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This week's headlines
The following are the headlines from stories appearing in Northern News Services publications for the past week. The full version of each story is available to SUBSCRIBERS ONLY.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, May 26, 2016

All-season road could pave way to wellness
A lack of response from the federal government is not deterring Nahanni Butte's chief and council from pursuing a wellness camp for the region, which could be established in the Nahanni National Park Reserve.
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Deadline passes for land offer
The GNWT has failed to meet its commitment of putting a new land offer on the table for the Dehcho Process, according to a news release from Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Herb Norwegian issued May 18.
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Spills, leaks unearthed at mine site
At least two storage sites at Cantung Mine west of Nahanni Butte are out of service and contaminated soil was removed from at least four locations after a federal inspection dug up a slew of leaks, spills and equipment issues during a recent visit to the mine site.
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Dog mushers talk future of activity
Dog mushers from across the North met in Fort Providence on May 22 to learn from experts on dog nutrition and health, as well as to enjoy a healthy debate on what the future of mushing in the Northwest Territories might look like.
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Soccer students prep for Spain
Thirteen soccer students at Echo Dene School in Fort Liard are hard at work raising money for a team trip to Spain in 2017 – the first trip of its kind for the school.
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Gym teachers offer lesson in fun
Two University of Alberta students are spending their summer playing with young people and children in Fort Providence.
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Gwich'in elder shocks Harvard
Cambridge, Massachusetts, may be far away from Inuvik but that didn't stop Gwich'in elder Sarah Jerome from bringing her words and teachings to students there.
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Team up for cleanup
The downtown core is looking better after efforts to clean up last week.
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Digital library one step closer
A project years in the making is one step closer to being ready for consumption.
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Countdown to Ramadan
The Muslim community of Inuvik opened its doors to share its food and culture at the Midnight Sun Mosque May 22 by hosting a barbecue to celebrate the upcoming start of Ramadan, a month of prayer and fasting that begins on June 6.
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Track team in training
With the territorial track meet fast approaching, students at East Three Secondary School are getting ready for the competition.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

More coveted cabin leases could become available in near future
The territorial government is taking stock of what people are doing on the land outside Yellowknife with a goal of identifying where to put more cabin leases.
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City concerned about squatter camps
Officials with the City of Yellowknife say they are concerned about fires at squatter camps within the city limits and are asking the public to report to them the location of any homeless campsites that they discover.
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Neighbours oppose Kam Lake camp
Opposition is mounting toward a proposed work camp to be located in a huge gravel lot adjacent to one of Yellowknife's newest neighborhoods on the shore of Kam Lake.
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Campers flocking to NWT parks
Camping season in the NWT now has two weekends in the books and the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is kicking off its marketing initiative with a specific focus on Alberta.
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Squash player revived after suffering cardiac arrest at Racquet Club
Terry Gray doesn't remember collapsing at the Yellowknife Racquet Club mid-squash game two weeks ago. In fact, he barely remembers anything that happened on May 12, when he had to be revived after his heart stopped during a match.
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Kilt and Castle to stay open
While the owner of the Kilt and Castle Pub is encouraging patrons to bring-their-own-food to the downtown night spot, he is quelling the "rumours" the bar is closing for good.
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Used construction materials raises money for housing
A new, cheaper source of lumber and building goods is now open in town and all revenue from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore will go back into the charitable organization.
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Helicopter rolls over on take off
A veteran pilot with Great Slave Helicopters escaped with minor injuries after his aircraft rolled on take off at the Ekati diamond mine on Saturday.
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Turning the worm in Yellowknife gardening
As gardeners prepare for another growing season, Ecology North is once again distributing worms to growers to help break down organic material in their compost.
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Islamic Centre seeks new home
The building housing the Islamic Centre of Yellowknife is up for sale, a step the president of the group says is essential before building a new place of worship for the city's Muslim population.
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Expanded farmers market to kick off fourth year
The Yellowknife Farmers Market is set to return June 7 and chairperson France Benoit says this year is going to be bigger than ever.
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Men rise up in Baker Lake
A group of Angutiit Makigiangninga (Men Rising Up) members from four Kivalliq communities held a series of healing sessions in Baker Lake this past week.
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Arctic Inspiration Prize focuses on grassroots community input
Representatives from the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) had a strong presence in Rankin Inlet this past week.
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Positively affected by prize
A solid crowd came out to a reception for the Arctic Inspiration Prize this past week in Rankin Inlet. The gathering heard keynote speakers Adriana Kusugak and Kathleen Merritt address what winning the prize meant to their organizations.
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Memories of silver and gold
Pujjuut Kusugak sat back, relaxed and enjoyed a pair of great hockey memories upon his return to Rankin Inlet earlier this month.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, May 23, 2016

