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Man dies after falling through ice, Hay River RCMP say

This weekend, police found the body of a 79-year-old man who fell through the ice on Tathlina Lake, south of Kakisa, according to a Monday RCMP news release. Around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, RCMP say...

COMMUNITY REPORT: In whisper-quiet Whati, Elders miss mass, encourage prayer

The community of Whati, about 165 kilometres northwest of Yellowknife has become a quieter place as most residents stay home during the Covid-19 pandemic.  “I drive around now and I hardly see anyone out walking,” chief...

Drive-through Covid test sites growing in NWT

More COVID-19 drive-through swab test sites are setting up across the NWT in an effort to meet the needs of territorial residents. In addition to the drive-through testing tent in Yellowknife, health authorities have installed...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Violent offenders could be roaming Norman Wells, mayor says

Residents of Norman Wells are concerned that the territorial government didn’t notify them about at least one violent offender possibly present in the community.  “A couple of days ago somebody was parachuted into here. We...

Setting the record straight on the ‘Pike’ Mike Covid predicament story

As publisher, I have to set the record straight on Yellowknifer Columnist Nancy Vail’s opinion on the treatment of ‘Pike’ Mike Harrison by News/North and unnamed “public health office, senior government officials.” Vail scolded...

Frustrated with lack of check stops, Deninu Kue chief says Covid-19 has hit community

Frustrated and concerned, Deninu Kue First Nation leadership is taking to Facebook claiming a Covid-19 case has been confirmed in the community. The chief is Louis Balsillie. Later, Chief Balsillie made it clear that entry...
The new Stanton Territorial Hospital plans to open the doors to emergency services on May 26 at 6 a.m. Brett McGarry / NNSL Photo

COVID-19-stricken patient in stable condition at Stanton Territorial Hospital: premier

A COVID-19 positive NWT resident who travelled to an undisclosed community before developing symptoms is currently in stable condition at Yellowknife’s Stanton Territorial Hospital, Premier Caroline Cochrane confirmed to NNSL Media on Friday. In a...

Degrees of Success: Scholarship opportunities abound

Expenses related to post-secondary education can be substantial: tuition, room and board, textbooks, among them. Scholarships and grants can make the difference for promising students who desire a college or university education. Below is...

Two new cases of COVID in NWT

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the NWT, the office of the chief public health officer said on Thursday night. "These cases were confirmed in quick succession this evening. Once the OCPHO...

YWCA to offer child care for essential services workers

YWCA NWT will begin offering full day child care for essential services workers on April 6, the organization announced on Thursday. "We will have 30 spaces at Mildred Hall School and 30 spaces at Weledeh...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Chief Darryl Marlowe protecting a worried Lutsel K’e

Chief Darryl Marlowe of the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation serves his community proudly but the coronavirus pandemic is something he and his members are deeply worried about. "It is scary over here in Lutsel...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Colville Lake seeks sanctuary on the land

Apart from the odd essential worker, you won’t see many people around Colville Lake. That’s because most residents have grabbed their gear, stocked up on essentials, and headed out on the land — part of...

COVID-19 swab tests available in all NWT communities, official says

Swab tests for COVID-19 are ongoing in all communities of the Northwest Territories, a senior medical official confirmed on Wednesday. "About 700 tests have come from Yellowknife. All regions have been tested for COVID-19 if...

NWT public health officer issues warning as RCMP report ‘parties in crowded houses’

Police have been reporting house parties to NWT public health officials, who on Wednesday warned residents the enforcement of social distancing orders could be stepped up. Chief public health officer Dr. Kami Kandola told reporters...

Still one COVID case in NWT, at least 1,090 tests done

There was still one confirmed case of COVID-19 in the NWT as of Tuesday morning, as the Department of Health and Social Services said in its latest update. At least 909 tests have come back...

Mix of online and offline learning in the works for NWT students, ECE bulletin...

A combination of internet-based learning, family activities and paper studies will be among the steps the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is taking to prolong student education during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday,...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Norman Wells residents self-isolating, well-supplied for now

Norman Wells is quieter than usual, with most residents staying home from school and work but people are doing well. “A lot of people are really adhering to the emergency measures. People are coming into...

What does the state of emergency in the NWT really mean?

When Municipal and Community Affairs Minister Paulie Chinna announced a state of emergency in the Northwest Territories March 27, there was already a public health emergency in place. So how does the general emergency differ...

Still one COVID case in NWT, more than 1,047 tests done

There was still one positive case of COVID-19 in the NWT as of Monday, the Department of Health and Social Services said in its latest update. A total of 832 tests have come back negative...

Editorial: Full jails are a health hazard

Friday saw the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, a national organization with headquarters in Ottawa, join the chorus calling for low-risk inmates in custody in the three jails in the Northwest Territories to be released...

Indigenous communities not ready for possible COVID outbreaks

Indigenous communities in the NWT are not prepared for a possible outbreak of COVID-19 and assistance is needed. “We don’t have the medical resources they have in the cities. We don't have the (medical) respiratory...

Northern supermarkets face retail challenges of pandemic

Supermarkets in small communities across the NWT are facing the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic with their own product policies and safety measures.  Even before the first case of coronavirus was reported in the NWT,...
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada has been granted the authority to take investment advisers to court to collect fines in cases of wrongdoing in the NWT. NNSL file photo

GNWT offers low-interest loans to companies hurt by pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting NWT businesses hard, but financial assistance is in sight.  Companies experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic can apply to the GNWT for low-interest loans.  The offering comes through...

State of emergency declared in Northwest Territories

A state of emergency has been declared for the Northwest Territories. The Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), Paulie Chinna, declared a territory-wide state of emergency under the Emergency Management Act to support ongoing efforts...

Yk YWCA working on child care for parents in essential services

The YWCA in Yellowknife has prioritized providing child care for parents who are working in essential services. "We have not found a place as of yet and still in talks with our licensing department about offering...

Grade 12 graduation, essential services for students top priorities, says minister

Education Minister R.J. Simpson outlined in a letter to all parents, guardians and education staff on Wednesday that one of the top priorities following the recommendation to close schools is supporting Grade 12 students...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Fort Good Hope – ‘If COVID-19 gets here, it will overwhelm our...

Frustrated and concerned, Fort Good Hope’s senior administrative officer says some community members aren’t following social distancing protocol amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “They’re not taking it seriously,” said Kimberley Young, who became SAO less than...

Still one COVID case in NWT, 556 tests done

There was still one case of COVID-19 in the NWT, with 556 tests performed and 295 tests pending, the Department of Health and Social Services stated in its update on Thursday. There were 533 tests...

Most Dene communities need medical assistance amid pandemic, Yakeleya says

Most Dene communities in the NWT are vulnerable to infection by COVID-19 and need more medical assistance, Norman Yakeleya, national chief of the Dene Nation said Thursday morning. "We have at least 3,200 people that...

NWT education leaders in agreement on 2019-2020 school closures

Territorial education leaders are in agreement with the education minister on the recommendation to close schools for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, the GNWT said Wednesday in a news release.  The release comes...