Kivalliq News - Feb. 2, 2022 Edition

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Kivalliq News Wednesday, FEBRUARY 2, 2022

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ᓴᓪᓕᕐᒥᐅᑕᑦ ᐃᓚᒌᑦ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᒥ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖁᔨᕗᑦ ᐸᓂᖓ ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᑭᖃᕋᔭᕐᓂᖓᓂ $45,000–ᓂ ᕋᐃᒪᓐ ᓂᖏᐅᑦᓯᐊᕐᒥ ᐋᑐᕚᒥ Embassy West–ᒥ

Kivalliq designer celebrates Inuit fashion with Canada Goose collaboration Victoria Kakuktinniq designed the 2022 Project Atigi By Stewart Burnett Northern News Services Rankin Inlet

She turned Canada Goose down in 2018 when the global brand wanted to work with Victoria’s Arctic Fashion on the original Project Atigi, but Rankin Inlet’s Victoria Kakuktinniq couldn’t say no this time. “I had my store in Iqaluit and couldn’t dedicate the right amount of time to the project,” said Kakuktinniq about the 2018 opportunity. “We stayed in touch and when they reached back out for this third collection, I knew I had to take it.” Canada Goose’s Project Atigi was developed to create social entrepreneurship opportunities for Inuit designers by leveraging the company’s platform to showcase Inuit craftsmanship. The proceeds from the collection go to Inuit communities through Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Kakuktinniq worked as the special guest designer for the 2022 edition of the project. She created three styles: Kakuktinniq Parka, Kakuktinniq Down Jacket and Kakuktinniq Jacket. “This collection is inspired by my upbringing and tells my story in many different ways,” said Kakuktinniq. “Just like my personal collections, the colour palette is inspired by the Northern Lights – a tribute to the night sky from my hometown of Rankin

Inlet. Colour-blocking is also featured on each of the styles, a detail I often include in my designs.” She also created the unique tattoo trim seen throughout the collection. “The tattoo trim is not only my story but the story of my culture and heritage,” said Kakuktinniq. “Inuit have a long history of traditional tattooing. The designs and their meanings vary between people and communities. This specific design represents memorable events in my life, my strength and is a tribute to my parents and daughter, who have always been so supportive.” The design process took a year and a half. Kakuktinniq enjoyed collaborating with Canada Goose and learning along the way. Her goal was to marry the traditional with modern styles. She called the project empowering. “Sewing traditional garments is an important part of life in the North, for Inuit especially,” said Kakuktinniq. “This skill has been passed down from generation to generation. We are artists, we tell our stories through our product. It’s more than just our livelihood, it’s a way of life.” And bringing those designs to the global stage helps celebrate, educate and inspire people beyond Canada, she added. Kakuktinniq was especially proud to work on this project to showcase sustainable fur. “As an Indigenous woman, I

Community ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᔭᖃᑦᑎᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓅᓯᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ Store manager loves life in the North

ᕕᒃᑐᐊᕆᐊ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒥ ᓇᑉᐸᖓᓂᓪᓗ ᓴᓇᓂᕐᒧᑦ Canada Goose–ᑯᑦ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᒥ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖅ ᐊᑎᒋᒥ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓕᐊᖏᓐᓂ .

Victoria Kakuktinniq worked for a year and a half to design Canada Goose’s new line of Project Atigi clothing. Photo courtesy of Canada Goose

strongly advocate for the use and promotion of sustainable fur,” she said. “As an Inuk, whose communities and livelihoods depend on being able to survive in harsh Arctic climates, and whose traditional way of being works in harmony with the land, and the abundance of resources that the land provides, it is imperative that I advocate for and stay true to this traditional way of being.” Asked her thoughts on the direction of the fashion industry and how

Inuit and Indigenous artists can play a role, Kakuktinniq said there is a global shift going on from “fast fashion” to sustainable fashion. “Indigenous-made clothing and accessories are typically made in a way that supports Indigenous communities, utilizes sustainable products like furs and skins, and are made by hand with recycled fabrics or more environmentally friendly materials, not en masse in factories,” she said. “I think consumers are making a

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conscious shift to slow down, shop with purpose and support businesses that uplift community and drive towards reduced environmental impacts. Indigenous brands embody that. We are gatekeepers of the land and utilize practices that have been around for hundreds and thousands of years.” Proceeds from the first and second Project Atigi collections totalled more than $165,000. Canada Goose hopes to exceed those numbers with this new one.

