De Beers in as long-term sponsor for Long John Jamboree

December 18, 2017 - Yellowknife

De Beers Canada has committed $150,000 over the next five years to support the Long John Jamboree’s Inspired Ice Championship.

The long-term sponsorship agreement will see the festival receive about $30,000 a year from the mining group.

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J.H. Sissons, William McDonald and St. Pat’s win titles for Yellowknife at Elks Outdoor Soccer Tournament

September 26, 2017 - Yellowknife

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for student athletes, that is.

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Yk Minor Hockey Association hosts Hockey North Coaches Forum

September 26, 2017 - Yellowknife

There was no Yk Minor Hockey Association action at the Multiplex this weekend for good reason.

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School library seeks helping hand

September 26, 2017 - Hay River

Harry Camsell School is getting a helping hand for its library.

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Animal doc’s annual check-up

September 26, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

A medical team from the Winnipeg-based Tuxedo Animal Hospital saw about 80 furry family members and performed more than 30 surgeries during its annual visit to Rankin Inlet this past week.

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Territorial champs

September 26, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The Whale Cove U18 female soccer team went through the territorial championship undefeated on the way to defeating Coral Harbour 12-2 in the final to claim the Nunavut U18 female soccer championship on Sept. 17.

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Reserve gets functioning fire truck

September 26, 2017 - Hay River

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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One woman plays 12 roles

September 26, 2017 - Hay River

A one-person play exploring a woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage will be performed in Hay River on Sept. 27.

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Long-term care facility in the works

September 26, 2017 - Hay River

Plans to construct a 48-bed long-term care facility in Hay River were announced on Sept. 20 in the legislative assembly.

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Editorial: Why the fascination?

September 26, 2017 - Hay River

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.

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Library to offer events on fossils

September 26, 2017 - Hay River

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.

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Radio play returning to Heritage Centre

September 26, 2017 - Hay River

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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Canadian national futsal coach to visit

September 26, 2017 - Hay River

Canada’s national futsal coach is on a visit to the NWT, which will include a stop in Hay River.

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Large barge takes to the highway

September 26, 2017 - Hay River

A large barge made its way through Hay River on Sept. 20 in the final part of a highway journey all the way from Edmonton to the Great Slave Lake, and later up the Mackenzie River to Norman Wells.

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New priest named for Roman Catholic parish

September 26, 2017 - Hay River

The Roman Catholic parish is soon to get a new priest.

On Oct. 6, Father Innocent Ukaegbu is set to assume leadership for Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church.

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September 24, 2017 - ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᓯᐊᖅ

ᐅᓪᓗᐃᑦ ᓯᑕᒪᑦ ᐊᓂᒍᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᑎᓚᐅᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᕿᖓᐅᒥᑦ, ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᖅ ᐄᕙ ᑲᑯᓚᒃ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᑐᒻᒪᕆᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓱᓕ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᓪᓗᓂᓗ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑕᐃᑦᓱᒪᓂ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖃᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᕿᖓᐅᒥ.

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RCMP seize liquor in Fort McPherson

September 24, 2017 - Tetlit' Zheh/Fort McPherson

RCMP seized approximately 48 mickeys of vodka, a 40-ounce bottle of rum and 28 grams of marijuana on Sept. 8 from two Inuvik residents working in Fort McPherson.

It happened around 5 p.m. while local officers were holding a traffic check on the Dempster Highway, according to a news release from the Mounties.

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It’s true … we tied the knot

September 24, 2017 - NWT

So, Jean and I got married last weekend and I’m happy to say she is now Jean Erasmus. Whew, it was a lot of work, but it was worth it. The ceremony was held at the legislative assembly and the reception was at the Chief Drygeese Center in Dettah. And many people told me it was an awesome, entertaining, and happy event.

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FANS delays jeopardize student education, Scholarship supports doctor-in-the-making, Is there a plan for freshwater sources?

September 24, 2017 - Nunavut

Addressing Minister of Family Services Johnny Mike, Baker Lake MLA Simeon Mikkungwak said four Baker Lake residents attending post-secondary education in Ontario almost didn’t get to go because of troubles accessing the Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students (FANS) program.

