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Inuvik wind project to offer high source of energy

The Town of Inuvik has the highest dependency on diesel fuel in the NWT but the Inuvik Wind Generation Project is now well on the way to providing an alternative. The Government of Canada and territorial government announced a joint funding announcement of $40 million for the project Nov. 13, which is seen as a...

New Arctic Region could increase resources, sovereignty

The Department of Fisheries, Oceans (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) announced the creation of a new Arctic Region that will include the four regions of Inuit Nunangat in Inuvik Oct. 24. The new region is a step towards reconciliation and resetting the way the federal government works with the North, said Jonathan Wilkinson,...

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 Arctic Inspiration Prize. The prize provides up to $3 million cash to recognize and promote the contribution of teams working to...

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 at the NNSL Media office in Yellowknife, which publishes the Drum, contacted RCMP on Monday, Jan. 14, after receiving a phone...

Three Inuvik youth set to play for NWT Basketball

Krish Sharma, Donovan Arey and Dwayne Raddi landed spots on this year’s under-15 NWT basketball team. Krish Sharma, 15, said he was shocked when he found out that he made the team. “I knew I had to work harder now, because we’re going to the big tournament in August,” said Sharma. The East Three Secondary...

RCMP charge man in Inuvik stabbing

A 39-year-old Inuvik man has been charged following a stabbing in the community that sent one man to hospital. In the early morning hours of May 10, Mounties discovered the man in the Union Street-area who appeared to have been injured with an “edged weapon,” following what police are describing as an “altercation,” according to...

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 been quite a busy flu season, it seems to have come earlier than previous years. So far to date we’ve...
Tyra Cockney-Goose poses with her bronze medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa in 2018. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Parrott

Inuvik student recipient of $25,000 award

An Inuvik student studying at the University of Victoria has had her academic efforts recognized, as she was recently named as one of five recipients of a $25,000 award. Tyra Cockney-Goose, a first-year student who is working towards completing her bachelor of science in mathematics, said that she was shocked when she heard that she...

Small renovations make a big difference

Joey Amos, manager of Inuvik’s John Wayne Kiktorak Centre, says a newly cleared out office space is now available to external service workers to use to work with residents, making their services more accessible. “Wellness teams, addictions counselors, and other service workers can come in to the centre to use the space free of charge,”...

Reporter witnesses drug sting at hotel

The Inuvik Drum had a ringside seat to a dramatic scene Nov. 6 as an apparent undercover drug investigation unfolded at the Nova Inn. Two criminal events appeared to take place in one day but it wasn’t clear at press time if they were related. Around 1 a.m., a hotel guest asked the one Nova...
NWT MP Michael McLeod, left, and territorial delegate for Daughters of the Vote Lesli Kisoun met while she was in Ottawa to spread the word about a threat to Porcupine caribou in Alaska. Photo courtesy of the Office of Michael McLeod

Young Inuvik woman turns back on Trudeau

An Inuvik resident was one of the dozens other young women who turned their back on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons on April 3, the day after he booted two high profile female former cabinet ministers from his Liberal caucus. Jody Wilson-Raybould, the first Indigenous woman to be appointed attorney general...

Cooking up a trip

Eight years after he attended the Dreamcatchers Aboriginal Youth Conference, Michael Ciboci was busy finishing some Chinese takeout to help fundraise for a new crop of youth to head to this year’s event. “Now I’m in the position where I’m able to fundraise with the youth to bring them and they can experience the conference,”...

Fatality on the Dempster Highway south of Fort McPherson

A 22-year-old man died in a two-vehicle collision on the Dempster Highway just before 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. According to Cst. Robert Frizzell of the RCMP North District Media Liaison, the accident occurred approximately 30 km south of James Creek Camp near the Yukon-Northwest Territories border. The individual driving the other vehicle was not...

Untangling lights worth it

The warm weather meant Tim Gordon finally got some help putting up his bevy of Christmas lights this year. “Now that it’s warmer, she comes out,” said Gordon, who along with Kelcy McDonald had the winning house in the 2017 Light Up the Town Christmas lights decorating contest. “Before it would be -35, I’d be...

Botched or otherwise, inquiry raises awareness

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls was always going to be challenged to find a way to actually make a positive impact. First, it’s tackling an issue almost too large to definitively discuss and definitely too large to be able to solve with just a report. Second, it’s been mired in...

