Topic: northwest territories

New LGBTQ film tracks 'enormous personal risk' Calgarians faced

The historical documentary, Outliers, debuts Friday. It documents LGBTQ history in Calgary.

Leak prompts closure of Inuvik pool as Midnight Sun Complex set for repairs

After being closed for about three weeks last month, the pool in Inuvik is now shut down until further notice due to a leak.

'I feel really happy': Yellowknife's homeless take pride in new employment program

Homeless people in Yellowknife are gaining a sense of pride for a hard day's work, thanks to an employment program offered by the Yellowknife Women's Society.

Despite spring closures, N.W.T. government stands behind Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway

The highway was closed to traffic May 5 and has yet to reopen due to slippery, swampy conditions. Before that, it had only been open between midnight and noon for two weeks in April.

Aurora College gets $410K for Beaufort Sea coastal research

The federal government invested $410,000 over five years for research at Aurora College that will examine the effects of ground slumping due to permafrost thaw on the nearshore waters of the Beaufort Sea coast near Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.

'Overwhelming' evidence led to guilty verdict in Kevin Mantla murder trial, says judge

An N.W.T. judge found Kevin Mantla guilty of second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with an attack in a Yellowknife apartment in September 2015.

Aurora College's president resigns as foundational review looms

As the release of a foundational review into Aurora College looms, the college's president has resigned, effective May 31.

Fewer people staying in RCMP cells thanks to outreach services, say Yellowknife police

Yellowknife RCMP say there are fewer prisoners in their cells, and it's thanks to new initiatives aimed at helping the city's homeless.

Witnesses raise questions about response in fatal Highway 5 crash

Three survivors of a fatal accident between Fort Smith and Hay River earlier this month almost lost hope that an ambulance would arrive.

Stung by pipeline dispute, Alberta refuses to sign statement at western premiers meeting

As western premiers met in Yellowknife Wednesday to discuss pharmacare, infrastructure, justice and community safety, the dispute over Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline still loomed large.

Boil water advisory lifted for 4 South Slave communities in the N.W.T.

The N.W.T. Health Department has lifted the precautionary boil water advisory for residents in Hay River, K'atl'odeeche First Nation, Enterprise and Kakisa.

After rare cancer diagnosis, Inuvik woman pushes for better vision care in the North

Ashley Morine says the N.W.T. government should do more to make sure people in small communities, where there is no eye care specialist, have access to vision care.

Beaufort Delta student soars at national science fair

An Inuvialuit high school student won a bronze medal from the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa last week.

Fort Fitzgerald, population 8, completes own census for 1st time thanks to 'tenacious' resident

For the first time in the Wood Buffalo region's census history, the small community of Fort Fitzgerald, Alta., completed its very own census data collection — thanks to a determined, longtime resident who loves her community.

Tlicho region looks to bridge language gap between youth, elders

As fewer young people continue to speak Tlicho compared to people over 60, people from the Tlicho region gathered in Behchoko last week to brainstorm what they can do to boost people’s proficiency in the language.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of May 14

The long weekend is here! Celebrate getting into the swing of May with our weekly gallery of your best photos from across the Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories.

A walk in his shoes: Japanese man caps off years-long walk around world in Tuktoyaktuk

Masahito Yoshida has been walking around the world since 2009. He ended his 77,500- kilometre journey at Canada’s Arctic coast.

All-women mining rescue team sets sights on international competition in Russia

An all-female mine rescue team thinks it could be the first of its kind to participate in the International Mines Rescue Competition this year — if it can raise enough money to get there.

Former Hay River hockey player laces up skates for new Olympic sport

From hockey player to sprinter, now Gavin Broadhead is trying out speed skating after winning a high-performance sport recruitment program in Alberta.

N.W.T. government announces $5.6M for agriculture projects

Agriculture groups looking to expand their business now have the opportunity to apply for funding.

