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Monday, October 24, 2016

Burglary at DND


Inuvik RCMP received a complaint of an alleged break and enter and vehicle taken without consent at the Department of National Defence compound at the Inuvik airport early in the morning Oct. 7.

During the investigation, the RCMP found information that the facility had unauthorized entry between 3 and 4 a.m. A person entered the compound and took a vehicle from it. Within a short time, the vehicle was returned to the building, with little damage to the compound or vehicle.

Inuvik RCMP have video surveillance of the incident. A suspect had not yet been identified at press time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP.

- Stewart Burnett


Sportplex mischief


A 48-year-old man was charged with mischief after RCMP received a call about vandalism taking place at the new Sportsplex building in Behchoko on Oct. 12, a news release from the RCMP stated.

- Kassina Ryder

Theft at school


Behchoko RCMP are looking for information regarding a break and enter at Elizabeth Mackenzie Elementary School on Oct. 9, according to a news release.

Officers believe a group of teenagers broke into the school's storage sheds where they sprayed fire extinguishers and stole two bicycles.

The RCMP encourages anyone with information to contact them.

- Kassina Ryder

Fort Simpson wolves

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is warning residents in Fort Simpson to be wolf-aware.

As of Oct. 14, wolves had been reported near the community's boat launch, industrial area, landfill and the Wildrose subdivision.

The department also reported one wolf had been destroyed the evening of Oct. 13 after trying to take a person's dog.

The department is asking residents to report wolf sightings and keep an eye on their outdoor dogs.

- April Hudson

Chief Julius School focuses on wellness

Tetlit'Zheh/Fort McPherson

Chief Julius School in Fort McPherson hosted a Wellness Day for students in grades 7 to 12, said teacher Erica Thompson.

It took place on Oct. 17 and was geared toward teenage wellness. The school usually holds two Wellness Days every year.

Workshops included sessions on self esteem and mindfulness, as well as art therapy sessions, Thompson said.

"It was thoroughly enjoyed by session presenters and students alike," she said.

- Kassina Ryder

Paulatuk gets rink ready


Work has begun to create this winter's ice in the Father Leonce DeHurtevant Arena, said recreation co-ordinator Bill Ruben.

Employees have been busy getting the ground level to ensure a stable ice surface, but warm weather could delay forming the ice, Ruben said.

"The weather has been so mild over here," he said.

A fire truck will spray the surface with water to form the ice when the weather becomes cold enough, which could take until mid to late November, Ruben said.

- Kassina Ryder

Spaghetti lunch in Tsiigehtchic

Tsiigehtchic/Arctic Red River

The recreation department hosted a spaghetti lunch on Oct. 18 to fundraise for community activities, according to the Tsiigehtchic Events Facebook page.

The event took place at the Chief Paul Niditchie School gym at noon and included spaghetti, caesar salad and garlic bread.

Monies raised will be used by the recreation department for future events and activities.

- Kassina Ryder

Aklavik HTC holding elections


The Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee will be opening nominations for its board of directors election on Oct. 31, according to information from the HTC.

There are four two-year terms available and nominations are scheduled to close on Nov. 28.

The election is scheduled to take place on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the David Buck Storr building.

Nomination forms can be picked up at the HTC office.

- Kassina Ryder

Youth ambassadors wanted


Northwest Territories' youth are encouraged to sign up for this year's Youth Ambassador program through the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs, according to a news release.

The program aims to build leadership skills and typically include volunteer opportunities with Arctic Winter Games, Canada Winter Games, Canada Summer Games and the North American Indigenous Games.

Applicants must be between 16 and 24 years old and the application deadline is Dec. 9.

- Kassina Ryder

Biennial wildlife workshop returns

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

Representatives from communities in the Deh Cho gathered at Fort Simpson's recreation centre on Oct. 18 and 19 for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' regional wildlife workshop.

The workshop happens every two years and gives the department the opportunity to share its research with the communities.

- April Hudson

Fiscal year deadline for health-centre study

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

Health Minister Glen Abernethy confirmed in the legislative assembly on Oct. 14 the first-phase planning study for a new health centre in Fort Simpson is on track to be concluded during the 2016-17 fiscal year.

A schematic design for the health centre will be the second phase.

Abernethy said the department won't be in the capital plan until 2018-19 at the earliest.

"I'm committed to moving this initiative forward," Abernethy said, according to a transcript from the legislative assembly, before acknowledging the project would be competing for priority with other projects in the territory.

Abernethy also confirmed the future health centre would not include any addition of services or programs, although the department may look at using the existing health centre to add more beds to the long-term care facility.

- April Hudson

Dance group to perform at Sunrise Festival


Vancouver- and Toronto-based choreographers Meredith Thompson and Kate Franklin will be coming to Inuvik this winter to facilitate and direct a dance project they hope will involve members of the community.

All ages and levels of dance experience will be welcome, and the dance will be performed at the 2017 Inuvik Sunrise Festival.

The choreographers have partnered with the Town of Inuvik and have support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

The piece, known as Incandescent, is a portrait of both the individual and collective human experience, inspired by a Leonard Cohen song.

