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Russia plans nine new emergency response centres in the #Arctic

Russia plans nine new emergency response centres in the #Arctic | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

[excerpt] The High Arctic contains strategic shipping lanes and is also a treasure trove of natural resources. The Arctic Shelf alone holds an estimated one fourth of the world’s reserves of oil and natural gas. Unfortunately, developing these deposits often encounters problems posed by global warming. The latter melts permafrost, leading to ruptures in onshore oil and gas pipelines, as they sink into soggy soil. Serious leaks may spring, resulting in explosions, fires and serious pollution of the natural environment. Accordingly, Russia is planning nine emergency response centres along its section of the Northeast Passage from Western Europe to East Asia. Three will be on the Far Eastern Chukotka Peninsula. The westernmost one will sit close to the southeastern coast of the Barents Sea.

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Arctic ice melt causing walrus stampedes - CBS News

Arctic ice melt causing walrus stampedes - CBS News | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Scientists say thousands of walruses came ashore in northwest Alaska due to ice melt...
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Operation Nanook in Nunavut: like a family vacation -$18-million exercise brings pride to Resolute, experience to armed forces

Operation Nanook in Nunavut: like a family vacation -$18-million exercise brings pride to Resolute, experience to armed forces | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

RESOLUTE BAY — Ask Absalem Idlout and Inootiq Manik about what Operation Nanook means to them and they’ll tell you it’s the biggest show in their home town.

When you bring in more than 400 members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian Rangers, aircraft of all sizes and two red and white Canadian Coast guard icebreakers for three weeks, you’ve got a lot of activity for the community of 230, which Idlout says is “pretty quiet” most of the time.

In Resolute, you can even hear gunshots from out on the nearby shooting range, which Manik says gets kids in town all excited.

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Russia's About To Annex 380,000 Square Miles Of The Arctic Sea

Russia's About To Annex 380,000 Square Miles Of The Arctic Sea | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Within the next year, the Kremlin is expected to make its claim to the United Nations in a bold move to annex about 380,000 square miles of the internationally owned Arctic to Russian control.

At stake is an estimated one-quarter of all the world's untapped hydrocarbon reserves, abundant fisheries, and a freshly opened route that will cut nearly a third off the shipping time from Asia to Europe.

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33,000-year-old dog skull found in a cave in the Siberian Altai Mountains

33,000-year-old dog skull found in a cave in the Siberian Altai Mountains | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

[excerpt] THE skull of a dog that lived 33,000 years ago has been uncovered by scientists, illustrating some of the earliest evidence of domestication of the animal.It was discovered in a cave in the Siberian Altai Mountains by an international team of archaeologists. It shows very few characteristics of modern dogs. While its snout is similar to that of Greenland dogs of 1,000 years ago, its teeth would have resembled wild European wolves.

The modern day version of this dog would be the Siberian Samoyed.

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Consultant says oil cleanup in Canada’s Arctic offshore impractical 20-84% of time

An environmental consultant estimates that various options for cleaning up oil spills in Canada’s Arctic offshore would be impractical 20 percent to 84 percent of the time during the June-November open-water season because of bad weather or sea ice.
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The Arctic. Ice free. 8000 years ago. New international study.

The icecap in the Arctic is getting both smaller and thinner. Within a few decades, the Arctic Ocean could be completely ice-free during the summer, in spite of the fact that Earth should be heading for a geologically cooler period. This contradictory development is caused by global warming. Yet the Arctic has in fact been ice-free once before, between 8500 and 6000 years ago.

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Ecotourism takes off in #Arviat #Nunavut

[excerpt] "Word is finally starting to get around that Arviat is a destination for polar bear watching and photography, so we're starting to get some interest."

He said there is still a lot of work needed to ensure Arviat remains a destination. It takes five to 10 years for a place to fully make a home in a market, he said. The community needs to get behind the project and make an effort to work with it, he said, noting that Arviat has everything it needs to be a successful tourist spot.

"Arviat is wildlife-rich. We have a lot of wildlife, a lot of caribou, polar bear, wolves, wolverines, we've got some bird sanctuaries close to where we are, the land is beautiful and it's a very traditional community, so I think if we can showcase that to the world and to the ecotourism market. I think we have our place in the market."

