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A Tribute to Susan Sammons contribution to Inuit knowledge and education

A Tribute to Susan Sammons contribution to Inuit knowledge and education | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Susan Sammons' contribution to Inuit knowledge and education was truly significant and enduring. Not only has she educated a generation of competent and talented interpreter-translators and graduates of the Inuit Studies Program, she has helped to strengthen and carry forward the Inuktitut language in a way that was transformational. Each graduate has made a difference in their work, their families and communities by using, maintaining and improving the Inuktitut language at a high standard each and every day.

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It is with great sadness that we received word of her passing and we honour her memory with the deepest respect that is merited by a person of such unquestionable integrity.
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The Arctic Sounder - With ship traffic rising, US Coast Guard considers building an Arctic presence

The Arctic Sounder - With ship traffic rising, US Coast Guard considers building an Arctic presence | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The nation's increasing interest in the Arctic led a Coast Guard admiral, several bureaucrats and a gaggle of journalists to Barrow today.

They came aboard a Coast Guard Hercules C-130 that's specially equipped to play a role in analyzing climate change: inlet tubes on the aircraft allow equipment on board to measure greenhouse gases high above Alaska.

With melting sea ice allowing increased access to the Arctic Ocean, a global race is on to unlock the region's potential, with countries such as Russia, China and the United States jockeying for position.

Ship traffic in the Arctic is on the rise. Oil companies are looking to drill the ocean floor, tourists are seeking new adventures, and shipping companies are chasing a quicker route to Asia's growing consumer market.

The Coast Guard's responsibilities are growing, too.

"There used to be ice most of the year round in the areas that are now open water," said Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo, the new head of the Coast Guard's Alaska district. "We ought to understand how the Coast Guard would respond now that that activity's happening, just like we would off the coast of Miami, just like we would off the coast of New England."

A highlight of the day trip included a drop-in visit to a search-and-rescue "tabletop" exercise headquartered in Ilisagvik College in Barrow, the nation's northernmost community with 4,200 residents.
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How battle for Nunavut Iron Ore’s Baffinland ended in compromise

How battle for Nunavut Iron Ore’s Baffinland ended in compromise | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Nunavut Iron Ore’s Bruce Walter speaks... Public mergers and acquisitions spats have a language of their own, with banalities like “superior offer” and “value creation” commonly thrown around.

Sometimes, however, the rhetoric gets a bit nasty, as it did from September to January when Nunavut Iron Ore Acquisition Inc. and ArcelorMittal vied for control of the ambitious Mary River iron ore project on Baffin Island, which Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. owned at the time. Although the specific words weren’t so mean, both sides kept raising their bids and releasing new public statements to shareholders, refusing to give even an inch to their rival.
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Survey sounds alarm on #Inuit dental health

Survey sounds alarm on #Inuit dental health | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Inuit preschoolers have an average of eight decayed, missing or filled baby teeth
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NUNAVUT - Inuit organizations and dentists in the territory are biting down hard on the harsh reality that 70 per cent of about 1,200 Inuit in Canada need immediate dental care that is not available where they live, according to a recent survey.

Health Canada, the Office of the Chief Dental Officer of Canada, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Nunavut Tunngavik and other parties across the North surveyed Inuit living in Nunavut, Nunatsiavut and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region as part of the Inuit Oral Health Survey in 2008-2009.

“People are not getting the prevention care, the check-ups and the regular fillings they need before it gets to the level when they have to lose their teeth,” said Natan Obed, NTI's director of social and cultural development.

Obed said one of his biggest concerns is the rate in the North for tooth extractions is about 20 times higher than for children in southern Canada.

The survey found that overall, children between the ages of three and five had at least eight decayed, missing or filled baby teeth. At the time of the survey, less than 30 percent of these teeth had been filled, and nearly half were still decayed. Overall, adults between the ages of 20 and 39 had a mean number of 15 decayed, missing or filled teeth.
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Kim Golez's comment, August 19, 2013 12:46 AM
Try to check my infographics regarding history of dentistry, http://patcrawforddds.com/history-of-dentistry/
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RT @mayormadeleine: UPDATED info re: #Nunavut #Suicide stats 1960-2011(via JackHicks) #Inuit

Statistics on Death by Suicide in Nunavut, Jan. 1, 1960 to May 30, 2011
Total number of records in database: 642. Raw data obtained from the Offices of the Chief Coroners of the Northwest Territories (Jan 1, 1960 to March 31, 1999) and Nunavut (April 1, 1999 to present), Statistics Canada, and selected other sources.
Nine suicides are known to have been by non-Inuit, including six since Nunavut was created on April 1, 1999.
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On This Day In Weather History May 31 - 1973 in Eureka

