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Marathoning for hope in Inuvik

Inuvik resident Trudy Marks has participated in every Terry Fox Run since 1981. “I first ran when I was living in Alberta … and my first run in Inuvik was when I moved here in 1995,” said Marks. “It keeps me young, it keeps me going.” Marks, who is 73 years old, said she encourages...

We should be more critical of Canada

Canada Day in Inuvik was celebrated with a cheery parade, upbeat live music and red-and-white cupcakes. Unfortunately, much of Canada’s past and present are not worthy of such joyous celebration. From Canada’s residential school system to today’s thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, our country has many faults it must acknowledge. This...
On Jan. 29, the Town of Inuvik posted on their Facebook page a special advisory informing food vendors about the recent changes made to the temporary food establishment permit. The change in the interpretation of the permit’s legislation by the territorial chief environmental health officer was officially announced on Jan. 1, which now limits a vendor’s market participation to 14 days. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Legislation change limits Arctic Market participation

Local food vendors are being forced to limit their Arctic Market appearances after a recent change in the interpretation of a food permit legislation has reduced the number of days they are allowed to set up shop. The change in the understanding of the temporary food establishment permit came into effect on Jan. 1, when...

Festival will mix storytelling with music and film

The second show of the 2017 Northern Arts and Cultural Centre season in Inuvik brings homegrown talent to the Midnight Sun Complex. Caroline Cox and Leanne Goose will be performing a mix of storytelling, music and film screening at the Ko K’e Spoken Word Festival Monday, Oct. 16. “She’s one of the really, really talented...

Inuvik search and rescue organizations to work cooperatively

Last spring, a search-and-rescue effort that would have normally taken two days only took half a day thanks to cooperation between Inuvik’s search and rescue teams, according to Alex Klapatiuk, a member of Inuvik Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR), the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA). Klapatiuk said...

Player turns coach

Brittenie Jefferd-Moore, known better in town by the nickname Bitsie, was one of only two girls in her age group playing hockey growing up. “I remember having to get dressed in the women’s washroom in Tuk one year,” recalls Jefferd-Moore, who often had to prepare herself for games in closets or storage rooms. She joined...

MACA hosts youth basketball tournament in Inuvik

Approximately 20 youth spent their Friday evening playing basketball on the courts outside of East Three Secondary School and enjoying a barbecue under the sun June 22. Chloe Larocque, summer student at the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), organized the three-on-three basketball tournament as part of her work...

Economy, cost of living top priorities for mayoral candidate Natasha Kulikowski

Councillor Natasha Kulikowski, one of two mayoral candidates in this year’s municipal election, has three priorities should she be elected mayor: the economy, the cost of living and the price of energy. Kulikowski said she wants to ensure there are enough opportunities for everyone in town to work. “Whether it is in large industry, tourism,...

Satellite company sets licence deadline to pull out of Inuvik

San Francisco-based satellite company Planet will remove its Inuvik ground station if it does not receive a remote sensing licence from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) by June 1, 2018. Mike Safyan, senior director of launch and ground stations for Planet announced the deadline at the Canadian SmallSat Symposium in Toronto Tuesday, Feb. 13. “We’ve been...

Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk gear up for summer tourism boom

The newly-completed Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway is expected to draw five to 10 times the average number of visitors to the region, according to Annie Steen, the economic development officer for the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk. Steen said Tuktoyaktuk is expecting 5,000 to 10,000 tourists to visit this year, based on calls received by the hamlet and the...

Aklavik holds 75th annual jamboree

Aklavik welcomed spring last weekend with its 75th annual Mad Trapper Rendezvous, also known as its spring carnival or jamboree. Sebastian Andrews was crowned king of the Aklavik Mad Trapper Rendezvous March 29. The runner up was Courtney Charlie. Ashton Semple took third place, and Terilyn Storr came in fourth place in the King or...
Chris Church, an actor from Inuvik, said that the small role that he had in the 2018 film, The Grizzlies, was an unforgettable experience. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Minor movie role has major impact on Inuvik actor

Although he didn’t have a major role in the film, Inuvik actor Chris Church said just being involved in The Grizzlies was a life-changing experience. Based on a true story, The Grizzlies is Canadian sports drama that takes place in the early 2000s and revolves around a lacrosse team that is assembled in Kugluktuk, Nunavut....
Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, the scientific director of Hotiì ts’eeda, highlighted issues with the education system for elementary and secondary students in the NWT during a public consultation event on postsecondary education that was hosted in Inuvik on March 12. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik post secondary education discussion calls for improvements to education system

Before the GNWT develops a vision for a post-secondary institution in the NWT, one Northerner believes that the territorial government should first re-envision the education system for elementary and secondary students living in the smaller northern communities. During a public consultation event on post secondary education that was held in Inuvik on March 12,  Stephanie...
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 on last year’s 211. “I think it’s working, that kids are enjoying it. I think there’s an element of inclusivity that...

