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Education key to NWT prosperity

With another school year closed and a new one to open in September, it might be beneficial to look at school absenteeism rates and the impacts they have on the North. The territory's most precious...

Great weekend ahead for Folk

If you're new to Yellowknife you've probably heard a lot of talk about our upcoming music festival, Folk on the Rocks, voted one of the top 10 music festivals in Canada. If you're an old...

Publicly-elected premier a non-issue

It really seems like just yesterday when the birth of Canada's newest territory was fast approaching the horizon of reality, and consensus government (and if I may) of, for and by the people was...

Hay Days through the eyes of a visitor

Before last weekend, it had been at least five years since I'd been to Hay River. It was the fall of 2014 when I came down to do some work for News/North and I...

EDITORIAL: Two elections, two clear emergencies

Another Canada Day has passed, but it is clear from last week that both the country and the territory are at a crossroads when it comes to the direction the NWT will take in...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

The downtown core – not a cannabis store – is the real issue here

When it comes to having a cannabis retail store here in Inuvik, the concern that I've heard from several community members revolves around the potential of a weed business setting up shop in the...

EDITORIAL: Hey Google, where are your standards?

On the internet, fibs abound – there are millions of fake Facebook and Twitter followers, fake clicks and fake reviews, fake algorithms pretending to be people but even the people can be fake –...

History is in the eye of the beholder

The coming demise of The Zoo got us to thinking about historic buildings. The Zoo, a complex of buildings from the 1950s, certainly has a long and colourful history, and some people consider it to...

EDITORIAL: Canada, we turn to you

Today marks another Canada Day, and much like the rest of the country, most of our 33 designated communities will be celebrating the birth of Canada in one form or another. Pancake breakfasts, parades large...

EDITORIAL: Downtown booze problem can’t be legislated away

This week, the mayor and council talked about the North's drinking problem. Citing a study from the University of Victoria's Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), that looked at alcohol laws in Canada, Mayor...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Recent grads have paved way for the future

I've been to a few graduation ceremonies in the past, but none were as emotional and memorable as the one that I recently went to in Tuktoyaktuk on June 20. The 2019 graduating class at...

Hay Days standing on solid ground in Hay River

Except for the fact that Hay Days did not happen in 2016, this year would have seen the 10th edition of the music, arts and culture festival. Still, nine out of 10 years is not...

EDITORIAL: Road to resources a northern priority

Diamond mines are the bloodstream for the NWT and Yellowknife, a source of economic vitality in the wake of the gold rush that birthed this city in the first place. For most of the community's...

EDITORIAL: Good cops, bad system

It is an unofficial truth that deep-seated shortcomings in our criminal justice system are much to blame for the disproportionate number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts. Thanks...

Campaign rally breaks out at grand opening in Hay River

Everyone knows that politicians want to take credit for government funding that comes to their communities. In the process, if that claim wins a few votes, so much the better. However, perhaps there has never been...

GN needs to ante up to end boil water advisories

Since the beginning of June, residents of Rankin Inlet have been quietly grumbling about having to boil their water before drinking it. It's not uncommon for temporary boil water advisories to get issued in the...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

There’s nothing wrong with showing Pride

There was a lot going on in Inuvik this past weekend. It was especially busy for the kids in the community, who were able to pick from a variety of outdoor, youth-oriented events to...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Living the solution

For this week's special edition, I was tasked with profiling three different organizations who will be participating in the town's Arctic Development Expo from June 10 to 12. I had interesting conversations with representatives from...

An ode to Centre Square Mall

Those of us with a few grey hairs might remember a time when malls were as much a part of our nation’s infrastructure as highways and sewer systems. Where else could you get a letter...

EDITORIAL: Testart’s adventures in government

There are some characteristics that would be difficult to pin on Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart. Idleness or apathy, for sure. Earnestness, on the other hand, is an attribute the first-term MLA carries in spades. Fresh...

EDITORIAL: Fire safety is up to you

A bit of rain has closed out an otherwise bone dry month of May, much to the relief of Northerners anxious about this year's forest fire season. But that doesn't mean people should be...

EDITORIAL: Marking Inuvialuit Day

June 5 will mark the 35th anniversary of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement, when control over lands and resources returned to the Inuvialuit people. Northerners celebrate the day as one of the major milestones of the...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

What does it mean to be Inuvialuit?

Over the course of working on this issue, I spoke to several Inuvialuit community members in Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik. I had different set of questions for each individual that I talked to, but there...

EDITORIAL: Yk in the summer

As we head into nearly 19 hours of daylight, people prepare for the peak period in the territory for outdoor activities. Yellowknife is a premier, outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. With plenty of camping, fishing,...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Let’s talk weed

When I sat down with Dez Loreen to discuss his upcoming stoner-comedy film, I was a little surprised at how open he was to sharing his cannabis use with me on record. It was obvious...

A ‘totally different’ approach to corrections

We've heard sentencing spiels from judges many times as they send offenders away to jail. There are several sentencing principles that judges often mention, including the concept of deterrence. It's the idea that incarcerating people...

EDITORIAL: Sharing benefits with Indigenous governments key to the future

The Northern mining industry is in transition and if you are not up to date on some of the goings on with the future of the regulations around mining, it might be important to...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Learning can be fun

It was nice to see kids actually having fun at the Science Rendezvous as they interacted and learned about topics they probably would have found boring if they were just reading about it in...

Best before date has passed

With the closure of the Yellowknife liquor warehouse came an increase in prices for bars, restaurants and ultimately, consumers. But like Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart said in a recent interview, “No one is going...

EDITORIAL: Mine cleanup moving forward without you

The battle slogan proudly proclaimed on Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada materials related to the Giant Mine Remediation Project is “Moving Forward Together.” Maybe it should be changed to “Moving Forward Without You.” That’s the takeaway...