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Parents, premier cheer on Nunavut curlers at Arctic Winter Games – Nunatsiaq News

Jan 31, 2023

Games a ‘profound’ experience for Nunavut athletes, Akeeagok says

It was a family affair as Team Nunavut entered its second day of competition at the Arctic Winter Games.

Both the female and male curling teams battled on the ice against Team Alberta North early Monday morning at MacDonald Island Park in Wood Buffalo, Alta.

Parents of the athletes gathered in the chilly arena to support their team, who were sporting eye-catching yellow and red flame-print jackets.

Jeff MacDonald was there to watch his daughter Sophia MacDonald. Curling runs in their family — Sophia’s older sister, Kaitlin MacDonald, is also on Team Nunavut and will compete in February at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian national women’s championship.

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Stéphanie Plante hopes to be ‘champion’ for Inuit at Ottawa city hall – Nunatsiaq News

Jan 31, 2023

New city councillor represents Rideau-Vanier ward, home to many Inuit in Canada’s capital

Stéphanie Plante put her stamp on her community even before she was elected to Ottawa city council last October.

She’s now the councillor for Rideau-Vanier, a downtown ward home to many Inuit. In 2021, Plante was one of the driving forces behind the renaming of Annie Pootoogook Park in Ottawa, to honour the celebrated Inuk artist who died in the city in 2016.

“It was really sort of my first deep dive into city politics,” Plante said.

She had met Pootoogook a few times while walking around the Sandy Hill neighbourhood. She often used to be at the park that’s now named after her.

“I think about her often … for whatever reason, sociocultural, economic, she didn’t make it and I did, and that weighs heavily on me,” Plante said.

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GNWT promotes territory’s mineral resource sector in Vancouver

January 30, 2023

Last week Cabinet members and officials from the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) attended the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) Roundup conference in Vancouver to promote the territory’s mineral resource, exploration, and development sector.

Premier Caroline Cochrane was joined by Minister of Industry Tourism and Investment Caroline Wawzonek and Minister of Infrastructure Diane Archie. They met with Indigenous and industry leaders as well as various levels of territorial, provincial and federal governments to talk about the territory’s world-renowned environmental-social-governance (ESG) practices and the application of ESG through an Indigenous lens (ESG-I). They made connections with current and future partners and showcased the NWT’s strong critical minerals potential.

At the conference, Minister Wawzonek attended a panel discussion on Critical Minerals and Competitiveness alongside Ontario Minister of Mines George Pirie and British Columbia Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation Josie Osborne.

Networking events hosted by the GNWT celebrated women in mining, highlighted the territory’s potential role as a leader in green energy and reiterated the importance of federal investment in three transformative infrastructure projects – Taltson Hydro Expansion, Slave Geological Province Corridor and the Mackenzie Valley Highway.
What the NWT has learned and experienced in its 100-year history with the mining industry has placed it on the leading edge of today’s conversations around sustainable development and responsible mining practices.

The NWT’s ability to meet the demand for critical minerals, coupled with its world-renowned ESG and ESG-I practices, infrastructure advances, modern legislation and made-in-the-NWT regulatory environment make it an attractive place to do business. The territorial government will continue to share this message with investors, partners, and all levels of provincial, territorial and federal governments.


“As we strive to strengthen the economy of the Northwest Territories, it is crucial that we actively seek out investment opportunities in exploration and development. The GNWT is committed to collaborating with Indigenous governments to bring prosperity to our residents. Responsible resource development plays a vital role in achieving this goal. We are proud to be at Roundup to demonstrate our support for responsible resource development projects that will benefit NWT communities and residents.”

-Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories

“Roundup is a key event in our ongoing promotion and marketing of the NWT’s resource exploration and development potential. With Canada’s recent announcement of a Critical Minerals Strategy, we are in a pivotal moment for the NWT where resource availability, technology, market demand and global interest are coming together to create extraordinary opportunities for investment in our territory.”
– Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

“A strong economy depends on public infrastructure like roads and energy transmission. Attending 2023 AME Roundup has allowed me to make essential in-person connections with industry and government leaders as we continue to seek out funding for projects that will help address the NWT’s infrastructure gaps like the Taltson Hydro Expansion, the Mackenzie Valley Highway, and the Slave Geological Province Corridor.”

