Kitikmeot communities get first look at Franklin artifacts

Charles Dagneau, a member of the Parks Canada Underwater Archeology Team, showcases artifacts to Annie Atighioyak, left, and Mary Avalak, among others, in Cambridge Bay in September. Photo courtesy of Parks Canada.
October 2, 2018 - Nunavut

More than 170 years after the Franklin expedition ships HMS Erebus and Terror sunk, artifacts found resting on the Arctic Ocean floor have been recovered and temporarily displayed for Kitikmeot residents.

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Massive fire engulfs apartment block

Rockhill Apartments englufed in flames. Dylan Short/NNSL photo
October 2, 2018

A large apartment block on the edge of the city’s School Draw neighborhood was razed in a pre-dawn blaze today.

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Five-year sentence for man who assaulted ex-partner

October 1, 2018 - Yellowknife

An Inuvik man convicted of sexually and physically assaulting his former common-law partner received a five-year prison sentence in NWT Supreme Court Monday.

The 40-year-old man, who isn’t being named to protect the identity of the victim, was convicted by a jury in June. The jury found the man guilty on two counts of sexual assault, one count of assault and one count of uttering threats.

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Gjoa Haven gets first ambulance

Robert Alice Pootoogo stands alongside an ambulance that Gjoa Haven received via sealift in September, the first ambulance in the community's history, according to Mayor Joanni Sallerina. Tamara Tarasoff photo.
October 1, 2018 - Gjoa Haven

Medical patients in Gjoa Haven will rarely have to rely on pickup truck or the fire truck for transport after the community took possession of its first ambulance, which arrived by sealift in September.

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North West Company adds five convenience stores in Nunavut; purchases pharmacy

This ATCO trailer in Iglulik is the new model for the North West Company's QuickStop convenience stores. It was the first one scheduled to be in business, as of Sept. 29. In the coming weeks, the North West Company also plans to open convenience stores in Pond Inlet, Naujaat, Gjoa Haven and Cape Dorset. The retailer has also purchased the Kitnuna Pharmacy in Cambridge Bay from the Kitikmeot Corporation. photo courtesy of the North West Company
October 1, 2018 - Nunavut

The North West Company is expanding its Nunavut presence, opening convenience stores in five communities and purchasing the Kitnuna Pharmacy in Cambridge Bay from the Kitikmeot Corporation.

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Dene novelist begins work at publishing house

Raymond Yakelaya's new novel The Tree By the Woodpile tells stories imparted by elders, including his two grandmothers. Photo courtesy of Lorene Shyba.
October 1, 2018 - NWT

Raymond Yakeleya has been announced as the new consulting editor for Indigenous content at UpRoute, a branch of Durvile Publications.

Among his responsibilities will be acquiring and developing new titles for the publishing house and reviewing other UpRoute titles for Indigenous content and representation.

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Hay River saves the day in soccer tournament

Madison Schaub of Hay River advances the ball while pursued by players from Princess Alexandra School during the Elks Outdoor Soccer Tournament in Hay River on Sept. 22. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.
October 1, 2018 - Hay River

Had it not been for the Diamond Jenness Secondary School Panthers, it would have been a Yellowknife sweep.

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Line 21 pipeline reopens

The Line 21 pipeline, running from Norman Wells to Zama, Alta., is back in operation. Photo courtesy of Enbridge Inc.
October 1, 2018 - NWT

Enbridge Inc.’s Line 21 pipeline from Norman Wells to Zama, Alta. was put back into operation on Sept. 25 after being out of commission since 2016.

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Fifteen running for Norman Wells town council

October 1, 2018 - Lli Goline/Norman Wells

The Town of Norman Wells is running three mayoral candidates and 15 council candidates remain in the race. Since the closing of nominations, three candidates dropped out or were removed from the ballot.

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FROM RELIANCE TO ALLIANCE: Back by popular demand

The Catlings arrived at their new home in Alliance Alta., in the middle of an early autumn snow storm. Libby Whittall Catling/NNSL photo.
October 1, 2018 - NWT

Our last bush plane load of people, dogs and gear said good-bye to Reliance on the east arm of Great Slave Lake in a snow storm. We arrived 3 days later at our new home in south central Alberta in a snow storm, an anomaly for Sept. 13.

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EDITORIAL: Time to talk oil and gas

The Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway has renewed interest in Beaufort Delta natural gas fields, interest that could jump start a renewed effort to tap into our abundant reserves, provide local energy for our communities and potentially bring in profits from exports to the south. NNSL file photo.
October 1, 2018 - NWT

A serious discussion needs to be had sooner than later on the future of resources in the territory.

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SPORTS TALK: Cleveland wins! Cleveland wins!

October 1, 2018 - NWT

Nothing warms my heart more than seeing bullies get their comeuppance stuffed good and tight right down their throat.

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SPORTS CHECK: Teaching the icemakers

October 1, 2018 - NWT

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Just like arenas, curling clubs around the territory will be getting going with its new seasons in the coming weeks.

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Women’s voices in childcare not heard, says advocacy group

Students from Fort Providence's Aboriginal Head Start program get messy during an end-of-year ceremony for the program in 2016. The Native Women's Association of Canada announced it was “deeply disappointed” in Canada’s decision not to partner with it on the development of Canada’s new Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework. Photo courtesy of the NWT Literacy Council.
October 1, 2018 - NWT

The federal government and a national Indigenous organization are at odds over how much of the latter’s input was reflected in Canada’s new Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework.

