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Monday, December 15, 2014

Norman Wells standoff ends peacefully

A man is charged with uttering threats and possession of a dangerous weapon following an armed standoff in Norman Wells.

RCMP Const. Elenore Sturko said no shots were fired and no one was hurt in the incident.

Police were called to a residence in Norman Wells in the early morning hours of Dec. 7 by a complaint of an armed and barricaded man, Sturko said.

The suspect was arrested without incident after about two and a half hours, according to Sturko.

Police have not released his name. John McFadden

Woman arrested following stabbing in Ndilo

A woman has been arrested after a man was allegedly stabbed in Ndilo on Dec. 11.

The woman, whose name and age have not been released, faces charges of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, according to an RCMP news release.

She was to be held in custody until she could be brought before a judge. Evan Kiyoshi French

Tulita death not suspicious: RCMP

RCMP are investigating the sudden death of a 52-year-old male on Dec. 6 in Tulita.

"There is no evidence to suspect foul play at this time," according to an RCMP news release.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death. It could take three to six months before the results are ready, according to the NWT coroner's office.

Police have not released the man's name.

Miranda Scotland

Simpson SAO replaced

Dean Pickering is no longer the Fort Simpson senior administrative officer, according to the village mayor.

"He isn't in the position of SAO at the moment," Mayor Sean Whelly said Dec. 12.

When asked why, Whelly said he couldn't get into it because it "maybe has some legal implications."

Pickering's removal from the position, which was described by Whelly as "a job-related action that the village took in regards to his employment," happened Dec. 11.

The mayor said Pickering did not resign and the issue would likely be discussed further at the regular council meeting Dec. 15.

Pickering has been in the SAO position since September 2013. He previously worked for several communities in Alberta.

Village finance manager Forrest McWade is the acting senior administrative officer.

Shane Magee

New national chief elected for AFN


Perry Bellegarde of Saskatchewan is the new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

Bellegarde, the chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, was elected on Dec. 10 at a special assembly of chiefs in Winnipeg.

The new leader was elected for a three-and-a-half-year term because of the early resignation of Shawn Atleo as national chief this past May.

Paul Bickford

Food for the young


A new cooking program for young families is up and running in Aklavik.

The NWT Literacy Cooking Circle meets Wednesday's from 4 to 6 p.m. to bake and Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m. to cook.

The program, which is run out of the home ec. room at Moose Kerr School, is open to parents under 30 years old and children under the age of 15.

Doris Rogers and Myrna Sittichinli are running the cooking circle. They plan to teach literacy by having families read and write recipes, and share stories with the children. The kids will get a book to take home with them.

At the final session in mid-December, Sittichinli and Rogers will divide up the treats everyone baked and send them home with the families for the holidays.

"We're looking forward to seeing people come and out and participate!" said Sittichinli.

Miranda Scotland

Mayor says Enterprise should set directions


The mayor of Enterprise believes the hamlet should be more forceful when dealing with the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA).

John Leskiw II said now that the hamlet is no longer under a co-management agreement with MACA, the council should be pushing for what the hamlet wants.

"We should be setting the direction," he said at a Dec. 1 meeting of council.

The mayor's comments came during a discussion about the long-running effort to get land transferred to the hamlet from MACA.

Because of some previous difficulties experienced by hamlet council, such as persistent disagreements among members and motions that were not acted on by administration, the hamlet entered into a co-management agreement with MACA in February. It was formally ended in early October.

Paul Bickford

Singing for the holidays

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

The Bompas Elementary School Christmas Concert will be held Dec. 17.

The event will feature a performance by the recently formed Fort Simpson choir group.

The concert, at the Fort Simpson school, will begin at 7 p.m.

Shane Magee

Deck the halls


Behchoko residents have until Dec. 25 to get their holiday decorations up if they hope to win this year's Christmas light contest.

Behchoko RCMP will judge the houses on Christmas Day and the winners will be announced Dec. 29. First place will receive $400, second place gets $300 and third place will be awarded $200.

The community government of Behchoko is running the event.

Miranda Scotland

Taste test at parents' night

Tsiigehtchic/Arctic Red River

Teachers' cooking skills were put to the test earlier this month in Tsiigehtchic when they went head to head in the second annual chili iron chef competition.

Community members who came for parents' night at Chief Paul Niditchie School Dec. 10 were asked to judge the entries.

Alma Cardinal won the contest last year, much to principal and competitor Darcy Douglas' disappointment.

"It was pretty good I have to admit," he said reluctantly.

A winner had not been announced by press time.

Miranda Scotland

'Lutsel K'e Chipewyan

Dictionary' to be launched

Lutsel K'e/Snowdrift

A newly-published Lutsel K'e Chipewyan Dictionary will be officially launched with a celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Lutsel K'e Dene School on Dec. 16.

The new resource contains thousands of words, phrases, sentences and full conversations written in the unique Chipewyan dialect of the Lutsel K'e Dene.

The dictionary is a project of the South Slave Divisional Education Council (SSDEC) and the elders of Lutsel K'e.

The task of documenting the language of the elders started three years ago with a group of community members requesting the services of the SSDEC to initiate the project.

After many meetings with elders and more with translators, the 485-page dictionary is now complete.

It is hoped it will support the language revitalization efforts of Lutsel K'e Dene School and Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation.

The book launch will be held in conjunction with the Lutsel K'e Dene School community Christmas feast.

Paul Bickford

A delicious meal for elders

Tsiigehtchic/Arctic Red River

A special Christmas meal was held for elders in Tsiigehtchic Dec. 4.

About 10 residents were treated to turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing, salad and a vegetable medley at Chief Paul Niditchie School.

The community health centre sponsored the event.

Miranda Scotland

Handgames for the holidays

Wekweeti/Snare Lake

Wekweeti residents challenged each other at a Christmas traditional handgame tournament Dec. 12.

The event was set to be held at the youth centre from 5:30 p.m. onward.

"Everyone (was) looking forward to it," said Robin Laboline, event coordinator, Dec. 8.

"It's just a little something to do for the community before the holidays come"

Eight people had signed up to participate as of Dec. 8.

Players paid $20 to participate and stood to win $4,000, donated by the Tlicho government and the community government of Wekweeti.

Before the games started, names were drawn to determine who would be on Team A and who would be on Team B.

The team to win three rounds took first.

Miranda Scotland

Graduation ceremony set in Fort Resolution

Deninu K'ue/Fort Resolution

Deninu School in Fort Resolution will hold its 2014 graduation on Dec. 17.

The ceremony will honour three graduates from Grade 12 and a student receiving a leaver certificate upon completion of an individual education plan.

The graduation will take place at 4 p.m. at Antoine Beaulieu Memorial Hall.

It will be combined with a community feast provided by Tu Nedhe MLA Tom Beaulieu.

Paul Bickford