Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Inuit educational leaders earn master degrees from UPEI

Inuit educational leaders earn master degrees from UPEI

Charlottetown, The Guardian - Charlottetown,Prince Edward Island,Canada

Twenty-one Inuit educational leaders from across Nunavut will graduate with a Master of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island on Canada Day during a special convocation in Iqaluit.
The Master of Education in Leadership in Learning is the first graduate degree program to be offered in Nunavut. 

Most of the graduates are mature students who are already working as educators in their communities. They studied part-time over three years through face-to-face courses in Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet combined with online learning. 

The specially tailored curriculum balanced western and Inuit knowledge of education and educational leadership. It was developed and delivered through a unique partnership between the University of Prince Edward Island, Nunavut Department of Education, Nunavut Arctic College and St. Francis Xavier University.

"This is a great achievement for UPEI and our faculty of education, in combination with the community in Nunavut, to offer this remarkable program," says UPEI president Wade MacLauchlan. 

"The greatest credit goes to the 21 graduates and to the faculty who have pioneered in the program and made a success of it."

MacLauchlan and the UPEI chancellor will take part in the Canada Day convocation, along with representatives of the UPEI faculty of education.

During the ceremony, Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak and Education Minister Louis Tapardjuk will join chancellor Bill Andrew in presenting honorary degrees to two respected elders, Mariano Aupilardjuk and Meeka Arnaquq. 

Mariano Aupilardjuk is a philosopher, artist, drum dancer, songwriter, cultural worker and activist who lives in Rankin Inlet. Meeka Arnaquq is well known for her innovative development of healing circles.
The UPEI Master of Education in Leadership in Learning will be re-offered in Nunavut in 2010.



Monday, 29 June 2009

Greenland bird nest oldest on planet

Greenland bird nest oldest on planet
IceNews - Reykjavik,Iceland
But these experts believe that climate change may soon drive them away because the gyrfalcon only lives circumpolar to the Arctic Circle, according the BBC ...

Young journalists aged 18-28 asked to enter Earth Journalism Awards Competition - MTV Positive Change Competition

Young journalists invited to enter Earth Journalism Awards Competition

Young and inspired writers, bloggers, journalists, musicians, and others who have a story to tell about climate change are invited to enter the Earth Journalism Awards Competition. Internews has created the MTV Positive Change award for youth aged 18-28. Submissions may be made in any format or mix of formats, including video, audio, photography, script, or music, and should express how society is adapting, or needs to adapt, to the threat of climate change. Entries will be accepted until September 7, 2009.

Internews' Earth Journalism Awards Competition is designed to promote high quality, local coverage of climate change, leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, December 7-18, 2009, in Copenhagen (COP15). At COP15, nations of the world are scheduled to conclude negotiations on the future of the Kyoto Protocol. Award winners will be honoured at a high-profile awards ceremony at COP15 and will get the opportunity to cover the negotiations.

-For more information on the MTV Positive Change award, go to:

-For more information on other Earth Journalism Awards categories, go to:


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North American Tungsten to suspend production at CanTung

North American Tungsten to suspend production at CanTung
By Buzz on the Boards
North American Tungsten Corporation (TSX: V.NTC, Stock Forum) announced
Monday that it will temporarily suspend production at its CanTung tungsten
mine in the Northwest Territories, effective October 15. ...


The move comes as a result of increased product inventory and declining
tungsten prices, says the company.

"The mine will be placed on a care and maintenance program that will
enable a timely and cost effective return to production when market
conditions improve," says North American Tungsten, which adds that it will
continue to sell product from inventory and will have sufficient material
to satisfy all contractual sales obligations.

"I expect that a tungsten supply shortfall will develop as the world
economy improves. We fully intend to pursue plans to return the mine to
full operations after markets have significantly firmed," says Stephen
Leahy, the company's chairman and CEO.

The company says it will continue with its planned summer exploration
drilling program at both the CanTung Mine and the MacTung Deposit, with
the majority of funds spent on the MacTung Deposit.

In a post on the company's Bullboard early Monday morning, brennan said:
"The employees at the Cantung Mine received written notice over the
weekend that the mine will be shutting down effective Oct 21/09. Will be
interesting to see if they halt the stock before Monday's open[sic]."

Shares of North American Tungsten were down more than 21% to 12.5 cents

ISBN: 978-2-35536-025-1 - Edouard Weetaltuk, of Nunavik: E9-422: Un Inuit de la tondre a la guerre de Coree

From: Thibault Martin [Thibault.Martin@uqo.ca]
New Publication/Nouvelle Publication: 
Eddy Weetaltuk. E9-422: un Inuit de la toundra à la guerre de Corée. Paris: Carnets Nord, 2009. ISBN: 978-2-35536-025-1
Au début des années 1970, Eddy Weetaltuk, de retour au Nunavik après avoir passés 15 ans dans l'armée canadienne, décide d'écrire le récit de ses « aventures à travers le vaste monde ». En quelques mois, il rédige un manuscrit de près de 200 pages qu'il fait parvenir à un éditeur espérant que celui-ci en fera, selon ses propres mots, le premier « best seller inuit ». Malheureusement, le texte ne fut jamais publié. Ce n'est qu'aujourd'hui, 35 ans plus tard, que le livre voit enfin le jour. Le texte que nous livre Eddy Weetaltuk dépasse largement le simple exercice autobiographique. Il s'agit d'une véritable création littéraire qui combine réflexion sur l'amour, le désir, la violence, la découverte des autres; le tout dans un style qui mixe humour, situations dramatiques, cocasses ou provocantes.
Voir en dossier attaché le premier et quatrième de couverture.

