Kivalliq News – Feb. 17, 2021 Edition

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Losing balance in their lives Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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ᔫᓯ ᑲᓄᕐ ᑕᐃᐸᓈᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᖑᔪᓂᒃ Bruins-ᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᓇᐅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔪᖅ Fun Cup-ᒥᒃ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᕋᓱᒃᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᓯᑯᒧᑦ ᐅᑎᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᑦ ᐃᓅᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᕌᖓᓂᖅᓴᐅᓕᖅᑐᑦ.

Josie Connor Taipana of the A Division Bruins takes control of the puck during action in the Fun Cup. Returning to the ice promotes healthy life balance for youth. photo courtesy of Chad Taipana

ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᑏᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᐅᒪᔪᓐᓃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᑏᑦ ᐊᒥᒐᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᐅᕝᕕᒋᔪᒪᔭᑦ ᐊᒥᒐᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᑦ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓃᕈᓐᓇᕐᒪᑕ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᑦ Fun Cup Hᐊᑭᕕᒡᔪᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᑲᔪᓯᓂᖃᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᕕᕗᐊᕆ 5-ᒥ 7-ᒧᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᑉ ᓄᙳᐊᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᐅᔫᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᒪᕐᕉᓕᖓᔪᒃᑯᑦ Hᐊᑭᖅᑎᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᒪᖁᔭᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᑦ Hᐊᑭᒍᓐᓇᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᐃᖕᒥᓂᒃ ᐊᔪᙱᓐᓂᕆᔭᒥᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᕐᓗᑎᒃ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᕿᑎᒃᑐᓕᕆᔨ. ᑕᐃᕕᑎ ᑲᓛᒃ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ Hᐊᑭᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᒡᒎᖅ ᐃᑎᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᑦ ᖃᓂᒌᒃᑑᑎᔪᒻᒪᕆᐊᓘᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ, ᐊᑐᓂ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᑦᑎᐊᖅᖢᑎᒡᓗ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᕿᑎᑦᑎᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓯᐊᕐᕆᔭᑦᑎᐊᖅᖢᑎᒡᓗ ᐊᓇᐅᓕᒐᕐᒥᒃ ᐱᓯᒪᙱᒃᑲᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᑕᑯᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᒥᐊᓂᖅᓯᔨᐅᖃᑎᖓᑕᓗ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔭᖓ ᐊᒥᓱᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᒪᕐᕉᓕᖓᔪᒃᑯᑦ Hᐊᑭᖅᑎᑦᑎᖃᑦᑕᕈᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᐅᔫᖕᒪᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓛᑦᑎᐊᖅᖢᓂᓗ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ 2020-ᒥ Fun Cup Hᐊᑭᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᐊᕐᓂᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ Hᐊᑭᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᐅᓂᐊᓚᐅᕐᒪᑦ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᑉ ᓄᙳᐊᒍᑦ ᒫᑦᓯᒥ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ, ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅᑕᖃᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᖁᔭᓈᖅᑕᐅᓕᓚᐅᕐᒪᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑖᒻᓇᑐᐊᖑᓂᐊᓚᐅᖅᖢᓂ ᒥᑭᓐᓂᖅᓴᓄᑦ Hᐊᑭᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᑉ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ ᑲᔪᓯᓂᖃᓚᐅᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ. "Hᐊᑭᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᐊᙱᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᑖᒥ ᓯᐊᕐᕆᔮᕐᕕᒃᑖᓵᖑᔪᒥ

