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Metis voice negotiation frustrations

Metis leaders in the South Slave are “frustrated” by the status of their long-running land claim negotiations with the GNWT and the federal government. And it’s not just because the negotiations are into their 21st year with a final agreement years away, even though an agreement-in-principle on land and resources was signed in 2015. A […]

Updated correctional facility for women to be built in Fort Smith

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on March 23 for a new correctional facility in the South Slave. That will be a new Women’s Unit at the Fort Smith Correctional Complex. Justice Minister and Thebacha MLA Louis Sebert, community leaders and members of the public attended the ceremony. FOR THE REST OF THE STORY, CHECK OUT […]

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Chief Sunrise students to launch book

A group of students at Chief Sunrise Education Centre on the Hay River Reserve will be hosting a book launch on March 30. The students – six still attending the school and two now attending classes in Hay River – created the illustrations for When I Was Little, an award-winning story based on the childhood […]

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Francophones fly flag

Students from Ecole Boreale marched downtown on March 17 to deliver the francophone flag of the NWT for a special ceremony. The Association franco-culturelle de Hay River organized a raising of the flag on the flagpole between the old town hall and the library in honour of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, a national celebration […]

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Concern and hope after inspection

A crowd gathered on March 18 to watch a special milestone on the road to the 2018 Arctic Winter Games in the South Slave. What made March 18 special is it marked exactly a year until the opening ceremonies of the games in Hay River and Fort Smith. And to remind everyone in Hay River […]

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Mind games at the library

NWT Centennial Library hosted its first-ever chess tournament on March 19. The Hay River Regional Chess Tournament attracted 20 players, both young people and adults. The champion in the adult category was John Dahl. In the youth category, Jacob Bailey captured first place, while Loughridge Murrell was second and Liam McIntyre was third. FOR MORE […]

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Minister defends consultations for fishery strategy

The GNWT is defending its consultation efforts in advance of the Feb. 27 release of a revitalization strategy for the commercial fishery on Great Slave Lake in the face of criticism from many First Nations. In the legislative assembly on March 6, Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister Wally Schumann noted the fishing strategy had its […]

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Hockey on the river

Hay River hosted its first hockey tournament of the winter over the weekend. However, since the town has been without an arena all season, it was the annual Polar Pond Hockey on the ice of the Hay River from March 10 to 12. The tournament was the eighth edition of Polar Pond Hockey, which as […]

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Friendship centre gets $1.3 million from feds

The federal government is providing $1.3 million to Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre to train young people for the workforce. The announcement was made at the friendship centre on March 3 by Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod. “It’s a significant investment but it’s a very good one,” he said. McLeod said the three-year project will help […]

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New retail store to open soon

Hay River will be getting a new retail store in a couple of months. A Great Canadian Dollar Store franchise is being launched in town by Catherine Hill, the store’s sole owner and general manager. Hill said it will be the first Great Canadian Dollar Store in the NWT. “So it’s pretty exciting,” she said […]

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