Nunavut News - May 24, 2021 Edition

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ᐃᒡᓗᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ‘ᐃᖏᕐᕋᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᖁᒪᐃᑦᑑᕗᖅ’ ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᕆᔨᕐᔪᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᐃᖁᔨᓂᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᑐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᖑᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᒡᓗᒃᓴᖃᙱᓗᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ

Housing crisis an ‘ongoing and heavy burden,’ says NHC Corporation calls for ingenuity in eliminating housing insecurity

Volume 76 Issue 4 MONDAY, May 24, 2021 $.95 (plus GST)

Green building project in Cambridge Bay Food services in Iqaluit under extra stress

Fantastic first Iqaluit port delayed; more harbours planned Publication mail Contract #40012157

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Bobby Dre Uhulliq Konana got his first muskox May 5 near Gjoa Haven, where they travelled by land from Kugaaruk. See more photos inside. photo courtesy of Randy Inutuinaq

“The last few days it’s been horrific.” – Baker Lake Mayor Richard Aksawnee says he has been in constant contact with crews rushing to clean up contaminated soil and snow following a massive leak at the hamlet’s fuel tank farm, page 4.


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ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᖁᔨᕗᑦ ᓯᕐᓗᐊᖃᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᒡᓗᕋᓛᖃᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᓯᒡᔭᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᓯᓈᓂ ᑲᑎᖃᑦᑕᕐᕕᐅᒋᐊᖃᖏᒻᒪᑕ ᐹᑎᕐᕕᐅᒋᐊᖃᖏᑦᖢᑎᒡᓗ. ᓯᐊᒻᒪᒃᑎᑕᐅᖁᓇᒍ ᓄᕙᕐᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ COVID-19 ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓄᑦ, ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᐅᖄᓚᔪᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐸᓖᓯᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖃᐅᑕᐅᔪᓄᓪᓗ ᐹᑎᖅᑐᖃᖅᐸᑦ ᑲᑎᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᖃᖅᐸᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓯᒡᔭᒥ. ᐊᑭᓖᑎᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᕐᓂᒃ ᓯᖁᒥᑦᓯᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑕᐃᓕᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᕐᓂᒃ ᑎᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒋᐊᖃᖏᓐᓂᕐᒧᑦ. ᓯᒡᔭ ᒪᑐᐃᖔᖅᐳᖅ ᓱᓕ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᑦ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᖕᓇᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᓯᓈᓕᐊᕈᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᓪᓗ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᐊᕈᒪᔪᑦ. please see QIA, page 13

ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᓕᕐᓕᖃᑦᑕᓕᖅᐳᑦ

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ ᐳᓛᕐᕕᒃ ᖃᑉᓗ ᐱᖃᓐᓇᕇᓄᑦ ᑲᑎᕕᒃ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᓕᕐᓕᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᑎᖕᒥᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᐅᑎᑎᑦᓯᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ. ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑎᑎᒍᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᓄᑦ ᐱᖓᓱᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒥᐅᓄᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᓕᕐᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓕᕐᓕᖅᑕᖃᖃᑦᑕᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ. ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅ – ᑕᐃᓴᓐ ᑯᒪᒃᓯᐅᑎᒃᓴᖅ – $700 ᑐᖏᓕᖓ – ᒪᑉᓴᓛᖅ ᑯᒪᒃᓯᐅᑎᒃᓴᖅ - $500 ᐱᖓᔪᖓᓂ – ᖃᓗᔾᔭᖅ ᑯᒪᒃᓯᐅᑎᒃᓴᖅ - $300 please see Kiv, page 13

ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ Arctic Inspiration Prize ᓵᓚᒃᓴᐅᑎᖃᖅᑎᑦᓯᕙᒃᑐᑦ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᖅᑎᑎᔪᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥᐅᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᖁᓕᓂᒃ ᓇᓪᓕᐅᕐᓂᖅᓯᐅᓕᕐᓂᖏᑦ

ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑖᒃᑯᐊ Arctic Inspiration Prize–ᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ (AIP) ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᖁᓕᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᓯᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓇᓪᓕᐅᕐᓂᖅᓯᐅᓕᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᒡᕙᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᓂ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᒥ. ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᖑᖅᑎᑎᔪᑦ 2021-ᒥ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᕆᐊᖃᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᖅᑎᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᑎᖏᑦ ᐃᓕᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᓯᕗᑦ, ᑎᑭᓪᓗᒍ ᖁᓕᑦ ᐃᖃᐃᓕᓴᖅᑎᑦ ᐱᖃᑎᒌᑦ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᐅᑎᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕆᐊᕈᑎᒋᒍᒪᔭᒥᖕᓄᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᒃᓴᓂᒃ. “ᐅᑭᐅᓂ ᖁᓕᐅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᐳᒍᑦ 42 –ᓂᒃ ᐱᒍᒪᓯᒪᔭᕐᓂᖕᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᓕᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓴᓇᓚᐅᖅᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓕᖅᖢᑎᒡᓗ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᕼᐊᓇ ᐅᓂᐅᖅᓴᒐᖅ, ᐃᒃᓯᕙᐅᑕᖓᑦ ᑖᒃᑯᐊ. “ᖁᕕᐊᓱᑦᓯᐊᖅᐳᖓ ᓂᕆᐅᒃᐳᖓᓗ ᐊᔪᖏᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒡᓗ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᖏᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥᐅᖃᑎᒃᑲ ᓇᓪᓕᐅᕐᓂᖅᓯᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒥ. ᓂᕆᐅᒃᐳᖓᓗ ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᓐᓇᕐᒪᖔᑕ, ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓪᓗ, ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᖏᔪᒥᒃ ᒥᑭᔪᓂᓘᓐᓃᑦ, ᓯᓐᓇᒃᑑᒪᒋᓯᒪᔭᒥᖕᓂᒃ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕆᐊᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ.” please see Arctic, page 13

ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᕕᐊᓛᖃᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᒃᓴᑦ ᓄᕙᕐᔪᐊᕐᓇᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ

ᑭᕙᓪᓕᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᕕᐊᓛᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᑭᓕᐅᑎᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᖢᐃᓪᓕᐅᕈᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᐸᑕ ᐱᔅᓂᔅᖏᑦ ᓄᕙᕐᔪᐊᕐᓇᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ Covid-19. ᑲᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᑦ $5,000 ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᔅᓂᔅᖃᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᐅᕈᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᑐᖔᓂ $500,000 ᑲᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐲᖅᓯᕕᐅᓚᐅᖏᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᖁᓕᑦ ᑐᖔᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᐳᓚᕋᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᓪᓗ, ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑎᑦ ᓴᓇᖑᐊᖅᑎᑦ, ᖃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᒥᖅᓱᖅᑎᑦ, ᐊᖑᓇᓱᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗ. ᑮᓇᐅᔭᑦ ᐅᑎᖅᑎᑕᐅᒋᐊᖃᖏᑉᐳᖅ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᖢᑎᒡᓗ ᐱᔅᓂᔅᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᖃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ, ᓇᓪᓕᐅᒃᑯᒫᖅᑖᕈᑕᐅᓗᑎᒡᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓚᐃᓯᓐᓯᑖᕈᑕᐅᓗᑎᒡᓘᓐᓃᑦ, ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᐊᖅᐸᑕᓗ ᐊᑭᓕᐅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᓗᑎᒃ, ᐅᒻᒪᖁᑎᓄᑦ, ᐅᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓱᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᕈᑎᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖏᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᓄᕙᕐᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ. ᐊᐱᖁᑎᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᑕᒪᑐᒪ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᔨᒥᑦ ᕼᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐅᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᕐᔪᐊᓂ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᓯᔨᒧᑦ. ᐃᓱᓕᕕᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᐅᑎᖃᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᖅ ᒪᐃ 31 ᐃᓱᓕᕕᖃᖅᖢᓂ. please see Small, page 13

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fact file Nunavut covid-19 situation as of May 20 Active cases: 63 Confirmed cases: 634 Recovered cases: 567 Total persons followed: 8,656 Current persons followed: 437 Completed tests in Nunavut: 14,725 Deaths: 4 Vaccine uptake: 16,720 first doses, 13,305 second doses

Confirmed cases by community Iqaluit: 230 (62 active, 168 recovered) Kinngait: 7 (1 active, 6 recovered) Rankin Inlet: 21 (0 active, 21 recovered) Arviat: 339 (338 recovered) Whale Cove: 23 (all recovered) Sanikiluaq: 2 (all recovered) Source: Government of Nunavut Department of Health

ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᕐᒥ ᐅᔭᖅᑲᒥ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᓇᑎᒥ ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᖏᔪᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᓂᑯᒥ, ᐃᓗᑦᑐᖅᑎᕆᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ. ᓄᓇᒥᐅᑐᖃᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᔪᒪᕗᑦ ᐸᐸᑕᐃᔪᓐᓇᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕋᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ, ᓴᓇᐅᔮᕐᔪᒃᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ‘ᐊᖏᕐᕋᕆᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ’ ᓇᑉᐸᖅᑎᕆᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᓂ ᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓇᑎᕐᒧᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᖅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᑭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᐅᔪᓂ.

A stone floor is revealed in a large early Inuit house, after excavation. The Nunamiutuqaq pilot project intends to develop sustainable infrastructure that will work in the Arctic, while creating a ‘living’ modular space with a floor plan that can be changed to meet a variety of needs and outcomes. Max Friesen photo courtesy of PI/KHS

ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᓂ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓂᒋᕐᒥ ᐋᓪᐴᑕᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᓂ 2019–ᒥ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᒥᐅᑐᖃᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᐅᔪᒥ Northern News Services

ᐱᑦᖁᕼᐃᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᕼᐅᑎᓂᒃ/ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᓂ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᑦ (PI/KHS) ᑲᑎᖃᑎᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᓂᒋᕐᒥ ᐋᓪᐴᑕᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᓂ (SAIT) ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᒥ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᕕᖓ (GBT) ᓴᓇᓯᒪᕙᒌᖅᑐᒥ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᓕᖕᒥ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᒥ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᓂ, ᐅᓯᔭᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᕐᒧᑦ ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐊᐅᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓗᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ. ᑐᕌᒐᒃᓴᖓ ᓴᓇᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᖅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᖏᓂᖓᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑐᕐᓗᒍ ᐆᒃᑑᑕᐅᓗᓂ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᓴᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓇᓗᓇᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᓴᓇᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᐅᓇ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᐅᔪᒥ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓂᖓ ᒪᕐᕉᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑕᖓᓐᓂ 750-ᑭᑉᐹᕆᒃᑐᒥ-ᐃᓯᒐᓪᓗᐊᓂ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᒥ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᖅᑭᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᑭᐊᓪᒍᕆ, ᐋᓪᐴᑕᒥ, ᓂᒋᕐᒥ ᐋᓪᐴᑕᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᓂ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂ. “ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᓂᐊᕐᓗᓂ ᑎᑭᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᑖᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᐅᔪᓄᑦ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᐅᓗᓂ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᓱᓕ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕆᔭᐅᓚᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥ, ᐊᔾᔨᒋᙱᑕᖓᓂ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᓗᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐆᒃᑐᕋᐅᑎᐅᓗᓂ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᒧᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᒥ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᒃᓴᒥ,” ᐅᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᒪᐃ 18–ᒥ ᐱᑦᖁᕼᐃᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᕼᐅᑎᓂᒃ/ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᓂ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᑦ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓕᐊᖓᓐᓂ. ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᖓᓐᓂ, ᓯᕗᓪᓕᐅᔾᔨᕙᒃᑐᓂ ᐸᐸᑕᐃᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ, ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓄᑦ ᐊᑐᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓂ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᓂ ᓇᑭᙶᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓂ ᓅᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᒃᓴᓂ. ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᓕᐊᖑᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᒪᐃ 18–ᒥ, ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᓄᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᕆᓪᓗᓂᐅᒃ. ᐱᑦᖁᕼᐃᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᕼᐅᑎᓂᒃ/ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᓂ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᑦ ᓂᕆᐅᒃᐳᑦ ᓇᑉᐸᖅᑎᕆᔭᐅᓂᖓ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᑉ ᓄᓇᒋᔭᖓᓂ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓗᓂ ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 2021–ᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᓂᒋᕐᒥ ᐋᓪᐴᑕᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᓂ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓂ, ᐱᓕᒻᒪᒃᓴᐃᖑᔮᕐᔪᒃᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒋᔭᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥᐅᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ. “ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᑎᒍᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᒥ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᑦᑎᐊᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐆᒃᑐᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᓂ, ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓚᐅᖅᑐᑎᑐᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᓐᓇᓂ ᓯᕗᕚᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂᑐᖃᖅ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂ, ᐸᐸᑦᑏᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ, ᑭᓱᓂᒃ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓄᐊᖅᓯᓂᖓᓐᓂ, ᐃᒃᐱᒋᑦᑎᐊᕆᐊᖃᖅᐸᕗᑦ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᒪᓕ ᐊᖑᓚᓕᒃ, ᐱᑦᖁᕼᐃᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᕼᐅᑎᓂᒃ/ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᓂ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᓄᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓ.

ᖁᔭᓕᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖓ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐆᒥᖓ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᒥ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᒥ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᒧᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓄᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᖕᒥ.” ᒥᓚᓂ ᕌᔅ, ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᐅᔪᖅ ᓂᒋᕐᒥ ᐋᓪᐴᑕᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᒥ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᓂ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, “ᓂᒋᕐᒥ ᐋᓪᐴᑕᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᓂ ᐅᐱᐅᖅᑲᕗᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ (ᐱᑦᖁᕼᐃᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᕼᐅᑎᓂᒃ/ ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᓂ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᓐᓂ) ᐊᔾᔨᐅᙱᕐᔪᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐅᓇ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖅ ᑲᑎᑎᕆᕗᖅ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᖅᐸᒃᑕᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐃᓚᓕᐅᔾᔨᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐸᐸᑦᑏᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᐋᖅᑭᒍᑎᒃᓴᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᓄᑦ - ᐃᑳᕆᓂᖅ ᐃᓚᑰᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᑖᙳᖅᐸᓪᓕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ, ᐊᕙᑎᒧᑦ, ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒧᑦ.” ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᖅ ᐅᑯᓇᓂ ᐱᑦᖁᕼᐃᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᕼᐅᑎᓂᒃ/ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᓂ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓂᒋᕐᒥ ᐋᓪᐴᑕᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᓂ 2019–ᒥ ᐱᒋᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, ᐃᓱᒪᒃᓴᖅᓯᐅᕆᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐸᐸᑕᐃᔪᓐᓇᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕋᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ, ᓴᓇᐅᔮᕐᔪᒃᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ‘ᐊᖏᕐᕋᕆᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ’ ᓇᑉᐸᖅᑎᕆᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᓂ ᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓇᑎᕐᒧᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᖅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᑭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ/ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᐅᔪᓂ. ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᖅ ᒪᐃᔭ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᑦᖁᕼᐃᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᕼᐅᑎᓂᒃ/ ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᓂ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓱᒻᒥᖅᑐᐃᔨᖓ ᐹᒥᓚ ᒍᕉᔅ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᑦᑐᖏᔾᔭᐃᖅᓯᓂᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᓂ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᓂ ᓄᑖᙳᖅᐸᓪᓕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᔭᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᓕᒫᒥ. “ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔪᐃᓐᓇᐅᕗᒍᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᒃᓴᓄᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ – ᐃᓱᒪᕗᖓ ᐃᓱᒪᑐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐆᒃᑐᕋᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓕᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᓯᓚᒧᑦ ᐅᔾᔨᕈᓱᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᖁᕕᐊᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖅ,” ᒍᕉᔅ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. “ᐃᓅᓪᓗᑕ, ᐊᑐᓲᖑᕗᒍᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑐᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᖢᑕ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᔾᔨᕈᓱᑦᑎᐊᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐊᕙᑎᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐆᒪᔪᑦᑎᓐᓂ. ᐃᓅᓯᖅ ᐱᕐᔪᐊᖑᕗᖅ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᓂᕿᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᓂ. ᑭᓱᑐᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓲᖑᕗᑦ… ᐃᓄᖁᑎᕗᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᒃᓴᓕᐅᒃᑳᓘᕗᑦ.” ᐆᒻᒪᑎᖓᓂ ᐆᒪᙵᑦ ᓄᓇᒥᐅᑐᖃᖅ ᑐᑭᖃᖅᐳᖅ ‘ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᖅ’ ᐃᓄᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᓐ, ᐱᑦᖁᕼᐃᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᕼᐅᑎᓂᒃ/ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᓂ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓂᒋᕐᒥ ᐋᓪᐴᑕᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᔪᓂ ᓂᕆᐅᒃᖢᑎᒃ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐆᒥᖓ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᐊᕙᑎᖓᓄᑦ, ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᖏᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓅᓯᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᓇᐅᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᐊᑭᕋᖅᑑᑎᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ.


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Health minister warns parties must stop There have been 119 complaints made regarding the enforcement of public health measures in the course of this COVID-19 outbreak By Trevor Wright Northern News Services Iqaluit

On May 19 the GN announced there have been 119 complaints made regarding the enforcement of public health measures, which is further broken down by chief public health officer as order breaches, gatherings, health concerns, isolation breaches, masks, outdoor gatherings and unknown. One person was escorted to isolation, one fined and there was one relocation. There have been 11 written warnings issued and 36

ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᒥᓂᔅᑕᖓ ᓗᐊᓐ ᑯᓱᒐᖅ ᐃᓂᖅᑎᕆᕗᖅ ᑲᑎᓐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᓄᖅᑲᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ “ᐊᐅᔭᐅᒋᒐᔪᒃᑕᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐊᑐᕈᒪᒍᑦᑕ … ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᓄᑦ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᕙᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ, ᑐᑭᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᑲᑎᓐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᒫᓐᓇ.”

Health Minister Lorne Kusugak cautions gatherings in Iqaluit must stop “if we want to have our usual summer … For everywhere, but especially here in Iqaluit, it means stopping your gatherings now.” Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

verbal warnings made. The fine was issued to an individual who tested positive to COVID-19 who was seen in the community breaking their isolation period. The relocation involved individuals who were unwanted at someone’s residence, which was in breach of the public health orders, and RCMP members had to relocate the individuals to their own dwelling. Five individuals were arrested during COVID-19 related incidents. The arrests were for causing a disturbance and mischief that did involve alcohol, no charges were laid in relation to the current public health orders. The RCMP stated most people have been co-operative and have left or dispersed when asked to leave to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of May 19 there were 210 people in isolation in the capital. “Isolation also puts additional stress and burden on families in the community. Health staff are working hard to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but this will not be successful without everyone’s co-operation,” said Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer. With Iqaluit in its fifth weekend of lockdown, Health Minister Lorne Kusugak urged people to stop partying and to start listening. “We have to start listening to the rules, start respecting one another and do our turn in helping put a stop to this pandemic,” said Kusugak. “We have a very short summer and it seems to be getting shorter by the day. If we want to have our usual summer – parties outside, gatherings outside – for everywhere, but especially here in Iqaluit, it means stopping your gatherings now.” Iqaluit’s Qajuqturvik Food Centre has also

seen a potential exposure risk with one of it’s staff members testing positive. “Due to a potential exposure to COVID-19 at the (Food Centre), the facility is closed today to allow time for staff to be tested, depending on the results the kitchen may reopen tomorrow,” said Patterson. In the meantime, the City of Iqaluit will be offering meals to those who need it until the Food Centre can reopen. Three cases remain active at the Baffin Correctional Centre. The reopening of the Elders Home in Iqaluit is currently still a work-in-progress, after the facility was evacuated due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19. “We are currently in negotiations to have new management in place,” said Kusugak. They will be also doing some minor renovations while the facility is not being used at this time, including replacing a few windows, kitchen renovation and cleaning up the building. The City of Iqaluit extended the state of local emergency May 19. The order will be in effect for seven days unless cancelled sooner or extended. During this state of local emergency, mu-

nicipal enforcement will be supporting the CPHO public health measures with education, compliance, issuing violation fines, the closure of non-essential businesses and making sure gatherings and mask wearing measures are in place in public spaces, taxis, businesses and company vehicles. Additional surveillance testing will be taking place in the community as well. “Here in Iqaluit we will be widening our surveillance testing to include residential buildings that have had more than one unit with a confirmed COVID-19 case,” Patterson said. These buildings can include apartments, townhomes and similar units with more than one household. Invitations to go for testing will be sent to people in these buildings and the tests will be voluntary. There are a total of four buildings in Iqaluit where surveillance testing will be taking place. “If you receive a notice to get a test I urge you to co-operate, this will help identify cases and reduce the risk of further spread of the virus.” The GN will not be publicly releasing which buildings will be subject to testing.

Crews rush to protect Baker Lake’s water supply Government estimates cleanup of 10,000-litre leak at community’s tank farm will cost up to $1 million By Cody Punter Northern News Services Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake

The race is on to clean up as much contaminated soil and snow as possible following the discovery of an estimated 10,000-litre leak in March at Baker Lake’s fuel tank farm. “We have a handful of residents that are really concerned because it’s uphill from our fresh water,” Mayor Richard Aksawnee told Kivalliq News on May 14. The territorial government estimates cleanup costs to be in the range of $500,000 to $1 million. The community was first made of aware of a leak at the tank farm on March 5, following the rupture of a drain valve on the pipeline. While that leak was believed to have been fixed, an oil spill was detected outside Baker Lake’s protective berm surrounding the tank farm on March 29. It wasn’t until April 21 that the hamlet found out the extent of the spill from the Government of Nunavut (GN). According to an email from the GN’s Petroleum Products Division (PPD), an environmental response team was mobilized to Baker

Lake on April 24. The team has built a 20by 40-metre temporary containment cell to the south of the facility. The cell contains gravel berms, is lined with non-woven geotextile and is covered with a high-density polyethylene liner, in an effort to properly contain snow and melt water. “A significant amount of work has been completed to contain the hydrocarbons and reduce the risk of migrating product reaching Baker Lake’s water supply, however, this risk still exists until the site is remediated,” reads the email from PPD. So far, approximately 1,700 cubic metres of impacted snow and ice have been placed in the cell. Absorbent booms and pads have also been deployed to control any fuel in the melt water. The team is constructing an underflow dam with trenches in an effort to control runoff and limit it to within the site. “As the snow melts within the containment cell, it will be placed into a cleaned and dedicated tank within the Petroleum Products Division tank farm, and it will be treated for hydrocarbon impacts prior to release,” the email states.

Aksawnee said he has been in constant contact with the crews on the ground. The hamlet has also been conducting weekly meetings with PPD. “We’re in regular communication with the experts through email, phone calls and in-person,” he said. “Based on what we’ve seen, they’re doing a pretty good job.” The mayor added that freezing temperatures and high winds made it difficult to make progress last week. “The last few days it’s been horrific,” Aksawnee said on May 14. “With this freezing temperature we’ve been having it’s been a hurdle for the environmental cleanup.” Aksawnee said the community has also plowed a road on the other side of the tank farm as a precautionary measure in the event of a fire due to the spill. “Our hamlet started opening a road toward the Agnico dock, should something tragic happen,” Aksawnee said. According to PPD, the cleanup and removal of the temporary containment cell is expected to be completed this summer. However, monitoring of the site and sampling of soils will continue into 2022 and 2023.


