Loving the land through a lens

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Proud proclamations of Northerner’s affinity for the Northwest Territories aren’t hard to find.

The word “spectacular” sprawls across the territory’s signature licence plate; the City dubs Yellowknife the “capital of cool;”and brave pun-purveyors occasionally don a “It comes with the Territory,” shirt. But what is it that makes NWT “spectacular”? What makes it “cool”? And why have so many visitors-turned residents fallen in love with the territory?

With Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-NWT’s release of its annual Love the Land photo calendar, the non-profit organization asks just that.

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Sharing circle in Yellowknife open to all those affected by crime or violence

May 26, 2017

People and families affected by violence or crime will have a space to share their experiences on May 31. Organized by the Native Women’s Association of the NWT, a sharing circle will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the association’s office on the second floor of the Yellowknife post office building. Guest speakers Kathy Meyer, Cyndi Caisse and Yvonne Doolittle will start off the evening. Anyone affected by crime, from anywhere in the territory, is invited to attend. The event is part of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Awareness Week.

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Criticism mounts over how National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be handled

Destiny Nahanni-Hope, left, was found dead six years after her cousin, Keisha Trudel, died in a car crash. Her aunt Sharon Allen is calling for the GNWT to help the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls with supports for family members who want to share their stories. Photo courtesy of Sharon Allen.
May 26, 2017
Destiny Nahanni-Hope, left, was found dead six years after her cousin, Keisha Trudel, died in a car crash. Her aunt Sharon Allen is calling for the GNWT to help the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls with supports for family members who want to share their stories. Photo courtesy of Sharon Allen.
Destiny Nahanni-Hope, left, was found dead six years after her cousin, Keisha Trudel, died in a car crash. Her aunt Sharon Allen is calling for the GNWT to help the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls with supports for family members who want to share their stories. Photo courtesy of Sharon Allen.
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Kevin Floyd helping to keep Inuvialuit qayaqing skills alive

May 25, 2017

Inuvik squash club programs groom future court champions

May 25, 2017

Gwich’in elder speaks on hand games and destruction of culture

Fort McPherson’s Charlie Snowshoe was presented with an Indspire Award for his environmental work during a ceremony in Winnipeg on March 21. From left, Glen Abernethy, minister of health and social services, Charlie Snowshoe and Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, vice president of human resources for Air Canada. - photo courtesy of Indspire
May 25, 2017

Lenny Burger closes its doors, building soon up for sale

Store manager Belen Baltazar, left, and co-owner Sasha Jason stand by the counter in The Lenny Burger when it opened in December. Jessica Davey-Quantick/ NNSL photo
May 25, 2017

Dominion Diamonds pleased with results from Misery Deep it at Ekati

Dominion Diamond announced positive results for its pre-feasibility study at the Misery Deep pit on Tuesday. The Misery Main pipe open-pit mine is expected to account for around 60 per cent of of the diamond carats recovered at Ekati mine in fiscal 2018. nnsl file photo
May 25, 2017

1.9 million Bell Canada customer email addresses hacked

May 25, 2017

Earlier this month, Bell Canada announced its customer information was illegally accessed by an anonymous hacker.

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Yk chamber spring trade show draws 8,300 visitors

Tiffany Thiem-Pennell, left, chats with Al Matesic at Good Times Soap Company booth at the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce's Spring Trade show on the weekend of May 13. In the back left, business owner Karen Wood also chats with a visitor. Robin Grant/NNSL photo
May 25, 2017
Tiffany Thiem-Pennell, left, chats with Al Matesic at Good Times Soap Company booth at the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce's Spring Trade show on the weekend of May 13. In the back left, business owner Karen Wood also chats with a visitor. Robin Grant/NNSL photo
Tiffany Thiem-Pennell, left, chats with Al Matesic at Good Times Soap Company booth at the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Trade show on the weekend of May 13. In the back left, business owner Karen Wood also chats with a visitor. Robin Grant/NNSL photo
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Two Inuvikians receive Order of NWT

May 25, 2017

Order of NWT recipient Fred Carmichael Tom ZubkoFred Carmichael and Tom Zubko are among six recipients of 2017 Order of the Northwest Territories.

“These six recipients deserve to be granted this honour,” stated Paul Deloreychair of the organization that runs the awards, in a news release.

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Inuvik Native Band to take over interagency building

May 25, 2017

The Inuvik Interagency Committee received one application to take over ownership of its building, located between Northmart and the Children First Centre. The Inuvik Native Band will be the new owners of the building. The interagency committee sold the building for $1, looking to continue its legacy as a space for groups that better the community.

