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Monday, September 29, 2014
Hunter killed by grizzly identified

Lli Goline/Norman Wells

Kenton Edward Novotny of Germanton, Tennessee, has been identified as the man killed by a grizzly bear last week near Norman Wells.

He died after the attack on Sept. 17 while he and a guide were hunting about 237 km southwest of the town.

A Wildlife Incident Response Team, dispatched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), found and destroyed the bear on Sept. 20, an ENR spokesperson stated in an e-mail to NWT News/North.

DNA testing is being conducted to ensure the destroyed bear is the same animal that killed Novotny. The e-mail stated that it is ENR policy to destroy a bear if causes a fatality.

- Kassina Ryder

New refuge for women

Somba K'e/Yellowknife

A new refuge for women looking to escape homelessness and domestic violence is now open in Yellowknife.

Lynn Brooks' Safe Place for Women, formerly known as Betty House, officially opened its doors Sept. 26.

The three-storey building houses six small units, 10 two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units.

The $4.2 million building was funded from federal, territorial and municipal governments and with private donations.

- Randi Beers

Tlicho Assembly meets

Wekweeti/Snare Lakes

Tlicho leaders gathered for the seventh session of the third Tlicho Assembly in Wekweeti last week.

Topics were expected to include reports on the Tlicho Research and Training Institute, an update on the Intergovernmental Services Agreement between the Tlicho and the GNWT, as well as discussions on caribou populations and mining activities in the region.

Grand Chief Eddie Erasmus said elders were also invited and expected to provide input.

- Kassina Ryder

Freezer failure leads to free-for-all

Deline/Fort Franklin

Shoppers in Deline were treated to a rare fire-sale last week when the entire freezer system at the Northern store failed.

According to relief manager Chuck Keddy, the store was forced to sell off almost off all its refrigerated food at cost when it was discovered that the freezers weren't working during a routine temperature check on Wednesday morning.

Keddy said the freezers were up and running again later that afternoon.

- Cody Punter

Sing to your heart's content

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Vocalists in the Fort Smith area have an opportunity to consider joining the Fort Smith Community Choir, which will be starting up again on Oct. 2. The choir will be led by Fort Smith soprano Karen Zaidan. Practices will take place every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Paul William Kaeser High SchoolMusic Room.

Anyone interested in signing up, or who has questions about the choir should contact Zaidan.

- Cody Punter

Community feast celebrates successful whale hunt


About 125 people of all ages gathered at the community gym in Ulukhaktok for a community feast held on Sept. 20 in celebration of the successful spring and summer whale hunt.

The Ulukhaktok Community Corporation purchased turkey and ham and provided stuffing, potato salad and other side dishes for the meal, as well as trifles for dessert, said manager Laverna Klengenberg.

Residents also brought muktuk salad, a caribou roast and other country food.

"Everybody and everyone was invited," said Klengenberg.

During the event, which ran from 5 until nearly 9 p.m., organizers presented a slideshow and short videos of the hunt, as well as of community members cutting up the meat on shore.

"That was really nice to see," said Klengenberg. "A lot of people got choked up because it was such a wonderful summer for everybody. It was very touching."

Klengenberg was also choked up when she saw images of her husband, Ross Klengenberg, harvesting a whale with her son, she said.

Entertainment included the performances by the Ulukhaktok Central and Western Drummers and Dancers and games.

- Daron Letts

Practice makes perfect

Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard

A weekend of target shooting took place with Pat Bobinski from Hay River. On Sept. 26, the practice was indoors at the Echo Dene School Gymnasium using air rifles beginning at 6:30 p.m. The next day, the practice was outside starting at noon at the gravel pit using .22s.

There was be a bonfire and smokie roast to follow. The event was open to those 11 years of age and up.

- Roxanna Thompson

Construction begins on garage


Workers have begun laying the foundation for a new 10-bay garage for the Hamlet of Paulatuk this month.

The more than 1,500-square-metre concrete pad is being poured by six workers from the community and three workers from Yellowknife who came up from the NWT capital with contractor Arctic Canada Construction Ltd.

Some of the materials are coming to the community by barge a bit late, said hamlet supervisor Greg Morash, so the project is slightly behind schedule.

Nonetheless, he said, the garage is expected to be completed before the new year.

"We're just doing the padwork and steelwork should start within another five to six weeks," he said. "We're hoping by December we'll be able to turn the key and walk in."

The $1.4 million project is being funded by the federal Building Canada Fund and the GNWT Community Public Infrastructure Fund.

Once completed, the facility will house three loaders, two Cats, a sewage truck, a grader, a back hoe and two gravel trucks.

