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Yellowknife businessman wants big tourism with Big Fish NWT

Liang Cheng, the businessman responsible for Yellowknife's Copperhouse restaurant and outspoken advocate for Northern tourism, has won the annual YK Win Your Space contest with his plan to open a new restaurant: Big Fish NWT. Winning...

UPDATED: Merle Norman abruptly shuts its doors

Cosmetic and spa franchise Merle Norman abruptly shut its doors on Aug. 25, leaving both staff and customers in the dark for a few weeks, according to one former employee. But now owner and operator...

New executive director for Kitikmeot Chamber of Commerce

Valter Botelho-Resendes was recently hired as executive director for the Kitikmeot Chamber of Commerce. He replaces Cynthia Ene, who is returning to consulting after having served as the Chamber’s executive director since the organization was...

Canadian North, First Air release merged flight schedule

As the North’s two largest airlines continue to work out details of their approved merger, they have released a unified flight schedule, which will be effective Nov. 1. Among the changes that the airlines have...

NWT Indigenous girls participate in science camp

Six Indigenous girls from across the Northwest Territories found out last week that science and math aren’t as dry and boring as they may have thought.  De Beers Canada sponsored 10 seats for Indigenous girls...
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Coffee roasting company moving downtown

There's something new brewing in downtown Yellowknife. Popular coffee roasting company Barren Ground Coffee announced this week that it is making a bold move to set up shop at an as yet undisclosed location in...
Kristine Bourque, who has spent much of her life working with furs, says she loves her work and will continue to craft after retirement. Brett McGarry / NNSL photo

Just Furs owner looking to sell and retire

Kristine Bourque, founder and owner of Just Furs, is looking to sell her business sometime this year so she can retire. "It's been a good business to run but I am looking to retire later...

Simeonie Akpalialuk named new chair of QEC board

Simeonie Akpalialuk has been chosen as chairperson of Qulliq Energy Corporation’s board of directors and Keith Peterson will serve as vice-chair, QEC announced Thursday. Akpalialuk, who lives in Iqaluit, has served as a consultant for...

Ottawa gives $21.5 million to Kitikmeot road and port project

The federal government is committing $21.5 million to the Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s slimmed-down request to get the Grays Bay Road and Port project “shovel ready” over the next couple of years. The proposed Grays Bay...

Communities aim to make most of cruise ship visits

Nunavut’s cruise ship tourism season sets sail on July 28 and Pond Inlet is once again in a position to reap substantial benefits. Adventure Canada’s vessel Ocean Endeavour, a mainstay on the Nunavut cruise ship...

NEWS BRIEF: GNWT announces $1 million for mineral exploration

NWT The Government of the Northwest Territories has announced an additional $1 million for future mineral exploration for 19 projects. The identified projects will be provided funding under the Mining Incentive Program (MIP) and were selected...

Merged airline flight schedule still many months away; loyalty program remains

Canadian North and First Air confirmed Wednesday that their merger, already granted regulatory approval with several conditions, is now officially complete on paper. Full effects of the Canadian North and FIrst Air merger will take...
Inuvik Mayor Natasha Kulikowski points out areas of the town that are home to light industrial businesses. The Town of Inuvik hosted a third and final reading to amend a zoning by-law for cannabis related businesses on June 27. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik residents express concerns over potential location of cannabis retail store

During the Town of Inuvik’s third and final reading to amend a zoning by-law for cannabis related businesses on June 27, a number of residents voiced their concerns over the possibility of a cannabis...

Federal government approves First Air, Canadian North merger

The proposed merger of First Air and Canadian North has received all necessary regulatory approvals, according to the Inuit-led proponents behind the deal. The First Air and Canadian North merger has been approved by the...

Award-winning Arctic Fresh plans to expand

Arctic Fresh, an Iglulik-based online retailer that brings groceries and other products to Nunavummiut, is ambitiously aiming to serve all of Nunavut, perhaps as soon as next year, says CEO Rhoda Angutimarik. Iglulik-based Arctic Fresh...

Food prices in Clyde River motivate brothers to open grocery store

Martin Kigutaq wants to make a difference for his family and his community. To that end, over the past year, he’s transformed old shipping containers into the Baffin General Store or, as the community affectionately...

