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Muskrat population looks to be gaining

Two researchers looking into muskrat populations in the region report that the numbers seem to be up lately. “Their populations are cyclic, but this low has been much more extended than usual – at least 10 to 15 years, but in some places longer – and an increase should have been observed a while ago,”...

Six figures spent on community service

For such a small and remote town, Inuvik has sure taken the attention of the Toronto-based Muslim Welfare Centre. The organization funds the Midnight Sun Mosque’s Arctic Food Bank and flew up several members for a community celebration last week, in which the centre also gave out 100 school backpacks to children. “I see the...

Researchers seek fish expertise in Mackenzie Delta

Three researchers are working on two separate but related projects looking into the health of fish in the region, and they want as much feedback from local anglers as possible. “Some people talk about the fish being totally healthy and they don’t really notice much,” said Tracey Proverbs, whose research began last year. “Other people...

U.S. consulate seeks American citizens

Representatives from the U.S. consulate will be travelling to Inuvik in September in search of American citizens. The group will be available to conduct routine consular services for U.S. citizens, such as passport renewals and records of births and deaths. Anyone interested in meeting with the group is encouraged to contact the U.S consulate office...

Grounded aviation tour a disappointment

Hundreds of people enjoyed the show when the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour dazzled Inuvik and surrounding communities early this June. After each show, pilots took hours out of their time to meet with residents and discuss opportunities in aviation and form bonds with people of the North. Unfortunately, it looks like not all Northerners will...

Celebrating 50 years of the GNWT

For Ernest Taylor Pokiak, the creation of the Government of the Northwest Territories in 1967 was a chance to progress his career. The Tuktoyaktuk-based elder had been working for the federal government in Inuvik since 1964. He recalls workers being offered the option to transfer to the territorial government when the GNWT was created, but...

Group in Inuvik develops to aid those in need

Noting that times are tough for many community groups these days, the Inuvik Food Bank included, two locals have joined forces to build support for those in need. Barbara Sulz and Cheryl Zaw are proposing an Inuvik Food Drive, a one-day event before summer ends to drum up as much food as possible for the...

Sheep is back on the menu

A new survey of dall sheep in the Richardson Mountains, between Aklavik and Fort McPherson, shows the population’s numbers on the rise, which means the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board is lifting its voluntary closure on hunting the animals. The GRRB’s June survey showed the population has climbed from 496 in 2014 to 647 now. When...

Athletes get opportunity of a lifetime

Six Beaufort Delta athletes are competing in the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, and mission staff member Colin Pybus calls that the opportunity of a lifetime. “This is the ultimate expression of activity and sport,” said Pybus from Winnipeg, where he and the first contingent of Team NWT athletes are participating in the summer games....

Inuvik youth takes in Nuu-chah-nulth culture

The chance to experience Nuu-chah-nulth culture in Port Alberni has been an enlightening one for Inuvik youth Des Beaulieu. “It’s pretty fun learning about their cultures and differences and similarities between theirs and the culture up North,” said the 16-year-old daughter of an Inuvialuit mother and Dene father. She’s taking part in Northern Youth Abroad’s...

BioBlitz charts Inuvik’s nature

Inuvik’s streets are filled with more than 100 species of plants, and most of them are native to the area. That’s in stark contrast to most cities in the south, which are full of weeds and introduced plants. Paul M. Catling, who was in Inuvik during a BioBlitz this week, said 95 per cent of...

Community invited to research workshop

Community members in Aklavik are invited to attend an open two-day workshop hosted by the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board Sept. 20-21. The workshop will be discussing research priorities and strategic planning, with the GRRB looking to update its strategic plan and research priorities for the next five years. “We’re inviting our partners and our renewable...

Network issue causes power outages

The lightning storm last week wasn’t the cause of several power outages during the same time period in town. Pam Coulter, communications manager at NWT Power Corporation, said a network issue between the LNG building and the gas plant caused the disruptions. The two buildings are connected through the Internet. “The gas plant controls the...

Drummers and dancers riding NAIG high

Members of the Ulukhaktok Western Drummers and Dancers are riding high after a whirlwind trip to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto last week. The group performed at York University on opening night and again at McMaster University the next night as part of the territory’s cultural contingent sent to the games. They...

Somebody do something

Inuvik is one of the best places I’ve ever lived, and it’s not just nice for a Northern town. It’s remote but still classically Canadian, a little bit Wild West and extremely friendly. The only problem is the economy. I walk around town and wonder, what’s someone supposed to do here? What jobs are there?...

Inuvik youth centre sees bright days

Faith Raymond and Kenny Stewart remember the reputation the Inuvik Youth Centre had when they were growing up in town. “From a parent’s perspective, the youth centre was a place where you didn’t want your kid to end up,” said Raymond, 19, who now works as the centre’s coordinator. “I wasn’t allowed to go to...

Beaufort athletes excel at Indigenous games

The Beaufort Delta contingent of athletes in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games got Team NWT off to a hot start. The canoe racers, many of whom came from the region, brought home eight of the team’s 28 medals in the first days of the competition. “We’re super happy with the performance that everyone had,”...

