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Monday, April 20, 2015

Dehcho heads back to the table

The Dehcho First Nations, territorial and federal government negotiators will sit down for the first time in months in Yellowknife April 21.

The first issue on the agenda, requested by the territorial government, is a discussion about the Dehcho First Nations allegations against the GNWT regarding its conduct in the negotiations that have played out in the media as of late.

"While the GNWT firmly believes these DFN allegations are entirely without merit, these DFN allegations are very serious and need to be addressed to each party's satisfaction prior to the resumption of negotiations," cabinet spokesperson Shaun Dean stated in an e-mail to News/North.

If a resolution to these issues can be found the next item on the agenda will be the amount of land set aside for the Dehcho, which hasn't been seriously discussed in years.

- Andrew Livingstone

Fort Smith 'violent incident' prompts charges

Tony Vermillion of Fort Smith has been charged after an incident in the community April 16.

He was charged with assault with a weapon, uttering threats, forceable confinement, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purposes and unsafe storage of a firearm.

The charges stem from what a police news release describes as a "violent incident" at a residence in the community April 16 shortly after 11 p.m. The 39-year-old man was arrested at the residence and remains in custody. He's expected to appear in court Tuesday.

- Shane Magee

Man charged after pointing firearm

Tyler Sage is facing charges of pointing a firearm and resisting arrest after he was arrested in Behchoko on April 11 according to RCMP. The 23-year-old was allegedly walking around the community pointing a rifle at several people before his arrest.

- Shane Magee

Assault charges after man bloodied

An unnamed man has been arrested and police say charges of aggravated assault are pending after another man was spotted walking in Hay River covered in blood April 12.

It was determined the bloody man was assaulted with a weapon, according to a news release.

The man arrested has been released from custody and is expected to appear in Hay River court July 13.

- Shane Magee

Fundraiser for Relay for Life

Thebacha/Fort Smith

A fundraiser has been planned in advance of this year's Relay for Life in Fort Smith.

The May 9 fundraiser is called 'Fort Smith Uncorked' and will feature an auction along with a wine and scotch tasting.

The Fort Smith Relay for Life - part of a national fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society - will be held June 13.

- Paul Bickford

Underground mining program at college

Thebacha/Fort Smith

A six-week course, Introduction to Underground Mining, is to be offered at Aurora College in Fort Smith.

It will teach the basics of underground mining, and is a requirement for anyone wishing to enrol in a more advanced program.

The program, which runs from June 15 to July 24, is being presented by the NWT Mine Training Society.

The application deadline is April 29.

- Paul Bickford

Fishing derby winner nets 18-pounder

Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard

Fort Liard fishers were out in full force on April 10 to 12 to try their chances at snagging the biggest fish in the annual fishing derby.

Friday saw the biggest crowd of the weekend with 60 people, both fishers and on-lookers, out to participate, said Janna Deneron, one of the derby organizers.

"Overall, it was really good," she said.

"Friday was overcast and a bit chilly, but we had the best turnout. On Saturday, it was overcast but it got warm in the afternoon and the same on Sunday."

Frederick Nelson took top spot in the adult jackfish category by hooking an 18-pound fish. Yvonne Nande was second with a jackfish weighing in at 16 pounds even, and Dale Timbre finished third with a 15.11-pound jackfish.

Manny Vitale won the pickerel category with a 5.5-pound catch, followed by Victoria Klondike (five pounds) and John Gonat (four pounds).

There were two winners selected for both jackfish and pickerel in the youth category. Deneron said she had too many ties for third place to properly award a prize, so they went with top two instead.

Tyler Bertrand caught a eight-pound jackfish to win top honours, while Stevenson Klondike finished second with an eight-pound fish. Lynden Deneron caught a 4-pound pickerel for first place and Liam McLeod finished second with a 3.5-pound fish.

-Andrew Livingstone

Vying for prizes


Five pairs of princes and princesses have been busy around town fundraising for the Aklavik Kiddie's Carnival at the end of the month.

There are $6,000 in prizes to be won at the annual carnival, said recreation co-ordinator Dean McLeod, as well as iPads for the winning prince and princess, and iPad minis for the runners-up.

"They're all working really hard, I think we're going to have to decide in the next week, but I think we're going to have to get something for everyone," said McLeod.

Fundraisers have been held nearly every day, he said, ranging from cake walks to luncheons and all kinds of raffles.

"Whatever they raise, they raise," he said.

"It all goes toward the carnival."

- Meagan Leonard

Good crowd for jamboree

Tetlit'Zheh/Fort McPherson

Despite some snow and cold weather, many community members came out to partake in the longstanding Aklavik Jamboree this weekend.

The event included Ski-Doo races and both singles and doubles events, such as an egg and spoon race. The evenings also saw dancing and a talent show that capped off the final night of the annual event.

Running the whole weekend down by the river, the jamboree remains a popular event for community members of all ages.

- Meagan Leonard