Nunavut News - Oct. 25, 2021 Edition

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ᓄᑖᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑏᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦᑕ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓ ᐱᔪᒪᕗᖅ ‘ᐊᑲᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ’

Volume 76 Issue 26 MONDAY, October 25, 2021 $.95 (plus GST)

ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦ ᐸᓯᒃᖠᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᓚᐅᙱᓐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᔪᒥ ᓇᐃᓴᐅᓯᕆᓂᑦᑎᐊᕙᐅᓚᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥ; ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ‘ᒪᑐᐃᖓᕗᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐋᔩᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ

New NEU president wants a ‘fair deal’ Union alleges GN withheld key miscalculation; Department of Human Resources ‘open to meet for negotiations’

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Iqaluit water contaminant most likely kerosene or diesel: CPHO Petition launched for better Elder care

Food Centre hosts Iqaluit candidates forum

Iqaluit girls hit the ice for World Girls Hockey Weekend Publication mail Contract #40012157

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Utak Avaala, standing by her namesake’s Inukshuk, submitter Bertha Pooyataq Mannik’s great grandfather Utak’s inukshuk, May 22, 2021 about 31 miles out of Baker Lake. See more Amazing On-the-land photos on page 9. Photo courtesy of Bertha Pooyataq Mannik



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ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑐᖏᓕᐊᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒥ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᕿᒧᒃᓯᖅᑏᑦ, ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᐃᑲᔫᑎᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᑐᓂᓯᒍᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᕿᒻᒥᖃᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᕿᒧᒃᓯᐅᑎᒋᕙᒃᑕᒥᖕᓂᒃ. ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ ᐱᖓᓱᓄᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᕿᒻᒥᓕᕆᔨᑦ ᕿᒧᒃᓯᐅᑎᓕᑦ. ᐊᑐᓂ ᐃᑲᔫᓯᐊᖅᑖᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᐱᑎᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ $3,000-ᓂᒃ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐊᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᑐᓐᓂᐅᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ. ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᑎᑭᓪᓗᒍ ᒫᑦᓯ 2023-ᒧᑦ. “ᑐᖏᓕᐊᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᐅᓕᖅᐸᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᓕᖅᐸᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑕᐅᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑦ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖄᖅ ᐅᓛᔪᒃ ᐊᑭᓱᒃ. “ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᕿᒧᒃᓯᓕᕆᖏᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᕐᒪᑕ ᐊᑐᓕᖁᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᒪᓕᒡᓗᒋᑦ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᓱᓕᑦᓯᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᒋᐊᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᓪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ.” ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᓂᒃ ᕿᒻᒥᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᐅᑎᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᒃᓴᓂᒃ, ᑕᒪᒃᑯᐊᓗ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᐅᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ 2020–ᒥ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᒃᑲᓐᓂᖁᔭᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ. ᑐᒃᓯᕋᐅᑎᖃᕈᒪᔪᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᖓᓂ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᑕᑕᑎᕆᖃᑎᒋᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᖢᓂ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᑎᑦᑎᔨᖓᑦ, ᐅᖃᓗᒡᕕᐅᓗᓂᓘᓐᓃᑦ 1-867-975-8441. ᐃᓱᓕᕕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᐅᑎᖃᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᑎᓴᐱᕆ 31, 2021, ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖅᑖᕋᔭᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᑎᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᔭᓐᓄᐊᕆ 31, 2022. please see Support, page 12

ᓇᐹᖅᑐᖅ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒡᕕᒃᓯᐅᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓲᓯᐊᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐱᑎᑦᓯᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᓚᒌᓄᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ

ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐊᐃᙱᓕᒧᑦ ᓇᐹᖅᑑᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ, ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᐅᕋᓱᐊᙱᖦᖢᑎᒃ ᑲᒪᔨᑦ ᑐᓂᕐᕈᑎᖃᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓲᓯᐊᓂᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖕᓇᒥ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ Amazonᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓲᓯᐊᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᒥᐅᓄᑦ ᑎᑭᓵᕆᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᓂᒃ. ᓂᐅᕕᖅᑕᐅᒐᐃᖓᑕ ᖁᕕᐊᓲᓯᐊᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᑦ ᐱᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᓂᒃ, ᓇᒃᓯᐅᑎᔭᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᑎᑭᓵᕆᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐊᐃᙱᓕᑦ ᓇᐹᖅᑐᖓᓐᓄᑦ ᐴᖅᑲᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᔪᒃᓴᐅᑕᐅᓗᑎᒡᓗ ᐃᓚᒌᓄᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖃᖏᓐᓂᖅᓴᓄᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖕᓇᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥ. “ᑕᒪᒃᑯᐊ ᓱᕈᓯᑦ ᐱᖃᖏᓐᓂᖅᓴᐃᑦ ᐱᑎᑕᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒥ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᖃᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᒍᑦ Amazon–ᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᓗᑕ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓕᓴᐱᑦ ᐱᓛᓐ–ᒧᐊᕆ, ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᐃᙱᓕᒃᑯᑦ ᓇᐹᖅᑐᖏᓐᓂ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖕᓇᒥ. ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥᐅᑕᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᓴᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᑐᓂᕐᕈᑎᖃᖃᑦᑕᕆᓪᓗᑎᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐸᓯᒥᒃ ᑕᑕᑎᕆᕙᒃᖢᑎᒃ ᑐᓂᕐᕈᑎᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᒌᓄᑦ ᓇᔪᖅᑕᐅᕕᖕᒦᑦᑐᓄᑦ, ᒪᑐᐃᖅᑕᐅᒃᐸᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᓪᓗ ᐃᓚᐅᑎᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ. ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦ ᐃᓄᒃᓱᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓂ “ᐃᓚᐅᑎᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᕆᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᖢᑎᒃ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᓛᓐ–ᒧᐊᕆ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᖃᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐴᖅᑲᐃᑎᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒡᓗ. please see Angel, page 12

ᕼᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᔪᒪᕗᑦ ᑕᒪᒃᑯᓂᖓ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᓯᒪᕙᒌᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑕᒪᐃᑎᒍᑦ ᐃᑎᕈᓐᓇᖃᑦᑕᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᓄᑦ

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ ᐊᒃᑐᐱᕆ 12, ᕼᐊᒻᓚᑯᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᕋᓛᖏᑦ 326, ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᕐᒧᐊᕆᐊᖃᙱᑎᑦᑎᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥᐅᓂᒃ ᓇᓂᒥᐅᑕᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᒡᓗ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᖁᑎᖃᙱᑐᐊᖅᐸᑕ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᓯᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19−ᒧᑦ, ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᓄᑦ ᑐᖏᓕᐊᓂ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᖢᓂᓗ. ᐱᖁᔭᖓᑦ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑕᐅᒃᐸᑦ, ᑲᐱᔭᐅᓯᒪᖏᑦᑐᑦ ᑭᒃᑯᑐᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᐃᑎᖅᑎᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᐊᙱᑉᐳᑦ ᓯᐊᕐᕆᔮᕐᕕᖕᒧᑦ, ᐱᓐᖑᐊᕐᕕᖕᒧᑦ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓄᓪᓗ ᕼᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᖁᑎᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᖅᑐᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᑭᓕᐅᑎᖃᖅᐸᑕ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᔭᖅᑐᖅᐸᑕᓗ. ᑭᒃᑯᑐᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᑲᐱᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖏᑦᑐᑦ ᐃᑎᖅᑎᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᒧᑦ ᒪᑐᐊᖅᓯᒪᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ. ᒪᓕᒐᕋᓛᖅ ᒪᓕᒐᙳᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᓄᕕᐱᕆ 30-ᒥ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᒪᓕᒐᐅᖏᓐᓇᕐᓗᓂᓗ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᒪᓕᒐᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑎᑕᐅᒃᐸᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᖅᑐᓕᕆᒍᑎᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᐃᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑎᑕᐅᒃᐸᑕ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓄᕙᕐᔪᐊᕐᓇᒥᒃ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᕐᓗᑎᒃ. ᒪᓕᒐᑦ ᐱᖓᔪᖓᓂ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥᓗ ᐊᒃᑐᐱᕆ 25-ᖑᓕᖅᐸᑦ. please see Hamlet, page 12

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fact file Nunavut COVID-19 situation as of Oct. 19 Active cases: 7 Confirmed cases: 674 Recovered cases: 663 Deaths: 4

Vaccine uptake: 25,663 first doses – 88 per cent over age 12 22,485 second doses – 77 per cent over age 12 Source: Government of Nunavut Department of Health

‘ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᓯᐊᒍᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ’ ᓕᓐ ᕿᓚᕝᕙᖅ ᓱᖏᐅᑎᕙᓪᓕᐊᕗᖅ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᒥ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᓱᒻᒥᖅᑐᐃᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᒻᒧᑦ Northern News Services

