a look back at the year Sammy Kogvik, on board the Martin Bergmann ship, around the time he told ship's director Adrian Schimnowski a story about a ship's mast he thought he'd seen.
That story lead to the discovery of Sir John Franklin's second sunken ship, the HMS Terror, in September. (PHOTO COURTESY ARCTIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION) The Crystal Serenity, which stopped in at Cambridge Bay in late August, was the largest ever cruise ship to ply the Northwest Passage. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE) Emiliano Qirngnuq, eleced to the Netsilik riding in a February by election, takes his oath to the legislative assembly before fellow MLAs, ray ban free shipping ministers and the territory's commissioner, Nellie Kusugak, in a ceremony in the assembly's chambers Feb. 24. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER) Uqqummiut MLA Pauloosie Keyootak, his son and nephew were discovered by search and rescue personnel in March after the trio went missing for five days. Keyootak, whose lack of a SPOT locater device hampered the search, stood in the house in June to thank searchers for their efforts. (PHOTO BY BILL RITCHIE) Meet your new leader: Aluki Kotierk is elected president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the territory's land claim organization, in a December vote. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER) The Inuit led discovery of Sir John Franklin second sunken ship, the HMS Terror, in Nunavut waters was big news in 2016 as was the resignation of our Nunavut cabinet minister, Hunter Tootoo. But they certainly weren the only stories to define this past year. It was a year when Nunavummiut debated the pace of natural resource development and were consumed by environmental controversies, such as the battles over seismic testing in Baffin Bay and how to protect the territory dwindling caribou herds. It was also a year of tragic loss. Nunavummiut observed the passing of such diverse figures as James Arvaluk, John Ningark, Bryan Pearson and Annie Pootoogook. Nunavut new year begins with a tragedy: a 20 year old man, originally from Clyde River, died in a motor vehicle accident in Iqaluit early on the morning of Jan. 1 after he had lain down in the middle of the road. Elections Nunavut on Jan. 4 issues a writ for a by election to fill the vacant legislative assembly seat of Netsilik, which comprises ray ban sunglass store Taloyoak and Kugaaruk. Jeannie Ugyuk resigned the seat, and her cabinet job, after failing a vote of confidence. Cape Dorset mourns the loss of two prominent artists: sculptor Jutai Toonoo, 56, and sculptor and master printer Pitseolak Niviaqsi, 68, both of whom died in late December 2015. Agreeing that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder is the face of Nunavut, Justice Neil Sharkey, orders that an 18 year old who committed two robberies in Iqaluit spend three years at a residential treatment centre outside Nunavut. The death toll continues: Nunavut chief coroner, Padma Suramala, releases numbers that show 32 people died by suicide in Nunavut in 2015. Nunavut chief coroner announces an inquest will be held in Igloolik Nov. 1 to Nov. 10 in the death of Felix Taqqaugaq, a mentally ill man who was fatally shot by police in 2012. Ben Kovic resigns as chair of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. But he denies it because of a conflict of interest created by his work with the Iqaluit hunters sunglasses shop ray ban and trappers organization and his position on the board of the Baffin Fisheries Coalition. The Inuit Circumpolar Council launches a three person commission to consult Inuit on how to best manage the North Water polynya. The Hamlet of Clyde River and the Chippewas of the Thames River First Nation join together to ask the Supreme Court of Canada to rule on whether the federal government can delegate its duty to consult to the National Energy Board. Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. comes up with a name for its $175 million training organization: Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp. and appoints a seven member board, made up of five Inuit org politicians, plus the Nunavut premier and education minister, to run the new entity. They had issued no other information. Duane Smith leaves the helm of Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada to become chair of the Inuvialuit Regional Corp. where he replaces the now retired Nellie Cournoyea. Fly Sarvaq, an arrangement between Nolinor and Iqaluit Sarvaq Aviation, run by Iqaluit business owner Adamie Itorcheak, announces a plan to offer a low cost jet service connecting Iqaluit, Ottawa and Halifax. But after months of hiccups and a price war launched by Canadian North and First Air, the service never gets off the ground. Justice Bonnie Tulloch finds that Peter Kingwatsiak of Cape Dorset is guilty of first degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of his step brother, Mappaluk Adla. Kingwatsiak later receives a mandatory life sentence with no parole eligibility for 25 years. The Colorado based National Snow and Ice Data Center records the lowest level of Arctic ice extent ever for the month of January 2016. Chris Cousins, a former employee of the Qulliq Energy Corp., is awarded nearly $153,000 after Justice Paul Bychok of the Nunavut Court of Justice finds Cousins was the victim of a constructive dismissal by the territory power utility. Emiliano Qirngnuq, 66, a co op employee from Kugaaruk, is elected as MLA for Netsilik in a by election held Feb. 8 to fill the spot vacated by Jeannie Ugyuk in 2015. The Mamisarvik Healing Centre in Ottawa, one of only two Inuit specific residential substance abuse treatment centres in Canada, decides to close its doors March 31 after its funding runs out. The beloved Inuktitut country gospel singer, Etulu Aningmiuq, dies of cancer. Justice Neil Sharkey finds Peter Angutimarik guilty of second degree murder in the Feb. 28, 2009 killing of his roommate, Esa Angutiqjuaq.
In March, Sharkey sentences Angutimarik to a mandatory sentence of life in prison, with no chance of parole for 16 years. Catching the Qikiqtani Inuit Association by sunglasses sale ray ban surprise, the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. reveals that a railway to Milne Inlet from the Mary River mine is part of its Phase 2 expansion proposal.
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