The following is an edited exchange taken from Hansard in the legislative assembly Wednesday, Feb. 28, between Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson and Caroline Cochrane, minister responsible for the Housing Corporation. The topic was public housing policies in the territory regarding drug trafficking and bootlegging. Read More
by Todd Parsons
As I am sure you are all aware, collective bargaining negotiations between the GNWT and the UNW failed in late January after years of effort to reach a deal. Read More
Without hiring targets for Northern and Indigenous workers, local communities will not benefit from Northern Canada’s largest-ever remediation project, say local advocates and politicians. Read More
Anglers took to Walsh Lake over the weekend and caught a big one for charity. Read More
by Raymond Pidzamecky M.S.W.
The department of Health & Social Services and Education Culture and Employment (ECE) have known for years that children under 19 are suffering from mental health issues in the Northwest Territories. Read More
Friends, reading about a recent class-action lawsuit brought to bear on behalf of surviving patients of the segregated Charles Camsell Indian Hospital brings to mind a chapter, The Procession of Carriages, in my upcoming book, From Bear Rock Mountain. Read More
The Dehcho K’ehodi Stewardship and Guardian Program is hosting cultural activities all month at Notana Lake, 63 kilometres from Fort Simpson. Read More
Achieving mental wellness is perhaps the North’s greatest challenge. The lack of treatment and support options fuel untold heartache and hardships on families in all our communities. Read More
When Stephanie Papik recalls the days that followed Aug. 3, 2016, the details are foggy – dulled by trauma and pain. But what – and who – she lost that summer won’t soon be forgotten.
“It was shocking, she said. “Very, very terrible.” Read More
A research article published last Wednesday asserts that Indigenous hunters aren’t to blame for caribou population declines, specifically that of the Bathurst herd, and that the GNWT should be regulating mining, and its impacts on the land, rather than harvest amounts.
“Undermining subsistence: Barren-ground caribou in a ‘tragedy of open access'” was published in Science Advances, authored by three Canadian academics with ties to the North. Read More
Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson gave an upbeat assessment of the community’s economic prospects in a statement in the legislative assembly on Feb. 27. Read More
A 35-year-old man is dead after being struck by a pickup truck near mile marker 311 on Highway 3 early Friday morning.
After exiting his parked northwest-bound vehicle alongside the highway, the man was hit by an oncoming truck travelling towards Yellowknife, RCMP stated in a press release Friday afternoon.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Inuvik’s Walk to Tuk 2018 initiative had its highest ever participation rate with more than 100 people walking on 29 teams.
Holly Beaulieu can attest to the value of junior kindergarten. Read More
Yellowknife is adding its 10 or so “little-free libraries” to the map of 50,000 such structures in a phenomenon that has been spreading to front lawns around the planet.
“In the summer I’ll see kids sitting out on the front lawn with their bikes, just looking at books,” said one little free library custodian, Judith Murdock. Read More
Inspired by Sweden’s work to become carbon-neutral by 2045, environmental advocacy groups like Ecology North are investigating the feasibility and carbon footprints of “waste to energy” systems. Read More
I would like to dedicate this column to Cece Hodgson McCauley, for all the work she has done in and for the North. And for her decades of writing a newspaper column in Yellowknifer’s sister paper, News/North. Read More
by Joel Maillet, a.k.a. Avalanche Kid
Years ago the Snowking gave me a book titled, Ice Palaces. I take it down from time to time when I am searching for inspiration. In the book it describes how, 130 years ago, in places like St Paul, Minnesota and Montreal, Quebec, ice-harvesting ice was a huge industry. Read More
This week I spoke with a woman who brought forth her idea to incorporate Indigenous-planned programming to the offerings that the charitable organization she works for in Whitehorse provides.
Jasmine Keogak won gold in the hairstyling competition at the Regional Skills Competition held in Inuvik March 1.
Tseada Gebeyhu, a Grade 5 student at East Three Elementary School, participated in the 2018 regional learning fair with a project about her home country, Ethiopia.
This year, nine-year-old Paige Loreen of Inuvik was the youngest-ever director to participate in the Dead North Film Festival (DNFF).