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Fisherman’s Wharf to wrap up Sept. 16

Fisherman’s Wharf will be wrapping up for the season on Sept. 16. The outdoor market, which is popular with residents and visitors alike, begins in mid-June and takes place each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the tourism season.

That twangy sound

People in Hay River now have an opportunity to learn how to play a fun and unique musical instrument – the ukulele. Classes on the ukulele are being offered by NWT Centennial Library. “More or less, it’s an introduction to the basics of singing, to the basics of using a string instrument, and just harmonization...

World Suicide Prevention Day

A fire-feeding ceremony will take place on the Hay River Reserve this week to pay tribute to family members, friends and community members who lost their lives to suicide. The ceremony, part of World Suicide Prevention Day, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the arbour of K’atlodeeche First Nation.

200 days and counting

The South Slave Arctic Winter Games (AWG) are getting closer, and organizers want to make sure people realize that. On Aug. 28, they held a 200-day countdown event in Hay River for the games, which will take place in both Hay River and Fort Smith from March 18 to 24, 2018. “It’s certainly to create...

RCMP probe sudden death in Fort Good Hope

RCMP in Fort Good Hope are investigating the sudden death of an adult male. According to a news release from the Mounties, officers responded to a call for service in the early morning hours on Sept. 3 and found an unresponsive man. He was later pronounced dead by medical personnel, police stated. RCMP is now...

Novellas, movies and tours – oh my!

Richard Van Camp has pitched his tent at the St. Albert Public Library for his four-month writer in residence session. The residency is his third in a series of residencies the former resident of Fort Smith has done with the Metro Federation of Libraries. The federation is a partnership between Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona County, St....

Time to put land to good use

Last week I wrote about the weddings in Fort Norman. Here is a photo of the Lennie -Manuel wedding. I love to celebrating weddings. As I mentioned last week, there must be a lot of love in Fort Good Hope. There were three weddings over the weekend of Aug. 17 to 19. People looked so...

Allegations fly around Behchoko election

Allegations of drunken voters hardly able to stand, interpreters swaying votes and mismanagement of polling stations has initiated a civil lawsuit, filed by runner-up candidate for Behchoko chief Leon Lafferty. The former Behchoko chief and MLA is asking the NWT Supreme Court to overturn the June 12 election for chief and council due to the...

Murder victim’s mother leaves court in tears

The mother of a Fort Good Hope murder victim left the Yellowknife Courthouse in tears Aug. 29 after learning she would have to wait to find out where her daughter’s killer would be serving his life sentence. Louisa Lafferty made the trip south to attend what is known as a placement hearing for Keenan McNeely,...

Whose Slave Are We?

Friends, I am heartened to know that at least one person, News/North’s James O’Connor, is actually calling for action on something that should have been done some time ago. In his column last week (“Time to abolish colonial nomenclature, Aug. 21), he points to the matter of names, citing the rather large elephant – or moose,...

Forty-per-cent boost for Indigenous environmental groups

A $6.2 million funding increase will give a much needed boost to Indigenous environmental organizations which in turn will inject money into the respective communities. The additional 40-per-cent increase of investment funding will in part support Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, Sahtu and Tlicho co-management boards and committees that were established under their respective treaties. That increase will...

Safety warning after missing Sachs Harbour hunter returns

RCMP are reminding residents to be prepared when travelling over land or water after a hunter from Sachs Harbour was reported missing Aug. 22. According to the Mounties, the man travelled out of the community alone on an ATV the previous evening with the intent of returning home the same night. Carrying a trailer, rifle...

Awards to honour fire safety service

The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs is seeking nominations for the NWT Fire Service Merit Awards. The awards honour individuals and fire departments for contributing to fire safety. Individuals or community fire departments can be nominated by members of the public, fire departments or fire chiefs. The nomination deadline is Sept. 22. Recipients of...

Legislature to return Sept. 19

The second session of the 18th Legislative Assembly is set to reconvene on Sept. 19. This year is unique since the second session will be prorogued on Oct. 4 and the third session will begin on Oct. 17. This will give MLAs the opportunity to discuss the outcome of a mid-term review, stated a news...

Grizzly bear killed in Inuvik

A grizzly bear was killed earlier this week after being spotted on Stringer Road, according to Norman Snowshoe, Inuvik Region superintendent with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. An officer put the bear down early Monday morning because it stopped responding to efforts to deter it, said Snowshoe. The department was also investigating a...

