Connecting Northwest Territories

In 2018, Northwestel continued working with community partners like the Arctic Winter Games and the Beaufort Delta Education Council, to provide athletic and educational opportunities for northern kids. Northwestel was also selected by the Government of Canada to help improve Internet access for 9 communities in the Northwest Territories.

Youth men's hockey league pose on ice after victory
Youth women's gymnast mid-air on the beam
Snowboarder shredding down the mountain
Sports teams and athletes parade
Hardscoper takes aim
Some dudes with wicked face tats perform dance routine

Making the North stronger through sport

In February, Hay River and Fort Smith were joint hosts for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, with teams attending from across northern Canada and from other countries in the circumpolar North. As a long-standing partner and legacy sponsor, Northwestel contributed $250,000 in communications services to support the event.

Infographic image showing number of people involved in the 2018 arctic winter games.
Paul Gillard gives speech at ISED

Canada invests in stronger connections

The Government of Canada invested over $4.6 million for Northwestel to improve Internet access in 9 NWT communities, including a new fibre-optic backbone in Jean Marie River.

Two divers prepare to take the plunge

Shining a spotlight on northern film and filmmakers

Northwestel Community TV provided funding and support for more northern productions, like Yellowknife-resident Jeremy MacDonald’s program: Stuff I Found Diving in YK.

Students participate in e-Learning course through the Northern Distance Learning program

Going the Distance

For the first time ever, high school students from Ulukhaktok graduated with education credits required to attend university. This was made possible through the Northern Distance Learning Program – a unique e-Learning initiative developed by the Beaufort Delta Education Council and sponsored by Northwestel.