Cabins flood near Tulita
Some of nearly 20 cabins at Willow Lake north of Tulita have flooded and others were in danger of flooding last week as waters continued to rise on the Great Bear River.
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No timeline for Hay River fish industry revival
The GNWT is getting closer to completing a business plan it has been working on since last year for the commercial fishing industry on Great Slave Lake.
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A lifetime of helping
Charlene Blake has always been a helper. That's why the Tsiigehtchic woman was awarded a Government of the Northwest Territories Outstanding Volunteer Award earlier this month, thanking her for years of service to her community.
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Proposed pellet mill finds a home
On May 12, Brad Mapes got the news he had been waiting to hear - that his company has legal title to 3.2 square kilometres of land on which to build a pellet mill.
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A new spin on an old tradition
Residents in communities along the Mackenzie River are sharing videos, photos and information about this year's ice breakup, thanks to a new Facebook page launched earlier this month.
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Airport fire captain retires after 37 years
When Pat Fowler first started as a firefighter 37 years ago, the job was to put out the fire and rescue the people - he says that hasn't changed much, but the safety gear sure has.
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A crash course in trauma counselling
A health-care worker in Fort Providence said she now has better tools to help people who are dealing with serious trauma issues.
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Making the day go smoothly
Grade 8 student Sharleen Boyle has a few smoothie secrets.
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City councillors explore hotel fee to fund tourism
A destination marketing fee for Iqaluit is a good idea, says Nunavut Tourism, but it needs to be implemented properly.
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NTI, GN release revised incentive policy to benefit Inuit and Nunavut businesses
Nunavut is one step closer to a more equal contracting environment thanks to a new policy which will ensure preference is given to Inuit business owners.
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Contest winner giving 40 plane tickets away
First Air's "Amazing 40" contest last fall asked entrants to "tell us why you and a group" deserve 40 free return tickets between Iqaluit, Montreal and Kuujjuaq in northern Quebec.
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Criminal charges down overall
Criminal charges against youths and adults decreased in the territory last year - a trend which has continued since 2013, according to the Nunavut Court of Justice.
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Kiviaq dies fighting for Inuit rights
Two-year-old Kiviaq, his six-year-old sister Marguerite and their mother Kumatnaq suddenly left the Chesterfield/Baker Lake area around 1938 with RCMP constable Ray Ward. His father Paka along with Kumatnaq 's four other children were left behind.
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Office admin students impress
It's no secret that instructor Alison Claire was impressed with her students' work at the Pangnirtung campus of Nunavut Arctic College this year.
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Student of the year an example of success
Students of the environmental technology program (ETP) at Arctic College graduated from the two-year course April 28, and Tyler Rowe was recognized as student of the year.


Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, May 20, 2016

City to debate water source switch
In mid-June, city councillors are expected to weigh switching the drinking water supply from the Yellowknife River to Yellowknife Bay, a potentially hot button debate touching on fears of arsenic contamination.
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'They even steal from the dead'
Eleanor Bran went to the Veterans Field of Honour at Lakeview Cemetery on Mother's Day to visit the grave of Barrie Bran, her husband of 39 years.
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Electoral reform eyed
As the federal Liberals get to work on Trudeau's vow that October's federal election was the last of its kind, the MP for the Northwest Territories is touting his government's efforts.
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Avens resident turns 100
Albert Bohnet is a man of few words. Perhaps because if you got him talking, it might be difficult to get him to stop. After a century on the planet - he's seen a lot and has a lot to talk about.
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Syrian refugee fundraiser at NACC
It's still not known exactly when a family of Syrian refugees is coming to Yellowknife but fundraising is going ahead with a benefit concert held on Tuesday.
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Tiny home input sought
Tiny homes may be rubbing elbows with their taller, wider counterparts as the city mulls changes to the bylaw that could make it happen.
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Thornton's to shutter in June
The flavours of Montreal will soon be absent from the city's restaurant scene as the doors to Thornton's Wine and Tapas Room close for good next month.
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City considers rainbow crosswalks for Pride
Yellowknifers could soon be crossing the street on a crosswalk of many colours in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, according to the city's mayor.
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Headframe demo delayed but still planned
It's still there. After a contract for the demolition of the Robertson Headframe was signed, the structure was slated to hit the ground by way of controlled explosion sometime in late April or early May.
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Safe space sought for LGBTQ+ youth
The Yellowknife Youth Rainbow Centre is a community space proposed by It Gets Better Yellowknife, meant to provide a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in the community.


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