ᓕᓐ ᕿᓚᕝᕙᖅ ᖁᕕᐊᑉᐳᖅ ᑕᑯᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᐊᕈᓰᑦ ᐅᑎᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᐸᒃᓯᒪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓕᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒧᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒥ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑎᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᓕᕈᓂ ᐋᑐᕚᒥ. ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᖓᓂ ᐃᓱᒻᒥᖅᑐᐃᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕌᓂᒃᑐᓄᑦ–ᖁᑦᑎᖕᓂᖅᓴᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒥ, ᑕᐅᑐᙳᐊᕐᓂᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᑦ (NS) ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓂ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᓕᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᒧᑦ ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓂ, ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᑯᐃᑉ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᖅᑎᖓᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᒥᐊᕆ ᓴᐃᒪᓐᒧᑦ, ᐃᓅᓪᓗᓂ. “ᐱᐅᕐᔪᐊᕋᔭᖅᐳᖅ,” ᕿᓚᕝᕙᖅ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. “ᐱᒻᒪᕆᕐᔪᐊᖑᓇᔭᖅᐳᖅ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓂᐊᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐃᓅᓯᖅ ᐋᖅᑭᖕᓂᖓᓂ. ᐱᐅᕐᔪᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑰᔨᕗᖅ, ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᕙᓂ ᐋᑐᕚᒥ — ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕇᒃᑯᑏᑦ ᐱᐅᕗᑦ, ᐱᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᑦᑎᒃᐳᑦ. ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᓂᐅᕗᖅ ᓈᒻᒪᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᓂ ᒪᓕᒐᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ … ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᑦ ᐊᑦᑕᓇᖅᑐᒦᙱᓐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᕙᓂ ᑕᐃᒫᒃ ᒥᑭᑦᑑᓪᓗᑕ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᓂᒌᒃᖢᑕ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᐅᒐᑦᑕ.” ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᐊᕈᓰᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᓚᐅᕋᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 7–ᒥ, ᕿᓚᕝᕙᖅ ᐸᕐᓇᒃᐸᓪᓕᐊᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᒥ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᕆᓂᐊᖅᑕᖓᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ ᒫᔾᔨᒥ, ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓪᓗᓂ ᓯᕗᕚᖓᓂ, ᒧᐊᕐᓕ ᕼᐋᓐᓯᓐᒥ, ᓄᖅᑲᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑦ 31–ᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᒃᑯᓐᓂ. ᒪᕐᕈᐃᖅᓱᖅᖢᓂ-ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᑕᒫᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᖃᖃᑦᑕᖅᐳᖅ 8– ᖑᔪᓂ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᓕᒫᖅᓯᐅᑎᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᑦ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓪᓗᓂ ᖄᖏᐅᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕈᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᒃᓴᓂ. ᐱᖓᓱᓂ ᐅᓪᓘᑉ ᐃᓚᐃᓐᓇᖓᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᑕᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᖏᓐᓂᑦᑕᐅᖅ. ᕿᓚᕝᕙᖅ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᖃᕆᕗᖅ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᒃᓴᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᑖᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐸᖅᑭᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᕝᕕᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᒪᒋᓪᓗᓂᒋᑦ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ “ᑭᓱᕈᓘᔭᐅᔪᓂ,”ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᐃᓕᓴᐃᔨᐅᙱᒃᑲᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᐱᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᓂ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ 34–ᖑᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓂ ᐊᐱᕆᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᐊᕈᓯᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᕈᖅᓴᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᖕᒪᑦ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᒃᖢᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖓᓐᓂ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᒥ. ᐅᑯᐊ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᐅᔪᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᖃᕐᓂᕆᕙᖓ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐅᕙᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᖃᓂᒻᒪᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᔪᓂ, ᐃᓕᑦᑎᓂᖅ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᒃᑰᖏᓐᓇᕐᒪᑦ ᓱᓕ. “ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᐊᕈᓯᖕᓃᑦᑐᖃᙱᒻᒪᑦ, ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᖏᓛᖑᔪᒥ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐅᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᖃᕐᓂᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓂ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ. ᐅᕙᓐᓄᑦ, (ᐃᓄᐃᑦ) ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖓ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᓂᑦᑐᒥ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᐱᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᑳᕐᕕᐅᕗᖅ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᐅᔪᓄᑦ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. “ᐊᖏᓛᖑᔪᖅ (ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᒥᓂ) ᑐᓵᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᐱᕐᔪᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓕᑦᑎᓂᕆᔭᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᓚᐅᖅᑕᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᐊᕈᓯᖏᓐᓂ, ᑕᑯᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᐱᖅᑲᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᒥᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑐᑭᓯᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᖏᓐᓂ. “ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑏᑦ, ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᒃᐳᖓ, ᐊᑐᕐᓂᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᔪᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᓱᓕ. ᐃᓕᓴᐃᔨᕗᑦ ᐱᐅᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᑦ. ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᑲᑎᙵᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᑦ ᑕᕐᓂᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ, ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᒃᑰᕋᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ.”ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᓱᓕ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᔭᖃᑦᑎᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓕᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᔭᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᑦ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ.” ᕿᓚᕝᕙᖅ, ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓕᒪᓂᖃᓪᓗᐊᑕᕋᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᐃᓱᓕᑦᑎᓚᐅᙱᓚᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᒻᒥ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕈᒪᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᖏᑦ ᐃᓚᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ “ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ, ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᓯᐊᒍᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ.” ᑎᒍᒥᐊᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ

“ᑕᐅᑐᒃᑕᑐᐊᕆᖃᐃᓐᓇᖅᑕᕋ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕐᕕᒋᓯᒪᔭᓐᓂ ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᖕᓂᓐᓂ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᓂᖃᕈᓐᓇᕋᔭᕐᒪᖔᕐᒪ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕆᔭᓐᓂ,” ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓕᓐ ᕿᓚᕝᕙᖅ, ᓱᓕ ᓄᑖᖑᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᖓᓄᑦ ᐃᓱᒻᒥᖅᑐᐃᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕌᓂᒃᑐᓄᑦ–ᖁᑦᑎᖕᓂᖅᓴᒧᑦᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒥ ᐋᑐᕚᒥ.

“My main focus of where I’ve worked is where I feel I could make an impact on helping Inuit in whichever way that I can,” says Lynn Kilabuk, who is still new to the job as executive director of the Nunavut Sivuniksavut post-secondary program in Ottawa. Photo courtesy of Lynn Kilabuk

ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᓐᓂ, ᑲᑭᕙᒃ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᓐᓂ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅᖅᑎᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᐅᕋᓱᐊᖅᑎᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᒃ ᑎᒥᖁᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ, ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᑉ ᑐᖏᓕᕆᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ. ᓅᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐋᑐᕚᒧᑦ ᐃᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ, ᕿᓚᒻᒥᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒃ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖑᓪᓗᓂ ᓛᒐ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᖕᒧᑦ ᖃᔅᓯᒐᓚᖕᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᓅᓚᐅᖅᑳᕋᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ. “ᑕᐅᑐᒃᑕᑐᐊᕆᖃᐃᓐᓇᖅᑕᕋ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕐᕕᒋᓯᒪᔭᓐᓂ ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᖕᓂᓐᓂ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᓂᖃᕈᓐᓇᕋᔭᕐᒪᖔᕐᒪ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕆᔭᓐᓂ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. “ᐅᓇ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑕᑯᓚᐅᖅᐸᕋ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓂ.” ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑑᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᐱᕈᖅᓴᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᕙᓗᔭᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᐊᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᒥ. “ᕿᓚᕝᕙᐅᒐᒪ ᑕᐃᒫᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᑉ ᓇᑉᐸᓪᓗᐊᖓᓂ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᐳᖓ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓪᓗᓂ ᖁᔭᒋᔭᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᕈᓐᓇᓚᐅᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᖓᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖓᓐᓂ. ᑕᖕᒫᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᓂᖅᐹᕆᖃᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂᐅᒃ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᓂᕆᕙᖓ ᓱᕈᓯᐅᓚᐅᕐᓂᖓᓂ.


A4 Monday, October 25, 2021

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ᓂᕿᒃᓴᖃᑦᑎᐊᙱᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓅᔾᔪᑎᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᒃᓴᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᖃᑕᐅᕗᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 18–ᒥ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ Northern News Services

ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 18–ᒥ ᖃᔪᖅᑐᕐᕕᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᔪᖅᓴᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕐᕕᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ 12–ᒋᔭᖓᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 25–ᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖃᔅᓯᒐᓚᖕᓂ ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ. ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᐸᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ ᐅᑯᐊᖑᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ: ᔪᐊᓇᓯ ᐊᑯᒪᓕᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐋᑕᒻ ᓚᐃᑦᔅᑑᓐ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᒪᓂᕋᔭᖕᒧᑦ; PJ ᐊᕿᐊᕈᖅ, ᓄᐊ ᐸᐸᑦᓯ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑏᓅᔅ ᑎᑭᕕᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓂᐊᖁᙴᒧᑦ); ᑯᕆᔅᑕ ᑯᓄᒃ, ᔨᐊᕝ ᒧᕇᔅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᔮᓂᑦ ᐳᕉᔅᑐᕐ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓯᓈᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᔭᐃᒥᓯ ᐋᕆᐊᖅ, ᔪᐊᔾ ᕼᐃᒃᔅ, ᔫᓇᑕᓂ ᐹᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒪᐃᑯᓪ ᓵᓚᒨᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᑕᓯᓗᖕᒧᑦ. ᐊᑐᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᕐᒥ ᒥᓂᑦᒥ ᒪᑐᐃᖅᓯᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᓕᐅᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᒪᓕᒃᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᑎᓴᒪᓂ ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᔪᖅᓴᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᐊᑦ ᑰᑦᑎᕐᒥ, ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᓂ ᓂᕿᒃᓴᖃᑦᑎᐊᙱᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᐊᑦᑎᒃᑐᒥ– ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᒃᓴᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓯᖅᑕᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᑭᓕᐅᑎᓂ, ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᑐᓂᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᓂᕐᓗᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᕐᔪᐊᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᐃᕆᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐊᑐᓕᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᒃᓴᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᓂ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᒥᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑦᑎᒃᑐᓂ– ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓂ (GN). ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᓂ, ᒪᕐᕉᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓂᑰᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᐅᕗᑦ, ᐋᑕᒻ ᓚᐃᑦᔅᑑᓐ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᒪᓂᕋᔭᖕᒧᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᔪᐊᔾ ᕼᐃᒃᔅ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᑕᓯᓗᖕᒧᑦ.

ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓯᓈ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᔮᓂᑦ ᐳᕉᔅᑐᕐ ᑭᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᒥ ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑏᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦᑕ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᓐᓂ ᔭᐃᓴᓐ ᕉᓵᓐᒧᑦ ᐱᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᑖᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᖏᕈᑎᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ. Iqaluit-Sinaa candidate Janet Brewster answers a question posed by NEU president Jason Rochon about getting a new collective agreement with the GN. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

ᐊᓯᖏᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᑦ ᒫᓐᓇᓕᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓂᖃᖅᑐᓂ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᕐᔪᐊᖑᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᖅᑲᖓᓚᐅᑲᒃᑐᓂ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐳᕉᔅᑐᕐ, ᓄᖅᑲᖓᓚᐅᑲᒃᑐᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᒪᐃᔭᐅᑉ ᑐᖏᓕᕆᔭᐅᓂᖓᓂ. ᐊᑯᒪᓕᒃ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᔪᖅ, ᐊᒻᒪ PJ ᐊᕿᐊᕈᖅ, ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖑᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ. ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒐᔪᒃᑐᒥ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᕐᓂᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᒋᐊᓕᓵᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᓕᒫᒥ ᐃᓅᔾᔪᑎᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᒃᓴᓂᐅᔪᒥ UBI ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓴᙱᒃᑎᒋᐊᖅᓯᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᕆᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᓂ. “ᐊᖏᐸᓗᒃᑐᒥ ᐃᓂᒃᓴᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᐅᓯᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓚᐃᑦᔅᑑᓐ ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᓕᖕᒥ ᓂᖃᐃᓱᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓅᔾᔪᑎᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᒃᓴᓂᐅᔪᒥ. “ᓲᕐᓗ ᓂᖃᐃᓱᕐᓂᖅ ᑭᐅᙱᒃᑯᓂ ᐃᓅᔾᔪᑎᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓚᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦ – ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓚᒌᑦ ᐊᑦᑎᒃᑐᒥ-ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᒃᓴᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ – ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᓅᔾᔪᑎᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᒃᓴᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᖁᑦᑎᒋᐊᖅᓯᓇᔭᖅᐳᖅ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᐊᖏᓐᓂ.” ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᒃᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᐸᓗᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᓯᓚᐅᑉ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᖓᓄᑦ. ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓯᓈ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᑯᕆᔅᑕ ᑯᓄᒃ ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂ ᑐᖅᑯᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᒥᙶᖅᑐᒥ ᐆᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᓂᑦ, ᑭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓯᓚᐅᑉ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕋᔭᕐᓂᖓᓂ. ᐱᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᓯᕿᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᑎᖅᑎᕝᕕᐅᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑭᐳᒦᓚᐅᕆᕗᖅ ᑯᓄᒃ ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ, ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᑦᑎᖕᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓂ-ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᒃᓴᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ. ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᓵᙵᕗᖅ ᓄᑕᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓵᙵᔪᓂ ᓯᓚᒧᑦ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᐊᑕᐅᓯᖅ ᐸᓴᒍᓱᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᔭᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᒪᖓᓄᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. “ᐃᓱᒪᕗᖓ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᐅᔪᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᑑᑎᖃᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᑭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᔨᐊᕝ ᒧᕇᔅ, ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓯᓈᓄᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ. “ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᒃᑲᓐᓂᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᕐᙲᓐᓇᑲᐅᑎᒋ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂ ᑐᖅᑯᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᑭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐊᑑᑎᖃᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ.” ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ, “ᕿᒥᕐᕈᒃᑲᓐᓂᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᓗᒃᑖᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒥ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓂᐊᖁᙴᒧᑦ

ᓴᐳᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᑕᓯᓗᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᔫᓇᑕᓂ ᐹᒃ ᑭᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᒥᒃ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᙶᖅᑐᓂ. Lawyer and IqaluitTasiluk candidate Jonathon Park answers a question from the public. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᑏᓅᔅ ᑎᑭᕕᒃ. ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᑕᓯᓗᖕᒧᑦᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᔭᐃᒥᓯ ᐋᕆᐊᖅ ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ “ᓄᑖᖑᔪᒥ ᑐᕌᒐᕆᔭᐅᔪᒥ”, ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐊᑐᕆᐊᖃᕋᔭᖅᐳᑦ $2.6 ᐱᓕᐊᓐᓂ ᓴᓇᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᒃᓴᓂ ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᓄᑦ. ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᖃᑎᒋᔭᖓ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᔪᒧᑦ, ᔫᓇᑕᓂ ᐹᒃ, ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᑕᐅᑐᒃᑕᐅᓪᓗᐊᙱᓚᖅ ᐊᔭᐅᑉᐱᐊᖅᑎᑐᑦ, ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓪᓗᓂ “ᓈᒻᒪᒃᑐᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᐳᖅ,” ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᓄᑦ. ᐋᕆᐊᖅ ᐱᐅᒃᓴᓚᐅᕆᕗᖅᑕᐅᖅ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐃᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᐅᔭᖅᑐᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ “ᐳᓚᕋᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐴᖑᔪᓂ ᐱᖁᑎᓄᑦ ᐱᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖃᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᕋᑦᑕ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᔭᐅᕆᔪᓐᓇᕋᔭᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᓴᓇᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᐊᖑᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᕈᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕆᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐋᕆᐊᖅ. ᐱᑕᖃᙱᓗᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᓂᒃᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᒃᑲᓐᓂᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐱᖅᓱᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ. “ᑲᑉᐱᐊᓱᒃᐳᑦ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑯᓄᒃ, ᐅᖃᓪᓚᐅᓯᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᙳᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᓄᑦ, “ᐅᖃᖅᐳᑦ ‘ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐊᓕᖅᐱᑕ, ᖃᓪᓗᓈᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓐᓄᐊᕈᒪᙱᑦᑐᖓ..’ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᐃᑦ ᐅᑎᖅᑎᓪᓚᕗᑦ, ᐃᓄᖁᑎᕗᑦ ᐅᑎᖅᑎᓪᓚᕗᑦ. ᐅᑯᐊ ᐃᓅᕗᑦ, ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓯᕆᐊᖃᖅᑕᕗᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐸᖅᑭᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐸᕗᑦ.” ᓄᐊ ᐸᐸᑦᓯ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓂᐊᖁᙴᒧᑦ, ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᐊᔪᕈᑎᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ. ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᖕᓄᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 25–ᒥ. ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᐅᐸᒍᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᖓ.


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Iqaluit candidates discuss key issues in forum

Monday, October 25, 2021 A5

ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᑕᓯᓗᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᒪᐃᑯᓪ ᓵᓚᒨᓂ ᑕᑯᑎᑦᑎᕗᖅ ᐃᓄᒋᐊᖕᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐊᓂ ᐊᓈᓇᖓᑕ, ᐃᓄᑐᖃᐅᓪᓗᓂ, ᑐᔪᕐᒥᓂᖓᓂ ᐋᑐᕚᒥ.

Water crisis, food insecurity and basic income among topics at Oct. 18 event By Trevor Wright Northern News Services Nunavut

On Oct. 18 the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre hosted the 12 Iqaluit candidates for the Oct. 25 territorial election, to discuss a number of questions posed by the centre and the general public. Each candidate had time to give a one minute opening statement, followed by four questions from Food Centre board member Beth Kotierk, who posed questions on food insecurity, low-income support payment, the Iqaluit water crisis, providing supports on trauma and addiction, as well as the dependence on staff housing many residents have and low-Inuit employment in the Government of Nunavut (GN). Of the candidates, two are incumbent MLAs, Adam Lightstone for Iqaluit-Manirajak, and George Hickes for Iqaluit-Tasiluk. A common theme among candidates was the discussion of a form of basic or universal basic income UBI to help stabilize the lives of Nunavummiut. “There’s significant room for improvement,” said Lightstone on a question regarding income support and a basic income. “For example when income support doesn’t met the basic needs of a family – or importantly families who are low-income categories – a guaranteed basic income would top up their salaries.” Many of the candidates were also largely on the same page with regard to climate change. Iqaluit-Sinaa candidate Christa Kunuk says we need to invest more in green energy, to address climate change and to mitigate the chance of fuel getting in the water again. Better solar rebates should also be on the table Kunuk says, to help lower-income residents. On staff housing, we need to “look at the whole program again” said Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu candidate Dinos Tikivik. Iqaluit-Tasiluk candidate James Arreak says housing needs a “new approach”, saying Nunavut would need $2.6 billion to build housing for everyone. His opponent on the subject, Jonathan Park, said public housing shouldn’t be looked at as a crutch, adding “doing the right thing takes will,” in regard to providing homes for Nunavummiut.

Arreak was also in favour of reassessing the market basket measure for Iqaluit to “revisit the basket of goods so we can have a better measure that government can leverage when they’re making salary and benefit decisions,” said Arreak. The lack of space for Elders in Nunavut was another issue raised during the question period. “They are scared,” said Kunuk, talking about people who are Elders or close to that age, “they are saying ‘what are we going to do, I don’t want to go down south.’ Bring that money back, bring our people back. These are people, we need to support them and we need to take care of them.” Inuit employment in government was another big issue talked about during the forum, with some candidates offering their personal experience in their dealings with the Government of Nunavut. “We have to talk about the artificial barriers that are placed on Inuit. My experience was I was managing a spin cycle for two decades, basically. That’s because it wasn’t in the best interest of my directors, the ADMs (Assistant Deputy Minister) and DMs (Deputy Minister) to see me move up. We have to move away from this idea that Inuit need training because there are plenty of Inuit who have two decades of experience working with the GN and plenty who have even more with the GNWT,” said Iqaluit-Sinaa candidate Janet Brewster. Hickes said they have made incredible progress so far in recent years on this issue. “I’m very blessed and proud to be a part of Nunavut’s first all-Inuit cabinet, we’ve literally appointed dozens and dozens of Inuit to their jobs, there’s no reason someone should be in a causal position for years on end. I’m very proud of the things that we’ve accomplished to date,” said Hickes. Nunavut faces an aging infrastructure in the face of climate change, one suspected cause of Iqaluit’s water crisis. “I think all levels of government need to work more effectively to address our water crisis in Iqaluit,” said Jeff Maurice, Iqaluit-Sinaa candidate. “The federal government does need to step up in terms of immediate investments to address the current water crisis, we also need to work more

effectively to have long-term stable federal funding.” Noah Papatsie, candidate for Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu, highlighted the need for greater supports for those living with disabilities in the territory. The new Nunavut Employee Union president Jason Rochon also posed a question to the candidates with regard to what they’ll do to finally get an agreement signed for Government of Nunavut employees, who remain the biggest employers in the territorial capital. There hasn’t been an agreement with the Union since 2018. Park responded he would actually come to the negotiating table rather than imposing a collective agreement, saying how the GN is currently dealing with the NEU is not how to do it. “That’s not a negotiation, if (the GN) is saying ‘this is the price and if you don’t like it then deal with it’ is not a conversation and it’s not a negotiation, that’s not good faith.” Nunavummiut go to the polls on Oct. 25. For more information on the election, go to the Elections Nunavut website.

Iqaluit-Tasiluk candidate Michael Salomonie shows the audience pictures of where his mom, an Elder is staying at in Ottawa. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

ᐋᑕᒻ ᓚᐃᑦᔅᑑᓐ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐅᕗᖅ ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᒃᑲᓐᓂᕋᓱᐊᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᔪᐊᔾ ᕼᐃᒃᔅ.

Adam Lightstone is one of two incumbent Iqaluit MLAs seeking to be re-elected alongside George Hickes. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᒪᓂᕋᔭᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᔪᐊᓇᓯ ᐊᑯᒪᓕᒃ ᑭᐅᕗᑦ ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᓂ ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᔪᖅᓴᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕐᕕᖕᒥ.

Iqaluit-Manirajak candidate Joanasie Akumalik answers questions posed by the Food Centre. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo


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Diesel or kerosene likely contaminating Iqaluit’s water supply, says CPHO

ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ ᑕᓕᖅᐱᖕᒧᑦ, ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᒻᒪᕆᒃ ᐊᐃᒥ ᐃᐅᓪᒍᔅᒪ, ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᒪᐃᔭᖓ ᑲᓂ ᐱᐅᓪ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓ ᓘᒃᑖᖅ ᒪᐃᑯᓪ ᐹᑐᓴᓐ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᑖᙳᕆᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 15–ᒥ.

From left, Iqaluit’s chief administrative officer Amy Elgersma, Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell and Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson at a City of Iqaluit water update on Oct. 15. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

Fuel smell ‘wasn’t concentrated in one particular area’ says City’s CAO By Trevor Wright Northern News Services Nunavut

The hydrocarbons found in Iqaluit’s drinking water are most likely diesel or kerosene, Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer (CPHO), explained during a public update from the City of Iqaluit on Oct. 15. Patterson said long-term health effects are not a concern at this point, with the most concerning compounds, such as benzene, toluene and other carcinogens not being found in the water. Residents who have consumed heavily contaminated water may get headaches, upset stomach or diarrhea, symptoms that would resolve after the hydrocarbons pass through a person’s system. The contaminated tank at the water treatment plant is being emptied, said Iqaluit’s chief administrative officer Amy Elgersma. She later confirmed that the “concentration of contaminants has been isolated” to that single tank. After the affected tank is cleared out, additional investigative work will be done to determine how exactly fuel got into the city’s water supply. In parallel to the investigation of the water tank, an environment site assessment is going to be conducted, whereby samples are taken from around the plant to find out where the contamination is coming from. This will explore all possibilities, Elgersma said, including the possibility that it’s coming from the nearby diesel fuel power plant that provides the city’s electricity. System currently being flushed “It’s important to note that the water quality testing of the treated reservoir located downstream from the treatment plant showed (contamination) levels well within limits,” said Elgersma. “This part is very good news.” To remove contaminants from the water plant and distribution system, the city began the process of flushing the system starting on Oct. 15. That work was still underway as of Oct. 20, with an additional update slated for Oct. 25. Once the flushing is complete, residents will receive instructions via a public service announcement to flush their pipes by running their water for 20 minutes.

