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.
Last year's outbreak of tuberculosis in Nunavut, the worst ever since the region became a territory, is a problem for the whole country, not just the North, says an editorial published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
One of the editorial's authors calls the spread of a disease virtually unknown in the south an international embarrassment.
“We are a rich, developed nation that has the resources to solve the problem in Nunavut if we choose to employ them,” says Dr. Matthew Stanbrook, a respirologist at Toronto Western Hospital. “The fact that we have failed to do so, not just once but over a century, should be an embarrassment to every Canadian.”
Six decades ago, a malady known as consumption stormed across the Arctic, snuffing hundreds of lives, tearing apart thousands of families, and seeding a deep distrust in a bungling public health-care system.
Now, the pernicious disease written so indelibly upon Inuit history and psychology is making an unwelcome return to the North. This week, Nunavut recorded its 98th case of tuberculosis in 2010, the most logged in the territory’s 11-year history.
Nathan Vanderklippe, Globe and Mail, November 15, 2010
CALGARY - Canada must not ignore the struggles of its isolated northern communities as it works to solidify the country’s Arctic security, a new report urges.
The country needs a “comprehensive threat and vulnerability assessment” that not only examines northern vulnerability to threats like terrorism and illegal shipping, but also investigates how economic development can influence security, the Conference Board of Canada suggests in Security in Canada’s North: Looking Beyond Arctic Sovereignty.
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."
WHITEHORSE - The Conservative government is stressing international co-operation to tackle circumpolar issues after three years of bristling assertions of Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic.
In a speech on the international dimension of Canada's northern strategy, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Wednesday that Canada wants a renewed focus on the role and importance of the eight-nation Arctic Council.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are expected to flow to Canada's
North as a result of Tuesday's federal budget, with money promised for
projects ranging from much-needed public housing to a High Arctic
research station. ...
most agree on the need to preserve the Inuit way, native leaders and
government policy-makers have struggled to find practical solutions.
The 'right to be cold' is a problem that can't be solved by simply
cutting greenhouse gas emissions
Ed Struzik, Toronto Star, November 25, 2007
NORTHWESTERN HUDSON BAY–Marble Island looked like the back of a big,
white whale heaving in and out of view as the warm spring air bent the
last, frosty rays of sunlight over western Hudson Bay.
Gabriel Nirlungayuk, an Inuk wildlife expert, had resisted the
temptation to have us make the 15-kilometre sea-ice crossing to the
dazzling outcrop of white quartzite. With winters growing shorter, the
solid ice that traditionally dominates this seascape is no longer
reliable. Winds and tides keep the saltwater from completely freezing.
the vast sheet of year-round ice retreated from this part of the world
7,500 years ago, Hudson Bay has been fertile ground for Inuit hunters
living along the shores of Nunavut, northern Manitoba, Ontario and
Quebec. Seven months of snow and ice cover still keeps things cool
enough for polar bears, barren ground caribou, beluga whales and other
Arctic species to thrive.