And the community will gain a lot from exploring ecotourism and attracting people to the community, he said.

"It will create some short term jobs and some spin offs, increase the store purchases, increase sales in arts and crafts, taxis benefit, vehicle rentals, there's a lot of spinoff benefits.

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Visiting Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Indian Country ...

Visiting Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Indian Country ... | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

The largest protected wilderness in the United States, Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a 19.3 million–acre expanse of roadless terrain roughly the size of South Carolina.


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Canada, U.S. and Russia overcome 'suspicions' and language barrier in Arctic

Canada, U.S. and Russia overcome 'suspicions' and language barrier in Arctic | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Ranger scout Samson Ejanqiaq looks for an easier route through rough sea ice that bedevilled a patrol of Canadian Rangers on their way from CFS Alert to the Eureka Weather Station, March 28, 2008. It took a major Arctic military exercise to help thaw old Cold War suspicions between Canada, the U.S. and Russia, according to a Canadian Forces report THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bob Weber

 

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And despite an "immense" language barrier, the Department of National Defence heralded the success of last summer's groundbreaking joint exercise with its former Cold War adversary.

The report offers a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes tensions that led up to the historic attempt at military co-operation, dubbed Exercise Vigilant Eagle. It comes as the second version of Vigilant Eagle took place this week in Alaskan airspace.

The exercise was originally set for 2008 but had to be cancelled when relations between Russia and the West plummeted after Moscow's invasion of neighbouring Georgia.

"Accordingly, a measure of uncertainty and a perceptible note of suspicion were evident to military planners as the exercise was resurrected," Canadian Col. Todd Balfe, the deputy commander of Norad's Alaskan region, wrote in his report on the 2010 exercise.

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Norway, #Nunavut clash over Maud shipwreck | News | National Post

Norway, #Nunavut clash over Maud shipwreck | News | National Post | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Rather than see it preserved in a Norwegian museum, a committee in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut would rather see the Maud end its days on the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.

Maud Returns Home, a salvage group backed by Norwegian investors, is planning a multi-million dollar expedition to restore the Maud, a 1918 polar exploration vessel once commanded by legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.

The group aims to raise the wreck with special balloons, mount it on a barge and tow it through the Northwest Passage back to Norway, where it would be preserved in a museum outside Oslo.

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Arviat #Nunavut gets million-dollar training program

Arviat #Nunavut gets million-dollar training program | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

The Arviat Diamond Drillers training advisory group includes representatives from diamond drilling companies, Nunavut Arctic College, Northern College, the Hamlet of Arviat and the Kivalliq Inuit Association. From left: Pierre Alexandre, Graeme Dargo, Kevin Bussey, David Ittinuar, Lori Shackleton, John Main, Jennifer Wright, Robert Barnett, David Gorman, Peter Alareak. - photo courtesy of the Hamlet of Arviat [excerpt] The Arviat Diamond Driller's Training Program, which includes hands-on training at a "state of the art" diamond drill site, is being offered to a dozen Hamlet students beginning in September, Arviat economic development officer John Main said.

The program is currently funded for two 10-week courses, and it is anticipated to be offered at least twice a year.

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Jose Amaujaq Kusugak [ footprints ]] Obituary #Inuit #language #culture #CdnPoli #Arctic #sovereignty #Nunavut

Jose Amaujaq Kusugak [ footprints ]] Obituary #Inuit #language #culture #CdnPoli #Arctic #sovereignty #Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

By Dianne Meili, with files from Whit Fraser [excerpt] Jose Amaujaq Kusugak: A 60 year life packed with accomplishment


Pouring Sweet and Low into his cup of tea, Jose Amaujaq Kusugak stopped to laugh at himself.


“What the hell am I doing with this stuff? How can real sugar hurt me now?”


Despite the fact he’d lost weight and his hair had turned snow white, aggressive cancer failed to eradicate the leader’s sense of humor. He died on the morning of Jan. 19 at his home in Rankin Inlet, after refusing further hospital treatment in Winnipeg.


“He died as he had lived, candidly, publically, and, above all, with courage and control,” said Whit Fraser, a long-time friend who worked with Jose at the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Jose was president from 2000 to 2006.
Fraser and current Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami leader Mary Simon visited Jose shortly before he passed away to say goodbye, thank him for his life’s work, tell him they loved him, and subsequently observe his indomitable spirit.


