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Monday, October 20, 2014

Woman medevaced after 'interaction' with RCMP

Mounties say an investigation of an RCMP "interaction" on Friday with a female individual in Fort Liard who was later medavaced to Yellowknife will be carried out by an independent police force down south.

RCMP in the community responded at 11:41 a.m. Friday to what was describe in a news release as a female in distress.

The news release states that "following an interaction" with Fort Liard RCMP, the female was medevaced to the Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife where she was in stable condition.

Police have not explained the nature of that interaction or whether hospitalization was because of that interaction.

Managing officers at RCMP headquarters ordered an external investigation of the incident, according to the news release. The release does not state what prompted police to hand the investigation over for review.

RCMP spokesperson Const. Elenore Sturko said Saturday she couldn't add anything beyond what was in the news release. The name of outside police agency that will carry out the review has not yet been announced. There are four RCMP officers stationed in Fort Liard.

- Shane Magee

NDP pushes childcare plan

New Democrats want to create a national child care program that would cost families no more than $15 a day.

The NDP's Plan for Affordable Childcare would legislate the federal government to contribute $5 billion to the program over the next 10 years, according to a news release.

"Northern families can be spending as much as $1,000 a child," stated NWT MP Dennis Bevington. "Under the NDP plan these costs could be cut by more than 50 per cent."

The funding would allow communities in each province and territory to plan and deliver their own childcare and education programs.

- Kassina Ryder

Alcohol seized in Deline

RCMP in Deline seized several packages containing alcohol and marijuana destined for the community at the airport last week.

Police were notified that two suspicious packages were put on an airplane to Deline via air cargo, according to a news release. The two packages contained a total of eighteen 375-millilitre bottles of Smirnoff vodka and 26 grams of marijuana. Deline is a dry community. Cst. Elenore Sturko said no charges have been laid yet. The investigation is ongoing.

- Cody Punter

Elders in motion in full swing

Tsiigehtchic/Arctic Red River

The elders in motion program has started back up in Tsiigehtchic. The program runs every Tuesday night at the gym from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

"We bring them out once a week and try to get them fit," said William Storr, acting recreation co-ordinator. "As long as there's a turnout we'll hopefully continue it."

The program is intended to help elders improve their flexibility, balance, and strength by doing low-intensity stretches and movements, using balls and chairs to help stabilize themselves.

"It helps to avoid injuries and falls," Storr said.

Between four to six elders have been turning up for each of the Tuesday sessions so far. Storr said he is hoping to get more people out in the coming weeks.

- Cody Punter

Fall feast planned at Fort Smith museum

Thebacha/Fort Smith

A fall feast will be hosted by Fort Smith's Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre on the evening of Oct. 25.

The feast will feature homemade soups, breads and desserts.

Each guest will also take home a handmade pottery bowl created by Yellowknife-artist Astrid Kruse.

Creations of both Fort Smith and regional artists will be on display and will be auctioned off.

- Paul Bickford

Let's talk about wildlife

Tthek'ehdeli/Jean Marie River

Jean Marie River First Nation will be sending two members to the Department of Environment and Natural Resource's seventh biennial Deh Cho regional wildlife workshop from Oct. 21 to 22 in Fort Simpson.

Also, Dehcho First Nations' Grand Chief Herb Norwegian and consultant Petr Cizek were scheduled to host a meeting with the chief and council and community on Oct. 15 about the land quantums that are being negotiated as part of the Dehcho Process and some of the land selection scenarios that have been developed.

- Roxanna Thompson

RCMP teach healthy living

Tuktoyaktuk

RCMP in Tuktoyaktuk are partnering up with Mangilaluk School to promote a healthy lifestyle through their TUK Power after-school program.

The program is being spearheaded by Const. Sebastian Hebert, who has been leading a series of intensive workouts and sporting activities for all children of the hamlet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the school gym.

In addition to the after-school program, RCMP has been serving students a pancake breakfast, along with fruit and milk every Tuesday morning.

Every Tuesday volunteers like Shawn Lundrigan and Sgt. Philippe Cyr help prepare pancakes for almost 200 students.

According to a news release from the RCMP, the program is always happy to welcome new volunteers. Any member of the public who would like to chip in should attend the school approximately one hour prior to the school's first bell.

- Cody Punter

Halloween event for Smith families

Thebacha/Fort Smith

The Circle of Friends in Fort Smith will be hosting a Family Fun Halloween at the Rec Centre on the afternoon of Oct. 25.

There will be games for children, prizes for carved pumpkins and treats for all youngsters.

The children must be accompanied by an adult.

Circle of Friends is a group of women who help out with various good causes in Fort Smith.

- Paul Bickford

Weaving an artistic spell

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home, an audio-visual performance by Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows will be performed at Bompas Elementary School on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

- Roxanna Thompson