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Politicians urge speedy reinstatement of Aurora College board

The education minister wants to have a new Aurora College board of directors in place in two years, but other politicians remain impatient. Education, Culture and Employment Minister RJ Simpson said in the legislature this...

Editorial: Learn from mistakes

The ink on this editorial dries in the wake of the release of the Department of Education, Culture and Employment’s plan for the next five years. It’s based on a review of the first five...

Polytechnic university mission impossible for education expert

I’ve been confused by all the headlines over the polytechnic university. I don’t know what a polytechnic university is or where it fits in between grade school, college, university, real life. What I do understand...

Five-year education review reveals strengths, challenges

The GNWT has released its five-year evaluation report of the Education Renewal and Innovation initiative for junior kindergarten to Grade 12 education in the territory. Jennifer Young, director of planning, research and evaluation with the...

New scholarship aims to keep homegrown health professionals in the North

Former Yellowknife residents Rob Butler and Tannis Hushagen have been wanting to give back to the community they once called home for years. With the launch of a new scholarship geared towards students in the...

FOXY offers arts-based sexual health learning for northern youth

When it comes to sexual health, leaving youth to figure it all out on their own makes them vulnerable to risks and unwise choices.  FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) aims to help young women...

École Allain St-Cyr celebrates three decades in the books

École Allain St-Cyr, Yellowknife’s only Francophone school, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Founded in 1989, the school has come a long way in three decades. In its first year, the school taught nine students - represented...

Breaking: YK1 school board releases final JH Sissons displacement plan

Parents of some YK 1 school students have a choice to make. The school board released its final accommodation plan for the students that will be displaced by construction at École JH Sissons School. Demolition of...

Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency CEO wins national education award

The Northwest Territories is home to the superintendent of Canadian superintendents. Shannon Barnett-Aikman apparently made her last year as director of education for the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency (TCSA) count, not to mention the rest...

Principals’ conference focuses on Safe and Caring Schools

Nunavut school principals and other education staff gathered to network, update their training and learn new skills in Iqaluit this past month. The Nunavut Principals’ Conference ran from Sept. 21 to 27. Principals from all regions...

Fort Simpson schools ditch colonial names

Fort Simpson children and youth are back at school this fall but something's a bit different from previous years – the schools have new names. Liidlii Kue Elementary School and Liidlii Kue Regional High School...

Inuvik Curling looks to a new a generation with Rocks and Rings in schools

As elementary school students threw their first stones on Wednesday and Thursday, Inuvik curlers are hoping it sparks a new passion for the sport. Part of the Rocks and Rings in-school curling training session, gym...

Inuvik-trained youth to reach thousands on climate change action

Gwich’in youth from across Canada flew into Inuvik for a three-day session this week. Their mission: bring climate change leadership back to their home communities. FutureXChange, which kicked off Thursday and wraps later today, is...

Kam Lake candidate calls for foundational review of NWT’s education system

Kam Lake incumbent Kieron Testart says the territory’s education system should undergo a foundational review to fight chronic absenteeism and low test scores. “That way we can analyze what legislative changes we need,” he said...

Placement as important as creation with education

Rankin Inlet was still under the flag of the NWT when I first arrived, and there were going to be many challenges awaiting the Government of Nunavut when our territory first came into being...

Union president touches on teaching labour issues in final year

Fraser Oliver, Northwest Territories Teachers Association president will wrap up his leadership role next June on behalf of the NWT's largest teachers' union. Oliver represents 800 members in the territory based on the union's bylaws,...

Rankin mom gets son with speech challenges back to school full time

A four-year-old boy is back in kindergarten full time thanks to the efforts of his mom, Samantha Nakoolak, who wouldn’t take no for an answer. Michael Tutanuak, 4, is all smiles during his first day...

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...

Cape Dorset promotes hands-on learning, Inuit traditional lessons

Youth in Cape Dorset are taking part in what is planned to be an annual program, assembling the first of hopefully many cabins that will be hauled out on the land to establish a...

Busy year ahead at John Arnalukjuak High School

John Arnalukjuak High School (JAHS) is looking to start the new school year on a bright note with the return of a full music program this semester, along with a number of other initiatives. Teacher...

Move to middle school from elementary a big jump for many students

The years spent in elementary school during the formative years of one's educational journey can go a long way towards helping a student adapt to ever-changing environments in the years to come, educators agree. That...

Around the Kiv

Language development Kivalliq/Nunavut Inuktut Language Arts 1 (ILA1) – developed for kindergarten to Grade 6 by the Department of Education's curriculum development division – and Inuktut Language Arts 2 (ILA2) – still being developed – are...

Big year for a small number at Victor Sammurtok School

It's all about boosting spirits and building enthusiasm for a fresh new year during the first few weeks of school at Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) in Chesterfield Inlet. Declining numbers that might have the student...

EDITORIAL: Future success requires educated Northerners

Education, really more than anything, is key to a successful future for NWT communities. Educated Northerners means northern communities can hire their own teachers, nurses and other government workers without having to drag some reluctant...

Minister of education reveals plan for post-secondary

The minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Caroline Cochrane, is looking ahead at the proposed transition of Aurora College to a polytechnic university. The minister released a new strategic framework and shared the government's vision...

EDITORIAL: Fresh start for new school year

Just a few short months ago parents and students were preparing for graduation. Now as summer begins its retreat thoughts turn to a new academic year. Back to school time means thinking about several things:...
Caroline Cochrane, the minister of Education, Culture and Employment, has committed to supporting the Growing Together program for young children and their families in Hay River. NNSL file photo

GNWT appeals NWT court decision on Francophone school admission

The Government of NWT announced Friday that it's appealing a court decision that found Education Minister Caroline Cochrane had failed to consider a Francophone child's Charter rights to French schooling. The court decision came after...
Zack Horton scored 100 per cent on his final exams in math this year, earning him the honour of being the top student in the territory in that subject. Cody Punter/NNSL photo

Hay River math whiz tops in the territory

A Grade 12 Hay River student scored 100 per cent on his final exams in math this year, earning him the honour of being the top student in the territory in his subject. “On the...

Yk youth launch suicide awareness campaign

A youth group would like to remind you that if you're feeling low, you're not alone. The Tree of Peace Friendship Centre's youth committee has launched a suicide prevention campaign to raise awareness of mental...

Teachers sharpen leadership skills

The school year is over, but the learning hasn’t stopped for some of Nunavut’s teachers. Dozens of educators — principals, assistant-principals and teachers — are enrolled in a Certificate in Educational Leadership in Nunavut (CELN)...