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Friday, May 29, 2015

Honouring truth and reconciliation

Indigenous organizations plan to recognize the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with a downtown march on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday marks the conclusion of the commission's seven-year investigation to collect survivor testimonies and document the impact of Canada's residential school system.

Members of Dene Nation, the Native Women's Association, North Slave Metis Alliance, and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada are organizing a march departing from Somba K'e Park at noon. The event will end at Northern United Place.

- Daron Letts

$2,800 bottle of booze stolen

RCMP has confirmed a man has been charged after the theft of bottles of liquor from a restaurant on Range Lake Road last weekend. Yellowknifer has learned that it happened at Coyote's Steakhouse and the theft included a $2,800 bottle of brandy. In a news release, police stated that they received a complaint about a theft last Sunday. Officers attended the scene and a suspect was arrested in the area. Jacob Greip of Yellowknife is now charged with theft.

- John McFadden

Day 18 of boil advisory

A boil water advisory, in effect for almost three weeks now, remains in place for Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo. The advisory was issued May 11 by both the city and the territorial government. The public was advised to boil water used for drinking, preparing food and bushing teeth for at least a minute. The advisory was issued due to high turbitity - essentially dirt - in the water supply from the Yellowknife River.

- John McFadden

Section of Hwy 3 closed today

Highway 3 between Edzo and Fort Providence will close this morning at 10 a.m. for a burnout operation. The Department of Transportation tweeted that the closure is expected to last 12 hours. The environment and natural resources department said it is being done to try to control a 5,000 hectare fire burning east of the highway, about 60 km south of Behchoko.

- John McFadden

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MLA Nadli in court

Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli, charged with assault causing bodily harm, is to appear in territorial court in Yellowknife on Thursday. Nadli, 50, was granted bail on April 8.

He was charged after an incident at a home in Fort Providence on April 5. RCMP stated in a news release at that time that Nadli was arrested after a person was taken to the health centre in Fort Providence for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

There is a publication ban on evidence that could help identify the victim. Nadli has yet to enter a plea on the charge.

Negotiations resume

Deh Cho

Dehcho First Nation Grand Chief Herb Norwegian announced on May 20 that DFN and the territorial and federal governments had finally returned to the table to discuss a long-awaited land settlement. The negotiations have been ongoing for months, despite the GNWT offering 37,500 square kilometres of land – an offer that was not satisfactory to DFN, and rejected. That decision ultimately led to a breakdown in negotiations.

According to a press release from DFN Norwegian expects negotiations over the next few months to focus on land and land management.

Communities save on fuel

Deh Cho

The government has announced the successful completion of the winter road resupply of fuel to nine communities served by Public Works. According to a May 14 news release, prices have been reduced in communities due to the decline in the market cost of fuel.

In Jean Marie River, the price of gasoline has dropped eight cents since January, while in Nahanni Butte the price has dropped 11 cents. In Wrigley, prices are 19 cents lower than January and in Trout Lake prices are 12 cents cheaper.

Cheaper prices also stretch to diesel and heating fuel, each of which dropped 28 cents in Jean Marie River, 27 cents in Nahanni Butte and 19 cents in Wrigley. In Trout Lake, heating fuel is 18 cents cheaper, while diesel is 19 cents cheaper.

Tourism week coming up

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

Simpson Air will be holding an open house on June 3 as part of Tourism Week. The open house will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

Additionally, a free community barbeque will be held on June 5 at the Fort Simpson Visitor Information Centre.

That will take place from noon to 3 p.m.

Demand up at food bank

A shortage of grocery items over the Victoria Day weekend left some ripple effects across town.

The Inuvik Food Bank saw its clients nearly double on May 20 following the weekend, said Margaret Miller, a member of the board of directors.

Miller said 80 people came to the centre to pick up food, a figure nearly double the average for this time of year.

"I knew we'd have more business than normal because the Northern's shelves were empty," Miller said.

Fortunately, the food bank was well stocked and was able to prepare more packages for the people coming to its doors.

Crowdfunding campaign for car crash victim

A crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a young man injured in a recent car accident is going well.

Justin Collison suffered severe injuries in a rollover accident earlier this month. He is currently hospitalized in Edmonton and has had several surgeries.

He will need some specialized care once he's able to return home.

In less than a day, $2,850 was raised toward the $7,000 his family is hoping to raise.

Cadet program could be back

The Inuvik Cadets could be returning by September.

The program has been dormant for about a year since Paul MacDonald, the last cadet leader, resigned his position in 2014.

It's the first time in the history of the program that it hasn't been active in Inuvik. It's sponsored through the McInnes Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

"I have some adult interest (leaders and instructors). We have found some adults to work with the cadet corps but still need to find a few more. I hope to have five staff hired soon (part-time) and then we can start enrolling cadets. Hopefully we can start in September," said Richard Novak, a spokesperson for the program.

Feds visit as part of tour

Officials from the Governor General's office were in Inuvik for a couple of days earlier this week as part of the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference.

The visit, which was kept quiet, saw the officials touring the Aurora Research Institute and the Aurora Campus as representatives of education in the North making a stop as part of a larger NWT tour.

Along with the officials were some scientists in a group of about 15 people, said Jayne Murray, the communications officer for Aurora College.

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