Last spring, Jose told his friend, CBC interviewer William Tagoona, about his cancer diagnosis. On the radio he urged his fellow Inuit to take advantage of medical facilities available to them and to go to the nursing station when they are feeling ill.

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Humans to blame for half of Arctic sea ice melt, says study

Humans to blame for half of Arctic sea ice melt, says study | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

ANCHORAGE, Alaska: About half of the recent record loss of Arctic sea ice can be blamed on global warming caused by human activity, a leading climate research centre has found.

The study, funded by the US National Science Foundation is the first to attribute a specific proportion of the ice melt to greenhouse gases and pollution.

It used one of the world's most sophisticated climate models to reach its conclusions, said lead author Jennifer Kay, a scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. The paper was published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

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Nunavut Produced Film Premiering at Toronto International Film Festival | Nunavut Film

Nunavut Produced Film Premiering at Toronto International Film Festival | Nunavut Film | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

A film written & directed by Miranda de Pencier, produced by Stacey Aglok MacDonald and funded by Nunavut Film Development Corporation

SELECTED FOR WORLD PREMIERE AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM
FESTIVAL

THROAT SONG, a short dramatic film about a young Inuk woman seeking to reclaim her voice, has been selected to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 11th, 2011.

“We Inuit used to know how to take care of each other, we must learn how to do this again.” This is one of the thought provoking lines delivered in the hard-hitting film that touches on many social issues faced by Inuit today. The film was written & directed by Miranda de Pencier of Toronto and produced by Stacey Aglok MacDonald of Kugluktuk/Iqaluit.

The 17-minute film centers on a young Inuk woman named Ippik (Ippiksaut Friesen), who is caught in an abusive relationship. Ippik gets a job as a victims witness worker in her community and by hearing of other peoplesʼ struggles, she begins to recall where her relationship with abuse began. THROAT SONG is a visually striking film that touches deeply on issues of abuse and suicide in Nunavut.

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Shell's Arctic Drilling Plan: Another Disaster Waiting to Happen | Rolling Stone Politics | RS Politics Daily | Rolling Stone Writers and Editors on Political News

Shell's Arctic Drilling Plan: Another Disaster Waiting to Happen | Rolling Stone Politics | RS Politics Daily | Rolling Stone Writers and Editors on Political News | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The Interior Department has greenlighted Royal Dutch Shell's exploration plans for offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean after finding "no evidence" that a potential spill larger than the Exxon Valdez will "significantly affect the quality of the human environment." The decision is premised on the oil company's fantastical claims that it will be capable of recovering 90 percent of any oil that hits the water after a Gulf-style blowout.

Shell is now on track to begin Arctic drilling by next July, pending final permitting and (most likely) fierce litigation.

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@NNSLonline Headlines for #Nunavut News North for August 15th 2011

@NNSLonline Headlines for #Nunavut News North for August 15th 2011 | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Norwegian divers assess Baymaud shipwreck. Project representatives surprised by lack of opposition to proposed removal of historic ship

Fog keeps planes from landing in Cape Dorset for over a week. Both grocery stores run out of fresh food; Co-op expects 'huge rush' when first plane arrives

Morning fire guts apartment. Blaze causes estimated $180,000 in damage to building and contents

Nunavut to sue tobacco companies. Territory seeks to recover health care costs in the 'hundreds of millions' linked to smoking

OPINION

Norwegian divers eager to share stories of Baymaud

Life-jackets can save lives – even in the Arctic. Floatation devices buy time for rescue attempts

ENTERTAINMENT

Inuk rapper awards-bound. Masha Foiger nominated for Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

SPORTS

Northern games draw huge audience. Participants converge on Gjoa Haven to compete in Arctic sports

BUSINESS

Aboriginal tourism council formed. Residents from communities selected to promote aboriginal products

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Questionnaire: Culture and Heritage in Arctic Polar Regions

Hi guys, I am currently working on my Bachelor thesis about impacts of global tourism on culture and heritage in Arctic Polar Regions and have therefore prepared a questionnaire. It would be great if you have a couple of minutes to fill in the survey. All data will be treated confidentially and anonymously afterwards

