Alex Brockman

Alex Brockman is a CBC News reporter based in Yellowknife. He's worked in the North since 2016, covering territorial politics, Canada's military and the Sahtu region of the N.W.T. Follow him on twitter @BrockmanCBC. Have a story idea? Email him at

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Dehcho First Nations put land issues aside — for now — in land-claim talks with Ottawa, N.W.T.

The Dehcho First Nations are trying new negotiation tactics in their decades-old land claim process as they seek to break the stalemate that’s developed between themselves, Ottawa and the Northwest Territories.

Coast Guard adds 3 weeks to Arctic ice breaking season as icebreakers head North

Icebreakers are sailing north over the next few days, two weeks earlier than normal. Those ships will operate until November, adding an extra week. Hopefully, this will prevent a repeat of last year's failure to resupply three Arctic communities.

Landslide damages Bear Rock — Tulita's Notre Dame

A landslide struck on the north slope of Bear Rock, in Tulita, N.W.T., a space that is considered sacred to Dene.

Deline celebrates the Raptors NBA title 'Dene style' with a drum dance

In Deline, N.W.T., the community’s high school graduation ceremonies were the perfect spot for a uniquely Northern Raptors championship celebration: a circle drum dance.

'Basically homeless': Residents doubt they'll ever live in Hay River highrise again

More than a dozen people do not have a place to live two months after a fire at an apartment building in Hay River, N.W.T., and some doubt they'll ever be able to return.

'We've all grown up together': Grade 12 athletes savour their final N.W.T. track meet

The Northwest Territories annual track and field championships feels like a family barbecue. For these Grade 12 athletes, the three-day event is the last time they’ll compete with their friends before they graduate later this spring.

Alberta wildfire cuts rail link between N.W.T. and southern Canada

Wildfires in northern Alberta are cutting vital pieces of infrastructure that link the Northwest Territories with southern Canada. The main highway to Alberta has been closed and the rail line has been damaged.

Waiting out the flames: Alberta wildfire evacuees pray for safe return home

Nearly 70 evacuees from the wildfire in northern Alberta are still staying at the K'atl'odeeche First Nation reserve in the Northwest Territories. It's been week since they arrived and they don't know when they'll be able to go home.

Tinder dry conditions trigger fire bans in southern N.W.T. communities

Officials in Hay River, Fort Smith and Fort Liard, N.W.T., issued fire bans this week, where conditions remain dry and ripe for a wildfire.

N.W.T. MLAs return to the legislature with long to-do list, clock ticking on election

Politicians in the Northwest Territories return to the legislature with nearly two dozen pieces of legislation to pass and October’s election looming in four months time.

N.W.T. gov't encourages drivers to avoid squashing at-risk toad species

The Northwest Territories government is asking drivers to slow down for toads.

'It's amazing to me': Meet the Inuk elder in this photo shared around the world

This moment — frozen in time in February 1949 near Arviat, Nunavut — is spreading across the internet after her grandson Jordan Konek posted it on Twitter. It took just a few days for it to be shared thousands of times by people around the world.

Northerners aren't ready to cash in on $1B Giant Mine cleanup, oversight board says

The $1-billion cleanup of Giant Mine will be one of the largest economic projects in the Northwest Territories, but northerners aren't ready to take advantage of it, according to the latest report from the board overseeing the project.

Surgeries, CT scans on hold at Stanton hospital after equipment breaks down

Forty-five CT scans and 12 surgeries have been cancelled since the CT scanner and sterilization machine broke down. Technicians are set to repair the equipment, but it's unclear how long that will take.

N.W.T. Métis leaders doubt they'll be able to access $30M to honour Métis vets

The presidents of the N.W.T.'s two Métis political organizations say they're doubtful they'll be able to access the $30 million meant to commemorate Métis veterans. But the president of the Métis National Council says otherwise.