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Sharing circle in Yellowknife marks Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

  It can be very hard for people who have experienced violence or crime to speak up. Cecilia Wood knows this well, after experiencing the violent death of members of her family. “It’s hard to go to someone and trust someone again when you’ve been victimized. There’s sources out there but when you’re shy, you don’t...

Running? Leave your headphones at home

Opinion – When the Heart Says No by Roy Erasmus Notice all those people walking, running, or biking while using earphones or earbuds? Well, please don’t do that. And, please tell your kids to leave their headphones at home while walking, running, or biking outside. It’s not safe. Eschia! When I was working for the...
FOXY participants Body Mapping at Blachford Lake Lodge.https://arcticfoxy.com/

Call goes out for young women leaders to sign up for FOXY summer retreat

NWT – Young women throughout the Northwest Territories are invited to participate in a FOXY (Fostering Open Expression among Youth) retreat in Yellowknife this summer, information from the Tlicho Government said. The first 2017 FOXY Peer Leader Retreat is scheduled to run from July 5 to 13 and the second is scheduled to take place...
Kyran Alikamik, Grade 9 student at Helen Kalvak School in Ulukhaktok, represented the Nunakput constituency during the Youth Parliament program in Yellowknife the week of May 8. photo courtesy of NWT Legislative Assembly.

Ulukhaktok’s junior MLA takes on high cost of travel in Legislative Assembly

Ulukhaktok/Holman – Kyran Alikamik knows first-hand the barriers of travelling in the North. That’s why the Grade 9 student from Helen Kalvak School in Ulukhaktok highlighted the issue during the Youth Parliament program in Yellowknife earlier this month. “It affects constituents here very greatly,” Alikamik said. “It’s just a really big barrier.” Alikamik was one...

GNWT makes landclaim offers to Akaitcho Dene and NWT Metis Nations

Two nations are closer to settling land claims with the GNWT. The government made land claim offers to the Akaitcho Dene First Nation and the Northwest Territory Metis Nation, Premier Bob McLeod announced last week. Confidential negotiations between the nations, the GNWT and the federal government will continue to resolve outstanding issues, stated a news...

$19.6 million from feds for Indigenous language – McLeod

Indigenous languages in the Northwest Territories will receive $19.6 million. Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod made the announcement May 26. It comes after negotiations over the past year between the federal government, the GNWT and Nunavut, stated a news release. The GNWT will receive $5.9 million for 2017-2018, while Nunavut will receive $4.1 million for...

Sharing circle in Yellowknife open to all those affected by crime or violence

People and families affected by violence or crime will have a space to share their experiences on May 31. Organized by the Native Women’s Association of the NWT, a sharing circle will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the association’s office on the second floor of the Yellowknife post office building. Guest...

Making carbon pricing work for Northerners – Michael Miltenberger

The national carbon price is coming. The new, federally mandated levy on greenhouse gas emissions comes into effect next year, setting a minimum $10 per tonne of emissions beginning in 2018 and rising $10 each year to reach $50 per tonne in 2022. Whether through a tax on carbon or alternative market mechanisms like cap...

Sahtu beneficiaries ‘are deeply concerned’ bringing lawyers in to challenge leaders

Some beneficiaries of the Sahtu Trust have retained lawyers and written a letter to Premier Bob McLeod, the latest development in a conflict that has included allegations of mismanagement of the trust by the board that oversees it. The letter was delivered to McLeod May 3 by Ahlstrom Wright Oliver and Cooper LLP and advises...

Preparing for the forest fire season ahead

“We aren’t capable of protecting every value out there.” – Frank Lepine, the GNWT department’s director of forest management, on saving buildings. Everyone was able to escape unharmed, as a forest fire leaped towards them in the near distance. Not only lives were at risk but also a cherished family fishing lodge on Harding Lake,...