All-season road dreams could be reality: minister

With limited transportation infrastructure in the North, the $400 million reserved for the three territories’ infrastructure projects might bring some NWT all-season road projects closer to reality. Building new infrastructure in the region’s extreme climate, with dispersed populations and high construction costs is the reason the federal government is making special provision for the three...

Editorial: Fortress Fed vs. Senator Nick

When Sen. Nick Sibbeston approached the Service Canada building in Yellowknife late last month, he expected to receive some service – even if he didn’t have an appointment. After all, he is the sitting senator for the entire territory – and served as premier in the mid-1980s – and even had his government ID card...

Territorial leaders welcome INAC split

Indigenous leaders in the NWT are welcoming the federal government’s split of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs portfolio. On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the change, which divides the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs into Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services. Carolyn Bennett, former Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, will now be Minister...

Fortress Fed vs. Senator Nick

When Sen. Nick Sibbeston approached the Service Canada building in Yellowknife late last month, he expected to receive some service – even if he didn’t have an appointment. After all, he is the sitting senator for the entire territory – and served as premier in the mid-1980s – and even had his government ID card...

Rain dampens demolition derby in Inuvik

Rainy weather and chilly winds on Saturday threw a wrench in this year’s demolition derby, forcing organizers to cancel the event before drivers could start their engines. “We woke up and found all our efforts of last night destroyed by wind,” Melinda Gillis, fundraising co-ordinator with the Iron Horse Klub, said Saturday morning from the...

Old shipping container becomes chicken coop

A handful of feathered residents may have a new home for themselves at the Inuvik Community Greenhouse next year. Staff there have repurposed an old shipping container into a chicken coop equipped with an area for the birds to nest, roost and run around in the fresh air. “A couple of years ago, when all...

Living, breathing, sleeping yoga

Hay River now has four women trained as yoga instructors and willing to pass on the secrets of the ancient physical and spiritual practice to others in the community. That is the result – and was the plan – of a three-week intensive training session that concluded on Aug. 24. Actually, six women completed the...

Waiting at home, hopefully

A Hay River woman, who was possibly facing years in Edmonton awaiting a double-lung transplant, may be able to stay at home, after all. Dawn Loutit found out on Aug. 24 that she might be able to remain in Hay River during the wait. Loutit said she was told by a representative of the transplant...

No work expected this year to improve safety of pedestrian walkway on Super A...

Although the existing pedestrian walkway on the Super A service road was called dangerous last year by some members of town council, it appears no work will be done this summer to correct the situation. Mayor Brad Mapes doesn’t expect anything to be done this year. “But we got a lot of stuff we’re trying...

Editorial: Fishing for connections

We couldn’t decide between the two topics we had in mind for this week’s editorial. Both are equally worthy, so we decided to write about the two of them since we feel they are united in some aspects. We readily admit that it might appear we are really fishing to connect the two, since they...

Licence for new Chase the Ace expected to be issued soon

A process has begun that will soon see a licence issued for the second Chase the Ace lottery in Hay River. Judy Goucher, the senior administrative officer (SAO) with the Town of Hay River, said the town has had two licence applications on file since last year. The town reached out to those applicants in...

Porritt Landing project well underway

Work is well underway to revitalize Porritt Landing. But one of the major improvements – repairs to the boat launch – will be put to one side until the fall. “We’ve just received the concrete slabs that are going to go in for the boat launch,” said Jim Darby, director of recreation and community services...

Yards in Bloom hands out awards

Yards in Bloom handed out its awards this past weekend to honour just a few of the many people who have taken it upon themselves to create a more attractive community. The top award – the Darm Crook Overall Winner – was presented to Thess Cruzpe-Cooper. The winner of that award is selected from all...

Editorial: Finding the right balance

When the rest of Canada – in fact, the world – thinks of the NWT, what comes to mind? Natural resources and mining are likely top of the list. First gold and now diamond exploration and mining have been crucial elements of the territory’s economy. And a major component to this place’s allure and mystique....

Aklavik’s Carly Sayers does not let her disability define her

Carly Sayers is a young woman with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder who is not about to let her disability define her. The 24-year-old Aklavik resident said she has met the challenges of the disability she lives with head on, the main hurdle for her now is how others look at and judge people with disabilities....