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Matthew Skinner, the centre coordinator for the Inuvik Youth Centre, was all smiles after his proposed project to build an outdoor basketball court beside the centre received funding donations from Inuvik’s 100 People Who Care organization on Feb. 19. The organization is made up of approximately 50 local community members who meet every three months and donate $100 each to a local charity.

Youth Centre receives funding for outdoor basketball court

The Inuvik Youth Centre got a boost for its proposed outdoor basketball court Feb. 19, as 100 People Who Care Inuvik chose to devote $3,200 to the project during its quarterly meeting at the Midnight Sun Complex. Inuvik Youth Centre coordinator Matthew Skinner made the presentation. “We have an indoor basketball net at the centre and...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Limited food vendors means limited cultural diversity

On a good day, you can expect to see at least 10 to 20 different vendors at an Arctic Market event. While some come with arts and crafts, many bring with them traditional country foods from around the region, or dishes from countries such as India or the Philippines. The wide variety of foods the...
Alex Hejnowicz of Iqaluit comes around the bend during speedskating action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 6

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 6 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Wednesday. All times MST Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Girls singles placement round (continuing all day) 10:30 a.m. Boys singles placement round (continuing all day) Hockey 12:30 p.m. Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador...
Bill Rutherford, also known as Inuvik’s “the fruit man”, usually parks his mobile grocery store in the town’s downtown core, right at the corner of MacKenzie Road and Berger Street. Rutherford has been selling fresh produce and other goods in bulk to Inuvikians since 1985, but he’s thinking of calling it quits soon. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik’s fruit man contemplates retirement

After 33 years of delivering fresh produce and dry goods to Inuvik residents, the town’s “fruit man” said his aging body is warning him that he doesn’t have much gas left in the tank. “I made a living. My daughter’s through university. I make my payments all the time. It’s just that my body is...
Nolan Kasook of LJ’s Sabres celebrates after scoring a goal against the K&D Outlaws during the tournament’s final game of the A division. The Sabres ended up winning the game 5-3. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

IRC hosts 31st annual Native Hockey Tournament

The 31st annual Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) Native Hockey Tournament wrapped up on Feb. 17, with 190 players from communities across the Beaufort Delta Region participating in the event at Inuvik’s Midnight Sun Complex. “It’s the best time of the weekend. There’s good hockey, everyone comes to visit and you get to see old friends,”...
Members of the organizing team behind the “Traditional Techniques Tweaked to Galvanize Indigenous Northern Artisans” pose with their $500,000 Arctic Inspiration Prize in the IRC Muskox boardroom on Feb. 15. From left to right: Matthew Dares, Annie Steen, Sue McNeil and Verna Pope. Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Kolb, communications advisor at the IRC

Inuvik project wins $500,000 prize

An Inuvik-based project that will create an association of Northern Indigenous artists from across the Beaufort Delta Region to help support their work and their businesses was one of three ideas awarded $500,000 at the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) awards in Whitehorse on Feb. 12. The project, titled “Traditional Techniques Tweaked to Galvanize Indigenous Northern...
On Jan. 29, the Town of Inuvik posted on their Facebook page a special advisory informing food vendors about the recent changes made to the temporary food establishment permit. The change in the interpretation of the permit’s legislation by the territorial chief environmental health officer was officially announced on Jan. 1, which now limits a vendor’s market participation to 14 days. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Legislation change limits Arctic Market participation

Local food vendors are being forced to limit their Arctic Market appearances after a recent change in the interpretation of a food permit legislation has reduced the number of days they are allowed to set up shop. The change in the understanding of the temporary food establishment permit came into effect on Jan. 1, when...
Jade Ko goes through her routine on the floor during gymnastics action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 5

Here’s what Nunavut and Team NT will be up to on Day 5 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 19: Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Mixed doubles – Team NT vs. Yukon 9:30 a.m. Mixed doubles – Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador 10:30 a.m. Boys doubles – Team NT vs. Nunavut...
Chase Harron of Coral Habour battles with Connor Cozens of Yukon in front of the net during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 4