[ Text from the PDF file

« Moi, E9-422, Edouard Weetaltuk, je suis né dans la neige alors que ma mère coupait du bois pour tenir sa famille au chaud. Mes parents avaient l'habitude de venir à Strutton Island chaque printemps pour chasser la baleine arctique. C'est à ce moment que je suis venu au monde. »

E pour Esquimau, 9 pour sa communauté, 422 pour le classement d'Eddy. 1932, dans le Grand Nord canadien : le jeune Inuit nous fait vivre la fin d'une époque.

Très jeune, il décide de quitter les siens. Cachant ses origines, se faisant passer pour un « Blanc », il s'engage dans l'armée canadienne sous une fausse identité au moment de la guerre de Corée.

Vingt ans plus tard, quand il aura repris son identité, il rejoindra son peuple et consacrera le reste de sa vie à lutter contre l'alcool et la drogue qui ravagent la jeunesse inuit.

« J'espère que mon histoire aidera les jeunes à trouver l'inspiration et la force de conserver leur culture, c'est la seule façon de ne pas perdre son âme. »

Un regard de l'intérieur, un appel prémonitoire qu'il faut entendre à l'heure ou le monde inuit est menacé de toutes parts.

Eddy Weetaltuk est décédé le 2 mars 2005 en terre inuit.

Plus d'information:
Thibault Martin
Université du Québec en Outaouais

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Call for Papers: Arctic Frontiers 2010, Tromso, Norway, 27-29 January 2010

From: Arntraut Götsch [arntraut.gotsch@akvaplan.niva.no]
Arctic Frontiers 2010 – First call for papers
The scientific conference of Arctic Frontiers 2010 (27-29 January 2010 in Tromsø, Norway) consists of three parallel sessions that will focus on the effects of ongoing climatic changes on sea-ice and marine biodiversity as well as social science and health research on economy, self-governance, and well-being in Arctic communities.
·        Session I: Ice and climate, including paleo climate
·        Session II: Sustainable communities in the High North
·        Session III: Marine biodiversity under change

We kindly invite the submission of oral and poster presentations on these topics.
DEADLINE for submission of abstracts: 19 October 2009.
For full details and instructions on submitting an abstract, please see the Arctic Frontiers homepage: www.arcticfrontiers.com 
With best regards,
Arntraut Götsch
Conference Secretary

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Sunday, 28 June 2009

Whitehorse artist Mario Villeneuve to Act as Spokesperson for Visual Artists

Mario Villeneuve to Act as Spokesperson for Visual Artists / Ottawa, ON

For immediate release
Whitehorse artist Mario Villeneuve to act as spokesperson for visual artists in Canada
Ottawa, Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 - Whitehorse artist Mario Villeneuve was elected to be the spokesperson for visual artists in Canada at the Canadian Artists' Representation's (CARFAC) Annual General Meeting in St. John's last weekend. Villeneuve takes over from PEI artist Gerald Beaulieu, who was president of CARFAC since 2006.
"I am happy to take on this challenge," Villeneuve said, "I hope that in the next few years we can improve the situation of visual artists - the majority of whom currently live below the poverty line despite the contributions we make to the economy and the social fabric of Canada."
Other new faces include Toronto-based video artist Deirdre Logue as Vice-President of CARFAC and Chair of the Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective (CARCC). Saskatoon artist Grant McConnell joins the board as a member at large.
CARFAC is guided by a board made up of regional representatives, and several members at large. The time commitment donated by these artists during their terms constitutes a substantial contribution to CARFAC as a national organization.
Mario Villeneuve:
Mario Villeneuve is an artist, curator and art educator based in Whitehorse, Yukon. Originally from eastern Ontario, he studied photography at the University of Ottawa. His practice is inspired by the history of photography and its processes. The call of the North beckoned ten years ago and since then he has been active in the Yukon's vibrant artistic community. Mario is one of the founders of Studio 204, an artist run collective in Whitehorse. His interest in joining CARFAC was guided by the need to bridge the gap between the North and southern Canada, and to advocate for northern artists in relation to professional development, isolation and misconceptions of the northern art practice. Being a francophone artist living in the northwest corner of the country gives him a perspective that can offer new insight.
A full list of board members and regional representatives is available on CARFAC's website at
The Canadian Artists' Representation / le front des artists canadiens is the national association of Canada's professional visual and media artists. CARFAC defends artists' socio-economic and legal rights through advocacy and professional development and produces a schedule of artists' fees that is widely recognized as the national standard. The Status of the Artist Act empowers CARFAC to negotiate with national organizations on behalf of all visual artists in Canada.

Yellowknife Online A Community Blog for Yellowknife…


"... YkOnline is a blog/site about all things Yellowknife. In short it has
reviews, opinions, interviews, rants, photos, news, events, and more. The
aim of this site is to provide you, the reader with interesting
articles/posts about this great northern town we live in. Granted not all
the articles will be positive but the idea is to get opinions out there
for discussion.

The man behind this site would be me, Kyle. This is the third blog of my
own I run. One day I was drifting threw my old posts on my personal blog
and realized that Yellowknife was a hot topic on my mind. Always thinking
of different ventures to try, a day later YkOnline ca was born. It has
been my fastest growing website and being one of Yellowknife's Social
Media Gurus I couldn't be more happy to see the interest the site is

But I cannot do this alone! The aim of the site is to have a post/article
published once a day but there is no way I can do that by myself. This is
where you come in. If you have something to say about Yellowknife, a
review, a picture post, an opinion, an interview, a events you covered,
etc. Go to the Contact page and send me an e-mail and I will get in
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be a contributor to the site we can talk about making you an official
author on the site with your own profile...."

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Panorama of Yellowknife's Old Town and Houseboats

Entering the panorama allows you to navigate and zoom into the image.

See http://www.northernfrontier.com/10_Explore/Yellowknife.html for more information about Yellowknife,

Airbus A380 Taking off in the Arctic

This Airbus A380 was in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada in February 2007 for cold weather testing. Many planes undergo cold weather testing out of iqaluit.