Jubilation as Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway opens

People were spilling out of the sides of the Donald Kuptana Sr. Memorial Arena in Tuktoyaktuk for a historic celebration of the opening of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway on Wednesday, Nov. 15. More than 700 community members, dignitaries and outside media came together, starting with a celebration in Inuvik followed by a ribbon-cutting at the start...
The recent buildup of ice in Kitikmeot waters has made conditions much more challenging for the GNWT's Marine Transportation Services division than when this photo was taken in September 2017. The last barge of the season is unable to get into Kugluktuk or Cambridge Bay, causing a huge headache for businesses, municipal governments and residents who are relying on the delivery of those supplies. photo courtesy of the GNWT

Delta communities express outrage over barge cancellation

Residents in the Beaufort Delta are frustrated with a decision by the GNWT to cancel the Marine Transportation Services barge up through the communities for season deliveries. Ray Ruben, mayor of Paulatuk said he got word on Sunday from Merve Gruben, Mayor of Tuktayoktuk and Herbert Nakimayak, MLA for Beaufort Delta that there would be...

Specialist brought in to find pool leak

An ongoing leak at the Midnight Sun Complex (MSC) pool forced the Town of Inuvik to bring in a leak detection specialist last weekend and required closing the pool for three days. “Certain areas are difficult to get at,” said senior administrative officer Grant Hood, referring to the fact the pool would have to be...

Nine repping Beaufort Delta

Forty players competed to make the bantam boys’ hockey team at the Arctic Winter Games trial last weekend in Inuvik, with about half making the cut. “All the kids are working hard and battling hard,” said Shawn Talbot, who will be coaching the team, midway through the three-day evaluation camp, which brought in players from...

Cup returns to E3SS

Keenen Wolki and his team of East Three Secondary School students hoisted the school’s miniature Stanley Cup last week, winning the final game of floor hockey intramurals in the season-ending playoffs. The Cup was presented by staff decked out in zebra-style referee uniforms and even had a member of the RCMP on hand. “I think...

Northern games integral to Tuk history

In Inuvik, the annual festival welcoming the return of the sun brings a smorgasbord of events, from yoga to dancing, fireworks, snow carving and more. Tuktoyaktuk’s festival, named Sikiniq Nuimavia Katijvikput – “As the sun rises, we will gather together” – has all of those things but a central theme of celebrating Arctic sports. “It’s always...

Last newspaper, last thoughts

After about one and a half years as editor of the Drum, I’m leaving the paper but staying in Inuvik, because it’s a great town. I notice a lot of former mayors, GNWT employees and even Drum editors tend to stick around. The talented Samantha McKay is taking over the paper. In my time as...

Sharpe foils suspected dope dealer

Vince Sharpe’s curiosity and sense of duty helped foil a presumed drug dealer in town. The town councillor had been at the Nova Inn Monday, Nov. 6, after his polar bear skin had been stolen during the night. He was also doing some work in the building to help set it up for a new...

Inuvik Minor Softball League to start up after hiatus

A group of Inuvik parents are re-starting the minor softball league after being on hiatus for a few years. “We thought we would stop complaining and start organizing,” said Janelle Glemser, president of the new Inuvik Minor Softball League. “It just takes a couple people to take the initiative and start something like this.” Glemser...

Safety first at Inuvik bike rodeo

East Three Elementary School students learned the importance of wearing a helmet while riding a bike last week – and received a new helmet for free if they didn’t have one. The three-day bike rodeo, organized by municipal enforcement constables TJ Moore and Matt Hogan and RCMP Const. Stephanie Leduc, took place May 30 to June...

Inuvik EMS back to 100 per cent

The Inuvik ambulance station received a back-up ambulance Jan. 28 to replace the vehicle destroyed in a Jan. 20 fire. “Crews are now just getting it ready and cleaned and restocked. It’ll be back in service by this evening,” said Sean Ivens, president and CEO of Advanced Medical Solutions Inc. (AMS), the company that operates...

Sunrise festival just two weeks away

The 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival is next year but just two weeks away, and the final details were being hammered out at a meeting this week. The festival, which takes place on the frozen Twin Lakes down by the boat launch next to Mackenzie River, will have a bit of a change in layout from...

Council shows welcome restraint

Council showed some welcome restraint limiting its donation to the Terry Halifax bursary, down from a requested $5,000 to $2,500. Immediately, let’s put aside any comment about the man himself – everyone agrees it is worthy to honour Halifax. But is that the role of the Town of Inuvik? The town gets its money from...

Inuvik’s skate park renamed after Andrew Robertson

The skate park beside the Inuvik Youth Centre is now called the Andy Robertson Skate Park after the late Inuvik youth. Two blue benches – one shaped like a skateboard and one with an etching of Robertson – were also donated to the park in Robertson’s honor. After his death in 2015, Robertson’s friends approached Inuvik’s...