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ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᓴᓇᔨᐅᔪᖅ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒍᑎᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖏᓐᓂ Canada Goose–ᒥ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᕕᒃᑐᐊᕆᐊ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᓴᓇᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ 2022–ᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖅ ᐊᑎᒋᒥ Northern News Services

ᐊᖏᓚᐅᙱᓚᖅ Canada Goose–ᑯᓐᓂ 2018–ᒥ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᕈᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᕕᒃᑐᐊᕆᐊᐅᑉ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓕᐊᖏᓐᓂ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖅ ᐊᑎᒋᒥ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᖅ ᕕᒃᑐᐊᕆᐊ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᐋᒃᑳᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᓐᓇᓚᐅᙱᓚᖅ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ. “ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖓ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᕌᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖃᕈᓐᓇᓚᐅᙱᓚᖓ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᒧᑦ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ 2018–ᒥ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. “ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒌᖏᓐᓇᓚᐅᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᒪᑕ ᐆᒧᖓ ᐱᖓᔪᖓᓐᓂ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᒧᑦ, ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓚᐅᖅᐳᖓ ᐱᓕᕆᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᓐᓂ.” Canada Goose–ᑯᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖅ ᐊᑎᒋ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓂ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᔨᐅᔨᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᖏᓛᖑᔪᒥ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕆᔭᖓᓂ ᑲᒻᐸᓂᐅᑉ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᖓᓂ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᒃᑲᐅᓂᕆᔭᖏᓐᓂ. ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᖃᐃᖁᔭᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᓴᓇᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ 2022–ᒧᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᒥ. ᓴᓇᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᖓᓱᓂ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ: ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᖁᓕᑦᑕᐅᔭᖅ, ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᖁᓂᕈᕐᒥ ᔭᐃᑲᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᔭᐃᑲᖕᒥ. “ᐅᓇ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᑲᔪᖏᖅᓴᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᕈᖅᓴᓂᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑐᐊᓐᓂ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᕆᕗᖅ ᐊᒥᓱᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ. “ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᑎᑐᑦ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᕆᓯᒪᔭᓐᓂ, ᑲᓚᖓᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᑲᔪᖏᖅᓴᖅᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᖅᓴᕐᓂᓂ – ᖁᔭᓕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᓐᓄᖕᒥ ᕿᓚᖓᓐᓂ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᓐᓂ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ. ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑦᑐᓂ ᑲᓚᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᒋᕗᖅ ᐊᑐᓂ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ, ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᓚᓕᐅᔾᔨᒐᔪᒃᑕᓐᓂ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓐᓂ.” ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᕆᕗᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥ ᑲᑭᓃᕐᓂ ᓯᓂᖓᓂ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᓕᒫᖅᑐᖅ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᒥ. “ᑲᑭᓃᑦ ᓯᓂᖓ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑐᐊᕆᑐᐃᓐᓇᙱᓚᕋ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑐᐊᖑᕗᖅ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᐅᓯᑐᖃᓐᓂ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ. “ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᑯᓂᐊᓗᒃ ᐊᑐᓕᒪᓂᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᑲᑭᓃᕐᓂ. ᓴᓇᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᑭᖏᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓂ. ᐅᓇ ᑐᕌᖔᔪᖅ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᕗᖅ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒥᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓅᓯᓐᓂ, ᓴᙱᓂᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖁᔭᓕᔾᔪᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐸᓂᓐᓄᑦ, ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᖏᓐᓇᐅᔭᖅᑐᒥ.” ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓕᒫᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓇᑉᐸᖓᓂ. ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᔭᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᖓᓂ Canada Goose–ᑯᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓕᑦᑎᕙᓪᓕᐊᓪᓗᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᑐᕌᒐᕆᔭᖓ ᑲᑎᑎᕆᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᕐᒥ ᒫᓐᓇᓕᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᑕᐃᓚᐅᖅᐸᖓ ᑲᔪᖏᖅᓴᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ. “ᒥᖅᓱᕐᓂᖅ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓂ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒥ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ, ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ. “ᐅᓇ ᐊᔪᙱᓐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐱᐅᓯᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓂ ᐱᐅᓯᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦ. ᓴᓇᐅᒐᔨᕆᔨᐅᕗᒍᑦ, ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓲᖑᕗᒍᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑐᐊᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ. ᓴᓇᐅᒐᑦᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᓐᓇᐅᒪᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥ, ᐃᓅᓯᕆᕙᕗᑦ.” ᐊᒻᒪ ᓇᒃᓴᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᑯᓂᖓ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒧᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᓲᖑᕗᖅ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒍᑎᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ, ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᔪᖏᖅᓴᐃᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ, ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᐅᐱᒋᔭᖃᓗᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥ ᐆᒥᖓ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐆᒪᔪᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᒥᖅᑯᓂᑦ. “ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᖓ ᐊᕐᓇᐅᓪᓗᖓ, ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖓ

ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖁᕝᕙᖅᓴᐃᓂᕐᒥ ᐆᒪᔪᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᒥᖅᑯᓂᑦ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. “ᐃᓅᓪᓗᖓ, ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᓐᓇᐅᒪᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᒪᓕᖕᓂᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐆᒪᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᓂᒡᓚᓱᕐᔪᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᓯᓚᖓᓐᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᑦᑎᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᒥᓲᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᒃᓴᓂ ᓄᓇ ᑐᓂᓯᕙᒃᑕᖓᓐᓂ, ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓂᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓱᓖᓐᓇᕐᓗᖓ ᐆᒧᖓ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᐃᓅᓂᐅᔪᒥ.” ᐊᐱᕆᔭᐅᒐᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᔭᖏᓐᓂ ᑐᕌᖓᓂᕆᔭᖓᓂ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓕᐊᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᕐᔪᐊᖑᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᖃᐅᑎᒥᒃ, ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᓴᖑᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᕙᙶᖅᑐᒥ “ᓱᒃᑲᔪᒥ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓕᐊᖑᔪᓂ” ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓕᐊᖑᔪᓄᑦ. “ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ-ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓂᑯᓂ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓚᒋᐊᕈᑎᖏᓐᓂ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᒐᔪᒃᐳᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓂ, ᐊᑐᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᑭᓱᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᒃ ᓲᕐᓗ ᒥᖅᑯᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕿᓯᖕᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᒡᒐᒧᑦ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᑐᓂ ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᓂ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐊᕙᑎᒧᑦ ᑐᙵᓇᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᓂ, ᐊᒥᓱᐊᓘᙱᖦᖢᑎᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᓂ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. “ᐃᓱᒪᕗᖓ ᓂᐅᕕᖅᐸᒃᑐᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᒧᑦ ᓴᖑᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᓱᒃᑲᐃᒡᓕᒋᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᓂᐅᕕᕋᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓗᑎᒃ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂ ᖁᕝᕙᖅᓴᐃᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᒧᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ. ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᐃᑦ ᐆᒥᖓ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᖃᑦᑎᐊᖅᐳᖅ. ᐊᓗᓂ ᐸᖅᑭᔨᐅᕗᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᐳᒍᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑕᒫᓃᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᕼᐊᓐᓇᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᑕᐅᓴᓐ–ᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ.” ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᐊᖑᔪᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᒪᕐᕈᖓᓂᓪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖅ ᐊᑎᒋᒥ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑲᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ $165,000–ᓂ. Canada Goose ᓂᕆᐅᒃᐳᑦ ᖄᖏᐅᑎᓛᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᑯᓂᖓ ᓇᐃᓴᐅᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐆᒥᖓ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᒥ.

ᕕᒃᑐᐊᕆᐊ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᖃᐃᖁᔭᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎ ᓴᓇᔨᐅᕗᖅ Canada Goose– 2022–ᒥ ᑯᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖅ ᐊᑎᒋᒥ. Victoria Kakuktinniq is the guest designer for Canada Goose’s 2022 edition of Project Atigi. Photo courtesy of Canada Goose

Canada Goose–ᑯᑦ ᓄᑖᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖅ ᐊᑎᒋ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓕᐊᓂ ᖃᐃᖁᔭᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᐅᑉ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖓᓐᓂ ᕕᒃᑐᐊᕆᐊ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓕᐊᖏᑦ. ᒪᕆᑲ ᓯᓚ, ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ, ᐊᑐᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᖁᓕᑦᑕᐅᔭᓕᐊᖓᓂ; ᓰᓇ ᓄᕗᓕᙵ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᖁᓂᕈᕐᒥ ᔭᐃᑲᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᐃᓗ ᐋᓕᓐ ᐊᑐᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᑯᒃᑎᓐᓂᖅ ᔭᐃᑲᖕᒥ.

Marika Sila, Shina Novalinga and Willow Allen model Canada Goose’s new Project Atigi line, guest designed by Rankin Inlet’s own Victoria’s Arctic Fashion. From left to right are the Kakuktinniq Parka, Kakuktinniq Down Jacket and Kakuktinniq Jacket. Photo courtesy of Canada Goose

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fact file Nunavut COVID-19 situation as of Feb. 1 Active cases: 462 Confirmed cases: 1,820 Recovered cases: 1,353 Deaths: 5 Vaccine uptake: 32,139 first doses/ 88 per cent 25,925 second doses/ 72 per cent 11,770 third doses


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A traditional plate from Jody Pameolik shows off her cooking skills in one of the social media games hosted by the Kivalliq Mental Health and Addictions unit. Photo courtesy of Jody Pameolik

Social media games keep blues away

Arviat Social media games in Arviat have been helping residents find community during Covid restrictions this past month. The Kivalliq Mental Health and Addictions unit began the initiative, which saw outreach workers running social media games all around the region until the end of January. In the games, residents were challenged to post photos relating to different contests, such as putting kind messages in one’s window or cooking something new. Activities were planned for Arviat, Rankin Inlet, Baker Lake and Whale Cove.

