Prime Minister Stephen Harper is greeted by Peter Martselos, a local Conservative Party member, at a partisan fish fry event hosted by the Western Arctic Conservative Association on Friday night in Fort Smith. Around 200 people attended the RSVP-only event at Queen Elizabeth Territorial Park.

Prime Minister announces support for Northern agriculture during Fort Smith stop

Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Fort Smith on the second leg of his ninth annual Northern tour last week, where he announced a series of initiatives to increase the development of commercial agriculture in the North while touting Canada’s Arctic sovereignty. A crowd of invited guests marched into Joseph Burr Tyrrell elementary school on Friday to hear the prime minister […]

New regulations on meat wastage, hunting areas, licences and gifting will impact both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal harvesters starting in November when the Wildlife Act comes into effect.

New wildlife regulations come into effect in this fall

Residents of the Northwest Territories who want to give input on the first wave of new hunting regulations need to do so soon before the new NWT Wildlife Act comes into effect this November. The department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) is giving its “last push” of consultation on Phase 1 of the proposed new wildlife regulations for the […]

Before and after photos show the extent of the destruction at Moraine Point Lodge on Great Slave Lake, where all eight buildings and their contents were ravaged by wildfire last week, despite fire breaks created to protect the eco-tourism destination.

Wildfire destroys eco-tourism lodge

Moraine Point Lodge, a beautiful eco-tourism destination on the north shore of Great Slave Lake, was burned to the ground by wildfire last week, leaving the owners in a state of shock. “It’s a 100 per cent loss – every single building reduced to a pile of rubble,” said Rodney Kenny, one of the lodge owners. He and his mother, […]

Astronomer Larry Nixon peers into his Celestron SE8 telescope at Pine Lake in the Dark Sky Preserve on Friday evening. On the clear night, Nixon was able to catch glimpses of the Ring Nebula, double stars and the planet Neptune.

Enthusiasts explore new galaxies at Dark Sky Festival

Like a nebula gathering particles and energy to form a new star, a flurry of activities and people came perfectly together for a fantastic third annual Dark Sky Festival. From Aug. 21 to 25, Fort Smith and Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) were the launchpads for a weekend of scientific exploration with Canada’s first female astronaut Roberta Bondar and space […]

Students grow bush skills, confidence at Tsu Lake

Students grow bush skills, confidence at Tsu Lake

“I can’t believe this is school,” says Olivia Villebrun, a first-year student of the Environment and Natural Resources Technology Program (ENRTP) at Aurora College, sitting on the deck of the camp kitchen while staring out at the calm morning waters of Tsu Lake. The 21 year-old and her classmates woke up refreshed Friday morning after a solid night’s rest back […]

Youth from across the territory gather for the first Run, Jump, Throw camp, organized by the Fort Smith Track and Field Society.

Youth warm up for school sports with athletic camp

Kids from around the territory flocked to the rubberized track in Fort Smith last week for the opportunity to participate in a Run, Jump and Throw (RJT) camp, where they developed their athletic prowess with the help of some of the top track and field coaches in the North. Almost 50 youth aged eight to 16 participated in the sports […]

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by / on August 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Investigations ignited after black bear shot by Reid Lake Government representatives are hunting down information about a black bear that was shot at Reid Lake Territorial Park the morning of Aug. 17. The North Slave Regional Office of the department of Environment and Natural Resources is encouraging anyone with information to come forward. They are taking the opportunity to remind […]

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by / on August 25, 2014 at 8:10 PM / in Northerners

Community rallies to help family of teen who died in Fort Resolution house fire

The community of Fort Resolution has come together to support a local family after a house fire ravaged their home, killing a teenaged girl. On the afternoon of Aug. 15, Rhoni Beaulieu, 16, was found deceased in her home after the local fire department had extinguished the flames of the house fire. “We have ruled the fire was accidental in […]

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by / on August 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM / in Education

South Slave educator handed national awards

Time and time again, the South Slave Divisional Education Council (SSDEC) has captured awards for their excellent learning initiatives, and this year they can add yet another trophy to their crowded shelf. SSDEC assistant superintendent Brent Kaulback was named not only the NWT superintendent of the year, but was also given the EXL National Award, a prestigious honour handed out […]

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by / on August 25, 2014 at 5:48 PM / in Crime

856 gang increases notoriety in the North

Drugs, stabbings, weapons and piles of cash – all have been associated with the 856 gang, the newest player on the proverbial block in Yellowknife. An attack at the city’s Coyote’s Steakhouse that left a victim in hospital with multiple stabwounds was only the most recent in a string of activity connected to the 856 gang, which has slowly been […]

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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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