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Inmate who took part in riot at notorious Iqaluit jail says conditions making inmates worse

baffin-correctional-centre‘I just flipped out … sooner or later someone [else is] gonna flip out too,’ says Steven Akittirq

By Pauline Pemik, Walter Strong, CBC News, October 5, 2017

“My name is Steven Akittirq and I’ve been incarcerated since June 2014.”

On Monday, Steven Akittirq, 27, pleaded guilty in an Iqaluit courtroom to second-degree murder in the June 9, 2014, death of Glenna Attagutalukutuk, a teenage girl in Igloolik, Nunavut. A four-day sentencing hearing is scheduled to be held in the community starting on Jan. 30. Read the rest of this entry

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Supreme Court quashes seismic testing in Nunavut, but gives green light to Enbridge Line 9 pipeline

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Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Top court delivers landmark rulings on consultation process with Indigenous Peoples over energy projects

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, July 26, 2017

The Supreme Court of Canada has quashed plans for seismic testing in Nunavut, delivering a major victory to Inuit who argued they were inadequately consulted before the National Energy Board gave oil companies the green light to conduct the disruptive activity. Read the rest of this entry

Arviat, Nunavut Young Adults Are Learning To Grow Their Own Produce

o-ARVIAT-GREENHOUSE-570by 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

‘This is so powerful:’ Kitikmeot women revive traditional Inuit tattoos

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Millie Angulalik of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, got traditional Inuit facial tattoos done last week in Kugluktuk by her niece Angela Hovak Johnston. (CBC)

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

Nunavut hunter falls through ice, makes pants out of a fox to stay warm

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Jimmy Iqaluq built this igloo on a small island near Sanikiluaq to stay warm after his snowmobile fell through ice and his pants became soaked. (submitted by Jack Iqaluq)

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

Nunavut housing crisis: ‘Dire straits’ in Igloolik

Kangok and his wife Salome represent one of 102 households waiting on a social housing unit in Igloolik. More than 3,000 households in Nunavut are estimated to be homeless and waiting for social housing, according to the Nunavut Housing Corporation. (John Van Dusen/CBC)

Kangok and his wife Salome represent one of 102 households waiting on a social housing unit in Igloolik. More than 3,000 households in Nunavut are estimated to be homeless and waiting for social housing, according to the Nunavut Housing Corporation. (John Van Dusen/CBC)

‘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

Clyde River loses fight to block seismic testing

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Federal Court of Appeal denies hamlet’s request for a judicial review of permit

CBC News, Aug 18, 2015

Clyde River, Nunavut, has lost its bid to block seismic testing off its shores.

The Federal Court of Appeal has denied the Baffin Island hamlet’s request for a judicial review of a testing permit issued by the National Energy Board.

In her written decision, Justice Eleanor Dawson says the board fulfilled requirements to consult with local Inuit and that consultation doesn’t necessarily mean agreement.

She noted that efforts to ensure the tests don’t unduly harm wildlife will be ongoing. Read the rest of this entry

Michael Naglingniq argues charter rights breached by Nunavut RCMP

RCMP car logoNaglingniq testifies he was pepper-sprayed while strapped to a restraint chair

By John Van Dusen, CBC News, Aug 7, 2015

A court case pitting the testimony of three Nunavut RCMP police officers against the charter rights of a 25-year-old Iqaluit resident over missing evidence, the use of pepper spray and a restraint chair will resume in September.

Michael Naglingniq is facing charges of uttering death threats to two police officers and breach of probation after he was arrested June 17, 2013 after a night of drinking.

His defence lawyer, Tamara Fairchild, is arguing the charges should be stayed as a result of abuses to Naglingniq’s charter rights following his arrest.

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Nunavut: Seismic testing off Clyde River cancelled for 2015

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Consortium of energy companies made announcement to community this week

CBC News, May 27, 2015

Clyde River, Nunavut, is declaring victory after an energy company cancelled this summer’s plans for offshore seismic testing.

“I’m very happy about it,” said Jerry Natanine, mayor of the hamlet on Baffin Island’s east coast that strongly opposed the seismic plans.

“I’m reassured by the fact the company is willing to do what it did and go with our request.” Read the rest of this entry

Nunavut RCMP plan recruitment program for Inuit officers

Inuit RCMP Sgt Merle Carpenter. Photo: CBC News.

RCMP Sgt Merle Carpenter. Photo: CBC News.

Sergeant Merle Carpenter says RCMP last hired an Inuit officer over 8 years ago

CBC News, May 22, 2015

Nunavut RCMP are looking for more Inuit police officers, and have launched an ambitious program aimed at growing the number of Inuit in law enforcement.

Taught in Iqaluit, the Inuit Cadet Development Program is aimed at Nunavut high school graduates. The 8-month course would be taught like a boot camp, shaping students physically and mentally, while taking courses related to policing. Read the rest of this entry