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Monday, July 21, 2014

Musicians being sought for festival

Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre in Fort Smith is seeking musicians and performers to busk or play outdoors during next month's Summer Splash Arts Festival.

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 16 at a number of locations throughout the community.

- Paul Bickford

Detour to allow work in Fort Smith

The completion of repairs to water and sewer mains on Fort Smith's Conibear Crescent began on July 17 and will continue to Aug. 29.

During that time period, the intersection of Conibear Crescent and McDougal Road will be closed to traffic by the Town of Fort Smith. There will be a detour from Mills Street to Woodbison Avenue to Camsell Street.

Conibear Crescent has been closed at the intersection since the problem originated with a water main break and sewer line blockage in late February. McDougal Road had been temporarily closed at the intersection until early March, but had been reopened until the current closure.

- Paul Bickford

Alcohol banned for Culture Week

Deninu K'ue First Nation has been granted a temporary prohibition on alcohol in the Fort Resolution for the duration of Culture week.

The ban, which encompasses the boundaries of the hamlet prohibits anyone from consuiming, buying, selling or transporting alcohol beginning July 16 at 12:01 a.m. until Jul 24 at 11:59 p.m.

The ban was approved by Minister Michael Miltenberger on July 14.

- NNSL staff

Parks and Oceans Day on tap

The weekends just keep getting busier in Inuvik.

Residents can celebrate Parks Day on July 19 followed by World Oceans Day on July 20.

World Oceans Day at Riverside Park will feature games for children and adults, a parade from Ingamo Hall, and a community barbecue beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the river.

World Oceans Day will segue into the opening events of the Inuit Circumpolar Council general assembly with a performance by the Iqaluit-band Jerry Cans and the Inuvik Drummers and Dancers at Chief Jim Koe Park at 8 p.m.

The Arctic Market will also be open daily selling arts and crafts and other items from July 21 to 26.

- Shawn Giilck

Akaitcho Territory hands out awards

Somba K'e/Yellowknife

The Akaitcho Territory Government honoured elders and youth at its annual general assembly earlier this month in Yellowknife.

One elder and one young person were honoured from each of the First Nations which make up the Akaitcho Territory.

The honoured elder from Deninu Ku'e First Nation in Fort Resolution was Mary Pierrot, while Tanis Lafferty was recognized as youth of the year.

Elder Vicky Desjarlais and youth Ethan Catholique were honoured from Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation.

An award went to elder Veronique Paulette from Smith's Landing First Nation, while youth Joseph Parsch was also recognized.

Two elders and two youth were recognized from the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, one each from Dettah and Ndilo.

From Dettah, George Tatsiechele was named elder of the year, while Alexandra Crapeau was youth of the year.

From Ndilo, the elder of the year was Alice Wifladt and the honoured youth was Sarah Black.

The Akaitcho Territory Government's annual general assembly was held from July 8 to 10.

- Paul Bickford

Deninoo Days dates set in Fort Resolution

Deninu Ku'e/Fort Resolution

The dates have been set for Deninoo Days, the annual summer carnival in Fort Resolution.

The carnival will be held from Sept. 5 to 7.

As in previous years, it is expected to feature events for the whole family, such as canoe races, talent shows and traditional games like wood splitting, axe throwing and nail pounding.

The carnival is sponsored each year by the Hamlet of Fort Resolution.

The Fast Eddy's Third Annual Invitational Slo-Pitch Tournament will be held on the same weekend.

- Paul Bickford

Hamlet hoping for pool opening

Aklavik

The Hamlet of Aklavik was hoping for a July 17 opening of the community swimming pool earlier this week. Senior administrative officer Fred Behrens said he was uncertain it would finally be open after a delay this year in getting the pool filled with water.

"We have to make sure the water chemicals and everything are balanced properly and we have to get the OK from the health department to open the pool," he said.

"There are no (scheduled flights) coming in today because of the bad weather and we have to fly the water samples out to Inuvik to get tested in the labs there.

"But I know all the kids are looking forward to (the opening)."

Behrens said the Aklavik pool season typically runs until the end of August.

- Simon Whitehouse

Last year of drainage program

Aklavik

The Hamlet of Aklavik is wrapping up its three-year, $3-million drainage program this summer, according to senior administrative officer Fred Behrens.

The community is waiting in anticipation to see five new culverts constructed and others readjusted this season to improve drainage in the area, he said.

"We have the program just about settled," said Behrens. "After the spring thaw, all of the water moves out of town instead of sitting in the ditches.

"A lot of residents are pleased because you get standing water in the ditches and then you get mosquitoes."

- Simon Whitehouse

Community holds late celebrations

Ikaahuk/Sachs Harbour

Sachs Harbour is coming off some exciting celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement and National Aboriginal Day. The Sachs Harbour community was a bit late in holding the celebration compared to other areas of the NWT, admitted community corporation manager Bridget Wolki. The community held its events on July 11 at the Sachs Harbour beach front and gazebo.

"We picnicked around and we had about 17 door prizes, with country foods, burgers, hot dogs, salad," she said, adding she was very pleased with the turnout and the 15 degree weather. "Everybody had a nice time and there were lots of leftovers so people got a bit of food to take home."

- Simon Whitehouse

Community corporation to hold AGM

Ikaahuk/Sachs Harbour

The Sachs Harbour Community Corporation will be holding its annual general meeting at the Ajgaliaq Ccentre in Sachs Harbour. The event is to be held July 28 starting at 7 p.m.

Residents can look forward to bylaw reviewing and a presentation on the financial situation of the corporation. The corporation needs at least 15 members to hold the annual meeting, said community corporation manager Bridget Wolki.

- Simon Whitehouse

Hamlet to seek meeting with ITI

Enterprise

The hamlet council in Enterprise will seek to set up a meeting with Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) Minister David Ramsay to get more information about an economic development and tourism plan for the area.

The council passed a motion at its July 7 meeting to invite Ramsay to Enterprise.

Coun. John Leskiw III said he spoke to the minister about a strategic plan for the Enterprise area when he visited the community on June 12.

Leskiw said he was told there is a strategic plan in place for the area of Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park, and the minister offered to come to Enterprise and give the hamlet a description of the plan.

- Paul Bickford

Hamlet to get legal opinion on conflict

Enterprise

The administration of the Hamlet of Enterprise will seek a legal opinion to get a better understanding of territorial legislation on conflict of interest.

There have been different interpretations of the Conflict of Interest Act by some council members and hamlet administration.

At a council meeting on July 7, Coun. Jim Dives argued the act prevents any councillor from being involved in deciding on funding for a group or organization if that councillor or his or her spouse sits on the board of that organization.

The legal opinion will look at that interpretation of the act.

- Paul Bickford