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Doctored Smurf cartoon no laughing matter

A former senior employee of the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) is owed $50,000 after his reputation was ruined by a co-worker in 2015 to the point he could no longer find work within the NWT. “By no fault of his own, [Patrick] Tomlinson lost the trust of his employer, other organizations and community members,” wrote...

Stittco Energy up for sale

As the result of major corporate merger, Canada’s Competition Bureau is requiring Stittco Energy in Hay River, among other rural retail propane businesses, to be sold, according to a Sept. 27 release. Superior Plus LP is buying Canwest Propane from Gibson Energy ULC. The Competition Bureau found that this merger, and the loss of competition...

Music and spoken word festival tours the NWT

A traveling music and storytelling show is bringing two inspiring Northern women to the stage this week. Musician and storyteller Leanne Goose will join musician and filmmaker Caroline Cox as headliners of the Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival. The festival will start in Hay River tomorrow, then touch down in Fort Simpson, Fort...

Futsal camps come to a close

If the territory’s young futsal players were looking to make an impact ahead of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, late September was the time to do it. NWT Soccer wrapped up its regional developmental futsal camps around the NWT on Oct. 1. Five communities, one in every NWT Soccer region, hosted a camp including Behchoko,...

Bad flu season predicted

The flu season is getting an early start in the NWT, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, and it might be an indicator of a heavy season ahead. The NWT, with the exception of the Sahtu and Beaufort Delta, was flagged as one of several regions around Canada already experiencing sporadic cases of...

“Cloud 9 guy” Adam Maier remembered fondly

It was difficult for Jennifer Maier to sum up her late husband in a few words. “He was the life of any party – fun, outgoing, charismatic,” she told the Inuvik Drum about Cloud 9 restaurant owner Adam Maier, who passed unexpectedly Sept. 3. “He had this incredible laugh. He loved a good argument but...

Developing the next Canadian squash champ

Canada has been quiet on the world squash rankings for a number of years, and local player Grant Convey dreams of a new champion rising from the NWT. At one point, the country had a much larger presence in the international squash scene, but it has fallen off in recent years, said Convey. “If we...

Ingenuity in Carcross sets example

One of the largest challenges Yukon deputy minister of Economic Development Justin Ferbey faced in developing tourism infrastructure for Carcross – including what has now become a successful series of mountain biking trails – was stepping on the toes of some of the area’s culture and history. In his speech at the Northwest Territories Recreation...

MLA salary freeze may end next spring

A two-year freeze that temporarily halted cost of living adjustments to MLAs’ salaries is set to expire next year. MLAs passed a bill in March 2016 that froze their salaries and benefits at 2015 levels for the years 2016 and 2017. The legislative assembly’s board of management was informed during a recent meeting on Sept....

‘No’ vote for cabinet minister Louis Sebert

The ballots have been cast and the results show the majority of MLAs do not have confidence in Louis Sebert as a cabinet minister. Those were the results of a secret vote held at the end of Thursday’s midterm review of cabinet members and the premier’s performance – the first to take place since the...

Sign honours late John Wayne Kiktorak

Byron Thrasher knew the late John Wayne Kiktorak well when he was putting the final touches on the sign for the warming shelter’s namesake. “I knew John personally,” said Thrasher, whose sign for the John Wayne Kiktorak Centre was unveiled Monday, Oct. 2. “All my life I known that guy and it’s too bad. He...

Carcross success could inspire Inuvik

The Yukon town of Carcross once shared the same challenges as many Northern towns – little economic activity, many listless youth – but has transformed into a model for other communities to find their niche and reinvent themselves. Justin Ferbey, deputy minister of Economic Development for the Yukon government, shared the town’s success in a...

Inuvikians honoured at NWTRPA awards

Faith Raymond had something of a double award at the Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association conference last week, receiving the Scott McAdam Youth Leadership Award and her employer, the Inuvik Youth Centre, received SideDoor’s Youth Centre of Excellence Award. “I put a lot of work recently into the youth centre and I’m there pretty...

Cancer Sharing Circle meets for the first time

The organizer of a Cancer Sharing Circle was pleased with the first meeting of the new group on Sept. 12. “It went really well,” said Kelsey McGinley. “The number of people that actually came was more than I expected. So the outcome was really, really great. I think that the people that came were really...

Municipality running out of land for sale

Town council has passed a motion directing administration to pursue options for increasing the municipal inventory of land as soon as practical. In a written report to council on the lands inventory on Sept. 26, finance director Ruth Boden noted the amount of land the town has for sale is dwindling. Six land sales passed...

