Oliver Raab and his mom Min Sun show their support for the Mary Kaeser library at a Fort Smith town council meeting Dec. 9.

Fort Smith library challenged by tight 2015 budget

Patrons of Fort Smith’s Mary Kaeser Library rallied around town hall this week in an effort to save their beloved facility, which is facing a series of challenges as the result of what its supporters call chronic underfunding. Despite increasing usage rates, the library is looking at reducing its operating hours and programming as a result of not receiving its […]

Newly elected AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde speaks about First Nations’ treaty relationship with Canada at the Treaty 8 115th anniversary celebration in Fitzgerald, Alta. during the Dene National Assembly last June.

New AFN chief puts focus on resource ownership

It may have been a landslide victory for the Assembly of First Nations’ (AFN) new National Chief Perry Bellegarde last Wednesday, but mixed responses to the election by fragmented indigenous peoples across Canada show the real work for the top chief begins now. The former chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations took the win in the first ballot […]

ACFN Chief Allan Adam has posted his salary and other band finances online, but refuses to share that information with the federal government.

First Nation ‘welcomes’ court action by Canada on financial disclosure

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is saying “bring it on” to Canada after federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt recently threatened the band with legal action over its refusal to comply with new federal legislation on financial disclosure. ACFN is one of six First Nations possibly facing court action for their non-compliance with the controversial First Nations Financial Transparency […]

The team from Arctic FOXY were happily surprised to win the million dollar Arctic Inspiration Prize in Ottawa on Dec. 10. In the three-year history of the award the full prize amount has never been given to a single winner, until now.

Arctic FOXY takes $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize

For over a month, only the two leaders of Arctic FOXY knew their million-dollar idea had been officially validated in the form of a cash prize for that exact amount, and were tasked with keeping the massive secret. The organization was given the $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize to go towards funding its groundbreaking sexual health project for Northern girls in […]

Devon Fillion of the Yellowknife boys high performance basketball team aims for the hoop at the North Shore Invitational Basketball Tournament held in Vancouver, B.C. last weekend.

Yk basketballers shoot for skills development at Vancouver tourney

Young basketball players from the Yellowknife area had the chance to test their skills against their southern competition last week, as the first team from the NWT to play in the annual North Shore Invitational Basketball Tournament in Vancouver, B.C. The Yellowknife boys high performance team didn’t attend the tournament with the intention of coming out on top; more so, […]

Gaëlle St. Louis, Marg Shott, Jeannie Marie Jewell and Shannon Coleman volunteer with the Nunavut Shoebox Operation, through which they are sending non-perishable items to food banks in the far North.

Fort Smith volunteer gets in the Christmas spirit with ‘Nunavut Shoebox Operation’

Christmas time is known as the season of giving and for one Fort Smith volunteer, the season got started early this year. Jeannie Marie Jewell spent the majority of last week at Aurora College, where she commandeered the Nunavut Shoebox Operation, a charitable endeavor she dreamed up that sends donations of nonperishable food items to food banks across the territorial […]

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by / on December 15, 2014 at 6:07 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

RCMP investigate incident that left one dead, one in critical care Following a residential incident in Yellowknife, the territorial RCMP major crimes unit is investigating the death of one man and the critical injuries of another. At approximately 5:00 a.m. local police responded to a report of two unconscious males, both of which they found with serious injuries. After being […]

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by / on December 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM / in Education

South Slave students flock to the Trades Awareness Program

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by / on December 15, 2014 at 5:36 PM / in Slideshows

Appreciating the Christmas spirit throughout the North

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by / on December 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM / in Justice

Fort Smith man reported missing from Hay River for over a month

A Fort Smith resident has been reported as missing and RCMP are calling on the public to assist in the case. In an RCMP press release sent out Dec. 4, Hay River police announced their search for missing person Brian Melvin Boucher, 52, who was last seen in Hay River on Oct. 27. He was attending a course at the […]

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by / on December 8, 2014 at 4:05 PM / in Uncategorized

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Up Here Publishing to merge two flagship publications Yellowknife’s Up Here Publishing Ltd. will merge its two magazines, Up Here and Up Here Business, into one product starting in the new year. In a note to its readers, the company expressed the two were “both telling the same story—one of an entrepreneurial Northern people, excelling against great odds.” United under […]

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by / on December 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM / in Uncategorized

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Hay River woman sentenced to one year for drug dealing A known drug dealer from Hay River has been sentenced to a year in jail after being convicted of three drug-related offences. The charges against Rachel Martel come from two separate drug busts, one from April of this year and one in December of 2013. She was convicted of possession […]

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