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MP: feds likely to aid city’s homeless plan

Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod says he expects his government will be “one of the key investors” of the city's upcoming plan to end homelessness. A city-contracted consultant is expected to present a 10-year plan...
Yellowknife's Oliver Hodgins dodges around a less simble racer during semi-final sprint action at the Mount McIntyre Recreation Center on Tuesday in Whitehorse during the Arctic Winter Games. NNSL File Photo

2020 Arctic Winter Games location announced

by James McCarthy Northern News Services Team NWT knows where it will be heading in three years' time. The 2020 Arctic Winter Games will be in Whitehorse, two years ahead of when they were scheduled to hit...

Artists left in dark as visitors centre relocates

by Kirsten Fenn Northern News Services Ulukhaktok artist Maggie Alanak was in good spirits when she came knocking on the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre door Wednesday morning. She planned to sell her handcrafted ookpiks, mittens and slippers...
A March 1997 fire consumed the Attagoyuk School in Pangnirtung. Wikipedia photo

Target of 20-year-old lawsuit launched after school fire wants it dropped

A Yellowknife-based architecture and engineering company the NWT government blames for the destruction of a Pangnirtung school in the 1990s is asking the case be dismissed due to what it calls an “inordinate delay”...
Destiny Nahanni-Hope, left, was found dead six years after her cousin, Keisha Trudel, died in a car crash. Her aunt Sharon Allen is calling for the GNWT to help the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls with supports for family members who want to share their stories. Photo courtesy of Sharon Allen.

Criticism mounts over how National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls...

Sharon Allen still has unanswered questions about what happened the night her niece Destiny Nahanni-Hope died in Wrigley on December 5, 2014. Nahanni-Hope went missing in Wrigley after attending at party on Dec. 3 of...
Temporary victim service worker Michele Larocque, left, and victim service worker Marie Speakman, stand in front of the Beaded Heart Project, an art exhibit dedicated to indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered, on May 19. The victim service workers at the Native Women's Association of the NWT also offers more immediate assistance to victims of crime, including emotional and material support to sexual assault survivors. Emelie Peacock/NNSL Photo

Women call for sexual assault victim centre

The RCMP and the Native Women's Society of the NWT are in talks to provide immediate support to sexual assault victims. Native Women's Society victim service worker Marie Speakman says there has long been a...
Georgia Pellissey, left, Josson Boline and Jaden Grooms hold Sophie, a 19 year old python at Mildred Hall School. The Grade 7 and 8 students in Kim Black's class received an unwelcome surprise when they returned to school after the long weekend, Sophie had been stolen. Photo courtesy of Kim Black.

Beloved four-foot python stolen from Mildred Hall School

Students at Mildred Hall School came back to an unwelcome surprise after the long weekend - their class pet snake Sophie had been stolen. The female python, 19-years old and four feet long, was taken...

HPV vaccine to be offered to boys

A vaccine for one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in Canada will be covered for boys and young men across the territory starting June. Gardasil, a vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV), has...
Tammy Roberts, executive director of the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT, says this white fibreglass canoe was stolen May 18 from the organization's campsite on Cameron River, 57 kilometres out on the Ingraham Trail. photo courtesy of Foster Family Coalition of the NWT

Canoe stolen from camp for foster children

The executive director of the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT is expressing frustration after seeing coalition property stolen, again. Tammy Roberts said a white fibreglass canoe was stolen from the organization’s campsite on the...
Twist Resto-Lounge and Fuego International Restaurant were the recipients of a $30,000 facade and site improvement grant in 2009 that allowed them to build their patio. - Nicole Veerman/NNSL photo

City approves pilot to allow cafes, restaurants to add sidewalk patios this summer

Yellowknife's patio options could expand this summer after council approved a pilot project to allow street-facing cafes and restaurants to add temporary patios on downtown sidewalks. Councillors voiced support for the idea Tuesday at a...

Much ado about arsenic and why are we only getting around to the lake...

