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The West Block - New powers for the Northwest Territories

Sun, Feb 3: NWT Premier Bob McLeod on negotiating new powers and control over natural resources. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca
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Sun, Feb 3: NWT Premier Bob McLeod on negotiating new powers and control over natural resources. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca

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Randy Sibbeston still refuses to move Yellowknife houseboat

Randy Sibbeston still refuses to move Yellowknife houseboat | NWT News | Scoop.it
After refusing to move his houseboat from Yellowknife’s waterfront, Randy Sibbeston says the Northwest Territories government should pay him $1,000 a day in damages for taking him to court.
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Sibbeston says Willow Flats is traditional Métis territory and that, as a Métis man, he has the right to use the area.

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Cabinet appoints industry minister as head of new NWT regulator

Cabinet appoints industry minister as head of new NWT regulator | NWT News | Scoop.it
The government of the Northwest Territories has opted to model several other Canadian jurisdictions in appointing its energy minister as head of the new NWT regulator. As of Apr.
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Federal study confirms oilsands tailings leaching into Athabasca

Federal study confirms oilsands tailings leaching into Athabasca | NWT News | Scoop.it
New federal research confirms what residents downstream of the oilsands have been saying for years, that tailings ponds along the Athabasca River are seeping into the waterway via groundwater.
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Fort Smith, Fort Chip fishing derbies cancelled

Lakes that typically host dozens of happy anglers each year during the Fort Smith and Fort Chipewyan fishing derbies will be left alone this year due to unsafe conditions and health problems, according to organizers.
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MLA suspects ‘chill’ on #NWT #fracking petition

A “chill” has befallen the various sectors of government bureaucracy in the NWT, preventing employees from signing onto a petition that asks leaders to forward future fracking applications to environmental assessment, says MLA Bob Bromley.
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One man's journey from the #NWT to the Welsh Coast Path

One man's journey from the #NWT to the Welsh Coast Path | NWT News | Scoop.it
One man's journey from the north west territories to the Welsh Coast Path WalesOnline He left Wales in 1967 to run a school in the remote north west territories of Canada.
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MP pitches international cooperation at Arctic conference

MP pitches international cooperation at Arctic conference | NWT News | Scoop.it
Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington was in Finland over the weekend to advocate for international cooperation among Arctic states in light of the current trend toward nationalism and sovereignty in Arctic politics.
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Study finds high levels of contaminants in wild foods near Fort Chipewyan

Study finds high levels of contaminants in wild foods near Fort Chipewyan | NWT News | Scoop.it
A high level of contaminants detected in wild animals harvested around Fort Chipewyan is once again linking the downstream oilsands industry to potential health impacts if people in the community consume too much of certain wild meats.
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Top Chef Canada Season Four Contestants Split Along Gender Lines - Huffington Post Canada

Top Chef Canada Season Four Contestants Split Along Gender Lines - Huffington Post Canada | NWT News | Scoop.it
Top Chef Canada Season Four Contestants Split Along Gender Lines Huffington Post Canada For the first time, the show also has a chef from the Northwest Territories, as well as a perfectly equal number of female and male chefs.
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Ice road ATV-ers raise over $100,000 for homeless

Underneath all of the layers of bulky winter gear, Phil Meagher, Hans Zundel and Ken Krahn are actually pretty skinny guys, they joke. It’s around 4:00 p.m.
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‘Expect more challenges’ on devolution bill, chief says

‘Expect more challenges’ on devolution bill, chief says | NWT News | Scoop.it
The public hearing on the NWT devolution bill last Monday has only sparked more debate over the controversial move to dissolve regional land and water boards in favour of a centralized superboard.
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Alberta cares about Treaty rights

Alberta cares about Treaty rights | NWT News | Scoop.it
Editor, The story “Fort McKay chief optimistic after oil conference” (Jan.
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Gwich’in demand Peel River protection with protests across the North

Gwich’in demand Peel River protection with protests across the North | NWT News | Scoop.it
From Aklavik to Dawson City, protesters hit the frozen streets across the NWT and Yukon last week in protest of the Yukon Government’s new land use plan for the Peel watershed that opens the majority of the pristine area to industry for the first...
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The Road is Gold The Road is Gold #Dog #Mushing on #NWT's #GreatSlaveLake #turninglight #photo