Union accuses Dominion Diamond of 'union-busting' in plan to lay off 150 workers

The union representing unionized workers at Dominion Diamond’s Ekati mine says the company has not backed up its claims of 'unsustainable' absenteeism among its workers and is accusing it of 'union-busting.'

Feds say all N.W.T. communities have high-speed internet, residents disagree

After the federal government announced that every N.W.T. community now has 4G cell service and high speed internet, many residents say they still can't use certain technology like Android boxes or Netflix.

B.C. region hires outside help to bring 911 service to far northeast

Residents in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality — which comprises around one-tenth of the area of mainland B.C. — must dial 10-digit numbers for local fire, police and ambulance services.

Brother says he'll miss carving with Ronnie Taylor, well-known artist in N.W.T.

Ronald Taylor was found dead on Twin Pine Hill last Wednesday. His brother says he’s going to miss carving with his younger brother, Ronnie, most of all.

Northwestel says some people's internet bills will drop from $200 to $80, after federal funding

MP Michael McLeod announced more than $4.6 million of federal funding that will lower people's bills with Northwestel.

New fines for dog owners in Yellowknife, but rules on unleashing dogs still fuzzy

Yellowknife city council voted down a proposed amendment to the dog bylaw that would have clarified where dogs can be off-leash. But it did add fines for running a dog beside a motorized vehicle.

How much will the $1B Giant Mine cleanup benefit northerners?

Though environmental concerns dominated a public meeting in Yellowknife this week on $1 billion cleanup of Giant Mine, some questioned how much northerners, and particularly Indigenous northerners are benefiting from the project.

Home prices dipped in Yellowknife last year, following national trend

The average price of a home sold in Yellowknife dropped nearly 5 per cent in the last 12 months before April. But at least one real estate agent says that’s a reflection of the types of homes people are buying -- not a drop in how much a home is worth.

Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway closed for 4 days, flights to hamlet resume

The Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway has closed for what seems like a longer than usual period due to rainy and muddy conditions.

Feds promise $2.3M for training hundreds of Indigenous people in N.W.T.

The federal government is promising $2.3 million over four years to support a free training program for Indigenous people in the Northwest Territories.

Youth sexual health programs in N.W.T. get $1M boost

A sexual health program for youth in the N.W.T. is getting a big boost. N.W.T. MP Michael McLeod announced $1 million in funding over five years for two organizations on Tuesday.

Driver killed in motor vehicle accident near Fort Smith

RCMP members from Fort Smith and Hay River attended the scene where a man died and three passengers sustained serious injuries.

Dominion Diamond threatens to lay off 150 employees at Ekati mine, says union

Dominion plans to replace 150 employees at its Ekati diamond mine in Yellowknife with contract workers, saying absenteeism have driven up the costs for the mine's operations. However, the union says the threat is purely profit-driven.

It's going to be a very busy summer of construction for Yellowknife

Get ready for construction zones and detours in Yellowknife.

University in Yellowknife? That's up for discussion at city council

Yellowknife city council is weighing the benefits of a Northern university or post-secondary institution.

Out with the old, in with the new: Behchoko's 1960s bridge getting a total transformation

While the Frank Channel Bridge has had repairs over the years, some residents are worried it’s deteriorating. Now, the N.W.T. government plans to replace it.

Fort Liard suspends firefighting, officials say there aren't enough volunteers

Earlier this year two other communities in the N.W.T. — Norman Wells and Fort Providence — made similar decisions to suspend their firefighting services.
In Depth

Cannabis education ads air in Indigenous languages in N.W.T

The GNWT has released radio ads and audio recordings of the effects of cannabis in several Indigenous languages. Is that enough to give elders what they need?

Hunters using drones? N.W.T. hunters say that's 'cheating' amid drone ban talks

Residents of the Northwest Territories are being asked for their input on a drone ban proposal in the wildlife legislation. Some hunters are pushing for the ban.

Hay River victim may get cash back after stock market scam

Debra Buggins says she was pressured by a collection agent to invest in Great Pacific International to pay off her student loan. She may have been one of many victims in a stock-manipulation scheme.

