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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...

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...

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....

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...
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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...
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’...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...