"It celebrates both light and darkness - something you have a very natural relationship with in Inuvik," stated the choreographers in a letter to the town.

They hope to arrive and begin working in November.

- Stewart Burnett

GNWT engaging public on climate change and energy strategy


Residents will have a chance to voice their input in the development of a territorial climate change strategic framework and energy strategy Nov. 1 and 2.

The GNWT will be holding two days of public engagement and workshops.

"We need to be leaders in addressing and adapting to the impacts of climate change in our communities," stated Minister

of Environment and Natural Resources Robert McLeod in a news release.

The climate change framework will establish policy and strategic actions with respect to climate change, including resilience and adaption, research and knowledge and GHG emissions mitigation.

The energy strategy will confirm the principles that underpin the GNWT approach to energy and support actions aimed at reducing the use of important diesel and greater use of local, renewable and alternative forms of energy in NWT communities.

- Stewart Burnett

Soup Kitchen fundraiser

Hay River

For the second year, The Soup Kitchen will be presenting the aptly named A Taste of Soup fundraiser.

And Laura Rose, the president and manager of The Soup Kitchen, is hoping for another successful event.

"It's because we not only serve the soup and the sandwich supper," she said.

"We have some live entertainment. We're still working on that but we have a couple of tricks up our sleeves."

In addition, the Nov. 5 event in the basement of Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church will feature a silent auction.

Last year, the event attracted between 50 and 60 people and raised about $1,000. but Rose said there is room for more.

The Soup Kitchen will also be accepting donations of items for the silent auction from businesses and individuals.

"Whoever wants to donate whatever," said Rose.

- Paul Bickford

Open Doors programming begins

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

The Open Doors Society started up its Busy Bees and Active After School programming this week.

Both began Oct. 17.

Busy Bees, for children over the age of 3, runs from 1 to 3:15 p.m., while Active After school begins at 3:30 p.m. for children from junior kindergarten to Grade 6.

The Kids Travel Company with Vanguard College is still running its week-long after-school program at Calvary Chapel for children from grades 1 to 6. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. each day and wraps up at 5:30 p.m.

- April Hudson

Chainsaw safety course in Enterprise


The Hamlet of Enterprise will be hosting a chainsaw safety certification course from Oct. 25 to 28.

The course is primarily for hamlet staff and volunteers with the fire department.

However, if others are interested in attending, the hamlet will prepare a list in case there are openings for the course.

- Paul Bickford

Hamlet gets spooky

Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence

Two Halloween bashes have been scheduled so far for Fort Providence.

On Oct. 28, there will be an adult Halloween party, sponsored by Minor Hockey, beginning at 9 p.m. at the community hall.

There will be prizes for best costume.

On Oct. 31, the community hall will be host to Spook-a-Rama 2016. Youth 18 and under are welcome, as well as parents. It begins at 6 p.m.

There will be games, prizes, music and candy, as well as prizes for the top three costumes and a mystery door prize.

- April Hudson

Water conservation week continues

Tthek'ehdeli/Jean Marie River

All residences in Jean Marie River were asked to conserve water from Oct. 17 to 21 due to the reservoir refilling.

From Oct. 18 to 20, residents of Jean Marie River took part in community facilitator training in Fort Simpson.

A meeting of the local education authority was held on Oct. 18 at Louie Norwegian School.

From Oct. 24 to 28, Chief Gladys Norwegian and Stan Sanguez expect to attend a Dehcho Leadership Meeting held at West Point First Nation. Senior administrative officer Donkrison Moore will be attending an Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada meeting in Yellowknife from Oct. 24 to 28.

April Hudson

Tourism strategy considered

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

Fort Simpson may be pursuing a tourism strategy after councillors agreed on Oct. 3 to contact local organizations which might be interested in providing input on the strategy.

In particular, the village will be suggesting the project to the Fort Simpson Chamber of Commerce as well as the territorial Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

On Oct. 3, Coun. Liza McPherson said the project is especially timely given that next summer is both the 150th anniversary of Canada becoming a country and the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's visit to Fort Simpson.

McPherson suggested the village look at bringing other groups into the discussion as well.

"This is bigger than the Chamber of Commerce," she said.

- April Hudson

Curfew bylaw gets another look

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

Tri-council meetings between the village, Liidlii Kue First Nation and Fort Simpson Metis Local 52 will be taking a look at Fort Simpson's curfew bylaw as the village moves to revise the bylaw.

Councillors agreed the tri-council needed to take a look at it before amendments were made. Amendments would include omitting a clause mentioning the Department of Health and Social Services.

In its current format, the bylaw states all children found in contravention shall be returned to their parent, guardian or Department of Health and Social Services, and that at the discretion of council any or all offences may be reported to the department.

The current bylaw prohibits children under the age of 16 from being in a public place between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or appointed person over the age of 16.

- April Hudson

Housing staff in Fort Liard

Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard

Program staff with the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation were in Fort Liard on Oct. 18 and 19 to provide information and assistance in accessing the housing corporation's home ownership programs, to address emergency repairs, preventative maintenance, health and safety, mobility and accessibility.

- April Hudson