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Monday, July 18, 2016

Employment rate up in NWT

The employment rate in the Northwest Territories has increased by more than 3 per cent since June of last year, according to the NWT Bureau of Statistics.

The employment rate in the territory now sits at 70.2 per cent while the national rate is 61.5 per cent.

Jobs in the service industry saw an increase of 1,300 jobs between June 2015 and June 2016. Goods-producing industry jobs decreased by 400 jobs in that same timeframe.

The territory's employment rate has been increasing since November 2015, the release stated.

- Kassina Ryder

Missing travellers found

Search and rescue crews were dispatched in two different areas of the territory looking for missing people on July 7, according to news releases from the RCMP.

In Paulatuk, two men were reported missing to the RCMP after failing to return to the community. They were travelling near Lassard Creek and were located at about 4:30 p.m.

Two teams made up of RCMP and Paulatuk's ground search and rescue crew travelled by boat and ATV to locate the men. The pair had survival gear and a satellite phone, but had lost their equipment attempting to cross the Brock River, the release stated.

That same day in Tsiigehtchic, a pair of travellers accidentally set off their SPOT device as they travelled on the Mackenzie River from Hay River to Tsiigehtchic.

- Kassina Ryder

Darling Lake outdoor program

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is planning a summer outdoor environmental education program for high school students and teachers in the Northwest Territories. Theprogram will run from July 25 to Aug. 3 at Darling Lake.

Students will work closely with "scientists, environmental educators, on-site researchers and Tlicho elders."

The focus is to learn about the land from both scientific and aboriginal perspectives.

- Joseph Tunney

LKFN annual general meeting

The Liidlii Kue First Nation will be holding its annual general meeting July 14.

At 4 p.m. there will be a ceremonious feeding of the fire ceremony, at 5 p.m. will be a potluck dinner and the actual meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

- Joseph Tunney

Multi-sport camp in Trout Lake

Sambaa K'e/Trout Lake

Children and youth in Trout Lake were scheduled to get a chance to try out a variety of different sports and activities, thanks to a multi-sport camp taking place in the community, said Carielyn Jumbo, recreation co-ordinator.

The camp was scheduled to run from July 12 to 14 and was available to children aged four to 11 and youth from 11-to-14 years old.

Younger campers were scheduled to participate from 1 until 5 p.m. and the older group's camp run from about 7 until 9 p.m., Jumbo said.

Campers were asked to meet at the community baseball diamond and to bring their own water bottles and snacks.

Activities were expected to include softball, soccer, canoe lessons, swimming lessons and arts and crafts, Jumbo said.

Life-jackets and paddles would be provided. The Mackenzie Recreation Association is organizing the camp.

- Kassina Ryder

Culture camp free for kids on Hay River Reserve

K'atlodeeche/Hay River Reserve

A culture camp is scheduled to take place on the Hay River Reserve throughout July and August, said Sharon Pekok, recreation director.

The camp is aimed for children aged seven to 12. Activities are expected to include typical summer camp events such as arts and crafts making and swimming.

There will also be activities focusing on connecting elders and youth, Pekok said.

"One of the things we're doing is involving the elders," she said.

While most activities will take place at the Chief Sunrise Education Centre gym, participants will also be spending time outside. Earlier this week, participants hiked to Alexandra Falls and Louise Falls.

The camp is free and children can drop in throughout the summer, Pekok said. It runs from about 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

- Kassina Ryder

Maintenance on Fort Providence roadways

Deh Gah Got'ie/Fort Providence

Fort Providence residents were informed about a chip sealing project taking place on the community's main road last week, said Susan Christie, senior administrative officer.

The work was expected to take place between July 12 and 15. Additional work is also expected to take place on other roads in the community this summer but a firm schedule is not yet in place, Christie said.

Anyone looking for information is asked to check community bulletin boards and listen to the local radio station for updates. Information will also be posted on the Fort Providence events and announcements Facebook page.

- Kassina Ryder

ITI hosts Parks Day events

Deh Cho region

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment was expected to host community barbecues in Fort Simpson, Sambaa Deh Falls and Blackstone territorial parks on July 16, said Jennifer Thistle, the department's manager of tourism and parks for the Deh Cho region.

The barbecues were to celebrate Parks Day, an annual event initiated by the Canadian Parks Council. The national event focuses on education and family-themed activities throughout the day.

Thistle said the barbecues were scheduled to take place in the afternoon and activities will include door prizes.

- Kassina Ryder

A night for the little ones

Behchoko/Rae-Edzo

A new play group in Behchoko is offering a variety of activities on Tuesday and Thursday nights, said Marion Alexander, a speech language pathologist in the community.

