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Former MLA and volunteer extraordinaire Paul Delorey, centre, was honoured as Hay River's Citizen of the Year on March 2. The award was presented by Glenn Smith, left, the assistant senior administrative officer with the Town of Hay River, and Coun. Steve Anderson. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Paul Delorey named Citizen of Year

  Paul Delorey has been named Hay River’s Citizen of the Year. Delorey was honoured for his many contributions to the community, most notably as an MLA and as a curling player, coach, volunteer and fundraiser. “I couldn’t be happier to be a member of this community,” he said as he accepted the award from...
Jacky Kruger is a funeral director in training in Hay River under an apprenticeship program with McKenna Funeral Home of Yellowknife. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Funeral director in training in Hay River

For the past few months, professional funeral services have been available in Hay River, as Jacky Kruger is now a funeral director in training. She is in an apprenticeship program with McKenna Funeral Home of Yellowknife and taking online courses from Mount Royal University in Calgary. “I just wanted to make it professional, because people...
Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer with the Town of Hay River, has organized an activity leading up to International Women's Day on March 8. NNSL file photo

Selfies for equality in Hay River

On this International Women’s Day, March 8, residents of Hay River will be able to make statements in favour of gender equality. Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer with the Town of Hay River, has organized an activity under the international Balance for Better initiative. “I’m going to do a selfie campaign,” she said. “The #BalanceforBetter...

Let’s hand out some hardware, shall we?

So a lot of good things happened to Nunavut at the Canada Winter Games. Rocco Canil of Iqaluit hangs out Waskasoo, the mascot of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 27. Canil seemed just happy to be there and why not? photo courtesy of Sonja Lonsdale The boys hockey team...
Michael McLeod, the MP for the Northwest Territories, was in Inuvik on March 4, where he announced the federal government’s funding contributions to a new diesel power plant in Sachs Harbour, as well as investments in research projects revolving around climate change and permafrost. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Federal government to fund Northern infrastructure and research projects

The Government of Canada will be funding numerous infrastructure and research projects throughout the Northwest Territories, which includes contributions to the construction of a new diesel power plant in Sachs Harbour, as well as financing research projects on climate change and permafrost. Michael McLeod, the MP for the Northwest Territories, made the announcements in Inuvik’s...
Edouard Bélanger from the Aklavik Outlaws rises up to block a spike from Tuk U’s Gerald Stuart during the men’s final game on March 2. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik serves first northern volleyball tournament

Inuvik hosted the region’s first northern Territorial Volleyball Tournament on March 1 to 2, where players and fans from communities throughout the Beaufort Delta Region flocked to East Three Secondary School’s gym to participate or enjoy the games. “We’re hoping this is just the first of many. We’re talking to the school to make this...

Cutting negotiation funding ‘makes no sense,’ says Metis Nation president

The Northwest Territory Metis Nation (NWTMN) has cancelled its February and March land claim negotiations because the federal government’s new funding program is severely under-delivering, said president Garry Bailey. “The only thing they say is they don’t have any money,” said Bailey. “They don’t have any other excuse. Well, I know Canada’s not broke. They’re...

Russia is patrolling the North Pole again

Russia intends to resume fighter patrols over the North Pole for the first time in 30 years, according to recent reports from Russian media. Despite this, Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Diana Khaddaj says Canada does not view the situation as particularly alarming. “While there is no immediate military threat in Canada’s Arctic, DND/CAF continues to...
Four-year-old Matthew Owen “flossed” his way to the centre of the dance floor during a Family Dance event hosted by Inuvik’s Children First Society at the Midnight Sun Complex on March 1. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Family dance keeps residents moving

After popular demand from youth and parents alike, Inuvik’s Children First Society hosted its first Family Dance in more than two years at the community hall in the Midnight Sun Complex on March 1. “It was so popular. Everybody was asking when we would do it again. We tried to get a date last year...
Zandria Andre made homemade slime for her grade six science project, and it was a hit amongst her peers. To make the slime, she used glue, shaving cream, Tide and food colouring. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

The many projects of the 2019 Learning Fair (Photo Feature)

More than 150 students in grades 4, 5 and 6 from East Three Elementary School displayed their Learning Fair projects in the school’s gym for peers, teachers, parents and judges to see. The Fair consisted of life, heritage and science projects, where students shared information on their family’s history, their favourite hockey players, slime creation...

