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Four-year-old Matthew Owen “flossed” his way to the centre of the dance floor during a Family Dance event hosted by Inuvik’s Children First Society at the Midnight Sun Complex on March 1. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Family dance keeps residents moving

After popular demand from youth and parents alike, Inuvik’s Children First Society hosted its first Family Dance in more than two years at the community hall in the Midnight Sun Complex on March 1. “It was so popular. Everybody was asking when we would do it again. We tried to get a date last year...
Zandria Andre made homemade slime for her grade six science project, and it was a hit amongst her peers. To make the slime, she used glue, shaving cream, Tide and food colouring. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

The many projects of the 2019 Learning Fair (Photo Feature)

More than 150 students in grades 4, 5 and 6 from East Three Elementary School displayed their Learning Fair projects in the school’s gym for peers, teachers, parents and judges to see. The Fair consisted of life, heritage and science projects, where students shared information on their family’s history, their favourite hockey players, slime creation...
Fredrick Trimble, a grade 4 student at East Three Elementary School, focused his Learning Fair project on carving and shared his dad’s art during the event at the school’s gym on Feb. 26. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Annual Learning Fair broadens students’ interests

East Three Elementary School hosted its annual Learning Fair on Feb. 26, with 154 students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 displaying their projects in the gym for peers, teachers, parents and judges to see. The fair was a mix of life, heritage and science projects. Students displayed bristol boards pasted with images and information on...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Show people what they’re drinking

When I went to Inuvik’s Community Healthy Living Fair on Feb. 21, I stopped by a booth that was warning Northern residents about the negative side effects high sugar consumption has on youth and their teeth. Adama Stevens, the regional dental therapist stationed at the booth, showed me a clear plastic cup that contained around...

Inuit reps give Heritage earful on Indigenous Language Act

Representatives for Inuktut speakers of the country gave the Canadian Heritage committee an earful this week about the government legislation to revitalize and protect Indigenous languages. Natan Obed Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation CEO Duane Ningaqsiq Smith echoed sentiments of independent MP Hunter Tootoo that there are no assurances Bill...
Ferghus Rutherford-Simon of Fort Smith takes aim at the target during action in the male recurve event in archery at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Tuesday. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT sees some success at Canada Winter Games

(Updated 12:17 p.m. Wednesday) They did what they had to do and thanks to a bit of help from Prince Edward Island, Team NT’s girls hockey team will get a chance to play with the big guns. The girls defeated Yukon on Tuesday by a score of 7-1 for their second straight win at the...
Adam Kovacs, known online as “Beaufort Beats”, has been producing music for 17 years and wants to share his knowledge with Inuvik by hosting a series of music production classes in the summer. Photo courtesy of Adam Kovacs.

Music producer hopes to teach Inuvik how to create

A local music producer is looking to share his love and knowledge of creating music with community members by hosting a series of music production classes in the summer. Adam Kovacs, known online as “Beaufort Beats”, said he got the idea to teach music production after receiving a number of technical questions from Inuvik residents,...
Team NT's girls hockey team gathers around following their game against Prince Edward Island at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 24. Mel Bolin/Canada Winter Games photo

Week two gets underway at Canada Winter Games for Team NT and Nunavut

And so begins another week of the North’s best and brightest doing their thing at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Week two officially got underway on Feb. 24 with three sports in action involving Team NT; Nunavut wasn’t in action. The boys and girls curling rinks took on Saskatchewan in the morning...
Matthew Skinner, the centre Coordinator for the Inuvik Youth Centre, created a weekly skate night program for the town’s youth in October 2018. The goal of the program is to allow local youth to practice their skating or to play hockey in a safe and welcoming environment. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Youth skate night continues to be a hit

Every Friday from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm, Inuvik youth are given exclusive access to free ice time at the Roy “Sugloo” Ipana Arena in the Midnight Sun Complex, all thanks to the Inuvik Youth Centre’s skate program. Matthew Skinner, the centre coordinator for the Inuvik Youth Centre, created the program last October to allow...

UPDATE: Public heath advisory issued after passenger with measles flew to Inuvik

The acting chief public health officer has issued an update to the measles public health advisory released on Friday. The laboratory-confirmed case of measles involved an individual who travelled to Inuvik from an international destination by airplane. The Department of Health and Social Services is now warning anyone who visited the following locations during the...
Dr. Matt Quinn, a local family doctor and regional public health officer, stands inside of a blow-up colon infected with cancer at the Midnight Sun Complex on Feb. 21. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik health fair promotes colon cancer screening

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority hosted Inuvik’s fourth annual Community Healthy Living Fair at the Midnight Sun Complex on Feb. 21, with a special focus on promoting colorectal cancer screening for those aged 50 years and older. Dr. Matt Quinn, a local family doctor and regional public health officer, had set up...

