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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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@PMHarper to #PhotoOp Resolute crash victims' families

Prime Minister Stephen Harper planned to meet in Yellowknife on Thursday with families of some of the 12 people killed in the crash of First Air Flight 6560 in Resolute, Nunavut.

The Prime Minister's Office made the announcement during Harper's visit to the Northwest Territories capital on Day 3 of his annual tour of the North. Some of the First Air crew were Yellowknife residents.

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Researchers using new Torngat Mountains station with #Inuit

Researchers using new Torngat Mountains station with #Inuit | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Scientists and researchers are making use of a new facility at Torngat Mountains National Park.

The Nunatsiavut government built the facility, which opened this summer, as a way to allow Inuit people to be directly involved in the research in the Torngat area, according to Tom Sheldon, the government's director of environment.

 

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"It allows Inuit to be the drivers of the research agenda," he said.

 

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The park is on the northern tip of Labrador, and sees only a handful of tourists each year.

Nunatsiavut is the homeland of the Labrador Inuit, and is self-governed by the Inuit under the terms of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement. The Nunatsiavut government was established in 2005.

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@PMHarper leaves Nunavut without helping the Kivalliq Mine Training Society

@PMHarper leaves Nunavut without helping the Kivalliq Mine Training Society | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

"The Prime Minister does not get it"

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Kivalliq Mine Training Society director Kevin Bussey says he’s “extremely disappointed” that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Aug. 24 visit to Baker Lake did not come with a promise of more money for mine training in the region.

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Now, the fate of the Kivalliq Mine Training Society rests on what happens with that federal funding, which is set to expire in 2012, Bussey said.

During the last federal election campaign, Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq and Senator Dennis Patterson both said they supported the training society and the renewal of its federal funding.

“Apparently neither of them has been able to convince the Prime Minister to do just that,” Bussey said in an Aug. 25 statement emailed to Nunatsiaq News. “Unfortunately the Prime Minister has missed the point in understanding training in the North.”

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Why West Michigan hunter is facing jail time 11 years after polar bear hunt

Why West Michigan hunter is facing jail time 11 years after polar bear hunt | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Killing the bear isn't what got the hunter in trouble.
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Rotting food attracts polar bears to site of deadly plane crash

Rotting food attracts polar bears to site of deadly plane crash | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
One of three survivors, a seven-year-old girl, has told investigators the plane was flying along just fine before it crashed on Saturday.
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@leonaaglukkaq @PMHarper facing criticism over dismissing pressing need for Arctic search-and-rescue resources

@leonaaglukkaq @PMHarper facing criticism over dismissing pressing need for Arctic search-and-rescue resources | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Video: Harper facing criticism over dismissing pressing need for Arctic search-and-rescue resources
The prime minister paid a brief visit to the grief-stricken community of Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

Some of his comments made there, however, are raising questions about his commitment to Arctic development.

The region is in serious need of permanent search-and-rescue resources, but Harper now seems to be saying it’s just not possible

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Dogs gone: When Janine Budgell, co-founder of the Iqaluit Humane Society (IHS), looked at her calendar…

Dogs gone: When Janine Budgell, co-founder of the Iqaluit Humane Society (IHS), looked at her calendar… | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

[excerpt] On Aug. 9, once the dogs were adopted in Iqaluit or flown to shelters in Ottawa and Quebec, Budgell locked up. That evening, she went to city hall and told the mayor and councillors about the obstacles plaguing IHS: too few shelter personnel, and not one veterinarian living in Nunavut. Insufficient funding—the annual budget of $50,000 came from puppy washes, bake sales and bingo nights. An inadequate facility: at the shelter’s peak, 31 dogs were “jam-packed” in a one-bedroom apartment donated by the city. And rampant animal overpopulation. Nunavut, says Budgell, has “the highest incidence of reported dog bites to humans of anywhere in Canada. Extra dogs on the streets isn’t going to reduce that.”