One of my most vivid memories growing up in Yellowknife is driving by Giant Mine in the backseat of the family car and my father ominously pointing to the stream that flowed past it. “Baker...

No one wants A New Day

The Department of Justice says plans are moving forward for A New Day despite the fact no one has come forward with a bid to run it. The request for proposals to take over the...
NNSL file photo Minister Louis Sebert said last November in the legislative assembly that a new website on ministerial travel expenses and meetings would be up and running within the next month, but it is still in the works. NNSL file photo

Ombudsman legislation ‘slow going,’ says MLA

A Yellowknife MLA hopes to see a bill introduced this fall that would establish an ombudsman in the Northwest Territories. But the bill is still far from becoming reality, according to Kam Lake MLA Kieron...

Off-site contamination from Giant Mine worries residents

Residents of Yellowknife and members of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation have concerns about how Giant Mine remediation will affect the safety of their water, food and their own health. The room was full last...

Indigenous children in care

It is time for the federal government to acknowledge and address the glaring inadequacies regarding indigenous children in care across Canada. The state of foster care for indigenous children is a disgrace to all Canadians...

Family Centre finds new, temporary home

A popular resource for young families has a new temporary home and new management. The Yellowknife Family Centre, operated for 23 years by Yellowknife Catholic Schools, is now working out of an apartment on 54...

Harry Potter’s sport of quidditch takes off in Yellowknife

The sport of quidditch flew from the pages of Harry Potter and into a high-school gymnasium earlier this month. Beverley Rockwell, who graduated from Sir John Franklin High School in 2016, brought her quidditch expertise...

Kavanaugh Bros donate labour, new dumpster to SPCA

Rocky Billotsoton is helping to keep the NWT SPCA spick and span. He's been a labourer with Kavanaugh Bros Ltd. for more than 30 years and for the last few months, the company has been...

Minister grilled on open government

The minister responsible for transparency within the territorial government was grilled Wednesday evening during a meeting to gather input on developing an open government policy. Louis Sebert appeared uncomfortable at the start of the meeting...

GNWT seeks bidders for J.H. Sissons planning study

J.H. Sissons School, a facility considered mostly urgently in need of repairs in the territory, will soon undergo a planning study to prepare for possible renovations in the next few years. The territorial government is...
Judge Bernadette Schmaltz dismissed charges against Lloyd Thrasher Monday, who was charged with possession of stolen property in relation to a theft at the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre last year. NNSL file photo

Michael Black sentenced to 10 months in jail after hot knife attack on woman

A 48-year-old man who burned a woman on her face with a hot knife has been sentenced to 10 months in jail and three years of probation for his crimes. Michael Black, who is originally...
Students at St. Joseph School YWCA Afterschool Program Sydney Morris, left, Jack Bragg and Sara Morris on May 18. The program is already full for next year at St. Joseph and J.H. Sissons School and has 42 students on the waitlist across the city. Emelie Peacock/NNSL Photo

