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‘We finally made it!’

When valedictorian Elycia Nimegeers took the podium at last week’s Diamond Jenness Secondary School convocation, she had a simple message. Beyond thanking parents and teachers for all their help throughout the course of their academic careers, she congratulated the graduates themselves on a job well done. “We finally made it!” she said. “We grew up […]

Start your engines

A dozen children gathered at Malcolm Crescent last Thursday for a morning of fun and not-so-fast-paced action. Hay River’s Literacy Society and Growing Together worked in partnership to put on the Great Tricycle Race to encourage children to get out and have fun in the sun. Families were of course welcome and were invited to […]

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Aboriginal festivities draw crowd

With a multitude of events taking place for Aboriginal Day in Hay River last week, some organizers said they would like to see their efforts combined for one big event next year. “It should be a unified thing,” said Doug Lamalice. “We should be doing it all together, showcasing and celebrating our aboriginal culture.” While […]

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Union votes down 1.7 per cent offer

Municipal workers voted down the latest offer from the town last week, but are still at the table, according to Public Service Alliance of Canada representative Jack Bourassa. “They overwhelmingly voted against the offer,” he said, adding that the figure he was given was “over two thirds” in terms of a majority. The town’s offer […]

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Site picked for pellet mill

After many delays, Brad Mapes, main proponent for Aurora Wood Pellets, said the project has taken a significant step forward, with more to follow in the coming months. “Until the day we dig a hole in the ground, people will say it’s a flash in the pan,” he told The Hub last week. “But Hay […]

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AWG agreement signed

Politicians and delegates gathered at the arbour on the K’atlodeeche First Nation last Wednesday to mark the occasion that will kick off the planning of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games to be hosted in Hay River and Fort Smith. “We’re looking forward to handing things over to our host society,” said Mayor Andrew Cassidy. “There’s […]

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Music a means to identity

The culmination of a year of work and practice touched down in Hay River last week when Fort Resolution students visited schools to show off their fiddling and jigging skills. “The biggest thing about this is that they love dancing,” said Laura Boucher, the students’ teacher. “It’s a tradition. We’ve always had square dancing and […]

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Feds see need for dredging first-hand

Hay River’s harbour got some federal attention last week, but still awaits much-needed dredging to ensure the season will run smoothly. “NTCL was telling us that in most places, they talk about fathoms or metres of water under a ship, small fishing vessels can talk about feet,” said Pietro Debastiani, assistant director of policy, planning […]

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Children learn leadership

Students from four schools from across the territory spent five days last week learning about leadership, resiliency and especially making friends. “Each school has been doing their own thing to build up to this,” said Chief Sunrise Education Centre principal Christina Steen. “It’s all about self-esteem, communication, confidence and the cultural foundation of identity.” This […]

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NFTI gets $75,000 from Hellmann’s

Often new organizations must spend a lot of time hunting for funding. In a rare twist, Northern Farm Training Institute founder Jackie Milne said Hellman’s called her. “I was shocked,” she told The Hub. “They’re giving us absolute freedom to do what we want with it.” In a news release, the company known for its […]

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