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Monday, October 12, 2015

Man charged with child luring in Tuktoyaktuk

Charges of extortion and luring a child are pending against a 35-year-old Tuktoyaktuk man after an investigation by RCMP as well as the Mounties' internet child exploitation unit.

In a news release, RCMP stated that an arrest was made on Oct. 6 after a search warrant was executed at a residence in Tuk following an investigation that began last March. Police stated that at least five victims have been identified, all approached by an unknown profile through social media.

The accused has not been named.

- John McFadden

Teen mourned in Liard

Communities in the Deh Cho are mourning the sudden death of a youth in Fort Liard.

RCMP stated in a news release that the youth's body was found near Riverview Road in Fort Liard. Police began an investigation the morning of Oct. 3. At press time, a cause of death had not been determined. The identity of the youth is not currently being released. Fort Liard RCMP are working with the G Division Major Crimes Unit, the Forensic Identification Unit and the Office of the Chief Coroner of the Northwest Territories on the investigation.

- April Hudson

Tuk residents medevaced after alcohol poisoning

Three Tuktoyaktuk residents have been medevaced after drinking ethylene glycol - the main ingredient in antifreeze - last week.

RCMP stated in a news release Oct. 9 it had traced the source of the poisonings to an individual who was selling bootleg liquor in the community.

Two people, a man and a woman, were medevaced on Oct. 6 after one of them was found unconscious. A third man followed Oct. 9.

- John McFadden

RCMP probe

Fort Good Hope fire

Police are investigating after a suspicious fire destroyed a vacant house in Fort Good Hope on Oct. 6.

According to an RCMP news release, officers and the local fire department responded to the blaze at about 4 a.m.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings and a wooded area nearby. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Mounties are also looking into two other incidents in the community that night - a break and enter at the Yamoga Building and an attempted break-in at the health centre. It is not clear if the incidents are related, police stated.

- John McFadden

Community hall success

Ka'a'gee Tu/Kakisa

The community hall in Kakisa has been completed and a grand opening is expected to be held at some point in October.

The community is awaiting furniture for the hall, at which point the date of the grand opening will be announced.

- April Hudson

Graduation time

Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence

Deh Gah School was scheduled to hold its graduation ceremony on Oct. 9.

The Snowshoe Lounge will be holding karaoke nights Fridays at 9 p.m.

The Snowshoe Inn is planning its last yard sale of the season scheduled for Oct. 12, beginning at 11 a.m.

The library is holding a storytelling contest. Entries can be written or recorded and must be handed in by Nov. 30. The contest includes three age categories for children ages five to 12, youth between the ages of 13 and 18, and adults 19 years of age and up. Cross-country season kicked off Oct. 2 for students at Deh Gah School.

- April Hudson

Fall programming all set

Ikaahuk/Sachs Harbour

The fall schedule for recreation in Sachs Harbour is set, capped off by a Halloween party and pumpkin carving at the end of the month.

New schedules come out on the first of every month and recreation co-ordinator Doreen Carpenter said cooking sessions, a sewing group and Arctic sports practice are all a part of October's activities. The latter is in preparation for the Arctic Winter Games - involving youth ages 12 and up.

Regular after school programming is also continuing on for youth from kindergarten up to Grade 9, with opportunities to finish homework, play games, do crafts or watch movies and just hang out.

- Elaine Anselmi

Quiet but keeping on


Things are quiet in Paulatuk this week, said a representative at the hamlet office, but programming for youth is continuing on this month, giving students a place to kick back after classes end.

Since school started, the centre has offered regular movie nights and various crafts and activities.

- Elaine Anselmi

Out for a walk


The snow is falling in Ulukhaktok and temperatures are dropping, said Arctic Fox Youth Centre co-ordinator Chelsey Oliffe.

But the youth centre will still have plenty of programming in place to keep youth busy, even including a few trips outside.

"On our schedule we have playing with the Wii and computers and painting and beading," said Oliffe.

"We also have Nordic walking, we're doing that through this month."

Offering a great opportunity for exercise, Nordic walking uses trekking poles and Oliffe said she would be taking the group out to really get moving.

"I take the kids out to walk up the hills and get good exercise and then come back to the youth centre an hour later for hot chocolate," said Oliffe.

After a successful bingo two weeks ago, Oliffe said snacks have been purchased with the money raised to give out during programming.

"The last bingo made enough money to pay the bills - power and all of that," she said. "And then we had some left over for snacks."

- Elaine Anselmi

Metis, GNWT discuss issues in Fort Resolution

Deninu Ku'e/Fort Resolution

Wellness in Fort Resolution was among the issues discussed on Sept. 23 at a meeting in Yellowknife between members of the territorial cabinet and the Northwest Territory Metis Nation. According to a GNWT news release, the parties agreed to evaluate how wellness program funding is distributed in Fort Resolution and work with the community to review economic development program delivery.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included the decline of caribou populations, the proposed Thaidene Nene Territorial Park and conservation area, housing, GNWT hiring practices, cabin taxation and more.

A memorandum of understanding between the two sides recognizes the importance of a government-to-government relationship.

It commits both governments to meet regularly.

The Sept. 23 meeting was the third since the Metis Nation and the GNWT signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2012.

- Paul Bickford

Chipewyan language classes start at college

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Chipewyan language classes are beginning this week at Aurora College in Fort Smith.

The free classes are scheduled to run to April.

The beginner and novice class - for those who want to learn the basics like greetings, numbers and the alphabet - will take place on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.

The advanced and proficiency class - for speakers who want to learn how to read and write in Dene-Roman orthography and syllabics - will take place on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m.

- Paul Bickford

Fall feast planned at Fort Smith museum

Thebacha/Fort Smith

A fall feast will be held in mid-October at Fort Smith's Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre.

It will take place on Oct. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. The feast will consist of home-made soups, breads and desserts, all made with fall flavours.

A silent auction will follow.

All guests will take home a handmade pottery bowl created by Yellowknife artist Astrid Kruse.

The event is for those aged 19 years and above.

- Paul Bickford