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All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

RCMP officer cleared of wrongdoing after allegations of in-custody injury 

An administrative review has cleared a Yellowknife RCMP officer of any wrongdoing after it was alleged a man suffered a fractured rib while in police custody earlier this year. An “independent officer review,” conducted in-house...
The new Stanton Territorial Hospital plans to open the doors to emergency services on May 26 at 6 a.m. Brett McGarry / NNSL Photo

The Stanton Foundation receives a $2 million anonymous donation

The Stanton Foundation has received $2 million from an anonymous donor to improve child and youth mental health services across the territory. The donation will help fund a three-year program to increase access to tele-psychiatry...
Fred Sangris, community negotiator for the Yellowknives Dene, told council the Akaitcho settlement is near complete and the Dene are ready to work with the city in planning for the future. Brett McGarry / NNSL photo

Yellowknives negotiator worried about election consequences

With the Akaitcho land claim close to completion, its Yellowknives Dene negotiator worries how the upcoming federal and territorial elections will affect the process. "We don't know who will win this federal election but what...

Dettah and Ndilo band council election results revealed

The results are in for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) Dettah and Ndilo band council election, which was held on Monday night. Of the nine candidates vying for one of five council seats in...

‘We all fall over but nobody cares’: How a group of Yellowknifers are dealing...

On a Monday night in a beautifully decorated room in downtown Yellowknife, a group of eight women including a mother, a nurse and a manager of financial services were overcoming their physical disabilities through...

Focus on Business: RePose

Jennifer Skelton has been involved with yoga for a large portion of her adult life but since opening her own studio, RePose, in 2016, she has taken a unique stance on the practice. Skelton had...
A fierce group of dogs prance through the snow, pulling their musher with them during a dog race event that took place just outside of the Jamboree’s river site on April 8. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Yellowknife dog trotters will stay in Kam Lake

After months of debate, and decades of negotiations of turmoil with the city of Yellowknife, the Yellowknife Dog Trotters Association (YDTA) will finally get a chance to own its communal lot in Kam Lake. During...
John Whitford of the Fire Prevention Prospectors watches a pitch come in during an at-bat in the final of the Yk Fastball League's playoff tournament at Tommy Forrest Ball Park on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Fire Prevention Prospectors strike gold in Yk Fastball League playoffs

Championship games are either studs (really good) or duds (really bad) with seemingly no in-between. The championship game of the Yk Fastball League at Tommy Forrest Ball Park on Sunday was one of those times...

BACK TO SCHOOL: Introducing land and place to new teachers

New friends and early childhood education professional contacts Shelane Stuart and Brittany Plustwa are among the many teachers set to begin a new school year throughout the territory next week. The two were among about...

GREENING THE NORTH: How will our generation be remembered?

As we prepare to enter the third decade of the 21st century we must ask ourselves, how does our generation want to be defined and remembered. We are in a unique position as the...

Rene Fumoleau was a Northern giant and true friend of the people

I first got in trouble with Rene Fumoleau back in 1984. I was reporting for Native Press and working on a story about Denendeh, a Dene Celebration. It was a pictorial book of Dene...

$1 million from feds to fight impaired driving

The federal government has provided $1.4 million to help pump the brakes on drug-impaired driving in the NWT. The funding will come over five years and support law enforcement training for drug recognition and increase...

Lila Erasmus joins the election race in Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh

Lila Fraser Erasmus has added her name as a fourth candidate to replace Tom Beaulieu in the Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh constituency. Lila Fraser Erasmus, co-owner of Bow and Arrows Inc., a Ndilo-based Indigenous-owned and operated consulting...

Jan Vallillee announces intent to run in Yellowknife North

Jan Vallillee has announced her intent to run in the constituency of Yellowknife North in the upcoming territorial election. Vallillee, a born and raised Yellowknifer who has worked in information technology at Stanton Territorial Hospital...

Celebration of life for Rene Fumoleau this week

A celebration of life for NWT priest, photographer and writer, Rene Fumoleau will take place  Friday Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Willideh Site on the Yellowknife River. Fumoleau died in the late evening...

Beets, bison burgers and big crowds at Fall Harvest Fair

Food, community and culture were celebrated Saturday at the 11th annual Fall Harvest Fair in Ndilo. The yearly celebration and potluck feast — a collaboration between Ecology North and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation's Dechita...

Accused dealer ordered fentanyl online, friend who overdosed testifies

A single dose of a form of fentanyl ordered online by accused dealer Darcy Oake was enough to send his former friend and alleged victim to hospital for days, a Yellowknife court heard through...

Yellowknifer Weekender – August 23 Edition

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BACK TO SCHOOL: K’alemi Dene School turning 10 years old 

The first thing one notices when walking into the K'alemi Dene School is its overall cleanliness and freshness in its naturally lit foyer and hallways. It doesn’t look a day over one.  However, the school...

Early childhood educators connect

A conference featuring licensed early childhood care staff, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers came from all corners of the NWT this week to take part in three day workshops at the Explorer Hotel.  The Learning...

RCMP make public appeal in hopes of identifying suspect in Old Town assault

Yellowknife RCMP are hoping newly released surveillance footage will help identify a man they say seriously assaulted a male victim following a verbal altercation in Old Town last month. Police have released photos of the...

UPDATED: Syphilis outbreak in NWT, majority of cases in YK

The chief public health officer, Kami Kandola, has declared a syphilis outbreak in the Northwest Territories. The public health office reported in an Aug. 22 press conference that syphilis has seen a dramatic rise since...

Canada Council to arts community: ‘Please apply’ for funding

Simon Brault envisions greater growth in the Northwest Territories arts sector, but he is calling on Northern artists to apply for available funding. The director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts was...

‘Un-sailable and un-saleable’: Future grim for sailboat club

Members of the Great Slave Sailing Club say they are feeling much "uncertainty" these days as their decades-old safe haven faces closure due to clean-up work at Giant Mine.  Both the City of Yellowknife, which...

Former visitors centre to be demolished at a cost of $600K

Demolition of the former Northern Frontiers Visitors Centre -- which is slowly sinking into Frame Lake -- will start later this year, with a price tag of $597,000. A document tabled in the legislative assembly...

Good neighbour agreements ‘have no teeth,’ says Coun. Morse

Yellowknife city councillors Julian Morse and Niels Konge expressed frustrations in City Hall Monday that "good neighbour agreements" might not be as useful as first thought. The Aug. 19 special committee meeting featured a presentation...

Eighteen-month jail term sought for ex-gym coach

A former Yellowknife gymnastics instructor who sent a sexually explicit photo to an underage girl he once coached should receive an 18-month jail sentence for betraying a relationship built on trust, a prosecutor argued...

Missing man found safe: Yellowknife RCMP

A 36-year-old man reported missing Tuesday has been located safe, say Yellowknife RCMP. David Fiss was located following a public appeal from police, state RCMP in a news release issued Wednesday. RCMP thank residents for their...

Gaeleen MacPherson declares intent to run in Yellowknife South

Gaeleen MacPherson, the vice president of corporate affairs of Dominion Diamond Mines, has declared her intent to run for MLA in the constituency of Yellowknife South. “This is a critical time for the Northwest Territories,”...

EDITORIAL: Fresh start for new school year

Just a few short months ago parents and students were preparing for graduation. Now as summer begins its retreat thoughts turn to a new academic year. Back to school time means thinking about several things:...