Anna Desmarais

Anna Desmarais is the South Slave Correspondent for CBC North based in Hay River, NT. She has also reported from Yellowknife, Ottawa, Edmonton, Toronto and Kathmandu. Twitter: @anna_desmarais Email:

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'They shouldn't be in the community': Fort Liard resident sounds alarm over bison herds

One Fort Liard, N.W.T., resident is asking the territory to put in stricter bison population controls, after hearing about a deadly encounter with the animal last year in Yukon.

Meet two nurses working on the N.W.T.'s COVID-19 vaccination teams

CBC North follows two nurses as they deliver a Moderna vaccine clinic in Nahanni Butte, N.W.T.

How the N.W.T.'s procurement policies could change to support northern, Indigenous businesses

Widespread change is needed to make the territory's procurement policies more equitable for northern and Indigenous-led businesses, according to members of the territory’s business community.

Study shows most provinces, territories don't administer COVID-19 nasal swabs properly

A new study from Western University shows that the N.W.T., Nunavut and most provinces, aren't doing deep enough swabs for COVID-19 tests. 

'We're thinking of you': Edmonton Oilers send message to Fort Liard during COVID-19 containment order

A search for inspiration during Fort Liard, N.W.T.'s containment order lead to a direct message of support from the Edmonton Oilers, the community's favourite sports team. 

N.W.T. launches 'ambitious' procurement review

The N.W.T. is launching a four-month review into its procurement process, spurred on by recent disagreements and the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Pope John Paul II's flag made it back to Fort Simpson over 30 years later

What’s less known about Pope John Paul II's 1987 trip to Fort Simpson, N.W.T, is how a keep-sake Vatican flag from the visit collected dust in an Alberta man's basement - until now.  

'It was only a matter of time': Fort Liard residents react to COVID-19 cases

Residents of Fort Liard describe being worried, nervous and on-edge as the community starts its mandatory 14-day containment order on Monday.  

'I'm going to do it for my community': Vaccinations come to small South Slave communities

Some of the first recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine in the southern N.W.T. are reminding residents that it will help them stay safe. 

'They won't be able to survive': N.W.T. Chamber of Commerce says tourism threatened by border restrictions

Players in the tourism sector say there’s a risk the entire industry could collapse if border restrictions stay up through 2021.