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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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A Place To Run To

When we think of the Arctic, we often think of global warming. But a deeper, darker issue plagues the region. In the northern Canadian town of Iqaluit, women are eight times more likely to be victims of domestic violence. See how brave Arctic women are supporting each other at Qimaavaik (Inkitut for "A Place to Run To"), a safe haven for abused women and children. Through peer support and counseling, they are building self-esteem and healing wounded spirits
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Inuit and First Nations doll makers visit Cambridge University

Inuit and First Nations doll makers visit Cambridge University | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
27 May 2011

Four traditional doll makers from Canada’s far north will be in Cambridge next week, to demonstrate their craft to the public.

Dolores Anderson (Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation), Lizzie Ittinuar (Inuit - Kivalliq region), Theresie Tungilik (Inuit - Kivalliq region) and Lillian Wright (Teetl'it Gwich'in First Nation) will demonstrate sewing and beading techniques in the Polar Museum on 31 May and 1 June.

Their visit coincides with the Polar Museum's latest exhibition, Sewing Our Traditions: Dolls of Canada's North, which will be on display at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge until August 20, 2011.

Sewing Our Traditions is an exhibition of hand-made dolls crafted by Inuit and First Nations artisans from Northern Canada.
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#Nunavut & #Nunavik's Nunatsiaq News honoured again for excellence

#Nunavut & #Nunavik's Nunatsiaq News honoured again for excellence | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Staff picks up six awards for excellence from the Quebec Community Newspaper Association

The Quebec Community Newspaper Association bestowed six awards on Nunatsiaq News staff May 27 at its annual gala held near Montreal.

Editor Jim Bell won the Bob Phillips Award for the Best Editorial (general) for his Aug. 12, 2010 editorial called “Federal justice minister must act now,” which the judges called “direct and forceful.”

“Using statistics to bolster a clear call for action, Jim Bell’s Aug. 13, 2010 editorial in the Nunatsiaq News, “Federal justice minister must act now,” challenges federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to hire two more judges for the Nunavut court that is overwhelmed by a growing population and rising crime rate… it is Bell’s excellent use of language and detail and his insight and perspective that drive the point home.”

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Crees, non-natives cast aside ethnic divide with agreement for future joint Cree-James Bay government

Crees, non-natives cast aside ethnic divide with agreement for future joint Cree-James Bay government | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Quebec Premier Jean Charest calls the agreement ‘groundbreaking’... that will form the basis of a future Cree-James Bay government.

“This agreement will allow us to open up a whole new chapter in the history of our nations, and who knows, maybe in the history of Quebec.”

The framework agreement stems from Cree demands for governing rights over all of the 300,000 square kilometres of traditional native territory covered by the James Bay Agreement.

Governance of the territory and accessing revenues generated from natural resources has always been a source of tension between the approximately 15,000 residents of the four non-native municipalities and the 18,000 Crees in nine native communities.
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Amazon.com: The World of the Arctic Whales: Belugas, Bowheads, and Narwhals: Stefani Paine: 洋書

Amazon.com: The World of the Arctic Whales: Belugas, Bowheads, and Narwhals: Stefani Paine: 洋書 | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
This new paperback edition, lavishly illustrated with 45 dramatic color photgraphs, portrays the natural history of belugas, bowheads, and narwhals--the only three species of whales that live year round in the icy Arctic waters.
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Dolls on display: Inuit and aboriginal dolls on display in British museum

Dolls on display: Inuit and aboriginal dolls on display in British museum | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Lizzie Angootealuk from Coral Harbour is one of the four artists from across the North who has the opportunity to travel across the ocean to see their dolls featured in the exhibition, Sewing Our Traditions: Dolls of Canada’s North.

"We think it is very important to share the doll-making culture to others as a glimpse into why the ladies make dolls, what they represent and the knowledge and skill that goes into making them," said Rowena House of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA). She said each doll is unique and has its own story.

House, who helped organize the exhibit, travelled to England with the group of artists.

Other artists travelling to Cambridge include Dolores Anderson from Dawson City, Yukon and Lillian Wright from the Northwest Territories.

