• 15m 37s

    ᑖᒧᓯ ᓯᕘᕋᔪᖅ - Thomasie Gets Nervous

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     ᑖᒧᓯᐅᑉ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓ ᑕᑯᕋᓐᓈᖅᑎᑦᓯᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑕᒥᓂᒃ, ᑖᒧᓯ ᓯᕘᕋᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᑉᐱᓐᓂᐊᔪᖅ. ᐅᓘᑕ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔪᐃᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᑐᖅ ᑖᒧᓯᒥᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᔾᔮᖏᓐᓂᖕᒐᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᕋᓐᓈᖅᑕᐃᓕᖅᑲᑦ.


    Thomasie is the main star of a play but he starts to get really nervous. Ooloota reassures him to be confident.


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    uploaded date: 12-04-2019

  • 58s

    Iglu:Angirraq Trailer

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    Trailer for Iglu:Angirraq, a look at the housing and homelessness crisis affecting Inuit in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

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    uploaded date: 15-09-2018

  • 22m 9s

    They Called Her Sam

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    a film by Mosha Folger

    Karen Beddard
    Ed Folger
    Nikkutai Folger

    Nancy Lesh
    Nine Inch Nails

    Extended Cut

    with financial and other assistance from SAW Video and the City of Ottawa

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    uploaded date: 19-02-2017

  • 58m 16s

    Episode 32 - December 13, 2016

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    channel: Nipivut Montreal - Urban Inuit Radio

     Here's our special Christmas call-in special! We had a live call in-show with Annie Pisuktie and Kevin Tikivik hosting and interacting with our audience. We had 11 callers from all across the country: Iqaluit, Ottawa, Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Alberta and more! Each gave a special holiday message to friends and family. Enjoy!

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    uploaded date: 14-12-2016

  • Iqaluit councillors wrestle with public works capacity

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    Mining projects may lure trained staff away from city, director warns


    Iqaluit’s director of public works says the city should brace itself for the start of the Mary River iron project in north Baffin, because it could draw qualified public works staff away from the city.

    Baffinland Iron Mine Corp.’s long-awaited iron mining projectat Mary River in north Baffin awaits final approval this year.

    Public works director Keith Couture told city council Jan. 10, during discussions on the city’s 2014 budget, that if Baffinland offers better benefits, public works staff, especially heavy equipment operators, could be drained away.

    City councillors at the meeting said they’re concerned about possible staff shortages in the public works department, and asked Couture if more money should be budgeted for additional staff for road maintenance and repairs.

    “What we need is not just staff — we need trained staff, which is a different thing. We’re trying to upgrade our operators,” Couture told council. “I’m trying to get a bigger pool of trained people.”

    The director pointed to other difficulties his department faces, related to shift work and the narrow window of opportunity to in the summer for repair work, which amounts to just two months.

    “You’ve got to get trained staff. You’ve got to get staff that know the city,” said Couture, who took the job in mid-2012. He came to Iqaluit with more than 30 years’ experience with municipalities in Ontario, mostly in the north of the province.

    “It’s taken me a year or more to finally know where the roads are, with the numbering system and all that,” said Couture. “And the drivers have to know that too. Its an education, from both perspectives, from management and the fact that we’ve got to get people and offer them the opportunity to advance here with the city.”

    Mayor John Graham and Coun. Kenny Bell said the department’s priority should be the upkeep and improvement of the city’s roads.

    “Our roads are in major disrepair, and we need to at least start correcting that. And [added] staff will help with that,” Bell said.

    Bell described poor staffing of road crews as “a massive failure by this council — and it has been for 40 years.”

    Couture highlighted that, in addition to a staff training program in the works with the city’s training director, he is drafting a public works plan tailored specifically for Iqaluit, which will give clear guidelines on maintenance of roads, signage, snow removal, and staff hiring.

    “The plan is my vision of what the city needs, and I’m trying to put it into play,” he said. “If it’s not written down, nobody wants to do it.

    “I want it so that if I ever leave, here’s the book. Here’s the way it should be done,” Couture said. “It’s going to be cut and dried. We will still have to make decisions, but the majority of what we do will be written as policy.”

    The director said his goal is to have a complete set of guidelines ready for the city “within a year.”

    Coun. Simon Nattaq agreed on the importance of guidelines unique to the city, noting that Iqaluit’s roads are built on soils not found in other parts of Nunavut.

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    uploaded date: 14-01-2014

  • Peregrine to fast-track analysis of Chidliak bulk sample

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    We’ll advance Nunavut diamond project on our own, Peregrine says


    Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. said Oct. 23 that following a decision by De Beers Canada Ltd. to reject a potential joint venture with them on the Chidliak diamond project near Iqaluit, they will advance the project on their own.

