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Marion Macé, the manager of Inuvik’s Community Greenhouse, will be helping to facilitate the organization’s 12-week-long healthy eating and lifestyle program, “FoodFit”, which begins later this month. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik greenhouse launching healthy living program

Later this month, the Inuvik Community Greenhouse will introduce a 12-week-long healthy eating and lifestyle program to help community members get into the habit of making healthier choices. Greenhouse manager Marion Macé said the “FoodFit” program is for anyone who is interested in learning more about healthy cooking, and for those who want to adopt better...
NWT MP Michael McLeod, left, and territorial delegate for Daughters of the Vote Lesli Kisoun met while she was in Ottawa to spread the word about a threat to Porcupine caribou in Alaska. Photo courtesy of the Office of Michael McLeod

Young Inuvik woman turns back on Trudeau

An Inuvik resident was one of the dozens other young women who turned their back on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons on April 3, the day after he booted two high profile female former cabinet ministers from his Liberal caucus. Jody Wilson-Raybould, the first Indigenous woman to be appointed attorney general...
Rachel Blakeston, a grade four student at East Three Elementary School, was just one of many students to participate in a meeting with Kevin Giesbrecht, the manager of the local Northmart, at the town’s council chambers on April 3. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Northmart’s plastic usage challenged by Inuvik youth

Inuvik youth continue their push for a plastic-free community, most recently taking their message to the store manager of the local Northmart at a meeting hosted in town council chambers on April 3. Kevin Giesbrecht, the store’s manager, sat down with staff and students from the East Three Schools, as well as some members of...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Right to question downtown weed shop

During a town council public hearing at the Midnight Sun Complex on March 27, only one Inuvik councillor rejected the idea of allowing a cannabis retail store to potentially set up shop in Inuvik’s downtown core. That councillor was Kurt Wainman, who let his fellow council members know in a fiery manner that he did...
Erik Suguitan poses with his two-year-old blue nose pitbull named Siren. The dog had gone missing while Suguitan and his family were on vacation in the Philippines last month. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Missing dog returns home to Inuvik family

With the help of community members, an Inuvik family has been reunited with its dog after the dog’s sitter allegedly sold her while the family was on vacation. Erik Suguitan, the owner of a two-year-old blue nose pit bull named Siren, said that a week before the family returned home from their five-week vacation in...
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...
Tessa Jenks presents her french science project on daltonisme (colour blindness) to Kenzie MacDonald, a judge and organizer for the Beaufort Delta regional learning fair, at East Three Secondary School on March 27. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik hosts second annual regional learning fair

East Three Secondary School hosted the second annual Beaufort Delta regional learning fair on March 27, featuring more than 30 projects by students from communities across the region. This year’s fair consisted of 25 science-based projects and 16 historical affairs projects, which were created by students in Grades 4 to 10. In addition to showcasing...
Members from Inuvik’s Team Bain female junior curling team introduced the sport to 12 young girls during a curling night on March 27. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Junior curlers share their knowledge with Inuvik youth

In an effort to attract a younger demographic to the sport, members of Inuvik’s Team Bain female junior curling team facilitated a curling night for budding curlers at the town’s curling club on March 27. A total of 12 girls between the ages of nine and 12 came out to learn more about the sport,...

Inuvik RCMP seize crack cocaine and cash

Police in Inuvik confiscated close to 200 grams of crack cocaine and approximately $2,000 in cash on the afternoon on March 28. William Powell, a 24-year-old man from Mississauga, Ont., has been arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of property obtained by crime.    The accused has a court appearance scheduled for April 1...
Roger Connelly (right), the chair and CEO of the Inuvialuit Water Board, explains a fishing game to Tuktoyaktuk youth during the Inuvialuit Water Board’s first World Water Day celebration at the Kitti Hall centre on March 22. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvialuit Water Board celebrates World Water Day

Awareness around proper waste management was the focus of the Inuvialuit Water Board’s first World Water Day celebration in Tuktoyaktuk’s Kitti Hall centre on March 22. Parents and youth from throughout the community flocked to the event, where they were greeted with hazardous waste pamphlets, reusable bags, water bottles, mugs, toques and free Water Day...
Lyle Renecker, the head instructor of the country food processing program, holds up muskox jerky in the shape of a drummer boy. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Country food processing program offers two new courses

A five-week country food processing program offered at Inuvik’s Aurora College campus has concluded, where students who participated in this year’s program walked away with leadership skills and teaching abilities, thanks to two new courses offered through the program. According to Lyle Renecker, the head instructor of the program, the “train the operator” course is...
Grant Hood (right), the senior administrative officer at the Town of Inuvik, teaches Johannes Hano (centre), the lead correspondent for the New York bureau of Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), how to curl as Brian Dentz (left) films on March 22. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik introduces curling to Germans

Members from a German documentary film crew visiting from New York spent their final night in Inuvik drinking beer and throwing rocks at the town’s Curling Club on March 22. The team from the New York bureau of Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), a German public service broadcaster, spent 10 days in Inuvik creating a reportage...
Fatima Tin, left, poses with her handmade mitts, moccasins, ornaments and card holders during an Arctic Market event on Feb. 23, with her daughters Fariha Hossain (centre) and Shaylah Hossain (right). Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik crafter says she is victim of cyber bullying

An Inuvik resident says she has become a target of online bullying after she was accused on social media of exploiting Inuvialuit culture through her reproduction of traditional arts and crafts. Fatima Tin, a regular arts and crafts vendor at Inuvik’s Arctic Market, has lived in Inuvik for five years now and said that she...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Climate change is a humanitarian crisis, not a youth problem

On March 15, students around the globe decided to skip class and strike for climate justice. According to the “Fridays For Future” website, the campaign that prompted the global “Youth Climate Strike” movement, more than 1,970 cities and towns across 119 countries participated in the protests. In total, there was nearly 1.3 million strikers. This...

