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Sharing circle in Yellowknife marks Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

  It can be very hard for people who have experienced violence or crime to speak up. Cecilia Wood knows this well, after experiencing the violent death of members of her family. “It’s hard to go to...

Running? Leave your headphones at home

Opinion - When the Heart Says No by Roy Erasmus Notice all those people walking, running, or biking while using earphones or earbuds? Well, please don’t do that. And, please tell your kids to leave...
FOXY participants Body Mapping at Blachford Lake Lodge.https://arcticfoxy.com/

Call goes out for young women leaders to sign up for FOXY summer retreat

NWT - Young women throughout the Northwest Territories are invited to participate in a FOXY (Fostering Open Expression among Youth) retreat in Yellowknife this summer, information from the Tlicho Government said. The first 2017 FOXY...
Kyran Alikamik, Grade 9 student at Helen Kalvak School in Ulukhaktok, represented the Nunakput constituency during the Youth Parliament program in Yellowknife the week of May 8. photo courtesy of NWT Legislative Assembly.

Ulukhaktok’s junior MLA takes on high cost of travel in Legislative Assembly

Ulukhaktok/Holman - Kyran Alikamik knows first-hand the barriers of travelling in the North. That’s why the Grade 9 student from Helen Kalvak School in Ulukhaktok highlighted the issue during the Youth Parliament program in...

GNWT makes landclaim offers to Akaitcho Dene and NWT Metis Nations

Two nations are closer to settling land claims with the GNWT. The government made land claim offers to the Akaitcho Dene First Nation and the Northwest Territory Metis Nation, Premier Bob McLeod announced last...

$19.6 million from feds for Indigenous language – McLeod

Indigenous languages in the Northwest Territories will receive $19.6 million. Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod made the announcement May 26. It comes after negotiations over the past year between the federal government, the GNWT and...

Sharing circle in Yellowknife open to all those affected by crime or violence

People and families affected by violence or crime will have a space to share their experiences on May 31. Organized by the Native Women's Association of the NWT, a sharing circle will take place...

Making carbon pricing work for Northerners – Michael Miltenberger

The national carbon price is coming. The new, federally mandated levy on greenhouse gas emissions comes into effect next year, setting a minimum $10 per tonne of emissions beginning in 2018 and rising $10 each...

Sahtu beneficiaries ‘are deeply concerned’ bringing lawyers in to challenge leaders

Some beneficiaries of the Sahtu Trust have retained lawyers and written a letter to Premier Bob McLeod, the latest development in a conflict that has included allegations of mismanagement of the trust by the...

Preparing for the forest fire season ahead

"We aren't capable of protecting every value out there.” – Frank Lepine, the GNWT department's director of forest management, on saving buildings. Everyone was able to escape unharmed, as a forest fire leaped towards them in...
Emma Willoughby, left, representing Great Slave, Aidan Allan representing Yellowknife South, Myha Martin representing Inuvik Twin Lakes and Lisa Boutilier representing Hay River South stand during a vote for a motion to train teachers across the territory on youth mental health on Thursday, May 11 at the Government of the Northwest Territories legislative assembly. Emelie Peacock/NNSL Photo

Youth run the territory for a day

by Emelie Peacock Northern News Services Young, passionate and well-spoken, students from across the territory took their seats at the legislative assembly on Thursday, May 11 for a Youth Parliament session. Thursday was the culmination of a...

Fort Liard votes for chief and council Monday amid much controversy

ACHO DENE KOE/FORT LIARD - Acho Dene Koe First Nation members head to the polls May 15 to select a chief and council, capping a contentious election. Gene Hope, Cathy Kotchea, Frank Kotchea Sr. and Herbie...

Northern photography goes national with ‘Reconcilation’ photo

Thebacha/Fort Smith - For Fort Smith photographer Pierre-Emmanuel Chaillon, the name he gave to a photo of tipis rising toward the sky with the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cathedral in the background says something important...

National air show coming to most NWT communities this summer

              A celebration of Northern aviation is bringing pilots and performers from across the country to tour 97 communities this summer. The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour spans all three territories as well as a few communities...

Tulita’s community organizations compete in spring clean-up

Tulita/Fort Norman - Community organizations in Tulita will work together to clean up their community the week of May 22, said Kelsey Dayler, recreation director. Organizations including the Hamlet of Tulita and employees of local...

GNWT boosts small business funding limit to $75,000

New funding of up to $75,000 is now available for business-related activities in the Northwest Territories. The funds, available through the GNWT Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, are part of a new pilot announced...

