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News Briefs: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Teen charged with assault

A 14-year-old boy is in police custody, charged with assault with a weapon after an alleged attack in the city's downtown at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

RCMP said the suspect pulled a knife on a 17-year-old youth. The victim was able to escape and run to a relative's house, having suffered only minor injuries.

Police patrolled the downtown core and apprehended the suspect at 11:45 p.m. at his home in Ndilo.

The suspect was to appear in court yesterday.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Neither the victim or the suspect can be identified under provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

- Kevin Allerston

Two dead in Tuk

Two people have been found dead inside a Tuktoyaktuk home, police said Tuesday.

Members of the Tuktoyaktuk RCMP detachment were called to the residence at 3:50 p.m. Monday, where they found the deceased. The identity, age and gender of the victims was not released. Police are treating the deaths as suspicious and the Tuktoyaktuk detachment is being assisted by the Yellowknife G Division major crime unit and forensic identification unit.

- Galit Rodan

Overdue men found

Two snowmobilers were found safe by searchers Sunday afternoon when the pair didn't arrive at Gameti after leaving Behchoko at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The men were expected to arrive in Gameti at around midnight Saturday. Family members called police when they didn't arrive by 11 a.m. Sunday.

A search was launched at 1:30 p.m. Sunday with Behchoko community members assisting ground search and rescue teams from Behchoko and Gameti. The teams found the overdue travellers uninjured at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday and discovered the men had become stranded.

- Kevin Allerston

Official election results in

Elections NWT last week tabled its official election results last week in the legislative assembly, breaking down the ballots cast by electoral districts and the official results from each district. Eighty per cent of the votes were cast on Oct. 3, election day. In total, 11,865 ballots were cast, which represents a 48 per cent voter turnout. Frame Lake was the district with the lowest voter turnout, with 30 per cent of electors visiting the polls. Monfwi held the highest voter turnout with 87 per cent.

- Katherine Hudson

Grand opening planned

Coral Harbour/Arviat

Community and Government Services Minister Lorne Kusugak is planning a visit to Coral Harbour this month to help officially open the newlyrenovated arena in the community.

Kusugak may also visit Arviat to launch the opening of its arena if renovations are done on time.

Both arenas have been outfitted with the new thermosyphon system for making ice, and early indications out of Coral are encouraging.

Coral maintainer Tommy Paliak said making ice this year has been the easiest of his 26 years at the task. This year it only took three or four floods over the paint after the ice was established, he said, while, in years past with natural ice it would often take up to 15 floods.

Website announced


Nunavut Tourism, in partnership with CanNor, announced the launch of the 2012 Tourism in Nunavut Conference website this past week.

The conference will take place at Iqaluit's Frobisher Inn from March 1923, 2012.

Confirmed speakers for the National Organizations session include Canadian Tourism Commission president and chiefexecutive officer Michele McKenzie, as well as the Tourism Industry Association of Canada's president and chiefexecutive officer, David F. Goldstein.

Coral girls selected

Coral Harbour

Joy and Chantal Emiktowt of Coral Harbour have been named to the Team Nunavut Arctic Winter Games (AWG) female basketball team which will compete at the 2012 AWG in Whitehorse.

Coral finished fourth at the Nunavut territorial championship recently in Baker Lake, despite playing a condensed schedule due to inclement weather delaying their arrival.

Seeking board members


Kivalliq residents are reminded Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS) is seeking to fill vacancies on its board of directors, with the deadline to apply being Dec. 31.

Board members have a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise and share a common interest in postsecondary education for Inuit youth. The board usually meets three times per year.

Interested persons are asked to send a resume and a letter outlining their background and their interest in NS to: Nunavut Sivuniksavut,

450 Rideau St., Suite 201, Ottawa, ON, K1N 7G3.

Scholarships available


Kivalliq students in postsecondary education are reminded the deadline for applying to the RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program is Feb. 28.

To be eligible for an award, students must have at least two years remaining in their postsecondary studies. Scholarship recipients are selected primarily on the basis of personal and academic achievements, as well as individual financial need.

The RBC program awards 10 scholarships in two categories: students majoring in disciplines related to the financialservices industry, and students majoring in disciplines unrelated to the financialservices industry.

Selected students will receive up to $4,000 per academic year for educational and living expenses for a period of two to four years.