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Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Recent grads have paved way for the future

I've been to a few graduation ceremonies in the past, but none were as emotional and memorable as the one that I recently went to in Tuktoyaktuk on June 20. The 2019 graduating class at...
Participants take off for their run during the Midnight Sun Fun Run on June 22. Over 100 individuals from all walks of life participated in events such as a five kilometre run or a sprint triathlon. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Midnight Sun Fun Run adds new sprint triathlon event

There were over 100 runners who took part in this year’s Midnight Sun Fun Run activities on June 22, where 18 of the participants tried out the event's latest addition: a sprint triathlon. Steve Krug,...
An observer wears a “Native Pride” hat during the revealing of the “Antennas as Canvas” art project at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations on June 21. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Satellite art project celebrates Inuvik’s artistic talent and cultural diversity

The final result of a public art project that displays Inuvik’s diverse set of traditions and cultures across five satellite receivers was revealed to community members during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations on June...

Protecting cultural heritage

As climate change threatens communities and historic sites on the Arctic coast, a researcher is using maps to work with communities to identify what should be saved. “There are all kinds of impacts taking place,”...
Recent graduate John Noksana is escorted to the graduation stage by his sister Joce, left, and his mom Glenna during Mangilaluk School’s 2019 graduation ceremony in Tuktoyaktuk on June 20. Noksana was one of the 21 students who received their high school diplomas that day, which made them the largest graduating class in the school’s history. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Tuktoyaktuk’s Mangilaluk School welcomes their largest graduating class

A record breaking 21 students from Tuktoyaktuk’s Mangilaluk School received their high school diplomas on June 20, making them the largest graduating class in the school’s history. “It was hard, it was challenging, but they...
An image of the seized items. photo courtesy of the RCMP

Inuvik RCMP seize drugs valued at $53,000, “significant” sum of cash

Responding to an assault call in Inuvik led RCMP to seize 330 grams of crack cocaine valued at $49,000, 220 grams of marijuana worth $4,000, and a "significant" amount of cash, police stated in...
Kyra McDonald, a 15-year-old hockey player from Inuvik, is one of many youth female hockey players from across the nation who make up the first all-girl season of the Hit The Ice youth hockey series. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik hockey player makes her TV debut

Season seven of the Canadian youth hockey series “Hit The Ice” premiered on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) on June 12, and it stars one of Inuvik’s most talented and upcoming hockey players. 15-year-old...

Inuvik RCMP investigating after 17 solar panels damaged

Police in Inuvik are asking for the public’s help after 17 solar panels were damaged in the community over the weekend. The solar panels were damaged at the Children First Centre, located on Kingmingya Road,...
In addition to shifting and sinking target stands, a large “lake” has also formed at the Inuvik Gun Club’s outdoor shooting range. The club is investing around $30,00 to help renovate and clean up the site, with the remediation process beginning at the end of the month. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik’s shooting range to undergo renovations

Thanks to some much needed renovations, the Inuvik Gun Club’s outdoor shooting range will have a completely different look by the end of the summer. Club secretary Chris Garven said that the remediation process will...
June 15 is recognized around the world as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Inuvik hosted their own event a day early at Ingamo Hall on June 14. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Elder abuse awareness event hosted in Inuvik

Residents from all over the community came out and showed their support for local Elders during the town’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event that was hosted at the Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre on...
The mural that was painted over the kiosk at Jim Koe Park by Inuvik youth features a grizzly bear, a whale, caribou, Northern Lights and more. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

New mural adds more colour to Inuvik

Residents throughout town are raving about the new mural that was painted over the old kiosk at Jim Koe Park, a project and vision that was brought to life by local youth from the...
Three-year-old Eliana Prins was all smiles as she sat comfortably aboard the Inuvik Regional Hospital’s float during the parade.Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Photo feature: Inuvik’s second annual Pride Parade

More than 200 community members marched in Inuvik’s second annual Pride Parade on June 8. This year’s parade featured floats from various organizations, such as the Inuvik Fire Department, the Legion, the Hospital, Parks...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

There’s nothing wrong with showing Pride

There was a lot going on in Inuvik this past weekend. It was especially busy for the kids in the community, who were able to pick from a variety of outdoor, youth-oriented events to...
Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, right, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed watch as Inuvik drummers and dancers perform a drum dance ceremony prior to the announcement of the National Inuit Climate Change Strategy at Ingamo Hall on June 7. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuit-led climate change strategy announced in Inuvik

An Inuit-driven climate change strategy was revealed at Inuvik’s Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre on June 7, which will see Inuit communities and governments across the Inuit Nunangat collaborate to address the growing concerns that...
Softball instructor Bryan Sask, left, teaches Keene Woodcock how to properly hold a bat during a softball clinic in Inuvik on June 9. Sask and NWT Softball executive director Paul Gard were in town from June 8 to 9, where they introduced youth to the basic fundamentals of the game. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Softball clinic a home run for Inuvik youth