- Daron Letts

Checking out their options

Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence

Nineteen students including one from Fort Simpson, one from Yellowknife and 17 from Fort Providence are on a college tour in both B.C. and Alberta organized by Deh Gah School. The students left on Sept. 21 and will be returning on Sept. 27.

As well, there will be no classes at Deh Gah School from Sept. 29 to Oct. 14. Teachers will be at a conference, followed by cultural orientation and then the school has a one week break.

- Roxanna Thompson

Elders and youth embark on hunting trip

Tetlit'Zheh/Fort McPherson

Elders and youth in Fort McPherson headed up the Peel River from the community in a dozen boats at noon on Sept. 23.

Tetlin Gwich'in Council Chief William Koe and past chiefs Johnny Kay and Wilbert Firth also participated.

"They are travelling up the peel by boat and they are planning on going as far as they can go," said band supervisor Elizabeth Vittrekwa.

She estimated the group would make it about 112 km, depending on the water levels, after which they will hike on traditional trails and go hunting.

"The elders will be mentoring the youth on this trip," she added.

- Daron Letts

Learn to paint

Thebacha/Fort Smith

The Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre will be offering an acrylic landscape painting course on Oct. 4 and 5.

This course will also be led by Peters who will be teaching students how to create an acrylic landscape painting from a photograph or drawing, from start to finish.

Peters will be explaining a variety of techniques including how to lay out a canvas, mix acrylic paint and how to work with value and colour to create contrast.

Participants in the course should have at least some experience working with acrylic paint, although artists of all levels from novice to advanced are welcome.

Each artist is requested to bring a colour photo of a landscape or image that they want to paint. All other supplies will be provided.

- Cody Punter

'So far so good' at Mangilaluk School


New Mangilaluk School principal Marjan Lenart, who came North this summer from northern Ontario, says his students are off to a good start this academic year.

"So far so good," he said. "We've got a good healthy enrolment of 225 students and attendance has been pretty good so far."

Staff at the school increased to 18 teachers, including Lenart, and three educational assistants.

- Daron Letts

'Father of Nunavut' to receive top honour


The man known to many as the "father of Nunavut" for his involvement in creating the territory, John Amagoalik, is to receive the Order of Nunavut in a ceremony planned for Oct. 28 in Iqaluit.

The order's advisory council made the announcement Sept. 24.

The honour is bestowed each year on someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the territory, either culturally, socially or economically. Amagoalik has previously been honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award.

"John Amagoalik's work to create Nunavut is recognized throughout the nation as having contributed to changing the face of Canada," stated Speaker George Qulaut, chairperson of the advisory council, in a news release.

According to the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Amagoalik was born at a seasonal camp near Inukjuak in northern Quebec.

When he was five years old, his family and 17 others were relocated to the High Arctic communities of Resolute and Grise Fiord.

In the 1970s, he became the first of many to call for the creation of an Inuit homeland to be called Nunavut.

He has previously served two terms as president of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada and has also served as vice-president.

He was co-chairperson of the Inuit Committee on National Issues and chairperson of the Nunavut Constitutional Forum.

After the ratification of the Nunavut Act in 1993, Amagoalik was appointed chief commissioner of the Nunavut Implementation Commission, the organization that oversaw the arrangements leading up to Nunavut's creation on April 1, 1999.

- Michele LeTourneau

Big names join arts group


Former premier Eva Aariak, youth leader Thomas Anguti Johnston and Nunavut Arts and Craft Association communications advisor Pascale Arpin are joining a national initiative that will see Arctic projects get needed funding.

The Arctic Inspiration Prize is heading into its third year of awarding projects that benefit the Canadian Arctic, its people and Canada as a whole. The $1-million fund is accepting project applications until Oct. 1.

Aariak and Anguti Johnston will help choose the recipients of the prize. Arpin will serve as social media manager. Aariak is expected to present the awards at a Dec. 10 ceremony in Ottawa with former governor general Michaelle Jean and CBC's Peter Mansbridge.

Nunasi Corporation, Kitikmeot Corporation and Sakku Investments Corporation are joining the cause as financial partners.

To date, seven teams have been awarded $2 million in funding for multi-disciplinary projects.

- Casey Lessard

Phone service disrupted


Many Iqaluit residents and businesses experienced landline problems for most of last week after Northwestel's customer database was wiped accidentally, said Eric Clement, the communications manager for the company.

The telecom company was able to automate the restoration of part of the database, but did need to do a fair bit of manual re-entering of customer data, Clement said.

The problem disabled the phone lines for Iqaluit's emergency services - however, those lines were the first to be restored, he noted.

The issue caused problems starting Sept. 21, and took until Sept. 25 to resolve completely.

Customers affected by the outage will not be charged for long distance calls for the duration of the service outage, Clement said.

