Strategists meet at the first energy charrette, held in 2012. Information gathered at the event informed the NWT Energy Plan released December 2013.

Government bailout puts end to disputed power rate hike across the NWT

A planned rate hike to residents’ power bills across the NWT has been cancelled with the announcement that the territorial government will bail out the NWT Power Corp. (NTPC) for the costs of increased diesel power generation. Premier Bob McLeod announced last Friday at a news conference that the GNWT will be borrowing the $20 million NTPC says is necessary […]

YWCA executive director Lyda Fuller receives a ceremonial key from the city, with the support of Housing Minister Robert C. McLeod; Fatima Barros of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.; Bob Gannicott, Dominion Diamond Corp.; Yellowknife Mayor Mark Heyck; Linda Bussey, Community Advisory Board on Homelessness; Elder Marie Speakman; Bob O’Rourke, Yellowknife Community Foundation; and Yellowknife MLA Wendy Bisaro.

Yellowknife transitional home opens with new name

Women in Yellowknife whose lives have been impacted by domestic abuse have a new resource to turn to, following the opening ceremony of Betty House – now known as “Lynn’s Place” – on Sept. 26. The YWCA Yellowknife board of directors announced the new transitional home would be called the Lynn Brooks’ Safe Place for Women, named after a former […]

Rob Mark is the first known person to make it out to the roughly 850 metre-long beaver dam on Lake Claire, thought to be the biggest dam in the world. The international explorer can now check this natural wonder off his list, which already includes locations everywhere from Africa to the Amazon to Alaska.

Explorer treks to world’s largest beaver dam

Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) drew international attention earlier this month when an international explorer made the treacherous journey to the largest beaver dam in the world, nestled in the heart of the park. When Rob Mark of New Jersey made the solo trek in mid-July, he became the first known person to reach the natural feature. “They said it […]

Former NHL hockey players Brendan Morrison, left, and Rob Niedermayer do some fishing on Great Bear Lake near Deline. The two pros were in the North to film an episode of SportFishing Adventures, a show on Wild TV hosted by Morrison.

Former NHLers visit birthplace of hockey for fishing show

Two former NHL hockey players visited the birthplace of their great game last week, stopping in Deline, NWT for the weekend to film a television show for Wild TV and whack the puck around with locals. Great Bear Lake has yet to freeze over for the winter, allowing players Brendan Morrison and Rob Niedermayer to get on the water to […]

Chayce Beck, a Grade 3 student at Harry Camsell School in Hay River, enjoys a book last week during a school-wide reading event celebrating NWT Literacy Week. Schools across the territory took part in storytelling, reading and games related to literacy.

Literacy awards honour Aboriginal language teachers

Seku hóneltën means “teacher” in Dëne Suliné, or the Chipewyan language, a fact that eight year-old Bridgett McKay learned thanks to her teacher Angie Fabien at the Deninu School in Fort Resolution. Through Fabien’s efforts, usage of the Chipewyan language at the school has increased 23 per cent, earning the institution this year’s NWT Ministerial Literacy Award for the youth […]

Northern musician Leela Gilday shares powerful tales of woe and joy on her new CD.

Leela Gilday captures heartbeat of the North in new album

Leela Gilday’s fourth studio album, Heart of the People, combines powerful lyrics that create stunning imagery, layered over carefully coordinated melodies for songs that are raw, emotional and absolutely empowering. Her incorporation of traditional elements like the pounding beat of Dene drums, the breathy, guttural sounds of throat singing, lyrics belted out in local languages and dancing fiddles helps create […]

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by / on September 29, 2014 at 4:42 PM / in Uncategorized

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Sudden death in Yellowknife under investigation Yellowknife RCMP are investigating the sudden death of a female found in the city centre over the weekend. An unresponsive female was found on the morning of Sept. 27 in an alleyway between 50th and 51st St. behind the Gold Range hotel and the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre. She was taken to Stanton […]

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by / on September 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM / in Education

ACFN fundraises for afterschool arts program

Volunteers in Fort Chipewyan are rallying to raise funds for a new afterschool program where locals will have access to free music and art lessons, allowing them to express their stories and learn musical literacy while maintaining their mental health. Members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and Helping Hands to Success (HHS) are currently in the process of […]

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by / on September 22, 2014 at 6:44 PM / in Education

Literacy week highlights importance of health knowledge

Increasing the state of health literacy within the territory can have a great impact on a person’s quality of life and can help to eliminate patterns of socio-economic struggle, according to the organization behind NWT’s annual Literacy Week. The NWT Literacy Council event has communities from Inuvik to Enterprise acknowledging the week with special activities scheduled from Sept. 21 to […]

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by / on September 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM / in Northerners

African safari a dream come true for Fort Smith boy

Most people will never be able to recount the time an elephant pushed a tree down next to their tent in the Okavango Delta of Botswana, or the surprising moment a baby lion licked the sweat off the back of their neck in South Africa, but Ty Marten of Fort Smith will be able to share those true stories for […]

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by / on September 22, 2014 at 5:41 PM / in Education

Grassy plains become outdoor classroom for Fort Smith students

Youth from Fort Smith took the trip of a lifetime as they trekked out to the plains of Sweetgrass Landing for several days of learning on the land. From Sept. 11 to 18, Grade 7 and 8 students from Paul William Kaeser (PWK) high school took turns spending four days out of range, leaving their cellphones and video games behind […]

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by / on September 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM / in Education

Experts examine traditional knowledge usage in NWT

Just weeks after one of the boats from the storied Franklin expedition was discovered – with the help of local Inuit knowledge – delegates met over the weekend to discuss the benefits of elevating traditional knowledge (TK) to a level where it shares similar status with Western science in the Northwest Territories. The I??a?a? kat?? Tradtional Knowledge Festival, organized by […]

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