Editorial

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...

Careful Conservatives, you might blow it

It seems the federal election campaign has begun. That's because the Conservatives have stuck to their usual script of launching personal attack ads well before an election. They have done this before. Just ask former Liberal...

EDITORIAL: Beaulieu’s parting shots show selective memory

If Tom Beaulieu used the #DearMeTenYearsAgo handle that was popular on Twitter last week, he might have been more reflective on his own high level involvement with government decisions that continue to reverberate today. The...

EDITORIAL: Don’t strike out on youth privacy

Youth sports organizations have plenty of reasons for collecting information that may be considered sensitive or personal. Often they are for safety protocols, such as emergency situations that might require having a player's health-care number....
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Appreciate your local heroes

Over the weekend, I got to see Inuvik in a different light at the 2019 Firefighters' Ball. It wasn't your typical Northern scene. There was a DJ who played the radio's hottest hits. Everyday residents...

A day to honour our mothers

We'll take a break this week from commenting on our usual issues – most likely municipal or territorial politics – and focus on one of the really important things in the world. With the approach...

Climate policy still freezing out Northerners

Climate change creates winners and losers. So states a new report by a pair of Stanford University professors who have tried to calculate the impact of rising greenhouse gas emissions on global inequality. It was...

EDITORIAL: Norman Wells debacle a lesson for all communities

The Town of Norman Wells is back on its feet and the municipality, it appears to be pointing its nose back in the right direction. And not a moment too soon. We provided an update last...
Anusa Sivalingam, right, leads a minute of silence for the hundreds of victims who died in terrorist attacks on churches earlier this month at NUP. Brett McGarry/ NNSL photo

EDITORIAL: Yk as a global village

Afghanistan memorial vigil in Yellowknife – 2015, anti-racism vigil in Yellowknife – 2017, Sisters in Spirit vigil – 2018, Quebec City mosque shooting vigil – 2018, Christchurch vigil – 2019, vigil for Sri Lanka...

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