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Craig Scott is the executive director of Ecology North. NNSL file photo

Youth climate change summit coming to Inuvik

Inuvik and other surrounding communities throughout the Beaufort Delta Region will be the focal point of Ecology North’s Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change event that’s taking place later this summer. Around 11 to...
Volunteers and staff of the First Bible Baptist Church pose outside of the completed camp. Photo courtesy of Reilly Featherstone

Construction of Delta Bible Camp complete

The construction for the First Bible Baptist Church’s youth summer camp, the “Delta Bible Camp”, was completed earlier in June, 12 years after the camp’s original foundation had been set. “Everything was there waiting to...
Keenen Wolki goes up for a layup while defended by Douglas Keevik during a pickup game of basketball on June 24. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Keeping Inuvik’s basketball tradition alive

Clinton Gordon was 16-years-old when he was invited to come out and play in the Inuvik Men's Basketball Club in 1997, a group that was formed in the late 1980s at Samuel Hearne Secondary...
Mary Ann Villeneuve, the executive director for the Great Northern Arts Festival, poses with this year’s promotional poster. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Gearing up for the Great Northern Arts Festival

A total of 40 new and returning artists from around the nation will be featured in the 31st annual Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF) that is scheduled to take place from July 12 to...

SPORTS TALK: Thinking caps on, kids … time to save Team North

Alright, so the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT is no longer looking after the bill for Team North at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. In all honesty, I don't blame them for going...

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Great Northern Arts festival announces schedule

Inuvik The Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF) has announced their special projects and performance schedule for the upcoming July 12 to 20 event. This year there will be special presentations from the Inuit Art Foundation on...
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...
Western Arctic Oceans Day volunteers prepare for the town’s parade.

Sachs Harbour celebrates Canada Day and Western Arctic Oceans Day

Canada Day festivities in Sachs Harbour were made extra special this year, as the community also hosted the Western Arctic Oceans Day celebrations on July 1 as well. This was the third time that the...
Inuvik Mayor Natasha Kulikowski points out areas of the town that are home to light industrial businesses. The Town of Inuvik hosted a third and final reading to amend a zoning by-law for cannabis related businesses on June 27. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik residents express concerns over potential location of cannabis retail store

During the Town of Inuvik’s third and final reading to amend a zoning by-law for cannabis related businesses on June 27, a number of residents voiced their concerns over the possibility of a cannabis...
Residents and politicians joined members of Climate Action Inuvik for one final march down MacKenzie Road on June 28. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Climate Action Inuvik hosts final march of the season

With summer break officially underway, politicians and residents joined members from the Climate Action Inuvik group for one final march and rally on June 28.  “This is our last march of the season. I just...
Inuvik Boot Lake MLA Alfred Moses announced on June 28 that the territorial government will contribute $5.5 million to a $22 million project that will improve the infrastructure at Inuvik’s Mike Zubko Airport. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik airport receives funding to help combat impacts of climate change

In an effort to make Inuvik’s Mike Zubko Airport more resilient to the effects of climate change, both the territorial and federal governments announced on June 28 that they are investing $22 million to...
Dalton McLeod from Inuvik completed the 240 kilometre Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay in 11 hours on June 15. Photo courtesy of Paul MacDonald

Inuvik youth completes 240 km cycling event

Before taking on the menacing 240 km Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay solo race event on June 15, the only other long distance race that 17-year-old Dalton McLeod had participated in was a five...
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation office in Inuvik. NNSL file photo

Gearing up for summer literacy

All six communities within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region will be hosting their own summer literacy day camps from July 2 to 19. Britney Selina, the youth program organizer with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), said...
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...
Participants take off for their run during the Midnight Sun Fun Run on June 22. Over 100 individuals from all walks of life participated in events such as a five kilometre run or a sprint triathlon. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Midnight Sun Fun Run adds new sprint triathlon event

There were over 100 runners who took part in this year’s Midnight Sun Fun Run activities on June 22, where 18 of the participants tried out the event's latest addition: a sprint triathlon. Steve Krug,...
An observer wears a “Native Pride” hat during the revealing of the “Antennas as Canvas” art project at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations on June 21. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Satellite art project celebrates Inuvik’s artistic talent and cultural diversity

The final result of a public art project that displays Inuvik’s diverse set of traditions and cultures across five satellite receivers was revealed to community members during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations on June...

