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Youth centre opens in Fort Prov

Fort Providence celebrated the opening of its new youth centre on April 26. “That’s pretty exciting for us and for the community to be able to have that space for youth really to congregate and come together,” said Jason Collard, program coordinator for Northern Loco, which is operating the Fort Providence Youth Centre in conjunction...
Frank Pope

‘A crisis situation’

If the Mackenzie Valley Highway isn’t built soon, Norman Wells Mayor Frank Pope doesn’t see how communities in his region will be able to resupply. “The rivers are getting lower every year and resupply is becoming more and more difficult, especially when it comes to diesel fuel and resupply of groceries and stuff,” said Pope....
The girls soccer team from East Three Elementary School that represented Inuvik at the 2019 Junior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife from April 26 to 28. Top row, from left to right: Maryssa Camacho, Courtlyn Furlong-Clark, Blaise Mitchell, Casey Gruben, Abygail McDonald, Alexandria Testart, Zoe Hansen, Josie McConnell. Bottom row: Petra Jellema. Photo courtesy of Maryssa Camacho

Inuvik shines at junior soccer tournament

Although they didn’t come away with gold, the coaches for East Three Elementary School’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams both agreed that this year was one of the more successful runs that the school has had in all of their years competing in Yellowknife’s Junior Super Soccer tournament. “This is the best we’ve ever done...

Jail time for man who sexually assaulted girlfriend’s sleeping mother

Warning: the following story contains graphic details involving a sexual assault An Inuvik man who struck his girlfriend in the face only to go on and sexually assault her sleeping mother on the same night received a two-year sentence on Wednesday. With credit for time spent in remand custody – amounting to 365 days –...
Logan Cunningham, seen during the Canada Winter Games this past Feburary, has been getting a lot of attention leading up to the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft on May 2. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

Draft delight for Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod

Another year, another round of Yellowknife players getting the phone call they’ve been waiting for. Logan Cunningham was the first to get picked by Spokane Chiefs after being selected in the third round, 59th overall, of the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft yesterday. It was an exciting morning for his dad, Al Cunningham, who said...
Kiah Vail, left, shows off the championship banner her St. Albert Slash won on home ice on April 7 with her father, Roger Vail. She can now add the title of national champion as the Slash knocked off the Sudbury Lady Wolves of Ontario to win the Esso Cup on April 27, the third consecutive year the Slash have won the Canadian midget girls hockey championship. photo courtesy of Roger Vail

Third time’s the charm for Kiah Vail at Esso Cup

Kiah Vail of Fort Smith thinks the St. Albert Slash have done something that will never be done again: win the Esso Cup national midget girls hockey championship three times in a row. What we do know is that the Slash became the first team to ever do it in the tournament’s history on April...
Keith Verbonac, a grade 12 student at East Three Secondary School, participated in his final play, where he played the part of the sheriff of Nottingham in the theatre program’s production of Robin Hood. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Two Inuvik students say goodbye to theatre program

As the cast and crew of East Three Theatre’s production of Robin Hood took their final curtain call on April 27, two of the program’s most experienced actors stood before the crowd for the last time. Katelynn Crocker and Keith Verbonac have been with the school’s theatre program since it began five years ago. They...
The Town of Hay River is applying to the GNWT for help to pay for fighting the recent landfill fire under its Disaster Assistance Policy. NNSL file photo

Cabinet will decide on Hay River’s application for help to pay for dump fire

A GNWT official is not saying one way or the other whether it is likely that the Town of Hay River will receive help to pay for fighting the recent landfill fire under the territorial disaster financial assistance program. “We’d have to look at the details,” said Kevin Brezinski, the director of public safety with...
Parents, coaches and players all came out to the final outdoor skate that hosted at Shell Lake on April 23. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik youth have one last skate

With warmer days on the horizon, Inuvik youth took the ice one last time to play some pickup hockey down by the outdoor rink on Shell Lake on April 23. Around 20 kids between the ages of nine and 11-years-old came out for the skate. Many of the players were members of an Inuvik hockey...
Large sections of both ice and open water could be seen in the Hay River in front of Chamber Park on April 18, just a few days before the ice cleared out of the river for spring break-up. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River breaks up early, maybe earlier than ever

The spring break-up of the Hay River happened on April 21, possibly the earliest ever. At least it was the earliest every seen by Ross Potter, the director of protective services with the Town of Hay River and the community’s fire chief. Potter has been watching the river as a member of the Hay River...
This is the logo for Team North, which is actually two teams - male and female - that will represent the NWT, Yukon and Nunavut at the upcoming National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. Image courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT

Five Hay River players looking forward to National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

Hay River will be well represented at the upcoming National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC), which are set for May 6-14 in Whitehorse. Five young people from the community will be playing with Team North, which consists of a male team and female team made up of players from the NWT, Yukon and Nunavut. One of...

