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Fort Smith man charged with child pornography offences

A 22-year-old Fort Smith man faces child pornography charges following a joint investigation led by the NWT RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE). The man was arrested without incident after members of the department, along...

Tulita man charged with possessing, making child pornography 

A 24-year-old Tulita man has been charged with possessing and making child pornography. Fort Simpson RCMP, along with the NWT RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) - a newly formed unit dedicated to tackling online...

Deputy minister of Lands resigns

The Premier's Office announced this morning that Willard Hagen, deputy minister with the GNWT Department of Lands, has resigned following a slur he made on an NNSL Facebook post directed at Frame Lake MLA...

Prestigious award for SSDEC superintendent

Curtis Brown, the superintendent of the South Slave Divisional Education Council (SSDEC), has received a prestigious award for his more than 30 years of service in Nunavut and the NWT. Brown was awarded the Polar...

Mud Run hits pay dirt in Hay River

The first edition of the Color Me Muddy Mud Run is being called a big success. "It was great," said Heather Coakwell, the president of the Health and Wellness Foundation of Hay River, which presented...

It’s off to Disneyland for two students in Hay River

Two young students from Princess Alexandra School have been surprised with a trip of a lifetime. At an assembly on Sept. 13, the students – Suri Nowdlak and Kimberly Martel – were announced as this...

What’s really wrong with Dene land claims in the NWT (Slideshow included)

Following is an anecdotal history of land claims in the NWT. I know there are people who know the facts better than reporters kept out of the meeting rooms and plied with press releases...

Schumann predicts major changes in makeup of NWT Legislative Assembly

Wally Schumann is predicting big changes in the Legislative Assembly as a result of the upcoming territorial election. The incumbent MLA in Hay River South and cabinet minister believes there will be many brand-new MLAs...

Tunchai Redvers to launch her first book of poetry in Hay River

Tunchai Redvers will be returning to Hay River on Oct. 3 for the NWT launch of 'Fireweed', her debut collection of poetry. "I'm really excited about coming to the North," said Redvers, who grew up...

Hay River fire chief says coming 911 system will be basic call-forwarding service

Ross Potter wants people to understand what the GNWT's 911 emergency call number will mean when it is introduced in November. "At this point, all they're going to be doing is basic 911," said Potter,...

Fibre optic cable work over half completed in Hay River

A project to dramatically upgrade the speed and reliability of the Internet communications infrastructure in Hay River is over half completed. On Sept. 10, Paul Gillard, the vice-president of business markets for NorthwesTel, updated town...

Rev. Ken Gaetz returns old firearm to K’atlodeeche First Nation

A piece of history was returned to K'atlodeeche First Nation on the weekend by a man who himself created a lot of history in Hay River and on what is now the Hay River...

ELECTION EDUCATION: Multi-level accessibility: a critical election component

One of the principal mandates of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer is to remove any barriers, perceived or real in order to facilitate voting. Ensuing accessibility in all forms is essential to getting...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Talk to candidates about mineral industry

From: Renée Comeau, executive director, NWT Chamber of Commerce Dear editor, As we have two pivotal elections this fall there are few topics that can be agreed upon as to their importance to the whole territory with the...

EDITORIAL: Another in-action plan on poverty from GNWT

In 2013, there was Building on the Strengths of Northerners: A Strategic Framework issued by the GNWT with the ambitious goal "toward the elimination of poverty." Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy stated, "I...

‘Not the nine-to-five, paycheque every two weeks kind of girl’

Mary Beckett, an Inuvik-based businesswoman and devoted New Democrat, has officially joined the federal race. The NWT NDP hosted an official acclamation party on Wednesday evening at the North Star Building of the Union of...

Should we all vote to select the premier?

We now have an acclaimed Hay River MLA saying he will seek to become the next premier of the Northwest Territories. And we have another Hay River incumbent saying it's possible he might also seek...

‘Because I’m going to win’: Inuvik’s Mary Beckett talks election hopes

On Wednesday — within a hair’s breadth of an election — the NDP will be the last party in the riding to nominate a candidate. Inuvik’s Mary Beckett is one of over 80 candidates the...

Record number of teams for KFN handgames tournament

There were a record number of teams for the $50,000 Handgames Tournament held recently on the Hay River Reserve. Sharon Pekok, the recreation director with K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) and the tournament organizer, said 38...

Tuktoyaktuk RCMP seize alcohol en route to hamlet

A large haul of bootlegged alcohol nearly made its way into Tuktoyaktuk on Friday before RCMP intercepted the shipment, arresting a driver under the territory’s Liquor Act.  Following a tip from the public, Tuktoyaktuk RCMP...

Candidates’ forum organized for Sept. 19 in Hay River

An all-candidates' forum for the upcoming territorial election will be held in Hay River on Sept. 19. The forum is being organized by Sandra Lester for the Hay River Chamber of Commerce. Lester said the two...

New children’s book released in Hay River

Inspiration can come in curious ways. For Tom Lakusta, it was an unexpected run-in with an insect that inspired him to write a children's book. Lakusta explained that he was sitting outside about a year ago. "And...

Mounties offer tips to make new school year a safe one

Back to school is a busy time for students, parents, teachers — and police. RCMP members from across the territory were out in full force last week, patrolling school zones and offering safety tips as...

RCMP traffic blitz leads to 74 warnings; 13 tickets

A two-day, joint road safety blitz carried out by the NWT RCMP and its law enforcement partners saw officers hand out 74 traffic warnings and 13 tickets to drivers in Yellowknife and Enterprise last...

KFN honours employees

K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) held its first ceremony to recognize and honour its workers, including some long-time employees from the recent past. "This is the first time that it's happened for KFN to do recognitions,"...

Hay River’s first youth triathlon set

A brand-new sporting event is coming to Hay River. It's called the KitCan Youth Triathlon, which is set for Sept. 15. The idea was brought to the community by Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer supervisor with...

Francophone school board slams ‘defiant’ government stance as five students rejected from French-language schools

Education minister Caroline Cochrane’s recent decision to deny five students admittance into French-lanugage schools in the NWT has been met with sharp criticism from the territory’s Francophone school board, which is "deploring" a move...

Debate raging in Hay River over future of wooded area

The future of a small wooded area in Hay River has become the subject of a heated debate. The area – known unofficially by its supporters as the Hay River Nature Park – has also...

AROUND THE NORTH: Greenhouse plans year-round garden in Inuvik

On Aug. 22, the community greenhouse received a helping hand. Its roof, suffering from rain and water damage on the building’s commercial side, needed patch repairs. Solvest, which was installing solar panels in the community, offered...

NORTHERN WILDFLOWER: When not to sweep something under the rug

Walking through the doors of the Faculty of Law last week was very emotional for me. It was my mother’s birthday and last year on the same day Northern Wildflower was released so I feel...