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Financial Times Speculates Chinese Want More Pull in the Arctic - Iceland Review On

Financial Times  Speculates Chinese Want More Pull in the Arctic - Iceland Review On | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

An article in the British newspaper Financial Times speculates whether the acquisition of the Chinese investment company Zhongkun Group, chaired by Huang Nubo, of the land Grímsstadir á Fjöllum in northeast Iceland may be connected with the Chinese wanting to increase their presence in the Arctic Ocean.

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The FT article also mentions the ISK 66 billion (USD 578 million, EUR 401 million) currency exchange agreement between the Central Bank of Iceland and China in the summer of 2010 that is valid for three years.

This is an indication that Chinese authorities want to strengthen their diplomatic relationship with Iceland, the article reasons.

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Canadian Inuit going hungry: study | News | National Post

Canadian Inuit going hungry: study | News | National Post | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Six out of 10 Inuit in Canada’s Far North don’t get enough to eat or are eating the wrong things, says a comprehensive study by a team of McGill University researchers.They warn preventive measures are desperately needed to help ward off diabetes, heart disease and other ailments which already plague other Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and the U.S.

 

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Increasingly, Inuit are shifting away from the traditional foods hunters brought home. But researchers found people living in remote villages often cannot find or afford the fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy products that make up the best part of a healthy southern diet.

“Poverty and associated food insecurity coupled with a transition away from local nutrient-rich food resources represents a dual nutritional burden on indigenous peoples globally,” cautions McGill epidemiologist Grace Egeland in the study published in the latest issue of Journal of Nutrition. “A nutrition transition is occurring in Arctic communities with consequences for increased obesity and diet-sensitive chronic diseases.”

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#Canada tries to force #Russia out of the #Arctic | EUTimes.net

#Canada tries to force #Russia out of the #Arctic | EUTimes.net | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Late last week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spent four days in the Arctic. Flying around military bases in the northern provinces of Canada Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories has become a tradition over the years of his stay in power. The current Prime Minister has been in power for six years, and for the sixth time he appeared in the Arctic. Harper has repeatedly said that these visits are made in the framework of the “northern strategy.” It includes an increase in military presence, economic and social development and environmental protection in polar latitudes.

Strictly speaking, the military component was clearly in the first place. As soon as he arrived in the Arctic, Harper began to observe the exercises attended by land, naval, and air forces. Although the exercises are carried out for the fifth time, it is the first time when they are conducted at such a scale. Addressing the officers, soldiers and sailors, the Canadian Prime Minister said that the increase in military presence in the Arctic is particularly important for the protection of the national interests. However, he also did not forget about the economy and stopped by the gold mine that was started a year ago.

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Witnessing Summer Starvation Among Polar Bears (Pics)

Witnessing Summer Starvation Among Polar Bears (Pics) | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

It's uncertain why this bear perished but his teeth showed him to be a young bear, possibly newly turned out from his mother. His body shows signs of severe emaciation. It's possible that he just wasn't able to find enough food to sustain himself. ... TreeHugger.com

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South African teenager escapes rockfall in #Nunavut - Cape Times | IOL.co.za

South African teenager escapes rockfall in #Nunavut - Cape Times | IOL.co.za | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

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A DURBANVILLE teenager has dodged a rockfall while climbing a massive wall in the Canadian Arctic before plunging into the icy sea water when he fell while descending.

Henko Roukema, 19, a maritime navigation student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, is one of eight young people from around the world participating in South African explorer Mike Horn’s Pan Global Adventure for Environmental Action (Pangaea) Young Explorer Programme.

The group, travelling on the yacht Pangaea, is in Nunavut, Arctic Canada, on a three-week expedition that ends early next month.

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Ottawa chefs pull out stunning surprises for Kurt Waldele tribute Sunday includes Nunavut muskox tartare

Ottawa chefs pull out stunning surprises for Kurt Waldele tribute Sunday includes Nunavut muskox tartare | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Humane Society fundraising event raises $40,000 --- Most unusual ingredient: Chef Louis Charest (Rideau Hall) presented Nunavut muskox tartare with muhammara, roasted peppers, garlic, walnut, pomegranate molasses pesto, poached egg with poppadum chip. Pretty much has the world covered, here. Piquant and delicious.

