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Caroline Cochrane becomes Canada’s only female premier

Caroline Cochrane was voted premier of the Northwest Territories Thursday. "Together we make a stronger government," the Range Lake MLA said. "We will make this next four years the most progressive in the NWT." Cochrane's selection...

Aklavik man charged in assault that caused life-threatening injury

A 28-year-old Aklavik man has been charged with aggravated assault after a male victim was sent hospital with a life-threatening injury, say RCMP. On Oct. 6, around 4:40 p.m., police in the community responded to...

New mosque site breaks ground with hope to break barriers, unite community

Studying an unfurled blueprint, Nazim Awan circles an unassuming construction site on the edge of Old Town. Apart from some building materials that sit on the freshly-broken, snow-covered ground, the site is mostly bare, a...

Blake named NWT legislature speaker

Caroline Cochrane was voted premier of the Northwest Territories Thursday. "Together we make a stronger government," the Range Lake MLA said. "We will make this next four years the most progressive in the NWT." Cochrane's selection...

‘Not even on our radar’: Deline leader left out of MLA roundtable

An invite for Deline wasn't even on the radar when a round table of Indigenous leaders and MLAs gathered last week, according to the community's leader Leeroy Andre. The Sahtu Dene Council also never received...

NWT Supreme Court denies Northland appeal on Hay River power assets

The NWT Supreme Court has denied an appeal by Northland Utilites Ltd over an arbitrator's ruling on the value of the electrical infrastructure in Hay River. In a judgment released Oct. 23, Justice Andrew M....

Mining industry dinner lobbies fresh batch of MLAs

Mining in the North will be on the rocks without timely action. That was the message for the incoming MLAs who milled into an Explorer Hotel conference room Tuesday evening. With most MLAs in attendance (Frame...

Inuvialuit athletes show Edmonton Eskimos how it’s done

They may be in the best shape of their lives, but three members of the Edmonton Eskimos got a glimpse of real Inuvialuk muscle when they stopped by Ingamo Hall Oct. 16 for a...
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Fewer goals should prevent Ptarmigan effect in new NWT Assembly

Even though I didn’t run for MLA and didn’t win a seat in the assembly (congrats to those who ran and those who won), I did vote which entitles me to an opinion of...

Arts Centre helps maintain community in Ulukhaktok

As cruise ships make their way through the Northwest Passage, they often stop in Ulukhaktok, where a local art store helps provide revenue streams for the community. Dealing in goods such as muskox qiviut headbands...

Entrepreneurs are key to a successful economy

During each election – like the territorial and federal campaigns we just endured – we always admire people who put their names and reputations on the line to run for office. That can't be an...

Beaufort business development remains steady in spite of slow economy

While just about everyone seems to agree it would be good to put a fire under the local economy, new businesses are popping up in the area at a steady rate. So far in 2019,...

Hay River proud of its small businesses, says deputy mayor

Deputy Mayor Robert Bouchard believes Hay River can be proud of its small-business sector. "I think Hay River has always prided itself on the fact that we have a small-business sector here in the community,"...

Linda Duford offers advice for other entrepreneurs in Hay River

Linda Duford dreamed for years of owning her own music studio, and now she is nearing the first-year anniversary of living that dream. On Nov. 1, it will be one year since she opened The...

Victorious in NWT, McLeod eyes seat in Trudeau’s cabinet

The Liberals turned an early lead in Atlantic Canada to victory Oct. 21. They never let go, but lost majority status in the House of Commons, winning fewer than the required 170 seats. At press...

Diamond Jenness students learning about work and business

Even before they graduate, students at Diamond Jenness Secondary School are gaining some of the knowledge that they may one day need to run their own small businesses. "We have our business courses," said Kim...

Dominion Diamond-related bond woes fuel worries about NWT industry

A $550-million bond issued through an entity related to Dominion Diamond Mines has been downgraded multiple times and has reached a level that ratings agency Moody's deems as "of poor standing" and is "subject...

Back to business for Wally Schumann

It may come as a surprise to some people, but Wally Schumann is still the minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) – at least until a new territorial cabinet is sworn in on...
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It’s election night: where to vote and where hopeful MPs will be

After multiple debates and election forums that have taken place in the NWT, as well as across the country, it's finally federal election day. At the conclusion of the 45 day campaign candidates are asking...

Inuvik-area hunters challenged by caribou staying in thick brush

Local populations of barren ground caribou are staying closer to thick bush and moving earlier in the year. At least, that's what hunters who attended the annual meeting between the NWT Wildlife Management Advisory Council...

ITI an active participant in Small Business Week

Even though Small Business Week is not its initiative, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) is a big supporter. "We are just very active participants for it," said Jaysen Knight, the manager of...

Dragons’ Den Challenge promotes entrepreneurship among students in Hay River

For almost 10 years, young people in Hay River have learned how to pitch a business idea through the Dragons' Den Challenge. The annual event – based on the popular CBC program Dragons' Den –...

Small Business Week celebrating 40 years

The 40th edition of Small Business Week – a creation of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) – is to be held coast to coast from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26. The purpose is to celebrate...

How to start a business in the NWT

Small-and medium-sized businesses make up about 90 per cent of all businesses in the Northwest Territories. The GNWT states that those businesses provide employment opportunities, provide products and services and help to offset "peaks and...

EDITORIAL: Small business no easy feat in the North

There is no backup generator for the world wide web. An interruption in internet service can't be mitigated with diesel. It hamstrings any small business instantly. It is estimated one day of lost internet service...

GUEST COMMENT: MLAs are right to work towards greater accountability

In 2015, the newly elected 18th Assembly decided to break with tradition, establishing a revised process for selecting the premier. Good on them. The public had been complaining about the lack of member accountability...
Hannah Duong opened a nail salon in Hay River at the beginning of February, and the new business has become very popular in a short period of time. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

How to run a business in the North

Small businesses are often lauded for being the backbone of the Canadian economy. To mark the Oct. 20 start of small business week in the NWT, NNSL Media asked Northern entrepreneurs for tips on how...

GUEST COMMENT: Why I’m voting for a Green New Deal

I’ve always thought of myself as an environmentally conscious person. Like most people, my family and I have always done what we can at home to help reduce our impact on the planet – reduce,...

SPORTS TALK: Hey, everyone … Daryl Morey was just uneducated, you see

Of all the ways I want to go out, this is perhaps the way I want. Shay Bradley was laid to rest on Oct. 12 in Kilkenny, Ireland, after succumbing a long-term illness but he...