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ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒍᓐᓂᕈᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᓄᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ Hᐊᑭᖅᑎᖔᕐᓂᐊᓕᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋᓗᐊᒃᑲ ᓄᕕᐱᕆᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᓂᑦᑕᐃᓕᑎᑕᐅᓕᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᖕᒪᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖁᔭᓈᕆᐊᖃᓕᕐᒥᒋᑉᓗᒍ," ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑲᓛᒃ. "ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒍᓱᒃᑐᖓ Hᐊᑭᖅᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᒐᒪ ᒥᐊᓂᖅᓯᔨᐅᒐᒪ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᓂᒃ ᖁᓕᖏᓗᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᑐᖔᓂᓗ. ᐊᔪᕈᓐᓃᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᑉᓘᑉ ᓄᙳᐊᓂ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᓐᓂᖅᐹᖑᓲᖅ ᒥᐊᓂᖅᓯᔨᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᐊᔪᕈᓐᓃᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔭᖏᑦ ᐊᑐᕈᓐᓇᕌᖓᒋᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᓪᓚᑦᑖᖅᖢᓂ. "ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒍᒪᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ, ᐄ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐱᒡᒍᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦᑕᐅᖅ. ᐊᒃᓱᕈᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐱᙳᐊᓲᑯᓗᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᓇᓱᑦᑎᐊᓲᑦ ᐊᔪᙱᓐᓂᓂ ᐊᑐᖅᖢᒋᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓕᐅᖅᑐᑯᓗᖕᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᔪᒪᓐᓇᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑦ." ᐅᑭᐅᖅ ᖃᓄᕈᓘᔮᕐᓇᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᖕᒪᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑑᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᑉᓗᓂᓗ ᕿᑎᒃᑐᓕᕆᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ, ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑦᑐᒃᑰᖅᓯᒪᖕᒪᑕᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ. ᑲᓛᒃ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᒡᒎᖅ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᖏᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓱᓇᓗᒃᑖᑦ ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᖏᑦ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᑦᑎᐊᓲᑦ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᑎᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᔨᓂᒃ, ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᓂᒃ, ᒥᐊᓂᖅᓯᔨᓂᒃ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᑭᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᒥᒃ

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ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓂᓕᖕᒥᒃ – ᓄᑕᖅᑲᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᕈᔾᔭᐅᓯᒪᖃᑦᑕᕆᐊᓖᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃᑯᑦ, ᐃᑲᔫᑎᒃᑯᓪᓗ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᖅᑎᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᑎᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᑎᒃ Hᐊᑭᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᑎᒡᓗ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᖃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᕿᑎᒃᑐᓕᕆᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᖃᖃᑦᑕᕈᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓚᓐᓈᒥᓂᒃ. "ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑦᑐᖃᖃᑦᑕᕆᐊᓖᑦ. ᐱᑕᖃᖁᔨᔪᒻᒪᕆᐊᓘᓲᑦ, ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᒪᔪᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᖃᓲᑦ ᑕᒡᕘᓇ. ᓄᑕᖅᑲᕗᑦ ᓱᖏᐅᑎᕙᓪᓕᐊᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑕᑯᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᒍᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᑉᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑦᑐᓂᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐱᑕᖃᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖓᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᙱᑦᑐᖅ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂᓕ ᑕᐃᒪᐅᖕᒪᑕᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐊᓯᖏᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᑎᒃᓴᑦ ᑲᔪᓯᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᑦ. "ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑕᑯᒋᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᓯᐊᕐᕆᔮᕐᕕᑦ ᒪᑐᐃᖓᙱᑦᑐᑦ. ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᑦ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅ Hᐊᑭᖃᑦᑕᙱᑦᑐᑦ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᓂᒃ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐱᙳᐊᕈᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓂᒃ. ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᒃᑰᕈᑕᐅᓲᖅ ᓄᑕᕋᑉᑎᓐᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᙱᑦᑐᖅ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂᓕ ᖃᑕᙳᑎᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦᑕᐅᖅ. "ᖃᓄᕈᓘᔭᖅ ᑭᓇᐅᖕᒪᖔᕐᒥᒃ ᓇᓗᓕᐅᖅᑲᓕᓲᑦ, ᑭᓇᐅᓂᕆᔭᖏᑦ, ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐃᓅᑦᑎᐊᕐᓇᕈᓐᓃᕈᑕᐅᓲᖅ." bf l A Losing m4WZz 9

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Keeping spirits high

Round two of food vouchers delivered

Part of a healthy community

"You take all that away and ... it really can change their life in a very negative way." – Rankin recreation co-ordinator David Clark on the long-term effects of kids not getting to play team sports, page 9.

