Nunavut News – April 19, 2021 edition

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Iqaluit confirms first Covid cases Lockdown in place as of April 15, NIRB hearings for Mary River mine phase two suspended

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MONDAY, April 19, 2021

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Food security, environmental concerns raised at NIRB hearings Baffinland guest column: expansion plan designed to address concerns Ottawa, GN still at odds on NIHB payments

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"Some have suggested not having this type of clean fuel mandate in the ... Arctic ... is a form of environmental racism." – Andrew Dumbrille with the World Wildlife Fund believes fuel regulations in the North

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ᖃᒪᓂ'ᑐᐊᖅ ᖃᒪᓂ'ᑐᐊᒥ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖕᒧᑦ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᔭᖅᑐᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᑭᑐᒥᐊᑦ ᑐᖏᓕᐊᓂ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᒧᑦ ᑲᐴᑎᓂᒃ ᒫᑦᓯ ᓄᖑᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᓄᑦ. ᐅᒃᑯᐃᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᔭᖅᑐᕐᕕᒃ 9-ᒥ ᐅᑉᓛᒃᑯᑦ 7– ᒧᑦ ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᑉᓗᓗᒃᑖᖅ. ᑲᐱᔭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓂᒃᓴᓕᐅᕈᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐅᖃᓗᒍᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ 867793-2816, ᐋᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᓕᐊᕈᑎᒥᖕᓂᒃ ᓇᒃᓴᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᖢᐊᖅᓴᐅᑎᓪᓗ ᐊᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᖢᐊᖅᓴᐅᑎᑐᖅᐸᑕ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᖢᐊᖅᓴᐅᑎᒥᖕᓂᒃ ᓇᒃᓴᕐᓗᑎᒃ. ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓂᐊᖅᐳᓯ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᔾᔪᑎᓂᒃ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᓂᐊᖏᒻᒪᑕ ᒫᓐᓇ. please see Second, page 13

ᓯᑕᒪᖓᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᑦ ᑕᕐᕆᔭᐅᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᓂᐱᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᓪᓗ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᑯᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ

ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᓯᐊᖅ ᒫᑦᓯ 30–ᒥ, ᐱᖅᑯᕼᐃᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᕼᐊᐅᑎᓂᒃ/ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᓂ ᐃᑦᓴᕐᓂᑕᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᒐᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᓂᐱᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᓐᓇᐅᔪᒍᑦ ᐊᑎᖃᖅᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ. ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᑕᕐᕆᔭᒐᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᐊᐱᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐱᕈᖅᓴᓪᓗᑎᒃ, ᖃᓄᕐᓗ ᐊᑦᓯᖅᑐᐃᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᒥᐅᑕᐅᕙᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᓪᓗ ᑐᐱᕐᒥᐅᑕᐅᕙᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ. ᑭᖑᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᓂᐱᓕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᓐᓂᒃ, ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖃᑎᒋᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐄᕙ ᐊᔭᓕᒃ, ᐸᓯ ᐅᒥᓪᕈᐃᑦᑐᖅ, ᒥᐅᓂ ᑲᐅᑕᓗᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒦᐳ ᐃᑎᒋᒃ, ᓂᐱᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐱᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᕙᖓᑦ Spotify ᐅᕝᕙᒡᓗᓐᓃᑦ Apple, ᑕᕐᕆᔭᐅᖅᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐱᒍᒪᔪᑦ ᑕᑯᒋᐊᕈᓐᓇᖅᖢᑎᒃ PI/KHS's YouTube–ᑯᑦ. please see Fourth, page 13

ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎ ᓄᑖᒥᒃ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᓕᐅᖅᑕᒥᓂᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ

ᑏᕕᑦ F. ᐱᓕ, ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᔪᕐᓗ ᐊᔭᓕᒃ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᓂᒃ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔭᒥᓂᒃ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᖃᑕᙳᑎᒌᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᑐᑦ: ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᐃᑦ ᓱᓕᔪᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥᐅᑕᐃᑦ ᐱᓪᓗᒋᑦ The Ancestors Are Happy: True Tales ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐄᐳᕈ 22-ᒥ. ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᐃᑦ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᐃᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᕆᕙᓚᐅᖅᑕᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂᑐᖃᖅ, ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᓯᕆᕙᓚᐅᖅᑕᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔭᒃᖢᓂᓗ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ. ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᐃᖁᔭᐅᕗᑦ ᐱᓕ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖕᓂᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕋᓱᐊᖅᓯᒪᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᓕᐅᖅᑕᒥᓂ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᕈᓐᓇᖅᖢᑎᒡᓗ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ. ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐱᑕᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᕐᓂᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐅᑯᓄᖓ Crossfield Publishing ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᕐᓂᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᖕᒥᓪᓗ ᔭᓗᓇᐃᒥ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᐅᓂᐊᕆᓪᓗᑎᒃy Yellowknife BookCellar–ᒥᑦ, ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᖅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ. please see Northern, page 13

ᐊᑎᓕᐅᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᓕᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᖃᓪᓕᐊᖃᑕᐅᒍᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᐱᖔᒥ

ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᑕᖅᓯᓂᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᕆᐅᖅᓴᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᕆᐅᖅᓴᓂᕐᒧᓪᓗ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᐱᕐᙶᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᓯᐅᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᒪᐃ 3-ᒥ 7–ᒧᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ. ᑖᒃᑯᐊ 18ᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓕᒃ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᓪᓗ ᐃᓚᐅᒍᒪᔪᑦ ᑕᒪᑐᒧᖓ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᖃᔾᔪᖅᓴᓕᐅᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓗᑎᒡᓗ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔭᖕᓂᑦᒧ ᐃᖃᓪᓕᐊᕐᕕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒧᑦ ᑕᓯᕐᒧᑦ. ᐃᓚᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᒪᑐᒧᖓ ᐅᓪᓗᓄᑦ ᒪᕐᕉᖕ`ᓄᑦ ᑲᑭᕙᓕᐅᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᒍᑎᖃᕐᓗᑎᒡᓗ ᐃᖃᓪᓕᐊᖃᑕᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐅᓪᓗᓄᓪᓗ ᐱᖓᓱᓄᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᒐᓱᐊᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᑕᓯᕐᒥ, ᓄᓇᓕᖕ`ᓂᒥᐅᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᒃᓴᐅᓂᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑕᖏᑦ. ᑭᒃᑯᑐᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᒍᒪᔪᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕐᕕᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᑏᕕᑎ ᖃᐅᒪᕆᐊᒧᑦ ᐅᖄᓚᐅᑎᖓ 867-223-0414 ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ Davdeeqaumariaq@nunavutliteracy.ca. ᐃᓚᐅᒍᒪᔪᑦ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᕗᑦ ᑎᑭᓪᓗᒍ ᐄᐳᕈ 23, 5-ᒧᐊᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ. please see Sign-up, page 13

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fact file Nunavut covid-19 situation as of April 16 Active cases: 13 Confirmed cases: 408 Recovered cases: 391 Total persons followed: 7,335 Current persons followed: 148 Completed tests in Nunavut: 10,163 Total deaths: 4

Total vaccine doses given: 24,469 Confirmed cases by community Arviat: 339 (338 recovered) Whale Cove: 23 (all recovered) Rankin Inlet: 19 (all recovered) Sanikiluaq: 2 (all recovered) Iqaluit: 13 (13 active) Source: Government of Nunavut Department of Health

Covid-19 confirmed in Iqaluit Individual is an exempted worker, was in city for 13 to 14 days when Covid symptoms started by Trevor Wright and Derek Neary

Northern News Services

Iqaluit

Iqaluit entered a lockdown the morning of April 15 after a case of Covid-19 was confirmed in the Nunavut capital. During a Government of Nunavut (GN) Covid-19 update that morning, Nunavut's chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson added more details on the case: that was confirmed late the previous night, and later revealed by Canadian North to be one of its employees. As of the night of April 14 the number of possible contacts of the one confirmed case was around 10. "There were more than 10 people identified last night and contact tracing is continuing on right now, that's as of 11 o'clock or midnight last night," said Patterson, adding all identified contacts are in Iqaluit. They are not certain as to how Covid got into Iqaluit, and the individual was confirmed as an exempted worker. "The individual is currently isolating and is doing well. We have initiated immediate contact tracing within the community and are working to identify all potential high-risk contacts quickly," said Patterson. "We're not certain how it got into Iqaluit, we do know it has been publicly acknowledged that the individual is an exempted worker, but they were already here for 13 to 14 days when the symptoms started," said Patterson. "It's not certain that they brought Covid into the territory. It increases the chance that this individual actually caught Covid19 in Iqaluit, so there may be other people who have been infected." Higher risk of community spread This has a number of possible implications such as a higher risk of community transmission. "If there's risks that community transmission has already occurred when (a case has) been identified, we go straight to our most stringent public health measures and do the work to find out if there's already been community transmission," said Patterson, explaining the quick move to lockdown as of 7 a.m. April 15. He later added that dealing with Covid19 in a city the size of Iqaluit will be quite different compared to other communities that have seen cases. "It's going to be different to other communities, for a variety of reasons, there's greater potential for more spread, but there's also greater resources and ... easier access to support mechanisms and entering places to isolate. "Bottom line is we carry on with our job and stop the transmission as fast as we

ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᒥᓂᔅᑕᖓ ᓗᐊᓐ ᑯᓱᒐᖅ ᐊᔭᐅᕆᕗᖅ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐅᐃᒻᒪᖁᙱᖦᖢᓂᒋᑦ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕐᔪᐊᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᑭᓱᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂ ᓂᕿᑖᕐᕕᖕᓂᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᖕᓂ.

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Health Minister Lorne Kusugak is urging people not to panic or hoard foods and other goods from grocery stores. can," explained Patterson. Health Minister Lorne Kusugak urged people not to panic or hoard foods and other goods from grocery stores. "We have planned for this, we are ready for this and we will do everything we can to keep everyone safe and we ask in return that you do not panic. This is not the time to panic," said Kusugak. A possible exposure risk was identified through contact tracing the evening of April 15, at the Storehouse Bar and Grill from Thursday, April 8 to Wednesday, April 14 inclusive. Anyone who was there on or after April 8 are being asked to self-monitor for 14 days after their last visit to the Storehouse. People who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 are recommended to isolate and monitor for symptoms. "I encourage anyone who believes they've been in close contact with a positive individual to immediately isolate and self-monitor for symptoms," said Patterson. "If you are identified as a contact by public health, please co-operate with the contact tracing protocols." Effective 7 a.m. April 15, in Iqaluit, all non-essential businesses and government offices must close. Indoor gatherings are restricted to a household plus five for emergencies only. Outdoor gatherings are limited to five

people, all indoor gatherings are prohibited, all schools in Iqaluit will be closed for the remainder of the week and masks are mandatory in Iqaluit. "We ask residents of Iqaluit to stay home as much as possible and limit contact with other community members, including family members living in different households," added Patterson. Travelers who have departed Iqaluit on or after April 13 must immediately isolate in their home community for 14 days. Non-essential travel is highly discouraged. All other Baffin communities and Rankin Inlet businesses may remain open but must implement strict social distancing. In those communities, indoor gatherings are restricted to a household plus 15 people and outdoor gatherings are restricted to 100 people. "I ask all Iqalummiut to remain calm and maintain strict adherence to the public health measures in place," said Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq. "I am thankful that Nunavut's vaccine rollout is well underway. More than 3,400 Iqalummiut have had their first Moderna vaccine and over 2,000 have received both doses. "Now is the time to stay home as much as possible and do our part to slow any potential spread. Stay safe." As of press time April 16 an additional 12 cases had been identified in the capital.


