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Cece Hodgson McCauley dead at 95

Writer and champion for the North Cece Hodgson McCauley died Sunday night. She was 95. Sometimes controversial but never afraid to speak truth to power, Hodgson McCauley wrote an award-winning column in News/North for more...
Britney Nadli, despite posing with a haul truck, works in the process plant at the Diavik diamond mine. "The job that I'm doing now in the process plant was way beyond my expectations of where I thought to see myself," she says. photo courtesy of Diavik Diamond Mines

Double duty for diamond twins

Gemini is the astrological sign for twins, and gems are one of the things that twins Britney and Shelby Nadli have in common. Both work at NWT diamond mines. Shelby has been an employee at Ekati...
Elvis Beaudoin, left, and Keith Way hoist the champions plaques after winning the mens doubles title at the Adult National Darts Championships in Saskatoon on Tuesday. photo courtesy of Sheh Murillo

Historic win for NWT darts in Saskatoon

For the first time in Canadian darts history, the NWT can call itself a national champion. Elvis Beaudoin and Keith Way of Yellowknife became the first players from the territory to win a title at...

Man fights for treaty payments

Dave Heron expected to get his yearly $900 treaty land entitlement payment through the Salt River First Nation last Monday— until he got a form letter from the chief on Oct. 30 telling him...
When Diavik goes offline in 2025, three up and coming mines won’t be enough to make up for labour demand losses in the territory, says Tom Hoefer, executive director of the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines. NNSL file photo

Debate grows of mining royalties in new legislation

Depending on who you talk to, mines in the NWT either pay a pittance of mining royalties or the hurdles of remoteness, operational costs and taxes are strangling investment in new mines. By 2019, the...

Woman pleads guilty to trafficking cocaine in Hay River

A 25-year-old woman arrested in 2017 after Mounties infiltrated a Hay River slo-pitch tournament has pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine. Starr Martel appeared before NWT Supreme Court Justice Andrew Mahar in a Yellowknife courtroom Tuesday....
Raymond Pidzamecky is a social worker with First Nations and Inuit in the NWT and Nunavut.

GUEST COMMENT: A response to National Addictions Awareness Week

by Raymond Pidzamecky, provides mental health support in NWT and Nunavut Today marks the start of National Addictions Awareness Week, which runs Nov. 26 to Dec. 2. To write this column I asked myself: what would...

Nuclear reactors for the North?

Economics, geography and “unknown” regulatory complexities makes proliferation of small modular reactors (SMRs) very unlikely in the Northwest Territories says the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA). According to John Stewart, CNA president, 10 years is the...
The Mackenzie Place highrise remains empty of tenants following a fire on the 11th floor on March 15. NNSL file photo

A ‘brutally honest’ opinion of highrise landlord

Wally Schumann is not impressed with the idea of providing government money to the owner of Mackenzie Place highrise to help repair damage from a March 15 fire that has displaced about 130 residents. The...

Inuvik wind project to offer high source of energy

The Town of Inuvik has the highest dependency on diesel fuel in the NWT but the Inuvik Wind Generation Project is now well on the way to providing an alternative. The Government of Canada and...

‘We should all be ashamed,’ says MLA of AG report

In the legislative assembly, Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green said she “wept” when she read the latest auditor general report. Hay River North MLA RJ Simpson is “terrified” for what the future holds, based on...

Cartoonist draws his way to No. 1

A Yellowknife cartoonist has had his recently published book reach number one on Amazon.ca's political humor bestseller's list.John Henderson's You Might Be From the Great White North If ... is a compilation of cartoons...

Dog problem in Fort Resolution

A property in Fort Resolution has close to 25 dogs living in poor conditions, according to the NWT branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). NWT SPCA president Nicole Spencer...

Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou herd decline ‘deadly serious’

The latest population surveys conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources indicate both the Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou herds "continue to decline significantly," officials announced on Nov. 20. "The news that I am...

GNWT will cover cost Mifegymiso abortion pill for uninsured residents

The Mifegymiso pill can terminate pregnancies up to nine weeks and now the GNWT will pay for prescriptions if a patient is not covered by their own insurance or health benefits. Access outside regional...

Give communities a say in child welfare, chiefs say

Start integrating Indigenous peoples and principles into community-controlled delivery of child and family services in the NWT, says Dehcho Grand Chief Gladys Norwegian. “For years we, First Nations, have been saying we want control of...

MLAs will motion to remove Schumann and Abernethy from cabinet

MLAs Kieron Testart and Shane Thompson announced they will motion for a debate on the removal of Health Minister Glen Abernethy and Wally Schumann, minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment from their cabinet portfolios. MLAs...

New Arctic Region could increase resources, sovereignty

The Department of Fisheries, Oceans (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) announced the creation of a new Arctic Region that will include the four regions of Inuit Nunangat in Inuvik Oct. 24. The new...

Territorial university gets green light

The territorial government will turn Aurora College into a polytechnic university but its eventual headquarters remain a mystery after Education Minister Caroline Cochrane announced the upgrade in the legislative assembly Oct. 26. Cochrane's announcement follows...

Environment Canada confirms tornado hit Fort Smith

It's confirmed: a tornado touched down in Fort Smith on Sunday afternoon, according to Environment Canada. The tornado moved through the town at around 4 p.m. on Sunday and left considerable damage in its wake,...

Kam Lake at a crossroads

Flanked by a labyrinth of kennels and surrounded by a chorus of canine calls, Jordee Reid wades into a lush, narrow corridor, its tall grass kneeling to the hot July sun. The path is one...

Boil water advisory issued in Deline

A boil water advisory has been issued in Deline by the Chief Environmental Officer for the NWT. A public health advisory was issued Wednesday afternoon by the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer  stating...

Tuk mayor and former MLA ask feds to build up port infrastructure

Two Tuktoyaktuk leaders were in Ottawa last week to make the case for federal investment in the community’s port infrastructure. “BP, Imperial – they are going to be coming back,” said Tuk Mayor Merven Gruben,...
Hay River is still dealing with the aftermath of a March 15 fire on the 11th floor of the Mackenzie Place apartment building. No residents are currently living in the structure and it is uncertain when they may return. NNSL file photo

Owner plans to reopen fire-damaged highrise in Hay River

The owner of the Mackenzie Place highrise – damaged by a fire on March 15 and now empty of tenants as a result – says he plans to repair and reopen the building. "We're starting...

Snowking kicks off raffle after costly new measures imposed by fire marshal

Fire alarms in a snow castle? The odd pairing is just one of the demands organizers of the Snowking Winter Festival will have to meet following a list of orders put forth by NWT...

As Indian Cabins residents evacuate, GNWT could close southbound traffic on Highway 1

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for residents of Indian Cabins and its surrounding areas Monday as out-of-control wildfires continue to burn in northern Alberta. Residents were ordered to leave immediately and travel north, to...

Body found in Lennie Lake identified

A body found in Lennie Lake near Norman Wells last week has been identified as that of  Darren Whiteman. Whiteman, 20, was the subject of an exhaustive search effort led by Sahtu Search and...

Fight for traditional names on birth certificate enters fifth year

Five years into Shene Catholique Valpy's fight to have her daughters' Chipewyan names Náʔël and Sahᾴí̜ʔᾳ printed on their birth certificates, she is asking MLAs to support her push for the GNWT to register traditional...

Arctic Inspiration Prize nominates first Western Arctic project

A joint submission from the Gwich'in Tribal Council (GTC), the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) and the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) is the first-ever project from the Western Arctic chosen as a finalist for the...