No damage, just wet roads after flooding in Jean Marie River, says government official

Residents of Jean Marie River can rest easy now, as rising water levels from the Mackenzie River that had people preparing for an emergency over the weekend have now receded.

Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of April 30, May 7

May is upon us, and the changing seasons have left us with a bounty of fantastic photos from across the North. Check out your best photos from the last two weeks from across the N.W.T., Yukon, and Nunavut.

N.W.T. town adopts Indigenous-language stop signs; man behind project hopes others follow suit

Vance Sanderson says he has big dreams for Canada after his small community of Fort Smith, N.W.T., successfully swapped out average stop signs for ones in its own language.

Inuvik greenhouse 'has Emily's heart in it': Beloved former staff member honoured with memorial

As the community greenhouse reopens for the year in Inuvik, N.W.T., it’s also holding a memorial for a beloved former staff member who passed away in January.

New flight school? Northerners may soar to new heights in 2019

2 N.W.T. airlines and Aurora College say they're in talks to potentially start an aviation school in Fort Smith, N.W.T., by 2019.

Goodbye winter, hello mama! N.W.T. residents encounter moose, bear families

A woman in Fort Resolution came very close to a mama black bear and her three cubs, while in Inuvik, a few people near the hospital got a glimpse of a mama moose and her calf.

Funding cuts lead to longer summer closure for Inuvik's warming centre

Inuvik's emergency warming centre will close for the second summer in a row. When it reopens this fall it will receive half as much money from the territorial anti-poverty fund as it did last year.

N.W.T. MP vows to keep an eye on Northern tax reviews

N.W.T. MP Michael McLeod says he'll keep an eye on the Canada Revenue Agency after a CBC report revealed Northerners' taxes are reassessed at about three times the national rate.

Alcohol far more destructive than cocaine, says lawyer at trafficking sentencing hearing

Defence lawyer Peter Harte argued when courts discuss the evils of cocaine they should consider the harm caused by alcohol, a legal drug, during sentencing for a man convicted of possessing cocaine for the purposes of trafficking.

Landa Aviation announces regular flights between Hay River and Yellowknife

People looking for flights from Yellowknife to Hay River will soon have a new option.

One-on-one counselling coming to 8 N.W.T. schools this fall

Seven mental health counsellors and one clinical supervisor will be coming to schools in the Tlicho and Dehcho regions this September.

Former NorthMart workers say company forced family out of staff housing in Hay River

A couple who worked at the Hay River NorthMart say the store owner, the North West Company, told wife and two kids they had to leave staff house after husband resigned, but she still worked there.

MLAs, liquor commission have different ideas about what's required to sell cannabis

When touring communities, a committee of MLAs wanted people's opinions on the proposed regulations for legalized pot in the N.W.T. Instead, they got more questions.

Charges reduced for 2 in relation to Hay River man's death

Two people charged in relation to the death of Alex Norwegian have had their murder charges reduced.

Adrian Bell announces candidacy for mayor of Yellowknife

A second Yellowknife city councillor has joined the race for mayor. Deputy mayor Adrian Bell announced his intention to seek the seat in this fall's election.

Habitat for Humanity to build 3rd house in Yellowknife

Organizers are proposing to build the home on a lot on the newly created Spruce Road in the Range Lake area

Yellowknife liquor warehouse facing possible closure

The liquor distribution warehouse in Yellowknife could be closing next year, meaning potential changes for how commercial businesses will be able to purchase alcohol in the territory.

Jay pipe expansion at Ekati mine delayed, again

Dominon Diamond Corporation is slowing down its Jay pipe expansion that was scheduled for construction this year.

Union of Northern Workers removes executives from Yellowknife branch after they fail to meet bylaws

The three volunteer executives for the Local 1 union, which represents 800 government employees in the N.W.T., have been removed because they weren't holding required meetings or keeping up financial records.

RCMP reopen, then close, 1 of 49 unfounded sexual assault cases in N.W.T.