Demand grows for after-school programs

Parents of elementary school students hoping to get their children into after-school programs are out of luck, as organizations running the programs scramble to secure more space. Spots in the YWCA After School Program are...
Yellowknife MLAs have met with the city's three school boards ahead of a legislative session set to start next week. The second assembly session this year will convene May 25. Up for discussion is Bill 16 which, if passed, will change the kindergarten age from five to four years, bring in junior kindergarten for all schools in the NWT, and reduce the minimum instructional hours for Grades 1 through 12 to 945 hours. Ahead of the session, city MLAs met with the Yellowknife Education District No. 1, Yellowknife Catholic Schools and Commission scolaire francophone des Territoires du Nord-Ouest over the past two weeks. Both Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1) and Yellowknife Catholic Schools will implement junior kindergarten in the fall and the French school board will continue its junior kindergarten class which started last year. Leadership at all three boards indicated funding for inclusive schooling and aboriginal programming is still an issue. Yk1 superintendent Metro Huculak said his district has a good working relationship with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment and he is confident the department, together with the health department, will be able to find a solution to the inclusive schooling funding. Catholic Schools board chair Miles Welsh said while junior kindergarten is being portrayed by the government as fully funded, it is still missing important funding for inclusive schooling and aboriginal language and culture programming. This is a concern shared by Yvonnne Careen, superintendent of the french school board, noting the cost of care is higher for younger students. On inclusive schooling, both Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart and Yellowknife North MLA Cory Vanthuyne said they would push for full funding for inclusive schooling in junior kindergarten. “It's important to me to make sure that the inclusive schooling aspect of junior kindergarten is fully funded,” Vanthuyne said. “Because I'm also an individual who grew up with a learning disorder and needed particular attention, special education requirements, myself when I was going through the education system.” Testart also noted the importance of funding aboriginal programming for junior kindergarten. Schools will also be adjusting to reductions in instructional hours if Bill 16 is passed. Vanthuyne and Testart are in favour of this portion of the bill, yet as it is a pilot project Vanthuyne stressed the importance of including means of monitoring and measuring its success. Whether funding for buses for junior kindergarten students will be provided by the GNWT still remains to be determined. School boards are surveying parents registering their children for junior kindergarten on whether they require bus services. So far, 15 junior kindergarten students will require the service at Yk1, Huculak said, adding he doesn't expect more than 25 will need it. The french school board has 12 registered students for junior kindergarten so far, but does not yet have the numbers of students who require bus service. The Catholic schools have 15 students who will require the service so far. All three districts indicated some sort of solution is needed, regardless of what is decided in the legislature. “If the bussing isn’t provided we have to make some decisions on that as well, because not everybody can get their kid to school at the drop of a hat,” Welsh said. For Testart, bus service is less of a priority than inclusive schooling. He said the pricetag given by the bus company is very high and he estimates the junior kindergarten students using the service in Yellowknife won't be more than 60. “If the act says schools need to do this, we need to provide the bussing service, then that changes completely,” he said. “Then we have to find the money right because it’s a legal requirement to do so, but at this point if there’s no legal requirement to do so then I don’t think that’s a top priority to do so.” Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly declined to comment for this story and told Yellowknifer he will share his position on education issues in next week’s session of the legislature. Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green also declined to comment.

MLAs hear from Yellowknife school boards

Yellowknife MLAs have met with the city's three school boards ahead of a legislative session set to start next week. The second assembly session this year will convene May 25. Up for discussion is Bill...

Union hopes for speedy fire department changes in Yellowknife

The union representing city firefighters is worried that work to deal with workload and burnout issues will be slow to move forward. City council has been asked to approve an implementation plan setting timelines to...

Stanton suspends lobby policy for homeless

Homeless individuals will no longer be able to seek shelter in the lobby of Stanton Territorial Hospital starting May 21, although health officials say they are working on “next steps” for supporting those...

Floating an idea of a floating capital

Stop the presses. (I always wanted to say that.) In case you haven’t already heard, Yellowknife is going to be without a visitors centre...

Layoffs follow visitors centre closure

A ringing phone cuts through the silence in the Northern Frontier Visitors' Centre. Occasionally someone yanks the locked door. There's no one there to answer the phones, no one to tell tourists where to...

Catholic school district worries over extra JK costs

The Yellowknife Catholic school board will spend most of next year's budget on salaries and the implementation of junior kindergarten, while funding inclusive and aboriginal programming remains a challenge. In an open meeting Tuesday night...

Millions of dollars of water, sewer and paving projects set to start in Yellowknife

Get ready to idle. Construction season is about to start on multiple streets throughout the city. Wendy Alexander, the city's manager of public works, said a “very busy” construction season will include road closures, detours...

RCMP: use the media to warn, gather information from the reading public, please

It took three days and some gentle prodding by Yellowknifer for the RCMP to put out a news release last week seeking information...