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Iqaluit reservoir will be full by end of September

September 17, 2018

The city of Iqaluit’s Lake Geraldine Reservoir will be full by the end of September if  “adequate precipitation” continues, said the city’s acting chief administrative officer, Amy Elgersma in an update to council last week.

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Class trips play integral role in life, education at Naujaat’s Tuugaalik High School

Tuugaalik High School Grade 9 student Pakka Arnatsiaq enjoys a juicy caribou eyeball during his class's land trip in Naujaat on Sept. 6, 2018. photo courtesy of Julia MacPherson
September 17, 2018 - Naujaat

Students and staff at Tuugaalik High School place a high value on the school’s annual land-and-boat trips, which are part of the approach to the blending of culture and academic learning that Tuugaalik is well-known for.

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Man charged following serious assault in Fort Good Hope

September 17, 2018 - Fort Good Hope

A 48-year-old man is facing multiple charges, including three counts of assault with a weapon, after police say two people were seriously injured in Fort Good Hope over the weekend.

Just before midnight on Saturday, Sept. 15, Fort Good Hope RCMP received multiple reports that an assault had taken place outside a residence in the community, stated a news release Monday.

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An artistic dream realized

Grand opening ceremonies were held at the $10.2-million, 10,400-square-foot Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop in Cape Dorset on Sept. 5 and Sept. 8.
September 17, 2018 - Kinngait/Cape Dorset

Residents of Cape Dorset gathered on Sept. 5 to partake in the grand opening of the Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop.

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Jury hears wiretaps of accused traffickers and convicted kingpin

September 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

Marie-Anne Lafferty and her 79-year-old mother, Vitaline – two Ndilo women charged with eight drug trafficking offences – were heard speaking with convicted drug boss Todd Dube in wiretapped calls played to jurors Friday during day-three of the Supreme Court trial.

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BB guns aren’t toys, Cape Dorset woman warns

A BB gun with compressed air cartridges and pellets. Hustvedt/Wikimedia Commons photo
September 17, 2018

Kuluaqyuk Simeonie says her 10-year-old grandson almost lost an eye.

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The value of being reliable

September 17, 2018

Reliability means we can count on a company, organization, group or individual. In today’s world this can be difficult to maintain.

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More airlines balk at serving Nunavut

Nolinor Aviation isn't planning to jump into the Nunavut market to begin scheduled flights. The same response that Flair Air and Air North recently gave. photo courtesy of Nolinor Aviation
September 17, 2018

Another trio of airlines has rejected the idea of offering scheduled passenger or cargo flights in Nunavut.

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Inuvik’s tourism “boom” shouldn’t be squandered

September 16, 2018 - Inuvik

Inuvik was crawling with tourists this season.

The parking lot at the Western Arctic Regional Visitors Centre was often packed with RVs, truck campers and the odd beater that huffed its way up the Dempster Highway.

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Big donation for Inuvik Youth Centre

Sports for Smiles members Janeva Shahi, left, Kanaka Shahi and Deva Shahi pack up their donation to the Inuvik Youth Centre. Photo courtesy of Janeva Shahi
September 16, 2018

A B.C.-based group is helping out Inuvik in a big way.

The Inuvik Youth Centre is set to receive a donation of soccer equipment, leadership seminars and sports camps from Sports for Smiles, a non-profit located in Delta, B.C.

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Sports Talk: Naomi Osaka won the U.S. Open women’s singles title but you’d never know

September 16, 2018

So I’ve listened to all the bluster about what Serena Williams did at the U.S. Open. I’ve watched it. I’m ready.

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Sports Chek: Darts tournament begins

September 16, 2018

Latest sports news from around the Northwest Territories

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A mountain away

September 16, 2018

Friends, after a great summer in my hometown of Radilih Koe, Fort Good Hope, it’s good to be back to school, now just beginning my fourth year of Indigenous PhD studies.

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News Briefs: Around the NWT

September 16, 2018

Read below to catch up on the latest news briefs from around the Northwest Territories

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Election redo still without date

September 16, 2018

Gwichya Gwich’in members are still waiting for an election date to be set after its June 18 chief election results were appealed.

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Military lays out Northern plans

The HMCS Harry DeWolf sits almost finished at Irving Shipbuilding Inc.’s shipyard in Halifax last week. It is the first of a series of six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships being built for the Royal Canadian Navy, and will be the first Canadian naval ship built in 20 years upon completion. Tim Edwards/NNSL photo
September 16, 2018

The first of six new Arctic patrol ships is almost ready to launch and the design of a new military facility in Yellowknife is expected to go to tender by the middle of next year.

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Here we go again

September 16, 2018

Education Minister David Joanasie announced Sept. 4 that his department will consult the public on draft legislation to reform education and language laws.

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Annual plane pull raises $15,500 for Special Olympics

September 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

Temperatures dipped below zero for one of the coldest Law Enforcement plane pull events in its history, but Yellowknife families packed the airport tarmac in support of the annual fundraiser.