Public health advisory issued for measles

The acting chief public health officer has issued a public health advisory on a confirmed case of measles in the territory. “This case involves an individual who travelled from an international destination to Inuvik by airplane,” states the advisory issued just shortly after 8 p.m. on Feb. 22. “The journey returning to Inuvik took them...
Matthew Skinner, the centre coordinator for the Inuvik Youth Centre, was all smiles after his proposed project to build an outdoor basketball court beside the centre received funding donations from Inuvik’s 100 People Who Care organization on Feb. 19. The organization is made up of approximately 50 local community members who meet every three months and donate $100 each to a local charity.

Youth Centre receives funding for outdoor basketball court

The Inuvik Youth Centre got a boost for its proposed outdoor basketball court Feb. 19, as 100 People Who Care Inuvik chose to devote $3,200 to the project during its quarterly meeting at the Midnight Sun Complex. Inuvik Youth Centre coordinator Matthew Skinner made the presentation. “We have an indoor basketball net at the centre and...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Limited food vendors means limited cultural diversity

On a good day, you can expect to see at least 10 to 20 different vendors at an Arctic Market event. While some come with arts and crafts, many bring with them traditional country foods from around the region, or dishes from countries such as India or the Philippines. The wide variety of foods the...
Alex Hejnowicz of Iqaluit comes around the bend during speedskating action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 6

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 6 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Wednesday. All times MST Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Girls singles placement round (continuing all day) 10:30 a.m. Boys singles placement round (continuing all day) Hockey 12:30 p.m. Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador...
Bill Rutherford, also known as Inuvik’s “the fruit man”, usually parks his mobile grocery store in the town’s downtown core, right at the corner of MacKenzie Road and Berger Street. Rutherford has been selling fresh produce and other goods in bulk to Inuvikians since 1985, but he’s thinking of calling it quits soon. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik’s fruit man contemplates retirement

After 33 years of delivering fresh produce and dry goods to Inuvik residents, the town’s “fruit man” said his aging body is warning him that he doesn’t have much gas left in the tank. “I made a living. My daughter’s through university. I make my payments all the time. It’s just that my body is...
Nolan Kasook of LJ’s Sabres celebrates after scoring a goal against the K&D Outlaws during the tournament’s final game of the A division. The Sabres ended up winning the game 5-3. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

IRC hosts 31st annual Native Hockey Tournament

The 31st annual Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) Native Hockey Tournament wrapped up on Feb. 17, with 190 players from communities across the Beaufort Delta Region participating in the event at Inuvik’s Midnight Sun Complex. “It’s the best time of the weekend. There’s good hockey, everyone comes to visit and you get to see old friends,”...
Members of the organizing team behind the “Traditional Techniques Tweaked to Galvanize Indigenous Northern Artisans” pose with their $500,000 Arctic Inspiration Prize in the IRC Muskox boardroom on Feb. 15. From left to right: Matthew Dares, Annie Steen, Sue McNeil and Verna Pope. Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Kolb, communications advisor at the IRC

Inuvik project wins $500,000 prize

An Inuvik-based project that will create an association of Northern Indigenous artists from across the Beaufort Delta Region to help support their work and their businesses was one of three ideas awarded $500,000 at the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) awards in Whitehorse on Feb. 12. The project, titled “Traditional Techniques Tweaked to Galvanize Indigenous Northern...
On Jan. 29, the Town of Inuvik posted on their Facebook page a special advisory informing food vendors about the recent changes made to the temporary food establishment permit. The change in the interpretation of the permit’s legislation by the territorial chief environmental health officer was officially announced on Jan. 1, which now limits a vendor’s market participation to 14 days. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Legislation change limits Arctic Market participation

Local food vendors are being forced to limit their Arctic Market appearances after a recent change in the interpretation of a food permit legislation has reduced the number of days they are allowed to set up shop. The change in the understanding of the temporary food establishment permit came into effect on Jan. 1, when...
Jade Ko goes through her routine on the floor during gymnastics action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 5

Here’s what Nunavut and Team NT will be up to on Day 5 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 19: Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Mixed doubles – Team NT vs. Yukon 9:30 a.m. Mixed doubles – Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador 10:30 a.m. Boys doubles – Team NT vs. Nunavut...
Chase Harron of Coral Habour battles with Connor Cozens of Yukon in front of the net during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 4