The first reports of a fuel smell coming from the water initially suggested that the contaminants originated either at the Plateau or Road to Nowhere, said Elgersma. However, it is now “fair to say that it wasn’t concentrated in one particular area,” she added. “We expected we may find some cracking in the tank somewhere and there may be some contamination that’s on site somehow; that may have seeped through cracks in the wall, that’s where the investigation has led to this point.” Grocery stores in Iqaluit now have water on its shelves with extra aid and supplies being flown into Iqaluit as news of the water crisis spreads down south. Currently the city has five water trucks at its disposal, three which normally operate, a fourth that has been brought back into service and a fifth private vehicle being contracted by the municipality to help meet heightened demand. Hospital impacted The operating room at the Qikiqtani General Hospital has also been impacted by the territorial capital’s water crisis. “The operating room is on limited capacity — it’s emergency surgeries only because of two reasons: one, there was concern that if there was a film in the water (then) surgeons and the scrub nurses would not be able to properly sterilize their hands,” said Patterson. The second concern related to the hospital’s equipment used to sterilize lab equipment and waste, which uses heat to kill bacteria and spores. With possible hydrocarbons in the water vapour, the water under pressure and heat “could be dangerous,” limiting the number of instruments hospital staff can use, according to Patterson. This will continue at least for the next few days, until the Department of Health can determine when it’s safe to resume normal surgeries. The city is currently approaching 200,000 litres off bottled water flown in on cargo and chartered flights from various sources, which include the territorial government, private companies such as miner Agnico Eagle and other sources. The Government of Nunavut has also commissioned a mobile water treatment plant that will be installed in the near future. As of Oct. 15 the cost of the city’s water crisis has not been determined.


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Petition launched demanding better care for Elders

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‘We cannot ignore them and just put them away in Ottawa,’ says former cabinet minister Manitok Thompson By Ezra Black Northern News Services Nunavut

A Nunavut politician has launched a petition calling upon government officials to improve senior care in the territory. “Inuit Elders don’t have a voice – they rely on us to speak for them,” reads the petition. “They want to stay with their families and with their community. But they are being moved … often sent out of the territory to southern Canada – they are being removed and isolated to live alone and never return. “There should be a plan, today for each community – not just regional centres – to have space to care for Elders.” Created by former cabinet minister Manitok Thompson, and others, the petition asks the Government of Nunavut to build an Elder care home in each community and refurbish existing ones. It is also asking the government to start building skills in communities to meet Elders’ medical needs and to draw up plans to bring Elders under care in the south back to Nunavut. The petition comes amid criticism of the Elder care strategy in Nunavut. As Nunavut News has previously reported, John Main, the MLA for Arviat North-Whale Cove, called-out the GN’s existing plan for regional long-term care centres for being too “top-down”. “I’m deeply disappointed in the planning to date … I feel that our government has built its position on a very poor foundation on Elder care,” he said during a fall 2020 sitting of the legislative assembly. “Unfortunately, since the development of our mandate, it appears much of the government’s work on Elder care has shifted to behind closed doors.” The GN plans to build a 24-bed longterm care centre in Rankin Inlet beginning in 2021. Another 24-bed facility will be built in Cambridge Bay and a 48-bed care centre will be located in Iqaluit. However, requests for similar facilities in Kugluktuk, Pond Inlet, Baker Lake and Kinngait have been rejected. Thompson said she hopes the petition can be tabled in the legislative assembly following the territorial election on Oct. 25. “I think it’s the right timing before

the elected members take their seats,” she said. Repeating the past Thompson didn’t mince words about the practice of sending Elders to southern facilities. “We’re repeating the 1960s with our Elders,” she said, drawing a parallel between the current situation and the federal government’s forceful sendoff of many Inuit tuberculosis patients during the epidemics of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Both policies caused widespread suffering for Indigenous people in Canada and a “loss of language” and “social values.” Since 2014, a number of Nunavummiut Elders have been sent to live in long-term care facilities in the south because of a lack of capacity in the territory, according to the GN’s Continuing Care in Nunavut plan 2015 to 2035. “The monthly cost ranges from $3,900 to $5,900 for each out-of-territory long-term care resident,” it states. “Family Services is funding at least one of the out-of-territory long-term care residents.” Over 40 Elders are currently staying at the Embassy West Senior Living centre in Ottawa, said Thompson, who became an advocate for Elders after personally discovering that her missing friend had been living at the facility, she said. It happened on a visit to the centre in 2016. Thompson, who lives in Ottawa, unexpectedly found her friend Tommy Partridge, a Nunavut Elder who had been missing for years. His family was unaware he was living thousands of kilometres from his home and thought he was dead, she said. “I went there because an Elder had specifically asked for me to come and visit her and to pray with her,” she said. “I’m walking down the hall and I saw this man that was from Rankin Inlet, Tommy Partridge. I posted (a photo of) him on Facebook. I said, ‘I found Tommy Partridge, he’s here in Embassy West.’” Thompson said some of the Elders staying at Embassy West were sent down south for tuberculosis treatment in the 1960s, “and now that they are in their 70s and 80s, the government is sending them back down south with no

ᑐᑭᓯᑎᑦᑎᒋᐊᕈᑎ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᐅᑉ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐅᓯᕝᕕᖓ 24-ᓂᒃ ᐃᒡᓕᖃᕋᔭᖅᑐᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑑᓛᕐᒪᖔᑦ. ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᐃᑦᑐᒥᒃ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᐅᑎᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᖁᕐᓗᖅᑑᕐᒧᑦ, ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒧᑦ, ᖃᒪᓂ’ᑐᐊᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᙵᕐᓄᑦ ᐊᒃᑲᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ.

A rendering showing the floor plan of Rankin Inlet’s planned 24-bed long-term care facility. Requests for similar facilities in Kugluktuk, Pond Inlet, Baker Lake and Kinngait have been rejected. Image courtesy of the Government of Nunavut services to make them feel comfortable. It’s unacceptable in this day and age.” Thompson hopes the new MLAs will address the issue “outside the box of the usual big government bureaucracy,” because “If they go through the regular government process, we’re not going to see Elder homes for the next 10 years.” She called on the GN to work with municipal governments to renovate existing buildings to find accommodations for Elders in the short-term until more permanent spaces can be found “because our Elders, these ones that are in Embassy West, they don’t have long to live. They are not going to wait another 10 years to go home.” “We cannot ignore the Elders anymore. We cannot ignore them and just put them away in Ottawa,” she said. “If the government can build tourism buildings, terminal buildings, arenas, schools – these are very important – but if they can do that, surely, they can renovate existing buildings in the communities to address this issue as soon as possible,” she continued.

ᒪᓃᑦᑐᖅ ᑕᒻᓴᓐ ᐊᑎᓕᐅᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᕐᕕᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒃᓴᓕᐅᖁᔨᑉᓗᓂ ᐊᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᕆᐊᓖᑦ.

Manitok Thompson has launched a petition calling upon the Government of Nunavut to build an Elder care home in each community and fix existing ones. Photo courtesy of Manitok Thompson

Man charged with first-degree murder in death of Emerald MacDonald Northern News Services

Kugluktuk The RCMP have charged a man with first-degree murder in association with the death of Kugluktuk’s Emerald MacDonald. Scott Hala, who was arrested on Oct. 15, also faces a charge of attempted murder in relation to another woman. Hala is being held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 23. Despite the charges, the investigation is ongoing, according to the police. MacDonald was found deceased at a cabin near Kugluktuk on May 3. She was 24 years old and was well known for her starring role in the 2018 film The Grizzlies, which celebrated a lacrosse program that provided a major boost to youth in Kugluktuk. – Derek Neary

ᐃᐊᒧᕉᓪᑦ ᒪᒃᑖᓄᑦ ᓇᓂᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑐᖁᖓᔪᖅ ᐃᒡᓗᕋᓛᒥ ᖁᕐᓗᖅᑑᑉ ᓯᓚᑖᓂ ᒪᐃ 3–ᒥ. ᔅᑳᑦ ᕼᐊᓚ ᐃᖅᑲᖅᑐᒐᒃᓴᙳᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐃᓄᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐸᕐᓇᒌᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᑐᖁᓂᖓᓄᑦ.

Emerald MacDonald was found deceased at a cabin outside of Kugluktuk on May 3. Scott Hala has been charged with first-degree murder in association with her death. Heritage Films/YouTube image


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ᐊᔪᖅᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ, ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓂ ᐸᖅᑭᔭᐅᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᒪᓕᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔾᔪᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᑭᖓ ᐆᒪᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᖏᓐᓇᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ Northern News Services

ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑐᕌᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕆᐊᖅᑐᕐᕕᖕᓄᑦ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 25–ᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᓯᓂᕐᒥ 17–ᓂ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒃᓴᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓂᕐᒥ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᐅᔪᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᖃᑎᖃᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᒃᓯᕙᐅᑕᖅᑖᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᒃ ᑲᑎᒪᕕᒡᔪᐊᖓᓐᓂ. ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᓄᑖᖑᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑮᓇᐅᕗᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᐊᑦᑕᐃᓐᓇᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑎᒍᒥᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ ᐃᒃᓯᕙᐅᑕᖏᓐᓂ ᖄᖏᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ ᑎᓴᒪᓄᑦ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᕐᔪᐊᖑᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᖅᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᕗᑦ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒥᖓᑦᑕᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᑐᕌᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᖑᑎᑦᑏᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᒧᑦ ᑕᐅᑐᙳᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᖏᕈᑎᖓ ᐊᑎᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ. ᓄᑖᖑᔪᖅ ᒐᕙᒪᐅᔪᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᖄᖏᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ 22–ᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᖃᕐᓗᑎᒃ, ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖑᔪᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᐅᑉ ᑲᑎᒪᕝᕕᒡᔪᐊᖓᓂ ᑐᕌᖅᑕᕗᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᕕᑦᑎᐊᕙᐅᓗᓂ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒧᑦ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂ, ᐊᒃᓴᓗᐊᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓱᒃᑲᐃᑦᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᖕᒥ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓲᖑᕗᖅ ᓱᓕᓂᕋᕈᑎᓂ ᐱᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᑭᓱᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂ ᑎᑭᐅᑎᔭᐅᓯᒪᙱᖦᖢᑎᒃ ᓱᓕᓂᕋᕈᑎᙳᖅᖢᑎᒃ. ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒦᑉᐳᖅ, ᐱᓗᐊᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᕆᙱᑕᓄᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᖃᓕᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᒫᓐᓇ ᐊᑖᓃᑉᐳᖅ ᓱᓕᔫᔮᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓴᐃᒻᒪᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᒫᓐᓇ ᑕᐅᑐᒃᑕᑐᐊᖃᑲᐃᓐᓇᕐᓇᖅᓯᕗᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᕐᔪᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᑭᐅᔪᒥ ᐆᒪᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓗᓂ ᑭᕕᒃᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᓂ ᐊᔪᖅᓴᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐃᒡᓗᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅ ᓱᓕ ᐊᖏᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᕗᖅ. ᖁᑦᑎᓛᖑᓗᓂ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᐅᔾᔭᐅᑎᑕᐅᖁᔭᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᑦ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖃᓕᖅᐸᑕ. ᐅᓇ ᒪᓕᒃᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓇᖏᖅᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᑕᐅᙱᑦᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᓈᒻᒪᙱᑦᑐᓂ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᒋᐊᖕᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᖅᑐᒦᑦᑐᓂ ᓯᓚᐅᑉ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᖓᓄᑦ. ᑲᓇᑕᒥ-ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᒡᓗᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᕈᑎ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐋᒍᔅᑎᒥ, ᑐᓂᓯᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ $3,100–ᐸᓗᖕᓂ ᑕᖅᑭᑕᒫᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᑭᖏᓐᓂ ᕿᑎᐊᓂ 40–ᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ 70–ᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ 7–ᓄᑦ, ᑐᙵᕕᖃᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂ ᑐᖅᑯᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᔪᖅᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖃᖅᑐᓄᑦ. ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᑖᙳᕆᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᒡᓗᒃᓴᖃᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᔪᖃᕐᓗᓂ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᓗᓂ

ᑕᐅᑐᒃᑕᑐᐊᖃᑲᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᕐᓗᓂ ᐆᒧᖓ ᒐᕙᒪᐅᔪᒧᑦ. ᓇᐃᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᑕᖅᑭᔪᓄᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᓄᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᖃᖅᑐᓂ ᐸᖕᒥᐅᓗᐊᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᖢᓂ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓂ ᐸᖅᑭᔭᐅᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓱᒪᒧᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᒋᕗᑦ. ᐊᑎᓕᐅᒐᒃᓴᒥ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᐅᑎᒥᒃ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓂ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒧᑦ ᖃᓪᓗᓈᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓐᓂ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐸᖅᑭᔭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᓂ ᒫᓐᓇᓕᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᒪᓃᑦᑐᖅ ᑖᒻᑉᓴᓐᒧᑦ. “ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᑕᖃᓪᓗᐊᖅᐳᖅ, ᐅᓪᓗᒥ ᐊᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᒧᑦ–ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᙱᑦᑐᒧᑦ–ᐃᓂᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐸᖅᑭᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᑖᒻᑉᓴᓐ ᓂᕆᐅᒃᐳᖅ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᑭᐅᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᔪᒥ “ᓯᓚᑖᓂ ᕿᑐᑦᑐᒐᐅᔭᕐᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒐᔪᒃᑐᒥ ᐊᖏᔪᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ.” ᓇᓚᐅᑉᐳᖅ ᐃᓱᒫᓗᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑕᑯᓯᒪᙱᓗᐊᕐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑦ ᖁᓖᑦ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ, ᐅᓇ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᓗᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᕕᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᖓᓐᓂᑦ. ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᑎᑭᐅᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᖏᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑏᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓄᑦ. ᐱᑕᖄᓂᒃᑐᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᖏᕈᑕᐅᔪᒥ, ᐃᓱᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑦ ᐱᖓᓲᓕᖅᑐᓄᑦ, ᓈᒻᒪᙱᖦᖢᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᕗᖅ, ᐱᖁᔨᕗᖔᕈᑎᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᔫᓂᐊᓐᑯᓐᓂ–ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᖅᑐᐃᕕᒃᑰᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓱᓕ ᐱᓕᕆᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥ. ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐅᑎᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐋᔩᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑭᐳᖓᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑎᑭᐅᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᖏᕈᑕᐅᔪᒥ, ᐅᒃᐱᕈᓱᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᐅᔾᔭᐅᖃᑕᐅᓪᓗᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᑖᖑᔪᓄᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᓄᑦ. ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᑮᓴᐅᔭᖅᑖᕆᔭᐅᒃᑲᓐᓂᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᙱᓚᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᔨᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ 12–ᓄᑦ, ᐊᑭᖓ ᐆᒪᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᖏᓐᓇᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᓱᒃᑲᒃᑎᒋᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᒫᓐᓇᓕᓴᐅᔪᒥ. ᒪᓕᒃᑐᑦ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᖃᓂᑦᑐᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᓂ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᔪᓂ. ᐃᓗᐊᒍᑦ, ᐊᖏᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᑦᑎᐊᓛᖑᕗᖅ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᐅᔪᑦ ᐋᔩᖃᑎᒌᑦᑎᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦᐃᒻᒥᖕᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᐅᙱᖦᖢᑎᒃ, ᐅᓚᕕᓴᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᒻᒥᓂᑐᐊᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖏᓐᓂ. ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᔪᓂ ᖃᐅᑕᒫᒥ ᐃᓅᓯᐅᔪᓂ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᖃᕆᕗᑦ ᐆᒻᒪᕆᒃᑐᒥ ᐊᖏᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᖃᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᓂᕐᒧᑦ.

Poverty reduction, Elder care key items for next assembly

As the cost of living continues to rise, working together necessary for Nunavut’s success Northern News Services

Nunavummiut head to the polls on Oct. 25 to select the 17 MLAs to join the five acclaimed candidates in the legislature. Some may be new faces, and some may be the same that held the seat for the past four years, but what’s important is that all of the elected politicians share the common goal to serve Nunavut and continue to steer it toward the future envisioned when the Nunavut Agreement was signed. The new government will have the foundation of the past 22 years to work from, with the last assembly’s Turaaqtavut mandate serving as a good launching point for continuing progress. However, the wheels of governance move painfully slowly while promises of better things too often remain unfulfilled promises. The federal gaze is on the North, more so than it has been since colonization began, but now it’s under a purported spirit of reconciliation. This is the time for focus and advocating strongly for projects that will drive down the cost of living and help lift Nunavummiut out of poverty. Housing remains the big issue. It will continue to be a top priority until every-

one has a home. That’s followed closely by the need to fix and replace aging infrastructure, inadequate for the growing population and under threat from climate change. The Canada-Nunavut Housing Benefit, announced in August, will provide approximately $3,100 per month to support housing costs for between 40 and 70 Nunavut households over seven years, which is a solid investment in poverty reduction, for those who have homes. Identifying buildings that could be retrofitted for more housing and getting more units built must remain a major focus for this government. Shortening the waitlists for Nunavummiut living in crowded homes cannot happen soon enough. Elder care and mental health support are also pressing issues. A petition to bring Elders home to Nunavut from southern long-term care facilities was recently launched by former MLA Manitok Thompson. “There should be a plan, today for each community – not just regional centres – to have space to care for Elders,” she stated. Thompson hopes the new MLAs will address the issue “outside the box of the usual big government bureaucracy.”

She’s right to be concerned that we may not see enough progress for more than a decade, which is too long for many of those already spending their final years separated from their families and homeland. The GN must also work hard to reach a deal with the Nunavut Employees Union. The existing collective agreement, which expired three years ago, is an unacceptable situation, even though resolution to a union-launched court case is still pending. There have been opportunities to get back to the bargaining table and reach an agreement, in good faith, and that should be another priority for new MLAs. Northern allowance has not been increased for GN workers in 12 years, yet the cost of living continues to rise, and at an accelerated pace recently. The next group of legislators will be under pressure to work more closely with designated Inuit organizations and the federal government to solve many of the aforementioned issues. Internally, consensus government works best when all departments are communicating with one another and not in silos, distracted by individual mandates. The issues affecting everyday life are so interconnected that there must be robust co-operation to solve them.


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Caribou crossings and fundraising for the holidays Northern News Services

HALLU INUIN. IQALUKTUUTIAMI NAAMMAINNAQTURUT. APITAKTUK NUNAKPUT. HILA KINITPIAQHUNILU. QUUJAKNAQHIJUQ PIHURIAMI. HIKULIQMAN KIILIQMI AUDLAAKNAIQTUK. KIHIMI NUNAKUUPAKTUT INGNILRUTAIKKUT. AUDLATTIJUT TATPANI IVITARUKMIK. QAJAGIVAKLUHI HIKUILRUMI NAAMMAKTUK AUDLAARIAMI. ANGNAN MIQHUJAKTUT ATIGIHANIK ILIHAKTUTLU. QUANA ILIHAIJUT IKAJUQTUT ATIGILIURUMAJUT. TATKIANILU KALGIANI INUIN ILIHAKTUT IIGAJUKHANIK. NUTAQQAT NAAMMAINNAQTUT. ILIHARIALIQMATA NAGUJUQ. ANGNIKLIQMAN IQALUKTUUTIAK TAPKUAT IGLULIUQTUT AMIGAIKHUTIK. TATPANNIQJURAALUQ. INUIN AUDLAATIJUT IPAKHANI TUKTUNIK QUNGNIAQPAKTUT QANILRUMI. ALIANAQ. ILLA INUIN NAAMMAINNAQTUT. IHUMALUKPALAAQHIMAITTUMIK INUUTIAQLUHI. AYUKNAQIVAKTUK ILAIJAGAAGNAT. QUVIAHUKPAKLUHI. Welcome to beautiful snow white island of Victoria Island, land of the Inuinnait. Weather is been quite warm, so freeze up of the ocean is taking longer than usual. The lakes and river are pretty well almost right frozen. There are snowmen all over our commuity with everyone and especially kids enjoying the soft snow and warm weather. The roads are quite slippery, so please be careful and take your time walking or driving. Although freeze-up is happening, the

ice is not quite thick enough to travel on, so fishers and hunters are out riding their ATVs on land to go ice-fishing and hunting. The beautiful red-bellied char are plentiful at the lakes, lots of fish eggs in them. While out fishing Rosie and Murphy, Tammy and friends saw couple of caribou out on the land/sea crossing, which is very rare. Residents need a tag to hunt caribou in our area so hopefully we will have some fresh caribou soon. Many families have been able to go to their cabins nearby out at Gravel Pit due to warmer weather. With more and more snow people are able to go snowmobiling to go shop and go around town. Soon Halloween will come around, and kids are getting excited to go trick or treating with a few restrictions and to remember that the pandemic is still here. Lots of costumes and halloween candy in the stores. It is one of the favourite times of year for the kids besides Christmas, so lets make the kids smiles and their hearts happy but in a safe way. Christmas is coming around pretty quickly already and our community local RCMP detachment held a fundraiser by washing vehicles for $20 each. The money raised is for the local Cambridge Bay Food Bank in preparation for the Christmas holiday season. Using two pressure washers, the RCMP took turns washing vehicles. There was quite a huge turn out for our little community. A grand total of $2,846 was raised and with support from Qillaq Innovations, they will organize getting food shipped up from the south. Buffalo Airways has also agreed to ship

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ᖁᐊᓇ ᐸᓕᕼᐃᒪᑦ! ᐅᑯᐊ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐸᓖᓯᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᕐᒥ ᐸᓖᓯᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᖃᓐᓂᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐅᐊᓴᐃᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᓯᐅᑎᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᐅᕋᓱᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᕐᒥ ᐊᔪᖅᓴᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕐᕕᖕᒧᑦ. ᑲᑎᓪᓗᒍ $2,846–ᓂ ᐱᕈᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ. ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓴᐃᒥᖕᒥ ᐅᑯᐊᖑᕗᑦ: Cst. ᐹᑦ ᕚᓐᑎᕚᓪᒃ, Cst. ᒫᒃ ᓰᒪᓐᔅ ᐊᒻᒪ Sgt. ᑎᒦᑐᕆ ᒪᓚᑲᕝ.

