Topic: nunavut

Missing Iqaluit man presumed dead, say RCMP

An Iqaluit man who was reported missing on July 6 is presumed dead after an intensive search effort has failed to locate him.

Iqaluit Aquatic Centre reopens to public with COVID-19 precautions in place

The Iqaluit Aquatic Centre opened its doors again last Friday after being closed for almost four months due to COVID-19 regulations.

Nunavut bars and restaurants can open with full hours next week, says top doctor

Last week, officials announced that the territory's only presumptive case of COVID-19 has come back negative after testing in Ontario. Officials gave an update on COVID-19 Monday.

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In today's Morning Brief, we look at the Conservative Party's calls for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to testify before a parliamentary committee looking into a now-cancelled contract awarded to the WE Charity.

Nunavut's high rate of police-related deaths 'obviously worth looking into,' says data expert

Inuit in Nunavut are dying during interactions with police at a rate significantly higher than in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Ontario, according to data collected and analyzed by CBC.

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of July 6

Here are some of your best photos of the past week from Nunavik, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

Shoo! With mosquito season upon us, learn more about our pesky enemies

Why do they take our blood? Where do they go when it’s windy? Why do we need them, anyway? Read on to take a closer look at everybody’s least favourite insect.
The Arctic Kitchen

Crispy fried fish skin 'tastes like a trout flavored potato chip'

Fish skin can be seen as slimy and gross. But if it's cooked right, it's crispy and delicious, says Shawnalee Sears from Whitehorse. She eats her fish skins with a side of fresh frybread and her mom's strawberry rhubarb jam.
In Depth

What do Conservative leadership candidates have planned for the North?

The two front-runners say their northern experience has left them with a deep sense of connection to the North. But their policies focus more on sovereignty than people, says one critic.

Presumptive COVID-19 case at Nunavut's Mary River Mine tests negative

Nunavut's chief public health officer confirmed on Friday morning the presumptive test has come back negative from a lab in Ontario.

Nunavut extends public health emergency to July 23

The Nunavut Department of Health has extended the territory’s public health emergency to July 23. The territory said all existing measures under the public health emergency order remain in effect.

Nunavut Health Department issues boil water advisory in Resolute

Nunavut's Health Department is asking people in the hamlet of Resolute to boil water before drinking or cooking, starting Thursday night.

Inuit TV could be coming to screen near you, from new Inuktut-language broadcaster

Nunavut may be getting a new all-Inuktut TV channel this year. Inuit TV, which was announced on Nunavut Day, plans to have Inuktut programming in dialects from all Inuit regions, including Greenland.

Happy Nunavut Day! Here are some ways to celebrate virtually

The territory is celebrating Nunavut Day this year as an official statutory holiday, but celebrations will be mostly online due to the pandemic.

Big uptake of COVID-19 emergency benefit program in N.W.T. and Nunavut

A large number of northerners in the N.W.T. and Nunavut have tapped into a federal program meant to provide emergency help for people who have lost their job or been laid off due to COVID-19.

Man charged with arson in Pond Inlet, say police

A 25-year-old man from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, has been charged with arson after an incident on July 1, say RCMP.

Iqaluit RCMP search for missing man

Jason Kilabuk, 36, was last seen at the causeway boat launch area on Sunday evening, according to an Iqaluit RCMP press release Monday afternoon.

Test results for Nunavut's 1st presumptive COVID-19 case not back yet, says top doctor

Results for a presumptive case of COVID-19 announced at the Mary River Mine last week are not yet back from a lab in Ontario, Nunavut health officials said Monday during a news conference at the Legislative Assembly.

Former Nunavut nurse appealing decision to strip licence, citing harassment and racism

Willy Tchuilen Ngatcha is appealing a decision made in January 2019 by a board of inquiry— appointed by the Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut— on allegations made against him about his competence as a nurse. 

'They get around': Pelicans spotted as far north as Kugluktuk, Nunavut

The arrival of pelicans in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, was a surprise, but it's a sign of healthy pelican colonies in general, and in particular of the colony near Fort Smith, N.W.T.

Rain on tap (and snow for some) the 1st weekend of July in N.W.T.

