‘Like colonialism all over again’: Nahanni Butte band manager
“Impractical” land use regulations imposed by the GNWT threaten to derail the Nahanni Butte Dene Band’s (NBDB) plans to forge a trapline along a proposed all-season mining road, the community’s band manager says.
“Like our chief said, this is like colonialism all over again,” said NBDB manager Mark Pocklington.Read More
Fourth person faces murder charge in Sandy Creek death
A fourth person has been charged in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation in Hay River.Read More
Fort Simpson takes the spoils
For the Nahanni Inn Flyers, it was worth the drive to Fort Smith.Read More
First aid training coming up
Free two-day first aid courses will be offered in six communities throughout the NWT over the next two months by the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission.Read More
Newly-formed youth council plans first events
The newly-formed Inuvik Native Band Youth Council (INBYC) is in the process of planning its
Health centre gears up for AWG influx
A medical plan has been created to deal with the influx of participants into Hay River next month for the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games.Read More
Junior Canadian Rangers program comes to Inuvik
The highly anticipated Junior Canadian Ranger (JCR) program has arrived in Inuvik.
Gail Raddi, Master Corporal for the JCR patrol, said the program will start by accepting 25
MP comes bearing gifts
Several groups in the Hay River area have received new federal funding.Read More
Second dog lost to “unfair and unfortunate” bylaw in Tuktoyaktuk
Chukita Gruben of Tuktoyaktuk is calling for changes to a hamlet bylaw after she alleges the
bylaw officer unnecessarily destroyed her dog Friday, Jan. 26.
Hay River passes capital budget
Town council has passed its capital budget for 2018, after much discussion on what projects should be undertaken this year.
“I think the highlight is originally the budget when it was presented to committee we didn’t have the three crescents off of Stewart Drive included in it,” said Mayor Brad Mapes.Read More
Inuvik: News Briefs Feb. 7-14
Inuvik hunter fined, given hunting ban for wasting meat
An Inuvik hunter received a $2,000 fine Friday, Jan. 23, and is banned from hunting in the
Yukon for three years after shooting caribou near the Dempster Highway in Yukon and leaving
the meat to rot.
Wellness efforts beat NFTI for $1-million prize
The Northern Farming Training Institute (NFTI) of Hay River was one of two finalists for a massive prize, but an organization in Yellowknife emerged the winner.Read More
Inuvik’s grade 6 students create school newspaper
At recess, lunch, and after school, students at East Three Elementary school are flocking to the
foyer to buy their copy of the school’s new monthly newspaper, the Maple Press.
Re-established Inuvik Native Band discusses goals, achievements
The Inuvik Native Band (INB) held its annual general assembly on Sunday, Feb. 4, the first since
its re-establishment last year.
Youth engagement in Inuvik is excellent
“Youth are the future.”
In my experience, this often-touted cliché is rarely so true as it is in Inuvik.
News briefs: Jungkind returned as deputy mayor, legislative assembly to reconvene
Donna Lee Jungkind was re-elected as deputy mayor on Jan. 30.
Jungkind and Coun. Vince McKay both put their names forward to serve as deputy mayor.Read More
Free entry for AWG sports
Anyone wishing to see some of the sports at next month’s Arctic Winter Games will be able to do so for free.Read More
O Canada has undergone a slight rewriting to make it gender neutral.Read More
Live from Hay River
Wally Schumann believes he may be the first politician in the NWT to use a new way to reach constituents.Read More
Fourth person charged with Hay River murder
A fourth person has been arrested and charged in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation in Hay River.Read More
Editorial: Council’s pride support important for LGBTQ+ youth
Last week, I went to my first town council meeting in Inuvik. When I saw the Aurora Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club listed on the agenda, I was intrigued. And so was the council.Read More
NWT on ‘right path’ to reduce Indigenous children in care, says minister
Though the percentage of Indigenous children involved with the Northwest Territories’ child welfare system continues to grow, the Health and Social Services minister believes the government is making progress toward reducing the number of children in care.Read More
Firth sisters celebrated on stamps
Famous Gwich’in skiiers and Olympians Sharon and Shirley Firth are on new stamps released by Canada Post after a ceremony last week in Calgary, AB.Read More
Tax Talk: get some RESPect
The best way to pay for your child’s post-secondary education is by funding a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).Read More
AWG Preview: a look at Arctic sports
I’m sure I could write an entire column on things that make the Arctic Winter Games (AWG) special, but this week I want to focus on a few of the special sports that we feature.Read More
Healthy Living Fair a success
The first of a territory-wide series of Community Healthy Living Fairs had “a good turn out,” according to host, Jean Marie River First Nation.Read More
Sports Talk: The XFL returns… and it just might work this time
Vince McMahon made an announcement late last month that he’s once again getting into the football business.Read More
Canada should follow Trump’s lead on roads
It looks like the world was waiting for President Trump’s State of the Union address Jan. 30, after one year in the oval office.Read More
Wrigley getting new fiddles
The original home of the Kole Crook Fiddle Association almost lost its link with the instrument after local youth couldn’t find fiddles, until one day help came from Nanaimo, B.C.Read More
Put a plug in the coffee mug
In May it will be four years since I quit drinking coffee. Woohoo! Big deal you say? Yes, it is a big deal, because I used to drink up to 14 cups of coffee a day. Yes, fourteen cups a day, along with the fourteen teaspoons of sugar to sweeten up my java.Read More
No new senator yet: Wheels not yet in motion to fill Nick Sibbeston’s seat
One round of senate appointments has taken place since NWT Senator Nick Sibbeston resigned from his seat in November.Read More
National inquiry reveals community have-nots
One issue that came to light after families of missing and murdered indigenous women came to Yellowknife last month to tell their stories is the great frustration that comes from the lack of emergency services in smaller communities.Read More
Fourth suspect arrested in Hay River homicide investigation
A fourth person has been charged in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation in Hay River.