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AROUND THE NORTH: Sober life skills

October 1, 2018 - NWT

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

A new program in Fort Simpson aims to equip community members with life skills to better navigate the world sober.

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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: The new brutal

October 1, 2018 - NWT

Friends, new numbers from Statistics Canada are the reality we in the North have to wake up to.

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Inuvik grows as destination for vehicle promotion

September 29, 2018 - Inuvik

In the first launch event of its kind, the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado trucks were showcased on a trip up the new Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway last week.

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First Air, Canadian North sign off on merger

A First Air and Canadian North merger signing ceremony was held in Montreal on Friday. From left, Johnny Adams, chair of the First Air board; Duane Smith, president of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation; and Charlie Watt, president of Makivik Corporation. Photo courtesy of Makivik Corporation photo courtesy of Makivik Corporation
September 29, 2018 - Montreal

A signing ceremony to mark the merger of First Air and Canadian North was held in Montreal on Friday afternoon, even though regulatory approval has not yet been granted.

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Cambridge Bay teen dies after being found hypothermic in a cabin

September 28, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

Despite a rescue and emergency medical attention, a male teenager from Cambridge Bay died after being found suffering from exposure to the cold.

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Iqaluit woman charged with child abduction

September 28, 2018 - Iqaluit

An Iqaluit woman has been charged with child abduction after being accused of illegally leaving the capital city with two children, according to the RCMP.

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AROUND KIVALLIQ: Cadet corps gets reprieve

Cadet Chief WarrantOfficer Terance Mapsalak sets up an orienteering course during a cadet expedition on the land near Naujaat on May 12. The corp has received an 11th-hour reprieve and is trying to renew its cadet program this school year. NNSL file photo
September 28, 2018 - Kivalliq

The multi-award-winning 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) in Naujaat may yet find itself back on its feet.

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Rankin man first Nunavut futsal player invited to Team Canada camp

Kris Ukpataujaq, second from left standing, of Rankin Inlet poses with his split-squad team after being one of 20 players invited to a Team Canada national futsal evaluation camp in Gatineau, Que., in September of 2018. photo courtesy Kris Ukpataujaq
September 28, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

Kris Ukpataujaq of Rankin Inlet was over the moon when he found out he was one of 20 players invited to a Team Canada national futsal evaluation camp in Gatineau, Que., earlier this month.

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Mayor Jim McDonald ready for change after 12 years on council

September 28, 2018 - Inuvik

Inuvik Mayor Jim McDonald chose not to toss his hat in the ring for the municipal election for the first time in 12 years.

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Yellowknife wins big on the pitch

Sir John Franklin's AA girls Gold squad defeated Paul W. Kaeser for the gold medal at the Elks Outdoor Soccer Tournament in Hay River on Sunday. They are, front row from left, Mira Mercer, Mali Straker, Valadee Lockhart, Danica Taylor, Mia McInnis and Brianna Brenton; back row from left, Olga Duru, Wren Acorn, Jenaya Hanninen, Taylor Sorenson, Rae Panayi, Emma duPlessis, Ally Hillier, Marie Carpenter and Ruby Pigott. Photo courtesy of Wendy Malkin.
September 28, 2018 - Yellowknife

When you’re starting out a brand new school year, you want to get out on the right foot.

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LOOKING BACK: Tom Doornbos livens up city council

The Explorer Hote in Yellowknifel. Tourists in the city could soon pay a 4 per cent levy on accomodations. NNSL file photo.
September 28, 2018 - Yellowknife

40 years ago

Tom Doornbos livened up a city council meeting and supplied a location to council for a new skating rink – for a price.

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Golfers come through again

September 28, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Yellowknife Golf Club is always a good place to hold an event to raise plenty of money for a worthy cause.

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Giant Mine site cleanup start still two years out

Natalie Plato, deputy director of the Giant Mine Remediation Project, centre, leads media on a tour of Giant Mine site. Sidney Cohen/NNSL photo.
September 28, 2018 - Yellowknife

The most conspicuous relic of Giant Mine was useless for most of the mine’s roughly 50-year lifespan.

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EDITORIAL: Mr. Mrdjenovich, clean up this lot

Barrels labeled as containing hazardous chemicals and materials tagged for shipment to Snap Lake Mine sit on the lot in front of Chateau Nova on Highway 3. NNSL file photo.
September 28, 2018 - Yellowknife

In the immortal words of Homer Simpson, “We don’t need a thinker! We need a doer: someone who’ll act without considering the consequences.”

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Dump movie heading to screens in 2019

Amy Elliott, director of Salvage, the documentary film about Yellowknife's dump, said the film is expected to be shown at film festivals in the new year. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo.
September 28, 2018 - Yellowknife

A film about Yellowknife’s storied city dump is set to hit the film festival circuit in the new year.

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TALES FROM THE DUMP: Perfectly good hand sanitizer dispenser trashed at dump

September 28, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Walt Humphries

Sometimes, when you see something at the dump, it can take a few seconds to recognize what you are seeing. You can quickly go from being startled, to surprised and then it might even tickle your old funny bone.

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