EDITORIAL: Hay River an important hub for decentralization

Colette Langlois will be setting up an office in Hay River sometime this summer as the NWT’s first ombud, which is an independent statutory officer of the Legislative Assembly. It’s great that a new territorial office is being established in this town. When The Hub recently interviewed Langlois about her new role, we naturally asked...
Hay River's April Glaicar explores the hills above Ulukhaktok on Victoria Island in July 2017 during phase one of her art project called 'Our True North', which features Ulukhaktok and Sachs Harbour. The results of that project - photos and glass art - will be presented to residents of Hay River on May 6. Photo courtesy of April Glaicar

Hay River artist looks to the North

A Hay River artist has been working for two years on a project to give Canadians a look at Northern life that most may never have seen before. The project by April Glaicar is called Our True North. “It’s celebrating the Northern communities of Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok, formerly Holman, as they were in July...
The Medical Clinic in the Hay River Regional Health Centre is coping with a temporary shortage of physicians. NNSL file photo

Lack of part-time docs forces clinic to reduce hours

The reduced hours at the Hay River Medical Clinic, which began on April 23 and will run to May 17, have been caused by two locums physicians who could not make their planned trips to the community. “Normally in Hay River, we’ve got three full-time physicians,” explained Bonnie Kimble, the acting CEO of the Hay...
An image of Planet Labs’ Inuvik ground station site, located at the Canadian Satellite Ground Station Inuvik (CSGSI). Photo courtesy of Planet Labs

EDITORIAL: Satellite sighs of relief

The long-awaited approval of federal licensing for California-based Planet Labs and its satellite imaging station in Inuvik is now over and all we can say is: thank goodness. For three years — from the time Planet Labs submitted its original licensing application to the federal government to the company’s approval earlier this month — the...

Film execs visit Beaufort Delta

The NWT Film Commission brought five high-profile film executives to the North during the last week of March to market the territory as a filming destination. “A number of these folks are working on projects that they can envision here so we will continue to keep in touch with them,” says Camilla MacEachern, the GNWT’s...
Frank Pope

Norman Wells plows ahead

“It’s been an exciting and productive time,” said Norman Wells Mayor Frank Pope of the past six months, since he and the community’s new council took over town administration from the GNWT. “We do find ourselves in a very sound financial position and we are presently in the process of recruiting a municipal services manager,...

Watching the whitefish

Close to 20 per cent of the whitefish in the Mackenzie Delta spend time in the ocean, according to research conducted by Simon Fraser University scientists and NWT community monitors. “I’ve really got to like this project,” says monitor Abe Stewart, of Fort McPherson, who’s been with the project for its two-year duration and plans...
Darryl Froese, project manager for the Dempster Fibre Project, answers a question from the audience during an open-house presentation on the Yukon government’s Dempster Fibre Project in Inuvik on April 24. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Fibre optic line project previewed in Inuvik

Members of the Dempster Fibre Project team hosted an open house presentation in Inuvik on April 24 to answer any questions residents might have about the project. The proposed project is a 777-km fibre optic line that would travel along the Dempster Highway from Dawson City, Yukon, to Inuvik.  The fibre optic line is expected...

Data released on hospitalizations

While giving birth is the most common reason for hospitalization in the NWT and Canada, the results differ down the list. Instead of heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure, which are on Canada’s top five list of reasons, the NWT results show substance abuse, mental health and convalescence. There could be several reasons for these...

More income assistance for elders, disabled

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment has increased the allowance for elderly and disabled people receiving income assistance. The income assistance program provides financial support to people 19 years of age and over with expenses related to age or disability. The allowances increased from $300 to up to $405 a month as of April...

Former Tlicho official pleads guilty to stealing $120K

A former official with the Tlicho Community Services Agency has pleaded guilty to breach of trust, admitting to “fraudulently stealing” thousands of dollars from the agency and territorial government over a two-year period. Joseph Charles Beaverho, 64, pleaded guilty to a single count of breach of trust by an officer April 23 in Yellowknife’s territorial...

Museum a national award winner

Last week the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) won an award from the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) for outstanding achievement in an exhibition. The winning exhibit, We Took Care of Them: Special Constables in the NWT, examines the work of Indigenous Northerners who worked as special constables for the RCMP, and taught southern...

Housing issues raised at Northern summit

More funding is required to acquire more houses and units in order to reduce the growing numbers on the public housing waitlist, NWT Housing Corporation president and CEO Tom Williams told those at the 2019 Northern Housing Summit in Inuvik on April 23 to 24. The waitlist is currently 900 people across the NWT. “The...

Fort Providence man who shot girl with pellet gun sentenced to time served

A Fort Providence man who shot at a pair of unsuspecting children with a pellet gun, striking and injuring an 11-year-old girl as she played at a park, was sentenced to time served on Wednesday after spending nearly six months behind bars. Logan Causa, 18, was handed the sentence after pleading guilty to three firearm-related...

Missing 41-year-old woman located: Behchoko RCMP

Forty-one-year-old Martha Mantla has been located after being reported missing to police in Behchoko on Monday. Mounties, who asked for the public’s help in finding Mantla in a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon, announced she had been located just minutes after the initial press release was issued. RCMP thanked the residents of Behchoko for...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Healing together as a community

I learned a lot about the Inuvik Community Greenhouse this past weekend, thanks to a nice discussion that I had with Ray Solotki, the greenhouse’s executive director. The greenhouse is a great place for any green thumbs out there in the community. It’s a cheap alternative to buying produce at the grocery store. Not only...

Man seriously injured in Inuvik; RCMP major crimes unit investigating ‘aggravated assault’

The RCMP’s major crimes has launched an investigation after a man was found seriously injured over the weekend in Inuvik. After responding to a report of an injured male “lying on Bonnetplume Road” just after 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, police located the man. He was transported to the Inuvik Regional Hospital before being...

Sexually transmitted infections on the rise in the North

The Chief Public Health Officer for the NWT has announced a public health advisory on increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections. According to a Tuesday news release, there has been a dramatic increase in gonorrhea and syphilis rates in NWT residents aged 15 to 30. Gonorrhea rates are now 17 times higher than the 2016...

Hay River dump fire confirmed the obvious

There are really no lessons the Town of Hay River can learn from last month’s fire at the landfill site. That’s because all the lessons – i.e. problems – have been well known for many years and the fire just made them more obvious. The fire, which was noticed on March 3 and burned to...