Topic: nunavut

Coast Guard adds 3 weeks to Arctic ice breaking season as icebreakers head North

Icebreakers are sailing north over the next few days, two weeks earlier than normal. Those ships will operate until November, adding an extra week. Hopefully, this will prevent a repeat of last year's failure to resupply three Arctic communities.

Government lied about leaked education report, says Nunavut Teachers' Association

The president of the Nunavut Teachers' Association says his organization was lied to when it comes to a leaked report on the Nunavut Teacher Education Program. He says they were told several times work on the report was still ongoing.

Inuit values, inmate care, focus of new made-in-Nunavut Corrections Act

Nunavut’s new Corrections Act focuses on Inuit participation, mental health for inmates and creates independent oversight for the care of inmates.

North Baffin community loses trust in Baffinland over traditional knowledge use

The communities of Pond Inlet and Igloolik expressed concern — Igloolik’s working group even going as far as to say they’d lost trust in the mining company Baffinland —because of how it uses Inuit traditional knowledge.

Leaked report says Nunavut's teacher education program not sufficient

A leaked 2017 report originally published by Nunavut News states that the territory's current teacher education program is 'not capable of producing a bilingual Inuit teacher workforce,' and that it does not reflect the territory's people.

Job vacancies up almost 10% from last year: StatsCan report

Job vacancies rose nearly 10 per cent between the first quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2018, a new Statistics Canada report has found.

Friday, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

CBC North is celebrating with some special programming in the Indigenous Languages of the North.

Iqaluit RCMP looking for suspects in 2 alleged violent robberies on weekend

Iqaluit RCMP are asking for public assistance to locate suspects in two alleged robberies Saturday.

Government pumps brakes on making Nunavut Day a stat holiday

The Nunavut government is waiting to see what happens with Parliament's Bill C-369, which proposes to make Sept. 30 the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Territorial premiers discuss priorities for a 'united North' in Dawson City

Climate change, infrastructure and the MMIWG report were among topics at Northern Premiers’ Forum.

Nunavut will get largest slice of $40 million federal harvester support program money

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is pushing for Inuit to get a significant chunk of Ottawa's promised $40 million for a harvester support program — and Nunavut is poised to get the largest slice.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of June 10

Birds in flight, first fish, and Raptors fever in the territories. Check out your highlights from the past week across the North in our gallery of your best submitted photos.

Pond Inlet educator honoured after 41 years of teaching

Oopa Arnakallak taught primary school in English and Inuktitut to multiple generations of Mittimatalingmiut, or residents of Pond Inlet.

A problem of popularity: How Canada's northern musicians are hurt by lack of access

Northern Canadian musicians like Tanya Tagaq, Josh Q, and Riit are bursting onto the music scene as streaming services give them better access to national and international audiences. But high prices for airfare make touring a huge challenge, forcing them to jump through hoops in order to be seen.
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Deline celebrates the Raptors NBA title 'Dene style' with a drum dance

In Deline, N.W.T., the community’s high school graduation ceremonies were the perfect spot for a uniquely Northern Raptors championship celebration: a circle drum dance.

Baffin Correctional Centre prisoner's hunger strike ends

Poasie Aniniliak, 32, began his hunger strike on June 5 to protest conditions at the Iqaluit jail.

How an Iqaluit homeowner's leaky tank cost her $250K

She isn’t alone — the government of Nunavut estimates the equivalent of 286 home fuel tanks were spilled in just 10 years.

Northwestel avoids CRTC fines, promises $5M in Northern infrastructure upgrades

The North’s main internet and phone company avoided paying fines to Canada’s telecommunications regulator by agreeing to $5 million in unplanned upgrades to its northern infrastructure.

'We're an oral people': Inuktitut radio program begins broadcasting in Ottawa

CKCU’s Uqallagvik, hosted by Jessie Kangok and Janet Evvik, is the only Inuktitut radio show in the city.

Senate report calls on Ottawa to fix 'neglected' Arctic

Canada's Northern regions have been neglected, overlooked, and passed by for far too long, according to a report released Tuesday by a Senate special committee.