Unruly passenger turns back flight

Naujaat A flight from Rankin Inlet to Naujaat was turned back due to an unruly passenger Tuesday, Jan. 25. Rankin Inlet RCMP said they learned through an investigation that a passenger was drinking hand sanitizer on board and became angry when the sanitizer was taken from him. The man “was yelling, swearing and being threatening toward staff,” states an RCMP news release. Joelie Tuktudjuk, 38, was arrested and charged with causing a disturbance, resisting arrest, failing to comply with an undertaking and for an unrelated outstanding arrest warrant. Additional charges include failing to comply with instructions of a flight crew and consuming an intoxicating liquor on board that was not served. Tuktudjuk’s bail hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Canada Post closes due to Covid-19

Rankin Inlet The Rankin Inlet post office for Canada Post was closed until further notice due to Covid-19 cleaning protocols as of Thursday, Jan. 27. “We recognize the difficulties facing residents of Rankin Inlet as we recently have had inconsistent hours of operation at the post office,” wrote Canada Post in an update on social media. “We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.” On Jan. 28, Canada Post put out a similar post, except removed “cleaning” and stated the post office was closed due to Covid-19 protocols. Kivalliq News reached out to Canada Post for comment but had not heard back by deadline. The store had reopened with limited hours Monday, Jan. 31

Ilitaqsiniq gets $250k

Breakdown by community: Naujaat: 7 Arviat: 23 Pangnirtung: 5 Baker Lake: 31 Pond Inlet: 14 Cambridge Bay: 39 Chesterfield Inlet: 2 Qikiqtarjuaq: 2 Rankin Inlet: 23 Coral Harbour: 16 Sanikiluaq: 32 Iglulik: 94 Sanirajak: 7 Iqaluit: 84 Taloyoak: 24 Kinngait: 21 Whale Cove: 7 Kugluktuk: 10

Kivalliq The Ilitaqsiniq literacy council is one of four not-forprofit organizations to receive $250,000 from the Government of Nunavut to help with programming and operations. The funding is part of $3.25 million announced by the GN Thursday, Jan. 27. Among the funding, the Department of Family Services is also providing $1 million for the Ikur’raq cabin building program.

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ᒪᓕᒐᕋᓛᖅ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᖁᔭᓈᖅᑕᐅᒍᓂ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓱᓕᑎᒍᓂ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᑕᐃᓯᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ Northern News Services

ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᖅ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓕᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᕼᐋᒻᓚᐅᔪᒥ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᑎᒧᑦ ᐃᓯᕈᓐᓇᐅᑎᖓᓂ. “ᑲᑎᒪᔩᑦ ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᓕᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᓯᖅᓯᒪᔪᑐᐊᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐃᓯᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᕼᐋᒻᓚᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓲᕐᓗ ᐊᓐᓂᑭᑕᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᕕᖕᓄᑦ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓯᐅᓪᑎᓐ ᑐᐊᕆ, ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᐅᔪᖅ ᕼᐋᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂ. ᐊᓂᒍᖅᑕᐅᑐᐊᕐᒪᑦ, ᒪᓕᒐᕋᓛᖅ ᐃᕐᙲᓐᓇᑲᐅᑎᒋ ᐊᑐᓕᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᔭᓄᐊᕆ 20–ᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᓂᕕᙵᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᕼᐋᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦ ᓯᐊᒻᒪᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᔭᓄᐊᕆ 27–ᒥ. ᐅᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᑦ 5-ᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ ᑕᑯᑎᑦᑎᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᓇᓕᖅᑲᖓᓂ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᓯᖅᓯᒪᓂᕐᒥ – ᑐᑭᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓂ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒧᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᑎᒥᑦ – ᐃᓯᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᕼᐋᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᖁᑎᖏᓐᓄᑦ, ᐃᓚᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓗᐊᓃᑦᑐᓂ, ᐱᙴᓂ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᓂᕐᓄᑦ, ᓂᕆᕕᒡᔪᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᓂ, ᐱᙳᐊᕐᓂᕐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ. ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᓯᖅᓯᒪᙱᑦᑐᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐃᓯᕈᓐᓇᖅᑎᑕᐅᔾᔮᙱᓚᑦ ᕼᐋᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᑭᓖᔭᖅᑐᖅᑐᓂ, ᑐᒃᓯᕋᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᐅᒻᒥ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᓯᐊᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒥ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᓵᙵᔭᐅᔾᔪᑎᓂ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᒥᑭᓛᖓᓂ $250–ᒥ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖑᔪᒥ ᓱᕋᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᑎᑭᐅᒪᔪᒧᑦ $750–ᒥ ᒪᕐᕈᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑎᑭᐅᒪᔪᒧᑦ $2,250–ᒥ ᐊᑐᓂ ᒪᓕᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᓱᕋᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ. ᒪᓕᒐᕋᓛᖅ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᖁᔭᓈᖅᑕᐅᒍᓂ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓱᓕᑎᒍᓂ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ–19–ᒥ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᑕᐃᓯᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ. ᑐᐊᕆ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᓱᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᒐᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ

ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ, ᕼᐋᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᓱᓕ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒪᑐᐃᖅᓯᓯᒪᙱᓚᑦ ᓱᓕ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂ. ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕙᓪᓕᐊᓕᖅᐳᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᒪᑐᐃᖅᓯᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᑦᑕᓇᙱᑦᑐᒥ, ᒪᓕᒡᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓐᓄᒍᓐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᑭᒡᓕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑐᖅᑎᑦᑎᓗᑎᒃ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᓯᖅᓯᒪᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂᑦ. ᐊᐱᕆᔭᐅᒐᒥ ᖃᓄᐃᒻᒪᑦ ᕼᐋᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐆᒥᖓ ᒪᓕᒐᕋᓛᒥ, ᑐᐊᕆ ᑭᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, “ᖃᐅᑕᒫᑦ ᑐᓴᖅᐸᒃᐳᒍᑦ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓕᐊᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑕᑯᓲᖑᕗᒍᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᖁᕝᕙᖅᓴᐃᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᓯᖅᓯᒪᓂᕐᓂ. ᑕᐃᒫᒃ ᐅᓇ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᕐᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐊᕆᔭᖓ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᖅᑕᖓᓂ.” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᓇᓱᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᑎᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒥ. ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᑦ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᕙᒌᓚᐅᕈᑎᒃ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᔭᒥᓂᑦ, ᐊᐃᑦᑐᐃᓂᖃᕋᔭᓚᐅᙱᓚᖅ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑐᐊᕆ, ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂᓗ ᓘᒃᑖᖑᙱᓐᓂᖓᓂ. ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᖅᑎᑦᑎᓇᓱᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᓕᕆᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᖏᓐᓂ ᓈᒻᒪᖕᓂᖓᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᑭᓕᐊᕐᓂᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᓇᓕᖅᑲᖓᓂ-ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᓯᖅᓯᒪᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ, ᓲᕐᓗ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᐃᑭᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖃᖓᑕᓲᒥᒃ. “ᐱᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᕗᖅ ᐆᒃᑐᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᑭᓱᑐᐃᓐᓇᒥᒃ ᐊᒑᖕᓄᑦ ᐃᒃᓯᕚᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᙱᓪᓗᓂ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑐᐊᕆ. ᑐᒃᓯᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓅᓕᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕆᔭᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᙱᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᐅᔪᒧᑦ. ᒪᐃᔭ ᕆᑦᓱᑦ ᐊᒃᓵᓂᒧᑦ ᑭᐅᓚᐅᙱᓚᖅ ᐊᐱᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓂ.

Baker Lake brings in vaccine passport

ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᖅ ᒪᓕᒃᐳᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᓕᖅᐳᖅ ᓇᓕᖅᑲᖓᓂ -ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᓯᖅᓯᒪᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᕼᐋᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᖁᑎᖏᓐᓄᑦ .

Bylaw will be in force until repealed or GN ends state of emergency By Stewart Burnett Northern News Services Baker Lake

Baker Lake has joined Arviat and Rankin Inlet in implementing a municipal vaccine passport. “Council felt it might be important to put in place that only vaccinated people can enter into public municipal places such as our arena and community centre,” said Sheldon Dorey, senior administrative officer with the hamlet. Once passed, the bylaw went into immediate effect on Jan. 20, and it was posted to the hamlet’s social media on Jan. 27. It stipulates that everyone five and older must show proof of vaccination – meaning two doses from a Covid-19 vaccine – to enter publicly accessible municipal buildings, including all events inside them, from bingo to sports, feasts, games and public meetings. Unvaccinated people will be permitted to enter the municipal office for the purpose of making a payment, applying for a permit or

receiving another program or service. Penalties include a minimum of $250 for the first offence, up to $750 for the second and up to $2,250 for each subsequent offence. The bylaw will be in force until it is repealed or the Government of Nunavut ends the Covid-19 state of emergency. Dorey noted that although the GN has relaxed some restrictions, the hamlet is still managing an outbreak and hasn’t opened its recreational facility yet. He said staff are working on how to open back up safely, adhere to capacity limits and police the vaccination requirements. Asked why the hamlet decided to implement this bylaw, Dorey replied, “Every day we hear on the news and we see in print that our Government of Nunavut is promoting vaccinations. So this is the council of Baker Lake’s idea to try and enhance what the Government of Nunavut is saying.” He said it’s an attempt to increase vaccine uptake and stop the spread of Covid-19. “If everyone took the needle to start with,

Baker Lake is following Arviat and Rankin Inlet and has now implemented proof-of-vaccination requirements to access municipal buildings. Metro creative stock according to what they’re saying, the spread wouldn’t happen,” said Dorey, noting he’s not a doctor. He added that the council is trying to be proactive and do what the members feel is correct, and it’s in line with other proof-of-vaccination requirements in the country, such as those to board a plane. “It’s better to try something than to sit on your hands and do nothing,” said Dorey. Requests for medical or human rights exemptions to the requirement must be made in writing to the senior administrative officer. Mayor Richard Aksawnee did not respond to interview requests from Kivalliq News.

