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EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’m going to keep fighting’

Christmas is going to be different in the city this year. Dozens of the most vulnerable Yellowknifers are now without access to a vital support, the Day Centre, due to a policy change that went...

Yellowknife Day Centre policy change bars 66 from shelter

Dozens of individuals with homes who use the day centre are barred today as controversial new rules come into effect. A policy change by the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority restricts "access to...

‘It’s going to hurt a lot of people:’ New shelter policy sparks anger, concern

Robert Washie is furious. He’s been upset since Wednesday, when staff at Yellowknife’s day shelter informed clients that a new policy would take effect at the end of the week. Starting Friday, residents who have a...

Arnica Inn transition hits roadblock

The plan to turn the Arnica Inn on Franklin Avenue into transitional housing units to help those affected by homelessness is currently stalled due to a lack of funding commitments. The initiative to convert the...

EDITORIAL: Answer for short-term homelessness

Yellowknife is a city of contradictions. At one time a booming city of mining wealth, the numbers of homelessness might have seemed less apparent. Nowadays a good portion of the territory’s workers (11 per cent)...

Program asks landlords to help fight homelessness

An aspiring tenant who’s experienced short-term homelessness can face a few barriers to accessing housing – arrears, a poor rental history and credit score. The Next Step Rapid Rehousing program, introduced by the Yellowknife Women's...

Yellowknife Women’s Centre to be renovated

The Yellowknife Women's Centre will be renovated this summer to include single rooms, 24-hour staff support and an improved onsite clinic. A temporary shelter facility — which the Women's Society is still searching for —...
The day shelter and sobering centre opened on 50th Street, right next to the Northern Lites Motel and across the street from the Northern News Services newspaper office. Ezra Black/NNSL photo.

Shelter user breakfast aims ‘to be part of the solution’

Following recent controversy over the Sobering Centre on 50 Street, its users shared their voice at a breakfast in the Northern United Place Tuesday. The NWT Disabilities Council organized the event, which aims to be...

Day shelter neighbour uses Facebook to expose violence

April Desjarlais has taken to Facebook to raise awareness of the homelessness crisis that is unfolding outside her business. Desjarlais is the owner of the Finn Hansen building on 50 Street, which is right next...
Nathalie Nadeau, left, and Denise McKee, executive director of NWT Disability Council, made their case for the positive impact the sobering centre and day shelter is having on the community. Brett McGarry/ NNSL Photo

Police, health officials defend shelter at city council meeting

Police, health and emergency services providers came to city hall Monday to tout the benefits of the day shelter and sobering centre on 50 Street while warning city council of what could be lost...
April Desjarlais, owner of the Finn Hansen building next door to the Yellowknife day shelter and sobering centre on 50 Street.

Day shelter neighbour ‘exasperated’ with abuse and chaos

Five months after the government-operated day shelter and sobering centre on 50 street opened in September of 2018, a neighbouring property owner says the area has been thrown into chaos. April Desjarlais, owner of the...

Yellowknifers walk for Coldest Night of the Year

The Salvation Army held its fifth annual Coldest Night of the Year walk on Saturday night. Around 35 walkers came out for the event, which is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s shelter and programs,...
City council, in full attendance, came together for their February 18, 2019 governance and priorities committee meeting. Council discussed perusing $1.1 million in federal funding for programs that combat homelessness in Yellowknife.

City looking to land $1.1 million contract with fed government to assist homelessness

With federal funding from the Homelessness Partnership Strategy (HPS) due to run out at the end of March, city council met on Feb. 18 to discuss landing a one year funding extension of $1,145,590...
Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy, left, and MLA Julie Green, right, discuss the new day and sobering centre with a group of downtown residents Tuesday. The talk touches on homelessness, addictions and public safety, with many attendees voicing their concerns about ongoing disruptions in the downtown. Brendan Burke/NNSL photo.

Condo dwellers vent on day shelter

Health Minister Glen Abernethy and Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green got an earful Tuesday night as the territorial government prepares to close the downtown day shelter and replace it with a sobering centre one...