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? And if so, what must be done for history’s scars to heal?
Inside the dead man's house, Elisapee Qaumagiaq fell silent. She let the walls speak for her.
Someone had plunged his knuckles through the hallway drywall again and again and again, from the kitchen all the way down to the bedrooms. The blood had been washed away, but the tale of murder, outlined in felt-pen evidence markings, swirled beneath Ms. Qaumagiaq's snow boots.
Map of the North Warning System. Photograph by: Postmedia News, Canadian Military Journal/Department of Defence
BY ANDREW MAYEDA, POSTMEDIA NEWS JANUARY 13, 2011
OTTAWA — The Harper government has put on hold its search for bidders to operate and maintain the chain of early-warning radars that guards against foreign incursions into Canadian and U.S. airspace in the Far North, Postmedia News has learned.
The North Warning System, a chain of 47 unmanned radars that lines the Arctic coast from Alaska to Labrador, is operated and maintained by Nasittuq Corp. under a 10-year, $624-million contract that ends Sept. 30 this year.
Randy Boswell, Canwest News Service, October 20, 2009
Despite initial indications the planned renaming of the Northwest Passage to the "Canadian Northwest Passage" would have clear sailing through the House of Commons, the idea may be facing rough waters after all.
A major Inuit organization has raised concerns about the proposed symbolic boost to Canada's Arctic sovereignty, arguing any new name should "reflect the history of Inuit use and occupation of the waters in question for thousands of years," Canwest News Service has learned.
Even before its existence, residents had faced social and economic challenges. But new issues now exist
Katherine O'Neill, Globe and Mail, April 1, 2009
Forget balloons and streamers.
The people of Grise Fiord -
Canada's most northerly community - plan to wake up this morning and
launch Nunavut's 10th birthday celebrations in their town by going on a
seal hunt. Most of the Ellesmere Island community's 150 residents are
Inuit, and the rest of the day will include traditional games such as a
harpoon toss competition, seal skin sledding, and a community feast
featuring "country" foods.
"Like everywhere else, this is nowhere near a perfect place, but the
people of Grise Fiord are happy to be in Nunavut," said Marty
Kuluguqtuq, who helped organize today's festivities with a $5,000 grant
from the territorial government. "We look forward to the future."
A Canadian iron mine company seeks to build a 143-kilometre private railway on Baffin Island
Oliver Moore, Globe & Mail, September 4, 2008
It will be
the world's most northerly railway, a private line snaking across the
permafrost and rock of Baffin Island at a projected cost of $10-million
The ambitious project is part of
a plan to tap iron-ore deposits 900 kilometres northwest of Iqaluit.
The plan is subject to regulatory approval and securing financing, but
preliminary drilling is already under way, say officials of Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.,which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Call it an overnight success story more than 45 years in the making.
Amid skyrocketing prices for iron ore, Baffinland Iron Ore Mines Corp. confirmed yesterday that its Mary River
project in Nunavut, first discovered in 1962, is one of the largest
undeveloped iron ore deposits in the world, containing 365 million
tonnes of proven and probable reserves.
Resources Corp. has acquired, subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval, a
100-per-cent interest in six coal exploration licence applications, located on
the Bache peninsula, Ellesmere island, Nunavut. The exploration licences cover
an area of approximately 450 square kilometres (45,000 hectares), with the final
land package to be determined at the time of granting of the exploration
licences. A general location map of the exploration licences is available on the
company's website. The company is in the process of creating a wholly owned
subsidiary, which will hold and manage this and any subsequent arctic coal
Keep our promises to the Inuit. An Arctic dispatch
Michael Byers & Jack Layton, TheTyee.ca, September 6, 2007
Prime Minister Harper is increasing Canada's military presence in
the Arctic. But he's yet to address the other bulwarks of sovereignty:
social and economic development, environmental stewardship, and --
above all -- honouring our commitments to the people of the North.
Last week, we travelled from Baffin Bay to the Beaufort Sea. We spent our time listening and learning ...