The next antimalarial drug could come from fungus in Frobisher Bay, study finds

A chemical discovered in fungus from the bottom of Frobisher Bay, Nunavut, has shown promise in killing drug-resistant strains of malaria.

Man arrested for causing a disturbance on flight to Rankin Inlet

A 25-year-old man from Chesterfield Inlet faces several Aeronautics Act charges after causing a disturbance on a flight from Winnipeg to Rankin Inlet.

Senate committee passes UNDRIP bill, Tories warn of an Indigenous 'veto'

The Senate's Aboriginal peoples committee has passed a bill that will implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canada — over the objections of Conservative senators who say they fear adopting the legislation will give Indigenous peoples a veto over future natural resource development.

Nunavut TB rates remain high despite community testing

Even after the Nunavut health department set up mobile TB screening clinics in three communities, there has been little change to the territory's TB rate.
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Raptors fans celebrate coast to coast

Fans across the country get into the spirit as the Toronto Raptors battle the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of June 3

June is here in force, and while temperatures around the territories may be unpredictable, one thing is certain: CBC North readers are out, and taking incredible photos.

Twins from Nunavut have baby girls on the same day — including one set of twins

Chris Meeko’s daughter Leah Naulalik was born at 11 a.m. on May 30 with the help of a midwife in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, and Christina Meeko’s twin girls Makaila and Brianna were born at 12 and 12:15 p.m. in a hospital in Winnipeg.

Nunavut 'Learn To...' program teaching drum dancing, throat singing this summer

The government of Nunavut is bringing back its Learn To... program this summer in the Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park. The program is a way to connect and teach people about Inuit culture and traditions.

Iqaluit RCMP ask for public's help to identify 'person of interest' in arson investigation

Nunavut RCMP have released a video they says shows a person of interest in their arson investigation into a fire at Nanook School, which destroyed an outdoor structure May 24.

'I'm looking for help': Prisoner at Iqaluit jail on hunger strike to protest conditions

Poasie Aniniliak says he's been denied programming and spends most of his time in segregation at the Nunavut jail.

Ex-Nunavut premier says it's time for Nunavummiut to elect their premier

Aggu MLA and former Nunavut premier Paul Quassa says its time for Nunavummiut to elect their own premier.

Mother felt stranded waiting for coverage to bring infant son home on medevac flight

A Fredericton mother is finally getting ready to bring her son to his new home after weeks in the hospital and a dispute about who should cover his medevac flight. 

Finger-pointing but no answers after Nunavut baby body mix-up

Winnipeg health officials are pointing the finger at a local hospital after a Nunavut family learned that the hospital mixed up the bodies of their newborn son and another baby.

Proposed changes to Nunavut education act would phase in Inuktitut over next 20 years

The government of Nunavut is planning to push the deadline for it to provide bilingual Inuktitut-English education for grade 12 students 20 years down the line.

Devastated Nunavut family buries wrong baby after mistake by hospital

A family from Nunavut say they were given the wrong body by a Winnipeg hospital after the death of their baby, and had to hold a second funeral once they received the right remains.

Iqaluit students walk out of school protesting inaction on climate change

About 100 students walked out of Iqaluit's Inuksuk High School in protest of climate change.

Archivists poring over 75,000 hours of legends, stories collected by CBC

Seventeen people are archiving 75,000 hours of recorded stories and legends, all collected over six decades by the CBC in Gwich'in, Inuvialuktun, Tlicho, North Slavey, South Slavey, Denesuline Yatie, Cree and Inuktitut.

Auditor General gives Nunavut failing grade in supporting student career goals

The office of the Auditor General of Canada has found that Nunavut isn’t doing enough to help teens and adults further their education and achieve their career goals. The report was tabled on Tuesday in Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly.  

Nunavut man stripped of honours after sex assault revelations

Ike Haulli, who received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, has had the award revoked after details of sex crimes against minors came to light in a civil trial.

Northern territories have highest rate of alcohol, drug-related hospitalization: study

The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a new report that shows the highest rates in 2017-2018 are found in the three northern territories.

