NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, June 27, 2016
New health centre up and running A new era in medical care was recently celebrated with the official opening of the Hay River Regional Health Centre.
Orlando slaughter prompts discussion in legislature In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., MLAs used question period recently to ask Education Minister Alfred Moses about what the government is doing to protect those in the LGBTQ community.
Mystery surrounds Ekati fire The cause of a fire last week at the Ekati Diamond Mine processing plant remains unclear with Dominion Diamond Corporation offering little additional information about what happened.
Rebuilt recreation centre to cost $21.3 million-plus A new number has finally been put to the cost of rebuilding Hay River's Don Stewart Recreation Centre.
NWT MP chosen for federal indigenous caucus Youth suicide, chronic housing problems and land claims resolution are just three of the issues Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod says he will be discussing as a member of the newly formed Indigenous Liberal Caucus.
Second house fire in three days For the second time in just three days, a home in Yellowknife has been heavily damaged by fire.
Capturing photos in nature's golden hour Three photographers in Hay River have had their work included in a national project.
Chicks take flight to Gameti Air Tindi's latest passengers were extra fluffy. One hundred baby chickens left Yellowknife on Friday, bound for Gameti.
Digital dreams coming into focus Maylene Andrew loves her land and has the photos to prove it. The Grade 11 student at Chief Albert Wright School now has an entire Facebook page dedicated to her photos of the Tulita landscape.
Making a difference, one coffee at a time Elizabeth Meesters says knowing she is helping students in Ghana has made her hard work this year worth it.
Fire roars at dump again Just about as soon as the weather got warm again, one of Iqaluit's dumps burst up in flames.
Review board approves Doris North TMAC Resources received good news this month when the Nunavut Impact Review Board approved its 2015 amendment application, giving the go-ahead for TMAC to expand operations at the Doris North gold mine at Hope Bay. The only hurdle now is federal approval.
Indication of climate change not good news from NASA The North is getting greener, a new NASA study shows. But the silver lining - if it can be called that - is that Nunavut isn't greening as quickly as Nunavik or the northwestern NWT.
Sun shines for Armed Forces Pleasant weather is making Joint Task Force North's repair and maintenance operations at Eureka a smooth ride this year.
Senator challenges fisheries policy A Department of Fisheries and Oceans policy on commercial fishing is discriminatory against Nunavut fisheries, Sen. Dennis Patterson argued on the Senate floor June 17.
North has hold on couple Once upon a time, you could look out from the Northmart store in Iqaluit and see caribou on the plateau.
Shortage of elders for school trips The battle for better attendance continued, while traditional learning and a balanced literacy approach improved as the school year came to end at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik (MUI) in Rankin Inlet earlier this month.
Inuit focus at Summer Solstice Inuit art and culture were in the limelight at this year's Summer Solstice Aboriginal Festival during Aboriginal Day celebrations in Ottawa.
Youth learn how to reclaim history Youth in Gjoa Haven and Naujaat will spend their second summer interviewing elders in an attempt to reconnect with and preserve their history.
Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, June 24, 2016
Buggy summer ahead There will be bugs this summer - at least caterpillars and mosquitoes ...
RCMP officers felt threatened, judge hears at trial of reporter A Yellowknifer reporter was yelling and swearing last summer while taking photos of police officers who were searching a van on a street downtown, which drew a crowd and made them feel unsafe, RCMP members said at the man's trial Wednesday.
Two lawsuits against city end quietly Two separate lawsuits involving the city's bylaw enforcement division have been quietly dropped in the past year, court records show.
Blaze at Ekati mine contained A fire broke out at the Ekati Diamond Mine processing plant around 7 a.m. yesterday, Dominion Diamond Corporation stated in a news release.
TerraX quadruples summer exploration TerraX Minerals is amping up its surface exploration this summer after discovering previously unreported high-grade gold mineral deposits at its Yellowknife City Gold project location - part of an area known as the Yellowknife gold camp - last year.
Artist turns trash into treasure Rita Brown wouldn't call herself an artist. But others would ...
Aboriginal-owned chip company appears on Yellowknife shelves The Native Canadian Chip Corporation, an aboriginal-owned potato chip company, recently made their debut at the Yellowknife Co-op.