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Pond Inlet groups raise concerns on second day of NIRB hearings Representative's questions centre around food security and environmental concerns by Trevor Wright

Northern News Services

Iqaluit/Nunavut

The Nunavut Impact Review Board's (NIRB) Baffinland phase two expansion hearings started in Iqaluit on Monday, April 12. Organizations from Pond Inlet

had a number of questions to ask during the second day of the hearing, April 13, some of which had been left unanswered by the end of the previous hearings back in January. Eric Ootoovak, chairperson for the Mittimatalik Hunters and Trappers Association (HTO) asked the

ᒐᐃᐳᕆᐅᓪ ᐱᕐᓈᑦ-ᓚᓴᐃᐅᓪ, ᐆᒪᔪᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑎᒻᒪᕆᒃ ᐃᒪᕐᒥᐅᑕᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ, ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᒪᕐᒥᐅᑕᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᖃᔅᓯᒐᓚᖕᓂ ᐊᑐᖁᔭᐅᓇᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐅᖓᓯᒃᑐᒥ ᓇᐅᑦᑎᖅᓱᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ.

Gabriel Bernard-Lacaille, senior biologist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, appearing remotely, said DFO has made a number of recommendations to Baffinland including additional remote monitoring.

Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) about current mitigation measures and proposed ones since January. "DFO had provided recommendations to Baffinland to implement additional monitoring and mitigations," said Gabriel BernardLacaille, senior biologist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. These include transit restrictions in the fall shoulder season, remote monitoring of "ship strike" to better detect potential strikes of vessels to marine mammals and remote seasonal aerial surveys. "These reports will help us better monitor these mitigation measures by providing specific information," Bernard-Lacaille added. The Hamlet of Pond Inlet also had questions on seal and food security, speaking to references provided by Baffinland in data presented. "The available data that's been presented in your references," said Frank Tester, technical adviser for the Hamlet of Pond Inlet, "deals with harvest quantities data collected from 1996 to 2001, there's nothing more recent than that. "Food security is not merely a function of the number of some species that are harvested, but changes

ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᑉ ᑐᖏᓕᖓ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐸᕐᓇᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐅᓪᓗᕆᐊᖅ (ᐅᓪᓗ) ᕼᐋᓐᓯᓐ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 12–ᒥ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᒻᐸᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᓄᑖᓂ ᐊᖏᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖅ ᒪᕐᕈᖓᓂ.

Baffinland's vicepresident of community and strategic development, Udloriak (Udlu) Hanson on April 12 said the company has made new commitments to communities that will be impacted by phase two. Trevor Wright/NNSL photos

in the population of the community of Pond Inlet." Baffinland's response to Tester's question on data collection was that they believe they can maintain the current levels of availability.

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ᓄᓇᓯᐃᑎᑦ ᐊᔪᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᒥ ᐊᐃᑉᐸᕇᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᓯᐅᑎᓂ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᐊᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᐱᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑖᒃᓯᒥ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᖅᑯᒻᒥ

ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖃᖃᑕᐅᒐᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᑐᓂᒃ ᑖᕐᓯᒥ, ᐹᓪ ᐳᕿᖅᓇᖅ ᓱᓕ ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᓲᖑᕗᖅ ᐊᖁᖦᖢᓂ. ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓕᑕᐃᓐᓇᙱᑦᑐᖅ. ᑖᒃᓯᒥ ᐊᖁᑉᐸᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓪᓗᖓᓄᑦ, ᐋᓐᑐᕉ ᐳᐊᑕᒧᑦ, ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑦ 12-ᐸᓗᖕᓄᑦ ᖄᖏᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᒥ. "ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᑦᑎᐊᖅᑕᕋ ᐊᖁᖦᖢᓂ ᑖᒃᓯᒥ. ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᑦᑎᐊᖅᑕᕋ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐃᑭᒪᔪᓄᑦ ... ᑐᓵᓪᓗᓂ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᒡᓚᖃᑎᖃᖅᖢᓂ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐳᕿᖅᓇᖅ, ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᒃᑯᑦ. ᐊᑐᖅᖢᓂ 2015 Ford F-150–ᒥ, ᐹᓪ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓕᐊᖓ ᐋᐱ ᐃᓗᓪᓕᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓚᑰᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖓᓐᓂ ᑖᒃᓯᒧᑦ ᑲᒻᐸᓂᑖᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑎᓯᐱᕆᒥ, ᐅᓇᐅᒐᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19 ᐊᒥᓱᓂ ᖃᓂᒻᒪᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ, ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓕᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖃᕋᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᓈᒻᒪᒃᑐᒥ ᐱᔪᒪᓂᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ, ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᓪᓗᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᒥ, ᓯᕙᑖᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᖓᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᓂᒡᓚᓱᖕᓂᖓ ᑲᑕᒃᑎᓪᓗᒍ -40 C–ᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑦᑎᖕᓂᖅᓴᒧᑦ. "ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᒻᒪᕆᐅᕗᖅ ... ᐊᒥᓱᓂ ᐱᐅᔪᓂ ᑐᓴᖅᐸᒃᐳᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥᐅᑕᓂ," ᐹᓪ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓪᓗᓂ ᐸᕐᓇᖕᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᒪᕐᕈᖓᓂ ᑖᒃᓯᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥ, ᑎᑭᓛᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᖓᒃᑲᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᔪᒥ. "ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᖃᓪᓚᕆᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ... ᐱᓯᒪᔪᒪᔭᕋ ᐅᓇ ᑖᒃᓯᒥ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᑯᓂᐊᓗᒃ." ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᓯᓯᒫᓂᒃᑐᑦ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᕆᔭᖓᓐᓂ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᓯᐅᑎᓂ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᑕᖅᑭᐅᑉ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᐸᓗᐊᓂ. ᑖᓐᓇᑦᑕᐅᖅ, ᐹᓪ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓂᕆᐅᒃᐳᖅ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᔪᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᑎᓂ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᕐᓄᑦ ᐳᓚᕋᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐳᓚᕋᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᒧᑦ. ᑐᓂᒃ ᑖᕐᓯ, ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓲᖑᔪᒥ 8 ᐅᓪᓛᒃᑯᑦ 11:30 ᐅᓐᓄᒐᓱᐊᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ, ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᑦᑎᕗᖅ ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓂ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ. ᑲᒻᐸᓂᐅᑉ ᐊᑎᖓ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐹᓪ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᒻᒥ ᐊᑦᑎᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ. ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓ "ᓇᓗᓇᐸᓗᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ," ᐹᓪ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐸᐃᑉᐹᓕᕆᓂᖓᓂ ᐱᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓚᐃᓴᓐᓯᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓇᓪᓕᐅᒃᑯᒫᑖᕐᓂᕐᒥ, ᐃᓚᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᓕᖕᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᒪᐃᔭ ᒪᐃᒐᓐ ᐳᐊᑕ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᐳᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᒃᑲᓐᓂᓕᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑖᒃᓯᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓂ ᑎᓴᒪᓂ ᐱᖃᓚᐅᙱᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ. "ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᒃᐳᑦ ᓄᑖᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᖅᓱᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᑦᑕᓇᙱᑦᑐᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓄᐊᕈᓐᓇᕐᒪᑕ ᕿᓚᒻᒥᐅᔪᒥ. ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓗᒍᓐᓃᖅᐳᑦ ᖃᖓᑕᓲᒃᑰᕐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᑭᖑᕙᕐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᕿᓂᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᔫᓯᐊᒥᓂᑦ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᐅᑎᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᒥᑦᑕᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᑎᑎᖅᑲᒃᑯᕕᖕᒥᓘᓐᓃᑦ," ᐳᐊᑕ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. "ᓄᓇᓕᕗᑦ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᕗᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᖓᓯᒌᒃᑑᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ. ᑖᒃᓯ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᔪᕐᓇᙱᑎᑦᑎᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᖅᐸᒃᑐᓂ ᐱᓱᒋᐊᒃᓴᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᐊᓯᖓᓐᓂ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔾᔪᑎᖃᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ." ᐱᑕᖃᙱᒃᑲᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐱᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᕐᒥ ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᒥ, ᑖᒃᓯᒧᑦ ᑲᒻᐸᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᓴᓗᒪᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᑦᑎᐊᖅᐸᖓ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᑦ ᑐᓂᓯᐊᕐᔪᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᐅᑎᓂ ᓱᓇᒃᑯᑖᓂ. ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓪᓗ ᑐᓂᓯᓚᐅᕆᕗᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓂᕐᒥ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓄᑦ, ᐹᓪ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᕆᕗᖅ.

ᐊᑕᐅᓯᖅ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕈᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᔪᒪᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᑖᒃᓯᒥ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᑭᑦᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᑕᖃᙱᓐᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᓯᐅᑎᓄᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᐅᓯᕆᔨᒥ ᓄᓇᓯᐅᒻᒥ ᐊᖅᑯᑎᒦᖏᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ. ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᒥ, CAP Enterprises ᐱᓕᕆᔪᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᐃᒃᓯᕈᑎ ᓄᓇᓯᐅᑎ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. "ᖁᔭᓕᕐᔪᐊᖅᐸᕗᑦ ᑖᒃᓯᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐊᖅᑯᒻᒦᖏᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐹᓪ. ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᒻᒥᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐋᐱᒧᑦ ᓇᓂᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᑎᖅᑎᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᒥ, ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᑐᓂᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᕿᑐᑦᑐᒐᐅᔭᕐᒥ ᓂᕿᓂᑦ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒡᕕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ. ᓂᐅᕕᓚᐅᕆᕗᑦ ᑕᖕᒫᖅᑐᖅᓯᐅᑎᒥ

ᕿᐱᖕᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥᐅᑕᒧᑦ ᐊᖑᒻᒧᑦ ᐸᖅᓴᐃᔨᐅᖃᑕᐅᔅᓲᔭᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᑭᓕᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᓇᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᐸᒃᑐᒥ. ᑐᓂᓯᓚᐅᕆᕗᑦ ᐃᑭᐊᕐᒥᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᑭᓕᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᓇᑎᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᐸᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᓈᓚᐅᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᒡᕕᐅᔪᒥ. ᐹᓪ ᐸᕐᓇᒃᑭᕗᖅ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᒥ ᐃᓐᓇᕐᓄᑦ ᐊᖑᑎᓂ ᕼᐋᑭᒥ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ. ᓂᐅᕕᕈᔾᔨᔪᒪᕗᖅ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᓂ ᑭᐊᑎᓂᑦ – ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᔾᔨᒋᐸᓗᖕᓂᐊᖅᐸᖏᑦ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᑐᕌᓐᑐ ᒪᐃᐳᓪ ᓖᕝᓂ, ᐱᐅᒋᓂᖅᐹᖏᓐᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᕼᐋᑭᒧᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᐅᔪᓄᑦ. "ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ–ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖓ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᕙᕋ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ.

ᐹᓪ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐋᐱ ᐳᕿᖅᓇᖅ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑐᓂᒃ ᑖᕐᓯᒥ ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᒥ ᑎᓯᐱᕆᒥ. ᐊᐃᑉᐸᕇᒃ ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᓯᐅᑎᓂ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᐊᒐᒃᓴᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᖅᑭᐅᑉ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᐸᓗᐊᓂ.

photo courtesy of Paul Puqiqnak

Paul and Abby Puqiqnak launched Tunik Taxi in Gjoa Haven in December. The couple added a vehicle rental business earlier this month.