    In a news release, Peregrine said they plan to move ahead with Chidliak, located about 120 kilometres northeast of Iqaluit, on “a 100 per cent ownership basis.”

    “Chidliak has benefitted greatly from De Beers’ involvement over the last year and we are cognizant of their reasons not to proceed given the challenging mining market our industry is currently experiencing,” Peregrine said.

    On Oct. 11, Peregrine said De Beers — under the terms of a deal struck between the two companies Sept. 5, 2012 — gave them verbal notification that De Beers will not enter a joint-venture agreement with Peregrine.

    Peregrine said they received written notice from De Beers on Oct. 22 and will meet with De Beers to discuss the handover of technical data.

    Under a previous agreement, De Beers will pay the cost of processing the first 250 tonnes of ore extracted in a bulk sample earlier this year from the promising CH-6 kimberlite pipe.

    Peregrine will pay the cost of processing an additional 250 tonnes, and De Beers will do the processing.

    The mineral concentrate produced by that processing work will be sent to the Saskatchewan Research Council to recover its diamond content.

    After that, Peregrine will make an initial announcement on the bulk sample’s diamond content in January, 2014, under a fast-tracked schedule.

    They’ll use that information to help plan their next steps, including their 2014 and 2015 exploration programs.

    “The results from CH-6 and new exploration and conceptual mining data generated by De Beers will be utilized to formulate optimum exploration and sampling programs for 2014 and 2015,” Peregrine said.

    De Beers is now controlled by the London-based mining giant Anglo-America PLC, which controls 85 per cent of the company. The other 15 per cent is owned by the government of Botswana.

    On Oct. 22, AAND minister Bernard Valcourt approved a joint-venture project that De Beers has stuck with — the Gahcho Kue diamond mine in the Northwest Territories, a joint venture between De Beers and Mountain Province Diamonds Inc.

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    uploaded date: 25-10-2013

  • Iqaluit protestors shut down Four Corners in Oct. 18 anti-fracking demo

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    “We need to be prepared to talk about what our connections to the land are”


    A group of about 25 protestors shut down Iqaluit’s Four Corners, the busiest intersection in Nunavut, in an Oct. 18 march supporting the Elsipogtog First Nation’s anti-fracking protests in New Brunswick.

    After a brief anti-fracking speech outside the Iqaluit RCMP detachment — where the protest started — the group started chanting, “Elsipogtog, Elsipogtog, Elsipogtog!”

    A demonstration by the Elsipogtog First Nation against a Texas-based energy company, SWN Resources, which is proposing to use the controversial fracking method to extract shale gas in eastern New Brunswick led to violence and the arrest of 40 protesters Oct. 17.

    Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a technique used to extract natural gas or oil that is embedded within sedimentary rock like shale.

    Water, sand and chemicals are mixed and injected into the bedrock at high pressures to create fractures that release the natural gas,

    Five RCMP vehicles were set on fire and Molotov cocktails were reportedly thrown at RCMP officers during the New Brunswick protest, while the Elsipogtog First Nation alleged the RCMP mistreated many of the protesters.

    That sparked a social media frenzy, and led to several dozen protests in support of Elsipogtog across Canada and the United States.

    Protesters in Iqaluit carried signs denouncing fracking that read, “Frack you Harper” and “Nunavut needs legislation” as they marched down the middle of a foggy and cold fall day during rush hour.

    “Our march moves away from the RCMP detachment in a symbolic way,” protest organizer Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory said.

    “Rather than focusing on violence and racial tension, we will turn our attention to Elsipogtog’s assertive measure to peace, health and a safe environment,” she said.

    RCMP lights were flashing as police redirected traffic around the Four Corners during Iqaluit’s rush hour, while the protesters marched two-by-two down Federal Road.

    Williamson Bathory called this protest a “catalyst for things that are happening all across the country.”

    “We’ve been a part of the Idle No More protest since it began and this is something that is a part of this entire movement for people to stand up to speak their views, to express their indigenous identities,” Williamson Bathory said.

    “As a territory that is on all sorts of waters that could possibility have all sort of oil and gas development in the future, we need to be prepared to talk about what our connections to the land are.”

    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada says there is more than 14 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the High Arctic based on a 1970 exploration, and the Arctic Islands are estimated to hold about 300 million barrels of oil.

    Karliin Aariak walked down the street at the front of the line with Williamson Bathory with a sign that had the word “fracking” crossed out.

    She thinks it’s about time Nunavut adopted laws to prevent fracking in Nunavut.