A reception and a series of talks and demonstrations featuring the artist ambassadors will be hosted by the Scott Polar Research Institute on Tuesday.
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"Inuit and Social Justice" ITK's Mary Simon at * Ryerson University * Toronto

"Inuit and Social Justice" ITK's Mary Simon at * Ryerson University * Toronto | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
I will repeat in English, one of Canada’s other major languages: Thank you for the invitation to be with you and speak with you today.

It is a pleasure to be here.

The topic of my address today is “Inuit and Social Justice”.

After my address, I shall be most interested in your comments and questions.

I have broken my topic down into three parts.

In the off chance that not everyone here today has done post-graduate work in Inuit studies, I begin with a description of Inuit history and contemporary realities.

In my second part, I offer some ideas as to what “social justice” might mean in Canada.

In the final part of my address, I offer some suggestions on what kinds of things might promote social justice in Canada generally, and social justice for Inuit in particular.
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Arviat - George Sewoee Rap.m4v

George Sewoee Raps for Nanisiniq: Arviat History Project.

He edited the music himself and we edited the video and put together his rap and music video. Thanks George for giving us your time.
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Russian Ambassador Anton Vasiliev Responds To #PMHarper Criticism Over Arctic Mission

Russian Ambassador Anton Vasiliev Responds To #PMHarper Criticism Over Arctic Mission | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Russia's ambassador-at-large for Arctic issues, Anton Vasiliev, is firing back at the frequent complaints that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet ministers have levelled at Russia for what they see as provocative behaviour in the Arctic.

That has included former foreign minister Lawrence Cannon blasting a planned Russian parachute jump that was to take place in April 2010 as a "stunt" and an exercise in "propaganda."

Vasiliev tells The Canadian Press that shows a "lack of knowledge of reality."
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BBC News - Reindeer body clock switched off

BBC News - Reindeer body clock switched off | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Reindeer have "switched off" their internal body clocks to survive dark winters and light summers in the Arctic. Researchers found that the animals are missing a "circadian clock" that influences processes including the sleep-wake cycle and metabolism.

This enables them to better cope with the extreme Arctic seasons of polar day, when the sun stays up all day, and polar night, when it does not rise.
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Canada Spotlight From Cruise Lines - Greenland to Labrador & Newfoundland

Canada Spotlight From Cruise Lines - Greenland to Labrador & Newfoundland | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
More adventurous travelers can also sign on to an expedition ship. The Clipper Adventurer from Adventure Canada sails from Greenland to Labrador and Newfoundland from September 17 to 30, and a circumnavigation of Newfoundland is available from September 30 to October 10. Rates start at $3495. Polar Star Expeditions offers two cruises aboard the Polar Star, one sailing the coast of Labrador (September 15-October 2, starting at $64515) and another circumnavigating Newfoundland (October 2-10). From June through September Wanderbird Expedition Cruises offers a variety of six, 10- and 16-day itineraries around Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia. Travelers can also sign on as a crew member for a sailing from Greenland to Labrador and Nova Scotia on a “Tramp Steamer Cruise.”
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My Nunavut Adventure: My favorite Inukshuk's

My Nunavut Adventure: My favorite Inukshuk's | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Melissa: My intention for this blog is that it will serve to keep my heart, stories and adventures close to my family and friends in the GTA & Be a guide to those who are thinking of moving to or visiting Nunavut.
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Arctic shipping routes will open but ice roads in jeopardy: study

Arctic shipping routes will open but ice roads in jeopardy: study | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The researchers – Scott R. Stephenson, Laurence C. Smith and John A. Agnew – based their work on a sophisticated climate model developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. The model suggests the Arctic will see warming that far outstrips the rest of the world. Where the planet is expected to see a two to four degree Celsius gain in temperature by the end of the century, projections show the Arctic temperature increasing by two to nine degrees – and as much as 11 degrees in winter.

That has profound implications for transportation in the highest latitudes, and the researchers set out to find out exactly how much.
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Eye on the Arctic - Arctic Oil Spill Easier to Clean up than in South: Researcher

Eye on the Arctic - Arctic Oil Spill Easier to Clean up than in South: Researcher | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
[excerpt] Oil and gas extraction in the Arctic is expected to increase. Influential environmental organizations in Sweden are now demanding that the Swedish government strive to put an end to all oil extraction in the Arctic Ocean to protect the sensitive sea environment from oil spills.