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ᑎᓴᒪᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂ ᑭᓴᕐᕕᒃᓴᓂ ᐸᕐᓇᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᐅᔾᔭᐅᖁᔭᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᓕᒫᒧᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᓕᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒧᑦ Northern News Services

ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᓴᒪᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂ ᑭᓴᕐᕕᒃᓴᓂ ᐸᕐᓇᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓂ ᑎᑭᑉᐸᓪᐊᓕᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᔪᓄᑦ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᖅᑯᑎᒃᓴᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᙳᐊᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓴᓂᕐᕙᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒧᑦ. ᐃᒪᕐᒥᐅᑕᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᖏᖅᓯᒪᓂᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᓴᓇᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑭᓴᕐᕕᒃᓴᓂ ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᖏᖅᖢᒑᐱᖕᒥ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓐᓂᐊᕆᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᖃᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᕐᒥ. ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᓂ ᓱᓇᒃᑯᑖᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᕙᓪᓕᐊᕗᑦ ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᖕᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᖏᖅᖢᒑᐱᖕᒥ ᑭᓴᕐᕕᒃᓴᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᐅᑎᓂᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᕙᓪᓕᐊᕗᑦ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᕼᐋᓕ ᕗᐊᕐᑐᕐ, ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᑦᑎᔨ ᐋᔩᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒥᐅᑕᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ.

ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᐊᑭᖓᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᖓᐅᓂᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᓇᑉᐸᖅᑎᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓱᓕ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᑕᐅᓚᐅᙱᓚᖅ, ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᑭᓴᕐᕕᒃᓴᑦ ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᖕᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᖏᖅᖢᒑᐱᖕᒥ ᓇᑉᐸᖅᑎᕆᔭᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᔾᔨᖓᓂ ᐆᒃᑑᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᒥ 2013–ᒥ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓᓂ “ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ.” ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᑦ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᐊ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᑎᓴᒪᓄᑦ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᓂ ᑭᓴᕐᕕᒃᓴᓂ, ᕗᐊᕐᑐᕐ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᑎᓕᐅᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᓪᓗᕈᑎᐅᑉ ᐃᒪᖓᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑐᕙᐃᔪᐃᑦᑐᖅ ᐊᑐᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᖏᕈᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐅᔭᐅᔪᒥ 2019–ᒥ, ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ $190 ᒥᓕᐊᓐᓂ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᖕᒥ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓄᑦ.

ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ, ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃ, ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ, ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᕙᓪᓕᐊᕌᓂᒃᑐᓂ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᑦ ᓂᕆᐅᒍᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᒥᑭᑦᑐᓂ–ᐅᒥᐊᕐᓄᑦ ᑭᓴᕐᕕᒃᓴᓂ ᑎᑭᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᔪᓂ ᐅᑯᐊᖑᕗᑦ ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᒃ, ᐊᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᖅ, ᑲᖏᖅᖢᒑᐱᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᖅ. ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᖏᑦ ᐊᒥᐊᒃᑯᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᓕᖏᑦ ᐅᑕᖅᑭᑎᑕᐅᕗᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒧᑦ, ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐳᓚᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓄᑦ.

In addition to Iqaluit, Pangnirtung and Pond Inlet, pictured, which are already being catered to, Nunavut communities that can expect small-craft harbours in the coming years are Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord, Clyde River and Resolute Bay. The GN’s plans for the rest of the territory’s marine infrastructure needs remain on hold due to COVID-19, which is preventing visits to communities. photo courtesy of the GN

ᐊᓯᐊᒎᖅᑐᒥ, ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓪᓗ (EDT) ᐸᕐᓇᒃᐳᑦ ᓴᓇᓂᕐᒥ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒧᑦ ᓄᖅᑲᖓᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᖃᓂᒻᒪᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ. 6–ᖑᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐳᓚᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᔭᕇᖅᑕᐅᔪᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ 2020 ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᐸᓗᐊᓂ – ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓄᑦ, ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ, ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒑᕐᔪᒃ, ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᖅ, ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑰᒑᕐᔪᖕᒧᑦ – ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐃᓂᐅᔪᑦ 12–ᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒧᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓛᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓯᒪᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᔨᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑎᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᔨᐅᔪᓂ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒋᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᐅᖓᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᓕᒫᖓᓐᓂ, ᕿᓚᒻᒥᐅᓛᒃᑯᑦ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᐊᐅᓪᓛᕈᓐᓇᖅᓯᒍᑎᒃ – ᐃᒻᒪᖄ ᐊᐅᔭᒥ ᐅᑭᐊᒃᓵᓕᓵᖅᑐᒥᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᓇᓚᐅᑦᑖᕆᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ – ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒃ ᐅᐸᒃᓯᒪᓗᑎᒃ ᐳᓚᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒥᐊᒃᑯᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓂ: ᑎᑭᕋᕐᔪᐊᖅ, ᓇᐅᔮᑦ, ᓴᓪᓖᑦ, ᖁᕐᓗᖅᑑᖅ, ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᖅ, ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ, ᓴᓂᑭᓗᐊᖅ, ᓴᓂᕋᔭᒃ, ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒃ, ᑭᙵᐃᑦ, ᑭᒻᒥᕈᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᕐᔪᐊᖅ. ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥᐅᑕᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓂᐊᕐᓗᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓪᓗ. “ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᑦ ᐱᔭᕇᖅᓯᔪᓐᓇᓚᐅᕋᑦᑕ ᐃᓚᖓᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᖃᓂᒻᒪᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑕᒪᐃᑎᒍᑦ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓛᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐱᕐᔪᐊᖑᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᒡᕕᐊᕈᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐱᔭᕇᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐆᒥᖓ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᒥ. ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐳᓚᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐱᔭᕇᖅᑕᐅᒃᐸᑕ, ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖅᓯᐅᑎᒥᒃ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐊᒥ ᐸᕐᓇᐃᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ; ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᓇ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᓂᐊᓕᖅᐳᖅ ᐅᑭᐊᒃᓵᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ 2022 ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᐸᓗᐊᓂ,” ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓪᓗ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ. ᒫᔾᔨ 2019–ᒥ, ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓪᓗ ᒥᓂᔅᑕᖓ ᑕᐃᕕᑦ ᐊᕿᐊᕈᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᕘᑉ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᓕᖏᓐᓂ, ᐊᒡᒍᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᖓ ᐹᓪ ᖁᐊᓴ ᐅᒃᐱᕈᓱᙱᓐᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᐅᔾᔭᐅᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᓚᐅᙱᓐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑦᑐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᓂ. “ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔪᐃᓐᓇᐅᖅᑰᖅᐳᒍᑦ, ᐅᕙᒎᔪᑎᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥᐅᑕᐅᔪᑎᒍᑦ, ᐅᓂᒃᑳᕆᓯᒪᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᖃᕆᐊᖃᙱᓐᓂᖓᓂ,” ᖁᐊᓴ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂ. “ᖃᐅᔨᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᑉ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᑕᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᖃᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ.” ᐊᕿᐊᕈᖅ ᑭᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᖏᑦ ᓄᑕᐅᙱᓗᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᒥ ᓯᒡᔭᖅᐸᓯᖕᓂ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᔾᔪᕐᒥ ᓄᖑᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᔭᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᕆᕗᑦ.

Food services in Iqaluit see increase of clients Arctic Food Bank seeing up to 30 per cent increase in need By Trevor Wright Northern News Services Nunavut

Food security initiatives and services around Iqaluit are in some cases experiencing more than double the usual amount of clients compared to before the outbreak of COVID-19 in Iqaluit on the night of April 14. The Arctic Food Bank, Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank and the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre are all experiencing a higher volume of people needing food. There are also fewer people able to volunteer due to COVID-19-related public health measures. “We’ve actually seen a pretty large increase in people accessing our programs, especially the daily community meals, we’re seeing numbers of over 200 people where we usually see around 80,” said Rachel Blais, the Executive Director of the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre. Since the outbreak they have moved to takeout only for their daily meal service, to be in line with public health measures. “It’s putting a strain on our team, on our staff and just having to produce more food than we usually would,” she added. With the lockdown measures in place in Iqaluit, Qajuqturvik is having to make do without their usual volunteer contingent.

“So that puts an additional strain on our staff and the increased amount of food that’s going out the door that we weren’t anticipating at those levels,” said Blais. It hasn’t affected the services people rely on, however, as they are still doing their daily meal service during the week and have their weekly healthy food box available. The Arctic Food Bank is seeing more clients as well. “At least 25 to 30 percent more,” said Nawal Ateeq, a volunteer. “We were seeing 74, 75 families and now we’re dealing with a least one hundred.” They are doing well however and can handle the increase in people needing food. “But we are good, we’re providing food to whoever comes, even if they call us after the food distribution or any day of the week we provide them the food, especially the people who are in quarantine or isolation. “They ask for our help and we provide them at the doorstep,” said Muhammad Wani, the general manager of the Arctic Food Bank in Iqaluit and Ateeq’s husband. The Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank has also been reporting an increase of clients over the previous six weeks and have stated they had to adjust the number of people allowed in their building which includes their volunteers. “We have had to greatly adjust how we serve the people of Iqalu-

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᑕᖅᑭᕗᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᔪᖅᓴᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕐᕕᐅᑉ ᓯᓚᑎᑦᑎᐊᖓᓂ ᐊᖅᑯᒻᒥ ᓇᒧᙵᐅᙱᑦᑐᒧᑦ. ᐊᔪᖅᓴᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᖏᑦ ᐅᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᓄᖅᓯᒋᐊᖅᓯᓂᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᔾᔭᐅᕙᒃᑐᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᑐᓂ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᖓᓂ 25–ᒥ 30 ᐳᓴᓐᑎᒧᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒥ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ.

People line up right outside the Arctic Food Bank at Road to Nowhere. Food bank staff say they have seen an increase in clients needing their services of 25 to 30 per cent since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Iqaluit. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo it so that we can keep our volunteers and clients safe during this outbreak,” said a representative of the Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank. “Both our volunteers and clients have been extremely helpful during

this time as we all try to work towards curbing this outbreak and at the same time making sure people get the properly nutritional foods and no one goes hungry.” On May 11, the City of Iqaluit designated monies allocated for

COVID-19 response funding to a number of non-profit groups. Among these were Qajuqturvik and the Tukisigiarvik Society, the latter of which has a vulnerable population food program, both received $65,000.


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The waitlists are long. Here are some of the reasons why By Derek Neary Northern News Services Nunavut

Jacob Uyarrai shared his frustration of waiting for more than 14 years for a public housing unit in Gjoa Haven earlier this month. He said his five children sometimes sleep on the floor at his mother-in-law’s place, where 13 people can be living at once, and it’s been that way for the better part of the last eight years. The Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC) revealed that the waiting list in Gjoa Haven comprises 142 applicants. The longest any of them has been waiting for a public housing unit has been since 2003, approximately 18 years. “To the people waiting on the list, we would like to acknowledge their burden. We know the housing crisis is an ongoing and heavy burden, meaning few choices, overcrowding and struggle, as the demand for housing exceeds what is available,” the NHC stated in an email. “We want to make sure everyone has a home. This takes time. It can’t be accomplished by one, or even a few, government departments or organizations. Progress feels slow and we understand the frustration

felt by many. We will need to muster all of our resources and ingenuity to eliminate housing insecurity in Nunavut.” Among the factors considered when assessing waitlist applicants are how long they’ve been waiting, how many people will occupy the home, their means to afford housing in the private market or to own their own home, whether they’re currently homeless and if they’re in urgent need due to being the victim of spousal assault. “We know this may seem unfair to people who have waited years for public housing. Our highest priority has to be ensuring our most vulnerable applicants are assigned housing,” the NHC stated. The housing corporation “allocates its construction budget on the basis of need. Communities that have a larger waitlist to housing stock ratio are prioritized over those that have smaller waitlists and larger housing stocks. For this reason, we ask that everyone in need of housing apply for it as soon as they are eligible. This allows us to have the clearest possible picture of the need in each community,” stated the NHC. The corporation added that anyone in arrears to their local housing organization is encouraged to work out a payment plan to ensure that historic debt does not interfere with an application for another home.

“ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᔪᒪᒐᑦᑕ ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᑦ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ. ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐱᔭᕆᑐᕗᖅ. ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᓐᓇᙱᓚᖅ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᑐᐊᒥ, ᖃᔅᓯᐊᕐᔪᓂᒡᓘᓐᓃᑦ, ᒐᕙᒪᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᐅᔪᓂ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᓂᒡᓘᓐᓃᑦ. ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᖅ ᓱᒃᑲᐃᑦᑑᔮᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᑭᓯᐅᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᐊᑲᐅᒃᓴᙱᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ,” ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᕆᔨᕐᔪᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᑕᖅᑭᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᒃᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᕆᔨᕐᔪᐊᒃᑯᓐᓂ.

“We want to make sure everyone has a home. This takes time. It can’t be accomplished by one, or even a few, government departments or organizations. Progress feels slow and we understand the frustration felt by many,” the Nunavut Housing Corporation stated in regards to long waitlists in Nunavut communities for public housing units. image courtesy of the Nunavut Housing Corp.

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Waitlists and public housing units by community (2019)

Community Resolute Bay Iqaluit Kinngait Sanikiluaq Sanirajak Qikiqtarjuaq Pangnirtung Arctic Bay Iglulik Grise Fiord Kimmirut Pond Inlet Clyde River Whale Cove Baker Lake Coral Harbour Arviat Naujaat Chesterfield Inlet Rankin Inlet Taloyoak Cambridge Bay Kugluktuk Kugaaruk Gjoa Haven

People on waitlist 16 434 117 62 101 49 94 67 138 2 38 186 46 41 129 75 255 140 18 207 107 143 111 112 128

Public housing units available 49 519 283 199 164 137 304 161 280 42 94 264 192 88 419 171 430 177 93 342 206 276 295 159 236

Source: Nunavut Housing Corporation

Rent collection rates by community (2019-20)

Community Resolute Bay Iqaluit Kinngait Sanikiluaq Sanirajak Qikiqtarjuaq Pangnirtung Arctic Bay Iglulik Grise Fiord Kimmirut Pond Inlet Clyde River Whale Cove Baker Lake Coral Harbour Arviat Naujaat Chesterfield Inlet Rankin Inlet Taloyoak Cambridge Bay Kugluktuk Kugaaruk Gjoa Haven

Percentage collected (%) 93 89 88 82 81 76 72 71 68 64 64 63 51 99 94 92 86 86 80 80 91 87 85 84 82

Total rent receivable ($) 323,000 1,746,000 1,585,000 1,067,000 3,263,000 1,003,000 2,089,000 1,992,000 2,325,000 239,000 560,000 3,353,000 4,135,000 42,000 2,181,000 277,000 2,523,000 628,000 278,000 1,746,000 1,309,000 2,215,000 1,389,000 796,000 1,947,000

Source: Nunavut Housing Corporation


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ᓂᕿᓂᒃ ᐃᒃᓯᓐᓇᐃᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᖅ ᑕᒪᑦᑕ ᐊᑐᕈᓐᓇᙱᑕᕗᑦ ᑐᒃᑐᓂ ᐃᓛᑰᓕᖓᓂᖏᑦ ᒥᒃᖠᕙᓪᓕᐊᕗᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᒥ; ᐃᒃᓯᓐᓇᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᑎᒥᐅᔪᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᐃᑦᑖᕈᓱᖕᓇᖅᐳᑦ

ᑕᖅᑭᐅᑉ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᐸᓗᐊᓂ, ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐊᖑᔪᓂ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᓪᓗᐊᓂ ᐃᒃᓯᓐᓇᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᑐᒃᑐᓂ ᑐᖁᖓᔪᓂ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦ ᓯᐊᒻᒪᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑕᑯᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑎᓄᑦ ᒥᑭᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑎᒃᑯᓐᓄᓪᓗ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦ (KHTO). ᑖᒥᔅ ᑰᒧᕐ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑎᓄᑦ ᒥᑭᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑎᒃᑯᓐᓄᓪᓗ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, “ᕼᐋᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑎᓄᑦ ᒥᑭᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑎᒃᑯᓐᓄᓪᓗ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᑦ ᐊᐃᑦᑖᕈᓱᒡᔪᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑦᑐᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ.” ᐅᓇ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᕗᖅ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᒃᓯᓐᓇᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᕋᔭᖕᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᖕᓂᐅᕗᖅ ᕿᒃᓵᒍᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᒥ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᑐᐊᖑᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒥᖅᑳᖅᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᖓᓯᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᑯᓄᖓ ᐃᓛᑰᓕᖓᓂᖏᓐᓂᑦ. ᐊᑭᓖᔾᔪᑎᑦ ᓈᒻᒪᙱᑦᑐᒥ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᖏᐊᓲᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ $575–ᒥ ᐅᕘᓇ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐆᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᖓᓂ, ᐊᔪᕐᓇᕐᓂᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓇᓂᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑎᐅᔪᕕᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐆᒪᔪᓕᕆᔩᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕈᓐᓇᕋᔭᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᑯᓂᖓ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᓂ. “ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᓪᓗᓂ” ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕆᔭᐅᕗᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᑖᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᖏᕈᑎᒥᒃ ᑭᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐃᓄᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᖃᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑐᒃᑐᒥ, ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᒥᓂᔅᑕᖓ ᔫ ᓴᕕᑲᑖᖅ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᕕᕈᐊᕆ 2020–ᒥ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑏᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᕿᑎᐊᓂ $300–ᒥ $1,000–ᒧᑦ ᐊᑐᓂ ᑐᒃᑐᒧᑦ. ᐊᔪᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᑯᓘᕗᖅ ᑕᑯᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᕿᓚᒻᒥᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ/ᑎᑭᐅᑎᓂᑦᑎᐊᕙᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᕙᓂ,

ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓯᕗᒻᒧᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓂᖃᙱᓚᖅ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐸᐸᑦᑎᑦᑎᐊᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐅᓇ ᐱᓐᓇᕆᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᐆᒪᔪᐃᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᓐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᙱᓐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᒃᓯᓐᓇᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᒍᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓂᕿᑐᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐆᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᔭᐅᖢᑎᒃ ᑎᒃᑯᐊᕐᓂᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᖃᑦᑎᐊᙱᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑎᓄᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕆᔭᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ. ᐊᒥᓱᓂ ᓂᐱᓂᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓗᒃᑑᔮᖅᐳᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᖕᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᐅᓯᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓂᑦ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᖓᓐᓂ ᐃᓛᑰᓕᖓᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ. ᒫᔾᔨᒥ, ᐃᒃᓯᕚᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᒪᔨᒐᓕᐅᖅᑏᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᕕᒡᔪᐊᖓᓂ, ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑏᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᒥ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ. “ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒐᓚᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑕᐅᓗᐊᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ … ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑕᐅᓂᖃᙱᓚᖅ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᓂᕿᖓᓐᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᖃᓲᖑᕗᑦ ᓂᕿᓂᑦ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᑭᑐᔪᒻᒪᕆᐊᓘᓗᓂ. ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᔪᒪᕗᖓ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑎᓂ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᑦᑎᐊᓲᓂᑦ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᓗᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᑐᖁᕋᐃᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᑐᒃᑐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕿᒪᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᖢᓂᔾᔪᒃ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑳᑎ ᑕᐅᑐᙱ, ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᒥ-ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒑᕐᔪᖕᒧᑦ. ᑕᐅᑐᙱ ᖃᐃᖁᔨᓂᓯᒪᓂᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᖁᔭᓕᐅᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᐅᓂᐅᕙᒃᑐᓂ ᑐᒃᑑᑉ ᓂᕿᖓᓐᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒐᓴᐅᓕᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓄᖑᑎᕆᑦᑕᐃᓕᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᒃᑐᓂ ᐃᓛᑰᓕᖓᓂᖏᓐᓂᑦ. ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᓚᐅᕆᕗᖅ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑎᓂ ᕿᒪᐃᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᑐᖁᑕᒥᓂᑦ ᑐᓐᓄᖃᙱᑦᑐᓂ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐅᖃᑐᐃᓐᓇᖓ ᐱᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ “ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᕆᙱᓚᖓ. ᐃᓱᒪᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᖕᓂᖅᓴᓂ ᐱᐅᓯᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓂ

ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑎᐅᔪᓂ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐋᒃᑐᐃᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᑐᒃᑐᒥᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᓱᓂ ᐊᑑᑎᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᑐᒃᑐᒥ; ᓲᕐᓗ, ᐊᓐᓄᕌᒃᓴᓄᑦ.” ᑰᒧᕐ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᖓ ᐅᖃᖅᓯᒪᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, “ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᓂ ᓂᕿᓂᑦ ᐱᔪᒪᙱᑕᖃᕈᕕᑦ, ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᓂᐊᖅᐳᑎᑦ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥᐅᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᓂᕿᖓᓐᓂ ᐱᔪᒪᕐᔪᐊᕋᔭᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ.” ᐊᐃᕕᓕᒃ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎ ᐸᑎᖅ ᓇᑦᓱᕐ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᕆᕗᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᖓᓂ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑎᒋᔭᐅᔪᓂ, ᐊᔭᐅᕆᓪᓗᓂ ᓴᕕᑲᑖᕐᒥ “ᐃᒃᓯᕚᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᑐᙵᕕᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᑎᒪᔾᔪᑎᒋᓗᒍ,” ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓪᓗᓂ: “ᐱᐅᓇᔭᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑦᑐᓐᓇᕈᑎᒃ ᑐᒃᑐᐃᕈᑎᓚᐅᙱᓐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ.” ᑰᒧᕐ ᐸᕐᓇᒃᐳᖅ ᑐ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑎᓄᑦ ᒥᑭᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑎᒃᑯᓐᓄᓪᓗ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᒡᕕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᕈᖅᓴᐃᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᔾᔨᕈᓱᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ. “ᑕᑯᔪᒪᓇᔭᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐆᒥᖓᓗᒃᑖᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓂ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖕᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᒡᕕᖕᓂ. ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖃᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᖅ. ᐃᒃᓯᓐᓇᐃᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᓂᕿᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᒥ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᑐᖃᖏᓐᓂ ᒪᓕᖕᓂᐅᙱᓚᖅ. ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᐅᓯᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᑭᕋᖅᑐᕐᓗᑎᒃ.” ᑲᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᖅᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐃᓛᑰᓕᖓᓂᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᓯᑳᓪᓚᒃᐸᑦ, ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᔪᒥ, ᐸᐸᑦᑏᓐᓇᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓕᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓂᕿᒃᓴᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒧᑦ. ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑕᖅᑲᐅᖓ ᐃᓴᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᐅᓂᖅᐹᖑᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᓯᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᑭᖃᙱᑦᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᒃᓯᓐᓇᐃᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ. ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᕙᓂ ᐅᓇᑕᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᐃᒃᓯᓐᓇᐃᑐᐃᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᙱᓚᒍᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ.