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Eric Anoee sends the message "Arviat strong" while getting his second shot of the Moderna vaccine against Covid19 in Arviat this past week.

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Around Kivalliq with Darrell Greer

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Vaccination clinics Kivalliq A first dose Moderna vaccination clinic against Covid19 will be held at Jonah Amitnaaq School in Baker Lake from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day. Second dose clinics of the Moderna vaccine are being held at the community hall in Rankin Inlet from Feb. 15 to 18, at Inuglak School in Whale Cove from Feb. 16 to 17, at Victor Sammurtok School in Chesterfield Inlet from Feb. 19 to 20, and at Jonah Amitnaaq School in Baker Lake from Feb. 22 to 25.

Covid cases Arviat On Feb. 15 seven new Covid-19 cases were reported, all in Arviat bringing the total active cases in the community to 18. This brings the total confirmed cases in the territory to 318, with 299 recovered as of press time. To date 6,500 Nunavummiut have received at least their first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, with clinics ongoing.

fact file Nunavut covid-19 situation as of Feb. 15 Active cases: 18 Confirmed cases: 318 Recovered cases: 299 Total persons followed: 6,689 Current persons followed: 370

Completed tests in Nunavut: 3,320 Total vaccine doses given: 6,500 Total deaths in Nunavut: 1

Source: Government of Nunavut Department of Health

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Communities keep upbeat for mental health as Covid battle continues by Darrell Greer

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Rankin Inlet/Arviat

Spirits remain as high as can be expected as the second round of the Moderna vaccine against Covid-19 makes its way across the Kivalliq region. Rankin Inlet Mayor Harry Towtongie was proud of his community using its entire initial allotment of the vaccine and expects nothing different as the vaccine's second shot is delivered to the community this week. Towtongie said once was enough for the community when Covid made its first appearance in Rankin and everyone is doing their best to keep the virus on the outside looking in. He said being in total lockdown is no fun and the number of people being vaccinated in Rankin shows how dedicated to the fight against Covid the community truly is. "At first, a lot of people were saying they weren't getting the vaccine but then they decided they were once it was actually here," said Towtongie. "A knew a lot of people who did that. Whatever the reasons why they changed their minds, we used every shot sent to us

the first time around and I expect it to be the same this week." Towtongie said the hamlet has been doing everything it can to keep spirits up during the pandemic. He said he's seen the effect the pandemic has had on people and that's a struggle that will continue until the virus has been defeated or brought under control. 'Hard on a lot of people' "This has been hard on a lot of people, especially single mothers and people who live alone through all this. "That was especially true when we were on total lockdown. We're not on lockdown anymore and it's a little different now, but I'm sure this has been difficult on many families also. "We've been out of the lockdown for awhile and it doesn't seem quite as bad right now, so I think we've been very lucky that way to only have been under total lockdown for that one time. "We had Covid here and then we got out of it. I think that had a lot to do with us believing we can deal with it by helping each other, communicating well and being vigilant in our efforts to protect each other and our community."

Towtongie said the financial support and food vouchers the community has received have gone a long way towards keeping the mood positive in Rankin. He said it feels like the hamlet did a lot to help, but that came about due to a lot of help it received from government and a lot of different organizations and associations. "We had our taste of it once and we don't want it back, so people are still doing their best to not let the coronavirus back into our town again. We had it and we don't want it anymore. Simple as that. "We've lost a bit of our identity to Covid because we're so used to a lot of stuff happening in Rankin. It never stops here. We're almost like a little place that never sleeps. "Things will get back to normal one day. And when they do, the events will come back, maybe bigger than ever, and the crowds will come back, as well. I'm sure of it." With a full lockdown continuing in Arviat, the vaccination clinics wrapped up in the community this past week with now more than 900 Arviarmiut immunPlease see Local, page 8