But oil extraction in the Arctic can be more environmentally-friendly than when drilling in warmer waters. This according to geographer and Arctic researcher Rasmus Ole Rasmussen.

"Cold water and ice are very beneficial when cleaning up after an oil spill," says Rasmus Ole Rasmussen, a researcher at Nordregio, the Nordic Council of Minister's research institute in Stockholm. "The oil is much thicker and much easier to pump up."

"Because of the cold water, the oil breaks down slower than further south and consequently leaves traces in nature. But volatile substances remain in the oil if it's cold and this is an advantage if the oil spill is to be burned away."
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For rural Alaskans, Pilot Bread is soul food... and in #Nunavut too!

For rural Alaskans, Pilot Bread is soul food... and in #Nunavut too! | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
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It's called many names -- sailor boys, Eskimo cookies, hockey pucks and qa-qu-lik-daqs (something "like bread).

In the Arctic it's called "'qaqqulaaq" (Inupiaq for "sailor boy"), on Little Diomede they are sometimes called Diomede Donuts (since people there "eat them like cops eat donuts"). "Postmodern Eskimo" blogger Patti Oksoktaruk Lillie, from White Mountain, calls it "Native biscotti."

It is, of course, the Sailor Boy Pilot Bread Cracker. And perhaps no other humble saltine has inspired such fervor.
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Alaska Native Plant Society Seed Exchange & Wild Seed Chart

Alaska Native Plant Society Seed Exchange & Wild Seed Chart | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Alaska Plants... Alaska Native Plant Society Seed Exchange
The Alaska Native Plant Society sells seed of plants native to Alaska which have been collected by members during the year. Seeds can be purchased at the regular monthly meetings or by mail order. http://aknps.org/Pages/SeedChart.php
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Hanging with the Tootoo Train

Hanging with the Tootoo Train | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Rankin Inlet was well represented during action in the second round of the NHL playoffs in Nashville, Tenn., earlier this month.

Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo and the rest of the Predators were being cheered on by Tootoo's dad, Barney, as well as his sister, Corinne Pilakapsi, and her kids Darrian, 14, Jayda, 11, and Terence, six.

Also in Nashville for the series against the Canucks was Jordin's best friend, Troy Aksalnik.

Barney said Nashville is a bigger hockey town than many people give it credit for.

He said when you spend time talking to people in Nashville, you realize they know a lot about the game.

"It was just crazy inside the Nashville arena during the playoffs," said Barney.
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Notre Pays. Notre Culture ~ Jean-François Des Lauriers gives us support | Nunavut

Notre Pays. Notre Culture ~ Jean-François Des Lauriers gives us support | Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Dans la région du Nord de l'AFPC, laquelle est constituée des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, du Nunavut et du Yukon, Jean-François est le VPER responsable des activités et des organismes suivants : Conseil du Nord, syndicalisation et réaccréditation, éducation, action politique et sociale, programme des femmes et programme d'équité, conseils régionaux, sections locales à charte directe et employeurs distincts, fédérations du travail et comités qui s'y rattachent, et dossiers touchant le Nord et les services offerts dans cette région. Il est en partie responsable des conférences nationales et des dossiers nationaux suivants : Questions touchant les Autochtones, plus particulièrement le Réseau national autochtone, inuit et métis (NAIM) Éducation Environnement Conférence nationale à l'intention des membres autochtones Conférence nationale Accès
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Alaska oil pipeline workers rescue baby musk ox

Alaska oil pipeline workers rescue baby musk ox | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Huddled against a fence along one of the most remote highways in North America, travelers spotted a small creature that would temporarily transform a handful of people who watch over Alaska’s Trans Alaska Pipeline into a Musk Ox M.A.S.H. unit.

