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Future uncertain for Hope Bay gold mining as TMAC seeks financial help

TMAC Resources, owner of the Doris North gold mine at Hope Bay, needs more money to continue to expand operations and is willing to consider selling the Kitikmeot property. The junior miner announced Monday that...

Feds give $500,000 to promote Northern mining at minerals confab

The federal government is contributing $500,000 over three years to a campaign to promote Northern Canadian mining at a major minerals conference held annually in Toronto, as announced in a Jan. 19 press release. The...

Yellowknife Vacations fills the tourist demand for northern adventures

Call them adventurers or gluttons for cold punishment, but either way these travellers seek to fulfill their winter mission desires through Yellowknife Vacations. The travel company offers outings to see the aurora borealis and other...

Making, baking and taking items to customers

Uninformed observers can be forgiven for assuming that the woman who runs around Yellowknife selling knitted clothing and baked goods deserves the rest of retirement. In fact, Donna McLeod retired from a career in finance...

NWT chamber gives realistic assessment of Facebook biz survey

The NWT Chamber of Commerce offered a reality check after reviewing a recent business survey posted on social media. An informal survey posted on Jan. 6 to the Official Yellowknife Classifieds and Network Group on...
North of Yellowknife lies the four most promising sites for drilling and resource development for TerraX named Homer, Barney, Sam Otto and Crestaurum. Courtesy of TerraX

TerraX gears up for winter drilling north of Yellowknife

TerraX Minerals Inc. is preparing for its winter drilling program just north of Yellowknife. The creation of ice roads is currently underway on and around Vee Lake and Walsh Lake, which are located about a...

A pretty good flow or very, very slow: mixed reaction to holiday sales downtown

Businesses in Yellowknife's downtown appear to have mixed reactions on how busy it was during the holiday season.  At the Yk Centre, Cassandra Bernardo, a salesperson with For Men’s Only, the city’s main men’s clothing...

Cargo delays arise following airline merger

Canadian North’s merger with First Air has been followed by some cargo headaches. The Kitikmeot Chamber of Commerce released a statement describing freight arrival as “horrific at best” since the airlines started combining services on...

Smoother sailing for sealift in 2019

Sealift delivery in 2019 was generally smoother than in 2018, when ice conditions in some areas wreaked havoc on shipping schedules and prevented the final barge from arriving in the Kitikmeot. Northwest Territories-based Marine Transportation...

Decisions on resumption of Baffinland regulatory hearings to be made in March, board decides

In the tug of war between mining company Baffinland Iron Mines and land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) over when regulatory hearings for Baffinland’s Mary River expansion proposal should resume, the board responsible...

Business chambers react to ‘extremely upsetting’ comment from Housing Corp president

Several chambers of commerce in the territory are reacting negatively to comments in News/North last week by the NWT Housing Corporation's president, who suggested local housing organizations could sell building materials in communities without...

Budding YK pot vendor high on optimism after GNWT okays application

A prospective cannabis retailer in Yellowknife is budding with optimism after the territorial government green lighted the first phase of its application bid. The GNWT informed ReLeaf NT, a cannabis accessories shop on Dec. 11...

Baffinland faces 16 safety charges

The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) has levelled 16 charges against Baffinland Iron Mines under the Mine Health and Safety Act. Baffinland Iron Mines is facing 16 charges under the Mine Health and Safety...

EXCLUSIVE: ReLeaf NT clears regulatory hurdle

ReLeaf NT's co-owner, John Maduke, was all smiles Thursday. He got some great news from the Government of the Northwest Territories, but he's not out of the woods yet. Subscribers can click the thumbnail below to...

Rare earths project open to Indigenous partners

The door is open to Indigenous groups to become part-owners of the Nechalacho rare earths deposit. That's the word from Geoff Atkins, managing director of Australian-based Vital Metals, which made its final payment in October...

Iglulik’s Levy Uttak wins national tourism award

Levy Uttak of Iglulik captured the Most Inspiring Cultural Ambassador award from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada on Nov. 14. The distinction goes to someone who “inspires those around them in a way they...

Researchers press ahead with carbon capture project at Gahcho Kue

The energy-intensive process of mining expends large volumes of carbon dioxide, and De Beers is seeking a way to put that carbon into processed rock, or tailings, rather than the atmosphere. “Think of it like...

GN struggles to grow tourism without more investment

“Nunavut is a niche destination, particularly among international travellers.” That’s a key line from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s Annual Tourism Report 2018-19. In GN surveys, 99.8 per cent of tourists to Nunavut reported...

Arviat-owned Northern Networks Ltd signs deal with major mining supplies company

Northern Networks Ltd, a general contractor under Arviat’s Eskimo Point Lumber Supply, has signed a partnership deal with Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology to bring Sandvik’s products to Nunavut’s mining companies. Peter Corcoran, managing director...

Revisiting Baffinland and the QIA’s amended Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement a year later

October 3 marked one year since the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and Baffinland Iron Mines renegotiated their Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement. The new deal is intended to bring greater advantages to the regional Inuit association...

Thornton’s closing its doors for good

After 12 years in operation Yellowknife restaurant Thornton's will be closing its doors for good. The announcement was made in a post on social media by owner Graham Shishkov on Thursday morning. "After much thought...

Baffinland VP Udlu Hanson says she’s here to benefit Inuit

Editor’s note: The interview for this story took place prior to Baffinland’s announcement that 586 contract employees were being laid off. Hanson was contacted again after that news came out but she deferred to...

NWT Max Awards close out 47th annual Geoscience Forum

Cautious optimism and renewed commitment to a struggling mineral industry highlighted the closing of the 47th Geoscience Forum Thursday night with the NWT Max Awards Excellence in Mining and Exploration. The awards gala, held at...

A cooperative occasion in Hall Beach

The Arctic Co-op in Hall Beach held its annual general meeting in Hall Beach on Oct. 23. Among the proceedings were the adoption of numerous resolutions, a review of the Co-op’s performance over the past...

More accolades for Iglulik’s Arctic Fresh

Arctic Fresh captured Startup Canada’s National Social Enterprise Award during a ceremony held in Toronto on Oct. 23. The Iglulik-based online retailer prevailed in the social enterprise category when Startup Canada’s regional level awards were...

Departing development corp president gets recognition from minister

The Government of Nunavut is searching for a new president for the Nunavut Development Corporation. Darrin Nichol, president of the Nunavut Development Corporation for the past 11 years, is taking another job with the Department...

Cheetah set for low-impact pounce on rare earth minerals

Picture a jar of marbles. The white ones are waste minerals — the rocks that aren't being mined for. The red marbles are rare earths — the kind that sits in cellphones and solar...

Mavis Elias Adjun expanding into eco-tourism in Kugluktuk

Mavis Elias Adjun and her spouse Colin have not only learned to take over a business, they’re expanding on it. Mavis Elias Adjun is scaling up from outfitting to eco-tourism through Adjun Adventures Outfitting in...

A big stereo and a shocked photographer: Yellowknife’s businesses celebrate their best

Wayne Guy remembers his first Yellowknife paycheque. He went to to Roy's Audio Visual and bought the loudest stereo he could find. The owner of Guy Architects is now linked to Roy's in more ways than...

Cambridge Bay’s EDO helps residents get businesses off the ground

Nunavummiut with a dream to start a business have plenty of resources. A common first stop is at the office of the community’s economic development officer. Angela Gerbrandt, economic development officer for the Hamlet of Cambridge...