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ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᑦ ᓴᐃᒪᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐃᔪᑦ ᑐᒡᓕᐊᒍᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂᙶᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐊᖏᕈᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᑐᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᕈᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᒃ ᐱᖁᑎᑖᕈᑎᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕈᑎᓄᓪᓗ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᐅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑕᐅᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕆᐊᓕᖕᓄᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᖁᓇᒋᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᙱᑦᑐᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᓪᓗ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᒃᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ-19-ᒥᒃ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᓴᓇᑦᑕᐃᓕᐅᕌᓂᓵᖅᑐᒥ ᕕᕗᐊᕆ 13-ᒥ. Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖓᓂᒃ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᑦᑎᔨ ᑎᐅᕆᓐ ᕕᓕᓐ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᓂᐅᕕᕈᑎᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐱᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥᓄᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂᙶᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᑦ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᑕᖅᑭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖅᑖᖑᓚᐅᖅᑐᒃᑯᑦ ᑕᒡᕘᓇ, Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᑐᑭᖃᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓇᔭᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐃᓇᔭᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᑕᐅᑦᑎᒃᑯᐊᓘᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᓄᖑᑕᐅᑲᐅᑎᒋᖁᓇᒋᑦ. "ᐊᕕᒃᑐᓚᐅᖅᑕᖅᐳᑦ ᒪᕐᕉᓕᖓᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᑑᑎᖃᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒍ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᖕᓄᑦ." ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᕕᓕᓐ. "ᖃᑉᑎᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ, ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᐊᓗᐃᑦ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂᒃ ᑕᒡᕘᓇ, ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐃᔨᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᕈᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᑦᑎᐊᖅ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᑎᑐᑦ ᑎᓯᐱᕆᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᓴᒥᒃ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐃᓯᒪᓚᐅᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᔭᓄᐊᕆ ᕿᑎᐊᓂ. "ᐊᑐᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ $525-ᒥᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᕈᑎᒃᑯᑦ. "ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖅ ᓂᐅᕕᕈᑎᒃᓴᖅ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂᙶᓪᓚᑦᑖᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ $170 ᑎᓯᐱᕆᐅᑉ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂᒃ. ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖅᑖᓕᓚᐅᕐᒥᒐᑉᑕ ᒪᒃᐱᕐᒪᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᐃᑲᙵᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖅᑖᖅᑎᑦᑎᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᔭᓄᐊᕆᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᕕᕗᐊᕆᒥ $525-ᒥ ᐊᑐᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᔪᑦ. ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂᙶᖅᑐᖅ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᒥᖓᒍᑦ ᖃᐃᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᐃᑲᙵᑦ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᖏᓐᓂᒃ. "ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐅᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂᙶᖅᑐᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕈᑎᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖅᑖᕈᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᖏᕈᑎᒃᑯᑦ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᖏᓐᓄᑦ." ᕕᓕᓐ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃᑯᒡᒎᖅ ᐅᖃᐱᓗᒃᑐᖃᖅᓯᒪᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᑕᒪᑐᒪ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ ᖁᔭᓕᓯᒪᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᒡᒎᖅ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᓯᒪᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᓂᕿᑖᕈᑏᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑎᒻᒪᕆᐊᓘᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓚᒌᑦ ᓂᕿᖃᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᑕᐃᒪᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖓ, ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒋᔭᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐱᔨᑦᓯᕋᕋᓱᒋᐊᖃᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑕ

news in brief Agnico Eagle looking to ramp up production Kivalliq Agnico Eagle reported on Feb. 11 a quarterly net income of $205.2 million, or net income of $0.85 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2020. In the full year 2020, Agnico Eagle reported

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᖃᑉᑎᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐃᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᕈᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕈᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᑲᔫᑕᐅᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ–19-ᒥᒃ ᓴᓇᑦᑕᐃᓕᐊᕈᓯᐅᓵᖅᑐᒥ, ᕕᕗᐊᕆ 13-ᒥ.