Wheels down in Gjoa Haven Couple starts vehicle rental business after getting taxi service on the road by Derek Neary

Northern News Services

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Even though he's co-owner of Tunik Taxi, Paul Puqiqnak still takes some evening shifts behind the wheel. It's not new to him. He used to drive a cab for his cousin, Andrew Porter, about a dozen years ago. "I really enjoy driving the taxi. I enjoy people's company ... hearing their stories and laughs," said Puqiqnak, who holds down a government job during the day. Using a 2015 Ford F-150, Paul and his wife Abby filled a void and got their own cab company rolling in December, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, when all sorts of public health restrictions were in place. Despite the limitations, there's been sufficient demand for their service, particularly on Fridays, Saturdays and stretches when the thermometer dips to -40 C and below. "It's really running good ... we get a lot

of positive feedback from community members," Paul said, adding that they plan to add a second cab, which may arrive on sealift later this year. "There was definitely a need ... I'd like to keep this taxi business for a long time." They've already expanded their business by starting to offer a vehicle rental earlier this month. There too, Paul said he expects an increase in need as Covid vaccinations progress and business visitors and tourists once again return to the community. Tunik Taxi, which runs 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., currently employs two community members. The company's moniker is based on Paul's Inuktitut nickname. Getting the venture off the ground was "quite complicated," Paul said, referring to the paperwork for obtaining a business licence and insurance, among other mandatory filings. Mayor Megan Porter said the community is happy to have access to a taxi again after

four years without any. "People have a new sense of freedom because they can safely get around the community in a timely manner. People are no longer anxious about missing flights and trying to figure out how to get deliveries home from the airport or the post office," Porter said. "Our community is growing and is very spread out. The taxi makes travel so much easier for those who are challenged to walk and for those who don't have any other means of transportation." Although there have been no cases of Covid in Gjoa Haven, the cab company takes cleaning seriously and the Kivalliq Inuit Association chipped in with some funds to help with the purchase of sanitization supplies. The Department of Economic Development and Transportation also provided some Covid relief financial assistance, Paul noted. One challenge for some prospective taxi cab entrepreneurs in small communities is the

absence of a vehicle mechanic who can keep the car or truck on the road. In Gjoa Haven, CAP Enterprises is able to do that, and the Tunik pickup truck was recently repaired there. "We thank them so much for keeping our taxi on the road," said Paul. It's important to him and Abby to find ways to give back to the community as well, he said. They provided a box of groceries for Elders over the Christmas holidays. They purchased a camping blanket for a local man who has been a valuable search and rescue volunteer. They also donated sandwiches to volunteers at the local radio station. Paul is also planning to sponsor a Gjoa Haven senior men's hockey team. He wants to buy the players jerseys – and they will look similar to those of the Toronto Maple Leafs, his favourite NHL squad. "I'm very community-involved and I like to take part in the community as well," he said.


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ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᕗᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᒪᕐᕈᖓᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑦᑕ ᑐᓵᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᖏᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓂᕿᒃᓴᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᕙᑎᒧᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑦ (NIRB) ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ 1996–ᒥ 2001–ᒧᑦ, ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖓᓂ ᒪᕐᕈᖓᓂ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᑐᓵᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᒫᓐᓇᓕᓴᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᑕᖃᙱᓚᖅ. ᐱᒋᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓇᒡᒐᔾᔭᐅᒥ, ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 12–ᒥ. "ᓂᕿᒃᓴᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᓂᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᙱᓚᖅ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᑦ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥ ᖃᔅᓯᒐᓚᖕᓂ ᖃᔅᓯᒐᓚᖕᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᐆᒪᔪᐃᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᓐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᒃᓴᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᒪᕐᕈᖓᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓂ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓂ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑐᓵᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 13–ᒥ, ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᕿᒪᒃᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒧᑦ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥ." ᑭᐅᔭᐅᓚᐅᙱᖦᖢᑎᒃ ᐃᓱᐊᓂ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᑭᐅᓂᖓ ᑎᐊᔅᑐᕐ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᑐᓵᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᔭᓄᐊᕆᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ. ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᖓᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᑯᓂ ᐃᐊᕆᒃ ᐆᑦᑐᕙᒃ, ᐃᒃᓯᕙᐅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ "ᑕᒪᒃᑭᑦ ᐆᒪᔪᐃᑦ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᒥᑭᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗ ᐅᒃᐱᕈᓱᖕᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐋᖅᑭᐅᒪᑎᑦᑎᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᖃᖅᐳᑦ, ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᓐᓄᑦ (HTO) ᐊᐱᕆᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᑭᒡᓕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᓂᖓᓂ. ᐅᓄᙱᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᔫᔮᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᒪᕐᒥᐅᑕᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓂ (DFO) ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ "ᐅᒃᐱᕈᓱᒃᐳᒍᑦ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐆᒪᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᕈᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᐅᓂᖃᙱᑦᑐᒥ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ ᔭᓄᐊᕆᒥ. ᑕᒪᒃᑭᐅᒪᔪᒥ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᒥ." "ᐃᒪᕐᒥᐅᑕᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᑐᓂᓯᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᓂ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᓄᑦ, – ᐃᐊᕆᒃ ᐆᑦᑐᕙᒃ, ᐊᑐᖁᔭᐅᓇᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᓐᓂ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᓚᐅᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᓯᓕᖕᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᒃᓯᕙᐅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᑐᖁᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᓇᐅᑦᑎᖅᓱᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᑭᓯᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᑎᐅᔪᒥ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓘ ᒥᑭᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᒐᐃᐳᕆᐅᓪ ᑳᒧᒥᓐᔅ, ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᑦᑎᔨᒻᒪᕆᐅᔪᒥ ᐸᐸᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᕐᓈᑦ-ᓚᓴᐃᐅᓪ, ᐆᒪᔪᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᓐᓂ. ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑎᒻᒪᕆᒃ ᐃᒪᕐᒥᐅᑕᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ. "ᑐᑭᓯᐅᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᖃᔅᓯᒐᓚᖕᓂ ᐅᑯᐊ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᖓᓂ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᑕᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᔪᒥ ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᑭᐊᒃᓵᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᑉ ᐃᓚᖓᓐᓂ, ᐅᖓᓯᒃᑐᒥ ᓂᕿᒃᓴᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑳᒧᒥᓐᔅ. "ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖓ ᓇᐅᑦᑎᖅᓱᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᓂ ᐊᐳᖅᓯᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕋᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᒪᕐᕈᖓ, ᑎᑭᐅᑎᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓂᕿᑦᑎᐊᕙᖕᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᐳᖅᓯᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᓂ ᐳᐃᔨᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᖓᓯᒃᑐᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᑉ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᑐᒃᓯᕋᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓯᖅᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᓚᖓᓐᓂ ᖃᖓᑕᓲᒥ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐋᖅᑭᐅᒪᑎᑦᑎᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᕋᑦᑕ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖓᓂ "ᐅᑯᐊ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓂᐊᑦ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐆᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᒥᓲᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ." ᓇᐅᑦᑎᖅᓱᑦᑎᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᑯᓂᖓ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐆᑦᑐᕙᒃ ᐅᒃᐱᕈᓱᓗᐊᙱᓚᖅ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑐᓂᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᓂ," ᐱᑕᖃᖅᐸᒌᖅᑐᓂ ᐃᓱᒫᓗᒍᑕᐅᔪᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃ ᐱᕐᓈᑦ-ᓚᓴᐃᐅᓪ ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ. ᕼᐋᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥ ᐊᐱᖅᓱᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓇᑦᑎᕐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ "ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᓂᕿᒃᓴᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᐅᓯᕇᓐᓇᖅᑕᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᖓᓯᒃᑑᕗᑦ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᑯᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᓪᓚᕆᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ. ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᑐᖃᖏᓐᓂ, ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖅᑕᖃᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖅ "ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᔪᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᑯᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᑕᒥᓂ ᓈᒻᒪᒋᔭᐅᓕᖅᑳᕐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ. ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᔭᔅᓯᓐᓂ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᕗᕌᖕᒃ ᑎᐊᔅᑐᕐ, ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᒥ "ᐊᒃᑐᐃᓂᖃᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᖏᔪᒥ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᔪᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ, ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᔨᐅᔪᖅ ᕼᐋᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥ, "ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᖕᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥ. ᑕᒪᒃᑭᑦ ᐆᒪᔪᐃᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᖃᖅᐳᑦ, ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒍᓐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᑯᓂ ᐅᓄᙱᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᔫᔮᖅᐳᑦ ᐆᒪᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᒥ,"

ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐆᑦᑐᕙᒃ. ᓄᑖᓂ ᐊᖏᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒧᑦ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᑉ ᑐᖏᓕᖓ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐸᕐᓇᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐅᓪᓗᕆᐊᖅ (ᐅᓪᓗ) ᕼᐋᓐᓯᓐ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 12–ᒥ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᒻᐸᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᖃᔅᓯᒐᓚᖕᓂ ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥ 2-ᒥ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᐅᑕᐅᔪᒥ, ᐅᑯᐊ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥ. "ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑭᐅᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᑯᓂᖓ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑕᐅᔪᓂ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᕼᐋᓐᓯᓐ. "ᐅᑯᐊ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓂᖓ ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥ ᐊᐱᕆᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓱᒃᑲᐃᑦᑐᒥ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᓯᑲᑦᑕᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ." ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ ᑎᓴᒪᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ, ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᓯᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᓯᑲᑦᑕᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ 1.5 ᑕᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᒥ, "ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓱᒃᑲᐃᑦᑐᒥ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᕐᓂᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓇᐅᑦᑎᖅᓱᖅᖢᑕ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᒥ, ᓇᐅᑦᑎᖅᓱᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᖏᐸᓗᒃᑐᓂ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ." ᕼᐋᓐᓯᓐ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐃᓚᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐃᓂᕐᒥ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᓯᑲᑦᑕᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᕈᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᑕᖃᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᕙᑎᒧᑦ ᓱᔪᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ. ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᒋᕗᑦ ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᖏᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᔭᕋᐅᔭᒃᓴᓂ ᐊᒡᔭᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ 176–ᒥ 168–ᒧᑦ. ᐊᐅᓚᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᑦᑕᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐅᓯᑲᑦᑕᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᑉ ᐃᓚᖓᓐᓂ ᔪᓚᐃ 15–ᒥ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 31–ᒧᑦ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᕕᐱᕆ 15–ᒧᑦ "ᑐᙵᕕᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᓯᑰᑉ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᒥᑭᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᓐᓂᑦ," ᕼᐋᓐᓯᓐ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᓯᒪᓂᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᖁᒪᐃᑦᑐᓂ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᒃᓴᒥ ᑳᓐᑐᕌᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᔭᕋᐅᔭᒃᓴᓂ ᐊᒡᔭᖅᑎᐅᔪᓄᑦ. bf l A Pond Inlet m4WZz 4


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Baffin Correctional Centre to be repaired and repurposed Cost of renovations yet to be determined; new jail expected to open in early fall by Derek Neary

Northern News Services

Iqaluit

Although the new correctional centre in Iqaluit is expected to open by early fall, the Department of Justice plans to invest in repairs to the fire-damaged Baffin Correctional Centre (BCC), which will be used for a variety of other purposes. The cost of fixing BCC was still being tallied as of April 13, according to Mark Witzaney, acting director of policy and planning with the Department of Justice. The building sustained damage on March 18 when a fire started in one of the inmate units. The blaze was contained to a single room, but smoke and soot affected the rest of the facility, Witzaney stated. "We will have to make necessary repairs to the Baffin Correctional Centre to ensure safety and allow us to continue to use the building until the Aaqqigiarvik Correctional Healing Facility (ACHF)

ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᒃᐸᓪᓕᐊᕗᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᓂᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᖕᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᕕᖕᒥ ᒪᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᒫᔾᔨ 18–ᒥ ᐃᑭᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ. ᓄᑖᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᕕᖕᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᓂᕆᐅᒋᔭᐅᒐᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᒪᑐᐃᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᒃᓵᙳᓕᓵᖅᑐᒥ, ᒪᓕᒐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᖕᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᕕᖕᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᐃᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑕᐅᔪᓄᑦ.

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The Government of Nunavut is planning to make repairs to Baffin Correctional Centre following a March 18 fire. Although a new correctional centre in Iqaluit is expected to be open by early fall, the Department of Justice wants to keep BCC functioning for other purposes. is open," he said. "Once ACHF opens, a full renovation to Baffin Correctional Centre

is planned in order to use the building for a teaching kitchen, staff space, program space, office space,

dry goods storage and an Elders area." The early fall opening of the ACHF is subject to a number of factors that could change," Witzaney added. In the meantime, 60 Nunavut inmates have been transferred to facilities in the NWT, Yukon and Ontario. The RCMP is still investigating the cause of the BCC fire. "Due to the ongoing investigation we cannot comment further," said Witzaney. In late March, former NWT fire marshal Tony Noakes told Nunavut News that "the Government of Nunavut should be ashamed of its record on the safety issues at BCC." Noakes was dismissed from his job after raising concerns about deficiencies at the jail that he deemed to be hazards at the time. Those included lighting fixtures hanging by wires, out-of-date boilers, obstructed exits, improper storage of combustibles, corroded

sprinklers and heavy use of temporary plywood walls. He said that the territorial government should publicly release all BCC safety inspection reports from the past decade to document which safety issues have been rectified. Witzaney said the deficiencies noted by the former fire marshal "were all addressed shortly after he raised them over 10 years ago." He added that the Office of the Fire Marshal continues to inspect Nunavut correctional facilities and the Department of Justice and the Department of Community and Government Services "work to address any concerns and deficiencies as they are raised." Nunavut News requested a copy of the latest fire marshal's report specific to BCC. Witzaney said the territorial government cannot provide it without "vetting it first" for release under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Nunavut, Ottawa still quarrelling over non-insured health benefits GN wants federal government to take over full costs for eligible Inuit medical travel by Derek Neary

Northern News Services

Nunavut/Ottawa

An interim arrangement for the federal government to cover more of Nunavut's noninsured health benefits has not prevented a standoff over how a long-term agreement will work. The two levels of government have been at loggerheads for years over costs for medical travel among Nunavut Inuit. The Government of Nunavut has reluctantly paid the bulk of the bills while demanding that the Government of Canada take it over. After the GN received a commitment from Ottawa to cover more of the co-pay at a value of $20 million last fall, Health Minister Lorne Kusugak told his colleagues in the legislative assembly on March 16 that the GN expected the federal government to eventually assume the full burden of medical travel flights for Inuit permanently. That hasn't happened. "Canada's continued stalling shows disrespect to Nunavut's Inuit and is harmful to the long-term health of our territory and the sustainability of our growing health-care system," Kusugak said. "We have made it clear that unless full reimbursement occurs for medical travel, we will transfer the program back to the

federal government. "This matter is not going to go away. The federal government has to pull up their socks and start paying for what they are responsible for, and for far too long the Nunavut government has subsidized the federal government in the care of Inuit in Nunavut and that has to come to a stop," the minister said to a round of applause from cabinet and MLAs. He added that, as of April 1, medical travel bills involving Nunavut Inuit would be forwarded to the federal government for payment. On April 14, the Department of Health stated that it is following through on that strategy. "In the absence of an agreement, Canada will be invoiced for NIHB eligible expenses," the department stated in an email, adding that the total number of invoices and the dollar amount for the early days of April hadn't yet been calculated. Patient medical travel has not been impacted by this dispute, according to the department. Nicolas Moquin, spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada, told Nunavut News that the GN is responsible for primary health care services for Nunavummiut, including the co-ordination of medical travel. He said the Government of Canada pro-

vides transfer payments to the GN to help fund the territorial health system, and that included a contribution agreement for non-insured health benefits for Inuit residents that existed since 1999. He also noted that in 202021, the federal government provided more than $138 million in new funding to the GN for medical travel and in response to Covid-19. That's aside from $53.3 million transferred to Nunavut commun-

ities and Inuit organizations to prevent and respond to the coronavirus. Kusugak met with federal ministers on March 31 to discuss non-insured health benefits. Talks are ongoing, according to Moquin. "We are aware this is a priority issue for the Government of Nunavut, and we are committed to ensuring that Nunavummiut continue to have well-co-ordinated access to health supports they need,

including medical travel," he stated. The last Non-Insured Health Benefits Program agreement between Nunavut and Ottawa expired on March 31, 2021. Former health minister George Hickes had also raised this issue in the legislative assembly during his tenure, pointing out that the federal government only reimburses the GN for a small portion of the expense of medical flights.

"For too long, Mr. Speaker, Indigenous Services Canada has only paid for a fraction of what it costs for the GN to deliver NIHB services on its behalf," Hickes said at the time. "Delivering this program on behalf of the federal government has cost the territory hundreds of millions of dollars over the years. That is money that could have been spent on improving health care programs, services, or infrastructure here in Nunavut."


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ᐃᔨᕋᖅᑐᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᓴᐳᔾᔨᓯᒪᙱᓚᖅ ᑭᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᑦᑎᐊᒥ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᖢᓂ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ, ᐅᓇᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ. ᑐᑭᓯᓇᑦᑎᐊᓪᓗᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖅᓴᓂ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᑐᕌᖓᓪᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ, ᑕᐃᒫᒃ ᑕᐃᕙᒃᐸᕗᑦ 'ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ' ᑐᓵᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᑦ, ᐱᕚᓪᓕᕈᑕᐅᑐᐃᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓄᓇᕗᒥᐅᑕᓕᒫᓄᑦ. ᐅᓇ ᓱᓕᓗᐊᙵᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᒪᐃᑦᑐᒧᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐃᓴᕋᐃᑦᑐᒥ – ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᔪᒥ – ᑐᓵᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᓂ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖓᓂ ᒪᕐᕈᖓᓂ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᓘᔭᕐᓂ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᒥ. ᑕᐃᒫᒃ ᖁᒃᓴᓪᓚᖕᓇᒐᓚᒃᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑕ (NIRB) ᐊᖏᓚᐅᙱᓐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒻᒥᒃᑰᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᓚᕖᓴᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᒃᓯᒪᔪᓂ (NITV) ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᐱᖁᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᑐᓵᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᔭᓄᐊᕆᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕕᕈᐊᕆᒥ. ᐱᔾᔪᑎᓪᓗᐊᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒻᒥᒃᑰᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᓚᕖᓴᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᒃᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐊᐱᕆᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐆᒥᖓ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᖕᒥᐅᑕᓂ ᐊᖑᒻᒪᑎᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᑐᓴᓚᐅᙱᑕᖏᓐᓂ, ᐸᒡᕕᓵᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᖏᔪᒥ ᐃᑭᓐᓂᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᑯᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᑉ ᑯᐊᐸᒃᑯᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᓱᕋᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ. ᑐᓴᖅᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᑐᕌᖓᓂᖃᓚᐅᕆᕗᖅ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᑦᑎᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐊᒡᕕᐊᕈᑎᖃᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ, ᓲᕐᓗ ᐅᓪᓗᓕᒫᖅᓯᐅᑎᒥᒃ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ. ᓴᖅᑲᓕᐊᓯ ᑯᓄᒃ, ᓇᓂᓯᔨᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᓱᒪ ᑕᓚᕖᓴᖓᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒻᒥᒃᑰᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᓚᕖᓴᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᒃᓯᒪᔪᓂ, ᖃᐃᖁᔨᓂᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖏᓐᓂ, ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ,

"ᖃᐅᔨᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᖅᓱᖅᑎᑕᐅᙱᓚᒍᑦ. ᖃᐅᔨᔪᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᑭᓇ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᖅᓱᙱᑎᑦᑎᔪᒥᒃ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓂ." ᑲᑉᐱᐊᑦᑕᐃᑦᑐᓂ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᕿᓂᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ ᓇᓂᓯᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᖓᓐᓂ, ᐊᑕᐅᓯᖅ ᓂᕆᐅᓪᓗᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᕗᔭᐃᑦ, ᑕᒪᒃᑭᑦ ᑐᑭᓪᓚᕆᖓᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ, ᐱᔪᓐᓇᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕘᑉ ᐱᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᖓᓂ. ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᓯᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐊᔪᕐᓇᕈᑕᐅᔪᓂ, ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᒃᑲᓐᓂᐅᔭᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᓕᒫᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᕙᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᓕᒫᓂ ᓴᒃᑯᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ. ᐃᓚᓯᓗᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕈᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᖃᓂᒻᒪᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᕐᔪᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑐᓵᑎᑦᑎᓂᔨᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᐸᒃᓯᒪᓗᑎᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᖃᖅᐳᑎᑦ ᓈᒻᒪᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᖅᓯᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᔨᕋᖅᑐᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 10–ᒥ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑦ ᑭᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒻᒥᒃᑰᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᓚᕖᓴᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᒃᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᕆᔨᖓᓄᑦ ᑎᐊᔅ ᓚᐃᑕᓐᒧᑦ, ᐅᖃᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥ, "ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᔪᑦ ᓱᓕ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕆᓂᕐᒦᑉᐳᑦ, ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓂ ᑐᓵᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᔭᕇᖅᓯᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᕕᐱᕆ 2019–ᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᔭᓄᐊᕆ-ᕕᕈᐊᕆ 2021–ᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᖓᔪᖓᓐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑎᑭᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᒥ. "ᑲᑎᒪᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᑐᐊᒐᖓ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᖏᓐᓇᖅᐳᖅ, ᑲᑎᒪᔩᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕆᓂᕐᒥ, ᑲᑎᒪᔩᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᔭᖃᔾᔮᙱᓚᑦ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᒥ

ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ." ᐊᐃᑦᑖᖑᒐᓗᐊᖅ, ᐃᓱᒪᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᓱᓕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᑐᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᙱᑕᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐊᑐᕋᑦᑕ ᓴᖑᓴᕋᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᐅᒪᔪᑎᒍᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓴᐃᔮᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑦᑕᓇᔾᔭᐃᖅᓯᓯᒪᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᑎᒪᔩᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᖃᓚᐅᙱᓚᑦ ᐊᓯᔾᔩᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓇᖏᕐᓂᕆᔭᖓᓂ. ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒻᒥᒃᑰᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᓚᕖᓴᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᒃᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐱᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑐᓵᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 14–ᒥ, ᐊᐃᑦᑖᖑᒐᓗᐊᖅ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖑᓪᓗᓂ ᐅᓪᓘᓚᐅᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓᓂ, ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᐱᑕᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᒥ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᖢᓂ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖕᓂᐅᔪᓂ. "ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑎᕗᑦ ᑐᓴᕈᒪᕗᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᖓᓂ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒻᒥᒃᑰᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᓚᕖᓴᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᒃᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐃᓱᒻᒥᖅᑐᐃᔨᖓ ᓘᓯ ᑐᓗᒑᕐᔪᒃ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 14–ᒥ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓕᐊᖑᔪᒥ. "ᓇᖐᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕆᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒻᒥᒃᑰᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᓚᕖᓴᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᒃᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᓈᒻᒪᒃᓴᙲᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑕ ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕆᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑐᓵᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᔭᐅᕆᕗᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓱᒪᒃᓴᖅᓯᐅᕆᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒥᖓ ᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥᑦ." ᓇᓕᒧᑦᑐᒥ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᒃᑯᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᓇᒡᓕᒍᓱᖕᓂᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦ. ᓈᒻᒪᖕᓂᖃᙱᓚᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ, ᖃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᑦᑎᐊᖅ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᑦ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᑎᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᒪᕗᑦ.

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It's been a rough week or so, as far as information dissemination is concerned. It should be a no-brainer that more transparency and more public access to information that is meant to be public – that's why they call them 'public' hearings – can only be of benefit to all Nunavummiut. This is especially true when it comes to something as delicate and important as the hearings being held on Baffinland's proposed phase two expansion to its Mary River mine project. That's why it was something of a shock when the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) denied Nunavut Independent Television Network (NITV) the right to rebroadcast footage of previous rounds of regulatory hearings that had been held in January and February. The main reasons NITV was even asking for this permission was to help Iglulik residents catch up on information they may have missed, what with disruptions due to a major fire that saw the community's Co-op store destroyed. The broadcaster also aimed to better inform individuals who may have had other constraints on their time, like a full-time job. Zacharias Kunuk, founder of Isuma TV and board member for NITV, called

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out NIRB for its restrictions, saying, "We know we are being censored. We want to find out who is censoring us." While intrepid internet searchers can track down previous broadcasts online at Isuma's website, one would have to hope the clouds, both literal and online, are co-operative that day with Nunavut's continued spotty internet service. Because of those well-documented difficulties, it's even more imperative that every opportunity to share information that affects all Nunavummiut be harnessed. Add to that the struggles associated with pandemic restrictions severely limiting the number of people able to attend the hearings in person, and you've got a perfect storm of secrecy. On April 10, NIRB responded to NITV lawyer Tess Layton, stating, "The panel continues to be in decisionmaking, with two hearing sessions having been completed in November 2019 and January-February 2021 and the third session upcoming. "The board's policy with respect to

rebroadcast or retransmission has remained the same, that while the board is engaged in decision-making, the board will not consider requests for rebroadcast or retransmission of the proceeding associated with the assessment." It's a shame, given the fact that we are in unprecedented times where flexibility is required of us all to do our jobs and keep one another safe, that the board was unmoved to change its stance. NITV resumed broadcasting the hearings on April 14, which unfortunately was the last day they were able to go on, before a positive Covid case was identified in Iqaluit, suspending the discussions once more. "Our audience wants to hear what is happening," said NITV executive director Lucy Tulugarjuk, in an April 14 news release. "We will continue to stand up for Inuit rights to be informed. NITV continues to object to NIRB's restriction on the right to rebroadcast, which limits Inuit access to the hearings, and urges NIRB to reconsider that position." Equal access to information is the hallmark of a just and compassionate society. There's no justification for NIRB to obstruct, in any way, Nunavummiut who want to be better informed.


