Master’s student Adam Hering conducts TB testing on a wood bison earlier this year.

South Slave bison TB study officially axed as scientists remove tracer collars

A study examining tuberculosis (TB) and brucellosis in Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) bison herds has been cancelled at the behest of local indigenous groups. Scientists were hoping to study more reliable means of diagnosing buffalo with the diseases, but members of Smith’s Landing First Nation (SLFN), Salt River First Nation (SRFN) and the Fort Smith Métis Council stated they […]

Around 30 municipal employees have been on strike in Hay River since Feb. 6.

Strike continues as third round of talks fail in Hay River

A third attempt at negotiation has collapsed in Hay River, after a day and a half of talks between town council and striking municipal employees ended in failure on Monday afternoon. The latest round of negotiations began Sunday and ended just before lunch on Monday. Both bargaining units went back and forth on a number of counters before the union […]

NFTI founder and president Jackie Milne shows where the market gardens will go at the institute’s new farm campus.

New crop of growers sprouting at Hay River farm school

With spring in the air, a new crop of students is ready to start sowing the seeds of gardening knowledge at the Northern Farm Training Institute in Hay River this week. Starting this weekend, approximately 15 students from across the territory will become the first batch to participate in this year’s monthly courses at the agricultural school, beginning with a […]

From left, Melvin Fortier, Ethan Gillis and Richard Mercredi hold the winning catches for the weekend spent at Natawa, Blackman and Jackfish Lakes.

Fort Smith fishing derby team steps down after 25 years

After 25 years, Richard and Barb Mercredi are hoping to do more fishing and less organizing at next year’s annual Fort Smith Fishing Derby. The couple, who have been organizing the three-day excuse to head out on a beautiful weekend fishing trip since the mid-‘80s, recently announced they’d be passing the torch – or at least the tackle – on […]

Author Richard Van Camp, left, and local actor Joel Evans gift a raven from the set of The Lesser Blessed film to the Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre in Fort Smith. The NWT-born author was in his hometown for a book reading, signing and film screening last Monday.

Van Camp visit filled with gifts and surprises

As Fort Smith’s unofficial ambassador – or at least biggest fan – Richard Van Camp never returns to his hometown without bringing a few gifts for his friends, family and elders. That was especially true of last week’s “Evening of Fort Smith Magic,” where the NWT-born author held a giveaway party for the community as part of a film screening […]

Youth spend the day of Apr. 10 training with top NWT snowboarders Andrew Matthews and Molly Milligan, warming up for the territorial competition the next day.

Yellowknife hosts NWT snowboarding territorials

Just before the snow melted away, young snowboarders in the NWT met up in Yellowknife for the final territorial competition of the season. About 13 youth from the capital and Fort Liard hauled their gear out to Bristol Pit on Apr. 10 and 11 for a weekend of friendly competition in one of the territory’s growing sports. Competitors were between […]

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by / on April 20, 2015 at 10:05 PM / in Justice

YWCA releases manual for women facing violence

Women in the NWT living with family violence now have an easy-to-use resource to turn to should they decide to take action against their abuser. The newly released Legal Pathways – Spousal Violence in the NWT: A resource for women was developed by Lani Cooke, a consultant for the YWCA Yellowknife, to provide NWT families with plain-language information on how […]

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by / on April 20, 2015 at 9:25 PM / in Uncategorized

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Rowe’s Construction fined $40,000 for ice auger incident Hay River company Rowe’s Construction is facing a $40,000 fine, as well as a 15 per cent victim of crime surcharge, because of an employee injury from two years ago. The Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) said Rowe’s has pleaded guilty for “failing to ensure the adequate instruction of each worker […]

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by / on April 13, 2015 at 11:07 PM / in Education

NWT educator honoured with prestigious award

At the start of the school year, about 8,320 students enrolled in schools across the NWT, where they attend classes led by a pool of some 800 teachers – all of whom have been influenced, in some way or another, by the work of Colleen Eckert. For just over nine years, Eckert held the position of Professional Development Coordinator for […]

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by / on April 13, 2015 at 10:59 PM / in Education

‘iPads for parents’ pilot project gets mixed reviews

A recently-launched pilot project that’s distributing tablets to new parents has raised both eyebrows and hopes as a variety of experts question the pros and cons of the controversial project. The department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) has sold the initiative as “techno baby bags of the future,” with the idea that the iPads will get families actively engaged […]

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by / on April 13, 2015 at 10:21 PM / in Justice

Deh Cho MLA arrested for assault causing bodily harm

Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli, 50, was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm in his hometown of Fort Providence early last week. A police report stated that local RCMP received a call for assistance at a residence around 3:00 p.m. on Apr. 5 for an individual who had been assaulted. After arriving at the scene, officers transported the […]

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by / on April 13, 2015 at 10:18 PM / in Justice

Letter from RCMP says indigenous perpetrators responsible for bulk of solved murders

Indigenous perpetrators are responsible for 70 per cent of solved cases of murdered indigenous women, according to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson. Canada’s top mountie sent a letter to Treaty 6 Grand Chief Bernice Martial last week that sheds light for the first time on the ethnicity of perpetrators documented in last year’s national operations report on the state of missing […]

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