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An image of Planet Labs’ Inuvik ground station site, located at the Canadian Satellite Ground Station Inuvik (CSGSI). Photo courtesy of Planet Labs

Satellite receivers in Inuvik finally being used

After receiving a long-awaited full operating license for their ground station site in Inuvik, Planet Labs is ready to put their satellite receivers to use at last. The San Francisco-based Earth imaging company was granted a full operating license from Global Affairs Canada on March 29, almost three years after submitting its initial application. “From...
A ski-doo racer flies around the corner of the race track for the men’s ski-doo race that took place down by the river site on April 6. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Celebrating the 62nd Muskrat Jamboree (Photo Feature)

From April 5 to 8, Inuvik celebrated the 62nd annual Muskrat Jamboree through a wide variety of events. Hundreds of community members and visiting residents participated in the Jamboree’s games for a chance to win big in cash prizes. There was an audience for every event, whether it be ski-doo racing, harpoon throwing, honey bag...
William Day (left) and Ashlyn Hendrick, the king and queen of the 2019 Muskrat Jamboree, cut out pieces of cake that were served to guests during the event’s opening ceremonies on April 5. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik celebrates 62nd annual Muskrat Jamboree

Hundreds of individuals from neighbouring communities – and even from countries as far as Japan – flocked to Inuvik earlier this week as the town celebrated the 62nd annual Muskrat Jamboree. From April 5 to 8, the Jamboree offered attendees a new set of events and experiences with each passing day. With numerous opportunities to...
Kevin Koe grimaces as he watches a shot while Sweden's Christoffer Sundgren, left, and Rasmus Wrana look on behind during the final of the World Men's Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alta., on Sunday evening. Michael Burns/World Curling Federation photo

Kevin Koe collects silver medal at World Men’s Curling Championship

Kevin Koe had managed a week’s worth of heroics at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alta., with some stunning shots to pull his rink out of danger at the opportune time. His luck, though, ran out on Sunday. Koe, who was wearing the maple leaf as Team Canada, fell to Sweden’s Niklas Edin...
Marion Macé, the manager of Inuvik’s Community Greenhouse, will be helping to facilitate the organization’s 12-week-long healthy eating and lifestyle program, “FoodFit”, which begins later this month. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik greenhouse launching healthy living program

Later this month, the Inuvik Community Greenhouse will introduce a 12-week-long healthy eating and lifestyle program to help community members get into the habit of making healthier choices. Greenhouse manager Marion Macé said the “FoodFit” program is for anyone who is interested in learning more about healthy cooking, and for those who want to adopt better...
Rachel Blakeston, a grade four student at East Three Elementary School, was just one of many students to participate in a meeting with Kevin Giesbrecht, the manager of the local Northmart, at the town’s council chambers on April 3. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Northmart’s plastic usage challenged by Inuvik youth

Inuvik youth continue their push for a plastic-free community, most recently taking their message to the store manager of the local Northmart at a meeting hosted in town council chambers on April 3. Kevin Giesbrecht, the store’s manager, sat down with staff and students from the East Three Schools, as well as some members of...
Erik Suguitan poses with his two-year-old blue nose pitbull named Siren. The dog had gone missing while Suguitan and his family were on vacation in the Philippines last month. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Missing dog returns home to Inuvik family

With the help of community members, an Inuvik family has been reunited with its dog after the dog’s sitter allegedly sold her while the family was on vacation. Erik Suguitan, the owner of a two-year-old blue nose pit bull named Siren, said that a week before the family returned home from their five-week vacation in...
Grant Hood (right), the senior administrative officer at the Town of Inuvik, teaches Johannes Hano (centre), the lead correspondent for the New York bureau of Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), how to curl as Brian Dentz (left) films on March 22. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik introduces curling to Germans

Members from a German documentary film crew visiting from New York spent their final night in Inuvik drinking beer and throwing rocks at the town’s Curling Club on March 22. The team from the New York bureau of Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), a German public service broadcaster, spent 10 days in Inuvik creating a reportage...
Fatima Tin, left, poses with her handmade mitts, moccasins, ornaments and card holders during an Arctic Market event on Feb. 23, with her daughters Fariha Hossain (centre) and Shaylah Hossain (right). Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik crafter says she is victim of cyber bullying

An Inuvik resident says she has become a target of online bullying after she was accused on social media of exploiting Inuvialuit culture through her reproduction of traditional arts and crafts. Fatima Tin, a regular arts and crafts vendor at Inuvik’s Arctic Market, has lived in Inuvik for five years now and said that she...

UPDATE: Public heath advisory issued after passenger with measles flew to Inuvik

The acting chief public health officer has issued an update to the measles public health advisory released on Friday. The laboratory-confirmed case of measles involved an individual who travelled to Inuvik from an international destination by airplane. The Department of Health and Social Services is now warning anyone who visited the following locations during the...

Former Yellowknifer makes chemotherapy breakthrough

A former Northerner has found a way to protect heart cells from some negative effects of chemotherapy. Gopinath Sutendra grew up in Inuvik and Yellowknife and is now a researcher and assistant professor in the cardiology division of the faculty of medicine and dentistry at the University of Alberta. “One of the emerging clinical problems we...

Micro-manufacturing centre gets $196,500 in federal funding

In a joint announcement on Friday, Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod announced two new initiatives will receive $734,000 of federal funding in Inuvik. Over $500,000 of that investment will go toward a new solar project and the remainder will fund an arts and crafts micro-manufacturing centre located in Aurora College’s old trades shop behind the...