Stray dogs have long been a problem in Iqaluit. Spaying and neutering only happens twice a year, when a vet comes to town. Even then, it’s at a cost that many owners can’t afford or refuse to pay. And breeding “southern” dogs such as terriers, beagles and poodles with traditional huskies or wolves has created a population unfit for the North—which owners realize too late. “They’re referred to as ‘Iqaluit specials,’ ” says Budgell, and lack “double-fur coats and blubber deposits.”

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Rising spirits, healing men: Angutiit Makigiangninga (Men Rising Up) meeting in Coral Harbour #Nunavut

Rising spirits, healing men: Angutiit Makigiangninga (Men Rising Up) meeting in Coral Harbour #Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

[excerpt]  Noel Kaludjak has been taking part since the beginning.

"Men in the North, especially the communities in the Arctic, never have a place to go talk to someone they trust or a place where they can be open to one another and talk about their problems, their issues and their healing.

"The answers lie within the men's meetings, the men's healing groups. That's where healing starts from," he said.

The meeting was the third held in Coral, but it's the ninth overall, as the group has been holding meetings in other communities in the region over the past few years.

At the annual meeting, five men from each community in the Kivalliq are invited to attend. There are also support workers, counsellors and elders in attendance.

Kaludjak said the purpose of the meeting is to help men heal.

"Our aim is to help the men become a better husband and a better father in the home and if he is in pain, if he's drinking, if he's doing drugs, if he's gambling a lot or addicted to any form, we help him to realize that home is where the most important thing is and the most important person in the home is the child."

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Nunavut’s future is underground, says Harper

Nunavut’s future is underground, says Harper | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

"The Prime Minister blew off criticisms that his strategy for the north is too heavily focused on mines and military buildup."

 

[excerpt] BAKER LAKE, NUNAVUT—A gold mine on the tundra is helping Nunavut blast, haul, crush, melt and pour its way to prosperity and that is just the way Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants it to be.

The future in this long-impoverished territory is under the ground and the role he has set for his government is to help mining companies find it. The environmental consequences won’t exactly be damned, but they won’t exactly stand in the way either.

“Obviously when you dig holes here, you know, you create some environmental issues and those issues have to be addressed, but that can’t stop development any more than we would let that stop development in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver,” Harper said at the Meadowbank Mine, which is owned by Toronto-based Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.

There are “extraordinary circumstances” in which the government has and would refuse to permit certain projects to go ahead. Under normal circumstances, when the environmental checks and balances are completed “we want to see projects occur,” Harper said.

Here, at the sprawling mining operation 70 kilometres northwest of the hamlet of Baker Lake, the company drained two lakes to find gold. Before operations began in earnest last year, more than 5,000 fish were pulled out, frozen and passed on to local residents as a good faith offering.

Now 100-tonne dump trucks larger than a house swim into the still-shallow pit 24-hours a day and rise back up to the surface with their haul.

 

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Harper announced Wednesday a $230,000 investment in the creation of an Iqaluit office for the Chamber of Mines (currently based in Yellowknife) to promote and build the profile of the mining industry in Nunavut. It will be met with another $600,000 from the Nunavut government and the chamber itself.

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Soldier's harrowing tale of Resolute plane crash scene

Soldier's harrowing tale of Resolute plane crash scene | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
As he combed the wreckage of First Air crash on a mountainside near Resolute, Pte. Luke Sperber had one hope.
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Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l granted official "Observer" status for the First Air Flight 6560 accident investigation

On August 22 the Transportation Safety Board of Canadanotified the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l that it had been granted official "Observer" status for the First Air Flight 6560 accident investigation. This status allows ALPA pilots who are trained accident investigators to assist the TSB in the investigation of this tragic accident.

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Call for papers: "Mapping Northern Places: Memory, Abandonment, Oblivion"

Call for papers: "Mapping Northern Places: Memory, Abandonment, Oblivion" | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Wed, Aug 24, 2011

Please find enclosed a call for papers http://www.uarctic.org/Appel_Cartographie_du_Nord_W_ZdXtI.docx.file for the 7th international conference organized by the International Laboratory for the Comparative Multidisciplinary Study of Representations of the North from Université du Québec à Montréal: "Mapping Northern Places: Memory, Abandonment, Oblivion". Proposals, in English or in French, will be received until October 14th, 2011, by email, at imaginairedunord@uqam.ca.