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How do you square that circle? How do you square that circle? It’s easy to empathize with Sarah Netser and her family, who desperately want 80-year-old Raymond Ningeocheak back home in Coral Harbour after spending a year in Embassy West in Ottawa. And likewise, we can all understand the Government of Nunavut’s bureaucratic perspective: Ningeocheak is not medically cleared at this point, and the GN won’t fund his return home until he is. Obviously, the only way to square that circle in the long term is more in-territory supports, so that Elders can receive the treatment they need while not leaving their lifelong homes. In the meantime, perhaps this is a place where Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. or the Kivalliq Inuit Association can step up and play a distinctly non-governmental role. Of course, government money is limited, and so is that of NTI, KIA and everyone else.

The price tag of $45,000 to bring Ningeocheak home is high and poses the potential to set a precedent if other families ask for the same support in the future. It’s easy to empathize with all parties in this situation, and but few would envy any of them. Who’s up next? Victoria Kakuktinniq’s collaboration with Canada Goose for the 2022 Project Atigi made for some beautiful parkas and jackets. In Kakuktinniq’s own words, Indigenous artists and designers have a unique angle to capitalize on in the industry: sustainable and authentic fashion. Her inspiration to join the industry originally came from a Miqqut program in Rankin Inlet, show-

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ing just how valuable these opportunities are. Whose creative skill, currently hidden, is just waiting to be unearthed in one of these programs and next to make a splash on the global stage? Bets on stopping the spread? stewart Baker Lake has burnett now joined Arviat and Rankin Inlet in implementing a municipal vaccine passport. After implementing their own vaccine passports, Rankin Inlet and Arviat had the most spread of Covid-19 in the Kivalliq during the holiday wave. It begs the question, what do these passports achieve? The goal with Rankin Inlet’s passport was to allow the hamlet to increase capacity limits. That didn’t even last a month before

one case shut everything down. A fatal conceit in the vaccine passport campaign is the fact that the vaccines don’t stop the spread of Omicron. They are miracle drugs for preventing serious complications, and they’re a good idea to take for that purpose, but they don’t stop the spread. A Harvard study in early January found that two doses of vaccine do not neutralize Omicron. The U.S. Centres for Disease Control’s website on Omicron says, “CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.” What vaccine passports do rather successfully is threaten people into getting the shot, the merits of which can be debated. As always, the hamlet councils implementing these rules are trying to do the best thing they can to protect people. Their intentions are good. But good intentions don’t always make good ideas.

If it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth it


Rankin Inlet woman proud to be graduating high school this summer By Stewart Burnett Northern News Services Rankin Inlet

She had to repeat Grade 12 English three times, juggled a part-time job that kept her busy until 10:30 p.m. and had multiple mental breakdowns along the way, but Madeline Sammurtok will be graduating from Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik this summer. “My closest people around me encouraged me to keep going, so I did,” said the 20-year-old Rankin Inlet student, who was thankful for her parents’ support in her journey to finish school. “I didn’t want to upset anyone for it. My grandparents were always there for me throughout my school year. They always reminded me to go to school and finish.” Sammurtok has been working at the Quickstop for nearly six years on top of school to help pay for her daily needs and help her parents. Her manager made time for her to catch up in class, and her teacher and principal supported her with all the help she needed. She stayed in the guidance room every day from 8:30 a.m. until 4 or 5 p.m. trying to catch

up on her English, always asking for help and trying to get over the hurdle. “If it weren’t for my family, friends, teacher and principal, I wouldn’t have finished school,” said Sammurtok. Now, she’s over the moon to have received the news she would be graduating this summer. She plans to take a year to work, after which she hopes to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and go to pilot school. “My grandpa was once a pilot, so I am interested into becoming one,” she said. “My dad also talked about it to me. I want to see more things and experience more of what others do in school and what they became. I don’t want to just work, but to further my education.” For anyone else going through challenges to finish school, she suggests keeping focused on the goal and reaching out for support. “It can sometimes be challenging to go to school for some,” said Sammurtok. “But they have all their people around them to always talk. A little talk can change everything. Just be humbled up and get that diploma. Walk on that stage and see people happy and smiling!” She says all the work is worth it in the end.

