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Town staff must remain unbiased

Sticking out in the crowd of recreation initiatives and public service announcements on the Town of Inuvik’s Facebook page was a politically charged suggestion early Saturday, Oct. 7. “After how many tragedies will they wake...

Family violence moves behind closed doors

Ruth Goose remembers that bruises, black eyes and swollen lips were a much more common sight in public years ago. Though it’s rarer now to see people display obvious signs of abuse, she thinks family...

Life of regret after one chance to speak out

Jerry Lennie missed the chance to intervene when a relative was being abused, and it still burns in his mind. “Most of my life, I fought,” said Lennie. “To me, that was useless fighting, because...

Lost bird makes for historic sighting

A quiet Monday morning down by the boat launch turned into a monumental rush for avid birder Ray Suchodolski. “I’m looking along the shore and I see this white blob,” recalls Suchodolski, who doesn’t carry...

“Cloud 9 guy” Adam Maier remembered fondly

It was difficult for Jennifer Maier to sum up her late husband in a few words. “He was the life of any party – fun, outgoing, charismatic,” she told the Inuvik Drum about Cloud 9...

Developing the next Canadian squash champ

Canada has been quiet on the world squash rankings for a number of years, and local player Grant Convey dreams of a new champion rising from the NWT. At one point, the country had a...

Ingenuity in Carcross sets example

One of the largest challenges Yukon deputy minister of Economic Development Justin Ferbey faced in developing tourism infrastructure for Carcross – including what has now become a successful series of mountain biking trails –...

Sign honours late John Wayne Kiktorak

Byron Thrasher knew the late John Wayne Kiktorak well when he was putting the final touches on the sign for the warming shelter’s namesake. "I knew John personally,” said Thrasher, whose sign for the John...

Carcross success could inspire Inuvik

The Yukon town of Carcross once shared the same challenges as many Northern towns – little economic activity, many listless youth – but has transformed into a model for other communities to find their...

Inuvikians honoured at NWTRPA awards

Faith Raymond had something of a double award at the Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association conference last week, receiving the Scott McAdam Youth Leadership Award and her employer, the Inuvik Youth Centre, received...

Busy camp for volleyball tryouts

Competition is high this year for spots on the plane trip to Yellowknife for the Spike It! volleyball tournament later this fall, and it might not just be performance on the court that separates...

Inuvik pharmacist explains: how to manage head lice

Head lice can happen in all socioeconomic classes, especially in children of school age, and can cause a lot of stress and concern for infected people and their families. While head lice cause emotional trauma,...

Inuvik warming centre alive again

After being forced to close temporarily this summer due to a funding shortage, the John Wayne Kiktorak Centre re-opened its doors Sept. 20 to those in need of a warm place to sleep at...

Nihtat, native band will merge to form self-government

As the Inuvik Native Band stakes a larger presence in the community following its election earlier this year, and a newly finished building between Northmart and the Children First Centre, the organization also looks...

Two bagged moose provide cultural experience for students

Two moose bagged in one week by East Three School students offered an opportunity not just to engage in traditional culture, but to show newcomers to the North what life up here is like. “It...

Banner year for greenhouse

New funding and the kickoff of a community coordinator program made this season one of the best yet for the Inuvik Community Greenhouse. “This was the best season we’ve seen in my three years here...

Legalization is not an endorsement

Legalizing marijuana is a great move for freedom in this country, but that doesn’t make it an endorsement of using the substance. Cannabis has received a lot of positive promotion in recent years. In an...

Airport Road to get two-year overhaul

The bumpy Airport Road between Inuvik and the Mike Zubko Airport will be getting a full replacement from the GNWT over the next two summers. Arvind Vashishthe, representing the GNWT, told council that according to...

Terry Fox Run speeds through 37th year

Approximately 50 people – including parents pushing strollers, residents with dogs and members of the RCMP – laced up for this year's Terry Fox Run on Sept. 17. The event, which was blessed with blue...

Leaky shelter roof gets fix

The Inuvik Transition House Society has been waiting six months for relief from a leaky roof. Now, a local group has stepped up to solve the problem. Since April, water has been dripping into a...

East Three Elementary welcomes new principal

Even before Elizabeth McNeil decided to make the move from her hometown of St. John's, N.L. to Inuvik this year, she'd heard nothing but “beautiful” things about the NWT. She knew several people who had...

Community celebrates rare catch

Residents of Sachs Harbour were delighted by a beluga whale catch on Sept. 4, after waiting all summer for a sighting with little luck. Richard Carpenter spotted three whales near the community while out for...

Healing garden catches town’s eye

The love and care that went into the creation of an elders' healing garden at the Inuvik Regional Hospital is receiving some recognition. The garden recently earned first place in the Town of Inuvik's 2017...

More UAV pilots need ground school training

When I was a kid, I remember taking a couple of mechanical airplanes out to the farmers field by my parents' house in rural Ontario and zipping them through the blue skies. My little brother,...

Recreation conference comes to Inuvik

More than 100 people are scheduled to gather in Inuvik from Sept. 26 to 28 for the NWT Recreation and Parks Association's annual conference, awards banquet and annual general meeting. This year's speakers are Justin...

U.S. consulate makes stop in Inuvik

One might wonder how a number of American citizens end up far from home in an Arctic community such as Inuvik. Nevertheless, many of them are here and staff from the U.S. consulate in Calgary...

CIBC run raises thousands for cancer

Runners and walkers raised $8,318.65 during this year's CIBC Run for Our Lives. Twelve people came out to the event on Sept. 10, said volunteer Sheena Reid. Members of the Inuvik Junior A girls' curling team...

Let’s clear haze around pot talk

By July of next year, the federal government will legalize marijuana, making good on a promise that proved popular among many parts of the electorate during the 2015 election campaign. The Liberal government's aim is...

Student on Ice participants return to shore

Two NWT youth recently returned home full of new ideas and enthusiasm after taking part in a Students on Ice trip that took them from Resolute Bay, Nunavut to Greenland this summer. Jasmine Keogak of...

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...

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