Tyler Cayen, 32, has been charged with murder and robbery related to the Dec.28 discovery of a deceased man inside a vehicle near the Katl’odeeche Hay River Reserve, according to a release Wednesday from RCMP.
James George Thomas, 25, Levi Cayen, 20, and Sasha Cayen, 25, all face murder and robbery charges related to the same incident.Read More
NWT stands out at Arctic Inspiration Prize
A project to enshrine Sahtu Dene heroes in a work of literature while giving youth literacy skills won $100,000 from the Arctic Inspiration Prize on Wednesday in Ottawa.
“Who is your hero?” asked Dakota Orlias, the team leader of this project, to the crowd. “My (heroes) are the Dene people of the Sahtu, and this book honours the Dene people of the past, present and future.”Read More
Small renovations make a big difference
Joey Amos, manager of Inuvik’s John Wayne Kiktorak Centre, says a newly cleared out office space is now available to external service workers to use to work with residents, making their services more accessible.Read More
Legislative assembly returns; budget to be presented
Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod will table the GNWT’s 2018-19 operations budget on Feb. 8., the day after the third Session of the 18th Legislative Assembly reconvenes Feb. 7, at 1:30 pm.
The budget will outline the GNWT’s operational spending plans “in the face of continued economic uncertainty and stagnant revenues,” stated a GNWT news release Feb. 2.
The public is invited to observe the proceedings from the public gallery.
The proceedings will also be broadcast live on the assembly’s television network and webcast via the legislative assembly website, and its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.Read More
Floating sauna campaign heats up
The Great Slave Sauna Society’s GoFundMe campaign to design and build a permanent floating community-use wood-fired sauna on Great Slave Lake has been launched.
The non-profit group’s 60-day drive to raise $20,000 by March 31 had raised $1,100 by Feb. 2.Read More
Kids flock to curling club
The first Lil’ Rockstars Curling Championship had the Inuvik Curling Club buzzing with enthusiastic young curlers and their parents Saturday, Jan. 27.Read More
“Overwhelming” support shown for pride parade
What was originally planned to be a small, school-wide pride event put on by the Aurora Gay-
Straight Alliance (GSA) club at East Three Secondary School has turned into a community pride
Traditional healing centre gets $1 million boost
A non-profit group’s bid to bring traditional Indigenous healing practices to health care in Yellowknife is $1 million closer to becoming a reality thanks to a prestigious award.
The Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation, an initiative founded by Be’sha Blondin and Rassi Nashalik and championed by Yellowknife naturopath Dr. Nicole Redvers, received the 2017 Arctic Inspiration Prize during a ceremony in Ottawa.Read More
Inuvik woman emphasizes healing after inquiry hearing
After Lesa Semmler and her family finished giving their testimony at the national inquiry hearings into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, another family approached her and said after they heard her speak, they felt more comfortable to go up and give their own testimony.Read More
Inuvik EMS back to 100 per cent
The Inuvik ambulance station received a back-up ambulance Jan. 28 to replace the vehicle
destroyed in a Jan. 20 fire.
Editorial: What’s the big secret?
Our memory is general pretty good, but we honestly can’t remember the last time town council held a regular meeting or one of its two monthly committee meetings without including a private discussion.Read More
Woodland Manor expansion behind schedule
The completion of an expansion project at Woodland Manor will be going well beyond an earlier anticipated completion date of Dec. 31.Read More
Thirteen-year- old curling star brings home gold
Thirteen-year- old Pearl Gillis brought a gold medal home to Inuvik after winning the Under 21
Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Shawinigan, Que., Sunday, Jan. 21.