Public hearings on Dominion Diamond’s proposal to expand the Ekati mine are scheduled to begin this summer. (Photo Credit: Dave Brosha)

Superboard being considered for diamond mine oversight: minister

The three directors removed from the environmental watchdog for the Ekati mine last week could be just the start of a larger overhaul of the diamond mining oversight process in the Northwest Territories, according to the GNWT. Three of the longest-serving representatives on the Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency (IEMA) were let go last Tuesday, eliminating 33 years of cumulative experience […]

Picket lines align in Fort Smith last Tuesday with a visit from striking municipal employees from Hay River, who joined fellow strikers with the Fort Smith Housing Authority in solidarity for an afternoon that included a community lunch.

South Slave strikers unite with ‘Solidarity Express’

A troupe of about 25 Hay River town employees packed their protest signs, PSAC flags and winter gear into the Solidarity Express bus and hit the road to join their Fort Smith “brothers and sisters” for an afternoon of walking the picket line together on Feb. 17. Union of Northern Workers members employed by the Town of Hay River and […]

Northern Lights shine over a cabin in the East Arm, where negotiations to create a national park around the community of Lutsel K’e have been ongoing for over three decades.

GNWT looking to limit Ottawa’s reach in the East Arm

Devolution managed to throw a sizeable wrench into the nearly concluded talks on creating a national park off the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, throwing into question the size and type of protection to be afforded the massive area near Lutsel K’e. Parks Canada and the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation (LKDFN) had nearly sealed the deal on the […]

Researchers Adam Hering, bottom right, and Todd Shury take blood samples from a sedated bison to test for tuberculosis. The duo hopes to test 200 bison over three years.

Researchers test TB detection methods on wood bison

Researchers are capturing wood bison in the South Slave region and Wood Buffalo National Park to test new methods for detecting bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis infection among the herd where the disease is epidemic and currently not easy to diagnose. Adam Hering, a masters student at the University of Saskatchewan’s school of veterinary medicine, and Parks Canada wildlife health specialist […]

NWT Cree Language Program manager Kyle Napier and singer-songwriter Veronica Johnny lead a Cree language songwriting workshop in Hay River over the weekend.

Creative Cree workshops spread message of wellness

“We’re like a braid of sweetgrass,” says Veronica Johnny, a musician, mother and strong advocate of traditional teachings as a way to bring wellness to Northern communities. “One person can only do so much and another person can only do so much, but when you’re together, braided together like that, you’re much stronger. There’s strength in numbers, and that’s the […]

Fort Smith artist Brandy Wilson’s lowbush cranberry photograph, top, was made into a carpet for the NWT boardroom at Canada House in London, England.

NWT art at home in London’s Canada House

Lowbush cranberries can be found across the expanse of the Northwest Territories, as can the intelligent ravens that scavenge for morsels throughout the region. Now, the two typically Northern images can be found in the recently renovated Canada House in London, England’s Trafalgar Square, thanks to the work of two NWT artists. Each Canadian province and territory and the three […]

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by / on February 23, 2015 at 7:09 PM / in Education, Slideshows

Students & staff celebrated at Aurora College Week

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One dead, others homeless after Fort Smith house fire

One person is deceased and others are without a home following a fatal residential fire in Fort Smith early Sunday morning. Around 6:05 a.m. on Feb. 23, emergency crews were called out to a duplex fire at 12/14 Pike St. at the east end of town, but by the time they arrived the damage had already been been done. “It […]

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by / on February 23, 2015 at 4:52 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Yellowknife resident faces multiple charges after B&E, sexual assault Yellowknife RCMP have laid multiple charges against Bobby Robert Zoe, 34, who was charged with breaking and entering, sexual assault and failing to comply with a probation order after an incident that occurred early in the morning on Feb. 1. Police arrived at the home and were told the occupants had […]

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by / on February 16, 2015 at 6:52 PM / in Uncategorized

Sports Briefs

24 athletes receive GNWT high performance grants A select group of the territory’s top athletes were honoured last week, as they received the department of Municipal and Community Affairs’ (MACA) 2014-2015 High Performance Athlete Grants to represent the North in competitions around the globe. Golfer Brandon Walterhouse, basketball player Emily Rowlandson, world-class snowboarder Andrew Matthews and rising junior hockey star […]

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by / on February 16, 2015 at 6:37 PM / in Education

Aurora College training a new crop of trades people

As the government of the Northwest Territories strives to fulfill its goal of bringing an additional 2,000 people up North over the next five years, it’s likely that a slew of new houses, community infrastructure and resource development projects will be needed to accommodate the masses. That means it’s probably a good time to get into the Northern trades industry, […]

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by / on February 16, 2015 at 6:31 PM / in Education

Aurora student board rep advocates for peers

When Karen Lepine-Mcfeeters decided to immerse herself in several different levels of Aurora College’s student government, she was surprised to find just how supportive and welcoming the community was. Upon some investigation, she discovered a well-rounded batch of mental, financial and cultural programs to help students with a variety of their needs, but found many of her peers weren’t aware […]

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