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NORTHERN WILDFLOWER: When not to sweep something under the rug

Walking through the doors of the Faculty of Law last week was very emotional for me. It was my mother’s birthday and last year on the same day Northern Wildflower was released so I feel...

Women could make their mark in this race

The major territorial issues facing the next legislative assembly will be largely the same the last group of lawmakers faced. Poverty, food insecurity, addictions, mental health, infrastructure, and climate change were whittled away at by...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Have you washed your hands?

Not long ago, I was in the bathroom of a restaurant and out of the toilet stall came a cook. He closed the door to his stall and walked out of the bathroom without...
Bruce Valpy, Publisher, NNSL Media, Northern News Services Ltd.

Are you enjoying your white privilege?

The headline above was the greeting I got exiting a store on a busy street in downtown San Francisco earlier this summer. It was late morning, sunny day, and there were lots of people...

What are MLAs going to do about city under-funding?

Editor's note: Mayor Rebecca Alty, in consultation with city council, is writing a weekly column during the territorial election exploring the needs and issues facing the City of Yellowknife. This is the first of...

Encouraging success in education

When we look at our workplace environment, we see that we are in high-tech mode and the learning process or education is key to entry and success in the workplace. This involves participation of...

GREENING THE NORTH: How will our generation be remembered?

As we prepare to enter the third decade of the 21st century we must ask ourselves, how does our generation want to be defined and remembered. We are in a unique position as the...

Rene Fumoleau was a Northern giant and true friend of the people

I first got in trouble with Rene Fumoleau back in 1984. I was reporting for Native Press and working on a story about Denendeh, a Dene Celebration. It was a pictorial book of Dene...

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...

ELECTION EDUCATION: Election innovations: NWT leads way in Canada

Did you know that the NWT is leading the country with a couple of innovative efforts that will inform and prepare electors to be ready, and enable participation in this fall's Territorial General Election...

NORTHERN WILDFLOWER: My fight against alcohol addiction – one year in

I am one year sober this month and I am proud of how far I've come and how much I have been able to accomplish since quitting drinking. For me, alcohol is a waste...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: The calls of the wild

I love the call of the loon. Especially when I am out in the bush, lying in bed and I hear the round of calls they make just after sunset. I love the call of...

SPORTS TALK: Fill in the blanks: Don’t throw stones from ____ ____

Putt-putt in church? It's a thing. The Rochester Cathedral, which is part of the Church of England meaning it's an Anglican parish and the second-oldest in the country behind just Canterbury, has erected a nine-hole...

ELECTION EDUCATION: Your future is in your hands

You don't have to be interested in politics to be a voter. But you should be interested in government decisions that may impact your life or the future well-being of your children. So as...
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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Hitler’s willing executioners

Friends, this book by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen painstakingly and thoroughly outlines 'ordinary Germans and the Holocaust', how everyday citizens in any country are used to further the ends of evil. The part of this historical...

GUEST COMMENT: People with disabilities are not the damaged goods of the labour force

Pursuing one's vocational dreams as a person with a disability can be a seriously tough endeavour due to ableism. Ableism is a type of discrimination that is hurled against individuals with disabilities, or differently abled...

GREENING THE NORTH: Make waste reduction the priority

Everyone knows the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The order they are listed in is actually important. Recycling seems to get the focus, but we would like to take a moment to focus on the first...

Safe travels and colonial media depictions

Thinking about the northern BC murders and impacts on Indigenous women If you see me around town and are wondering why I haven't left yet to go to school down south, the answer is yes I'm...

Our consensus government system must be improved

From: Don Jaque, Fort Smith Dear editor, Your editorial in the July 25 edition ('Summer of McLeod') expressed concern about Premier Bob McLeod hanging out with Conservative premiers at different events this summer, purposely showing solidarity with...

EDITORIAL: Support for women at risk a good step forward

As women across Canada in need are turned away from resources, funding and shelters, Yellowknife is embracing at-risk women and ensuring they transition to temporary housing with as little upheaval as possible while their...

GUEST COMMENT: We need a climate debate

Two months ago, I was not a climate activist. But the massive wildfire near High Level threatened to cut off our road to the rest of the country and I knew I had to...

EDITORIAL: Ice lake rebels’ new landlord

When you can't beat them, make them somebody else's problem. That's what our municipal government is about to do with the city's iconic floating community of houseboats and the inhabitants of Jolliffe Island. These folks could...

LABOUR VIEWS: Stressed Yk nurses need help

I am sure you have also seen the stories in the media recently about the letter from nurses regarding staffing and working conditions at Stanton Territorial Hospital. I have been meeting with members over...

GREENING THE NORTH: The true North strong and bee

Ecology North has a rich history of active programming to support local food production. Our popular Northern Backyard Farming series, developed in collaboration with the GNWT Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment, is a...

EDITORIAL: A high visibility visitors centre a must

Let’s be realistic, if the territorial government were to invest in repairing or rebuilding the visitors centre, would you be behind investing your somewhat limited resources in a refurbished or even a shiny new...

NORTHERN WILDFLOWER: Overcoming the fear of change

My computer is on the brink right now with a frozen space bar and a sticky delete button so while I wait for my new computer to be delivered, I have to write by...
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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: The Adaka Cultural Festival!

Friends, it certainly was a joy to attend the Adaka Cultural Festival (June 28 and July 4) in Whitehorse. In collaboration with all municipal, local, territorial governments and First Nations the 150 artists enjoyed a...

EDITORIAL: What is going on at the landfill?

It’s likely you yourself have gone through the sacred motions of separating paper from plastic and glass and metal. You’ve probably painstakingly rinsed the jars and cans before making a pilgrimage down to one of...

FOOD BANK JOURNAL: Quest for charitable status

Small service organizations like the YK Food Bank are common in most cities across Canada. They are created when a group or individual sees a need and does something to address it. Depending on the...

EDITORIAL: NWT should lead the way on plastic

If you’ve ever been concerned about plastics in our rivers, lakes and oceans you might be familiar with the infamous statement by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “By 2050, plastic in the oceans will outweigh...