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Baffinland: expansion plan designed to address concerns Guest Column Brian Penney is the president and CEO of Baffinland Iron Mines Inc.

Over the past three weeks, we have met with community members in hamlets across North Baffin Island. We listened to their concerns about the proposed Mary River mine expansion and we are grateful to them for openly sharing their views on why they support, or oppose, the expansion. These conversations followed several years of consultation with communities, over hundreds of meetings about the proposed expansion. But as is often the case, things come into sharper focus the closer they get. As it is with the continuation of the NIRB hearing. We are listening. If something is important to Inuit and to communities, then it is important to Baffinland. So we are taking more steps and proposing new measures to address concerns. These new commitments are above and beyond what has already been proposed in the Inuit Certainty Agreement (ICA) and through our expansion proposal. Here is how we are responding to what we heard: Our new commitments now include more solutions to the dust issue. In addition to enclosing our secondary ore crusher and eliminating the trucking that causes dust along the tote road, we will triple dust monitoring with greater Inuit involvement. We will fund an independent third party to con-

duct an audit of all dust sources to identify what further actions the company can – and will – take to further address this important issue. We will do more to monitor wildlife. We will expand caribou monitoring with a program that will create 24 new positions for Inuit. We will also expand Arctic char monitoring with a program designed in partnership with Pond Inlet in Milne Inlet and Navy Board Inlet. Increased shipping traffic is another concern we will address. We have committed to reducing the maximum number of ships in Phase 2 to 168, rather than the previously proposed 176. Should Phase 2 be approved, shipping will be increased gradually over four years and monitoring will be conducted with Inuit to ensure that increased shipping is not causing significant impacts. We will halt any further shipping increases if monitoring shows that an environmental threshold has been exceeded, and won't resume until we have addressed the problem. In addition, we will ban the use of heavy fuel oil by ships in 2022, a full seven years before the Canadian government's requirement. We will invest more in communities and in people. We will create 26 new positions in each of Arctic Bay, Clyde River, Iglulik, and Sanirajak, and 28 new positions in Pond Inlet. Twenty of these jobs will be training roles that will be filled every six months. This will result in Baffinland hiring 40 new full-time employees per year, per community, in addition to the monitoring positions mentioned already. We will also build an office and training space in each of these five commun-

ᐳᕋᐃᔭᓐ ᐸᓂ, ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᒻᒪᕆᒃ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐ ᓯᕕᕋᔭᒃᓴᒥ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᑲᒃᕋᓂ–ᐱᖓᓱᓂ ᐅᖃᓗᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓈᓚᐅᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᒡᕕᖓᓂ ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᖕᒥ ᒫᔾᔨ 30–ᒥ.

Brian Penney, president and CEO of Baffinland Iron Mines, participated in a three-hour callin radio show in Arctic Bay on March 30. photos courtesy of Baffinland

ities and will begin a "Community Garage" pilot program, first in Sanirajak and expanding to other communities, to provide on-the-

job training opportunities while servicing the communities with automotive, snowmobile and all terrain vehicle repairs.

ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐ: ᐊᖏᔨᓕᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᑕ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᖓ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᑭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑕᐅᔪᓂ

ᐱᖓᓱᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓰᑦ ᐊᓂᒍᖅᑐᓂ, ᑲᑎᖃᑎᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥᐅᓂᒃ ᕼᐋᒻᓚᓂ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓘᑉ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓂ. ᓈᓚᓚᐅᖅᐸᕗᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑎᖏᑦ ᐱᔪᒪᔭᐅᔪᒧᑦ ᓄᓘᔭᕐᓂ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᐅᑉ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᖁᔭᒋᕙᕗᓪᓗ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᖅᑎᑦᑎᖕᒪᑕ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᔭᕐᒥᓂᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖏᓐᓂᕐᓄᓪᓗ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ. ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒌᖕᓃᑦ ᒪᓕᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᖃᔅᓯᑲᓪᓚᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ ᑐᓴᕋᓱᖕᓂᕐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᑦ, ᐅᖓᑖᓂ ᕼᐋᓐᓇᓚᐃᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᓃᑦ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᒪᔪᒧᑦ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒐᔪᒃᑲᒥ, ᑭᓱᑦ

ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᒻᒪᕆᒃ ᐳᕋᐃᔭᓐ ᐸᓂᒥ, ᑕᓕᖅᐱᖕᒥ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑦᑕ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᑐᓵᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ, ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑳᕋᑎᒃ ᒪᓕᒃᑐᒥ ᐱᖃᕐᓂᕋᐃᔪᒥ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ–19–ᒥ ᐱᖃᕐᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖃᕐᕕᖕᒥ.

Baffinland team members, including CEO Brian Penney, right, were at the NIRB public hearings in Iqaluit last week, before they were suspended following a positive Covid-19 case being identified in the capital.

ᑕᑯᔭᕐᓂᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓕᓲᖑᕗᑦ ᖃᒡᓕᕙᓪᓕᐊᓪᓗᑎᒃ. ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒃᑭᕗᖅ ᑲᔪᓯᓂᐊ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ. ᓈᓚᒃᑐᒍᑦ. ᑭᓱ ᐱᕐᔪᐊᖑᒍᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓄᓪᓗ, ᐱᕐᔪᐊᖑᒋᕗᖅ ᑕᕝᕙ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᓐᓄᑦ. ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐱᔪᒪᓪᓗᑕᓗ ᓄᑖᓂᒃ ᖃᓄᐃᒋᐊᕐᓂᕐᓂᒃ ᓵᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑕᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᓄᑖᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᓯᒪᓃᑦ ᐅᖓᑖᒎᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᔪᒪᔭᐅᓯᒪᕙᒌᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᒃᐱᕈᓱᖕᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᖏᖃᑎᒌᒍᑎᒧᑦ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᕈᒪᓂᑦᑎᓐᓄᓪᓗ ᐱᔪᒪᓇᓲᑎᒥ. ᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᖃᓄᐃᒋᐊᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᑐᓴᖅᑕᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ: ᓄᑖᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᓯᒪᔭᕗᑦ ᐱᖃᓯᐅᔾᔨᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᓱᓕᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᒃ ᖃᓄᖅᑑᕈᑎᓂᒃ ᐳᔪᓄᑦ. ᖄᖓᒍᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᒧᐊᕐᓗᒍ ᓯᖃᓕᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᑎᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᒃᑰᕈᑎᒃᑯᓪᓗ ᐅᓯᑲᖅᑕᕈᓐᓃᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᖅᑯᑎᒃᑯᑦ, ᐱᖓᓱᐃᓕᓪᓗᐊᕐᓗᒍ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᐊᖅᑕᕗᑦ ᐳᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᓪᓗ ᐃᓚᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᓗᑎᒃ. ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᓯᓚᑖᓂᑦ ᑎᒥᒥᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑕ ᐳᔫᕐᕕᓕᒫᓂᒃ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑕ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᒃᑲᓐᓂᕆᐊᓖᑦ ᑲᒻᐸᓂᒧᑦ - ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐊᕐᓗᒋᓪᓗ – ᓵᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑦ ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑎ. ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖅᓴᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᓂᕐᔪᑎᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓗᑕ. ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑕᕗᑦ ᑐᒃᑐᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓃᑦ 24ᓂᒃ ᐃᓂᖃᕐᓗᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ. ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᕐᒥᔭᕗᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕗᑦ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᓗᓂ ᑲᑐᔾᔭᐅᓗᓂ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒧᑦ ᕿᙳᐊᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᐊᑕᓗ ᓱᓪᓗᐊᓂ. ᐅᓄᖅᓯᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᓵᓐᓂᐊᕐᒥᔭᕗᑦ. ᐊᖏᖅᓯᒪᔪᒍᑦ ᐅᓄᕈᓐᓃᖅᑎᑦᑐᒪᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᓄᓛᑦ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᑉ ᒪᕐᕈᐊᓂ 168ᓄᑦ, 176ᖑᖏᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᐱᔪᒪᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᓄᑦ. ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᑉ ᒪᕐᕈᐊ ᐊᖏᖅᑕᐅᓐᓂᕈᓂ, ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᑦ ᐅᓄᖅᓯᕙᓪᓕᐊᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᐸᒡᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖅᓴᑦ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᓂᖃᓗᐊᖁᓇᒋᑦ. ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᓐᓂᐊᖅᑕᕗᑦ ᓱᓕᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓄᑦ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᓄᑦ ᐅᓯᑲᖅᑕᕐᓃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓃᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᒍᑎᒃ ᐊᕙᑎᓄᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᓕᐊᕆᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᐊᕈᑎᒃ, ᑲᔪᓯᔾᔮᓇᑎᒡᓗ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᑕᐅᒍᓂ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑎ. ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐊᑐᖁᔨᔾᔮᖏᑦᑐᒍᑦ ᑭᓂᕐᓂᖅᓴᓂᒃ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᖕᓂᒃ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᓂ 2022ᒥᑦ, 7 ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᒐᕙᒪᖏᑕ ᐱᖁᔭᖏᓐᓂᑦ. ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅᓴᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒡᓗ. ᓴᓇᓂᐊᖅᑐᒍᑦ 26ᓂᒃ ᓄᑖᓂᒃ ᐃᓂᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓂ ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᖕᒥ, ᑲᖏᖅᑐᒑᐱᖕᒥ, ᐃᒡᓗᓕᖕᒥ, ᓴᓂᕋᔭᖕᒥ 28ᓂᒡᓗ