Northwest Territories RCMP say they reopened — and subsequently closed — one unfounded sexual assault case from 2016, following a national review that identified hundreds of unfounded cases requiring further investigation.

City of Yellowknife considering new hire to investigate future complaints against officials

'I don't see it as a reflection of the political environment necessarily, but it's simply best practice,' says mayor about integrity commissioner.

Health Canada says delaying pot bill for more Indigenous consultation would leave kids vulnerable

Delaying pot legalization won't change much, Health Canada says after senators urge for Indigenous voices to sit at the table.

Fire in women's change room at Yellowknife pool deemed suspicious

Yellowknife firefighters and RCMP officers investigated a small fire in the women's change room at the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool on Monday night.

Person dies in Yellowknife of invasive strep infection

A person in Yellowknife succumbed to an invasive form of group A streptococcus last week, the N.W.T.’s chief public health officer has confirmed.

Spring breakup causes fish to fly on Hay River

As the ice breaks up on waterways across the North, the spring river breakup has come to a close in Hay River but not before it created a feast of fish for local birds.

N.W.T. government opposes custom adoption granted to Métis couple from B.C.

The Northwest Territories government says an Indigenous custom adoption approved for a B.C. couple who moved to the N.W.T. should never have been granted.

N.W.T.'s 2018 forest fire season could look similar to last year with 'fairly vigorous' late season

The Northwest Territories' 2018 forest fire season could look quite similar to last year's, with a slow start giving way to a dry, difficult end of the summer, according to the territory's director of fire operations.
In Depth

Following death of homeless woman, advocates call for change in Yellowknife

Advocates say better housing support, more options for drug and alcohol users, and roving health care professionals all need to be considered.

3 people arrested after bear spray goes off in Yellowknife apartment

Firefighters were called Sunday after RCMP found an empty can of bear spray in front of a Yellowknife apartment building. No one was injured.

'We're quite frustrated': Red tape threatens growing Arctic space industry

Years of federal bureaucratic delay may cost the North millions of dollars in investment in an emerging high-tech industry.

Missing the mark: Some N.W.T. students struggling to meet academic standards

Some Northwest Territories students are failing to meet the mark in English and math, while on average, students across the territory are missing close to a day of school every week.

Lawyers deliver closing arguments in Denecho King murder trial

There was a noticeable sense of relief and also some anger from relatives of two victims of a deadly 2014 attack in Yellowknife, after the four-week trial of the man accused of it came to a close last week.

Families call for case of mysterious 2005 deaths to be reopened

Family members of Frederick Hardisty and David Horesay aren't convinced the RCMP investigated the deaths thoroughly.
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N.W.T. defence lawyer on what legalized cannabis will mean for justice system

Longtime northern defence lawyer Peter Harte talks about what people in the N.W.T. need to know about fines and criminal offences when cannabis is legalized.

Yellowknife bike club secures $58K for bike park, hopes to start work this summer

The club has been working on this project for more than a year, and the president of the club hopes to start construction soon with the new funding.

Yellowknife man cleans 'big sea of poop' from walking trail

Local man Bernie Bauhaus has scooped up more than 45 kilograms of dog poop left by careless owners on Yellowknife's Tin Can Hill this spring.

Yellowknife dentist offers free service for patients without insurance

When Adam Dental Clinic ran its first free dentistry day in Yellowknife last year, people lined up at the door half an hour before anyone else had even arrived at the building.

Dehcho First Nations given options in land, resource rights in latest federal land claim offer

The discussion paper includes two different scenarios for chiefs to consider. Three pages of a 14-page discussion paper were posted on Twitter by a former elected leader who attended the negotiation as a member of the public.

Police seize cash, suspected drugs in Deline, N.W.T.

Deline RCMP arrested a 43-year-old man for possession for the purpose of trafficking on May 3.

Fort Good Hope man sentenced to 5 years for shots fired outside band office

Tony Kakfwi had fired into the air outside a community meeting at the band office in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., then barricaded himself in an apartment and had a standoff with police in November 2016. No one was hurt.