    “We need to start discussions in Nunavut so that Nunavummiut won’t have to protest like the Elsipogtog protested against fracking,” Aariak said.

    “So we want and [are] hoping for legislation, or to look at regulators around fracking in Nunavut — because discussions need to start now,” she said

    Williamson Bathory echoed Aariak’s statement.

    “As we walk to the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement monument, let us all think about how we as a community can ensure our children and grandchildren will never have to worry about destroying our environment by fracking,” Williamson Bathory said.

    “Nunavut needs anti-fracking legislation. It is up to us, the people, the community to make this happen.”

    At the last sitting of the legislative assembly, Quttiktuq MLA Ron Elliott asked economic development minister Peter Taptuna about fracking.

    Taptuna said British Columbia and Alberta have used hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas “for over 40 years without any environmental issues.”

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    uploaded date: 25-10-2013

  • Iqaluit Inuit elders tell Nunavut board they’re worried about hydro project, ask for IIBA

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    “It’s going to have a large social impact for us Inuit”


    Inuit elders fear the effects of a hydroelectric project near Iqaluit and they want the Qulliq Energy Corp. to negotiate an Inuit impact and benefit agreement, elders told the Nunavut Impact Review Board Sept. 10.

    “I believe we need an IIBA in the millions,” said Simon Nattaq, the chair of Iqaluit’s community land and resources committee, a land claim body also known as a “CLARC.”

    The review board organized meetings in Iqaluit aimed at helping them figure out the project’s scope: a list of things that ought to become part of the QEC’s draft environmental impact statement, or DEIS.

    Following similar meetings this week in Kimmirut and Pangnirtung, NIRB staff will produce a “scoping list” and use it to create guidelines. QEC is expected to follow those guidelines when completing its DEIS.

    The power corporation has been planning a hydroelectric project near Iqaluit since at least 2005. That work stopped for a while, then resumed in 2012.

    The latest version of the QEC’s plan would see them spend up to $450 million on two dams and power stations over the next 20 years or so: the first at Jaynes Inlet and the second, planned for the decade following 2030, at a site called Armshow South near the Bay of Two Rivers.

    Those sites are about 60 and 30 kilometres south-west of Iqaluit and would be connected to the city by 84 kilometres of power lines.

    Nattaq said this project would likely generate a “large social impact for us Inuit,” because of the potential disruption of areas used for fishing, camping and travelling.

    And he said that because of this, the QEC must be prepared to compensate Inuit for any harmful impacts through an IIBA.

    “We are very concerned,” Nattaq said.

    Hunters in Iqaluit had earlier favoured the Jayne’s Inlet site because it’s less likely to disturb popular fishing areas.

    But the proposed Armshow South site, which wouldn’t be developed until the 2030s, appears to threaten well-used fishing spots around the Bay of Two Rivers.

    “The Bay of Two Rivers is my main fishing spot,” Mosesee Atagooyuk told the review board.

    “Let’s look at alternatives that would have less of an impact on our lives,” Atagooyuk said.

    He also said that site could interfere with an important travel route to Kimmirut.

    Alacie Joamie said he same thing when she first heard of the power corporation’s hydroelectric plans but she “had a change of heart and I agree with it.”

    But at the same time, she said she wants to be sure that the people of Iqaluit will benefit from the project.

    “Our land is pristine and wild and natural and has never been affected by these developments,” she said.

    Other residents who attended the meeting said QEC should provide more detailed information about its plans.

    A QIA employee said the power corporation should be asked if they plan to remove fish from any lakes.

    And Seth Reinhart of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency said the QEC should be asked to provide more detailed information about the potential economic impact of the project and its affect on the cost of power.

    Adla Itorcheak of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. said the QEC should be asked if mining companies and other developers would be allowed to tap in to the hydro project’s system and if electrical power would be available to cabin owners on the side of the bay opposite Iqaluit.

    The QEC has said in the past that a hydroelectric plant could replace the use of dirty diesel-generated electrical power in Iqaluit, which consumes about one-third of all diesel imported into Nunavut this year.

    They also claim that a hydro plant would produce lower electrical power rates.

    The NIRB was planning to hold similar meetings Sept. 11 in Kimmirut and Sept. 12 in Pangnirtung.


    COMMENTS on Nunatsiaq Online

    #1. Posted by assu on September 11, 2013

    Ah, screw it. Let’s just keep shipping petroleum from the south and burn it here for energy. Self-sufficiency is over rated.

    #2. Posted by LP on September 11, 2013

    Glad to see the elders standing up for the community!

    #1: What good is self-sufficiency if you plow through and destroy the resources that can make you self-sufficient?