1973 – CANADA: Canada's sunniest month ended as Eureka in the [then] Northwest Territories [now Nunavut] recorded 621 hours of sunshine. More on Eureka here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eureka,_Nunavut
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Nunavut health minister blasts Globe & Mail for Nunavut feature

Nunavut health minister blasts Globe & Mail for Nunavut feature | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Tagak Curley, the Nunavut health minister, said May 31 that he's not happy with the portrayal of Nunavut contained in a huge multimedia package the Globe and Mail produced this past April 1. “I get angry when I read the national newspaper that tries to portray Nunavut as hopeless, that there's not hope, the leaders have their face under the snow and they're not willing to admit it," Curley said
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Globe and Mail staff photojournalist Peter Power's First place photo story of the year about #Nunavut

Globe and Mail staff photojournalist Peter Power's First place photo story of the year about #Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
A look at Globe and Mail staff photojournalist Peter Power's first place photo story of the year from the News Photographers Association of Canada which also got him an Honourable Mention at Pictures Of The Year International... In Nunavut, Canada's newest territory, the homicide rate this year is nine times the national average and violent crime is seven times greater. The rate of sexual assault is more than 1,270 per cent above the average and climbing. And it?s getting worse. As the crime rate in the rest of North America continues to drop, Nunavut?s has grown 100 per cent since the territory was formed in 1999. The pristine beauty of Cape Dorset gives little hint of the troubles faced by a population struggling to cope with a dramatic transition between their traditional lifestyle of hunting and fishing and their new community based living with a modern economy.

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/nunavut/portraits-of-nunavut/article1908277/?from=sec13546

"From the sky, Nunavut’s 25 hamlets are but specks of contrast on a desolate canvas of ice, snow and Precambrian shield. On the ground, it is a place of custom and conflict, artistry and youth. (Editor's note: Shortly after this piece was published, The Globe and Mail learned that Leo Nangmalik, slides 38-40, had tragically taken his own life. He was 50.)"
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Igloo Made From 300 Refrigerators Springs Up in Germany | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

Igloo Made From 300 Refrigerators Springs Up in Germany | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The Fridge Igloo is actually a statement on the inane amount energy we consume, and to prove it there is a giant electrical meter hooked up to the igloo. The 11 meter-wide igloo is made from 322 old refrigerators attached to a metal frame and placed in the middle of Gänsemarkt. Inside is an absurdist paradise of gadgets, fans, Toys, toasters, a TV set with a roaring fire on, and an inflatable mushroom cloud. A plaque with nice little list of what went into the project includes “35 pairs of gloves, 487 sandwiches by mommy, and 120 leisure-time beers.”

Old refrigerators are a huge source of energy consumption in the western world. They may not look much different on the outside, but on the inside a new efficient refrigerator may consume half the electricity a unit using ten year-old technology. Expanding on this point, the Fridge Igloo offers a bounty of absurd energy waste and wacky references to our over-dependence on all things that plug in. Sponsored by the local utility company, the installation demonstrates how energy efficiency and awareness are the most easily accessible forms of green energy. Check out this little video to see it under construction.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA2AATxUkvQ

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Arctic snowstorms not extreme enough for three daredevils

Arctic snowstorms not extreme enough for three daredevils | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
[excerpt] Russians have always loved extreme kinds of sports. Recently, three daredevils proved this again. In 68 days, from March 1 till May 7, they covered the 7.5-thousand km distance from Salekhard – the only city in the world which is situated right on the Polar Circle – to Russia’s most eastern village of Uelen in Chukotka.

The weather conditions were very severe, but the travelers say that their transport – snowmobiles named “Taiga” - didn’t let them up. They didn’t even have to use the spare parts that they had taken with them to be on the safe side.
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Vacation like a Bond villain in this invisible room near the Arctic Circle

Vacation like a Bond villain in this invisible room near the Arctic Circle | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
[excerpt] If you're a discerning evil zillionaire looking to get away from it all, the Mirrorcube hotel suite in the Swedish forest is a wise choice. Some well-placed mirrors + a seemingly floating cube = the final word in "No Solicitors."

