A faded, wind-torn Danish flag is mounted on the wall in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Raised on Hans Island by Danish troops, the flag was later taken down by Canadian soldiers — and mailed back to Copenhagen.
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.
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.
Ottawa - WHEN in the Arctic, you should at least treat your host well. Royal Dutch Shell, an oil giant, had to learn this the hard way when planning to drill exploration wells in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska a couple of years ago. The firm had spent $84m on offshore leases and had satisfied regulators. But it failed to win over the Inupiat, an Inuit group. They worried that icebreakers and drill ships would hurt the bowhead whales on which they depend. Their leaders and environmental groups sued American regulators for not following a 1970 law on environmental impacts. This allowed them to wrest a number of concessions from Shell, including a commitment to stop all offshore operations during the bowhead migration and hunt, should drilling ever proceed.
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.
Randy Boswell, CanWest News Service, April 20, 2009
More than a half-century after the controversial relocation of
nearly 100 Inuit from northern Quebec and Baffin Island to two
extremely remote sites in the High Arctic — a move partly aimed at
bolstering Canadian sovereignty in the North — Nunavut's land claims
agency has announced plans to erect monuments to honour the sacrifice
of these "Arctic exiles" and ironically, to strengthen Canada's hold on
Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak says the European Union should not be
allowed to join the Arctic Council, given its proposal to ban the
import of seal products.
The EU is one of several bodies that have applied to be permanent
observers at the council, an intergovernmental forum comprising eight
Arctic countries, including Canada and the United States, as well as
Arctic indigenous groups.
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."