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 4 at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Nunavut vs. Prince Edward Island 4 p.m. Nunavut vs. Team NT Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Boys and girls singles matches begin Speedskating 9:10 a.m., 10:18 a.m. and...
Team Nunavut marches into the opening ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 15. Mark Cundict/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 3

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 3 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Sunday: All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Team NT vs. Prince Edward Island Nunavut vs. Yukon 7:30 p.m. Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador Team NT vs. Yukon Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Boys...
The ceremonial puck drop at centre ice on Feb. 8. From left to right: Lucas Pokiak of the Arctic Eagles, Anna-Lee McLeod and Dexter Noksana of the Delta Raptors. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Record-breaking numbers at 18th annual Gwich’in Cup Tournament

The annual Gwich’in Cup Tournament continues to be a huge sporting event for minor league hockey players in the Beaufort Delta region, as a record breaking 225 youth participated in this year’s tournament, improving on last year’s 211. “I think it’s working, that kids are enjoying it. I think there’s an element of inclusivity that...
Abe Drennan, a local folk artist and music teacher at East Three Secondary School, poses for a picture inside his classroom at East Three Secondary School on Feb. 6. Drennan is planning to release his album by the end of April, after almost three years of working on it. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Music teacher prepares for album release

After two-and-a-half years of reimagining, rewriting and recording, local folk artist Abe Drennan is ready to release his album by the end of April. “I had high hopes in the beginning. I was all gung-ho. I thought I was going to be done in three months. When I realized the songs weren’t ready, it kind...
The Gwich’in Tribal Council’s head office in Inuvik. The organization is planning to convert their Wellness Camp into a “cultural experiential retreat” that will be open to the public. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Gwich’in Wellness Camp to be converted into a cultural retreat

The Gwich’in Tribal Council is in the early planning stages of converting its Wellness Camp into a “cultural experiential retreat” in order to increase tourist attraction to the region by offering more authentic cultural experiences to visitors. Joy O’Neill, the economic development officer for the Gwich’in Tribal Council, announced at an Inuvik tourism stakeholders committee...
The Inuvik Ski Club has been inactive since December of last year. The club is seeking to help of the community to bring it back on its feet. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik Ski Club seeks community support

The Inuvik Ski Club is calling on members of the community to step up and help restore the club as it continues to struggle with a lack of volunteers and board members. Holly Jones, the club’s volunteer program coordinator, said that there are currently five volunteers who sit on the club’s board of directors, but...
Tyler Bain, 5, of Team NT aims his shot during a game at the second annual Rockstar Festival, which was hosted by the Inuvik Curling Club on Feb. 3 at the Midnight Sun Complex in Inuvik. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik youth get their curl on

The Inuvik Curling Club hosted its second annual Rockstar Festival for junior curlers at the Midnight Sun Complex on Feb. 3, with youth from the ages of five to nine competing for a trophy that stood six feet tall. For many of the 35 budding curlers, it was their first time playing the game. “We...
Jeremy Dutcher, a composer and vocal artist from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, played his first show in Inuvik on Feb. 2 at the Our Lady of Victory Church. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Jeremy Dutcher brings music to the North

In an effort to showcase more art to smaller communities in the North, Jeremy Dutcher, a composer and vocal artist from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, teamed up with the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in Yellowknife to add cities such as Inuvik and its neighbouring towns to his touring list. “It’s my...
Georgina Firth, a 67-year-old resident of Inuvik, won $100,000 through a scratchcard in late January and has been sharing the money with others ever since. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik resident shares $100,000 jackpot with others

Georgina Firth thought her eyes were playing tricks on her when her scratch card told her that she had a winning ticket of $10,000. After scanning the ticket at Inuvik’s RX Drug Mart, it turns out her eyes had indeed deceived her – she had actually won $100,000. “I said ‘gee-whiz, no way!’ I’m still...
At a public meeting in Inuvik on Jan. 28, Marnie Bell, a member of the N.W.T. and Nunavut Public Health Association, said that she doesn’t believe that the potential tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would lead to the health outcome that the GNWT is proposing. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Potential tax on sugar-sweetened drinks met with controversy in Inuvik

Inuvik residents were not so sweet in their responses to a potential tax on sugar-sweetened drinks during a public consultation hosted at the Mackenzie Hotel by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) on Jan. 28. “For me, an added tax to the already high costs of living in Inuvik – and the cost of...