninth week, leaving workers to wonder about the future of their jobs in a town that has seen its share of manufacturing jobs leave in recent years.

President of Edmonton Eskimos visits N.W.T. to talk controversial team name

Len Rhodes is consulting with Northerners in Yellowknife and Inuvik as part of the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club’s community engagement process regarding the team name.

Search for Cape Dorset hunter scaled back as chance of survival dwindles

After two and a half days of searching, a Cape Dorset, Nunavut, man who went missing on Sunday, is presumed dead.

Rankin Inlet man who abused singer Susan Aglukark sentenced on new charges

The man who abused singer Susan Aglukark is in jail again after being convicted of sexually touching another minor.

Canadian Mint crafts coin from Nunavut gold before territory's 20-year anniversary

The Royal Canadian Mint has created a coin made entirely of gold mined in Nunavut for the territory's 20th anniversary next year.

Nunavut's former chief coroner suing government for $1M over wrongful dismissal

Padma Suramala is suing the Nunavut government for $1 million, alleging she was wrongfully fired and that the Department of Justice interfered in her work as the chief coroner.

'Not a charter-free zone': Appeal court says police can't search luggage based on anonymous tips

Nunavut’s appeal court found that RCMP breached a Sanikiluaq man’s rights when they seized marijuana from his suitcase without giving him a chance to speak to a lawyer.
Exclusive

As long as decrepit Iqaluit jail stays open, riots will keep happening, says director

Staff at the Baffin Correctional Centre say as long as the facility is the main jail for Nunavut's inmates, riots like the one Wednesday, will keep happening.

Iqaluit cocaine dealer found with $80K worth of drugs sentenced to 3 years in prison

William Allen Pierce has been sentenced to three years in prison, after a police search of his home in the Tundra Valley neighbourhood found nearly 400 grams of cocaine and $7,200 worth of drug money.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to recurrent pregnancy loss, says new study

A new study in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology suggests a lack of the vitamin could prevent a mother's immune system from adapting to the baby.

Nunavut bench filled out with 2 new judges, after years of being short-staffed

Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the appointment of two new judges in Nunavut. Susan Charlesworth and Christian Lyons will fill out the territory's six-judge bench.

Passing the torch: Change of command at 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Former commanding officer Lt.-Col. Luis Carvallo reflects on his time leading Canadian Rangers from across the North, as a new leader takes over the helm of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.

Call if you need us, Inshore Rescue Boat Service urges Islanders

The Canadian Coast Guard's Inshore Rescue Boat Service is back in harbours around the country — including around Charlottetown — and is urging Islanders to call if and when they have an emergency on the water.

Most Iqaluit residents get housing subsidized by gov't, employer, CMHC reports

Two thirds of Iqaluit residents get some sort of help paying their rent from either the Nunavut government or their employer, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's latest northern housing report.
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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day in the North

People across the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, recognizing the culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

Iqaluit's latest dump fire extinguished in an hour

As opposed to the past long-smouldering fires at the Iqaluit dump, the most recent fire that started Thursday afternoon was out in a hour.

P.E.I. cannabis stores will be similar to ones in N.S., says finance minister

P.E.I.'s finance minister says preparations are underway for the legalization and retail of cannabis, and the Island will be ready when recreational pot is legalized on Oct. 17.

Member of Parliament was abusive, caused confusion at shelter: Red Cross

A member of Parliament is denying an accusation that she caused a disturbance, created confusion and was verbally abusive at an emergency shelter for forest fire evacuees last summer.

Man charged with murder after stand-off in Sanikiluaq

Josie Takatak, 35, has been charged with murder, after an incident that unfolded in Sanikiluaq on Tuesday.

Canadian North announces new Wednesday flight between Qikiqtani and Kivalliq regions

Canadian North says it will be launching a new Wednesday flight between Iqaluit, Cape Dorset and Rankin Inlet on Aug. 1.

Where to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day across the 3 territories

It's a statutory holiday in the Northwest Territories and in Yukon. There are events to celebrate Inuit, First Nation and Métis.

Inmate riot in Iqaluit jail causes significant structural damage, but no injuries

An inmate riot at the Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit on Wednesday night has caused significant damage to one of the jail’s units, but no injuries were reported.

Deline Got'ine Government gears up for first election

Out of the 15 candidates nominated, two are running for chief and 13 for council.

Nunavut scraps ban on homegrown cannabis in final version of its Cannabis Act

Nunavut was the last jurisdiction in Canada to pass its territorial Cannabis Act—just days before the federal government passed its own legislation.

Human remains, artifacts left at doorstep of Inuit organization

A box containing human remains was dropped off anonymously at the Ottawa offices of a national organization representing Inuit on Tuesday morning, a gesture that the group's president says may have been well-meaning but was ultimately painful and wrongheaded.

Closing the internet loop: 800-km fibre optic line to connect Inuvik and Dawson City

A nearly 800-kilometre fibre optic network will be built to connect Inuvik, N.W.T. and Dawson City, Yukon, which the federal and territorial governments say will put an end to widespread internet outages in remote communities.

