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Inuvikians honoured at NWTRPA awards

October 5, 2017

Faith Raymond had something of a double award at the Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association conference last week, receiving the Scott McAdam Youth Leadership Award and her employer, the Inuvik Youth Centre, received SideDoor’s Youth Centre of Excellence Award. Read More

Tourism numbers on the rise in NWT

October 3, 2017

Tourism numbers reached record heights in the NWT in 2016-2017.

For the first time, visitor spending surpassed the $200 million mark and more than 100,000 visitors travelled to the NWT. Read More

First Nation Youth Program to host flea market

October 2, 2017

The K’atlodeeche First Nation Youth Program will host a Fall Flea Market on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chief Lamalice Complex.

All proceeds from table rentals will go to help young people travel to a youth conference in Edmonton.

The Fall Flea Market will feature an indoor garage sale, bannock burgers, bake sales and more.

Growing Together to mark 20 years

October 2, 2017

The Growing Together program for children and families is about to celebrate 20 years.

The celebration will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14 at She Takes the Cake Café.

It is open to all past and present participants in the program.

President plans for power

October 2, 2017

When Jay K. Grewal officially started work in June as president and chief executive officer of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC), she already had a plan. Read More

Travelling festival to visit Hay River

October 2, 2017

The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival will make a stop at Riverview Cineplex.

The performance will feature Leanne Goose, a storyteller and country/folk songwriter and singer, and Caroline Cox, a storyteller and musician.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10.

The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival is being presented by Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in Yellowknife.

After Hay River, the festival will move on to Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Inuvik and Norman Wells.

Editorial: Marijuana out of the shadows

October 2, 2017

It was enlightening to sit through a recent public meeting in Hay River on the coming legalization of cannabis, or marijuana if you prefer.

The federal government’s legalization is now 10 months away, and many people in Hay River are not looking forward to that major change in society. Read More

Northern Hunger Games

October 1, 2017

Friends, it is good to see concerned leaders like former premier Stephen Kakfwi link their times at residential school to present day problems. Read More

Rangers changes coming soon

October 1, 2017

While the deployment of new rifles to replace the aging arsenal of Lee Enfields has been delayed until next year, the Canadian Rangers will be soon getting some much-needed boosts on the administrative side of things. Read More

Above-average wildfire season ends

October 1, 2017

At over one million hectares burned, 2017 was the territory’s seventh worst year for forest fires since the NWT began keeping records in 1975, according to Environment Minister Robert C. McLeod. Of 249 fires this year, 17 are suspected to have been human-caused. It was the first year the NWT deployed its new 802 Fire Boss tanker aircraft and 378 extra fire fighters were hired across the territories to train or assist the core group of 136 forest fire fighters.

Cabinet vote of confidence

October 1, 2017

People can tune into their local community TV channels or on Facebook across the territory on Oct. 5 to watch live as MLAs vote on whether they have confidence in the current government leadership.

This mid-term review is not apropos of any certain issue but was promised early in this assembly’s reign. Premier Bob McLeod and his cabinet will first have a chance to make their case, then regular MLAs will each be permitted to ask two questions to the premier and each minister before they cast their ballot.

Viewers with satellite can tune into Channel 513 (Bell) or Channels 289 and 489 (Shaw), and there will be full coverage on NNSL.com and in News/North.

Population slightly down

September 30, 2017

The NWT population decreased by 97 people, or 0.2 per cent, between July 2016 and July 2017, according to Statistics Canada. Read More

Proposed rules irk airlines

September 30, 2017

Proposed rules requiring more mandatory breaks, longer rest periods and tighter limits on duty-time for flight crews across the Canada have Northern airlines insisting to be heard.

“I’ve never seen the industry more concerned about any issue,” said Glenn Priestley, executive director of the Northern Air Transportation Association (NATA). Read More

Tsiigehtchic to get community wildlife officer as animal concerns spike

September 29, 2017

Tsiigehtchic is expected to get its own wildlife officer by the end of October.

Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Robert C. McLeod. made the announcement on Sept. 26 in the legislative assembly, after Mackenzie Delta MLA Frederick Blake Jr. detailed a number of concerns about animals entering the community and alarming residents. Read More

September 29, 2017

Toronto Blue Jays fans in Toronto made sure Jose Bautista got the send-off he deserved.

There are very few people nowadays who play professional sports that can be tied to just one team. Bautista, is one of the rare few. Read More

So who’s our next senator?

September 29, 2017

Sen. Nick Sibbeston appears to have reached his tolerance limit with the so-called chamber of sober second thought.

After almost two decades is the upper chamber, the outspoken and controversial senator for the NWT – and former territorial premier – abruptly announced Sept. 21 he had tendered his resignation to Gov. Gen. David Johnston. His last day will be Nov. 21 – one year short of the mandatory retirement age of 75. Read More

Busy camp for volleyball tryouts

September 27, 2017

Competition is high this year for spots on the plane trip to Yellowknife for the Spike It! volleyball tournament later this fall, and it might not just be performance on the court that separates hopefuls. Read More

Inuvik warming centre alive again

September 27, 2017

After being forced to close temporarily this summer due to a funding shortage, the John Wayne Kiktorak Centre re-opened its doors Sept. 20 to those in need of a warm place to sleep at night. Read More

Nihtat, native band will merge to form self-government

September 27, 2017

As the Inuvik Native Band stakes a larger presence in the community following its election earlier this year, and a newly finished building between Northmart and the Children First Centre, the organization also looks to a future involved in self-government talks with the Nihtat Gwich’in Council.

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Banner year for greenhouse

September 27, 2017

New funding and the kickoff of a community coordinator program made this season one of the best yet for the Inuvik Community Greenhouse.

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Enterprise holding its annual fall fair

September 26, 2017

The annual fall fair in Enterprise is set for this coming weekend.

The fall fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Enterprise Community Hall.

As in previous years, the event will feature crafts, locally-grown produce and more.

Reserve gets functioning fire truck

September 26, 2017

A big step has been taken to revive the fire department on the Hay River Reserve.

On Sept. 21, an open house was held at the fire hall to introduce people to the latest and probably the most important addition to the K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) Fire Department – a functioning fire truck.

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Editorial: Why the fascination?

September 26, 2017

Last week while doing an interview, we were asked questions.

We don’t like when that happens because, basically, we really don’t have time to think. Read More

Library to offer events on fossils

September 26, 2017

Bruce Green will be returning to NWT Centennial Library for two separate events involving fossils – an interpretive presentation and a fossil hunt.

The presentation about local fossils and the Devonian period will take place on Sept. 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and people can bring their own fossils to discuss.

The fossil hunt will take place on Sept. 30.

Radio play returning to Heritage Centre

September 26, 2017

A radio play version of the Christmas movie classic It’s a Wonderful Life will be returning to the Hay River Heritage Centre in November for a second year to 25.

The actors will read from scripts just as in the 1940s when radio plays were at the height of their popularity.

There will also be live sound effects.

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