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Alaska Says Climate Change is no Threat to Polar Bears, Opposes Protection

Alaska Says Climate Change is no Threat to Polar Bears, Opposes Protection | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The state of Alaska will appeal a federal ruling which continues to list the polar bear as a threatened species. In a notice filed on Aug.
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Marine biologist Alexander Semenov reveals alien world deep under the #arctic ice

Marine biologist Alexander Semenov reveals alien world deep under the #arctic ice | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Why you would be wrong to assume the icy depths of the sea off the northwestern coast on Russia has little to offer nature photographers.
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My Nunavut Adventure: Lets Talk Country Food

My Nunavut Adventure: Lets Talk Country Food | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

[excerpt] I am a semi vegetarian, I learned in culinary school that it doesn't just mean picky, it is a legitimate term for someone who doesn't eat meat but does eat poultry and fish. Knowing this about me, imagine the thoughts running through my head as I was faced with the chance to try muktaaq.

I cant be sure of the exact definition of the word muktaaq but I have heard it used to describe the raw meat of Beluga's, Narwhals and other whales.
This time, it was the meat of a Narwhal sitting on a piece of cardboard in front of me.

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Indigenous Voices of the Arctic- Jennifer Kadjak, Inuit student at the Nunavut Arctic College, Iqaluit, Canada

Indigenous Voices of the Arctic- Jennifer Kadjak, Inuit student at the Nunavut Arctic College, Iqaluit, Canada | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

[excerpt] Hear the views of three young people with the perspective of indigenous nations — their hopes and aspirations to make a contribution to a world changing by a warming climate and the consequent economic development of the northernmost part of the planet.

They were interviewed at the Seventh International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VII), held recently in Iceland.Organized by the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), ICASS VII was attended by more than 400 delegates, who between them presented some 300 papers and joined discussions in dozens of workshops. Watch our video interview with IASSA President Joan Nymand Larsen, discussing the highlights of ICASS VII. Read our entire coverage of ICASS VII.

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Kitikmeot Heritage Society

Kitikmeot Heritage Society | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The Kitikmeot Heritage Society preserves and promotes the oral traditions, place names, language, culture and archaeology of the Inuit of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper pushes mining expansion in Arctic

Prime Minister Stephen Harper pushes mining expansion in Arctic | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Billie-Jo Eindhoven of Rankin Inlet drives a truck at Agnico-Eagle's Meadowbank Mine facility in Meadowbank Mine, Nunavut. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

 

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Frank Tester, a professor in the school of social work at the University of British Columbia who has studied development projects in Nunavut, including now-defunct mines, said the projects have had no lasting legacy.

Mines in the North have never met their targets for aboriginal employment, Mr. Tester said, because the Inuit build their lives around their families and most are not willing to be away from home for long.

Meanwhile, he said, the negative effects are many. Baker Lake is divided over a proposal to open a uranium mine west of the community because more money means more alcohol, drugs, gambling and domestic abuse.

“It takes people away from the land – from hunting and a relationship with land and nature that is the foundation of Inuit culture,” Mr. Tester said. “This, in turn, affects how people do (or do not) function together.”

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Arctic rowers complete magnetic North Pole bid

Arctic rowers complete magnetic North Pole bid | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
A rowing expedition reaches the 1996 location of the magnetic North Pole in a bid to highlight the effect of climate change in the region.
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Canada must boost scientific, social aspects of Northern Strategy | Embassy - Canada's Foreign Policy Newspaper

Canada must boost scientific, social aspects of Northern Strategy | Embassy - Canada's Foreign Policy Newspaper | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Canada must boost scientific, social aspects of Northern Strategy

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Canada needs to open its doors to the international science community and follow its plan to bridge the gap between the living conditions of Inuit and other Canadians. That might do more than any military exercise in asserting Canada’s arctic sovereignty.

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Despite this federal diligence on northern issues, some have noted that things aren’t working and Inuit live in developing world conditions in a developed country.

Starting at the end of Second World War, the transition from an admirable nomadic culture to modernity and self-governance has been difficult for Inuit, negatively affecting their economy, their culture, and their physical and mental health. The crisis is perhaps most acute in Nunavut which has been self-governing for 12 years, but where appalling reports of poverty, overcrowding of substandard houses, violence, crime, alcoholism, and drug abuse have raised a heated debate on the wisdom of further devolution of power in the territories of the Nunangat.

Inuit leaders and social scientists converge on the one solution to the crisis: education. But many are quick to point out that more books, more teachers or even a university of the North will not suffice: Canadian Inuit need first to change their attitude towards education. They could take, for example, the model of Greenland, which aims to provide post-secondary training to two-thirds of its citizens by 2020.

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Journée Carrière 2011 CDETNO

Journée Carrière 2011 CDETNO | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Il nous fait plaisir de vous inviter à prendre part à l’édition 2011 de la Journée carrière qui, suite au succès connu l’an dernier, se jumelle cette année au forum pancanadien Français pour l’avenir. La Journée Carrière / Français pour l’avenir 2011 se déroulera le 28 octobre prochain au Artist Run Community Center (ARCC) de Yellowknife sous le thème« Deux langues… un monde de possibilités ».

