Published Thursday, May 23, 2013, by Northern News Services. Serves Inuvik and the Beaufort/delta region of the NWT
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Conference coming to Inuvik
The Inuit Circumpolar Council announced in a May 21 press release it will hold its general assembly in Inuvik in July 2014.
This is the first time in 12 years that Canadian Inuit will host the conference.
Inuit delegates, musicians, artists, and others will gather from Russia, Greenland, Alaska, and Canada to map out the path forward for the organization over the subsequent four years, according to the release.
"Canadian Inuit have a great opportunity to show not only other Inuit, but the whole world, what great hosts we can be," said ICC Canada president Duane Smith.
ICC Canada has started the preparation for this major event, which will be hosted by the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation.
"We see the Inuit Circumpolar Council as a great body that unites all Inuit and undertakes work internationally that benefits us all at the local and regional levels," said Nellie Cournoyea, corporation chair and chief executive officer.
Inuvik councillor re-elected to association
Town councillor Clarence Wood had better luck winning a leadership than Mayor Floyd Roland at the NWT Association of Communities earlier this month.
"I was re-elected to my fifth term as vice-president of the association," Wood told the Inuvik Drum. "I was acclaimed for the third term in a row."
Leanne Goose heads festival board
After a May 15 election, musician Leanne Goose is now the president of the End of the Road Music Festival board.
The organizing committee is now preparing to select a date for the August celebration and will begin recruiting musicians after that.
Goose is planning on being one of the performers.
Bell Mobility loses lawsuit
Bell Mobility has been found to have wrongly charged thousands of Northern customers fees for 9-1-1 services it doesn't provide in most of the territories.
The class action suit was launched by Yellowknife residents James and Samuel Anderson almost six years ago, and everyone who has been paying 75 cents a month for the 9-1-1 services since April 10, 2010 is a claimant.
Bell Mobility plans to appeal the decision.