July in the N.W.T. so far has been cloudy and rainy, and as we head into our first weekend of the month, it will be the same story.

Nunavik family boats to Nunavut community after loved one dies; COVID-19 limits cut visit short

A family from Nunavik sailed 12 hours amid ice in southeastern Hudson Bay last weekend to get to Nunavut. But officials told them to leave or self-isolate for 14 days because of COVID-19 border restrictions.

Missing woman in Iqaluit 'safe at home,' say RCMP

A 28-year-old woman who had been reported missing on Thursday has been found safe, say RCMP in Iqaluit.

Nunavut mine says presumptive COVID-19 case contained, 9 people are isolating

Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation says there are nine people in isolation at the Mary River Mine because of a presumptive case of COVID-19. 

Frustration grows among N.W.T. businesses facing 'calamitous' side effects of the pandemic

The private sector has been laying people off and taking pay cuts and the government of the N.W.T. has not, says Tim Syer, president of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce.

Iqaluit man charged with bootlegging, 20 bottles of liquor seized

A 29-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for bootlegging after 20 large bottles of liquor were seized from his home.

Presumptive case of COVID-19 reported at Nunavut's Mary River Mine

Nunavut's chief public health officer announced a presumptive case of COVID-19 at Nunavut's Mary River Mine, 176 kilometres southwest of Pond Inlet.

Self-isolation rules still apply to N.W.T, Nunavut residents travelling by air to Yukon

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver said northern residents arriving by air that have a layover in any province except B.C. will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. 

RCMP civilian oversight agency has 'no teeth' and is 'fundamentally flawed' say lawyers

The agency charged with oversight of the RCMP, including across the North, is not only decades behind the national trend but rarely employs what limited powers it is legislated to use, according to some experts. 

Yukon health officials take deep breath as territory eases COVID-19 border controls

Yukon's chief medical officer of health admits he's nervous about the weeks ahead as Yukon moves to phase 2 of its reopening plan.

AHS apologizes after false-positive COVID-19 test at Edmonton hospital

Alberta Health Services is lifting outbreak protocols put in place Saturday at Edmonton's Royal Alexandra Hospital after a false-positive COVID-19 test led to the cancellation of some surgeries and placed the facility on alert.

Boil water advisory issued for Baker Lake

The Nunavut Health Department says water for consumption must be brought to a rolling boil for at least one full minute.

Nunavut households can have 10 guests, 50 may gather outdoors

A public health order limiting the number of people who can gather indoors is changed, increasing that limit from five to 10 people, Nunavut health officials announced Monday. 

Nunavut gov't says Iqaluit Beer and Wine Store hasn't increased alcohol-related harm

The government of Nunavut says the Iqaluit Beer and Wine Store hasn’t led to an increase in alcohol-related family violence, emergency room visits, impaired driving or and youth alcohol use. 

Three men in hospital after 'roll over collision' in Iqaluit, say RCMP

Iqaluit RCMP say they are investigating a vehicle “roll over collision” that happened early Sunday morning on Niaqunngusiariaq Road.

From mobile concerts to virtual fireworks on your phone: Canada Day in the North COVID-19 style

From mobile concerts in Iqaluit that come to you, to virtual fireworks on your phone in Whitehorse, Canada Day will look a little different this year across the North.

Record-setting heat around the Arctic this week

It’s been a scorcher of a week in the Arctic, filled with record-breaking temperatures from Canada to Russia.

'You can't waste fabric,' so Millie Gruben made a coat of many colours for her granddaughter

You could call it a coat of many colours, or a Mother Hubbard-style parka cover, but for Millie Gruben it was mostly a work of love for her grandchild.

Walrus tongue tests positive for trichinella in Rankin Inlet

A public health advisory sent out Friday says anyone who has eaten uncooked walrus recently, and has experienced stomach pain, muscle pain, diarrhea, swollen eyelids, sweating and weakness, may be infected with trichinella, 'a parasite that causes worm disease.'

'We need help now': Peaceful protesters draw attention to Nunavut's mental health crisis

Organizers of a territory-wide demonstration on mental health say that a "suicide epidemic" persists in Nunavut.