Food waste is something none of us can afford

Caribou herds are in decline across the country; abandoned carcasses are confusing and disappointing seem to be many other people who just kill caribou and leave it behind,” said Cathy TowThe issue: Earlier this month, images of at least five tongie, MLA for Rankin Inlet North-Chesillegal harvesting abandoned caribou carcasses shared on soterfield Inlet. cial media were brought to the attention of Towtongie has been calling for regulation of We say: the Kivalliq Hunters and Trappers Organizaonline sales of caribou meat for years now to senseless waste tion (KHTO). avoid decimation of the caribou herds. Thomas Comer with the KHTO stated, She has also mentioned hunters leaving be“The Hamlet of Rankin Inlet and the KTHO hind kills that have no fat, or have only had are very disappointed with this kind of practice.” the tongue harvested “and that is not the traditional Inuit way. This is part of a growing trend of waste and illegal harvestWe have to think of ways to teach the younger generation of ing that is becoming more and more worrying, not just in hunters how they can skin the caribou properly, and what uses Nunavut but across the shared range of these herds. there are for different parts of the caribou; for example, clothWhile fines for improper harvesting start at $575 under the ing.” Nunavut Wildlife Act, the difficulty lies in finding a witness Comer’s statement noted, “If there are certain parts of the willing to come forward so wildlife officers can investigate meat which you do not wish to keep, please bear in mind that these occurences. there are Elders and other members of the community who It is an “absolute” right in the Nunavut Land Claims Agree- will gladly take the meat.” ment that any Inuk can sell caribou, says Environment MinisAivilik MLA Patterk Netser echoed the concerns, encouragter Joe Savikataaq, and the Department of Environment indi- ing Savikataaq to “sit with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated cated in February 2020 that harvesters can fetch between $300 and have meetings about it,” adding: “It would be good if they to $1,000 per caribou. could do that before we run out of caribou.” It’s easy to see the short-term risk/reward here, but it lacks Comer plans to circulate the HTO’s statement to the local forward thinking when it comes to conservation. radio station to raise awareness. That this vulnerable species is being disrespected and left to “We’d like to see their participation in this whole thing and rot or be scavenged points to a disconnect between harvesters’ get Elders talking on local radio. There’s got to be some kind rights and responsibilities. Many voices seem concerned with of a stop put to it. Leaving food out on the land is not IQ the younger generation’s attitude toward the herds. compliant. A lot of the Elders here will speak against it.” In March, during the sitting of the legislative assembly, If a total allowable harvest limit on the Kivalliq herds beMLAs touched on the burgeoning crisis in the Kivalliq. comes needed, it will likely only compound the issue, where “A lot of it is due to overhunting and internet sales … There conservation is pitted against food security. is currently no control of the sale of the meat, and some inEducation and outreach are the most positive steps that can dividuals will sell caribou online at a very expensive price. I be taken to reduce such senseless waste. And in this battle, we want to support hunters that hunt properly, but then there can’t afford to waste time either. Northern News Services


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Do you have an amazing story from your adventures on the land? Tell us your story and show us your photos for a chance to win $100. Submit your story and photo to our Nunavut News Facebook page, editor@nunavutnews.com, or by mail to Nunavut News, PO Box 28, Iqaluit, NU, X0A 0H0. Entries will be placed on our Facebook page. They may also appear in this newspaper and other Northern News Services publications. The story and photo with the most combined likes and shares at the end of the week wins. This week's winner is Rochelle Suluk. Congratulations!

ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᑐᖅ: ᕈᓯᐅᓪ ᐊ. ᓱᓗᒃ

ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ

ᐃᒧᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᓂᕿ ᓴᓇᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᑦᑎᐊᒥ ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᒥ, ᓴᐱᓕᖅᑕᐃᓕᒋᑦ ᐆᒃᑐᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ! ᐋᓐᓂᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᐆᒃᑐᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥ!

Hello from Cambrige Bay, Nunavut on Victoria Island! It is still winter up here, but slowly signs of spring are arriving with 24-hour daylight and lots of sunshine. The spring thaw is coming and going with high winds and ice re-freezing again makes for icy slippery roads. Road maintenance and snow removal continue all around the community, so you see lots of heavy equipment. Please be careful out walking and driving and watch for kids playing outside. It is this time of year kids are outdoors much longer, so look out for them and talk with them about not playing on roads or near municipal service roads. There are many hills of snow piled up from the snow removal crews, do not play on them near roads. The Omingmak Frolics Races for 2021 have started down on the ice by the Federal Dock. Each evening the Omingmak Race Committee hold snowmobile race for both adults and one day of youth races. There are lots of cash prizes. There is still a lot of snow around Cambridge Bay and the ocean, so the ice is still thick. We hope everyone is being safe driving and having good spirits for those participating. With the COVID pandemic still around, there were many activities cancelled to practice social distancing and being

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safe following public health measures. So there are only outdoor snowmobile races, but there are also a lot of games and contests online. One of the most fun contests going on for one week is the Ambrose Aknavigak Firshing Derby for both young and older. Many cash prizes, there is also a canteen down on the ice. The fishers can come into town to get their fish weighed and measured and the one with the heaviest fish will win cash prizes. Please check the schedule for time and activities. The Umingmak Frolics committee is very busy and are doing a great job and quana for all your hard work. Enjoy the frolics everyone and be safe. God Be With You Son.

ᐲᑕ ᐊᖅᑲᖅ

ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ

ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ ᑕᕼᐃᕐᒥ. ᐃᓚᒃᑲ ᒪᑦᑎᑦᑕᕆᐊᖅᑎᓚᐅᖅᑕᒃᑲ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓄᑦ.

Peter Aqqaq

Taloyoak Picture taken in Tahik. Took my family netting for some Arctic Char.

ᐃᓄᒐᖅ ᐅᓪᓗᓛᖅ

ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᖅ

ᑲᓕᕙ, ᐋᓐᑐᕉ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᓕ ᔫ ᕿᒥᕆᔪᑦ ᐊᑖᑕᑦᑎᐊᖓᑕ ᕿᒧᒃᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᑕᖕᒫᕐᕕᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᐃᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᕼᐃ’ᔭᖅᑕᓕᖕᒥ ᐊᐅᔭᒥ 2020–ᒥ. ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓐᓇᖅᓯᓛᓕᕆᕗᖅ, ᐊᑐᕐᓂᖃᑦᑎᐊᓛᖑᔪᖅ ᓱᕈᓯᐅᓪᓗᓂ.

ᓂᑰᓪ ᐃᒪᓇ

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ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ ᓇᑦᑎᕋᓱᒋᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᖓ ᐅᓐᓄᖓᓂ ᐱᖃᓐᓇᕆᔭᒃᑲᓗ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᓂᒃᑎᓪᓗᑕ.

Winner: Rochelle Suluk

Arviat The roll up meat Ive made for the first time says it all, never give up on trying! It doesnt hurt to try!

Inugaq Ululaaq

Gjoa Haven Kaliya, Andrew and Billie Joe feeding their grandfather’s dog team in a camp called Hi’jaqtalik summer of 2020, almost that time of year again, best experience you’ll ever have as a child.

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Rankin Inlet Took this picture when I went seal hunting this evening with my friends after work.


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KHS teamed up with SAIT in 2019 to develop Nunamiutuqaq pilot project By Trevor Wright Northern News Services Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

The Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society (PI/KHS) is teaming up with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (SAIT) Green Building Technologies Lab (GBT) on a prefabricated green building, to be shipped up to Cambridge Bay on this summer’s sealift and reassembled in the community. Their goal is to create a building which is scalable, and to use it as a model for larger and more complex builds. This initial design the two organizations are developing will be a 750-square-foot green building which will be built over the next month or so in Calgary, Alberta, where SAIT is based. “Whether as a living space to bring on new staff, or as a cultural hub, or an outcome yet to be determined, it will have a distinct purpose in addition to its use as a tangible research and testing model for a larger future building,” states a May 18 PI/KHS news release. The project is rooted in Inuinnait culture, which prioritizes sustainability, energy efficient design to reduce consumption, as well as helping make renewable sources of energy to transi-

ᖃᖓᑕᓲᒥ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᖅ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ, ᕿᑎᐊᓂ ᐊᒡᓕᕐᓇᖅᑐᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᕐᒥ. ᓄᓇᒥᐅᑐᖃᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐆᒥᖓ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᒥ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᒪᓕᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᕙᑎᖓᓄᑦ.

Aerial photo of the Iqaluktuuq region, between Ferguson Lake and Wellington Bay. The Nunamiutuqaq pilot project is designed to develop this new green building in harmony with its environment. Max Friesen photo courtesy of Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society tion away from fossil fuels. The announcement was made on May 18, which is International Museum Day. PI/KHS is hoping construction will start within the Cambridge Bay townsite beginning in Sept. 2021 with the help of the SAIT team, while training local partners

and community members in the process. “We are so fortunate in our society today to try new technology, as did our Inuinnait ancestors’ way back then with their own technology, preserving the Earth, what it brings to us, we must respect that,” said Emily An-

gulalik, the PI/KHS board president. “(I) am very grateful we are doing just that with this new design for a green building and future planning for an Inuinnait Knowledge Centre.” Melanie Ross, research manager for SAIT’s GBT stated, “SAIT is proud to

partner with the (PI/KHS) on such a unique pilot project. This project brings together all of the elements we strive to integrate into a truly sustainable solution for buildings - bridging the gaps between technology, environment, culture and community.”

The partnership between PI/KHS and SAIT dates back to 2019, when they began to consider the challenges of developing longterm sustainable infrastructure that will work in the Arctic, while creating a ‘living’ modular space with a floor plan that can be changed to meet a variety of needs/outcomes. Cambridge Bay Mayor and PI/KHS Executive Director Pamela Gross said unlocking potential ways of using green energy and green technology is needed in Cambridge Bay and across the North. “We all know how the housing crisis has affected not only Nunavut but other areas as well – I think having innovative ways to model and learn more about how we can be climate conscious is very exciting,” Gross said. “As a people, we’ve always used and reused, and are really conscious of our environment and our animals. Life is sacred in terms of nourishment from the ground. Things aren’t wasted… our people are resourceful.” At the heart of this is Nunamiutuqaq, meaning ‘from the land’ in Inuinnaqtun, with PI/KHS and SAIT hoping to develop this building with its environment, forming a harmony with it as opposed to being at odds with it.


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Four more harbours planned for Nunavut GN’s priority list of territory-wide marine infrastructure needs stalled by COVID-19 By Derek Neary Northern News Services Nunavut

The federal government has four more harbours planned to serve Nunavut communities over the coming years, but the Government of Nunavut’s roadmap for territorial marine infrastructure has been sidetracked by COVID-19. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is committing to build harbours in Arctic Bay and Clyde River while Transport Canada will do likewise in Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord. Design and geotechnical work is underway for the Arctic Bay and Clyde River harbours and environmental permitting is proceeding, according to Holly Foerter, regional director of communications for Fisheries and Oceans. The final cost and the timing of construction have yet to be determined, she added. The harbours in Arctic Bay and Clyde River will be constructed based on the same model used in Pangnirtung in 2013, which she referred to as

“an essential part of the community.” The Qikiqtani Inuit Association, the Government of Nunavut and the respective communities themselves have had input on the four proposed new harbours, Foerter stated. As part of the signing of the Tallurutiup Imanga and Tuvaijuittuq conservation agreement during summer 2019, the federal government announced close to $190 million in long-term infrastructure funding for north Baffin. Meanwhile, the Department of Economic Development and Transportation (EDT)’s plans to compile a master list of marine infrastructure needs for Nunavut has been held up by the pandemic. Six community visits were completed in early 2020 – to Arviat, Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet, Baker Lake, Cambridge Bay and Kugaaruk – but assessments in 12 other communities have been on hold due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. EDT is working with engineering consultants to identify communities that can be consulted remotely, as

soon as possible, the GN stated. When travel is allowed to resume – perhaps by summer or early fall, the GN speculated – then in-person visits will take place in the remaining communities: Whale Cove, Naujaat, Coral Harbour, Kugluktuk, Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, Sanikiluaq, Sanirajak, Iglulik, Kinngait, Kimmirut and Qikiqtarjuaq. Community consultations and meetings with residents are intended to be part of the projects, according to EDT. “We were very fortunate to complete a portion of the communities before the pandemic, but generally speaking the travel restrictions have been a serious obstacle to the successful completion of this project. Once the community visits are completed, a final report will be prepared; at present it appears likely that this will be delivered in late fall or early 2022,” EDT stated. In March 2019, when EDT Minister David Akeeagok revealed plans to undertake a study of Nunavut’s marine infrastructure needs, Aggu MLA Paul Quassa expressed disbelief that the

ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ, ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃ, ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ, ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᕙᓪᓕᐊᕌᓂᒃᑐᓂ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᑦ ᓂᕆᐅᒍᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᒥᑭᑦᑐᓂ–ᐅᒥᐊᕐᓄᑦ ᑭᓴᕐᕕᒃᓴᓂ ᑎᑭᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᔪᓂ ᐅᑯᐊᖑᕗᑦ ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᒃ, ᐊᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᖅ, ᑲᖏᖅᖢᒑᐱᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᖅ. ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᖏᑦ ᐊᒥᐊᒃᑯᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᓕᖏᑦ ᐅᑕᖅᑭᑎᑕᐅᕗᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒧᑦ, ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐳᓚᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓄᑦ.