ᓄᑖᓂᒃ ᐃᓂᓂᒃ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥ. 20 ᑖᒃᑯᓇᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᓂᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓇᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᓐᓄᒃᐸᒡᓗᑎᒃ 6 ᑕᖅᑭᑕᒫᑦ. ᑖᔅᓱᒧᖓ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᑖᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ 40 ᓄᑖᓂᒃ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᑦ, ᐊᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᑦ, ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓃᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᔭᐅᖅᑲᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᓴᓇᓂᐊᕆᓪᓗᑕᓗ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖕᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖃᕐᓗᓂ ᐊᑐᓂ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓗᒍᓗ "ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᓄᓇᒃᑰᕈᑎᓕᕆᕝᕕᒃ", ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᓴᓂᕋᔭᖕᒥ ᐊᓯᖏᓪᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᔭᐅᓕᕐᒥᓗᓂ, ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᕐᒥᓂ ᓄᓇᒃᑰᕈᑎᓂᒃ ᓯᑭᑑᓂᒃ ᑎᓴᒪᓕᖕᓂᒡᓗ ᓴᓇᕙᒡᓗᑎᒃ. ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᐊᖏᕈᓐᓇᖅᐸᕗᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂᑐᐊᖅ ᑲᑐᔾᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᕈᑏᑦ ᐱᔪᒪᔭᐅᔪᒥᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᑉ ᒪᕐᕈᐊᓄᑦ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒐᕐᓂᐅᑉ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑎᑦᑐᓐᓇᕐᒪᒋᑦ. ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖏᓪᓗᓂ, ᓯᕗᓂᕗᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᖅᐳᖅ. ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ, ᓄᓇᒃᑰᕈᑎᓂᒃ ᓅᑦᑎᔾᔪᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᓴᕕᕋᔭᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᕿᓚᒥᒨᖏᓐᓇᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖏᓪᓗ ᐊᑕᖏᓕᒫᑲᓴᒃᖢᒋᑦ ᓴᕕᕋᔭᒃᓴᓄᑦ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕖᑦ ᐊᑐᓲᖑᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᒃᑰᕈᑎᑯᑖᖕᓂᒃ ᓴᓗᒪᓂᖅᓴᐅᖕᒪᑕ, ᓱᕈᐃᖏᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᑐᖏᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓗᑎᒡᓗ. ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑦᑕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖅ ᓄᓘᔮᒃ ᓄᓇᒃᑰᕈᑎᓄᑦ ᑲᔪᓰᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᖏᒻᒪᑦ. ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒪᔪᖅ ᓱᖅᑯᐃᓇᖅᓯᑎᑦᑎᕗᖅ. ᓴᓇᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᑐᙵᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᖅᓴᒥᒃ ᑲᔪᓰᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᖅᓴᒥᒡᓗ ᐊᐅᓚᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᓵᑦᑎᓗᓂ ᐅᓄᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑎᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑐᓂᓯᔪᓐᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᓗᓂᓗ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᕈᑎᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓕᕐᓗᑕ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥ ᓴᕕᕋᔭᒃᓴᓄᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᓕᖕᓄᑦ. ᑕᐅᕗᙵᓕᒫᖅ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᕈᑏᑦ ᓱᖅᑯᐃᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖅᑎᒍᑦ, ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᖅᑎᒍᑦ, ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖅᓴᓄᑦ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᓄᑦ ᐱᐅᓂᖅᓴᓄᓪᓗ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᕈᑎᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ ᐅᓄᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᒡᒋᖅᑐᓄᑦ. ᐱᕐᔪᐊᖑᑎᒋᓪᓗᓂᑦᑕᐅᖅ, ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᒪᔪᖅ ᐱᕕᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᕗᖅ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ ᐳᔫᕈᓐᓃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᓄᑦ, ᓴᐳᑎᓗᒋᑦ ᓂᕐᔪᑏᑦ ᐊᕙᑏᓪᓗ, ᓵᓪᓗᒋᓪᓗ ᐊᑐᕆᐊᓕᖏᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑎᖏᓪᓗ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓘᑉ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ. ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᒪᔪᖅ ᓵᑦᑎᔾᔪᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᕙᐅᓛᖑᕗᖅ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑎᓄᑦ ᓵᑦᑎᓐᓃᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᒪᑐᐃᕈᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂᓗ ᑲᔪᓰᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᑯᓂᒧᑦ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᕈᑕᐅᓗᓂ ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᖕᒥ. – translation provided by Baffinland


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ᐊᑭᓯᔪᖅ: ᕆᔅᓱᑦ ᐸᐃᑕᓐ ᐅᒥᐊᙳᐊᑉ ᖃᖏᖅᑐᖓ, ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 2, 2021. ᓯᑭᑑᕋᔭᖅᖢᑕ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ, ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ .

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On the land

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ᐊᕐᓇᓚᒃ ᐊᓕᑲᓱᐊ ᑕᖅᑭᕆᒃᑐᖅ ᒫᔾᔨᒥ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂᑦ.

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WINNER: Richard Paton Iqaluit

Tarr Inlet, April 2, 2021. Out Ski-Dooing for the day near Iqaluit, NU.

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ᓇᑦᓯᓕᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖕᒧᑦ ᐸᓯᖓ ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᓂ ᐊᒡᔭᖅᓯᔪᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᓱᕈᓯᕐᓂ ᖃᒡᒋᕐᒧᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᑉ ᓯᑯᖓᓄᑦ.

Kieren Nanook Taloyoak

Netsilik School Bus in Taloyoak taking school children to the Qaggiq out on the sea ice.

Arnalak Alikaswa Full moon in March in Arviat.

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Darlene Nukik-Amaruq relaunches the popular service after a two-year hiatus by Cody Punter

Northern News Services

Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake

Baker Lake's once-popular hot meal program has returned after a two-year hiatus thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers led by Darlene Nukik-Amaruq. "I'm back into it and people are excited," Nukik-Amaruq told Kivalliq News. The meal program, which is intended for those that need help

putting food on the table, was originally spearheaded by Nukik-Amaruq in 2015. "Both my husband and I have big families on both sides, so we used to invite a lot of our nieces and nephews over for food. But there was always leftovers and I would bring some to the arena and say, 'Here, there's some leftover food.'" What started out as an impromptu gesture of kindness slowly evolved into a monthly affair. Even though

they didn't have funding, people appreciated what Nukik-Amaruq was doing, so she and her husband started offering meals twice a week. However, when two of her grandparents passed away several year ago, Nukik-Amaruq decided to take a step back from her busy schedule. "It was really hard," she said. "When my grandparents passed I kind of quit for a bit. They were really supportive of what we were doing."

ᑖᓖᓐ ᓄᑭᒃ-ᐊᒪᕈᖅ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᐳᖅ ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᒥ ᐱᐅᒋᔭᐅᕐᔪᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐆᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᓂᕆᔭᒃᓴᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ–ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓄᑦ ᓄᖅᑲᖓᓂᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ.

Earlier this year, Nukik-Amaruq started reaching out to people who might be interested in getting the program going again. Leah Nukik and Victoria Amarook both signed up as volunteers. Meanwhile, she applied for funding from Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., which has pledged $5,000 toward the program. In addition to funding, the program also gets dry goods donations from a southern-based Facebook group called Helping Our Northern Neighbours. In the past the meal program was run out of the arena. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, NukikAmaruq decided it would make more sense for people to be able to bring the meals home. In order to make sure that people

throughout town have access to the meals, Nukik-Amaruq will be using three vehicles stationed throughout town as delivery stations. The program used to feed 30 to 40 people a week but now NukikAmaruq is planning to prepare between 60 and 100 containers. She expected more people would show up because they can pick up the food and eat at home. "It's once a month so we might as well go full out," she said. "I'm expecting a lot of people to show up." Ahead of her first weekend running the meal program. NukikAmaruq said she was excited about prepping the food for the community. "I'm used to cooking up a big storm – like for an army – because we have visitors every day."

ᐱᒋᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᑐᙵᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓱᒃᑲᐃᑦᑐᒥ ᓴᖑᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᖅᑭᑕᒫᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᖅ ᓂᕆᑎᑦᑎᕙᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ 30–ᓂ 40–ᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᑕᒫᒥ ᕿᓯᐊᓂ ᒫᓐᓇ ᑖᓖᓐ ᓄᑭᒃ-ᐊᒪᕈᖅ ᐸᕐᓇᒃᐸᓪᓕᐊᕗᖅ ᕿᑎᐊᓂ 60–ᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ 100 ᐴᖑᔪᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᐃᔪᓐᓇᕋᔭᖅᑕᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖓᓂ ᓂᕆᓗᑎᒃ.

photos courtesy of Darlene Nukik-Amaruq

Darlene Nukik-Amaruq is relaunching Baker Lake's popular hot meal program after a two-year hiatus.

What started out as an impromptu gesture of kindness slowly evolved into a monthly affair. The program used to feed 30 to 40 people a week but now Darlene Nukik-Amaruq is planning to prepare between 60 and 100 containers that people can pick up and eat at home.


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'We know we are being censored' NITV ordered not to rebroadcast NIRB hearings ᓴᖅᑲᓕᐊᓯ ᑯᓄᒃ, ᐃᒃᓯᕚᖃᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒻᒥᒃᑰᖅᑐᓂ ᑕᓚᕖᓴᒥ ᑲᓱᖃᑎᒌᒃᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ, ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᒃᐳᖅ ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑕ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐊᖓᓂ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᙱᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᐱᖁᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᑐᓵᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ.

by Trevor Wright

Northern News Services

Nunavut

On April 9, Iglulik's Nunavut Independent Television (NITV) board of directors agreed to obey the Nunavut Impact Review Board's (NIRB) April 6 order not to rebroadcast, without the board's prior written consent, the NIRB public hearings on Baffinland's Mary River phase two expansion proposal. "We know we are being censored. We want to find out who is censoring us," said NITV board member Zacharias Kunuk, on behalf of the board. "It's not the Inuit way to be confrontational." The last round of hearings were broadcast live by Uvagut TV from Jan. 25 to Feb. 6. On April 8, Uvagut TV offered to broadcast live, with advance permission to later rebroadcast, the April 12 to 21 hearings, which followed the same practices the broadcaster had arranged with NIRB since Nov. 2019, according to NITV. On April 10, NIRB responded image courtesy of Isuma TV to NITV lawyer Tess Layton, Zacharias Kunuk, who sits on the board of directors with the Nunavut Independent Television Network, stating, "The panel continues to feels the broadcaster is being censored by the Nunavut Impact Review Board's decision to not allow be in decision-making, with two hearing sessions having been previous Baffinland regulatory hearings to be shown again at this time.

completed in November 2019 and January-February 2021 and the third session upcoming. "The board's policy with respect to rebroadcast or retransmission has remained the same, that while the board is engaged in decision-making, the board will not consider requests for rebroadcast or retransmission of the proceeding associated with the assessment." Previous broadcasts of NIRB Baffinland hearings can be viewed online at isuma.tv under NIRB. An open letter from the NITV board states, "NIRB now seeks to limit wider access to information by community members by prohibiting reasonable and necessary rebroadcast of public hearings that impact the future of all Inuit." Among its reasons for wanting to rebroadcast the hearings, NITV cited convenience for Inuit to tune in during the evening after working during the day, and the Co-op fire in Iglulik, which knocked out local cable for a period and inhibited residents there from watching the previous airings of the hearings.

Ottawa police find no criminal actions by RCMP in fatal Clyde River shooting Ten civilians and three police officers involved in incident were interviewed by Derek Neary

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Kangiqtugaapik/Clyde River

An investigation of RCMP conduct during the fatal shooting of a Clyde River man on May 5, 2020 has found that officers involved did not break the law, Ottawa Police Service announced Friday. The incident resulted in the death of Abraham Moses Natanine, 31. Ottawa Police Service (OPS) sent four

investigators to Clyde River to look into the series of events that led to the deadly confrontation at a residence. Police responded that day after receiving a call about a domestic disturbance. The investigators interviewed 10 civilians and three police officers involved in the encounter, which Nunavut RCMP referred to as a "use of force situation." "OPS concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer com-

mitted a criminal offence in connection with his death," the Ontario police force stated in a news release, adding that it will not comment further on the matter. OPS has a memorandum of understanding with Nunavut RCMP and the territorial government to conduct independent external investigations in instances of major police incidents involving members of the RCMP. Brian Sauvé, president of the National Police Federation, said taking a life is an

"absolute last resort" for officers, and that any death during a police response is tragic. "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Abraham Moses Natanine, also with the members involved," Sauvé stated. "That said, our members have a responsibility to uphold the law and to protect the public and themselves ... We thank our members for putting their lives on the line whenever they are called to do so, and for carrying out their duties professionally and appropriately."


