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Ottawa weighs funding bilingual education for Inuit children

Ottawa weighs funding bilingual education for Inuit children | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The Conservative government is expected to react positively to a report that recommends Inuit children be educated in their native tongue.

But Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan will not commit the federal government to implementing that strategy, a departmental official said Monday, speaking on background.
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Young Inupiaq leaders tackle suicide in their Alaskan communities

"Walk for Life" started as a small effort to address suicide in Northwest Alaska spread statewide this year to more than 30 communities. A walk that started as a way to address suicides in Northwest Alaska has spread across the state, and opened a dialogue on a topic many once preferred to sweep under the rug.

Statewide, thousands of people in more than 30 communities participated in the Walk for Life on May 14. More villages, this time from Southeast, are scheduled to walk in another event later this summer, said Kristen Walker, youth development specialist at the Northwest Arctic Borough mayor.

Walker recalled this year's walks in a speech given on Thursday, during the state's first-ever conference on what's called postvention, or community healing after a suicide.

The goal of the conference is creating action plans so every village has the resources - such as counselors, health professionals, clergy and student leaders - to help adults and kids recover after a suicide.
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Headlines for @NNSLOnline #Nunavut News North for June 13th 2011

Headlines for @NNSLOnline #Nunavut News North for June 13th 2011 | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
* More judges and prosecutors. Federal budget pledges funds for Nunavut court system, adult education
* Health centre's friendly front-line. Lizzie Makkik enjoys role in Iglulik community outreach
* Bishop visits. Celebrates Sunday mass in Iglulik where previous priest faced threats
* Website praises drum dancing festival. Small Change Fund highlights Gjoa Haven event for Canada Day donations

OPINION
* What's in a price? Northerners want to know what they're paying for
* Enjoy the flight for now.
ENTERTAINMENT
* 'A real festival atmosphere'. Alianait Arts Festival returns with diverse performers
SPORTS
* Dart players shine at championships. Elks teams hit make it into top three standings in Yellowknife
BUSINESS
* NICO mining assessment underway. Tlicho Government bid to postpone environmental assessment thrown out
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Small Boat, Big Mission: An Arctic Whale Survey

Small Boat, Big Mission: An Arctic Whale Survey | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
An eight-member expedition sails toward Lancaster Sound, described as one of the most vulnerable yet biologically richest places in the Arctic Ocean. [excerpt] Mr. Debicki, the expedition leader for the Pew Environment Group’s Oceans North Canada unit, has just embarked on an ambitious monthlong Arctic odyssey to study one of the world’s most spectacular whale migrations. His eight-member team, which includes two marine biologists and a local Inuk mechanic who is said to be able to fix anything with anything, will wend its way north through a labyrinth of floating sea ice on a none-too-spacious 46-foot converted crab trawler.
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NunatsiaqOnline 2011-06-10: NEWS: Nunavut tables language law road map

June 10, 2011 - 1:02 pm
Nunavut tables language law road map
"Our goal is to deliver concrete results"
SARAH ROGERS

A “practical, realistic approach” to implementing Nunavut’s language legislation is how Nunavut’s languages minister James Arreak described the Uqausivut language plan tabled June 9 in the Nunavut legislature.

The Uqausivut Comprehensive Plan is intended to be a “roadmap” for Government of Nunavut departments and agencies to meet their obligations under Nunavut’s language act, which recognizes the Inuit language, English and French as the official languages of the territory.

The plan lays out ways to keep Inuktitut prominent, while also suggesting measures to strengthen French-language government services.

“Our goal is to deliver concrete results that will ensure the substantive equality of all official languages in Nunavut,” said Arreak in a GN news release.

PDF of document
http://www.scribd.com/doc/57546935/GN-Uqausivut-languages-plan
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The MediaMentor's photos on Flickr now seen more than 700,000 times

The MediaMentor's photos on Flickr now seen more than 700,000 times | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
My images on Flickr have now been seen over 7000,000 times
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Iqaluit woman was going to leave husband, take kids, before killings: sister - thestar.com

Iqaluit woman was going to leave husband, take kids, before killings: sister - thestar.com | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Vivian Sula Enuaraq is shown in a handout photo taken from a Facebook page.

