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East Three expecting at least 38 JK students

East Three Elementary School expects to welcome at least 38 junior kindergarten students when a fresh school year begins Tuesday. That's how many children had enrolled in the play-based program for four-year-olds as of Aug....

Studying highway resources could bring economic boost

When the United States and Canada announced a joint, five-year moratorium on off-shore oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters last December, the countries' leaders hailed it as a move toward a “strong,” “viable”...

Dog park proponent worries cause is dwindling

A young woman who wants a dog park created in Inuvik worries her cause will be forgotten if she can't find someone to push the idea forward when she heads back to university this...

Rain dampens demolition derby in Inuvik

Rainy weather and chilly winds on Saturday threw a wrench in this year's demolition derby, forcing organizers to cancel the event before drivers could start their engines. “We woke up and found all our efforts...

Old shipping container becomes chicken coop

A handful of feathered residents may have a new home for themselves at the Inuvik Community Greenhouse next year. Staff there have repurposed an old shipping container into a chicken coop equipped with an area...

Town will consider beer garden policy

The Town of Inuvik will be watching how a beer garden at the Iron Horse Klub’s demolition derby Aug. 26 goes. When club president Melinda Gillis approached council about it earlier in summer, she asked...

Don’t be a slave to the name

Kylik Kisoun Taylor of Tundra North Tours provided the boldest recommendation during a planning meeting for the 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival: change the date, away from the actual time the sun rises. As heretical as...

Highway could fuel industry

“What we’re looking at here is how to supply gas to residents of a very gas-rich region and limit the irony of our situation here, relying on southern producers for fuel,” said Kate Darling,...

New MPA officially recognized

Paulatuk - The Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam marine protected area around Paulatuk was officially recognized on World Oceans Day Friday, Aug. 11. The event, which had many representatives of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation in attendance, acted as...

Inuvik’s high-tech beacon of hope

In a community that is currently experiencing an economic downturn, four gigantic antennae at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility stand as something of a monument to hope. Canadian, German, French and Swedish governments are all...

Just Call Vince take slo-pitch title

The Amirco Barry Pickers battled back from the losers’ bracket to challenge Just Call Vince in the finals of the Inuvik Slo-Pitch Association’s playoffs last weekend, but JCV’s bats were too hot to contain...

Demo derby, park BBQ on for Saturday

Two events on Saturday with markedly opposite themes will give people a lot of options this weekend.     The Boot Lake Boogie encourages residents to walk the Boot Lake and come back to Jim Koe Park...

24 fires in Inuvik region this summer

As of Aug. 18, there had been 24 fires in the Inuvik region this summer. Twenty of them were out at the time of reporting, with four being monitored. A large fire 13 km north of...

Boot Lake depth chart mapped

Anglers interested in having extensive depth charts and fish population profiles of local lakes will soon have that information thanks to research by Derek Gray out of Wilfrid Laurier University. Gray and a team of...

Reschedule the sunrise festival?

The Town of Inuvik is looking to make a splash for the partying crowd at the 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival, but other details of the event saw much debate at the first public planning...

Inuvik represented at Canada Summer Games

Halfway through the second week of the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Inuvik swimmer Kierra McDonald had already hit a personal best on every race she raced. “It’s gone pretty good,” she said from Winnipeg last...

Flawed speakers present as honest role models

Clear in the opening keynotes at the Gwich’in Tribal Council’s YOUth Matter conference this week in Inuvik was the acknowledgement of flawed pasts. GTC vice-president Jordan Peterson, Inuvialuit Communications Society manager Dez Loreen and Those...

Group seeks to revive family events

“That’s what we hear a lot – ‘Man, there used to be this!’” said Jackie Challis, member of the newly formed Inuvik Community Events Society, which seeks to host and support family-friendly events in...

Science camp comes to town

The University of Alberta’s DiscoverE camp, a student-delivered initiative hosted by the faculty of engineering, is coming to Aklavik later this month. The camp focuses on fun, accessibility and mentorship to deliver programs about engineering,...

Native Yankees take back title

A bad inning might have awoken memories of last year’s finals, but the Native Yankees prevailed in the end to win the Midnight Sun slo-pitch tournament last weekend. The team beat the Rockin’ Robins 17-11...

Less gossip, more action needed

A new report from the Conference Board of Canada on social outcomes in the territories doesn’t paint a beautiful picture of the North. The report found that the territories generally fall behind the Canadian average...

Inuvik mother dies in collision in Yukon

Friends and colleagues identified Shannon Ciboci as the Inuvik mother who died in a tragic vehicle incident near Pelly Crossing in Yukon. Pelly Crossing RCMP, along with two community nurses and emergency medical staff, attended...

Parvo outbreak kills 10 dogs

A parvovirus outbreak that has killed at least 10 dogs has prompted the Town of Inuvik to offer free vaccinations. “The Town of Inuvik is currently experiencing an increase of dogs falling ill to what...

Food bank support impressive in this environment

The Muslim Welfare Centre spent an extraordinary $120,000 this year funding the Arctic Food Bank. That act of private charity must be one of, if not the, largest in the region. Most community group funding here...

Muskrat population looks to be gaining

Two researchers looking into muskrat populations in the region report that the numbers seem to be up lately. “Their populations are cyclic, but this low has been much more extended than usual – at least...

Six figures spent on community service

For such a small and remote town, Inuvik has sure taken the attention of the Toronto-based Muslim Welfare Centre. The organization funds the Midnight Sun Mosque’s Arctic Food Bank and flew up several members for...

Researchers seek fish expertise in Mackenzie Delta

Three researchers are working on two separate but related projects looking into the health of fish in the region, and they want as much feedback from local anglers as possible. “Some people talk about the...

U.S. consulate seeks American citizens

Representatives from the U.S. consulate will be travelling to Inuvik in September in search of American citizens. The group will be available to conduct routine consular services for U.S. citizens, such as passport renewals and...

Grounded aviation tour a disappointment

Hundreds of people enjoyed the show when the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour dazzled Inuvik and surrounding communities early this June. After each show, pilots took hours out of their time to meet with residents and...

Celebrating 50 years of the GNWT

For Ernest Taylor Pokiak, the creation of the Government of the Northwest Territories in 1967 was a chance to progress his career. The Tuktoyaktuk-based elder had been working for the federal government in Inuvik since...