LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Housing and northern allowance for home owners in the NWT

From: Ernest Taylor Pokiak, Tuktoyaktuk Dear editor, This is an opportune time to send a message to the GNWT regarding home ownership in the territory. In 1984-85, the government introduced the HAP program as a first...
The table tennis team of Gracie Brennan, left, Nikhilesh Gohil, Conner McKay-Ivanko, David Dragon, Monika Kunderlik and Shannan Bonnetrouge gave Team NT its first win of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Saturday. The boys team of Gohil, McKay-Ivanko and Dragon won their opening encounter over Yukon by a score of 3-1 in matches. photo courtesy of Thorsten Gohl

Team NT table tennis boys get off on right foot at Canada Winter Games

For a team that was simply hoping to score a few points here and there at the Canada Winter Games, this result must have felt like a lump of gold. The boys table tennis squad...

Pilot in deadly crash remembered by spouse as ‘the most positive person’

Audrey Paquette remembers seeing a handsome well-dressed man staring at her at a popular music venue in Toronto called the Modclub in 2006. She was a bartender and he was a barback. He came up...
Andrew Carr (39) looks to win a face off against Team Nunavut's Chase Herron during the Arctic Showcase tournament at the Yk Community Arena last month. Carr will be part of the boys team that will suit up for the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., next month. NNSL file photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 2

Here are the teams and athletes in action on Saturday for Team NT and Team Nunavut on Day 2 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. It will be the first official...

Canadian report finds gaps in U.S. draft plan on coastal oil leases

A Canadian report found the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has information gaps on the risks that oil and gas development in coastal Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would pose to...
The Yk Women's Hockey League snagged the top two spots at the Hazardous Women's Hockey Tournament in Hay River this past weekend with Yk White beating Yk Blue in the final. They are, in front, Aurora and Peyton Kotokak; middle row from left, Maureen Hans, Jenna Blanchard, Jennifer Ryden, Melanie Parker, Allison Kincaid, Kate Gamble, Karen Brown, Tehnille Gard, Jeanne Yurris and Janna Graham; back row from left, Kim Bergman, Martha Goodman, Alison Harrower, Chloe Dragon-Smith, Donna Bee, Caitlyn Thompson, Contessa Stead, Heather Cane, Heather Atkins-Desjarlais, Jill Alain, Liz King, Nicole Henkel, Laura Krutko and Tracy Mifflin. Missing from photo is Keri-Ann Loutit. photo courtesy of Jen Ryden

One-two finish for Yellowknife at Hazardous Women’s Hockey Tournament in Hay River

One of the bigger women's hockey tournaments in the NWT made a long-awaited return this past weekend but there was a good reason for why it went away. There was no arena to play in. The...
The ceremonial puck drop at centre ice on Feb. 8. From left to right: Lucas Pokiak of the Arctic Eagles, Anna-Lee McLeod and Dexter Noksana of the Delta Raptors. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Record-breaking numbers at 18th annual Gwich’in Cup Tournament

The annual Gwich'in Cup Tournament continues to be a huge sporting event for minor league hockey players in the Beaufort Delta region, as a record breaking 225 youth participated in this year's tournament, improving...

Feds announce $20M to reduce diesel reliance in remote Indigenous communities

Today Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources announced a $20-million initiative to help reduce diesel reliance in remote Indigenous communities. The Generating New Opportunities: Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative aims to help the communities move away from...
Abe Drennan, a local folk artist and music teacher at East Three Secondary School, poses for a picture inside his classroom at East Three Secondary School on Feb. 6. Drennan is planning to release his album by the end of April, after almost three years of working on it. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Music teacher prepares for album release

After two-and-a-half years of reimagining, rewriting and recording, local folk artist Abe Drennan is ready to release his album by the end of April. "I had high hopes in the beginning. I was all gung-ho....
The Gwich’in Tribal Council’s head office in Inuvik. The organization is planning to convert their Wellness Camp into a “cultural experiential retreat” that will be open to the public. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Gwich’in Wellness Camp to be converted into a cultural retreat

The Gwich'in Tribal Council is in the early planning stages of converting its Wellness Camp into a "cultural experiential retreat" in order to increase tourist attraction to the region by offering more authentic cultural...
The Inuvik Ski Club has been inactive since December of last year. The club is seeking to help of the community to bring it back on its feet. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik Ski Club seeks community support

The Inuvik Ski Club is calling on members of the community to step up and help restore the club as it continues to struggle with a lack of volunteers and board members. Holly Jones, the...

Talented teens invited to enter writing contest

Are you a young aspiring writer? If so, your creative skills could win you a week-long writing camp in Calgary. NorthWords started the “Youth Writing Contest” to allow young people the chance to show their...

Cockpit recorder recovered from deadly Air Tindi crash

Investigators probing a plane crash that killed two Air Tindi pilots near Whati late last month have recovered the aircraft's cockpit voice recorder, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has announced. Will Hayworth and...

