A map of active fires burning with the Northwest Territories as of May 25. There were over 20 new fires started by lightning over the weekend.

Fire season explodes early as lightning rolls into drought-stricken NWT

As lightning moved its way east from the Yukon over the mountains and into the Northwest Territories over the weekend, fire management crews were hoping it would bring some rain with it. That wasn’t the case, however, when dry lightning sparked over 20 fires all the way from Norman Wells to the Alberta-NWT border, bringing the total number of fires […]

Morels dry in the Dehcho during last summer’s harvest. GNWT officials expect this season to be similar to last: short due to a lack of rain, but hopefully sweet. Harvesters in the Dehcho last year earned around $650,000.

Short season predicted for morel pickers in hot, dry NWT

Drought conditions across the Northwest Territories mean a morel mushroom harvest could be a flash in the pan of just a few weeks if no moisture arrives in the form of rain. “We have to be really clear: while this is an opportunity that’s out there, there’s no way we can guarantee anything. If we get the month of June […]

Paw prints can be seen all over the truck, from the side mirror and door handle, to these ones on the truck’s tail gate where the bear stood up to check out what was in the box.

Bear breaks into Fort Smith truck for a cup of coffee

A couple from Fort Smith is certain the bear that broke into their truck and tore apart the interior was just looking for a cup of joe. Genevieve Côté and John Blyth were out for a hike at the Salt Plains near Fort Smith on Friday night to check out several pairs of whooping cranes nesting in the area when […]

The Salt River First Nation and the Fort Smith Métis Council are unhappy they were not consulted with regarding  Parks Canada’s new fly-over whooping crane tours. The former is filing a court injunction against the park over the alleged treaty violation.

Salt River First Nation filing injunction over whooping crane tours

The Salt River First Nation (SRFN) has announced it will file an injunction to stop Wood Buffalo National Park’s (WBNP) new whooping crane tour program, citing a lack of consultation by the federal government agency with Aboriginal groups on the initiative. SRFN Chief Frieda Martselos said the decision to put a halt to the ‘Wood Buffalo Whooping Crane Experience’ was […]

Nobel Prize nominee launches memoir in NWT

Nobel Prize nominee launches memoir in NWT

Residents of Yellowknife had the opportunity to hear the story of one of the North’s most vocal advocates on Sunday, as 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former Inuit Circumpolar Council chair Sheila Watt-Cloutier launched her debut book in the Northwest Territories. Watt-Cloutier released her new autobiography, The Right To Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting her Culture, the […]

MLA Alfred Moses, left, Premier Bob McLeod, senior athlete winner Rayna Vittrekwa and NWT commissioner George Tuccaro meet at the celebration.

Sport North recognizes top NWT athletes of 2014

The territory’s best performing athletes of the year, along with their coaches and support systems, were recognized for their hard work and dedication to their respective sports at a banquet held in Yellowknife this weekend. Shedding their gear for a more formal uniform, the athletes gathered at the Explorer Hotel on Saturday evening, where they were addressed by keynote speaker […]

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by / on May 25, 2015 at 10:44 PM / in Northerners

Fort Smith volunteer honoured for 42 years of service in NWT

From school dances to nation-wide campaigns, Marilyn Napier has volunteered her time, energy and services to a wide variety of initiatives over more than 40 years. Napier’s efforts were recently recognized as she was named individual volunteer of the year by the department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) at the 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Awards, held during the NTW Association […]

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by / on May 25, 2015 at 9:53 PM / in Education, Slideshows

Youth highlight history at Territorial Heritage Fair

Students across the NWT were encouraged to step away from modern life to take a look into their pasts in preparation for the 2015 Territorial Heritage Fair. Following competitions at the local and regional level, the annual event was held at Chief Albert Wright School in Tulita this year from May 7 to 9, where the best projects from NWT […]

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by / on May 25, 2015 at 9:21 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Stranded traveler near Lutsel K’e rescued by RCMP RCMP of the South Slave banded together to conduct a successful search and rescue early last week. Police in Lutsel K’e received a report about a 56 year-old man who had become stranded near Thubun River on May 19, several days after the man first alerted his family via satellite phone of […]

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by / on May 18, 2015 at 7:57 PM / in Northerners

GNWT honours long-serving employees in Fort Smith

People entering the workforce in modern times might not believe they can stay with the same employer throughout the duration of their careers, but employees recognized at the GNWT long service awards ceremony prove it can be done. Employees of the territorial government gathered at the Roaring Rapids hall in Fort Smith on May 13 to honour their fellow workers […]

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by / on May 18, 2015 at 7:13 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Ekati, Diavik diamond mines win joint environmental award Two NWT mines have been recognized for their joint efforts to protect the environment where they are operating. Ekati and Diavik diamond mines were honoured with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum’s top environmental excellence award for their work on a joint regional grizzly bear DNA program. The project was […]

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by / on May 11, 2015 at 10:12 PM / in Justice

Fort Smith pilot faces charges of sexual assault

A pilot charged with sexual assault will have to await the territorial court’s decision next month after his trial was left unresolved last week. The accused, Alejandro Cabeza Cepero of Fort Smith, faces one count of sexual assault in connection with an incident that took place last August. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge. The incident occurred after […]

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