AANDC Minister Bernard Valcourt, left, and NWT Education, Culture and Employment Minister Jackson Lafferty shake hands over the newly-signed job training agreement that will bring $1.1 million in federal funds to the Northwest Territories this year.

Ottawa, GNWT renew funding deals for infrastructure, job-training

The federal gravy train stopped in Yellowknife last week with the promise of $1.1 million this year for skills training and $163 million in gas tax funds over the next decade for the territory’s roads, bridges and water plants. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt made a one-day visit to the territorial legislature to sign the two agreements […]

Crystal Fraser, a Gwich’in academic now living in Edmonton, spends time at her family’s fishing camp across from the Tree River.

Gwich’in decry proposed changes to voting rules

Gwich’in living outside of their settlement region are deeply concerned with proposed changes to the tribal council bylaws that would see their right to vote in regional elections taken away. A group calling itself Communities of Concerned Gwich’in launched a petition last week calling for greater consultation, accountability and transparency from the current leadership and board of directors of the […]

La Roncière Falls are seen from a stunning vista above the Hornaday River canyon in Tuktut Nogait National Park.

Google brings street-view mapping to Northern parks

There may not be streets in national parks throughout Canada’s North, but that hasn’t stopped Google from trekking its globe-trotting cameras into the Arctic to give the world a “street view” of some of the most remote corners of the country. Parks Canada and Google teamed up over the summer to take Google Trekkers – giant multi-directional cameras mounted on […]

Summer Splash artist Marissa Zele and her mom Bozena Robertson sell Zele’s handmade “Snuggies” as a fund raiser for the aspiring sculptor’s post-secondary schooling. The seasonal festival celebrating the arts in Fort Smith ran from Aug. 8 to 17 this year, with workshops for aspiring crafters happening all week.

Artists share magic of the North at Summer Splash

This year’s annual Summer Splash arts festival drew out the creative talent of Fort Smith before culminating in a jam-packed day at the town’s Mission Park on Saturday, Aug. 16. The week-long festival organized by the Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre brought together artists from the Northwest Territories for a week of working in an array of artistic mediums. […]

Star gazers to gather for third annual Dark Sky Festival

Star gazers to gather for third annual Dark Sky Festival

Starry-eyed enthusiasts from the Northwest Territories will have the chance to join world-class astronomers at the end of the month as they peer into the wonders of the cosmos, visible from the largest dark sky preserve on Earth. The third annual Dark Sky Festival, organized and hosted by the Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society (TAWBAS), is set to be […]

Noah Lafleur, 11, rides his bike around the half pipe at Hay River’s newly-opened skatepark on Sunday evening.

Hay River skatepark ready to roll for X-games

With Hay River’s extreme BMX biking and skateboarding competition just around the corner, the community has opened up a brand new skatepark to the public. Though an official ribbon-cutting ceremony won’t happen until the weekend of the town’s fourth annual X-Games competition on Sept. 13, the park’s modular equipment was open for business as of this weekend. “It’s actually a […]

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by / on August 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Teenage girl dead after house fire in Fort Resolution A house fire over the weekend in Fort Resolution has left one teenage girl dead and a family in mourning. RCMP received notice of the fire around 1:20 p.m. Aug. 15 and quickly responded to the emergency. Local firefighter teams were able to extinguish the flames. The house was not completely […]

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by / on August 18, 2014 at 7:48 PM / in Northerners, Slideshows

Canoe Arctic Inc. celebrates four decades in business

After 40 years of exploring the tundra, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who can navigate the awe-inspiring landscape north of Great Slave Lake better than wildlife biologist Alex Hall, based in Fort Smith. The owner of Canoe Arctic Inc., who claims to have paddled the barrenlands more than anyone else in the world, is celebrating four decades of […]

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by / on August 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM / in Crime

Human remains unearthed near Fort Chipewyan home

Residents in Fort Chipewyan helping to do repairs on an elder’s home were shocked last week to find human remains buried near the house. Crews doing excavation work to stop water seepage in Mary Voyageur’s basement unearthed what locals say was a skull and some other bones. Work was immediately stopped, the area cordoned off and the remains taken by […]

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by / on August 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM / in Crime

Fort Providence school vandalized with paint

What could have been a devastating event turned into a day of community building as members of Fort Providence came together to clean the Deh Gah school after it was vandalized. An individual or group of assailants broke into the building sometime during the evening of Aug. 11 before taking several vats of paint and pouring them throughout the school. […]

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by / on August 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM / in Education

Day camp forges love of science in youth

Future mining engineers, medical doctors and chemists in Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay got to conduct their own experiments while participating in the DiscoverE science camps hosted in their communities over the last few weeks. The camps were run by the University of Alberta in conjunction with Actua Canada, a nation-wide organization that encourages the development of STEM skills – […]

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by / on August 11, 2014 at 8:31 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

RCMP notifies public of problems with phone system Due to upgrades earlier this year, Northwest Territories RCMP are notifying the public of issues with their phone system when dialing the Operational Communications Centre (OCC). The issue occurs when no one is available to answer phones at individual departments and calls are relayed to the OCC located in RCMP G Division […]

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