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December 5, 2019
NNSL Media - The NWT Disabilities Council is pushing the territory’s new crop of policy-makers to address the unique challenges faced by residents living with disabilities in the North. Last month, Denise McKee, the council’s executive director, presented three priority action items to six MLAs of the newly-formed 19th Legislative Assembly. “With the new assembly coming, (the meeting) was meant to present our concerted efforts in these core areas,” said Alannis McKee, director of programs at the NWT Disabilities Council. The priorities, meant to be concrete and actionable, seek to break social and economic barriers – tied to poverty, discrimination and colonialization – experienced by people with disabilities in the territory. Despite these persisting challenges, McKee, who, along with the NWT Disabilities Council, works closely with the GNWT on a regular basis, is optimistic elected officials will listen, act and achieve real change over the next four years.
December 1, 2019
NNSL Media - A month after Yellowknife City Council scuttled calls to declare a climate emergency, youth climate organizers have shifted their sights to the Legislative Assembly. “We want there to be a climate emergency but we don’t just want it to be an empty statement,” she said. We want them to declare a climate emergency. Yellowknife North MLA Rylund Johnson said he would “absolutely” support a climate emergency declaration in Assembly. He said when youth organizers put the same question to Yellowknife city councillors, they were hesitant to declare an emergency.
November 25, 2019
Cabin Radio - Yellowknife's Santa Claus parade featured its largest number of floats and participants for many years as a couple of thousand residents took advantage of the warm weather to come out and watch on Saturday. Whereas last year's parade took place in -19C, this year temperatures rose to -6C for the "winter wonderland" themed event. Several floats returned to Franklin Avenue to allow young spectators a closer look and a photo opportunity. The parade is hosted by the City of Yellowknife. Below, take a look at a selection of our images from the parade.
November 6, 2019
Cabin Radio - As the Northwest Territories deals with the second-highest rate of family violence in Canada, women who experienced it themselves marched through Yellowknife's streets. It takes courage to step forward and disclose violence. It takes courage to talk about it in public spaces," she said, adding those who perpetrate violence or witness it must also have the courage to step forward. I've always run back and lived that abuse, and it's finally come to a stop – where I can stop this within my family, within myself." Women marched in solidarity in a territory with one of Canada's highest rates of family violence.
October 24, 2019
Cabin Radio - Having chosen their new premier, MLAs selected Caroline Cochrane's cabinet in a series of secret ballots on Thursday afternoon. By default, it is the largest number of women in an NWT cabinet – never before had the territory even elected five women in the first place. Both Cochrane and predecessor Bob McLeod represented Yellowknife districts in Range Lake and Yellowknife South respectively. Standing for cabinet from the Yellowknife area were Julie Green (Yellowknife Centre), Nokleby (Great Slave), Kevin O'Reilly (Frame Lake), and Wawzonek (Yellowknife South). The premier, cabinet members, and the newly elected speaker – Mackenzie Delta's Frederick Blake Jr – will be sworn in on Friday at the legislature.
October 24, 2019
CKLB 101.9 - After three rounds of voting, members of the 19th Assembly have elected the first woman to be Premier since division of the NWT in 1999. Range Lake MLA Caroline Cochrane will officially become the new premier on Friday through a motion during the first session of the new assembly. Cochrane is the first NWT female premier since Nellie Cournyea. Throughout her bid for Premier, Cochrane consistently said that she wants to meet more with Indigenous governments and groups. In the running for the two Yellowknife seats are: Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly, Yellowknife South MLA Caroline Wawzonek, Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green, and Great Slave MLA Katrina Nokleby.
October 24, 2019
NNSL Media - Caroline Cochrane was voted premier of the Northwest Territories Thursday. Cochrane is now the only female premier in Canada, and the second in NWT history, following Nellie Cournoyea who served in the role from 1991 to 1995. 11 MLAs in the running for cabinetWith the premier selected, a crowded field will vie for cabinet seats. As per the quota, two cabinet members will be from the north, two will be from Yellowknife, and two will be from the south. From Yellowknife, the candidates are Great Slave’s Katrina Nokleyby Frame Lake’s Kevin O’Reilly, Yellowknife Centre’s Julie Green, and Yellowknife South’s Caroline Wawzonek.
October 23, 2019
NNSL Media - Mining in the North will be on the rocks without timely action. That was the message for the incoming MLAs who milled into an Explorer Hotel conference room Tuesday evening. According to him, that’s mostly for two reasons: declining access with more protected areas and a “tough” regulatory regime. Vivian has made similar presentations to other groups of MLAs. In closing Tuesday, he flipped to a slide of a probable sunset and asked if it was sunrise or sundown for the territory’s mining industry.