Fish plant announcement on its way, says minister

February 15, 2018

The GNWT won’t be breaking ground this spring for a new fish plant in Hay River but that doesn’t mean plans aren’t in the works.

In October, it announced that, after discussion with the federal Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation and fishers in Hay River, it had decided to proceed with building a new facility. Read More

New marine training facility announced

February 11, 2018

A new marine training facility has been announced to be established in a section of the old headquarters building of the defunct Northern Transportation Company Ltd. (NTCL). Read More

Floating sauna campaign heats up

February 2, 2018

The Great Slave Sauna Society’s GoFundMe campaign to design and build a permanent floating community-use wood-fired sauna on Great Slave Lake has been launched.

The non-profit group’s 60-day drive to raise $20,000 by March 31 had raised $1,100 by Feb. 2.

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Promising signs at Ptarmigan Mine

January 24, 2018

TerraX Minerals Inc. fell short of its $10 million exploration goal, but there are promising signs at the old Ptarmigan Mine site, recently purchased by the company. Read More

Dark age for Northern oil

January 13, 2018

Just before Christmas, the joint venture behind the Mackenzie Gas Project announced the project was finally, officially dead. “Thank God they put it out of its misery,” says oil and gas consultant Doug Matthews. Read More

Mine shines bright

December 1, 2017

Gahcho Kue Mine released third-quarter results this week.

During the first 10 months of 2017, the mine – owned and operated by De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds – produced over five million diamond carats. De Beers Canada CEO Kim Truter stated much of the early success could be attributed to the “tremendous project phase” which set the mine up with the right technical, safety and economic cultures.

Signs of life in NWT mining

November 25, 2017

A resurgent diamond industry and an increase in staking, offset by 437 cancelled claims, marks this past year as one of tempered optimism for the NWT mineral industry. Read More

Local languages at grocery stores

November 25, 2017

The North West Company has translated 80 to 100 items into a local Indigenous language at each of 15 stores across the NWT, as well as in Nunavut and Alaska, as of last month. Read More

Aviation deal struck

November 21, 2017

Nunavut-based Sarliaq Aviation — in partnership with Quebec transporter Nolinor Aviation — has signed a 10-year deal with Agnico Eagle Mines to provide air transportation for employees and cargo from Montreal and Abitibi-Temiscamingue to the company’s Kivalliq mining projects. Read More

A fashionable grand opening

November 21, 2017

It was a huge day for Victoria Kakuktinniq, formerly of Rankin Inlet, when she opened her new store in Iqaluit this past week. Read More

GN responds to employee survey

November 19, 2017

A Government of Nunavut employee survey that showed non-Inuit workers receive more formal training than Inuit workers is not reflective of many new GN initiatives, says a senior bureaucrat.

The 2016 survey results, released earlier this month, revealed that 76 per cent of non-Inuit survey respondents and 52 per cent of Inuit survey respondents had received formal training within the past year. Read More

Burgeoning businesses in the Kitikmeot

November 18, 2017

Would you buy a fidget spinner made of caribou antler?

Cambridge Bay’s Thomas Kaohina hopes so. His innovative idea is one of many that have arisen among budding Kitikmeot entrepreneurs who are getting a grounding in how to run a business. Read More

Produce from a can?

November 17, 2017

A sea can full of greens may not solve food insecurity, but that’s not the main aim of a project called The Growcer, which is more concerned with food sovereignty and economic wellness. Read More

Sarliaq, Nolinor win Agnico Eagle contract

November 17, 2017

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. has awarded a 10-year air transportation contract to Nunavut’s Sarliaq Aviation and Quebec partner Nolinor Aviation.

“Sarliaq Aviation and Nolinor have worked together since 2010, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership through this new contract,” stated Sarliaq president Silu Panniuq. Read More

First Nation considers farming deal with feds

November 12, 2017

Members of K’atlodeeche First Nation will be voting later this month on whether to ratify an agreement with the federal government over agricultural benefits in Treaty 8.

The Crown’s agricultural commitments in Treaty 8 are often referred to as the “cows and plows” promise. Read More

Learning the financial ropes

November 6, 2017

A group of students have a better idea of the cost of doing business in the Kivalliq after participating in a business module at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat this past month. Read More

Customers to see dip in monthly power bill

November 6, 2017

Yellowknife residents will be getting a lighter power bill next month, after Northland Utilities netted higher revenues than projected, said the territorial regulator on Monday.

“Last year, they earned 13 per cent and they were approved for 8.5 per cent,” said NWT Public Utilities Board chairman Gordon Van Tighem Monday.

“So they pay it back by reducing the rate by 1.8 per cent a month.”

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Two-week cap imposed on Kugluktuk caribou tags

November 5, 2017

Hunters in Kugluktuk will now have two weeks after the date of issue to make use of their Bluenose East caribou tags.

The Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization, at a meeting attended by close to 20 of its members on Nov. 1, voted to adopt the rule to ensure a greater number of members have access to caribou tags. Read More

More fed road cash on horizon, says MP

November 3, 2017

Twenty-one road and bridge projects across the territory are just the lead-up to some major investments coming down the pipe, says Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod. Read More

Yellowknife getting its first pot paraphernalia shop

November 2, 2017

As the countdown to marijuana legalization continues, a new paraphernalia store is looking to help Yellowknifers who want to imbibe, do so in style.

Premium MJ, a shop aimed toward the sale of marijuana accessories and goodies, is planning to open its doors to the public next month.

Sara Murphy, 28, came across the idea of opening Premium MJ after the Government of Canada announced the legalization of marijuana. The owner of Yellowknife Tattoos and Harleys Hard Rock Saloon said she just wanted to make sure residents had the proper tools necessary to prepare for the anticipated July 2018 legalization date. Read More

Learning the financial ropes

October 31, 2017

A group of students have a better idea of the cost of doing business in the Kivalliq after participating in a business module at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat this past month. Read More

Town website gets major overhaul

October 31, 2017

A major improvement is underway for the website of the Town of Hay River.

Judy Goucher, the senior administrative officer for the town, said it is still a work in progress. Read More

Mine tour

October 31, 2017

Martin Plante, general manager of Agnico Eagle Mine’s (AEM) Meliadine gold project near Rankin Inlet, will be on hand when bus loads of Rankin residents head out to tour the Meliadine camp and mine on Saturday, Nov. 4. Read More