Nothing to see here, move along please

James O’Connor is editor of News/North It’s a beautiful time of year in the Northwest Territories. Spring is here, the snow is pretty much gone and the ice is melting as fast as a cube in a California cocktail. And apparently I live in the most crime-free jurisdiction I ever have in my entire adult...
Emma Willoughby, left, representing Great Slave, Aidan Allan representing Yellowknife South, Myha Martin representing Inuvik Twin Lakes and Lisa Boutilier representing Hay River South stand during a vote for a motion to train teachers across the territory on youth mental health on Thursday, May 11 at the Government of the Northwest Territories legislative assembly. Emelie Peacock/NNSL Photo

Youth run the territory for a day

by Emelie Peacock Northern News Services Young, passionate and well-spoken, students from across the territory took their seats at the legislative assembly on Thursday, May 11 for a Youth Parliament session. Thursday was the culmination of a week of drafting and discussing motions, meeting with MLAs and getting a firsthand look at the democratic process....

Fort Liard votes for chief and council Monday amid much controversy

ACHO DENE KOE/FORT LIARD – Acho Dene Koe First Nation members head to the polls May 15 to select a chief and council, capping a contentious election. Gene Hope, Cathy Kotchea, Frank Kotchea Sr. and Herbie Berreault were running for chief while 16 were running for five council seats. Among the council candidates was Harry Deneron,...

Northern photography goes national with ‘Reconcilation’ photo

Thebacha/Fort Smith – For Fort Smith photographer Pierre-Emmanuel Chaillon, the name he gave to a photo of tipis rising toward the sky with the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cathedral in the background says something important about a place where two cultures collide. Chaillon, who has lived in Fort Smith for two years, christened the photo “Reconciliation.”...

National air show coming to most NWT communities this summer

              A celebration of Northern aviation is bringing pilots and performers from across the country to tour 97 communities this summer. The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour spans all three territories as well as a few communities in Manitoba, Quebec and Newfoundland. Thirty-one communities in the Northwest Territories are scheduled...

Cece McCauley- Elders talk residential schools and why does government meet without the people?

There is an elder group happening in the NWT. My friend, Ellen Smith from McPherson, said there are women in many communities organizing. This is her telephone number: 639-317-9012. The women will cover many issues. One of the big issues will be the residential school arguments because people are questioning the one-sided stories. There are...

Halfway to hearing the words ‘Doctor Mountain’ – NWT News/North columnist Antoine Mountain

Friend, I first got this idea of going back to school when Alestine Andre of Tsiigehtchic got her Masters Degree. I thought this would be one perfect way to encourage the youth to just stay in school, and to go on to an academic one at that, rather than into the trades. Now some 10...

Tulita’s community organizations compete in spring clean-up

Tulita/Fort Norman – Community organizations in Tulita will work together to clean up their community the week of May 22, said Kelsey Dayler, recreation director. Organizations including the Hamlet of Tulita and employees of local stores will be assigned an area of the community to clean, which will be inspected Dayler said. Each organization will...

GNWT boosts small business funding limit to $75,000

New funding of up to $75,000 is now available for business-related activities in the Northwest Territories. The funds, available through the GNWT Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, are part of a new pilot announced by the government on May 8 for the 2017-18 year. The $75,000 is available for projects that increase a community’s...

A special Mothers’ Day in Fort Good Hope

Radilih Koe/Fort Good Hope- Fort Good Hope residents were invited to the community hall from May 11 to 13 to create special crafts for Mothers’ Day, said recreation co-ordinator Freda Kelly. Each evening was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and was expected to include card-making, painting and making paper flowers. “We’ll just make little stuff...

Healthy walking in Norman Wells sponsored by Norman Wells Land Corporation

Lli Goline/Norman Wells – Norman Wells residents are encouraged to participate in a new walking program through the Norman Wells Land Corporation (NWLC), information from the organization said. The walks take place from Monday to Friday at 4 p.m. and travel a route from the NWLC office to Canol Drive and back through Mackenzie Drive....

