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GNWT preps new teachers for life in the North

New friends and early childhood education professional contacts Shelane Stuart and Brittany Plustwa are among the many teachers set to begin a new school year throughout the territory next week. The two were among about...

Law firms hitting GNWT with health privacy lawsuit

After a decade of private health information breaches, three law firms are slapping the Government of the Northwest Territories with a lawsuit. The representative action, which is similar to a class action suit, follows the...

Former visitors centre to be demolished at a cost of $600K

Demolition of the former Northern Frontiers Visitors Centre -- which is slowly sinking into Frame Lake -- will start later this year, with a price tag of $597,000. A document tabled in the legislative assembly...

Dump fire costs at Hay River nearing $1 million

The cost of a stubborn dump fire in Hay River that burned for most of March continues to rise. It is now closing in on $1 million. That's the possible final price tag, according to Judy...

Focus on Business: ReLeaf

With the legalization of cannabis last fall, many enthusiasts were biting at the chance to open their own retail store in Yellowknife. The GNWT has not made the process easy with its highly detailed application...

$1 million in funding announced to promote NWT women in leadership

Territorial MP Michael McLeod and Caroline Cochrane, MLA for Range Lake and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced over $1 million in federal funding that will be used towards the empowerment of women...
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...

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...

Hay River artists give feedback on new arts strategy

Artists from all walks of life had the chance to weigh in on the GNWT’s new arts strategy during a meeting in Hay River over the weekend. For the past month, the department of Industry,...

A different approach to liquor laws: debate at city council

City council entered a fulsome debate Monday on the possibility of restricting liquor store hours in Yellowknife to reduce alcohol-related harm. "It's been raised in discussion when we talk about the downtown about moving the...

Photos: Museum celebrates 40 years

The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) celebrated 40 years with a birthday party in the sun on Saturday. After opening with a feeding the fire ceremony, the afternoon celebration featured voyageur canoe rides...

Hay River celebrates grand opening of Rec Centre

Fourteen months after the facility opened for business, the Town of Hay River has held a grand opening for the Rec Centre. The grand opening featured a ribbon-cutting, speeches, tours of the facility and live...

Health authority team honoured with Premier’s Award

A team from the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority was recognized for helping people displaced by the March 15 fire at the Mackenzie Place highrise. The team received a Premier's Award for Excellence...

Five organizations in Hay River and area supported by Anti-Poverty Fund of the GNWT

Five organizations in Hay River and area have received financial support from the GNWT's Anti-Poverty Fund for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The five organizations – four in Hay River and one on the Hay River...

Liquor commission creates rebate program after price increase

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod has instructed the Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NTLCC) to “undertake a complete review of its current pricing formula,” after the closure of a liquor warehouse increased the...
Today Premier Bob McLeod announced the appointment of Sandy Kalgutkar as Associate Deputy Minister of Infrastructure. NNSL file photo

Premier McLeod announces new associate deputy minister of infrastructure

Premier Bob McLeod has announced the appointment of Mr. Sandy Kalgutkar to the position of associate deputy minister of Infrastructure. Kalgutkar will assume his new role on May 13. He will be leading the development of major...

Feds invest $2.7M into nine NWT projects

The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) is investing $2.7 million into nine economic development projects in the Northwest Territories. The benefiting projects range from tourism, film, and Indigenous cultural tourism to support for entrepreneurs,...
Winter Bailey, Nancy Ormen Lynen and Wally Schumann came to the Kimberlite Training and Career Centre to announce new scholarship funding for mining careers. Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo.

New scholarship funding for mine jobs

A new scholarship fund aiming to get Northern youth more involved in the mining industry was revealed during a special ceremony last week. The Mine Training Society was awarded $25,000 in scholarship money from the...

UPDATE: Dettah Ice Road closed for the season

The Dettah Ice Road closed for the season this morning at 10 a.m. The Department of Infrastructure reminded residents this morning that it is both unsafe and illegal to drive on closed winter roads. https://twitter.com/GNWT_INF/status/1116357440969289729 The department...

911 implementation date “will be re-evaluated”: GNWT

The GNWT's previously stated commitment to launch a territory-wide 911 service by June 30 “will be re-evaluated shortly to ensure that it remains valid,” said the deputy minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA)...
The board of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games was recognized on May 24 in Yellowknife with an Outstanding Volunteer Award from the GNWT. At the presentation were, left to right, Fort Smith’s Kevin Smith, the vice-president of the board; Greg Rowe, president; Eleanor Young, deputy minister of the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs, making the presentation of a framed porcupine quill picture; and director Jason Coakwell. NNSL file photo

Calling all volunteers

Volunteering in the Northwest Territories has long been recognized by the territorial government as a critical part of civic life. The Department of Municipal and Cultural Affairs (MACA) is once again hosting an awards...

Northern economy at crossroads: premier

Premier Bob McLeod gave a keynote address on the NWT’s infrastructure needs, and the glacial pace the territory has endured in addressing them, at the Arctic Oil and Gas Symposium in Calgary earlier this...

GUEST COMMENT: MLA pushes for party politics in the NWT

By Kieron Testart, MLA for Kam Lake In the 2015 election, voters made history by electing an unprecedented number of new MLAs to the legislative assembly. It was clear the people wanted change and yet somehow...

Binding terms for union, GNWT unveiled — salary increases in final three years of...

The territorial government is announcing binding recommendations from mediator Vince Ready, effectively putting an end to the three-year long labour dispute between the GNWT and the Union of Northern Workers. The five-year deal calls for...

GNWT issues court order to former employee over website

A five-year dispute between the territorial government and one of its former employees has come to an end. Donn MacDougall, a former manager with the Department of Justice from 2006 to 2014, was still receiving...

Public feedback needed for territorial 2020 Environmental Audit

Work is already underway for the Northwest Territories 2020 Environmental Audit. Independent auditors and employees from the GNWT's Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) held a public open house at Northern United Place on...

After 2014 wildfires, GNWT is more prepared

Scientists, academics and members from multiple government departments, federal and territorial, convened in Yellowknife on March 6, to discuss the outcome of a wildfire research partnership. The results are the sum of the “thousands of...

EDITORIAL: The case for a name change

Editor's note: Shene Catholique Valpy is the daughter of NNSL publisher Bruce Valpy. Shene Catholique Valpy’s battle for her children’s names reflects the basic need to have the world recognize them as they truly are. Since...

Border bathroom problem: Overflowing outhouse discussed in legislative assembly

The Department of Infrastructure, Tourism and Investment (ITI) said it is reviewing what can be done about an overflowing outhouse on the NWT-Alberta border. A post in the Hay River Classifieds Facebook group, which has...

Naka festival launches in Yellowknife

The city’s newest festival kicked off at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre this afternoon. Yellowknifers and visitors alike packed into the lobby of the museum to mark the beginning of Naka, a week-long...