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The Awry Lake wildfire 41 km outside of Yellowknife had grown to 4,084 hectares on July 27. Photo Courtesy of Amber Simpson

Wildfire near Tsiigehtchic measured at more than 45,500 hectares

Last week, the wildfire burning along the Mackenzie River about 90 km east of Tsiigehtchic was measured at 27,319 hectares in size. As of Aug. 4, it has spread to approximately 45,530 hectares, according...
Lesa Semmler announced in June that she was running for MLA of Inuvik Twin Lakes. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Lesa Semmler to run for MLA of Inuvik Twin Lakes

For the past four years, the idea to run for MLA of Inuvik Twin Lakes had always been in the back of Lesa Semmler’s mind. “It had to do with living here, growing up here,...
Talia Cockney, right, participates in coastal erosion demonstration with Joel McAlister, the manager of the Aurora Research Institute’s Western Arctic Research Centre, during Tuktoyaktuk’s Science Day event on Aug. 1. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Tuktoyaktuk’s Science Day event highlights impacts of climate change

The Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk hosted a Science Day event on Aug. 1 to draw more attention to the impacts that climate change is having on the region. A total of 17 organizations conducting research projects...
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation office in Inuvik. NNSL file photo

IRC marine project receives federal funding

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) received $300,000 in federal funding for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) Marine Program Coordinator project, which is an initiative of Transport Canada's nation-wide Oceans Protection Plan. The funding came from...
Fort Mcpherson, 2007. photo courtesy MACA

Beaufort Delta schools awarded

Four schools from the Beaufort Delta Education Council each received over $1,000 from the GNWT for their participation and educational work in the 13th annual territorial "Drop the Pop" campaign. Out of the 48 participating...
Inuvik RCMP officer Stephanie Leduc is joined by her dog and her child during a run along the ice road in February. She is currently hoping to raise $5,000 for youth-oriented programs in the North. photo courtesy of Stephanie Leduc

Inuvik RCMP officer runs to support youth programming

In an effort to provide more funding opportunities for youth-oriented programs across the North, avid runner and Inuvik RCMP officer Stephanie Leduc is looking to raise $5,000 before competing in a half-marathon later in...
Inuvik’s MacKenzie Hotel will host the first Shining Lights: Energy Literacy and Language in the NWT workshop that is scheduled to take place from Aug. 13 to 15. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Upcoming workshop to revolve around household energy consumption

Inuvik will host the first of three NWT energy literacy workshops in August, with a goal of creating awareness around energy consumption at the household level. From Aug. 13 to 15, NWT residents are invited...

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Members from the Inuvik Native Band’s Youth Committee have been working since June to develop a youth governance board. From left to right: Myha Martin, Brayden Koe, Elliot Colin and Jazelle Pokiak. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Youth committee looking to better support Inuvik youth

Members from the Inuvik Native Band’s Youth Committee are currently in the midst of putting together a youth governance board in order to better support local youth throughout the community. Committee members Brayden Koe, Elliot...
The Awry Lake wildfire 41 km outside of Yellowknife had grown to 4,084 hectares on July 27. Photo Courtesy of Amber Simpson

Fire near Tsiigehtchic grows to more than 27,000 hectares in size

The wildfire 90 km east of Tsiigehtchic is burning along the Mackenzie River and has grown to 27,319 hectares in size, according to the Environment and Natural Resources’ NWT Wildfire update page. "Crews are monitoring...
Since the beginning of the month, the Inuvik Youth Centre has been distributing food bags that contain fruits, vegetables and other snacks to youth all over the community. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

NEWS BRIEFS: Food bags for youth, art input and more

Food bags handed out to youth Since the beginning of the month, the Inuvik Youth Centre has been distributing food bags that contain fruits, vegetables and other snacks to youth all over the community. Every Monday,...
The 2019 GNAF Arctic Fashion Show coordinator, Erica Lugt, left, poses with assistant coordinator Lesley Villeneuve following the event on July 20. It was the first time that the two had ever coordinated a fashion show. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Festival fashion show a success for first-time coordinators

After visiting the very first Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto showcase in 2018, local artist Erica Lugt said that the experience ignited her curiosity in coordinating her own fashion show. “I saw an opportunity. I find...
Lawry Semmler, right, is an awe as Actua member Morgan Murphy demonstrates the capabilities of the homemade record player. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik youth receive hands-on lessons on science and tech

More than 20 youth from around the community participated in various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related activities that were hosted for free by Actua at the Inuvik Centennial Library on July 19. “Ideally,...
Bernice Lavoie, the owner of local craft store Just Raven’ Fabrics & More, poses in the store’s online inventory space on July 19. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Online crafts store opens in Inuvik