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Members of the Rankin Inlet Fire Department delivered cash vouchers to every community household to aid food security and help in the fight against Covid-19 in Rankin Inlet this past Saturday, Feb. 13. ᐃᓄᖁᑎᒥᓂᒃ. "ᐱᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᑦ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᕈᑕᐅᓲᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐱᐅᔫᓇᓱᒋᔭᕋ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᕗᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᙱᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖁᔭᓕᓯᒪᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᑦ. "ᐅᐱᓐᓇᖅᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓕᐅᕈᑎᒋᓯᒪᔭᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐊᑑᑎᖃᕐᓂᖓ, ᐃᓱᒪᒋᑉᓗᒋᓪᓗ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᓴᓇᑦᑕᐃᓕᐅᕌᓂᒃᑐᒥ ᑐᒡᓕᐊᒍᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᐅᖕᒪᑕ. "ᑕᒫᓂ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᕗᓗᒃᑖᒥ, ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᐊᓘᔪᒍᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᕙᖓ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ

record net income of $511.6 million, or $2.12 per share. This compares with the full year 2019, when net income was $473.2 million, or $2 per share. Melissa Bradley of Agnico Eagle also reported in a press release that the Amaruq underground project has been approved. Bradley said the first gold production is expected in 2022. She said during the current estimated fiveyear mine life, approximately 500,000 ounces of gold are expected to be produced with a posi-

ᖁᔭᓕᓯᒪᔪᖓ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᓚᐅᕋᑉᑕ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᒍᓐᓇᕐᒪᑕ ᑕᒪᑐᒥᙵ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᐊᓗᖕᒥᒃ. "ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᑎᕈᒪᓕᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᒥᓄᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᑯᔪᖓ ᐅᕙᑉᑎᓐᓂᒃ, ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᖢᑕ ᑐᕌᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᒐᑉᑕ ᑕᐃᑯᙵ ᐃᓅᓯᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᑉᑎᓐᓄᑦ."

tive impact expected on overall production and costs at the Meadowbank Complex near Baker Lake in 2023 to 2026. "Additional mineral reserves may be available for mining, but will be contingent on the development of new open pit ore sources. The existing exploration portal and ramp will be used for development and production," said Bradley. "The exploration ramp is currently at a depth of approximately 340 metres below surface and, in 2021, approximately 2,421 metres of under-

bf l A Helping m4WZz 7 ground development is planned. "The mining rate is expected to start at 1,500 tonnes per day and then ramp up to 2,300 tonnes per day. During the five-year mine life, the average mining rate is expected to be approximately 2,000 tonnes per day." The mine plan includes a pre-production period with operational ramp up from the second quarter of 2021 to the third quarter of 2022. Commercial production is expected in the fourth quarter of 2022 and production is expected to continue until the end of 2026.


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One piece to a healthy puzzle

photo courtesy of Mark Wyatt

Lt. Meagan Netser, left, and firefighter Troy Innukshuk prepare their self-contained breathing apparatus during a fire department training course on donning and doffing personal protective equipment in Rankin Inlet this past week.

Fire department, ambulance service play pivotal role in community by Darrell Greer

Northern News Services

Rankin Inlet

Having a solid fire department and emergency services that people have faith in can play a definite role in the overall health of a community. Rankin Inlet fire chief Mark Wyatt said most people only see the department as being there for people when they're not healthy or in peril but, in terms of taking care of people when they are healthy, they also teach things like first aid and CPR so they can, hopefully, deal with some of the things that could happen in their family and help to increase the survival rate of those they care for. Wyatt said for the most part, his department responds as an ambulance service to people who are in distress, very sick, or who have to be taken to the airport from the health centre to be medevaced. He said a solid emergency services department does contribute to the overall mental health of a community when people know that service is there for them. "In so many communities up here it's not and I don't even know how someone in those communities gets to the health centre when they're in distress," said Wyatt. "I mean there's a lot of communities that don't have an ambulance service. They might have a guy with a vehicle who drives them to the health centre, but they don't have anybody who can actually respond to a scene and perform the necessary emergency interventions that may be necessary to help save that life before they get to the health centre. "So, from my perspective,