P.E.I. ready for legal marijuana, says finance minister

The final rubber stamp on Canada’s legal marijuana legislation is expected to be applied this week and P.E.I. is ready to go, says the cabinet minister responsible for the file.

Nunavut's chief devolution negotiator back on the job — a week after being replaced

One of Joe Savikataaq's first moves as Nunavut's new premier is to bring back Simon Awa as the chief negotiator of devolution for the territory — undoing one of former premier Paul Quassa's last moves.

Lockdown lifted in Sanikiluaq, 1 person in custody

Nunavut RCMP have one person in custody after a "critical situation" in Sanikiluaq that ended late Tuesday afternoon.

Inviting 'very difficult conversations': Why the AGO welcomes debate over Indigenous art

A new exhibit juxtaposing two generations of Inuit artists is the AGO's first by its recently revamped department of Indigenous and Canadian Art — a body that has been under scrutiny for its efforts at inclusion.

Health department lifts boil water advisory in Rankin Inlet

Residents in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, are now able to drink their tap water again — a boil water advisory that was placed earlier this month has been lifted.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of June 11

Wildlife - from lazy bears to curious eagles - take centre stage in your best reader photos of the week. Check out your best photos from the N.W.T., Nunavut, and the Yukon.
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St. Mary's First Nation powwow brings Indigenous dancers from across North America

Indigenous dancers from as far away as Nunavut and Arizona joined their cohorts from across New Brunswick to celebrate the return of spring at the 19th annual St. Mary's First Nation Powwow.

A peek inside Canada's environmental testing labs

From testing the latest ways to clean up oil spills, to keeping auto manufacturers honest when it comes to emissions from their vehicles, it all happens under one roof in the south end of Ottawa near the airport.

'I want to apologize to the people of Nunavut': Ex-premier Paul Quassa on his ousting, and public reaction

The news of the now former Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa being ousted this week took Nunavummiut, and the country, by surprise — but perhaps it was most shocking for Quassa himself.

Nunavut's new premier shuffles cabinet, 1 day after MLAs oust Paul Quassa

Nunavut's brand new premier, Joe Savikataaq, is shuffling cabinet portfolios a day after MLAs ousted former premier Paul Quassa.
Analysis

When it comes to cannabis, Quebec is as conservative as they come

The Quebec government is among the most conservative in the country when it comes to the sale and distribution of cannabis. Is the province missing out?

Alberta stays on upward swing in interprovincial population gains

Alberta’s recent return to the positive side of the ledger in interprovincial migration after years of losses is getting more pronounced, according to the latest population figures from Statistics Canada.

Joe Savikataaq is the new premier of Nunavut, after non-confidence vote ousts former leader

Former deputy premier Joe Savikataaq will now lead the territory, after MLAs ousted Paul Quassa Thursday. This is the first time a sitting Nunavut premier has lost a non-confidence vote.

Igloolik man facing charges after youth were approached for sexual services

A 29-year-old Nunavut man is facing several charges after he reportedly requested sexual services from two youth.

Aphria CEO 'handcuffed' by proposed cannabis advertising laws, supports some Senate suggestions

As the bill that introduces the legalization of cannabis in Canada gets noodled around in Ottawa, one marijuana mogul weighs in on what the potential political changes federally, and in Ontario, mean for his company.

Pot legalization battle brewing as government rejects key Senate change

The federal government is rejecting several Senate changes to its cannabis legalization bill, setting the stage for a possible showdown between the Senate and the House of Commons.

Nunavut MLA mum about reasons for trying to remove Paul Quassa as premier

Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main says he will introduce a motion to do this on Thursday.

Appeal court doubles the sentence of Nunavut man who assaulted a police officer

A panel of judges has doubled the sentence of a man convicted of aggravated assault of a peace officer, in a Nunavut Court of Appeal decision released on Friday.

Nunavut minister questioned on efforts to bring gov't jobs to communities

Finance Minister David Akeeagok was asked in the Legislature how the government plans to bring non-decentralized communities 'into the fold.'
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of May 21, 28, June 4

After a long, long wait, summer is here. Below seasonal temperatures have meant snow is still on the ground in some parts of the North, but it hasn't stopped our Nunavut, Yukon, and N.W.T. readers from getting out and taking some phenomenal shots.

Rankin Inlet under boil water advisory

Residents of Nunavut’s second most populated community have been under a boil water advisory since Thursday.

Nunavut hunter takes down 2 polar bears at once after 'scary' close call

A pair of hunters became the hunted at their camp near the floe edge near Coral Harbour, Nunavut.

'The love they showed to me': Nunavut community, RCMP rally around woman who lost her fiancé

Kugluktuk RCMP Const. Graham Holmes' fiancée says the day he died in a snowmobiling accident was the worst day of her life. But the community and the RCMP stepped up to ease her grief and help Holmes' legacy live on.