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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Visitors centre to close, money sought to rebuild

May 4, 2017

The city’s tourist information centre may close by May 15 due to safety concerns, according to a document obtained by Yellowknifer.

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Ex-cop calls for security investigation at Center Square Mall

May 4, 2017

A retired RCMP officer is calling for an investigation into the behaviour of North Star Security guards at Centre Square Mall after witnessing what he called “extreme aggression” toward an indigenous man and woman by two guards.

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Emerging actresses from across the territory sought for new project

May 3, 2017

Play to explore female indigenous identity in the NWT

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Local companies vie for attention of Yellowknife students

May 3, 2017

Variety of careers on display at St. Patrick and Sir John Franklin high schools

 

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What it means to be a man: Group to host a discussion on masculinity next week

May 2, 2017

Men don’t often have the space to talk about their experiences with masculinity and gender, something a group of community members want to change.

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Yellowknife composer nominated for Western Canadian Music Award

May 2, 2017

A work inspired by the Braden family’s move North and the science of magnets has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.

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Playschool to hold its annual auction

May 2, 2017

The 24th-annual Hay River Playschool Auction and Dance will be held this coming weekend. The popular fundraising event will take place on the evening of May 6, upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion. The theme for this year’s dance is the ’80s.

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Midwifery program to mark two years

May 2, 2017

The midwifery program of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority will be marking its two years of existence on May 5, which is also the International Day of the Midwife.

The midwifery program will be offering cake and refreshments from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on May 5 in the cafeteria of the Hay River Regional Health Centre.

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River breakup getting closer

May 2, 2017

As of April 30, the spring breakup of the Hay River had still not happened, although it was getting closer

Fire Chief Ross Potter, who is also the director of protective services with the Town of Hay River, drove to Indian Cabins, Alta., on April 30 and reported the river was wide open in that location.

Potter said that, beginning at the Alberta/NWT border, there was intermittent open water all the way down river to about Delancey Estates.

“Breakup is definitely imminent,” he said.

As for the possibility of flooding, Potter said he is cautiously optimistic there will be no flooding this year.

As of April 30, he noted the ice on the river was broken up at Paradise Valley for a short distance.

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Sudden death investigated

May 2, 2017

The RCMP and the NWT Coroner Service are investigating the sudden death of a 26-year-old male in Hay River in the evening hours of April 23.

According to an RCMP news release, no foul play is suspected.

The NWT Coroner Service ordered a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.

Cathy Menard, the chief coroner of the NWT, confirmed the death is not suspicious, although the cause of death is unknown.

“If we’re not clear on what the cause of death is, we do order a post-mortem examination,” she said, noting that it usually takes four to six months to receive the results of such an examination.

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Who’s less fortunate?

May 2, 2017

It was just a couple of words uttered in a national sports broadcast over the weekend, but they caught our attention.

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Council chamber gets makeover

Stacey Barnes, the executive assistant with the Town of Hay River, stands in front of the large photographs now adorning council chamber. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

The council chamber of the Town of Hay River has a new look.

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$16,450 random act of kindness

Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

The Hay River Hospital Foundation has been the beneficiary of a very impressive random act of kindness.

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Dollar store opens doors

On hand for the April 29 ribbon-cutting to open the Great Canadian Dollar Store in Hay River were, left to right, Gerry Russ, president of the Great Canadian Dollar Stores from Victoria, B.C.; Catherine Hill, owner/general manager of the new store; Coun. Steve Anderson of the Town of Hay River; and Hay River South MLA Wally Schumann, who is also the minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

If the crowd of people gathered waiting for the doors to open on April 29 is any indication, the new Great Canadian Dollar Store at the Wright Centre is off to a good start.

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Positive signs for future revival of Pine Point mine

These core samples were recently collected at Pine Point by Darnley Bay Resources Ltd. - photo courtesy of Darnley Bay Resources Ltd.
May 2, 2017

The signs are looking encouraging that Pine Point may emerge sometime in the coming years as a working mine.

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Skate park association re-elects its executives

Louise Schumann, president of the Hay River BMX/Skate Park Association, stands in front of Chaser BMX/Skate Park. - NNSL file photo
May 2, 2017

The complete executive of the Hay River BMX/Skate Park Association has been returned for another year after the organization’s annual general meeting on April 24.

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Home alone training for youth

Two Hay River firefighters – Capt. Kirsten Fischer, left, and Korin Carter, right – have again volunteered to instruct a Home Alone Course for children, including Carter's nine-year-old daughter Jaidyn Henderson. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

Later this week, Jaidyn Henderson and a group of other children will learn how to safely stay home alone.

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Bowling leagues wrap up season

Ten-year-old Jacob Aylward receives the award as YBC Bowler of the Year in Hay River from coach Lillian Crook during a year-end event at Lizard's Lounge & Lanes on April 29. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

The 2016-2017 year of bowling leagues in Hay River wrapped up on April 29.

