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Ice on the Mackenzie River at Fort Simpson this spring. Water levels dropped to some of the lowest levels in more than 30 years this summer and hydrologists blame lack of precipitation not just in the Northwest Territories, but along the entire system that feeds the river. - NNSL file photo
No snow means low flow
Dry winters contributing to low water levels in Mackenzie

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Frank T'Seleie Sr. has watched the Mackenzie River transform since he was a young boy living near Fort Good Hope. next Continued

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'They haven't consulted with anybody'
While the Department of Land recently announced a framework that will provide guidelines for leasing recreational land across the territory, the NWT Metis Nation expressed concerns over recent taxation of traditional leases. "I know they've hit a few cabin owners already that started getting a land tax bill and they're not taking the bill back," said NWT Metis Nation President Garry Bailey.

Time running out to apply for residential school payments
Five-thousand NWT residential school survivors who are eligible for a $3,000 education credit from the federal government have until Oct. 31 to submit their claim but a representative from the Assembly of First Nations says the tight deadlines set by the feds mean that even if they get the form in on time, they may still end up empty-handed.

Sizzle on the courts
The scholastic volleyball season is underway in the NWT and it all got underway with the annual warm-up tournament for Spike It! Volleyball teams from around the NWT gathered in Fort Smith for the annual Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament, which wrapped up on Oct. 19.

Film captures youth poetry
Audiences across NWT were touched this past week as filmmaker Joel Maillet presented his 10 minute film on poetry created by youth. As part of a territory-wide project called Listen Up!, musicians go through six communities to guide students through poem-writing about the four classical elements. Maillet said the students he worked with are between grade five and eight.


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