The ceremonial puck drop at centre ice on Feb. 8. From left to right: Lucas Pokiak of the Arctic Eagles, Anna-Lee McLeod and Dexter Noksana of the Delta Raptors. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Record-breaking numbers at 18th annual Gwich’in Cup Tournament

The annual Gwich'in Cup Tournament continues to be a huge sporting event for minor league hockey players in the Beaufort Delta region, as a record breaking 225 youth participated in this year's tournament, improving...
Abe Drennan, a local folk artist and music teacher at East Three Secondary School, poses for a picture inside his classroom at East Three Secondary School on Feb. 6. Drennan is planning to release his album by the end of April, after almost three years of working on it. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Music teacher prepares for album release

After two-and-a-half years of reimagining, rewriting and recording, local folk artist Abe Drennan is ready to release his album by the end of April. "I had high hopes in the beginning. I was all gung-ho....
The Gwich’in Tribal Council’s head office in Inuvik. The organization is planning to convert their Wellness Camp into a “cultural experiential retreat” that will be open to the public. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Gwich’in Wellness Camp to be converted into a cultural retreat

The Gwich'in Tribal Council is in the early planning stages of converting its Wellness Camp into a "cultural experiential retreat" in order to increase tourist attraction to the region by offering more authentic cultural...
The Inuvik Ski Club has been inactive since December of last year. The club is seeking to help of the community to bring it back on its feet. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik Ski Club seeks community support

The Inuvik Ski Club is calling on members of the community to step up and help restore the club as it continues to struggle with a lack of volunteers and board members. Holly Jones, the...
Tyler Bain, 5, of Team NT aims his shot during a game at the second annual Rockstar Festival, which was hosted by the Inuvik Curling Club on Feb. 3 at the Midnight Sun Complex in Inuvik. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik youth get their curl on

The Inuvik Curling Club hosted its second annual Rockstar Festival for junior curlers at the Midnight Sun Complex on Feb. 3, with youth from the ages of five to nine competing for a trophy...
Jeremy Dutcher, a composer and vocal artist from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, played his first show in Inuvik on Feb. 2 at the Our Lady of Victory Church. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Jeremy Dutcher brings music to the North

In an effort to showcase more art to smaller communities in the North, Jeremy Dutcher, a composer and vocal artist from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, teamed up with the Northern Arts...
Georgina Firth, a 67-year-old resident of Inuvik, won $100,000 through a scratchcard in late January and has been sharing the money with others ever since. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik resident shares $100,000 jackpot with others

Georgina Firth thought her eyes were playing tricks on her when her scratch card told her that she had a winning ticket of $10,000. After scanning the ticket at Inuvik's RX Drug Mart, it...
At a public meeting in Inuvik on Jan. 28, Marnie Bell, a member of the N.W.T. and Nunavut Public Health Association, said that she doesn’t believe that the potential tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would lead to the health outcome that the GNWT is proposing. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Potential tax on sugar-sweetened drinks met with controversy in Inuvik

Inuvik residents were not so sweet in their responses to a potential tax on sugar-sweetened drinks during a public consultation hosted at the Mackenzie Hotel by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) on...
Duane Smith has been re-elected as the Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) on Tuesday, Jan. 29, where he will return for his second three-year-term. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Duane Smith re-elected as chair and CEO of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

Duane Smith has been re-elected for a second three-year term as the chair and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC). Following Tuesday’s vote, Smith said that he wants to continue to...
Aurora College's campus in Inuvik. NNSL File Photo

Mayors want shared post-secondary vision

The mayors of the three communities hosting Aurora College campuses – Inuvik, Fort Smith and Yellowknife – are calling on the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to develop a better framework for post-secondary education...

Micro-manufacturing centre gets $196,500 in federal funding

In a joint announcement on Friday, Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod announced two new initiatives will receive $734,000 of federal funding in Inuvik. Over $500,000 of that investment will go toward a new solar project...

Recreation training comes to Inuvik

A territory-wide recreation training program made its first stop in Inuvik on Monday. The Recreation North Training Program is put on by Recreation North, which is a partnership between the three territorial recreation and parks...