Madeline Sammurtok will be graduating from Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik this summer. The journey wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. Photo courtesy of Madeline Sammurtok

Blizzard Alley living up to its name Either Covid or weather has been repeatedly shutting down the Kivalliq By Stewart Burnett Northern News Services

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One of the biggest costs for the Hamlet of Arviat is keeping roads passable after blizzards. The Nuvuk ice road loop, seen here and finished just recently, can only stay open as long as funding allows to keep clearing it. Repeated blizzards in the Kivalliq have been gumming up plans in the communities. Photo courtesy of Joe Savikataaq Jr.

The heart of the Kivalliq is called “Blizzard Alley” for a reason. Repeated blizzards this winter have shut things down almost as much as Covid-19 restrictions. “Here we go again, are you ready?” the Hamlet of Arviat posted to its social media just before the last one hit. Public works staff had been busy until midnight on the eve of Wednesday, Jan. 26’s blizzard, to try to complete the day’s schedule ahead of time in case they had to suspend services again the following day. “It’s quite common to see blizzards occur there in the wintertime,” said Sara Hoffman, climatologist with Environment Canada. Blizzard alley stretches down from Gjoa Haven and through the Kivalliq, she said. The area’s flatness and wide-open spaces allow for heavy snow to fall and strong winds from the northwest to blow it into the communities. Blizzards are defined as when visibility is

reduced to 400 metres or lower, winds are 40 km/h or higher and there are at least six hours of the reduced visibility. Technically, there is no requirement for snow to be falling for these conditions to be met, and those cases are called “blue sky blizzards,” where swirling snow on the ground lessens visibility. Environment Canada stats for Arviat between 2013 and 2020 show an average of 7.8 blizzards per year, with 17 in 2015. Stats from 2010 to 2020 show an average of seven blizzards in Baker Lake, 4.5 in Coral Harbour and 10.2 in Rankin Inlet. Outside of Arviat, the most blizzards in a year during that time frame were 14 in Baker Lake in 2014, eight in Coral Harbour in 2018 and 15 in Rankin Inlet in 2011. A moderate La Nina is in place this year, meaning more snow and colder temperatures are expected in the prairies. Hoffman said there is no strong connection to the Arctic weather from that, though. Blizzards typically peak in the shoulder seasons of winter – the beginning and end – when there are the heaviest snowfalls.

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Store manager becomes Northern advocate

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 A5

Spencer Remple using YouTube platform to make connections, educate southerners By Stewart Burnett Northern News Services Chesterfield Inlet

Spencer Remple had an opportunity to move North for work, but he could hardly find any information on some of the remote communities of the territories – and what news he did find was often negative – so he decided to document it himself. “I was a boat salesman in Edmonton,” said Remple, who is currently working as interim assistant manager with his wife and manager, Kate, at the Northern Store in Chesterfield Inlet. He got a call for a boat sale from a man in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, “way up north, more north than I ever even knew that people existed.” Getting that boat up north fascinated Remple, who suddenly had a craving to learn more and experience a whole different type of life from what he was used to after growing up in

southern Canada. And he didn’t want to just experience it as a tourist would. He was looking for a career change and, along with his wife, took a job with the North West Company as a store manager, attracted to the opportunity to fill some of the remote roles in the company. “When you’re a store manager in these remote communities, you’re really performing a service for the community,” he said. “You have an opportunity to make a difference.” Many communities have only one store, some with two, and the North West Company offers all types of essential products and services to people, making the store a valuable need in each community. “My wife and I thought, that’s a really neat thing we can be involved in. You’re all the way up here and a good store can really make your life better.” The pair started in a permanent position but recently moved to filling in for other managers when they are on vacation or medical leave.

Spencer and Kate Remple are seen here in Pond Inlet, their previous stop for the North West Company. Spencer’s YouTube channel documents his journeys in the North and advocates for southerners to expand their horizons. Photo courtesy of Spencer Remple

Spencer and Kate Remple are currently managing the Northern Store in Chesterfield Inlet. The husband-and-wife team try to encourage southerners to get to know the North and see the beauty up here. Photo courtesy of Spencer Remple

That journey brought them to Pond Inlet last year and now Chesterfield Inlet in 2022. With Remple goes his video skills and YouTube channel. Though he grew up in the south, he’s familiar with small towns and knows “there’s good everywhere you go” and thought the positive aspects of the North deserved more airtime. Now he uses his platform to show off each community he’s in, record traditional activities and help southerners get to know what the North is truly like. Plus, he gets to show how different running a small store in the North is compared to a big retail outlet in the south. His North West Company playlist on YouTube has 72 videos and growing. So now when southerners look up Chesterfield Inlet online, they will see the store, the community and it will all seem more familiar to city dwellers, he said. “There are beautiful people up here, wonderful families, good groups, support programs, people working, advancing and moving forward,” he said. For Remple, polar night in Pond Inlet was something to get used to. “You didn’t know whether it was 2 in the

