Joanne Stassen

Web Writer

Joanne Stassen is a web writer with CBC North, based in Yellowknife. Reach her:

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A good job brought this Northerner home. Yellowknife's rental market could drive her back south

Melanie Dene went back to school as mature student, got her master's degree, and then a job in her field back home in Yellowknife, but even with a good salary she’s been unable to find housing, and she’s considered moving back south.

Inuit TV, a new channel focused on Inuit culture and language, launches Monday

Inuit TV will launch on May 2, on Shaw Channel 268. It will also air on Arctic Co-op’s cable in the communities and be available on a computer, phone or tablet via the app.
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Reducing seats in N.W.T. legislature would be mistake: Jane Groenewegen

As MLAs prepare to receive the final electoral boundaries commission report, former MLA Jane Groenewegan says reducing the number of seats in the legislature would be a step backward in the North's political development.

Indigenous entrepreneur defends right to harvest salt after warning from Parks Canada

Melissa Daniels says she won't stop using salt from Wood Buffalo National Park in her skin care line. "The implication that my land based, hand-harvested practice is a threat to the natural environment is insulting to me, our nation, our ancestors and the land itself."

'A big presence': Remembering Charlie Barnaby, founding member of the Dene Nation

Charlie Barnaby is being remembered as a strong and outspoken Dene chief who fought for Indigenous land rights in the N.W.T. at a time when some doubted they would ever be recognized. He died in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., on Saturday at age 90.

Immersing adults in Indigenous language builds family connections, cultural identity

Across the N.W.T. elders and other mentors are helping adult language learners revive their Indigenous language through one-on-one immersion. It's proving to be a healing for some residential school survivors, building fluency, family connection, well-being and cultural pride.

Transplant patient from N.W.T. 'looking forward to the future'

A Yellowknife man who received a kidney donation last month after a seven and a half year wait is feeling grateful, blessed and looking forward to the future.

N.W.T. nursing students concerned nursing shortage will affect critical mentorships

Two nursing students from the N.W.T. say they have no intention of changing their plans to do frontline nursing in the North, despite their concerns that the national nursing shortage will leave them without adequate mentorship when they graduate.

Feds invest $3.1M to bring people in N.W.T. back to community spaces

The federal government will spend $3.1 million over the next two years in nine different N.W.T. communities to fix or add infrastructure and make public spaces accessible, as the territory opens up after the pandemic. 

Roy Dahl needs a kidney donor, before it's too late

Roy Dahl has been waiting seven years and three months for a kidney donor and is now in the late stages of kidney disease. He's hoping someone will come forward as a living donor soon.