Anti-superboard bill in final stages

A federal bill to stop the amalgamation of the NWT's regulatory boards into one 'superboard' is currently on track to pass before this fall's election. The many components of Bill C-88 contain both provisions that...
Tiffany Thiem-Pennell, left, chats with Al Matesic at the Good Times Soap Company booth at the trade show in 2017. Business owner Karen Wood can be seen chatting with a visitor in the background. The 2019 trade show begins tomorrow at the Multiplex, starting at 10 a.m. NNSL file photo

Trade show returns to Multiplex

The Multiplex will host over 185 exhibitors this weekend for the 2019 Yellowknife Spring Trade Show. With last year's event drawing an estimated 8,000 visitors, the show promises to allow local businesses to develop new...

Winter road haul amounts to 257,176 tonnes

The Tibbitt to Contwoyto winter road saw 7,286 loads delivered to the diamond mines for a total of 247,618 tonnes from Jan. 30-March 29. Another 9,294 tonnes of freight was taken back from the mines...
An image of Planet Labs’ Inuvik ground station site, located at the Canadian Satellite Ground Station Inuvik (CSGSI). Photo courtesy of Planet Labs

EDITORIAL: Satellite sighs of relief

The long-awaited approval of federal licensing for California-based Planet Labs and its satellite imaging station in Inuvik is now over and all we can say is: thank goodness. For three years — from the time...

GN awards sealift contracts

The Government of Nunavut has chosen Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc. (NEAS) as its dedicated sealift supplier for Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Arctic Bay, Qikiqtarjuaq, Clyde River, Grise Fiord, Pond Inlet, Resolute Bay, Baker...

Nunavut MLA insists government can hire more Inuit in construction

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 The Government of Nunavut can employ more Inuit on its capital projects, insists Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main. Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main: “The...
Construction workers open crates of supplies to build new homes in Arviat in October. Twenty units are scheduled to go up during the 2019-2020 construction season. photo courtesy of Nunavut Housing Corporation

Money for Nunavut housing drops 16 percent in 2019

With a $55-million construction budget, the Nunavut Housing Corporation is planning to build 79 new residential units in communities outside Iqaluit in 2019-20. That's down from 2018-19 when the housing corporation had $65.7 million earmarked...

Rebuilt lodge to open this summer

Much like the six-foot saplings and fireweed growing back into the area where old growth trees used to be, longtime family getaway Namushka Lodge  is slowly coming back to life at Harding Lake. The family...
An image of Planet Labs’ Inuvik ground station site, located at the Canadian Satellite Ground Station Inuvik (CSGSI). Photo courtesy of Planet Labs

After three years, satellite finally ready to receive

After receiving a long-awaited full operating license for their ground station site in Inuvik, Planet Labs is ready to put their satellite receivers to use at last. The San Francisco-based Earth imaging company was granted...

Remote family lodge to be operational this summer

Much like the six-foot saplings and fireweed growing back into the area where old growth trees used to be, longtime family getaway Namushka Lodge  is slowly coming back to life at Harding Lake. The family...

One-stop shopping for hunting, fishing, safety and Arctic Cat

The Rankin Inlet business community has a new member after Nitsik Leasing and Sales held its grand opening last week in Rankin Inlet. A customer takes a close up look at some of the numerous...

Iqaluit chamber membership drive offers benefits to local business

The Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce, resurrected in early 2017 after an inactive phase, is seeking to up its membership from 42 to 55 in 2019. That’s a far cry from the 18 members – eight...
Shane Clark, owner of now defunct HomeLifeYK, has decided to hang up the keys of his family business and join Coldwell Banker YK Courtesy of Coldwell Banker YK

HomeLifeYK shuts its doors

Shane Clark, owner and operator of HomeLifeYK, has recently decided to shut the doors on the long running family real estate business and join Coldwell Banker YK. His father James Clark started the company, then...

Udloriak Hanson becomes a vice-president for Baffinland Iron Mines

Baffinland Iron Mines has hired Udloriak Hanson as vice-president of community and strategic development. Udloriak Hanson will take on the role of vice- president of community and strategic development with Baffinland Iron Mines as of...