Protecting cultural heritage

As climate change threatens communities and historic sites on the Arctic coast, a researcher is using maps to work with communities to identify what should be saved. “There are all kinds of impacts taking place,”...
Recent graduate John Noksana is escorted to the graduation stage by his sister Joce, left, and his mom Glenna during Mangilaluk School’s 2019 graduation ceremony in Tuktoyaktuk on June 20. Noksana was one of the 21 students who received their high school diplomas that day, which made them the largest graduating class in the school’s history. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Tuktoyaktuk’s Mangilaluk School welcomes their largest graduating class

A record breaking 21 students from Tuktoyaktuk’s Mangilaluk School received their high school diplomas on June 20, making them the largest graduating class in the school’s history. “It was hard, it was challenging, but they...
An image of the seized items. photo courtesy of the RCMP

Inuvik RCMP seize drugs valued at $53,000, “significant” sum of cash

Responding to an assault call in Inuvik led RCMP to seize 330 grams of crack cocaine valued at $49,000, 220 grams of marijuana worth $4,000, and a "significant" amount of cash, police stated in...
Kyra McDonald, a 15-year-old hockey player from Inuvik, is one of many youth female hockey players from across the nation who make up the first all-girl season of the Hit The Ice youth hockey series. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik hockey player makes her TV debut

Season seven of the Canadian youth hockey series “Hit The Ice” premiered on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) on June 12, and it stars one of Inuvik’s most talented and upcoming hockey players. 15-year-old...

Inuvik RCMP investigating after 17 solar panels damaged

Police in Inuvik are asking for the public’s help after 17 solar panels were damaged in the community over the weekend. The solar panels were damaged at the Children First Centre, located on Kingmingya Road,...
In addition to shifting and sinking target stands, a large “lake” has also formed at the Inuvik Gun Club’s outdoor shooting range. The club is investing around $30,00 to help renovate and clean up the site, with the remediation process beginning at the end of the month. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik’s shooting range to undergo renovations

Thanks to some much needed renovations, the Inuvik Gun Club’s outdoor shooting range will have a completely different look by the end of the summer. Club secretary Chris Garven said that the remediation process will...
June 15 is recognized around the world as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Inuvik hosted their own event a day early at Ingamo Hall on June 14. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Elder abuse awareness event hosted in Inuvik

Residents from all over the community came out and showed their support for local Elders during the town’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event that was hosted at the Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre on...
The mural that was painted over the kiosk at Jim Koe Park by Inuvik youth features a grizzly bear, a whale, caribou, Northern Lights and more. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

New mural adds more colour to Inuvik

Residents throughout town are raving about the new mural that was painted over the old kiosk at Jim Koe Park, a project and vision that was brought to life by local youth from the...
Three-year-old Eliana Prins was all smiles as she sat comfortably aboard the Inuvik Regional Hospital’s float during the parade.Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Photo feature: Inuvik’s second annual Pride Parade

More than 200 community members marched in Inuvik’s second annual Pride Parade on June 8. This year’s parade featured floats from various organizations, such as the Inuvik Fire Department, the Legion, the Hospital, Parks...
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...
Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, right, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed watch as Inuvik drummers and dancers perform a drum dance ceremony prior to the announcement of the National Inuit Climate Change Strategy at Ingamo Hall on June 7. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuit-led climate change strategy announced in Inuvik

An Inuit-driven climate change strategy was revealed at Inuvik’s Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre on June 7, which will see Inuit communities and governments across the Inuit Nunangat collaborate to address the growing concerns that...
Softball instructor Bryan Sask, left, teaches Keene Woodcock how to properly hold a bat during a softball clinic in Inuvik on June 9. Sask and NWT Softball executive director Paul Gard were in town from June 8 to 9, where they introduced youth to the basic fundamentals of the game. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Softball clinic a home run for Inuvik youth

A softball clinic for Inuvik youth was hosted from June 8 to 9, where more than 50 kids came out to learn about the basic fundamentals of the game. Paul Gard, the executive director of...
George Teepe, a resident of Laguna Niguel in California, poses with his Tesla as it charges outside of an Inuvik resident’s home on June 3. He headed North in his electric car to Tuktoyaktuk on May 16 before arriving in the hamlet on June 4. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

California man believed first to drive electric car to the Arctic

George Teepe celebrated his 84th birthday on June 2 by sleeping in his Tesla electric car in the Peel River region, waiting for the ferry services to open up to take him across the...