– Diane Archie, Minister of Infrastructure

Quick facts

  • Twenty-nine representatives of the Government of the Northwest Territories attended AME Roundup this year. The total cost of their participation will be released publicly once fully compiled.
  • Approximately 100 Indigenous government representatives from the NWT attended.
  • Canada has identified 31 minerals that they believe will position Canada as a leading supplier of critical minerals. Half of these can be found in the NWT.
  • The NWT is one of the few regions in Canada that can call itself a producer of critical minerals.  Currently we have six critical minerals projects that are in early mining and advanced exploration phases.
  • Thanks to the success of the Cheetah Resources’ Nechalacho rare earth elements project, the NWT already holds claim to having the first rare earths mine in Canada, second in North America.
  • The Nechalacho project is the first link in an international mine-to-motor supply chain that will see NWT rare earths processed for use in German-made electric vehicles. And it is the first project in Canada that has seen an Indigenous company leading mining operations in its own traditional territory.

Related links

For media requests, please contact:

Drew Williams

Assistant Director Strategic Communications

Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Government of the Northwest Territories

(867) 767-9202 ext. 63037


Ministerial Activities Advisory for the week of January 31-February 6, 2023

January 30, 2023

Ministerial Travel

Please note that travel schedules may change with little or no notice. This schedule is accurate as of January 30, 2023.

  • Shane Thompson will be attending Arctic Winter Games on January 31 in Fort McMurray, AB.
  • Caroline Wawzonek will be attending  Federal/Provincial/Territorial Finance Ministers meetings on February 2 and 3 in Toronto, ON.
  • Caroline Cochrane will be attending The Queen’s Feminist Leadership in Politics Conference on February 3 to 5 in Kingston, ON.

Meetings and Appearances

Please note that event organizers may have attendance restrictions­­­ for their event. Contact organizers for more information.

  • R.J. Simpson will be meeting with Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety of Canada, on January 31.
  • Julie Green will be participating in a call with Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, on February 2.
  • Julie Green will be attending the NWT Medical Association annual banquet on February 3.
  • Caroline Cochrane and Julie Green will be participating in a (virtual) meeting with Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers and Indigenous Leaders on February 6.

For Ministerial Media Requests, Contact:

Cabinet Communications
Government of the Northwest Territories


Team Nunavut Looking for Volunteers for Arctic Winter Games

30 January 2023

Are you interested in volunteering with Team Nunavut? The Department of Community and Government Services’ Sport and Recreation Division is currently accepting applications to be a part of Team Nunavut’s volunteer staff in upcoming major games.

Selected volunteers will support sport organizations, athletes, coaches, and other members of Team Nunavut leading up to and during the games.

Team Nunavut is currently accepting applications for:

  • 2023 North American Indigenous Games – July 15-23, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For more information or for an application package, please call toll free 1-888-765-5506 or email

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 28, 2023.


Media Contact:

Hala Duale
Communication Specialist
Department of Justice


Cape Dorset artist’s work among 72 purchased for Art Bank – Nunatsiaq News

Jan 30, 2023

Carver, sculptor Ning Ashoona’s art was among 1,748 total pieces submitted for consideration

Cape Dorset artist Ning Ashoona’s work is among the 72 pieces purchased recently by the Canada Council for the Arts.

The works were acquired as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of its Art Bank, which offers public access to Canadian art through rentals, loans to museums and outreach projects.

The council announced the acquisitions Jan. 18 in a news release.

Ashoona’s carving, titled Computer Desk, was among those selected from the 1,748 submissions the Art Bank received in response to its call for purchases, according to the release.

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KIA: Notice of Board meeting

January 29, 2023

Notice of Board of Directors Meeting

Notice is herein given that a Board of Directors meeting will take place on February 14-16, 2023 in Coral Harbour.

The meeting shall begin at 9:00am local time at the Community Hall.


Rockhaven Intersects 43.2 g/t Gold and 137 g/t Silver over 1.2 m and 7.4 g/t Gold and 183 g/t Silver over 4.2 m at its Klaza Project, Yukon

January 30, 2023 – Rockhaven Resources Ltd. (TSX-V:RK) (“Rockhaven”) is pleased to announce additional assay results from the 2022 exploration program completed at its 100% owned and road accessible Klaza property. The Klaza property is located within the Dawson Range Gold-Copper Belt of southern Yukon, a prolific belt that hosts several important mineral deposits including Minto Metals’ Minto copper-gold mine, Western Copper and Gold’s Casino copper-gold deposit and Newmont’s Coffee gold deposit.

