Kirsten Fenn

Kirsten Fenn is a journalist with the CBC in Toronto. Reach her at or @KirstenFenn on Twitter.

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'Time is against us': Relatives of Kingston plane crash victims in race to attend funeral

A funeral service is scheduled for Friday in Toronto for the seven people killed in last week's plane crash in Kingston, Ont. But several immediate family members living in Uzbekistan were still making travel arrangements to Canada on Thursday.

'It's kind of my first language': How 2 women are using art and film to heal

Lana Whiskeyjack and Beth Wishart MacKenzie’s art and film installation pikiskwe-speak is at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife until early November. It explores the legacy of residential schools, and reconciliation.

How a former councillor's election campaign inspired Rebecca Alty to enter politics

Yellowknife’s new mayor, Rebecca Alty, officially takes office on Nov. 5. As she prepares for the work ahead, she reflects on how an opportunity to run someone else’s election campaign sparked her career in city politics.

High Arctic fishing ban a win for future generations, says member of Alaska tribe

Some Indigenous people are applauding the “precautionary” approach several nations are taking to protect the environment through a new moratorium on commercial fishing in the High Arctic.

Northerners flock to Fort McPherson as Chase the Ace prize reaches $98K

People are flocking to Fort McPherson, N.W.T., from all across the Beaufort Delta region for a chance to take home a Chase the Ace jackpot that’s swelled to more than $98,000. The fundraiser is being held to raise money for the Peel River Jamboree, which takes place each spring.

'Hollywood of the North': Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway drawing in film industry

The N.W.T.’s film commissioner says the opening of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway last year is boosting people’s interest in doing business in the territory.

Report on children's well-being highlights dire conditions for some in the North

A new report shows Nunavut continues to have the highest rate of infant mortality in the country, although that number has dropped slightly in recent years.

Gorging on pastries: Former Yellowknifer shares stories from demolished downtown building

Yellowknifers said goodbye this weekend to a historic downtown building, which was once home to a family-run bakery.

'There was a panic': Fake rumour causes evacuation in northern Quebec community

A Cree community in northern Quebec was sent into a panic on Saturday evening after someone spread a false rumour that a dam near the community broke and people were in danger.

A backhoe is expected to crush the former Fat Fox Café building in Yellowknife this weekend

The building that housed the Fat Fox Café on 50 Street in Yellowknife is expected to be torn down some time over the long weekend.

Norman Wells opens doors to new health centre, long-term care facility

The N.W.T. government spent $41.1 million to design and build the new, approximately 43,000-square-foot facility, which replaces the town’s old health centre.

Conservatives pass resolution to keep 100% of northern resource royalties in 3 territories

Delegates at the Conservative Party’s national convention in Halifax on Saturday voted overwhelmingly in favour of adopting a policy that could see the three northern territories keep 100 per cent of their natural resource royalties.

Turtle on the loose: NWT SPCA seeks help finding animal that escaped from shelter

The turtle, dubbed Judge Sissons, ran away earlier this month while staff were cleaning out its box.

Organizer makes plea for missing equipment ahead of Yellowknife cancer run

A coordinator of Yellowknife's upcoming mud run for cancer says she's hopeful someone will return equipment for the event that's gone missing, saving organizers thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

'Sister steamroller': Former Fort Smith advocate for seniors, women remembered

Sister Agnes Sutherland, who founded the N.W.T.’s first women’s shelter, died earlier this month at the age of 92.