Cet événement est un grand rassemblement réunissant plus d’une centaine de jeunes âgés de 12 à 18 ans en provenance des écoles Allain St-Cyr de Yellowknife, Boréale de Hay River ainsi que des écoles d’immersion de Yellowknife. Ils profiteront d’une pleine journée d’activités consacrée au perfectionnement personnel et professionnel, tout en valorisant le bilinguisme.

Nous sollicitons donc la participation de votre organisation à cet événement formateur. Vous pouvez contribuer au succès de la Journée carrière soit par la présentation d’un kiosque promotionnel sur l’heure du dîner, soit en recevant un groupe de jeunes dans votre milieu de travail pour y animer une visite/atelier. Il est également possible de faire les deux.

Si l’idée vous intéresse et que vous avez un concept d’atelier génial pour les jeunes, contactez-nous . Vous trouverez, ci-joint, le formulaire d’inscription. Prière de le retourner avant le vendredi le 12 aout, à l’attention de Frédéric Grandmaison, cdetno@cdetno.com. Pour de plus amples renseignements, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec Frédéric au 873-5962 poste 4.

Dans l’attente de votre réponse, nous vous remercions à l’avance de votre intérêt.

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Gazprom ready to melt icebergs - BarentsObserver

Gazprom ready to melt icebergs - BarentsObserver | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Technology developers working for Gazprom want to use boiling water to fight icebergs.
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Russia ready to boost Arctic tourism - BarentsObserver

The authorities of the newly established national park “Arctic Russia” will develop infrastructure so that you can be one of the tourist to explore the earlier closed Arctic islands of Novaya Zemlya and Franz-Josef Land.
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Feds' approach to Northern economic development 'short sighted' | The Hill Times - Canada's Politics and Government Newsweekly

Feds' approach to Northern economic development 'short sighted' | The Hill Times - Canada's Politics and Government Newsweekly | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Stephen Harper's sixth annual Arctic tour is sending a clear message to Canadians that the next four years of majority government will be typified by widespread resource exploitation, and not environmental precautions, say critics.

Last Tuesday's stop at Meadowbank gold mine in Baker Lake, Nunavut, owned by Toronto-based Agnico-Eagle, provided the forum for the Prime Minister to nonchalantly brush aside concerns about environmental degradation in the name of unfettered mining operations and massive revenues amidst peaking global metal prices.

Speaking to local workers at the Meadowbank operation, Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest, Alta.), in response to a media question, acknowledged the damaging effects of mining, saying, "Obviously, when you dig holes here, you create some environmental issues." He then defended resource exploitation by adding that those issues "can't stop development."

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Iqaluit Nunavut Arctic College Student off for Arctic adventure

The 23-year-old Iqaluit student will be spending the remainder of her summer vacation as one of two Nunavut interns on a research vessel touring the Arctic waters.

"It's going to be an amazing experience - a unique trip," said Ryan, who attends Nunavut Arctic College in the teacher education program.

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#Nunavut, Meet your MLA candidates in Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet and Iqaluit West

Nunavut News/North asked each candidate why they are running, what they are hoping to achieve and what they think would be their biggest challenge.

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Headlines for Nunavut News North for August 22nd 2011

Headlines for Nunavut News North for August 22nd 2011 | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

NEWS

'Those three people, they are miracles'. Team of 23 investigating crash of First Air flight 6560Missing Pond Inlet man found dead after three years.

News/North cartoonist dead at 69. Norm Muffitt took pen name 'Bush' while working as pilot for RCMP

Meet your candidates.

OPINION

Flying essential in the North. Investigation in Resolute may help make air travel safer

A valuable history. Collection of elders' experiences a good learning tool.

Three ridings go to the polls Sept. 12 to elect new MLAs

ENTERTAINMENT

Throatsinging meets hip hop. Tumivut look forward to sharing music with hometown as part of Alianait's concert series

SPORTS

The bats begin to fall silent. Rankin Inlet Co-ed Softball League says goodnight to another successful season

BUSINESS

Behchoko solar panel system first in the NWT. Technology to draw power for Tlicho Construction building

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Inuktitut bible translator Eugene Nida, dies at 96

Inuktitut bible translator Eugene Nida, dies at 96 | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

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The Rev. Eugene Nida, a linguist, Baptist minister and Biblical scholar who made the world’s most popular book even more widely available by helping translate the Scripture into 200 languages, died Aug. 25 at a hospital in Brussels. He was 96.