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Icetrekker's Channel - YouTube

Icetrekker's Channel - YouTube | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Icetrek Expeditions' video channel. Here you'll find movies from our treks to the North and South Poles. Check out snippets from our broadcasted films, clips from our guided expeditions and some of the incredible infrastructure that enables the industry of polar adventuring to exist. Visit Icetrek Expeditions at http://www.icetrek.com

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Scientists to Track Acidification in #Arctic Ocean: Scientific American

Scientists to Track Acidification in #Arctic Ocean: Scientific American | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Scientists from the Geological Survey will embark next week on an expedition to monitor acidification trends in the Arctic Ocean linked to carbon emissions, the agency said. [excerpt]

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Arviat #Nunavut youth find roots

Arviat #Nunavut youth find roots | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Michelle Malla, left, and Wendy Shamee of Arviat visited Moosonee and Moose Factory, Ont., as part of the Canadian Roots exchange program last month. - photo courtesy of Michelle Malla

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Aboriginal Youth Learn About Science and Technology at National Science Camp in #Iqaluit #Nunavut

"The National Aboriginal Science and Technology Camp not only gives Aboriginal youth a hands-on learning opportunity, but also an experience that we hope will inspire them to consider science and technology as an education or career choice," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and the Member of Parliament for Nunavut.

Campers come from all provinces and territories, and 10 of this year's camp participants are Nunavut youth from all three regions of the territory (Kitikmeot, Kilvalliq and Qikiqtani). The theme for this year's camp is Qaujisarvingat, which means "to compile and research old science and new science techniques." Camp activities will blend elements of western science with Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (traditional Inuit knowledge) and will be taught by the Actua summer science camp program and technical experts from federal, territorial and municipal governments.

The camp is funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada through its First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES), which helps youth gain work experience, get career information, develop skills and ultimately find employment. First Air, Nunavut Arctic College and the City of Iqaluit are key partners in the delivery of the 2011 camp. This is the eighth edition of the National Science Camp.

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French voyagers prepare for trans-Arctic journey on hybrid boat through ice and water

French voyagers prepare for trans-Arctic journey on hybrid boat through ice and water | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

 The Frenchmen were scheduled to leave in early-July, and won't reach Spitsbergen until sometime in September.
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Historical Footage from "Eskimo Point" (Arviat) #Nunavut

Charlie Panigoniak/Inuit Broadcasting Corporation Collection

This archival footage containing Eskimo Point (current day Arviat), includes scenes of community celebrations, town life, and caribou sewing.
Made in partnership with the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and preserved by Charlie Panigoniak. Produced by Bobby Suluk.

Please contact Nanisiniq (at) yahoo.ca to identify people and events in this film. Enjoy!

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New venture to improve supply chain to Nunavut

New venture to improve supply chain to Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Nunavut Connections president Elizabeth Copland and Omnitrax Canada president Brad Chase at the Port of Churchill.

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A new joint venture between Omnitrax Canada and some Inuit partners will try to expedite more freight activity destined for Nunavut out of Churchill.

The formation of Nunavut Connections was announced in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, on Tuesday. It will attempt to better position Churchill to compete with northern-supply-chain services that operate out of Montreal.

Initially it will offer stevedoring services in Churchill for freight headed to the Kivalliq region of eastern Nunavut.

But Nunavut Connections officials said it will also pursue other supply-chain business opportunities in Nunavut.

Initially the business will employ 12 people in Churchill.

Financial particulars weren't disclosed.

Members of the joint venture made it clear they hope the enterprise will address the long-standing concern that greater efficiencies are required on the ground if Churchill is to become the resupply centre for Nunavut.

Brad Chase, the newly named president of Omnitrax Canada, said the Nunavut economy is enjoying substantial growth and the new enterprise is designed to ensure more goods to fuel that growth originate from Churchill and, before that, southern Manitoba.

"The biggest issue for us is to ensure the connectivity of the Manitoba business community to serve the quickly growing Nunavut communities right from Manitoba," Chase said from Rankin Inlet Tuesday. "The Manitoba business community is not enjoying enough of the activity that is right within our region."

Omnitrax owns the Hudson Bay Railway from The Pas to Churchill and the Port of Churchill.

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