I think we play a real valuable role in what's going on with the health and wellness in this community. "We do 500 to 600 ambulance calls a year in Rankin and maybe 10 per cent of them border on life and death. "We've dealt with everything from gunshot wounds to the face, to cardiac arrests, a babysitter choking who survived and everything in between. We deal with it all." Wyatt said the department also deals with numerous calls to the health centre for medevacs. He said it doesn't matter the time or how miserable and cold the weather is, the department makes sure they are on the medevac plane and hopefully treated successfully in the south. "We're absolutely one piece in the puzzle to having an overall healthy community here. "A lot of people might complain about the health care here, but I find every time I go to the health centre I get someone who sits down, listens and really pays attention to what the problem could be and they seem to really work at it. "If they're seeing someone with a problem that's beyond their level of expertise, they will refer them to people who can help them and that's why people are getting medevaced out all the time. "In a small, remote community like this we're not going to have a health centre that does everything. It's just not going to be there." Wyatt said when it comes to having a healthy community here, one of the biggest pitfalls is mental health and the inability to properly treat

people. He said you have such a cyclical number of mental health professionals that come and go so often that it becomes really frustrating for anyone who has an issue. They see someone for a

month or so and then they're seeing someone new and telling the same story all over again. "It's mind-boggling that mental health is one of the biggest problems in Nunavut

and proper care for that specialty is just so lacking. "It's frustrating to me. I deal with people in my fire department all the time who have mental health issues, post traumatic stress disor-

der and all sorts of different things. "I also have people in the community who approach me because they're not getting anywhere with mental health. It's frustrating."


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Game of Covid Russian roulette anyone? Northern News Services

Your own personal belief in vaccines aside, we've reached another point in the battle against Covid-19 in this country where the mixed messages being sent by the actions of some provinces compared to the rhetoric being tossed out by the country's top medical and infectious disease experts is enough to make one's head spin. Our next-door neighbours in Manitoba are relaxing some of their restrictions and allowing a number of places to reopen just when the United Kingdom variant, B117, which is believed to be potentially more lethal and can spread up to 50 per cent faster, has been detected in the province. Newfoundland and Labrador has Sanikiluaq been hit so hard by the variants that their provincial election was changed to mail-in-voting only this past week and the deadline for mail-in voting extended to March 5. And, in Alberta, with more than 150 active cases identified and confirmed active cases of the B117 variant, and the South African variant now also confirmed to be on the go in the province, they also decided it was the right time to loosen their restrictions and allow bars and restaurants to reopen as well as workout gyms across the province. And, as hard as it is to fathom, the nation's two biggest Covid hotspots, Ontario and Quebec, have also begun rolling back their restrictions in the face of mounting pressure from their business communities. Meanwhile, health experts are decrying the moves, especially the

reopening of bars, restaurants and But what's done is done and what's other indoor shops, warning that such spent has been spent. What possible moves right now are akin to playing good are we looking to achieve by Russian roulette or a sadistic game gambling with our progress and, posof chicken with Covid and opening up sibly, opening the door for this darn for a third wave of the virus that will virus to do more damage than we're make the first two look like child's even able to imagine right now? play in comparison. And why do we create all People are, once again, these big, impressive titles getting comfortable with for people in the fields of the progress being made public health and infectious and viewing the various diseases, give them oodles vaccines against Covid-19 of money for the knowledge as being the end-all step they've absorbed during to finally ending the Covid their careers, and uber-pennightmare. That simply isn't sions to enjoy their retirethe case. Darrell ments with, when we don't We're in a position right Greer even heed what they're saynow where not only are we ing at the most important putting at risk the progof times? ress we've already made against the It's nothing short of mind boggling. virus, but opening ourselves up to a No one likes to see a business potential third wave that a good many close or people lose their jobs, but, people in this country just may not be once Covid is defeated, the businessable to make it through. es will return, or others will replace Worries and concerns about the impact on mental health and domes- them, and the job market will expand once again. tic violence that Covid-19 has had It's called capitalism or free enterupon the Canadian populace are rising daily, and a third wave worse than prise and we've all banked our futures on them to some extent. the first two combined would have To have come so far and risk it all the potential to have a catastrophic rather than staying cautious and moneffect on many already struggling to reach the light at the other end of the itoring events for a few more weeks simply doesn't make any sense. pandemic tunnel in this country. There's no doubt many are smilLook, we get it. ing where the restrictions are being Our economies across the nation have taken a big hit, businesses have eased. Let's just hope there's not a variant of this virus smiling even more closed, people have lost their livelibroadly behind them, licking its lips hoods and various levels of governments have poured countless millions over the arrogance of today's society. Food for thought. into defeating this monster.

