From left: ITI Minister David Ramsay, outgoing PNWER president Senator Kevin Ranker, Montana Governor Steve Bullock and NWT Premier Bob McLeod.

NWT government open to oilsands pipeline

Industry Minister David Ramsay made history last week by becoming the first from the Northwest Territories to be made president of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER). His first mission: Drawing attention to the “tremendous resource potential” in the North, even if that means welcoming other jurisdictions’ rejected pipeline projects. “It is just a great opportunity for us to tell […]

Cleanup crews work to contain bitumen leaking through cracks below a lake near Cold Lake last year at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s Primrose lease. Fissures in the caprock caused by steaming led to four separate leaks.

Oilsands blowout caused by steaming, regulator confirms

Confirming the company’s recent admission that high-pressurized steaming practices may be at fault for the ongoing bitumen seepage near Cold Lake, an independent technical review by the regulator has confirmed the year-long blowout is not only the result of wellbore failures. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) reported last week that four “flow to surface” (FTS) incidents taking place at Canadian […]

A fire burns near Behchoko to the west of Yellowknife. Fires around the capital have filled the city with smoke for weeks, often ranking extreme in terms of poor air quality.

Fire fatigue takes hold in smokey NWT capital

Surrounded by fires and subject to oppressive smoke daily, fire fatigue is taking a toll on residents of Yellowknife, with no end to the vicious fire season in sight. The city has been isolated by fires for two weeks now with those driving in, including supply trucks, waiting sometimes more than a day in long lineups. Anyone leaving the city […]

Patti-Kay Hamilton of Fort Smith is the winner of a prestigious national writing contest for her creative non-fiction piece, “The Hunter and the Swan”.

Fort Smith author wins national CBC writing prize

A Fort Smith author has won the CBC Creative Non-Fiction grand prize for her publication, beating out over 1,800 entries from across Canada. The Canada Writes team announced early Monday morning that former CBC journalist Patti-Kay Hamilton won the prize for her short story, “The Hunter and the Swan”. “It’s wonderful. I’m honoured and I’m humbled because of the other […]

Last year’s Paddlefest attendees play around at Mountain Portage rapids. This year’s event will take place from Aug. 1 to 4.

Fort Smith preps for annual Slave River Paddlefest

Preparations for the seventh annual Slave River Paddlefest are currently underway and organizers are encouraging paddling enthusiasts to register swiftly so they can take part in the action. The festival takes place every year over the August long weekend, drawing crowds of people from around the world interested in racing down the famous Slave River rapids, playing in its shallow […]

Team NWT places sixth at indigenous games

Team NWT places sixth at indigenous games

As members of Team Northwest Territories make their way back from the 2014 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) held in Regina, Sask. last week, their bags will be a little heavier from all their hardware. Over the course of July 20 to 27, youth from the NWT captured 51 medals in a variety of sports, taking sixth place out of […]

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by / on July 28, 2014 at 8:32 PM / in Uncategorized

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Man dead after head-on collision on Highway 63 A 66 year-old male from Ontario is dead following a head-on collision along Highway 63 in northern Alberta on July 20. The accident occurred after the man’s northbound pickup truck crossed over the centre line and crashed into a southbound gravel truck. The two-vehicle collision happened around kilometre 190 of the road […]

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by / on July 28, 2014 at 6:18 PM / in Education

FOXY Peer Leader Retreat gets schooled

A group of young women have gathered in Yellowknife for the second annual FOXY Peer Leader Retreat at Blachford Lake Lodge, where they are learning to create dialogues around sexuality and relationships through artistic expression while enjoying the outdoors. And this year, students attending the Fostering Open eXpression among Youth (FOXY) summer camp hosted at Blachford Lake Lodge can now […]

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by / on July 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM / in Uncategorized

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RCMP arrest assault suspect in Deline On the morning of July 14, a 34 year-old male was apprehended by Deline RCMP. The suspect went to court last week to speak to charges of assault, breach of undertaking and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public. The alleged crime occurred July 12 when a female victim, 41, filed a complaint […]

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by / on July 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM / in Education

‘Ledge Talks’ kick off in Yellowknife

On July 16, the Legislative Assembly Library in Yellowknife successfully launched a series of TED Talk-style lectures with a presentation from permafrost scientist Steve Kokelj in the building’s Great Hall. Ledge Talks: The Knowledge Series gives researchers a platform to share their work with the public and other government workers, fostering conversation on a variety of Northern topics from arts […]

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by / on July 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM / in Education

Dechinta course focuses on self-determination

The Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, the only land-based university of its kind in the Northwest Territories, is set to conduct the next session of its longest-running course from Aug. 2 to 9 focusing on indigenous self-determination. The beauty of the dynamic course, which is also included as a section in each of the school’s longer programs, is that […]

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by / on July 21, 2014 at 5:49 PM / in Northerners

Northern Youth Abroad sends students southward

Forty-eight youth from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are currently spread out across the country, volunteering in their field of interest with Northern Youth Abroad (NYA). Some of those youth, aged 15 to 22, are staying with host families in Canada, while a pilot project has seen others head to Guatemala to work on Habitat for Humanity housing projects. “What […]

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