Herb Mathisen

Herb Mathisen is a reporter with CBC News in Yellowknife. He is a former editor of Up Here magazine.

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Relief, resignation and disappointment as N.W.T. students return to online learning

There’s a mixture of emotions being expressed by students, parents and teachers as schools across the N.W.T. return to online learning this week.

N.W.T. not included in $40B child welfare discrimination agreement

First Nations children and families in the N.W.T. are not entitled to compensation under a multi-billion dollar agreement-in-principle between the federal government and First Nations leaders to compensate those harmed by Canada’s discriminatory child welfare system.

The fire truck that's keeping this N.W.T. community's taps running

When a water intake pump at Fort Providence, N.W.T.’s water treatment plant broke down in mid-December, local mechanic Cameron Sapp had an idea. He could drive his decommissioned fire truck down to the shore of the Mackenzie River and use it as a temporary replacement for the pump. So far, it’s worked.

N.W.T. gold mining project encouraged by Tłı̨chǫ Highway opening

The CEO of Nighthawk Gold, a junior mining company advancing a gold project near Wekweètì, N.W.T., called the Tłı̨chǫ Highway ‘a smart investment.’ Keyvan Salehi said he hopes a highway extension through his company’s project and into Wekweètì might also make financial sense down the road.

CPHO suspects more Omicron cases already in the N.W.T.

With more cases of the Omicron variant suspected in the N.W.T., Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola says people need to test themselves for COVID-19 when they arrive in the N.W.T. and urges them to lay low for 72 after they arrive in the territory.

Federal inspections of N.W.T. contaminated sites down over last three years

In the last three years, federal inspections of contaminated sites the Canadian government is responsible for cleaning up in the N.W.T. have decreased, based on inspection report filings to territorial regulatory agencies. The federal department said with less work happening on the sites, fewer inspections are needed.

Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., slowly recovering after COVID-19 outbreak

On Monday, there were zero COVID-19 in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., for the first time since Nov. 8 when four residents tested positive. "The community stepped up and that was the biggest thing," says mayor Erwin Elias.

New N.W.T. campground likely to open in 2023

The first stage of the new campground at North Arm Territorial Park is done, but N.W.T. campers might have to wait until 2023 before they can book a spot on the shores of the Great Slave Lake.

Colin Adjun, the 'Fiddler of the Arctic,' has died

Barb Adjun said her family has received an outpouring of love and appreciation from her father’s fans across the North - and especially from their home community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut. 'Everyone in town knows how to jig, I’m sure, she said, referring to his legacy.

Wrigley, N.W.T., woman alleges she was unfairly terminated from mine training program

Jessica Clillie was kicked out of a Mine Training Society program two weeks before it ended, without warning or recourse for appealing the decision, and must now pay back thousands of dollars in support to the training organization.