At UN, Inuit leader praises Canada for support of Indigenous declaration

Speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Tuesday, Okalik Eegeesiak, the president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, heaped big praise on Canada for its “unequivocal” support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Higher speed internet is coming Nunavut

Major infrastructure projects in coming years promise to change the Arctic into a “bandwidth fertile” region, an industry executive said.

New Iqaluit port aims for more sealift efficiency, safety

Plans for a deep-sea port in Iqaluit by the year 2021 promise to eliminate what amounts to a summer-long D-Day-like supply operation on Iqaluit’s beachfront, otherwise known as the sealift, during the brief ice-free period between June and October.

Nunavik teacher wins $1 million Global Teacher prize

A Salluit teacher, Maggie MacDonnell, has won a $1 million award—the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize for 2017—with which she plans to start an organization to promote environmental stewardship among Inuit youth.

Exercise NOREX 2017 gets underway in Nunavut’s High Arctic

Military activity again comes to the High Arctic islands of Nunavut as more than 180 soldiers, including Canadian Rangers, participate in the 2017 version of NOREX, short for northern exercise, over the next two weeks.

Nunavut language laws to be fully in force by July 9, minister says

Sections of Nunavut’s Inuit Language Protection Act and the Official Languages Act that enforce the use of Inuktut in the private sector will come into force on July 9 this year, the territory’s minister of languages, George Kuksuk, recently announced in the legislative assembly.

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