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Jose Amaujaq Kusugak Scholarship Application Period Opens

April 03, 2017

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk announced today that the Jose Amaujaq Kusugak Scholarship 2017 application period is now open.

NTI will award two Inuit students each with a $5,000 scholarship to pursue studies at accredited post-secondary institutions in the areas of Inuit language and education. Students studying in other areas are eligible if they demonstrate a link between their field of study and the pursuit and promotion of Inuit rights.

“I remember the late Jose Kusugak’s passion and dedication to the preservation of Inuit rights through education and the protection of our language rights. By providing this scholarship to students every year, NTI is assisting Inuit with gaining the education needed to ensure that Inuktut language rights remain central throughout Nunavut,” said Kotierk.

Eligible post-secondary institutions include Nunavut Arctic College or academic institutions in southern Canada. An NTI jury reviews the applications and selects students based on their fields of study, written essay, and references.

NTI developed the scholarship in cooperation with Kusugak family to ensure the late Jose Kusugak’s legacy continues to inspire Inuit. Additional information and application forms are available on the NTI website. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is July 9, 2017.

For further information:

Kerry McCluskey
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel:(867) 975-4914


Airport approach lighting consultation – Iqaluit

03 April 2017

Public Service Announcement

Airport approach lighting consultation – Iqaluit
The Department of Economic Development and Transportation is holding a public consultation to discuss replacing the lighting system on the end of the runway at the Iqaluit International Airport.

The current system has reached the end of its lifespan, is difficult to maintain and does not meet existing standards.

The new plan involves improving the accessibility of the Iqaluit International Airport by extending the lighting structure into Koojeese Inlet on a breakwater made from rubble.

We want to hear from residents about these changes, especially if you’ll be boating in this area. Please join us and share your input on April 11, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Iqaluit Anglican Parish Hall.

For more information, please contact Sim Akpalialuk at 867-975-7772 or SAkpalialuk@GOV.NU.CA.


Media contact:

Matthew Bowler
Director, Policy, Planning and Communications
Department of Economic Development and Transportation


NWT Fur Surges at Season’s Largest Auction

YELLOWKNIFE (April 3, 2017) — This year’s biggest fur auction yielded strong results for Northwest Territories trappers as they will receive their largest payout in two years.

The annual Saga, American Legend and Fur Harvesters fur auction in Helsinki, Finland drew nearly half-a-million in sales for NWT wild furs sold under the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)-managed Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur (GMVF) brand — nearly doubling the total from 2016’s auction.

Marten — the NWT’s top-selling pelt— made up more than $430,000 of the take with a 76% year-over-year increase in the average price for the prized pelts.

This year’s auction included new buyers from the Asian and European markets engaged from the GNWT’s presentation of GMVF Furs at the China Fur and Leather Products Fair in Beijing in January.

As part of its mandate to promote economic diversity through strategic investments in traditional harvesting, the GNWT is committed to increasing exports by promoting NWT fur products to international markets.


“The fur trade is the heart of our territory’s cultural and economic history, it is also an important part of our shared future. We’re pleased to see the fur industry rebound for the benefit of trappers and their families.  We are committed to supporting and growing the international visibility of our Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur brand to grow and protect the economic and cultural returns we realize from our territory’s original economy.
– Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Quick facts

  • Total sales amounted to $499, 872.07
  • The average price for Marten was $113.35
  • The successful marketing of GMVF furs by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) is supported by a suite of workshops and programs delivered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, that provide training and financial stability and certainty for NWT trappers.
  • Traditional economy generates more than $2 million for the NWT economy annually.

Related links

Media contact
Drew Williams
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
1-867-767-9202 ext. 63039


MMIWG: Date to Apply for Standing Extended to April 18

Deadline for Standing Extended to April 18

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has extended the deadline to April 18 from April 10 for interested parties to apply for standing.

The application forms and instructions are available on the National Inquiry’s website, at under “Legal Notices and Documents.” There is also an opportunity for those parties seeking standing to apply for funding.

Applicants will receive written decisions from the Commissioners on whether their applications for standing and funding have been accepted and, if so, on what terms. Applications can be submitted by:

fax: 1-604-775-5009
mail: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Head Office, P.O. Box 500, Station A, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2N3.

For more information about standing, interested parties may call 1-604-775-9702.

Importantly, family members of missing or murdered Indigenous women, girls, two-spirited individuals, and survivors of violence who wish to share their experiences with the Commissioners do not have to apply for standing. There is no need for these individuals to apply for funding under the standing process, as their reasonable expenses for attending to give their testimony will be paid by the National Inquiry, in accordance with the guidelines established.