Deputy premier Robert C. McLeod will not seek re-election in fall

In the legislative assembly today, Robert C. McLeod, deputy premier and MLA for Inuvik Twin Lakes announced he will not put his name forward in the upcoming October election. McLeod thanked all members for their work, despite their political disagreements over the years. “The common denominator that I know we all have is trying to...

Second annual Indigenous Connectivity Summit to be held in Inuvik

The Internet Society will hold its second annual Indigenous Connectivity Summit in Inuvik October 10-11. Mark Buell, the society’s North America bureau director, said one of the organization’s main goals is ensuring everyone has access to the Internet. In North America, he says the society is primarily concerned with Indigenous and Arctic communities. “The point...
Team NT's girls hockey team gathers around following their game against Prince Edward Island at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 24. Mel Bolin/Canada Winter Games photo

Week two gets underway at Canada Winter Games for Team NT and Nunavut

And so begins another week of the North’s best and brightest doing their thing at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Week two officially got underway on Feb. 24 with three sports in action involving Team NT; Nunavut wasn’t in action. The boys and girls curling rinks took on Saskatchewan in the morning...

Last call for liquor debate

Licensed premises bylaw hears final pitches before deciding vote The last voices from the public on whether to allow The Mad Trapper bar to open another 16 Sundays per year were all against the idea at the town’s committee of the whole meeting Monday, May 8. “I think weekends should be a family time and...
Team Nunavut marches into the opening ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 15. Mark Cundict/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 3

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 3 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Sunday: All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Team NT vs. Prince Edward Island Nunavut vs. Yukon 7:30 p.m. Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador Team NT vs. Yukon Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Boys...

Edmonton man charged after Inuvik RCMP seize nearly $70K in cash

An Edmonton man has been charged after Inuvik RCMP say a search warrant turned up  weapons and nearly $70,000 in cash. Mounties in the Inuvik executed the search warrant at a residence in the community on Saturday, March 9, according to a news release from RCMP. Police say approximately $69,000, along with drug paraphernalia, a...

Talking pot in Inuvik

Inuvik’s community engagement session on the legalization of cannabis brought together nearly 20 residents with a range of opinions on Sept. 11 at the Mackenzie Hotel. GNWT officials asked the group questions around everything from possession and age restrictions to retail sales of the substance. The event lasted more than two hours, with some people...

Inuvik junior boys head to Super Soccer

The junior boys’ soccer team from East Three Secondary School will be attending the Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife May 2-6. Dwayne Drescher, coach for the 16-and-under team, said the team raised $10,000 through fundraising, trip fees and a donation from MACA in order to be able to attend the tournament. “The major reason why...
Madison Francis, left, and Sierra McDonald practise their roles in How Tulugaq the Raven Stole the Sun, which students from East Three School will be performing this weekend. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, May 26, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Children First Centre prepares for changes coming with junior kindergarten

With the introduction of junior kindergarten at East Three School next fall, the Children First Centre is preparing for ways it might have to adapt its programming. “It’s really hard to tell what the true impact will be until junior kindergarten starts and the families start making decisions regarding their children and what they want...

Two people unharmed after industrial explosion rocks Inuvik building

No injuries were reported after a worksite explosion rocked a building in Inuvik yesterday, say RCMP. Mounties responded to the blast at an industrial worksite in the community just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a news release issued by RCMP Wednesday afternoon. Two people were reported to have been inside the affected building,...

Cultural workshops fill fast

A series of free cultural workshops filled almost immediately after nearly being cancelled. “I emailed my funding people and said I’m going to have to give the money back, I can’t do it,” said Lise Saumur, director of community services for the town. She had received Canada 150 funding to host some cultural workshops in...

You can make an impact on climate change

Last week I spoke with Chris Burn, a Northern studies professor at Carleton University, about how the number of landslides in the NWT has been increasing since the 1990s. For example, in September 2009, 25 landslides were recorded near Reindeer Station, and in 2017, approximately 80 landslides were recorded in the same place. That’s a...

Muskrat Jamboree welcomes spring in Inuvik

The 61st annual Muskrat Jamboree rang in the return of spring with the first reindeer viewing from the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway, the return of dog sled racing and fifth-time jamboree queen and king Loretta and Teddy Rogers. Loretta Rogers said they raised about $30,800 for the jamboree. She said they have been running for queen and...

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...

NACC hits the stage in Inuvik

The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is opening the curtains on a new season of performances, with the first Inuvik show happening in just a week’s time. Cafe Daughter plays at the Midnight Sun Complex on Sept. 21 and has been on NACC executive and artistic director Marie Coderre’s radar for a few years. “It’s...
Louie Goose (left) glances over at David Ross (right) as they perform a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” during the Western Arctic School of Music’s first open mic event on March 30. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik’s music school hosts first open mic event

Musicians and music lovers from all corners of Inuvik came out to the Western Arctic School of Music (WASM) on March 30 to tune into some local talent during the school’s first open mic event. More than a dozen people packed into the school’s common room, where guitar-wielding musicians performed for nearly four hours. Some...