Territory puts up cash for women’s shelter

The GNWT has committed to providing 25 per cent of the funding to build a new shelter for women and children in Hay River. Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson raised the issue in the territorial legislature on Sept. 27, asking Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod if the GNWT could provide a quarter of the...

Tourism numbers on the rise in NWT

Tourism numbers reached record heights in the NWT in 2016-2017. For the first time, visitor spending surpassed the $200 million mark and more than 100,000 visitors travelled to the NWT. The results bode well for the overall goal of Tourism 2020, the GNWT’s five-year strategy for tourism development, which seeks to increase the value of...

Junior kindergarten renovations near end at Harry Camsell School

Renovations to accommodate junior kindergarten at Harry Camsell School should be complete by this coming weekend. “What I have been told by our colleagues at Infrastructure is that it will be completed the weekend prior to Thanksgiving,” said Olin Lovely, assistant deputy minister with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment. That means the work...

Few fans for marijuana legalization at meeting

Judging by a Sept. 19 public meeting, it appears many people in Hay River are less than enthusiastic about the coming legislation of the recreational use of cannabis. “I just think that this whole initiative is regressive,” said Jane Groenewegen, former Hay River South MLA and a former minister of Health and Social Services. Groenewegen...

First Nation Youth Program to host flea market

The K’atlodeeche First Nation Youth Program will host a Fall Flea Market on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chief Lamalice Complex. All proceeds from table rentals will go to help young people travel to a youth conference in Edmonton. The Fall Flea Market will feature an indoor garage sale, bannock...

Growing Together to mark 20 years

The Growing Together program for children and families is about to celebrate 20 years. The celebration will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14 at She Takes the Cake Café. It is open to all past and present participants in the program.

President plans for power

When Jay K. Grewal officially started work in June as president and chief executive officer of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC), she already had a plan. “When I came in, I had a 90-day plan that I’d developed and discussed with the board in advance,” she said. “My focus was accelerating my learning.” Grewal...

National futsal coach says the North can be leader for the sport in Canada

The coach of the national men’s futsal team is impressed with the North’s interest in the sport – an indoor derivation of soccer. In fact, Kyt Selaidopoulos sees possibly big things ahead for futsal in the North. “They can be the leaders in futsal in our country, and they’re on the right track,” Selaidopoulos said...

Travelling festival to visit Hay River

The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival will make a stop at Riverview Cineplex. The performance will feature Leanne Goose, a storyteller and country/folk songwriter and singer, and Caroline Cox, a storyteller and musician. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10. The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival is being...

World Religions Conference sees justice as way to peace

Representatives of three religious traditions shared their thoughts on Global Conflict and the Need for Justice at a recent conference on the Hay River Reserve. The Sept. 25 World Religions Conference – the second such event in Hay River and the Hay River Reserve – brought together representatives of several religions. This year, Rev. Francis...

Editorial: Marijuana out of the shadows

It was enlightening to sit through a recent public meeting in Hay River on the coming legalization of cannabis, or marijuana if you prefer. The federal government’s legalization is now 10 months away, and many people in Hay River are not looking forward to that major change in society. According to comments at the Sept....

Everything’s popping up artists

The richness of the territory’s art and culture was on display at a pop-up gallery in Yellowknife last week. Cousins Dora Blondin and Rosemary Elemie from Deline manned a table laden with beaded moccasins, each made with tanned hide, hand-beaded tops and beaver fur. The two were taught to sew in their early teenage years...

Northern Hunger Games

Friends, it is good to see concerned leaders like former premier Stephen Kakfwi link their times at residential school to present day problems. Anyone who has been to these dread colonialist places well recalls one of the more awful parts of it all, the food, or rather lack of it. A sadder fact is that...

Rangers changes coming soon

While the deployment of new rifles to replace the aging arsenal of Lee Enfields has been delayed until next year, the Canadian Rangers will be soon getting some much-needed boosts on the administrative side of things. Canada’s military ombudsman, Gary Walbourne, has been leading a review on the Rangers program since October 2016. It is...

Women’s inquiry a ‘bloody farce’ says Cece

When is the National Inquiry of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women ever going to end? We have been bombarded for almost a year with this MMIW; a study is going to cost you Canadians at least $53.8 million? We expected a lot of feedback from Canadians. The number one feedback came from Bill Wilson, a...