"Skidoo" Race in Arviat,NU. April 21 2002

June 27 Yellowknife Stories from NNSL.COM

Consider penalties on developer: Wind
Northern News Services (subscription) - Yellowknife,Northwest
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - City councillor David Wind asked city
administration to consider levelling penalties against any potential
developers of the parcel ...

Human remains identified: coroner
Northern News Services (subscription) - Yellowknife,Northwest
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Human remains found in the Con Mine area in April
are those of Philip McNeil, a 25-year-old Yellowknife man who went missing
last ...

Daughter of famed educator pays a visit
Northern News Services (subscription) - Yellowknife,Northwest
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Among the people returning for Yellowknife's 75th
anniversary was a woman who was raised by the town's most famous educator

Olympic ice pad to be named after Ed Jeske
Northern News Services (subscription) - Yellowknife,Northwest
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Sitting in his chair at his home in Aven Court,
Yellowknife hockey legend Ed Jeske remembered a story about one young kid
he coached ...

Elks offer $560000 towards fieldhouse
Northern News Services (subscription) - Yellowknife,Northwest
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Yellowknife's Elks Lodge is offering the city
$560000 toward construction of the city's $17-million sports fieldhouse but
there's a ...

A brief history of Yk sewage
Northern News Services (subscription) - Yellowknife,Northwest
In keeping with Yellowknife's 75 anniversary celebrations, I thought I
would tell a few tales about Yellowknife's early days. In a few short years
from 1934 ...

Thumbs-up for golf club washrooms
Northern News Services (subscription) - Yellowknife,Northwest
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Washrooms at the Yellowknife Golf Club scored a
hole in one this week after a group calling itself the Powder Room ranked
them the ...

Preliminary hearing set for inquiry
Northern News Services (subscription) - Yellowknife,Northwest
A public preliminary hearing to be held in Yellowknife on July 16 will
determine the format of Premier Floyd Roland's conflict of interest
inquiry. ...

Giant Con's giant video
Northern News Services (subscription) - Yellowknife,Northwest
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - When filmmaker Jay Bulckaert signed on to make
local band Giant Con's music video, he had planned for a simple afternoon
shoot – but ...

Wild Women for 75 years
Northern News Services (subscription) - Yellowknife,Northwest
While the first settlers in Yellowknife were working in the mines, women
were organizing fundraising events which helped build the community from
scratch. ...

Friday, 26 June 2009

VOLCANIC SUNSET: On June 22nd, photographer Brian Whittaker was flying 35,000 feet above Nunavut, Canada,

VOLCANIC SUNSET: On June 22nd, photographer Brian Whittaker http://www.brianwhittaker.com/ was flying 35,000 feet above Nunavut, Canada, when he witnessed "the most spectacular sunset that I have ever seen," he says. "The giant volcanic cloud from Russia's Sarychev Peak [see below] was illuminated by the arctic sun--and this completely transformed the landscape. For a moment, I thought I was on Mars."

What's up in Space
June 26, 2009



VOLCANIC PLUME: An enormous plume of sulfur dioxide (SO2) blasted into the stratosphere by Russia's Sarychev Peak volcano on June 12th is circumnavigating the globe at northern latitudes. Check out this movie made by the GOME-2 sensor onboard Europe's MetOp-A satellite. SO2 is drifting across the North Atlantic and appears poised to reach Europe over the next 48 hours. Sky watchers there should be alert for volcanic sunsets.

VOLCANIC SUNSET: On June 22nd, photographer Brian Whittaker was flying 35,000 feet above Nunavut, Canada, when he witnessed "the most spectacular sunset that I have ever seen," he says. "The giant volcanic cloud from Russia's Sarychev Peak [see below] was illuminated by the arctic sun--and this completely transformed the landscape. For a moment, I thought I was on Mars."

This was the view from the window seat:

"All the curtains were drawn so that people could sleep which is very normal," notes Whittaker. "It is possible that very few people have seen this despite all the potential observers!"

Whittaker's airplane traveled all the way from British Columbia to Europe, so he got a good long look at the cloud. "It stretched for more than 4,000 kilometers. Will it reach Europe?" he wonders. Stay tuned for updates.

more images: #1, #2, #3, #4




When she arrived in Yellowknife the hospital had burned down....

"...When she arrived in Yellowknife the hospital had burned down, so for a
year the Elks Hall was turned into the hospital.

The bar was the lab. The pool room became the delivery room. The stage was
the nursing station. The RCMP posts and DEW-Line stations became the staff
meeting sites.

"It really prepared me for just about anything in life. You can do a lot
with nothing. I learned that at an early age," Maureen says...."


Suit exposes scarce service for 911 in North

Suit exposes scarce service for 911 in North
National Post - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
A Yellowknife man and his son have been fighting Bell Canada for more than
a year in a lawsuit accusing the telephone giant of breaching a contract by

'A Safety Issue'

Megan O'Toole, National Post Published: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Next Inuk Senator… by Mary Simon

President's Blog
The Next Inuk Senator…
Submitted by Mary Simon on Thursday, June 25, 2009


On June 22nd 2009, Senator Willie Adams officially retired as the Senator
for Nunavut. By August, when Prime Minister Harper is expected to fill
Senate vacancies, there will be nine empty seats. There is speculation
that Mr. Harper may choose to appoint new Senators along party lines to
bolster support in that chamber for his government's agenda. That is how
it's done in Ottawa, in partisan politics.

The history of politics in the Arctic is a non-partisan one. Our
Legislative Assemblies operate on a consensus basis as opposed to an
adversarial one, and when our people go to the polls there are no party
affiliations found on the ballot.

If you were to walk into the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut you would see
a row of chairs immediately behind the Members seats, only one step above
floor level. These seats are specifically reserved for elders, in all
things, including government, Inuit value the advice of our elders.