[excerpt]

Vivian Sula Enuaraq’s family says the Iqaluit woman had finally had enough.

The 29-year-old had thought about leaving her husband several times during their troubled 15-year relationship, her sister Jolene Arreak recalled from Ottawa.

She had few friends in the northern community, however, and couldn’t afford airfare out. So each time she decided to stay in the marriage for the sake of the couple’s two young daughters, Arreak said.

But the last time Arreak talked with her sister on the phone Sunday, Enuaraq confided that she was preparing in the coming days to pack her bags and take the children to a women’s shelter in a nearby village.

“She was ready to leave him for good,” said Arreak.

Three days later, Arreak learned they were all dead.

RCMP had found the body of 44-year-old Sylvain Degrasse lying next to a rifle in an Iqaluit cemetery. The discovery led officers to the family’s home and the bodies of Enuaraq and their girls, Alexandra, 7, and Aliyah, 2. Police say they aren’t looking for any suspects.
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In rural Alaskan #Arctic, building a better house

In rural Alaskan #Arctic, building a better house | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Rethinking rural living: In the far-flung Alaska village of Atka, hopes are high for a housing revolution. Villagers would like to give fossil fuels the heave ho. And they’re inspiring visionary design teams to dream up a way to do it.

The goal isn’t just a better house, he said, but the best house possible for rural Alaska. This is a lofty dream, but it could prove transformative for struggling communities, particularly if it allows homeowners to save money on fuel. In this case, the dream is a “living home,” a phrase that refers to the way the structure is built and interacts with its environment.

Most notably for Alaska, this project envisions a house that can operate without fossil fuels and generate as much energy as it consumes. High fuel costs in rural Alaska cripple the incomes of the already struggling families and communities who live there. Kicking the hydrocarbon habit – and the cost-savings that comes with it -- could prove revolutionary.

“They are stepping out on a limb,” Mastellar said of AHA’s goal. “Nobody has ever tried a living building in Alaska. There hasn’t been a living building attempted at this latitude yet.”

For Duame, the motive is simple. “If these communities are going to survive, something’s got to change,” he said. “Everywhere in the Aleutians is exceptionally expensive to live.”
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Acting out against suicide in #Arviat #Nunavut

[excerpt] A brave and talented group of young thespians tackled a difficult subject with a series of performances in Arviat this past week.

A counsellor was present during the John Arnalukjuak High School Drama Club's performances of The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note in case any audience members affected by suicide in their lives were upset by the play.

The story revolves around Jake (performed by Grade 10 student Innosar Issakiark), who finds a suicide note in his mailbox.

He doesn't know who the note is from, or who it was intended for.

His friends speculate, joke and lose interest while Jake becomes obsessed.

He goes on a crusade to find the owner of the note, but stumbles upon a secret he never wanted to know.

The honest, straightforward and sometimes humorous play, written by Canadian Lindsay Price, explores how a group of teenagers publicly and privately deal with the issue of suicide.

With 43 suicides recorded in Nunavut during the past 17 months, and 320 since 1999, there are precious few in the territory who haven't been affected by it.
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Classes at Iqaluit #Nunavut elementary school cancelled after police find four bodies | APTN National News

Classes at Iqaluit #Nunavut elementary school cancelled after police find four bodies | APTN National News | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Classes have been cancelled at an Iqaluit elementary school after RCMP found four bodies in a cemetery and home home Tuesday.

Police said the first body found in the cemetery was of a man who appeared to have been killed by a self-inflicted shotgun blast to the face.

Three other bodies were later discovered in his home by police.

Four people lived in the home, including a common law couple and their young daughters, a toddler and a student at Joamie Elementary School. The school cancelled classes Wednesday.

RCMP officer were seen canvassing the neighbourhood near the residence last night.

People living near the cemetery reported an unoccupied truck at in the early afternoon which was eventually shut off at about 3 p.m.

