Yellowknifer

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Yellowknifer editorial: Business remains our lifeblood

The issue: Outbreak economics We say: Keep businesses afloat The federal government's wage subsidy program, a response to the coronavirus outbreak, has grown like a projection of its shadow on a wall since it was first...

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Drake Giroux carries the puck during action at the 2016 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Mississauga, Ont. Giroux was part of the Team North boys squad that won the first – and only to date – medal for the North at the annual tournament when they captured silver. photo courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT

Seeds no. 9 through 16 for the Greatest Of All Time

You know the first eight seeds in our quest to find the greatest sports team there's ever been in the history of the NWT. Now it's time to see who the next eight seeds...

COVID-19: Tlicho government providing aid programs for citizens

The Tlicho government has approved a series of aid programs for Tlicho citizens living in the Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè area in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The government issued a news release on...

Union updates members on Dominion discussions

The Union of Northern Workers says it has resolved some issues with Dominion Diamond Mines and worker grievances with the closure of Ekati Mine. Last week, the union stated it was intending to file a...

Online restaurant orders present business lifeline amid economic slump

The COVID-19 pandemic and official advisories to avoid social contact have spurred the growth of more online business in Yellowknife. Advisories from the chief public health officer to avoid social gatherings saw almost all dine-in...

Mixed responses from YK businesses to federal wage subsidy scheme

Yellowknife businesses have mixed reactions to the federal government’s wage subsidy program for companies negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The program will offer 75 per cent of the wages for up to three months...

Prisoner and physicist inspires scholarship

Ice road trucker, prisoner of war and amateur physicist Adolf Duesterhus is now memorialized in a local scholarship. Offered through the Yellowknife Community Foundation, the scholarship grants $2,000 to any student who has spent two...

COVID-19: Different ways of connecting in self-isolation

Many Yellowknifers have been self-isolating in recent weeks, but several innovative methods have been bringing many together online. Baby Brian Weadick, a popular local musician and guitar teacher, has over the last year started songwriting...

Islamic Centre of Yellowknife volunteers share the warmth

Islamic Centre of Yellowknife volunteers are dropping off care packages of warm clothes for residents in need during the public health crisis. The volunteers are distributing the packages directly via online requests and through the...

NWT government adds $8.2 million in COVID-19 relief

An $8.2 million COVID-19 package touted as the NWT government’s second wave of relief was announced by cabinet ministers Tuesday. The new package aims to secure housing for at-risk homeless residents, boost income assistance and...

NACC raises money for local artists

Shuttered theatres and cancelled performances bit into artists’ budgets this month. To help support musicians enduring tough times, the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) is aiming to raise $16,000 by April 8. That money...

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...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Fort Providence’s Big River Service Centre down 70 per cent

Mayor Danny Beaulieu of Fort Providence says he is mostly content with how his hamlet is contending with impacts of COVID-19, but would like to see some of the young people take the issue more...

Government, community take extra precautions for seniors during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic could affect anyone, but seniors and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable becoming very ill, several health reports have found.  That vulnerability is a top priority among government and community...

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,...

Canada Post workers, customers seeing heightened safeguards

COVID-19 maybe shutting down most of Canada but it's full speed ahead for Canada Post throughout the Northwest Territories.  That’s why the postal service is putting in place added safeguards to protect workers who remain...
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Northern artist Cynthia Russell first to sign on to NNSL Media music library

NNSL Media was looking for Northern music to use with some of our Social Media video posts. Long-time Yellowknifer Cynthia Russell granted us permission to use her song Came For Two, with an in-house...

Man barricaded self with firearms overnight in Ndilo: RCMP

Police say a man was apprehended under the Mental Health Act after an overnight episode in Ndilo. Officers were dispatched to a residence in the community “close to midnight” March 27, according to RCMP, to...

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...
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COVID-19: Sir John Franklin School reaches out to students with emotional video

Staff from Sir John Franklin High School posted a video tribute to students Sunday night. The four-minute, 17-second video contains a montage of staff members from the school - some speaking, some not -  self-isolating...

Arnica Inn housing project moves ahead as shelter for homeless at risk due to...

A scuttled transitional housing project at Arnica Inn is back in business and set to house homeless residents at risk of COVID-19, Yellowknife Women’s Society executive director Bree Denning said. Denning signed a deal with...

Missing man found, police say

A 24 year-old missing Yellowknife man is “safe and sound” after police asked the public for help finding him this week, a Saturday RCMP news release said. Prior to locating him, friends and family hadn’t...

COVID-19: Chief Public Health Officer denounces returning resident’s border defiance

Chief Public Health Officer Kami Kandola issued a statement Saturday morning denouncing 'Pike' Mike Harrison and any resident defying public health orders when travelling into the Northwest Territories. The GNWT is promising to investigate an...

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,...

Small NWT businesses welcome 75 per cent federal wage subsidy

Small business owners in the Northwest Territories strained by collapsing demand amid a global pandemic may see some relief from Ottawa soon. The federal government has committed to raising its crisis wage subsidy from 10...
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...
At a bid of $1.75 million, Summit Air, with its fleet of cargo planes, was the successful bidder on the GNWT's airlift contract for Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and Paulatuk. photo courtesy of Summit Air

Summit Air announces 45 temporary layoffs due to COVID-19

Summit Air announced today that 45 employees will be "temporarily leaving" the airline due to COVID-19 and the subsequent economic slowdown. The company, which until Friday had 170 employees based in Yellowknife, Edmonton and Calgary,...

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...