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Dene Nation annual assembly coming to Hay River Reserve

For the first time in 11 years, the Dene National Assembly is coming to the Hay River Reserve. The 47th version of the assembly will take place from July 17 to 21. Chief Roy Fabian of K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) is pleased to see the assembly returning to the reserve. “The KFN is really proud […]

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Triathlon, half-marathon set

A new sports event is being planned for June in Hay River. It’s an as-yet-unnamed triathlon and half marathon. “There was a lot of talk about having a spring event and I actually had some calls from people out of town wondering if Hay River was doing a half-marathon or triathlon in the spring,” said […]

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Reward still stands in arson case

A Hay River man is not about to let an unsolved arson at his friends’ house be forgotten. Duane Mackie is continuing to offer a cash reward for information that leads to a conviction in the case, and other people have pledged more money to add to the total. No arrest has yet been made […]

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‘A hill to die on’

A public hearing in Hay River on April 12 left little doubt what many people think of the GNWT’s plans to make fundamental changes to the education system. Proposed changes to the Education Act in Bill 16 – a decrease of up to 100 hours per year in instructional time and introduction of junior kindergarten […]

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A new way forward for land claims

New proposals have been put forward to settle long-running land claim negotiations in the NWT. The new ideas are in two reports from ministerial special representatives appointed last year by the federal government to facilitate discussions between negotiating parties, and to provide recommendations to address challenges. Most significantly, Canada and the GNWT plan to make […]

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Hay River to get first recreation volleyball tournament in years

    For the first time in almost 20 years, Hay River will be hosting a recreation volleyball tournament late this month. Eddie Smith, who will be playing in the April 28 to 30 tournament, said it’s been a long time since such a tournament has been held in town, and he has been playing […]

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Canada 150 CF-18 jet unveiled

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Hornet demonstration jet – which will be performing in Hay River on July 8 as part of the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017 – was recently unveiled with its new colours to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The unveiling ceremony took place on April 4 at 4 Wing […]

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Hub prepares for ice breakup

As every year around this time, the town if getting ready for the spring breakup of the Hay River. Fire Chief Ross Potter, who is also the director of protective services with the Town of Hay River, sees positive signs for the breakup. “I’m cautiously optimistic, I’ll put it that way, that it’ll be a […]

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Hay River Canadian Rangers get Caribou Legs safely across lake

Canadian Rangers from Hay River have successfully escorted famed long-distance runner Caribou Legs on a trek across Great Slave Lake. Caribou Legs – whose real name is Brad Firth – said the trip across the lake from March 4 to 7 would have been next to impossible without the help he received from the Rangers. […]

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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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