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Inuvik youth centre sees bright days

Faith Raymond and Kenny Stewart remember the reputation the Inuvik Youth Centre had when they were growing up in town. “From a parent’s perspective, the youth centre was a place where you didn’t want your...

Beaufort athletes excel at Indigenous games

The Beaufort Delta contingent of athletes in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games got Team NWT off to a hot start. The canoe racers, many of whom came from the region, brought home eight of...

Climate change could alter landscape, says researcher

Though it’s a long process with many complicating factors, if the climate were to continue changing in accordance with recent trends, that could mean some significant landscape changes up and down the Mackenzie Valley. Ruth...

Residential school workshops open eyes

For Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, education on the history of residential schools ties to all aspects of her role. “It really brings back to every file you work in in...

MP McLeod in the middle of satellite debate

Planet Labs missed its second chance to track satellites from its Inuvik station during its mid-July launch. The company, along with Kongsberg Satellite of Norway and local business New North Networks, invested approximately $10 million...

Town aims to tie tourism to Yukon

Inuvik may be part of the Northwest Territories, but in many ways – most notably tourism – it’s more closely tied to Yukon. That’s why the Town of Inuvik has identified strengthening that tie as...

Satellites and multiculturalism define opportunities in Beaufort-Delta

opinion - Inuvik Drum Editor Stewart Burnett It’s a busy month for an economically quiet town. Everyone sees the satellites around Inuvik but not everyone knows what they’re doing. Next week, the Landsat Technical Working Group...

Men majority of drowning victims in NWT, say safety officials

With waterways in the area melting and boating season fast approaching, the Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association is reminding people to stay safe on the water. For the last few years, the NWTRPA has...

International satellite scientists in Inuvik to discuss Landsat program

Anyone driving from the airport into town will see a number of satellite stations next to the Dempster Highway. Quietly, that location is a small international hub of information, with satellite operations being performed by...
David Stewart, from the Inuvialuit Communications Society, and Elizabeth Kolb, Arctic Image Festival Coordinator, encourage the community to come out and support Northern photographers at this weekend’s Arctic Image Festival. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Arctic Image festival to show off work of talented Delta photographers

The Arctic Image Festival is trying to take photos beyond Facebook and into hard-copy, high-quality prints. This weekend, the group is holding its fourth annual event, during which it will show off a range of...
Melba Mitchell, left, of Inuvik and Mary Jane Moses of Old Crow participate in the caribou skinning contest. - photo courtesy of Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan

Gwichin ‘Caribou people’ work to keep herds and communities healthy in Old Crow

More than an historic resource for Gwich’in people, caribou is a metaphor for the community itself. Spread across the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Canada, Alaska and beyond, Gwich’in have the challenge of maintaining a sense of...
Bonny Ebele and Emmanuel Ndumu, both from Africa, take part in Inuvik’s third annual multicultural event, held on Saturday, May 27. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Night of celebration showcases multicultural life of Inuvik

It’s a town of just over 3,000 people, but Inuvik has the world on display in the many backgrounds of its residents. The third annual multicultural night brought people together and encouraged vibrant displays of...
Lesa Semmler, manager of nursing units at the Inuvik Regional Hospital, presents a long-service award to retiring nurse Sheila Mattson. Mattson meant to spend only a year in the North, but will now be retiring to a camping lifestyle. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

After 28 years of Northern nursing, Sheila Mattson retiring to cabin life

It was hard to hear the brief speeches made to honour nurse Sheila Mattson at her retirement celebration last week, as boisterous children ran and yelled in the background. That is probably just how Mattson...

Kevin Floyd helping to keep Inuvialuit qayaqing skills alive

Kevin Floyd could probably talk forever about Inuvialuit qayaqing. That’s the impression he gives anyway, when his eyes light up and he starts describing the ways Inuvialuit qayaqs are built, how his people used to...

Inuvik squash club programs groom future court champions

Youth programs, a new league and regular tournaments have the Inuvik Squash Club busy heading into the down season of summer. The club held a tournament May 19 and 20, with about 16 players involved...
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...