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Nunavik December 04, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Tasers yet to be proven effective in Nunavik, police force says

The weapon has only been used once since it was deployed to four communities last spring

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The Kativik Regional Police Force introduced Tasers to four Nunavik communities last spring, with the hope that they might ease violent confrontations and reduce civilian deaths.

But officers have only successfully used a Taser once ever since.

That’s because the tools are usually used...

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Around the Arctic December 04, 2018 - 11:30 am

Polar bears remain of “special concern,” for now, say scientists

"We will need to keep a close eye on this species"

JANE GEORGE

Polar bears face an uncertain future due to threats posed by climate change, according to a new assessment by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.

The committee, known as COSEWIC, once again assessed polar bears as a “special concern.” That means the species may become...

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Nunavut December 04, 2018 - 10:30 am

Ottawa, Nunavut sign renewed job-training deals

Governments promise help for 1,000 more workers over five years

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal government will give the Government of Nunavut a little more money for job training over the next five years, thanks to two agreements the federal employment minister, Patty Hajdu, and Nunavut’s family services minister, Elisapee Sheutiapik, signed on Monday, Dec. 3.

Under the...

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Nunavut December 04, 2018 - 9:31 am

Nunavut art from Baker Lake featured at Winnipeg Art Gallery

"We may admire the intricate skills of the artists"

JANE GEORGE

If you’re in Winnipeg, make sure you stop by the Winnipeg Art Gallery to take in its new exhibitions of wall hangings, drawings and carvings from Baker Lake.

One of the two new exhibitions, now open to the public, displays the skill and artistry of the late, talented Mary Yuusipik Singaqti.

Born...

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Nunavik December 04, 2018 - 8:15 am

Nunavik police say video conferencing could speed up bail hearings

The KRPF currently spends $3.5 million a year escorting detainees south

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The Kativik Regional Police Force has asked the Quebec government for video-conferencing facilities in two Nunavik communities to help cut down on the transfer of detainees to southern prisons.

The KRPF says it has been in discussions with provincial justice and correction officials on...

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Nunavut December 03, 2018 - 7:28 pm

Nunavut RCMP defuse dangerous incident in Gjoa Haven

Gun-toting youth surrenders, now faces 13 criminal charges

JANE GEORGE

RCMP members in Gjoa Haven defused a potentially dangerous firearms incident this past weekend in the western Nunavut community of roughly 1,400 people.

At about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, members of the Gjoa Haven RCMP detachment heard that a young man was pointing a firearm at people who passed his...

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Around the Arctic December 03, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Inuit affected by Sixties Scoop can now apply for compensation from $800M settlement

"This settlement represents an important step forward for thousands of Indigenous people"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuit who were taken south as children from the late 1950s to early 1980s can now apply for an estimated $25,000 in compensation for the harms they suffered.

Their experiences are today known as the Sixties Scoop, when roughly 20,000 Indigenous children were adopted out or sent to live with...

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Nunavik December 03, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavik communities feeling the impact of climate change? There’s help

Region’s communities can apply for funding to better adapt to changes

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—If Nunavimmiut notice that winters are different now than when they were growing up—that’s climate change.

And the Kativik Regional Government’s Department of Renewable Resources, Environment, Lands and Parks is tracking those changes and offering support to communities to help them...

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Nunavut December 03, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Indigenous child welfare rights would override provincial, federal law: minister

"This is a piece of legislation that points in this direction"

JANE GEORGE

Inuit birthright organizations may be on the cusp of transforming into Inuit “governments,” whose right to make laws and develop programs would “prevail over both federal and provincial law.”

That’s suggested by language used in the Nov. 30 announcement in Ottawa about the child and family...

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Nunavut December 03, 2018 - 10:30 am

Less risk of dying from cancer, heart disease in Nunavut: StatCan

But death rate for young men, 20 to 24, is six times higher

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Cancer and heart disease cause fewer deaths in Nunavut than elsewhere in Canada.

That’s according to a Statistics Canada report released on Thursday, Nov. 29, on causes of death in Canada.

StatCan said cancer and heart disease remain the two leading causes of death in every province and territory...

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Nunavik December 03, 2018 - 9:25 am

20 per cent of Nunavik now made up of protected areas: KRG

Parks and reserves are protected from industrial development

SARAH ROGERS

(Corrected Dec. 4)

KUUJJUAQ—More than 20 per cent of Nunavik’s land mass is now protected from industrial development.

It’s a goal that both Quebec and Nunavik officials have been working on for roughly a decade, which recently came to fruition when the province temporarily suspended mining...

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Iqaluit December 03, 2018 - 8:30 am

Iqaluit man found not guilty of assault causing bodily harm

“The use of force was in the protection of the woman he saw being assaulted”

BETH BROWN

An Iqaluit man is not guilty of two counts of assault causing bodily harm that he was charged with this summer, Nunavut Judge Paul Bychok said on Friday, Nov. 23, at the Nunavut Court of Justice.