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The lunacy of over-sensitivity

Kivalliq News
May 2, 2017

I’ve been fortunate in Rankin Inlet during the past 18-plus years to have known a fair number of people who liked to discuss “hot topics” of the day openly and honestly, without playing the race card or firing about a bunch of impossible-to-disprove labels in an effort to force silence or capitulation.

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Newly minted First-Aiders in Rankin Inlet

May 2, 2017

Rankin Inlet – Seven people from the community joined a group of firefighters to take their basic First Aid Training Course in Rankin Inlet this past month. Passing the course and becoming first time first-aiders were Kenny Hamilton, Kathleen Merritt, Megan Sammurtok, Alexandra Rudd, Katherine Rudd, Jakob Voisey and Shawn Makkigak.

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No Stanley Cup for Kivalliq fans

May 2, 2017

Kivalliq -The Kivalliq region was left out of the Stanley Cup’s visit to Nunavut this past month.

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Fun times ahead with Pakallak Tyme

May 2, 2017

Rankin Inlet – The annual Pakallak Tyme celebrations got underway this past Sunday, April 30. The community celebration will run through until May 7, and offers something for everyone of all ages, including dog mushing, square and teen dances, elder’s breakfast and games, kid’s pond hockey tournament and outdoor games, Ski-Doo races and much, much more.

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Award winners

May 2, 2017

Arviat

The student video-production team at John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat took first place in the Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission’s territorial high school video contest titled Focus on Safety.

John Arnalukjuak High School and the video-production team will both receive a cash prize of $1,000 for winning the contest.

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Earth Day at Tuugaalik High School

May 2, 2017

Naujaat – Students and staff at Tuugaalik High School celebrated both Drop the Pop and Earth Day in Naujaat on April 21. The students took part in a number of activities aimed at making healthy choices and living a healthy, active lifestyle. For more on the school’s activities, please see the May 10 edition of Kivalliq News.

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Soccer tourney

May 2, 2017

Rankin Inlet/Coral Harbour

The Kivalliq was well represented at the youth Super Soccer championship in Yellowknife by teams from Rankin Inlet and Coral Harbour this past weekend.

Final results at the Super Soccer event were not known as of press time.

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Naujaat’s cadets get grant

May 2, 2017 - Naujaat

Naujaat’s 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Gerard Buckley Cadet Fund this past month.

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Cadets get grant

May 2, 2017

Naujaat

Naujaat’s 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Gerard Buckley Cadet Fund this past month.

The grant will allow Naujaat to cover all costs associated with their exchange program with a group of cadets from British Columbia.

Money the cadets previously earned through fundraising to apply towards the exchange program will now be used on other 3055 RCACC activities or programs.

The Naujaat cadets will be holding their final parade during the next few weeks, and the 3055 RCACC will be sending 25 youths out to cadet summer camp during the next two months.

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Firing up bylaw services

May 2, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The hamlet of Rankin Inlet’s bylaw services has a new look after being transferred to the local fire department under the direction of Fire Chief Mark Wyatt.

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Firing up bylaw services

Volunteer firefighter and current bylaw officer Kyle Lowe distributes photos to social media in hopes of finding the owner of this beautiful pup he picked up in Rankin Inlet this past week. - photo courtesy of Mark Wyatt
May 2, 2017

The hamlet of Rankin Inlet’s bylaw services has a new look after being transferred to the local fire department under the direction of Fire Chief Mark Wyatt.

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Volunteer gets deserved recognition

Gov. Gen. David Johnston presents Mary Fredlund of Rankin Inlet with the Sovereign's Award for Volunteer during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ont., on Monday, April 24. - photo courtesy of Mary Fredlund
May 2, 2017

Mary Fredlund and Kathleen Irwin of Rankin Inlet were among 46 dedicated Canadians to receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from Gov. Gen. David Johnston during a gala ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ont, on Monday, April 24.

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Recognizing support

Capt. Lloyd Francis and cadet Lydia Haqpi find things a little damp on the beach during their visit to Vancouver Island this past March. Francis will be presenting an award to Kivalliq School Operations this coming month in Ottawa, Ont., for granting him the time needed away from his class at Tuugaalik High School to lead the Naujaat cadet program. - photo courtesy of 3055 RCACC
May 2, 2017

The office of Kivalliq School Operations (KSO) in Baker Lake will be getting a nice nod from the Canadian Forces when it’s recognized for granting Capt. Lloyd Francis the time he needs away from his class at Tuugaalik High School to lead Naujaat’s 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) later this month.

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Two-peat in Iqaluit for Rankin

The 2017 Toonik Tyme senior men's champion Canadrill Red Wings of Rankin Inlet are, back row from left, Nick Dunphy, Roy Kopak, Roger Tagoona, Cody Dean, Keith (Butch) Sigurdson and David Clark. In the middle row, from left, are Andrew Simms, Chad Taipana, Pujjuut Kusugak, Rodney Taparti, Shack Merasty and Alaana Groves (stick boy). In the front from left, James Merritt and Panniuq Karetak in Iqaluit earlier this month. - photo courtesy of Lori Tagoona
May 2, 2017

Rankin Inlet’s Canadrill Red Wings fought their way back from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Iqaluit A team 4-3 and claim the 2017 Toonik Tyme senior men’s hockey championship in Iqaluit earlier this month.

