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Cambridge Bay’s old arena reopens; new arena still on hold

Rink had been closed since last winter, on-and-off since 2018

The Cambridge Bay arena is now open to the public for the first time this year. The rink was reflooded, and a free public skate to celebrate the reopening was held Monday afternoon and evening. The arena, which sits across the road from the Cambridge Bay Health Centre, was closed in 2018 due to air...

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Clyde River’s lone Winter Games competitor returns with 2 medals

About 400 people in Clyde River came out to welcome back the community’s lone 2023 Arctic Winter Games competitor, Bonita Tigullaraq. Fourteen-year-old Tigullaraq was greeted at the Quluaq School Gym upon her return Monday. She brought back bronze and silver medals in table tennis from the Games, which were held in Alberta and wrapped up last weekend. “People in the community were very proud of her,” said George Iqalukjuak, who took this photo. (Photo courtesy of George Iqalukjuak)

Sparks fly!

Welder Dylan Zukiwsky, 20, works on a new sign for the Cambridge Bay RCMP detachment made from salvaged metal, as Brandon Kavanna, 21, works behind him on another section of the sign. A metal sculpture of Sedna, the Inuit guardian of sea animals, is at the back of the room. Zukiwsky and Kavanna are two of five young welders who work at the Red Fish Art Studio, a local art space and welding mentorship program that teaches participants the skills needed to pursue careers in the trades. The finished sign will be unveiled in the community on Feb. 16. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Former governor general speaks at Iqaluit Black History Month celebration

Nunavut’s Black History Society marked 10 years of Black History Month celebrations with an opening ceremony and awards presentation at the Aqsarniit Hotel and Conference Centre in Iqaluit Sunday. Michaëlle Jean, former governor general of Canada — the first Haitian-Canadian and Black person to hold this office — was a special guest and spoke of the shared challenges, resilience and partnership of the Black community and Inuit in her keynote speech. “Diversity, inclusion and reconciliation go hand-in-hand,” Jean said. “By coming together with fresh minds, open hearts and determined wills we can put reconciliation into action to ensure equal access for all aspects of society and life in Canada.” The society is screening ‘A Woman of Purpose,’ a documentary on Jean by her partner, Jean-Daniel Lafond, at the Astro Theatre in Iqaluit at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The event is free to attend. (Photo by Meral Jamal)

Dancers, performers take the stage at winter games’ cultural gala

Arctic Winter Games wrap up Saturday in Alberta

Iqaluit’s Inuksuk Drum Dancers rehearse Wednesday for the cultural galas at the Arctic Winter Games. The galas were held Thursday and Friday nights, at Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre in Wood Buffalo, Alta., which is hosting the week-long Games. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)


Test of strength at Arctic Winter Games

Nunavik athlete places 8th in finger-pull competition, but wins silver medal in stick pull

Nunavik’s Papituqaq Cain Peters, on the left and wearing a black cap, competes in the Dene games male finger-pull competition, at the Arctic Winter Games. In the final standings for that sport, Peters placed eighth. Peters also competed in the male stick pull and was awarded the silver medal. The Games, being held in Wood Buffalo, Alta., this week, conclude on Saturday. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Loss ends Nunavut female hockey team’s medal hopes at AWG

Arctic Winter Games wrap up Saturday

Team Nunavut’s female hockey team battles Team Alberta North on the ice Wednesday at the Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta. The 9-0 loss dropped Nunavut’s record to 0-4, meaning the female hockey team did not advance to the semifinals. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Race is on for Nunavik competitors at Arctic Winter Games

Competing for Team Nunavik in the male under-20 100-metre snowshoeing competition Wednesday at the Arctic Winter Games, Mosusie Usuituayuk, at far left, recovers from a stumble at the start while Samwillie Tullaugak, wearing No. 7, runs with the pack. The Games opened Sunday in Wood Buffalo, Alta., and wrap up on Feb. 4. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Put a pin in it

The most coveted souvenirs at the Arctic Winter Games are not T-shirts or toques, but trading pins. And when athletes and spectators want to add to their collections, they go see the pin lady, Janet Pacey. Pacey said she got hooked on pin trading years ago and has been bringing her massive pin collection to Arctic Winter Games throughout the years. It’s a popular attraction at the Games: the goal is to collect pins from other competing regions and add to your set. “Some kids come here 10 times a day [to get new pins,]” Pacey laughed. “It’s a lot of fun.” The Games opened Sunday in Wood Buffalo, Alta., and wrap up Feb. 4. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)


Skating away with a win

Kadin Eetuk of Rankin Inlet, wearing No. 16 for Team Nunavut, chases the puck in the male under-19 hockey game against Team Yukon on Monday at MacDonald Island Park at the Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta. Team Nunavut skated away with a 2-1 victory on goals from Terence Pilakapsi and Sandy Tattuinee. Garren Voisey picked up an assist for Nunavut. The under-19 male team has a record of one win and one loss after falling 6-3 Monday against Alberta North, before heading into a game late Tuesday against Alaska. Nunavut also has male under-15 and female under-20 hockey teams competing at the Games. Full results are posted on the Games website. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Ready, set, jump!

Naja Pearce, of Iqaluit, attempts the two-foot high kick in Arctic Sports at the Arctic Winter Games on Monday. The Arctic Sports events are being held at MacDonald Island Park in Wood Buffalo, Alta.., each day this week and are drawing big crowds. Pearce is competing at her second Arctic Winter Games and is the only female member of Nunavut’s Arctic Sports team. The Arctic Winter Games, hosted by Wood Buffalo, opened Sunday and wrap up Feb. 4. (Photos by Madalyn Howitt)