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Monday, November 24, 2014

NTPC chair takes leave

Brendan Bell, chair of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) has announced he is taking a leave of absence from the position until March 1 of next year.

A news release from NTPC on Nov. 21 stated that the leave is for personal reasons and is effective immediately. Bell has been chair since Dec. 3, 2010. His current appointment ends on Dec 2, 2016. Michael Miltenberger, minister responsible for the NTPC, has appointed vice-chair David Tucker as acting chair.

- John McFadden

Res Metis plan special assembly

The Fort Resolution Metis Council has set a special assembly for Dec. 15. The agenda items include elections, reports and resolutions.

The special assembly will begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Antoine Beaulieu Memorial Hall.

- Paul Bickford

Aklavik elects new council

Beneficiaries voted to reinstate four directors to the Ehdiitat Gwich'in Council and bring in three new faces during an election in Aklavik Nov. 17.

Andrew Charlie, Eddie Greenland and Randy Edwards will join Roxanne John, Danny Greenland, Gladys Edwards and Michael Greenland on the board.

Sixty-five percent of the 106 eligible voters cast a ballot in the election. Andrew Charlie received the most votes at 48, while Eddie Greenland and Mildred Edwards tied for the final seat with 35 votes each. Once Mildred heard about the tie she chose to withdraw, according to returning officer Sarah Poliquin.

The directors will decide amongst themselves who will sit as president and vice president of the council.

- Miranda Scotland

Mackenzie Delta named region at risk

The Mackenzie Delta has been named as an important bird and biodiversity area of special concern.

In a recently-released report, BirdLife and its partners have identified 1,200 "place(s) of international significance for the conservation of the world's birds and other nature," worldwide and 356 are considered under threat. The Mackenzie River Delta is one of four sites in Canada.

The report states the greatest threats to the area are from energy production and mining, human intrusions and disturbances, and transportation and service corridors.

- Miranda Scotland

Drumdance approaches

Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard

Fort Liard is hosting a potluck feast at 6 p.m. at the community hall followed by a drum dance with Meander River Dene Drummers on Nov. 22 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The annual Christmas bazaar and flea market is taking place Dec. 7 and 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the community hall. If you wish to book tables, contact JoAnne Deneron.

Steven Klondike and Sylvia Bertrand celebrated birthdays on Nov. 16. Happy belated birthday as well to Donna Klondike Nov. 17.

- Shane Magee

Paulatuk talks belugas

Paulatuk

A community meeting is scheduled to take place in Paulatuk on Nov. 27 to discuss the beluga whale monitoring project that took place near the community this summer, said Diane Ruben, resource person with the Paulatuk Hunters and Trappers' Committee.

The meeting will include discussing the forms hunters filled out with their observations about beluga behaviour this year, which was compiled by researcher Sonja Ostertag.

Ruben said residents are invited to a dinner at the Paulatuk Visitors' Centre at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

- Kassina Ryder

Toys and clothing get swapped

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

Thursday is National Child Day and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the rec centre will host a toy and clothing swap. Those who want to bring toys and clothes to swap are welcome to do so. There will be food and prizes.

- Shane Magee

Children of the North focus of photo display

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre in Fort Smith is presenting a photo exhibition on northern children from the past.

The display - 'A Century of Northern Children' - began on Nov. 17 and will conclude on Dec. 15.

It features photos of children from communities around the North that have been taken over the past century. People viewing the exhibition can also play a traditional game or take a look at toys that were popular in the past.

- Paul Bickford

Festival of Trees at Fort Smith museum

Thebacha/Fort Smith

The Festival of Trees has begun in Fort Smith.

It is an annual event in which businesses, clubs, families and individuals are invited to create unique Christmas trees at Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre.

Set-up of the trees can be done from Monday to Friday until Nov. 28.

The winning entries, which will be determined in a vote by the public, will be announced on Dec. 13.

- Paul Bickford

Hunters share bounty

Aklavik

The Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee helped co-ordinate a country food give-away for Inuvialuit on Nov. 18, said office assistant Savannah Greeenland.

Inuvialuit residents were invited to the hunters and trappers office between 1 and 5 p.m. to take home caribou and char, which were donated by local hunters. There was a limit of one item per household on a first-come, first-served basis.

Greenland said sharing country food with Inuvialuit is a yearly hunters and trappers committee event.

- Kassina Ryder

Ski trail, rink work starting soon

Tthenaago/Nahanni Butte

Work is going to be starting soon on the ski trail and the outdoor ice rink. Some preparation work has started on the ice bridge and normally takes about three to four weeks before it is fully opened.

- Shane Magee

Addictions awareness spreads

Tetlit'zheh/Fort McPherson

Residents of Fort McPherson participated in a variety of events and activities for NWT Addictions Awareness Week, said justice co-ordinator Deborah Peterson.

Events included a pancake breakfast, talent shows for teens and adults, a fishing derby, a scavenger hunt and elders' games.

The week also included open house events for community organizations, such as the health centre and community wellness offices, which allowed residents to visit with staff and get to know resources available in the community, Peterson said.

- Kassina Ryder