Topic: nunavut

Botox on wheels: Hay River woman launching mobile Botox clinic

Nurse practitioner Susan Balmer says Botox isn't just for city folk. Her fifth-wheel trailer turned mobile Botox clinic will be making its rounds to communities in the N.W.T. this fall.

Nunavut singer Riit releases her 1st music video

'I'm loving being able to deliver a TV show and delivering music in my mother tongue, Inuktitut,' says Inuk singer Rita Claire Mike-Murphy, who also hosts an Inuktitut children's show.

Archeologists dive back into Franklin mystery

Parks Canada's new research vessel, the RV David Thompson, is en route to the wrecks of the Franklin Expedition's HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, making community stops in Cambridge Bay and Gjoa Haven along the way.

Former Taloyoak official fails to appear in court for charge of defrauding hamlet

The former senior administrative officer of Taloyoak, Nunavut, is charged with fraud, theft over $5,000 and breach of trust. 

New index says infrastructure in Nahanni Butte, N.W.T., is 2nd worst in Canada

A new report ranking infrastructure in remote communities puts Nahanni Butte dead last in the North — and second last out of 236 communities across Canada.

Water Rangers program puts scientific testing in the hands of Iqaluit locals

'By having citizens all over the world mobilized and collecting this data, we're able to get a lot of data, over a lot of space, in a short amount of time.'

Nunavut signs devolution agreement-in-principle with Canada, Inuit organization

The agreement is not legally binding, but signifies that all the major issues have been settled between the three parties to transfer responsibility for land and water management.

Murder charge laid after death of woman in Gjoa Haven

RCMP have charged a 34-year-old man in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, with murder after a 33-year-old woman was found dead in her home in the community Tuesday.

Feds announce new hangar and harbours coming to Nunavut

Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau says the new hangar will allow multiple agencies operating in the North to better coordinate their efforts when responding to marine safety and pollution incidents.

RCMP launch recruitment program aimed at Nunavut Inuit

The Mounties in Nunavut have partnered with Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation, a branch of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., on a mission to recruit Inuit to the RCMP.

As alcohol seeps back into Nunavut community, tensions rise with RCMP

Since the community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, lifted its liquor restrictions in December, there have been eight alcohol-related deaths. Some residents say the community's small RCMP detachment has been ignoring calls and needs more staff.

'Punch in the gut' as scientists find microplastics in Arctic ice

Tiny pieces of plastic have been found in ice cores drilled in the Arctic by a U.S. led team of scientists, underscoring the threat the growing form of pollution now poses to marine life in even the remotest waters on the planet.

Federal government apologizes to Baffin Inuit for sled dog killings, forced relocations

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett gave a wide-ranging apology to Inuit of Baffin Island in Iqaluit on Wednesday.

RCMP abandoning search for missing Baker Lake boater

The RCMP is abandoning its search for a Baker lake man who went missing on July 31.

Feds, N.W.T., commit $40M to Slave Geological Province Corridor work

The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories have announced $40 million in funding for environmental regulatory reviews and planning studies for a project that plans to connect western Nunavut to an area in the N.W.T. believed to be rich in minerals.

Experts and advocates skeptical pot conviction pardons will benefit northerners

Experts, lawyers and advocates say few Canadians will benefit or be eligible for the government's fast-tracked cannabis record suspensions.

Nunavut communities on track for warmer than normal summer

The months of June, July and August have been warmer than normal for most Nunavut communities, says meteorologist David Phillips.

$71.7M in funding going to Rankin Inlet airport upgrade, new life for Grays Bay road

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced $71.7 million for four projects in Nunavut at the Iqaluit airport on Thursday.

N.W.T. to overhaul smoking laws, raise the minimum age to buy tobacco

MLAs in the Northwest Territories are set to pass two new acts designed to curb tobacco use: the Smoking Control and Reduction Act, and the Tobacco and Vapour Products Act.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of August 5

Summer is continuing to deliver incredible views from across the territories as the calendar turns to August. Take a look at your best photos from the past week.

Woodstock teen reflects on spectacular sights, climate issues after Arctic expedition

Woodstock teen Kenzie Auger has returned from a two-week Arctic expedition that has given her a new understanding of the impacts of climate change.

Cambridge Bay to build tiny homes with northern spin

The homes will serve as transitional homes for whoever needs them — the idea is they could be starter homes for young people. 

RCMP forensic team to assist investigation of suspicious death in Iqaluit

Police have not made any arrests, but have not ruled out foul play.

Man found dead in Iqaluit Square, RCMP investigating

A man was found dead in Iqaluit Square in front of the Elders’ Qammaq Thursday morning, according to the office of the coroner. Nunavut RCMP's Major Crimes Unit is investigating.

$1M in funding announced to promote women in northern politics

The federal government will give the N.W.T. $525,000 and Nunavut $600,000 in funding to promote the participation of women and girls in politics and leadership.

