A ‘beloved’ snowmobile that’s been described as essential to programming at Mildred Hall School has been reported stolen by staff.
The green 1999 Yamaha Bravo snowmobile went missing from the public boat launch in Old Town sometime in the last 24 hours, according to indigenous student advocacy worker Peyton Straker.
With roughly a month left in snowmobile season and an overnight winter bush trip approaching, Straker says the machine is essential to programming at the school.
The snowmobile was purchased as part of Mildred Hall’s new Traditional Mentorships Program, which provides indigenous students with a chance to get out on the land during class.
“It was the first snowmobile that a lot of our students have ever driven so they were really upset to hear it’s gone missing,” Straker told Moose FM.
“I don’t think anyone would be able to make any money off it. I’m just really worried that someone took it and it’s been left in the bush somewhere.
“[The students] are genuinely so upset that it’s gone and the worst part was having to tell them.”
Straker says the snowmobile went missing from 3542 McDonald Drive sometime in the last day.
The school was able to purchase the machine with funding it received from the territorial government, United Way NWT and private donors.
The snowmobile is green with tuck tape and a ripped seat.
Police have been made aware of its disappearance. Should you have any information about its whereabouts, contact Yellowknife RCMP.