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News Briefs: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Possible gun shots lead to arrest

A man was taken into custody and charges are pending after police responded to a gunshot call the night of Oct. 10.

Inuvik RCMP received a call at 10 p.m. regarding possible gun shots.

The RCMP responded to a residence approximately 50 kilometres from Inuvik, near Caribou Creek.

The Dempster Highway was temporarily closed, as was the Tsiigehtchic ferry.

Order of the NWT for Fred Carmichael

Fred Carmichael, the first Indigenous person from Canada's Arctic region to obtain a commercial pilot's license, received the Order of the NWT in Yellowknife this week.

Carmichael spent 60 years in the aviation industry as a mentor, teacher and consultant. He is a founding member of the Inuvik Aviation Council, lifetime member of the Northern Air Transport association and served eight years as grand chief of the Gwich'in Tribal Council and CEO of the Gwich'in Development Corporation.

Carmichael is also a member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Highway opening celebration planned

The Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway will officially open Nov. 15 with celebrations in Inuvik followed by more in Tuktoyaktuk.

Opening ceremonies, a ribbon-cutting and reception in Inuvik will take place first, followed by a drive along the new highway to opening ceremonies, fireworks and a feast in Tuktoyaktuk.

Wally Schumann, minister of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, told the legislative assembly this week that the celebrations will be of national significance, marking the first time Canada will be connected by highway from coast to coast to coast.

"Expanding our transportation system will help us connect residents to new social and employment opportunities, stabilize the cost of living in the territory ... and adapt to the impacts of climate change and provide better access to natural resources," he stated.

A separate ceremony will take place in summer 2018 to celebrate the tourism opportunities the road will provide.

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