If Mr. Harper were to ask me for my advice on the appointment of a Senator
for Nunavut to replace Mr. Adams I would make two suggestions:

1. Look to how Inuit choose to govern ourselves, and
2. Appoint a non-partisan Inuk

There are a great many issues facing the Arctic - housing, education,
language, health care, and mental wellness, to name but a few. And it is
my firm belief that the government of Canada needs the advice, counsel,
and perspective, of an Inuk from Nunavut to help adequately address them.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Yellowknife once again paying the highest price for gas in Canada

Gas prices up in most Canadian markets.
Canada.com - Don Mills,Ontario,Canada
People in Yellowknife were once again paying the highest price for gas, at
$1.217 a litre, up 3.5 cents from last week. Edmonton had the lowest price,

N.B. filmmaker wins Commonwealth Vision Award for short film about Arctic life in the Arctic community of Kangiksujuaq, Nunavik.

Papikatuk from Hemmings House on Vimeo.

More information on this story from CBC here

"So it was a really neat story about a young, eight-year-old Inuit boy, hanging out with his grandfather — his grandfather teaching him the ways of Inuit life, and his grandfather also a little bit nervous about teaching him the right things about the future because everything is changing so quickly in the Arctic," Hemmings told CBC News.


NWT seeks 'level playing field' for Mackenzie project

NWT seeks 'level playing field' for Mackenzie project
Calgary Herald - AB, Canada
... southern markets ahead of Alaska's North Slope supply should be a
priority to the federal government, the Northwest Territories'Bob McLeod
said Monday. ...

New chairman appointed to Inuit Circumpolar Council

New chairman appointed to Inuit Circumpolar Council
The Inuit Circumpolar Council has appointed James Stotts as its new
chairman, signalling a change in leadership within the international Inuit

Nunavut Association of Municipalities struggles to survive

Nunavut Association of Municipalities struggles to survive
CBC.ca - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
The Nunavut Association of Municipalities is struggling to regain its
footing due to a lack of staff and some financial reporting issues,
prompting the ...

Environmental bills before US Congress could boost Mackenzie pipeline

Environmental bills before US Congress could boost Mackenzie pipeline
The Canadian Press
... for legislators in Washington, said Northwest Territories Industry
Minister Bob McLeod, in the US capital for meetings on the $16-billion
proposal. ...


"...Low-carbon fuel initiatives being considered in the U.S. Congress have
become a new way to keep the much-delayed project on the radar for
legislators in Washington, said Northwest Territories Industry Minister
Bob McLeod, in the U.S. capital for meetings on the $16-billion proposal.

"We've been promoting Arctic natural gas as an environmentally friendly
low-carbon fuel that could replace other higher-carbon content fuels,"
McLeod said Wednesday. "When this low-carbon economy initiative goes
ahead, there'll be a spike in the demand for natural gas as a result."

Some environmental organizations in Canada testified at regulatory
hearings in 2006 that Arctic gas shouldn't be used because it would just
bring more fossil fuels on stream.

But with natural gas producing fewer carbon dioxide emissions than other
fuels such as oil or coal, McLeod said American officials are telling him
the United States will soon need all it can get.

"There appears to be a shift to a low-carbon economy, which will
re-emphasize the importance of natural gas," he said.

Still, McLeod acknowledged the Mackenzie project is increasingly
challenged by enormous deposits of natural gas in American shale beds,
which have become profitable to produce...."

Gov't not worried over new Atcon contract dispute

Gov't not worried over new Atcon contract dispute
Miramichi Leader - Miramichi,New Brunswick,Canada
It emerged last week the dispute over payment, between Atcon and the Deh
Cho Bridge Corporation in the Northwest Territories, had halted work on in
the ...

FREDERICTON - Business New Brunswick is "assured" the contract dispute
between Atcon and the company building a $165-million bridge in the far
north is being resolved, a spokesman said Monday.

"It's certainly not uncommon, I would say, that this type of a dispute was
to arise in a project of this magnitude," Ryan Donaghy said, although he
added the government only became aware of the dispute late last week.

It emerged last week the dispute over payment, between Atcon and the Deh
Cho Bridge Corporation in the Northwest Territories, had halted work on in
the massive bridge being built over the MacKenzie River, on which Atcon is
a subcontractor. Donaghy said Business New Brunswick, which recently
agreed to three loan guarantees worth $50 million for Atcon, was made
aware of the work stoppage only on Thursday.

He said the public-private partnership agreement signed to build the
bridge included "very clear" ways to resolve disputes between the Deh Cho
Bridge Corporation and its contractors.

"They're working through that process now," he said. "In the end, this is
an issue between the contractor and their client, and we're assured that
it's being resolved."

However, when asked if the company's government loan guarantee would be
affected if the dispute isn't resolved, he stressed the loan was only
agreed to "in principle" at this point.

"There is no actual formal agreement, we're working on that right now," he
said. "Certainly we do have a close eye on this, but it is our
understanding that things are being resolved."

Other conditions for the loan guarantee state Atcon has to provide a
creditors' list to the province...."

"...Earl Blacklock, a spokesman for the Transportation Department in the
Northwest Territories said the dispute arose sometime in the last couple
of weeks.

He said the territorial government's role is mainly to provide
"assistance" in the bridge company's relationship with its various
lenders, leaving the company to take the lead in the event of contract

"We meet with the lenders to ensure that they are kept up to what they
require for information," he said. "Because we're the guarantor of the

In a statement released yesterday, opposition leader David Alward said it
was troubling how work on the bridge stopped shortly before the loan
guarantee was announced.

"The government should have done due diligence and ensured this company
was a good investment for our tax payers' money," he said. "We need to be
assured that this company and government can be trusted with such an
outstanding amount."..."

