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News Briefs: Thursday, June 15, 2017

Free public concert

Les Tireux D'Roches will be performing at the Jim Koe Park Sunday, June 25.

Formed in 1998, the band is a Quebec music group who explore the sounds of traditional folklore of their home province.

The event will start at 5 p.m. and is free to attend.

ICC celebrates 40 great years

The Inuit Circumpolar Council celebrated its 40th anniversary June 15.

Chair Okalik Eegeesiak called on the global community to work together with Inuit to ensure a viable future for the Arctic.

"As the world looks to the Arctic for shipping, resources, fisheries and sovereignty, Inuit are celebrating the advances ICC has made over the past 40 years building upon a vision of the Arctic that we want for our children and grandchildren in the next 40 years," he stated in a news release.

ICC is a permanent participant at the Arctic Council and holds Consultative Status II at the United Nations.

Science camp for First Nations and Inuit

Space for up to five First Nations and Inuit students ages 12 to 15 is available at the First Nations and Inuit National Science Camp in Regina and Saskatoon this July.

The week-long camp is hosted by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada – NT Region in partnership with the First Nations University of Canada and local First Nations.

All costs for participation in the camp, including travel, meals and accommodations, will be provided. Costs for a chaperone to take each participant to a local departure point will be covered as well.

To be considered, a letter of recommendation must be provided from a community leader, teacher or principal outlining why the student should represent the regional at this national camp.

The deadline to apply is June 23.

Three new aboriginal tourism champions named

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment announced three recipients of this year's aboriginal tourism champions program.

The aboriginal tourism champions are Agatha Laboucan, from Lutsel K'e; Juanita Sangris, from Dettah; and Belinda Blackduck, from Gameti.

Each one will receive funds to support tourism development activities, such as hosting community meetings. The program is designed to support aboriginal tourism development across the territory.

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