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Fred Carmichael receives Order of the NWT

Fred Carmichael, the first Indigenous person from Canada's Arctic region to obtain a commercial pilot's license, received the Order of the NWT in Yellowknife this week. Carmichael spent 60 years in the aviation industry as...

Tournament keeps memory alive

A heartfelt introduction from the family of Paulou Ittungna led off a weekend of volleyball in his name. “The fact that it’s still ongoing after the first year really makes me feel good,” said Kyle...

Letter riot mostly a laugh

In a surprisingly well-co-ordinated campaign, more than half of the men in custody at the territory's main jail wrote open letters to MLAs and the minister of justice complaining about a wide-range of shortcomings...

North Slave Metis Alliance wins court battle

The president of the North Slave Metis Alliance (NSMA) could not contain his excitement last week after winning a federal court case that pitted the two NWT Metis organizations against each other. After the court...

Battle for wildlife refuge heats up again

Gwich’in are preparing for another campaign against development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a section of Alaska that contains the calving ground of the Porcupine caribou herd. The debate has been going on for...

Communities win big

While the Paulou Ittungna Memorial Volleyball Tournament was happening in Inuvik on Oct. 13-14, there was another big volleyball tournament happening in Fort Smith. The annual Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament brought together teams from...

Possible gun shots lead to arrest

A man was taken into custody and charges are pending after police responded to a gunshot call the night of Oct. 10. Inuvik RCMP received a call at 10 p.m. regarding possible gun shots. The RCMP...

The Northern culture of silence

One of the root causes of so many ills in the North is the region’s culture of silence. It manifests itself in all aspects of life, from politics, to family violence, to drug dealing and...

Afraid to go to school

A mother is at her wit's end over continued bullying of her child at East Three Secondary School. “I don’t know what to do anymore,” said the mother, who has had to deal with both...

Rocks restrict rights

A set of rocks meant to block partygoers from beach access may have also infringed Gwich’in harvesting rights. Jozef Carnogursky, president of the Nihtat Gwich’in Council, approached town council last week about the rock barrier...

“Run as far and as fast as you can,” Vegas survivor remembers

A three-day country music concert in Las Vegas turned into a desperate run for his life for Inuvik’s Tony McDonald. “It was more or less like a war zone, the way it felt,” McDonald said....

“Teching” the North

In a place where shipping and infrastructure are often prohibitively expensive, technology stands out as one way Northern youth can keep up with those anywhere in the world. The Inuvik Youth Centre is hoping to...

Agriculture conference called the first of its kind

An agriculture conference focusing on food growers and producers – believed to be the first of its kind ever in the NWT – was held at the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre last weekend. A variety...

Farewell to Hwy 5 gravel

Highway 5's final gravel section – which was completely chipsealed as of last month – was given a ceremonial farewell on Oct. 13. Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod and representatives from Hay River, Fort Smith...

Training to begin for marine jobs

Training is about to start again in Hay River for people interested in working in the marine industry. Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre is offering – for the first time – a 24-week program called Bridge...

What’s in a renaming?

An idea is being considered to rename some of the vessels now operated by Marine Transportation Services of the territorial government. Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson raised the idea in the territorial legislature on...

Running for fun

Runners and would-be runners will have a chance later this month to run just for fun. A Halloween 5K Fun Run is set for Oct. 28. "It's fun. It's for exercise," said organizer Sherry Ringuette. She hopes...

Proposed facility could see 60 positions

The minister of Health and Social Services has provided an estimate of how many jobs might be created in Hay River from a proposed 48-bed long-term care facility. Speaking in the territorial legislature on Sept....

Airline assists relief efforts

Canadian North had positioned a Boeing 737-200 Combi aircraft and 12 crew members on the U.S. Virgin Island of Saint Croix in the Caribbean to assist in hurricane relief efforts. The team planned to spend...

Getting youth back on the right track

A program like Northern Youth Abroad may at first seem like an opportunity only for those who excel in class or are already on a solid track, but organizers especially encourage youth who may...

No ice, no problem

Even the lack of ice could not stop a group of young hockey enthusiasts in Hay River from celebrating World Girls' Hockey Weekend. Five girls and adult organizer Kim Ivanko celebrated with a fun game...

First Air gets a makeover

First Air has cleared a new look for takeoff. After 71 years in business, the arctic's flagship airline has retired its multi-coloured sun logo and replaced it with a grey inuksuk graphic over a red...

Festival will mix storytelling with music and film

The second show of the 2017 Northern Arts and Cultural Centre season in Inuvik brings homegrown talent to the Midnight Sun Complex. Caroline Cox and Leanne Goose will be performing a mix of storytelling, music...

Nominations open for Deh Gah Got’ie election

Deh Gah Got’ie First Nation is gearing up for a Nov. 20 election. Nominations for a chief and seven councillors opened Oct. 2 and will close Oct. 27. Prior to the election, two advance polls...

Mounties say Sir John Franklin threat not legit

RCMP says that after an investigation they have determined that a perceived threat against Sir John Franklin School in Yellowknife posted on social media was not credible. Officers received a complaint about the threat on...

142 hit the ice

A swelling cohort of new hockey players has the Inuvik Minor Hockey Association buzzing this season. “Busy,” said Mark Sommerfeld, coach of the novice group, about the first day Saturday, Oct. 7. “Lot more kids than...

Outstanding SAO recognized

Sambaa K’e’s Ruby Jumbo was named 2017’s Outstanding SAO of the Year by the Local Government Administrators of the NWT (LGANT) at the organization’s annual general meeting on Oct. 5 in Yellowknife. While Jumbo earned...

Town staff must remain unbiased

Sticking out in the crowd of recreation initiatives and public service announcements on the Town of Inuvik’s Facebook page was a politically charged suggestion early Saturday, Oct. 7. “After how many tragedies will they wake...

Family violence moves behind closed doors

Ruth Goose remembers that bruises, black eyes and swollen lips were a much more common sight in public years ago. Though it’s rarer now to see people display obvious signs of abuse, she thinks family...

Life of regret after one chance to speak out

Jerry Lennie missed the chance to intervene when a relative was being abused, and it still burns in his mind. “Most of my life, I fought,” said Lennie. “To me, that was useless fighting, because...