New judge to take seat in territorial court next week

A newly-appointed judge with experience in Indigenous communities will take his seat in NWT territorial court next week, filling a position that's been vacant since May. Donovan Frederick Molloy will replace Judge Bernadette Schmaltz, who...

Relief, reflection and calls for change as strike avoided

After the long looming threat of a strike was avoided over the weekend, a relieved Union of Northern Workers member is pushing for leadership change at the territory’s largest union, calling internal confusion, a...

Feds, GNWT, fund $3M runway lighting upgrade at YK Airport

The federal government is investing over $2.5 million to upgrade the airfield lighting at the Yellowknife Airport, an overhaul government officials say will increase passenger safety, save energy costs and strengthen infrastructure at the...

A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Changing it up

Friends, one of the main things you learn to do in higher education is to think for yourself, which is actually the purpose of true knowledge. From a recent column by Bruce Valpy, publisher of...

Feds release plan to save Wood Buffalo

The government has released an in-depth plan to save Wood Buffalo National Park that an NWT leader says could actually work – so long the plan turns into action. "It's an ambitious plan for sure,"...

GNWT adopts Manitoba tobacco stamp

Smokers in the NWT may be wondering why their cigarettes are now regulated by the province of Manitoba, as the stamps on their packs now indicate. As of Dec. 1, 2018, NWT tobacco wholesalers are...
Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister Wally Schumann (second from right) and Health Minister Glen Abernethy sign a socioeconomic agreement with Fortune Minerals, proponents of the NICO project outside of Whati. photo courtesy of Ryan McLeod

EDITORIAL: Mining won’t go without Indigenous consent

The Tlicho government thought it had reached a deal: A significant portion of their land would be turned over to a mining company and in return they would receive a road to a remote...

Brendan Green retires from competitive biathlon

Hay River's favourite biathlon son has called it a career. Brendan Green officially retired following the men's 4 x 7.5-km relay event at the World Cup stop in Canmore, Alta., on Friday. The team finished...

Northern teen wins writing award

Leah Baptiste's poem The Crucible has earned her a Governor General's History Award. She travelled to Ottawa to receive the honour from Governor General Julie Payette on Jan. 28. She also received a cash prize...

Ice road to Whati open Friday

The Tłı̨chǫ Winter Road to Whatì will open Friday at 2 p.m. to 8,000 kg of vehicle weight. A post to the Tlicho Government website asks motorists to watch for depressions on ice on Marian...

Strike will reduce NWT health services

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is preparing for the possibility of a strike and will see reduced services from primary care to mental health and rehab services, a document shows. Some...
Tyler Bain, 5, of Team NT aims his shot during a game at the second annual Rockstar Festival, which was hosted by the Inuvik Curling Club on Feb. 3 at the Midnight Sun Complex in Inuvik. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik youth get their curl on

The Inuvik Curling Club hosted its second annual Rockstar Festival for junior curlers at the Midnight Sun Complex on Feb. 3, with youth from the ages of five to nine competing for a trophy...
Jeremy Dutcher, a composer and vocal artist from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, played his first show in Inuvik on Feb. 2 at the Our Lady of Victory Church. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Jeremy Dutcher brings music to the North

In an effort to showcase more art to smaller communities in the North, Jeremy Dutcher, a composer and vocal artist from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, teamed up with the Northern Arts...
Georgina Firth, a 67-year-old resident of Inuvik, won $100,000 through a scratchcard in late January and has been sharing the money with others ever since. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik resident shares $100,000 jackpot with others

Georgina Firth thought her eyes were playing tricks on her when her scratch card told her that she had a winning ticket of $10,000. After scanning the ticket at Inuvik's RX Drug Mart, it...

Canadian report finds one woman killed every 2.5 days

Every two and half days, a woman or girl was killed last year, according to the inaugural report from the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability (CFOJA). There were 148 documented femicides in 2018....
Danielle Antoine draws for the ace of spades - the only card left in the box - to officially win $98,906.50 in the Dec. 7 wrap-up of Hay River's most recent Chase the Ace held by the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Scoiety. The draw took place at the Royal Canadian Legion, which has been awarded a licence to hold its own Chase the Ace. NNSL file photo

Legion gets Chase the Ace in Hay River

The Town of Hay River has awarded a new licence for Chase the Ace, and the lucky organization is the Legion. "We're pretty excited," said Blake Lawrence, the president of Branch 250 of the Royal...
Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer with the Town of Hay River, has organized the community's third Winter Celebration. The Feb. 9 event will take place in various locations and will feature numerous activities, including sports like snowshoe racing. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River’s Winter Celebration fights urge to hibernate

Sports will play a key role in the Winter Celebration set for Feb. 9. There will be skiing, snowshoeing, swimming and sliding, along with a multitude of other events and activities. Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer...
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