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$6.5 million in federal funds move wind project forward Sanikiluaq A one megawatt wind project that is expected to offset more than half of Sanikiluaq's use of diesel for electricity is now backed by $6.5 million in funding through Natural Resources Canada. Ten wind turbines, each capable of generating 100 kW of energy, and 800 kWh of battery energy storage are anticipated to provide more than 4 GWh per year of clean energy for the community of close to 900 residents. Formally known as the Sanikiluaq High Displacement Renewable Energy Demonstration Project, the initiative will be owned and operated through a regional-community ownership model, designed to keep project revenues within the community. The project is expected to achieve commercial operation by fall 2023. "The Hamlet of Sanikiluaq is pleased to be working in collaboration with Qikiqtaaluk Business Development Corporation on the Sanikiluaq High Displacement Renewable Energy Demonstration Project," said Johnnie Cookie, Sanikiluaq's mayor. "This project will boost local economic development and will enhance energy security for the hamlet. We look forward to seeing the success of this innovative project which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community." Harry Flaherty, president and CEO of Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, added, "The Sanikiluaq High Displacement Renewable Energy Demonstration project is guided by the principles of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, innovative technology solutions, and sustainable development." Flaherty cited economic, social, and environmental benefits as being among the advantages of the initiative. Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal said the project demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to working collaboratively with Indigenous and territorial partners to tackle climate change, transition to clean energy and create greater economic opportunity. – Derek Neary

NIRB Phase 2 hearings suspended Iqaluit The hearings from the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) regarding the phase two expansion project from Baffinland Iron Mines Mary River project started April 12 at the Aqsarniit Hotel in Iqaluit. These were an extension of the hearings held in November 2019 and this January and February. They were expected to have continued until April 21. However, following the confirmation of a positive Covid-19 case in the capital city and subsequent lockdown ordered by the chief public health officer, the hearings have been suspended until further notice. – Emily McInnis

Hamlet celebrates 49 years Panniqtuuq/Pangnirtung The Hamlet of Pangnirtung on April 12 held Hamlet Day

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ᐊᓚᓄᐊᕐ ᐊᐅᐸᓗᒃᑐᖅ, 14, ᒫᓐᓇᓕᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᓵᓚᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓂᕕᙵᑕᒥ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒥ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓴᓗᒪᔪᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ. ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᒥ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᒐᖓᓐᓂ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᒡᓗᕕᒐᕐᒥ, ᐃᖃᓗᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᕐᓇᒥ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᑰᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑐᒃᑐᐃᑦ ᐃᒥᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ. ᐊᐅᐸᓗᒃᑐᖅ ᐃᓚᓕᐅᔾᔨᓚᐅᕆᕗᖅ ᐃᒡᓗᒥᒃ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᔾᔨᒋᙱᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓅᕙᖕᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᓄᖅ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂ ᐃᓅᕙᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ. ᓵᓚᖃᐅᓯᐊᖓ ᑕᖕᒫᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, ᐊᑐᓛᕈᒪᔭᖓᓂ ᐃᓚᒌᑦ ᐃᖃᓪᓕᐊᕆᐊᓕᕈᑎᒃ ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐅᐱᕐᙶᖑᔪᒥ.

Water winner

Eleanor Aupaluktuq, 14, recently won a poster contest held by the Kivalliq Inuit Association for a campaign about clean water. Her winning drawing includes an iglu, fish and a woman drawing water from the river and caribou drinking the water. Aupaluktuq also included a house to show the difference between how Inuit live now and how they used to live. Her prize was a camping set, which she hopes to use when going fishing with her family this spring. photo via Facebook

ᐅᓇ ᓯᓚᒥᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖁᑦᑎᒃᑐᖅ ᓴᓂᑭᓗᐊᕐᒥ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᐃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓂ ᐱᖓᓱᓂ ᐊᓄᕆᒥ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᑯᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᓄᕆᒧᑦ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓐᓇᕆᐊᒃᓴᖓᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᓇᔭᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒧᑦ.

photo courtesy of Qikiqtaaluk Corporation

This meteorological tower in Sanikiluaq collected three years of wind data to confirm that wind energy would be a viable option for the community. celebrations, with ceremonies taking places at the People's Community Centre, followed up by refreshments and entertainment from the youth. Later in the afternoon, according to the Hamlet of Pangnirtung, there were indoor and outdoor games as part of the celebration, including iglu building, ice sculpting and golf. Among the indoor games was a pool tournament, a dice game and garbage bag passing according to Pangnirtung Recreation. Last year in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic the community was unable to hold this event. – Trevor Wright

Second dose clinic to take place today Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake The Baker Lake health centre will be having its second dose clinic for people who came to get the first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in late March. The clinic will be running from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. over the course of the day. To make an appointment call 867-793-2816, people will need

to bring their health care card or a photo identification, as well as a list of any medications one may be on, or the medications themselves. Please note that the health centre will not be offering first doses at this time. – Trevor Wright

Inuinnaqtun-language podcast publishes fourth episode Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay On March 30, the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society (PI/KHS) uploaded their fourth episode of their Inuinnaqtun-language podcast Inuinnaujugut We are Inuinnait. Previous episodes interviewed Elders on what it was like growing up, traditional naming practices and iglu and tent traditions. The latest episode covers immersion in the Inuinnaqtun language, and it features a chat with Eva Ayalik, Bessie Omilgoetok, Mary Kaotalok and Mabel Etegik. Audio versions of the podcast can be found on Spotify or Apple, while the video version can be found on the PI/KHS's YouTube channel. – Trevor Wright

Northern author to launch new book online Nunavut David F. Pelly, Northern writer and one of the founders of the Ayalik Fund will be hosting an online book launch of his latest work The Ancestors Are Happy: True Tales of the Arctic on April 22. The book gathers personal stories of Inuit whose lives collectively span the 20th century, it draws on the author's experiences living and travelling the North. People are invited to join Pelly in discussing the ideas behind the book and he will also read short selections of his work. The event is hosted by the book's publisher Crossfield Publishing and is also sponsored by Yellowknife Book Cellar, where it can be purchased from their website. – Trevor Wright

Sign-up opens for spring fishing program Iqaluit The Ilitaqsiniq Nunavut Literacy Council is funding a spring fishing program with the Government of Nunavut (GN) from May 3 to 7 in Iqaluit. Those 18 and over who are interested in the program can make their own fishing tools and learn how to travel safely to fishing lakes to fish. Those who sign-up will spend two days kakivak making and preparing for the trip, and three days will be spent at a fishing lake, where participants will be fishing for the community. Anyone who is interested can contact Davidee Qaumariaq at 867-223-0414 or email him at Davdeeqaumariaq@nunavutliteracy.ca. The deadline to apply is April 23, by 5 p.m. – Trevor Wright


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Heavy fuel regulations a form of 'environmental racism:' WWF Canadian waters below the 60th parallel are part of Canada's emission control area, Arctic waters left out in negotiations with U.S.

by Trevor Wright

Northern News Services

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On April 13, the Hamlet of Iglulik's Working group with the Mary River Mine raised some questions with regard to concerns related to climate change. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has recommended to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) that Baffinland use distillate fuels as opposed to heavy fuels in Canada's Exclusive Economic Zone in response to a written question from the Hamlet of Sanirajak. "We know that the North is warming up way faster than the south and the rest of the world," said Peter Ivalu, chair of the Iglulik Working Group with the Mary River Mine during the Nunavut Impact Review Board Baffinland phase two hearing in Iqaluit on Tuesday. "Permafrost is melting and project infrastructure for phase two in the mine will most likely be affected." Ivalu asked ECCC, on how safe the project is for the environment and how they could support it "irregardless of risks associated with permafrost thaw?" ECCC in response said they will wait for the final NIRB report before making a decision on the project.

"We cannot say overall whether the project is safe for the environment, furthermore (ECCC) is the decisionmaker on this project and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada is the responsible minister," said ECCC Environmental Assessment Officer Anna Graham, remotely at the hearing. "When we reach the decision-making phase of this project, that is when we'll form a decision on whether this project should proceed or not, at this stage we are still collecting evidence and listening to the views, stories and responses to questions during this public hearing." The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) also raised concerns around emission control areas in the Arctic and at the Mary River Mine on April 14. Transport Canada explains an emission control area as a means to reduce sulfur emissions from ships. The global limit on the sulfur content of fuel is 0.5 per cent, however specific areas designated as Sulfur Emission Control Areas have more stringent regulations. Currently Canadian waters below the 60th parallel are part of Canada's emission control area "and includes domestic waters out to the 200-mile limit of the exclusive economic zone," said

ᐲᑕ ᐃᕙᓗ, ᐃᒃᓯᕙᐅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᖕᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᕿᑎᐊᓂ, ᓯᕗᒻᒧᑦ ᐃᒃᓯᕚᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑕ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖓᑕ ᒪᕐᕈᖓᓂ ᑐᓵᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 13–ᒥ.

Peter Ivalu, chair of the Iglulik Working Group, centre, leans forward at the NIRB Baffinland phase two hearings in Iqaluit on April 13. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

Anita Gudmundson, regional manager with environmental services, Transport Canada. "Black carbon reductions of up to 80 per cent can be achieved by mandating this feasible switch. Some have suggested by not having this type of clean fuel mandate in the predominantly Indigenous Arctic, like emission control areas south of 60 degrees in Canada, is a form of environmental racism. "Shipping fuel use above

and below 60 degrees (should) be addressed urgently," stated Andrew Dumbrille with the WWF. "When will Transport Canada adopt similar shipping control measures in the Arctic and for the Mary River Project as in the rest of Canada?" "Canada submitted a joint application with France and the United States to the International Maritime Organization to designate the emission

control area," explained Gudmundson. "Since the United States was not in favor of an emission control area that expanded into the Arctic as it would have covered Alaska, the application was submitted to waters south of 60." She further explained given the more widely spread out population and smaller amount of people, that having heavier fuels in the Arctic won't have as much of an

impact on human health in the North. "The emission control area is based on the concentration of emissions in populated areas of Canada, since the Arctic has a small population which is spread out, and does not have the volume of shipping traffic to support the concentration of emissions that would impact human health, designating it as an emission control area would have little impact."

ᒪᑭᕝᕕᐊᓂ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᕐᒥ ᐃᓄᒋᐊᒃᑐᓂ ᐊᓃᕐᔪᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᑉ ᒪᑭᕝᕕᐊᓂ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 5–ᒥ. ᐅᓪᓗᒥ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᓂᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᒥᓱᓂ ᖁᕕᐊᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᓯᑯᒥ ᑑᖅᓯᓂᕐᒥ, ᐱᖓᓱᓂ–ᓂᐅᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᒃᑐᒥ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᓪᓘᑉ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐊᑖᓂ. ᓯᑯᒥ ᑑᖅᓯᓂᕐᒥ 1. ᓴᐃᒪᓐ ᒪᕆᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒫᑕ ᐸᐅᕐᙵᑦ 2. ᓯᑏᕙᓐ ᐆᕙᔪᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᔪᐊᔾᔩᓇ ᑲᒥᒻᒪᓕᒃ 3. ᓱᐸ ᐃᓐᓇᑲᑦᓯᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕉᑎ ᖃᐅᓪᓗᐊᕐᔪᒃ 45-ᒑᓚᓐᒥ ᖃᒧᑎᖕᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓯᑭᑑᒧᑦ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᑎᓂᖅ– ᐊᖑᑎᑦ 1. ᐱᐊᓐ ᓂᐊᐃᒍ 2. ᓱᐸ ᐃᓐᓇᑲᑦᓯᒃ 3. ᐸᐅᓗ ᒪᕆᖅ 45-ᒑᓚᓐᒥ ᖃᒧᑎᖕᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓯᑭᑑᒧᑦ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᑎᓂᖅ– ᐊᕐᓇᑦ 1. ᑭᐊᕆᓐ ᓂᐊᐃᒍ 2. ᑭᐊᕆᓐ ᑭᓇᓗᒐᖅ 3. ᔪᐊᔾᔩᓇ ᑲᒥᒻᒪᓕᒃ ᐱᖓᓱᓂ–ᓂᐅᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ 1. ᓱᐸ ᐃᓐᓇᑲᑦᓯᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒥᐊᕆ–ᕼᐊᓚᓐ ᑭᙱᓕᒃ 2. ᐊᒪᕈᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐹᑦᓰᐸ ᐃᕝᔨᐅᖅ 3. ᐸᑦᑐᒃ ᑑᓗᒃᑐᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᔪᓯᕖᓐ ᐅᖃᔪᐃᑦᑐᖅ ᑐᒃᑐᒥ ᐅᓪᓚᖕᓂᕐᒥ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ 1. ᓱᐸ ᐃᓐᓇᑲᑦᓯᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᕈᐊᕋ ᑑᒑᖅ 2. ᐊᒪᕈᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐹᑦᓰᐸ ᐃᕝᔨᐅᖅ 3. ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓕᐊᒥ ᓈᒻᒪᒃᓯᑎᓪᓗᒍ 4. ᕉᑎ ᖃᐅᓗᐊᖅᔪᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓱᐸ ᐃᓐᓇᑲᑦᓯᒃ 5. ᑎᐊᕋ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐋᓐᑐᕉ ᑲᓪᓗᒃ (ᐊᑖᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐸᓂᖓ) ᑕᑯᓗᒍ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐊᑦ ᒪᓕᒃᑐᒥ ᒪᒃᐱᖅᑐᒐᕐᒥ


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Easter games in Baker Lake ᐊᑎᐅᓪ ᐊᖏᓪᓕᒃ, ᑕᓕᖅᐱᖕᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᑲᖓ ᐋᓂ ᑕᐃᐸᓇ, ᑐᓄᐊᓂ ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ, ᕿᑲᓚᐅᑲᒃᐳᑦ ᒪᑭᕝᕕᐊᓂ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᕐᒥ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 5–ᒥ.

