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Editorial: Another chance for change this fall

August 20, 2017

Indigenous people are the future of the NWT. The process that began with the devolution of governing powers from Ottawa in the 1970s will continue until the sound and fury of colonization fades into the history books of this Indigenous majority jurisdiction. Read More

Alcohol: cunning, baffling and powerful

August 18, 2017

Many of us know someone with a drinking problem, or we ourselves may drink too much. And many of us laugh about things that happen while we’re drinking, like someone getting into a fight, getting hurt while doing something stupid, or just making a fool of themselves. Eschia! Read More

Sahtu must put future into its own hands

August 18, 2017

I have been spring cleaning in my paper world these last few days. I have collected information that will help people at the grassroots. In Norman Wells, you cannot even buy magazines or major newspapers. We have three territorial newspapers that we receive weekly and, of course, the news on television. Read More

Group seeks to revive family events

August 16, 2017

“That’s what we hear a lot – ‘Man, there used to be this!’” said Jackie Challis, member of the newly formed Inuvik Community Events Society, which seeks to host and support family-friendly events in town. Read More

Police go undercover as ballplayers to launch drug raids during slo-pitch tournament, sources say

August 15, 2017

A major drug bust in Hay River resulting in the arrests of 11 people, and charges against nine of them last week may be connected to a slo-pitch softball tournament that took place around the same time.
Between Aug. 4 and 7, the Hay River RCMP and the force’s ‘G’ Division Federal Investigations Unit conducted a drug enforcement called “Operation Grand Slam.”
The operation culminated with the arrests and five residential search warrants being executed on Aug. 7.

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Slow going across Deh Cho Bridge

August 12, 2017

The first repairs to the $202 million Deh Cho Bridge will continue until the end of October, with traffic reduced at time to one lane.

According to Greg Hanna, spokesperson for the territorial government’s Dept. of Infrastructure, which includes transportation, the work only involves the bridge approach embankments, not the actual bridge structure itself.

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Deline man sentenced to 18 months

August 12, 2017

A Deline man was sentenced to 18 months in jail after a dramatic alcohol-fueled, firearm related incident in that community earlier this year.. Jamie Takazo, 43, was handed his punishment by judge Andrew Mahar in court in Yellowknife on Aug. 1. Read More

Jr Rangers hit Yk

August 12, 2017

The top Junior Canadian Rangers from across the North are in Yellowknife until Aug. 19, sharpening their leadership skills and building connections with their peers. Read More

Regulations updated for hunting

August 12, 2017

Anyone with their sights set on a general hunting licence in the territory will now have to be an eligible members of an NWT Aboriginal organization. Read More

Editorial: Carbon tax a very heavy levy

August 12, 2017

The arrival of Pan-Canadian carbon pricing to the North is nothing to look forward to – especially now that it’s been revealed that it could cost $923 per household by 2022. Read More

Muskrat population looks to be gaining

August 9, 2017

Two researchers looking into muskrat populations in the region report that the numbers seem to be up lately.

“Their populations are cyclic, but this low has been much more extended than usual – at least 10 to 15 years, but in some places longer – and an increase should have been observed a while ago,” said Chanda Turner, who is doing her master’s research on the subject.

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A collaboration carved in stone

August 4, 2017


Jean Sexsmith and Gary Elemie may come from different generations and regions of the NWT, yet they united over their shared passion for the ancient craft of stone tool making.

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NWT firefighters return from B.C.

August 4, 2017

Driving back home on Saturday after 18 days spent fighting fires in the central interior of British Columbia, Ryan Hanna had just enough time to stop on the roadside to wish his son Noah a happy 10th birthday.

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U.S. consulate seeks American citizens

August 3, 2017

Representatives from the U.S. consulate will be travelling to Inuvik in September in search of American citizens.

The group will be available to conduct routine consular services for U.S. citizens, such as passport renewals and records of births and deaths.

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Sheep is back on the menu

August 3, 2017

A new survey of dall sheep in the Richardson Mountains, between Aklavik and Fort McPherson, shows the population’s numbers on the rise, which means the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board is lifting its voluntary closure on hunting the animals.

The GRRB’s June survey showed the population has climbed from 496 in 2014 to 647 now.

When the population fell below 500, the GRRB enacted a recommendation in its management plan to call for a voluntary closure of hunting dall sheep, but now the population is back in a safer range.

Wildlife biologist Édouard Bélanger, who took part in the survey, said it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reasons for the population change.

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Joining forces

July 31, 2017
Benny Doctor takes part in a search and rescue exercise near Tulita for two missing canoeists during Operation NUNAKPUT 2017 . Doctor has been a ranger for 20 years. Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

It’s early on the morning of July 16 and the sun struggles to peak through dark storm clouds as rain spits over Bear Rock near Tulita.

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Drummers and dancers riding NAIG high

July 26, 2017

Members of the Ulukhaktok Western Drummers and Dancers are riding high after a whirlwind trip to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto last week.

The group performed at York University on opening night and again at McMaster University the next night as part of the territory’s cultural contingent sent to the games.

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Somebody do something

July 26, 2017

Inuvik is one of the best places I’ve ever lived, and it’s not just nice for a Northern town.

It’s remote but still classically Canadian, a little bit Wild West and extremely friendly.

The only problem is the economy.

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MP McLeod in the middle of satellite debate

July 26, 2017

Planet Labs missed its second chance to track satellites from its Inuvik station during its mid-July launch.

The company, along with Kongsberg Satellite of Norway and local business New North Networks, invested approximately $10 million in the commercial satellite station between town and the airport but its antennae have yet to be used as the company’s application for a licence still sits with Global Affairs Canada.

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Running? Leave your headphones at home

June 1, 2017

When the Heart Says No by Roy Erasmus

Opinion – When the Heart Says No by Roy Erasmus

Notice all those people walking, running, or biking while using earphones or earbuds? Well, please don’t do that. And, please tell your kids to leave their headphones at home while walking, running, or biking outside. It’s not safe. Eschia!

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