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Fort McPherson’s Charlie Snowshoe was presented with an Indspire Award for his environmental work during a ceremony in Winnipeg on March 21. From left, Glen Abernethy, minister of health and social services, Charlie Snowshoe and Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, vice president of human resources for Air Canada. - photo courtesy of Indspire

Gwich’in elder speaks on hand games and destruction of culture

The reason some Gwich’in people do not play hand games today is because of the destruction of their culture in the past, says Fort McPherson elder Charlie Snowshoe. He was responding to an editorial in the Inuvik Drum questioning the practice’s history and attitudes toward it in different communities. “In the olden days, way back...

Two Inuvikians receive Order of NWT

Fred Carmichael and Tom Zubko are among six recipients of 2017 Order of the Northwest Territories. “These six recipients deserve to be granted this honour,” stated Paul Delorey, chair of the organization that runs the awards, in a news release. “They are passionate northerners who greatly inspire residents of the NWT to persevere, share our knowledge and wisdom...

Inuvik Native Band to take over interagency building

The Inuvik Interagency Committee received one application to take over ownership of its building, located between Northmart and the Children First Centre. The Inuvik Native Band will be the new owners of the building. The interagency committee sold the building for $1, looking to continue its legacy as a space for groups that better the...

Forging a new energy identity for Inuvik’s premier showcase

INUVIK DRUM EDITOR – It was surprising to hear that finding interest for the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies conference and tradeshow has not been too much of a challenge for Vicky Gregoire-Tremblay, the town’s economic and tourism manager. In fact, people were coming to her before she could reach out to them, eager to...
Madison Francis, left, and Sierra McDonald practise their roles in How Tulugaq the Raven Stole the Sun, which students from East Three School will be performing this weekend. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, May 26, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Children First Centre prepares for changes coming with junior kindergarten

With the introduction of junior kindergarten at East Three School next fall, the Children First Centre is preparing for ways it might have to adapt its programming. “It’s really hard to tell what the true impact will be until junior kindergarten starts and the families start making decisions regarding their children and what they want...

San Francisco trip a hit for Art Travel Club, says Chrissy Hvatum

After a year spent raising money for it, students in the Art Travel Club enjoyed the fruit of their labour in San Francisco during spring break. “It was very busy, but a good busy,” said Chrissy Hvatum, one of the students in the club. The group, run by art teacher Alexandra Winchester, took in all...
Vicky Grégoire-Tremblay, marketing and tourism manager for the Town of Inuvik, says the town has a jam-packed schedule of events during June. One of the largest is the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies Conference and Tradeshow, which is the recently rebranded Inuvik Petroleum Show. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Lots of interest for Inuvik’s Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies Conference and Tradeshow

Luckily for her workload, Vicky Grégoire-Tremblay, marketing and tourism manager for the Town of Inuvik, has found a high level of interest in the upcoming second annual Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies Conference and Tradeshow. “There’s lots of interest,” said Grégoire-Tremblay. “What I found different this year was we have lots of people that are...

Mackenzie River breakup predicted for May 24

Last year, the ice on the Mackenzie River outside of Inuvik had already started moving two days before publication of this newspaper, on May 16. This year seems to be bucking the recent trend of early breakups, though, and a scientist who has been following the situation for the past 10 years is predicting a...

Finally, some entertainment at Inuvik town council – Inuvik Drum editor Stewart Burnett

Beyond all the mishandled building projects and overpaid bureaucrats, the least we can expect for our tax dollars is some good political theatre. A few sparks finally flew at town council after the final vote on the licensed premises bylaw last week. Coun. Vince Sharpe, the most consistently outspoken member of council, declared the vote...

Liquor bylaw passes; support for detox centre grows

Finally, the debate came to a conclusion: Inuvik town council passed the bylaw allowing The Mad Trapper pub to open extra Sundays each year Wednesday, May 10. The bylaw allows the pub to open another 16 Sundays per year during summer months, on top of the 10 it is already allowed. It was the second...
Natasha Kulikowski, left, and Michelle Lennie host an information booth about work safety at the Inuvik Regional Hospital Friday, May 12. The event was part of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

An obligation to look out for each other

The pleasant conversation might distract you from seeing it but Natasha Kulikowski is perpetuating an aura of safety around her, or at least that’s her hope. She was chosen as a speaker by the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission at an event held last week during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. Kulikowski spoke...

Cabinet peppered with questions from community level politicians around NWT

Community representatives had a chance to ask questions of cabinet during the last session of the Northwest Territories Association of Communities meeting last weekend in Inuvik. K’atl’odeeche First Nation Chief Roy Fabian declared oil and gas a dying industry and discouraged the government from supporting it. “For us to continue to try and support it,...

Ulukhaktok youth wins outstanding volunteer award

Ulukhaktok – Ulukhaktok youth Nigel Koplomik won an outstanding volunteer award from the Northwest Territories Association of Communities last week. “I feel good and excited about it,” said Koplomik moments after receiving the prize during a ceremony in Inuvik. “I had a good year helping out my uncle Joshua.” Koplomik said he doesn’t need to get...

Annual Sachs Harbour jamboree a hit

Sachs Harbour – Recreation co-ordinator Doreen Carpenter was just recovering from a busy jamboree in Sachs Harbour. “It went really well,” she said. The community held the kiddie carnival a week before the jamboree. “I don’t think I’ll do that again, because it was two weekends in a row of busy busy. It was sort of crazy,”...