Mounties guarded IRC office last week after alleged threats

Mounties armed with carbine rifles were temporarily on guard outside the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) building in Inuvik last week after threats were allegedly directed at IRC employees, Inuvik Drum has learned. An editor...

Pair complete Polar Sunrise 150 km challenge

While many attended the Sunrise Festival in Inuvik last weekend, two women celebrated the return of the sun their own way. Rita Pasiciel and her daughter Jennifer Pasiciel ran from Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik to...

Skier remembers coach Pettersen

Cross country ski coach Bjorger Pettersen, a pioneer of the sport in Canada and around the world, passed away Dec. 29 at his home in Okotoks, Alta., but is being remembered by his connections...

Editorial: Looking back at 2018 in Inuvik

This year was one for the books — for Canada and the world in general but also for our tiny (but bustling) town in the Western Arctic. From Inuvik’s first pride parade to the town’s...

Forty-four cases of H1N1 confirmed in Inuvik

Since mid-November, there have been 44 confirmed cases of the H1N1 strain of the flu in Inuvik, according to Dr. Matt Quinn, regional public health officer and family physician and the Inuvik Regional Hospital. "It's...

Flight returns to Inuvik after fuel service contractor quits

An Aklak Air flight from Inuvik was already on its way to Paulatuk when the airline received word that the fuel service contractor in the hamlet was no longer going to be dispensing fuel. The...

It takes a village

When I interviewed Kylik Kisoun Taylor of Tundra North Tours this week, he told me that his best advice for up-and-coming youth entrepreneurs would be to foster as many partnerships as possible. He says that...

New Inuit development association launches

A new Inuit development association officially launched Nov. 28 in Ottawa. The Inuit Development Corporation Association (IDCA) aims to ensure Inuit companies across Canada's North can take full advantage of development opportunities in Inuit Nunangat. The...

National award for Kylik Kisoun Taylor

Inuvik-based tour operator Kylik Kisoun Taylor is the winner of the 2019 National Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneur award from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business for his tourism company Tundra North Tours. "I was pretty surprised...

Region represents at badminton tournament

The fifth annual Beaufort Delta Education Council Regional Badminton Tournament took place at East Three Secondary School Nov. 30 to Dec. 1. Tournament organizer Colin Pybus said this year's tournament saw a strong showing from...

Eyeing Inuit labour as economic driver

Last week, community leaders, business leaders, academics, policy makers and youth came together in Ottawa to discuss inclusive economic growth for Inuit through the lens of reconciliation at a conference entitled Expanding the Circle:...

Attitude change needed to address dog problem

The North has a dog problem. The dog problem stems from an attitude problem towards dogs. The saddest part about the problem is that the suffering dogs experience as a result of the problem is...

Arctic Inspiration Prize nominates first Western Arctic project

A joint submission from the Gwich'in Tribal Council (GTC), the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) and the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) is the first-ever project from the Western Arctic chosen as a finalist for the...

Donations set to improve life at Inuvik Dog Pound

The Inuvik Dog Pound is set to receive three donations that will greatly improve the quality of life for impounded dogs. Berkeley's Place, an Alberta-based non-profit foundation and animal rescue support network, teamed up with...

Inuvik pool set to reopen Dec. 10

The pool at the Midnight Sun Recreation Complex (MSRC) is set to reopen Dec. 10 after undergoing major repairs since May. After being closed on and off for several months, the town announced on May...

“Boxes” is a great example of youth success

This week I attended East Three Theatre's impressively astute dinner theatre production, Boxes. The play was a coming-of-age story about the hopes, dreams and expectations placed in high school student Holly's (played by Katelynn Crocker)...

East Three Theatre puts on dinner theatre

East Three Theatre put on its first dinner theatre production of the year last weekend with Boxes, a coming-of-age story about high school students' hopes, dreams and expectations – all of which are found...

Tie votes at Inuvik lead to share positions

In their first meeting of the new term, Inuvik's new councillors made Inuvik town council history by electing to split the roles of deputy mayor and assistant deputy mayor between two councillors each. The move...
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