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Access to washrooms

May 2, 2017

Nobody, other than the participants, knows exactly what led to an A&W customer being roughed up by security at Centre Square Mall late last month.

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Police seek man accused of sex assault

May 2, 2017

Police in the city are searching for a man accused of sexual assault who has evaded arrest attempts, according to an RCMP news release.

Police are seeking to arrest Aaron Catholique, 36, of Yellowknife who remains at large after a search spanning several days. The public is not in “immediate” danger, police stated.

He’s described as being of indigenous descent, 183 cm tall, weighing about 80 kg, with brown hair and eyes. Anyone with information about him is asked to call RCMP at 873-1111 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, nwtnutips.com or texting nwtnutips to 274637.

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City seeks Canada Day vendors

May 2, 2017

The City of Yellowknife is on the hunt for arts, crafts and food vendors to liven up this year’s Canada Day celebrations at Somba K’e Civic Plaza. The deadline for vendors to apply is May 31, according to a news release. Non-profit organizations are being given preference for the event, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 1. Application forms can be found on the city’s website.

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Yk1 lays out budget plans

Terry Brookes, trustee at Yellowknife Education District No. 1, presents the school board's 2017/18 draft budget on April 27 at the district office in Yellowknife. Pictured at right is Tram Do, director of corporate services. - Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

Yellowknife’s public school board is projecting a minor deficit in 2017-18, amounting to less than one per cent of its approximately $35-million budget.

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New deputy fire chief all about awareness

Darren Kuhn is Yellowknife's new deputy fire chief of life safety and fire prevention. - Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

It’s been less than two months since Darren Kuhn packed up his bags and made the move from Edmonton to Yellowknife, but already he’s full of ideas for his new role at the Yellowknife Fire Division.

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Composer nominated for Western Canadian Music Award

A work from composer Carmen Braden's recently released album Ravens is nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. - Emelie Peacock/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

A work inspired by the Braden family’s move North and the science of magnets has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.

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Winner, winner, Wildcat dinner

Mitchell Elliott of Range Lake North cradles the ball after making a stop during the Grade 7 boys final of Diavik Junior Super Soccer at St. Pat's Gymnasium on Sunday. - James McCarthy/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

The Super Soccer format has been happening since 1993, even though the NWT School Soccer Championships had been happening before its current format.

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City considers buy-local policy

May 2, 2017
Shane Magee/NNSL photo
Yellowknife senior administrative officer Sheila Bassi-Kellett, shown in April, says a change to an ambulance fee will take effect next year to allow the GNWT time to budget for the increased cost.

A new trade agreement between provinces and territories could make it easier for the city to buy goods and services locally, within certain limits.

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Vacant buildings waste money

May 1, 2017

Iqaluit city council last month committed $150,000 per year for five years to support the city’s homeless shelter.

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Students travel to remember

Kiilinik High School students attend the Vimy 100 Celebrations on April 9. - photo courtesy of Patti Bligh
May 1, 2017

A group of students from Cambridge Bay listened while the names of 11,285 Canadian soldiers were read out at the Vimy Memorial during the centennial ceremony for the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9.

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Resident wants youth to go to the pool, see the world

Iqaluit resident Kristof Karcza used $2000 of his own cash, with an additional $500 from Nicole Laplante Dunn and Andy Traub, to buy 450 children's passes and 115 youth passes for the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, which he distributed to schools, organizations and agencies around the city. - Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo
May 1, 2017

A generous Iqaluit resident bought hundreds of drop-in passes to the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre in early April, and distributed them to local schools, organizations and agencies – wherever there might be children and youth who can’t necessarily afford the $4 to $6 fee.

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Chamber begins breakfast speaker series

City of Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern, seated with new Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce president Matthew Clark, addresses an early-morning crowd of roughly 40 at the first monthly Breakfast Networking Speaker Series held at the Hotel Arctic April 26. - Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo
May 1, 2017

A wide range of early-rising Iqalungmiut attended a new monthly morning speakers’ series to hear Mayor Madeleine Redfern speak on the topic of Iqaluit Today and the Opportunities in Our Future.

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Canada retracts objection to indigenous peoples rights to consent

Minister Carolyn Bennett made a public retraction at the UN Headquarters on April 24 of Canadian objection to implementing articles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that speak to indigenous rights of free, prior, and informed consent. She is pictures here with Grand Chief Ed John, left and National Chief Perry Bellegarde. - photo courtesy of INAC
May 1, 2017

Canada’s objection to articles concerning indigenous consent within the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been formally rescinded during a speech by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett at UN headquarters in New York on April 24.

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