Loving the land through a lens

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Proud proclamations of Northerner’s affinity for the Northwest Territories aren’t hard to find.

The word “spectacular” sprawls across the territory’s signature licence plate; the City dubs Yellowknife the “capital of cool;”and brave pun-purveyors occasionally don a “It comes with the Territory,” shirt. But what is it that makes NWT “spectacular”? What makes it “cool”? And why have so many visitors-turned residents fallen in love with the territory?

With Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-NWT’s release of its annual Love the Land photo calendar, the non-profit organization asks just that.

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It’s all in the game

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

The public library is starting something new with a traditional form of entertainment – board games.

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Nunavut cabinet assigned its work for the next four years

November 21, 2017 - Iqaluit

The 22 MLAs of Nunavut’s 5th legislative assembly elected seven cabinet ministers Nov. 17, and today Premier Paul Quassa assigned them portfolios.

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Christmas classic returns to airwaves

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

After a successful series of performances prior to last Christmas, the radio play It’s a Wonderful Life is returning to the Hay River Heritage Centre.

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City council hears public feedback on budget draft

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Reduce poverty, study the potential for a Northern university, and build a mountain bike park.

These are a few of the projects some Yellowknifers hope will get funding out of the 2018 city budget.

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Aurora College review process “writing on the wall,” says retired social worker

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife woman is raising a red flag over the fact that the association representing Northern social workers has been left off a list of organizations being consulted for the foundational review of Aurora College.

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DeBeers hosts lunch for high school girls interested in STEM

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Olivia Laureijs shrugs off the notion that a male-dominated industry is one to shy away from.

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New restaurant in old Coyotes won’t open this year

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Yellowknifers anxious to know exactly what is going into the old Coyotes building uptown will have to wait a little while longer.

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Former track star pleads guilty to child porn

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

A one-time Hay River track star pleaded guilty to several child pornography-related charges in NWT Supreme Court in Yellowknife on Nov. 20.

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Wolfpack senior girls outfit claims victory at Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Defending a title is always tough. Just ask anyone who’s ever done it.

The Yellowknife Wolfpack’s senior girls outfit had that chore at the Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival this past weekend in Calgary and like a good champion does, they came out on top but were pushed to the limit to do it.

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Sir John Franklin and St. Pat’s renew the battle in Wade Hamer Challenge Cup

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

It’s inevitable and also a sucker’s bet that Sir John Franklin and St. Pat’s will meet somewhere down the line in a scholastic sports event of some kind when the banner is on the line.

When has it never happened since both schools have been around?

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Sport North seeking cultural delegates

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

Sport North, in conjunction with the NWT Arts Council, is accepting applications for cultural performing delegates for Team NWT at the upcoming Arctic Winter Games.

It is seeking six cultural delegates and one manager interested in participating at the South Slave 2018 Arctic Winter Games in Hay River and Fort Smith.

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Tribute paid to industry leaders at MAX Awards

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

The Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines paid tribute to leaders in mining and exploration at the inaugural Mining and Exploration (MAX) Awards last week.

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First Nation seeks cash for arena

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

K’atlodeeche First Nation is still searching for more money to build a natural ice arena on the Hay River Reserve.

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Seniors’ society wants new government approach to elders

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

The NWT Seniors’ Society and the territorial minister aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on how to tackle issues affecting the aging population.

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Unsightly properties get break for winter

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

Coun. Roger Candow asked about unsightly properties at town council’s municipal services committee meeting on Nov. 14.

In response to the municipal enforcement report for October, Candow recalled seeing some unsightly properties in the report at one point in time.

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For those who want to rock

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

Years ago, thousands had gathered for a concert at what was then called Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. The lights went way down creating an almost complete dark void in the arena.

As thousands waited, the darkness was pierced by the nearly deafening sound of bells.

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Ice crossing opens for winter

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

The main ice crossing between the Hay River Reserve and Hay River opened for the season on the morning of Nov. 17.

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Eskimos named in pride, not racism

November 21, 2017 - Kivalliq

If ever there was a prime example of the disconnect between what different people view as important, it’s the revived kerfuffle over the nickname of Edmonton’s Canadian Football League team, the Eskimos.

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K’amba Carnival committee to meet

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

The K’amba Carnival committee will meet early next week.

The meeting is set for Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Chief Lamalice Complex on the Hay River Reserve.

Among the issues to be discussed in advance of the 2018 carnival are fundraising ideas, plans for carnival activities, dog races and volunteers.

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Santa Claus is coming to town

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

The annual Santa Claus Parade set for Dec. 1 is poised to open with enthusiasm from it’s organizer with the recreation department of the Town of Hay River.

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Arbitration rolls on between Northland Utilities and Town of Hay River

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

It has been almost a year since the electricity franchise for the Town of Hay River officially expired with Northland Utilities (NWT) Ltd.

