John Van Dusen

John Van Dusen is a journalist with CBC North based in Yellowknife. Find him on Twitter @jvdCBC.

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Tłı̨chǫ Grand Chief blasts N.W.T. gov't for lack of communication after school renovation scrapped

Tłı̨chǫ Grand Chief Jackson Lafferty says he is disappointed with the lack of communication from the government of the Northwest Territories after a planned renovation of Chief Jimmy Bruneau School was dropped from the territory’s recent capital budget.

Colville Lake caribou court challenge begins in N.W.T.

A Northwest Territories judge began to hear arguments Tuesday in a case that centres on treaty rights and the best approach to conserve caribou.

N.W.T. grad rates, grades expected to fall in coming years following COVID-19 challenges

The report by the N.W.T.'s Department of Education, Culture and Employment raises a number of concerns including declining kindergarten enrolment and negative trends in student well-being and development — and paints a bleak picture moving forward.

Man accused of murder in Yellowknife will have panel of lawyers to pick from after he fires 3 others

Devon Larabie will have his pick from a panel of three lawyers to represent him after he fired three others. He is accused of murdering a 22-year-old woman in Yellowknife in May 2020.

N.W.T. judicial committee reschedules complaint hearing for judge

A council tasked with investigating complaints into N.W.T. judge Donovan Molloy agreed to adjourn the hearings into allegations of intimidating, insulting and belittling behaviour until early 2023.

'It's not a way to live:' Cockroaches, mould plague some Yellowknife public housing units

Cockroaches coming through the walls, floors and vents, under the sink and through the drains. It’s a scene the MLA for Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh described last week in the N.W.T. Legislative Assembly.

Lacrosse camp looks to grow Canada's national summer sport in the North

The camp in Norman Wells, N.W.T., comes at a tumultuous time for lacrosse. Days ago, the sport was dropped from the 2025 Canada Summer Games.

N.W.T. pitches smaller, more realistic $328M capital budget 

The N.W.T. can’t spend money fast enough on existing capital projects, so it’s revising how it’s budgeting them and in some cases pushing timelines back on when they will be completed. 

'It brings you strength': non-profit offers supports for Northern medical travellers in Edmonton

Goba Care, a non-profit that supports Northwest Territories and Nunavut residents who have to travel to Edmonton for medical appointments, held a couple of events earlier this month.

Dehcho First Nations to draft its own land code after decades of talks with federal, territorial gov'ts

Dehcho First Nations says it's tired of waiting for the federal and territorial governments to recognize the Dehcho people's authority over their land and resources — so it's creating its own rules laying out how they can be used.