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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 discuss opportunities in aviation and form bonds with people of the North. Unfortunately, it looks like not all Northerners will...

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 1964. He recalls workers being offered the option to transfer to the territorial government when the GNWT was created, but...

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 an Inuvik Food Drive, a one-day event before summer ends to drum up as much food as possible for the...

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 on hunting the animals. The GRRB’s June survey showed the population has climbed from 496 in 2014 to 647 now. When...

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,” said Pybus from Winnipeg, where he and the first contingent of Team NWT athletes are participating in the summer games....

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 up North,” said the 16-year-old daughter of an Inuvialuit mother and Dene father. She’s taking part in Northern Youth Abroad’s...
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 Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) community leader, said the organization’s campaigns and people’s willingness to report impaired drivers is behind an...

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 and introduced plants. Paul M. Catling, who was in Inuvik during a BioBlitz this week, said 95 per cent of...

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 to update its strategic plan and research priorities for the next five years. “We’re inviting our partners and our renewable...

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 CC-138 Twin Otter from 440 Transport Squadron touches down on the local runway, unloading supplies and Tim Hortons donuts for...

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 and again at McMaster University the next night as part of the territory’s cultural contingent sent to the games. They...

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 is the economy. I walk around town and wonder, what’s someone supposed to do here? What jobs are there?...

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 kid to end up,” said Raymond, 19, who now works as the centre’s coordinator. “I wasn’t allowed to go to...

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 the team’s 28 medals in the first days of the competition. “We’re super happy with the performance that everyone had,”...

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 Errington, technician with the Canadian Forest Service, was in Inuvik this month re-measuring peatland and forest plots around the community...

Residential school workshops open eyes

For Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, education on the history of residential schools ties to all aspects of her role. “It really brings back to every file you work in in this office, whether it be economics, business development, culture and heritage, language, self-government, everything,” she said. Greenland-Morgan took part in...

MP McLeod in the middle of satellite debate

Planet Labs missed its second chance to track satellites from its Inuvik station during its mid-July launch. The company, along with Kongsberg Satellite of Norway and local business New North Networks, invested approximately $10 million in the commercial satellite station between town and the airport but its antennae have yet to be used as the...

Town aims to tie tourism to Yukon

Inuvik may be part of the Northwest Territories, but in many ways – most notably tourism – it’s more closely tied to Yukon. That’s why the Town of Inuvik has identified strengthening that tie as a priority for the next year. “I would say probably 70 per cent of our (tourism) traffic comes up driving,...

Sharing circle in Yellowknife marks Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

  It can be very hard for people who have experienced violence or crime to speak up. Cecilia Wood knows this well, after experiencing the violent death of members of her family. “It’s hard to go to someone and trust someone again when you’ve been victimized. There’s sources out there but when you’re shy, you don’t...

Running? Leave your headphones at home

Opinion – When the Heart Says No by Roy Erasmus Notice all those people walking, running, or biking while using earphones or earbuds? Well, please don’t do that. And, please tell your kids to leave their headphones at home while walking, running, or biking outside. It’s not safe. Eschia! When I was working for the...
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Call goes out for young women leaders to sign up for FOXY summer retreat

NWT – Young women throughout the Northwest Territories are invited to participate in a FOXY (Fostering Open Expression among Youth) retreat in Yellowknife this summer, information from the Tlicho Government said. The first 2017 FOXY Peer Leader Retreat is scheduled to run from July 5 to 13 and the second is scheduled to take place...
Kyran Alikamik, Grade 9 student at Helen Kalvak School in Ulukhaktok, represented the Nunakput constituency during the Youth Parliament program in Yellowknife the week of May 8. photo courtesy of NWT Legislative Assembly.

Ulukhaktok’s junior MLA takes on high cost of travel in Legislative Assembly

Ulukhaktok/Holman – Kyran Alikamik knows first-hand the barriers of travelling in the North. That’s why the Grade 9 student from Helen Kalvak School in Ulukhaktok highlighted the issue during the Youth Parliament program in Yellowknife earlier this month. “It affects constituents here very greatly,” Alikamik said. “It’s just a really big barrier.” Alikamik was one...

GNWT makes landclaim offers to Akaitcho Dene and NWT Metis Nations

Two nations are closer to settling land claims with the GNWT. The government made land claim offers to the Akaitcho Dene First Nation and the Northwest Territory Metis Nation, Premier Bob McLeod announced last week. Confidential negotiations between the nations, the GNWT and the federal government will continue to resolve outstanding issues, stated a news...

$19.6 million from feds for Indigenous language – McLeod

Indigenous languages in the Northwest Territories will receive $19.6 million. Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod made the announcement May 26. It comes after negotiations over the past year between the federal government, the GNWT and Nunavut, stated a news release. The GNWT will receive $5.9 million for 2017-2018, while Nunavut will receive $4.1 million for...

Sharing circle in Yellowknife open to all those affected by crime or violence

People and families affected by violence or crime will have a space to share their experiences on May 31. Organized by the Native Women’s Association of the NWT, a sharing circle will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the association’s office on the second floor of the Yellowknife post office building. Guest...

Making carbon pricing work for Northerners – Michael Miltenberger

The national carbon price is coming. The new, federally mandated levy on greenhouse gas emissions comes into effect next year, setting a minimum $10 per tonne of emissions beginning in 2018 and rising $10 each year to reach $50 per tonne in 2022. Whether through a tax on carbon or alternative market mechanisms like cap...

Sahtu beneficiaries ‘are deeply concerned’ bringing lawyers in to challenge leaders

Some beneficiaries of the Sahtu Trust have retained lawyers and written a letter to Premier Bob McLeod, the latest development in a conflict that has included allegations of mismanagement of the trust by the board that oversees it. The letter was delivered to McLeod May 3 by Ahlstrom Wright Oliver and Cooper LLP and advises...

Preparing for the forest fire season ahead

“We aren’t capable of protecting every value out there.” – Frank Lepine, the GNWT department’s director of forest management, on saving buildings. Everyone was able to escape unharmed, as a forest fire leaped towards them in the near distance. Not only lives were at risk but also a cherished family fishing lodge on Harding Lake,...
Emma Willoughby, left, representing Great Slave, Aidan Allan representing Yellowknife South, Myha Martin representing Inuvik Twin Lakes and Lisa Boutilier representing Hay River South stand during a vote for a motion to train teachers across the territory on youth mental health on Thursday, May 11 at the Government of the Northwest Territories legislative assembly. Emelie Peacock/NNSL Photo

Youth run the territory for a day

by Emelie Peacock Northern News Services Young, passionate and well-spoken, students from across the territory took their seats at the legislative assembly on Thursday, May 11 for a Youth Parliament session. Thursday was the culmination of a week of drafting and discussing motions, meeting with MLAs and getting a firsthand look at the democratic process....

Fort Liard votes for chief and council Monday amid much controversy

ACHO DENE KOE/FORT LIARD – Acho Dene Koe First Nation members head to the polls May 15 to select a chief and council, capping a contentious election. Gene Hope, Cathy Kotchea, Frank Kotchea Sr. and Herbie Berreault were running for chief while 16 were running for five council seats. Among the council candidates was Harry Deneron,...