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Late-night travelers left out in the cold

September 24, 2017 - Hay River

A Hay River MLA’s request in the legislative assembly on Tuesday to have the Yellowknife airport stay open 24 hours has been rebuffed by the minister of Infrastructure.

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson asked if a small area of the airport could be kept open for travellers passing through Yellowknife. Minister Wally Schumann, also a Hay River representative, said it is too expensive to keep the airport open around the clock, but the government would continue to monitor the situation.

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Dried fish not a jerky biz idea

September 24, 2017 - Lli Goline/Norman Wells

On Saturday, Sept. 16, Norman Wells gathered to say goodbye to Cecile Rivet Raymond. She was born in Fort Norman (Tulita) in 1928 and she lived in the Sahtu region most of her life.

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Students back in school

September 23, 2017 - Kugaaruk

The school year finally kicked off in Kugaaruk last week as the former hamlet office renovations were completed. High school students started on Sept. 18 while kindergarten to Grade 9 were in class as of Sept. 19.

Because the old hamlet building isn’t large enough for all students, some will take their lessons in temporary spaces in the community until modular classrooms are available, which is expected by Nov. 1, according to the Department of Education.

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Whiskey Jacks

September 23, 2017 - NWT

It’s the time of year again when the whiskey jacks (Canadian grey Jays) begin to get serious about storing up food. Daily I scrape food scraps on to the bird feeder and watch the friendly almost tame birds swoop in to see what tasty morsels we humans are sharing today.

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Kugaaruk faces accommodations crunch

September 23, 2017 - Kugaaruk

Kugaaruk has one motel with six rooms, but close to 100 people have landed in the community to do work, most of it related to construction.

With the motel booked solid, visiting Justice officials were prepared to fly an hour from Kugaaruk to Taloyoak to overnight last week and then fly back for a second day of court, but they managed to wrap up matters in a single day, said John Ivey, the community’s senior administrative officer.

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Resolute wants dump moved from historical site

September 23, 2017 - Qausuittuq/Resolute

The site where the first exiled residents of Resolute took shelter is buried in garbage and the community’s mayor wants the situation addressed quickly.

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Diesel study released

September 23, 2017 - NWT

A report released this week by the Gwich’in Council International calculated the costs, both monetary and social, of diesel usage in isolated communities. The report pegged total utility costs for NWT diesel communities at $0.58 to $0.66 per kilowatt hour, depending on the community, and also looked at potential carbon pricing in the future, as well as health and environmental effects. The full report is available on the council’s website.

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Soaking, stretching and smoking

September 23, 2017 - Sambaa K'e/Trout Lake

Editor’s note: The following are student writings on the 2-week moose hide tanning camp that took place at the old lodge in Sambaa K’e.

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High school students encouraged to work the election

September 23, 2017 - Nunavut

Elections Nunavut is looking for high school students to work as poll and registration clerks.

“This is an excellent opportunity if you want to learn more about how elections are run, earn money and gain valuable work experience,” stated Elections Nunavut in a news release.

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‘It’s really good in my heart’

September 23, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

Four days after returning from Bathurst Inlet, elder Eva Kakolak was still overjoyed and sentimental while discussing her time back at home in the Bathurst Inlet area.

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Higher cancer risk for Inuit

September 22, 2017 - Nunavut

A higher prevalence of smokers, lack of access to nutritious food, and being overdue for cancer screening at medical facilities are factors that raise cancer risks for Inuit, according to a new report.

Developed jointly by Cancer Care Ontario and Tungasuvvingat Inuit, the report indicates that risk factors for cancer are significantly higher among Inuit compared to non-Indigenous Ontarians.

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Is Nunavut’s future in the sky or under water?

September 22, 2017 - Nunavut

The internet will soon be a lot faster. By the end of 2019, Nunavut residents in each community will have access to internet speeds to a maximum of 15 megabits per second (Mbps), up from the current 5 Mbps, higher usage caps, up to 100 gigabytes of monthly data usage, and prices between 30 to 60 per cent lower as a new network rolls out.