In addition to Iqaluit, Pangnirtung and Pond Inlet, pictured, which are already being catered to, Nunavut communities that can expect small-craft harbours in the coming years are Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord, Clyde River and Resolute Bay. The GN’s plans for the rest of the territory’s marine infrastructure needs remain on hold due to COVID-19, which is preventing visits to communities. photo courtesy of the GN GN hadn’t already prioritized such projects. “I think we all know, for those of us who live in the communities, that there doesn’t really need to be a detailed study done,” Quassa said at the time. “We know what the community needs

and what has to be done with regard to marine infrastructure.” Akeeagok replied that some communities’ marine infrastructure plans are outdated and changing coastlines due to soil erosion must also be considered.

Iqaluit port delayed until September 2022 Government blames delays on COVID-19, contractor challenges By Derek Neary Northern News Services Nunavut

The Iqaluit deep-sea port is a year behind schedule and will not be completed until September 2022, according to the Government of Nunavut. The reasons for the setback are due to complications relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to “lower than anticipated productivity from the contractor prior to COVID,” the Department of Community and Government Services (CGS) stated. Project costs have risen but will still be covered within the existing budget, according to the territorial government. Tower Arctic, which has an office in Iqaluit and a long history of construction in the North, was awarded the contract for the Iqaluit port and small-craft harbour in May 2018 for close to $65 million. At the same time, the company also took on a contract to build a small-craft harbour in Pond Inlet for $24 million. That project isn’t necessarily on pace to be completed by the end of

this year’s construction season either. Tower Arctic has encountered problems relating to equipment failure, equipment selection for the job and inability to advance the installation of the sheet pile wharf, the GN acknowledged. It’s expected that work in Pond Inlet and Iqaluit will resume in early June. The project workforce in Iqaluit rises to 50 to 60 employees at full production, while a maximum of 20 to 30 people are needed in Pond Inlet. Finding experienced workers has proven to be an obstacle due to COVID travel restrictions and related isolation requirements, according to CGS. Earlier this month, Tower Arctic posted on social media that Nunavut’s chief public health officer laid out public health protocols to mobilize its workforce for the summer construction season. All employees will self-isolate at a designated hotel in the south for 14 days prior to flying to Iqaluit. Tower Arctic also has a number of precautions in place at its worksites to prevent spread of COVID-19, such as social dis-

ᐃᑎᔪᒥ-ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒥ ᑐᓚᒃᑕᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐱᔭᕇᔾᔮᙱᓚᖅ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 2022–ᒥ, ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓕᒫᒥ ᑭᖑᕙᒃᖢᓂ ᐱᔭᕇᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓᓂ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᖅᐳᑦ.

The deep-sea port in Iqaluit will not be ready for use until September 2022, putting it a year behind schedule, the Government of Nunavut stated. Complications due to COVID-19 and slower than anticipated productivity from the contractor have created the delay, according to the territorial government. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

tancing of two metres or mask wearing, increased sanitization and health monitoring. Federal funding The federal government announced up to $64 million toward the Iqaluit deep-sea port in July 2015 and up to $30 million for the Pond Inlet small-craft harbour. The port, located at the south end of Polaris Reef in Koojesse Inlet, is intended to improve the efficiency and safety of sealift

and fuel deliveries in Iqaluit because it will be accessible during all tides, as opposed to just a few hours a day during high tide. It will also help to separate the navigation of industrial and commercial vessels from boats used by fishers and hunters. Iqaluit’s small-craft harbour, which is extending the existing breakwater and causeway, will offer protection to boats at 40 mooring points. There are also two floating docks – meant for loading and unloading – that

can accommodate about 14 boats at a time, CGS stated. The new boat ramp will be approximately five times the width of the existing ramp and can be used during all tides. In Pond Inlet, the small-craft harbour is being built on the beach that has traditionally been used for launching boats and receiving sealift vessels. The two rock breakwaters will protect close to six acres of harbour and up to 80 small boats. Although the harbour is not

completed, Tununiq MLA David Qamaniq said it already offers a degree of protection to boats and to residents who live near the shoreline. “Because in the past when the wind picks up and the waves were pounding the shores, the salt water would almost touch the road down by the beach where the homeowners had built their houses … it’s one of the benefits we have seen in Pond Inlet,” Qamaniq said of the partially-finished harbour.


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ᑕᐃᓴᓐ ᑯᒪᒃᓯᐅᑎᒃᓴᖅ ᑕᑯᖅᑯᔾᔨᕗᖅ ᓂᕐᓕᕐᒥ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᕈᑎᒋᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓᓂ $700–ᒥ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐳᓛᕐᕕᒃ ᑲᑉᓚ ᑐᙵᓇᕐᕕᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᖓᓂ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᐅᔪᒥ ᓂᕐᓕᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ.

The Baker Lake Fire Department was extinguishing the blaze when the police arrived at the scene. A May 19 morning news release by the RCMP didn’t state that extent of the damage to the building, which is property of the Government of Canada. The observatory was constructed to aid in geomagnetic field observations. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Baker Lake RCMP at 867-793-0123. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS), submitting a secure web tip at www. nwtnutips.com or text ‘NWTNUTIPS’ plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). – Derek Neary

Arctic Inspiration Prize celebrates 10 years

Nunavut The Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) is marking its 10th anniversary this year. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 prize, up to 10 teams could win prize money to help them launch initiatives. “Over the past 10 years the AIP has helped 42 Laureate teams realize their dreams and enabled their projects to come to life,” said Hannah Uniuqsaraq, Chair for the AIP Charitable Trust. “I am very excited to see what creative and innovative projects my fellow Northerners can come up with in this very special anniversary year. I’m especially eager to see what our young people can do, and I challenge youth from across the North, in communities big and small, to seize this opportunity to make your dreams come true.” For more information on this, you can visit the AIP website. – Trevor Wright

Small business relief fund for Covid-19

Kivalliq The territorial government is offering a relief fund for small businesses that continue to be adversely impacted by Covid19. A total of $5,000 is available to businesses with less than $500,000 in gross sales or fewer than 10 employees, including tourism operators, artists, craftspeople, and harvesters. The money does not have to be repaid and can be used toward any eligible business expenses, including insurance or licensing fees, office rental, utilities, or to cover the cost of goods that have been unusable due to the pandemic. Any questions about the program can be directed to the local community economic development officer or the regional development manager. The deadline to apply is May 31. – Cody Punter

Tyson Komaksiutiksak shows off the goose that won him $700 as part of the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre’s first goose contest last week. Facebook photo Proposals must be received before or on the closing date and QIA sends out reminder to shack owners: NTI will not consider proposals sent afterwards. social gatherings are not allowed For more information on this, you can visit the NTI website. Iqaluit – Trevor Wright The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) would like to remind the shack owners around the beach in Iqaluit Sinaa IOL that Fire at Magnetic Observatory social gatherings and parties are prohibited. To help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Qikiqtani commu- under investigation nities, QIA will not hesitate to call the authorities if any parties Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake or social gatherings are observed along the beach. Participants Baker Lake RCMP and the Nunavut Fire Marshal’s Office will face fines for the violation of public health orders. are investigating a fire that broke out at the Magnetic ObserThe beach remains open according to QIA so that critical vatory on May 18. harvesting activities and sea ice can be accessed. – Trevor Wright

Kiv hunters get their geese

Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet The Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre hosted a first goose contest last week. The organization handed out cash prizes to the first three community members who could show proof of harvesting the first geese of the season. 1st- Tyson Komaksiutiksak - $700 2nd - Mapsalaaq Komaksiutiksak - $500 3rd - Qalujjaq Komaksiutiksak - $300 – Cody Punter

NTI sends out request for proposals for Qanuippitaa

Nunavut Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI), is requesting proposals from qualified proponents to conduct a high quality needs assessment, to inform a logistics strategy and plan for the ‘Qanuippitaa? National Inuit Health Survey for Nunavut (QNHIS). Proposals must be received by NTI no later than 5 p.m. EST of May 28, which can be sent via email at ganawak@ tunngavik.com. Proponents must include Request for Proposals (RFP) in the email with the subject line: Logistic Needs Assessment, QNIHS.

GN has summer job opportunities for students

Nunavut On May 18, the Government of Nunavut (GN) invited Nunavummiut students and Nunavut Inuit for it’s Summer Student Employment Equity Program (SSEEP). While it will likely be affected by COVID-19, SSEEP will be continuing to offer career opportunities to secondary and post-secondary students. The hiring of students will be on a case-by-case basis depending on the COVID-19 situation in each community. Depending on the nature of the position some summer students may be working from home or in government offices. This year, applications will be accepted until July 16 and employment through SSEEP will be running until Sept. 30. – Trevor Wright


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Arviat concert goes live across Canada

Special show brings together musicians to celebrate the community’s talent ᐃᓱᒪ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᒐᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᒻᖏᖅᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᕐᒥᐅᑕᓂᒃ ᒪᐃ 12-ᒥ. following five months of lockdown ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᕚᓄ ᐊᒡᒑᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᑲᖅᖠᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓕᐊᖓᓄᑦ ᓄᐊᑏᒧᑦ. By Cody Punter Northern News Services Arviat

Some of Arviat’s finest musicians showcased their skills on national television last week thanks to Evano Aggark Jr. and his wife Nuatie, who organized a live broadcast concert for Isuma TV. “It was a pretty awesome show,” Aggark said the following day. “There were a few people from other provinces and the NWT who watched it on Facebook and TV and they commented, and they are congratulating us.” During the community’s five-month lockdown, Arviat’s musicians were confined to playing on their own or with family members. However, since restrictions were lifted last month, Arviat has been opening up the doors of its community hall for musicians to jam seven nights a week. Although he doesn’t play himself, Aggark, who works as a cameraman for Isuma TV, said he tries to make it out to watch people play almost every night. On most nights, Aggark will live-stream the shows on his personal Facebook page. One day his live stream caught the eye of his boss at Isuma TV in Montreal. “My boss saw the live media and I asked if we could go live on TV and she said yes,” Aggark told Kivalliq News. For the concert, Aggark put together a lineup of local musicians including one of Arviat’s best known accordion players, Johnny Kaviok Sr. “He’s usually the one who plays the accordion at the square dances. Everyone loves his tunes and his moves. He’s the best in town,” said Aggark. The town hall may have been absent of sweaty danc-

ers linking arms, but it was still full of energy. The night kicked off with throat singer Lois Suluk-Locke, who received the Diamond Jubilee medal for her work with Inuit Elders and youth in 2012. Following that, Kaviok and singers Mark Arualak and Mark Nanauk took turns leading a band consisting of local talent, with Paul Otuk Jr. on bass, Rankin Inlet’s Paliak Kapuk on drums and William Bob Issumatarjuak on lead guitar. “There’s a lot of talented instrumentalists here,” Arualak said the morning after the performance. Arualak told Kivalliq News that he only had a few sessions to practice with the band before going on live television. He said he’s used to playing Arviat’s Inuumariit Music Festival but this was his first time playing on live TV. “These guys I played with, they got experience. That helped me a lot last night,” he said. Arualak moved to Arviat from Whale Cove in 1993. He has been playing guitar since he was a boy but only started singing about 11 years ago. “I used to play a little bit with Allan Voisey in Whale Cove back in ‘78,” he said. He released an album with his daughter Kimberly in the early 2000s and he played some of that repertoire at Mark Kalluak Hall last Wednesday night. One song he played, Ataattaga, is about his love for his father. “I love my dad because he raised me with love. He’s still showing love towards his kids and his grandchildren and I love him for that,” he said, explaining the lyrics, which he sings in Inuktitut. “I want to be with my dad but I am also a dad now. What he was going through then I am going through

now.” Arualak said he would love to see another cohort of Arviat performers get the chance to play on live TV. “There’s a lot of talented young people here that can do this too. I know they’ll show up,” he said. Aggark couldn’t say whether another performance would be broadcast on Isuma TV anytime soon. However, he plans to keep going to Mark Kalluak Hall to live stream Arviat’s late night jam sessions. “I just go there and hang out. It’s really fun to listen to the tunes.”

ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐹᓕᐊᖅ ᖃᐳᑦ ᕿᓚᐅᔾᔭᖅᑎ, ᐹᓪ ᐅᑐᖅ ᓄᑲᖅᖠᖅ ᑯᑭᒃᑕᐹᖅᑎ, ᒪᑯᓯ ᐊᕈᐊᓛᖅ ᑯᑭᒃᑕᒫᖅᑎ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑎᑕᐅᑎᓃᑦᑐᖅ ᔮᓂ ᖃᕕᐅᖅ ᐊᖓᔪᒃᖠᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒪᑯᓯ ᓇᓇᐅᖅ. ᐊᔾᔨ ᐃᕚᓄ ᐊᒡᒑᖅ ᓄᑲᖅᖠᕐᒥᙶᖅᑐᖅ.

Isuma TV broadcasted a live concert from Arviat on May 12. The event was organized by Evano Aggark Jr. and his wife Nuatie. Pictured are Paliak Kapuk on drums, Paul Otuk Jr. on bass, Mark Arualak on guitar and accordion players Johnny Kaviok Sr. and Mark Nanauk. photo courtesy of Evano Aggark Jr.

ᐊᕐᕕᐊᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᐃᒻᖏᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᕆᑉᓗᓂ ᐃᕚᓄ ᐊᒡᒑᖅ ᓄᑲᖅᖠᖅ, ᐅᐊᔪᓕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓱᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᓐᓂᐊᖅᑕᖓᓂᒃ. ᑎᑕᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᒪᑯᓯ ᐊᕈᐊᓛᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ, ᒪᑯᓯ ᓇᓇᐅᖅ, ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎᐅᓚᐅᖅᑑᒃ ᑎᑕᒃᑐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᑦ ᐃᒻᖏᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐹᓪ ᐅᑐᖅ ᓄᑲᖅᖠᖅ ᑯᑭᒃᑕᐹᕐᓃᖦᖢᓂ, ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᖅ ᐹᓕᐊᖅ ᖃᐳᑦ ᕿᓚᐅᑎᓃᖦᖢᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᐃᓕᔭᒻ ᐹᑉ ᐃᓱᒪᑕᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎᒋᔭᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᑯᑭᒃᑕᐹᖅᑐᓂᒃ. ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᔾᔨ ᐅᐊᔪᓕᐊᖑᓯᒪᔪᒥᙶᖅᑐᖅ.

A view of Arviat’s concert from camerman Evano Aggark Jr., who filmed the show for Isuma TV. The concert featured performances from Mark Arualak and, Mark Nanauk, who took turns leading a band consisting of local talent, with Paul Otuk Jr. on bass, Rankin Inlet’s Paliak Kapuk on drums and William Bob Issumatarjuak on lead guitar. screenshot from video


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Mental Health Week celebrated on the land By Cody Punter Northern News Servic es

Rankin Inlet celebrated Mental Health Week May 3 to 9 with a host of activities intended to get people working together. Throughout the week, adults and children were invited to enter their art to win prizes based on the number of likes they received on Facebook. There was an adult scavenger hunt organized early in the week. Then, over the weekend, there were a variety of activities on the land near Johnson Cove. The first was a competition to see who could chisel a hole through the ice the fastest using traditional tools. The other was a contest to see who could catch a fish fastest. A community volunteer helped drill 25 fishing holes so each person at Johnson Cove had a chance to win the fishing contest. The events generated positive feedback from the community, according to Sheila Schweder, child and youth co-ordinator for the Department of Health. “We can support our community in different ways for our mental wellness and this is one of those ways,” she said.

ᐃᓱᒪᒧᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᒥ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒍᑕᐅᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᒥ ᓂᕙᐃᔭ ᑐᓪᓕᒃ ᑕᑯᖅᑯᔾᔨᕗᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑕᖓᓂ ᓵᓚᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᖓᔪᖓᓐᓂ ᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓱᒃᑲᓛᖑᔪᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂᐅᒧᒥ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᒧᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᒥ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ, ᒪᐃ 3 –ᒥ 9 –ᒧᑦ .

ᓇᖕᒪᓕᒃ ᐱᓱᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕼᐋᓇ ᓇᓄᕐᓗᒃ ᓵᓚᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓯᑯᒥ ᑑᖅᓯᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ .

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒍᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᒧᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᒥ ᒪᐃ 3–ᒥ 9–ᒧᑦ ᖃᔅᓯᕈᓘᔭᕐᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᒋᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᓕᒫᒥ, ᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓱᕈᓰᑦ ᖃᐃᖁᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᒥᓂᑦ ᑐᓂᓯᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᐅᓯᐊᓂ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᐅᒋᔭᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᓚᐅᖅᑕᒥᓂ ᕙᐃᔅᐳᒃᑯᑦ. ᐃᓐᓇᕐᓄᑦ ᕿᓂᖅᓴᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᐸᓗᐊᓂ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᔪᒥ. ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒃ, ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᑉ ᓄᙳᐊᓂ, ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᒥ Johnson Cove ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ. ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖅ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᑭᓇ ᐊᖕᒪᔪᕐᒥ ᑑᖅᓯᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᓯᑯᒃᑯᑦ ᓱᒃᑲᓛᖑᔪᒥ ᐊᑐᕐᓗᓂ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᑕᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᐊᓯᖓ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑭᓇ ᐃᖃᓗᒍᓐᓇᕐᒪᖔᑦ ᓱᒃᑲᓛᖑᔪᒥ. ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᑭᓕᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᓇᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑎᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᑰᑕᖅᓯᓂᕐᒥ 25–ᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᓴᕐᕕᒃᓴᓂ ᐊᖕᒪᔪᓂ ᐊᑐᓂ ᐃᓄᒃ Johnson Cove–ᒥ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑕ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᒐᓱᖕᓂᕐᒥ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐱᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓰᓚ ᓱᐲᑐᕐ, ᓱᕈᓯᒃᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᖅ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓂ. “ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᔪᓐᓇᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓱᒪᒧᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᙱᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᓇ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᖃᑕᐅᕗᖅ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ.

ᐃᐊᕆᓐ ᐊᖏᓪᓕᒃ, ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᑯᕋᐃᒡ ᐱᐅᑦᓵᓪ ᐃᑰᑕᖅᐳᑦ ᓯᑯᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᒐᓱᒡᕕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᖕᒪᔪᓂ ᐊᐃᒥ ᖃᓗᔾᔭᖅ ᓯᑭᑑᑉ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ ᓇᖏᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ .

Nangmalik Pissuk and Hanna Nanordluk won first place in the ice chiselling contest. photo courtesy of Sheila Schweder

ᐊᒡᒐᑕ ᓇᐅᔭ, ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᒥᓚᓂ ᓴᑉᒍᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᒧᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᒥ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᑕᖅᑭᐅᑉ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᐸᓗᐊᓂ .

Nevaeh Tudlik shows off the fish that won her third place in the fastest fish catching competition during Mental Health Week events in Rankin Inlet, May 3 to 9. photo courtesy of Sheila Schweder

Agatha Nauya, left, and Melanie Subgut were on hand for Mental Health Week events in Rankin Inlet earlier this month. photo courtesy of Sheila Schweder

ᑳᓕᑦ ᓂᓚᐅᓚᒃ, ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ, ᓈᑎᐊ ᑲᐅᑕᒃ, ᐳᕈᒃ ᓱᕖᑐᕐ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑐᕋᓐᑦ ᓱᕖᑐᕐ ᐊᓃᖃᑎᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᒪᕇᓇ ᐱᓱ ᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐲᑐᕆᔅ ᐱᓱ ᖕᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᒧᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᒥ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ, ᒪᐃ 3 –ᒥ 9 –ᒧᑦ .

Collette Nilaulak, left, Nadia Kowtak, Brooke Schweder and Trent Schweder hang out with Marina Pissuk and Beatrice Pissuk during Mental Health Week events in Rankin Inlet, May 3 to 9. photo courtesy of Sheila Schweder

Aaron Angidlik, left, and Craig Beardsall drill ice fishing holes while Amy Kaludjak stands by on a sled. photo courtesy of Sheila Schweder

ᐊᓖᓴ ᑐᓗᒐᓐᓇᖅ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᕗᖅ ᐱᖓᓱᓂ–ᐅᑭᐅᓕᖕᒥ ᑐᕋᓐᑦ ᓱᕖᑐᕐ ᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓇᔭᖓ ᐳᕈᒃ ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ .

Allysha Tologanak teaches three-year-old Trent Schweder to jig while his sister Brooke watches. photo courtesy of Sheila Schweder


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Soaring construction costs may jeopardize some GN projects Inflation ‘will influence project budgets in a new way,’ territorial government warns By Derek Neary Northern News Services Nunavut

Wood has long been scarce and highly valued in essentially treeless Nunavut, but the price of lumber and plywood has skyrocketed over the past several months, driving up construction costs. There’s a possibility that some public projects may consequently be delayed or cancelled, the Government of Nunavut acknowledged. “When the bid prices come in over budget … some projects might be reconsidered, others might be delayed,” the Department of Community and Government Services (CGS) stated. “(The) GN will adjust future project budgets based on the evolving market conditions at the time. Inflationary realities will influence project budgets in a new way going forward. The price of lumber jumped by 30 per cent over the past year, according to the GN. But it’s not just lumber expenses that have been climbing steadily. Steel has risen by up to 25

per cent over the past 12 months, insulation is up by 22 per cent and drywall is almost 20 per cent more expensive year over year, the GN stated. Copper is up more than 30 per cent from 2020. “In general, the demand for construction materials has increased since COVID-19,” reads a statement from CGS. Among the reasons for the spike in price of construction materials are disruptions in supply chains, declining production due to labour shortages and a growing demand for home renovations. Commodities and materials are not the only components that influence bid prices, however. Risk, COVID-19, freight, fuel, labour and accommodations are some of the other factors at play. “Another contributing factor to rising costs was that GN has had to pay for many tradespeople while they spend time in the construction hubs,” CGS stated. “The cost of this alone during the 2020 construction season was an estimated at $20.4 million. As we see that COVID-19

is now impacting the 2021 construction season, we do expect that the impact on the general cost of construction will continue. “It is worth noting that not all projects are impacted the same as the components of materials required vary among types of projects. The GN has always had to balance the fiscal challenges with delivering the maximum infrastructure projects to Nunavummiut and COVID-19 has added new fiscal challenges and realities to this process.” Statistics Canada data released earlier this month shows that residential building construction increased 5.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2021, marking the largest increase since that particular statistic was first tracked in 2017. Historically low interest rates are another reason Statistics Canada cited for the surge in demand for housing. The average cost of building each new public housing unit was already soaring for the GN, reaching $641,831 in 2019-20. That was a 20 per cent escalation from $533,689 a year earlier. In 2017-18, it cost

ᕿᔪᖕᓂ ᐊᑭᖏᑦ ᖁᕝᕙᕆᐊᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ 30 ᐳᓴᓐᑎᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓂ. ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᓇᑉᐸᖅᑎᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓱᓇᒃᑯᑖᑦ ᖁᕝᕙᕆᐊᖅᓯᒪᒋᕗᑦ ᐊᑭᖏᓐᓂ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐃᓱᒪᒃᓴᖅᓯᐅᕆᔭᕆᐊᖃᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᓇᑉᐸᖅᑎᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᑭᖑᕙᕆᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓗᓂ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ.