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Yellowknife Blog: Life in the Knife


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Statistics Canada: Population down in NWT for a fifth quarter in a row. Nunavut up

The Northwest Territories posted a population loss for a fifth quarter in a row.

Table 2 Quarterly demographic estimates                               % change
                               January 1, 2009     April 1, 2009  January 1 to April 1, 2009
Northwest Territories 42,940                    42,840                        -0.23
Nunavut                   31,556                    31,762                         0.65

Canada's population keeps growing

Up to 33,592,700 -- up 88,000 in 3 months

In the first three months of 2009, Canada's population grew at a rate not seen since the first quarter of 2001, rising in all provinces and territories during the first quarter, except for Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories.

Photograph by: Ashley Fraser, Ottawa Citizen


OTTAWA — In the first three months of 2009, Canada's population grew at a rate not seen since the first quarter of 2001, according to Statistics Canada.

As of April 1, 2009, Canada's population was 33,592,700, up 88,000 from the start of the year, a growth rate of 0.26 per cent.

Statistics Canada attributes the rise not due to immigration, which actually fell from the 2008 numbers, but to a rise in the number of non-permanent residents in most provinces and territories. This segment of the population increased by 23,800, compared to an increase of 15,600 in the same quarter of 2008. Statistics Canada defines a non-permanent resident as a person living in Canada on a work or study permit, or a person claiming refugee status.

The population rose in all provinces and territories during the first quarter, except for Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories.

Meanwhile, the western provinces continued to outpace the national average, led by Alberta which saw a growth rate of 0.59 per cent.

Canada's largest province, Ontario, estimated at over 13 million people, had a growth rate lower than the national average, at only 0.21 per cent. Inter-provincial migration, which helped keep the western provinces growing, was also the reason for Ontario's lower growth rate.

The number of immigrants to Canada in the first quarter, while lower than in 2008, totalled just over 50,000. Ontario remains the number one destination for new arrivals, with 42 per cent of them settling in the province.

Botany Super Team to Pursue Research in Western Arctic by Canoe

Botany Super Team to Pursue Research in Western Arctic by Canoe
PR-USA.net (press release) - Varna,Bulgaria
A team of botanists from the Canadian Museum of Nature is heading to the
northeastern Northwest Territories in late June to study and collect plants
in an ...

in an area of the western Arctic that historically has been difficult to access.

For 24 days, Drs. Lynn Gillespie, Laurie Consaul, and Jeff Saarela, along with their research assistant Roger Bull, will rely upon canoes as their only transportation down the Hornaday River in Tuktut Nogait National Park. Guides from Parks Canada will accompany them through this remote, pristine part of Canada where the scenery is exquisite and the mosquitoes are relentless.

They are aiming to build a botanical record of an area practically unrepresented in the Museum's collections. The western Arctic is poorly explored botanically. In its close to 100-year history of collecting in the Arctic, the Canadian Museum of Nature has a larger inventory of plants from the eastern Arctic than from the west.

Already used to roughing it together, the team conducted fieldwork for four weeks in July 2008 on Victoria Island, which is bisected by the NWT-Nunavut border. There they collected over 1,100 specimens and some 202 species of plants. They are still analyzing the findings but have already discovered two species that are new to Canada, including a type of Arctic poppy, Papaver hultenii. They also found some rare species that have a larger distribution than previously thought.

Of particular interest to the researchers will be any evidence of plant migration northward due to the warming effects of climate change.

Schedule: The team will arrive in Inuvik, NWT on June 24 and will be available for interviews on June 25. From June 26 to July 20, they will be conducting research along the Hornaday. Three of the four will be back in Inuvik on July 29-30 (Saarela leaves on July 21), and will return to Ottawa on July 31.

Yellowknife, NWT July 11-16: International Congress on Circumpolar Health,

14th International Congress on Circumpolar Health » Blog Archive ...
The completed DRAFT programme for the 14th International Congress for
Circumpolar Health is now posted on the congress website It looks like an
exciting ...

The Congress was last held in Canada in 1990, while Yellowknife hosted the third Congress in 1974.

About the International Congress on Circumpolar Health

Seven hundred and fifty health professionals, researchers, and indigenous representatives from Canada, Greenland, Denmark, USA, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and other countries interested in circumpolar health, are expected to gather in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada on July 11-16, 2009, to share health related research findings and program successes that will improve the quality of life for those living in circumpolar regions.


Diavik Kimberlite Carved into Polar Bear Art Piece by Joe Jaw Ashoona

Diavik Kimberlite Carved into Polar Bear Art Piece
www.DiamondNe.ws - London,UK
A uniquely northern piece of art carved by fourth generation Inuit artist
and Yellowknife resident Joe Jaw Ashoona was presented during the award of
the ...

Monday, 22 June 2009

WHO senior official declares H1N1 flu cases in Nunavut "...cause for concern...."


"...The sharp spike of outbreaks in the predominantly Inuit territories drew alarm from the World Health Organization last week. W HO senior official Keiji Fukuda announced that disproportionate numbers of serious cases in Nunavut and northern Manitoba communities was cause for concern.

Fukuda warned that past pandemics had hit Inuit populations "very severely."

Nunavut's chief medical officer Dr. Isaac Sobol downplayed WHO's report, saying he didn't see a disproportionate number of serious cases in Inuit communities, even as confirmed cases in Nunavut doubled from 25 to 53.

The next day the number of confirmed cases jumped to 96. The number has since risen to 204, and the Nunavut Health Department has reported that outbreaks are spreading to communities throughout the entire region...."

"...The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, another A/H1N1 swine flu, devastated not only Inuit communities in Canada and Alaska, but other North American indigenous communities as well, and caused extremely high mortality rates among indigenous peoples.