Helping keep community spirit high Hamlet rolls out second round of federal funding through agreement with KivIA it made more sense to distribute it over a scheduled rollout as comRankin Inlet pared to making a big splash all at Every household received once and that being the end of it. another voucher good for food "We split it up into two runs items and cleaning supplies to help in hopes of having a more posifood security, and keep the com- tive effect on the community," said munity healthy and Flynn. positive during the "The fire departongoing fight against ment, which has been Covid-19 in Rankin a good partner with Inlet this past Saturthe hamlet on this day, Feb. 13. initiative, distributed Hamlet senior the vouchers to each administrative officer household this past Darren Flynn said weekend, the same the hamlet made it way it did with the known there would smaller rollout this – SAO Darren Flynn be another round of past December and vouchers from the the larger rollout this federal funding as the past month in midfirst round was being rolled out January. this past month. "Each household in the comHe said with the money the munity received $525 in vouchers municipality received through the again this time. program, hamlet council decided "The first voucher distribution by Darrell Greer

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"Each household in the community received $525 in vouchers."

was directly from the municipality for $170 back in early December. We then had funding come in later that month, and that's what we used to finance the rollout in January and February of $525 per household. "That's federal funding that came down through Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. to the Kivalliq Inuit Association. "The distribution to the households is what's considered a municipal portion to go towards food security on a funding agreement between the hamlet and the Kivalliq Inuit Association." Flynn said there have been no significant complaints about the program or its delivery that he's aware of and people in the community have been appreciative of its dispersal. He said the vouchers go a long way in helping families make ends meet during the pandemic and the

hamlet's obligation, being a public government, is to try and serve all of its residents. "Anything that's a positive step is a benefit to the community and I certainly think this has been a positive thing to help keep our community healthy and people have appreciated it. "I think it's remarkable where we have gone with this and how effectively, with the fact that this past Monday we saw the second shot of the vaccine being rolled out. "Here in Rankin Inlet, and across Nunavut for that matter, we have been exceptionally lucky. I personally am very grateful for the fact that we get the vaccine and I get to see people being given the chance to fight this monster. "Everyone wants to get back to what we considered as being normal, and I see us, as a community, taking positive steps in that direction."


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Local radio keeping spirits up Rankin, from page 2

ized against the virus. Mayor Joe Savikataaq Jr. said the community has done a wonderful job in keeping its spirits up through all that it's endured. He said the hamlet has helped out with food baskets, cleaning supplies and game packages to help keep the kids occupied while forced to stay at home, but it's the people themselves who have made all the difference in keeping Arviat positive throughout its battle with Covid-19. "Arviarmiut are very reliable, patient and persistent and they're showing that now that we're in the 90s in the number of days we've been in lockdown since the virus first found its way into our community," said Savikataaq. "No other town has gone through what we've been through and we're still going strong. "People here have made, and continue to make, tremendous sacrifices in our community by not being able to see and visit each other and that's made a huge impact on everyone mentally. "The mental stuff everyone is dealing with is just as dangerous as the virus itself." Savikataaq said there's no doubt the flow of the community has been badly affected by the lockdowns. But, he said, local radio is going above and beyond in trying to fill some of that void and keeping Arviat's sense of community is strong and vibrant. "Everyone's still being entertained by our local radio station, which has become quite the thing during our lockdowns. "And our second round of the vaccine ended this past Saturday (Feb. 13), so we should be in a much better position in two weeks from now. "You look at the delays in the south with the various vaccines and we've been very lucky to have had the access to it that we have had. "The community is holding up well and all I can say to that is that's Arviarmiut for you."