Families and survivors who would like to share their stories with the National Inquiry should send an email to or call toll free 1-844-348-4119.

For more information, please contact:

Christa Big Canoe, Commission Counsel or Susan Vella, Lead Counsel via Sue Montgomery 514-240-0368 or


NTI Board of Directors Rejects Bill

The Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) Board of Directors voted unanimously to call on the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut to reject Bill 37, the proposed legislation that contains amendments to the Government of Nunavut’s (GN) Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act. The NTI Board of Directors passed the resolution during their meeting in Arviat recently. NTI President Aluki Kotierk said the board was extremely concerned that the proposed amendments have gotten to this stage, and called for Bill 37 to be withdrawn.

Since 2016, through correspondence and submissions, NTI asked the GN to commit funding to undertake an Inuit Employment Plan and to begin an ambitious program of training Inuit educators. Instead of changing the legislation, what is needed is substantially increased funding and support for Inuit educator training and Inuktut language curriculum development.

“NTI has thoroughly reviewed Bill 37. It will dilute our Inuit right to Inuktut education. This is unacceptable. Nunavut was created so that our rights to learn in Inuktut would be recognized and protected,” said Kotierk. “The NTI Board of Directors calls on the Standing Committee to recommend withdrawal of Bill 37 at this time. Appropriate legislative changes could be reconsidered once the Inuit Employment Plan is developed with timelines and adequate funding. All elected leaders in this territory represent Inuit. Not one of us can stand by and watch as the government brings in laws that will reduce Inuit rights to Inuktut language of instruction, and Inuit control over education,” said Kotierk.


Circle tour offers Superior travel experience; splendours of Gichigami abound – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 3, 2017 

By Colin Perkel


TORONTO _ It might not have the must-do cachet of California’s Highway 101, of South Africa’s Garden Route or of the Rockies.

Yet a voyage around the world’s largest freshwater lake, the big sea they once called Gichigami, reveals a sublime and in-your-face spectacular natural wonderland unrivalled anywhere.

The 2,000-kilometre “Circle Tour,” done over multiple visits or for the more adventurous in one go, is to be savoured like one of the fine Group of Seven paintings the area north of Lake Superior inspired.

“It’s like every piece of shoreline is different and unique in some way,” says Dan Bevilacqua, executive director of Superior Country. “It goes for the communities as well.”

There are the Ontario city splendours of Sault Ste. Marie or Blues Fest in Thunder Bay. At its most westerly point, travel Bob Dylan Way through a charming Duluth, Minn., perched above the lake at the start of Highway 61, near the place from where the famed poet-singer hails.

In between, find out where a bear cub named Winnie-the-Pooh began his long journey to literary fame, check out the motel where renowned pianist Glenn Gould would get away from it all, or take in the striking monument where a cancer-stricken Terry Fox gave up his one-legged trans-Canada run.

Stop and admire the revamped main street of Terrace Bay, or on the south shore _ which the Americans call the north shore _ meander through picturesque Marquette or breeze past Christmas on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Mostly, however, it’s about a lake that splits its sparkling waters between Canada and the United States.

Indeed, as the largest of the Great Lakes, Superior offers seemingly boundless shoreline _ log-strewn beaches, gentle river mouths, pristine sunbathing sands, rock cliffs and waterfall trails _ all replete with oceanic vistas. In fact, it would be easy to confuse the greatest of the lakes for an ocean _ were it not for its glass-clear water that on serene summer days makes for a bracing, salt-free swim.

At other times, however, that water can turn ferocious _ with steely-grey waves two or three storeys high. Moodiness and power both awesome and breath-taking. Stop and look out over where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a November gale in 1975 just a few kilometres from safety _ a tragedy immortalized in song by Canadian singer-songwriting legend Gordon Lightfoot.

Getting a sense of scale is difficult. At its longest, Lake Superior stretches some 560 kilometres as the eagle flies, abutting one province and three states. By some counts, if you poured out its water, it would flood the entire continents of North and South America to a depth of 30 centimetres.

The shoreline of twists and turns that runs to about 2,780 kilometres offers stunning views and unsurpassed magnificence around most every corner _ not to mention stupendous motorcycling or driving territory for the enthusiast.

Everywhere there are surprises, some steeped in indigenous history that traces back as far as 10,000 years, such as the Ojibwa pictographs at Agawa Rock. There is the delight of Old Woman Bay, where river meets lake, or places whose very names are the lure: Rabbit Blanket Lake, Pinguisibi Falls or Kakabeka Falls, nicknamed Niagara of the North.

