Miners stunned, environmentalists cheer after northern uranium project blocked

Miners are stunned and environmentalists cheering over a northern regulator’s recommendation that a uranium exploration project be denied because it threatens the spiritual and cultural well-being of the area’s Dene people. The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board says Ur-Energy’s (TSX:URE) plan to drill up to 20 holes near the Thelon River should not proceed…

Activists want NWT mining access road stopped

EDMONTON — Environmentalists want the federal government to step in, now that a mining road has been approved through land suggested for an expansion of Nahanni National Park which two cabinet ministers have supported. “They have to sit down and figure out a way to stop this mine,” said Alison Woodley of the Canadian Parks…

Arctic sea ice melting faster than most scientists project: study

Arctic sea ice is melting three times faster than many scientists have projected, U.S. researchers reported Monday, just days ahead of the next major international report on climate change. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado in Boulder, using actual measurements, concluded Arctic sea ice has declined at an…

New Park Boundary should include entire South Nahanni Watershed!

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Northwest Territories Association of Communities

In September of 1967, municipal leaders from four communities met to discuss the formation of an Association with objectives which would “promote the exchange of information amongst the community governments of the Northwest Territories and to provide a united front for the realization of goals”. That year, the Municipalities of Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Hay River…

Win a trip for two down Canada’s Nahanni River

Ever pictured yourself paddling Canada’s most famous northern river? Want an opportunity to champion Canada’s threatened wilderness? Now you have a chance to do both. The South Nahanni River — and the fragile, spectacular landscape around it — is under threat from the possibility of mining. And if we don’t do something right now, future…

Conservationist who died in Nepal fondly remembered in North

A former northerner who died in a highly publicized helicopter crash in Nepal will be remembered for her energy and vitality, says longtime friend Jack Hicks. Canadian conservationist Jennifer Headley, 34, was among 24 people who were killed in the crash on the weekend.

Attend a Parks Canada Open House

Parks Canada is planning a series of Open Houses in select cities across Canada to invite feedback on the proposed park expansion.

Nahanni National Park Reserve too small for wildlife–recent report

A July report by the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada supports CPAWS’ campaign to expand Nahanni National Park Reserve–author Dr John Weaver finds the iconic national park is too small to maintain wide-ranging sensitive wildlife including grizzly bears, woodland caribou and Dall’s sheep.

N.W.T. lauded for caribou protection strategies

The Northwest Territories is on the right track when it comes to protecting the woodland caribou, a new report from two environmental groups says. The report by the Sierra Club of Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society looked at what governments across the country are doing to protect the species.