A softball clinic for Inuvik youth was hosted from June 8 to 9, where more than 50 kids came out to learn about the basic fundamentals of the game. Paul Gard, the executive director of...
George Teepe, a resident of Laguna Niguel in California, poses with his Tesla as it charges outside of an Inuvik resident’s home on June 3. He headed North in his electric car to Tuktoyaktuk on May 16 before arriving in the hamlet on June 4. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

California man believed first to drive electric car to the Arctic

George Teepe celebrated his 84th birthday on June 2 by sleeping in his Tesla electric car in the Peel River region, waiting for the ferry services to open up to take him across the...
East Three Secondary Students Cheyenne Gully, right, and Lynelle Pedroso were just two of the hundreds of community members who marched in Inuvik’s second annual Pride Parade on June 8. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Hundreds march in Inuvik’s second annual Pride Parade

More than 200 community members marched in Inuvik’s second annual Pride Parade on June 8, which was organized by East Three Secondary School’s Aurora Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club. “A pride parade in Inuvik is...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Living the solution

For this week's special edition, I was tasked with profiling three different organizations who will be participating in the town's Arctic Development Expo from June 10 to 12. I had interesting conversations with representatives from...
An overview of the Inuvik Petroleum Show, June 17, 2004. NNSL file photo

First Arctic Development Expo on the way

The Town of Inuvik will be hosting their first Arctic Development Expo at the Midnight Sun Complex from June 10 to 12. The expo will showcase local and national organizations and businesses who are involved...
The Gwich’in Development Corporation was founded shortly after the signing of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement in 1992. It’s purpose is to generate wealth that will later be distributed to Gwich’in beneficiaries. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Arctic Development Expo feature: Gwich’in Development Corporation

Shortly after the signing of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement in 1992, the Gwich’in Development Corporation (GDC) was created, an organization whose purpose is to generate wealth that will eventually be distributed among...
Children play on one of the structures at Chief Jim Koe Park on May 15. A new summer program introduced later in July will allow Inuvik youth to stay active every day of the week. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

New summer programming for Inuvik youth

Although they won’t be offering a day camp program this summer, the Town of Inuvik is introducing a new summer program to the community in July that will allow youth to stay active every...

Arctic Development Expo feature: Arctic Energy Alliance

For the past 20 years, the Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) has been helping Northerners implement a number of different energy-efficient systems, products and practices into their homes and businesses. They’re a non-profit organization that has...
During the summer of 2017, Green Sun Rising had installed a solar system panel onto the Inuvik’s Children First Society building. photo courtesy of Klaus Dohring

Arctic Development Expo feature: Green Sun Rising

After spending 25 years in the automotive industry, German engineer Klaus Dohring said that he was fired from his executive position in January 2008 over a personality conflict. “I had just turned 50 at the...
For his science fair project, 13-year-old Fletcher Dares tested various displays to see if they would work in a vacuum - or in outer space. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

East Three student wins bronze at national science fair

Fletcher Dares, a grade 9 student at East Three Secondary School, came away with a bronze medal in the intermediate category at the Canada Wide Science Fair that was hosted in Fredericton, NB from...

EDITORIAL: Marking Inuvialuit Day

June 5 will mark the 35th anniversary of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement, when control over lands and resources returned to the Inuvialuit people. Northerners celebrate the day as one of the major milestones of the...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

What does it mean to be Inuvialuit?

Over the course of working on this issue, I spoke to several Inuvialuit community members in Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik. I had different set of questions for each individual that I talked to, but there...

No medals, but Team NWT building experience for Skills Canada nationals in Vancouver next...

Of the 21 Team NWT participants at Skills Canada nationals in Halifax this week, many went up against the best in the country for the first time. "This year we were a large number of...

Inuvik’s Devon Burgess has some big ideas and goals on his plate

Living in the North can put a Skills Canada competitor at a disadvantage. Take Inuvik's Devon Burgess, for example. For him to practice prior to the cooking event at the national championships in Halifax was...
Christine Sydney, left, and Tara Day are organizing Inuvik’s Inuvialuit Day celebrations together for the second year in a row. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik organizers prepare for huge Inuvialuit Day celebrations

For Tara Day and Christine Sydney, organizing Inuvik’s Inuvialuit Day celebrations for the second straight year has only made them more proud of their cultural heritage. “It was something that I always wanted to...

Kaylin Harder has designs on a Skills Canada medal

Kaylin Harder nimbly assembles pieces of cotton fabric with a hot iron next to her. She's creating a transformative dress at Skills Canada nationals in Halifax on Tuesday. Her garment will have zippers on the...