Hunt or fish. Walk or cycle innumerable trails. Camp out in well-equipped provincial or federal parks, or stop by at hotels, motels, inns or lodges along the way. But mostly, says Bevilacqua, stop and talk to the locals for their advice on what secret treasures their communities might offer.

“There’s lots of little hidden gems,” says Bevilacqua, whose Superior Country not-for-profit puts out a Circle Tour guide full of ideas. The guide can be picked up at tourist information spots or ordered online.

“The one thing that we strive to do is not make it an inexpensive journey, but to make it an experience that you want to do no matter what,” he says.

The route, he says, appeals to baby boomers, RVers and motorcycle enthusiasts, although increasing numbers of younger adventurers are discovering the excellent hiking or kayaking opportunities. Others prefer to do the circumnavigation by boat.

More and more, Bevilacqua says, there’s a move toward event-based travel, with people asking, “What’s happening here at this time?”

One answer, for example, might be the three-day Live from the Rock Folk Festival in Red Rock, Ont., south of Nipigon and its striking suspension bridge over the Nipissing River that joins east and west along the Trans-Canada Highway.

This year, Superior Country has revived a “passport” program for both lake and auto travellers. Visitors can collect stamps along the way and, ultimately, a certificate of completion if they get all the way around. It’s also an opportunity for the organization to gather intelligence on who exactly is doing the touring.

“It’s absolutely fascinating how many people are interested in doing the Circle Tour,” Bevilacqua says.


If You Go…

_ Plan stops, don’t rush and remember to carry a passport if crossing the border.

_ Check out the Circle Tour guide at

_ Get provincial park info at



Government of Canada supports bus purchase for Teslin Tlingit Council

March 31, 2017

Rural and northern communities have unique infrastructure needs. Remote locations, coupled with challenges in accessing quality digital connectivity and sources of energy and supplies, mean targeted investments are required to build strong communities.

Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell on behalf of the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi, Yukon Minister of Community Services John Streicker and Teslin Tlingit Council Nha Shade Heni (Chief) Richard Sidney announced funding today of $215,000 through the federal Gas Tax Fund to purchase a 28-seat passenger bus for the Teslin Tlingit Council.

This new bus will have an accessibility ramp, accommodate two wheelchairs and will replace the current aging bus. In June, Teslin Tlingit Council citizens, in particular elders and students, will enjoy an improved ride to events, appointments and various functions in Teslin and other communities.

The bus will help reduce the number of vehicles on the road and decrease air pollution. This will protect the sensitive northern environment, as many of the trips will be to Whitehorse, located 180 kilometres north of Teslin.


“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in infrastructure that supports cohesive and vibrant communities. Along with our territorial partners, we are proud to support projects like this that will provide those living and working in Yukon with greater opportunities and a better quality of life.”

–Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell on behalf of Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi

“In Yukon, the Gas Tax Fund is helping First Nations and municipalities build and enhance infrastructure that addresses their local needs. Access to this predictable funding supports effective community planning and investment in projects that support community development in the territory.”

–Yukon Minister of Community Services John Streicker

“The Teslin Tlingit Council prides itself on the services it offers its citizens. It is essential that we have safe transportation for our elders and our youth. This means of transportation is not only an efficient use of our resources but also reduces our carbon footprint.”

–Teslin Tlingit Council Nha Shade Heni (Chief) Richard Sidney
Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • To support public transit networks and service extensions, Budget 2017 proposed $20.1 billion over 11 years for provinces and territories.

Learn more:

Government of Canada’s $180 billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017
Federal infrastructure investments in Yukon
Gas Tax Fund


Brook Simpson
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Government of Canada

Bonnie Venton Ross
Communications, Community Services
Government of Yukon

Jade McGinty
Communications Coordinator
Teslin Tlingit Council
867-390-2532 ext. 306

Infrastructure Canada
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154


Budget 2017: Building a Strong Middle Class in Whitehorse

March 31, 2017 – Whitehorse, Yukon – Department of Finance Canada

Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government’s long-term plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. Canada is home to a well-educated and highly skilled workforce, but as the demands of the workplace change, so too must the education and skills that workers bring to their jobs. The changes in the economy—both here at home and around the world—present incredible opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Ginette Petitpas Taylor was in Whitehorse to highlight Budget 2017, Building a Strong Middle Class, the Government’s ambitious agenda to support middle class Canadians at every stage of their lives, transform our neighbourhoods and communities, and give every Canadian a real and fair chance at success.

