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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...
Mike Harlow, left, presents a Can’t Skate Excellence Award to Gene Jenks for “most likely to hit the boards to stop.” The Inuvik Can’t Skate League held a year-end awards night Friday, April 21. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

The best of the worst awarded

Gene Jenks proudly held up his “most likely to hit the boards to stop” award during a year-end event for the Inuvik Can’t Skate League Friday, April 21. Jenks has been playing in the league...
Kendra Bulldog, Nathalie Bullock and Reese Wainman snowshoe their way around the Children First Centre Sunday, April 23. They had just been involved in a Girl Guides sleepover at the centre the night before. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Girl Guides teach confidence

Kendra Bulldog, a brownie in the Inuvik Girls Guides, stayed up until 10 p.m. at the group’s sleepover at the Children First Centre last weekend. “We do lots of fun crafts and we go outside...

Health fair features fun and helpful resources

What it means exactly to promote health and wellness in a one-day fair is difficult to answer. Tracey Pope, acting director of client services with the Beaufort Delta Health and Social Services Authority, said it’s...
Coaches and parents keep count as swimmers complete as many lengths of the pool as they can during a fundraiser Wednesday, April 19. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Swimming great lengths for funds

Tessa Jenks spent almost two hours swimming from one side of the pool to the other 200 times to raise money for the Mackenzie Muskrat Swim Club. “I was really tired at the end, but...