Quana Palihimat! Here are RCMP members of the Cambridge Bay Detachment in Nunavut on a snowy day washing vehicles to fundraise for the Cambridge Bay Food Bank. A total of $2,846 was raised. Pictured from left are: Const. Pat Vandevalk, Const. Marc Siemens and Sgt. Dmitri Malakhov. Navalik Tologanak/NNSL photo the food for free to Cambridge Bay. The RCMP detachment will work with the Wellness Centre who operates the food bank to get a shopping list. With so many families needing extra food on the table and for their families, it is much needed as food prices are so expensive up here. Quana Dmitri and members for doing this

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for the community. Not pictured was Cst. Ian Hastie who washed just as many vehicles as the other three members. Quana Ian! Christmas will be extra special for families in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Quana Dmitri. Stay well everyone. God Be With You Son. You will always be remembered.

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ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᖅ ᐅᓇ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 17, 2021–ᒥ. ᐊᑕᐅᓯᕐᒥ ᐅᓐᓄᖓᓂ ᐊᖅᓴᕐᓃᑦ ᐅᓐᓄᐊᓕᒫᐸᓗᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᓇ ᐊᖏᔪᐊᓗᒃ, ᐊᐅᐸᕈᔪᒃᑐᒥ- ᐊᐅᐸᔮᖓᔪᒥ ᑕᖅᑭᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᕐᒥᑎᓪᓗᒍ.

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ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒃ ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐊᐅᔭᐅᔪᒥ, ᔪᓚᐃ 2021–ᒥ, ᐃᕐᓂᕋ ᔭᐃᒥ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᐅᒡᔪᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ 11ᕝᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅᑉ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ.

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ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ ᔭᐃᒃ ᔫᓯᐱ, ᐊᑕᐅᓯᕐᒥ ᐅᑭᐅᓕᒃ ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᕐᒥᐅᑕᖅ, ᒪᒪᑕᒃᑐᖅ ᐸᐅᕐᙵᓂ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ, ᐋᒍᔅᑎ 28–ᒥ.

Cambridge Bay I took this photo Sept. 17. One of the nights the aurora borealis lasted most of the night while the huge, reddish-orange moon was also out.

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ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᓱᐊᓂ, ᓯᕿᓂᖅ ᓂᐱᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᕐᔪᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ.

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ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᖅ ᔫᓂ 2021–ᒥ ᓇᑦᑎᕋᓱᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᕆᑦᑎᐊᕋᓱᓚᐅᖅᐳᖓ ᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂ ᕿᓚᖕᓂᓪᓗ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᕆᑲᓪᓚᓚᐅᖅᐳᖓ ᐱᒡᓖᒃᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᖃᒧᑎᓂᑦ.

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Pangnirtung Pangnirtung Fjord, sun setting on a very calm evening.

Gjoa Haven June 2021 during seal derby. Tried taking a nice photo of my uncle with the skies. But accidentally took a picture while we pigliiq (small jump) on the sleds.

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Iglulik This summer, July 2021, my son Jamey caught his first bearded seal at age 11 near Iglulik.

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Rankin Inlet One-year-old Jake Joseph from Baker Lake, enjoying the berries in Rankin Inlet during summer time, Aug. 28.




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Support coming to Qikiqtani Inuit dog teams

Qikiqtani The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) has announced the second year of Qikiqtani Qimusiqtii Project (QQP), meant to give financial assistance to Qikiqtani Inuit dog teams. It is a three-year pilot program meant to established qimmiit practitioners. Each eligible applicant will receive a $3,000 one-time payment. The program will be running until March, 2023. “The second-year of this project builds on last year’s successful program delivery,” said QIA president Olayuk Akesuk. “The continued revitalization of dog teaming in this region is critical to meeting the recommendations of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission.” Qikiqtani Inuit who have five or more dogs can apply for the funding, including those who applied in 2020. Applications can be found on the QIA website, or completed with the assistance of a community liaison officer, or by calling 1-867-975-8441.

ᑯᐃᑉ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᖅᑎᖓ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᒥᐊᕆ ᓴᐃᒪᓐ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᖓᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᓂ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᕐᔪᐊᖑᔪᓄᑦ ᓂᕆᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 18–ᒥ ᐴᓕᓐ, ᔫᒪᓂᒥ.

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Deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2021, successful applications will receive their funding by Jan. 31, 2022. – Trevor Wright

Angel Tree establishes gift-list for Iqaluit families

Iqaluit Iqaluit Angel Tree, a nonprofit organization which provides gifts for kids during Christmas has established an Amazon wish-list for Iqalummiut and others to order from. Once an item is purchased from this list, it will be sent directly to Iqaluit Angel Tree where they will be packaging and gifting the present to a family who cannot afford it this holiday season. “In our effort to reach more children in need, this year we have decided to share an Amazon wish-list,” said Elizabeth Pilon-Murray, a member of Iqaluit Angel Tree. The organization depends on the public’s donations to provide holiday presents to those in need. They also provide gifts to families in other communities, in addition to a pack-the-bus event for the city’s shelter and the group home, when it’s open and has Elders in it. Students at Inuksuk High School are “highly involved in helping” said Pilon-Murray, helping organize and wrap gifts. – Trevor Wright

Mary Simon attends first state dinner abroad as Governor General

Governor-General of Canada Mary Simon shared Inuit culture and heritage at her first state dinner on Oct. 18 in Berlin, Germany. Photo courtesy of the Governor General of Canada’s Office

Berlin, Germany Canada’s first Inuit Governor General Mary Simon attended her fist state dinner in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 18, during which she gave a speech, referring to her heritage, as well as her position as Governor General. “I grew up in Nunavik, in northern Quebec. My parents and grandmother taught me and my siblings the traditions of my people, the Inuit. Fishing, hunting and gathering for our food was a common activity … I eagerly learned our legends and spoke only in Inuktitut, our Inuit language.” She went on to reaffirm Canada and Germany’s alliances in NATO, the UN, and the G7. “Canada and Germany are good friends and committed allies, with shared values and strong personal ties. Those personal ties are reinforced

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by the more than three million Canadians of German descent.” The topic of reconciliation in Canada was also touched upon. “Recently, Canadians have focused on the importance of and the need for reconciliation, confronting hard truths about the treatment of Indigenous peoples. These truths can hurt, but we are stronger when we face them together. There is no end date to making amends, to righting wrongs committed.” Simon went on to add she looks forward to attending the Frankfurt Book Fair, important German cultural sites and congratulating Chancellor Angela Merkel on her career as she plans to retire from public life. – Trevor Wright

Covid-19 public health measures ease

Kinngait Covid-19 related public health measures have been eased in Kinngait now that it has been more than two weeks since the last case of Covid-19 has recovered in the community. Masks remain mandatory in all Nunavut communities. Covid-19 vaccine continues to be available throughout Nunavut. Contact your local health centre to make an appointment or walk-in t Iqaluit Public Health every weekday. – Trevor Wright

Hamlet wants vaccinated-only access to public buildings

Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet On Oct. 12, the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet Bylaw No. 326, which prohibits residents and all other visitors access to its buildings without proof of full vaccination against Covid-19, passed first and second reading. If the bill passes, unvaccinated persons will not be permitted to enter the arena, community hall or any other public building in which an event is being held, unless making a payment or attending a vaccination clinic in such a facility. Individuals with exemptions from vaccination may enter facilities but must continue to wear masks. The by-law would come into force on Nov.

30, and stay in effect until the Government of Nunavut repeals the public health emergency in the territory due to Covid-19. The bylaw is scheduled for third and final reading on Oct. 25, comments and concerns must be submitted to sao@rankininlet.ca before Oct. 23. – Trevor Wright

Fire causes minor damage to Akausisarvik Facility

Iqaluit At around 8 a.m. on Oct. 19, Iqaluit Emergency Services responded to a fire at the Akausisarvik Mental Health Facility (the old boarding home), beside Inuksuk High School. Firefighters found the exterior of the building on fire and quickly extinguished it, the only damage was a small hole in the building was made and minimal damage to the window on the second floor. No injuries to staff or the public were reported. On the afternoon of Oct. 20 the damage to the building was already being repaired. The City would like to remind people that after smoking, any butts should be placed in a designated butt can or a disposal unit. Butts from smoking should not be thrown to the ground, as they pollute land and waterways and can easily spark a fire if they land on dry or flammable materials. – Trevor Wright

ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 20–ᒥ, ᓱᔪᐃᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᑲᐅᓯᓴᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᓱᒪᒧᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᖓᓂ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᓕᕇᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ.

As of Oct. 20, the damage to the Akausisarvik Mental Health Facility was already under repair. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo


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‘Helping Inuit, one way or another’ Lynn Kilabuk settling into new role as executive director of Nunavut Sivuniksavut By Derek Neary Northern News Services Ottawa

Lynn Kilabuk is eager to see Nunavut Sivuniksavut classes return to in-person learning when Covid-19 public health orders allow for it in Ottawa. In her first year as executive director with the post-secondary program, she has visions of Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS) students once again able to offer cultural performances, particularly for Governor General Mary Simon, who’s Inuk. “It would be really cool,” Kilabuk said. “It would be so special, but we’ll see how life turns out. It looks like it’s going great, especially here in Ottawa — vaccinations are great, cases are low. It’s just ensuring we have all our right protocols… to make sure everybody’s safe here since we’re such a small and intimate school.” Although NS classes started on Sept. 7, Kilabuk had been preparing for her new role since March, shadowing her predecessor, Morley Hanson, who recently retired after 31 years with NS. She holds twice-weekly meetings with the eight other full-

time NS staff and assists them in overcoming challenges and obtain resources. There are three part-time staff members whom she’s responsible for as well. Kilabuk also looks after the hiring of employees, takes care of administrative tasks and tends to numerous other “odds and ends,” she said. Even though she’s not an instructor, she has received electronic messages from some of the 34 NS students asking her for advice in their Inuktitut classes because she grew up speaking the language in Pangnirtung. Those messages are her primary connection to students in this pandemic era, as learning continues to take place online. “Since nobody’s in class, that’s kind of my biggest one-on-one contact with students right now. For me, (Inuit) language and having that rapport is a really good bridge to talk to students,” she said. “The biggest thing (in their messages) is hearing how proud they are of what they’ve learned in Inuit history and how they’re doing in their Inuktitut classes, just seeing their pride in what they’re doing and what they’re understanding. “The students, I feel, are still having a great experience. Our instructors are really good. They work really well as a team to ensure they have their NS spirit, even if it’s through

a computer screen,” she said.”The young adults are still very much enjoying what they’re learning at NS right now.” Kilabuk, who primarily has a finance background, didn’t graduate from NS, but she was interested in the job because her previous occupations revolved around “helping Inuit, one way or another.” She has held positions with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, the Kakivak Association, Nunavut Investment Group and the Qikiqtaaluk Corporation in Iqaluit, where she was vice-president. After moving to Ottawa for her son’s education, she worked briefly with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and then was president of Larga Baffin for several years prior to moving over to NS. “My main focus of where I’ve worked is where I feel I could make an impact on helping Inuit in whichever way that I can,” she said. “This opportunity came up and I saw it as a way to help Inuit youth.” In her own youth, she grew up surrounded by extended family in Pangnirtung. “I’m a Kilabuk so I’m related to half the community,” she said, adding that she appreciates that she was able to be grounded in her culture and in the Inuit language. She also ranks going camping among her fondest memories from her childhood.