    #3. Posted by heerdtell on September 11, 2013

    I like the Iqaluit Elders.  Especially those showing in the pictures on Nunatsiaq.  We should always hear their side of the story.  Good for them to voice their concerns.

    #4. Posted by Well on September 11, 2013

    Just cancel the whole thing..end of story

    #5. Posted by resident of Iqaluit on September 11, 2013

    No, do even think about the darn dam, it will destroy our way of life and our way of fishing the mercury that will happen to all the sea mammals and of course the arctic char we have, It will destroy our way of life and our health, the elders are not even from our home town, I know who is orginally from our home town so they do not even see anything yet what it can do. “A change of heart”, hello, how can someone have a change of heart of what will happen to our lives and our health, No, please do not build dams here at all.

    I have seen many people from northern quebec when the James Bay Project went through, there was lot of sick people with mercury in their body, What do you think you are trying to do here, this is our hometown where we were born and raised and do not have any problems with the fishes we catch, and once you have build it, our way of life will change. If only they elders were told properly what it can do, change of heart, is driving me mad…I went to the night time meeting at 7 and got very emotional and cried as this is out land you will be destorying. It is not your land it is only your job.

    #6. Posted by wondering on September 11, 2013

    what a joke!
    #1 hit the nail right on the head.
    and #2, the problem is , is your not self sufficient anymore..or you, like most “elders” don’t pay for electric costs anyways???

    #7. Posted by assu on September 11, 2013

    #2, everyone, perhaps I should not of spoken with sarcasm. This would have been more productive:

    This isn’t a southern company coming here to extract & exploit Nunavut resources. This is an Nunavut/Inuit organization trying to build infrastructure to improve self sufficiency and the standard of living for everyone. Sacrifice, collaboration, and compromise will be a must as we build a future for our children. Everyone should agree on the best place they should build this, and an environmental plan should be in place. Rather than asking how you can use this project to help your other agenda’s, do what you can to make this projects agenda a success.

    #8. Posted by Anything Else? on September 11, 2013

    Yeah, and those dumb hospital buildings get in the way of berry picking.  We should tear those down now.

    #9. Posted by Atagooyuk's daughter on September 11, 2013

    I totally agree with my dad, he is a regular hunter, it is what he does for a living after retiring, he often talks about hunting with his hunting buddies, and its their life! please dont build dams here, we are good without it. It doesnt only go to my dad, but it goes out to everyone else that hunts or go out on the land for many reasons. Our land, not theirs.

    #10. Posted by Your Dad on September 11, 2013

    #9 Then what do you propose we use for future power?  I assume you like your lights on in the dark of night, your TV, computer, and heat?  Do you realize that Nunavut is currently being powered by diesel generators?  Nasty, dirty, expensive diesel generators?  OH, and by the way most of these diesel generators are outdated and lack the capacity to supply power to match the growth in Nunavut (and by growth I mean more Inuit being born which equals more houses/schools etc.)

    I am also curious why you say “our land, not theirs”?  This is about supplying power to “your people”. 

    Calm down, get informed before passing judgement.

    #11. Posted by Observer on September 11, 2013

    So, to summarize: no building dams because it might interfere with a few people who hunt or fish now, instead continue burning greenhouse-gas producing fuel which adds to the problem of climate change and ruining hunting and fishing for everyone, everywhere, in the future.

    That about right?

    #12. Posted by North on September 11, 2013

    This place gets more and more redonk everyday, millions for what. Inuit owned company on Inuit owned lands…

    Inuit want all the amenities of down south, but want southern prices all in isolated communities… mmmmm talk about greed

    I say let anyone that wants to live on the land live on the land, but go back to your traditional ways, no more white influences. Those who want to stay in the communities stay in the communities and follow the normal rules that Canadians follow

    #13. Posted by Need power on September 11, 2013

    You can build it near my town. There is a good spot for it not too far. Explore other communities for the dam so we can build electrical poles to feed surrounding communities,...IIBA would be,...cheapest rate for the closest community. Dam,...c’mon up!

    #14. Posted by Scamp on September 11, 2013

    #5 you got it backwards Hydro does not put Mercury in the water. Hydro is a clean energy. It the emissions for our dirty diesel power plants that is polluting our fish, wildlife and drinking water. Yes let’s keep adding more pollution to our air and water until we kill everything including ourselves. Lets built more diesel power plants, fuel storage farms and increase the oil tankers into our bays until eventually we have a major spill in our bay. A good message coming from our wise elders, you can only bring clean energy to our land provided you compensate us will millions. If not we don’t want it.