Recreation training comes to Inuvik

A territory-wide recreation training program made its first stop in Inuvik on Monday. The Recreation North Training Program is put on by Recreation North, which is a partnership between the three territorial recreation and parks associations. “Generally our learning events are offered online, but the NWT has decided to offer a couple in person to...

Pair complete Polar Sunrise 150 km challenge

While many attended the Sunrise Festival in Inuvik last weekend, two women celebrated the return of the sun their own way. Rita Pasiciel and her daughter Jennifer Pasiciel ran from Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik to celebrate the sunrise after a month of polar darkness in Inuvik. “We are running from Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik, and we call...

Skier remembers coach Pettersen

Cross country ski coach Bjorger Pettersen, a pioneer of the sport in Canada and around the world, passed away Dec. 29 at his home in Okotoks, Alta., but is being remembered by his connections in the North. After holding successful spring ski clinics in Inuvik in the late 1960s, Pettersen was invited by the territorial...

Inuvik RCMP investigate sudden death

Inuvik RCMP are investigating the death of a man found near Big Lake near Inuvik over the weekend. They have not yet identified the deceased man. “The RCMP is aware that there is some speculation as to the identity of the person, however, as they have not been identified, there is no further information at...

Clearing up confusion about consuming cannabis

When the Government of Canada legalized recreational cannabis Oct. 17, some residents were left confused about where they are allowed to consume the substance. As of now, Inuvik is following the consumption location limitations outlined in the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) legislation.   Smoking cannabis in locations frequented by children, such as playgrounds,...
NNSL file photo Minister Louis Sebert said last November in the legislative assembly that a new website on ministerial travel expenses and meetings would be up and running within the next month, but it is still in the works. NNSL file photo

Order of the NWT recipients announced

This year’s new entrants to the Order of the Northwest Territories have been announced. Yellowknife’s Les Carpenter and Inuvik’s Lillian Elias and Sharon Firth will receive the award at a ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of the NWT next week. “These three recipients have made differences in the lives of Northerners in a number of...

ELECTION NIGHT: Natasha Kulikowski is Inuvik’s new mayor

Natasha Kulikowski is Inuvik’s new mayor. With 563 total votes, Kulikowski is Inuvik’s first female mayor since 1982, and one of four of the Northwest Territories’ newly elected female mayors. Vince Sharpe was the other mayoral candidate. He recieved a total of 176 votes. A total of 739 votes were cast in Inuvik’s mayoral election....

Inuvik has so much potential

Something I often hear from people is that Inuvik used to be a booming town, full of life and a steady stream of new residents and businesses. Now, they say, it’s much quieter, nearly dead. Inuvik expanded in the 1970s with natural gas discoveries in the Mackenzie Delta. Oil companies set up shop in Inuvik...

Northerners have their taxes reassessed more often than southerners

Every time Paul MacDonald gets the brown, Government of Canada envelope in the mail, he feels something akin to a kick in the gut. That is because he knows its a letter from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) telling him his taxes are being reassessed – again. The Inuvik resident and owner North of 60...

Small business initiatives in Inuvik must consider community needs

This week I spoke with a woman who brought forth her idea to incorporate Indigenous-planned programming to the offerings that the charitable organization she works for in Whitehorse provides. After attending some workshops for her own personal interest about Indigenous culture, she thought that if her organization hosted similar Indigenous-led workshops and programs, the people...

Restaurant will add spice to Inuvik culinary scene

Inuvik’s culinary scene is about to get spicy. Inuvik’s first Jamaican-Pakistani-Indian fusion restaurant, JamPaks, will have its grand opening at the Cafe on Mackenzie Saturday, April 14. Chris Sharpe, JamPaks spokesperson, said the restaurant will aim to fill a gap in Inuvik’s culinary scene. Aru Vashisht is running the restaurant in partnership with JamPaks.  “We’re...

Inuvik man to open music school, store, studio

Glen Brake is in the planning stages of opening a multi-purpose music centre in Inuvik. The centre will feature a music school, a retail store, a recording studio, and a performance area. “There’s a great music culture here. I want to build on what’s already here,” Brake said. “I’m just facilitating opportunities and a safe...

Inuvik town council discusses police report, fire report

Inuvik RCMP Staff Sgt. Dustin Ward presented the monthly police report at the town council meeting Monday, Feb. 12. Inuvik RCMP responded to three reports of impaired driving incidents in January. No charges or arrests were made. Ward said this decrease in impaired driving incidents is encouraging and the RCMP will continue to implement proactive...

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...

Aklak Air cancels Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk route

Aklak Air discontinued its flight service between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk on Friday, Feb. 9, according to Ken Dalton, the airline’s general manager. Aklak Air is the only airline that offers flight service between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. “Since the opening of the [Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway] the scheduled service was actually reduced from two to three flights daily...

Aklak Air cancels Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk route

Aklak Air discontinued its flight service between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk on Friday, Feb. 9, according to Ken Dalton, the airline’s general manager. Aklak Air is the only airline that offers flight service between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. “Since the opening of the [Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway] the scheduled service was actually reduced from two to three flights daily...

Junior Canadian Rangers program comes to Inuvik

The highly anticipated Junior Canadian Ranger (JCR) program has arrived in Inuvik. Gail Raddi, Master Corporal for the JCR patrol, said the program will start by accepting 25 youth. “We’ve been requesting it, the youth have been requesting it,” Raddi said. “When you see other communities doing so much with their JCRs, it just makes...

Inuvik’s grade 6 students create school newspaper

At recess, lunch, and after school, students at East Three Elementary school are flocking to the foyer to buy their copy of the school’s new monthly newspaper, the Maple Press. For 25 cents, students can read an interview with a teacher, read the comics, find out what events are happening at the school, and more....