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of May 27

May has come to an end, but your photos just keep coming. Check out a true northern celebration of the Raptors and more of your best catches in our roundup of reader photos from across the territories.

Nunavut premier says MLAs with gripes should come to him first

Joe Savikataaq says he can't put in place 'corrective measures' unless MLAs alert him to their issues with cabinet members.

Nunavut MLAs slam government over 'unacceptable' trend of non-answers

Nunavut's MLAs have sent a letter to the Premier, threatening non-confidence motions if cabinet ministers don't start answering their questions.

Nunavut gov't unveils first part of carbon tax mitigation measures

The Nunavut government plans to subsidize half of the costs its residents will bear as a result of the federal government's carbon tax.

Iqaluit DEA makes Inuktitut classes mandatory for Grade 10 students

'The program in the last few years has been suffering,' said Doug Workman, the chairperson of the Iqaluit District Education Authority.

Federal departments may have broken law by microtargeting job ads

Several federal government departments — including the Canada Border Services Agency, the Correctional Service of Canada and the RCMP — have restricted who can see their job ads on Facebook by age, which could violate Canadian human rights law.

Simeon Mikkungwak named Speaker of Nunavut Legislative Assembly

Simeon Mikkungwak was elected by MLAs in a secret ballot. He is the first Baker Lake representative to be elected Speaker.

New Canadian navy ships to be affiliated with Inuit communities

The HMCS Harry DeWolf will be affiliated with Nunavut’s Qikiqtani region, the federal government announced Monday in Iqaluit.

Canada makes competing claim to North Pole against Russia, Denmark

After years of delay and political arm-twisting, Canada has made a claim to a vast portion of the Arctic seabed that includes the North Pole.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of May 20

Hikes, fishing derbies, and animal-crashing selfies are signs of the seasons across the North. Check out your best shots of the past week before the calendar turns to June, and the unofficial beginning of summer.

Food insecurity in Nunavut and plastic surgeon removes cameras: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need from the week, including a plastic surgeon who was told to remove cameras from his consultation rooms and rising food insecurity in Nunavut.

Person arrested in Igloolik after allegedly arming and barricading themselves

An individual is in RCMP custody after what police call a "dynamic incident" in Igloolik, Nunavut, where the armed person allegedly barricaded themselves.

Iqaluit cab company launches app

Caribou Tuktu Cabs says the app makes taking taxis in the city safer and more reliable.

Boil water advisory issued for Rankin Inlet

The territory's health department says water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least a full minute.

Nunavut kids speak up about 'unacceptable' state of mental health services

A new report makes 15 recommendations to address gaps in mental health services for youth. Many say they don't know how to access mental health services, or what services are available to them.

Kugluktuk to get hybrid solar-diesel power plant

More than $6 million will go to building a solar energy and storage system attached to the Kugluktuk power plant.

Food insecurity rising in Nunavut since launch of Nutrition North: study

Food insecurity in Nunavut has gotten worse since the introduction of the Nutrition North program in 2011, according to a study published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Sask. man's experience teaching in Nunavut part of The Grizzlies movie

The Grizzlies is a new Canadian-made film about a group of students bonding together through lacrosse.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of April 29, May 6, 13

The long weekend is upon us, and though much of the North had to wait for milder spring temperatures, they've finally arrived. Northerners celebrating the season highlights your best photos of the last few weeks from Nunavut, N.W.T., and Yukon.

'Mr Awesome' now even more awesome: Johnny Issaluk named explorer-in-residence

Inuk motivational speaker Johnny Issaluk will get more opportunities to inspire youth to overcome their fears, as the Royal Canadian Geographic Society's 6th explorer-in-residence.

Could climate change help the Arctic's kelp flourish? Researchers are trying to find out

A warmer ocean could bring kelp closer to their optimal growing temperature.

Rankin Inlet mayor dies after long battle with cancer

Rankin Inlet's six-year mayor and long-time councillor was being treated in Winnipeg, but continued to serve between treatments.

Ski-Doo recalls 7,000 snowmobiles over fire hazard

Ski-Doo is recalling 7,025 snowmobiles over a potential fire hazard. The 2017 Freeride, MXZ, Renegade, and Summit models with 850 E-TEC engines are affected.

