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Lack of dialysis services forces Fort Smith man to live in Yellowknife

Almost one year into a potential five year wait for dialysis treatment near his family, Ron Mabbitt worries he may never come home to Fort Smith. At one time, the town had a dialysis machine...

Mountie receives Police Partnership Award 

Sgt. Todd Scaplen, a veteran RCMP officer who has served residents in Behchoko, Inuvik, Hay River and Yellowknife, was recently named the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) Police...

Ex-gang leader shares story of resilience, redemption at NWT schools 

Lying beaten and badly injured on a hotel room floor – his leg fractured and his hand shattered after being attacked and left for dead by members of his own criminal gang – Michael...

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Inuvialuit Regional Corporation office in Inuvik. NNSL file photo

Gearing up for summer literacy

All six communities within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region will be hosting their own summer literacy day camps from July 2 to 19. Britney Selina, the youth program organizer with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), said...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Recent grads have paved way for the future

I've been to a few graduation ceremonies in the past, but none were as emotional and memorable as the one that I recently went to in Tuktoyaktuk on June 20. The 2019 graduating class at...

Smith’s Landing First Nation election results face appeal

The June 12 election of Chief and Council of Smith's Landing First Nation is facing an appeal, according to a June 24 notice of hearing. The anonymous appellant alleges eight election irregularities. She claimed four...

Hay Days standing on solid ground in Hay River

Except for the fact that Hay Days did not happen in 2016, this year would have seen the 10th edition of the music, arts and culture festival. Still, nine out of 10 years is not...

Reduced doctor availability coming in Hay River

There will be a reduced number of doctors in the community for a three-week period in July and a two-week period in August. Erin Griffiths, the chief executive officer for the Hay River Health and...

NWT RCMP looking to recruit Northerners

NWT RCMP is looking to recruit more Northerners. In a joint effort with the Community and Aboriginal Policing Unit, Mounties north of 60 are hoping to attract more NWT residents, one of the force’s “main...
Participants take off for their run during the Midnight Sun Fun Run on June 22. Over 100 individuals from all walks of life participated in events such as a five kilometre run or a sprint triathlon. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Midnight Sun Fun Run adds new sprint triathlon event

There were over 100 runners who took part in this year’s Midnight Sun Fun Run activities on June 22, where 18 of the participants tried out the event's latest addition: a sprint triathlon. Steve Krug,...

New workshops for children and youth at Hay Days Festival

April Glaicar is pleased with the evolution of the Hay Days Music, Arts & Culture Festival. Glaicar has been the event's co-ordinator since the Rotary Club of Hay River Sunrise began running it in 2017. "Overall,...

Hay Days Festival in Hay River gets good funding support

During Hay Days and leading up to it, there is a bit of an economic boon in Hay River from the significant amount of money involved in presenting the festival each summer. "The budget right...

Small wildfire erupts in Hay River

A small wildfire was spotted on June 19 on Vale Island, close to West Point First Nation and the West Channel residential area. The battle against the blaze was taken on by the Department of...
An observer wears a “Native Pride” hat during the revealing of the “Antennas as Canvas” art project at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations on June 21. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Satellite art project celebrates Inuvik’s artistic talent and cultural diversity

The final result of a public art project that displays Inuvik’s diverse set of traditions and cultures across five satellite receivers was revealed to community members during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations on June...

A big believer in Hay Days

Dian Papineau-Magill believes in the Hay Days Music, Arts & Culture Festival. You might expect that because Papineau-Magill is president of the Rotary Club of Hay River Sunrise, which organizes the annual event. But her belief...

Former museum director carries Northern ethics in heritage field

Robert Janes has developed a distinguished career in museum studies and the heritage field within Canada, but the approach to his work and the ethics he carries to this day are very much rooted...

Protecting cultural heritage

As climate change threatens communities and historic sites on the Arctic coast, a researcher is using maps to work with communities to identify what should be saved. “There are all kinds of impacts taking place,”...

Up-and-coming country artist to headline Hay Days Festival

Alberta's Garrett Gregory, an emerging artist on the Canadian country music scene, will headline the Hay Days Festival. Gregory, who is working on his first solo album in Nashville, is excited about the opportunity to...
Recent graduate John Noksana is escorted to the graduation stage by his sister Joce, left, and his mom Glenna during Mangilaluk School’s 2019 graduation ceremony in Tuktoyaktuk on June 20. Noksana was one of the 21 students who received their high school diplomas that day, which made them the largest graduating class in the school’s history. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Tuktoyaktuk’s Mangilaluk School welcomes their largest graduating class

A record breaking 21 students from Tuktoyaktuk’s Mangilaluk School received their high school diplomas on June 20, making them the largest graduating class in the school’s history. “It was hard, it was challenging, but they...

NWT’s population declines

The Northwest Territories' population has dropped by roughly a per cent over the past year — the equivalent of 591 people, a GNWT press release announced on Wednesday. The release stated that NWT's population varies...

Remembering ‘Jacques van Pelican’

  At a time in its history when the Northwest Territories is promoting eco-tourism as a way to help diversify the economy, a leading Fort Smith pioneer and adventurer will be remembered this summer for...

Ex-Norman Wells mayor still wanted by RCMP

Nathan Watson, the embattled former mayor of Norman Wells - one of two ex-public servants at the centre of a $1.25 million lawsuit launched by the town - is still a wanted man in...

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Federal government approves First Air, Canadian North merger

The proposed merger of First Air and Canadian North has received all necessary regulatory approvals, according to the Inuit-led proponents behind the deal. The First Air and Canadian North merger has been approved by the...

Dry conditions close 60th Parallel Territorial Park

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) has closed the 60th Parallel Territorial Park due to the threat of wildfires, states a Wednesday news release. The park – which is one of the first...

Campaign rally breaks out at grand opening in Hay River

Everyone knows that politicians want to take credit for government funding that comes to their communities. In the process, if that claim wins a few votes, so much the better. However, perhaps there has never been...

The eight-year-old Hay River record setter

An eight-year-old girl at Harry Camsell School was the only competitor from Hay River to set a new record at the recent NWT Track & Field Championships. Jersey Ashton set the record in standing long...

New Hay River eatery to offer Japanese cuisine

Hay River is getting a new restaurant, and this one will offer something completely new to the community. The restaurant – called Yuki – will feature Japanese cuisine. Appropriately, 'Yuki' is the Japanese word for snow,...

‘Happiness isn’t even the word,’ mother of Charlotte Lafferty, murdered in 2014, begins healing...

In 2014, Keenan McNeely brutally murdered Charlotte Lafferty in Fort Good Hope. On Tuesday, nearly five years after the killing, he admitted wrongdoing for the first time. “I pray everyday I can be forgiven. I...