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Geographic challenges shouldn’t stifle ambition

It's likely no surprise to residents of Inuvik that living in the far North can feel isolating at times. For some NWT communities, the reality is that the only way in and out is by...

Feds fund gas feasibility study

The federal government is investing $467,200 in a feasibility study that will determine the possibility of natural gas development along the soon-to-open Inuvik-Tuk highway, according to a news release from the Canadian Northern Economic...

From life in Florida to life in the Arctic

A former Inuvik couple from Jacksonville, Florida officially became Canadians last month, nearly 11 years to the day they moved to the community. “It's exciting,” said Larry Noland, who now lives in Aklavik with his...

Robotics club sets sights on territorial competition

The Inuvik Robotics and Engineering Club is gearing up for its sixth year this September, with ambitions of organizing a territorial competition between teams from around the NWT. “We hope to compete at a territorial...

Green thumbs and healthy bodies

A group of youth had a chance to got their hands dirty during a gardening lesson last week, mixing together water, soil and seeds they hope will someday grow into healthy plants. “We're making seed...

Quarry incident in Inuvik prompts police investigation

A local company is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to a conviction after a worker narrowly avoided injury by heavy steel parts that shot out of the company's rock crusher one day...

Grizzly bear killed in Inuvik

A grizzly bear was killed earlier this week after being spotted on Stringer Road, according to Norman Snowshoe, Inuvik Region superintendent with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. An officer put the bear down...

Resolution calls for self-government special assembly

A resolution calling for a special assembly on self-government was passed at last week's Gwich'in Tribal Council (GTC) annual general assembly in Fort McPherson. According to GTC vice-president Jordan Peterson, the resolution requires a working...

Tourism workshops draw crowds

A summer workshop series designed to teach visitors about life and culture in the North saw a jump in participants this year – so much so that organizers had to turn some people away. Approximately...

Anthropologist studying Mackenzie Delta

Aklavik - A German anthropologist is in Aklavik studying how people live and deal with changes in the Mackenzie Delta. Franz Krause, from the University of Cologne, is living in the community with his family...

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...