East Three students prepare for track and field championships

Inuvik has some fantastic athletic ability among its youth, but not all of those genetically gifted students will be attending the Track and Field Championships in Hay River this June. “I’ve got kids out there high-kicking now,” maligned East Three Secondary School coach Kenzie MacDonald, looking through the window to the school’s main lobby, outside...

Sheila O’Kane receives outstanding volunteer award

In the moments before her name was called to receive an outstanding volunteer award, Sheila O’Kane was busy making a list of everyone else she thinks is deserving of such an honour. “I feel like I’m just receiving it on behalf of everybody else who volunteers here,” said O’Kane, who received the award in the...

Last call for liquor debate

Licensed premises bylaw hears final pitches before deciding vote The last voices from the public on whether to allow The Mad Trapper bar to open another 16 Sundays per year were all against the idea at the town’s committee of the whole meeting Monday, May 8. “I think weekends should be a family time and...

Advocating for liquor funds to pay for warming centre

Jonathon Michel proposes funding John Wayne Kiktorak Centre through liquor sales The John Wayne Kiktorak Centre, formerly known as the Inuvik Emergency Warming Centre, needs roughly $400,000 per year to operate under ideal conditions. In the last year, it has been bailed out a couple of times from temporary closure. Government funding provides enough only...

Interagency building up for sale

Group hopes to continue building’s legacy of serving community groups It sits rather quietly between the Children First Centre and Northmart, but the Inuvik Interagency Committee’s building has a long history in the region, and the committee is now looking to move onto the next chapter in its life. The interagency group was formed in...

Arctic Aviation Tour prepares to launch

The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, which will see pilots perform airshows in Northern communities throughout the summer, is preparing to take off. “Each one of us who created this project carries a love for aviation,” stated Nancy McClure, executive director of the project, in a news release.Not every show will be the same, with some...

The Sun at Midnight awarded

The Sun at Midnight, a film shot on the land near Fort McPherson, received an award for Best Narrative at the Arkansas Bentonville Film Festival. The film was directed and produced by Kirsten Carthew and Amos Scott. It was the first local recipient of funding under the GNWT’s film rebate program.

Two Inuvik students in youth parliament

Krish Sharma and Myha Martin, both students at East Three Secondary School, were set to take part in youth parliament in Yellowknife this week. Sharma was the representative from Inuvik Boot Lake, with Martin representing Inuvik Twin Lakes. Nineteen high school students from across the territory take part in the annual program, which has students...

Inuvik soccer players headed to NAIG

Paris Wainman and Dalton McLeod, both students at East Three Secondary School, have been chosen for the North American Indigenous Games for the women’s and men’s youth soccer teams, respectively. Both athletes participate in a variety of sports. McLeod engages in speed skating, while Wainman competed for Team NWT in the U18 Curling Nationals this...

Art teacher wins national award

Alexandra Winchester believes art can teach creative skills It was not even a minute into the interview when Alexandra Winchester rushed out of her seat to put a cap back on a Sharpie pen on a student’s desk. “Sorry, teacher things,” she said, before going back to saying how honoured she was to receive a...
Sam Skinner races down the pitch with the ball during Super Soccer play last weekend in Yellowknife. - James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Junior boys take home banner

Academics and attendance leave senior players behind On the one hand, the East Three Secondary School junior boys won the Tier 2 division at the Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife last weekend, taking home a banner for the school. On the other hand, senior representatives from East Three were fewer than hoped, as less than...
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Connecting taxation to services increases transparency and accountability

Direct funding schemes have pros and consFinance Minister Robert McLeod didn’t have much to offer on the question of whether the profits from Inuvik liquor sales should go directly to programs that deal with addiction in Inuvik. The money is funnelled into the GNWT’s general revenue fund, from which the government takes and puts to...
Inuvik Fire Department Platoon Chief Jonathon Michel makes children cheer and wait while counting down from 10 to officially open the new fire station bouncy castle. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

New bouncy castle a hit

Fire department adds to children’s fun at community events The children lining up, cheering and chanting in wait of a ribbon cutting to open a new fire station bouncy castle resembled something of the unbridled exuberance of a Black Friday sale. They could barely be kept back, and once the ribbon was cut, they rushed...
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The broad brush of aboriginal reporting

One of the most interesting things I was told at the 25th anniversary for the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement was that they weren’t hosting any hand games for the evening. All of the other communities had hand games for their corresponding celebrations. Purely from my work-driven need for photography opportunities, I was hoping for...
Sarah Jerome, a Gwich’in elder, spent a lifetime working through and reconciling her experience at residential school. Now she advises youth on how to become proud to be Gwich’in. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

‘Ready to kill’ before regaining pride

“The first day I walked into that residential school is when the anger started,” said Sarah Jerome, a Gwich’in elder from Fort McPherson who was taken from her home at the age of seven to attend residential school in Aklavik. “When I left at the end of 12 years, I left residential school in a...
Jordan Peterson, vice-president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, left, cuts the cake with Willard Hagen, former president of GTC, and Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, current president of GTC. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Leaders share stores at land claims anniversary event

Bobbi Jo Greenland-Morgan, president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, said Gwich’in are known as caribou people. “Caribou migrate. There’s a big main herd, some scatter, some slow down,” she said. “I’d like us to be that main herd, because you know what happens to those that scatter or slow down… you end up in a...