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Beloved four-foot python stolen from Mildred Hall School

Georgia Pellissey, left, Josson Boline and Jaden Grooms hold Sophie, a 19 year old python at Mildred Hall School. The Grade 7 and 8 students in Kim Black's class received an unwelcome surprise when they returned to school after the long weekend, Sophie had been stolen. Photo courtesy of Kim Black.
May 25, 2017

What a ride the Oilers took us on

May 25, 2017

When the Heart Says No by Roy Erasmus

The Edmonton Oilers took us on a great ride, eh! Yep, a lot of ups and downs while they were in the play offs for the first time since 2006. And then to be robbed of victory because the referees failed to call goalie interference when the Anaheim Ducks’ player was obviously pulling the Edmonton goalie’s pad. Eschia!

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Forging a new energy identity for Inuvik’s premier showcase

May 24, 2017

Inuvik Drum Editor Stewart Burnett

INUVIK DRUM EDITOR – It was surprising to hear that finding interest for the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies conference and tradeshow has not been too much of a challenge for Vicky Gregoire-Tremblay, the town’s economic and tourism manager.

In fact, people were coming to her before she could reach out to them, eager to be part of the show and get involved in the region’s energy future.

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Children First Centre prepares for changes coming with junior kindergarten

Madison Francis, left, and Sierra McDonald practise their roles in How Tulugaq the Raven Stole the Sun, which students from East Three School will be performing this weekend. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, May 26, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
May 24, 2017
Madison Francis, left, and Sierra McDonald practise their roles in How Tulugaq the Raven Stole the Sun, which students from East Three School will be performing this weekend. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, May 26, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
Madison Francis, left, and Sierra McDonald practise their roles in How Tulugaq the Raven Stole the Sun, which students from East Three School will be performing this weekend. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, May 26, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
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San Francisco trip a hit for Art Travel Club, says Chrissy Hvatum

May 24, 2017
Chrissy Hvatum and a group of her peers travelled to San Francisco during spring break as part of East Three Secondary School’s Art Travel Club. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
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Lots of interest for Inuvik’s Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies Conference and Tradeshow

Vicky Grégoire-Tremblay, marketing and tourism manager for the Town of Inuvik, says the town has a jam-packed schedule of events during June. One of the largest is the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies Conference and Tradeshow, which is the recently rebranded Inuvik Petroleum Show. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
May 24, 2017
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Vicky Grégoire-Tremblay, marketing and tourism manager for the Town of Inuvik, says the town has a jam-packed schedule of events during June. One of the largest is the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies Conference and Tradeshow, which is the recently rebranded Inuvik Petroleum Show.
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HPV vaccine to be offered to boys

May 24, 2017

Canoe stolen from camp for foster children

Tammy Roberts, executive director of the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT, says this white fibreglass canoe was stolen May 18 from the organization's campsite on Cameron River, 57 kilometres out on the Ingraham Trail. photo courtesy of Foster Family Coalition of the NWT
May 24, 2017

City approves pilot to allow cafes, restaurants to add sidewalk patios this summer

Twist Resto-Lounge and Fuego International Restaurant were the recipients of a $30,000 facade and site improvement grant in 2009 that allowed them to build their patio. - Nicole Veerman/NNSL photo
May 24, 2017

Book answers home buying questions

May 23, 2017

Much ado about arsenic and why are we only getting around to the lake warnings now?

May 22, 2017
Bryce Styan shows off a deadly dangerous, toxic and terrible, entirely inedible walleye from Martin Lake. Fortunately, we had the good sense to release it after taking this picture. Mike W. Bryant/NNSL photo
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No one wants A New Day

May 22, 2017

Ombudsman legislation ‘slow going,’ says MLA

NNSL file photo Minister Louis Sebert said last November in the legislative assembly that a new website on ministerial travel expenses and meetings would be up and running within the next month, but it is still in the works. NNSL file photo
May 22, 2017

Off-site contamination from Giant Mine worries residents

May 22, 2017

Students collect directories, raise green funds

Students and teachers from Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, seen here with Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern and Northwestel general manager for Nunavut Bertrand Poisson May 17, collected 515 directories for recycling as part of Northwestel’s annual directory recycling program in Nunavut. photo courtesy Michel Albert
May 22, 2017

Habitat for Humanity selects family of five for a new home

May 22, 2017

Iqaluit – Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit has selected the Ipeelie-Qiatsuk family for a new home to be built in Apex beginning in mid-June. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December.

