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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...

Northern apiculture symposium comes to Yellowknife

The city's first Northern Bee Health Symposium was held at Chateau Nova last weekend. The idea for the event was a collaborative effort between various GNWT departments – Industry, Tourism and Investment; Environment and Natural...

NWT SPCA petition calls for funding from GNWT

A new petition is calling on the Government of the Northwest Territories to provide funding to the Yellowknife-based NWT SPCA. The NWT SPCA is the only animal welfare organization in the territory and runs a...

‘The need for a union up here has outlived its need,’ says former Local...

Brad Enge, a former vice president with the Northwest Territories Federation of Labour and former UNW Local 1 president, says he thinks unions have outlived their usefulness. Enge said he is not against organized labour...

UNW holding press conference Tuesday on negotiations

The Union of Northern Workers (UNW) will be holding a press conference on the status of negotiations at its offices tomorrow afternoon. The territorial government and its worker's union have been negotiating a new collective agreement...

UNW president announces strike notice for Feb. 11

The Union of Northern Workers issued a strike notice for territorial government employees in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. "I would like to confirm that the UNW has served strike notice today upon the government of...

Implementing 911 will not have start-up costs for the city: GNWT

The 911 program manager, Ashley Geraghty, insists that Yellowknife's call centre will not require any cost inducing modifications to the city. “Their system will not require any upgrades,” he said on Jan. 30. This comes after...

“We’ll get a deal or we’re going to walk,” says UNW president

Union of Northern Workers (UNW) members braved -37 C weather to show their readiness to strike today. Dozens of members and supporters picketed in front of the government building on 49 Street at lunchtime ahead...

GNWT holds sugar-sweetened drinks tax consultation

The GNWT held a public consultation about the proposed sugar-sweetened drinks tax in Yellowknife on Tuesday evening. Similar sessions were held in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk earlier in the week, which along with an online survey,...