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Naujaat gears up for Christmas Food Drive

November 21, 2017

‘Tis the time of year when goodwill abounds and communities pull together and, in Naujaat, that means the start of the hamlet’s annual Christmas Food Drive.

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Festival of Trees set for PA School

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

The annual Festival of Trees will be back for another year at Princess Alexandra School.

The seasonal event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 25.

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Craftspeople seek GNWT support

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

A call is being raised on the Hay River Reserve for more support for craftspeople and artists.

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Rankin welcomes new Zamboni machine

November 21, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

Rankin Inlet is the proud owner of a brand-new Zamboni machine to keep the ice at Nunavut’s busiest arena in tip-top shape during the 2017-18 hockey season.

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Aviation deal struck

November 21, 2017 - Nunavut

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.

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Lifesavers come to call

November 21, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

A small group of cadets were given a peek into the world of being a medevac nurse when Nicole Poirier and Julie Freeman paid them a visit to discuss their job duties in Rankin Inlet this past week.

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Violent week in Kivalliq

November 21, 2017 - Baker Lake/Rankin Inlet

It was a violent week in at least two Kivalliq communities earlier this month.

In Rankin Inlet, a woman was brought to the local health centre with multiple non-life threatening stab wounds on Nov. 10.

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A fashionable grand opening

November 21, 2017 - Iqaluit

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

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Woodland Manor expansion on target for end-of-year completion

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

The expansion of Woodland Manor is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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Addictions Week focuses on opiates

November 21, 2017 - NWT

Since April 1, 156 NWT residents have attended drug treatment programs—22 of which were for opiates.

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Cannabis tax too ‘hefty,’ says marijuana advocate

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife resident says the federal government’s proposed tax regime for legal cannabis is “hefty” and could be a turn off for people who are already familiar with black market prices.

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Court briefs: Man guilty of sexual interference with foot

November 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

A man is to be sentenced on Jan. 22 after being found guilty of sexual interference on an 11-year-old girl by using his foot.

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9-1-1 service will be in all 11 official NWT languages

November 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

Having 9-1-1 service in the NWT in all 11 official languages does not mean having a dispatch centre full of translators around the clock. So said Ashley Geraghty, the territorial government’s point man on the proposed emergency service.

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Dettah chief wants land claim settled next year

November 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

The chief of Dettah says he wants to see an agreement-in-principle on land, resources and self-government reached between the GNWT, federal government and Akaitcho Dene First Nations by 2018.

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Remembering Archie Beaulieu

November 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

For many Northerners, the work of Archie Beaulieau is instantly recognizable. It’s bright, bold, enchanting – and unmistakably rooted in a land that seems to live and breath through the canvas.

Beaulieu, who died recently at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer, achieved world-wide acclaim for his distinct depictions of Northern life, namely through his portrayals of Dene tradition, culture and folklore. Drawing influences from his roots as a member of the Tlicho First Nations, Beaulieu developed a unique brand of art that played with colour and married the abstract and the familiar.

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Alaska family grows fresh greens

November 19, 2017 - Unalaska, Alaska

Qawalangin tribal member Blaine Shaishnikoff grew up in Unalaska, Alaska, where he now runs a hydroponic growing system in two sea cans to supply the community with its locally-grown produce.

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Good Ole Fred

November 19, 2017 - NWT

Friends, seeing Elders like Fred Carmichael getting the kind of recognition they deserve says a lot about us as Northerners.

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UNW voting on strike

November 19, 2017 - NWT

The Union of Northern Workers and NWT Power Corporation will know in December whether there will be a strike.

The UNW is demanding “better economic increases” for all its workers at Power corp., said Todd Parsons, UNW president.

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Highway out of isolation

November 19, 2017 - Norman Wells

Hi from Edmonton, here for an eye check up. I love the City of Edmonton, first thing I always do is buy all the newspapers and magazines! You all know with the government restrictions we don’t have much time to shop when out on a medical trip.

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Soccer association envisions new pitch

November 19, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

Ollie Williams has a grand vision for soccer in the Northwest Territories.

The president of the Northwest Territories Soccer Association went before Yellowknife city council on Nov. 14 to present a “preliminary overview” of his group’s plan to develop a new, full-size, enclosed soccer facility in Yellowknife.

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Rabies confirmed in Baker Lake

November 19, 2017 - Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake

A fox caught in Baker Lake has tested positive for rabies, according to the territorial Department of Health, which issued a news release on Nov. 16.

The GN warned residents earlier this month that fox sightings had been increasing in several communities.

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GN responds to employee survey

November 19, 2017 - Nunavut

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.

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The best in Indigenous sport

November 18, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

2017 was a busy year for sport involving the NWT, which would make the job of singling out people for honours a tough job.

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A life filled with learning ahead

November 18, 2017 - Rankin Inlet/Iqaluit

Performer and actor Christine Tootoo, at 22, wields an impressive resume, with credits on circumpolar and national stages, the latest as part of the Kiviuq Returns ensemble cast.

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