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QIA and Baffinland Iron Mines agree on workplan for Mary River

May 22, 2017

Atlantic walrus risks extinction, says committee advising federal minister

Walruses lounge on sea ice between Iglulik and Hall Beach in October 2014. photo courtesy of Jay Williams
May 22, 2017

Families struggle to find graves of loved ones taken South with deadly tuberculoisis

May 22, 2017

Six-week countdown to Alianait and stellar mix of Southern and Northern stars

May 22, 2017

Indigenous children in care

May 22, 2017
In this week’s labour column, PSAC North regional executive vice-president Jack Bourassa pressures the federal government to improve foster care for indigenous children across Canada. Above, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a town hall to answer questions in Yellowknife on Feb. 10. NNSL file photo
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Family Centre finds new, temporary home

May 19, 2017
Janette Morris, director of child and youth services with the Yellowknife YWCA, stands in the Rockridge Apartments building unit that’s now home to the Yellowknife Family Centre, a drop-in space for young families.
Shane Magee/NNSL photo
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Harry Potter’s sport of quidditch takes off in Yellowknife

May 19, 2017

Kavanaugh Bros donate labour, new dumpster to SPCA

May 19, 2017
Jessica Davey-Quantick/ NNSL photo
Rocky Billotsoton pauses in his cleaning to give Slush, one of the dogs at the NWT SPCA.
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Minister grilled on open government

May 19, 2017
Louis Sebert, the GNWT minister responsible for transparency, listens during a meeting at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre on Wednesday about the creation of an open government policy. Shane Magee/NNSL photo
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GNWT seeks bidders for J.H. Sissons planning study

May 19, 2017

Michael Black sentenced to 10 months in jail after hot knife attack on woman

Judge Bernadette Schmaltz dismissed charges against Lloyd Thrasher Monday, who was charged with possession of stolen property in relation to a theft at the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre last year. NNSL file photo
May 19, 2017

Making carbon pricing work for Northerners – Michael Miltenberger

May 18, 2017

Michael Miltenberger, former Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Finance.The national carbon price is coming.

The new, federally mandated levy on greenhouse gas emissions comes into effect next year, setting a minimum $10 per tonne of emissions beginning in 2018 and rising $10 each year to reach $50 per tonne in 2022.

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Sahtu beneficiaries ‘are deeply concerned’ bringing lawyers in to challenge leaders

May 18, 2017

Some beneficiaries of the Sahtu Trust have retained lawyers and written a letter to Premier Bob McLeod, the latest development in a conflict that has included allegations of mismanagement of the trust by the board that oversees it.

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Demand grows for after-school programs

Students at St. Joseph School YWCA Afterschool Program Sydney Morris, left, Jack Bragg and Sara Morris on May 18. The program is already full for next year at St. Joseph and J.H. Sissons School and has 42 students on the waitlist across the city. Emelie Peacock/NNSL Photo
May 18, 2017

Preparing for the forest fire season ahead

May 18, 2017
Eight new Air Tractor 802A FireBoss Amphibious Water Bomber aircraft have arrived in the territory over the past several weeks.
photo courtesy of the GNWT
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Nothing to see here, move along please

May 18, 2017

James O’Connor is editor of News/North

It’s a beautiful time of year in the Northwest Territories. Spring is here, the snow is pretty much gone and the ice is melting as fast as a cube in a California cocktail.

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Arviat Arctic Co-op leader promotes values while performing duties

Arctic Co-operatives president Kono Tattuinee enjoys a cup of coffee while thinking over his plans for his fourth term in Arviat this past week. Photo courtesy of Gord Billard
May 17, 2017

Naujaat cadets take part in first mandatory expedition

Seven Naujaat cadets attended silver star training at Birds Hill Provincial Park near Winnipeg earlier this month. Standing from left, Cpl. Beatrice Kaunak, Cpl. Kurt Ignerdjuk, Capt Lloyd Francis (commanding officer), Master Cpl. Ernie Inaksajak, Cpl. Jonah Allianaq and Master Cpl. Lou Kopak; and kneeling from left, Master Cpl. Ron Sivanertok and Master Cpl. Anderson Putulik. Photo courtesy of Lloyd Francis
May 17, 2017
Naujaat cadet Cpl. Beatrice Kaunak sets up camp during silver star training at Birds Hill Provincial Park near Winnipeg earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Lloyd Francis
Naujaat cadet Cpl. Beatrice Kaunak sets up camp during silver star training at Birds Hill Provincial Park near Winnipeg earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Lloyd Francis
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