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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Unsightly properties get break for winter

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

Coun. Roger Candow asked about unsightly properties at town council’s municipal services committee meeting on Nov. 14.

In response to the municipal enforcement report for October, Candow recalled seeing some unsightly properties in the report at one point in time.

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For those who want to rock

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

Years ago, thousands had gathered for a concert at what was then called Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. The lights went way down creating an almost complete dark void in the arena.

As thousands waited, the darkness was pierced by the nearly deafening sound of bells.

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Ice crossing opens for winter

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

The main ice crossing between the Hay River Reserve and Hay River opened for the season on the morning of Nov. 17.

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Eskimos named in pride, not racism

November 21, 2017 - Kivalliq

If ever there was a prime example of the disconnect between what different people view as important, it’s the revived kerfuffle over the nickname of Edmonton’s Canadian Football League team, the Eskimos.

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K’amba Carnival committee to meet

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

The K’amba Carnival committee will meet early next week.

The meeting is set for Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Chief Lamalice Complex on the Hay River Reserve.

Among the issues to be discussed in advance of the 2018 carnival are fundraising ideas, plans for carnival activities, dog races and volunteers.

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Santa Claus is coming to town

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

The annual Santa Claus Parade set for Dec. 1 is poised to open with enthusiasm from it’s organizer with the recreation department of the Town of Hay River.

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Arbitration rolls on between Northland Utilities and Town of Hay River

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

It has been almost a year since the electricity franchise for the Town of Hay River officially expired with Northland Utilities (NWT) Ltd.

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Naujaat gears up for Christmas Food Drive

November 21, 2017

‘Tis the time of year when goodwill abounds and communities pull together and, in Naujaat, that means the start of the hamlet’s annual Christmas Food Drive.

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Festival of Trees set for PA School

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

The annual Festival of Trees will be back for another year at Princess Alexandra School.

The seasonal event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 25.

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Craftspeople seek GNWT support

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

A call is being raised on the Hay River Reserve for more support for craftspeople and artists.

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Rankin welcomes new Zamboni machine

November 21, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

Rankin Inlet is the proud owner of a brand-new Zamboni machine to keep the ice at Nunavut’s busiest arena in tip-top shape during the 2017-18 hockey season.

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Aviation deal struck

November 21, 2017 - Nunavut

Nunavut-based Sarliaq Aviation — in partnership with Quebec transporter Nolinor Aviation — has signed a 10-year deal with Agnico Eagle Mines to provide air transportation for employees and cargo from Montreal and Abitibi-Temiscamingue to the company’s Kivalliq mining projects.

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Lifesavers come to call

November 21, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

A small group of cadets were given a peek into the world of being a medevac nurse when Nicole Poirier and Julie Freeman paid them a visit to discuss their job duties in Rankin Inlet this past week.

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Violent week in Kivalliq

November 21, 2017 - Baker Lake/Rankin Inlet

It was a violent week in at least two Kivalliq communities earlier this month.

In Rankin Inlet, a woman was brought to the local health centre with multiple non-life threatening stab wounds on Nov. 10.

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A fashionable grand opening

November 21, 2017 - Iqaluit

It was a huge day for Victoria Kakuktinniq, formerly of Rankin Inlet, when she opened her new store in Iqaluit this past week.

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Woodland Manor expansion on target for end-of-year completion

November 21, 2017 - Hay River

The expansion of Woodland Manor is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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Addictions Week focuses on opiates

November 21, 2017 - NWT

Since April 1, 156 NWT residents have attended drug treatment programs—22 of which were for opiates.

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Cannabis tax too ‘hefty,’ says marijuana advocate

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife resident says the federal government’s proposed tax regime for legal cannabis is “hefty” and could be a turn off for people who are already familiar with black market prices.

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Court briefs: Man guilty of sexual interference with foot

November 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

A man is to be sentenced on Jan. 22 after being found guilty of sexual interference on an 11-year-old girl by using his foot.

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9-1-1 service will be in all 11 official NWT languages

November 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

Having 9-1-1 service in the NWT in all 11 official languages does not mean having a dispatch centre full of translators around the clock. So said Ashley Geraghty, the territorial government’s point man on the proposed emergency service.

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Dettah chief wants land claim settled next year

November 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

The chief of Dettah says he wants to see an agreement-in-principle on land, resources and self-government reached between the GNWT, federal government and Akaitcho Dene First Nations by 2018.

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Remembering Archie Beaulieu

November 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

For many Northerners, the work of Archie Beaulieau is instantly recognizable. It’s bright, bold, enchanting – and unmistakably rooted in a land that seems to live and breath through the canvas.

Beaulieu, who died recently at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer, achieved world-wide acclaim for his distinct depictions of Northern life, namely through his portrayals of Dene tradition, culture and folklore. Drawing influences from his roots as a member of the Tlicho First Nations, Beaulieu developed a unique brand of art that played with colour and married the abstract and the familiar.

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Alaska family grows fresh greens

November 19, 2017 - Unalaska, Alaska

Qawalangin tribal member Blaine Shaishnikoff grew up in Unalaska, Alaska, where he now runs a hydroponic growing system in two sea cans to supply the community with its locally-grown produce.

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Good Ole Fred

November 19, 2017 - NWT

Friends, seeing Elders like Fred Carmichael getting the kind of recognition they deserve says a lot about us as Northerners.

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UNW voting on strike

November 19, 2017 - NWT

The Union of Northern Workers and NWT Power Corporation will know in December whether there will be a strike.

