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New national park heralded as ‘critical step’ to Lutsel K’e Denesoline’s way of life

It was decades in the making, but the massive Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve – roughly the same size as Great Slave Lake – is a dream come true for the Lutsel K'e Dene...

Fees established to take school buses in Hay River

The annual cost of taking a school bus in Hay River has been finalized. The fee will be $325 per student up to a maximum of two students, and if a family has three or...

Housing Corporation builds rental units for RCMP

The RCMP are receiving 45 new market rental units across NWT courtesy of the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, a GNWT news release announced Friday. In Inuvik, 17 units will be built, in addition to six...

RCMP intercepted more than 100 bottles of liquor bound for Whati in recent seizures

More than one hundred bottles of liquor bound for the community of Whati were recently intercepted by RCMP. Mounties seized 50 bottles of liquor headed into the community, where alcohol is prohibited under the NWT...

Bear attack victim warned of risks just days before being mauled to death

The victim of last week’s fatal bear attack near the Mackenzie River was warned of the dangers of camping in remote country just days before he was mauled to death. A chance encounter led Lyn...

BACK TO SCHOOL: K’alemi Dene School turning 10 years old 

The first thing one notices when walking into the K'alemi Dene School is its overall cleanliness and freshness in its naturally lit foyer and hallways. It doesn’t look a day over one.  However, the school...

Early childhood educators connect

A conference featuring licensed early childhood care staff, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers came from all corners of the NWT this week to take part in three day workshops at the Explorer Hotel.  The Learning...

GUEST COMMENT: Feds, GNWT broke rules on park creation

It’s a worrisome day when we cannot trust our governments to follow their own laws. But that’s where we find ourselves with the process used to create the 26,000 square kilometres of Thaidene Nene National...

Minister of education reveals plan for post-secondary

The minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Caroline Cochrane, is looking ahead at the proposed transition of Aurora College to a polytechnic university. The minister released a new strategic framework and shared the government's vision...

Tlicho government job ad creates stir with male hiring preference

A job advertisement posted to the Tlicho government Facebook page Aug. 21 is causing a stir, with some people questioning the legality of the ad's stated preference for male applicants. The ad, which advertised the...
Northwestel customers in Yellowknife and surrounding areas had a 'major' disruption in services on May 8. NNSL file photo

UPDATED: Northwestel ‘network issue’ disrupts phone, internet services in Jean Marie River

A “network issue” disrupted cellular, internet and long-distance phone services in Jean Marie River Thursday, impacting five other communities before being resolved the next day. While local phone services in Jean Marie River were unaffected...

Canada Council to arts community: ‘Please apply’ for funding

Simon Brault envisions greater growth in the Northwest Territories arts sector, but he is calling on Northern artists to apply for available funding. The director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts was...

Bear attack victim a French composer on musical quest

French composer Julien Gauthier has been identified as the victim of last week’s bear attack in a remote area south of Tulita, NWT Coroner Services confirms. Gauthier, a musician and field recordist who turned the...

Town welcomes federal infrastructure funding

The Town of Hay River will receive a significant share of infrastructure funding announced by the federal government. The town will get $4,606,875 from the feds to help pay for a new wastewater lift station....

Hay River MLA blasts ‘Russian roulette’ healthcare system in Hay River

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson delivered a damning assessment of healthcare in the town during recent comments in the NWT Legislative Assembly. "The residents of Hay River are gravely concerned about the state of...

Dump fire costs at Hay River nearing $1 million

The cost of a stubborn dump fire in Hay River that burned for most of March continues to rise. It is now closing in on $1 million. That's the possible final price tag, according to Judy...

Yards in Bloom winners named in Hay River

Rachel Pegg was the top winner when Yards in Bloom – a competition to promote gardening and community beautification – handed out its awards for 2019 on Aug. 17. Pegg was honoured for having the...

Hay River Reserve road gets new chipseal

A project to upgrade the foundation and put new chipseal on the access road to the Hay River Reserve is almost complete. "Construction is finished and line-painting is still being done," said Binay Yadav, the...

Dividing the spoils in the next cabinet

It seems the territorial cabinet is becoming the Toronto Raptors of the political world in that the stars don't want to play there anymore. Three current cabinet ministers have announced they won't seek re-election in...

Two shots at $1 million in Hay River

The Million Dollar Shootout has reached its 10th year. The tournament – set for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the Hay River Golf Club – will reach the milestone by once again giving two...

Education minister calls for school system overhaul

Education Minister Caroline Cochrane was blunt in the legislative assembly on Aug. 13: The territory’s school system is “failing” the children of the NWT, and it was the next assembly’s responsibility to fix it. “Our...

Federal government announces $2.2 billion for Northern mine clean up

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, announced on Monday that $2.2 billion is being given for the reclamation of eight Northern mines through the new Northern Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program. The remediation funding will go...

Paul Betsina to run in Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Former Yellowknives Dene First Nation councillor and manager at the Det'on Cho Corporation, Paul Betsina is announcing his intent to run as MLA for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh. "I have had the benefit of being raised by...

Feds fund local farming, tourism

Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod dropped into Hay River on Aug. 16 to announce some federal government funding. His first stop was at the Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) to announce a federal investment into...
Cameron Courtoreille rolls over Tom Haight of Manitoba for the pin during their match at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., on Aug. 16. Courtoreille captured bronze on Sunday by beating Haight for a second time by pinfall. photo courtesy of Rob Hart

Cameron Courtoreille pins down medal no. 6 at Western Canada Summer Games

The 10th and final day of the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., on Sunday saw Team NT pick up its sixth medal of the event. Cameron Courtoreille of Yellowknife was the final...
Tom Williams (right), the president and CEO of the NWT Housing corporation, listens as Alfred Moses, the housing minister and MLA for Inuvik Boot Lake, welcomes representatives from across the North to Inuvik for the 2019 Northern Housing Summit on April 23. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

EDITORIAL: Housing remains a top challenge

Heading into two elections this fall, there is much anxiety over where the territory is heading. Residents are right to be concerned about the health of the main economic drivers in the NWT -- government...

Habitat for Humanity’s northern challenges

Matt Belliveau has been the executive director of Habitat for Humanity NWT for roughly a year and despite the success of the brand and constructs for families in need in Yellowknife, he recognizes that...
Nicolas Bennett of Yellowknife, left, Zachary Horton of Hay River, Bryce Smith of Hay River and Stryden Hult-Griffin of Inuvik captured a bronze medal for Team NT in the boys medley relay in track and field at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Alta., on Saturday. photo courtesy of Rob Hart

Boys relay team wins track and field bronze at Western Canada Summer Games

Another day, another bronze medal for Team NT at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., this time on the track. The team of Nicolas Bennett of Yellowknife, Bryce Smith of Hay River,...

NWT Indigenous girls participate in science camp

Six Indigenous girls from across the Northwest Territories found out last week that science and math aren’t as dry and boring as they may have thought.  De Beers Canada sponsored 10 seats for Indigenous girls...