2022 Program
The program utilized two diamond drill rigs that completed a total of 12,042 m of drilling in 69 holes. The 2022 work program focused on advancing Klaza towards an updated mineral resource estimate1 and pre-feasibility study through the definition and expansion of its current mineral resources, as well as the collection of data and samples to complete engineering and metallurgical studies on the project. The first batch of drill results, which covered holes testing the Central and Eastern BRX Zone structure, were released on January 18, 2023.

All of the results in this news release are from 8 holes drilled in 2022 within the Western BRX and Western Klaza zones. Results are still pending for 39 drill holes and will be released once all assays have been received and compiled.

Statement from Rockhaven’s President and CEO, Matt Turner:

The Western BRX and Western Klaza zones could potentially be attractive as two of the centres for early mining in any development scenario developed at Klaza, due in part to their high-grade nature and excellent continuity along strike and down-dip. The infill drill holes completed this summer at these zones all intersected significant mineralization. The strongest result came from the core of the Western BRX Zone, with a high-grade gold intercept of 43 g/t gold and 137 g/t silver over 1.2 m in hole KL-22-593. The Western Klaza Zone, located 800 m north of the Western BRX Zone and within the same fault package, yielded high-grade hits which included 7.4 g/t gold and 183 g/t silver over 4.20 m in hole KL-22-580.

The Western Zones
The Western BRX and Western Klaza zones are emplaced within the same fault panel, approximately 800 m apart, and represent the distal-most extent of their respective mineralized structures within the Klaza Deposit. Both are key contributors to the overall precious metal endowment at Klaza.

Within the Western BRX Zone, strongly mineralized, epithermal veins are emplaced adjacent to a feldspar porphyry dyke that can be traced along the length of the zone. Since its discovery in 2011, a total of 9 excavator trenches and 85 diamond drill holes have traced mineralization over an approximate 500 m strike length and from surface to a maximum depth of 520 m down-dip. The mineralization remains open to extension at depth.

The Western Klaza Zone hosts a single discrete vein that has been traced for 400 m along strike and to a maximum depth of 340 m down dip. A total of 8 excavator trenches and 49 diamond drill holes have targeted this structure.

A map showing the locations of all drill holes at the Western BRX and Western Klaza zones, a long section along the zones and core photos of mineralized veins, can be viewed on the Rockhaven website at

Significant Results
Significant results from the 2022 drilling at the Western BRX and Western Klaza zones are tabulated below.

Western BRX and Western Klaza Zones – Significant Results from this Release

Drill Hole From (m) To (m) Interval (m)+ Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Pb (%) Zn (%) AuEq* (g/t)
Western Klaza Zone
KL-22-575 221.62 222.00 0.38 2.58 41.4 0.01 0.02 3.0
and 323.93 326.18 2.25 4.47 77.4 0.58 1.42 5.7
incl. 324.52 325.60 1.08 7.83 146.0 1.12 2.67 10.2
and 338.33 338.99 0.66 6.83 211.0 0.55 0.63 9.2
KL-22-578 20.39 20.86 0.47 4.19 6.1 0.05 0.18 4.3
and 136.14 137.72 1.58 2.02 34.1 0.10 0.32 2.5
and 198.23 198.54 0.31 3.34 87.3 0.05 0.11 4.2
and 230.95 232.68 1.73 2.97 79.5 0.24 1.13 4.1
and 239.23 240.00 0.77 2.21 90.7 0.60 0.26 3.3
and 255.83 256.31 0.48 0.76 149.0 0.55 0.95 2.6
KL-22-580 160.47 160.78 0.31 5.32 394.0 1.98 3.92 10.6
and 176.56 176.86 0.30 1.49 88.5 0.68 0.40 2.6
and 199.39 200.07 0.68 1.16 6.6 0.08 0.57 1.4
and 236.61 240.81 4.20 7.40 183.4 1.57 1.10 9.8
incl. 236.61 238.85 2.24 13.70 342.2 2.94 2.04 18.2
and 245.63 246.07 0.44 5.86 96.9 0.54 1.70 7.4
Western BRX Zone
KL-22-581 168.12 176.90 8.78 1.24 24.2 0.22 0.31 1.6
incl. 173.24 176.90 3.66 2.39 51.0 0.50 0.66 3.2
and incl. 173.24 175.05 1.81 4.25 100.2 0.96 1.27 5.8
and incl. 176.45 176.90 0.45 2.24 5.0 0.08 0.15 2.3
KL-22-582 405.29 415.87 10.58 1.11 17.0 0.21 0.50 1.5
incl. 405.29 407.42 2.13 1.84 21.3 0.40 1.19 2.5
and incl. 412.50 415.87 3.37 2.30 39.1 0.38 0.81 3.0
KL-22-589 423.72 427.39 3.67 1.08 125.1 1.36 0.57 2.7
incl. 426.58 427.39 0.81 2.75 141.0 1.22 1.24 4.7
KL-22-591 348.90 349.63 0.73 11.45 226.0 2.16 1.20 14.4
KL-22-593 220.00 220.61 0.61 4.79 45.4 0.38 1.15 5.6
and 248.30 249.50 1.20 43.20 137.0 1.62 0.81 45.1