Granted special permission to handle the orphaned calf, employees of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the organization that operates TAPS, rescued the weakening baby and nursed it until they could deliver it to a musk ox farm at a research station in Fairbanks. Read more about the unusual mission here.
http://www.alyeska-pipe.com/Inthenews/LatestNews/2011/05/MuskOx/rescue.html
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WikiLeaks Documents Hint of Slick Plans for Arctic Oil - US News and World Report

WikiLeaks Documents Hint of Slick Plans for Arctic Oil - US News and World Report | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Leaked documents reveal behind-the-scenes maneuvering efforts for control of Arctic oil fields. ... According to the leaked State Department papers, even characteristically calm countries are staking claims and warning others to stay out of their way. Unlikely allies like the U.S. and China have joined to fight against any environmental agreement not suitable to their self-interest. .... Obstruction by the U.S. to international climate treaties with clear, stated obligations to reduce emissions began under the administration of President George W. Bush and has continued under the Obama administration, the documents show. ... According to the leaked cables, the U.S. and China—the world's two largest producers of greenhouse gasses -- conspired to sabotage any efforts made by European countries to get a meaningful, enforceable agreement. ...
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A successful eco-tour - Another stage in Arviat Nunavut tourism

A successful eco-tour - Another stage in Arviat Nunavut tourism | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The Arviat Community Ecotourism (ACE) project welcomed Sue Grimwood (country director voyages for Steppes Travel in the United Kingdom), Thomas Lennartz (Arctic expedition manager for Arctic Kingdom in Toronto), Matthew BradleySwan (special project agent for Adventure Canada in Port Credit, Ont.), and Winnipeg's Stephanie Burke (manager guest experiences for Frontiers North Adventures) and Dennis Fast (photo tour leader for Churchill Wild).

Mike Robbins of The Tourism Company in Toronto is one of the leaders developing the ACE project.

Robbins said the Arviat community eco-tour was quite successful, despite the guests arriving a bit late due to travel problems.

He said the familiarization trip introduced tour operators to the Arviat experience in the hope they'll start to market and sell packages to the community.

"We want to work through tour operators so the community knows, in advance, when groups are coming, how many people to expect and what they're interested in doing," said Robbins.

"It's the way to start because it's all planned enough in advance for us to get everything organized in the community for the visitors."

The operators spent two nights on the land during their visit, but didn't get to see the caribou migration which is happening late this year due to abnormal weather conditions earlier this winter.
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Russia says #PMHarper's Arctic criticisms show lack of understanding of

Russia says #PMHarper's Arctic criticisms show lack of understanding of | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
A senior Russian diplomat says the Harper government's pointed public criticisms of his country's motives in the Arctic are not grounded in reality.

Russia's ambassador-at-large for Arctic issues, Anton Vasiliev, fired back Thursday at the frequent complaints that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet ministers have levelled at Russia for what they see as provocative behaviour in the Arctic.

That has included former foreign minister Lawrence Cannon blasting a planned Russian parachute jump that was to take place in April 2010 as a "stunt" and an exercise in "propaganda."

"It could come from lack of knowledge of reality," Vasiliev told The Canadian Press during a major conference on Canada-Norway-Russia Arctic co-operation at Ottawa's Carleton University.

"I think that time and reality proves that this is all wrong."

In an earlier speech to about 100 academics, diplomats and bureaucrats, Vasiliev extolled the exemplary relationship between Russia and Norway, which recently settled a 40-year Arctic border dispute.

He called it an "encouraging precedent" for Russia and Canada. The two countries disagree over the undersea boundaries of the Arctic Ocean, which is thought to hold massive deposits of oil and gas.
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Arctic reindeer 'can see in UV'

Arctic reindeer 'can see in UV' | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Arctic reindeer can see into the ultra-violet spectrum, according to new research by an international team. They say tests on reindeer showed that the animal does respond to UV stimuli, unlike humans.

The ability might enable them to pick out food and predators in the "UV-rich" Arctic atmosphere, and to retain visibility in low light.

Details are published in the The Journal of Experimental Biology. http://jeb.biologists.org/
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Retiring Fraser "...audits have done nothing to fix problems afflicting natives..."

Retiring Fraser "...audits have done nothing to fix problems afflicting natives..." | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Sheila Fraser’s term draws to a close... Ms. Fraser said a series of audits have done nothing to fix problems afflicting natives, and that laws must be changed to make it clear who is responsible for matters like education and to ensure stable funding.

“It’s actually quite tragic when you see there is a population in this country that does not have basic services that most Canadians take for granted,” she said, pointing to things like graduation rates that are way below those in the rest of the country. “Those sort of conditions are just unbelievable in a country as rich as Canada.”
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