Your North: Best reader photos for the month of June

With June in full swing, outdoor fun is on tap across the North! Take a trip across the territories in our gallery of your best shots of the month.

Nunavut shelter says vulnerable people should be kept out of jail cells

An advocate says those facing homelessness or addiction issues need to be kept out of jail cells and instead brought to a shelter.

Federal safety minister supports call to fund RCMP body camera pilot project in Nunavut

Support for a call to see RCMP in Nunavut wear body cameras now comes from the federal minister responsible for public safety in Canada.

Senator Patterson gets a funding commitment from Blair

Conservative Senator Dennis Glen Patterson gets an unequivocal commitment that the federal government will fund a pilot project to test the use of body cameras on RCMP officers in Nunavut.

Iqaluit police make arrest and charge man for suspected bootlegging

A 29-year-old man from Iqaluit was arrested and is facing several Liquor Act related charges, including selling liquor to a minor.

Self-isolation still mandatory for Nunavut residents returning from Yukon

While the Yukon government is allowing residents of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut to travel there as of July 1, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson said none of Nunavut's travel restrictions are changing right now.

OPH launches COVID-19 resource page for Indigenous people in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health has created a special set of resources including posters, videos and culturally-specific guidance for Indigenous people with questions about COVID-19.

'We can't keep Yukon cocooned': territory to open borders to B.C., N.W.T., Nunavut residents July 1

As expected, restrictions at the Yukon and B.C. border will ease for residents of either jurisdiction - and the other two territories - to visit Yukon starting July 1, the start of the second phase of Yukon's COVID-19 recovery plan.

Missing Iqaluit man has been found safe, RCMP say

Amee Kakee of Iqaluit has been found safe, according to an RCMP update on Tuesday.

Few flights and high prices burst northern travel bubble for some 

The only flight between Yellowknife and Rankin Inlet now includes an overnight in Cambridge Bay. 'You know what?' says Rachel Marin. 'I can't really do that.'

Northern Lights Conference cost Nunavut $217K this year — less than half of 2018's total

The total bill to attend this year's Northern Lights Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa came in at just more than $217,000 to send 34 people.

Iqaluit Beer and Wine Store will stay open permanently, says finance minister

The Iqaluit Beer and Wine Store can now stay open on a permanent basis, says finance minister. The store, managed by the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission, was originally opened in 2017 as a three-year pilot project.

Igloolik residents asked to boil water before drinking

People in Igloolik, Nunavut, are asked to boil water before drinking or using in cooking, according to a government advisory Monday.

Medical travel to Churchill allowed from Nunavut, no isolation required

Nunavummiut can travel to Churchill, Manitoba for medical care without isolating on their return, as long as they don't leave the community during their stay. 

Addiction program for Indigenous adults goes virtual

A residential treatment facility on the Kitigan Zibi reserve in western Quebec is taking its successful addiction recovery program online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RCMP ask for help locating missing Iqaluit man

RCMP in Iqaluit are asking for the public's help finding person who was reported missing on Saturday.

Expect a summer scorcher as excessive heat warnings issued for several N.W.T. communities

It should be a hot one across the Northwest Territories on June 20.

Nunavut court approves teacher sexual abuse class action against governments

The Nunavut Court of Justice has approved a class-action lawsuit against the federal government and two territories over the sexual abuse of Inuit children by a teacher.

Yellowknife's consumer prices are falling for the first time in more than a decade

The trend is part of a bleak economic outlook for the N.W.T, which is projected to fall further behind its neighbours.

Rankin Inlet man medevaced to Winnipeg after alleged assault

A man in Rankin Inlet was taken to hospital and then medevaced to Winnipeg, for further treatment, say RCMP. He’s expected to make a full recovery.

Nunavut RCMP charge and arrest Gjoa Haven man with possession of child pornography

Police have charged a man from Gjoa Haven with possession of child pornography, according to a news release on Thursday. On June 11, while investigating an unrelated matter, Gjoa Haven RCMP said officers learned of allegations of a person in possession of child pornography.

Five visitors per household is still the limit, say Nunavut health officials

As workplaces and businesses begin to open up in Nunavut, health officials say that five visitors per household is still the recommended limit.