Lumber prices have risen 30 per cent over the past year, according to the Government of Nunavut. Other construction materials have also spiked in price, which may force the territorial government to reconsider some construction projects or delay others. Pixabay photo $481,000 to construct a new home, on average. Speaking in the legislative assembly in October 2020, Nunavut Housing Corporation president Terry Audla attributed the rising costs to inflation, such as the surging prices of materials and shipping. He said the housing corporation’s changes in design, such as roofing that’s less

prone to mould accumulation, also accounts for greater expenses. In Clyde River, the craving for building materials may have led to a crime. A resident posted on social media earlier this month that 30 sheets of plywood went missing from his employer’s property. He asked for the community’s help if someone tries to sell any of the goods.

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Pandemic prevents crowning of Iqaluit Hockey League champs Championship series shut down for second consecutive year due to COVID-19 By James McCarthy Northern News Services Iqaluit

Isaac Freda of Team Paul, left, wins the face-off against Mitchell Tilley of Team Jordan during action in the Iqaluit Cup 4-on-4 hockey tournament in April. The tournament was part of the Iqaluit Hockey League’s season, which was shut down in late April without a crowned champion for a second straight year. NNSL file photo

Covid-19 has wiped out everything there is in Iqaluit for the better part of the last four weeks. So it should come as no surprise that the Iqaluit Hockey League has shut down its season and, for the second consecutive year, there will be no declared champion. The championship series pitted Canadrill up against Tower Arctic, the top two teams in the regular season, and it did get underway on April 14 with Tower Arctic winning the opener, 9-4. But then Covid-19 hit, putting the season on pause. Dwayne Twerdin, the league’s president, said he and the players were hopeful that there may be a return once things began to improve. But it never came and time became the enemy. “We held out hope but everything is staying shut down,” he said. “We got the notification after the first game and the recreation department said there would be no chance we could play.” For Twerdin personally, it was a gut punch as it was the second year in a row his team got to the final only to have it not happen. “At least we got one game in,” he said. “It is what it is at the end of the day. We were holding out hope because there had been false positives before and that’s what we thought it would be again but when it came back confirmed positive, that’s when

it all got real.” Someone thought they were being funny one day and decided to anoint Tower Arctic on the league’s Facebook page but Twerdin said that was quickly taken down because nothing official had been decided upon. “As a board, we decided just to shut it down and not hand out the championship again,” he said. So can the final be played in the summer? That’s up to the city and whether they want to open up the facilities or not, said Twerdin. From what he’s hearing, that may not happen, either. “I’d like to see it happen in the summer but it all depends on if the city decides to open arenas,” he said. “If we can, I’d like to have maybe a small exhibition series with the players and maybe even play the final but there won’t be any discussion about anything hockey until the city makes a decision.” And so the league spends another summer waiting, wishing and hoping for better days. But it should be noted that there was a full season, including two tournaments: the annual 4-on-4 tournament in December and the Iqaluit Cup, which took place in April. Twerdin said the league’s sponsors were great in coming on board, even during a pandemic. “We had Canadrill, DJ Specialties, QC (Qikiqtaaluk Corporation) and Tower Arctic, which was our new sponsor this year,” he said. “Without them, we don’t have a league and it’s important to recognize those companies.”

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There’s a farmer in Belgium who has done something I have always wanted to do: cause an international incident. Seriously, the BBC reported that a farmer in the Belgian village of Erquelinnes was out in his tractor earlier this month and was a bit annoyed to see a large stone in his path. He picked it up and moved it, like you and I would do. But a history enthusiast was walking in a forest one day and noticed this stone was out of place. What the farmer had done, unwittingly, was move the border marker between Belgium and France thus giving Belgium an extra 7.5-ft worth of land. The mayor in his town joked and said it made his town bigger but the mayor of the French town on the other side didn’t think it so funny. I won’t go into detail about how this is being settled because it’s ridiculous but suffice it to say I’m jealous of this man. Anyway: Meanwhile in Canada ... Maybe I was wrong about the Carolina Hurricanes. Maybe the people in Raleigh-Durham give a toss about the hockey team there after all. Did you see that crowd for their opening playoff game versus the Nashville Predators on May 17? What a beautiful sight. Whatever they had in attendance will be exactly that many more than the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets will have sitting in seats combined. Hell, even the Florida Panthers will have more fans than those four combined and when’s the last time you could legitimately say that? It’s playoff hockey, kids, and it’s not the same without the fans. And if you don’t think the players didn’t feel it, check out the reaction of Nashville’s Filip Forsberg when he scored Game 1’s opening goal. The first thing

he did was give it to some Carolina fans. How long do you think he, and anyone else, has been waiting to do that? Oh, and in case you’re wondering, there will finally be golf Ontario and expect tee times to increase once the Leafs do their annual crap-out in round one. Leicester City is awesome My favourite soccer team outside of Scotland is Leicester City in the English Premier League. Call it a bandwagon thing but there’s something to be said about smaller clubs sticking it up the bigger clubs. Case in point: Leicester City just won the FA Cup competition, my favourite sports tournament on the planet, by beating Chelsea, one of those big clubs. Another feather in the cap for the team that won the Premier League in shocking fashion in 2016, leading to them being dubbed ‘The Unbelievables’. The FA Cup, though, is one of the toughest trophies to win and the Foxes did it. The team celebrated with their fans (yes, actual humanity was allowed to watch the final at Wembley Stadium in London) but one of the better celebrations came with Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the team’s chairman of the board. Aiyawatt’s father, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was chairman until he was killed in that terrible helicopter crash in 2018, meaning sonny boy took over. Nothing changed, really, as the son has simply done what the old man did: keep his nose out of business, pay the bills, sign the paycheques and let the team do its thing. It was obvious that the players love Aiyawatt, which is something a lot of other owners around England can’t say right now. All Aiyawatt wanted to do was go around, shake a few hands and let the players celebrate but the players wanted him to jump two feet in. How jealous do you think the Glazer family is seeing this?

SPorts Talk James McCarthy is the sports editor at NNSL Media. Reach him at sports@nnsl.com

And finally ... Good Idea: Owners helping fans travel to games. Bad Idea: Owners helping fans travel to games as a publicity stunt. The UEFA Champions League final is happening in Portugal on May 29 and Chelsea is in it against Manchester City. Not sure who to cheer for in this one because I can’t stand either but Manchester City will have its fans in attendance thanks to its owner, Sheikh Mansour. That’s because Mansour will foot the bill for 6,000 supporters to make the trip in. Now, I’ve been reading about how this is such generosity on the part of Mansour and oh, isn’t he such a benevolent fellow? If you believe this benevolence is out of the goodness of his heart, think again. No matter what you read, this is all a PR stunt because Manchester City was part of this Super League garbage that has hopefully found the trash bin of eternity. City’s fans were just as pissed as the other five English teams – Chelsea included – that this whole thing found legs. Mansour is now trying to make up for it and will be making up for it for quite some time. It’s Mansour’s money and he can do with it what he desires but spare me this narrative about generosity. This is penance. Until next time, folks ...


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Nursing program introduced in Kivalliq; teacher program expands Nunavut Arctic College brings nursing diploma program to Rankin Inlet; Naujaat, Whale Cove get access to teaching degrees By Cody Punter Northern News Services Nunavut

For the first time ever, aspiring nurses in the Kivalliq will get the chance to study in Rankin Inlet thanks to Nunavut Arctic College’s inaugural licensed practical nurse diploma. The program was designed with a view to support Rankin’s new Elders care facility, which is set to open when the first cohort graduates in three years, said Matthew Ayres, vice-president of NAC’s Kivalliq campus. “That is our hope,” said Ayres. The three-year diploma includes a pre-health sciences course that is taken in the first year, followed by a full two-year licensed practical nurse program. There will also be more options for aspiring teachers in small communities to get teaching degrees beginning this fall. On top of existing education programs in Rankin Inlet, Baker Lake, Arviat and Coral Harbour, the college will be offering bachelors of education in Naujaat and Whale

Cove for the first time. The effort to train more teachers is being supported as part of the federal and territorial governments’ efforts to recruit more Inuktitut-speaking teachers, according to Ayres. “We’ve got a lot of federal funding to promote Inuktitut education,” he said. “It’s a popular program and it’s most definitely something we’re focusing on as part of the government’s mandate.” NAC’s teacher education program is a full four-year university university degree that’s offered in partnership with Memorial University. The existing cohorts in Arviat and Coral Harbour are in the process of completing their degree cycle and will not be accepting new students. However, Rankin Inlet, Baker Lake, Whale Cove and Naujaat are all accepting first year applicants. The different modules of the bachelor of education are taught by teachers who travel around Nunavut to complete the syllabus, so students do not not need to leave their communities to study. Ayres said the programs in Whale

Cove and Naujaat are currently tentative but he is hoping enough people enrol to generate interest. He pointed to the success of the bachelor of education program in Arviat, which is currently entering its final year, as an example of the potential for expanding into smaller communities. “There could be as many 15 people graduating this year. That’s a really big number out of Arviat,” said Ayres. Adult education NAC will also continue to deliver adult education courses throughout the Kivalliq. An updated version of the Getting Ready for Employment and Training (GREAT) program will be offered in Baker Lake, Arviat and Rankin Inlet. Ayres said the previous program wasn’t meeting its original objective, which is why it’s being modified. “It’s a job skills program for people that are new to working or who have struggled in the wage economy,” he said. “It will have a beefed up life skills and work skills program, along with a literacy component.”

NAC will also continue to offer its PASS program in Arviat, Baker Lake, Whale Cove and Rankin Inlet. That option is for people who are close to finishing high school but weren’t able to complete all their modules. “When they finish, they don’t get a GED, they actually get a Nunavut diploma,” said Ayres. For people who don’t have the educational requirements to get into the PASS program, there is also an adult basic education essential skills program offered in every community throughout the Kivalliq. “That is simply getting students up to a secondary school level,” Ayres said. Talk of the trades Aside from education programming, NAC will continue to provide a full complement of courses, including social work, management studies and the college’s highly popular trades diplomas in Rankin Inlet. NAC’s trades program is special because it allows students the chance complete the academic portion of

their studies while also fulfilling the first few years of their apprenticeship. In total, there will be five different trade courses offered: electrical, plumbing, carpentry, housing maintainer and oil heat system technician. “Students in that program are referred and they are paid to do that training. They graduate not only with a diploma but level two of their training,” said Ayres. “If I was to go back to school, that is the route I would take.” Ayres said NAC is planning to extend a pilot project from last year whereby students in all five trades are given a house to construct by the housing corporation. “They are going to be doing their work experience on a real-life build,” he said. The deadline to apply for all of NAC’s courses is May 31. Although Ayres is encouraging people to get their applications in on time, he said late submissions would be accepted as long as the applicant met all the requirements and there is still space in the program.


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