Inuvik's first ever welcome sign will come down, but it's not goodbye forever

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As one “welcome” sign in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, goes down, another will go up. However, the old sign won’t be gone for long.

Gwich’in Tribal Council and the Nihtat Gwich’in Council now have co-ownership of the town’s original sign, erected in 1992.

Kristine McLeod, deputy grand chief of Gwich’in Tribal Council, remembers being a young girl when the sign went up.

Now worn and in need of a new paint job, Kristine says it has a sentimental value.

“It’s something I want to be able to preserve and share with my children,” Kristine said.

Kristine McLeod, deputy grand chief of Gwich’in Tribal Council, left, and Kelly McLeod, President of the Nihtat

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