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Beaufort landfast ice melted at its earliest recorded date in history in 2019

Landfast ice, where coastal sea ice freezes to the shore, melted at the fastest rate ever recorded in 2019 and an entire month sooner than in 2017. Research conducted by Dustin Whalen through Natural Resources...

From Afghanistan to Inuvik, Red Snow wows audiences across cultures

Inuvik's Sunrise festival was many different things for many different people, but for Mozhdah Jamalzadah one thing stood out among all else. "This is one of the rare communities in the entire world that's matriarchal....

Team Bain aims to sweep away the competition… one last time

It's been a series of deeply emotional ends for Team Bain, who spent the lead up to the Christmas holiday in back-to-back competitions, first vying for a spot at the Arctic Winter Games and...

EDITORIAL: What a party!

Well, that was epic. Three days of workshops, fireworks, dog sled rides, dancing, singing, movies and snow carving. All within walking distance. And all for free. To heck with the Calgary Stampede. This is where it's at....

Inuvik Drum – January 16 Edition

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EXCLUSIVE: Beaufort Delta saw earliest landfast ice breakup in history

Landfast ice in the Beaufort Delta is melting faster than any time in recorded history. That's the conclusion of measurements taken over the year and compared to last year. 'Landfast ice' is the term used for...

EDITORIAL: Hindsight is always 2020

Wow, we made it for another lap around the sun. A journey of 4 million kilometres begins with a single moment, it seems. I began 2019 some 3,177 km away in what increasingly feels like...

Inuvik Drum – January 9 Edition

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IN PHOTOS: A weekend of wonder at Inuvik’s Sunrise Festival

For three days, Inuvik was bustling with cross-cultural activity, as dancers taught their moves, sculptors taught their arts and free activities abounded from Jan. 3-5.

IN PHOTOS: Inuvik Sunrise Festival opening night

Inuvik's Sunrise festival kicked off Jan. 3 with opening ceremonies at East Three School. Three days of celebrations welcomed back the sun as residents welcomed guests from across Canada to join in the celebrations.  

New children’s book teaches the basics of Gwich’in

Vành gòonlìh. Drin gwichìl'ee gòo'àii. Sriinii'àii. Drin gwiheezàa gòonlìh. Translating to "It's morning. It's a beautiful day. The sun is shining. It's going to be a good day," the opening lines of the new children's book Drin...

VIDEO: Theland Kicknowsway’s L.E.D. Hoop Dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgF1mF-oznk Theland Kicknowsway performs his signature L.E.D. Hoop Dance at the Inuvik Sunrise Festival Jan. 3.

Tuktoyaktuk teens taking documentary to next level

They may have already traveled over 14,000 kilometres already, but for a team of four Tuktoyaktuk documentarians the journey is just beginning. Nathan Kuptana, Carmen Kuptana and Eriel Lugt showed the first part of their...

Hoop Dancer shows Inuvik the rainbow at Sunrise Festival

Theland Kicknosway had already been dancing for three years when he approached his mother with a profound question. "When he was seven years old he would always tell me, 'I hope they see what I...

Tsiigehtchic reaching out to Toronto Blue Jays for baseball field upgrades

Tsiigehtchic's aging baseball diamond is in need of a serious overhaul and is reaching out to Canada's premier team for assistance in repairing it. Part of the Toronto Blue Jay's public outreach program, the Jays...

Inuvik Firefighters level-up over the holidays

Nine of Inuvik's bravest are engaged in some serious upgrading over the holiday season, completing the physical component of a Level 1 firefighter course over the first week of December and a written component...

Parks Canada invites Inuvik in for coffee

Residents were invited in to meet their local Parks Canada team Nov. 29 at their office on Kingmingya Road and learn all about the different conservation work Parks Canada does in the region. From listening...

Beaufort Delta residents help researchers shed light elusive gut bacteria

Residents in the Beaufort Delta have helped scientists at the University of Alberta shed a bit of light on a mysterious stomach bacteria estimated around 2000 to have infected at least half the human...

RCMP hand out Christmas cards made by East Three Elementary students

You're never too young to learn about road safety. Students of East Three Elementary School showed that in volumes, producing hundreds of personalized Christmas cards for drivers who passed through the RCMP's Candy Cane check...

PHOTO STORY: Christmas Coffeehouse brings out the cheer

East Three School hosted the annual Christmas Coffeehouse Dec. 18, an open stage for the community to showcase their talents, both festive and otherwise. From choral chants to cello recitals, there was something for everyone....

Lesa Semmler lays out legislative priorities

Inuvik-Twin Lakes MLA Lesa Semmler never pictured herself in politics, but now that she's in the seat she can reflect on how she got here. "I never thought I was going to be in politics,...

EDITORIAL: On that dreaded deficit…

Finance Minister Bill Morneau released his fiscal update Dec. 16 and the usual chorus quickly chimed in its holiday doom predictions. Projections for the deficit in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 grew by close to $8 billion...

Inuvik Drum – December 19 Edition

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$80 million price tag to replace utilidor system already 30 years past service life

Inuvik still has 6,400 metres of original utilidor in service, with some sections nearing 65 years old, over twice their intended service life. Costs to replace the system are being pegged at $80 million. That's...

Inuvik sending hockey player to Arctic Winter Games

Liam Cardinal will be the Beaufort Sea's sole representative at the bantam division of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse this March after emerging as one of 17 players to make the elite...

Yukon gov’t wants to electrify the Dempster

Yukon Territory wants to work with the NWT government to install fast-charging stations along the Dempster as part of its climate change plan, which is on the verge of going live and residents of...

Aklavik man arrested for sexual assault of a minor: RCMP

A 30-year-old Aklavik man has been charged with sexual interference. Police say they received a complaint on Dec. 5 of this year. They allege the man was engaging in sexual acts with a minor for...

EDITORIAL: Nature knows no borders

I noticed a bit of a theme threading through the last few weeks of stories I've been covering — the concept of a border and why it's a silly construct. All borders are effectively psychological....

Inuvik Drum – December 12 Edition

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Town of Inuvik releases survey to pick new name for airport road

  An online survey has been released by the Town of Inuvik with a total of eight options for residents, an increase of six possible names from the original suggestions. Earlier in the month, the Department...