Covid-19 putting crimp in Hope Bay mine gold production Northern News Services

Kitikmeot Agnico Eagle has decided to temporarily ramp down production at its Hope Bay gold mine in the Kitikmeot region due to ongoing challenges related to Covid-19. Another six Covid infections were diagnosed at the mine site since Oct. 7. The company reported 11 presumptive cases of the coronavirus at Hope Bay between Sept. 27 and 29. Additionally, contact tracing identified 92 people who had exposure to the infected individuals. All were placed in isolation at the mine site until they could be flown out on charter flights. Facing an outbreak at Hope Bay, 125 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay, and with Covid-19 cases increasing in Alberta, which serves at the primary hub for the gold project, Agnico Eagle will reduce the number of employees on site as well as the number of crew changes to lessen the risk of Covid transmission. The situation will be reassessed in the coming weeks, according to the company. No Nunavummiut workers had returned to Hope Bay, so there was no contact between territorial residents at the employees who contracted the virus. “The risk of contamination for the surrounding communities and for other Nunavut mines remains very low,” Agnico Eagle stated on Oct. 18, adding that the “no-contact protocol” between the mine site and the communities remains in effect. The company resorted to similar temporary measures at its Kivalliq mines in 2020 due to Covid-19. – Derek Neary

6–ᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒥ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᐃᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑲᑉᐱᕼᐃᓕᖅᑑᖅ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᑕ ᐃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 7–ᒥ.

Another six Covid-19 infections were diagnosed at the Hope Bay mine site since Oct. 7. Consequently, the number of workers and the number of crew changes will be reduced. Photo courtesy of Agnico Eagle


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Man guilty of Arviat manslaughter gets to spend remainder of sentence in Nunavut Albert Napayok fatally stabbed friend while in a drunken rage By Derek Neary Northern News Services Arviat

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic details. A man who killed his friend during a drunken stabbing in Arviat in February 2019 will be able to serve the remainder of his sentence in Nunavut, as he requested. Albert Napayok pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Manasie Thompson and also entered guilty pleas to charges of assault and breach of probation for a separate incident involving a woman. On Oct. 8, chief justice Neil Sharkey imposed a sentence of five years and nine months for the manslaughter and two months for the assault. Napayok had already served 963 days in custody prior to sentencing, which was credited at 48.2 months. That means the 22.8 months he has left to serve will be at the Baffin Correctional Centre, which his defence lawyer sought on his behalf. The Crown requested a sentence four months longer, which would have forced Napayok to be imprisoned in a southern federal institution. “Albert’s guilty plea to the manslaughter charge is a factor which should serve to decrease the severity of the penalty he receives. Mr. Napayok addressed the court, and he did so as Mr. Thompson’s family members listened. He was eloquent in detailing how the offence and his subsequent incarceration has affected his life and how he needs to heal,” Sharkey stated. “He also made an apology to Manasie’s family for the harm he has inflicted upon

them. I would point out to Mr. Thompson’s family that it is often difficult for a person to express sorrow in a public setting … The Gladue writer also sees Mr. Napayok as an excellent candidate for cultural re-integration.” Sharkey also recited the purpose of the sentencing process. “We do not punish for the sake of punishment. The common law principle of restraint says that a judge should impose jail only when necessary, and then only as much as is necessary,” the judge stated, also noting that although Napayok’s act of violence was “inexplicable,” he did not “by definition” intend to cause Thompson’s death. The chief judge also expressed his sympathy to Thompson’s relatives. “The impact that Manasie’s death has had on your family can only be described as colossal. You have all suffered, and continue to suffer, in so many ways. Manasie’s senseless killing can never be undone. I am powerless to ease your grief, only time can do that,” he said. The fatal encounter occurred after a night of drinking hard liquor and smoking cannabis at Napayok’s Arviat residence. An argument ensued between Napayok and Thompson, 29. Napayok cut him and stabbed him with a hunting knife. The wound that killed him was in the back, piercing his lung. Napayok dragged his body outside and covered it in snow under his porch. After being arrested, he confessed to the killing. He has four assault convictions on his criminal re-

cord and he was under a probation order when he took Thompson’s life. Napayok, 32, has endured a “rough life,” according to the court transcript. He was two years old when his mother was murdered. His father was in and out of jail and he was raised by a series of foster parents, including one home where he was emotionally and physically abused. “Mr. Napayok was deprived of a normal childhood. He grew up without any real sense of family, at all. Indeed, and to the contrary, violence and neglect were ‘normalized’ as part of his upbringing,” the court transcript reads, noting that he became reliant on alcohol to cope and was consequently unable to control his behaviour at times. “Frankly, considering his dire upbringing, his record is less severe than many other offenders who come before the court with similar deprivation.”

Napayok will also be placed on probation for two years following his sentence and will be prohibited from possessing firearms for life. Sharkey also passed judgment on how alcoholism continues to have a dire effect, particularly in the territory. “Alcohol abuse is tearing apart the fabric of our society. It fills our criminal and family dockets as well as our jails,” he said. “The homicide rate in Nunavut has, since 2000, been at least 10 times higher than the national average. Yet, some 20 years after division from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut does still not have a single residential treatment facility. The frequency of crime fueled by alcohol is matched only by the paucity of treatment options.” A treatment centre, through a partnership among the federal and territorial governments and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, is expected to open in Iqaluit in 2025.

Shots fired near Baker Lake schools; charges laid Northern News Services

Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake Baker Lake RCMP responded to a complaint of shots being fired near the schools on Oct. 18. Parts of the community were blocked off for public safety. A suspect, described only as a “male youth,” was subsequently arrested. He is facing charges of discharging a firearm with intent; reck-

less discharge of a firearm; careless use of a firearm; using a firearm in the commission of an offence; possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; unauthorized possession of a firearm; and knowledge of unauthorized possession. The Baker Lake RCMP extended thanks to the people of Baker Lake for their assistance throughout the incident. – Derek Neary

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ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᖅ 1980 ᐱᒋᐊᓕᓵᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ.

Naujaat in the 1980s ᓚᐃᒥᑭ ᒪᓕᑭ ᓯᕿᓐᓂᖅᓯᐅᑎᓂᒃ ᐃᒡᒑᒃᓯᒪᔪᖅ 1980-ᖏᓐᓂᒃ.

A wide shot of the community as it was in the early 1980s. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman

Darryl Gershman shares some of over 10,000 slides taken during his career By Ezra Black Northern News Services Naujaat

Darryl Gershman was only supposed to spend one year away from his private practice in Winnipeg. But in 1980 the young dentist – then working in Manitoba’s Peguis First Nation – took an instructor job at the National School of Dental Therapy (NSDT) in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. The result was a decades-long career that brought him to many rural, remote and underserved communities across the North – and over 10,000 individual Kodachrome slides. “The photos were a personal documentation of the community and my experiences,” Gershman told Kivalliq News in an email interview. “I wasn’t very good at keeping a journal so the photos were my journal.” From the late 1970s until his recent retirement, Gershman visited about

30 communities throughout Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and a few communities in the Yukon. He also worked in Indigenous communities in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador, he said. On one such visit to provide dental services in Arviat, Naujaat and Chesterfield Inlet, he flew out of Churchill on a Calm Air Hawker Siddeley 748 with his portable dental equipment and supplies, “I was the first dentist to visit these three communities in more than a year so there was a huge backlog of dental emergencies.” “Naujaat really had no clinic for a dentist to work so I worked in a tiny patient room in the nursing station,” he said. “In later visits I worked in a supply storage room in the nursing station, the shops room in the school and, if available, I was allowed to use the school kitchen for my clinic.” Experiencing these small commu-

ᓯᒨᓇ ᕿᖓᔭᒃ ᑯᐊᐸᒃᑯᓐᓂᒃ ᓴᓇᔪᖅ.

Simona Kringayark working with customers at the co-op. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman

ᐱᙳᐊᕐᕕᖕᒥ Hᐊᑭᑦᑐᑦ ᓄᑲᑉᐱᐊᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ.

A game of floor hockey between young men in the community. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman

Lammiki Malliki sporting hip 1980s sunglasses. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman

nities was a new cultural experience for Gershman. “One of the first people I treated complained that a tooth hurt when he was eating raw frozen caribou. This was one of my first cross-cultural lessons; traditional diet.” Another patient reported she was having trouble chewing hides, a process she used when making sealskin mukluks. He said he was fortunate to have a young woman from the community, Louisa Manik, working with him as an interpreter and assistant, “because the adults spoke mostly Inuktitut. Louisa also began patiently teaching me about some of the Inuit customs and culture. And I had much to learn.” While walking through the communities or whenever people took him for day trips to see historic sites, look for caribou or ice fish, “my camera would be tucked under my parka to keep warm.”

‘Secretly borrowed’ These days, Gershman lives in Beausejour, Manitoba, with his wife and their dog, Teeka. His thousands of slides were sitting mostly idle and undigitized in his house – occasionally seen in slide presentations to friends, family and at some schools “until the slide projector became obsolete,” – until his daughter, Emily, “secretly borrowed some of my binders of old slides and digitized them.” “She did this secretly as a surprise for me, sneaking a few of my slide albums out of the house when she visited,” said Gershman. He has since published several albums that offer a glimpse of daily life in Naujaat and Coral Harbour in the 1980s to Facebook. “I wanted to share the photos hoping that some of the people depicted would see them,” he said. Thanks to Heather Kolit-Carter in

Rankin Inlet, who first shared the photos on Facebook with people in Coral Harbour and Naujaat, the collection has generated a positive response online. “Reading all the comments, does reconnect me with my time in Naujaat,” said Gershman. “Many of those kids whose faces were frozen in my memory as kids are grandparents now. The response to the photos has been overwhelming and there is a lot of photo sharing and memories recalled.” Gershman said the photographs have motivated him to reflect back on a unique and interesting career. “It’s also given me a valuable insight into the lives and history of Canada’s Indigenous people,” he said. “I believe that throughout my time in the North I learned to listen more and talk less. And if I had my career to do all over again, I could honestly say I would. It was way more interesting than working in an office for 40 plus years.”


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‘I want to see a deal,’ says new union president Jason Rochon

Former student support assistant at Joamie School succeeds Bill Fennell as NEU leader By Derek Neary Northern News Services Nunavut

“I’m going to say this very clearly, I want to see a deal and I want to see people treated fairly, and that’s not been happening.” That’s the message from new Nunavut Employees Union (NEU) president Jason Rochon to MLA candidates across Nunavut. “I think change is always good. Getting fresh perspectives a great thing,” he said following a three-year stalemate with the Government of Nunavut in achieving a new collective agreement. Like the next batch of MLAs, who will be elected on Oct. 25, Rochon was chosen as the union’s new leader during the NEU’s convention on Oct. 7. He succeeds Bill Fennell, who was at the helm over the past seven years. If there’s no indication of negotiations progress in the near future, Rochon said he won’t hesitate to call a strike vote. “Whatever our members want, I’ll be there with them,” he said. A former student support assistant at Joamie School in Iqaluit, Rochon describes the lack of a deal over the past three years as “absolutely unacceptable.” “We’d been bargaining in good faith with the government in hopes of reaching a collective agreement, and then the government engaged in bad-faith bargaining, forcing us to take them to court,” he said. “I feel like they should know better, so they should be doing better … so it’s time for them to make some improvements. “They can talk all they want about getting back to the bargaining table but unless they’re going to actually follow that up with some

action, there’s no reason to sit there and listen to them conduct themselves in the way that they’ve treated our members in the last three years.” The NEU will equip its approximately 5,000 members with information, email addresses and draft letters to send to the MLA candidates of their choice to reinforce how essential a new collective agreement is to them, according to Rochon. A member of the NEU for 16 years and a former 2nd vice-president and secretary for the organization, Rochon said the NEU’s membership deserves credit for repeatedly bringing Covid-19 cases back to zero in the territory. Other objectives he has in mind for his twoyear term as president include ensuring that job postings make clear how to access support for mental health and well-being and that domestic violence leave is paid. GN sought return to bargaining: official Fennell, while still NEU president, insisted that the union made an effort to resume bargaining but was rebuffed by the GN. “I went to the assistant deputy minister, who is the lead GN employee on the bargaining team, and I asked him to go back to the table, and he refused, saying that they have nothing more to offer,” said Fennell. “So it was actually the GN refusing to bargain, despite what the minister said … It’s out there that the union did nothing after the minister invited us back to the table, and that’s not true, and that pisses me off. And I was told no, that it was up to us to change our position, and we can’t accept what they’re offering.” Grant McMichael, assistant deputy minister of operations with the Department of Human Re-

ᔭᐃᓴᓐ ᕈᓵᓐ, ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ, ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᕋᑖᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖑᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑏᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᓐᓄᑦ, ᐅᐱᒋᔭᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᓂᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖑᔪᒥ ᐅᐃᓕᐊᒻ (ᐱᐅᓪ) ᕕᐊᓄᓪᒧ, ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᓯᕗᓕᐅᖅᑎᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑏᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓄᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᕈᓵᓐ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᖓᔪᒋᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᙳᖅᐳᖅ.

Jason Rochon, left, newly-elected president of the Nunavut Employees Union, is congratulated by outgoing president William (Bill) Fennell, who served as the leader of the NEU for two terms. Rochon becomes the union’s third president. Photo courtesy of the NEU sources, provided a different version of events. “We do not negotiate in public but given the NEU’s statement, we can confirm that we proactively provided a without-prejudice offer to the NEU since the time they have taken legal action and the NEU rejected that offer without

meeting with the GN,” said McMichael. “Subsequently, the GN has stated and continues to state we are open to meet for negotiations and look forward to a positive response by the NEU. At no time has the GN refused to go to the table and would welcome the opportunity to do so.”

GN withheld key miscalculation for four months, union alleges Territorial government attempted to ‘leverage their incompetence,’ NEU contends By Derek Neary Northern News Services Nunavut

The Government of Nunavut attempted to “leverage their incompetence at the bargaining table” by almost halving the amount offered for Nunavut Northern allowance, the Nunavut Employees Union is alleging, based on documents obtained in a court case. The territorial government reduced a $33 million offer to just $17 million, blaming it on a miscalculation. The union is accusing the GN of deliberately withholding knowledge of that Northern allowance error until just four days before mediation resumed on Oct. 28, 2019 rather than reveal-

ing it on June 19 of that year when the territorial government became aware of the mistake. “It doesn’t take four months to send one email and it definitely doesn’t take four months to pick up the phone,” said newly-elected NEU president Jason Rochon. As evidence of the delay in communications, the NEU points to the GN’s seeking advice from its lawyer on the matter, as well as an internal email from Department of Human Resources deputy minister Sheila Kolola asking, “On another note, how is the bargaining team going to tell the NEU about the miscalculation in the NNA (Nunavut Northern allowance)?” In addition, senior civil servants were discussing the matter into late September, according to government documents that were turned over to the union.

Rochon contends that the GN’s last-minute approach was intended to “shock us into accepting an unfair deal.” “Their strategy caused a bargaining impasse and has left our members without a contract,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever trust the GN but I know I need to work with them because our members deserve a lot better than what they’ve been getting,” he said, repeatedly stating that he’s tired of “pretty words” from the Premier and senior GN officials, who publicly thanked civil servants for their efforts in fighting Covid-19 but haven’t offered agreeable terms for a new collective agreement. Grant McMichael, assistant deputy minister with the Department of Human Resources said once the error was discovered, the department “completed further reviews of the scenario planning tool used for calculating cost, consulted our legal counsel and then informed the mediator. The mediator was proactively consulted regarding the unintentional error and to seek their advice on the best process to be followed considering the scheduled mediation. Upon consulting the mediator, the NEU was made aware of the human mathematical error by the GN negotiation team.” Rochon wasn’t prepared to say whether the union will insist on the $33 million for Northern allowance being restored, or whether $17 million will be the negotiations starting point when bargaining resumes. That will depend on the advice of the union’s negotiators, he said. The Department of Human Resources was unable to provide immediate comment on Friday afternoon. Assistant deputy minister Grant McMichael recently told Nunavut News that “the GN does not comment on specific financial aspects of an ongoing collective agreement negotiation.” The union, which represents more than 4,000 GN employees, has been working under an expired collective bargaining agreement for the past three years. The NEU took the territorial government to court in 2019, accusing the GN of “bad faith” bargaining. The case is still pending in court. Northern allowance has not changed for GN workers in 12 years. Rochon noted that inflation has raised prices substantially since then, particularly during the pandemic. In addition, he said some union members, like others in Iqaluit, are now forced to buy cases of drinking water for $45 to $55, which is not affordable for some. “People were already living paycheque to paycheque before this happened,” said Rochon.


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A return to the ice for the girls Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association once again joins in on World Girls Hockey Weekend By James McCarthy Northern News Services Iqaluit

More than 100 events across the country were on offer for the annual World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend bonanza. One of those events happened in Iqaluit, which has been a frequent participant in the event. The big difference this year is that it as held on actual ice. Thirty-four young ladies between the ages of four through 17 took to the frozen water at the Arctic Winter Games Arena on Oct. 17. The turnout was more than half of the 63 female players registered to play this season in the Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association. Alexia Cousins is one of the association’s vice-presidents and looks after female programs. She was out on the ice along with some volunteer coaches for the day to put the girls through their paces. Cousins said it was great to be on ice for a change. “It’s World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend, emphasis on the ice,” she said. “We made do with what we had last year but getting back to the ice was awesome.” What Cousins was referring to regarding last year was the 2020 weekend being held at the Inuksuk High School gymnasium because of no ice in either the AWG Arena or Arnaitok Arena at the time. The players were split into three groups with the youngest group — four to seven-year-olds — simply getting used to their surroundings. “Half of the youngest group was brand new to hockey,” said Cousins. “We wanted them to get used to skating, holding the stick, pushing the puck, chasing the puck. We also had some extra coaches out on the ice so the players could get some one-on-one instruction.” The two older groups worked on passing and skating drills with a full-ice five-on-five scrim-

mage afterward while the younger group played a three-on-three small-area game and played team handball to help with the hand-eye co-ordination, she added. “It was skill-based for the older girls and we wanted the younger girls to just have some fun,” she said. While Covid-19 has been an issue for the better part of the past two years, the city has had to grapple with the equally bigger problem of the water situation in the city. Cousins said the situation didn’t affect anything on or off-ice. “We asked the girls to bring their own water because of the situation and because of Covid,” she said. “We did have extra bottled water on hand just in case any of the girls ran out.” As for the Covid-19 restrictions, everyone who was there had to wear masks up to the point of going out on the ice. Spectators were required to remain masked at all times and the limit was up to 25 on the ice at all times. Cousins said the capacity maximum wasn’t an issue at all. “Everyone was able to play and it made things easy to co-ordinate,” she said. “Not having 25 girls out on the ice meant more time for the girls to play and everything worked out.” And just like years past, there were pizza, cupcakes and juice boxes waiting for the girls once they got off the ice. “Seeing pink icing on a cupcake is very enticing to a young girl,” said Cousins with a laugh. “They worked up an appetite and they had a lot of fun out there. I’m always excited for this every year because it helps encourage girls to stay in the sport. It’s beneficial for those who maybe aren’t comfortable being in a co-ed environment and I can see the growth of the girls who have taken part in this before.” Some of the other countries which took part in the weekend included the Netherlands, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Oman.

ᑯᓘᐃ ᓄᐊᕆᔅ, ᒪᕐᕈᖓᓂ ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ ᑐᓄᐊᓂ, ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐅᖃᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᔪᕆᖅᓱᐃᕙᒃᑐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ 4-ᓂ 7-ᓄᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᓕᖕᓂ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᐊᕐᓇᓄᑦ ᕼᐋᑭᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᑉ ᓄᙳᐊᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 17–ᒥ.

Chloe Norris, second from left in back row, was one of the coaches who worked with the four-to-seven age group as part of World Girls Hockey Weekend in Iqaluit on Oct. 17. Photo courtesy of Alexia Cousins

The cost of Evander Kane’s latest bout of stupidity? Twenty-one games Northern News Services

So the latest venture of how we have one last chance to save the world is about to get underway in Glasgow, Scotland as COP26 kicks off on Oct. 31. That’s when a bunch of people flying in on private jets and then driving around in idling limousines will get together to lecture us about how we should be doing our part to stem this climate crisis thing. The hypocrisy of it all is my favourite part and is perhaps the biggest reason why I don’t listen to anything these people say. Like I’ve said before, someone please set a doomsday target so I know when to prepare for the end. Is it 12 years? Nine years? 10 years? Next week? Tomorrow? In the meantime, I’ll just reduce, reuse and recycle. Anyway: Busted Vaccine passports and/or mandates are the way of the world now, it would appear, and that means you must show your papers before doing almost anything. The National Hockey League is one organization which does not have a vaccine mandate but unvaccinated players must quarantine if they want to play in Canada. Enter Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks. Kane showed his proof of vaccination to the league prior to the start of the season and was ready to play. Just one problem though — his vax card was fake. Kane’s act of stupidity has now cost him 21 games worth of playing time and roughly $1.6 million of his $7 million salary this season. The money will go to the NHL’s Player Emergency Assistance Fund, so at least there’s a silver lining in that.

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Kane won’t be able to play again until Nov. 30, at the earliest, and you have to wonder: did he actually think he could get away with it? The NHL Players Association released a statement on Kane’s behalf where he stated that he’s awfully sorry for his misgivings but he took responsibility for it. That’s the one good thing I read — at least he didn’t try to pass it off on someone or something else, which would be expected in a situation like this. You only hope Kane has learned from this and if he’s going to try a stunt like this in the future, maybe the conscience will kick in. If you’re gonna go … You know those fans who love something so much that they’d do anything to show reverence? I’m not one of those people but there are humans who will buy anything and that includes custom-made caskets. Yes, Joe Stacey of Hendersonville, Tennessee has several pine boxes up for grabs for you to be placed in during your

funeral. Whoops, I meant celebration of life. There’s a Dale Earnhardt special, complete with the black outer coating, the logos and the big no. 3, a reminder of those days crushing cases of Schlitz during the tailgate at Talladega. That will run you $2,000. If NASCAR isn’t your thing, you can get the Atlanta Braves, Smokey and the Bandit, Tennessee Titans … if you can think it, Stacey could probably make it. All we need now is for those loved ones who have passed on to talk to us from the other side through technology while you lay there. Oh, wait … And finally … Good Idea: Helping out your teammates. Bad Idea: Helping out your teammates taking a two-minute minor in the process. I have never seen this before and, if I’m being honest, the creativity alone should have kept Matthew Tkachuk out of the penalty box. It happened on Oct. 18 when the Flames hosted the Anaheim Ducks. Tkachuk was on the bench as the puck was heading for the seats. Now, if you know the rules of hockey, any puck which leaves the playing surface courtesy of a player flipping it over the glass — intentional or not — means a two-minute minor for delay of game, unless it’s deflected over. Seeing that the Flames were about to go a man short, Tkachuk instinctively stood up and swatted the puck down, stopping it from going out of play. Didn’t work, though, as Tkachuk was handed an interference penalty for the deed. I personally think it was brilliant but, yes, those are the rules. And there’s no fun of any kind allowed. Until next time, folks …