Kathleen Merritt of Rankin Inlet has stepped down from her role on the Qaggiavuut board to join the performance arts company’s working team.

Kathleen Merritt of Rankin Inlet has left her board position with Qaggiavuut to co-ordinate its digigital Nunangat project revitalizing ancient Inuit music.
Photo courtesy of Qaggiavuut

In a press release dated Oct. 2, Qaggiavuut stated that Merritt is an award-winning Kivalliq throat singer, performing and recording artist known as Iva.
She will be co-ordinating Qaggiavuut’s Digital Nunangat project, which will use technology and youth workshops to maintain and revitalize ancient Inuit music.

Tourney dates released

Rankin Inlet/Kivalliq

Rankin Inlet recreation co-ordinator and Rankin Inlet Minor Hockey Association president David Clark has officially released the dates of this hockey season’s tournaments to be hosted in Rankin Inlet.
The tournaments, their dates and age brackets are listed below.
Arctic Atoms – Jan. 18 to 20 – minor hockey atoms
Powerful Peewee – Feb. 1 to 3 – minor hockey peewee
Polar Bear Plate – Feb. 14 to 17 – juvenile/junior
Bantam Rock Cup – March 1 to 3 – minor hockey bantam
Terence Tootoo Memorial – March 6 to 10 – senior men
Local Minor Tournament – March 15 to 17 – minor hockey initiation/novice

Airlines merge


Makivik Corp. (Makivik) and the Inuvialuit Corporate Group (ICG) announced they have signed a definitive agreement to merge First Air and Canadian North.
The announcement was made on Sept. 28.
In a written press release, the two partners stated that the merger is being made in order to provide the best possible air services across the Arctic.
Following the receipt of government regulatory approvals, Makivik and ICG will proceed to complete the merger, expecting the transaction to be fully completed by the end of 2018.
The proposed Pan-Arctic airline will operate under the name Canadian North. Its aircraft will feature the new First Air livery, including its inukshuk logo.
Headquarters for the proposed airline will be located in Ottawa. The two airlines first announced their intention to merge on July 6.

Curator visits

Baker Lake

Joanne Schmidt, curator of Indigenous Studies at the Glenbow Museum of Calgary, was scheduled to be at the Jessie Oonark Centre in Baker Lake from Oct. 6 to 8.
Schmidt planned to bring a collection of photographs taken across Nunavut by Geraldine and Douglas Moodie between 1903 and 1905.
She hoped to have some of the people seen in the photos identified by the folks of Baker Lake to add to their stories.
The curator also planned to leave a photo book and digital copies of the photographs with the Jessie Oonark Centre for the community to keep.

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