He had Alzheimer’s disease, said Geof Morin, a spokesman for the New York-based American Bible Society, where Rev. Nida worked for more than 50 years.

Rev. Nida’s major contribution to Bible translation was the concept of “functional equivalence.” Instead of using literal translations, his idea was to incorporate native culture and idiom into the Bible’s story.

Rev. Nida’s system allowed translators to rearrange sentences in the Bible to convey more clearly its meaning and intention in the native language.

A project he started in 1978 to translate the bible into Inuktitut, the tongue of the Inuit people who live in the Arctic, took 24 years to complete.

The task required so much time because the Bible — whose story unfolds among palm trees and sandy deserts and includes camels and donkeys — had to make sense to the Inuit, who live around vast expanses of snow and ice and are more familiar with seals and walruses.

“You can’t translate without cultural context,” Rev. Nida explained.

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Meet Inuk – full genome of ancient human tells us about his hair, eyes, skin, teeth, ancestry and earwax

Meet Inuk – full genome of ancient human tells us about his hair, eyes, skin, teeth, ancestry and earwax | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

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Meet “Inuk”. He is the ninth human to have their entire genome sequenced but unlike the previous eight, he has been dead for some 4,000 years old. Even so, DNA samples from a tuft of his frozen hair have revealed much about his appearance and his ancestry.

Inuk had brown eyes and brown skin. His blood type was A+. His hair was thick and dark but had he lived, he might not have kept it – his genes reveal a high risk of baldness. Inuk may well have died quite young. Like many Asians and Native Americans, his front teeth were “shovel-graded”, meaning that their back faces had ridged sides and concave middles. We even know about his earwax – it was dry, again like many Asians and Native Americans, rather than the wet wax that dominates other ethnic groups.

Inuk is the singular of Inuit and it means “man”. He was one of the Saqqaq people, one of the first cultures to settle in the frozen north of the New World. Few of their remains have been found – all we have are four small tufts of hair and four small pieces of bone. So Inuk’s genome is a treasure trove of knowledge about this extinct Eskimo culture. His remains were discovered in Greenland in the 1980s and his genome has just been sequenced by a large team of scientists from 8 countries, led by Morten Rasmussen, Yingrui Li and Stinus Lindgreen.

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Cape Dorset youth refuse to give up hope: Artist Diana Boudreau “Painting gives you pride”

Cape Dorset youth refuse to give up hope: Artist Diana Boudreau “Painting gives you pride” | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Neevee Jaw, who spent the summer as a mental health intern, helped organize a week-long activity with youth at Cape Dorset's arena, where they painted different species of Arctic birds on scraps of plywood donated from construction sites around town. Jaw produced two paintings of her own, both of Canada geese. In one, shown here, a goose flies under a full moon partially veiled by thin wispy clouds. (PHOTO BY JUSTIN NOBEL)

 

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An artist from Yellowknife spent a week with youth at the arena, painting different species of Arctic birds on scraps of plywood donated from construction sites around town.

On Tuesday night, people gathered in the community center to see the roughly two dozen kids who participated, ranging in age from five to 16, display their work.

“The idea behind this event was to teach kids that they’re not alone and there’s always someone to talk to if they’re feeling depressed or suicidal,” said the community’s psychiatric nurse, Candice Waddell.

Most of the youth had never painted before, including 16-year-old Neevee Jaw, who spent the summer as a mental health intern and helped Waddell organize the event.

She produced two paintings of her own, both of Canada geese. In one, a goose flies under a full moon partially veiled by thin wispy clouds.

“When you’re painting you get away from time and your feelings,” said Jaw. “Before you start you’re all mad and hating, sometimes even doing drugs. But then when you start to paint, you don’t even realize that you’re letting loose your anger. After you’re done painting you have let everything go and you feel good.”

She says a lot of the recent violence in town might have something to do with people suppressing their emotions. “Some people really hold their feelings,” said Jaw. “They’re trying so hard not to show anything bad, then sometimes it cracks.”

After the youth presented their paintings, which included colorful owls, gulls, eiders, geese and ravens, two teenage girls throat sang and everyone enjoyed a feast of Arctic char and bannock.

Artist Diana Boudreau sat on the floor beside the pile of fish, enjoying a hunk of char.

“Painting gives you pride,” she said. “Very often kids say, ‘It’s dumb,’ but I help them to push their limits, I ask them to go a little further than what they know.”

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Graphs of the Day: Arctic Sea Ice and Volume

Graphs of the Day: Arctic Sea Ice and Volume | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The familiar NSIDC arctic sea ice area graph for August 24.

We're heading toward another near record low - no sign of the recovery so confidently predicted by climate deniers over the last few ...
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