New infrastructure announced
Funding was announced for four projects and various highway fix-ups across the territory on Thursday by the federal and territorial governments.
Highways 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8 will be fixed up, along with various community access roads and winter roads; there will be updates to roads and ditches in Nahanni Butte, as well as the installation of culverts and infill for low-lying areas. Trout Lake is getting a cold storage garage, Colville Lake is getting a new youth centre and Wrigley is getting a new sewage vacuum truck.
Total contributions for the projects are $72,125,000 from the federal government, $23,875,000 from the GNWT and $354,700 from community governments.Read More
AWG Performers get more than Northern exposure
Performers at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) will now be compensated for their work.Read More
NACC bringing Robinson Crusoe + Friday to Hay River
A new take on a classic story is coming to Hay River.Read More
Aglukark organization launches youth program
The Arctic Rose Foundation will launch its first program, Creative Cultural Reflections, in Rankin Inlet Jan. 10, through partnership with Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik.Read More
Life-sized Mr. Potato Head
Visual arts teacher Alexandra Winchester would have probably given Grade 11 Cheyenne Gully a good mark just for making the hat part, but the student went out of her way in a papier-mache pop art project, creating a life-sized Mr. Potato Head.Read More
St.Patrick High School presents Annie Jr
St. Patrick students have been given the creative freedom to produce Annie Jr.Read More
Seniors can click instead of shovel
A long-standing Yellowknife initiative is getting a technological makeover.Read More
Local film makes waves
When Jerri Thrasher and Tamara Voudrach started screening their short film The Last Walk, they were just excited to show off their work.
“We weren’t thinking about winning anything,” said Thrasher, who was a writer and director on the project.Read More
RCMP to focus on impaired driving
The RCMP’s Traffic Services, along with detachments throughout the NWT, launched their Christmastime traffic enforcement patrols and check stops on Dec. 1.
The annual campaign – called Operation Gingerbread – targets impaired driving and will run to Jan. 1.Read More
Channel 19 back on air in Arviat
Community cable Channel 19 is back on the air, and that’s a good thing for the community of Arviat.Read More
Nothern Arts and Cultural Centre concludes Canada 150 performances
The final production for the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre’s Canada 150 performances will take place this weekend.
Yellowknife native Leelay Gilday is one-of-eight musicians with the Northern Arts Orchestra which will be showcasing their talent at NACC marking Canada’s milestone year.Read More
Snowking kicks off raffle after costly new measures imposed by fire marshal
Fire alarms in a snow castle? The odd pairing is just one of the demands organizers of the Snowking Winter Festival will have to meet following a list of orders put forth by NWT Fire Marshal Chucker Dewar.
Creators of the annual castle say they’re now scrambling to comply before construction begins.Read More
Sharing laughs in Cambridge Bay
David Ohokannoak believes comedy is a path to wellness, and he’s helping people down that path.Read More
Great Northern Arts Festival cashes in
At least $150,000 changed hands at the 29th annual Great Northern Arts Festival this year, according to Executive Director Marie Horstead.Read More
Sending a signal: antenna to showcase Inuvik art
Inuvik artists are getting the chance to broadcast their work on an out-of-this-world canvas.Read More
Fundraiser caps GNAF’s 29th year
The Great Northern Arts Festival’s 29th year was a perilous one in some ways, with funding challenges almost pulling the plug on its signature summer event, but spirits are high going into the organization’s 30th anniversary and local vendors must be happy with the cash that came in at the recent Christmas craft fair.Read More
On the mural train
Hay River now has its own mural to celebrate Canada 150, and it’s a piece of art that hundreds of residents had a hand in creating.Read More
Modern twist on an classic tale
Thinking outside the box is never a bad concept when it comes to theatre.
Snow White – A Pantomime took centre-stage this past weekend at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre.
Directed by Ian Johnson, this performance put a modern day twist on the fairy tale story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Theatre company Parcel of Rogues was responsible for the production and did not disappoint with the performance.
The production included Snow White, played by Phoenix Smith. Six dwarfs, who “with the advancement of medical science,” were not so small and a wicked Queen Vanita whose sole purpose was to not only kill Snow White, but completely shutdown the audiences optimism.
Stage manager Lynn Elkin estimates close to 1,000 seats were filled over the three-day span for this year’s pantomime productionRead More
Young Arviat filmmakers selected for Quebec film festival
This is an exciting week for members of the Arviat Film Society.
In February of 2016, Gord Billard accompanied two youth society members, Jamie Okatsiak and Samuel Pauppa, on a trip to Quebec City. The two young men were making a documentary comparing the struggles of youth in Quebec City to those of youth in the North, with the focus being the community of Arviat.Read More
Chasing a dream one thread at a time
Eco-friendly fashion is giving one Yellowknife resident the opportunity of a lifetime.Read More
Teaming up through games for youth mental health
Almost two years ago this month, the Department of Health put out a call for Nunavut youth to test drive a computer game called SPARX, aimed at improving the mental health of Indigenous Maori youth in New Zealand. Now a similar Inuit-specific game is to be developed in Nunavut.Read More
South Baffin’s unofficial archivist
Jimmy Manning is documenting everyday life.
