Hay River, Jean Marie River put on alert for possible evacuation due to fires

Hay River, Jean Marie River put on alert for possible evacuation due to fires

The communities of Hay River and Jean Marie River have been advised to enact their emergency measures plan in preparation for possible evacuation due to nearby forest fires. Lightning last week and over the weekend saw 75 new fires in the territory, doubling the total number of fires that have burned since the beginning of the season. Of those, 129 […]

Premier Rachel Notley spoke to reporters in Edmonton Thursday, June 25, 2015 about the accomplishments of the new government during the spring sitting of the Legislature. (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta NDP to review mandate of energy regulator

Just three years after Alberta’s regulatory bodies were combined to create a singular energy regulator, the province’s new NDP leadership is proposing to re-divide responsibilities to ensure a clear division between energy and the environment. Premier Rachel Notley expressed concern last week over what she called the “conflicting mandate” of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), which she said is responsible […]

Delegates gather at the Dehcho Assembly in Liidlii Kue (Fort Simpson) last week.

Dehcho Assembly rejects government land offer

In a unanimous vote last Friday, members of the annual Dehcho Assembly in Fort Simpson decided to reject the GNWT’s unchanging land claim offer and sit tight for what they hope will be a new federal and territorial government this fall. “We had a lot of people comment on where do we go from here, and people just outrightly rejected […]

Cindy Gon, left, Belinda Blackduck and Karisha Koying from Gameti show off original designs during the Tlicho Aboriginal Day fashion show.

Tlicho designers celebrate Aboriginal Day with fashion show

Behchoko’s community culture centre was turned into a house of fashion on Sunday as young Tlicho models strutted their stuff in original designs at a regional Aboriginal Day fashion show. The fun event was the result of months of hard work by youth and elders alike, eager to carry on the traditions of their grandmothers while learning new skills and […]

Retired matron Ruth Webb shows off her nurse’s cape at the 50th anniversary celebration of the H.H. Williams Hospital, held on June 27. Webb donated the cape, which will  eventually be displayed along with other memorabilia at the community museum.

Hay River Hospital celebrates 50 years of care giving

Retired nurse and former matron Ruth Webb remembers the day Hay River’s health care team moved into the current H.H. Williams Memorial Hospital building. “We all did the packing, we all did the labour,” Webb said. “We were excited to move in here. I drove an old truck that was standard that I didn’t really know how to drive and […]

Justin Lalonde of Yellowknife competes in the men’s singles final at the Fort Smith Open tennis tournament on Sunday afternoon. Lalonde came in second against Fort Smith’s Bernie Bennett, who has taken the title over Lalonde for the last three years.

Fort Smith serves up tennis open

Bragging rights were up for grabs at the Fort Smith Open tennis tournament held over the weekend, where smoke from nearby fires didn’t stop players from taking to the court. Fort Smith’s Bernie Bennett kept his title in the men’s singles, beating out Yellowknife’s Justin Lalonde for the third year straight despite an early victory by Lalonde at the season […]

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by / on June 29, 2015 at 7:35 PM / in Justice

Fort Smith pilot acquitted of sexual assault charges

A Fort Smith pilot facing a charge of sexual assault has been acquitted in territorial court. Charges against Alejandro Cabeza Cepero were dropped in the Yellowknife courthouse on June 19, following a trial that had previously taken place in Fort Smith. After hearing witness testimonies throughout the first week of May, presiding Justice Garth E. Malakoe requested to push the […]

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by / on June 29, 2015 at 7:29 PM / in Education

Economic downturn forces program cuts at Keyano

A dramatic drop in oil prices has forced Keyano College to cut staff and programming, but the school’s facilitators are optimistic that new “career ready” education initiatives will make up for those losses. The drop-off in Alberta’s oil and gas sector that started late last year has impacted Keyano College’s ability to generate revenues from industry-related services, according to the […]

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by / on June 29, 2015 at 5:27 PM / in Uncategorized