The UNW is demanding “better economic increases” for all its workers at Power corp., said Todd Parsons, UNW president.

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Highway out of isolation

November 19, 2017 - Norman Wells

Hi from Edmonton, here for an eye check up. I love the City of Edmonton, first thing I always do is buy all the newspapers and magazines! You all know with the government restrictions we don’t have much time to shop when out on a medical trip.

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Soccer association envisions new pitch

November 19, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

Ollie Williams has a grand vision for soccer in the Northwest Territories.

The president of the Northwest Territories Soccer Association went before Yellowknife city council on Nov. 14 to present a “preliminary overview” of his group’s plan to develop a new, full-size, enclosed soccer facility in Yellowknife.

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Rabies confirmed in Baker Lake

November 19, 2017 - Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake

A fox caught in Baker Lake has tested positive for rabies, according to the territorial Department of Health, which issued a news release on Nov. 16.

The GN warned residents earlier this month that fox sightings had been increasing in several communities.

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GN responds to employee survey

November 19, 2017 - Nunavut

A Government of Nunavut employee survey that showed non-Inuit workers receive more formal training than Inuit workers is not reflective of many new GN initiatives, says a senior bureaucrat.

The 2016 survey results, released earlier this month, revealed that 76 per cent of non-Inuit survey respondents and 52 per cent of Inuit survey respondents had received formal training within the past year.

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The best in Indigenous sport

November 18, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

2017 was a busy year for sport involving the NWT, which would make the job of singling out people for honours a tough job.

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A life filled with learning ahead

November 18, 2017 - Rankin Inlet/Iqaluit

Performer and actor Christine Tootoo, at 22, wields an impressive resume, with credits on circumpolar and national stages, the latest as part of the Kiviuq Returns ensemble cast.

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Burgeoning businesses in the Kitikmeot

November 18, 2017 - Cambridge Bay/Kugluktuk

Would you buy a fidget spinner made of caribou antler?

Cambridge Bay’s Thomas Kaohina hopes so. His innovative idea is one of many that have arisen among budding Kitikmeot entrepreneurs who are getting a grounding in how to run a business.

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Location of debris from Russian rocket unknown

November 18, 2017 - Qikiqtaaluk

The launch of the European Space agency’s Sentinel 5 Precursor satellite, aboard the Russian Rokot carrier rocket, took place as scheduled from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia the morning of Oct. 13, despite Premier Peter Taptuna’s calls for a halt to the launch.

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Time to listen about time

November 18, 2017 - NWT

Daylight Savings Time is dumb. There, we said it. Earlier this month, on Nov. 5, clocks fell back an hour. Which, for anybody living North of 60, meant they got up in the dark and walked home in the dark.

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Education authority election set

November 18, 2017 - Deninu Ku'e/Fort Resolution

An election for members of the Deninu School District Education Authority in Fort Resolution will take place on Dec. 13.

Seven seats will be filled on the board of directors.

Nominations for candidates closed on Nov. 15.

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Muskrats prep for territorials

November 18, 2017 - Inuvik

Back from the first meet of the season in Whitehorse, Mackenzie Muskrat swimmers are preparing hard for territorials in February.

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Edmonton Eskimos on defensive over name

November 18, 2017 - Nunavut

The Edmonton Eskimos football team is once again facing demands that it change its name.

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Long path away from diesel

November 18, 2017 - Nunavut

Spread out by great distances and no connecting infrastructure, Nunavut is in the difficult position of providing municipal services in isolation.

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WWF demands protection of Nunavut rivers

November 18, 2017 - Nunavut

World Wildlife Fund Canada’s has concluded an ecological analysis of Canada’s 10 longest rivers, including three in Nunavut, and is demanding protective regulations for these waterways.

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RCMP locate overdue person

November 18, 2017 - Inuvik

RCMP responded to a search and rescue approximately 40 km outside of Inuvik and successfully located the overdue hunter and returned him to Inuvik Tuesday, Nov. 7.

A family member had notified the RCMP the previous Monday that the hunter had not been heard from and was suspected to have headed toward Husky Lakes, between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk.

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Iglulik man charged with child luring

November 18, 2017 - Iglulik

An Iglulik man in his 20s has been charged with luring a child for sexual purposes by using the Internet. The RCMP seized the man’s computer and other electronic devices while conducting its investigation, which is ongoing. However, initial findings indicate that there are no other victims, according to the police.

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Jubilation as Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway opens

November 17, 2017 - Tuktoyaktuk

People were spilling out of the sides of the Donald Kuptana Sr. Memorial Arena in Tuktoyaktuk for a historic celebration of the opening of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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GNWT releases public accounts

November 17, 2017 - Hay River

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod released the GNWT public accounts information for 2016-17 on Nov. 8.

There was an operating surplus of $175 million, $35 million more than what was originally budgeted.

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Quassa chosen as premier

November 17, 2017 - Iqaluit

One ballot is all it took for Nunavut’s newest assembly to elect Paul Quassa as Premier.

The elder statesman was chosen to lead for the next four years over three other candidates: Patterk Netser, Joe Savikataaq and Cathy Towtongie.

“I am out of words,” he said, after his win was announced.

New Speaker Joe Enook directed the leadership forum.

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Produce from a can?

November 17, 2017 - Nunavut

A sea can full of greens may not solve food insecurity, but that’s not the main aim of a project called The Growcer, which is more concerned with food sovereignty and economic wellness.

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