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NWT News/North

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Sport North sings Rowe’s praises

Among the winners of the annual awards handed out by Sport North to athletes, coaches and teams is also the name of a Hay River firm. The Rowe's Group of Companies was honoured as Corporate...

‘Almost unanimous’: KFN approves $28.3-million agricultural settlement

Members of K'atlodeeche First Nation have voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting a $28.3-million settlement for a promise made in Treaty 8. In a Nov. 28 referendum, 97 per cent of members voted to accept...

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...

Food banks prepare for holidays

Food banks across the territory are preparing for the holiday season, and the people running them have some advice for people who are thinking of donating this year: keep it simple. “KD, soups, cans of...

Break out the horse and wagon

In News/North on November 20, 2017, a big headline; Delta Chief Wants land claims settled next year. My goodness, the Northwest Territories joined Canada in 1960. The three Aboriginal groups, the Inuit, the Dene and...

Why we cry: looking at decolonization

Friends, I am just now getting to about the midpoint of my third year of Indigenous PhD Studies at Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario. One thing I have learned in the last few years is...

Koe gets takes another shot at Olympic dream

Cold mornings tossing stones down the sheets of the Inuvik Curling Club can produce Olympic dreams. That reality may indeed come to pass for the most decorated curler to ever come out of the NWT. Kevin...

Seniors’ society wants new government approach to elders

The NWT Seniors’ Society and the territorial minister aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on how to tackle issues affecting the aging population. The society is lobbying the territorial government to come up with an all-encompassing NWT seniors’...

First Mining and Exploration awards digs deep

The Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines paid tribute to leaders in mining and exploration at the inaugural Mining and Exploration (MAX) Awards last month. The ceremony recognized people and companies who demonstrated responsible...

$40-billion housing strategy highlights Northern needs

A number of people weighing in on Canada's National Housing Strategy are giving the federal government a pat on the back for acknowledging the North's unique housing needs. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released the long-awaited...

Great Northern Arts Festival cashes in

At least $150,000 changed hands at the 29th annual Great Northern Arts Festival this year, according to Executive Director Marie Horstead. That's on par with previous years for the event, which does not serve as...

Tuk man calls out RCMP, says son Tasered

A Tuktoyaktuk man is furious, claiming RCMP used a Taser on his 15-year-old son and said he has the photo to prove it. News/North has chosen not to use the man's name because it...

Mounties launch Operation Gingerbread

NWT RCMP Traffic Services and detachments across the territory have begun their annual holiday traffic enforcement patrols and check stops. The campaign, dubbed Operation Gingerbread, runs until January 1. The initiative is designed to...

Here’s to difficult women

We need to talk about difficult women. Difficult, when it comes to women, is usually used as a pejorative. It's used as a stand in for aggressive, for loud, and for women who don't seem...

Squash catches on

The onset of a dark and cold winter might have finally spurred the interest squash organizers have been looking for in the sport all year, as 23 people participated in a three-day tournament last...

Mahsi for the translation

Good job North West Company for including Indigenous languages on grocery store shelves. Since the beginning of October, 15 stores across the NWT have had between 80 and 100 items translated into Indigenous languages,...

Kicking it up in the Deh Cho

Seems people think it's worth the trip to Fort Liard to play some soccer and judging by the numbers, it's becoming one of the places to go for the beautiful game. Six communities from two...

Sending a signal: antenna to showcase Inuvik art

Inuvik artists are getting the chance to broadcast their work on an out-of-this-world canvas. The Great Northern Arts Festival Society has teamed up with Natural Resources Canada to launch the Satellite Antenna Dish Art Search,...

Mines’ chamber appoints honourary member

Lawyer Michael J. Hardin has been made an honourary member of the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines. Hardin was awarded the honour for his work in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut ensuring the minerals...

Fort Simpson salon gives back

Fort Simpson has been home to Beauty Mark, a two-chair hair salon, for the past three years, and in those years the owner has been finding ways to help out his region and the...

Mine shines bright

Gahcho Kue Mine released third-quarter results this week. During the first 10 months of 2017, the mine – owned and operated by De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds – produced over five million diamond...

Sunrise festival becoming a lightning rod

A discussion on where Town of Inuvik should spend contract money raised an interesting debate at the 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival meeting last week. Local photographer and filmmaker Tony Devlin expressed surprise at documentary and...

Town delays on supporting detox centre

The Town of Inuvik has yet to write a letter of support for the proposed Beaufort Delta Detox Centre, something Coun. Alana Mero suggested is because of the proponents’ unfocused proposal. “To call it a...

Southern contracts cause stir

A planning meeting for the 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival turned into a debate on who should be getting work in town. That discussion was sparked by Tony Devlin – a local photographer, filmmaker and owner...

Fundraiser caps GNAF’s 29th year

The Great Northern Arts Festival’s 29th year was a perilous one in some ways, with funding challenges almost pulling the plug on its signature summer event, but spirits are high going into the organization's...

Housing Corp. cancels contracts with Hay River company after delays

The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation has cancelled contracts with a Hay River company to build modular homes for communities around the territory. The move came after Concept Energy Services Ltd. fell far behind on the...

Year of road delays

Two major road projects in 2018 should smooth out the road from Inuvik to the highway but will bring delays and detours along the way. “I think we’re going to feel like a big city...

Conferences could be big draw for town

With the new floor covering for the hockey arena at the Midnight Sun Complex, the Town of Inuvik is eying the potential to host more conferences and events to help support the local economy. The...

Metis getting membership cards

The annual general assembly of the Northwest Territory Metis Nation – held at the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre from Nov. 21 to Nov. 24 – was highlighted by something new and long-awaited. The launch of...

GNWT releases plan for legalized cannabis in NWT

Justice Minister Louis Sebert released the GNWT's proposed plan for legalized cannabis in the NWT on Nov. 24. The plan would allow people over 19 years old to carry up to 30 grams of the...