- Casey Lessard

Qikiqtarjuaq fights for port

Qikiqtarjuaq/Broughton Island

The hamlet of Qikiqtarjuaq is reviving its development arm, the Qikiqtarjuaq Development Corporation, to fight for a deep-sea port in the hamlet.

"We're trying to change our strategy," said acting senior administrative officer Arthur Nicomedes. "We already submitted our proposal to the GN, but the GN is too busy. We tried to change the strategy to go directly to the federal government for funding."

Pangnirtung took the same approach and got funding for a small-craft harbour.

"They went directly to the federal government and received the funding," Nicomedes said. "It's a $50-million work project and will be a game-changer here in Qikiqtarjuaq for maybe 30 or 50 years."

He says a port would create a lot of jobs in the community.

"Everything is already in place. It will be a hotspot here once we have the port."

- Casey Lessard

Health centre state of the art

Taloyoak/Spence Bay

A new health centre is becoming a reality in Taloyoak with the anticipated grand opening planned for next April.

"It's a beautiful, beautiful building," said senior administrative officer Greg Holitzki. "They're hoping to be completed by December."

There will be a lot more offices, which will house income support, social workers and dental offices with all new modern equipment.

"It's to today's standards," said Holitzki.

"The facilities for the staff are going to be a lot better, so happier staff and hopefully longer-term people. That's always important. The longer you can keep staff, the more things will happen in your community."

The centre will also have a morgue.

- Michele LeTourneau

Students help in cleanup

Igluligaarjuk/Chesterfield Inlet

Students at Victor Sammurtok School in Chesterfield Inlet chipped in a little work to take part in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup earlier this month.

The students picked up all the garbage around their school and on the local playground, before returning to the school for a light snack before heading home.

- Darrell Greer

Progress on road project

Salliq/Coral Harbour

A large group of people from Coral Harbour came together to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Southampton Island's access road project.

The road from Coral Harbour was more than halfway finished earlier this month and it's estimated it should reach its destination at Duke of York Bay in three to five years.

- Darrell Greer

Elders celebrated

Kimmirut/Lake Harbour

Kimmirut is among the Nunavut communities planning to celebrate its elders this week.

The disabilities society gave the hamlet $1,000 to throw a party for the community's elders Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

"We're going to be gathering at the Akavak Centre," said economic development officer Petanie Pitsiulak, "have some games, maybe some Inuktitut dance. Prizes and snacks will be also provided."

All elders were sent invitations, and all members of the public are welcome to attend.

- Casey Lessard

Programs keep youth busy

Sanirajak/Hall Beach

Summer's over and the indoor activities are beginning.

Hall Beach has several weekly programs going on at the community hall.

"We've got the after-school program happening again where the kids can play pool and foosball," said Tracy Laine, acting senior administrative officer. "It keeps the kids out of the porches at the stores, and active and interactive. I'm hoping to get a TV moved over there and get some Wii sports happening."

A moms and tots time takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

"So moms and the younger kids can play without the roughhouse and bumping them around. This is the third year we've run this program. It's quite popular. They can play and have a snack. And over the last two years we bought a lot of toys designed for that age group."

Yoga is offered on Thursday nights

"And pretty soon, if we get enough people signed up, we're going to be starting square dance lessons," said Laine. "We're trying to offer something every night at the hall."

- Michele LeTourneau

Weekend of hope and healing


This past weekend was expected to be busy in Kugluktuk, with two special guests sharing their love of life with the entire community.

Arviat singer Susan Aglukark was to begin with a potluck supper on Sept. 27.

The invitation to the community encourages everyone to join the singer as she "blends her singing with new and innovative messages of hope. She weaves words, music and songs to promote ideas for a better, hopeful and thriving future."

Aglukark was to address universal issues, such as health problems, how to cope with rapid social change and the effects of colonization.

Flying Wild Alaska star Ariel Tweto, who has been touring the Kitikmeot with her positive message of hope to help stop suicide in its tracks, was to wrap up her tour Sept. 28 in Kugluktuk.

Tweto planned on sharing what she learned about the spirit that exists throughout the Kitikmeot.

The community was invited to celebrate how Kugluktukmiut inspire new ways to look at self-care, services, suicide prevention/postvention, mental health and Kitikmeot goals, said Donna Pangun, who is with The Society for a Healthier Kugluktuk.

"A special thank you to the dedication and hard work of former residential school students and their families for inspiring hope and change," said Pangun.

- Michele LeTourneau

Student to sail on science ship

Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake

Kaytlyn Niego of Baker Lake will be one of the students taking part in the upcoming Students Abroad program.

Niego is expected to sail through the Northwest Passage on a science ship and take part in hands-on experiments.

Upon her return to Baker Lake, Niego plans to do a presentation to the community about her trip.

- Darrell Greer

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