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Roy Fabian retains position as K’atl’odeeche chief Incumbent Roy Fabian has retained his position as chief of the K’atl’odeeche First Nation in Hay River following an election which took place on June 24. Fabian ran against first-time candidate April Martel for the position. Official results show a tight race, with Fabian receiving 91 votes and Martel receiving 81. Joining Fabian […]

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by / on June 22, 2015 at 7:13 PM / in Education

Fort Smith youth get ‘sense of self’ at culture camp

When Pauline Gordon was a young girl in school in the Beaufort Delta, very little that was familiar to her about her region and culture was taught in the classroom. “We didn’t see ourselves in the curriculum,” she said. “There was always Sir Alexander Mackenzie with his two native guides. It didn’t indicate who the two native guides were, but […]

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by / on June 22, 2015 at 7:11 PM / in Northerners

Fort Chipewyan’s original college instructor retires

After almost four decades of teaching students at Keyano College’s Fort Chipewyan campus, the institution’s first-ever instructor has decided to graduate into retirement. Maureen Clarke, a teacher who started out in the Northland School Division before crossing over to post-secondary education, celebrated her retirement with an intimate group of friends, family, faculty and former students on June 16. “I’ve been […]

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by / on June 22, 2015 at 7:08 PM / in Education

How to cook a beaver tail

The tail of a beaver is so rich and buttery when it is cooked, it’s almost easy to forget that it’s meat. But the delicacy has been an important source of protein, as well as fat, for indigenous people in the North for centuries. Henry Beaver of Fort Smith spent last week teaching youth about the parts of the beaver […]

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by / on June 22, 2015 at 5:13 PM / in Uncategorized

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Philip Blake holds onto chief position in Tsiigehtchic band election The Gwichya Gwich’in Band in the far northern charter community of Tsiigehtchic held its municipal elections last week, with incumbent Philip Blake holding on to his top position as chief. Following election day on June 15, results showed Blake is joined in the local government by councillors Shelley Andre, Charlene […]

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by / on June 15, 2015 at 10:02 PM / in Education

Art, land-based learning lends healing aspect to tough history lessons at Dechinta University

For Peter Andrew, the violent history of colonization of indigenous peoples in Canada is a difficult topic to speak about, let alone study in the classroom. “It was one of the hardest things I could listen to,” he shared. “But it’s a history we can’t let other people forget, how indigenous people were treated not just in Canada, but worldwide.” […]

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by / on June 15, 2015 at 9:57 PM / in Education

Aurora College signs protocol on indigenous education

Aurora College reaffirmed its commitment to indigenous education last week in front of the most important audience they could think of: their future students. The board and president of Aurora College signed on to Colleges and Institutes Canada’s historic Indigenous Education Protocol last Tuesday before this year’s crop of young delegates participating in the college’s annual Youth Symposium in Fort […]

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by / on June 15, 2015 at 9:43 PM / in Northerners

Fort Smith pulls together after tragic car accident

The community of Fort Smith showed its true colours last week as thousands of dollars in donations piled in for the Lafferty family following a tragic vehicle accident on Sunday evening. Brad Lafferty, a young man from Fort Smith, was seriously injured when the car he was driving lost control, hit the ditch and rolled numerous times, throwing him from […]

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by / on June 15, 2015 at 9:23 PM / in Justice

Deh Cho MLA pleads guilty to assault causing bodily harm

Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli pleaded guilty last Thursday to assault causing bodily harm in relation to an incident that took place in his home community of Fort Providence in April. Police were called for assistance at 3 p.m. on Apr. 5 after reports that an individual had been assaulted at a residence. The victim was transported to the health […]

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by / on June 15, 2015 at 9:17 PM / in Uncategorized

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‘Suspicious’ fire leaves tenants of Yk’s Polaris Apartments homeless A fire ravaged the 17-suite Polaris apartment complex in Yellowknife on Sunday night, leaving all of its occupants homeless though unharmed. Police and emergency services were called to the fire at 1:23 a.m. Sunday, June 14. When they arrived, the building was engulfed in flames. The building was evacuated and one […]

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