‘It is clear something inappropriate happened’: MP McLeod on SNC-Lavalin affair

Michael McLeod, MP for Northwest Territories, is taking a wait-and-see approach to the SNC-Lavalin scandal following the bombshell testimony by Jody Wilson-Raybould last week. Wilson-Raybould, former Attorney General and Justice Minister with the Liberal government, told the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in the House of Commons on Feb. 27 that staff in...

Man arrested, stolen property recovered in Fort Providence, say RCMP

Fort Providence RCMP say they’re hopeful the recent recovery of stolen items and the arrest of a suspect will put a dent in a rash of break-ins the community has grappled with in the last year. After responding to a report of an in-progress break and enter at a residential address in the community around...

Fort Liard woman charged with murder denied bail

A 21-year-old woman charged with second-degree murder the death of a Fort Liard man last fall has been denied bail. Selena Lomen, represented by defence lawyer Peter Harte, had sought pretrial release. She’s been in custody since her arrest on Oct. 28, when the body of 34-year-old Danny Klondike was found inside a Fort Liard...

Former mayor of Norman Wells guilty of cocaine possession

The  former mayor of Norman Wells has been convicted of possessing cocaine despite arguing his Charter rights were violated following a traffic stop in 2017. Nathan Watson, 49, was pulled over by Norman Wells RCMP on the evening of Oct. 6, 2017 after he failed to stop at a stop sign. A Mountie noticed an...
Fredrick Trimble, a grade 4 student at East Three Elementary School, focused his Learning Fair project on carving and shared his dad’s art during the event at the school’s gym on Feb. 26. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Annual Learning Fair broadens students’ interests

East Three Elementary School hosted its annual Learning Fair on Feb. 26, with 154 students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 displaying their projects in the gym for peers, teachers, parents and judges to see. The fair was a mix of life, heritage and science projects. Students displayed bristol boards pasted with images and information on...

Fight for traditional names on birth certificate enters fifth year

Five years into Shene Catholique Valpy’s fight to have her daughters’ Chipewyan names Náʔël and Sahᾴí̜ʔᾳ printed on their birth certificates, she is asking MLAs to support her push for the GNWT to register traditional Indigenous names in formal documents. “When we had our daughter we knew we wanted traditional spelling. When we got denied, it...
Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson has once again raised concern in the Legislative Assembly about the excessive wait times for mental health counselling in Hay River. NNSL file photo

MLA calls eight-month wait to see counsellor ‘unacceptable’

  Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson wants more mental health support for his community, and faster. On Feb. 22 in the legislative assembly, Simpson said patients looking to speak to mental health counsellors in Hay River are put on an eight-month wait list. Waiting eight months is “completely unacceptable,” said Simpson. He said mental health...

Man reported missing in Fort Providence found deceased: RCMP

Fort Providence RCMP are investigating the sudden death of a man in the community. Mounties responded to a report of a missing person around 9:45 p.m. last night, according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon. Officers were directed to a vehicle “believed to belong to the missing person” and searched the area. The search...

Wing flaps blocked cargo doors in fatal Simpson Air crash

An Aug. 16 plane crash that killed three people was marked by a “significant safety issue” in Cessna 206 planes that has claimed eight other lives in five similar accidents in Canada in the U.S, a letter from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada shows. A Simpson Air Cessna U206G floatplane took passengers on a...
Wilson Elliot, in blue, gets the upper hand on Ijob Hamraev of Manitoba during the bronze medal match in the boys 81-kg judo competition at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Wednesday. Sarah Pruys/Team NT photo

Bronze medal for judoka Wilson Elliot at Canada Winter Games

He was expected to be the go-to guy when it came to a podium finish for Team NT at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., and he didn’t disappoint. Wilson Elliot is a bronze medalist thanks to his win over Ijob Hamraev of Manitoba on Wednesday afternoon by ippon (one point), which is...
Ferghus Rutherford-Simon of Fort Smith takes aim at the target during action in the male recurve event in archery at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Tuesday. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT sees some success at Canada Winter Games

