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New deadline for Wood Buffalo

Canada’s progress on saving Wood Buffalo National Park will be judged on Dec. 1 of next year. While it stopped short of listing the deteriorating park as “in danger” at its meeting in Azerbaijan last...

Work stirs at Nechalacho

The Australia-based company setting up shop at Nechalacho is hoping to employ local labour to run a work program there this summer. Longtime proprietor Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. finalized an agreement on June 24 with...

2019 barge season going ‘very well’

So far, it's been full steam ahead for this year's barge season. "Things are progressing very well this sailing season,"says Derrick Briggs, director of the GNWT-owned Marine Transportation Services. "We have planned our sailing schedule to...

Ontario man charged after Inuvik RCMP seize crack cocaine, cash

An Ontario man is facing drug and weapons charges after an investigation in Inuvik turned up crack cocaine and cash. Inuvik RCMP launched a probe after receiving reports of suspected drug activity at a residence...
Caroline Cochrane, the minister of Education, Culture and Employment, has committed to supporting the Growing Together program for young children and their families in Hay River. NNSL file photo

Lagging school attendance continues

Empty desks in the territory's classrooms are nothing new. Questioning Education Minister Caroline Cochrane in legislature on May 30, Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli said that in the NWT, the highest scoring attendance is in...

Canol Trail Youth Leadership Hike turns 15

For a dozen hikers this week, history and connection to the land took the form of a trek through one of the most rugged trails in the country. The program they participated in is the...

Our Beautiful North Winner: July 4th, 2019

We want to see how you capture beauty in your community! Send us your contest entries to the nnsl.com Facebook Page via Facebook Messenger, or to nnslweb@nnsl.com for your chance to win $100.00 – every week!

Scammers target new citizens, say police

People claiming to work for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have targeted residents in the NWT, threatening new citizens to pay or risk being deported. Police have issued a warning for the scam in...

Elizabeth May in Yk: Canada needs ‘war cabinet’ to fight climate change

Green Party leader Elizabeth May is calling for nothing less than a unified national response to climate change akin to the actions taken by Britain against Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Yellowknife residents...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

The downtown core – not a cannabis store – is the real issue here

When it comes to having a cannabis retail store here in Inuvik, the concern that I've heard from several community members revolves around the potential of a weed business setting up shop in the...

History is in the eye of the beholder

The coming demise of The Zoo got us to thinking about historic buildings. The Zoo, a complex of buildings from the 1950s, certainly has a long and colourful history, and some people consider it to...
Western Arctic Oceans Day volunteers prepare for the town’s parade.

Sachs Harbour celebrates Canada Day and Western Arctic Oceans Day

Canada Day festivities in Sachs Harbour were made extra special this year, as the community also hosted the Western Arctic Oceans Day celebrations on July 1 as well. This was the third time that the...

Five students graduate at Ecole Boreale

Five bilingual young people graduated from Ecole Boreale on June 28. And the importance of being able to speak French was stressed by Harrison Tweedie-Pitre, the valedictorian of the graduating class. Tweedie-Pitre noted the graduates may...

Class of 2019 given send-off at Diamond Jenness

A graduating class of 30 students were sent off in style by Diamond Jenness Secondary School on June 27. Numerous speakers praised the graduates' determination in completing high school, and wished them the best as...

Wildfire season is below average so far

Wildfire season is below average, GNWT’s Manager of Fire Operations, Richard Olsen told reporters Tuesday. Compared to a 10-year average of 76 , this season has only produced 46 wildfires: one in Inuvik, three in...

Former mayor argues for relocating airport in Hay River

A case was made for relocating the airport in Hay River at a recent public meeting. However, there was little to no enthusiasm for the move from a representative of the GNWT. The June 13 public...

Schumann not ruling out bid for premiership if re-elected

Wally Schumann is not ruling out a bid to become premier should he be re-elected in this fall's territorial election. "As far as the premiership goes, it's something that I've been asked by a number...

How would a single-use plastic ban affect Yellowknife?

Walt Humphries is sick of plastics. "I think a lot of it we can do away with,” said the prospector, salvager and artist who often rails against the evils of litter and waste in his...

Hay River braves weather to celebrate Canada Day

Hay River braved the stormy weather to celebrate Canada Day with a parade through town on July 1. Crowds of people lined the streets with umbrellas in hand or parked in their cars as...

The Zoo complex to be dismantled in Hay River

One of the oldest and arguably most memory-filled buildings in Hay River is about to be removed. The Zoo – actually a complex of attached log buildings constructed in the 1950s – is being taken...

Hay River’s Fiona Huang on track at U of T

When Fiona Huang was in Grade 6, she told her father she wanted to participate in track and field. However, Dragon Huang recalled that he had his doubts about that idea. As he remembers it, his...

AROUND THE NORTH: Chipewayn language social

  Chipewayn language social Smiths Landing The Smiths Landing First Nations Reserve is hosting weekly language socials starting on July 4. Agnes Cheezie will be holding meetings every Thursday from 7 p.m. To 9 p.m. At the...

On the Dene law of being happy

Editor's note: Catherine Lafferty is writing a series of columns on the Dene laws. This week's installment is on the ninth of the nine laws, which is: "Be Happy At All Times."  Some days I...

EDITORIAL: Canada, we turn to you

Today marks another Canada Day, and much like the rest of the country, most of our 33 designated communities will be celebrating the birth of Canada in one form or another. Pancake breakfasts, parades large...

Senators urge Arctic ‘wake-up call’

Information will be released ‘in the coming weeks’ on the federal government’s long-awaited Arctic and Northern Policy Framework, according to a spokesperson. “We are taking the necessary time and steps to co-develop a framework that...
Inuvik Mayor Natasha Kulikowski points out areas of the town that are home to light industrial businesses. The Town of Inuvik hosted a third and final reading to amend a zoning by-law for cannabis related businesses on June 27. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik residents express concerns over potential location of cannabis retail store

During the Town of Inuvik’s third and final reading to amend a zoning by-law for cannabis related businesses on June 27, a number of residents voiced their concerns over the possibility of a cannabis...

North Slave Metis Alliance says it’s been left out of Thaidene Nene Park

Parks Canada has effectively excluded the North Slave Metis Alliance from the development of Thaidene Nene Park, President Bill Enge told News/North last week. Situated along the eastern edge of Great Slave Lake, the proposed...
Residents and politicians joined members of Climate Action Inuvik for one final march down MacKenzie Road on June 28. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Climate Action Inuvik hosts final march of the season

With summer break officially underway, politicians and residents joined members from the Climate Action Inuvik group for one final march and rally on June 28.  “This is our last march of the season. I just...
Inuvik Boot Lake MLA Alfred Moses announced on June 28 that the territorial government will contribute $5.5 million to a $22 million project that will improve the infrastructure at Inuvik’s Mike Zubko Airport. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik airport receives funding to help combat impacts of climate change

In an effort to make Inuvik’s Mike Zubko Airport more resilient to the effects of climate change, both the territorial and federal governments announced on June 28 that they are investing $22 million to...
Dalton McLeod from Inuvik completed the 240 kilometre Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay in 11 hours on June 15. Photo courtesy of Paul MacDonald

Inuvik youth completes 240 km cycling event

Before taking on the menacing 240 km Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay solo race event on June 15, the only other long distance race that 17-year-old Dalton McLeod had participated in was a five...