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A starving wolf stalked a woman and her dog for 12 hours. Then along came a bear.

Joane Barnaby

Joanne Barnaby, left, is reunited with Tammy Caudron after 18 hours in the Canadian bush.

June 17, 2016

Joanne Barnaby was deep in the deadfall, smeared in mosquitoes and blood, dehydrated and near exhaustion, when she heard the call of a mama bear searching for its cub.

Barnaby couldn’t believe her luck.

Twelve hours earlier, she had been picking mushrooms in the remote Canadian wilderness when she had heard a growl behind her. She turned around and saw Joey, her faithful mutt, locked in a snarling standoff with a skinny black wolf. Read the rest of this entry

Dehcho leaders vote to ban fracking in traditional territory

Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Herb Norwegian.

Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Herb Norwegian.

Dene and Métis leaders in Dehcho passed resolution to ban fracking on 215,000 km territory last week

CBC News, May 6, 2015

Dene and Métis leaders in the Northwest Territories’ Dehcho region have voted to ban fracking on their traditional lands, passing a resolution during a meeting last week.

The resolution states that fracking can not happen within the 215,000 square kilometre traditional territory of the Dehcho, which stretches from the west point of Great Slave Lake through the Nahanni National Park Reserve near the Yukon border, and as far north as Wrigley. Read the rest of this entry

2nd N.W.T. mother demands traditional name for daughter

Andrea Heron says six years ago, she had to use a hyphen in her daughter's name Sakaeʔah in order to register her birth​ in the Northwest Territories. (CBC News/submitted by Andrea Heron)

Andrea Heron says six years ago, she had to use a hyphen in her daughter’s name Sakaeʔah in order to register her birth​ in the Northwest Territories. (CBC News/submitted by Andrea Heron)

Like Shene Catholique Valpy, Andrea Heron had to change spelling to register birth

CBC News, March 9, 2015

A second mother from the Northwest Territories says she had to change the spelling of her daughter’s name after the vital statistics office wouldn’t allow her to use a glottal stop, part of her traditional language.

Andrea Heron says six years ago, she had to use a hyphen in her daughter’s name, Sakaeʔah, in order to register her birth​. Read the rest of this entry

Husky Oil’s frac sand proposal sent to environmental assessment

Storage tank at Prince George Refinery Storage tank at Prince George Refinery.

Storage tank at Prince George Refinery Storage tank at Prince George Refinery.

Company applying to drill for silica in the North Arm area of Great Slave Lake

By Guy Quenneville, CBC News, Feb 16, 2015

The Wek’eezhii Land and Water Board has decided that Husky Oil’s proposal to explore the North Arm area of Great Slave Lake for a type of sand used in fracking must undergo an environmental assessment.

The board says Husky’s application to drill approximately 200 holes near a popular recreational area known as Whitebeach Point has generated widespread public concern. Read the rest of this entry