RCMP said they would not release the names of the dead until family have been notified.
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Iqaluit RCMP discover 4 bodies at the cemetery with a firearm nearby @CBCNorth

Iqaluit RCMP discover 4 bodies at the cemetery with a firearm nearby @CBCNorth | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
RCMP in Iqaluit are investigating following the discovery of four bodies in the northern community on Tuesday.

The Mounties received a call about 4:30 p.m. after a man's body was discovered at a local cemetery, according to a statement from the Mounties.

CBC News observed a body at the cemetery with a firearm nearby.
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Drum Dancing Arviat #Nunavut #youtube

A local, Koorosh and Karim participate in a drum dance specially organized for the Wildfire troupe.
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» Rare Midnight Solar Eclipse Caught in Arctic

» Rare Midnight Solar Eclipse Caught in Arctic | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Fortunate northerners saw a rare eclipse of the midnight sun on June 1. During the Arctic summer, the sun dips low on the horizon but never sets. ... The eclipse was also visible from Finland, Sweden, Siberia, northern China, parts of Alaska and Canada, and Iceland.
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Inuuvunga - I Am Inuk, I Am Alive

In this feature-length documentary, 8 Inuit teens with cameras offer a vibrant and contemporary view of life in Canada’s North. They also use their newly acquired film skills to confront a broad range of issues, from the widening communication gap between youth and their elders to the loss of their peers to suicide. In Inuktitut with English subtitles.
o Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross, Bobby Echalook, Brett Gaylor, Sarah Idlout, Laura Iqaluk, Linus Kasudluak, Willia Ningeok, Caroline Ningiuk, Rita-Lucy Ohaituk & Dora Ohaituk,
o 2004,
o 57 min
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Home > Vol 64, No 2 (2011)
ARCTIC
Arctic is North America's premier journal of northern research! Now in its seventh decade of continuous publishing, Arctic contains contributions from any area of scholarship dealing with the polar and subpolar regions of the world. Articles in Arctic present original research and have withstood intensive peer review. Arctic also publishes reviews of new books on the North, profiles of significant people, places and northern events, and topical commentaries.
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Nunavut Business Directory - Companies, Businesses in Nunavut

Nunavut Business Directory - Companies, Businesses in Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Complete directory of Businesses. Browse companies and business profiles. Nunavut Business Directory.
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Letter stating federal position on #Nunavut #language laws, May29 2008

In which the DM of INAC and the DM of Heritage of Canada state that the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut cannot regulate operations of the Government of Canada with respect to language by james_bell_1 in Letters, Government Docs, and government of ...
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#Iqaluit, #Nunavut: Habitat for Humanity's Most Northerly Remote Build in History

#Iqaluit, #Nunavut: Habitat for Humanity's Most Northerly Remote Build in History | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit obtained official affiliate status in 2005 and began its first build this summer – the most northerly remote build Habitat for Humanity (HFH) has done in its 32 year history, and the first HFH home in the Territory of Nunavut

HFH Iqaluit consists of volunteers, and the fact that this was the first build project for an affiliate where no one had participated in a HFH build before is truly remarkable. With the assistance of two experienced Habitat teams they are building a single-family home with wood frame construction on a steel pile foundation, to meet energy-efficient standards of at least R2000.
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Statistics on Death by Suicide in #Nunavut, Jan 1, 1960 to May 30, 2011 (

UPDATED: Statistics on Death by Suicide in Nunavut, Jan 1, 1960 to May 30, 2011 (via JackHicks aka @jackooloosie)
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Murder-suicide raises mental health services questions in the North

Murder-suicide raises mental health services questions in the North | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Alexandra Degrasse (right) and Aliyah Degrasse are shown in a handout photo taken from a Facebook page. RCMP say the bodies of four people found dead in the Nunavut capital of Iqaluit were that of a couple and their two children. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook [excerpt] IQALUIT, Nunavut - Both suicide and family violence are appallingly common in Nunavut.

A 2009 report by NTI found Inuit men between 15 and 24 kill themselves at a rate roughly 28 times that of their peers in southern Canada — about 600 per 100,000. The overall suicide rate for Inuit is 11 times the Canadian average and the rate of sexual assault — usually committed against family members — is 10 times the southern rate.

