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13th Annual Nutrien Indigenous Youth Financial Management Awards


Attention: Indigenous students
in grade 11/12 We need you!

AFOA Canada and Nutrien are looking for 3 Ambassadors to represent the
views of Canada’s Indigenous Youth at AFOA Canada’s National Conference


Download the Nutrien Youth Award Application ENG

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For more information call 1-866-722-2362 or email

Ten new long-term care beds to open at Thomson Centre – Government of YT

The Government of Yukon is creating 10 new long-term care bedrooms at Thomson Centre in Whitehorse. Adding these much-needed beds will help reduce pressures at the Whitehorse General Hospital and at community hospitals across Yukon.

There are currently 75 individuals on a waiting list for placement in a continuing care facility, with nine occupying beds at the Whitehorse General Hospital. The new rooms will provide some of these patients with a home that better meets their needs, as most no longer require the high level of care provided by the hospital.

Continuing care support provides patients with appropriate treatment while ensuring equitable access to acute care beds within our hospitals – which are being used by the people who need them most. The Government of Yukon and the Yukon Hospital Corporation will continue to develop community-based solutions to the challenges being experienced within the health system.

Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost

These additional continuing care beds will alleviate pressure within our hospitals and allow more individuals to receive the right care at the right place and at the right time. We look forward to working with our government, community and stakeholder partners to complete this project and other initiatives that will help meet Yukoners’ future healthcare needs.

Yukon Hospital Corporation CEO Jason Bilsky

Quick Facts
  • The annual cost of operating the 10 bedrooms is $2.3 million.
  • The one-time cost of renovating and equipping the space is approximately $1.23 million.
  • Ten long-term care bedrooms were previously added to Thomson Centre in 2016. That same year, four additional long-term care rooms were opened at McDonald Lodge in Dawson.
  • The 150-bed Whistle Bend Place continuing care facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

Sunny Patch
Cabinet Communications

Michael Edwards
Communications, Health and Social Services

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KIA: Kivalliq Tour – Royalty Planning

The Kivalliq Inuit Association is pleased to announce that the second phase of the Kivalliq Tour for royalty planning with live radio call-in shows and community consultation sessions.

Chesterfield Inlet
Monday, March 26 Radio Show 5:00 PM On-Air 898-9934
Monday, March 26 Community Consultation Session 7:00 PM Community Hall
Wednesday, March 27 Radio Show 5:00 PM On-Air 462-4061
Wednesday, March 27 Community Consultation Session 7:00 PM Community Hall
Coral Harbour
Wednesday, March 28 Radio Show 5:00 PM On-Air 925-8597
Wednesday, March Community Consultation Session 7:00 PM Community Hall

It is important for KIA to understand community and individual priorities in order to shape the future of the Kivalliq region and help our youth achieve their highest potential.

Come out and help us create a bright future for Kivallirmiut!


Agnico Eagle gets project certificate for Whale Tail mine –

Open-pit gold operation would employ 500 during construction, 930 during operation

As expected, Agnico Eagle has received a project certificate to go ahead with developing its new Whale Tail mine.

This follows a decision last month by Carolyn Bennett, the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, to give the project the green light.

Now that the company has its project certificate, its remaining permits and licences should quickly fall into place.

The certificate, announced on March 15, comes with 64 terms and conditions to ensure the mine is built, operated and cleaned up in a way that doesn’t “unduly and adversely” harm the environment, according to a news release issued by the Nunavut Impact and Review Board.

Many of those terms and conditions are aimed at reducing damage to the region’s migrating caribou population.

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Igloolik mould infestation a “grave concern” for Amittuq MLA –

March 19, 2018

MLA says mould is making people sick, minister asks residents to clean it up

Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk said his constituents are living in housing units that are “infested with mould,” and he wants to know what the Nunavut government is doing to clean up those units.

“In my constituency of Igloolik there is a family of 13 living in one unit. They believe that they’re getting sick from this mould in the unit,” the MLA, whose constituency includes the community of Hall Beach and a part of Igloolik, told the minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation, Lorne Kusugak, March 14 at the Nunavut legislature.

“Some of the family members have been sent out on medevac because of their illness. I am very concerned about it,” he said.
In February, Nunatsiaq News ran a story showing the unit of one young Igloolik family who were also living with severe mould growth.

