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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...

Arts Centre helps maintain community in Ulukhaktok

As cruise ships make their way through the Northwest Passage, they often stop in Ulukhaktok, where a local art store helps provide revenue streams for the community. Dealing in goods such as muskox qiviut headbands...

Beaufort business development remains steady in spite of slow economy

While just about everyone seems to agree it would be good to put a fire under the local economy, new businesses are popping up in the area at a steady rate. So far in 2019,...

Local businesses more a labour of love for Inuvik entrepreneurs

High costs of supplies and shipping limit growth for a number of Inuvik businesses, but some local businesspersons do not seem to mind keeping their operations small. Inuvik is host to a number of local...

Dominion Diamond-related bond woes fuel worries about NWT industry

A $550-million bond issued through an entity related to Dominion Diamond Mines has been downgraded multiple times and has reached a level that ratings agency Moody's deems as "of poor standing" and is "subject...

K&L Pastries and Catering in Arviat still going strong after two years

Business partners Kirsten Kaludjak and Lindsay Kidlapik have made one dream a reality and they have another in mind. Lindsay Kidlapik, left, and Kirsten Kaludjak of K&L Pastries and Catering. photos courtesy of Lindsay Kidlapik The...

How to start a business in the NWT

Small-and medium-sized businesses make up about 90 per cent of all businesses in the Northwest Territories. The GNWT states that those businesses provide employment opportunities, provide products and services and help to offset "peaks and...

TMAC official insists mining company ‘did not pollute’

From Alex Buchan, director of community and external relations for TMAC Resources Inc.: Alex Buchan, director of community and external relations for Kitikmeot gold miner TMAC Resources. photo courtesy of Alex Buchan TMAC Resources would like to...

Agnico Eagle achieves commercial production from Amaruq deposit

Despite some troubles due to heavy rainfall and consequent prolonged removal of groundwater, the Amaruq deposit is now producing gold at a commercial rate. “With the start of production at both Amaruq and Meliadine in...

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...

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...