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City developing complaints policy

Niels Konge: Councillor happy complaints policy at city now in the work
September 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

Residents with a gripe related to municipal services or employees may soon be able to file official complaints with the city.

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Fred Muise moves on

Recreation Leader of the Year award-winner Fred Muise of Cambridge Bay presents the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Award of Merit to Jason Tologanak, also of Cambridge Bay. (recognizes an individual/organization/corporation for an outstanding contribution to achievements in each province and territory) 2016 Sport and Recreation Awards Celebration and Dinner Oct. 15, 2016 Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo
September 15, 2018

Fred Muise still remembers his first day on the job like it was yesterday.

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ᐱᖓᓱᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᐆᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐱᐊᓂᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᒃ

September 15, 2018

ᑕᒫᓂ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖃᖏᒃᑲᓗᐊᕈᕕᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ, ᑕᑯᓯᒪᔪᒃᓴᐅᓕᖅᐳᑎᑦ ᑕᑭᔪᓂᒃ ᐅᑕᖅᑭᔪᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᒥᒃ ᐱᐊᓂᒃ ᕗᐊᓐᓂᒃᓗ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᐊᑕ ᓯᓚᑖᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᓄᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᓕᕖᓴᒃᑯᓪᓗ.

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New Dene Nation chief champions change in Canada relations

Dene National Chief and Regional AFN Chief for the NWT Norman Yakeleya, left, stands with Perry Bellegarde, AFN National chief and Ernest Betsina, Yellowknives Dene First Nation chief during a national policy forum on Indigenous rights held in Ottawa Sept. 11 to Sept. 12. photo courtesy of Garth Wallbridge
September 15, 2018

As Senators held a special hearing in Yellowknife with Northern Indigenous leaders on the future relationship with the Government of Canada, the new Dene National chief was involved in similar work in Ottawa.

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Canada must be better ‘dance partner’ in new relations with Indigenous people says Northern leaders

Ethel Blondin-Andrew, board member, left, Sherry Hodgson, President, both of the Norman Wells Land Corporation at the NWT Legislative Assembly. The two spoke during a hearing on the future of Indigenous relations with the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo
September 15, 2018

Former Member of Parliament Ethel Blondin-Andrew called on the Government of Canada to be a better dance partner in a new relationship with Indigenous people.

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Inuvik Youth Centre to get soccer equipment donation, leadership seminars

Sports for Smiles members Janeva Shahi, left, Kanaka Shahi and Deva Shahi pack up their donation to the Inuvik Youth Centre. Photo courtesy of Janeva Shahi
September 15, 2018 - Inuvik

The Inuvik Youth Centre is set to receive a donation of soccer equipment, leadership seminars and sports camps from Sports for Smiles, a non-profit based in Delta, B.C.

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Iqaluit MMIWG hearings highlight past and present impacts of industry, colonization

September 14, 2018 - Iqaluit

In a powerful testimony at the MMIWG hearings in Iqaluit, panelists spoke about the impacts of colonization — dog killings, food insecurity, industry and deficient health care — on Inuit life, health and culture.

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Cultural programming supports healing, panelist tells MMIWG hearing

September 14, 2018 - Iqaluit

Leaning on culture and openly talking about the past will heal communities afflicted by the ongoing impacts of colonialism, testified an expert at Monday’s MMIWG hearing in Iqaluit.

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LGBTQ2S issues focal point in day three of Iqaluit MMIWG hearings

September 14, 2018 - Iqaluit

LGBTQ2S Indigenous peoples are burdened with educating the institutions that serve them, discouraging them from getting the help they need, said panelists at the Sept. 12 MMIWG hearing in Iqaluit.

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Inuvik forest firefighters lent a hand in Ontario this summer

September 14, 2018 - Inuvik

Four of Inuvik’s forest firefighters lent a hand fighting fires in Ontario this summer.

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As legalization looms, outstanding pot charges still linger

Despite marijuana's looming legalization, many still face pot charges that are before the courts. Lingering charges won't go up in smoke on Oct. 17, but Crown prosecutors are looking at some pot offences differently in light of legalization. Sept. 10, 2018.
September 14, 2018

In less than six weeks, it will be legal to buy and possess marijuana. But possession charges will remain before the courts.

That was made clear in a Yellowknife courtroom recently, when a 41-year-old man appeared before a territorial judge to answer to a pair of charges laid following a vehicle stop on Feb. 9.

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Updated: Mother-daughter drug trial underway

September 14, 2018 - Yellowknife

An RCMP investigation disguised as a random traffic stop intercepted thousands of dollars worth of drugs destined for Yellowknife, leading to the arrest of Vitaline Lafferty and her daughter Marie Anne, a jury heard Wednesday.

Vitaline, 79, and co-accused Marie Anne, 58, of Ndilo, both face eight counts of drug trafficking-related charges after the two were stopped along Highway 3 near Fort Providence in 2016.

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