The critical incident report into the death of Aklavik elder Hugh Papik is complete and is now being reviewed by Glen Abernethy, minister of Health and Social Services, information from the department stated.
"The minister has received the critical incident investigation report and has requested additional details from the investigator which are needed to finalize his review," David McGuire wrote in an e-mail to News/North.
"The information has yet to be received."
McGuire could not provide a timeline for when the report would be made public.
Papik died after suffering a stroke in August, 2016.
His family said his stroke symptoms were mistaken for drunkenness.
Dr. Marlyn Cook, a member of the Grand Rapids First Nation, conducted the investigation into his death.
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Price of gas on the rise in NWT
Gas prices in the Northwest Territories rose by 4.5 cents per litre the week of Jan. 9, according to GasBuddy.com, a website that monitors the price of gasoline.
The average price was 128.40 cents per litre on Jan. 8, compared to the national average of 113.16 cents per litre.
The website stated that prices were higher by 13.2 cents per litre on Jan. 8, 2017 compared to Jan. 8, 2016.
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Service Canada's new single window centres
Fort Providence, Fort Liard and Tuktoyaktuk will have single window service centres to provide access to Service Canada programming after a pilot program launches this month.
The GNWT and the federal government are partnering on a 12-month service delivery project, which will allow residents to access Service Canada programs, a news release stated.
These include: Apprenticeship Grants, the Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance.
Also included are: Guaranteed Income Supplement, Old Age Security and the Wage Earner Protection Program.
The partnership allows residents to access programming through the GNWT and the Government of Canada in the same office.
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'Managing your own mental health'
A new women's group in Aklavik aims to show women
ways to take care of themselves in all aspects of their lives,
said Sydney Trendell, Beaufort Delta victim services coordinator.
The Aklavik Women's group is hosting a spa night on Jan.
21 for women over the age of 18 at the Aklavik Council Chambers
from 1 to 4:30 p.m. They are welcome to bring babies
under the age of one year.
The women will do pedicures and manicures while learning
about ways to cope with stress.
"We're going to talk about self care, overcoming trauma
and building resilience," Trendell said. "Managing your own
mental health is kind of the topic."
The event is one of five sessions scheduled to take place
between January and April, Trendell said.
Other themes will include cake decorating and how to eat
healthy to combat stress. Trendell said she welcomes suggestions
about other activities.
"I'm open to suggestions if someone has something they
would like to see done as part of a women's group," she said.
Anyone looking to register for the group can contact Trendell.
Sliding Day at Chamber Park
A Family Sliding Day will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan.
21 at the Bob McMeekin Chamber Park.
Families can bring their favourite sleds or try out the provided
Participants will also enjoy family activities like eating
hotdogs and warming up by the fire.
The event is being presented by the recreation department
of the Town of Hay River.
Hot diggity dog
Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence
The Deh Gah Dog Mushers Club were set to hold the
annual Deh Gah Christmas Sled Dog Races from Jan. 14 to 15.
The races were scheduled to begin at the Snowshoe Inn
parking lot at noon on both days, with 12-dog runs and sixdog
Sambaa K'e turns on the lights
Sambaa K'e/Trout Lake
The Arctic Energy Alliance's LED bulb swap program will
be coming to Sambaa K'e on Dec. 16 in the afternoon, running
from 1 to 5 p.m. The swap will be held at the Sambaa K'e First
Nahanni Butte goes LED
The Arctic Energy Alliance will be in Nahanni Butte on
Jan. 18 for its LED bulb swap. The one-time project aims to
save on electricity by using energy-efficient bulbs.
Breastfeeding training and support class
Inuvik will be hosting a breastfeeding peer support training
class Jan. 25 27.
The class aims to teach effective and meaningful ways of
supporting mothers in the community to overcome breastfeeding
challenges and create a satisfying and successful
Babies and children are welcome, with childcare available
upon requests. Meals, snacks and some refreshments will be
provided for participants, information stated.
To register or for more information, contact: info@momsboobsandbabies.
Sliding party gets youth active
Tsiigehtchic/Arctic Red River
Tsiigehtchic children were treated to a sliding party on Jan.
9, said Sasha Blake with the Aboriginal Community Wellness
program. About 15 children attended the party, which was
held at the Bay Hill at 7 p.m.. Everyone shared hot chocolate
together at the wellness centre afterward.
Other events scheduled to take place this month are a sewing
circles the evenings of Jan. 11, 18 and 25 and an elders' tea
on Jan. 13. There will also be snowshoeing on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m.
and a movie day on Jan. 26.
At the end of the month, an afternoon of pizza-making is
scheduled to run from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Program gets residents ready to work
Life Skills and Ready to Work North programs is scheduled
to take place in Fort McPherson from January until March,
according to information from the Gwich'in Tribal Council.
Life Skills training is scheduled to run from Jan. 16 to
Feb. 24 in Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic while Ready to
Work North training is expected to take place from Feb. 27
to March 17.
The training aims to teach a variety of skills, such as team
building and problem solving, as well as communications
skills and overcoming barriers to employment.
Participants must be aboriginal between the ages of 15 and
30 who are not currently employed or in school.
Applications are now being accepted for the program at the
tribal council office in Inuvik.