Inuvik RCMP search for suspect after alleged arson at apartment complex

Inuvik RCMP are searching for a suspect following an alleged arson incident at an apartment complex in the community this morning. Mounties were called to the Lakeview Apartment Complex, located at 20 Boot Lake Road, just after 1 a.m. this morning after reports a man was “running through the hallways yelling,” while a “strong noxious...
George Lennie sweeps a rock shot by his teammate, Donna Maring, during the Inuvik Curling Club’s second annual Mixed Doubles Funspiel on March 17. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik Curling Club hosts second annual Mixed Doubles Funspiel

The Inuvik Curling Club hosted its second annual Mixed Doubles Funspiel on March 17, where nine teams came out to the Midnight Sun Complex and competed for cash prizes. “We ran it last March also, so this is kind of a year end wrap up,” said Nick Saturnino, president of the Inuvik Curling Club. “It’s...
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...
Abe Drennan (right) organized Inuvik’s own “Youth Climate Strike” on March 15, which was just one of the hundreds of communities across the globe who participated in the movement. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik protests for climate justice

More than a dozen residents marched through Inuvik’s downtown core to demand action on climate change on March 15. The protest was linked to a global-wide movement known as the “Youth Climate Strike,” where more than one million students across 125 countries skipped class that same day to protest climate change. The event in Inuvik...
Ruth Wright, a volunteer worker who organizes the Artsy Fartsy Recycle Fashion show, teaches elementary school students how to turn recyclable items into articles of clothing. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik resident recycling in fashion

Instead of tossing out recyclable items, one Inuvikian has been collecting valuable junk and helping local youth turn the scraps into wearable items. Ruth Wright, a volunteer worker who organizes the Artsy Fartsy Recycle Fashion Show, has been teaching elementary school students how to recycle in fashion for around 11 years now. “Earth Day is...

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,...

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...

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...
Joel Arey, a 15-year-old student from East Three Secondary School, elevates and kicks a ball that stood 7 ft and 6 inches high during the 15U men's one foot high kick on March 8. Arey finished in first place in the event for his division. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Traditions celebrated at the seventh annual Northern and Dene Games Summit

A total of 180 athletes from each community in the Beaufort Delta Region participated in the seventh annual Northern and Dene Games Summit that took place at Inuvik’s East Three Secondary School from March 6 to 9. “This is one of the very rare times and – at least at this scale – it is...
Kevin Koe watches the line during playoff action at the Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon, Man., on Saturday. Koe is now the Canadian men's national champion for a fourth time after beating wild card skip Brendan Bottcher in the final on Sunday evening. Michael Burns/Curling Canada photo

Four times lucky for Kevin Koe at Tim Hortons Brier

For the fifth time in his career, Kevin Koe will have the honour of wearing the maple leaf in international play. It will be the first time he’ll get to wear it while on home turf as the national men’s curling champion. Koe and his rink of B.J. Neufeld, Colton Flasch and Ben Hebert are...
Glen Brake, the founder of the Western Arctic School of Music located in Inuvik, is hoping to bring an old fiddle and violin program back to town. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Music school hoping to bring fiddling program back to Inuvik

The Western Arctic School of Music (WASM) is looking to bring back an old fiddle and violin program that was a fan favourite for residents in Inuvik more than 20 years ago. Glen Brake, the founder of WASM, said that he’s planning to resurrect the Strings Across the Sky (SATS) music program not just for...
Michael McLeod, the MP for the Northwest Territories, was in Inuvik on March 5, where he announced that the federal government will contribute more than $3.5 million towards two clean energy projects that are being developed by the Nihtat Corporation. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Federal government funding clean energy projects in the North

The Government of Canada is contributing more than $3.5 million toward two clean energy projects that are being developed by the Nihtat Corporation, which will help Northern communities reduce their diesel consumption and move toward reliance on renewable energy. Michael McLeod, the MP for the Northwest Territories, was in Inuvik on March 5, where he...
Dr. Kami Kandola, the territorial chief public health officer, was in Inuvik on March 6, where she confirmed that there was a measles outbreak in town.

Measles outbreak confirmed in Inuvik

A second case of measles has been confirmed by Dr. Kami Kandola, the territorial chief public health officer, who was in Inuvik on March 6. With two locally confirmed cases, she said there is now a measles outbreak in Inuvik. “We have now have a second case of measles that was presented with the typical...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Vaccinations saves lives

The individual with measles who travelled to Inuvik and sparked a regional scare turned out to be a child who did not have the proper immunizations. The child’s identity and age has been concealed, but what we do know is that hundreds of people have been potentially exposed to measles as a result. The obvious...
Michael McLeod: NWT MP still supports PM but says pressure applied to former attorney general was improper.

Federal government to fund Northern infrastructure and research projects

The Government of Canada will be funding numerous infrastructure and research projects throughout the Northwest Territories, which includes contributions to the construction of a new diesel power plant in Sachs Harbour, as well as financing research projects on climate change and permafrost. Michael McLeod, the MP for the Northwest Territories, made the announcements in Inuvik’s...
Edouard Bélanger from the Aklavik Outlaws rises up to block a spike from Tuk U’s Gerald Stuart during the men’s final game on March 2. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik serves first northern volleyball tournament

Inuvik hosted the region’s first northern Territorial Volleyball Tournament on March 1 to 2, where players and fans from communities throughout the Beaufort Delta Region flocked to East Three Secondary School’s gym to participate or enjoy the games. “We’re hoping this is just the first of many. We’re talking to the school to make this...