The Trailbreaker

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Every weekday morning Loren McGinnis and the Trailbreaker team will have the latest news, weather and information and connect you with the great northerners who are breaking trail in the NWT.

Latest from The Trailbreaker

Michael Bowden shares remarkable story of recovery with Yellowknife students

Doctors said Michael Bowden would never walk or talk again after a drunk driver hit his family's van. Now Bowden works as a cashier, and is sharing his story with Yellowknife youth.

Snowmobiles converge on Yellowknife for Dene Ranger exercise

This weekend will mark the first time so many Rangers gather in the N.W.T. for games and exercises. But the first step is getting there. 'We're in some pretty deep snow and crashing our way through.'

Trailbreaker debate: Should Yellowknife host the 2023 Canada Winter Games?

Yellowknife city council will make its final decision Monday on whether or not to bid to host the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Yellowknife — but before the official vote happens, The Trailbreaker gave the 'yes' and 'no' sides a chance to debate head to head.
Q + A

Health Minister Glen Abernethy on physician-assisted dying in the N.W.T.

With the federal government preparing to change the law banning physician-assisted suicide, provincial and territorial governments are starting to look at what that might mean in their regions. 'Bottom line is we don't know all of the answers yet,' says the N.W.T.'s health minister.

Rejected residential school compensation cases in North to be reviewed, says lawyer

Steven Cooper, a lawyer who has represented many former students, says 10 to 20 cases from the North that were disqualified from compensation will be part of an internal review of 1,000 cases nationally.
Q & A

Fort Providence, N.W.T., group aims to build housing for homeless

A new not-for-profit group in Fort Providence, N.W.T., is raising money to build a seven-unit housing complex for people who need it.

Deline, N.W.T., caribou management draws on traditional knowledge

The chief of Deline says hunters need to respect traditional law and elders' knowledge when harvesting caribou.

19th-century whalers ignored Inupiat advice before wreck: researcher

A researcher says that the crews of 19th-century whaling ships found on the seafloor of the Chukchi Sea ignored the advice of local Inupiat, causing the loss of 33 ships.

Tlicho winter road-builders face 'challenges' this year, say N.W.T. officials

The N.W.T.’s Tlicho winter road system is typically one of the last to get built every winter, and this year is no different. But with winter temperatures on the rise, what goes on behind the scenes has changed substantially over the years.

Carolyn Bennett consults with Yellowknife families in MMIW meeting

The federal minister of Indigenous Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, arrives in Yellowknife today to hold pre-inquiry engagements into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Richard Weber named to Order of Canada for polar adventures

Polar adventurer Richard Weber has been named to the Order of Canada, for his feats of exploration and his efforts to increase awareness of environmental threats in the Arctic.

N.W.T. licence plate theft riles Vancouver cafe owners

A group of former Yellowknifers who run a cafe in Vancouver are on the hunt for a missing N.W.T. licence plate, just one of several Northern artifacts that makes their cafe a draw for Northerners in the South.

N.W.T. man home for Christmas after 10 years on streets of Edmonton

A man who spent much of the past 10 years living on the streets of Edmonton is back in the N.W.T. to spend Christmas with his family in Fort McPherson for the first time in years.

N.W.T. premier hopeful Bob McLeod answers your questions

MLAs will vote for the next premier of the Northwest Territories on Wednesday, and today Bob McLeod sat down with CBC Radio’s The Trailbreaker to answer questions.

N.W.T. premier hopeful Glen Abernethy answers your questions

MLAs will vote for the next premier of the Northwest Territories on Wednesday, and today Glen Abernethy sat down with CBC Radio’s The Trailbreaker to answer questions.