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NDP leader Jack Layton passes away at 61

New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton passed away early Monday morning after a long battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully at his Toronto home, surrounded by his family and loved ones according to a statement released by his wife Olivia Chow and his children, Sarah and Michael Layton. “We deeply regret to inform you […]

Federal budget slots $150 million for Mackenzie Highway

The Conservative Government tabled the federal budget last Monday, and a key priority of the 16th Legislative Assembly is included. The Canadian government has committed to spend $30 million per year over the next five years to advance the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk segment of the Mackenzie Valley Highway. NWT Premier Floyd Roland said that the […]

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Pipeline receives final regulatory approval

The proposed Mackenzie Gas Project cleared another major hurdle last week after receiving the final go-ahead from both the federal cabinet and the National Energy Board. “Having received approval from the federal cabinet the National Energy Board has issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the 1,196-kilometre long Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, part of […]

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Royal visit to include stop in the NWT

England’s soon-to-be newlyweds will be paying a royal visit to Canada next summer, with stops scheduled across the country, including the NWT. Prince William and Catherine Middleton will be touring the country from June 30 to July 8, spending Canada Day in Ottawa. Premier Floyd Roland said that the plans for their NWT visit are […]

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Métis, Inuvialuit join feds, GNWT in signing historic devolution AiP

NWT Premier Floyd Roland has signed the historic, yet controversial, devolution agreement-in-principle, despite the backlash from the territory’s Aboriginal leaders. The ceremony took place last Wednesday morning, where both Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs John Duncan and Roland signed the document. Only two Aboriginal groups, the NWT Métis Nation and the Inuvialuit, signed on […]

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GNWT, feds to sign Devolution AiP today

Premier Floyd Roland is set to sign the controversial devolution agreement today, regardless of the amount of support coming from aboriginal leaders. The agreement-in-principle will be signed in conjunction with the federal government, and sets the terms for transferring Canada’s authority over NWT land and resources to the territorial government. But aboriginal leaders in the […]

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Devolution agreement in sight, says Roland

An agreement between the federal government and the Government of the Northwest Territories over the devolution of powers and resource revenue sharing is within the territory’s reach, NWT Premier Floyd Roland said in the legislative assembly on Monday. Roland said a draft agreement-in-principal was brought forward in September by the federal and territorial chief negotiators. […]

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Premier wraps up ‘vision’ talks in Hay River

Northwest Territories Premier Floyd Roland was in town last week to wrap up the roundtable portion of the “Creating our Future Together” initiative. Roland met with representatives from the Hamlet of Enterprise, the Territorial Farmers Association (TFA), the Hay River Ministerial Association, the K’atlo’deeche First Nation, the Yamozha Kue Society, the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre, […]

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GNWT withdraws caribou question

The Government of the Northwest Territories announced last week that it will no longer ask the NWT Supreme Court whether or not it has the authority to regulate subsistence hunting of barren-ground caribou. Instead, GNWT officials and regional Aboriginal leaders will come to an agreement and when, and how, caribou hunting should be managed.

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