Parliamentary Secretary Petitpas Taylor held a roundtable discussion at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on Budget 2017 infrastructure investments that will pay dividends for years to come: delivering clean, sustained economic growth; building stronger, more inclusive communities; and creating more good, middle class jobs for Canadians. She also highlighted the new National Housing Strategy, which will help build, renew and repair Canada’s stock of affordable housing and help ensure that Canadians have access to affordable housing that meets their needs.

Later this morning, Parliamentary Secretary Petitpas Taylor will speak with college representatives and academic leaders about how Budget 2017 will equip Canada’s workers with the skills and tools they need to succeed in a changing economy. Budget 2017 places Canada’s skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative economy. It makes smart investments to help adult workers retrain or upgrade their skills to adapt to changes in the new economy, and to help young people get the skills and work experience they need to start their careers.

Quick Facts

Budget 2017 support for Yukon includes:

  • Because rural and northern communities have unique infrastructure needs that require a more targeted approach, the Government will invest $2.0 billion over 11 years to support a broad range of infrastructure projects.
  • Investing $108 million over four years, starting in 2017–18, to renew and expand the Territorial Health Investment Fund. Of this amount, $25.6 million will be allocated to Yukon. This funding will support territorial efforts to innovate and transform their health care systems and ensure northerners have access to the health care they need.
  • As committed to in an offer by the Government of Canada, Budget 2017 proposes to invest $6 billion over 10 years for home care, and $5 billion over 10 years to support mental health initiatives in provinces and territories that have accepted this federal offer, including Yukon. Over the next 10 years, Yukon’s share of this funding represents an additional $11.4 million for the territory:
    • $6.2 million for better home care, including addressing critical home care infrastructure requirements; and
    • $5.2 million in support of mental health initiatives.
  • Improving access to primary care, mental health services, and home and palliative care, and providing greater support for maternal and child health for First Nations and Inuit, through an investment of $828.2 million over five years.
  • Supporting trade and transportation corridor projects that will help Canadians get their products to markets across Canada and around the world, through an investment of $10.1 billion over 11 years.
  • More than $11.2 billion over 11 years for a National Housing Strategy to help ensure that Canadians have affordable housing that meets their needs. Of the total funding, $3.2 billion will be provided to provinces and territories to support key priorities for affordable housing.


“Building strong communities is part of our plan to create well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians, make our cities more dynamic and competitive, and drive economic growth. Budget 2017 continues our plan to strengthen the middle class—the heart of Canada’s economy.”

– Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Related Products

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Media may contact:

Marion Pilon-Cousineau
Office of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada

General enquiries

Phone: 613-369-3710
Facsimile: 613-369-4065
TTY: 613-369-3230


Six stories in the news today, April 3 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 3, 2017 4:59

Six stories in the news for Monday, April 3


Five seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs in five byelections today. Two of the seats are in Alberta, two are in Ontario and the fifth is in Montreal. The Alberta seats were held by the Conservatives while the others were held by the governing Liberals. All have been long-time strongholds for both parties.


Bombardier has further retreated on a hefty pay hike to six senior executives, announcing Sunday they will defer receiving payment on a sizeable chunk until a later time. Public anger over the roughly 50 per cent increase in compensation has mounted steadily in the past few days in light of the fact the transportation giant has received hundreds of millions of tax dollars.


Lawyers for a Saskatchewan man charged with second-degree murder in the death of an indigenous man get a chance to test the evidence against their client. A hearing to determine if there’s enough evidence for a trial for Gerald Stanley begins today. Stanley has pleaded not guilty to the charge laid in the killing of Colten Boushie. Boushie died last August after the vehicle he was in got a flat tire and he and another person went to a farm to get help.


An airline pilot who was so drunk he appeared to pass out in the cockpit before takeoff will be sentenced in Calgary today. Miroslav Gronych pleaded guilty last month to having care and control of an aircraft while he had a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit. Gronych was escorted off a Sunwing Airlines plane in Calgary on Dec. 31.


Sunday night’s Juno Awards show in Ottawa opened with a skit that had Prime Minister Trudeau phoning in a request for Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69.” And it closed with an all-star performance that included new Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Sarah McLachlan. In between there were poignant tributes to two of the year’s big winners, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie and the late Leonard Cohen.


For several years the severe medical issues suffered by a little boy named Daniel baffled his doctors at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Testing of his genome finally revealed a mutation never before seen. The rare defect has since been identified in about 20 other kids around the world. But most important to Daniel and his family is that his doctors now believe a bone-marrow transplant may, at long last, offer a cure.


