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Competition bureau closes airline investigations

The Competition Bureau has found no evidence of anti-competitive acts between First Air and Canadian North. This follows a yearlong investigation into First Air and Canada North, which closed on Tuesday. The bureau also closed investigations...

Editorial: Another chance for change this fall

Indigenous people are the future of the NWT. The process that began with the devolution of governing powers from Ottawa in the 1970s will continue until the sound and fury of colonization fades into...

Missing womens inquiry to visit Yellowknife

  Staff from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will visit Yellowknife to prepare families and survivors for a hearing in the fall. From Aug. 29 to 31, members of the...

Fire season not over yet: NWT fire manager

Smoky skies over much of the North and South Slave in recent days didn't seem to phase campers with summer tourism winding down and aurora viewers taking their place. Record breaking temperatures and dry ground...

Alcohol: cunning, baffling and powerful

Many of us know someone with a drinking problem, or we ourselves may drink too much. And many of us laugh about things that happen while we’re drinking, like someone getting into a fight,...

Fort Smith and Fort Simpson win titles at NWT Co-Ed Slo-Pitch Championship

The Fitz Bombers of Fort Smith came close to winning the Coors Mixed Slo-Pitch Tournament in Hay River earlier this month, losing in the final. They went one better a few days ago and that...

Sahtu must put future into its own hands

I have been spring cleaning in my paper world these last few days. I have collected information that will help people at the grassroots. In Norman Wells, you cannot even buy magazines or major...

Inuvik represented at Canada Summer Games

Halfway through the second week of the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Inuvik swimmer Kierra McDonald had already hit a personal best on every race she raced. “It’s gone pretty good,” she said from Winnipeg last...

Flawed speakers present as honest role models

Clear in the opening keynotes at the Gwich’in Tribal Council’s YOUth Matter conference this week in Inuvik was the acknowledgement of flawed pasts. GTC vice-president Jordan Peterson, Inuvialuit Communications Society manager Dez Loreen and Those...

Group seeks to revive family events

“That’s what we hear a lot – ‘Man, there used to be this!’” said Jackie Challis, member of the newly formed Inuvik Community Events Society, which seeks to host and support family-friendly events in...

Police go undercover as ballplayers to launch drug raids during slo-pitch tournament, sources say

A major drug bust in Hay River resulting in the arrests of 11 people, and charges against nine of them last week may be connected to a slo-pitch softball tournament that took place around...

Slow going across Deh Cho Bridge

The first repairs to the $202 million Deh Cho Bridge will continue until the end of October, with traffic reduced at time to one lane. According to Greg Hanna, spokesperson for the territorial government's Dept....

Deline man sentenced to 18 months

A Deline man was sentenced to 18 months in jail after a dramatic alcohol-fueled, firearm related incident in that community earlier this year.. Jamie Takazo, 43, was handed his punishment by judge Andrew Mahar...

From Saamba K’e to The Peg

If you were at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg and asked a volunteer a question, they would do their best to answer you. Deanna Jumbo of Saamba K'e had that job but she was...

Jr Rangers hit Yk

The top Junior Canadian Rangers from across the North are in Yellowknife until Aug. 19, sharpening their leadership skills and building connections with their peers. The 58 Junior Canadian Rangers come from Aklavik, Fort Providence,...

Regulations updated for hunting

Anyone with their sights set on a general hunting licence in the territory will now have to be an eligible members of an NWT Aboriginal organization. Hunting regulations and fees saw a number of changes...

Muskrat population looks to be gaining

Two researchers looking into muskrat populations in the region report that the numbers seem to be up lately. “Their populations are cyclic, but this low has been much more extended than usual – at least...

Six figures spent on community service

For such a small and remote town, Inuvik has sure taken the attention of the Toronto-based Muslim Welfare Centre. The organization funds the Midnight Sun Mosque’s Arctic Food Bank and flew up several members for...

Researchers seek fish expertise in Mackenzie Delta

Three researchers are working on two separate but related projects looking into the health of fish in the region, and they want as much feedback from local anglers as possible. “Some people talk about the...

Carbon tax could cost $900 per household

Remote communities will be most affected by a carbon tax that could cost households $923 per year, according to a GNWT report. Lisa Nitsiza, chief administrative officer of Whati, a small North Slave community with...

Opioid maintenance program limited to Yellowknife

People outside of Yellowknife who need the territory's opioid maintenance program will have to make their way to the capital city to access it. Dr. Jennifer Harris runs the program, which transitions people from illicit...

A collaboration carved in stone

  Jean Sexsmith and Gary Elemie may come from different generations and regions of the NWT, yet they united over their shared passion for the ancient craft of stone tool making. Outside the Prince of Wales...

NWT firefighters return from B.C.

Driving back home on Saturday after 18 days spent fighting fires in the central interior of British Columbia, Ryan Hanna had just enough time to stop on the roadside to wish his son Noah...

U.S. consulate seeks American citizens

Representatives from the U.S. consulate will be travelling to Inuvik in September in search of American citizens. The group will be available to conduct routine consular services for U.S. citizens, such as passport renewals and...

Grounded aviation tour a disappointment

Hundreds of people enjoyed the show when the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour dazzled Inuvik and surrounding communities early this June. After each show, pilots took hours out of their time to meet with residents and...

Celebrating 50 years of the GNWT

For Ernest Taylor Pokiak, the creation of the Government of the Northwest Territories in 1967 was a chance to progress his career. The Tuktoyaktuk-based elder had been working for the federal government in Inuvik since...

Group in Inuvik develops to aid those in need

Noting that times are tough for many community groups these days, the Inuvik Food Bank included, two locals have joined forces to build support for those in need. Barbara Sulz and Cheryl Zaw are proposing...

Sheep is back on the menu

A new survey of dall sheep in the Richardson Mountains, between Aklavik and Fort McPherson, shows the population’s numbers on the rise, which means the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board is lifting its voluntary closure...

Athletes get opportunity of a lifetime

Six Beaufort Delta athletes are competing in the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, and mission staff member Colin Pybus calls that the opportunity of a lifetime. “This is the ultimate expression of activity and sport,”...

Inuvik youth takes in Nuu-chah-nulth culture

The chance to experience Nuu-chah-nulth culture in Port Alberni has been an enlightening one for Inuvik youth Des Beaulieu. “It’s pretty fun learning about their cultures and differences and similarities between theirs and the culture...