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Monday, January 16, 2017

Hugh Papik critical incident report complete


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.

- Kassina Ryder

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, 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.

- Kassina Ryder

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.

- Kassina Ryder

'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.

Kassina Ryder

Sliding Day at Chamber Park

Hay River

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 inflatable tubes. 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.

Paul Bickford 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 runs.

April Hudson

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 Nation office.

April Hudson Nahanni Butte goes LED

Tthenaago/Nahanni Butte

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.

April Hudson

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 breastfeeding relationship.

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. com.

Stewart Burnett

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.

Kassina Ryder

Program gets residents ready to work

Tetlit'Zheh/Fort McPherson

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.

Kassina Ryder