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August 2017 – NWT Year in Review

Gwich’in lift ban on Dall sheep A survey of Dall sheep in the Richardson Mountains, between Aklavik and Fort McPherson showed the population's numbers on the rise, which meant the Gwich'in Renewable Resources Board (GRRB)...

2017 in 2,000 words or less

Welcome to 2018. A chilly start to our year and here's hoping you were able to stay warm, even enjoying a bit of Christmas cheer along the way. I survived Christmas, but now the job...

July 2017 – NWT Year in Review

Drunk driving up in Behchoko since booze ban lifted Fewer Behchoko residents were getting slapped with liquor act infractions since alcohol became legal in the community in 2017, but impaired driving occurrences more than doubled...

June 2017 – NWT Year in Review

Boys to get HPV vaccine A vaccine for one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in Canada was to be covered for boys and young men across the territory starting in June. Gardasil, a vaccine...

May 2017 – NWT Year in Review

NWT gets new water bombers Ahead of fire season, eight new Air Tractor 802A FireBoss amphibious water bomber aircraft arrived in the territory in April and May. The aircraft, at about $3.5 million each, replaced four...

Mackenzie gas project officially dead

Just before Christmas, the Mackenzie gas project joint-venture participants announced a decision not to proceed with the project and to dissolve the joint venture. "We recognize this is a disappointing day for the people of...

Sudden death in Fort Smith prompts investigation

The sudden death of a female in Fort Smith has prompted an investigation by multiple law enforcement units. Both Forth Smith and Northwest Territories RCMP Major Crimes are investigating after police were alerted to the...

April 2017 – NWT Year and Review

Flights to Norman Wells permanently cancelled First Air announced that it was cancelling flights between Norman Wells and Yellowknife starting May 17. At the time, Sahtu MLA Daniel McNeely said the cancellation was no surprise. In...

March 2017 – NWT Year in Review

Domestic violence election ban struck down On March 9, MLAs voted to reject a motion that would have imposed a five-year ban on people convicted of family violence from running for territorial office. The current...

February 2017 – NWT Year in Review

Millions in payments questioned The organization managing the Sahtu land claim was accused of holding back millions of dollars from beneficiaries and abusing its power. Richard Hardy, a Sahtu lawyer who worked on the land claim,...

Pull together for 2018

Last year was very much a mixed bag in terms highs and lows. 2017 bore witness to the slow-moving train spectacle of an impending leadership review – one that would either affirm Bob McLeod’s success...

January 2017 – NWT Year in Review

Surprise New Year’s Baby Born in Fort Smith The territory’s first baby of 2017 was born in Fort Smith at 2:54 a.m. on Jan. 1. Parents Janelle Cumming and James Colosimo had two reasons to...

‘Eye of Inuvik’ could bring jobs, tourism, fame

Upon arriving in Inuvik on a beautiful, bright afternoon this Christmas, my father cut through the myth immediately, declaring the “sunless winter” claim a scam. The idea of a perpetually dark winter sounds so mysterious...

Sudden death in Fort Smith prompts investigation

The sudden death of a female in Fort Smith has prompted an investigation by multiple law enforcement units. Both Fort Smith and Northwest Territories RCMP Major Crimes are investigating after police were alerted to the...

Hit return for old time dance

The group behind reviving the New Year’s Eve old time dance and feast must have been happy with the turnout for the event, which packed the Midnight Sun Complex community hall. “We were a little...

RCMP investigating suspicious death near Hay River

Police are investigating a suspicious sudden death Hay River, in the area close to Sandy Creek and a road known as the Wilderness Lodge Road on the K'atlodeeche First Nation. RCMP on Thursday responded to...

Botched or otherwise, inquiry raises awareness

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls was always going to be challenged to find a way to actually make a positive impact. First, it’s tackling an issue almost too large to...

Sunrise festival just two weeks away

The 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival is next year but just two weeks away, and the final details were being hammered out at a meeting this week. The festival, which takes place on the frozen Twin...

Rusty Blades donate $25,000 for sports

School sports in Hay River and on the Hay River Reserve have gotten a big financial boost. On Dec. 11, the Rusty Blades Oldtimers' Hockey League donated $25,000 to be divided among five schools –...

Cup returns to E3SS

Keenen Wolki and his team of East Three Secondary School students hoisted the school’s miniature Stanley Cup last week, winning the final game of floor hockey intramurals in the season-ending playoffs. The Cup was presented...

RCMP says suspicious activity near school was search for missing pet

An incident involving an unknown man calling out to a child near a school was determined to not be criminal in nature upon investigation by police. The Hay River RCMP advised the public on Dec....

Hay River trapper among winners

A young trapper from Hay River was among the winners of the Trapper Recognition Awards for 2016-2017 announced on Dec. 13 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Kellan Mandeville was named the top...

Film society zooms in on Hub

A Hay River Film Society has been created with the goal of bringing a broader choice of movies to the community. "We just today got notified that we have non-profit status, so we're officially registered,"...

Specialist brought in to find pool leak

An ongoing leak at the Midnight Sun Complex (MSC) pool forced the Town of Inuvik to bring in a leak detection specialist last weekend and required closing the pool for three days. “Certain areas are...

Untangling lights worth it

The warm weather meant Tim Gordon finally got some help putting up his bevy of Christmas lights this year. “Now that it’s warmer, she comes out,” said Gordon, who along with Kelcy McDonald had the...

Museum won’t be open for AWG

There had been some talk earlier in the year about the possibility of the Hay River Heritage Centre being open during the Arctic Winter Games in March. However, that is not going to happen. "We were...

Community challenge brings in Games volunteers

An initiative earlier this month has added 288 new volunteers for the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games. The volunteer drive – called the 100 Day Celebration – was set up as a competition between...

KFN reopens new-look band office

K'atlodeeche First Nation has officially reopened its newly-renovated offices. A grand reopening was held on Dec. 11 for the administration building – popularly known as the band office. "KFN today by the opening of the newly-renovated...

Bryan Adams again?

As this editorial is being written, the NHL 100 Classic is playing in the background on TV. And it just so happens that Bryan Adams is performing between periods at the outdoor hockey game in...

Metis Nation, GNWT renew agreement

The Northwest Territory Metis Nation renewed its memorandum of understanding with the GNWT on Dec. 14. The agreement, originally signed in 2012, focuses on a government-to-government relationship between the Metis Nation and the GNWT. Metis Nation...

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