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The Fate of Greenland:Exceptional Storytelling, Extraordinary Photography | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media

The Fate of Greenland:Exceptional Storytelling, Extraordinary Photography | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

[excerpt] Greenland, a new and beautifully illustrated book reminds us, “matters.”It’s that simple: “Greenland matters.”

To illustrate the authors’ point, consider just the rationale they provide before reaching that conclusion: “Greenland appears to be poised at the edge of another rapid climate change, which in the past has propagated climate changes across both hemispheres.”

With crystal clear writing, expert story-telling, and superb other-world photography, the respected authors of The Fate of Greenland: Lessons from Abrupt Climate Change, published by The MIT Press, provide a gripping rationale for their simple plea — “Pay attention to Greenland.”

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National Science Foundation Signs Agreement to Use Russian Icebreaker for Critical Antarctic Resupply and Refueling Mission

National Science Foundation Signs Agreement to Use Russian Icebreaker for Critical Antarctic Resupply and Refueling Mission | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced it has reached an agreement with a Russian company to charter a diesel icebreaker to create a channel through the sea ice of Antarctica's McMurdo Sound that will allow the annual refueling and resupply of two U.S. stations in Antarctica.

NSF has signed a one-year contract, with an option for additional years, with the Murmansk Shipping Company to use the Canadian-built icebreaker, Vladimir Ignatyuk, to create a channel into NSF's McMurdo Station and to escort resupply and refueling ships.

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Nunavut-bound Calm Air plane loses piece on takeoff - North - CBC News

All passengers were safe after a piece fell off a Calm Air plane during takeoff Churchill, Man., an official said Thursday.
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Carleton student who survived Arctic plane crash recovers in Ottawa hospital

Carleton student who survived Arctic plane crash recovers in Ottawa hospital | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
As Carleton student Nicole Williamson recovers in hospital after walking away from Saturday’s horrific plane crash in Resolute Bay, her family is counting its lucky stars.
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Chuchill Arctic research station marks new building, awards lucrative research prize

An Arctic research station on Hudson Bay has marked the unveiling of its new facility in one of the busiest polar bear habitats by naming the recipient of one of Canada's largest research prizes.Serge Payette, a plant ecologist at Laval University in Quebec, won the $50,000 Weston family prize in northern research.

"It's a testimony to the work I've done over the last decades, thanks to the students I've trained," said Payette, who's been working in the Arctic for 40 years.

The award's announcement gave further profile to the opening of the new station in Churchill, Man. It's one of four Arctic research centres given $11 million each by Ottawa in 2009 for refit and refurbishment. The money has taken the station from the era of punch cards and slide rules to the age of the Internet, said Mike Goodyear, director of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

The centre sits 23 kilometres east of Churchill and next to Wapusk National Park, which protects the inland denning area of a major polar bear population.

 

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Other northern facilities that received the $11-million grants were the Aurora Research Centre in Inuvik, N.W.T., the Arctic College centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and the Polar Continental Shelf Program in Resolute, Nunavut.

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@PMHarper defends decision to allow a #Nunavut gold mine to dump its waste into nearby fish habitat

@PMHarper defends decision to allow a #Nunavut gold mine to dump its waste into nearby fish habitat | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Stephen Harper pointed to environmental effects of development in Canada's largest cities Wednesday and defended a government decision to allow a local gold mine to dump its waste into nearby fish habitat.

 

"There was no reason to destroy this fish habitat other than cost," said Catherine Coumans, an Ottawa-based research co-ordinator for MiningWatch Canada, an advocacy group. "It is cheaper to dump tailings into natural water bodies than build an on-land impoundment."