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Losing their life's balance Lack of structure, activity and inclusion can lead to unhealthy places for youth by Darrell Greer

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Rankin Inlet

The youthful Fun Cup hockey tournament was a great success during the Feb. 5-7 weekend, and the right call was made for the event to feature two divisions and give the kids a chance to compete at their own skill levels, said the Rankin Inlet recreation co-ordinator. David Clark said seeing so many close games, every kid having fun and being able to make plays with and without the puck just goes to show all the years he and the former branch referee-in-chief spent trying to convince people to start running tournaments with B divisions was the right approach and is finally working. He said the 2020 Fun Cup was scheduled to be held during the final weekend of March but, due to the pandemic, it ended up being cancelled and was the only minor hockey tournament of the year that didn't happen in Rankin. "Not getting to have their tournament in the new arena was a huge blow to the little guys and gals, and then I was going to make up that

event this past November and the lockdown happened and forced me to cancel it again," said Clark. "I have the pleasure of coaching a number of kids in the U9 group. They're all getting better and at the end of the day it's always the biggest thrill as a coach to see them take the skills they're learning and use them in games. "They're all about having fun, yes, but I have to say that's in a competitive way too. They're all working hard and doing their best and that's what you like to see. "They're not just out there for a Sunday skate. They're trying their best to win. It's called the Fun Cup for a reason, but they do have that competitive edge growing inside as they go along." It's been a crazy and trying year for recreation in Rankin, just as it has been for many locales across the country. Clark said the difference in the kids between when their programming is running and when everything stops is like night and day. He said you can talk to teachers, parents, coaches or anyone else involved – the kids need the structure of school, programmed activ-

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Hockey dads Atuat Shouldice, front, and Patrick Tagoona watch the action on the ice at the Northwestel Rankin Rock season opening hockey camp in Rankin Inlet, Oct. 22, 2020. Family support is another key piece to healthy communities that organized sport promotes.

ities and just getting together to play hockey or whatever organized sport with their friends. "They need that. They crave it, they strive for it, and they progress with it. The fact our kids have adjusted so well just goes to show how lucky we are in Rankin to be able to have not only these little events, but also our regularlyscheduled programming still

for the most part going on. "You look across Canada and a lot of rinks aren't even open. A lot of kids aren't playing hockey, or most other sports for that matter. That takes a toll on not only the kids themselves, but also their families. "They, in many ways, lose their actual identity, a part of what makes them who they are and that's just not healthy.

"I spoke with two friends in Manitoba and one of their sons, who plays in the WHL with the Brandon Wheat Kings, hasn't skated in an indoor rink since this past November. "When some of the best young hockey players in Canada aren't skating in indoor facilities, that makes me realize even more just how lucky we are in Rankin Inlet.

"You take an active, involved kid, then give them no structure all day long, no goals to achieve and nowhere to expend their energy, and it just throws their whole balance in life off. "You take all that away and give them no physical activity at all and it really can change their life in a very negative way. And maybe for a very long time."


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Having fun chasing the cup Minor hockey Feature by Various contributors Rankin Inlet

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Josie Connor Taipana of the A Division Bruins takes control of the puck during action in the Fun Cup. Returning to the ice promotes healthy life balance for youth. photo courtesy of Chad Taipana

photo courtesy of Alfred Voisey

Mikkittuq Voisey displays the B Division champion cup his team captured at the Fun Cup minor hockey championship in Rankin Inlet Feb. 7. Northern News Services

Kids in the younger age brackets iced six teams to compete in the Rankin Inlet Fun Cup championship in Rankin Inlet from Feb. 5-7.

The Penguins claimed A Division glory at the event, while the U7 Wolverines took B Division honours. For more photos please see nunavutnews.com.

photo courtesy of Kelly Lindell

Miila Lindell gets her chance to lift the A Division spoils during the Fun Cup minor hockey tourney in Rankin Inlet Feb. 7.


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