An Inuvik-based online fabric and craft store was launched earlier this month, allowing seamstresses and artists from all over Canada to gain access to a wide variety of fabrics and other crafting accessories that...
Water Smart coordinators Gabe Ferreira, left, and Jenika Kopala were in Inuvik on July 17 and 18, where they gave two sessions on water safety. Here they are pictured with Swim to Survive participants at the Midnight Sun Complex on July 18. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik residents pick up water safety skills

Thanks to a couple of lifesavers from the Lifesaving Society’s Alberta and NWT branch, a few residents in town are now equipped with swimming skills that they can use when they find themselves treading...
Fort Mcpherson, 2007. photo courtesy MACA

High school credits being offered through Indigenous summer camps

High school students throughout the Beaufort Delta Region will have the opportunity to acquire school credits by participating in an on-the-land science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) summer camp hosted in Fort McPherson from...
Longtime wrestling fans Dez Loreen, left and Wade Blu Gruben founded Totally Arctic Wrestling in June 2019. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Arctic wrestling company ready to rumble in the fall

Over a year ago, wrestling super-fans Dez Loreen and Wade Blu Gruben came up with the idea to put together their own wrestling match. “It was going to be a video of the two of...
Craig Scott is the executive director of Ecology North. NNSL file photo

Youth climate change summit coming to Inuvik

Inuvik and other surrounding communities throughout the Beaufort Delta Region will be the focal point of Ecology North’s Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change event that’s taking place later this summer. Around 11 to...
Volunteers and staff of the First Bible Baptist Church pose outside of the completed camp. Photo courtesy of Reilly Featherstone

Construction of Delta Bible Camp complete

The construction for the First Bible Baptist Church’s youth summer camp, the “Delta Bible Camp”, was completed earlier in June, 12 years after the camp’s original foundation had been set. “Everything was there waiting to...
Keenen Wolki goes up for a layup while defended by Douglas Keevik during a pickup game of basketball on June 24. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Keeping Inuvik’s basketball tradition alive

Clinton Gordon was 16-years-old when he was invited to come out and play in the Inuvik Men's Basketball Club in 1997, a group that was formed in the late 1980s at Samuel Hearne Secondary...
Mary Ann Villeneuve, the executive director for the Great Northern Arts Festival, poses with this year’s promotional poster. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Gearing up for the Great Northern Arts Festival

A total of 40 new and returning artists from around the nation will be featured in the 31st annual Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF) that is scheduled to take place from July 12 to...

SPORTS TALK: Thinking caps on, kids … time to save Team North

Alright, so the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT is no longer looking after the bill for Team North at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. In all honesty, I don't blame them for going...

Great Northern Arts festival announces schedule

Inuvik The Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF) has announced their special projects and performance schedule for the upcoming July 12 to 20 event. This year there will be special presentations from the Inuit Art Foundation on...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

The downtown core – not a cannabis store – is the real issue here

When it comes to having a cannabis retail store here in Inuvik, the concern that I've heard from several community members revolves around the potential of a weed business setting up shop in the...
Western Arctic Oceans Day volunteers prepare for the town’s parade.

Sachs Harbour celebrates Canada Day and Western Arctic Oceans Day

Canada Day festivities in Sachs Harbour were made extra special this year, as the community also hosted the Western Arctic Oceans Day celebrations on July 1 as well. This was the third time that the...
Inuvik Mayor Natasha Kulikowski points out areas of the town that are home to light industrial businesses. The Town of Inuvik hosted a third and final reading to amend a zoning by-law for cannabis related businesses on June 27. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik residents express concerns over potential location of cannabis retail store

During the Town of Inuvik’s third and final reading to amend a zoning by-law for cannabis related businesses on June 27, a number of residents voiced their concerns over the possibility of a cannabis...
Residents and politicians joined members of Climate Action Inuvik for one final march down MacKenzie Road on June 28. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Climate Action Inuvik hosts final march of the season

With summer break officially underway, politicians and residents joined members from the Climate Action Inuvik group for one final march and rally on June 28.  “This is our last march of the season. I just...
Inuvik Boot Lake MLA Alfred Moses announced on June 28 that the territorial government will contribute $5.5 million to a $22 million project that will improve the infrastructure at Inuvik’s Mike Zubko Airport. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik airport receives funding to help combat impacts of climate change

In an effort to make Inuvik’s Mike Zubko Airport more resilient to the effects of climate change, both the territorial and federal governments announced on June 28 that they are investing $22 million to...
Dalton McLeod from Inuvik completed the 240 kilometre Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay in 11 hours on June 15. Photo courtesy of Paul MacDonald

Inuvik youth completes 240 km cycling event

Before taking on the menacing 240 km Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay solo race event on June 15, the only other long distance race that 17-year-old Dalton McLeod had participated in was a five...
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation office in Inuvik. NNSL file photo

Gearing up for summer literacy

All six communities within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region will be hosting their own summer literacy day camps from July 2 to 19. Britney Selina, the youth program organizer with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), said...