A special Mothers’ Day in Fort Good Hope

Radilih Koe/Fort Good Hope- Fort Good Hope residents were invited to the community hall from May 11 to 13 to create special crafts for Mothers’ Day, said recreation co-ordinator Freda Kelly. Each evening was scheduled to...

Healthy walking in Norman Wells sponsored by Norman Wells Land Corporation

Lli Goline/Norman Wells - Norman Wells residents are encouraged to participate in a new walking program through the Norman Wells Land Corporation (NWLC), information from the organization said. The walks take place from Monday to...

Five Tlicho students from communities to compete at territorial Heritage Fair

Behchoko/Rae Edzo - Five students from Tlicho communities will compete at the territorial Heritage Fair after being selected during the Tlicho regional heritage fair on May 5, said Tammy Steinwand-Deschambeault, Culture and Language Coordinator with...

Consensus government in the NWT has run its course

The issue: Consensus government We say: Doesn't work "Maybe by having our MLAs as ministers we have been getting some benefit. I just haven't seen it at this particular juncture." – Jozef Carnogursky, Nihtat Gwich'in Council...
Northwest Territories residents have been uploading their best hockey fan photos to raise money for the Fort Good Hope Cancer fund. From left, Damien Haogak, Tori Haogak, Melinda Laboucan, Cheyenne Haogak and Andy Carpenter. photo courtesy of Melinda Laboucan.

Hockey fans raise cancer funds in Fort Good Hope

Radilih Koe/Fort Good Hope - Families in Fort Good Hope are getting extra help when they need it most, thanks to a community group dedicated to helping those with cancer. The Goba Group, made up of...

Read 1,000 books to win a basket of books from literacy council

In an effort to inspire parents to read books to their young children, the NWT Literacy Council is encouraging them to break out their cameras. On May 9, the council announced it is holding...

Washed out culvert temporarily closes Fort Simpson road

Heavy rainfall last week forced the closure of Highway 1 into Fort Simpson on May 7 after a culvert washout took out a section of the highway. The washout extended across the highway. Dan Quevillon,...
Linda Nixon hugs her dog Joey back at home on the day he was found in the bush after he went missing for nine days. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Lost and found

If Joey the Brussels Griffon could talk, he would no doubt have a great story to tell. As it is, Joey's owner Linda Nixon – and it seems many other people in Hay River –...

Behchoko man jailed for molesting daughter

A Behchoko man has been sentenced to two years less a day in jail after being found guilty of twice sexually assaulting his young daughter.Territorial court judge Bernadette Schmaltz criticized the man during sentencing...
Melissa MacLellan, 15, left, and Erika Callahan, 16, prepare to take a test in Tomiko Robson's (far right) Grade 10 social studies class at Sir John Franklin High School on March 11, 2015. Department of Education, Culture and Employment officials say they plan to update the territory’s health curriculum along with the legalization of marijuana next July. - NNSL file photo

Educating pot

Education officials are looking to take a page out of other jurisdictions’ playbooks before changing how the territory’s health curriculum tackles marijuana ahead of planned legalization next summer. But they say NWT students are already...
Jordan Peterson, vice-president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, left, cuts the cake with Willard Hagen, former president of GTC, and Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, current president of GTC. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Leaders share stores at land claims anniversary event

Bobbi Jo Greenland-Morgan, president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, said Gwich’in are known as caribou people. “Caribou migrate. There’s a big main herd, some scatter, some slow down,” she said. “I’d like us to be...
Sarah Jerome, a Gwich’in elder, spent a lifetime working through and reconciling her experience at residential school. Now she advises youth on how to become proud to be Gwich’in. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

‘Ready to kill’ before regaining pride

“The first day I walked into that residential school is when the anger started,” said Sarah Jerome, a Gwich’in elder from Fort McPherson who was taken from her home at the age of seven...
A radio tower sits on top of a site the Nahanni Butte Dene Band says is spiritually significant. - photo courtesy of the Nahanni Butte Dene Band

Spiritual site to be re-opened

When Elsie Marcellais first heard that a spiritual site on top of a mountain that looms over Nahanni Butte had been filled with concrete, she felt a growing sense of unease. Marcellais, an elder in...
Twins Marcus and Kayden Neyelle mastered the art of soapstone carving for their Heritage Fair project at Ehtseo Ayha School in Deline on April 12. - photo courtesy of Tom Ferguson

Exploring creativity

Twin brothers at Ehtseo Ayha School in Deline created soapstone carvings as their contribution to the school’s Heritage Fair on April 12. Marcus and Kayden Neyelle, 12, each used a soapstone carving kit to carefully...