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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.

NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, February 20, 2017

Northwest Territories fur heads to China
Mackenzie Valley fur flew across the ocean last month, when the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program headed to the 43rd China Fur & Leather Products Fair in Beijing from Jan 12 to 15. This was the fourth year NWT has been represented in the event.
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Slow start to national inquiry prompts action
Amanda Vittrekwa had someone in mind when she was making hearts for the Beaded Hearts campaign in honour of the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
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Blaze on reserve kills one
One person died in a house fire on the Hay River Reserve and the Hay River Fire Department says a woman also sustained life-threatening injuries on Feb. 15.
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Electricity costs spark debate
A Yellowknife MLA questioned the confidence of the Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation on Feb. 14 after stated Hay River could soon see lower power
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Snowmobile chase leads to jail time
A Tuktoyaktuk man who led police on drunken wild goose chase on his snowmobile, virtually taunting them to arrest him, has been sentenced to six months in jail.
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Tuk outlines rules for filmmakers
Tuktoyaktuk is now the first hamlet in the Northwest Territories with its own film policy, says the NWT Film Commissioner.
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Educators target tradition with ingenuity
A new program in the Sahtu is uniting traditional skills and contemporary learning to put a fresh spin on education, says the program's lead.
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Agnico Eagle approves massive expansion
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. announced it will spend US$1.2 billion to expand its gold mining operations in the Kivalliq region.
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Tootoo wants Langevin Block renamed
Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo is among those calling on the federal government to strip the name of a residential school system architect from a prominent Ottawa office building.
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First brick of many at Doris North
It's go time for gold at Doris North. The first gold pour at the Kitikmeot gold mine's new processing plant took place Feb. 9.
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Kugluktuk gets new service buildings
Three new buildings opened in Kugluktuk will provide more effective and efficient water and waste water services to the hamlet.
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Military deploys to Hall Beach, Resolute
The Canadian Armed Forces will launch its annual High Arctic winter exercise this week in Resolute and Hall Beach, involving about 350 people.
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Wife killer appeals for lighter sentence
The Nunavut Court of Appeal is taking another look at the life sentence handed to a Kugaaruk man who brutally beat and stabbed his spouse to death in 2008.
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Nunavummiut nominated for Junos
Two women with Nunavut roots are among those vying for a Juno Award in the Indigenous Music Album of the Year category.
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Mixing healthy eating, learning and fun
Mamaqtuq Nanook Cooking Club, in its third year, is a winning proposition and schools across the territory have all the ingredients to make such a project work.
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Aquatic centre draws 1,500 on weekends
Iqaluit residents are diving in to programs at the city's new aquatic centre, but there is still fine-tuning to be done, city council heard Feb. 14.

Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, February 10, 2017
'I wish none of this had happened'
Raw, bitter emotion boiled to the surface in court Tuesday at a sentencing hearing for a man who says he was so drunk he doesn't remember brutally beating his uncle to death at house party last March.
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Boards applaud junior kindergarten money
School boards are applauding the announcement of full funding for junior kindergarten as a positive step forward, although the city's Catholic board is still feeling some uncertainty about how it will all roll out.
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YCS moves to shorten school days
Yellowknife Catholic Schools passed a motion to reduce class time at St. Patrick High School at its regular board meeting Wednesday night.
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Tough luck finding sobering centre space
The territorial government is struggling to find space for a downtown sobering centre after looking at as many as 12 different properties to no avail.
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Six years' prison for selling drugs to cops
A drug dealer who sold fentanyl pills to an undercover RCMP officer as the dangerous drug was just getting established in the Yellowknife drug trade has been sentenced to six years in
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Learning on the land
Inside a small lodge near Dettah, the morning sun lights up a long kitchen table where Dene elder Beatrice Sangris is preparing caribou meat and rolling dough for bannock.
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Saying it with sealskin
For Braden Johnston, the new sealskin parka his mother sewed for him as a birthday present was more than something to keep him warm - it was a symbol of cultural pride.
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Three suspects arrested in vehicle thefts
RCMP has made three arrests and put out a public warning following a rash of attempted thefts from vehicles in the city.
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Indigenous wellness centre proposed
There may soon be an indigenous healing centre in Yellowknife ...
Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Team NWT adds 10 soccer stars to roster
Seven soccer players from Fort Liard and three from Fort Simpson will be joining players from across the Northwest Territories at the North American Indigenous Games this year.
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Ferry captain remembered
When Andrew Pelley received his promotion to be captain of the MV Lafferty ferry, he couldn't have been happier.
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Catholic church chases steeple options
As Fort Simpson's new Catholic church moves toward completion, members of the Mackenzie-Fort Smith diocese are turning their attention toward the final details such as what to call it.
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NWT Chamber of Commerce axes staff
The NWT Chamber of Commerce is cutting costs – starting with the executive director.
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Task force hopes to offer help for opioid addiction to communities
A task force launched by the GNWT last fall to address an opioid crisis is considering expanding access to withdrawal services in communities outside Yellowknife, the territory's top doctor says.
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MLAs call for clarity over junior kindergarten funding
Cabinet's promise to fully fund junior kindergarten is drawing questions from the Nahendeh MLA.
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Bulls chase competition off ice in annual hockey tournament
Hockey players converged on Fort Providence for a weekend of games as the Aurora Ford hockey tournament got underway on Feb. 10.
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Dismal student scores show need for fix
The vast majority of Grade 9 students in the region are behind in reading, writing and math.
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Ski club finds stride again
They got a late start this season but the sun is out and the Inuvik Ski Club is back in business.
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Howl like you mean it
Imitating animal noises is never loud enough for drama teacher Abe Drennan.
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Testing begins for h. pylori
You might not be able to pronounce it but there's a decent chance you have it, and for the next week you've got a chance to get tested.
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Full house for tournament
The crowd was rocking when Bantam MVP Sam Skinner battled it out in his final game of the 2017 Gwich'in Cup minor hockey tournament.

Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Letter urges action on mayhem in mall
The chief operating officer of the company that owns Yellowknife's Quality Inn is calling on NWT leaders to answer his "cry for help."
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Bidding opens to clean up Giant Mine
Bidding is now open for the Giant Mine remediation project.
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Northland Utilities warns of scam
The RCMP and Northland Utilities are warning the public about a scam.
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De Beers returns $25,000 to ice carving competition
De Beers is hauling on its long johns again. After a hiatus last year, De Beers Canada is back as the title sponsor of the 2017 De Beers Inspired Ice-NWT Carving Championship.
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How a Manitoba town inspired plan to tackle downtown social issues
Thompson, Man. has struggled with social issues in its downtown. Two years ago it began a community safety officer program that has seen some success.
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Avens CEO heads for Nunavut
Stephen Jackson set a goal to memorize the names of the more than 100 staff members at Avens when he took the role of its chief executive officer in September 2015.
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Cabbie says he's lucky to be alive after attack
A Yellowknife taxi driver says he feels lucky to be alive after surviving a vicious beating at the hands of accused murderer Denecho King.
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NWT chamber axes staff
In a bleak sign of the times, the NWT Chamber of Commerce is cutting costs - starting with the executive director.
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De Beers returns $25,000 to ice carving competition
De Beers is hauling on its long johns again. After a hiatus last year, De Beers Canada is back as the title sponsor of the 2017 De Beers Inspired Ice-NWT Carving Championship.
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Men's yoga takes over
With a new course, Collective Soul Space is hoping to make it very clear that men do yoga too.
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Nat'l inquiry will break legal ground
Poetry, shared family testimony and audio-visual displays could be included in future legal hearings for the Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
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Putting safety first in Chesterfield
Instructors Pete Mourot and Glen Brocklebank started fulfilling their goal of having up to 50 people newly trained in firearm safety by the end of the school year earlier this month.
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Valentine joy in Chesterfield Inlet
It was a gym full of smiling faces and happy tummies as Victor Sammurtok School hosted its 15th annual Valentine's Day Pancake Breakfast this past Friday in Chesterfield Inlet.
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To the Pacific Coast
The excitement is starting to build among the 26 members of the 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) and three adults who will be leaving Naujaat for the first leg of an exchange program.

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