One of those residents said she was concerned the mould could be causing her young children to get sick.

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Advisory Council Announces Appointments to the Order of Nunavut

IQALUIT, Nunavut (March 19, 2018) – Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Chairperson of the Order of Nunavut Advisory Council Joe Enook today announced that Betty Brewster and Ludy Pudluk will be this year’s recipients of the Order of Nunavut.

On January 1, 2010, The Order of Nunavut Act came into force. The objective of the Order is to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the territory. The Order is the highest honour of Nunavut and takes precedence over all other orders, decorations or medals conferred by the Government of Nunavut.

Betty Brewster is a renowned interpreter-translator whose career has spanned several decades. In 2016, she was recognized by her peers for her lifetime of contributions to the profession with an Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit Language Award.

Ludy Pudluk served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from 1975 to 1995. During his many years of public service, Mr. Pudluk represented the communities of the High Arctic and was instrumental in the movement that led to the creation of Nunavut.

“This year’s recipients of the Order of Nunavut are both distinguished individuals,” said Speaker Enook. “Ludy Pudluk is recognized as a statesman who made significant contributions to the creation of Nunavut and Betty Brewster is respected as a pioneering member of her profession whose work has strengthened the place of the Inuit Language in our society and institutions.”

The investiture ceremony for Ms. Brewster and Mr. Pudluk will be held during the spring 2018 sitting of the Legislative Assembly on a date to be announced. The ceremony will be held in the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly and televised live across the territory. Commissioner of Nunavut Nellie Kusugak will preside over the investiture ceremonies in her capacity as Chancellor of the Order of Nunavut.


For more information:

John Quirke, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly

and Secretary to the Order of Nunavut Advisory Council (867) 975-5000


Blind Creek Receives Class 4 Quartz Mining Act and Land Use Permits for Blende Zn-Pb-Ag Property, Yukon

Vancouver, British Columbia, March 20th, 2018 (TSX-V: BCK) – Blind Creek Resources Ltd. (“Blind Creek” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the Company’s applications for a 5-Year Class 4 Quartz Mining Land Use Approval (or “Class 4 QMLUA”) to provide for exploration activities at the Company’s 100%-owned Blende Zn-Pb-Ag Property (or the “Property”), situated 64 km northeast of Keno Hill, Yukon, and a 2-Year Land Use Permit (or “LUP”) to allow for Property road access by the Wind River Winter Trail, have been approved by the Yukon Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, subject to certain conditions.

Class 4 Quartz Mining Land Use Approval Provides for Large Exploration Effort

The Class 4 QMLUA allows Blind Creek, amongst other things, to construct a 50-man exploration camp, store fuel on site, develop up to15 km of new roads, upgrade up to 30 km of existing roads, construct an air strip and drill up to 400 diamond drill holes on the Property over the next 5 years, subject to certain conditions.

Blind Creek has elected to progressively provide reclamation security as specified by the Chief of Mining Lands and submit an annual Access Management and Reclamation Plan for review and approval on an annual basis, prior to initiating surface disturbance at the Blende Property. In each subsequent year, the security requirement will be reviewed and adjusted according to additional activities proposed for the season and reclamation completed in the previous season.

Blende Property Winter Trail Access Provided by 2-Year Land Use Permit

The Wind River Winter Trail passes within 11 km of Blind Creek’s Blende Property (view map) and was previously used by the Company to transport drill rigs, a D6 Bulldozer, fuel, exploration related and camp building material to the Property in 2006. The recently received 2-Year LUP provides Blind Creek the ability to use the Wind River Winter Trail once again for similar purposes to access the Blende Property and staging area at McQuesten Lake during winter months, subject to certain terms and conditions.

ATAC/Barrick 65 km Rau Project Access Tote Road Proposal

Portions of the Wind River Winter Trail used to access Blind Creek’s Blende Property from Mayo are included in the proposed 65 km all-season Rau Project access tote road recently approved in an agreement between the Government of Yukon and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun (Please see Government of Yukon News Release dated March 5, 2018). This is a significant positive development for exploration and mining in the region. Blind Creek has no formal relationship, negotiations or agreement in place with any related party to use the all-season tote road, if and when it is developed, however the Company will closely monitor developments and explore any all-season Blende Property access opportunities when appropriate.

