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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...

Advocating for liquor funds to pay for warming centre

Jonathon Michel proposes funding John Wayne Kiktorak Centre through liquor sales The John Wayne Kiktorak Centre, formerly known as the Inuvik Emergency Warming Centre, needs roughly $400,000 per year to operate under ideal conditions. In the last year, it has been bailed out a couple of times from temporary closure. Government funding provides enough only...

Interagency building up for sale

Group hopes to continue building’s legacy of serving community groups It sits rather quietly between the Children First Centre and Northmart, but the Inuvik Interagency Committee’s building has a long history in the region, and the committee is now looking to move onto the next chapter in its life. The interagency group was formed in...

Arctic Aviation Tour prepares to launch

The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, which will see pilots perform airshows in Northern communities throughout the summer, is preparing to take off. “Each one of us who created this project carries a love for aviation,” stated Nancy McClure, executive director of the project, in a news release.Not every show will be the same, with some...

The Sun at Midnight awarded

The Sun at Midnight, a film shot on the land near Fort McPherson, received an award for Best Narrative at the Arkansas Bentonville Film Festival. The film was directed and produced by Kirsten Carthew and Amos Scott. It was the first local recipient of funding under the GNWT’s film rebate program.

Two Inuvik students in youth parliament

Krish Sharma and Myha Martin, both students at East Three Secondary School, were set to take part in youth parliament in Yellowknife this week. Sharma was the representative from Inuvik Boot Lake, with Martin representing Inuvik Twin Lakes. Nineteen high school students from across the territory take part in the annual program, which has students...

Inuvik soccer players headed to NAIG

Paris Wainman and Dalton McLeod, both students at East Three Secondary School, have been chosen for the North American Indigenous Games for the women’s and men’s youth soccer teams, respectively. Both athletes participate in a variety of sports. McLeod engages in speed skating, while Wainman competed for Team NWT in the U18 Curling Nationals this...

Art teacher wins national award

Alexandra Winchester believes art can teach creative skills It was not even a minute into the interview when Alexandra Winchester rushed out of her seat to put a cap back on a Sharpie pen on a student’s desk. “Sorry, teacher things,” she said, before going back to saying how honoured she was to receive a...
Sam Skinner races down the pitch with the ball during Super Soccer play last weekend in Yellowknife. - James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Junior boys take home banner

Academics and attendance leave senior players behind On the one hand, the East Three Secondary School junior boys won the Tier 2 division at the Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife last weekend, taking home a banner for the school. On the other hand, senior representatives from East Three were fewer than hoped, as less than...
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Connecting taxation to services increases transparency and accountability

Direct funding schemes have pros and consFinance Minister Robert McLeod didn’t have much to offer on the question of whether the profits from Inuvik liquor sales should go directly to programs that deal with addiction in Inuvik. The money is funnelled into the GNWT’s general revenue fund, from which the government takes and puts to...
Inuvik Fire Department Platoon Chief Jonathon Michel makes children cheer and wait while counting down from 10 to officially open the new fire station bouncy castle. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

New bouncy castle a hit

Fire department adds to children’s fun at community events The children lining up, cheering and chanting in wait of a ribbon cutting to open a new fire station bouncy castle resembled something of the unbridled exuberance of a Black Friday sale. They could barely be kept back, and once the ribbon was cut, they rushed...
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The broad brush of aboriginal reporting

One of the most interesting things I was told at the 25th anniversary for the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement was that they weren’t hosting any hand games for the evening. All of the other communities had hand games for their corresponding celebrations. Purely from my work-driven need for photography opportunities, I was hoping for...
Sarah Jerome, a Gwich’in elder, spent a lifetime working through and reconciling her experience at residential school. Now she advises youth on how to become proud to be Gwich’in. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

‘Ready to kill’ before regaining pride

“The first day I walked into that residential school is when the anger started,” said Sarah Jerome, a Gwich’in elder from Fort McPherson who was taken from her home at the age of seven to attend residential school in Aklavik. “When I left at the end of 12 years, I left residential school in a...
Jordan Peterson, vice-president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, left, cuts the cake with Willard Hagen, former president of GTC, and Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, current president of GTC. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Leaders share stores at land claims anniversary event

Bobbi Jo Greenland-Morgan, president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, said Gwich’in are known as caribou people. “Caribou migrate. There’s a big main herd, some scatter, some slow down,” she said. “I’d like us to be that main herd, because you know what happens to those that scatter or slow down… you end up in a...
Mike Harlow, left, presents a Can’t Skate Excellence Award to Gene Jenks for “most likely to hit the boards to stop.” The Inuvik Can’t Skate League held a year-end awards night Friday, April 21. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

The best of the worst awarded

Gene Jenks proudly held up his “most likely to hit the boards to stop” award during a year-end event for the Inuvik Can’t Skate League Friday, April 21. Jenks has been playing in the league for all three years of its existence. “When I started three years ago I could not skate, I couldn’t stop,”...
Kendra Bulldog, Nathalie Bullock and Reese Wainman snowshoe their way around the Children First Centre Sunday, April 23. They had just been involved in a Girl Guides sleepover at the centre the night before. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Girl Guides teach confidence

Kendra Bulldog, a brownie in the Inuvik Girls Guides, stayed up until 10 p.m. at the group’s sleepover at the Children First Centre last weekend. “We do lots of fun crafts and we go outside lots,” she said about why she enjoys being part of the Girl Guides. Her favourite part is learning all about...

Health fair features fun and helpful resources

What it means exactly to promote health and wellness in a one-day fair is difficult to answer. Tracey Pope, acting director of client services with the Beaufort Delta Health and Social Services Authority, said it’s difficult to measure if an event like last week’s community health fair is actually improving anyone’s health, but it does...
Coaches and parents keep count as swimmers complete as many lengths of the pool as they can during a fundraiser Wednesday, April 19. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Swimming great lengths for funds

Tessa Jenks spent almost two hours swimming from one side of the pool to the other 200 times to raise money for the Mackenzie Muskrat Swim Club. “I was really tired at the end, but it was worth it,” said 10-year-old Jenks. “Our team got a lot of money.” She raised $1,145 for her efforts....