Gwichin ‘Caribou people’ work to keep herds and communities healthy in Old Crow
Night of celebration showcases multicultural life of Inuvik
After 28 years of Northern nursing, Sheila Mattson retiring to cabin life
GNWT makes landclaim offers to Akaitcho Dene and NWT Metis Nations
Two nations are closer to settling land claims with the GNWT. The government made land claim offers to the Akaitcho Dene First Nation and the Northwest Territory Metis Nation, Premier Bob McLeod announced last week.Read More
$19.6 million from feds for Indigenous language – McLeod
Indigenous languages in the Northwest Territories will receive $19.6 million.
Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod made the announcement May 26. It comes after negotiations over the past year between the federal government, the GNWT and Nunavut, stated a news release.Read More
Sharing circle in Yellowknife open to all those affected by crime or violence
People and families affected by violence or crime will have a space to share their experiences on May 31. Organized by the Native Women’s Association of the NWT, a sharing circle will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the association’s office on the second floor of the Yellowknife post office building. Guest speakers Kathy Meyer, Cyndi Caisse and Yvonne Doolittle will start off the evening. Anyone affected by crime, from anywhere in the territory, is invited to attend. The event is part of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Awareness Week.Read More
Kevin Floyd helping to keep Inuvialuit qayaqing skills alive
Inuvik squash club programs groom future court champions
Gwich’in elder speaks on hand games and destruction of culture
Two Inuvikians receive Order of NWT
Fred Carmichael and Tom Zubko are among six recipients of 2017 Order of the Northwest Territories.
“These six recipients deserve to be granted this honour,” stated Paul Delorey, chair of the organization that runs the awards, in a news release.Read More
Inuvik Native Band to take over interagency building
The Inuvik Interagency Committee received one application to take over ownership of its building, located between Northmart and the Children First Centre. The Inuvik Native Band will be the new owners of the building. The interagency committee sold the building for $1, looking to continue its legacy as a space for groups that better the community.Read More
Forging a new energy identity for Inuvik’s premier showcase
INUVIK DRUM EDITOR – It was surprising to hear that finding interest for the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies conference and tradeshow has not been too much of a challenge for Vicky Gregoire-Tremblay, the town’s economic and tourism manager.
In fact, people were coming to her before she could reach out to them, eager to be part of the show and get involved in the region’s energy future.Read More
Children First Centre prepares for changes coming with junior kindergarten
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Lots of interest for Inuvik’s Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies Conference and Tradeshow
Making carbon pricing work for Northerners – Michael Miltenberger
The national carbon price is coming.
The new, federally mandated levy on greenhouse gas emissions comes into effect next year, setting a minimum $10 per tonne of emissions beginning in 2018 and rising $10 each year to reach $50 per tonne in 2022.Read More
Sahtu beneficiaries ‘are deeply concerned’ bringing lawyers in to challenge leaders
Some beneficiaries of the Sahtu Trust have retained lawyers and written a letter to Premier Bob McLeod, the latest development in a conflict that has included allegations of mismanagement of the trust by the board that oversees it.Read More
Preparing for the forest fire season ahead
Nothing to see here, move along please
James O’Connor is editor of News/North
It’s a beautiful time of year in the Northwest Territories. Spring is here, the snow is pretty much gone and the ice is melting as fast as a cube in a California cocktail.Read More
Mackenzie River breakup predicted for May 24
Finally, some entertainment at Inuvik town council – Inuvik Drum editor Stewart Burnett
Liquor bylaw passes; support for detox centre grows
An obligation to look out for each other
Cabinet peppered with questions from community level politicians around NWT
Ulukhaktok youth wins outstanding volunteer award
Annual Sachs Harbour jamboree a hit
East Three students prepare for track and field championships
Sheila O’Kane receives outstanding volunteer award
Youth run the territory for a day
by Emelie Peacock
Northern News Services
Young, passionate and well-spoken, students from across the territory took their seats at the legislative assembly on Thursday, May 11 for a Youth Parliament session.
Thursday was the culmination of a week of drafting and discussing motions, meeting with MLAs and getting a firsthand look at the democratic process. Nineteen youth in grades nine and 10, each representing one region of the territory, took part in the 15th annual Youth Parliament.
For many of them, the issues they advocated for hit close to home. Angus James Capot-Blanc from Fort Liard, representing Nahendeh, gave an impassioned speech on the mental health crisis in his community.
“It is spreading fast and it’s affecting mainly the youth in the communities, which is pretty sad because that’s our next generation,” he said during a break in Thursday’s session.
Myha Martin, a resident of Inuvik representing Inuvik Twin Lakes, described how elders are suffering from cultural loss and addictions, something she wants to solve by creating more work and travel opportunities throughout the region.
The effects of travel costs for remote communities was a huge concern for many of the youth, including Kyran Alikamik from Ulukhaktok. “I just think it’s very unreasonable,” he said of the $4,000 cost of airfare from his community to the territory’s capital. Another danger Alikamik warned about is drug trafficking and consumption, in particular substances laced with fentanyl .