The Mirrorcube is part of the Tree Hotel, a forested collection of fantastical elevated rooms located in the village of Harads, Sweden, 60 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. The Mirrorcube's one of but several strange rooms — there's one shaped like a UFO and another resembles a giant bird's nest.
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The House & other Arctic musings: Photo workshop "photos of Inuksuit are the single largest selling Arctic image"

The House & other Arctic musings: Photo workshop "photos of Inuksuit are the single largest selling Arctic image" | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
I'm more than a little pumped today. Dave Brosha is in town leading a photography workshop. And I need all the help I can get. And because I now know that photos of Inuksuit are the single largest selling Arctic image, here's a photo of a couple of them from last night. Right there, on the top of those peaks.
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Nanisivik, #Nunavut Arctic naval facility years from completion - CTV News

Nanisivik, #Nunavut Arctic naval facility years from completion - CTV News | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
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Environmental and funding concerns are adding years to the construction of an Arctic naval port considered crucial to enforcing Canadian control of the Northwest Passage.

The Nanisivik port in Nunavut was originally supposed to be at least partially up and running by next summer, following a promise made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2007.

But no construction is planned for this summer and defence officials admit that the refuelling station, intended to give the navy a permanent presence at the eastern gate of the contested passage, won't be operating for years.

"Construction work at the Nanisivik Naval Facility will begin in 2013," said a defence department spokesman in an email. "It is forecasted that the (facility) will be operational in 2016."
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Greenland cold snap linked to Viking disappearance

Greenland cold snap linked to Viking disappearance | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
OSLO (Reuters) – A cold snap in Greenland in the 12th century may help explain why Viking settlers vanished from the island, scientists said on Monday.

The report, reconstructing temperatures by examining lake sediment cores in west Greenland dating back 5,600 years, also indicated that earlier, pre-historic settlers also had to contend with vicious swings in climate on icy Greenland.

"Climate played (a) big role in Vikings' disappearance from Greenland," Brown University in the United States said in a statement of a finding that average temperatures plunged 4 degrees Celsius (7F) in 80 years from about 1100.

Such a shift is roughly the equivalent of the current average temperatures in Edinburgh, Scotland, tumbling to match those in Reykjavik, Iceland. It would be a huge setback to crop and livestock production.

"There is a definite cooling trend in the region right before the Norse disappear," said William D'Andrea of Brown University, the lead author of the study in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers have scant written or archaeological records to figure out why Viking settlers abandoned colonies on the western side of the island in the mid-1300s and the eastern side in the early 1400s.

Conflicts with indigenous Inuit, a search for better hunting grounds, economic stresses and natural swings in climate, perhaps caused by shifts in the sun's output or volcanic eruptions, could all be factors.
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CAMBRIDGE BAY Nunavut's Omingmak Frolics draws huge appreciative crowds

CAMBRIDGE BAY Nunavut's Omingmak Frolics draws huge appreciative crowds | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The event from May 13 to 23 featured ventriloquist Mark Crocker, an arts and crafts market, a fashion show, a fishing derby, traditional games, a parade, bingo and snowmobile races. The 3004 Royal Canadian Army Cadets had an annual review and Nunavut Commissioner Edna Elias hosted a levee and handed out a number of awards for bravery and volunteerism.

Cambridge Bay Mayor Syd Glawson said attendance was up from last year.

"All reports say it went over with a bang. It was well-received and most importantly, enjoyed," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, there was something for everybody - from the kids to the older adults and then into our elders. Of course, we welcomed spring. There is no grass, no birds chirping yet, but spring is here."
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Aura Silver to raise $1.5M for Nunavut mining project - Mining - Local - Ottawa Business Journal

Aura Silver to raise $1.5M for Nunavut mining project - Mining - Local - Ottawa Business Journal | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Aura Silver Resources Inc. (TSX-V:AUU) is planning a $1.5-million private placement to advance its Nunavut gold and silver mining project, following sample reports of "exceptional grades" of the precious metals at the site.
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Association of Polar Early Career Scientists #APECS

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists #APECS | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere.
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Ice Loss in #Nunavut Canada's Arctic Archipelago : NASA Image of the Day

Ice Loss in #Nunavut Canada's Arctic Archipelago : NASA Image of the Day | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
These color-coded maps show ice mass changes in the northern Canadian Arctic Archipelago from 2004 to 2009.
Though much attention has been focused in recent years on the melting of ice from Greenland and Antarctica, nearly half of the ice volume currently being lost to the ocean is actually coming from other mountain glaciers and ice caps. Ice loss from a group of islands in northern Canada accounts for much of that volume.
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#Inuit Women’s Association of #Nunavik in disarray, departing president says

#Inuit Women’s Association of #Nunavik in disarray, departing president says | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
[excerpt] KANGIRSUK — Saturviit, the Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik, appears to have hit a wall — hard.

Its president, Lizzie Tukai, who was re-elected last May for another term, says she’s resigning.

In her May 30 report to the Kativik Regional Government council, Tukai said she’s leaving because she’s “ too overwhelmed” by the constant travel, the growing list of things that need to be done, and the organization’s general inability to act on anything.

