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No occupant for shuttered visitors centre building

Repairs to the Northern Frontier Visitor's Centre won't necessarily spell a return of visitors services to the building, which shut its doors in 2017, in need of tender loving care to remain safely open...

WSCC gears up for Safety Week

The Worker's Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) is encouraging Yellowknife businesses to participate in North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) the week of May 6. The commission will be holding "coffee and safety"...

Eighth best for Team North

The 2018 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships are over and done with and there was no difference between the boys and girls squads at this year's tournament. Both teams finished in eighth place in each of...

Readers have role in accuracy of news

Last week, I came across some criticism of the Inuvik Drum posted on social media. One was about a typo, others were critical of the content printed in the paper. It was happenstance that I...

Turning hobbies into side hustles

Growing up in Tuktoyaktuk, Debbie Boudreau remembers that the Northern art scene wasn’t as big back then. “There is definitely an increase with the internet (and) Facebook,” said Boudreau, who is now the Beaufort Delta’s...

‘You could say he was The Hockey Dad’

by Cody Punter Heading into the semifinals on March 22, the Northwest Territories' Arctic Winter Games female hockey team had their eye on repeating their gold performance from the Games in Nuuk. While defending their title...
JC Catholique, left and Erin Suliak sign the donation agreement that allows 200,000 Native press photos to be digitally archived. Dylan Short/NNSL photo

200,000 Native Press photos donated to NWT Archives

The Native Communication Society (NCS) signed an agreement Thursday afternoon to donate 200,000 photographs to the GNWT's territorial archives. The photographs come from the Native Press, an independent, indigenous owned paper that ran across the...

GNWT consults Inuvik community on petroleum legislation updates

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) held a public engagement session in Inuvik to discuss its proposed changes to the Petroleum Resources Act (PRA) and the Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA) on...

EDITORIAL: Pie in the Sky U

Last year, Aurora College was on its knees. In six years time it will be a gleaming jewel of knowledge brightening the skyline of the territory's capital. That will be the outcome if Education Minister...

Transportation industry unlikely to see rebates

The GNWT has released it's proposal for implementing carbon pricing across the territory. The new federally mandated tax on greenhouse gas emissions comes into effect next year, setting a minimum $10 per tonne of emissions...

NWT should get more agricultural funding

Percentages can be annoying things. Just when something sounds not too bad, you work out the percentages and things look completely different. That goes for many things – sports, for example. If someone who knows nothing...

She Takes the Cake looks for new, loving owner

The owner of She Takes the Cake is putting the beloved Hay River cafe up for sale. After more than five years in business, Melissa Beck is ready for a change and is seeking a...

Inuvik champions girls’ hockey

Girls' hockey in Inuvik is growing – and fast. This year's World Girls' Hockey event in Inuvik drew twice as many participants as in previous years. Carolyn Hunter, president of the Inuvik Minor Hockey Association...

DESTINATIONS: Undercutting economic growth means we remain locked in a limited economy

How can Indigenous millennials move ahead into a future where the government is centralizing at the cost of the rural populations? I see my friends' children graduating and leaving Fort Simpson for educational and employment...

Waiting at home, hopefully

A Hay River woman, who was possibly facing years in Edmonton awaiting a double-lung transplant, may be able to stay at home, after all. Dawn Loutit found out on Aug. 24 that she might be...

Inuvik youth centre sees bright days

Faith Raymond and Kenny Stewart remember the reputation the Inuvik Youth Centre had when they were growing up in town. “From a parent’s perspective, the youth centre was a place where you didn’t want your...

Students are dropping the pop

The Department of Health and Social Services (HSS) announced 14 schools have won this year's Drop the Pop NWT contest. Forty-eight schools from across the NWT competed in the campaign but the department recognized...

PUCK DROPPINGS: The thrill of the pill

Vitamin E is a group of fat-soluble compounds whose anitoxidant properties fight free radicals and inhibit platelet aggregation. I don’t know what that all means, but it will surely motivate a group of non-medically trained...

Indoor flea market opens at Caribou Centre

The owners of the Caribou Centre have come up with a new idea to bring people into vacant space in the building. The idea is called Busy Bee Indoor Market, which will take place on...

EDITORIAL: We need to be smarter about climate change

Here in the North, we’ve got front row seats to the effects of climate change. Thawing permafrost, severe drought and violent forest fires. Global average surface temperatures have warmed by about 0.74° C over the past...

Benefits boost for seniors, students, single people

As part of efforts to offset the high cost of living in the territory, the GNWT is expanding benefits for seniors, students and single people who get income assistance. Starting April 1, single residents who...

Data gaps a threat to environment: auditor general

Data gaps in Canada’s water monitoring regimes could be bad for Northern waterways if left unchecked, according to a commissioner in the Office of the Auditor General. Four reports were released last week by Julie...

AROUND THE NORTH: Funding available for First Nations and Metis

NWT As part of healing and reconciliation efforts, First Nations and Metis citizens over 18 are invited to apply for funding through the National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund."Preference will be given to former students of...

Inuvik Junior Canadian Rangers get enhanced training

Twenty-seven Junior Canadian Rangers (JCR) took part in the first-ever Enhanced Training Session (ETS) held in Inuvik July 1 to 7. JCRs from seven communities in the upper delta region gathered in Inuvik to take...

‘Always helping,’ Fort McPherson hunter remembered as generous, fun-loving

A Fort McPherson man who died during a hunting trip over Labour Day weekend is being remembered as a “funny and loving” man who took pride in his traditional way of life. Forty-year-old William Thompson...

COURT BRIEFS: Man accused of dealing fentanyl denied bail

A man accused of importing a deadly opioid onto the streets of Yellowknife was denied bail in NWT Supreme Court Friday. Darcy Oake, of Yellowknife, is charged with importing and trafficking furanylfentanyl, a less potent...

AWG Host Society gets another Chase the Ace

The Town of Hay River has awarded a licence for the next Chase the Ace, and it goes once again to the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Society. It had the licence for...

Documentary to chronicle abuse at Camsell Indian Hospital

A segregated hospital that treated Northern Indigenous patients for tuberculosis is the subject of a new documentary, and part of a $1-billion class action for widespread abuse and malpractice against Indigenous patients between 1945...

McGill student looks at muskox-caribou interactions in the Mackenzie Delta

Laurence Carter, a master's student at McGill University, is researching how muskox and caribou interact west of the Mackenzie Delta. "There were muskox up until about the mid-19th century in Alaska, Yukon and west of...

Search effort for missing travellers remains active; debris found ‘closer’ to Lutsel K’e

An exhaustive search and rescue effort for three travellers reported missing en route to Lutsel K'e from Dettah remains open as RCMP attempt to identify debris spotted in an "area of interest," between the...