+ Represents the diamond drill hole core length. True widths are estimated to be 80-90% of the interval as the majority of vein intersects had contacts that were at or near perpendicular to core axis.
* Gold equivalent (AuEQ) values assume $1,800/oz Au, $22/oz Ag, $1.05/lb Pb, and $1.60/lb Zn, and variable recoveries for the different metals. The equation used is AuEq=1*Au+Ag/103.42+Pb/4.64+Zn/3.63

Plan Map

All analyses for rock and core samples from the 2022 program were performed by ALS Minerals with sample preparation in Whitehorse, Yukon and Windsor, Ontario and assays and geochemical analyses in North Vancouver. Core samples were routinely analyzed for gold by fire assay followed by atomic absorption (Au-AA24) and 48 other elements by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ME-MS61). Samples that exceeded the detection limits of the routine methods were assayed for silver, copper, lead and zinc by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (Ag/Cu/Pb/Zn – OG62) and gold by gravimetric analysis (Au-GRA22). Rigorous procedures were in place regarding sample collection, chain of custody and data entry. Certified assay standards, coarse reject duplicates, field duplicates and blanks were routinely inserted into the sample stream to ensure integrity of the assay process. All of the results reported have passed the QA/QC screening.

Qualified Persons
Technical information in this news release has been approved by Matthew R. Dumala, P.Eng., a geological engineer with Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited and qualified person for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101.

About Rockhaven
Rockhaven Resources Ltd. is a well-funded explorer focused on the exploration and development of its 100%-owned, camp-scale Klaza Property, which hosts the Klaza Deposit and numerous lightly explored exploration targets. Rockhaven has completed a mineral resource estimate and a preliminary economic assessment on the Klaza deposit (see Klaza Property Technical Report with an effective date of July 10, 2020 and titled, “Technical Report and Preliminary Economic Assessment Update for the Klaza Property, Yukon, Canada.” Which can be viewed at under the Rockhaven profile or on the Rockhaven website at

Matthew Turner
President, CEO and Director
Rockhaven Resources Ltd.



Qulliq Energy stops short of labelling cyberattack another Nunavut ransomware incident – CBC

Jan 30, 2023

Hack was discovered after employee noticed anomalies with email service

The Qulliq Energy Corp. says it was locked out of its data in January’s cyberattack, but stopped short of calling it a ransomware attack.

QEC announced last month it fell victim to a cyberattack, which was discovered on Jan. 15. While no operating technology, such as power plant infrastructure, was affected, QEC’s information technology, like email, billing and payroll databases were.

“There’s different levels of cyberattacks,” said Bill Nippard, QEC’s vice-president of operations and engineering. “In some cases they steal your data. In other cases, they simply lock your data out and encrypt it. So, at this point, we’re still continuing to investigate, but we don’t believe our data has been impacted, if you will.”

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Canada-Nunavut Housing Benefit (CHB) Program

27 January 2023

The Canada-Nunavut Housing Benefit (CHB) program, administered by the Department of Family Services, provides temporary financial relief to individuals or families in private rental accommodation. It provides access to benefits for housing on the private market so individuals, youth, or families can transition through a period of vulnerability or crisis.

This program pays the difference between 24% of the recipient household’s income and the market rent until the household can transition into a more permanent housing option. Not all rent will be covered by the benefit, and applicants are responsible for utilities.

Applicants must have income, be in private rental accommodation and not receiving any other housing benefit, such as public or staff housing. Pre-approval of eligibility for the program can be provided, but applicants are responsible for securing housing and entering into their own lease agreement.

For self-referrals, Nunavut beneficiaries will be given priority.

For additional information on the Canada-Nunavut Housing Benefit program and assistance in applying, please contact Peepeelee Qappik at or call 867-975-5261.

This program is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada, through the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation.


Media Contacts:

Anthony Canny
Communications Specialist
Department of Family Services


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