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Yellowknife woman charged in alleged assault with weapon

A Yellowknife woman faces a number of charges following an alleged assault with a weapon. Hilary Catholique, 29, is charged with assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and failing to comply with court...

Health centre in Hay River makes changes to prepare for COVID-19 threat

The Hay River Regional Health Centre has been "putting in the work" to get ready for additional demands as a result of COVID-19. So says Erin Griffiths, the CEO of the Hay River Health and...

Pause evictions during pandemic, MLAs say

Regular MLAs have called on cabinet to freeze evictions while the territory weathers the global health pandemic. In a motion passed by regular members in assembly's accountability and oversight committee on Monday, MLAs asked government...

COVID-19 swab tests available in all NWT communities, official says

Swab tests for COVID-19 are ongoing in all communities of the Northwest Territories, a senior medical official confirmed on Wednesday. "About 700 tests have come from Yellowknife. All regions have been tested for COVID-19 if...

Man shot in downtown Yellowknife

A shooting at a downtown Yellowknife apartment building left a man with non-life-threatening injuries, say police. Residents heard gunshots ring out from a 53 Street Apartment building around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, prompting police to rush...

COVID-19: Temporary release for some low-risk inmates at NWT jails

Some inmates at NWT jails will be temporarily released in an effort to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 after over a dozen defence lawyers urged the territory’s department of justice to take immediate action...

BREAKING: Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Northwest Territories

Public health officials have confirmed a second case of COVID-19 infection in the Northwest Territories. The subject is an Inuvik resident. They are self-isolating at home with members of their household and are mildly symptomatic. The...

RCMP looking for public assistance to solve December mischief mystery

Inuvik RCMP are asking anyone who has information about a suspicious water leak that happened last December. Police came across a flooded section of Mackenzie Road Dec. 21. The water was flowing from a cracked...

Shutdown work continues at Hay River Community Centre

The doors were closed to the public at the Hay River Community Centre in mid-March because of the COVID-19 crisis. However, preparing such a large and complex building for a shutdown of unknown duration requires...

2 youths charged following hours-long armed robbery probe in Fort Smith 

Two youths are facing numerous firearms charges after an of an hours-long armed robbery investigation.  Fort Smith RCMP say they responded to a call about an armed robbery early Tuesday morning, triggering a large-scale response...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Fort Resolution’s ‘new normal’

In so many Northern communities, living together means living close with one another — coming together in song and dance; coming together to eat and laugh; coming together to grieve and pray.  In the wake...
Drake Giroux carries the puck during action at the 2016 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Mississauga, Ont. Giroux was part of the Team North boys squad that won the first – and only to date – medal for the North at the annual tournament when they captured silver. photo courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT

Seeds no. 9 through 16 for the Greatest Of All Time

You know the first eight seeds in our quest to find the greatest sports team there's ever been in the history of the NWT. Now it's time to see who the next eight seeds...

COVID-19: Tlicho government providing aid programs for citizens

The Tlicho government has approved a series of aid programs for Tlicho citizens living in the Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè area in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The government issued a news release on...

Documenting from a Distance in Hay River

Photographers – including two in Hay River – are using their creative skills to help people chronicle staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Marilyn Marshall brought the idea to Hay River after hearing about...

‘Situation unfolding’ in Fort Smith: RCMP

Police are responding to a "situation" in a residential area of Forth Smith. Officers are responding in the area of Calder Avenue and Wilderness Road and are asking people to stay away from this area. "For those...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation threatens bootleggers; insists on social distancing

The Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation (LKDFN) is coming out strongly in its effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus after the community issued a public notice March 26. In the notice, the chief...

NWT government adds $8.2 million in COVID-19 relief

An $8.2 million COVID-19 package touted as the NWT government’s second wave of relief was announced by cabinet ministers Tuesday. The new package aims to secure housing for at-risk homeless residents, boost income assistance and...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Fort Providence’s Big River Service Centre down 70 per cent

Mayor Danny Beaulieu of Fort Providence says he is mostly content with how his hamlet is contending with impacts of COVID-19, but would like to see some of the young people take the issue more...

EDITORIAL: Now is the time to give to one another

So here we are. Week three since COVID-19 hit the fan. Borders are closed. Cases continue to increase across the continent. Supplies are barely off the truck and are flying off the shelves, and...

Canada Post workers, customers seeing heightened safeguards

COVID-19 maybe shutting down most of Canada but it's full speed ahead for Canada Post throughout the Northwest Territories.  That’s why the postal service is putting in place added safeguards to protect workers who remain...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Norman Wells residents self-isolating, well-supplied for now

Norman Wells is quieter than usual, with most residents staying home from school and work but people are doing well. “A lot of people are really adhering to the emergency measures. People are coming into...

Premier appoints new official to COVID response

Premier Caroline Cochrane hired senior official Russ Neudorf for a key role responding to COVID-19 on Monday. A government news release said Neudorf was appointed as associate deputy minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA),...

What does the state of emergency in the NWT really mean?

When Municipal and Community Affairs Minister Paulie Chinna announced a state of emergency in the Northwest Territories March 27, there was already a public health emergency in place. So how does the general emergency differ...

COMMUNITY REPORT: KFN chief says things going well on Hay River Reserve

Chief April Martel of K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) believes checkpoints set up at the entrances to the Hay River Reserve are serving their purpose of helping to protect it from the COVID-19 pandemic. One goal...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Quieter than normal in Enterprise

Things are quiet as normal in Enterprise as the community faces the threat of COVID-19. "Quieter, I guess you could say, like everything else in the country is quieter," said Craig McMaster, the deputy mayor...

Food vouchers distributed among Inuvik’s most vulnerable

Those left out in the cold during the COVID-19 crisis got a slight boost last week after Northmart Inuvik and IC Regulators Corp joined together to provide 175 food vouchers for those in need...

Indigenous Northerners distancing on the land get $2.6 million

Ottawa has earmarked $2.6 million for families leaving for camps and cabins on the land amid the pandemic. The funds aim to lower the financial hurdles preventing some families from going onto the land, a...

Sports Talk: Who you got in the Belarus Premier League this season?

Do you all have enough toilet paper? If not, you can go win a roll at some restaurants around the world. Yes, some establishments have decided to have a bit of fun with the whole...

Northern Wildflower: Looking to the medicine wheel

In these uncertain times, it might be a good for us to familiarize ourselves with the teachings of the medicine wheel. In my last week of school before it was cancelled, our class was...

Editorial: Full jails are a health hazard

Friday saw the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, a national organization with headquarters in Ottawa, join the chorus calling for low-risk inmates in custody in the three jails in the Northwest Territories to be released...