WHO's Fukuda said any speculation as to causes such as genetic, environmental or due to underlying diseases is premature...."

"...There is some fear now that the virus may travel throughout Canada's Indian country and still be active when a possible second and third wave of H1N1 hits this fall and winter...."

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Contract dispute stalls work on NWT bridge project

Contract dispute stalls work on NWT bridge project
CBC.ca - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Construction has stopped on the Deh Cho Bridge in the Northwest
Territories, due to a contract dispute between the corporation handling the
project and the ...

Nunavut on PubMed Central (Interestingly, Note several stories by former NNSL Reporter Natalie Dunleavy)


Hospital admission rates for lower respiratory tract infections in infants in the Northwest Territories and the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut between 2000 and 2004
Michael Young, Kami Kandola, Ryan Mitchell, and Anthony Leamon
Paediatr Child Health. 2007 September; 12(7): 563–566.
PMCID: PMC2528776

HTLV-1 virus detected in Nunavut
Barbara Sibbald
CMAJ. 2006 January 17; 174(2): 150–151. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.051581.
PMCID: PMC1329445
Indoor air quality and the risk of lower respiratory tract infections in young Canadian Inuit children
Thomas Kovesi, Nicolas L. Gilbert, Corinne Stocco, Don Fugler, Robert E. Dales, Mireille Guay, and J. David Miller
CMAJ. 2007 July 17; 177(2): 155–160. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.061574.
PMCID: PMC1913116
Teaching Case Report: Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1-associated adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma in the Inuit people of Nunavut
Simone Fahim, Robert Prokopetz, Robert Jackson, Carolyn Faught, Anne E. McCarthy, Anton Andonov, Michael Coulthart, Zohra Daw, Bernhard Olberg, Antonio Giulivi, and Ruth Padmore
CMAJ. 2006 September 12; 175(6): 579. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.060242.
PMCID: PMC1559419
Prevalence of asthma and risk factors for asthma-like symptoms in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in the northern territories of Canada
Zhiwei Gao, Brian H Rowe, Carina Majaesic, Cindy O'Hara, and A Senthilselvan
Can Respir J. 2008 April; 15(3): 139–145.
PMCID: PMC2677938
Annotations: Interior spaces, northern places: Nunavut artist Annie Pootoogook's artwork is observational and narrative
J. Lynn Fraser
CMAJ. 2006 October 24; 175(9): 1100. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.061187.
PMCID: PMC1609154
Dispatches from the medical front: Qallunaat
Tom Kovesi
CMAJ. 2007 October 23; 177(9): 1018. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.071363.
PMCID: PMC2025623
Distinct Bacterial Communities Exist beneath a High Arctic Polythermal Glacier
Maya Bhatia, Martin Sharp, and Julia Foght
Appl Environ Microbiol. 2006 September; 72(9): 5838–5845. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00595-06.
PMCID: PMC1563615
Northern Medicine: Nunavut seeking yet another medical officer
Brad Mackay
CMAJ. 2004 January 6; 170(1): 27.
PMCID: PMC305302

Invasive Bacterial Diseases in Northern Canada
Naushaba Degani, Christine Navarro, Shelley L. Deeks, Marguerite Lovgren, and the Canadian International Circumpolar Surveillance Working Group
Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 January; 14(1): 34–40. doi: 10.3201/eid1401.061522.
PMCID: PMC2600163
Effect of Prenatal Exposure to Polychlorinated Biphenyls on Incidence of Acute Respiratory Infections in Preschool Inuit Children
Frédéric Dallaire, Éric Dewailly, Carole Vézina, Gina Muckle, Jean-Philippe Weber, Suzanne Bruneau, and Pierre Ayotte
Environ Health Perspect. 2006 August; 114(8): 1301–1305. Published online 2006 March 13. doi: 10.1289/ehp.8683.
PMCID: PMC1552004
Vitamin D–deficiency rickets among children in Canada
Leanne M. Ward, Isabelle Gaboury, Moyez Ladhani, and Stanley Zlotkin
CMAJ. 2007 July 17; 177(2): 161–166. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.061377.
PMCID: PMC1913133
Comparison of Microbial Community Compositions of Two Subglacial Environments Reveals a Possible Role for Microbes in Chemical Weathering Processes
Mark Skidmore, Suzanne P. Anderson, Martin Sharp, Julia Foght, and Brian D. Lanoil
Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 November; 71(11): 6986–6997. doi: 10.1128/AEM.71.11.6986-6997.2005.
PMCID: PMC1287656
Human Ophthalmomyiasis Interna Caused by Hypoderma tarandi, Northern Canada
Philippe R.S. Lagacé-Wiens, Ravi Dookeran, Stuart Skinner, Richard Leicht, Douglas D. Colwell, and Terry D. Galloway
Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 January; 14(1): 64–66. doi: 10.3201/eid1401.070163.
PMCID: PMC2600172
Global warming is changing the dynamics of Arctic host–parasite systems
S.J Kutz, E.P Hoberg, L Polley, and E.J Jenkins
Proc Biol Sci. 2005 December 22; 272(1581): 2571–2576. Published online 2005 October 4. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2005.3285.
PMCID: PMC1559981
Research: Respiratory tract infections in Inuit children: "Set thine house in order"
Pamela H. Orr
CMAJ. 2007 July 17; 177(2): 167–168. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.070811.
PMCID: PMC1913127
Canadian pediatric gastroenterology workforce: Current status, concerns and future projections
Véronique Morinville, Éric Drouin, Dominique Lévesque, Victor M Espinosa, and Kevan Jacobson
Can J Gastroenterol. 2007 October; 21(10): 653–664.
PMCID: PMC2658133
For the record
CMAJ. 2008 December 2; 179(12): 1258. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.081759.
PMCID: PMC2585133