Man who admitted to violent sex assault in Iqaluit has been sentenced

A man who admitted to the violent attack in 2018 has been sentenced to three-and-a-half more years behind federal bars.

Manitoba Mé​​​​​​​tis minister says he's revolted by police brutality against Indigenous people

Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal says he has been revolted by recent videotaped examples of "police brutality" against Indigenous People in Canada.

Nunavut Day now a stat holiday in the territory

Starting this year, Nunavut Day will be a statutory holiday, meaning employees in territory-regulated industries will be eligible for a day off with pay. Previously, the July 9 holiday only applied to government of Nunavut employees.

Ski-Doo maker awarded nearly $3M in damages over Arctic Cat patent infringement

Bombardier Recreational Products, the maker of Ski-Doo brand snowmobiles, has been awarded $2.8 million in damages by a Federal Court judge after suing rival Arctic Cat over a patent infringement.

'Completely toothless': Experts say Nunavut's police oversight less accountable than others

Nunavut's police oversight model is more than 30 years behind the national trend and less accountable to its citizens than in other jurisdictions, some experts told CBC News.

Travel into Nunavut allowed from Northwest Territories

Travellers from the Northwest Territories are now allowed in Nunavut, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson announced Monday in a news conference at the Legislative Assembly. 

RCMP in Iqaluit say public no longer in danger after armed standoff ends peacefully

RCMP say there is no longer any danger to the public following a Monday morning standoff that ended peacefully in Iqaluit.

Change at the top for The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, in Thunder Bay

The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, in Thunder Bay, Ont., is set to see a changing of the guard in its top ranks. On Thursday May 12, at a virtual ceremony, Lieutenant colonel David Ratz handed command of the Canadian Armed Forces Unit to Lieutenant colonel Mark Singleton

Iqaluit bylaw officers have been wearing body cameras for years

This week Iqaluit city council moved a motion to encourage the territory's RCMP to start wearing body cameras.  Their own bylaw officers have been wearing the cameras for years. 

Nunavut government issues nearly $49M in unbudgeted money for COVID-19

Because Nunavut's assembly didn't sit this spring, the minister of finance has had to set aside nearly $49 million in COVID-19 response money — without approval from MLAs.

Nunavut Court of Appeal overturns 2 sentences that rejected mandatory gun offence guidelines

Nunavut Court of Appeal has overturned a pair of sentences, in which judges in both cases said Canada’s mandatory four-year minimum for firearms offences was unconstitutional.

Police accountability begins with proper civilian oversight

Canada would benefit from a review of who polices the police, writes Erick Laming.

Lawyer wants man in violent Kinngait arrest video to join his class action

Steven Cooper with firm Cooper Regel believes the Kinngait incident shines a light on long-simmering tensions between police and Indigenous people in Canada's North. 

Nunavut public health emergency extended to June 25

A public health emergency is extended in Nunavut until June 25. The Nunavut government gave the announcement during a public update on Thursday regarding its response to COVID-19.

Coast guard crew await COVID-19 tests before Arctic season

The Canadian Coast Guard starts its Arctic season in two weeks, and it's still not sure where COVID-19 tests for sailors will come from. 

Oldest Inuk woman in northern Nunavut celebrates turning 100 years old

One of northern Nunavut's oldest Inuit women has made it into her triple digits. Qaapik Attagutsiak, who lives in a 10-by-16 foot hut, heated by a seal oil lamp, is celebrating her 100th birthday on Thursday.

Physical distancing creates new barriers for Nunavut child abuse victims

As many health services turn to using teleconference and online contact because of COVID-19, Iqaluit’s child advocacy centre is finding some work is best done in person.

RCMP violence against Inuit happening because few are stopping systemic racism, Indigenous leaders say

The legacy of the colonization of Inuit has left many feeling devalued and voiceless to the point where some turn to violence, but government leaders need to look at an individual's life and experiences, says the elected leader of Nunavut Inuit.

Northwestel applies to increase data limits, but resumes overage charges

More internet usage at no cost could be on the horizon or many northerners, but they might not have their overages waived any longer.

