Over $170 million in securities have yet to be posted for Dominion’s Ekati diamond mine.

Mining companies owe millions in clean-up securities to territorial government

Mining companies in the Northwest Territories owe nearly $180 million in outstanding securities to the territorial government. The GNWT took over responsibility for the operation of all 61 mine sites in the territory through devolution in April, and with it, the role of accepting financial assurances from companies that prove they are capable of cleaning up their projects. According to […]

The inaccessibility of barren-ground caribou herds right now means First Nations are cancelling their fall hunts.

Yellowknives Dene to cancel fall caribou hunt: chief

The Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) is likely following suit with its Tlicho neighbours in cancelling the community caribou hunt this fall. Chief Edward Sangris said the lack of barren-ground caribou in the area, as well as concerns about the herds’ dwindling numbers, are driving the decision to put off the harvest this year until larger conversations can be had […]

Department of Oceans and Fisheries officers hop aboard the patrol vessel Reliance and race across 175 km to rescue two stranded boaters on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. They covered a total of 450 km by water and air, locating the boaters within 24 hours.

DFO rescues overdue boaters in 24-hour scramble

In a whirlwind of action, officers from the department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) overcame multiple obstacles to cover hundreds of kilometres and rescue two stranded boaters on Oct. 13, the Monday of Thanksgiving long weekend. To reach the boaters, who were stranded on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, emergency service workers had to employ the use of […]

Health Minister Glen Abernethy and chair of Fort Smith’s health management board Brenda Johnson cut the ribbon on the new health centre.

Fort Smith cuts ribbon on renovated health centre

After years of renovations riddled with the sound of jackhammers, the stress of relocations and the scattering of services all across town, Fort Smith celebrated the reintegration of its health and social services last Friday with the opening of its upgraded, state-of-the-art health centre. “Everything that we have under Health and Social Services is under this roof, and it is […]

Students Rebecca Grooms, 19, of Yellowknife (foreground) and Kira Anderson, 21, of B.C. practice shooting shotguns during fire arms certification at Dechinta.

Cultural resurgence at core of Dechinta studies

From podcasts and slam poetry to hide tanning and fishing, an all-women cohort at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning made cultural resurgence and decolonization the heart of their studies this fall out on the land in the Northwest Territories. This year’s group of 10 graduated from the bush university’s fall semester program on the weekend upon flying back […]

Chef Robin serves up a delicate buffalo quail with whipped blue cheese and a pickled celery garnish 
at Numbers at Bayside.

NWT chefs host Halloween meals to dine for

Despite heavy fires impeding visitors to Yellowknife over the summer, local chef Robin Wasicuna said he had one of the most successful seasons of his career. Now that the smoke has cleared, don’t expect Wasicuna to slow down. The creative chef, known for his Wiseguy Food truck and a stint on the Food Network’s culinary TV competition Chopped Canada, is […]

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by / on October 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM / in Uncategorized

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ITI calls nominations for gas and oil development Last week, David Ramsay, minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI), issued a call for nominations for oil and gas development on territorial reserve lands. This includes developments in the Central Mackenzie Valley, the Mackenzie Delta and Arctic Islands. All Aboriginal sub-surface lands established as dictated in land claim agreements are excluded. […]

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by / on October 28, 2014 at 9:41 AM / in Northerners

Six NWT heroes recognized with medals of bravery

The day before gunshots rang out through Ottawa, bringing the capital city to a standstill, a starkly different vibe was in the air as Canadian heroes from all over the country gathered in the city to receive accolades for their acts of courage. Of the 45 decorations given, six men from the NWT were recognized with Medals of Bravery handed […]

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by / on October 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM / in Justice

NWT Human Rights Commission celebrates 10 years

After 10 years of protecting the rights of residents of the territory, the NWT Human Rights Commission is celebrating by reaching out to the people it serves and taking steps toward improvement. The organization has recruited award-winning Aboriginal rapper Rob “KASP” Sawan, who will spend the next week visiting communities across the territory, performing and running anti-bullying workshops with youth […]

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by / on October 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM / in Northerners

Police pooch breaking down barriers in small communities

Children giggling might not be the first sound you’d expect to hear upon entering a police station, but thanks to one special K-9 unit, it has become the norm for the RCMP department in Behchoko. At least once a day, local kids will enter the Behchoko RCMP building looking to play with Paddy Cakes, a popular pup who travels everywhere […]

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by / on October 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM / in Northerners

Rangers compete for sharpest shooter title at annual training

The team from Fort Simpson took the top place finish at the annual NWT Canadian Ranger marksmanship training in Hay River over the weekend. Around 40 Rangers composing a total of 14 teams from every region in the Northwest Territories came together for the yearly event, which aims to develop marksmanship skills, build team spirit among NWT Ranger patrols and […]

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by / on October 28, 2014 at 9:21 AM / in Justice

Hay River preps for 30th annual Spooktacular community dance

Hay River RCMP and local volunteers are preparing to give local teens a ghoulish good time at the community’s 30th annual Spooktacular Halloween Dance, held every year the at the community arena to keep mischief off the streets. Aside from doing the Monster Mash, students from Grade 8 to 12 will be invited to play Halloween themed games, carve their […]

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