Proposed cuts to sport and recreation could hinder health of northern communities
Natalie Dunleavy
CMAJ. 2008 April 22; 178(9): 1129. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.080361.
PMCID: PMC2292792
Helicobacter pylori infection in Canadian and related Arctic Aboriginal populations
Karen J Goodman, Kevan Jacobson, and Sander Veldhuyzen van Zanten
Can J Gastroenterol. 2008 March; 22(3): 289–295.
PMCID: PMC2662204
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Trends in the profile of the Canadian physician pool
Wayne Kondro
CMAJ. 2009 February 3; 180(3): 284. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.081959.
PMCID: PMC2630334
Epidemiology of Haemophilus influenzae Serotype a, North American Arctic, 2000–2005
Michael G. Bruce, Shelley L. Deeks, Tammy Zulz, Christine Navarro, Carolina Palacios, Cheryl Case, Colleen Hemsley, Tom Hennessy, Andre Corriveau, Bryce Larke, Isaac Sobel, Marguerite Lovgren, Carolynn DeByle, Raymond Tsang, Alan J. Parkinson, and the International Circumpolar Surveillance Hia Working Group
Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 January; 14(1): 48–55. doi: 10.3201/eid1401.070822.
PMCID: PMC2600153
Correlates of health and healthcare performance: applying the Canadian health indicators framework at the provincial-territorial level
OA Arah and GP Westert
BMC Health Serv Res. 2005; 5: 76. Published online 2005 December 1. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-5-76.
PMCID: PMC1325226
Health research and indigenous health
Chris Cunningham, Jeff Reading, and Sandra Eades
BMJ. 2003 August 23; 327(7412): 445–447. doi: 10.1136/bmj.327.7412.445.
PMCID: PMC188502
Canvassing the Canadian complaints landscape
Elizabeth Howell
CMAJ. 2008 January 1; 178(1): 14–16. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.071723.
PMCID: PMC2151104
Modelling the mating system of polar bears: a mechanistic approach to the Allee effect
Péter K Molnár, Andrew E Derocher, Mark A Lewis, and Mitchell K Taylor
Proc Biol Sci. 2008 January 22; 275(1631): 217–226. Published online 2007 November 21. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2007.1307.
PMCID: PMC2596188
Lower respiratory tract infections in Inuit infants on Baffin Island
Anna Banerji, Alison Bell, Elaine L. Mills, Jane McDonald, Kanta Subbarao, Greg Stark, Nicola Eynon, and Vivian G. Loo
CMAJ. 2001 June 26; 164(13): 1847–1850.
AMMI Canada–CACMID 2007 Annual Conference March 14 to 18, 2007: World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 2007 January; 18(1): 35–92.
PMCID: PMC2542894
Climate Change, Health, and Vulnerability in Canadian Northern Aboriginal Communities
Christopher Furgal and Jacinthe Seguin
Environ Health Perspect. 2006 December; 114(12): 1964–1970. Published online 2006 July 11. doi: 10.1289/ehp.8433.
PMCID: PMC1764172
Iqaluit has a special appeal, say Nunavut doctors
Barbara Kermode-Scott
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PMCID: PMC2328567

Health in the hinterland
CMAJ. 2003 March 18; 168(6): 661.
PMCID: PMC154895
G-protein β3 Subunit Gene Splice Variant and Body Fat Distribution in Nunavut Inuit
Robert A. Hegele, Carol Anderson, T. Kue Young, and Philip W. Connelly
Genome Res. 1999 October; 9(10): 972–977.
PMCID: PMC310817
Unexpectedly High Bacterial Diversity in Arctic Tundra Relative to Boreal Forest Soils, Revealed by Serial Analysis of Ribosomal Sequence Tags
Josh D. Neufeld and William W. Mohn
Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 October; 71(10): 5710–5718. doi: 10.1128/AEM.71.10.5710-5718.2005.
PMCID: PMC1266009
Alternative Requirements for Vestigial, Scalloped, and Dmef2 during Muscle Differentiation in Drosophila melanogaster
Hua Deng, Sarah C. Hughes, John B. Bell, and Andrew J. Simmonds
Mol Biol Cell. 2009 January 1; 20(1): 256–269. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E08-03-0288.
PMCID: PMC2613084
Risk of natural disturbances makes future contribution of Canada's forests to the global carbon cycle highly uncertain
Werner A. Kurz, Graham Stinson, Gregory J. Rampley, Caren C. Dymond, and Eric T. Neilson
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 February 5; 105(5): 1551–1555. Published online 2008 January 29. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0708133105.
PMCID: PMC2234182
Upside-down swimming behaviour of free-ranging narwhals
Rune Dietz, Ari D Shapiro, Mehdi Bakhtiari, Jack Orr, Peter L Tyack, Pierre Richard, Ida Grønborg Eskesen, and Greg Marshall
BMC Ecol. 2007; 7: 14. Published online 2007 November 19. doi: 10.1186/1472-6785-7-14.
PMCID: PMC2238733
A βPix–Pak2a signaling pathway regulates cerebral vascular stability in zebrafish
Jing Liu, Sherri D. Fraser, Patrick W. Faloon, Evvi Lynn Rollins, Johannes Vom Berg, Olivera Starovic-Subota, Angie L. Laliberte, Jau-Nian Chen, Fabrizio C. Serluca, and Sarah J. Childs
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 August 28; 104(35): 13990–13995. Published online 2007 June 15. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0700825104.
PMCID: PMC1955796
Acute actions and novel targets of matrix metalloproteinases in the heart and vasculature
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Br J Pharmacol. 2007 September; 152(2): 189–205. Published online 2007 June 25. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjp.0707344.
PMCID: PMC1978261
Effects of the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor L-NMMA on cerebrovascular and cardiovascular responses to hypoxia and hypercapnia in humans
Kojiro Ide, Matthew Worthley, Todd Anderson, and Marc J Poulin
J Physiol. 2007 October 1; 584(Pt 1): 321–332. Published online 2007 August 2. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2007.138206.
PMCID: PMC2277071

