U.S. consulate seeks American citizens

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Representatives from the U.S. consulate will be travelling to Inuvik in September in search of American citizens.

The group will be available to conduct routine consular services for U.S. citizens, such as passport renewals and records of births and deaths.

Anyone interested in meeting with the group is encouraged to contact the U.S consulate office in Calgary, Alberta.

 

GNWT liberalizes gender, name choices

The Government of the Northwest Territories has updated its Vital Statistics Act to allow the use of single names based on traditional culture and changing the sex designation on a birth certificate to better reflect gender identity.

The amendment allows Indigenous people to reclaim their traditional names.

Anyone born in the NWT may now apply to change their gender on their birth registration without first having to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

The NWT is the first jurisdiction in Canada to offer a third gender option, which will be X for individuals who do not identify as male or female.

 

Children invited to build forts

The Inuvik Youth Centre and Inuvik Community Greenhouse are teaming up to hold a fort-building event for children at the greenhouse this weekend.

Youth will have the opportunity to build garden forts and castle buildings out of resources in the greenhouse.

All children are welcome to the event, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

 

Supreme Court backs Clyde River

The Supreme Court of Canada’s quashed the permit of the National Energy Board authorizing seismic testing in Baffin Bay and Davis Straight last week, something the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation is calling a win for treaty rights.

“This is a crucial ruling that makes clear the requirement to assess the specific impacts of a project on the hard-won treaty rights of Indigenous peoples,” stated Duane Smith, CEO of IRC, in a news release. “The focus is not on environmental effects generally. This is a ruling in favour of the rights of Inuit who rely on the health of our ecosystems, which include marine animals.”

The Hamlet of Clyde River, hunters and trappers organization and Greenpeace had joined forces to oppose seismic testing in the waters near the community.