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Interview with Peter Irniq about Inuit living in the past & living the ”modern life”

Interview with Peter Irniq about Inuit living in the past & living the ”modern life” | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Arviat's Nanisiniq Project researchers visited with former Commissioner of Nunavut, Peter Irniq in Ottawa on May 14, 2011. In this photo (back, left-right) are: Peter Irniq, Amy Owingayak, Martha Otokala, Frank Tester, Curtis Konek. In the front is (from left-right) Patrick Pingushat and Jordan Konek.

On May 14, 2011 I interviewed Peter Irniq about Inuit living in the past and living the ”modern life” which is today, with new technology, and about the residential schools. Peter said a lot of things about Inuit who used to live out on the land, and what they thought when their kids were taken away from their parents, when they had no choice to let them go. Peter Irniq was one of those kids who was sent to the residential school in Chesterfield Inlet.
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#Inuit innovator pursues his own musical ‘M.O.’

#Inuit innovator pursues his own musical ‘M.O.’ | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
[excerpt] A spoken word performance for former Governor General Michaëlle Jean has turned into a new hip-hop career for an Inuit artist — he rapped, she liked it, and he’s been going strong ever since.

Mosha Folger (aka M.O.) is the son of an Inuk mother and Brooklynite father. With his two younger sisters, he was raised in both Iqaluit and North Vancouver.

He says turning to hip-hop was an easy and natural progression from spoken word. He simply placed beats under his writing.

Just a few years later and Mosha is releasing his second album, String Games. A duo effort with west-coast rapper Geothermal MC, it’s a highly-anticipated follow-up to his first album Eskimocentricity, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/moalbum which he released in 2009.
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The Arctic Light - a video on Vimeo

This was filmed between 29th April and 10th May 2011 in the Arctic, on the archipelago Lofoten in Norway.

My favorite natural phenomenon is one I do not even know the name of, even after talking to meteorologists and astrophysicists I am none the wiser.What I am talking about I have decided to call The Arctic Light and it is a natural phenomenon occurring 2-4 weeks before you can see the Midnight Sun.

The Sunset and Sunrise are connected in one magnificent show of color and light lasting from 8 to 12 hours. The sun is barely going below the horizon before coming up again.
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#Inuit Traditional #Whale Hunt, Hall Beach, #Nunavut, Canada

Inuit Traditional Whale Hunt, Hall Beach, Nunavut, Canada...
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Responses to food insecurity: Experiences of users of community based programs in Iqaluit, Nunavut | Dr. James Ford

Responses to food insecurity: Experiences of users of community based programs in Iqaluit, Nunavut | Dr. James Ford | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
A report for the community of Iqaluit, Nunavut. Download as a PDF.http://www.jamesford.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/foodsecurity_iq_screen_spreads.pdf Marie-Pierre Lardeau will present her research on this project this week in Iqaluit; For more information about this project, visit its project page on this site.
http://www.jamesford.ca/research/foodsecurity

We interviewed 94 users of three community programs in Iqaluit over the month of May 2010. We profile here six key findings identified through these interviews and propose recommendations based on these interviews.

Iqaluit is a growing community undergoing rapid change. Despite improved economic conditions, food insecurity remains high in Nunavut communities, which means that many are concerned with having enough of the foods they like on a daily basis. Part of this is explained by climate change, which is making access and availability of traditional foods more challenging. On the other hand, high prices of food in stores also make access to store foods difficult.

Food Banks and Soup Kitchens have traditionally been developed as a short term solution to food needs, but are increasingly being used as long term solutions. These community based approaches are relatively new in the Arctic, and are typically based on the Southern ways of helping. In Iqaluit, demand for these services has increased sharply in the past years, and some argue that such organizations can do little to address what is considered the root cause of food insecurity: low income.
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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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VIDEO: #Inuit Carver in court for having a narwhal tusk without proper permits

VIDEO: #Inuit Carver in court for having a narwhal tusk without proper permits | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Koomuatuk Curley, an Inuk carver based in Yellowknife, faces fisheries charges for having a narwhal tusk without proper permits.
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#Nunavut retailers offer competing views of Nutrition North

#Nunavut retailers offer competing views of Nutrition North | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
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"... Arctic Ventures owner Kenn Harper puts on translation headphones before speaking at hearings on Nutrition North Canada at the Nunavut Legislative Assembly June 2. Harper defended the old food mail program, saying it should have been "tweaked, not scrapped." (PHOTO BY CHRIS WINDEYER)

Northern retailers painted contrasting pictures of the Nutrition North Canada food subsidy program during hearing at Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly June 1 and June 2.

Representatives from the North West Co., Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. and Arctic Ventures all agreed the elimination of mandatory access points like Val D’or, QC means food gets to Nunavut stores faster and fresher.

Beyond that, assessments varied widely..."
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International Polar Year 2012

International Polar Year 2012 | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The IPY 2012 Conference is the final event of International Polar Year 2007 - 2008, the largest international program of interdisciplinary polar research ever undertaken. This conference will provide an opportunity to apply and disseminate the knowledge and scientific results from IPY from around the world and focus on next steps. Participants will consider ways to translate those new understandings into policy that will guide activities in and enhance stewardship of the polar regions.
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Twilight - I'll Have Nunavut

Twilight - I'll Have Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
I was starting to lose track of days after a while. When you work till 10:30pm one night and go in again at 7am the next day and it looks exactly the same outside, it starts to play tricks on your mind. I absolutely love it up here but the one obstacle I seem to be having the most difficult time overcoming is the whole Endless Day thing. I had reservations about it prior to coming up but it’s nearly impossible to account for how it will affect you mentally unless you experience it first hand. It’s not even that bad right now and I’m feeling like a space case. The month of June marks Hell Month for me because we’ll be marching our way towards the longest day in the history of mankind (or something like that).

It’s hard to explain the dementia that results from the sun being the annoying houseguest that won’t go away. I can sleep just fine with it being light outside. That’s not a problem whatsoever. It’s when I’m awake that the psychosis sets in. It’s incredibly hard (for me at least) to ween myself off the southern Ontario “it’s supposed to get dark at night” mindset and as a result my body just keeps forcing me to stay up throughout the night sometimes. I think I chose to overwork myself at the shelter in the hope of tiring myself out so I can get on some kind of a regular sleeping schedule, but it only served to dislodge my pattern further. I can’t say this is an issue I can’t overcome and it certainly isn’t something that’ll make me regret coming here. This place is far too intriguing to have something as miniscule as insanity thwart me.

However I wanted those who really can’t visualize the whole concept to see what we see. I took some time-lapsed pictures of the night (ha ha) sky over an 8 hour period last night. The only setting I had on the camera was Auto ISO. The shots are taken from our balcony with the first one at 8pm and the last being 3am. I’ll do this once again on June 22nd – 23rd and we can compare the changes.
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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.

See it here

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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