Skeletal and Cardiac Ryanodine Receptors Exhibit Different Responses to Ca2+ Overload and Luminal Ca2+
Huihui Kong, Ruiwu Wang, Wenqian Chen, Lin Zhang, Keyun Chen, Yakhin Shimoni, Henry J. Duff, and S. R. Wayne Chen
Biophys J. 2007 April 15; 92(8): 2757–2770. Published online 2007 January 26. doi: 10.1529/biophysj.106.100545.
PMCID: PMC1831700
Loss of luminal Ca2+ activation in the cardiac ryanodine receptor is associated with ventricular fibrillation and sudden death
Dawei Jiang, Wenqian Chen, Ruiwu Wang, Lin Zhang, and S. R. Wayne Chen
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 November 13; 104(46): 18309–18314. Published online 2007 November 1. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0706573104.
PMCID: PMC2084339
Adrenomedullin in the rostral ventrolateral medulla inhibits baroreflex control of heart rate: a role for protein kinase A
Yong Xu and Teresa L Krukoff
Br J Pharmacol. 2006 May; 148(1): 70–77. Published online 2006 February 27. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjp.0706698.
PMCID: PMC1617038
Matrix metalloproteinases contribute to endotoxin and interleukin-1β induced vascular dysfunction
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Br J Pharmacol. 2006 September; 149(1): 31–42. Published online 2006 July 31. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjp.0706823.
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Pulse: Trends in physician supply
Wayne Kondro
CMAJ. 2006 November 21; 175(11): 1362. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.061434.
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Peer Reviewed: Estimating Chronic Disease Deaths and Hospitalizations Due to Alcohol Use in Canada in 2002: Implications for Policy and Prevention Strategies
Jürgen Rehm, Norman Giesbrecht, Jayadeep Patra, and Michael Roerecke
Prev Chronic Dis. 2006 October; 3(4): A121. Published online 2006 September 15.
PMCID: PMC1779285
The Pore, not Cytoplasmic Domains, Underlies Inactivation in a Prokaryotic Sodium Channel
Evgeny Pavlov, Christopher Bladen, Robert Winkfein, Catherine Diao, Perry Dhaliwal, and Robert J. French
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Differential responses to CO2 and sympathetic stimulation in the cerebral and femoral circulations in humans
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J Physiol. 2005 July 15; 566(Pt 2): 613–624. Published online 2005 May 12. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2005.087320.
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Public Drug Plan Coverage for Children Across Canada: A Portrait of Too Many Colours
Wendy J Ungar and Maciej Witkos
Healthc Policy. 2005 September; 1(1): 100–122.
PMCID: PMC2585232
Triacylglycerol Hydrolase Is Localized to the Endoplasmic Reticulum by an Unusual Retrieval Sequence where It Participates in VLDL Assembly without Utilizing VLDL Lipids as Substrates
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Case report: Glycogen storage disease type III in Inuit children
Paul James A. Zimakas and Celia J. Rodd
CMAJ. 2005 February 1; 172(3): 355–358. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.1031589.
PMCID: PMC545759
Splenorenal reflex modulates renal blood flow in the rat
Shereen M Hamza and Susan Kaufman
J Physiol. 2004 July 1; 558(Pt 1): 277–282. Published online 2004 April 16. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2004.063362.
PMCID: PMC1664921
An audit tool for assessing the appropriateness of carotid endarterectomy
James Kennedy, Hude Quan, Thomas E Feasby, and William A Ghali
BMC Health Serv Res. 2004; 4: 17. Published online 2004 July 6. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-4-17.
PMCID: PMC481077
RyR2 mutations linked to ventricular tachycardia and sudden death reduce the threshold for store-overload-induced Ca2+ release (SOICR)
Dawei Jiang, Bailong Xiao, Dongmei Yang, Ruiwu Wang, Philip Choi, Lin Zhang, Heping Cheng, and S. R. Wayne Chen
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 August 31; 101(35): 13062–13067. Published online 2004 August 20. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0402388101.
PMCID: PMC516517
Proteinase-activated receptor-4: evaluation of tethered ligand-derived peptides as probes for receptor function and as inflammatory agonists in vivo
Morley D Hollenberg, Mahmoud Saifeddine, Sabrina Sandhu, Steeve Houle, and Nathalie Vergnolle
Br J Pharmacol. 2004 October; 143(4): 443–454. Published online 2004 October 5. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjp.0705946.
PMCID: PMC1575414
Routine immunization schedule: Update 2004
Department of Paediatrics, Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Can J Infect Dis. 2004 Jan–Feb; 15(1): 17–20.
PMCID: PMC2094923
Lettre ouverte à l'honorable Leona Aglukkaq, ministre de la Santé
Paul C. Hébert
CMAJ. 2009 avril 28; 180(9): E20. DOI : 10.1503/cmaj.090658.
PMCID: PMC2670922
Canadian family physicians' intentions to migrate: Associated factors
Alain Vanasse, Sarah Scott, Josiane Courteau, and Maria Gabriela Orzanco
Can Fam Physician. 2009 April; 55(4): 396–397.e6.
PMCID: PMC2669015
Pulse: Health of the nation: "I'm fine, eh"
Lynda Buske
CMAJ. 2003 August 5; 169(3): 224.
PMCID: PMC167135
Novel Interactions Identified between μ-Conotoxin and the Na+ Channel Domain I P-loop: Implications for Toxin-Pore Binding Geometry
Tian Xue, Irene L. Ennis, Kazuki Sato, Robert J. French, and Ronald A. Li
Biophys J. 2003 October; 85(4): 2299–2310.
PMCID: PMC1303455