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by Karen Yip Qamanittuaq/ Baker Lake Northern News Services

A crowd was out in full force for Baker Lake's Easter Games on April 5. The day featured lots of exciting competitions including ice chiselling, three-legged race and the caribou race. Results from the day's events are listed below. Ice chiselling 1. Simon Mariq and Martha Paungrat 2. Steven Oovayuk and Georgina Kamimmalik 3. Chuba Innakatsik and Ryth Qaulluaryuk 45-gallon sled and machine race – men 1. Ben Niego 2. Chuba Innakatsik 3. Pualu Mariq 45-gallon sled and machine race – women 1. Karen Niego 2. Karen Kenalogak 3. Georgina Kamimmalik Three-legged race 1. Chuba Innakatsik and Mary-Helen Kingilik 2. Amaruq and Bathsheba Evviuq 3. Pattuk Toolooktook and Josephine Uqayuittuq

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Adele Angidlik, right, and her sister Annie Taipana, background left, take a break during the Easter Games in Baker Lake on April 5.

Caribou run race 1. Chuba Innakatsik and Aurora Tugak 2. Amaruq and Bathsheba Evviuq 3. Not available as of press time 4. Ruth Qauluaqjuk Nuilaalik and Chuba Innakatsik 5. Tara and Andrew Kalluk (father and daughter) – text by Cody Punter

ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᕗᑦ ᑐᒃᑐᒥ ᐅᓪᓚᖕᓂᕐᒥ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᑎᓂᕐᒥ. ᓱᐸ ᐃᓐᓇᑲᑦᓯᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᕈᐊᕋ ᑑᒑᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ.

Teams take part in the caribou run race. Chuba Innakatsik and Aurora Tugak ended up taking first place in the competition. ᔭᓇᐃ ᓇᒡᔪᒐᓕᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑖᑕᖓ ᔨᒥ ᕉᑎ ᖃᐅᓗᐊᖅᔪᒃ ᓄᐃᓛᓕᒃ, ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓱᐸ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥᐅᑕᐃᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᕗᑦ ᐱᖓᓱᓂ–ᓂᐅᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 6–ᒥ. ᓇᒡᔪᒐᓕᒃ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᕗᑦ ᓯᑯᒥ ᑑᖅᓯᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓐᓇᑲᑦᓯᒃ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᕗᑦ ᓯᑯᒥ ᑑᖅᓯᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 5–ᒥ.

Community members take part in the three-legged race on April 6.

Ruth Qauluaqjuk Nuilaalik, left and Chuba Innakatsik take part in the ice chiselling contest on April 5.

Janae Nugyougalik and her dad Jimmy Nugyougalik take part in the ice chiselling contest.


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Time constraints lead to more unanswered questions ᐃᒃᓯᕙᐅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᒥᑭᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦ, ᐃᐊᕆᒃ ᐆᑦᑐᕙ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑦᑕ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᑐᓵᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 13–ᒥ.

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The chair of the Mittimatalik Hunters and Trappers Organization, Eric Ootoovak, at the NIRB Public Hearing in Iqaluit on April 13.

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looked (at it) from a broader view that was suggested by the intervenor," said Lou Kamermans, the senior director of sustainable development at Baffinland. "We understand that there's multiple factors affecting food security," said Kamermans. "When it comes to country food and traditional harvesting, we propose that it's well supported that we can maintain the availability and quality of wildlife stocks in regards to harvesting." The Mittimatalik HTO feel there is not enough allotted time dedicated to Pond Inlet organizations to ask questions, with the Hamlet and HTO each having 30 minutes at the April 13 hearings. While a lot has been covered already, the representatives still have questions. "We were far from finished asking questions, we still have a whole bunch of questions on the marine environmental part and some terrestrial questions," said Ootoovak. The HTO chair isn't too confident

in the continued talk when existing concerns continue on how the mine is currently operated. "The mitigation measures Baffinland keeps talking about are far from real mitigations according to Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, there's a lot of homework they still have to do before it can be accepted. "There's so much impacts that are adversely affecting Inuit, the hunting namely. All the animals are impacted, there seems to be less and less animals and fish every year," said Ootoovak. New commitments Baffinland's vice-president of community and strategic development, Udloriak (Udlu) Hanson on April 12 said the company has developed a number of additional commitments speaking to a number of communities on the Phase 2 proposal, these included Pond Inlet. "We have developed some additional commitments to try and address those concerns," said Hanson. "They include ones that were raised by Pond

Inlet where they asked for a gradual increase to shipping." Over a four year period she says, they'll increase their shipping by 1.5 tonnes per year, "and have a gradual increase happen in a manner where we're monitoring every year, monitoring for any significant impacts." Hanson said there will be more Inuit involvement in analyzing the results and in developing shipping thresholds and mitigation measures against potential environmental damage. Baffinland also has made additional commitments in reducing the number of ore carriers from 176 to 168. They will continue to run the same shipping season from July 15 to Oct. 31 with a contingency for Nov. 15 "based on ice conditions and consultation with the Mittimatalik Hunters and Trappers Organization," Hanson said, with additional commitments toward banning the use of heavy fuel oil with contracted ore carriers in 2022, seven years before the federal government plans to require the switch.

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Team Paul takes it all ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᐹᓪᒧᑦ ᐱᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᕐᙳᓯᖓᓂ 4-ᓂ-4–ᓄᑦ ᕼᐋᑭᒥ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖃᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 3–ᒥ. ᓵᓚᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᑯᐊᖑᕗᑦᒪ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ, ᐋᓕᒃᔅ ᕚᒪ, ᐊᐃᓴᒃ ᕗᕇᑕ, ᓈᓐᓯ ᒪᐃᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕕᐅᓪ ᕕᕉᓪ; ᑐᓄᐊᓂ ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ, ᐋᓕᒃᔅ ᐋᓯᓕᓐ, ᑰᑎ ᑏᓐ, ᓖᐊᒻ ᐴᕉᔅ, ᔮᓂ ᐃᕼᐊᓗᐊᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐹᓪ ᑕᐃᓐᑎᓐ.

Team Paul captured the Iqaluit Cup 4-on-4 hockey tournament in the capital on April 3. The champs are, front row from left, Alex Farmer, Isaac Freda, Nancy Mike and Phil Verreault; back row from left, Alex Asselin, Cody Dean, Liam Burrows, Jonny Ehaloak and Paul Dainton. photo courtesy of Isaac Freda

Iqaluit Cup hockey tournament features five teams in 4-on-4 format by James McCarthy

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It's rare to see hockey being played anywhere in the country right now. After all, most of the south has been unable to take to the ice due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. That hasn't been an issue in the North, thankfully, and not only has hockey been played right across all three territories but tournaments have been taking place. The Iqaluit Hockey League got in on the action as it hosted the Iqaluit Cup earlier this month, a 4-on-4 event which brought together players from the various adult leagues in town. Enough players signed up to make five teams and when all was said and done, Team

Paul emerged victorious after beating Team Matt in the final on April 3. Isaac Freda was one of the players in the tournament and also helped to organize it. He said the team names were fashioned after the goaltenders for each squad. "No formal team names," he said. "We decided it was easier that way." Players signed up on their own and once the registration deadline had passed, five captains were chosen to put together their teams in a draft-style format. "That assured a pretty even spread," said Freda. "Everyone who signed up got onto a team." All five teams played each other once in the round-robin with the top four teams advancing to the semifinal round. Team Paul and Team Matt came out winners in that

phase to meet up in the final, where Team Paul got the better of Team Matt. Each game followed a modified time format with periods one and two lasting 12 minutes each and the third period being 15 minutes, all running time. The tournament ended on a Saturday and even that was done intentionally, said Freda. "People were excited to play but they didn't want to spend their entire weekend at the rink, which can happen in regular tournaments," he said. "People maybe had plans or wanted to spend time with their families so we made sure the games were around an hour long and ending it in on a Saturday on a long weekend meant everyone could relax on Sunday and enjoy Easter." This is the first Iqaluit Cup tournament

and it happened in between the Iqaluit Hockey League's playoffs, which are ongoing as of press time, but it was also around the time of the annual Toonik Tyme Cup, which has been cancelled for a second year running due to the pandemic. Freda said the title of the tournament was done so as to not cause any confusion. "It didn't feel right to call it anything involving Toonik Tyme," he said. "We'd usually have teams come in from Rankin Inlet and Pangnirtung but there's so much uncertainty right now and they probably wouldn't be able to travel in." Everything went well, he added, and it was nice to see everyone in a relaxed setting. "No one got fired up or played really intensely," he said. "It was all for fun and it looked like everyone was having fun."

Heung-min Son and Marcus Rashford both took a dive ... guess which one danced up and scored? Northern News Services plegic octopus mere minutes earlier dances up and is perfectly So Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United did battle on fine. Roy Keane and Micah Richards, both of who were providApril 11 in English Premier League action. Manchester United ing colour commentary for the game, were equal in their disgust over the whole thing. came out on top, 3-1, but that's not why everyone was talking. Not to be outdone, Marcus Rashford of Manchester United Heung-min Son of Tottenham was the reason why tongues were wagging for his absolute shambolic routine of pretending decided to do an impression of Son as he tried to perform a grass angel not too long after that. Just pathetic, to be paralyzed from the eyeballs down after the pair of them. On a side note, the racist abuse getting brushed by United's Scott McTominay. Son received on social media can be done withIt happened in the 34th minute as McTominay was trying to get past Son. McTominay's out. Why do people feel the need to bring up the hand brushed Son in the cheek and down he fact that he's Korean? He took a dive and acted goes like the proverbial 25 lb. sack of crap. As the fool. Period. Son was busy rolling around, desperate to get the I'm with Keane and Richards and Manchester with James McCarthy referee's attention, Manchester United was busy United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said scoring the game's first goal. if that was his kid who pulled Son's stunt, he Or so they thought as the video assistant referee (VAR) want- wouldn't get any dinner. Box their ears, dad. ed to have a word with the match referee. It was determined that Watch this space next week for another update on how soccer McTominay's hand wasn't "part of McTominay's natural running players continue to make themselves look like tools. movement and was careless." Right. Never mind the fact that McTominay wasn't looking at Son when he did it and was trying And finally ... to get past Son, who was trying to hold McTominay back. Good Idea: Letting umpires do their job. The worst part of this was a few minutes after being helped Bad Idea: Video replay. back onto his feet by all 10 of his teammates, Son scored the Technology once again rides in to save the day on this one, real first goal of the match. Nothing burns my nuts more than gang ... but of course, it didn't because you know where this is seeing crap like that take place – someone who was a quadri- going.

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It's Sunday night, April 11. The Philadelphia Phillies are playing the Atlanta Braves. It's the top of the ninth inning, tied at 6-6. Alec Bohm of the Phillies is on third base after leading off with a double and then advancing to third on a sacrifice. Didi Gregorius of the Phillies pops one up, shallow left field. Braves left-fielder Marcell Ozuna gets under it, makes the catch. Bohm tags up from third and heads home. Ozuna's throw is right on the money to catcher Travis d'Arnaud but Bohm beats the throw and is called safe. Or was he? The Braves didn't think so and asked for a review. So the call goes out to replay headquarters in New York City, where there can see every single angle in the park to make the call. Every single angle showed Bohm's foot never even came close to home plate but replay headquarters referred to the call on the field. Naturally, the Braves think this is high-grade horse fertilizer and rightfully raised some hell. Video review sucks. It just does. This is what happens when you give someone 48 screens and one job. The rule is that if there isn't irrefutable evidence to the contrary, the call can be overturned. How much irrefutable evidence did they need on this one? But hey – let's get the call right! Isn't that what the armchair umpires tell us? Until next time, folks ...


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