ARRR Maties!  Angelica Gowans and her mom, Catalyna Correa, strike a pirate’s pose down on the Government Dock at this year’s Old Town Regatta, where dozens set sail against a blustery headwind for the coveted trophy at the fifth annual family-oriented event.

Old Town pond sailors brave weather for regatta

Heavy rain that threatened to swamp the fifth annual Old Town Pond Sailors Regatta stopped long enough Saturday evening for 31 captains to launch their vessels from the Government Dock. Despite serious challenges from some sleek vessels, there were no surprise winners. Boats designed and built by Anthony Foliot and Larry Jones took the top three places, as they have […]

Elders Pat Martel, Florence Barnaby, Mary Teya, Francois Paulette and Gabe Hardisty meet with Dr. Ted Mala, left, director of traditional healing at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

Elders lead fact-finding mission to Alaskan native hospital

Elders from the Northwest Territories have returned home from a trip to Alaska that opened their eyes to the possibilities of introducing First Nations-run health care, including traditional healing practices, in the territory. The Elders Wellness Council of Stanton Territorial Hospital, which includes representatives from every region in the territory, spent a week visiting Anchorage, Alaska late last month to […]

Researchers excavate the old A team of archeologists from the University of Toronto excavate an Inuvialuit cruciform pit house, found complete along the Mackenzie Delta across from Tuktoyaktuk. The house, which could be up to 500 years-old, is a rare find for researchers studying the North.cruciform house at the Kuukpak site.

Archaeologists uncover Inuvialuit driftwood house

A team of archaeologists working along the far north of the Mackenzie Delta have uncovered a complete Inuvialuit driftwood house that could date back as far as the 1500s, the likes of which have not been found before. Archaeologist Max Friesen of the University of Toronto first started visiting the Kuukpak site just across the bay from Tuktoyaktuk in 1986. […]

Team NWT players march in the Canada 55+ Games opening ceremonies in Strathcona County, Alta. on Aug. 27.

Golden aged competitors meet at Canada 55+ Games

It was a whirlwind week of sport and games for a select group of NWT seniors, who headed south to Strathcona County, Alta. for the 2014 Canada 55+ Games. From Aug. 27 to 30, 60 representatives made up Team NWT to compete in the national biennial event, which drew in over 2,000 athletes from across the country. Even with a […]

Rice-sized pine beetles have decimated 19 million hectares of forest in B.C. and Alberta.

Pine beetles showing cold resistance: researchers

Wildfire may have destroyed the homes of the territory’s only documented pine beetles this summer, but that doesn’t mean the NWT is out of harm’s way when it comes to the devastating spread of one of the country’s most destructive species as it blazes through millions of hectares of new terrain. New research being done by a handful of scientists […]

The land use plan for the Athabasca oilsands region does not take treaty rights into consideration, First Nations argue.

Oilsands land use plan can’t address treaty concerns: province

The Alberta government is attempting to block another possible route for First Nations to have their concerns about the oilsands heard within the context of treaty and Aboriginal rights. The provincial government recently told a panel responsible for reviewing the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP) that it is not allowed to consider concerns about treaty rights raised by six northern […]

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by / on September 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM / in Education

Dehcho canoe trip engages youth, despite challenges

Participants in this year’s Dehcho ecology camp were sent slightly off course when thunderstorms and forest fires forced them to alter their plans, but intrepid instructors quickly came up with a backup plan to save the learning experience. For the first time in the Dehcho First Nations (DFN) camp’s decade-long history, youth were to paddle from Fort Providence to Jean […]

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by / on September 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Two in hospital after drive-by shooting in Conklin Two men suffering from gunshot wounds were sent to the hospital following a drive-by shooting in Conklin, Alta. two weeks ago. Wood Buffalo police responded to a report of the shooting at 4:30 a.m. on Apr. 18 and were shortly on scene where they found two men suffering from non-life threatening gunshot […]

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by / on August 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Investigations ignited after black bear shot by Reid Lake Government representatives are hunting down information about a black bear that was shot at Reid Lake Territorial Park the morning of Aug. 17. The North Slave Regional Office of the department of Environment and Natural Resources is encouraging anyone with information to come forward. They are taking the opportunity to remind […]

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by / on August 25, 2014 at 8:10 PM / in Northerners

Community rallies to help family of teen who died in Fort Resolution house fire

The community of Fort Resolution has come together to support a local family after a house fire ravaged their home, killing a teenaged girl. On the afternoon of Aug. 15, Rhoni Beaulieu, 16, was found deceased in her home after the local fire department had extinguished the flames of the house fire. “We have ruled the fire was accidental in […]

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by / on August 25, 2014 at 8:02 PM / in Science & Technology, Slideshows

Enthusiasts explore new galaxies at Dark Sky Festival

Like a nebula gathering particles and energy to form a new star, a flurry of activities and people came perfectly together for a fantastic third annual Dark Sky Festival. From Aug. 21 to 25, Fort Smith and Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) were the launchpads for a weekend of scientific exploration with Canada’s first female astronaut Roberta Bondar and space […]

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by / on August 25, 2014 at 7:44 PM / in Education

Students grow bush skills, confidence at Tsu Lake

“I can’t believe this is school,” says Olivia Villebrun, a first-year student of the Environment and Natural Resources Technology Program (ENRTP) at Aurora College, sitting on the deck of the camp kitchen while staring out at the calm morning waters of Tsu Lake. The 21 year-old and her classmates woke up refreshed Friday morning after a solid night’s rest back […]

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