Eelow Korgak, 40, was accused of stabbing a man and assaulting a woman on Aug. 11.

But Bychok said he...

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Nunavut December 01, 2018 - 9:17 am

Iqaluit baby suffers “severe physical injuries,” teen father charged

"Everyone is responsible for protecting children”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A teenage boy in Iqaluit faces serious child abuse charges after a baby turned up at Qikiqtani General Hospital on Nov. 28 suffering “severe physical injuries.”

“The QGH staff attended to the infant and engaged the police and family services,” the RCMP said in a release issued early yesterday...

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Nunavik November 30, 2018 - 2:25 pm

Nunavik’s KRG councillors urge an end to labour dispute

“These are our employees. And it’s been too long now.”

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Kativik Regional Government councillors are urging the organization’s management to try to resolve a deadlock in negotiations with employees before their union makes good on plans to strike.

The Kativik Regional Government Employees Union, which oversees about 200 employees at Nunavik’s...

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Nunavik November 30, 2018 - 1:05 pm

Photo: Preparing for the show

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Around the Arctic November 30, 2018 - 12:55 pm

Ottawa to introduce child welfare bill for Inuit, First Nations, Métis

Few details available on how proposed new law would work in Nunavut and Nunavik

JANE GEORGE

Through a new family and child services bill to be introduced into Parliament early in 2019, the federal government wants to improve the way child welfare services are delivered in Indigenous communities across Canada.

That determination to end what Jane Philpott, the minister of Indigenous...

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Around the Arctic November 30, 2018 - 10:30 am

World AIDS Day, Dec. 1: Canada falls behind in diagnosing HIV

"Why are there still more than 2,000 new infections in our country every year?"

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

LAURIE EDMISTON
Executive Director
CATIE, Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information

Earlier this year, I witnessed a profound historic moment at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.

Dr. Alison Rodger, a leading HIV researcher in the United Kingdom, presented the final results...

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Nunavut November 30, 2018 - 9:30 am

Fulmars at risk in Greenland halibut gillnet fishing: new research

"Substantial enough that resulting population declines are likely"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The numbers of fulmars killed as bycatch in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait could lead to declines in the local population of these gull-sized grey-and-white seabirds.

Some 221 fulmars a year are killed by commercial fishing for Greenland halibut, also known as turbot, but even that number could be...

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Iqaluit November 30, 2018 - 8:06 am

Full day of Iqaluit traffic stops set for Dec. 1

“We still have the option to make a blood demand and there are additional officers going out for those screening purposes”

COURTNEY EDGAR

In time for the Christmas season, the RCMP will be setting up periodic and random traffic stops around the city of Iqaluit.

Dec. 1 kicks off the start of National Impaired Driving Week. Every RCMP detachment in Nunavut is required to be out that day to enforce the new impaired driving bylaws,...

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Nunavut November 30, 2018 - 8:00 am

Photo: CamBay’s elders council sworn in

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Nunavik November 29, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Nunavik transport officials pursue screening station for Hudson coast airport

“The federal government’s not going to pay for it"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Another year, and still no screening services for air passengers travelling from Puvirnituq.

The Kativik Regional Government, which manages Nunavik’s airports, has been asking the federal and provincial governments for many years to install a security screening station in Puvirnituq,...

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Nunavut November 29, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Beverly caribou herd at high risk of continued decline: management board

"Caribou herds may not last forever unless people do everything they can to help caribou now”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Beverly Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board has issued a warning, following its meeting in Winnipeg on Nov. 22: “the Beverly caribou herd is highly vulnerable and more needs to be done to address the pressures it is facing.”

This message follows the board’s vulnerability assessment for the...

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Nunavik November 29, 2018 - 1:10 pm

Photo: Traffic at sunset

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Around the Arctic November 29, 2018 - 10:26 am

National Inuit org wants first ministers’ meeting on MMIWG recommendations

"So not only the federal government … but all those other provinces and territories will see this through"

JANE GEORGE

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, representing 60,000 Inuit across Canada, is already looking ahead to the next steps as the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls prepares to deliver its final report by April 30 to the Trudeau government.

ITK President Natan Obed said he...

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Iqaluit November 29, 2018 - 9:30 am

Iqaluit cases of arson have tripled since last year: RCMP

Curfew could curb such crimes, says city councillor

COURTNEY EDGAR

In the aftermath of the Nov. 8 fire at Northmart, RCMP Staff-Sgt. Garfield Elliot says arson caused primarily by youth is a growing problem in Iqaluit.

Elliott faced questions at Tuesday’s city council meeting after presenting the RCMP’s crime statistics from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.

“Back in 2016,...

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