Muskrat Falls protesters confront Dwight Ball, rally outside Nalcor Energy
Action wanted on potential environmental, cultural and economic impacts of Muskrat Falls
By Lukas Wall and Mark Quinn, CBC News, October 7, 2016
A handful of angry Muskrat Falls protesters gathered at a press conference with Premier Dwight Ball, MPs, and MHAs at Memorial University, after a protest outside Nalcor Energy in St. John’s Friday.
“Poisoning children is a crime, not on our watch, not our dime,” the group chanted shortly after the premier entered a room at MUN to announce funding for the university’s Battery facility. Read the rest of this entry
Arviat, Nunavut Young Adults Are Learning To Grow Their Own Produce
by Emma Prestwich, Huffington Post, May 19, 2016
Vegetables aren’t hugely popular in the northern community of Arviat.
The hamlet of just over 2,000 people on the shores of Hudson Bay has two grocery stores, and fresh food, which has to be flown in from southern Canada, is pricey.
Many vegetables, like lettuce, also don’t keep for very long, and community educator Shirley Tagalik says this makes them even less appealing.
“If you buy something and it’s wilted and goes bad the next day, [you] don’t want to waste your money,” Tagalik tells The Huffington Post Canada. Read the rest of this entry
Nunavut jail’s carving program helps inmates handle stress, build life skills
‘When I’m carving … I wish I was out there out on the land or on the floe edge’
By Jane Sponagle, CBC News, May 19, 2016
A glass and metal display case gleams under fluorescent lights. Pale and dark greens swirl through the owl, inukshuk and polar bear soapstone carvings that line the shelves.
On this Friday afternoon, shoppers are huddled around the case, inspecting the carvings. Sales seem brisk.
But this isn’t a Toronto art gallery or even an Iqaluit souvenir shop. This is the lobby of Makigiarvik, Iqaluit’s new minimum security jail. Read the rest of this entry
‘This is so powerful:’ Kitikmeot women revive traditional Inuit tattoos
Inupiat tattoo artist passes on traditional hand-poking technique to Yellowknife resident
By Juanita Taylor, CBC News, May 3, 2016
Millie Angulalik broke down in sobs after seeing herself in the mirror.
Her niece had practised her new skill flawlessly, creating an exact replica of a traditional Inuit facial tattoo on her aunt’s face.
“I feel so complete,” said Angulalik. “Like really complete. I feel like flying like a bird.” Read the rest of this entry
Labrador dam could expose hundreds of Inuit people to toxic mercury: study
by Michael Shulman, CTV News, April 18, 2016
A new study says a hydroelectric dam currently in the works in Newfoundland and Labrador could expose more than 200 Inuit people to excessive levels of methylmercury, the most toxic form of mercury.
The report was commissioned by the Nunatsiavut Government, which governs an autonomous Inuit area in the province, to look at the downstream impacts of Nalcor Energy’s 824 megawatt, Muskrat Falls’ hydroelectric dam on the lower Churchill River in Labrador.
More than 100 indigenous women in N.L. murdered or missing, meeting told
Pre-Inquiry meeting held at the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre
By Mark Quinn, CBC News, March 31, 2016
A shocking number was revealed at meeting in St. John’s Wednesday: more than 100 indigenous women and girls are estimated to have been murdered or gone missing in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“It is a big issue, and that’s the point,” said Angus Andersen, who hosted the gathering of about a dozen people at the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre. Read the rest of this entry
Nunavut hunter falls through ice, makes pants out of a fox to stay warm
Well-known carver Jimmy Iqaluq found safe Sunday near Sanikiluaq
CBC News, Feb 24, 2016
A crafty hunter from Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, made emergency pants out of a fox after he fell through ice over the weekend.
Well-known carver Jimmy Iqaluq, who is in his 70s, was hunting alone for polar bears on the southern part of the Belcher Islands Saturday when his snowmobile went through the ice. Read the rest of this entry
Treatment of Inuit in Quebec jails called ‘unacceptable’ by ombudsman
Report notes dramatic rise in number of Inuit in provincial jails, from 549 to 898 over last 6 years
CBC News, Feb 18, 2016
Quebec’s ombudsman has released a scathing report on the treatment of Inuit in the provincial justice system.
Raymonde Saint-Germain describes the conditions of people arrested and convicted as “unacceptable.”
She says the detention conditions are “below current standards” and infringe on the constitutional right to human dignity. Read the rest of this entry
Strapped, bullied and sexually assaulted at residential school, ex-student testifies
Toby Obed says former students in North West River were scared of staff
by CBC News, Oct 5, 2015
An Inuit man told a St. John’s courtroom Monday that he never felt loved at the Labrador residential school he was forced to attend, and that punishment against Inuit students was very common.
Toby Obed said students at the North West River school were also bullied and taunted but staff did nothing to protect them.
“We were scared of staff. They could do or say anything at anytime,” Obed sobbed as he testified during a class action lawsuit at Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. Read the rest of this entry
Nunavut housing crisis: ‘Dire straits’ in Igloolik
‘The waiting period is such a long time to finally get housing. I’m getting tired’
By John Van Dusen, CBC News, Sept 30, 2015
Without a roof over his head, 70-year-old Theo Kangok built his own.
Two years ago the senior gathered materials from the dump and parts from old shipping containers and built a cabin along the rocky shores of Igloolik, Nunavut.
It’s where he and his wife live in the warmer months and he says, they’re not the only ones.
The island of Igloolik is home to around 1,800 people, not enough homes and plenty of frustration. Read the rest of this entry