“The acquisition of the Class 4 QMLUA and Land Use permit for the Blende Property and the recently announced Rau Project tote road access agreement are significant developments for Blind Creek”, states Brian Fowler, P.Geo. and President of Blind Creek. “The Company is currently awaiting the completion of the Blende maiden NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate (currently in preparation by Moose Mountain Technical Services) and is positioning to conduct a large exploration effort at Blende in 2018.”

About Blind Creek Resources Ltd.

Blind Creek is a Vancouver-based junior resource company focused on lead-zinc-silver project acquisition, exploration and development in Yukon (Blende Property) and the Northwest Territories (AB Property). The Company’s flagship property is the Blende Property in north-central Yukon, the largest undeveloped carbonate-hosted Zinc-Lead-Silver deposit in Yukon. More recently the company has signed an agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the AB Property, a mid-stage Mississippi Valley (MV-Type) Zinc-Lead exploration property in Northwest Territories and announced its intention to spin out its 100%-owned, historic and fully-permitted Engineer Gold Mine Property, situated 32 km southwest of Atlin, B.C.

For additional information please visit the company website

On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Mr. Brian P. Fowler, P.Geo.

For further information, please contact:
MarketSmart Communications Inc.
(877) 261 4466

Nelson Da Silva – Manager Corporate
(604) 722-0041


With water licence in hand, western Nunavut miner can get to work –

March 19, 2018

Type B Water Licence will let Sabina complete “pre-construction infrastructure”

Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. announced last week that it had received one of the essential licences that the company needs to start building its Back River gold mine project in western Nunavut.

This is a Type B water licence from the Nunavut Water Board.

And it’s a “key authorization to complete work planned for the project in 2018,” a Sabina news release said.

The Type B water licence will let Sabina to complete what it called pre-construction infrastructure works. These would include preparing the marine lay-down area in Bathurst Inlet to receive necessary fuel, equipment, and supplies to the Back River project.

The company will also be able to move ahead on pre-development work to establish all-weather roads between the deposits, camp sites, tailings storage facility and the mill site.

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Opening of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games

SOUTH SLAVE, Northwest Territories, March 18, 2018

Today and until March 24th, 1,300 Northern athletes from Canada and 600 international competitors will take part in the Arctic Winter Games.

With funding of more than $1.1 million, the Government of Canada is proud to support the Games, as they enable youth to showcase their athletic abilities while celebrating their heritage. The Arctic Winter Games also provide the First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Indigenous citizens of the North with an opportunity to come together and volunteer for the Arctic Winter Games.

Join us in celebrating the athletes, artists and performers from Canada and across the circumpolar regions who are a real source of inspiration and pride.


“Our government is thrilled to support the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games, which provide Indigenous and Northern people with opportunities for competition and cultural exposure. These Games will also offer lasting legacies for the South Slave region and participating communities. Best of luck to all our athletes, coaches, and performers.”

—The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

“Our government is committed to encouraging youth to participate in sports. I am very excited for the athletes as well as the artists who will have this opportunity to represent their communities, their regions, and Canada on home soil at the Arctic Winter Games in the South Slave region. I look forward to cheering on our athletes at the Opening Ceremony.”

—Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories

“Our government is committed to encouraging youth to participate in sports. I am very excited for the athletes as well as the artists who will have this opportunity to represent their communities, their regions, and Canada on home soil at the Arctic Winter Games in the South Slave region. I look forward to cheering on our athletes at the Opening Ceremony.”

—Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories

Quick facts

  • The Arctic Winter Games will be held in the South Slave Region of the Northwest Territories from March 18 to 24, 2018. This is the 25th edition of the Games.
  • The Arctic Winter Games is the largest and most important multisport cultural event in the circumpolar North, with approximately 1,900 participants in total: 1,300 from Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Northern Alberta and Nunavik), with the remainder from Alaska, Greenland, Russia and Scandinavia. The athletic competition features modern sports alongside traditional Arctic (Inuit or Northern) sports and Dene games. The cultural component features visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas from artists across the circumpolar regions.

Associated links


For more information (media only), please contact:

Annabelle Archambault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science and
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage


NPC Recommendation to Amend the North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Nunavut Planning Commission has recommended that the North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan be amended.

A Report on the Public Review that includes the revised recommended amendment is avaiable on the NPC’s Public Registry here.


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