(Updated 12:17 p.m. Wednesday) They did what they had to do and thanks to a bit of help from Prince Edward Island, Team NT’s girls hockey team will get a chance to play with the big guns. The girls defeated Yukon on Tuesday by a score of 7-1 for their second straight win at the...
The swimming pool in Hay River was closed on Jan. 29 because of the failure of the main pool pump. NNSL file photo

Missing part keeps Hay River pool closed

As of Feb. 22, the swimming pool remained closed due to a mechanical problem. “The whirlpool and steam room are open, but the pool remains closed,” said Stephane Millette, director of recreation with the Town of Hay River. The pool was closed on Jan. 29 following the mechanical failure of the main pool pump. It...
Erin Griffiths, the CEO of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, told town council on Feb. 18 that negotiations with the health authority's unionized workers will resume in early March. NNSL file photo

Labour negotiations ongoing in Hay River

More negotiations will take place soon between the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority and its unionized workers. In an appearance before town council on Feb. 18, Erin Griffiths, CEO of the health authority, said the organization and the workers are still talking. “And our next tentative dates to be at the table is...
Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson has once again raised concern in the Legislative Assembly about the excessive wait times for mental health counselling in Hay River. NNSL file photo

Mental health counselling wait times are ‘ridiculous,’ says MLA

Concerns over excessive wait times to see a mental health counsellor are falling on deaf ears, a Hay River MLA said in the Legislative Assembly. On Feb. 22, Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson told the legislature there is an eight-month wait list to see a mental health counsellor. “That is completely unacceptable,” he said....
Adam Kovacs, known online as “Beaufort Beats”, has been producing music for 17 years and wants to share his knowledge with Inuvik by hosting a series of music production classes in the summer. Photo courtesy of Adam Kovacs.

Music producer hopes to teach Inuvik how to create

A local music producer is looking to share his love and knowledge of creating music with community members by hosting a series of music production classes in the summer. Adam Kovacs, known online as “Beaufort Beats”, said he got the idea to teach music production after receiving a number of technical questions from Inuvik residents,...

Victim of fatal car accident outside of Behchoko identified

A Behchoko man who died following a two-vehicle collision Friday night along Highway 3 has been identified as 39-year-old Bodie James Mantla, the NWT Coroner’s Officer confirmed Monday. Behchoko RCMP responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident around 9:45 p.m. Friday on Highway 3, approximately 40 km south of the community. Four others...
Jamie Cluff made 41 saves in a winning effort for Team NT's girls hockey team over Newfoundland and Labrador. Kelly Bolin/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT girls hockey team hits the win column

Big day on the ice for Team NT’s girls hockey team at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., today. The girls took down Newfoundland and Labrador this afternoon by a score of 4-1. Abby Webster of Hay River scored what turned out to be the eventual winning goal late in the second period...
Trisha Laye, left, and Kim Lea are creating a first-ever mascot for K'amba Carnival. The mascot will be based on a ptarmigan, because k'amba is the Slavey word for ptarmigan. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

K’amba Carnival gets first mascot

K’amba Carnival is getting something completely new this year – a mascot. The winter festival on the Hay River Reserve has apparently never had one in its 37-year history. “I don’t really recall any mascots for the K’amba Carnival,” said Aaron Tambour, vice-chairperson of the organizing committee. The suggestion to create a mascot came from...
Team NT's girls hockey team gathers around following their game against Prince Edward Island at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 24. Mel Bolin/Canada Winter Games photo

Week two gets underway at Canada Winter Games for Team NT and Nunavut

And so begins another week of the North’s best and brightest doing their thing at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Week two officially got underway on Feb. 24 with three sports in action involving Team NT; Nunavut wasn’t in action. The boys and girls curling rinks took on Saskatchewan in the morning...
Matthew Skinner, the centre Coordinator for the Inuvik Youth Centre, created a weekly skate night program for the town’s youth in October 2018. The goal of the program is to allow local youth to practice their skating or to play hockey in a safe and welcoming environment. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Youth skate night continues to be a hit

Every Friday from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm, Inuvik youth are given exclusive access to free ice time at the Roy “Sugloo” Ipana Arena in the Midnight Sun Complex, all thanks to the Inuvik Youth Centre’s skate program. Matthew Skinner, the centre coordinator for the Inuvik Youth Centre, created the program last October to allow...