The summer play group is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Chief Jimmy Bruneau School gym and Thursdays at the Elizabeth Mackenzie Elementary School gym.

While it's geared to children aged zero to five, families with other children are encouraged to attend.

Activities are expected to include creating with Play-Doh, playing games and doing pre-literacy activities together.

Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

- Kassina Ryder

Canada Day canoe race rescheduled in Tulita

Tulita/Fort Norman

A canoe race originally planned to take place over the Canada Day weekend was re-scheduled for July 13, said Archie Erigaktuk, recreation co-ordinator.

Bad weather and a death in the community meant the race wasn't able to take place until later in the month, Erigaktuk said.

"It was originally part of the Canada Day events, but it was postponed over the past couple weeks due to weather and we don't have anything going on while funerals are going on," he said.

Teams competed to see which team could paddling from one dock launch to another in the fastest time.

The first place team was expected to receive $600, while second place was expected to receive $400 and third place would receive $300.

Teams were made up of individuals over the age of 18.

- Kassina Ryder

Jay Gilday expected to perform at Norman Wells' Parks Day

Lli Goline/Norman Wells

Musician Jay Gilday was scheduled to perform at Parks Day at McKinnon Territorial Park on July 16, said Jess Fortner, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment's manager of tourism and parks for the Sahtu region.

The event was scheduled to run from noon until about 5 p.m. and include a community barbecue featuring fish from Great Bear Lake, as well as hotdogs and hamburgers.

Local band Unicorn Jungle was also scheduled to perform throughout the afternoon, Fortner said.

Games for both children and adults were expected to take place, along with a prize draw and bannock-making.

"There's going to be a lot of laughs and smiles and people getting together and watching the river go by in our beautiful little park," Fortner said.

- Kassina Ryder

New chief for Tetlit Gwich'in

Tetlit'zheh/Fort McPherson

The Tetlit Gwich'in Tribal Council in Fort McPherson elected Wanda Pascal as its new chief on July 4.

"As the first woman chief I feel quite honoured to be elected," said Pascal.

She said that one of her main goals for the community is to bring it closer together, to bring respect to the community, and work closely with the youth and elders.

Pascal was one of the cofounders of the Fort McPherson justice committee and worked 16 years on and off as a justice court worker. Pascal finished three previous terms on council in 1991, filling in for the chief and band manager when needed.

- Kaila Jefferd-Moore Specially tagged Arctic char worth cash if caught

Aklavik

The Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Organization and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are asking Arctic char harvesters to watch for catches with two different types of tags attached to fish.

If caught, fish are to be brought to a char monitor at Shingle Point, a Parks Canada staff if recaptured in Ivvavik National Park, or a territorial parks staff member if recaptured at Herschel Island.

There is a $200 Northmart or gas gift card reward for each tag.

The tagged fish were released in Big Fish River last September to record information about migration patterns, temperature and depth preferences, as well as feeding habits in the Dolly Varden.

- Kaila Jefferd-Moore

Smith's Landing First Nation elects new chief

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Lorraine MacDonald has been elected chief of Smith's Landing First Nation.

MacDonald won a June 17 election involving five candidates for chief.

Four band councillors were also elected - Tony Vermillion, Thaidene Paulette, Frederick Daniels and Geronimo Paulette.

Nine people ran for council.

Smith's Landing First Nation has its reserve land in northern Alberta just south of Fort Smith.

Many of the band's members live in Fort Smith or just south of the NWT-Alberta border, and others live in Fort Fitzgerald, Alta., about 22 kilometres south of Fort Smith.

- Paul Bickford

Smith resident to Hall of Fame

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Jane Dragon of Fort Smith was among those named to the NWT's Education Hall of Fame on June 23.

Dragon was the inductee for the South Slave.

"Acting as a key parent volunteer during the years her six children went through school, she could be counted on for field trips, teaching students about cooking traditional foods, skinning a muskrat," said Education, Culture and Employment Minister Alfred Moses in comments to the legislative assembly.

"As well as travelling as a coach or a chaperone on numerous school trips and competitions,"

The department launched the Education Hall of Fame in 2010 to recognize contributions made by various educators, volunteers, board members, administrators and other community members across the territory.

The other inductees this year were Sarah Jerome (Beaufort Delta), Valerie Gendron (Dehcho), Vivian Pellissey (Sahtu), Jim Martin (Tlicho), and Rita Mueller (North Slave).

The Minister's Choice Award went to Muriel Tolley from Yellowknife.

- Paul Bickford