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 4 at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Nunavut vs. Prince Edward Island 4 p.m. Nunavut vs. Team NT Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Boys and girls singles matches begin Speedskating 9:10 a.m., 10:18 a.m. and...
Team Nunavut marches into the opening ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 15. Mark Cundict/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 3

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 3 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Sunday: All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Team NT vs. Prince Edward Island Nunavut vs. Yukon 7:30 p.m. Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador Team NT vs. Yukon Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Boys...
The ceremonial puck drop at centre ice on Feb. 8. From left to right: Lucas Pokiak of the Arctic Eagles, Anna-Lee McLeod and Dexter Noksana of the Delta Raptors. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Record-breaking numbers at 18th annual Gwich’in Cup Tournament

The annual Gwich’in Cup Tournament continues to be a huge sporting event for minor league hockey players in the Beaufort Delta region, as a record breaking 225 youth participated in this year’s tournament, improving on last year’s 211. “I think it’s working, that kids are enjoying it. I think there’s an element of inclusivity that...
Abe Drennan, a local folk artist and music teacher at East Three Secondary School, poses for a picture inside his classroom at East Three Secondary School on Feb. 6. Drennan is planning to release his album by the end of April, after almost three years of working on it. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Music teacher prepares for album release

After two-and-a-half years of reimagining, rewriting and recording, local folk artist Abe Drennan is ready to release his album by the end of April. “I had high hopes in the beginning. I was all gung-ho. I thought I was going to be done in three months. When I realized the songs weren’t ready, it kind...
The Gwich’in Tribal Council’s head office in Inuvik. The organization is planning to convert their Wellness Camp into a “cultural experiential retreat” that will be open to the public. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Gwich’in Wellness Camp to be converted into a cultural retreat

The Gwich’in Tribal Council is in the early planning stages of converting its Wellness Camp into a “cultural experiential retreat” in order to increase tourist attraction to the region by offering more authentic cultural experiences to visitors. Joy O’Neill, the economic development officer for the Gwich’in Tribal Council, announced at an Inuvik tourism stakeholders committee...
The Inuvik Ski Club has been inactive since December of last year. The club is seeking to help of the community to bring it back on its feet. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik Ski Club seeks community support

The Inuvik Ski Club is calling on members of the community to step up and help restore the club as it continues to struggle with a lack of volunteers and board members. Holly Jones, the club’s volunteer program coordinator, said that there are currently five volunteers who sit on the club’s board of directors, but...
Tyler Bain, 5, of Team NT aims his shot during a game at the second annual Rockstar Festival, which was hosted by the Inuvik Curling Club on Feb. 3 at the Midnight Sun Complex in Inuvik. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik youth get their curl on

The Inuvik Curling Club hosted its second annual Rockstar Festival for junior curlers at the Midnight Sun Complex on Feb. 3, with youth from the ages of five to nine competing for a trophy that stood six feet tall. For many of the 35 budding curlers, it was their first time playing the game. “We...
Jeremy Dutcher, a composer and vocal artist from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, played his first show in Inuvik on Feb. 2 at the Our Lady of Victory Church. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Jeremy Dutcher brings music to the North

In an effort to showcase more art to smaller communities in the North, Jeremy Dutcher, a composer and vocal artist from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, teamed up with the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in Yellowknife to add cities such as Inuvik and its neighbouring towns to his touring list. “It’s my...
Georgina Firth, a 67-year-old resident of Inuvik, won $100,000 through a scratchcard in late January and has been sharing the money with others ever since. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik resident shares $100,000 jackpot with others

Georgina Firth thought her eyes were playing tricks on her when her scratch card told her that she had a winning ticket of $10,000. After scanning the ticket at Inuvik’s RX Drug Mart, it turns out her eyes had indeed deceived her – she had actually won $100,000. “I said ‘gee-whiz, no way!’ I’m still...
At a public meeting in Inuvik on Jan. 28, Marnie Bell, a member of the N.W.T. and Nunavut Public Health Association, said that she doesn’t believe that the potential tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would lead to the health outcome that the GNWT is proposing. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Potential tax on sugar-sweetened drinks met with controversy in Inuvik

