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Planning starts early for K’amba Carnival

The 2020 K'amba Carnival is almost four months away, but planning for the annual winter festival on the Hay River Reserve has already begun. The first meeting of the organizing committee was held on Nov....

New strategies aim to attract physicians to Hay River

New strategies are being implemented in an attempt to attract more doctors to Hay River. The strategies were outlined at a Nov. 7 public forum hosted by the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority. For...

Enterprise councillor banned from entering Community Hall

Bruce Proud, a councillor with the Hamlet of Enterprise, has been banned from entering the municipality's Community Hall for three months over accusations that he "harassed, threatened and intimidated" an employee working there. Proud vehemently...

R.J. Simpson appointed minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson says he was pleased to have been named minister of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) when the new territorial cabinet was announced last week. "I gave a few options...
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Mountain View: Remembering tomorrow

Friends, one of the things which happen in a PhD setting is that you usually have a tonne or two of reading to do. Towards the end of my regular coursework we were assigned a...

New bridge opens over the Hay River

A new bridge over the Hay River is open for business. According to Chief April Martel of K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN), traffic began to cross the new bridge at about 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. Martel...

Northern contractors key to Northern prosperity

Alfred Moses was able to hang his hat on a housing announcement near the end of the 18th Legislative Assembly. At the beginning of August, the GNWT's Housing Corporation, which he was responsible for, cut...

Health dept. hosts B.C. ‘poly-substance’ experts

In an era where cannabis is legal and vaping is becoming more culturally prevalent, the GNWT Department of Health and Social Services aimed to find answers for Northerners about substance use in a workshop...

Ulukhaktok to get its own Internet

A young woman from Ulukhaktok is undertaking training to bring higher-speed and cheaper Internet to her community. Sydone Okheena, 20, is in Hawaii undertaking training to operate a community network, which will be built with...
David Aho, left, and Jamie Koe, seen during the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, teamed with Kerry Galusha and Megan Koehler to win bronze at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Saguenay, Que., on Saturday afternoon. Michael Burns/Curling Canada photo

Bronze for NWT at Canadian Mixed Curling Championship

The NWT was back on the podium at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship for the first time since the 2015 event but they were an eyelash away from playing for gold once again. Jamie Koe...

Sharing the night sky: Indigenous groups working to collaborate star knowledge with western science

An initiative by the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa to broaden the understanding of how humans have interpreted the night sky, while helping Indigenous people reconnect with traditional astronomical knowledge, spear-headed consultations...

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Exclusive: Letter warns against ‘outing’ Tsiigehtchic bootleggers

A Tsiigehtchic resident is concerned after the community's council recently encouraged citizens to “out” bootleggers. In a letter to territorial media outlets, Lawrence Norbert wrote that while “might seem laudable at first glance but it...

Suspect arrested in Hay River thefts; RCMP still seek stolen motorcycle

A Leduc man was charged in connection with a series of "night time activity occurrences." According to police those occurrences took place in Hay River over the past week, and came with episodes of property...

Kenney spent $16,000 to fly Bob McLeod, other premiers, to Calgary

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney spent over $16,000 to fly former premier Bob McLeod and two other conservative provincial leaders to Calgary last July. NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley, who obtained the flight manifest, revealed the...

Cochrane shuffles high-level managers

Premier Caroline Cochrane dropped three high-level government managers Thursday afternoon. Mike Aumond, a longtime official, will be retiring after 31 years and a final stint in a high-profile position under the premier as secretary to...

Inuvik man fined for poaching polar bear in 2018

An Inuvik man was fined $1,500 for killing a polar bear without a tag last year. In NWT Territorial Court in Yellowknife, Aug. 26, 31-year-old Justin Elias was found guilty of killing the bear without...

Police investigate sudden death in Inuvik

Inuvik RCMP is investigating a sudden death in the community. According to police, first responders rushed to a residence at about 9:58 p.m. Tuesday and found an unresponsive 54-year-old man. He was pronounced dead at...

Fort Smith family resells McDonald’s so son can attend volleyball tournament

Between enrolment, equipment and the need for teams to habitually crisscross the North to play something as routine as a basketball or a volleyball game, the cost of keeping a child in organized sports...

Nature versus housing

Supporters of preserving the so-called Hay River Nature Park ran into a brick wall of harsh reality at a recent council meeting. On Oct. 29, a spokesperson for the Ecology North subcommittee Healthy Habitat for...

Inuvik Youth brainstorm waste reduction strategies

A waste reduction pizza party at the Inuvik Youth Centre Oct. 30 showed youth in Inuvik are wasting no time in coming up with ways to minimize the town's trash. Over a dozen kids dropped...

‘People want to live:’ Northern youth connect at mental health summit

Paige Savard grappled with mental health issues during her first year at university. She felt alone, with no one to turn to for help. After overcoming her own struggles, Savard wanted to give hope to...

Legion gives $27,000 to Town of Hay River

A project of the Town of Hay River has received a boost from the profits of the most recent Chase the Ace in the community. At the Oct. 29 meeting of town council, Branch 250...

Thom is deputy premier and health minister, Wawzonek takes finance and justice in NWT...

Premier Caroline Cochrane announced her government's cabinet roles Tuesday morning and officially marked a national first: it's Canada's first made mostly of women. In a news release, she said that she was "pleased to welcome...

Wise Woman Eunice Nasogaluak has deep roots

When Eunice Nasogaluak was first offered the recognition of the NWT Status of Women Council's Beaufort Delta Wise Woman of 2019, her initial response was quite humble. "I was in shock for a bit. I...

Interagency group being revived in Hay River

Hay River's interagency group – at which organizations meet to discuss various issues – is being revived after a couple of years of inactivity. Beginning with initial meetings in the spring and resuming in September,...

Her grandfather was buried in an unmarked grave. She’s seeking closure – and accountability

Marie Speakman was five years old when her grandfather hugged and kissed her for the last time. After boarding a plane in Deline, 72-year-old Augustine Sewi was flown to Edmonton’s Charles Camsell Hospital for tuberculosis...
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Letter to Greta Thunberg about why I didn’t vote for a greener candidate

Editor’s Note: Greta Thunberg is a young climate change activist from Sweden recently touring Canada. Dear Greta, As someone who wrestled with my vote in the recent Canadian election, I know my choice wasn’t the one...

Housing corp skirted rules to award contracts to Rocky Simpson’s company: ex-manager

A former NWT Housing Corporation construction manager says the government agency bowed to political pressure and ignored numerous red flags when it awarded more than a dozen modular home contracts to an ill-equipped and...

Jr. NBA expands basketball program in Hay River

The Jr. NBA program in Hay River has expanded to include younger players. "This will be the first time it will be hosted for Grades 1 to 3," said Jason Morrissey, the new co-ordinator for...