Climate change could alter landscape, says researcher

Though it’s a long process with many complicating factors, if the climate were to continue changing in accordance with recent trends, that could mean some significant landscape changes up and down the Mackenzie Valley. Ruth Errington, technician with the Canadian Forest Service, was in Inuvik this month re-measuring peatland and forest plots around the community...

Residential school workshops open eyes

For Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, education on the history of residential schools ties to all aspects of her role. “It really brings back to every file you work in in this office, whether it be economics, business development, culture and heritage, language, self-government, everything,” she said. Greenland-Morgan took part in...

MP McLeod in the middle of satellite debate

Planet Labs missed its second chance to track satellites from its Inuvik station during its mid-July launch. The company, along with Kongsberg Satellite of Norway and local business New North Networks, invested approximately $10 million in the commercial satellite station between town and the airport but its antennae have yet to be used as the...

Town aims to tie tourism to Yukon

Inuvik may be part of the Northwest Territories, but in many ways – most notably tourism – it’s more closely tied to Yukon. That’s why the Town of Inuvik has identified strengthening that tie as a priority for the next year. “I would say probably 70 per cent of our (tourism) traffic comes up driving,...

Satellites and multiculturalism define opportunities in Beaufort-Delta

opinion – Inuvik Drum Editor Stewart Burnett It’s a busy month for an economically quiet town. Everyone sees the satellites around Inuvik but not everyone knows what they’re doing. Next week, the Landsat Technical Working Group will meet for the 26th time, bringing scientists and ground station specialists from more than 30 countries together to...

Men majority of drowning victims in NWT, say safety officials

With waterways in the area melting and boating season fast approaching, the Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association is reminding people to stay safe on the water. For the last few years, the NWTRPA has been engaging in a campaign targeting men, who make up the vast majority of drownings in the territory. “A lot...

International satellite scientists in Inuvik to discuss Landsat program

Anyone driving from the airport into town will see a number of satellite stations next to the Dempster Highway. Quietly, that location is a small international hub of information, with satellite operations being performed by Canada, Germany, Sweden and France. Next week, 30 scientists and ground station specialists from 30 countries will meet in Inuvik...
David Stewart, from the Inuvialuit Communications Society, and Elizabeth Kolb, Arctic Image Festival Coordinator, encourage the community to come out and support Northern photographers at this weekend’s Arctic Image Festival. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Arctic Image festival to show off work of talented Delta photographers

The Arctic Image Festival is trying to take photos beyond Facebook and into hard-copy, high-quality prints. This weekend, the group is holding its fourth annual event, during which it will show off a range of prints by Northern photographers and provide workshops with photography professionals. “It’s a way to show local photographers’ work and work...
Melba Mitchell, left, of Inuvik and Mary Jane Moses of Old Crow participate in the caribou skinning contest. - photo courtesy of Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan

Gwichin ‘Caribou people’ work to keep herds and communities healthy in Old Crow

More than an historic resource for Gwich’in people, caribou is a metaphor for the community itself. Spread across the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Canada, Alaska and beyond, Gwich’in have the challenge of maintaining a sense of community. “If we identify as being caribou people, we need to always keep in touch to work together,” said Bobbie...
Bonny Ebele and Emmanuel Ndumu, both from Africa, take part in Inuvik’s third annual multicultural event, held on Saturday, May 27. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Night of celebration showcases multicultural life of Inuvik

It’s a town of just over 3,000 people, but Inuvik has the world on display in the many backgrounds of its residents. The third annual multicultural night brought people together and encouraged vibrant displays of their culture Saturday, May 27. Emmanuel Ndumu, originally from Cameroon, has been in Inuvik for six months and in Canada...
Lesa Semmler, manager of nursing units at the Inuvik Regional Hospital, presents a long-service award to retiring nurse Sheila Mattson. Mattson meant to spend only a year in the North, but will now be retiring to a camping lifestyle. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

After 28 years of Northern nursing, Sheila Mattson retiring to cabin life

It was hard to hear the brief speeches made to honour nurse Sheila Mattson at her retirement celebration last week, as boisterous children ran and yelled in the background. That is probably just how Mattson likes it. “My passion, as most people know, is babies,” she said, listing off her four children, five grandchildren and...

Kevin Floyd helping to keep Inuvialuit qayaqing skills alive

Kevin Floyd could probably talk forever about Inuvialuit qayaqing. That’s the impression he gives anyway, when his eyes light up and he starts describing the ways Inuvialuit qayaqs are built, how his people used to hunt birds and whales with them, the skills involved in rolling and staying quiet in the water. “Right off the...

Inuvik squash club programs groom future court champions

Youth programs, a new league and regular tournaments have the Inuvik Squash Club busy heading into the down season of summer. The club held a tournament May 19 and 20, with about 16 players involved in three tiers of play. “Everything went well,” said Grant Convey, a coach in the club. “We had four beginners...