With all that, many in the community don't understand why there isn't more effort to fight the problems.

"They don't have enough services at all," said Mary Simon, head of Canada's national Inuit group Inuit Tapirisat Kanatami.

"Mental health services are sorely lacking in all our communities."

The territory does offer some counselling services and has slowly begun to address suicide. But Nunavut has no live-in treatment centres for mental health or addictions. The territorial government recently announced there won't be one until 2013 at the earliest.

What programs do exist are short-term and often require travel to the south, said Obed.

Lineups for help are long. Obed said it can take six months to see a relationship counsellor.

A suicide prevention strategy, years in the making, has been adopted but not implemented.

Some federal money for counselling is available through the residential schools settlement, and some communities run their own mental health programs, but co-ordination among agencies is poor.

"We've got these things happening at once in the territory, but we haven't all gotten together to sit down and say 'How can we do this in a structured way that will create a sea change?' " Obed asked.

Simon said northerners deserve the same access to crucial health services as other Canadians.

"Everything costs money, but Inuit are taxpayers," Simon said. "We contribute to Canada. Why can't we have similar services that the rest of Canada takes for granted?"
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Arviat MLA pays tribute to late Nunavut author & respected Inuit Elder Mark Kalluak

Arviat MLA pays tribute to late Nunavut author & respected Inuit Elder Mark Kalluak | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
I rise today as the MLA for Arviat to acknowledge a very distinguished constituent and elder who passed away recently, Mr. Mark Kalluak. My condolences go out to all of Mark’s family and friends, and coworkers in Arviat and Nunavut.

Mark will be remembered as a language specialist, as a gifted teacher, and a master storyteller whose stories will continue to live on in our hearts and minds. Mark was also the recipient of the Order of Canada and many other awards.

Mark was a leader in Nunavut who taught by example and always with dignity and respect. The community of Arviat and the Government of Nunavut were fortunate that Mark used his talent and knowledge to give back to one of our most vital departments, Education, where he worked to ensure Inuit traditional knowledge plays a vital role in the academic curriculum.

To the family, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time, and may you find strength peace in Mark’s important and lasting contributions to our territory.
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National Science Foundation (NSF) Invites Media to Visit to Arctic Field Research Sites in Greenland - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Science Foundation (NSF) Invites Media to Visit to Arctic Field Research Sites in Greenland - US National Science Foundation (NSF) | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting written requests from professional journalists to report on research--including studies of the ice sheet, climate change and atmospheric chemistry--supported in Greenland by NSF's Office of Polar Programs (OPP)

Application deadline is June 20, 2011; deployments to take place between July 12 and July 19, 2011
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Anglican Journal: New St. Jude’s spire set to inspire in #Iqaluit #Nunavut

Anglican Journal: New St. Jude’s spire set to inspire in #Iqaluit #Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The four-ton spire that will be placed on top of Iqaluit's St. Jude's Cathedral is "test assembled" in Montreal. Photo: Art Babych

The four-ton spire that will be placed on top of the igloo church is to be shipped by barge from Montreal in mid-June. Built by Triodetic Lt. of Arnprior, Ont., the spire was “test assembled” at the company’s plant on May 31.

For more information about the restoration project, contact the diocese of the Arctic via email at arctic(at)arcticnet.org or by mail at P.O. Box 190, Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2N2, and by phone at (867)873-5432.
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Russia and Norway in Arctic deal over oil-rich Barents Sea

Russia and Norway in Arctic deal over oil-rich Barents Sea | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Russia and Norway have agreed a deal to divide up their shares of the Barents Sea, allowing oil and gas exploration in the region.

The deal follows decades of negotiations between the two sides over how to divide the region.

The accord will allow companies to explore for oil and gas in the 68,000 square mile area.

The agreement has been approved by the two countries' parliaments and will be implemented on 7 July this year.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Norwegian counterpart Jona Gahr Stoere ratified the deal during a ceremony in Oslo on Tuesday.

It splits the disputed part of the Barents Sea into two equally sized areas.
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