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Nanisiniq: Arviat History Project, ᓇᓂᓯᓂᖅ ᐊᐅᔭᖅ 2011

ᓇᓂᓯᓂᖅ ᐊᐅᔭᖅ 2011 ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᔪᐊᕐᑕᓐ ᑯᓐᓂᒧᑦ ᓇᓂᓯᓂᖅ, ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᖅ. ᑕᐃᒍᓯᐅᔪᒥᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᕈᒋᔪᖓ. ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᓯᒪᒃᑎᐊᒥᓕᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑉᖁᓴᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᖢᑕᓗ ᐊᒥᓱᓂᒃ ᐱᐊᓂᒃᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐊᓕᖅᖢᑕᓗ. ᐊᑕᐅᓯᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᓯᒪᓕᖅᑕᕋ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᑉᑎᒃᓄᑦ ᓴᕙᒃᑎᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐅᐊᔪᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᑭᑉᔪᖅᖢᒋᑦ...
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Woodland caribou could get endangered designation

Woodland caribou could get endangered designation | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The Alberta government is considering whether to declare woodland caribou an endangered species over the objections of the energy, forestry and agriculture industries.
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Bite Me | How the Feds left cupboards empty across the North: an essay on @NutritionNorth

Bite Me | How the Feds left cupboards empty across the North: an essay on @NutritionNorth | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

RT @upheremag: How the Feds left cupboards empty across the North: in an essay in our September issue, we weigh in on Nutrition North.

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Imagine paying $33 for a bottle of Cheez Whiz, $13 for a pack of spaghetti noodles, $40 for a bottle of cranberry juice, and a stinging $77 for a bag of breaded chicken. That’s what some grocery stores in remote fly-in Arctic communities were offering early this year. Incriminating photos of sticker prices blazed across newspapers and social media sites across the North – reaching southern Canadians, too. It was the fall –perishable and household items were suddenly eliminated from a list of products previously subsidized by the federal government for people shopping at all fly-in communities across Northern Canada. From Old Crow, Yukon, to Sachs Harbour, NWT, to Igloolik, Nunavut, people were scared, angry and confused. How would they feed their families?

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Arctic Visiting Speaker Grants Available

Arctic Visiting Speaker Grants Available | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

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Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) Arctic Visting Speaker Grants now available. For further information, please go to:http://www.arcus.org/arctic_speaker/index.html or contact:Julie Griswold (julie@arcus.org), phone: +1-907-474-1600.

The Arctic Visiting Speakers Series (AVS), managed by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) with funding from the National Science Foundation Division of Arctic Sciences, is accepting applications from individuals, institutions, or organizations interested in hosting an arctic visiting speaker. AVS provides travel grants for speakers to present on arctic topics to a variety of audiences.

Visiting speakers can include scientists and researchers, indigenous peoples, or any other person with expertise relevant to the Arctic. Speaking tours can focus on many types of audiences, but must include a significant K-12 activity. Speakers can be selected from the online Speakers Bureau (http://www.arcus.org/arctic_speaker/bureau.html), or a speaker not yet listed in the Bureau can be added with approval from ARCUS.

 

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The grants are capped at $2000.00 for domestic (U.S.) tours and $2500.00 for international tours. Grants can include, but are not limited to, funding for transportation, lodging, per diem, and a speaker stipend. Applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the expected event dates. Applications are reviewed as they are received.

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Crew members ID'd in fatal Resolute Bay, Nunavut plane crash

Crew members ID'd  in fatal Resolute Bay, Nunavut plane crash | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

All four crew members, including a Leduc pilot, were among the 12 people killed in the Air Flight plane crash near Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

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Canadian Aboriginal Arts Challenge.

Ready for the Arts Challenge?

After six years of the Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge, The Historica-Dominion Institute is thrilled to announce that this year we’re expanding to become the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge. Writing isn’t the only way to tell your story. Enter the Arts Challenge today.

Are you an Aboriginal Canadian between the ages of 14-29? Showcase your talent and creativity, and have your work reviewed by the foremost Aboriginal artists! You could win cash prizes and even have your work exhibited in a gallery!

Don’t forget, the deadline for the Challenge is March 31, 2011.

Want to know more? Check out our Guidelines page.

http://www.our-story.ca/ac/guidelines-ac/

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