afternoon or 2 in the morning,” he said, adding that the community was very friendly and welcoming. He was also fascinated to document and learn more about traditional hunting, fishing and trapping in Pond Inlet. “I’m really happy to be able to shine a light on that,” he said. “People are still living close to their traditions and living off of the land. I think that’s an important thing for people in the south to know.” Managing a store in a small community also gives him a unique opportunity to be a central figure in the community rather than a faceless retail manager, like one might be in the south. “This kind of job will bring you much more personal satisfaction and meaning when you have that ability where you can see the effect that you’re making on people,” he said. So if you see a smiling, bearded man with a camera in hand in your community, it might be Remple. He wants you to know he’d love to meet you, do interviews, go out on the land and just be part of the Northern culture, for however long he’s in town. His YouTube channel can be found under the name Spencer Remple.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022 A7

Coral Harbour family wants father back home Raymond Ningeocheak currently in Embassy West; travel, medical costs estimated at $45,000 By Stewart Burnett Northern News Services Coral Harbour

Raymond Ningeocheak’s family in Coral Harbour want him back home from the Embassy West senior living facility in Ottawa. “He’s not being well taken care of,” said daughter Sarah Netser, who adds that her 80-year-old father would benefit from being around family and having country food. Ningeocheak served as second vice-president with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. for many years and has been receiving care in Ottawa for the past year. The challenge according to Netser is that Ningeocheak’s doctor wants to see the Elder for another appointment before clearing him to leave. Without medical clearance, the Government of Nunavut won’t pay to fly Ningeocheak home. The only other option is his family signing a waiver and finding a way to cover his flights and medical needs themselves. Without knowing when her father will be able to get this next appointment, Netser wants to find any help she can to get Ningeocheak home in Coral Harbour. She planned to ask NTI and Kivalliq Inuit Association for help, estimating the costs would be upwards of $45,000. “He’s been wanting to go home for a long time,” said Netser. John Main, minister of health, stated in an email that the Government of Nunavut is unable to comment on individual cases, but explained that if a resident is medically cleared, community health staff work with the family to establish a plan of care based on community capacity and available resources. In situations where Elders or families choose to continue with repatriation against medical advice, the Home, Community, and Continuing Care division provides the individual with a waiver to sign, which outlines what was determined in the care meeting. “If the resident has not been medically cleared, the Govern-

Jolene Adjuk takes a photo with Raymond Ningeocheak. The Elder’s family is trying to get him home to Coral Harbour, but he’s not medically cleared to leave Embassy West in Ottawa. Photo courtesy of Sarah Netser ment of Nunavut is unable to pay or help the resident return,” stated Main. “The waiver confirms understanding that the individual was placed in care based on their assessed needs, which cannot be met by the community, and the choice to discharge the individual from the recommended care is against medical advice. Upon signing the waiver, the individual/family assumes responsibility for care and are responsible for arranging repatriation and providing the required care.” Main went on to emphasize that Elders are placed in out-of-territory care because the available in-territory care and support was determined to be insufficient. “Repatriation against medical advice comes with increased risk to a client’s health and well-being,” stated Main.

Making music to make a change Arviat rapper moved to Iqaluit to advance career By Stewart Burnett Northern News Services Arviat

Lutie Kaviok has been rapping for less than a year but his music already has thousands of views on social media. “What got me into making music is wanting something different in my life,” said the born-and-bred Arviat rapper, who moved to Iqaluit to increase his connections and chances to make it as an Inuk artist. “It felt like I had nothing going on in my life, so I started making lyrics and started listening to just beats. I fell in love with making music because it made me feel some type of way every time I get a song going. Music calms me down.” His favourite rappers are J. Cole, Juice WRLD, Lil Tjay and Polo G. “All of them inspire me because they came a long way to be where they are, and that’s what I’m trying to do,” he said. Kaviok’s music covers a variety of subject matter, from small-town Arctic fun in “Rather Drive a Honda” to introspective takes on personal challenges in his latest release, “Decisions.” “Suicide ain’t no way/ Losing a brother takes you away/ Never wanna have those days,” raps Kaviok on Decisions. Tracks like that play off the very different vibe of Rather Drive a Honda with his “vroom, vroom” adlibs and talking about how he would rather go 75 kilometres per hour in a Honda than 350 in a Lamborghini. At the moment, Kaviok is focusing on earning an income so he can spend more time on his music and craft rather than scraping by.

Lutie Kaviok started making music because he wanted a different life. The Arviat rapper has moved to Iqaluit to pursue more opportunities in his craft. Photo courtesy of Lutie Kaviok “My music in general is trying to inspire Inuit kids, because I know lots of kids connect with music and can’t talk about what they really feel,” he said. The Arviat rapper is living in the mo-

ment for now but hopes to inspire youth and perform on stages in the future. His music can be found under his name on all platforms, including Spotify, SoundCloud and YouTube.