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Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to a packed gymnasium at Joseph Burr Tyrell School in Fort Smith August 22. - Sarah Ladik/NNSL photo
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The Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) is receiving $2 million in funding from the federal government in its support of Northern farming initiatives, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced while in Fort Smith last week.
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Tlicho residents are making a canoe trip from Gameti to Mesa Lake this month for the first time in decades. From left, William Mantla, Junior Mantla, Roy Judas, Edward Chocolate, Archie Wetrade, Mary Adele Wetrade, Joe Zoe, Archie Black, Skye Ekendia, Janelle Nitsiza and Petter Jacobsen. 

Resurrecting an ancient route
It's been more than 20 years since anyone regularly made the canoe trip from Gameti to the barren lands, but a group of elders and youth are aiming to change that this week. Archie Wetrade said hunters and their families travelling to the barrens to hunt caribou at the end of the summer had used the ancestral route for millennia.

The car of Behchoko's housing manager, Debbie Penttila, was found burned on the side of Highway 3 last week. According to the local housing authority, Penttila is considering moving back to British Columbia because she does not feel safe in the community.

Manager considering quitting her job
The chair of Behchoko's housing authority says the community housing manager is considering quitting her job and moving back to British Columbia after her car was stolen and vandalized by teenagers two weeks ago. Debbie Pentilla's car was parked in front of her house on the morning of Aug. 9 but went missing that night.


Dave Morrison, head coach of the NWT Speed Skating Camp, demonstrates a drill during some dry-land training in Yellowknife on Aug. 20.

Skaters prep for the season
If the hockey players in Yellowknife thought they were the only game in town, they had another thing coming. A total of 28 skaters from Yellowknife, Norman Wells and Inuvik were in the territorial capital for the annual NWT Speed Skating Camp, which ended yesterday.

Two youths, Jayda Wetrade and Jersey Dryneck-Mantla, worked together to paint the mural during the Kotsiihtla Project workshop where they learned music, film and painting.

Youth fight suicide through arts
What began as a suicide prevention plan blossomed into a week-long workshop for youth creating music, films and a mural in Behchoko. The Kotsiihtla Project was co-founded by Sahar Fanian and Behchoko's Mason Mantla in Toronto as part of a suicide prevention meeting.


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