Montague man named to Prime Minister's Youth Council

Not many people get to spend quality time with the prime minister but a young man rom Prince Edward Island recently had the chance to do just that. 

Design contract for Nunavut long-term care facilities awarded

Nunavut is moving closer to getting 156 new long-term care beds in the territory. The government has awarded a contract for the design and construction of three new facilities to ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design.

Baker Lake brings in dive team in search for missing man

Baker Lake is raising money to bring a specialized dive team to the community from Manitoba to look for a man who went missing on Wednesday. 

London's legal community mourns the loss of a colleague after an apparent drowning near Grand Bend

Members of London's legal community are mourning the loss of 36-year-old Joyce Thomas, a local lawyer whose body had to be pulled out of the water near Grand Bend over the long weekend. 

City of Iqaluit declares 2nd water emergency in 2 years

There is less water in Lake Geraldine now than there was when the city declared its first water emergency in 2018. To make matters worse, the Apex River, meant to supplement the reservoir, is also at a historic low.

Cambridge Bay camp helps teens make new connections

Young people in the Nunavut community are spending a week on the land connecting with elders and each other, while also learning life skills and discussing issues like addictions, bullying and suicide prevention.
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Trudeau visits Nunavut | Sunday Scrum

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Iqaluit this week to make announcements regarding conservation and housing.

Longtime northerner called to the bar, becomes Inuktitut-speaking lawyer

The former CBC North reporter delivered the news in both Inuktitut and English from 1996 to 2011.
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Your North: Best reader photos from July

It's been a while since we've brought you a gallery of your best photos from across the North, but that doesn't mean there was a shortage of stunning shots!

A change of career and scenery: Massey Drive man heads far north for work and adventure

When Mike Brenton had look for a new job, the lure of adventure enticed him to accept a position working as an automotive technician at CFS Alert in Nunavut.

From Alberton to the Arctic: P.E.I. student seeing climate change up close

Emma Lee Lyon of Alberton, P.E.I., is one of 100 young people from around the world witnessing change in the Arctic.

Trudeau gets glimpse of life in the Far North during tour of Arctic Bay

The prime minister's first stop in the northern community was a visit to the home of elder Qaapik Attagutsiak. He arrived bearing a gift basket of fresh fruit.

North abuzz with festivals over August long weekend

The territories will be humming this weekend with festivals showcasing music, food, open water and neighbourhood culture.

Liberals guarantee immediate icebreakers work for new entrant in federal shipbuilding program

Companies interested in being the federal government's third go-to shipyard are being asked to get in line — and to do it quickly. Public Services has put out an invitation to qualify and giving bidders 15 days to respond. The winner is being promised immediate work with the construction of six icebreakers.

Trudeau rehashes old federal funding in housing announcement for Nunavut

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rehashed existing federal funding streams for housing in Nunavut in an announcement Friday morning in Iqaluit.

With marine conservation area comes $55M for Inuit communities, PM announces

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Iqaluit on Thursday to announce $54.8 million for Inuit in five communities on Baffin Island tied to the completion of Tallurutiup Imanga as a marine conservation area.
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Canada will pass its target of protecting 10% of marine areas by 2020, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to create a new protected area off the Nunavut coast, which the government says will help it exceed its target of protecting 10 per cent of marine areas by 2020.

Megan Pizzo-Lyall announced as Liberal candidate for Nunavut in upcoming election

Megan Pizzo-Lyall announced her candidacy at a Liberal party event in Iqaluit Thursday night alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Leona Aglukkaq has already announced she will run for the Conservatives.

'He has flown away from us': Northern flying legend Rocky Parsons dies at 92

Northern flying legend Brock 'Rocky' Parsons, whose adventures included flying a Twin Otter to the North Pole 3 times, has died at the age of 92. 

Canada will pass its target of protecting 10% of marine areas by 2020, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to create a new protected area off the Nunavut coast, which the government says will help it exceed its target of protecting 10 per cent of marine areas by 2020.

4 retired ambulances donated to Nunavut communities in need

Most Nunavut communities don't have ambulances. Municipalities rely on residents or municipal vehicles to transport patients to health centres.

Trudeau to make marine conservation announcement in Iqaluit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to make an announcement about marine conservation in Iqaluit on Thursday morning. 

Nunavut Court of Appeal overturns Pond Inlet man's sentence

The Nunavut Court of Appeal overturned the sentence imposed by Justice Paul Bychok on a Pond Inlet man, saying the trial judge erred in rejecting a joint sentencing submission made by prosecution and defence lawyers.

Cambridge Bay swimmers left high and dry after community pool forced to close

The hamlet of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has closed its community pool, citing hazardous conditions in need of repair.

Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo won't seek re-election

Independent Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo says he won't seek re-election in the 2019 federal election. He's decided to leave public life.

