Day: November 13, 2017

‘Woefully inaccurate’ Inuit population data overwhelming local agencies

Dr. Deborah Caddigan, left, is a physicians at the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team, a clinic catering specifically to Ottawa’s Inuit community. (CBC) Inaccurate census data about the size of Ottawa’s Inuit community is leading to inadequate funding for the health and social services designed to help it, the agencies that provide those services say. According to the latest numbers available from Statistics Canada, Ottawa has the largest Inuit population outside of the North , enumerated at 1,280 in 2016. But agencies that provide services to the community estimate the Inuit population in the capital is at least 3,700,...

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Inuk miner reaches top of his field, operating massive machine at Nunavut gold mine

 It was humble beginnings for Gabriel Ulayok, who started off working as a haul truck driver at a Nunavut gold mine. But after six years and more than 10,000 hours of training, Ulayok has reached the top of his field, now qualified to operate one of the largest excavator machines in the global mining world — the RH 120. “If I can go under this [machine], I would be still standing,” said 36-year-old Ulayok, the first Inuk miner to operate the massive machine at the Meadowbank gold mine, about 110 kilometres north of Baker Lake, Nunavut. At about eight...

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Ontario knew about mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows in 1990: report

A new report shows the Ontario government knew nearly 30 years ago that a mill site upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation was contaminated with mercury. “There’s a continued liability on the province,” Grassy Narrows chief Simon Fobister said. “They said it’s going to clear itself up, but they never informed us that there’s still mercury in the soil and they were aware of it.” “We’ll consider all our options right now, whether it’s political or legal.” The confidential report was done by True Grit Consulting in 2016; the firm was tasked with determining whether mercury is still leaching...

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Indigenous youth, RCMP team up for annual leadership workshop

RCMP Const. Chris Whynot (right) and 17-year-old Jacob Klengenberg (left) hail from the Northwest Territories. (Submittied/RCMP) As far back as 17-year-old Jacob Klengenberg can remember, there’s always been a Mountie dressed in a red serge in his home of Ulukhaktok, N.W.T. “Every single officer in my community that has been there so far were really really nice to everyone in the community,” he said, adding they are all heavily involved in activities. “They’re just really good role models.” Klengenberg now aspires to be a Mountie and last week, he had the chance to work for change in his community...

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B.C. grapples with fate of Site C dam as ministers head north for consultations

The New Democrats promised to decide Site C’s fate by the end of the year after a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, the province’s independent energy regulator, concluded the dam is over budget and behind schedule. Construction work on the $8.3-billion project began near Fort St. John in the northeastern part of the province more than two years ago. The heat is on, said Premier John Horgan, who is sending his ministers of Indigenous relations and energy to the region for consultations with First Nations and community representatives this week. Horgan said he will continue to crunch numbers...

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