NWT News

Sharing circle in Yellowknife open to all those affected by crime or violence

May 26, 2017

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.

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Inuvik Native Band to take over interagency building

May 25, 2017

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.

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Forging a new energy identity for Inuvik’s premier showcase

May 24, 2017

Inuvik Drum Editor Stewart Burnett

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.

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Lots of interest for Inuvik’s Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies Conference and Tradeshow

Vicky Grégoire-Tremblay, marketing and tourism manager for the Town of Inuvik, says the town has a jam-packed schedule of events during June. One of the largest is the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies Conference and Tradeshow, which is the recently rebranded Inuvik Petroleum Show. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
May 24, 2017
Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
Vicky Grégoire-Tremblay, marketing and tourism manager for the Town of Inuvik, says the town has a jam-packed schedule of events during June. One of the largest is the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies Conference and Tradeshow, which is the recently rebranded Inuvik Petroleum Show.
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Youth run the territory for a day

Emma Willoughby, left, representing Great Slave, Aidan Allan representing Yellowknife South, Myha Martin representing Inuvik Twin Lakes and Lisa Boutilier representing Hay River South stand during a vote for a motion to train teachers across the territory on youth mental health on Thursday, May 11 at the Government of the Northwest Territories legislative assembly. Emelie Peacock/NNSL Photo
May 16, 2017

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.

A list of the students who took part in Youth Parliament from May 8 to 12. Photo courtesy of Government of Northwest Territories.
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National air show coming to most NWT communities this summer

May 12, 2017


The Royal Canadian Air Force unveiled the new colours of its CF-18 demonstration jet on April 4. The new colours celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The unveiling ceremony took place at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta.







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.


Fact File
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

May 11, 2017

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.

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