He regularly takes numerous photos, shoots video and jots down daily notes in his journals.Read More
Craft fair a family job
The theme of the Christmas Craft Fair last weekend seemed to be the teamwork among artists and their loved ones.Read More
The road to reclaiming their past
Betty Ann Adam was just three years old when her life changed forever. Uprooted from her Dene mother’s care in Uranium City, Saskatchewan and placed in foster care in Prince Albert, Adam was left far from her family, her culture and her people of Fond du Lac Dene Nation.
Now, decades later, Adam is bringing her story, one she shares with 20,000 other Indigenous people whose families were torn apart during the Sixties Scoop, to audiences in Yellowknife with a one night screening of “Birth of a Family,” Thursday.Read More
It’s all in the game
The public library is starting something new with a traditional form of entertainment – board games.Read More
Christmas classic returns to airwaves
After a successful series of performances prior to last Christmas, the radio play It’s a Wonderful Life is returning to the Hay River Heritage Centre.Read More
Craftspeople seek GNWT support
A call is being raised on the Hay River Reserve for more support for craftspeople and artists.Read More
Violent week in Kivalliq
It was a violent week in at least two Kivalliq communities earlier this month.
In Rankin Inlet, a woman was brought to the local health centre with multiple non-life threatening stab wounds on Nov. 10.Read More
Remembering Archie Beaulieu
For many Northerners, the work of Archie Beaulieau is instantly recognizable. It’s bright, bold, enchanting – and unmistakably rooted in a land that seems to live and breath through the canvas.
Beaulieu, who died recently at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer, achieved world-wide acclaim for his distinct depictions of Northern life, namely through his portrayals of Dene tradition, culture and folklore. Drawing influences from his roots as a member of the Tlicho First Nations, Beaulieu developed a unique brand of art that played with colour and married the abstract and the familiar.Read More
A life filled with learning ahead
Performer and actor Christine Tootoo, at 22, wields an impressive resume, with credits on circumpolar and national stages, the latest as part of the Kiviuq Returns ensemble cast.Read More
RCMP locate overdue person
RCMP responded to a search and rescue approximately 40 km outside of Inuvik and successfully located the overdue hunter and returned him to Inuvik Tuesday, Nov. 7.
A family member had notified the RCMP the previous Monday that the hunter had not been heard from and was suspected to have headed toward Husky Lakes, between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk.Read More
Psssst … have you heard of the four C’s?
Hey…National Addictions Awareness Week is November 12 – 18. It caused me to remember how I gave my poor mother a lot to worry about for many years because of my addiction to alcohol, but thankfully, I was able to stop drinking and she saw me sober for quite a while before her passing.Read More
Oil towns talk back
I was going through some old newspapers and found some clippings I had written about Esso. So what a surprise when I went to the store today.Read More
Hometown hero producer dies
Roman Bittman, who was raised in poverty in Hay River but went on to find success as a noted television and movie producer, has passed away.Read More
Pantomime premieres next week
An old British tradition is making a return to Yellowknife.Read More
Housing contract falls apart
Ulukhaktok Mayor Laverna Klengenberg says people in the community are “making due” with the housing they’ve got, but the community could use more social housing and some upgrades to the old homes that are currently there.
Meanwhile, three NWT Housing Corp. modular homes—which she believes are not for social housing but for market sale, as some of the corp.’s properties are—sit unfinished in the community as winter begins to set in.Read More
NWT Sport Hall of Fame welcomes class of 2017
An Olympic speedskater, an award-winning cross-country skier and one of the best biathlon coaches there ever was.
Those are the kind of people who are part of the NWT Sport Hall of Fame’s class of 2017.Read More
Ten colourful years
Like watercolours on a canvas, the community blended together to show support for the Yellowknife Watercolour Society’s 10-year anniversary this weekend.
Bra Art a surprise hit
A new, unique and, as it turns out, very popular art project at the Hay River Regional Health Centre is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.Read More
Kerry Galusha and company and her rink nab few wins but show great promise at Kamloops Crown of Curling
For a team that has had virtually no ice to practice on in Yellowknife, Kerry Galusha and her rink have done pretty well at the HUB International Kamloops Crown of Curling.Read More
Northern magic on display
In a unique show launching this weekend, Canadians will get to see the cultural, artistic and athletic talents of the North up close. The From the North showcase is making its way first to the capitals of the North – Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit – and then the southern cities of Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.Read More
Something new in the way of exercising is being introduced to the area.
It’s called DANCEPL3Y, which is receiving glowing reviews after its first appearance in the area in September.Read More
Giving the kids a scare
Ghosts and ghouls will soon be making the rounds across Nunavut and the spirits have possessed residents of Cambridge Bay and Hall Beach.Read More
Tanya Tagaq documentary on the way
Cambridge Bay musical artist and activist Tanya Tagaq will be featured in a National Film Board documentary titled Throat, due for release in winter 2019.
The film will explore Tagaq’s creative talent and political stances while delivering “a 360-degree sound mix that will whirl around the audience like an immersive cyclone,” according to the National Film Board.Read More
Yk composer takes Toronto
Yellowknife composer Carmen Braden keeps reaching new heights and reaching across Canada with her work.Read More