Agnico Eagle's mine training program has its critics

A worker at Agnico Eagle’s Meadowbank Mine in Nunavut says a training program designed to train Nunavummiut allows southern contractors to bypass Inuit for higher paying jobs.

Bridgewater wins $5M from federal program to improve energy efficiency

Bridgewater, N.S., has won $5 million from the federal government to help people renovate their homes to be more energy efficient.

Beer and wine sales up in Nunavut, liquor sales down

Statistics Canada's latest report shows beer and wine sales are up significantly since the retail store opened in Iqaluit, but liquor sales are down by 12 per cent.

13-year-old boy found safe in Iqaluit

A 13-year-old boy, missing since Monday evening, has been found safe. He was in Iqaluit for a medical appointment from Igloolik, Nunavut.

Memories flood back for Yellowknife woman reconnected with her first snowmobile

Mary Tapsell's first snowmobile was a long-track Bravo that took her to work and to the floe edge, serving her growing family well for nearly 30 years. She thought it was a goner, but a handyman with a soft spot for the old machines brought it back to life, and to her, 4 years later.

Man dies after ATV crash in Cambridge Bay

A 24-year-old man has died after an all-terrain vehicle crash in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Alcohol and speed are believed to be a factor in the crash.

'It's in our veins': Inuk chef sharing Arctic food at Ottawa culinary event

The menu at this year's A Taste of the Arctic in Ottawa has been developed by an Inuk chef for the first time and features the greatest variety of Inuit food yet.

'We are not monkeys': Inuit speak out about skin grafts done without consent in 1970s

Inuit remember researchers in Igloolik, Nunavut, removing pieces of their skin and grafting it on other people. The procedures are outlined in a 2005 memoir by a well-known Canadian physician who later became recognized as an expert in medical ethics.

'No negotiations:' Inuit group wants Arctic areas saved from development

An Inuit land-claim group is asking the federal government to permanently protect large sections of the Eastern Arctic from any industrial development.

Pizza with a northern twist: Inuktitut cookbook offers new spin on Inuit cooking

The cookbook features a smorgasbord of delectable dishes, including ramen, tartare, pizza and stroganoff, as well as Arctic char, seal, whale and caribou.

Chinese man finishes 14-month run from Antarctica to the Arctic Ocean

In March 2018, Bai Bin from China started his journey running from Antarctica to the Arctic.

Culinary grad from Cambridge Bay makes hometown proud

Tasha Tologanak is hoping to bring her culinary skills back home to the North after graduating from the culinary arts program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton.

RCMP rule out foul play in death of woman in Rankin Inlet

Police say they are ruling out foul play in the death of a woman who was found dead in Rankin Inlet late last month. Lynnora Siusangnark, 33, was originally from Naujaat, Nunavut.

Why Team North's most important stick may not score a goal

Before every game that Team North plays at this year's National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Whitehorse, something unique takes place — the 'spirit stick' makes an appearance.

Cambridge Bay parents shaken after boy gets stuck in deep ice crevasse

The chair of the Cambridge Bay Childcare Society plans to improve its rules about field trips after a preschooler got stuck nearly two metres down a crevasse in the ice on Tuesday.

Facebook rejects ads for traditional Inuit knives, calling them 'weapons'

An artist in Yellowknife says Facebook is culturally discriminating against Inuit after the site rejected his ads selling uluit, Inuit tools.

Rankin Inlet honours woman who died while visiting family in community

A woman in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, is bringing her community together to honour a woman who recently died in the hamlet.

N.W.T.'s barge season to get an 'early start' to make up for cancelled shipments

Officials with the N.W.T.’s Marine Transportation Services say they will be getting an 'early start' this shipping season to ensure delivery of hundreds of tonnes of overdue cargo to Paulaktuk, Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay.

Narwhals have survived 1 million years despite low genetic diversity: study

'The narwhal, it looks as if it has a toolbox with just not very many tools, yet it’s been able to fix whatever it has needed to fix throughout its evolutionary history,' says researcher.