“The things we planned to do, we couldn’t do them,” Tukai said. “I was enthusiastic, but I was disappointed.”

People didn’t do what they were supposed to, Tukai said. This meant there was no minute-taking or written copies of resolutions from at least one meeting.

“We had good ideas… but putting them into reality was a different story,” she said.
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The trials of Nunavut: Lament for an Arctic nation

The trials of Nunavut: Lament for an Arctic nation | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Crime has doubled in Nunavut since the territory was founded 12 years ago this week, raising a critical question: Is Nunavut a failure of Canadian nation building?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/nunavut/the-trials-of-nunavut-lament-for-an-arctic-nation/article1963420/?from=sec13546

Portraits of Nunavut
From the sky, Nunavut’s 25 hamlets are but specks of contrast on a desolate canvas of ice, snow and Precambrian shield. On the ground, it is a place of custom and conflict, artistry and youth.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/nunavut/portraits-of-nunavut/article1908277/?from=sec13546

A brush with his past proved too much for Leo Nangmalik
In the weeks before he took his own life, things were looking up for a Nunavut man who told his painful life story to The Globe. Then the police came knocking
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/nunavut/a-brush-with-his-past-proved-too-much-for-leo-nangmalik/article1977889/?from=sec13546

The 10 best comments on The Trials of Nunavut series
Ten of the top-rated posts by Globe readers in response to our series on Nunavut and how a crime epidemic is challenging its future, as voted by you
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/nunavut/the-10-best-comments-on-the-trials-of-nunavut-series/article1976489/?from=sec13546

Is Nunavut a failure of Canadian nation building?
Globe reporter Patrick White took your questions on our Trials of Nunavut series
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/nunavut/is-nunavut-a-failure-of-canadian-nation-building/article1967032/?from=sec13546

Editor's note
Leo Nangmalik graciously welcomed a reporter and photographer from The Globe and Mail into his home to share his story
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/nunavut/editors-note/article1968641/?from=sec13546
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Quebec's Plan Nord Encountering Opposition by Chief of Assembly, First Nations

[excerpt] Editor’s Note: As part of a new series, reporter, Alex Létourneau will be tracking Quebec’ s new $80-billlion Plan Nord Project. For the mining industry, Plan Nord is big news. Commodities currently mined in the region include nickel, cobalt, platinum group metals, zinc, iron ore, and ilmenite, as well as gold. Also present in the region are lithium, vanadium, and rare-earth metals, not to mention a potential for uranium and diamonds. Currently, at least 11 new projects could be launched.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest’s unveiling of the $80 billion Plan Nord project was not completely embraced by all Natives, namely Chief Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL).

Chief Picard called it an “incomplete process for First Nations” in a press release the same day Plan Nord was unveiled. The Plan Nord project, announced May 9, will see mining firms and the Quebec government invest $80 billion over 25 years to mine gold, diamonds and uranium in Northern Quebec.

“I refuse to participate in a process which does not yet adequately meet the expectations of all concerned First Nations,” said Picard in the press release.

The AFNQL is the regional organization regrouping the 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.
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Geographic Centre of Canada near Baker Lake, #Nunavut

Geographic Centre of Canada near Baker Lake, #Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Students attending a science camp sponsored by the Nunavut Department of Education at the Geographic Centre of Canada near Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada.

Note the Inukshuk cairn on the hill.. that's the maker for the Geographic Centre of Canada. The students are just staring the climb up to the marker

This image photographed by George Lessard in October... during Baker's first snow storm of the year.
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Shell turns up heat in race to woo Russia's vast oil riches in the Arctic | This is Money

Shell turns up heat in race to woo Russia's vast oil riches in the Arctic | This is Money | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Shell has moved ahead of its rivals in a multi-billion pound race to partner Russia as it starts to exploit its vast oil riches in the Arctic...
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Just Thaw And Serve: Could towing icebergs to water-short regions really work?

Just Thaw And Serve: Could towing icebergs to water-short regions really work? | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Using borrowed modeling software, researchers show that towing icebergs to water-short regions could be a viable business...
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Headlines for #Nunavut News North for May 30th 2011

Headlines for #Nunavut News North for May 30th 2011 | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
* Trio of carvers to create Iqaluit monument. Nunavut Tunngavik commissions artwork for 20th anniversary of Land Claims Agreement
* New high school almost done. Staff in Sanikiluaq working on set up for students’ fall arrival
* Arctic search and rescue pact signed. Agreement paves the way for joint international training and responses
* Iqaluit's super recreation centre enters design phase. Citizens give input on aquatic and general recreation components
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