CKLB Radio director Deneze Nakehk’o, left, speaks with Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley on the air during the radio’s sign-off party on July 31 last year. There has been no news or Aboriginal language programming on CKLB since the shut down, which the Native Communications Society blamed on late and inconsistent funding from the federal government.

Board likely to decide future of CKLB Radio at meeting this week

The board of directors of the NWT’s Native Communications Society have a tough call to make when they meet this week to discuss the future of its beleaguered CKLB Radio station. The Aboriginal broadcaster known as “the voice of Denendeh” has been off the air since August due to conflicts over funding with the federal government, which caused the station […]

Samantha Thomas, left, and Lorraine Phaneuf of the Status of Women Council of the NWT encourage women to sign up for their third campaign workshop, happening Feb. 6-7.

Workshop aims to put more women on NWT ballot

With just two out of 19 seats in the NWT Legislative Assembly currently occupied by women, gender equality advocates in the territory are hoping more training and support for women will help curb the current state of “gross underrepresentation” in Northern politics. The Status of Women Council of the NWT is gearing up for its third campaign school, taking place […]

Premier Bob McLeod says this month’s trip to Asia was a “successful” promotion of the territory.

Territory hopes to dress Japanese, Chinese to the nines

The premier and his entourage have returned from their 11-day trip to Asia where the sale of luxury goods from the NWT to Japan and China dominated many economic discussions. Amid meetings where the trade partners addressed a variety of investment opportunities including gas, oil and tourism, it was the promotion of the territory’s wearable amenities of diamonds and fur […]

Calista Burke takes aim at the Fort Smith Polar Cup biathlon race, held at the Thebacha Loppet on Jan. 24. Youth from Hay River and Fort Smith competed in the friendly event for the first time in three years after bad weather forced multiple cancellations.

South Slave youth go for gold in Polar Cup biathlon

Conditions were perfectly ideal for the youth who went for gold this past Saturday at the Fort Smith Polar Cup races after years of competing off home turf. The event came together within a week as organizers and volunteers hurried to take advantage of the warm weather, allowing for the town’s first race in three years, with two cancellations already […]

This year’s Dead North filmmaking challenge has opened up beyond the bounds of horror toward the fantasy and sci-fi genres.

Dead North film fest explodes in popularity in third year

More than three full hours’ worth of made-in-the-North short films are expected to be entered into this year’s Dead North horror film challenge, which has skyrocketed in popularity in its third incarnation. The annual Yellowknife-based film festival, which challenges teams from across the North to make their own indie short on a shoestring budget in the span of a few […]

One of Tishna’s traditionally inspired designs.

Six Red Beads shares oral culture through wearable art

Six red beads for one beaver pelt: That was the going rate when Tishna Marlowe’s great-great-grandfather was employed in the fur trade, a fact she uncovered while composing an essay on how beads became incorporated into Chipewyan culture – her culture. When Marlowe’s husband found work in northern Alberta, she dropped her books and picked up traditional beading and sewing […]

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by / on January 26, 2015 at 4:58 PM / in Education

Northern families learn together on national Literacy Day

For the Johnson-Bradley family of Fort Smith, reading and learning together has always been a priority. Starting when her two sons were infants, mother Kirsten Bradley would read them tales from small cardboard-paged books, even though the kids seemed to be more interested in chewing on them than listening at the time. Now that they’re a little older, Olie, 9, […]

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by / on January 26, 2015 at 4:41 PM / in Uncategorized

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Yellowknife RCMP officer sentenced for attempted fraud A Yellowknife RCMP officer has been handed a conditional sentence after being charged with attempted fraud. For the next three months, Cst. Nathan White will be forced to remain in his home from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., his punishment after falsely claiming $3,200 in overtime. An investigation, initiated by a single complaint, […]

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by / on January 19, 2015 at 5:59 PM / in Transportation

Keep snowmobiling a way of life, not death: RCMP

Snowmobiling is a way of life for many Northerners during the winter, but unfortunately leads to serious injury and sometimes fatalities each year in the NWT, most of which are preventable. Jan. 17 to 25 is International Snowmobile Safety Week, and RCMP in the Northwest Territories are taking the opportunity to raise awareness about safe snowmobiling practices that can serve […]

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by / on January 19, 2015 at 5:46 PM / in Justice

Human rights watchdog releases damning study on missing, murdered indigenous women

Calls to action on the epidemic levels of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada have garnered international attention, most recently in the form of a report from a pan-American human rights watchdog. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) released a study just before Christmas with findings that demonstrate many Canadian government institutions are open to new strategies to […]

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by / on January 19, 2015 at 5:15 PM / in Justice

Fort Chipewyan holds second annual memorial for missing woman

Amber Alyssa Tuccaro, a young woman from the northern Alberta community of Fort Chipewyan, would have turned 25 years old on Jan. 3. Instead, her family held a memorial round dance this past Saturday in honour of the daughter and mother who was murdered in Nisku, just outside of Leduc, Alta. five years ago. The event was held in the […]

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by / on January 19, 2015 at 5:10 PM / in Justice

Walking With Our Sisters memorial ceremony offers healing to NWT families

The rows upon rows of beaded upper pairs featured in the traveling Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) commemorative exhibit might be stunning to view, but their aesthetic beauty is just the surface of their value. Like the lives of so many Aboriginal women missing and murdered in Canada, over 1,800 pairs of moccasins or mukluks – now on display at […]

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