Five Tlicho students from communities to compete at territorial Heritage Fair

Behchoko/Rae Edzo – Five students from Tlicho communities will compete at the territorial Heritage Fair after being selected during the Tlicho regional heritage fair on May 5, said Tammy Steinwand-Deschambeault, Culture and Language Coordinator with the Tlicho Community Services Agency. The fair was held at Elizabeth Mackenzie Elementary School. The five winners are; Got’soka Beaulieu for...

Consensus government in the NWT has run its course

The issue: Consensus government We say: Doesn’t work “Maybe by having our MLAs as ministers we have been getting some benefit. I just haven’t seen it at this particular juncture.” – Jozef Carnogursky, Nihtat Gwich’in Council president. Northern News Services It makes sense when it came time to decide on what type of government the territory would...
Northwest Territories residents have been uploading their best hockey fan photos to raise money for the Fort Good Hope Cancer fund. From left, Damien Haogak, Tori Haogak, Melinda Laboucan, Cheyenne Haogak and Andy Carpenter. photo courtesy of Melinda Laboucan.

Hockey fans raise cancer funds in Fort Good Hope

Radilih Koe/Fort Good Hope – Families in Fort Good Hope are getting extra help when they need it most, thanks to a community group dedicated to helping those with cancer. The Goba Group, made up of community volunteers, was established in 2013 and aims to raise awareness about cancer while also providing tangible help to people...
On the left, a wedding party in Las Vegas. On the right, it doesn't take long for the bride to lose her cool with her maid of honour. Columnist James O'Connor opines that having a stranger's nuptials thrust into his face isn't his idea of fun in Sin City. James O'Connor/NNSL photo

This too shall pass, says NWT News/North Editor James OConnor

      James O’Connor is editor of News/North nwtnewsnorth@nnsl.com @james__oconnor   Some things in life give you pause to think. Thinking is generally not good for the soul. Well my soul at least. I’ve found life can be so much more pleasant if you just live and let live. I find when I let...

Read 1,000 books to win a basket of books from literacy council

In an effort to inspire parents to read books to their young children, the NWT Literacy Council is encouraging them to break out their cameras. On May 9, the council announced it is holding a photo contest to help promote its initiative to have families read 1,000 books before their child enters Kindergarten. The contest,...

Washed out culvert temporarily closes Fort Simpson road

Heavy rainfall last week forced the closure of Highway 1 into Fort Simpson on May 7 after a culvert washout took out a section of the highway. The washout extended across the highway. Dan Quevillon, regional superintendent for the Department of Infrastructure, said crews began work on repairs the morning of May 7 and were...
Linda Nixon hugs her dog Joey back at home on the day he was found in the bush after he went missing for nine days. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Lost and found

If Joey the Brussels Griffon could talk, he would no doubt have a great story to tell. As it is, Joey’s owner Linda Nixon – and it seems many other people in Hay River – are left to wonder and be amazed how a small dog could survive in the bush and in freezing temperatures...

Behchoko man jailed for molesting daughter

A Behchoko man has been sentenced to two years less a day in jail after being found guilty of twice sexually assaulting his young daughter.Territorial court judge Bernadette Schmaltz criticized the man during sentencing April 21, saying his daughter was a much more believable witness during a one-day trial in March. “I don’t believe his...
Melissa MacLellan, 15, left, and Erika Callahan, 16, prepare to take a test in Tomiko Robson's (far right) Grade 10 social studies class at Sir John Franklin High School on March 11, 2015. Department of Education, Culture and Employment officials say they plan to update the territory’s health curriculum along with the legalization of marijuana next July. - NNSL file photo

Educating pot

Education officials are looking to take a page out of other jurisdictions’ playbooks before changing how the territory’s health curriculum tackles marijuana ahead of planned legalization next summer. But they say NWT students are already well-versed in the effects of substance use and abuse under the current school programming, including cannabis. According to Elaine Stewart,...