The Road is Gold The Road is Gold #Dog #Mushing on #NWT's #GreatSlaveLake #turninglight #photo | NWT News | Scoop.it
Late day dog run on McLeod Bay on Great Slave Lake.
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#NWT The Road is Gold - #turninglight has added a photo to the pool: Late day dog run on McLeod Bay on Great Slave Lake. http://ow.ly/2EF0r2 #mushing
The Road is Gold #Dog #Mushing on #NWT's #GreatSlaveLake #turninglight #photo

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Visiting scholar urges college students to break the ‘sovereignty crisis’ mindset

Aurora College students in Fort Smith were given a challenge by one of Canada’s foremost Canadian circumpolar historians: Set the country straight on Northern sovereignty.

Whitney Lackenbauer, a history professor at the University of Waterloo, was in the NWT last week to launch his latest book, The Canadian Rangers: A Living History in Yellowknife. The author’s visit included a stop in Fort Smith where he held several lectures for students at Aurora College’s Thebacha campus.

During Lackenbauer’s lecture on Northern Canadian sovereignty on Wednesday, which chronicled Canada’s historical interest in the North, he urged students to be the force that breaks the cycle of government interest waxing and waning in the North.

“I hope all of you will be in the forefront of making sure we don’t allow southern Canadians to get caught up in that sovereignty crisis mindset that, when the crisis doesn’t come true, people just forget about the North,” he told the class.

Canadian understanding of sovereignty needs to move away from the vision of an Arctic military threat that has coloured the media in the last several years to rest on the people who occupy the land, Lackenbauer said.

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"...Canadian understanding of sovereignty needs to move away from the vision of an Arctic military threat that has coloured the media in the last several years to rest on the people who occupy the land, Lackenbauer said...."

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Queen won’t interfere on #NWT #devolution bill

The Queen of England has declined action requested by the Dene Nation on the NWT devolution bill now before Parliament.
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Fort Resolution governments to work with GNWT on forestry

Fort Resolution governments to work with GNWT on forestry The Fort Resolution Métis Council and Deninu Kué First Nation have agreed to work with the GNWT to manage the forestry industry, signing a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) last...
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Yellowknives, De Beers sign deal on Gahcho Kue

The Yellowknives Dene are the most recent to sign off on the Gahcho Kue diamond mine project following the completion of their impact benefit agreement (IBA) with De Beers last week.
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Third in a row: Northwest Territories budget predicts $200M surplus - Macleans.ca

Third in a row: Northwest Territories budget predicts $200M surplus - Macleans.ca | NWT News | Scoop.it
Third in a row: Northwest Territories budget predicts $200M surplus Macleans.ca That means Miltenberger's population goal could bring in as much revenue to the territory as its entire net take from getting control over its natural resources.
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Government blackballing lives on

Government blackballing lives on | NWT News | Scoop.it
It was roughly 10 years ago when Dr. John O’Connor, a locum doctor serving Fort Chipewyan, first brought forth concerns that there might be higher than normal cancer rates in the community.
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Canoeing entrepreneurs find bliss on Sahtu rivers

Lin Ward spends her winters hard at work in Ontario, but come summer when she and her husband once again travel up to Norman Wells to launch their canoes and dip their paddles into one of the Sahtu’s pristine rivers, life’s good again.
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NWT shelters gather to share ideas on homelessness

For the first time, shelter agencies from across the NWT were in the same room sharing ideas on best practices to meet the challenges of homelessness in Canada’s North.
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NWT gets ‘F’ on red tape report card

NWT gets ‘F’ on red tape report card | NWT News | Scoop.it
The Northwest Territories has received a failing grade from the Canadian Federation for Independent Business (CFIB) for its small business- entangling red tape, the only jurisdiction to get an F on the organization’s yearly report card.
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Tests show Giant Mine cleanup crew exposed to arsenic

Officials in charge of the Giant Mine remediation efforts are unsure why 28 of their cleanup workers are presenting elevated levels of arsenic in their urine.
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Peel lawsuit a treaty test: Berger

Peel lawsuit a treaty test: Berger | NWT News | Scoop.it
There’s more riding on the Peel watershed land use plan lawsuit than just the region’s future, says lawyer Thomas Berger. The Yukon’s land claim agreement is also on the line, Berger told a Jan. 27 news conference held to launch the legal challenge.
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