North Arrow Updates Loki & LDG Diamond Projects, NWT

North Arrow Minerals Inc. (TSXV-NAR) is pleased to provide an update on its Loki and LDG Diamond Projects located in the Lac de Gras region of the Northwest Territories.

North Arrow’s 100% owned, 8,058 ha Loki Project is located south of Lac de Gras to the southwest of the Diavik and Ekati diamond mines.  The property consists of two claim blocks: Loki South and Loki East, with the latter claim group contiguous to properties hosting the diamondiferous Monument kimberlite cluster and the Company’s LDG joint venture property. Final results from till sampling programs conducted in 2016 have better defined a kimberlite indicator mineral (KIM) train interpreted to terminate in the Loki South area where several potential kimberlite targets have been identified. In the eastern part of the property, a review of geophysical and till sampling datasets has identified a number of priority targets immediately south and east of the Monument kimberlite cluster. Also of interest in the Loki East area is the diamondiferous EG05 kimberlite. This kimberlite was discovered in 1999 and drill tested by three holes all of which terminated in volcaniclastic kimberlite, with the deepest hole testing the body to a depth of 209m. North Arrow recently received an exploration drilling permit for Loki which allows the company to drill test these exploration targets as well as conduct additional drilling on EG05 to better define the kimberlite’s size and diamond potential. Planning is underway for ground geophysical surveys over selected priority targets during the spring of 2017 and, if warranted, exploration drilling.

North Arrow is also pleased to report that exploration has started at the 147,200 ha LDG Project located south of the Diavik Diamond Mine and immediately east of the Company’s Loki Project. The LDG Project is a joint venture between North Arrow and Dominion Diamond Corporation (TSX-DDC). Dominion is the project operator and has commenced a $2.8M exploration program consisting of ground and airborne geophysical surveys and exploration drilling. Current work is focused on ground geophysical surveys of priority targets in advance of drill testing later this spring. North Arrow has elected not to fund its proportionate share of the costs of the program and therefore expects its interest in the project to be diluted to approximately 31%. The decision to not fund its share of the 2017 LDG program will allow North Arrow to focus its exploration expenditures on its 100% owned Naujaat (formerly Qilalugaq), Mel, Loki, and Pikoo Projects while retaining a meaningful interest in the LDG joint venture.

Additions to Advisory Committee

North Arrow also reports that William Lamb has resigned from the Company’s board of directors and agreed to join North Arrow’s advisory committee. Allison Rippin-Armstrong has also joined the North Arrow advisory committee.

Ken Armstrong, President and CEO of North Arrow, stated “On behalf of the Board of Directors I’d like to thank William for his time and efforts on the North Arrow Board and am very pleased to be able to continue to benefit from his experience and advice as a member of the Company’s advisory committee. We are also pleased and fortunate to welcome Allison as an advisor to the Company. Allison brings extensive experience with environmental and social compliance in northern Canada including the jurisdictions in which North Arrow’s diamond exploration projects are located.”

Ms. Rippin-Armstrong has over 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility and environmental compliance, having worked for and advised resource companies, Indigenous and Territorial governments, and non-government organizations. Ms. Rippin-Armstrong has been involved with projects throughout northern Canada including Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan. Most recently Ms. Rippin Armstrong was responsible for the environmental, permitting and community relations programs at Kaminak Gold Corporation, prior to its acquisition by Goldcorp in July, 2016.

About North Arrow Minerals

North Arrow is a Canadian based exploration company focused on the identification and evaluation of diamond exploration opportunities in Canada. North Arrow’s management, board of directors and advisors have significant successful experience in the Canadian diamond industry. In addition to the Loki and LDG Projects, North Arrow is also currently evaluating the Naujaat (formerly Qilalugaq) (NU), Mel (NU), Pikoo (SK), Luxx (NU) and Timiskaming (ON) Diamond Projects. North Arrow also maintains a 100% interest in the Oro Hope Bay Gold Project (NU), located approximately 3km north of TMAC Resources’ new Doris Gold Mine. North Arrow’s diamond exploration programs are conducted under the direction of Kenneth Armstrong, P.Geo. (ON), President and CEO of North Arrow and a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.  Mr. Armstrong has reviewed the contents of this press release.

North Arrow Minerals Inc.

/s/ “Kenneth A. Armstrong”
Kenneth Armstrong
President and CEO

For further information, please contact:
Ken Armstrong
Tel: 604-668-8355 or 604-668-8354


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