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Yukon College: Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Yukon College expands mission and invites Yukoners to share their innovative ideas

October 16, 2019

WHITEHORSE— Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) at Yukon College has broadened its supports for Yukon trailblazers. Formerly known as Cold Climate Innovation (CCI), the change in name is linked to an expansion in both the services the team provides and the type of innovators they support.

I&E is opening their doors to the public by hosting two information sessions later this month — Thursday, October 24, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, October 25 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at NorthLight Innovation Hub on Second Avenue in Whitehorse.

An opportunity to learn more about I&E services and pitch ideas to the team, whether they are fully developed or not, the sessions will connect budding entrepreneurs to project innovation officers.

This fall, the I&E team is placing emphasis on innovative ideas underlined by a social purpose. All Yukoners are invited to submit applications for business ideas that also achieve positive social, cultural, or environmental outcomes.

“From seasoned business owners to new entrepreneurs who have a market ready idea, we aim to support Yukoners who want to take their innovations further,” said Lauren Manekin Beille, Manager of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  “Whether you have an idea that feels like a distant dream, or a concept that’s further along in the development process, we want to chat with you.”

Whereas CCI focused on supporting research, development and troubleshooting unique problems faced in Yukon’s cold climate, I&E works with innovators and entrepreneurs, to take their ideas from concept to market. I&E also has a strong focus on supporting women and First Nations entrepreneurs.

For more information, please visit the Innovation & Entrepreneurship web page on the Yukon College website and follow along with new developments on the I&E team Facebook page.

For more information, please contact:

Erin Holm

Marketing and Communications Coordinator
College and External Relations
867.456.8625
867.332.0009
eholm@yukoncollege.yk.ca

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Opinion | Inuit need a federal government willing to work with us – CBC

Oct 17, 2019

Future Arctic policies must be Inuit-led and Inuit-driven, writes Qikiqtani Inuit Association president

P.J. Akeeagok is the president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, a non-profit that represents about 15,500 Inuit in Nunavut’s Qikiqtani (​​​Baffin) region.

As election day approaches, we at the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) ask Canadians to elect a government that will continue to work with Inuit in the spirit of reconciliation to protect our land and waters while securing a future for our people.

Throughout the past year, we have been demonstrating what a successful Inuit to Crown relationship can look like and what is possible for Inuit Nunangat — the Inuit homeland in Canada — when the federal government breaks down the silos between departments and allows Inuit-led solutions to prevail.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/qia-inuit-federal-election-1.5321980

Nunavut’s legislative assembly readies for fall sitting – Nunatsiaq News

16 October, 2019

MLAs will discuss capital budget, Education Act and more

After a summer break, Nunavut’s legislative assembly will reconvene for its fall sitting tomorrow, with a long list of items on its agenda.

The fall sitting runs from Oct. 17 to Nov. 7.

The session will start with the swearing-in of David Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq, the newly elected MLA from Pond Inlet, at 9 a.m. in the legislature on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Qamaniq won a tight race in the Sept. 16 byelection in the constituency of Tununiq. The byelection was called to fill the vacancy created last March by the death of the riding’s former MLA, Joe Enook, who was serving as Speaker at the time of his passing.

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/nunavuts-legislative-assembly-readies-for-fall-sitting/

Arctic warm spell continues from September into October – Nunatsiaq News

16 October, 2019

Several high temperature records have been broken from the High Arctic to Nunavik

Recent climate maps show a large amount of heat blanketing the entire polar region, with temperatures ranging from 1 C to 6 C above the norm predicted for the next month.

So perhaps it’s not a surprise that several high temperature records recently tumbled at the Canadian Forces Station at Alert, on Nunavut’s Ellesmere Island, located some 2,000 kilometres north of Iqaluit.

Weather records have been kept since 1950 at Alert, which lies at a latitude of 82.3 degrees north.

The record-breaking temperatures supplied by Dalhousie University weather watcher Patrick Duplessis show the following new highs in Alert:

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/arctic-warm-spell-continues-from-september-into-october/

Yukon schools testing new residential school teaching tools – APTN News

October 15, 2019

Nine schools across the Yukon are testing new Grade 5 material surrounding the Indian residential school system.

One of the schools is in the remote community of Old Crow, located just above the Arctic Circle.

With only 270 residents Old Crow is the most northern community in the Yukon.

The Chief Zzeh Gittlit school is one of nine field testing the new “Our Voice, Our Stories” curriculum.

The three part unit teaches students about traditional ways of life, residential schooling, and reconciliation in an age appropriate way.

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2019/10/15/yukon-schools-testing-new-residential-school-teaching-tools/

Western Nunavut’s hub to test the waters for changing its name – Nunatsiaq News

16 October, 2019

“It will give us Inuinnait and non-Inuit alike … a sense of pride and identity”

CAMBRIDGE BAY—When voters in western Nunavut’s hub head to the polls Oct. 28 to elect a new mayor and councillors, they will also be asked whether they’d like to change the name of the community to the traditional Inuinnaqtun word for the area.