Inuit condemn U.S. torpedoing of Arctic Council declaration

The Inuit Circumpolar Council blasted the U.S. for torpedoing the Rovaniemi Declaration at Tuesday’s Arctic Council ministerial after refusing to sign on if the words 'climate change' were included in the joint document.

Inuvik actor excited to see himself in The Grizzlies for 1st time with friends, family

After waiting almost four years, Chris Church will be able to watch himself in The Grizzlies for the first time with friends and family in Inuvik this week.

Worker suffers 'serious leg injury' in accident at Meadowbank mine

A spokesperson for Agncio Eagle says the worker was medevaced to Winnipeg after an accident at the mine's tailing storage area on Monday.

'Lies, deceit, and betrayal': Nunavut lawyer pleads guilty to forgery, marrying 2 women

James Morton, who has law offices in Nunavut and Ontario, has pleaded guilty to forging divorce documents and illegally married a second woman when he was already married.

Here's when to expect the emergency alert test in the North this week

People living in N.W.T., Yukon and Nunavut may receive a public alert Wednesday, as a part of the coast-to-coast Alert Ready public alerting system test.

Hospitalization for youth with mental health disorders up 58% in N.W.T. over past decade

The number of youth aged five to 24 who were hospitalised for mental health disorders in the Northwest Territories has risen close to 58 per cent over the past decade — and grown 64 per cent across Canada.

Kugluktuk finding new ways to produce fresh food, mining company lends a hand

Kugluktuk, Nunavut is finding new ways to provide the community with fresh produce. In April the hamlet harvested its first batch of leafy greens from the community greenhouse.

Another Nunavut man avoids mandatory minimum sentence for shooting a gun

Another Nunavut man has avoided a mandatory minimum sentence for shooting a gun, because a judge decided four years is cruel and unusual punishment for the crime.

Nunavut's Oviloo Tunnillie 'defied stereotypes' with evocative stone carvings

A new ebook from the Art Canada Institute celebrates Oviloo Tunnillie, who carved nude female figures and emotion-filled scenes — something that wasn’t common among stone carvers and artists of her time.

'It's amazing to me': Meet the Inuk elder in this photo shared around the world

This moment — frozen in time in February 1949 near Arviat, Nunavut — is spreading across the internet after her grandson Jordan Konek posted it on Twitter. It took just a few days for it to be shared thousands of times by people around the world.
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Investigation into sled dog slaughter also an amazing historical record

Sara Minogue reviews the reports of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, which investigated whether the RCMP deliberately killed sled dogs in the Eastern Arctic. She says they also provide a history of housing, policing, health care and relocations during that era.

'Hope and having purpose': Ex-NHL Indigenous player visits southern Alberta First Nation

Siksika First Nation members gathered to listen to Jordin Tootoo, a professional Inuit athlete from Nunavut who travels throughout Canada to speak with Indigenous people.

As gas vouchers end, food bank looks to solutions for country food

The Iqaluit Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank is trying to increase access to country food. The food bank has just ended a three-month pilot project that gave out vouchers for bullets and gas to reduce barriers to hunting.

N.W.T. and Nunavut have highest 5-year-average injury fatality rate in Canada

N.W.T. and Nunavut rate of on-the-job injury fatalities is a concern, says author of report.

2 Inuit artists share 2018 Nunavut Commissioner's Arts Award

Award recognizes contribution of artists to Nunavut culture. Susan Avinngaq of Igloolik and Jaco Ishulutaq from Pangnirtung are the winners this year.

N.W.T., Nunavut plan more rigorous caribou management

N.W.T. and Nunavut officials and hunters met in Kugluktuk over management of shared herds. Nunavut will consider lowering its own harvest thresholds of the Bluenose-East over rapid herd decline, says Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq.

Ottawa holds off on major Nutrition North changes, want more input from Inuit

The federal government has instructed northern retailers to hold off on cutting Nutrition North subsidies to nearly three dozen food items, CBC News has learned.

Why didn't Cannabis NB turn a profit? Class explores business of legalization

A University of New Brunswick professor and students will try to figure out what went right and what went wrong with Cannabis NB.