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Paul Pryce is the principal adviser to the Consul General of Japan in Calgary. He frequently writes on Northern policy approaches.

GUEST COMMENT: Charting a course for Nunavut’s offshore fisheries

As Nunavut’s current five-year Fisheries Strategy enters its fourth year, it is worth taking stock of Nunavut’s emerging offshore fisheries industry and opportunities for further growth. Paul Pryce is the principal adviser to the Consul...
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...
Bree Denning is the executive director of the Yellowknife Women's Society

GUEST COMMENT: Employment an opportunity to reintegrate into community

The Yellowknife Women’s Society (YWS) recently received an anonymous note about an individual with a criminal record who works for one of our programs. They were concerned about the fact that our organization also currently...

DESTINATIONS: As a butterfly’s wing fans the flame, so too, does the hurricane

From time to time with my friends in the bush, we stand around a fresh fire and take a moment’s silence before offering tobacco in contemplation and reflection. Myself, I empty my head of...
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The real Orwell

Friends, reading is one way to expand your thinking, putting your life and times into scope. And, it is also a good idea to be curious, too. From a book I just picked up, George...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: Not so brilliant ideas

This is a tale that happened years ago, at an exploration camp far out on the barrens. Summer was over and winter was fast approaching. It was decided to close the camp down until...

Volunteerism a Kivalliq strength

As the call for volunteers once again rings out across the Kivalliq to signal the imminent arrival of the region’s spring festivals and the ever-popular fishing derbies, you can’t help but hope our track...

IN MY VIEW: Changing of the season

As the season is changing so quickly, we begin to think and plan for this happy time. We are now waking up to sunlight and soon we’ll be going to bed in the sunlight...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Vendors are critical to the community

Andy and Rania Crowther took Bon Cafe with them as they left for Calgary earlier this week. Not only is their departure a huge blow to the Arctic Market, but it’s a great loss...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: It’s the law

A couple weeks ago at the salvage area, someone had dumped out a big pile of law books. There had to be between 50 to 100 of them. Books of different statutes, case studies,...

What Hay River really needs is a brand

On April 8, town council passed a motion to spend $100,000 – that would be $20,000 from the town and a hoped-for $80,000 from Ottawa – on developing a tourism marketing strategy. Our initial reaction...

Krause talk bashing Tides buries painfully obvious conclusion

Environmental activists bankrolled by the American oil interests through influential charitable trusts pose a serious threat to Canada’s oil and resource industries, including the North. That was the warning trumpeted by keynote speaker Vivian Krause...

DESTINATIONS: Spare the rod, make the choice, because your government won’t

If all I am taught is hate, what then do I teach? Instruction by the rod, striking punishment whether warranted or not, leaves its mark and the snap of an arbitrary motivation. Violence, as...

Sleep at night and work during the day

Editor's note: Columnist Catherine Lafferty is writing a series on the Dene laws. This week's installment is on the fourth of the nine laws, which is: "Sleep at Night and Work During the Day" This...

Don’t let the old man in

Recently Toby Keith wrote the song “Don’t Let the Old Man In” after Clint Eastwood told him he was starting to work on the movie The Mule on his 88th birthday. Eschia! Amazed at Eastwood’s energy at 88,...
Trevor Kasteel calls for compassion when considering city homelessness issues in this guest comment.

GUEST COMMENT: Homeless are hurting so let’s show we care

We all need to be better. If we are truly looking for a solution to homelessness, and if we are truly serious about it, then compassion and love are the first step. No matter what is...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: MLA disputes editorial’s stance on poor voter turnout

Dear editor, Your editorial in the April 5 edition of Yellowknifer, (“In YK, territorial elections are a joke”) is a disservice to voters because it includes false and incomplete information. First, the statement that...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

The youth can make a difference

Last week, I sat down with some elementary students who are members of Inuvik's climate action group, and one of them made a comment that made me upset. "I know that we're always going to...

Climate change is not coming… it’s here

The latest news about climate change in Canada should have been a bombshell that shook the country to its core. A report last week revealed the climate in Canada is warming about twice as fast...

IN MY VIEW: Health and well-being

I certainly enjoy and get excited when the federal government makes announcements around improvements in our economy, energy sources and potential spin-offs in employment, and ear-marking tens of thousands and millions of dollars towards...

GUEST COMMENT: Abernethy says GNWT faces challenges with Indigenous birth certificates

In 2016, the Legislative Assembly passed Bill 5 to amend sections of the Vital Statistics Act that now allows for the use of Indigenous characters on Northwest Territories vital statistics documents such as birth...

DESTINATIONS: Undercutting economic growth means we remain locked in a limited economy

How can Indigenous millennials move ahead into a future where the government is centralizing at the cost of the rural populations? I see my friends' children graduating and leaving Fort Simpson for educational and employment...
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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Give of yourself

Friends, the act of volunteering, stepping up to serve the community has always been a Dene tradition. In fact, many Indigenous societies hold that the true warrior is someone who is always ready to help...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: The great battle of the seasons

Every year around this time, the Northern Gods of winter, ice and snow fight an epic battle against the Southern Gods of summer, sun, solar radiation and warm tropical air. Usually the Southern Gods win...

EDITORIAL: In Yk, territorial elections are a joke

Voter turnout in Yellowknife for the 2015 territorial election was so low it can only prove the point that voters in the city don't feel their vote is worth much of anything. This is a...
April Desjarlais, owner of the Finn Hansen building next door to the Yellowknife day shelter and sobering centre on 50 Street.

GUEST COMMENT: Don’t just throw up your hands and walk away

I feel that I must respond to your editorial from March 29 entitled “If no shelter, then what?” As landlords of Yellowknife’s combined Day Shelter and Sobering Centre, I can appreciate that you are...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Right to question downtown weed shop

During a town council public hearing at the Midnight Sun Complex on March 27, only one Inuvik councillor rejected the idea of allowing a cannabis retail store to potentially set up shop in Inuvik's...
Tuugaalik High School principal Aubrey Bolt stands with some of the supplies and expedition sleds that have been sent to the school in preparation for an Arctic expedition, with a Scottish documentary crew, that hopes to recreate John Rae’s expedition. Department of Education photo

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Students and staff prepare for journey

The documentary crew, whose project is called Arctic Return, will be in Naujaat from March 25 to 29. The school group will also travel to Rae’s historic house, an hour away from Naujaat. As the project...

SPORTS TALK: Our apologies to Terry Jones for being from the North

In case you haven’t heard, there was no Nunavut entry in either the boys or girls at the recent Canadian U18 Curling Championships in Sherwood Park, Alta. The NWT was there, as they always...

The extreme chutzpah of Harry Satdeo

No matter what you think of Harry Satdeo – the owner of the Mackenzie Place highrise – there's no denying that he has chutzpah. When contacted by The Hub about the March 15 fire that...