Northern Aboriginal leaders attend a hearing with federal officials on amendments to the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act in Yellowknife last January.

Feds to change Aboriginal consultation regulations for the NWT

Aboriginal governments in the Northwest Territories will soon be subject to a new consultation policy concerning resource development projects following recent amendments to the Mackenzie Valley Resources Management Act (MVRMA). New regulations are being drafted to back up the recently amended legislation that controls the environmental review process in the NWT, and among them are new rules “to clarify roles […]

Gwich’in First Nations are asking for more time to review a drilling proposal just west of the Yukon-NWT border.

Gwich’in request more time to review Yukon drilling proposal

Gwich’in First Nations in the NWT and Yukon are looking for more time to review a proposal from Northern Cross that seeks to drill 20 exploratory oil and gas wells in the Eagle Plains area west of the Yukon border. The Tetlit Gwich’in Council of Fort McPherson, the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation of Old Crow, the Na-Cho Nyak Dun First […]

Voting delegates of the NWT Métis Nation opted to re-elect their previous executive at last week’s AGM in Fort Smith. From left, Garry Bailey was re-elected president, Betty Villebrun vice president and Danny Beck secretary-treasurer. All three promised to work hard for the membership as the nation approaches its final negotiations with Canada over lands and resources in the coming months.

Métis debate cuts to cope with negotiation costs

A controversial move to trim down the negotiating team for the NWT Métis Nation as a cost saving measure was defeated at last week’s annual general assembly in Fort Smith, where the issue of fiscal prudence topped discussion priorities. The vast majority of voting delegates opposed a motion made by Hay River Métis Council president Wally Schumann seeking to limit […]

Step one: Soaking and steaming the cedar. Wedd had two Chester-style canoe moulds available for her customers: one for a 15-foot boat and one for a 16-footer. The Mercredis chose the latter. The night before construction commenced, they soaked long cedar planks in water, which would eventually become the ribs of the boat. Once the boards were swollen, they were steamed for half an hour, softening the wood so it was malleable and could bend to fit the canoe mould. Once the wood was dry, it was sanded down to create an even, round shape.

How to build your own canvas canoe

Richard Mercredi knew he had to fix up his father’s old red canoe, which took its first voyage sometime in the 1970s, almost 40 years ago. Mercredi is very good with his hands; a long-time trapper who built his own house, he figured he could learn how to build and fix a canoe without too much trouble and looked far […]

Participants in the latest Inuvik Community Kitchen meal included, from left to right, Joel Granger, Steve Wagar, Patrick Gale, Gemma Gale, Lexie Winchester, Deirdre Dimitroff, Megan McCaffery, Sheena Adams, Robin Haas, Andrew Haas, Alexandra Pulwicki, Anna Johansson and Sarah Huet.

Healthy foods taste-tested at Inuvik’s community kitchen

The goal of the Inuvik Community Kitchen is simple – to get people cooking. The pilot project, which is funded through the GNWT Anti-Poverty Fund, is the brainchild of East Three Secondary School’s Patrick Gale. “As foods teacher, I’ve always felt that one of the activities in the community that was lacking was some way to get adults to develop […]

Evangeline Husky, left, and Heather Bishop flank motivational speaker Savvy Simon at her presentation in Fort Smith Nov. 19. Using social media and word of mouth, Simon is empowering indigenous people from every nation to embrace their culture and preserve their traditional languages.

Mi’kmaq speaker uses social media to share tradition

Students in the South Slave got a whole new perspective on languages and love last week as Mi’kmaq motivational speaker Savvy Simon made her way from Hay River to Lutsel K’e, stopping at schools and community centres to share her wisdom and experiences. It was early last year that Simon decided to add online language-keeper to the list of her […]

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by / on November 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Gwich’in elect new leadership Members of the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) voted in James Wilson as their new president in a by-election held Nov. 17. The new leader won with 721 votes, besting his opponent Richard Nerysoo, who received 399 votes. About 1,200 of 2,700 eligible Gwich’in voters turned out, or almost 44 per cent. This will be Wilson’s second […]

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by / on November 24, 2014 at 4:27 PM / in Transportation

Passengers, crew safe after Air Tindi makes emergency ice landing

It was a happy ending for unfortunate travelers, whose Air Tindi flight to Fort Simpson on Nov. 20 was interrupted when harsh weather forced them to crash land on the north end of Great Slave Lake. After several hours of search and rescue operations, the five passengers and pilot were retrieved and safely returned to Yellowknife around noon the same […]

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by / on November 17, 2014 at 5:18 PM / in Uncategorized

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Assembly members vote in favour of NWT ombudsman Regular members of the Legislative Assembly voted unanimously in favour of the GNWT bringing forward legislation to establish an office of the ombudsman for the territory. The motion was passed on Nov. 6 after being introduced by Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli, who is also chair of the Standing Committee on Government […]

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by / on November 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM / in Slideshows

Canadian veterans honoured in Fort Smith, Hay River

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by / on November 17, 2014 at 4:23 PM / in Education

ARI celebrates 50 years of research in the far North

From language and cultural revitalization to Northern farming and life on the land, the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) in Inuvik has been an integral part of learning and developing research in the Northwest Territories for the past 50 years. Staff, students and anyone with an interest have been celebrating the institute’s 50th anniversary for the last month with a series […]

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by / on November 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM / in Slideshows

Ho Ho Ho! Santa salutes Yellowknife

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