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Group seeks to revive family events

“That’s what we hear a lot – ‘Man, there used to be this!’” said Jackie Challis, member of the newly formed Inuvik Community Events Society, which seeks to host and support family-friendly events in...

Police go undercover as ballplayers to launch drug raids during slo-pitch tournament, sources say

A major drug bust in Hay River resulting in the arrests of 11 people, and charges against nine of them last week may be connected to a slo-pitch softball tournament that took place around...

Slow going across Deh Cho Bridge

The first repairs to the $202 million Deh Cho Bridge will continue until the end of October, with traffic reduced at time to one lane. According to Greg Hanna, spokesperson for the territorial government's Dept....

Deline man sentenced to 18 months

A Deline man was sentenced to 18 months in jail after a dramatic alcohol-fueled, firearm related incident in that community earlier this year.. Jamie Takazo, 43, was handed his punishment by judge Andrew Mahar...

From Saamba K’e to The Peg

If you were at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg and asked a volunteer a question, they would do their best to answer you. Deanna Jumbo of Saamba K'e had that job but she was...

Jr Rangers hit Yk

The top Junior Canadian Rangers from across the North are in Yellowknife until Aug. 19, sharpening their leadership skills and building connections with their peers. The 58 Junior Canadian Rangers come from Aklavik, Fort Providence,...

Regulations updated for hunting

Anyone with their sights set on a general hunting licence in the territory will now have to be an eligible members of an NWT Aboriginal organization. Hunting regulations and fees saw a number of changes...

Muskrat population looks to be gaining

Two researchers looking into muskrat populations in the region report that the numbers seem to be up lately. “Their populations are cyclic, but this low has been much more extended than usual – at least...

Six figures spent on community service

For such a small and remote town, Inuvik has sure taken the attention of the Toronto-based Muslim Welfare Centre. The organization funds the Midnight Sun Mosque’s Arctic Food Bank and flew up several members for...

Researchers seek fish expertise in Mackenzie Delta

Three researchers are working on two separate but related projects looking into the health of fish in the region, and they want as much feedback from local anglers as possible. “Some people talk about the...

Carbon tax could cost $900 per household

Remote communities will be most affected by a carbon tax that could cost households $923 per year, according to a GNWT report. Lisa Nitsiza, chief administrative officer of Whati, a small North Slave community with...

Opioid maintenance program limited to Yellowknife

People outside of Yellowknife who need the territory's opioid maintenance program will have to make their way to the capital city to access it. Dr. Jennifer Harris runs the program, which transitions people from illicit...

A collaboration carved in stone

  Jean Sexsmith and Gary Elemie may come from different generations and regions of the NWT, yet they united over their shared passion for the ancient craft of stone tool making. Outside the Prince of Wales...

NWT firefighters return from B.C.

Driving back home on Saturday after 18 days spent fighting fires in the central interior of British Columbia, Ryan Hanna had just enough time to stop on the roadside to wish his son Noah...

U.S. consulate seeks American citizens

Representatives from the U.S. consulate will be travelling to Inuvik in September in search of American citizens. The group will be available to conduct routine consular services for U.S. citizens, such as passport renewals and...

Grounded aviation tour a disappointment

Hundreds of people enjoyed the show when the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour dazzled Inuvik and surrounding communities early this June. After each show, pilots took hours out of their time to meet with residents and...

Celebrating 50 years of the GNWT

For Ernest Taylor Pokiak, the creation of the Government of the Northwest Territories in 1967 was a chance to progress his career. The Tuktoyaktuk-based elder had been working for the federal government in Inuvik since...

Group in Inuvik develops to aid those in need

Noting that times are tough for many community groups these days, the Inuvik Food Bank included, two locals have joined forces to build support for those in need. Barbara Sulz and Cheryl Zaw are proposing...

Sheep is back on the menu

A new survey of dall sheep in the Richardson Mountains, between Aklavik and Fort McPherson, shows the population’s numbers on the rise, which means the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board is lifting its voluntary closure...

Athletes get opportunity of a lifetime

Six Beaufort Delta athletes are competing in the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, and mission staff member Colin Pybus calls that the opportunity of a lifetime. “This is the ultimate expression of activity and sport,”...

Inuvik youth takes in Nuu-chah-nulth culture

The chance to experience Nuu-chah-nulth culture in Port Alberni has been an enlightening one for Inuvik youth Des Beaulieu. “It’s pretty fun learning about their cultures and differences and similarities between theirs and the culture...
Photo courtesy of Sharon Allen Sharon Allen, right, is pictured with her daughter Keisha Trudel who died in a drunk driving crash in 2008. Allen, who heads up Simpson's MADD chapter, is alarmed by latest impaired driving charges released by NWT RCMP

‘Our communities are tired of it’: mother of teen killed in drunk driving crash

People's attitudes towards impaired driving are beginning to shift in the territory, the mother of a young girl killed in a drunk driving crash says. Sharon Allen, Fort Simpson resident and the territory's only Mothers...

BioBlitz charts Inuvik’s nature

Inuvik’s streets are filled with more than 100 species of plants, and most of them are native to the area. That’s in stark contrast to most cities in the south, which are full of weeds...

Community invited to research workshop

Community members in Aklavik are invited to attend an open two-day workshop hosted by the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board Sept. 20-21. The workshop will be discussing research priorities and strategic planning, with the GRRB looking...

Joining forces

It’s early on the morning of July 16 and the sun struggles to peak through dark storm clouds as rain spits over Bear Rock near Tulita. A cold wind whips through the air as a...

Drummers and dancers riding NAIG high

Members of the Ulukhaktok Western Drummers and Dancers are riding high after a whirlwind trip to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto last week. The group performed at York University on opening night...

Somebody do something

Inuvik is one of the best places I’ve ever lived, and it’s not just nice for a Northern town. It's remote but still classically Canadian, a little bit Wild West and extremely friendly. The only problem...

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...