Get informed on the top stories of the day in one quick scan

In today's Morning Brief, we have analysis from Eric Grenier on the lack of diversity in Canada's political leaders. We also look at how Canadian entrepreneurs are changing their businesses to cope with coronavirus pandemic, and the quest to come up with a biodegradable face mask.

Northern hotels plead with Ottawa for financial help during pandemic

Hotels in Canada’s North are pleading with the federal government for financial help amid a sharp hit to business from the COVID-19 pandemic, CBC News has learned.

Nunavut leaders calling for systematic review of RCMP service in the territory

A growing number of Nunavut leaders are calling for a territory-wide review of the RCMP after the Legal Services Board of Nunavut revealed more than 30 cases involving alleged police brutality, misconduct and insensitivity against Inuit women.

RCMP burnout may be adding to Nunavut policing problems, says territory's top cop

The head of the RCMP in Nunavut says she's trying to find ways to bring police and Inuit together. But Chief Supt. Amanda Jones says officer burnout in small detachments with big social problems may be contributing to officer conduct that has sparked outrage in Nunavut.

Whooping cough outbreak declared in Sanikiluaq

People are being warned of a whooping cough outbreak in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, according to a news release from the territorial government Monday morning.

Nunavut government doles out $24M to airlines for COVID-19 response

Finance Minister George Hickes announced a new $9.8 million for Canadian North and $6.4 for Calm Air.

Lessons in teaching and life from the 'top of the world'

Anglophone East teacher Odette Barr's new book of non-fiction, Teaching at the Top of the World, is based on her time on Ellesmere Island and her initiation into Inuit culture.

'We don't take this no more': Large crowd gathers in Iqaluit for Black Lives Matter protest

Iqaluit joined the rest of the world in a demonstration for Black Lives Matter on Friday in what protesters say is one of the biggest demonstrations the city has seen in recent years.

Yukon left out of northern COVID-19 bubble for freeing up border to B.C.

The three northern territories were in talks to open their borders to one another as part of the next phase of easing COVID-19 restrictions, but that plan was dropped when Yukon decided to open its border to British Columbia, according to N.W.T. officials.

Man in violent Nunavut arrest video wants officer charged

A man in Kinngait, Nunavut, who was arrested after being struck by the open door of a moving police truck says he wants to take legal action against the officers who arrested him.

Aggressive arrests spark questions about police funding, use of force in Canada

A video of an aggressive arrest in Nunavut that sparked an investigation is among the recent arrests in Canada sparking questions about use of force, police funding and interactions with black and Indigenous Canadians.

Nunavut man in violent arrest video later 'viciously attacked' while in police cells

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sidestepped a question on who should be held responsible after a violent arrest of an Inuk man in Kinngait, Nunavut, was captured on video.

Nunavut and Northwest Territories to create travel bubble

The Nunavut government is preparing to lift its travel restriction between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, Chief Public Health Officer Michael Patterson said Thursday.

COVID-19 creating education gaps between Nunavut students

Educators in Nunavut say the COVID-19 pandemic is creating an education gap between students who face barriers to completing school work from home after all schools in the territory closed in March due to health concerns.
The COVID Economy

Nunavut businesses, private sector struggle to find space in a closed economy

Nunavut entrepreneurs are working to find space in a closed economy, while the territorial government grapples to protect its investment in private sector jobs.

N.W.T. on track for Phase 2 of COVID-19 reopening plan, top doctor says

The Northwest Territories could enact Phase 2 of its reopening plan as early as June 12.

Nunavut senator calls for Red Chamber to resume

Nunavut Sen. Dennis Patterson is calling on the Senate Speaker to resume sittings of the Red Chamber, citing an inability to adequately represent the territory in the current parliamentary structure.

RCMP officer removed from Nunavut community after video surfaces of arrest

RCMP have removed an officer from Kinngait, Nunavut, after a video surfaced on social media showing what appears to be a police officer using the door of a police vehicle to run down an intoxicated man late Monday night.

Contractors worry they'll be out of work if local businesses aren't prioritized by territory

Contractors say the economic restart after the pandemic is an opportunity for the territory to prioritize local companies in the procurement process. If the government doesn't, they say they might have to look for work elsewhere.