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Politics

Federal government gives $8 million to fight food insecurity in Inuit Nunangat

The Canadian government announced Thursday that it is providing $8 million to help the four Inuit Land Claim Organizations–Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Makivik Corporation, Nunatsiavut Government and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation–address food insecurity in Inuit Nunangat. According to the press release »

Health, Indigenous

COVID-19 vaccines have reached 27% of adult Indigenous population: minister

Health authorities in Canada have distributed more than 83,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses in over 400 First Nations, Inuit and northern communities, reaching 27 per cent of the Indigenous adult population, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Wednesday. Speaking at a »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Politics

Arctic mine expansion protests spread throughout Nunavut

Protests by Indigenous activists in Canada’s Arctic territory of Nunavut against plans to expand production at the Mary River Mine have disrupted operations at one of the world’s richest and northernmost iron ore deposits, according to the company operating the »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

It’s ‘Time to Play’ at WAG as it unveils sculpture by Inuit artist

The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) has unveiled another monumental sculpture that will greet visitors at its Qaumajuq Inuit art centre once the world’s largest collection of Inuit art opens its doors later this year. The stone carving titled Time to »

Indigenous, Society

Canada promises to fund shelters for Inuit women

Indigenous women and children from Canada’s far north face violence at a rate 14 times greater than do other women in Canada, notes the federal government. And most do not have a safe place to shelter. So, the government has »

Society

Inuktitut text translation added to Microsoft translator software

Microsoft added a Inuktitut text translation to its translation software today. A press release from Microsoft said that the addition will allow users to translate any of more than 70 languages to or from Inuktitut, which is the primary dialect »

Health, Indigenous, Society

Canadian company to send PPE to northern Indigenous communities

The Canada Goose company plans to send 7,000 units of Canadian-made personal protective equipment to remote northern Inuit communities. Both reusable and disposable gowns will be shipped to frontline workers in Nunatsiavut, Nunavut and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. These are »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous

New Indigenous protected area created in the Canadian Arctic

The federal government is investing $1.43 million for the creation of a new Indigenous protected and conserved area in the Canadian Arctic in partnership with the Inuit community of Inukjuak in northern Quebec. The Arqvilliit Indigenous protected and conserved area »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous, Internet, Science & Technology

Traditional Inuit storytelling heard on new podcast

A rich collection of recorded interviews from Indigenous people in Canada’s north will be sampled on a new podcast from the public broadcaster, CBC. This will be the first CBC podcast to be in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

In Eastern Canada, Musique Nomade stands by Indigenous musicians

Since my first Safe&Sound column on throat singing, I meant to explore Canada’s Indigenous music scene. In Quebec, the most important stakeholder is undoubtedly Musique Nomade, a Montreal-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and producing up-and-coming Indigenous musicians.  Based on »