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New top Mountie could bring real change

Brenda Lucki said all the right things while being sworn in as the first female commissioner of the RCMP in history this past Thursday, Sept. 6, at Regina, Sask.’s, F Division. Lucki comes aboard during one of the darker periods in the RCMP’s fabled history, with public distrust in the force at an all-time high,...

GNWT should develop its own curriculum

There is no doubt that the Northwest Territories is a special place – though small in population, it is diverse, and its natural beauty is undeniable. The midnight sun, the unique traditions of its Indigenous groups and its abundant natural resources make this territory something to write home about. But it doesn’t have it’s own school...

Broader definition of STEM important for inclusion

In high school, I struggled with math and science. Once, I skipped class when I had a chemistry test and got a doctor’s note so that I could make it up later, after I had a few more days to study and try to grasp the material. I still only managed to scrape by with...

More education, less cannabis use

In 1965, approximately half of Canadians smoked cigarettes. That number dropped to 13 per cent by 2015, according to a report on tobacco use in Canada from the University of Waterloo. That 37 per cent drop over 50 years can likely be credited to a better public understanding about the harms of smoking cigarettes. We...

Readers have role in accuracy of news

Last week, I came across some criticism of the Inuvik Drum posted on social media. One was about a typo, others were critical of the content printed in the paper. It was happenstance that I saw them, as they were not directed at me, the paper, or NNSL. It’s a good thing that people are...

Newcomers should try to learn about Indigenous culture

Last week I heard someone describe Inuvik as a “transient town.” That’s one way to describe it. It is no secret that many people who live in Inuvik are short-term residents, often coming from southern Canada, or even other countries, to work for a year or two or three and then return home. This is...

GAC’s delays threaten Inuvik’s satellite business

Planet announced last week that it would be removing its ground station from Inuvik if it does not receive a remote sensing licence from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) by June 1, 2018. A move like this would be devastating for Inuvik’s reputation in the satellite industry. When I spoke with Mike Safyan, Planet’s senior director...

Editorial: Dinner theatre encourages inward reflection

On Saturday Feb. 10, I went to the Comedic Dinner Theatre put on by the East Three Theatre Club. I was there to report on it for the Inuvik Drum, but I really did enjoy the show while I snapped photos and took notes. The student show “Complaint Department and Lemonade” was as humorous as...

Thanks for the warm welcome

I arrived in Inuvik for the first time at sunrise on Jan. 12, which is to say, I arrived around 1 p.m. local time. I had done my research, and I knew daybreak would be in the early afternoon, but I was still in awe of the fuchsia Arctic sky – as I have been...