Crowds swell for Aboriginal Day celebrations Thousands of people gathered under a beaming sun to take in different Aboriginal Day events across Yellowknife Tuesday.
Students raise cash for Kenya A school in Kenya has a new kitchen facility thanks to the hard work of students at Sir John Franklin School.
Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, June 23, 2016
New foundations break ground
As Rolande Norwegian, Gail Villeneuve and another Catholic church member sank the shovel into the ground on June 16, smiles and applause broke out among community members who had gathered to witness the historic ceremony.
Cli Lake fire under control says GNWT
A wildfire burning at Cli Lake, 90 kilometres west of Fort Simpson, is under control, according to Amber Simpson, the wildlife information officer for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Rene Lamothe remembered
Rene Lamothe passed away June 14, but the legacy he left behind will not soon be forgotten.
Elder abuse talks draw attention
On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, community outreach staff at the Fort Simpson branch of the Department of Health and Social Services took to the streets to speak out on an issue they say often flies under the radar.
Dump limits large metal
Councillors for Fort Simpson agreed to revise the village's policy on large metal items dropped off at the landfill in a bid to lengthen the site's lifespan.
Tradition and contemporary collide at Open Sky Festival
Under the banner of elevating the arts, planning is almost finalized for the 16th annual Open Sky Festival, to be held in Fort Simpson from July 1 to 3.
Rare dove spotted in village
When you think of the Northwest Territories, the last thing that comes to mind is a bird known to be prolific in the south.
Golfers garner support against cancer
Women brought a flood of pink outfits and decorations to the Seven Spruce golf green on June 11 as they turned out in scores to support Golf Fore the Cure.
Energy conference exceeds expectations
The times are changing and the North must change with them, according to Christopher Henderson, the keynote speaker at the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technology conference and tradeshow.
Meet your candidates
In anticipation of the Gwich'in Tribal Council election to be held June 27, the Inuvik Drum asked all candidates a series of questions about their approach to some of the top issues facing the community today and in the future.
After nearly three years of waiting for a playground, what's another few weeks?
Road begins to Canada Games
It's just the beginning of the journey for athletes hoping to make a team headed to Winnipeg for the Canada Games next summer. But already the stakes are high.
High praise for Drum at awards
The Inuvik Drum garnered some prestigious awards at this year's annual regional competition with the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association.
Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Northland Utilities warns of power corporation takeover Northland Utilities has unleashed a scathing critique of the NWT Power Corporation, accusing it of subsidizing electricity to communities across the territory on the backs of Yellowknife power consumers.
Stats left out of chamber mining poll The results of a public opinion poll released earlier this month that show eight in 10 NWT residents hold positive views of mining and exploration companies in the territory was not shared with the public and media in its entirety.
City appeals human rights ruling The City of Yellowknife is appealing a human rights decision that found it did not do enough to accommodate a former employee.
Council revisits work camp decision City councillors are revisiting the issue of where the Stanton hospital work camp will be located after residents made it known it will not be welcome in Kam Lake.
Fire damages Old Town home Long-time Yellowknifer Les Rocher could only look on helplessly as a fire destroyed his home yesterday morning.
Minister announces new gymnasium for Ecole Allain St-Cyr During legislative assembly last week, Education Minister Alfred Moses said the territorial government plans to break ground on a gymnasium for Ecole Allain St-Cyr by next summer.
MLAs ask questions after Orlando Following the June 12 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., MLAs used question period last week to ask Education Minister Alfred Moses about what the government is doing to protect those in the LGBTQ community.
New murals help mark Aboriginal Day Ecole J.H Sissons will look a little more colourful after the installation of two murals by artist John Rombough.
Kalemi Dene School grads excited for future Kalemi Dene School's three new graduates say they are excited for the future ahead of them.
It's a dog's life John Hickes of Rankin Inlet had seen a lot of changes to the world of raising, keeping and racing dogs during the past six decades.
The Cat unmasked Former Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Felix (The Cat) Potvin signed his name to more than 1,000 items during stops in Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet this past week.
The Cat's meow Felix (The Cat) Potvin put a smile on a lot of faces during his two-day visit to Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet this past week, and he had men feeling like children again in their excitement to meet the former Maple Leafs goalie.
Rising from the darkness The John Arnalukjuak High School (JAHS) Drama Club put on a hard-hitting, controversial play with a strong message in Arviat this past week.