Skin graft experiments performed on Inuit in the 1970s without their consent, several say

May 13, 2019

Inuit remember researchers in Igloolik, Nunavut, removing pieces of their skin and grafting it on other people. The procedures are outlined in a 2005 memoir by a well-known Canadian physician who later became recognized as an expert in medical ethics.

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Arctic is warmest it’s been in 10,000 years, study suggests

April 12, 2019

New research suggests Canada’s Arctic is the warmest it has been in 10,000 years — and the temperatures are still climbing. The study was recently published in the scientific journal Nature Communications. Researchers studied permafrost samples in the Yukon near the Dempster Highway and determined that temperatures in the Arctic today are almost 2 C warmer […]

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Polar bears in some northern regions are ingesting a lot of plastic, research shows

April 9, 2019

Aluminum foil. Car keys. Candy wrappers. Half a towel. Scientists, and some hunters in northern communities, say they’ve seen these items — and more — in the stomachs of harvested polar bears — and it could be affecting bears’ behaviour. That’s bad news for the majestic mammals and for the people who live near them. Researchers have also observed […]

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Russia revamps Arctic military base to stake claim on region

April 4, 2019

Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defence systems point menacingly into the sky at this Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project its power over the resource-rich polar region. The base, dubbed Severny Klever (Northern Clover) for its trefoil shape, is painted in the white, blue and red colours of […]

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Nunavut’s Mars training ground now available on Google Street View

April 2, 2019

The closest anyone on Earth can get to Mars right now may be with a visit to a 23-million-year old crater on Devon Island, Nunavut. If a visit to the remote land mass is out of the question — because of the NASA-sized budget to arrange the series of charter flights it takes to get a […]

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Tall ice cliffs are slumping and may trigger rapid sea-level rise, study finds

April 1, 2019

Scientists have found that tall ice cliffs in Greenland are slumping — and this may eventually lead to a more rapid rise in sea levels. The study, published this month in the journal Geology, suggests ice on glacial cliffs in Greenland and Antarctica are acting like soil and rock by slumping — which refers to when weakened sediment breaks apart from […]

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‘Nunavut has lost a great MLA’: Speaker Joe Enook dead at 61

March 30, 2019

Joe Enook, a longtime Nunavut public servant and Speaker of the territory’s Legislative Assembly, has died. Enook became the MLA for Tununiq after winning a byelection in 2011. He was re-elected twice. He is remembered by his colleagues and friends for his dedication in putting the needs of his constituents above all else — culminating in securing a small […]

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Fatal bear attack in Yukon could not have been prevented, investigation finds

March 27, 2019

An investigation into last fall’s fatal grizzly bear attack in Yukon has found that there was nothing Valé​rie Théorêt could have done to save herself or her infant daughter. Officials are calling it a predatory attack by an emaciated male grizzly bear that was desperately looking for food before hibernating. Thé​orêt, 37, and 10-month-old Adèle Roesholt were mauled to death in November […]

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Meet the Yellowknife man who’s been raising and racing pigeons for a decade

March 16, 2019

Down a snow-packed path behind the Arctic Defensive Driving School in Yellowknife, you can hear the soft cooing of pigeons. It’s an unusual sound in the North, but not for Norm Pottinger. Pottinger has been raising and breeding pigeons in the city for the past 10 years. He enters them in races all over the […]

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Trudeau apologizes for ‘colonial,’ ‘purposeful’ mistreatment of Inuit with tuberculosis

March 8, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today apologized in Iqaluit for the federal policy on tuberculosis in the mid-20th century, calling it “colonial” and “purposeful,” and saying the government knew it was taking a toll on Inuit. “For too long, the government’s relationship with Inuit was one of double standards, and of unfair, unequal treatment,” he said. “Canada […]

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