Cambridge Bay is now named for Prince Adolphus, duke of Cambridge, who died in 1850. The traditional Inuinnaqtun name for the area—spelled in various ways as Iqaluktuuttiaq Ikaluktutiak, Iqaluktuttiaq, Iqaluktuuttiaq or Ekaluktutiak—means “good fishing place.”

The results of the plebiscite will not be binding but will then go to the new municipal leaders.

The idea for the name change was brought up during a “Seeds for the Future” meeting on the community’s development, which was held earlier this year, said chief administrative officer Marla Limousin.

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/western-nunavuts-hub-to-test-the-waters-for-changing-its-name/

Meet Michael McLeod, Liberal incumbent for the Northwest Territories – CBC

The Fort Providence resident hopes to retain his seat in the House of Commons

Oct 15, 2019

Michael McLeod has been in and out of politics for nearly 40 years.

The incumbent Liberal candidate for the Northwest Territories has been involved, in one way or another, with every order of government in the territory, starting with attending tribal council meetings in the Dehcho region as a teenager.

At age 22, McLeod was made mayor of his hometown, Fort Providence, N.W.T., and 18 years later, McLeod was elected to the territory’s legislative assembly for what would be the first of three terms.

“I knew at a young age that getting involved meant the possibility of change, and I felt that we needed to provide our input as young people, and that’s what a lot of the leaders wanted,” said McLeod, from behind a desk in his sunny yet sparse campaign office in downtown Yellowknife.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/meet-michael-mcleod-liberal-1.5318853

Invitation for Applications – Languages Commissioner

Oct 11 2019

Applications are invited for the position of Languages Commissioner of Nunavut. This is a five-year, full-time statutory appointment.

The Languages Commissioner is an Independent Officer of the Legislative Assembly. The office-holder is appointed on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly, pursuant to the Official Languages Act. The position exercises a range of powers and responsibilities under the Official Languages Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act. Copies of the statutes are available at: www.nunavutlegislation.ca.

The successful candidate will be an experienced senior manager who has a strong knowledge of official languages legislation, including national trends in the field of language rights. Professional experience must also include proven success in the areas of financial and human resources management. Candidates must be fluent in the Inuit Language and at least one other of Nunavut’s official languages.

A detailed Position Profile is available from the Office of the Legislative Assembly and may be downloaded from the Legislative Assembly’s website at www.assembly.nu.ca. Annual reports and other publications of the Office of the Languages Commissioner are available at: www.langcom.nu.ca.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate how they meet the requirements and competencies set out in the Position Profile. The salary range for the position is $126,287 to $180,410 per annum. If the successful candidate is not a resident of Iqaluit at the time of appointment, relocation assistance will be provided. Subsidized staff housing is available. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm (EST) on Friday, November 29, 2019. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applications and inquiries should be directed to:

Secretary to the Management and Services Board
Office of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
P.O. Box 1200, Iqaluit, NU, X0A 0H0
Tel: (867) 975-5000
Fax: (867) 975-5191
Email: submissions@assembly.nu.ca

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In Ecuador and Beyond, Indigenous Groups Are Fighting to Be Seen – The New York Times Company

We spoke to a New York-based activist about the movement for indigenous rights throughout the Americas.

Oct. 14, 2019

El Espace is a column dedicated to news and culture relevant to Latinx communities. Expect politics, arts, analysis, personal essays and more. ¿Lo mejor? It’ll be in Spanish and English, so you can forward it to your tía, your primo Lalo or anyone else (read: everyone).

Over the past few years, Indigenous Peoples’ Day has been adopted in a number of states and cities in the United States as a justice-oriented answer to Columbus Day — a way to focus on Indigenous people and acknowledge the impact of Christopher Columbus’s voyages to the Americas on the Native people who were already here. But in addition to being a corrective, the day also highlights the Indigenous groups still preserving their cultures in the United States and abroad.

Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/14/style/ecuador-indigenous-protests.html

Invitation for Applications – Information and Privacy Commissioner

Oct 11 2019

Applications are invited for the position of Information and Privacy Commissioner of Nunavut. This is a five-year, full-time statutory appointment.

The Information and Privacy Commissioner is an Independent Officer of the Legislative Assembly. The office-holder is appointed on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly, pursuant to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The position exercises a range of powers and responsibilities under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Copies of the statute are available at: www.nunavutlegislation.ca.

The successful candidate will be an experienced legal professional who has a strong knowledge of administrative law, including national trends in the field of access to information and protection of privacy legislation. Professional experience must also include proven success in the areas of financial and human resources management.

A detailed Position Profile is available from the Office of the Legislative Assembly and may be downloaded from the Legislative Assembly’s website at www.assembly.nu.ca. Annual reports and other publications of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner are available at: www.atipp-nu.ca.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate how they meet the requirements and competencies set out in the Position Profile. The salary range for the position is $129,468 to $184,955 per annum. If the successful candidate is not a resident of Iqaluit at the time of appointment, relocation assistance will be provided. Subsidized staff housing is available. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm (EST) on Friday, November 29, 2019. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applications and inquiries should be directed to:

Secretary to the Management and Services Board
Office of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
P.O. Box 1200, Iqaluit, NU, X0A 0H0
Tel: (867) 975-5000
Fax: (867) 975-5191
Email: submissions@assembly.nu.ca

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