    #15. Posted by Qulliq, NTI Talk Micro Nuclear on September 11, 2013

    Why doesn’t Qulliq Energy Corp. talk about Micro Nuclear generators for power? In 2009 they studied them.  Now new models on the market. Millions less then building dams. Or flooding.  NTI should be pushing for Micro Nuclear, them being NTI in the Uranium mining business. Why Quilliq and NTI are so silent on bringing this information and technology to Nunavut is disturbing.

    #16. Posted by Think on September 11, 2013

    After today we shouldn’t worry about the clean energy a dam would
    provide but all the cars and trucks that are now here in town. also would the dams provide just iqaluit or southern baffin.

    #17. Posted by just wow on September 12, 2013

    There is a lot of uninformed people commenting here against CLEAN energy as opposed to burning diesel fuels to supply power for this town. I just want to be clear that you are crazy. Think before you speak, and educate yourself on the topic at hand before you type.

    Show of hands… How many people would rather burn fossil fuels to enjoy the benefits of electricity rather than using a clean renewable energy source such as a hydroelectric damn? This is not a trick question, I promise.

    #18. Posted by sad on September 12, 2013

    Thank you Alicee Joamie and Simon Nattaq for standing for Iqalumiut. Iqalumiut should stand up to go against the Dam. I wish I was in Iqaluit to help those who opposed the Dam. I know there are some rich people who owns a big company’s who might’ve push for the Dam. If being rich in Iqaluit is not enough. What else can they destroy what we were born with?. What do Iqalumiut have rights?? We Iqalumiut have no voice. Other people have pushed us away from our home.
    Dam shouldn’t even have been mention. The people who do not have ancestors in Iqaluit will not understand what our concerns are.

    #19. Posted by Bob on September 14, 2013

    The time frame that is being discussed here is in the 2030’s, and the people objecting to it, just based on the picture I see, will be dead long before that.

    The social impact of lack of affordable electricity will have on the local population, given the expected population growth by 2030, will far exceed any negative social impact from berry picking, fishing, or hunting.

    Hydroelectric power is the most sustainable kind of power that Nunavut could use relative to any other known type of power generation.  Burning hundreds of thousands (or more) of liters of diesel fuel each and every year is simply not logical or sustainable.

    But logic and sustainability is not something I’ve come to expect from a region that prioritizes $40 million dollars for an aquatic centre, over the many other priorities the City and the GN need right now.

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  • Nunavut board to inform public Sept. 10 on Iqaluit hydro project

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    Qulliq Energy Corp. promises hydroelectric power by 2019


    If you live in Iqaluit, the Nunavut Impact Review Board invites you to learn more about the Qulliq Energy Corp.’s proposed $450 million Iqaluit hydroelectric projects at public meetings set for Sept. 10 in Iqaluit.

    Qulliq’s plan calls for two hydro plants, generating electricity from dammed waters, to be built at Jaynes Inlet and the Armshow River.

    The plants would be located about 60 and 30 kilometres southwest of Iqaluit, respectively.

    The Jaynes Inlet facility would be built first, by 2019, and generate 10 to 14.6 megawatts of electricity.

    The second plant would follow 15 to 20 years later to supply expected increases in electricity demand in Iqaluit as the city continues to grow, according Qulliq.

    That project, known as Armshow South, would generate up to 8.8 MW of power.

    Qulliq has highlighted the projects as a source of “stable” power generation, which will lessen reliance on diesel fuel and eventually bring down the cost of electricity.

    At the Sept. 10 sessions, NIRB staff will present information about the projects and listen to concerns and opinions from the public, said Ryan Barry, the NIRB’s executive director.

    “We always encourage public participation and attendance,” Barry said.

    At the meetings, residents “can learn more about the project and also have a chance to influence the assessment by letting us know what their concerns are, and what their questions are,” he said.

    Staff will then take what they hear to develop guidelines that Qulliq will have to respond to in an environmental impact statement, Barry said.

    The NIRB will hold the two public scoping meetings on Sept. 10 at the Francophone centre in Iqaluit. The first is scheduled to take place 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the second at 7 p.m.


    COMMENTS on Nunatsiaq Online

    #1. Posted by I wonder on September 10, 2013

    Just out of curiosity, why has the Sylvia Grinnell river been ignored? Its right there close to town and would be much cheaper to build.

    #2. Posted by iqalummiuq on September 10, 2013

    #1 - because people go fish there. there was another lake that was chose too and people complained it was a fishing spot.

    #3. Posted by I wonder on September 10, 2013

    There are dam’s all over the world and people can still fish, dam’s have fish ladders so they can swim down or back up, simple.

    #4. Posted by Ger on September 11, 2013

    I am very happy to hear that the President of Qulliq intends to leave in June 2014.  He’d be in over his head.

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