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News briefs: Developing hockey skills in Arviat, community consultations

A series of hockey camps were held in Arviat on Jan. 29 for various age groups in the community's minor hockey program.

Instructor Scott Forcand of Winnipeg directs a group of peewee players as Gleason Uppahuak, far left, looks on during a series of hockey camps in Arviat on Jan. 29. photo courtesy of Gleason Uppahuak

The camps were facilitated by former junior and senior goalie Scott Forcand of Winnipeg.

Community consultations on Meadowbank tailings

Baker Lake:

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. is inviting residents of the community of Baker Lake to a consultation meeting to present extension potential of the tailings storage facility at Meadowbank.

The consultation will be held in the Thelon Room of the Iglu Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 8, beginning at 7 p.m.

Everyone in the community is welcome to attend the meeting and ask any questions regarding the project.

Anti-drug poster winners


Listed below are the winners' names released, and the prizes they won, in the drugs-are-not-cool poster contests held at both Tusaarvik Elementary School and Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat by Father Daniel Scwarc this past month.


  • 1: Kyle Angotingoar – iPod
  • 2: Josiah Sanertanut – Drone
  • 3: Sheena Kopak – PlayStation 4

iPod draws:

  • Matthew Uttak
  • Jacqueline Kridluar
  • Arma Malliki
  • Louie Ivalutanar
  • Reanna Siusangnark


  • 1: Melanie Qaqqasiq – Hoverboard
  • 2: Terance Mapsalak – laptop
  • 3: Amber Kringayark – drone
  • 4: Emily Quanaq – Nintendo Switch
  • 5: Lisa Tinashlu – Boss headphones
  • 6: Aiden Kabvitok – Bike

iPod draws:

  • Alu Kridluar
  • Ivaluarjuk Katokra
  • Hailie Akkuardjuk
  • Paulie Tegumiar
  • Christopher Jr. Kringayark

Atom blast in Rankin

Rankin Inlet

A total of eight teams were set to compete for the annual Arctic Atoms championship in Rankin Inlet this past weekend.

The tournament was divided into two groups, with the North consisting of the Rock A, Novice Rock, Coral Harbour and Baker Lake squads, and the South featuring the Rock B, Rock Girls, Naujaat and Arviat.

Final results were not known as of press time.

Hockey tournament awards


Listed below are the individual awards presented at the JLM Calm Air Cup senior men's tournament, as well as the winners of the event's raffle prize draw.


  • Top forward – Cody Waterman of Arctic Connection
  • Top defenceman – Joefrey Okalik of Whale Cove
  • Most sporstmanlike – Kevin Angootealuk Jr. of Coral Harbour
  • Top goalie – James Merritt of Rankin Inlet
  • Most valuable player – Wendel Kaludjak of Rankin Inlet

Raffle winners:

  • $100 Gift card Padlei Co-op – Terri Nibgoarsi
  • $200 Gift card Arctic Connection – Susan Ikakhik
  • $250 Gift card Northern store – Jonathan Ekwalak
  • $350 Gift card EPLS Home Hardware – Diana Kaludjak
  • Calm Air passes for two – Alex Ishalook