Inuvik residents were not so sweet in their responses to a potential tax on sugar-sweetened drinks during a public consultation hosted at the Mackenzie Hotel by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) on Jan. 28. “For me, an added tax to the already high costs of living in Inuvik – and the cost of...
Duane Smith has been re-elected as the Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) on Tuesday, Jan. 29, where he will return for his second three-year-term. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Duane Smith re-elected as chair and CEO of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

Duane Smith has been re-elected for a second three-year term as the chair and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC). Following Tuesday’s vote, Smith said that he wants to continue to make Inuvialuit feel more proud of who they are. “We need to make sure our kids have self-identity and are...
Aurora College's campus in Inuvik. NNSL File Photo

Mayors want shared post-secondary vision

The mayors of the three communities hosting Aurora College campuses – Inuvik, Fort Smith and Yellowknife – are calling on the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to develop a better framework for post-secondary education in the Northwest Territories (NWT), specifically in regards to establishing a polytechnic university in the North. In a statement released on...

Micro-manufacturing centre gets $196,500 in federal funding

In a joint announcement on Friday, Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod announced two new initiatives will receive $734,000 of federal funding in Inuvik. Over $500,000 of that investment will go toward a new solar project and the remainder will fund an arts and crafts micro-manufacturing centre located in Aurora College’s old trades shop behind the...

Recreation training comes to Inuvik

A territory-wide recreation training program made its first stop in Inuvik on Monday. The Recreation North Training Program is put on by Recreation North, which is a partnership between the three territorial recreation and parks associations. “Generally our learning events are offered online, but the NWT has decided to offer a couple in person to...

Mounties guarded IRC office last week after alleged threats

Mounties armed with carbine rifles were temporarily on guard outside the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) building in Inuvik last week after threats were allegedly directed at IRC employees, Inuvik Drum has learned. An editor at the NNSL Media office in Yellowknife, which publishes the Drum, contacted RCMP on Monday, Jan. 14, after receiving a phone...

Pair complete Polar Sunrise 150 km challenge

While many attended the Sunrise Festival in Inuvik last weekend, two women celebrated the return of the sun their own way. Rita Pasiciel and her daughter Jennifer Pasiciel ran from Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik to celebrate the sunrise after a month of polar darkness in Inuvik. “We are running from Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik, and we call...

Skier remembers coach Pettersen

Cross country ski coach Bjorger Pettersen, a pioneer of the sport in Canada and around the world, passed away Dec. 29 at his home in Okotoks, Alta., but is being remembered by his connections in the North. After holding successful spring ski clinics in Inuvik in the late 1960s, Pettersen was invited by the territorial...

Editorial: Looking back at 2018 in Inuvik

This year was one for the books — for Canada and the world in general but also for our tiny (but bustling) town in the Western Arctic. From Inuvik’s first pride parade to the town’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the revival of a cancer support group and the hospital’s landmark baby-friendly designation, this year has been...

Forty-four cases of H1N1 confirmed in Inuvik

Since mid-November, there have been 44 confirmed cases of the H1N1 strain of the flu in Inuvik, according to Dr. Matt Quinn, regional public health officer and family physician and the Inuvik Regional Hospital. “It’s been quite a busy flu season, it seems to have come earlier than previous years. So far to date we’ve...

Flight returns to Inuvik after fuel service contractor quits

An Aklak Air flight from Inuvik was already on its way to Paulatuk when the airline received word that the fuel service contractor in the hamlet was no longer going to be dispensing fuel. The flight returned to Inuvik to pick up a Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) fuel service employee so that the...

It takes a village

When I interviewed Kylik Kisoun Taylor of Tundra North Tours this week, he told me that his best advice for up-and-coming youth entrepreneurs would be to foster as many partnerships as possible. He says that when you have lots of people on your side promoting you and spreading the word about your business, it makes...

New Inuit development association launches

A new Inuit development association officially launched Nov. 28 in Ottawa. The Inuit Development Corporation Association (IDCA) aims to ensure Inuit companies across Canada’s North can take full advantage of development opportunities in Inuit Nunangat. The association is comprised of the six Inuit development corporations, including the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, Makivik Corporation, Nunatsiavut Group of...