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2007-07-24 17:15:00

TORONTO -- Rising temperatures in eastern Canada are making it more dangerous for the native Inuit population in the province of Quebec to travel and hunt by snowmobile, and a new study recommends that they return to using the traditional dogsled. A recent report on climate change in Quebec's Arctic region stresses that warming temperatures are forcing the Inuit to rethink how they get around, which is mainly by Skidoo snowmobile. "For the last 10 years or so we've had winters that are more...

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2007-03-01 18:15:00

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Northern Canadians told an international commission Thursday that carbon emissions from the United States have contributed so much to global warming that they should be considered a human rights violation. One activist said temperatures have climbed so much that Arctic residents need air conditioners. The case was pressed by the Inuit community before the 34-nation Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In a petition, the group asked the commission's assistance "in...

2007-03-01 09:15:00

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the United States has come under heavy criticism, including from people who live almost on top of the world. The Inuits of Northern Canada and beyond are taking their case against the United States on Thursday to an international human rights commission. They have scant chance of a breakthrough but still hope to score moral and political points against the U.S. and its carbon spewers. "The point here is that our way of life...

2006-09-04 07:45:00

By Jennifer Kwan TORONTO -- Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk bought a video camera in 1981 with the proceeds from the sale of three soapstone sculptures and the purchase kick-started his movie-making career. On Thursday, his career goes into high gear. His second feature film, "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," gets its world premiere as the opening film of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. A story of cultural identity and loss, the C$6.3 million ($5.7 million) movie is shot...

2006-09-04 07:06:07

By Jennifer Kwan TORONTO (Reuters) - Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk bought a video camera in 1981 with the proceeds from the sale of three soapstone sculptures and the purchase kick-started his movie-making career. On Thursday, his career goes into high gear. His second feature film, "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," gets its world premiere as the opening film of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. A story of cultural identity and loss, the C$6.3 million ($5.7...

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2006-08-07 09:25:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- With signs that the world is warming, even Inuit peoples of the far north are ordering air conditioning. Better known for building igloos during hunts on the polar ice, Inuit in the village of Kuujjuaq in Quebec, Canada, are installing 10 air conditioners for about 25 office workers. "These are the times when the far north has to have air conditioners now to function," said Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a leading campaigner for the rights of 155,000...

2006-08-04 09:35:00

NEW YORK -- For a given level of obesity, Inuit men and women living in Greenland are healthier than those who have migrated to Denmark, Danish researchers have found. The stay-at-home Greenlanders are still living a relatively traditional lifestyle, and they had lower blood pressure, lower levels of the blood fat triacylglycerol, and less insulin resistance -- an indicator of diabetes risk -- according to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. "These findings indicate that...

2006-04-21 07:15:00

By David Ljunggren CORNWALLIS ISLAND, Nunavut -- After decades of virtually ignoring its remote, frozen Arctic lands, Canada is belatedly trying to assert its sovereignty over a gigantic region rich in mineral resources. Ottawa's problem is that it has little idea of what is going on in the North and far too few resources to patrol the area properly. And that could be bad news when climate change and the appetite for energy and commodities mean the world is suddenly paying more attention to...

2006-04-20 07:15:00

By David Ljunggren RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut -- Simeonie Amagoalik's anger still burns more than 50 years after he and his family were taken from their homes and dumped on a frozen beach in the wastes of Canada's High Arctic. The federal government, which relocated dozens of aboriginal Inuit to a strange, barren and uninhabited land, agreed to a compensation package in 1995 and admitted the operation had been flawed. But Ottawa did not say sorry. "I think they wanted to give us money to shut us...

2006-04-19 07:10:00

By David Ljunggren RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut -- Even in one of the remotest, coldest and most inhospitable parts of Canada's High Arctic, you cannot escape the signs of global warming. Polar bears hang around on land longer than they used to, waiting for ice to freeze. The eternal night which blankets the region for three months is less dark, thanks to warmer air reflecting more sunlight from the south. Animal species that the local Inuit aboriginal population had never heard of are now...


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Ringed Seal
2013-05-01 12:51:20

The ringed seal (Pusa hispida), also known as the jar seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. Locally, it is known as nattiq or netsik in the Inuit language. It can be found in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, with a range that includes the Bering and Oshtok Seas, the Arctic Ocean, and the coastlines of Japan in the north Pacific. It also occurs in the North Atlantic on the coastlines of Scandinavia, Greenland, and Newfoundland.  Within its range, the ringed seal prefers areas with ice...

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2008-05-27 22:52:36

The Northern Inuit Dog is a large English dog bred to resemble a wolf. The breed was created by breeding the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and the German Shepherd with several rescued mongrels whose origin was unknown. The Northern Inuit dog has the domestic traits of these northern breeds but the appearance of a wolf. Today's Northern Inuit retains many of its ancestors' characteristics such as their strong will and its gentle nature. The breed is slightly longer than it is tall, and...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'