Highlights / Nunavut

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 »

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COVID-19 roundup: Norway’s reopening continues; census restarts in Alaska

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the population’s cooperation helped contain COVID-19 and has well-positioned the country to continue reopening of the economy. The U.S. Census Bureau says it will begin a phased-in re-start of its field operations in Alaska, »

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COVID-19: Northern Siberia residents flout lockdown; antibody testing in Sweden

“Calculate how many people you’ve had contact with over the past five days. Are you ready to forgive yourself if one of them does not survive a coronavirus infection? Was the reason you left home really worth it?” With COVID-19 »

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Arctic territory of Nunavut reports first COVID-19 case

The Coast Guard ship Des Groseilliers is seen near the arctic community of Pond Inlet, Nunavut August 23, 2014. Nunavut was the last jurisdiction remaining in Canada to have zero cases until Thursday, April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Chris Wattie. Read the article
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Health, Indigenous

Arctic territory of Nunavut reports first COVID-19 case

Canada’s Arctic territory of Nunavut has reported its first case of COVID-19 in the Inuit community of Pond Inlet, according to territorial Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson. Nunavut was the last jurisdiction remaining in Canada to have zero »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Canada History: Apr.1, 1999: Canada’s map redrawn with a new territory

The Inuit who comprise the vast majority of the approximately 39,000 residents of the eastern Arctic, had long been requesting authority over their region.  In 1976 Inuit groups had sought political control over the region as a way to settle »

Economy

Nunavut increases minimum wage, becomes highest in Canada

Nunavut is increasing its minimum wage from $13 to $16 an hour, according to an announcement on Thursday, from the territory’s Minister of Justice, Jeannie Ehaloak  The increase will go into effect on April 1.  “With this increase, Nunavut will »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Nunavut grapples with cyberattack on government computers

Technicians and security experts in Nunavut are continuing their efforts to restore digital order following a weekend ransomware cyberattack in the northern territory. All government services requiring access to electronic information stored on government computers were affected, but officials say »

Environment & Animal Life

Arctic butterflies get the spotlight in new children’s book

When most people think of Arctic nature, they usually think about ice and snow, seals and polar bears. But a new children’s book is throwing the spotlight on a lesser known part of the Arctic eco-system, namely, butterflies. A Children’s »

Politics

Trudeau gets glimpse of life in the Far North during tour of Arctic Bay

Sitting on a bed next to one of the oldest Inuit women in northern Nunavut, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heard and witnessed first-hand what life is like for the people of the Far North. The Canadian Press, first published on »