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Homelessness survey announced

September 22, 2017 - Behchoko/Rae-Edzo

The Rae-Edzo Friendship Centre is inviting the homeless population to participate in interviews in the coming weeks. The survey intends to count and asses the needs of homeless people leaving in Behchoko, or from Behchoko living in Yellowknife. The results will be used in requests for funding for programming. The interviews will take place from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 in Behchoko and from Oct. 4-6 in Yellowknife. Call the friendship centre to book an interview.

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Decolonization will be long, expensive process

September 22, 2017 - Nunavut

This week, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. presented a commissioned report detailing the lost wages from the territorial and federal governments’ failure to implement Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement, which calls for government staffing ratios to match that of the population.
Nunavut is 84 per cent Inuit but Inuit make up only 50 per cent of Government of Nunavut employees. The federal government sits at only 41 per cent.

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Rangers return from competition

September 22, 2017 - Ottawa

Six of the NWT’s best marksmen arrived home last week after spending the last month training for, and competing in, a high-profile shooting competition put on by the Canadian military.

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So what’s the alternative?

September 22, 2017 - NWT

The second session of the 18th Legislative Assembly reconvened Sept. 19 in the capital and will run until Oct. 4. But, this isn’t just another short work shift for our elected officials. On Oct. 5, Premier Bob McLeod and his ministers will make speeches in the House defending their records.

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‘The interests of Nunavummiut have seen some advancement’: Nunavut premier

September 22, 2017 - Nunavut

As Peter Taptuna told the legislative assembly Sept. 18, Nunavut is young and dynamic.

“At times, we struggle to find our footing, but above all else we have hope, resiliency, strength and passion,” he said.

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Travelling exhibition rolls into Yellowknife

September 21, 2017 - Yellowknife
The “Together” truck, seen here in Ottawa, is a travelling exhibition about Canada’s role in global development and poverty reduction. The truck will make three stops in Yellowknife next week.

A travelling exhibition showcasing Canada’s role in international development arrives in Yellowknife next week.

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Liquor board to make decisions transparent, MLAs spar over Aurora College, demand for legal weed hazy

September 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Liquor board to make decisions transparent

As the NWT Liquor Licensing Board starts to make moves towards more transparency, Yellowknife North MLA Cory Vanthuyne had questions in legislative assembly Tuesday about how far those moves would go.

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Community rallies around Andrew Debogorski, recently diagnosed with ALS

September 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

From bathing in beer to tipping his toes into a comedy career, Andrew Debogorski is making a bucket list of things he wants to do before his ALS symptoms worsen.

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City of Yellowknife proposes 5.36 per cent tax hike

September 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

This year’s municipal draft budget proposes a tax increase higher than any the director of corporate services Sharolynn Woodward can remember.

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Nick Sibbeston resigns as NWT Senator

September 21, 2017 - Ottawa

After almost two decades is the upper chamber, the long-serving senator for the NWT is resigning from politics.

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Fiddlin’ twins kick off last year in Yk

September 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife twins Annie and Issie Thomas and Sophie and Grace Clark are getting together for their final year as fiddling quartet Double Treble.

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Food Plastic not so fantastic

September 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Fast food has come a long way since the golden age of grease and styrofoam-clad burgers, fries and fried chicken of the previous century.

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Bold vision for Hudson Bay warehouse

September 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Bold, ambitious plans continue to move forward to house an arts centre in Old Town’s historic Hudson’s Bay Warehouse.

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Elder delighted by trip to Bathurst Inlet: ‘It’s really good in my heart right now’

September 21, 2017 - Kinnguak/Bathurst Inlet

Four days after returning from Bathurst Inlet, elder Eva Kakolak was still overjoyed and sentimental while discussing her time back at home in the Bathurst Inlet area.

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65 lb lake trout catch may be a Great Slave record

September 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

In more than three decades fishing the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, Michael Briggs has never seen anything like it.

A lake trout so large it broke the the three-pronged treble hook used to catch it – and it might break a record, too.

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