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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 »

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 »

Environment & Animal Life

Bowhead whales beached in Arctic: victims of killer whales?

A group of Inuit hunters have come across the carcasses of four beached bowhead whales in the high Arctic. The group was hunting polar bears about 60 kilometres north of the Nunavut community of Kugaaruk when they came across the »

Health, Indigenous

Unwanted sexual behaviour in North echoes the rest of Canada: study

A survey from Statistics Canada has found that more than one-third of women (35%) in Canada’s northern territories–Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut–have been subjected to unwanted sexual behaviour in a public place–roughly double what it was for men (16%). »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous, International

‘New wave’ of Inuit throat singers reach the Canadian mainstream music scene

This week marks the beginning of this Safe&Sound music column dedicated to Canadian artists, and as we are celebrating on this coming Sunday, June 21, the National Indigenous Peoples Day, this first edition will be dedicated to a very special »

Society

Discontent and concern over RCMP behaviour grows in the North

Concern and dissatisfaction–and of late, more and more resistance–are being voiced about the RCMP’s conduct in Canada’s Far North. As the premier of the Northwest Territories was calling the issue of racism “huge,” in an interview with CBC News on »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Video of violent arrest in Nunavut sparks debate about policing in Canada

The violent arrest of an Inuk man in Nunavut, captured on video, has once again raised questions about policing in Canada’s north and relations between the country’s Indigenous communities, racial minorities and the national police force. The video of the »

Uncategorized

COVID-19 roundup: Finns not too mentally affected by virus; Svalbard opens up

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a smaller impact on the psychological health of the population than expected, according to findings from the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL). Tourism to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard from Norway will be »

Uncategorized

Inuit children play outdoors in Pond Inlet, Nunavut

File photo of children on the playground outside of the Ulaajuk elementary in Pond Inlet, where life is now returning to normal following a COVID-19 scare. (Kieran Oudshoorn/CBC). Read the article »

Health, Indigenous

Nunavut breathes easier following COVID-19 false alarm

When health authorities in Canada’s Arctic territory of Nunavut reported their first case of the coronavirus last week, in the Inuit community of Pond Inlet a hamlet of about 1,600 on the northern tip of Baffin Island, it sent emotional »