Cannabis a business opportunity for Yellowknifers, consultation meeting hears

Yellowknife residents echo concerns with draft cannabis legislation heard across the territory.

Students 'brutally honest' to MLAs during cannabis tour, despite meagre turnout in Inuvik

Northwest Territories MLAs have made it a priority to speak with students on their whirlwind cannabis consultation tour around the territory, though only a few took them up on the offer during their stop in Inuvik.

Inuvik man gets 5 more months in jail in attempted suicide case

An Inuvik man will spend five more months behind bars after time served for firing a gun in frustration after being rescued from a suicide attempt in 2016.

RCMP investigator final witness to testify as Denecho King trial nears completion

The judge who will decide whether Denecho King is guilty or not guilty has heard all the evidence he is going to hear.

Ontario stock manipulation scheme may have had victims in N.W.T.

The office of Ontario's Attorney General has collected nearly $3 million in potential compensation for victims of a stock manipulation scam — and say that they believe some residents of the Northwest Territories are entitled to a piece.

N.W.T. organizations get funding boost to tackle poverty

Dozens of N.W.T. organizations are getting a funding boost from the territorial government so they can tackle issues related to poverty.

Yellowknifers mourn Sophie Thrasher, a 'motherly' figure on city streets

Sophie Thrasher was known as someone who looked out for others in the city's homeless community.

Sahtu beneficiaries call for forensic audit of their trust fund

For years, several beneficiaries have raised concerns about the Sahtu Secretariat Inc., which is made up of representatives from the seven Sahtu land corporations and a chair.

As Inuvik's natural gas contract nears end, gov't touts wind power as 'a priority'

With only seven months to go until the town of Inuvik loses its natural gas supplier, the territorial government says they believe they've found a partial replacement for the looming energy shortfall.

Dehcho getting new land offer on Thursday, grand chief says

The organization of 10 First Nations and two Métis groups have been in negotiations since 1999. The main outstanding issues are control over lands, resources and land management over approximately 50,000 square kilometres of land in the southwestern Northwest Territories.

'I don't remember': Youth on trial for killing Fort Liard girl testifies in manslaughter case

Lawyers representing the young man accused of killing a girl in Fort Liard, N.W.T, in 2015 wrapped up their case Wednesday, with the youth testifying he did not understand the dangerous effects of alcohol.

N.W.T.'s energy and climate plans include promoting natural gas

An environmental advocate asked if energy security was just being used as 'a pitch' to promote the petroleum industry.

Inuvik hires town's 1st woman fire chief

Cynthia Hammond, currently a training officer for the Chippewas of Rama First Nation Fire Rescue Service in Ontario, will take on the role May 28.
In Depth

Cannabis as colonialism? N.W.T. woman says government shouldn't 'impose' legalization

Community advocates say legal marijuana has been thrust upon them and they didn't have a say.

DNA on sword handles matches Denecho King's, RCMP scientist testifies

The testimony is the first evidence the judge has heard connecting King to the apartment unit where the attack occurred more than three years ago. King, 25, is on trial for murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Northwest Territories economic future 'grim,' says report

The Conference Board of Canada has released its latest economic forecast and it says prospects for the Northwest Territories are not so good. Here's why.

Police investigating sudden death in Norman Wells

Police say they responded to a call early Tuesday morning at Norman Wells, N.W.T.

Yellowknife's Rebecca Alty 1st to announce bid for mayor's seat

Rebecca Alty says she’ll be signing up as a candidate for mayor once the official registration period opens at the end of August.

Prosecutor's star witness to testify today in King trial

A DNA expert testifies today in the trial of Denecho King, the man accused of a bloody and fatal attack in a Yellowknife apartment three and a half years ago.

Norterra Inc. files bankruptcy, owing $81M to Inuvialuit Development Corp.

Seven creditors have filed claims totalling $83 million. The Inuvialuit Development Corporation, which owns Norterra is the largest claimant with nearly $81 million.