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East Three Secondary Students Cheyenne Gully, right, and Lynelle Pedroso were just two of the hundreds of community members who marched in Inuvik’s second annual Pride Parade on June 8. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Hundreds march in Inuvik’s second annual Pride Parade

More than 200 community members marched in Inuvik’s second annual Pride Parade on June 8, which was organized by East Three Secondary School’s Aurora Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club. “A pride parade in Inuvik is...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Living the solution

For this week's special edition, I was tasked with profiling three different organizations who will be participating in the town's Arctic Development Expo from June 10 to 12. I had interesting conversations with representatives from...
An overview of the Inuvik Petroleum Show, June 17, 2004. NNSL file photo

First Arctic Development Expo on the way

The Town of Inuvik will be hosting their first Arctic Development Expo at the Midnight Sun Complex from June 10 to 12. The expo will showcase local and national organizations and businesses who are involved...
The Gwich’in Development Corporation was founded shortly after the signing of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement in 1992. It’s purpose is to generate wealth that will later be distributed to Gwich’in beneficiaries. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Arctic Development Expo feature: Gwich’in Development Corporation

Shortly after the signing of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement in 1992, the Gwich’in Development Corporation (GDC) was created, an organization whose purpose is to generate wealth that will eventually be distributed among...
Children play on one of the structures at Chief Jim Koe Park on May 15. A new summer program introduced later in July will allow Inuvik youth to stay active every day of the week. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

New summer programming for Inuvik youth

Although they won’t be offering a day camp program this summer, the Town of Inuvik is introducing a new summer program to the community in July that will allow youth to stay active every...

Arctic Development Expo feature: Arctic Energy Alliance

For the past 20 years, the Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) has been helping Northerners implement a number of different energy-efficient systems, products and practices into their homes and businesses. They’re a non-profit organization that has...
During the summer of 2017, Green Sun Rising had installed a solar system panel onto the Inuvik’s Children First Society building. photo courtesy of Klaus Dohring

Arctic Development Expo feature: Green Sun Rising

After spending 25 years in the automotive industry, German engineer Klaus Dohring said that he was fired from his executive position in January 2008 over a personality conflict. “I had just turned 50 at the...
For his science fair project, 13-year-old Fletcher Dares tested various displays to see if they would work in a vacuum - or in outer space. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

East Three student wins bronze at national science fair

Fletcher Dares, a grade 9 student at East Three Secondary School, came away with a bronze medal in the intermediate category at the Canada Wide Science Fair that was hosted in Fredericton, NB from...

EDITORIAL: Marking Inuvialuit Day

June 5 will mark the 35th anniversary of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement, when control over lands and resources returned to the Inuvialuit people. Northerners celebrate the day as one of the major milestones of the...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

What does it mean to be Inuvialuit?

Over the course of working on this issue, I spoke to several Inuvialuit community members in Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik. I had different set of questions for each individual that I talked to, but there...

No medals, but Team NWT building experience for Skills Canada nationals in Vancouver next...

Of the 21 Team NWT participants at Skills Canada nationals in Halifax this week, many went up against the best in the country for the first time. "This year we were a large number of...

Inuvik’s Devon Burgess has some big ideas and goals on his plate

Living in the North can put a Skills Canada competitor at a disadvantage. Take Inuvik's Devon Burgess, for example. For him to practice prior to the cooking event at the national championships in Halifax was...
Christine Sydney, left, and Tara Day are organizing Inuvik’s Inuvialuit Day celebrations together for the second year in a row. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik organizers prepare for huge Inuvialuit Day celebrations

For Tara Day and Christine Sydney, organizing Inuvik’s Inuvialuit Day celebrations for the second straight year has only made them more proud of their cultural heritage. “It was something that I always wanted to...

Kaylin Harder has designs on a Skills Canada medal

Kaylin Harder nimbly assembles pieces of cotton fabric with a hot iron next to her. She's creating a transformative dress at Skills Canada nationals in Halifax on Tuesday. Her garment will have zippers on the...
Calvin Pokiak, Tuktoyaktuk’s mayor in 1984 and 1985, poses outside of the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk’s office on May 24. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Former Tuk mayor shares memories of involvement in Inuvialuit Final Agreement

Despite the fact that he wasn’t part of the negotiating process for 1984’s Inuvialuit Final Agreement, Calvin Pokiak said representing Tuktoyaktuk on the Committee of Original People’s Entitlement (COPE)’s board of directors had a...
Completed in 2017, the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway is a long and winding gravel road that spans 140 km. As of April 2019, various species of fish are not to be sport fished within 100m of the road’s centerline. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Sport fishing regulated along Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway

A regulatory change to the NWT Fishery Regulations has limited the variety of fish one can retain when sport fishing within 100m of the centerline of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway. The 2019-20 Northwest Territories Sport Fishing...
Nellie Cournoyea, the former chair of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, is pictured giving a speech at the Northern Housing Summit in Inuvik on April 23. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Nellie Cournoyea recalls role in 1984 Inuvialuit land claim negotiations

Nellie Cournoyea has accomplished a number of great feats in her 79 years of life. From 1991 to 1995, she served as the first female premier of the Northwest Territories. For 20 years, from 1996...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Let’s talk weed

When I sat down with Dez Loreen to discuss his upcoming stoner-comedy film, I was a little surprised at how open he was to sharing his cannabis use with me on record. It was obvious...