Feds direct $1.8M to legal support for Nunavut's women and children

The federal government gave three projects in Nunavut $1.8M to educate residents on the legal protections that exist for women and children.

Cleanup of remote bird sanctuary in Nunavut about to start

A tiny remote island in the high Arctic is going to be cleaned of abandoned shacks, fuel drums and debris next week.

Alien invasion hits Pangnirtung in filming of sci-fi film

Writing an alien invasion movie set in a Nunavut community is no fluke — director Nyla Innuksuk says it’s perfect for exploring ideas like colonization and Indigeneity.

Iqaluit woman says city's shooting association not offering programs to community

The Iqaluit Shooting Association has not been in good standing with the Nunavut legal registry office since 2011.

RCMP to meet with Kugluktuk leaders after community holds protest

About 30 people protested in front of the Kugluktuk detachment Wednesday afternoon.

Cybercrime is going up across Canada and most cases remain unsolved

People are using the internet to commit crimes more than ever before, with women twice as likely than men to be targeted and with fraud accounting for half of all reported cybercrime cases across Canada.

Hockey players 'bummed' Team North may not compete at next Indigenous tournament

Athletes with Team North are shocked and disappointed that they may not get a chance to play at the next National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, with no one to organize the team for next year.

How climate change is taught in Canadian high schools — and how it can improve

A new study says there's room for improvement in teaching about climate change at Canadian high schools, particularly about solutions, impact and scientific consensus.

Sea ice blocking shipment of materials into Iqaluit

South winds have pushed massive chunks of ice into Frobisher Bay, hindering the movement of building materials into Iqaluit and causing delays to the construction of the city's deep sea port.

Police-reported crime in Canada up slightly in 2018, hate crime down, StatsCan reports

Police-reported crime in Canada increased for the fourth year in a row last year, but is still lower than the crime rate 10 years ago, according to new Statistics Canada figures. 

Group in Gjoa Haven helps families fundraise for funeral travel

'We want them to just be with their family members while they're grieving," said Robby Qammaniq, a member of Katiqhuiriit Committee.

When you can't escape the heat, you're in a 'heat dome'

During a heat wave, it can feel like you're being trapped by rising temperatures on all sides — and that's basically what's happening to the air in an event that has become known as a "heat dome."

What Arctic ice can tell us about plagues, climate and conflict in the Middle Ages

New research on lead pollution trapped in Arctic ice is revealing how plagues, wars and the climate affected the economy of Medieval Europe.

Pond Inlet families 'just appalled' after loved ones delivered in 'cheap' caskets

Two people died in Iqaluit while on medical travel, and were flown up to Pond Inlet, Nunavut, in pressed wood caskets. The government's burial coverage states that remains are prepared with 'the most economic casket.'

Inuit describe 'bittersweet' experience at burial sites of lost loved ones in South

More than 60 years ago, the federal government sent Inuit South for tuberculosis treatment. Many died there, their deaths unreported to their loved ones. Now, Inuit are finding their relatives — sometimes in unmarked graves.

Partisanship allegations fly over new Yukon electoral reform commission

Commissioners Jessica Lott-Thompson and Jean-Sebastien Blais say they are able to do their jobs without favouring any political party.

Shanghai-constructed rooms for new hotel on their way to Iqaluit

'They are all assembled — TVs assembled, chairs assembled,' said Harry Flaherty, president of the Qiktaaluk Corporation.

'This is unprecedented': Alert, Nunavut, is warmer than Victoria

Weather watchers are focused on the world's most northerly community, which is in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave.

Boil-water advisory issued for Igloolik

The Nunavut health department says the advisory is a precautionary measure due to high turbidity levels, which means the water is cloudy.

Stomach illness circulating in Baker Lake, health dept. warns

The Nunavut Department of Health warns residents of Baker Lake that a stomach illness is making its way through the community.

New Iqaluit family business offers home-style takeout and convenience goods

Hunter's Market has been a decade in the making and finally had its soft opening last week, says co-owner Ali Mahmoud.

Military flyover part of weekend state funeral for Sask. Lt.-Gov. in Saskatoon

A state funeral for the province's lieutenant governor W. Thomas Molloy will be held in Saskatoon on Saturday.

Woman delivers baby on steps of Iqaluit boarding home

Ragilie Barnabas says the deliveries of her other children were quick — but not quite as frantic. She gave birth to her new baby girl earlier this week outside the Tammaativvik medical boarding home.

Mining boom to drive economic growth in territories beyond rest of Canada: report

Economic growth in the territories is expected to outpace the rest of Canada over the next two years, driven by the strength of the mining sector in Yukon and Nunavut, according to the latest forecast from the Conference Board of Canada.

N.W.T. Greens choose Yellowknife lawyer Paul Falvo as candidate

The Liberals, Conservatives, Greens and Maxime Bernier's new People's Party have all named N.W.T. candidates for the upcoming federal election. The NDP have yet to announce its representative.

