Kirsten Murphy

Kirsten Murphy is a reporter in Hay River, N.W.T. She graduated from the International Center of Photography (New York) in 2015. In 2010 Kirsten won an RTDNA award for her syndicated radio show about climate change and traditional Indigenous knowledge on CKLB. You can reach her at

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How volunteers are helping Hay River highrise fire evacuees

A small army of volunteers and government workers have helped protect, house, feed and clothe more than 120 adults and children facing an uncertain future after the March 15 fire at the MacKenzie Place highrise in Hay River, N.W.T.

Drink, pray, recycle: Meet the Hay River nun raising money for music

A Catholic nun who retired from teaching has raised thousands of dollars for community projects with her simple, but streamlined, bottle recycling program in Hay River, N.W.T.

Growing number of Hay River highrise tenants in need of emergency shelter after fire, says mayor

Mayor Kandis Jameson says she knows of more than 100 families and individuals who will need to find a place to live following Friday's fire at the Mackenzie Place highrise.

If Dene want an apology for tuberculosis treatment, they might have to ask for it

After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to Inuit last week, Sonny MacDonald wants the government to acknowledge the mistreatment and disappearance of hundreds of Dene and Métis of the Northwest Territories at TB hospitals.

Proposed Forest Act affront to Indigenous authority, says Dene Nation

The national chief of the Dene Nation says a proposed Forest Act from the Northwest Territories government is an affront to treaty rights and Indigenous authority.

Hay River couple celebrates 57th anniversary with 'a good shot of whisky'

This love story starts in Fort McPherson, N.W.T., in 1961.

NWT Métis Nation says Ottawa shortchanged them millions in land claim money

Garry Bailey says the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations shortchanged his organization several million dollars for the current fiscal year, and an additional $240,000 requested last December.

'She is a warrior': Hay River woman recovering from double lung transplant

A 55-year-old Hay River mother and grandmother with advanced COPD — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — is in critical but stable condition after undergoing a double lung transplant in Edmonton on Friday.

'They should be out where people can see them': Hay River artist's work to be preserved

Three paintings by the late Mé​tis artist Don Cardinal created more than 50 years ago in Hay River are being preserved by the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority.

'I'm heartbroken': Award-winning trapper from Fort Smith dies

A quiet German immigrant who made Fort Smith home for 62 years is being remembered as a loving father, award-winning trapper and accomplished craftsman who meticulously built log cabins, freighter canoes and toboggans.

Enterprise, N.W.T.'s only gas bar shuts its doors

Now, the nearest gas station for travellers heading north on Highway 1 towards Yellowknife is about 140 kilometres away at the Big River Service Centre in Fort Providence. Heading south towards the Alberta border, it is about 100 kilometres away at Indian Cabins, Alta.

Frustration mounts as Enterprise pellet mill held up over development permit

While 320 hectares of land near Enterprise, N.W.T. remains covered in snow, the CEO of a proposed multimillion-dollar wood pellet plant is growing increasingly frustrated by its most recent delay.

Former Hay River doctor denied peace bond in aftermath of 2016 affair

A judge denied a peace bond application on Monday to a well-known doctor from Hay River who was born and raised in the community, but has since moved south.

Hay River man sentenced to 2 years for raping 13-year-old

Court heard the 13-year-old victim has 'struggled with her mental health and has been suicidal' since the assault in 2017.

Former Nats'ejee K'eh treatment centre gets new lease on life as Dene wellness centre

K'atl'odeeche First Nation will offer wellness retreats, workshops and training programs out of the building. In fact, some workshops are already being offered.