Antlers from a moose who died trapped in telephone wire are found along the Canol Trail.

Tangled Canol telephone wire could be thorn in territorial park’s side

Abandoned explosives, leaking chemical and petroleum tanks, dilapidated buildings, rusty vehicles and scattered debris continue to litter the Canol Heritage Trail in the Sahtu mountains decades after the American government abandoned its war efforts there in the early 1940s. Now, after seven years of assessing the remediation needs of the trail, the Canadian government says it will soon be able […]

The Birch Creek fire complex rages north of Fort Providence and has been closing Highway 3 intermittently throughout the last week, depending on wind direction. There are currently over 190 active fires burning in the NWT.

NWT hits all-time drought code high

The “DC” or “drought code” used by firefighters has hit a new threshold in the NWT, an all time record high of 900 in several locations in the South and North Slave. The DC is a sophisticated computer-generated formula composed of levels of precipitation, humidity, wind, temperature and the dryness of large fuels such as trees, as well as other […]

Paulina Lambert wears one of only three t-shirts created by Nick MacIntosh, right, sold before Yellowknife city officials warned the Yellowknife artist that he had used their trademark without permission and demanded that he turn his remaining stock over to them.

City springs trademark trap on artist’s Wildcat t-shirt

Nick MacIntosh was looking for a way to promote his art when he pounced on one of Yellowknife’s best-known icons, the Wildcat Café, and put it on a t-shirt. But images of the café populated with mice dining on cheese were barely on the shelf at the Northern Visitors Centre and the airport gift shop before the city enforced its […]

Patti-Kay Hamilton, a former CBC journalist hailing from Fort Smith, was listed as a finalist in the 2014 CBC Writes Creative Non-Fiction Prize, placing in the top five out of over 1,800 entries. The winner will be announced July 28.

Fort Smith author shortlisted for nonfiction award

Finalists for the CBC Canada Writes Creative Nonfiction Prize were announced on July 14 and Fort Smith’s own storyteller Patti-Kay Hamilton holds a spot on the list. Over 1,800 short stories were submitted to this year’s annual writing contest. Now only five remain, and the retired CBC journalist says she is humbled to have her creative work recognized among the […]

Team NWT players, coaches and supporters from Fort Smith head to Regina for the North American Indigenous Games.

Team NWT heads to Regina for indigenous games

After months of preparation, youth from across the Northwest Territories converged and made their way to Regina, Sask. over the weekend for the 2014 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), a week-long tournament that also celebrates indigenous cultures in North America. Sunday marked the opening of the games, where NAIG athletes from Canada and the United States marched into Mosaic Stadium […]

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by / on July 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM / in Uncategorized

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RCMP arrest assault suspect in Deline On the morning of July 14, a 34 year-old male was apprehended by Deline RCMP. The suspect went to court last week to speak to charges of assault, breach of undertaking and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public. The alleged crime occurred July 12 when a female victim, 41, filed a complaint […]

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by / on July 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM / in Education

‘Ledge Talks’ kick off in Yellowknife

On July 16, the Legislative Assembly Library in Yellowknife successfully launched a series of TED Talk-style lectures with a presentation from permafrost scientist Steve Kokelj in the building’s Great Hall. Ledge Talks: The Knowledge Series gives researchers a platform to share their work with the public and other government workers, fostering conversation on a variety of Northern topics from arts […]

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by / on July 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM / in Education

Dechinta course focuses on self-determination

The Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, the only land-based university of its kind in the Northwest Territories, is set to conduct the next session of its longest-running course from Aug. 2 to 9 focusing on indigenous self-determination. The beauty of the dynamic course, which is also included as a section in each of the school’s longer programs, is that […]

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by / on July 21, 2014 at 5:49 PM / in Northerners

Northern Youth Abroad sends students southward

Forty-eight youth from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are currently spread out across the country, volunteering in their field of interest with Northern Youth Abroad (NYA). Some of those youth, aged 15 to 22, are staying with host families in Canada, while a pilot project has seen others head to Guatemala to work on Habitat for Humanity housing projects. “What […]

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by / on July 14, 2014 at 7:42 PM / in Uncategorized

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Financial irregularities examined by feds in Fort McPherson A Financial Crime Section of the Federal Investigations unit from Yellowknife has been called to Fort McPherson to inspect potential fiscal problems within the hamlet. In March 2013, local RCMP received a complaint noting there were alleged irregularities with the community’s finances. It was advised that the hamlet undergo a forensic financial […]

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by / on July 14, 2014 at 7:25 PM / in Justice

Inmate committed suicide after being left in solitary confinement for 162 days, inquiry concludes

A NWT man being held in a federal prison in Edmonton committed suicide after being kept in solitary confinement for 162 days, the fatality report concluded last week. According to Judge James K. Wheatley, who authored the report, “Edward Christopher Snowshoe fell through the cracks of a system and no one was aware of how long he had been in […]

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