Former Algoma Public Health head asks court to protect private information

The former head of a public health unit is trying to keep the embarrassing details of her personal relationship with a convicted fraudster secret.

Inuit languages are declining in Nunavut, StatsCan report says

Inuit languages declined in Nunavut in the 15 years between 2001 and 2016, according to a Statistics Canada report released on Nunavut Day.  

Seal meat, dinosaurs and friends: Revellers enjoy Nunavut Day in Iqaluit

Children, elders and everyone in between enjoyed food and fun under the midday sun on Tuesday in celebration of Nunavut Day.

Inuit groups to get more than $161M over 5 years for skills, employment training

Crown Indigenous-Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett was in Iqaluit on Monday where she announced changes to the Indigenous skills and employment training program. 

Future of Aboriginal hockey Team North on thin ice as organizer pulls out

Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT has been putting together Team North with top athletes from all three territories for years. The group announced last week it will no longer organize the team.

Nunavut is celebrating 20 years as a territory this Nunavut Day

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is participating in Nunavut Day events in Iqaluit and Kugluktuk this year.

Residents frustrated over Rankin Inlet's months-long internet and cell service issues

One resident says internet and phone issues have been ongoing for more than two months now, and it's 'unacceptable.'

Minister responds to allegations of lying after leaked Nunavut education report

Nunavut Teachers' Association said the government lied about the completion of the report on the Nunavut Teacher Education Program.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of June 17 and 24, July 1

July is here, and with a couple of long weekends in the rearview mirror, it's time to catch up with your best shots of the past three weeks.
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Why Canadians should brush up on their geography of the 3 territories

Northerners are used to flubs when it comes to the territories: is Yellowknife in Yukon? Is it Yellowhorse? Are they provinces? A Canada Research Chair says there's good reason for Canadians to look to the North.

Japan scopes out future Arctic research in Cambridge Bay

Members of Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research held meetings in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, this week to share information about its past and future research projects.

'We are being known finally': Winnipeg's Inuit gather to mark Nunavut Day

Several dozen Inuit gathered Saturday in Vimy Ridge Park to celebrate the territory's upcoming 20th anniversary – and also the fact that they’re a burgeoning community in southern Manitoba.

Contest turns summer hikes into treasure hunts across the North

People heading for a hike along trails across the North can turn that walk into a treasure hunt this summer.

Nunavut man drowns after falling from raft near Chesterfield Inlet

Chesterfield Inlet RCMP have recovered a man's body from First Lake. The say the man fell from his raft and drowned on his way to an egg picking location on the lake.

'It's heartbreaking': Legion believes Veterans Monument in Yellowknife was vandalized

The Yellowknife Veterans Monument near the Joint Task Force North grounds was found damaged Thursday night. The legion is vowing to rebuild or repair it.
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OJ's story: Trauma and resilience in Rankin Inlet, after death of 11-year-old

July marks two years since the death of 11-year-old OJ Taparti. People in his home community are still reckoning with his death, and finding the strength to go on.

Cape Dorset considers changing to traditional Inuktitut name

The community was named by English explorer Luke Fox, some 400 years ago. Its Inuktitut name is Kinngait, but Inuit say it was previously known as Sikusiilaq.

3 firefighters displaced after 10-plex fire in Iqaluit

Three of Iqaluit’s firefighters lived in the 10-plex that caught fire on Sunday morning. The cause of three of the four fires that kept the fire department busy this weekend have been determined.

Dartmouth ocean tech company taps into $20M innovation project

Tubulent Research, who makes underwater listening devices in Dartmouth, N.S., is a supplier in Canada's first Ocean Supercluster, the joint government-industry program focused on developing ocean innovation.

9-month-old injured after gun fired in Rankin Inlet home

Nunavut RCMP say an infant was injured in Rankin Inlet when a firearm was discharged in a home on Tuesday.

Iqaluit city council moves to ban single-use plastic bags

Iqaluit city council is moving toward banning single-use plastic bags — a move that is proving popular with hunters and other community members.

Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, fuel supply restored

Nine airlifts into Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, delivered approximately 70,000 litres of fuel to the community, replacing a contaminated supply.

Man charged with 2nd degree murder, theft, arson after Iqaluit weekend incidents

A 19-year-old from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, has been charged with second degree murder after an incident in Iqaluit on Sunday. 

4 fires in 48 hours in Iqaluit over Canada Day weekend

Two sheds in Iqaluit’s lower base neighbourhood have been destroyed after they were engulfed in flames on Monday night. Four fires occurred in Iqaluit starting Saturday evening.

6 Inuit guardian groups to receive $4.3M in federal funding

Six Inuit organizations will receive $4.3 million in federal funding for a variety of environmental stewardship programs.