For Alikmak, the experience of territorial politics weighed heavily on him. “I’m experiencing it right now and I’m sitting on the chairs and I feel like there’s a lot of pressure. I can make a decision but that can also influence others decisions, right?” he said. “Me making decisions for a quite large population is too much pressure for me, a little too much.”
While Alikmak said Youth Parliament has made him realize politics is not for him, others plan to continue after this experience. Capot-Blanc said politics is one of his passions, along with playing music, singing and repairing things.
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National air show coming to most NWT communities this summer
A celebration of Northern aviation is bringing pilots and performers from across the country to tour 97 communities this summer.
The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour spans all three territories as well as a few communities in Manitoba, Quebec and Newfoundland.
Thirty-one communities in the Northwest Territories are scheduled to have shows over their communities, with 11 receiving a “wheels-down” event where the airplanes will land and community members can meet the performers.
The show kicks off in Fort Liard on June 2 with a wheels-down stop. Fort Liard Mayor Steven Steeves said the hamlet already has plans to give performers a true Northern welcome.
“We’ve got our kids putting up legends and stories … We’re giving them a big drum dance and everything, too,” Steeves said. “We want to show Canada, the world, what we’re all about.”
Hamlet recreation co-ordinator Sophie Kirby said community members are excited about the event.
The hamlet will be putting on a feast before the drum dance, both of which will take place June 1 the evening before the airshow is scheduled to start.
Kirby said the plan is for the show to be done over the Liard River, adding the hamlet plans to have lifeguards on hand as well.
“Hopefully the entire community will be there for the event,” she stated in an e-mail.
Some members of the show’s crew are already in the community for the tour’s education component. Nancy McClure, executive director for the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, said that segment is geared toward encouraging young people to pursue dreams of a career in aviation.
“The education piece is all literacy-based. A lot of it will be conversations our pilots have on the ground with kids as they talk about the possible career choices they might be looking at,” she said.
She and her team sees aviation as a career that could bring Northern youth back to their home communities to work and live.
“We’re really focusing on the fact that if you look at Northern people (in) these careers, they’re going to come back home hopefully,” she said.Some of the challenges the team has faced include how to bring in proper aviation gas to some of the smaller communities, securing accommodations and finding sponsors to help cover the cost of the tour.
Most of the project has been driven by volunteers.
McClure said the team is still fundraising, and is also crowdfunding with an initiative that allows people to purchase their own personal kilometre of the tour for $25.
The airshow itself is free of charge, unlike many of its southern counterparts. McClure said when she signed on as executive director, she decided the show needed to something everyone could come to see – despite any financial implications of running a free show.
“We did not compromise on our original vision. That was what was really important to me, because the point of the project was that we would bring this to everyone,” she said.
“We could have solved some of our problems by making this a paid airshow … but we didn’t want people to be excluded because they couldn’t pay.”
The tour will also be carbon-neutral, McClure said. The team partnered with Carbonzero, a Canadian carbon offset firm, by purchasing “carbon credits” to be re-invested elsewhere in the country.
“We made it a priority,” McClure said.
“We’re not only carbon-sensitive, we’re actually net zero on this project.
“The show was developed partly as a way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, but also as a way to celebrate the tradition of aviation in the North.
“We really wanted this to have more of a legacy approach,” McClure said.
“The North-south corridor was built with airplanes, not trains, and that continues to be the case. So how would we bring an event to many of these locations? We’d have to fly an event in. The airshow grew from that.”
Communities will have up to nine aerobatic performances. The team’s Yellowknife stop will include a demonstration jet as well.
Among the performers are Anna Serbinenko, who McClure said is the only performing female airshow pilot in Canada, as well as Bud and Ross Granley.
“In airshow circles in North America, (Bud) is kind of the grandpa of air show performers. He is a legacy,” McClure said.
NWT tour dates
June 2 – Fort Liard
June 7 – Fort McPherson, Tsiigehtchic
June 8 – Inuvik
June 9 – Sachs Harbour, Ulukhaktok, Paulatuk
June 10 – Aklavik
June 11 – Tuktoyaktuk
June 12 – Fort Good Hope, Colville Lake
June 13 – Norman Wells, Deline, Tulita
June 14 – Fort Simpson, Jean Marie River, Wrigley, Nahanni Butte, Sambaa K’e, Fort Providence
June 17 – Fort Smith
June 18 – Kakisa, Enterprise, Fort Resolution, Lutsel K’e, Wekweeti, Behchoko, Whati, Gameti
June 19 – Ulukhaktok
July 8 – Hay River
July 9 – Yellowknife
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Read 1,000 books to win a basket of books from literacy council
In an effort to inspire parents to read books to their young children, the NWT Literacy Council is encouraging them to break out their cameras. On May 9, the council announced it is holding a photo contest to help promote its initiative to have families read 1,000 books before their child enters Kindergarten. The contest, which asks for a photo of the entrant’s child reading a book, runs until May 31 and features a basket of books as a prize.Read More
Washed out culvert temporarily closes Fort Simpson road
Last call for liquor debate
Licensed premises bylaw hears final pitches before deciding voteRead More