The new great age of British hockey … yes, it’s a thing

It's incredible what the offer of free beer will do to people. A brewery in North Carolina had one of its delivery vans stolen in the early hours of May 20, leading to quite the...
Coun. Dez Loreen is set to star in his stoner-comedy film, “Below the Treeline”, which he wrote in 2010. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik town councillor to release stoner-comedy film later this year

Nine years after writing the script, Inuvik town councillor and assistant deputy mayor Dez Loreen is ready to start filming his stoner-comedy film later this summer. After producing multiple minute-long Dead North shorts and other...
Peter Clarkson (left), David Elmy and Nicole Petersen begin their 150 km walk to Tuktoyaktuk from Inuvik via the Invuik-Tuk highway on May 17. Students and staff from Inuvik’s East Three schools can be seen in the background trailing the three. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Thousands of dollars raised for schools in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk

Three individuals spent their May long weekend walking approximately 150 km from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk in an effort to raise money for Inuvik’s East Three Schools and Tuktoyaktuk’s Mangilaluk School. From May 17 to 20,...
Rob Warburton, co-founder of Yellowknife based real estate investment company “CloudWorks”, listens as a group presents their proposed housing recommendations during the Gordon Foundation’s third Northern Policy Hackathon on May 15. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik Hackathon addresses housing concerns

Housing was the focus of the Gordon Foundation’s third Northern Policy Hackathon, which saw more than 20 representatives from regions across the North come together in Inuvik to generate a number of recommendations for...
The members of the Beaufort Delta True North All Starz mens basketball team, who finished with a 3-2 record in the 2019 Arctic Shootout basketball tournament in Yellowknife. From left to right: Dennis Dulay, Sasha Olekshy, Stephen Robertson, Douglas Keevik, Byron Kotokak, Noah Gruben and Brent Carlyle. photo courtesy of Dennis Dulay

Beaufort Delta team shines in Yellowknife basketball tournament

The 2019 Arctic Shootout basketball tournament will be a year to remember for the players of the Beaufort Delta True North All Starz, who made it to the semi-finals for the first time in...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Learning can be fun

It was nice to see kids actually having fun at the Science Rendezvous as they interacted and learned about topics they probably would have found boring if they were just reading about it in...

17 ounces of crack seized at Inuvik airport; 17-year-old male charged

A 17-year-old male faces drug trafficking charges after Mounties say they seized 17 ounces of crack cocaine in Inuvik last week. The “large amount” of drugs was seized at the Inuvik Mike Zubko Airport on...

RCMP charge man in Inuvik stabbing

A 39-year-old Inuvik man has been charged following a stabbing in the community that sent one man to hospital. In the early morning hours of May 10, Mounties discovered the man in the Union Street-area...
Annika Trimble, the outreach coordinator for the Aurora Research Institute (ARI), was named as the recepient of the "Making a Difference" award from the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) on May 10. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik outreach coordinator receives national science award

One of the Aurora Research Institute's (ARI) most dedicated and science-savvy staff members is being recognized on a national scale. Annika Trimble, the outreach coordinator for ARI, was given the "Making a Difference" award from...
Sarah Lord, a biologist at the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board, represented the organization at Inuvik’s fifth annual Science Rendezvous on May 11. At her booth, attendants were able to see the differences between various animal furs, thanks to a high-tech microscope. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik science rendezvous promotes interactive learning

Inuvik hosted its fifth annual Science Rendezvous at the East Three Elementary School gym on May 11, with hundreds of families engaging in interactive booths presented by over 20 local organizations. Through hands-on learning activities,...
Chris Church, an actor from Inuvik, said that the small role that he had in the 2018 film, The Grizzlies, was an unforgettable experience. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Minor movie role has major impact on Inuvik actor

Although he didn’t have a major role in the film, Inuvik actor Chris Church said just being involved in The Grizzlies was a life-changing experience. Based on a true story, The Grizzlies is Canadian sports...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Appreciate your local heroes

Over the weekend, I got to see Inuvik in a different light at the 2019 Firefighters' Ball. It wasn't your typical Northern scene. There was a DJ who played the radio's hottest hits. Everyday residents...